Chapter 8: The Polyjuice Potion

Jade fretted over nothing. None of the people in Hogwarts noticed her odd behavior, and Derek almost laughed when Jade told him of her worrying a couple of weeks later. When they went to the Room of Requirement later that night, Jade slept on the bed, he slept on the couch. Jade was studying quietly in the Library when Melissa came in, groaning. She plopped down in the seat across from Jade, causing the emerald-eyed woman to jump.

"Melissa!" Jade scolded, while Melissa merely grinned at her.

"Oh Merlin, Jay, Vizen is such a slave driver! He's making us to a Polyjuice Potion as 'preperation for the O.W.L's.' ''Melissa scoffed, and said quite a few choice words about what she thought of the Potions Professor. Jade laughed. She knew exactly how Melissa felt. After all, she had just had her O.W.L's not even a year ago. She remembered having to the Polyjuice Potion. It was complicated and tricky in instructions. Not to mention that it was strictly controlled, and the ingredients were incredibly hard to get. Jade patted her sister's shoulder.

"Trust me, I know how you feel. Vizen made us do the same thing last year. The only thing I can tell you to do is to concentrate Melissa rolled her eyes.

"Gee, that's great advice. I NEVER would've thought of that!" She snapped sarcastically, and walked away in a huff. Jade rolled her eyes. Her sister's nerves were frayed, and Melissa was at the end of her rope. That was why she snapped at Jade. Jade gave a little smile, and continued her work. 'Yes! Free period!' Jade thought triumphantly 3 weeks later. Melissa's temper had increased, and Jade always saw her in the Library, feverishly preparing for her O.W.L's, even though it was only early February. Derek had been preparing something special for Valentines Day, and so Jade spent limited time with him. Grinning, Jade headed to Gryffindor Tower. Suddenly, she bumped into someone, and the books that she had been holding in her arms went crashing everywhere.

"Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry!" Said a younger girl, and Jade smiled, and shook her head as they both bent down to retrieve the fallen books.

"It's alright. I should've been watching where I was going." Jade consoled. The girl, who looked like a 3rd year, smiled.

"Sorry again." She said, and rushed off. Jade shook her head, smiling. She continued on her way. Not even 5 minutes later, when Jade was almost at Gryffindor Tower, did someone bump into her. However, for some odd reason, it felt like they did it on purpose.

Yet again, Jade's books went flying. The raven-haired girl cursed, and looked up at whoever bumped into her. A 6th year Slytherin was smirking down at her. Jade knew the girl well. They both had a mutual hatred for each other. Isabella McNair.

"Hello Jade." McNair said, and Jade froze in her attempt to gather her books. Why was the other girl calling her by her first name? She usually called her Potter. She would also throw in an insult, not greet her like they were chums. But McNair's voice was cold, and hauntingly familiar. Isabella was smirking down at Jade. Jade glared up coldly at the Slytherin girl.

"McNair. What brings you up to the enemy's lair?" Jade raised a delicate eyebrow and gave a smirk that Derek would've been proud of.

"Just taking a walk, Potter. Is that such a crime?" McNair gave a smirk to rival Jade's. Jade knew that nothing good of this could come. So she merely ignored the other girl, gathered her books, and pushed past McNair without another word. Jade could feel Isabella's cold blue eyes and smirking face glaring at her back. Jade repressed a shudder, and hurried into her dorm. There was something about those two words that Isabella had uttered that was nagging at Jade. It was two simple words, yet Jade was sure she had heard them before... Jade gasped. Of course! How could she have been so stupid as to have not remember it?


Amanda had Derek flat against his back, she was snogging him, and it didn't look like he was putting up much resistance. It was just then that the two noticed Jade. Derek looked shocked, and horribly flustered. Amanda, however, was grinning cruelly. "Awww, poor Jade." She said in a baby voice, then laughed evilly.

End Flashback

Of course! It wasn't Amanda at all! It had been McNair the entire time! Jade frowned. Well, she would figure that out later! Right now, she needed a shower. Jade hopped in the shower and sighed as the jets of water hit her tired body. Although it was only a free period, Jade was desperately looking forward to the end of classes, which was next period for her. Jade sighed as she washed her hair and body quickly. She stepped out of the shower a couple of minutes later, and glanced at the clock. She still had a half-hour until her next class, which was Defense against the Dark Arts.

Jade quickly dressed into her uniform, and put her hair hastily into a high tight ponytail. She glanced over her Essay on Dark Creatures (Dementors, Inferi, ect) and, with a satisfied smile, decided to read quickly. Rather, glance over the chapter that they were currently reading. Jade wound up reading the whole chapter slowly, so as to understand it, and glanced up at her clock. She had 15 minutes to get to D.A.D.A. Jade blew her bangs out of her eyes irritably. Well, at least it was the end of the day, and tomorrow was the Valentines Day Ball. Jade already had her dress, and it was rather stunning, if she did say so herself.

There was no robes, so it was just the gown. It was emerald, so that it matched her eyes. It was long, and spaghetti-strapped, and it looked absolutly perfect on Jade. Derek hurried over and grinned at his girlfriend.

"Hey love." He greeted her cheerfully, kissing her fully on the lips. Jade blinked, but gladly kissed him back.

"Well, what's got you so happy?" She asked, smiling. All of a sudden, she was feeling much better than she had been feeling 10 minutes ago. Derek merely shrugged.

"Why, can't I be happy?" He teased, grinning. Jade just shrugged.

"C'mon. We have no homework, so let's go flying." Jade raised an eyebrow.

"Why?" Derek smiled. "It's rather nice out for February." Of course, he was right. It was unsually warm for a February day. You would probably only need a light jacket on to go outside. Jade nodded to him.

"Alright. Let me go put my bag upstairs, and then I'll join you." She told him, turning around.

"Why don't you just go put your bag on the stands?" Derek asked.

"Well, because my broom is also upstairs, so I might as well go drop my bag of as well." Jade said simply. Derek flushed slightly, but he smiled.

"Alright. I'll see you at the Quidditch Pitch." Derek told her, and walked the wrong direction.

Jade burst out laughing.

"Derek! She called out. He turned around.

"Yeah?" Jade giggled. "You're going in the wrong direction!" This time, her boyfriend blushed bright red.

"I-I knew that!"He stuttered, attempting to smile. "I was just checking to see that you noticed!"Jade started laughing again, and rolled her eyes.

"Of course, Derek. Of course." Derek gave her a faint smile, then headed out in the right direction. Jade laughed quietly to herself. He was such an idiot... She quickly grabbed her broom and hurried down to the Quidditch Pitch. Derek was already up and flying. Jade just stood there for a couple of minutes, watching him. He looked so happy whenever he was flying...She shook her head, and flew up on her broom. Derek turned his silver eyes to Jade and grinned at her.

"Hey gorgeous." He greeted, and Jade blushed. She was the farthest thing from gorgeous... maybe Gina Rivers, a rather stunning Ravenclaw. Long, straight blond hair, clear blue eyes, long legs, hourglass figure, sweet and kind, AND smart. Perfection in a human. Shocking, eh? The two of them flew for quite a while until Jade claimed she was tired. Derek nodded, and gave her a quick kiss.

"Jade?" He asked, staring into her eyes. Jade raised an eyebrow and looked him dead in the eyes.

"Yeah, Derek?" She inquired.

"I love you." He said quietly, as they touched the ground. Jade grinned at him, and threw her arms around his neck.

"I know, Derek. I love you too." Derek smiled at her, and kissed the top of her head. And in that moment, Jade had never felt more loved in her life. She knew Derek hadn't been using that I love you to get her into bed, but sometimes, she worried. Then she mentally berated herself for being so stupid. But hey, it was natural. Everyone had their insecurities. Jade gave Derek a quick kiss on the lips, and went to Gryffindor Tower, completely wiped out. She was absolutly exhausted. This week had just drained her of energy, and now, she was going to sleep. After all, sleep was bliss.

To whoever hated going to sleep...well, they outta be Avada'd. Jade thought all these ridiculous thoughts about what she was going to do to people whoever hated sleep, before drifting off to dreamland herself. Jade groaned. Waking up sucked. Whoever made you feel the way you did when you first woke up oughta be shot. Jade had probably just gotten the best sleep of her life(except those naps in between screwing Derek. This was a close second, though.) Jade glanced at her clock. It was 11:17!

She had slept right through dinner! She had slept from 4 in the afternoon to 11 at night! Holy Merlin! Groaning again, Jade rolled back over, and fell back to sleep. Yes, she was hungry. But she didn't have the energy to get her Invisibility Cloak and sneak down to the kitchens. She would just eat an unnaturally large breakfast and make people think she was pregnant. Jade gave a little smile. Oh, how she would love to freak out Derek!

Well, people weren't concerned with how much she was eating. Jade pouted as she almost ate her entire weight in food. Apparently, some people noticed her absense at dinner, and knew she was going to be hungry. Some asked if she went to the kitchens, some knew just by the way she ate. Some recommended the kitchens, and then proceeded to tell Jade all about the magnificant kitchens when Jade had been going to the kitchens since her 2nd year. And some...those poor souls, had absolutly no idea that Hogwarts even had a kitchens. Bless their innocence.

Amanda was chatting eagerly about the Valentines Ball, but Jade wasn't listening. Ah, well... she would feel guilty later. At the moment, she was smiling at Derek, who was smiling and winking at her. He was obviously hoping to get laid. He mouthed the words to her before, and Jade choked, making Giovanni worry. He pounded her back, and Jade almost spit out her Pumpkin Juice. After assuring the wizard she was fine, she glared fiercely at Derek, who merely grinned at her, and then stared deeply into her eyes. Jade suddenly forgot why she was angry at him in the first place.

After breakfast, Jade headed down to the Library. Derek pouted, but bully for him. After an hour of pouring through books, Jade finally found the potion that turned McNair into Amanda. It was so stupid of her not to remember immediatly!

McNair had used the Polyjuice Potion! Jade grinned wickedly. Revenge was always sweet... perhaps she should extract revenge... after all, Isabella most certaintly deserved it. However, if Jade did the whole revenge thing, she would be sinking to Isabella's level. And Jade didn't want that. Jade couldn't believe herself. She was going to let Isabella getting away with ruining her life. However, her angel voice pointed out that it had only been for a couple of months. Her devil voice pointed out that, she was Potter, a Marauders grandchild. Shame on her! She was thinking of just letting Isabella go like that?! She ought to have been ashamed of herself!

So, grinning to herself, Jade spent another couple of hours in the Library, looking up former pranks. She wrote them all down, and made a mental note to herself to talk to her friends, explain what happened, beg for forgivness(if necessary)and then take their revenge. After all, original pranks were always the best. However, what to do, what to do... Jade resolved to do it later. Now, however, she had a Ball to get ready for. It was almost lunch time, and Jade was going to eat her lunch, and then get ready for that bloody Ball. She smiled to herself, packed away her things, dropped them off at Gryffindor Tower, and headed to the Great Hall.

She ate quickly, quicker than she normally would have, and hurried back up to Gryffindor Tower. She wanted to get there before her friends and other roomates. Jade quickly took a bath, and washed her hair and shaved rather quickly. By then, her friends and her other two roomates had come back up. Jade mentally thanked Merlin that she already had the whole showering thing done. Now, Jade began to do her makeup. She did light, natural shades. I mean, seriously, dark makeup, or too much, was just disgusting. Jade put on a light light shade of tan eyeshadow, and a light pink blush. She didn't even bother with foundation, she was tan enough. She also put her hair up in a simple ponytail, but made it look shiny, and sleek.

Simple yet elegant... Jade quickly grabbed her lip gloss, and spread it gently on her lips. Her lips didn't need to look as bright as a light bulb. They just had to have a slight luster to them. She grabbed her black heels, and strapped them on. Amanda complimented her, but Jade merely smiled. While she might have looked good, Amanda looked blow-away gorgeous. She wore a short red dress.

It was spaghetti-strapped, and came up to slightly above her knees. They had deep slits in them, up to Amanda's thighs. Amanda's hair was up in a messy bun, and she had two pieces of hair framing her face. She was wearing mascara and eyeliner, which outlined her beautiful crystal blue eyes.

She too had on mostly natural colors. Natalie, too, looked absolutly brilliant. Her color was definatly blue. She wore a baby blue long dress, with long, lace sleeves. The dress itself hugged her friends curves, and her heels added height onto the normally-short girl. It seemed like the three friends had decided to go natural with their makeup. In fact, it looked like Natalie wasn't wearing any makeup at all. Mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss. That was it. Jade realized with a gasp that she, herself, wasn't wearing any eyeliner or mascara.

The girl mentally wanted to smack herself, but hurridly put it on. Regarding some Hogwarts girls, looks were everything. And while Jade herself didn't judge other girls on how they looked, she rather didn't want to be ridiculed because of how she looked tonight. Finally, all of the girls in the dorm were completely ready. Jade took a deep breath, and nervously smoothed out her dress. She was obviously searching for invisible wrinkles. However, when Derek saw her, she need not have been worried. Derek was, at simplest, at a loss for words. It was times like these that he wondered how he ever wound up with her. She deserved so much better... When he saw how nervous she was on how he looked, he almost laughed right in her face. Instead, he kissed her passionatly, then pulled back.

"Words can't even describe how beautiful you look right now. How in Merlin did I end up with you? It's times like this that the only words I can describe how I feel about you are that I love you." Jade smiled, and her eyes were twinkling.

"No, you're not getting any tonight.'' And Derek sighed dramaticlly, as if that had been what he was really aiming for, even though the two of them had been doing this for a month now.

"Darn! My plan is foiled yet again by the lovely lady!" The two of them laughed hystericlly, and Derek kissed her hand.

"My lady." He whispered, brandishing a red rose from nowhere. Jade blushed, and snapped a good portion of them stem in half. She then put the rose behind her ear, and magicked it to stay there. Derek leaned in and kissed her.

"Your absolutly amazing, do you know that?" He whispered. Jade blushed furiously, but merely grinned. "Touche, babe." Derek walked away and strutted pompously.

"I know. You're absolutly astounded by my amazing looks." Jade nodded and rolled her eyes.

"Totally." The two laughed, and walked into the Great Hall, arm in arm and ready to have a good time. And they certaintly weren't disappointed. Jade smiled as she leaned her head on Derek's shoulder to the slow music. Derek smiled, and buried his nose in his hair, her shampoo intoxicating (A/N-yes, corny, but just go with it!) his senses. Merlin, he loved this girl. He glanced down at Jade, and kissed the top of her head. She took her head off his shoulder, and raised an eyebrow at him, grinning. Derek merely shrugged. Obviously accepting his answer, Jade put her head back down on Derek's shoulder. However, Fate wouldn't have it. The song ended, and Jade groaned loudly. Derek chuckled when she cursed.

"C'mon, let's go outside. It's rather nice out. " Derek said, smiling. Jade nodded. They walked outside, a little ways from all the snogging couple. Jade grinned. She knew she and Derek were about to be one of those snogging couples in a few minutes... however, Derek obviously didn't sense his girlfriends giddy behavior. He merely stared out into the night. Jade, however, knew him better. She could see his little twitches. She frowned. What was the matter with him?

"Jade?" Derek whispered.

"Hmmm...?"Jade inquired.

"How long have we known one another?" Jade frowned.

"What do you mean? How long have we known each other, or how long have we been together?"

"The latter." Derek replied. He still didn't look at her. Jade's frowned deepened. She was truly worried about her boyfriend.

"Der, what's the matter?" She asked gently. Derek finally turned to look at her. He looked rather nervous. Jade, obviously, was bewildered. What reason could he possibly be for being nervous?

"Please, just answer my question. " Derek said lowly.

"Actually..." Jade began, beginning to laugh. "You never really asked me out. We spent so much time together that I guess we just automatically assumed we were going out." Derek began to laugh as well, and they did so for a good five minutes.

However, Derek stopped, and stared into Jade's eyes. Once again, she got that feeling she got from when he first looked at her. The first time they realized that they liked each other. That bloody butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling. At one point, Jade hated it. Now...well, lets just say that she grew accustomed to the feeling. Derek fingered something that was in his pocket.

"Erm, Jade?" Jade came back from memory lane, and stared into Derek's silver eyes. Merlin, how she loved getting lost in them...However, this apparently wasn't the case. He dropped to one knee. Jade still had no idea what he was about to do. She thought he had just dropped something.

However, that all changed when he brought out a velvet box.

"We've known eachother for a long time, and in the process, I fell in love with you, Jade Potter. I fell in love so fast, it made my head spin. Everytime I see you, I fall a little harder. I can't imagine my life without you. I want to wake up to you, every day, for the rest of my life. What I'm trying to say is...Will you marry me?"