I initially wrote out at least half of this chapter before I had an idea. Why not let Matt have his say? So I deleted all that I had written and restarted it- starting off new- what a coincidence I'm writing this on New year's day 8-) Anyway, this is the last chapter and once again, thank you for all your reviews, they have given me a lot of support and I would not have been able to have completed this story without all of you :D
I'm not sure how it started. All I saw was a girl. A girl with long brunette hair and big blue eyes'. But there was something else about her. She seemed to have this different aura around her that seemed to make her an individual. She wasn't like any other girl I've ever known. She didn't bat her eyelashes to get a guy's attention. She didn't wear make- up or those ridiculously short skirts and tiny tops. She was just different. Period. So I guess that's how I fell in love with her.
However, even before I asked her out, I realised I wasn't the only one who had fallen for her charms in which she was so oblivious to. It was also a Malfoy. And also one of her best friends. She hardly realised when he was staring at her half of the time, his gaze following her every movement. I remember how I used to sit there, feeling angry at him, wanting nothing more than to walk over to him, punch him in the face and hold her in my arms so no one could ever look at her again. No one but me.
I was being possessive, I know. But I couldn't help feeling that way around her. The vulnerability in her eyes,' the sweet melody of her voice was all too much for me to just stand there and let any other guy take advantage of her. So I decided it was time to step in.
It was after a Quidditch math. She was spectacular that day and I couldn't help feeling a bit proud. She was sitting with some of her friends. It was Dani, Albus and Scorpious. I couldn't resist the urge to roll my eyes' when I saw him. I certainly didn't want to ask Rose out in front of them but I knew they wouldn't budge anyhow. So I called her. And she looked up. I had never seen eyes' so beautiful and innocent. I couldn't help staring. And then knowing I should definitely get on with it, I cleared my throat.
"Just stopped by to say you were good in the match." Not just good. Spectacular, brilliant, stunning. She smiled and for a minute I thought my heart had stopped. Dani says something but I barely pay attention and I smile, more out of nervousness than anything. I have never gotten this nervous. Never.
..."Do you want to go with me to Hogsmeade next week?" As soon as the question is out of my mouth, I feel relaxed. Maybe because I know for certain she's going to say yes. And I'm right. She does. I grin in relief and happiness but I can't help noticing Scorpious stiffen next to her. It's really all his fault. If he liked her so much he should've asked her out first.
The first date went good. Better than I had imagined. We went to the three broomsticks. As soon as we stepped inside, I saw a couple of guys looking around at her in interest. Again, that angry, jealous feeling rose in me again and it took a lot of control to stop myself from shouting out for everyone to stop looking at her. She did look gorgeous that day, though. She always does. We talk. And talk. It was so amazingly easy. We had so much things to share with another. I found I could never run out of things to say to her.
But after a while, she looked a little upset. I was worrying then. Was it somthing I said? Was I getting too boring? I suggested another place to go. She agreed and then when we stepped outside I spotted Potter and Malfoy in a shop next to the three broomsticks. Potter looked happy while Malfoy looked quite pissed. And not because Potter couldn't manage to nick some sweets. I manged to wheel Rose the other way, away from her friends. I'm in her life now. She doesn't need anybody else.
"I thought it was you hiding over there," sneers Scorpious, getting up. "Why can't you just butt out off other people's business?"
"In case you haven't noticed, Malfoy," I sneer back. "That's my girlfriend over there." Malfoy looks angrier than ever. I have hit a nerve. He doesn't want Rose to be referred to as 'my girlfriend'. He wants her as his. He's wanted her ever since he has seen her. I know he thinks I'm stupid when it comes to him and Rose but some people have got to learn never to underestimate a Hufflepuff.
"She doesn't even like you," he shoots back. Rose looks scared. Maybe I shouldn't have come. I don't want to scare her. I don't want to hurt her. That's why I don't answer. Malfoy takes advantage of the situation.
"See? You're not even answering. Because you know it's the truth." The hand on my wand is tightening. I can sense the anger inside me bubbling up. If Malfoy doesn't shut his mouth soon, I'm going to do something he's going to regret- even if Rose has to be the one to witness it. Rose cleverly steps in, knowing I wouldn't dare do anything if she's in the way.
"Let's just go," she whispers to me. I half want to, but I have to get things sorted out with Malfoy first. He's got to know what happens when you mess with my girlfriend.
"Wait, just give me a minute," I whisper back. She looks terrified. I kiss her on the cheek to reassure her but she barely notices. My gaze turns back to Malfoy. I see he has his wand out too. There is a look of contempt on his face. If he is trying to scare me, it's not working. We walk in circles around each other, Rose watching nervously on the sidelines. She doesn't want us to fight. She wants us to talk it out like the civilised people we are. The civilised people she thinks we are.
"Expelliarmus!" shouts Scorpious, pointing to my wand. I deflect the burst of blue light and he looks on angrily. I may not show it much in my studies, but I'm extremely good with curses and how to handle them. Malfoy seems to have grasped that concept.
"You don't even deserve her," spits Malfoy as we circle each other. I throw my head back and laugh. My laugh is hollow and loud. My wand still pointing at him, I smirk.
"And you think you deserve her? You're nothing but a descendant of a traitor." This angers him more and he uses a stunning spell but I diverge it once again.
"Just because I am his son, it makes me nothing like him," he hisses, sending a spell again. As usual, I avoid it quite easily. This is starting to become a game. He hits a spell at me I divert it. Pretty soon maybe he'll realise he's getting nowhere and finally give up. Just like his father.
"Oh, you are everything like him, Malfoy," I say smoothly. "You are arrogant, unloyal and a complete coward." This enrages him. And a scream issues from an unanticipated corner.
"No!" screams Rose, tears on her face. "Just leave him alone!" Malfoy takes eminence of my distraction.
"Petrificus Totalus!" he screams and and I feel myself fall to the floor with a loud thud. I cannot move a single muscle. I can't even twitch my eyelids. I can't open my mouth. And I watch Malfoy walk over to Rose and consoles her. They hug. He whispers something in her ear and she nods and smiles. And then they kiss. It is a long and soft kiss which makes me so angry that if I were to scream now, the whole castle would be able to hear. They pay no attention to me. When they part, I see Rose. And when I look at her I see her eyes' are shining. Not with tears but with...happiness. She looks different now. And when I close my eyes' I realise I have to finally come to terms that they love each other. I have lost for the first time in my life.
After a tear filled night and an apology from Matt which Rose had not been expecting, she retreated to her dormitory and slept for the longest time ever. When she woke up she felt ever more tired than usual but forced herself out of bed to get dressed. Yawning along the way, she bumped into Dani who did not look like she was there by accident.
"Oh my god!" she said, jumping up and down excitedly. "I heard everything! Scorpious told me! He told the whole world!" Rose rolled her eyes'.
"It's not that interesting."
"Yes it is, you pillock!" said Dani, smacking her head. "I still can't believe you have brains like that but still can't be able to see that Scorpious like...totally wanted you." Rose rolled her eyes' once again.
"Cheeky," muttered Dani. "Now come and stand next to me so I may be blessed with popularity being seen walking side by side with you."
"Shut up!" said Rose giggling. "I don't see what's so big when me and Scorpious start dating." Dani stopped.
"Hello!" she said, widening her eyes' expressively. "A Weasley and a Malfoy dating? That's probably going down in History, babe."
"It certainly is," said someone behind them. Rose and Dani turned around to see Albus. Rose walked up to him.
"How are you?" she asked softly. He looked down. "Better," he admitted. "A lot better."
"Did you and James sort things out?" she asked. Albus smiled. "Yeah, we were shouting at each other for a while but after we calmed down he explained everything and now...now they're still going to be going out."
"And you're okay with that?" she asked worriedly. Albus nodded and Rose was relieved to see that he looked fine with the prospect.
"Yeah, I'm cool with it."
"Wooohooo, aren't you a lucky man today!" Rose heard Dani shout loudly and she turned around to see Scorpious going red. Rose smiled and bounded off to him.
"Hey!" she said. Turning to Dani, she jerked her head in the opposite direction, telling Dani to get lost. Dani winked showing she understood and Albus joined her.
"How you feeling today?" asked Scorpious. Rose sighed and looked around.
"A lot better than last night. I still can't believe Matt did that stuff."
"He apologised in the end though." Rose nodded.
"Yup. And that's all that matters."
Walking into the Great hall together for breakfast was worse than Rose could have imagine. Practically every head turned to watch them and Rose felt herself turn bright red as she took a seat beside Scorpious.
"Looks like you're going to have to get used to it, Rosie," said a grinning James who sat across her.
"It'll wear off soon," said Amy, sitting next to James. James looked at her.
"Who the hell are you, kid?" Amy chose to ignore this comment and started buttering her toast. James', finding sitting next to such a litte girl insulting, moved over and sat next to Albus.
"Who is she?" asked Scorpious, looking confused himself. Rose smiled and turned to him.
"Do you know what? I don't know. And I don't care." And she kissed Scorpious on the lips, not caring that the whole student body went quiet on seeing this then erupted into cheers. Not caring that the teachers screamed at them to shut up. And not caring that Amy was making disgusted noises opposite her. All she cared about right now was the person she was kissing. Because he was all the mattered.