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As Rosie began to flee to shore, I hurried toward where she had been standing to see what I could do to remedy the problem, whatever it might have been. Cautiously sticking my face under the water, I spotted a creature that had the appearance of a monkey with fish scales and a hollow in the top of its head. I pulled my sopping wet head out of the water, shivering slightly, and rushed towards the shore for my wand.
"James!" I shouted, "Toss me my wand! It's a kappa!"
He looked bewildered. "What's that?"
I glared at him, exasperated. "Are you kidding? It's a Japanese water demon that preys on human blood! Did you even read 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them?'"
"Human blood?!" Ally squealed, running blindly toward shore. She collided with James and he held her safely against his chest as he answered flatly: "No."
I rolled my eyes. I only wanted my friends to be safe, most notably Rosie, and James was sitting here behaving like an idiot. I highly doubted Ally was impressed, but it was hard to tell with her face buried in James' chest.
Catsy looked immensely delighted after a moment. "Human blood? Like a vampire?" she asked
Rather than answering that, I pulled Sirius' wand from his hand.
"Hey!" he shouted "Give me that!"
I thought back to what Newt Scamander had said about kappas. My two options as far as I remembered them were tossing a cucumber with each of our names carved into it or fooling it into bowing. The idea was that, by bowing, the water would come out of the hollow in the top of its head, thus depriving it of its strength. This option seemed more feasible, so after a moment's thought, I decided to simply stupefy him. After doing so, I tossed Sirius his wand and looked toward shore where Rosie sat grinning triumphantly at my success.
I looked to the left and noticed that Ally's body was still pressed to James' but that now she didn't look fearful. Instead they made unusual faces at one another and broke into laughter every few minutes. Suddenly curious as to what Sirius and Catsy were up to, I glanced in their direction. The two of them were locked in a fierce competition of playful wrestling, leaving Rosie and I in the perfect position top be alone together.
I looked towards her next. The sun was just beginning to rise above the horizon, and its faint glow caught the blonde strands of her hair, turning it a pale, iridescent gold. I couldn't help but be struck at that moment by how beautiful she was and how much I liked her. (Shut up, Rosie. Regardless of any argument from you, you are very beautiful.)
She smiled breaking me out of my reverie. "Thanks for that," she said, jabbing her thumb towards the lake.
I nodded happily. "It's of no consequence, really. Don't worry about it."
I sat next to her and she laid her head on my shoulders. She had no clue how pleasing that felt to me. What wasn't pleasing, however, was the fact that I knew that this could never last due to my "furry little problem" as James calls it.
I argued amiably with Catsy as we walked slowly back to shore, astonished that she'd beat me in our mini wrestling match. She was everything I'd looked for in a girl for a long time and she seemed to like me back. One can hardly fault me for having a little trouble believing it. Best of all, James and Remus seemed more than happy with their new girls. The only thing that seemed even remotely wrong was that Peter was probably going to be pissed.
I shrugged that off as Catsy insisted that my fly was undone. I laughed, somewhat alarmed and looked down. I looked back up at her, confused.
"No, it's not."
She giggled. "Gotcha."
"Wow, I can't believe I fell for that," I thought aloud.
"Works every time," she teased.
I jumped at her, grinning madly. "You're gonna get it!"
Sticking my tongue out at James, I rawred jokingly. We both dissolved into giggles, becoming almost helpless with laughter.
The water in which we stood was unseasonably cold and I couldn't repress my shivering even in favor of my two favorite things: laughter and cuddling.
James seemed to notice this at precisely that moment. "A bit chilly, eh?"
I nodded and though I hated to inconvenience him, I was incredibly glad when he suggested that we go to shore where I could wear his sweatshirt.
As we began walking, he reached for my hand and took it in his. I felt a blush warm my chilly cheeks. This guy knew how to make a girl happy.
He leaned down and whispered in my ear: "You look beautiful when you do that."
I bit my tongue thoughtfully. "Thank you, but I disagree."
He looked at me, seemingly confused. "It's almost breakfast time. Would you like to come eat with me so that I can unravel the mystery that is you?"
I almost laughed. "Certainly," I agreed.
"I have a quick errand to run. Can I meet you there?" he asked as his face showed a strange expression.
I nodded. Anything he suggested was fine by me.
I couldn't help but laugh uproariously as Sirius pounced at me, his black hair swinging in front of his eyes. Within seconds he had me pinned to the ground.
"Instead of forcing you into submission, I'm going to ask you something," Sirius declared.
I simply replied: "Continue."
"Would you be my girlfriend?"
I smiled a crooked teasing smile. "I'll think about it."
Sensing my humor, he helped me up, kissed my forehead and said: "Let's go get breakfast."
After a while of laying on his shoulder, which might I add, is exceedingly comfortable, I heard him mutter my name.
"Hmm?" I replied
"You really are awfully pretty you know."
I groaned. "You have no clue what you're saying."
"Oh, but I do. I would also like to say that I like you quite a lot. Would you mind terribly being my girlfriend?"
"Ye-yes!!" I finally sputtered, stumbling over the one syllable word.
He smiled, relieved, and held me in his arms. "Thank you. Now let's go eat."
As I sat with Ally at breakfast, my stomach was doing backflips. As far as I knew, Ally had no clue that she was about to get asked out via owl.
I had written her a note and given it to my owl to deliver, and now I could hardly wait for the post to arrive. I crossed my fingers.