Disclaimer: any recognizable characters belong to J.K. Rowling.

K, so I haven't updated for a while cuz I've been busy with other things, and I can only manage to update a story once in a while.. . . stupid college.

Any underlined sentences or paragraphs are copyrighted to J.K. Rowling. I don't own them, I'm just borrowing them

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When Alyssa got back to school she, like the rest of the returning students, immediately heard about Justin Finch-Fletchley getting attacked. She also heard a wide variety of rumors to explain the absence of one Hermione Granger.

Not that she minded Granger's absence; the little know-it-all annoyed the hell out of her.

Alyssa almost busted with laughter when she went to Madame Pomfrey for her medicine and saw a furry faced Hermione with cat ears peeking out of her bushy hair.

'Well, it's a definite improvement,' Alyssa thought as she received a goblet of wolfsbane potion. She downed it and left the hospital wing while trying not to laugh anymore.

Hermione was back to normal and out of the hospital wing at the beginning of February. 'Yay," Alyssa thought sarcastically as she tried her best to tune out Granger talking with Harry and Ron. Apparently they had found an unused diary in the girl's bathroom over the break and were trying to figure out who it belonged to. She shrugged it off, stopped eavesdropping and went on reading her newest Steven King novel, Christine.

On February fourteenth Alyssa and Ginny walked into the Great Hall and Alyssa didn't know what she felt like doing more, laughing or throwing up.

The walls were covered with large pink flowers and heart-shaped confetti was falling from the ceiling.

"Oh, gag," Alyssa moaned when she sat down and looked up at the teachers' table and saw that Lockhart was wearing pink robes that matched the Great Hall's decorations.

"Happy Valentine's Day!" Lockhart shouted. "And may I thank the forty-six people who have so far sent me cards! Yes, I have taken the liberty of arranging this little surprise for you all—and it doesn't end here!"

Lockhart clapped his hands and through the doors to the entrance hall marched a dozen surly-looking dwarfs. Not just any dwarfs, however. Lockhart had them all wearing golden wings and carrying harps.

"Those poor dwarves," Alyssa muttered, feeling sorry for the small creatures. Apparently they were Lockhart's "Friendly, card-carrying cupids," though they didn't look too friendly. They would be wandering the grounds today to deliver valentines.

"I'm sure my colleagues will want to enter into the spirit of the occasion! Why not ask Professor Snape to show you how to whip up a Love Potion! And while you're at it, Professor Flitwick knows more about Entrancing Enchantments than any wizard I've ever met, the sly old dog!"

Alyssa almost laughed at the thought of Professor Snape brewing a Love Potion. "Who would want one of those, anyway?" she asked Ginny. "Wouldn't you rather fall in love the normal way instead of bewitching someone?"

Ginny nodded. "Absolutely."

"You're not one of those forty-six that sent Lockhart cards, right?"

Ginny shook her head and Alyssa sighed in relief. "Good; that git's got a big enough head already."

"I think I like Valentine's Day," said Alyssa as she and Ginny went to Charms class. A cupid dwarf had just delivered a musical valentine to Harry and it wasn't too hard for Alyssa to guess who sent it.

"His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad," Alyssa sang teasingly.

Ginny turned as red as her hair and said, "Shut it, Alyssa."

"His hair is a dark as a blackboard!"

"I mean it, stop singing!"

"I wish he were mine, he's really divine, the hero who conquered the Dark Lord!"

Ginny took her Charms book out of her bag and whacked Alyssa in the arm with it. Alyssa just laughed.

"You're just jealous because you didn't get to send a valentine to anybody!" Ginny said hotly.

"Oh please, as if I'd want to embarrass myself like that," Alyssa giggled.

Ginny glared at her, and for the rest of the day she ignored Alyssa.

Alyssa was glad when spring came. She'd gotten a new soccer ball from her grandma as an Easter present and was eager to teach Ginny how to play soccer.

"What's that?" Ginny asked.

"It's a muggle sport," Alyssa explained. "You have two teams on a field with a goal on each end. Each team tries to get this," she held up the ball. "Into the other team's goal. Whoever scores the most goals wins. It's kind of like quidditch, but without the brooms, bludgers and snitch, and there's only one goal for each team instead of three."

Ginny looked confused.

"Don't worry, you'll understand once we started playing," Alyssa assured her. They went out in an open area by the lake and Alyssa searched for four large rocks. When she found them she put two on one end of the open area and the other two at the other end. She went to the middle and called Ginny over. Alyssa put the ball down between them.

"One the count of three, you try to get the ball past me and kick it between those two rocks behind me. Three . . . two . . . one!"

Ginny tried to kick the ball so it would go under Alyssa's legs, but Alyssa immediately blocked the ball and kicked it with enough force to send it away from her goal. This continued and their one-on-one match ended five-to-nothing.

"I think I prefer quidditch," said Ginny as they headed back towards the castle.