friends stand when life falls

drabble 2: Katie(Chi)James

The first thing he realizes is that they both have second-hand names.

She's named after her dad's first love (Katie, really) and he's named after his dead grandfather so he supposes in a weird sort of way, it works.

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The second thing he realizes is that she's a bit of a bubbly ball of energy.

She comes up to him, all dark hair, skin, and eyes, almost exotic looking. When she sees him, she almost falls over herself with laughter. "James," she laughs, "Roxanne told me something funny about you."

He raises an eyebrow. "I'd rather not hear it."

"I think this is something you'd want to hear," she sings, but then she laughs and runs away before he can inquire after her.

He wonders how Roxanne puts up with her.

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The third thing he realizes is that she's not exactly like he thought she was.

The Gryffindor girl is seated at the table, thumbing through a book, not surrounded by the usual crowd of people that swarm around her like flies. Confused, he goes over and sits next to her. "Katie. I thought that… that you would be off talking to someone or something?"

"I'm not always talking, you know," she takes a moment to look up and stick her tongue out at him before turning back to her book. "Now, shush. I'm trying to read."

"I didn't know you could read," he retorts, causing him to successfully distract her- she looks up, annoyed.

"There's a lot you don't know about me," she tells him mysteriously, dog-earing the page of her book and closing it. "There's also a lot you don't know about me."

Laughing, he informs her, "Ah, but that's where you're wrong."

Her eyes flash dangerously and she retorts, "I'm never wrong."

Then she grabs the book off the table and tucks it under her arm, looking quite annoyed, though she doesn't say so.

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The fourth thing he realizes about her is that she enjoys explaining herself- all he has to do is ask.

One day, when he catches her alone again, he asks, "Well, if you're so adamant on the fact that there's a lot I don't know about you, why don't you just tell me about yourself?"

"I thought you'd never ask," Katie laughs, as if it's some funny joke. Then she launches into some long speech about herself. Though it probably should bore him- what with his short attention span and all- he actually finds himself enjoying it and taking mental notes, which he never does.

He thinks absently that she should be a teacher. Then, perhaps, his grades would be much higher.

Once she finishes explaining, he tells her, "Talker, much?"

She rolls her eyes, still seemingly oblivious to the fact that he's staring at her like she's the most beautiful thing in the world.

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The fifth thing he realizes about Katie is that she enjoys kissing him (he can just tell).

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A/N: For Chi. I deemed Katie normal enough ;) Hope I got you somewhere near right!