YEAR THREE

Scorpius

Scorpius was on top of the world. He was walking back to the castle with Albus by his side, broomsticks in hand, accompanied by a group of cheering Slytherins. He had never felt better than he did at that moment. Slytherin had beat Gryffindor for the House Cup. Finally.

It began to drizzle as they made their way to the castle. Seeing the Gryffindors sadly stomp in the mud with their heads drooped made Scorpius's spirits lift even more, as bad as that sounds. Albus slipped his arm into Scorpius's and they cheered with their fellow Slytherins as they walked up the castle steps, arm-in-arm.

Scorpius was grinning ear-to-ear by the time he reached the common room. A few kids called out mean names to him as he walked by, but he took no notice. He was in too good of a mood to notice. The Slytherins were having a party in the common room and Albus, Scorpius, and the rest of the Slytherin Quidditch team were the center of attention. Usually, this was not a good thing for Scorpius, but in this instance, his peers were congratulating him instead of poking fun at him.

The only one who wasn't happy and cheering was Vincent. He shoved past people on the way to his dormitory and Scorpius couldn't help but feel a bit bad as he watched his ex-friend go. Vincent had refused to acknowledge Scorpius's existence since Rose had broken it off with him over a month ago. He blamed Scorpius for the break-up and, while he was angry with both of them and was glad they were broken up, was sad that his once friend hated him.

Albus saw Scorpius staring after Vincent and dug his elbow into the blonde's side and handed him a plate of snacks. "Don't worry about him, Scor. This is our day."

"It's his day, too," Scorpius pointed out. Vincent was a Beater on the Slytherin Quidditch team and had just as much of a hand in their victory as Al and Scor did. "I'm going to try to convince him to come down, is all. I'll be gone five minutes."

"He won't listen to you."

"I have to try, don't I?"

Ever since Rose broke up with him, Vincent had been sour to everyone, causing Albus to get sick of his behavior and stop talking to him altogether. This was yet another reason that Scorpius felt bad for Vincent. He knew what it was like to feel all alone.

Scorpius followed Vincent to their dormitory and found him lying on his bed, staring at the ceiling. Vincent glanced at him when he came in, but, upon seeing that it was Scorpius, made an unpleased huffing noise and ignored him.

"You should come down to the party, Vincent," Scorpius said.

"Fuck off."

"Look, I know you hate me, but could you please not? I have a hard enough time with the other kids at school and I don't need you to give me a hard time, too."

"Don't guilt trip me, man," Vincent said, trying to make his voice sound hard, but failing miserably.

"I'm serious," Scorpius pushed. "I don't want to lose another friend."

Vincent sat up in bed and stared at the blonde boy. "You were the one who ignored everyone and got all pissy the second Rose and I got together!"

"And you're the one who ignored everyone and got all pissy the second Rose broke it off with you," Scorpius pointed out.

"Does that – oh, Merlin – does that makes us…even?"

"I dunno. I mean, you dated the girl I like, which is uncool, but I was part of the reason that she broke up with you, which is also uncool. We're both horrible people," Scorpius said with a chuckle. "Maybe we should go be horrible people together, at the party."

Vincent flopped back down on the bed with a groan. "I'm not feeling up to it, Scor. I mean, I know we're even, but I still want to hit you."

"I want to hit you, too, but fighting won't solve anything. If it makes you feel better, other kids have been hitting me all year."

Vincent sat up once again. "Why would that make me feel better?"

"I just figured you would be happy to see me in pain, even if you're not the one who caused it."

"Merlin's beard! How crappy of a friend do you think I am?" Vincent cried and this made Scorpius smile. "Of course I don't want to see you in pain, even when we're fighting! I love you, dude." He hopped off the bed and strode up to Scorpius. "Now tell me who has been beating you up. I need to let them know not to mess with my friend."