Over the next few weeks, I became very close to the boys. Well, Remus, James, and Sirius. I really didn't feel any connection with Peter, but the other boys seemed to like him, so he tagged along. I hung out with them all day and into the evening. They were funny, mischievous, and great to hang around with. I felt that they accepted me, even though I was a girl. We would do homework together in front of the fire every night.
To be honest, the classes weren't very difficult. They were very straightforward and easy to pick up. Me and Remus were probably doing the best in our group of friends. Sirius knew what was going on, but just didn't give enough effort to get good grades. James needed a lot of help and explanations, which usually fell to being my job. Remus helped me occasionally, but Sirius usually distracted him. And then there was Peter. To be honest, Peter sucked. I don't know how he wasn't in tutoring. But, nonetheless, he was part of the group.
I also became very close to Lily and Lydia. After you got past that Lydia was so shy, she was really a fun person to be around. I would stay up late at night, talking with Lily and Lydia. I didn't hang out with them much during the day because, well, Lily didn't like James and Sirius. Which is understandable. A lot of people didn't like James and Sirius. You had to be pretty special to be able to deal with those two.
Remus was a different story. Now, don't get me wrong, I like Remus a lot. But he was just a bit odd. It seemed that every few weeks, he would get sick. He would be tired and fatigued and slept most of the day. While we would do homework, he would be sacked out on the couch. He always ended up going to the hospital wing one night, maybe even more! It was weird, because after awhile, I noticed that his visit to the hospital wing was always around the same time of each month. I didn't get it. But I didn't have the courage to ask him about it. What if he had some disease he didn't want to tell us about? I would feel like a complete jerk if I asked him about it and he was self conscious.
But on the other hand, he was a great person. He was very, very smart and fun to be around. Although he was quiet and liked to read, he was very funny. You had to listen to him very closely to get his jokes though. He was very handsome by the way. When he looked at me with those deep amber eyes, I got lost. His hair was always falling slightly into his face which gave him some charm. The scars that covered his face and hands were always noticeable. But after a while, I got used to them. I liked him a lot as I said earlier. But I didn't know if it was as a best friend or as a boyfriend yet.
My birthday wasn't a very big occasion. I got a card and a present from mum and dad, a present from Sasha and Aaron, and cards from my friends. I spent the day with the boys, doing nothing in particular. I felt pretty special now that I was eleven.
Fall blew into winter and soon, I had to make the decision on whether to stay at Hogwarts over Christmas or go home. The boys were all staying here for Christmas, minus Peter. As I heard it, his mum was making him come home. Lily and Lydia were also going home for Christmas, but my mum was letting me decide. Sasha and Aaron had decided to go home, having already experienced Christmas at Hogwarts. It was a tough decision, but I decided to stay at Hogwarts with my friends.
Since we were eleven years old and didn't have any money, we decided that we weren't going to get each other presents. I was okay with that, because, well, I didn't have any money. Zilch. None. Nada. I guess being with each other was a good enough present.
The morning came when I awoke and was the only one in my dorm. Lily, Lydia, May, and Scarlet (who might I say, is a huge pain in the arse) were gone. I felt lonely as I got up and pulled on my uniform. But the feeling didn't last long because as soon as I walked downstairs, I was greeted by the boys.
"Morning sleeping beauty," Sirius called, from his spot where he was lounging on the couch. "You like to sleep in, don't you?"
"Who doesn't like to sleep in?" I said, throwing myself down next to his feet.
"Well, it's finally break and we finally get to do whatever we want!" James said, commanding one of his chessmen to move forward. Remus's piece totally destroyed him.
"Remus, really?" James said, looking up at his friend.
"Hey, it's the name of the game," he said, cheekily, collecting James's broken knight from the board.
I chuckled and watched those two play chess for a good half hour. We seemed to be the only first years left in Gryffindor, which I found odd. Why not spend your first Christmas at Hogwarts? There were a few other Gryffindors in the common room but not many showed up throughout the day.
We hung out and played chess and played Gobstones and all the other games you play when you have nothing better to do. I was really enjoying the time off, not worrying about classes or teachers or homework. Just friends, good spirit, and Christmas.
The day finally arrived. Christmas Eve. I woke up early that morning, much to James and Sirius's happiness.
"Tonks, look at you, getting up all early," James said, complimenting me at my early arrival to the common room.
"I got up just for you two," I said, chuckling.
We spent the day eating, hanging around, and having an epic snowball fight. It was me and Remus against James and Sirius. Unfortunately, James and Sirius whooped mine and Remus's butts, and they won the bragging rights. After we were finished with the snowball fight, we had to hurry back inside the castle to get all cleaned up and ready for Christmas Eve dinner in the Great Hall.
We walked down through the castle, with our best outfits on and our stomachs growling.
"I'm so hungry I could eat a cow," Sirius complained.
"I'm so hungry I could eat a Sirius," James said, laughing.
"You guys…" I said, rolling my eyes.
When we arrived at the Great Hall, it was all decked out for the holidays. It was really a beautiful sight. It had twelve huge Christmas trees covered in snow and golden ornaments, holly and tinsel from every available surface, and snow softly falling from the enchanted ceiling. There was one long table set out. There was no need for five tables with so little people. Even the staff sat at this table.
It was a glorious feast. Everything was cooked to perfection. There were dozens of turkeys and chickens, puddings and pies, along with every other holiday food. I stuffed myself and I felt guilty after word. But I ate nothing compared to the boys. They ate almost the whole table. I couldn't help but laugh.
After the feast, Dumbledore stood up, wished us a Merry Christmas and sent us off to bed.
Sitting in the Gryffindor common room, digesting our meals, we started talking about Christmas traditions. It was quite funny to hear all of the crazy things that James and Sirius had done around the holidays in the past. I was so full and so happy and content, I fell asleep on the couch next to Remus, who was sleeping there also. Well, come to think of it, we all slept downstairs on Christmas Eve night, together.
Thanks for reading! Sorry for the delay in this chapter! I was writing it when I was writing my last chapter but I was tired and sleepy and it wasn't any good so some revisions were made! Sorry this one was kind of boring. I don't want to drag the story out.
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