Slytherin Born

Chapter 10

Audrey laughed and pushed Fred in the shoulder, it was February and the week of Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching. The pair had gotten closer since there fight and had promised one another never to let it happen again.

“Where’s Percy?” Fred choked out in-between laughs as he skipped a stone into the lake.

“Studying. Whenever we’re together he has me studying for O.W.L.s and I can barely get a word in edgewise when he’s critiquing all my answers. Where’s George?” Audrey asked as she waded into the lake up to the middle of her shins.

“Getting some food from the kitchens. I don’t know what’s taking him so long.” Fred looked back at the castle, frowning.

“I’m sure he’s just grabbing a whole bunch of food. We could go look for him if you want. I have to go to the kitchen in a few hours to study anyway.” Audrey walked out of the lake and rolled down her pant legs, putting her shoes back on. “How have your study habits been?” Audrey questioned as they walked towards the castle doors.

“What are you and Audrey going to be doing on Valentine’s Day?” George asked as he leaned over the counter in the kitchen. It seemed that Audrey had lost track of time and was supposed to have been in the kitchen with Percy twenty minutes ago. “She hasn’t told Fred or I anything about it, so you must be planning something.” Percy looked up from his notes and pushed his glasses closer to his eyes.

“I haven’t thought of anything to do yet. I don’t even know if she wants to do anything, what does she usually do?” Percy asked as he set down his quill, his eyes gliding over what he just wrote.

“Don’t know she’s never had a boyfriend for Valentine’s. You could make her breakfast for dinner take her to Hogsmeade. Just keep her away from that couple place she hates it.” George yawned, looking over towards the door as it opened. Audrey and Fred entered at the same time, the both of them shouting.

“I won! I got through the door first!” Audrey glared as she walked further in. “Percy? Am I late?” Percy nodded, smiling. “I’m sorry, we lost track of time.” Audrey smiled in return and kissed his cheek. “I’ll see you two tomorrow in class, study time.” She waved Percy’s quill in the air, rolling her eyes.

“Alright, but I still won. You’re not that fast.” Fred smiled and saluted, following George out of the kitchens.

“So, what are we studying today?” Audrey sat down on her designated stool and leaned on her elbows, looking at the parchment in front of Percy.

“What do you want to do for Valentine’s Day?” Percy spoke and Audrey looked up, frowning.

“I don’t know, I never do anything so I don’t expect you to go to any great lengths, I mean you have N.E.W.T.s coming up. I was just thinking we’d study, I don’t have any great ideas so, just spending time with you would be good.” She leaned towards him and pecked him on the lips, a small smile forming on both their faces.

“It’s the first time for both of us to have a date on Valentine’s Day, I want it to be memorable. I’ll even put studying off for the whole week to prepare, just tell me what you’d like.” Percy grabbed her hand and squeezed it.

“Nothing, I’m fine with studying Percy. I like studying, which is weird for a Slytherin to say, let alone a friend of Fred and George’s.” Audrey shook her head and looked back at the parchment. “Which subject are we studying today?” Percy sighed and turned towards it as well.

Percy stood at the edge of the Black Lake, twirling a flat rock over again and again in his fingers. It was the day before Valentine’s and he was nervous that his plans wouldn’t work out like he was planning them to. It was past curfew and he was waiting for Audrey to meet him, her Prefect duties sure were taking a long time tonight. Sighing, he sent the rock skipping fifteen times across the still surface, disrupting it.

“That was good.” Percy turned around and received a swift kiss. “I can do better.” Audrey laughed and bent down to pick up a rock. She sent it over the lake a good twenty-five skips and turned towards Percy, triumphant. “See?”

“Good job.” He sunk down to the ground and sighed, looking up at the stars. Audrey frowned and sat down next to him, grabbing his hand.

“What’s wrong?” Percy gave a small smile and Audrey rolled her eyes. “It’s Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? We could go to the meadow that I showed you on the Hogsmeade trip.” Audrey nudged Percy in the shoulder, smiling. “If it’s really that important to you, we could go now since there’s no classes tomorrow. I know another path that would just take thirty minutes; besides, I also have blankets and pillows there. I used to go and sleep there whenever I argued with Draco or the twins.” Percy’s smile grew huge and he pulled Audrey to her feet. “This way!” She whispered and started running, pulling Percy after her.

Audrey woke the next morning to sunlight intruding on the darkness that had been behind her closed eyelids. Groaning she sat up and stretched, she looked around smiled.

“Percy, wake up. It’s Valentine’s Day.” She shook the Gryffindor and backed away when his arm swung towards her as he flipped over. “Wake up, we’re spending the whole day together, just the two of us.” She shook him again and kissed him. “Please?” Percy groaned and blinked several times, clearing his vision. “Morning.”

Percy smiled and kissed her. “Morning. You have food somewhere in this meadow, right?” Audrey nodded and got up, motioning for Percy to follow her. “Berries?” Audrey glared at how unhappy he sounded as she plucked some off the bush.

“Just try them.” He looked skeptical and took a step away when she moved towards them. “They’re perfectly fine. Do I need to force feed you like a child?” Percy glared in return and allowed Audrey to give him a berry. “Don’t they taste amazing?” He nodded and the glare fell off his face. “You would have missed out.” Audrey smiled slyly and moved closer to Percy, a mischievous glint in her eyes as the morning sun caught them at the right angle, making them appear grass green.

“Has anyone ever told you how beautiful you are?” Percy wrapped his arms around Audrey’s waist and rested his forehead on hers.

“No, I don’t think anyone ever has.” Audrey said sarcastically and wrapped her own arms around Percy’s neck. “Have you heard anyone say that?” Percy nodded, smiling his brown eyes softening.

“I’ve heard quite a few people say you were sexy.” Percy whispered.

“I already know I’m sexy. It’s what attracts all the boys.” Audrey joked. “But who have you heard say I’m beautiful?”

“Me, I’ve told myself thousands of times how beautiful you are and how lucky I am that I have you.” Percy said, completely serious. Audrey grinned and leaned forward on her tiptoes to reach Percy’s lips. Percy smiled and kissed her back, completely content with not changing activities.

“Audrey! We found you!” George’s voice had Audrey moving herself away from Percy, pushing him away from her. “Oh, Percy’s here too. We were wondering where he went.” Fred looked at the pair and started laughing.

“Did we interrupt something?” Audrey’s face heated up as the twins laughed.

“Guys, it’s Valentine’s Day. Can’t you find some girl to go snog and leave us alone? Just for today?” Fred and George looked at each other and shrugged.

“Alright, but you’re hanging out with us tomorrow.” George glared playfully and left with Fred.

“They should not be sneaking up on people like that.” Audrey crossed her arms, kicking the ground with her shoe.

“Where were we when we were so rudely interrupted?” Percy asked, causing Audrey to look up and catch the devilish smirk disappearing off his face. She smirked back and kissed him. This had to be the best Valentine’s Day she’d ever had, and it was just starting.
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