Audrey buried her head deeper into her pillow, biting her lip and balling her fists. Her birthday was tomorrow and she was not looking forward to it, the twins were busy planning their joke shop after she had given them her measurements and Percy was still super busy with studying, getting ready for his opening at the Ministry. Her door banged open, Draco staring at her with a frown. Audrey glanced up, frowning and rubbing her right eye.
“What the hell is wrong? You haven’t left your room all weekend, I’m tired of bringing you your meals and I’ve written to mum five times that you’re busy studying.” Draco sat down, rubbing Audrey’s shoulder. “Tell me what’s wrong. If it’s those Gryffindor’s I told you to steer clear of them, they won’t do you any good.” Audrey glared, frowning in return.
“No, I just don’t want tomorrow to come. That just means O.W.L.s is closer and then so is sixth year and seveth year and N.E.W.T.s is right after that. I just have a bad feeling.” Draco snorted, squeezing his cousin’s shoulder.
“So what, you’ll be sixteen? I’ll still be thirteen, you’ll still be the same old Audrey. Friends with Weasley’s and still keeping secrets from me.” Audrey rolled her eyes, switching to her back and staring up at the ceiling. “Making mum worry and father suspicious.” He smirked and Audrey smiled in return.
“Thanks Draco.” Audrey sat up and pecked her cousin on the cheek, laughing as he wiped it off, a disgusted look on his face. “What did you come up here for?”
“Mum said if you didn’t answer her back she’d be sending a howler and not your present.” He handed her an open letter and she sighed. Holding her hand out for a quill, ink and parchment. “Get it yourself, you know the spell.”
“But you’re right in front of it. So just turn around and hand it to me.” Audrey glared and with a sigh, Draco handed her what she wanted. “Anything else?” She dipped her quill into the ink and began her reply.
“Yah, one more thing. Who are you dating? Which Weasley?” Her quill punctured through the paper and she looked up, her eyes wide.
“Why do you ask that?” She grabbed a new piece of parchment and began again.
“It’s one of the twins.” Audrey stifled a snort, waiting for Draco to continue. “It’s Fred, it’s that one isn’t it? I remember you talking about him in your letters.” She looked up, her hand covering her mouth.
“No, it’s not Fred. Or George. I’m not dating anyone Draco. Don’t worry, where are you hearing this crap?” She was annoyed, because she wasn’t sure what was going on with Percy and her anymore.
“Crabbe said that he saw you with a Wea-” Audrey started laughing.
“Really? Crabbe? You’re going to believe him? He can’t even tie his trainers without help. Are you really going to believe him over your favorite cousin?” Audrey raised an eyebrow, coughing as her laugh subsided.
“I guess your right. Are you done? I’m going to send yours off with mine as soon as you’re done.” Draco watched as Audrey finished her letter with a flourish and handed it to him. “Don’t let anything happen to you Audrey. If you are dating a Weasley and father finds out you’ll be kicked out, or killed quicker than you could blink.” Audrey nodded and wrapped her arms around the boy.
“Then don’t let Lucius take over your life, don’t let his decisions come back to bite you in the arse. Okay?” Draco nodded and left.
The owl at her window made her jump, standing she walked over and opened it. The owl soared past her and after dropping a letter on her bed flew back out. Her eyebrows knitted together as she opened it.
Your birthday is tomorrow! I actually have no clue as to how we’re going to spend it; we could skip class all day and go to the meadow. I think I got you a present that you’ll enjoy. I have to admit though, Fred and George gave me advice about what I should get you, and I still don’t know that much about you. I’ll see you tomorrow I love you.
Audrey smiled and stuffed the letter into her pocket, yanking open the door and down the stairs. She passed by Draco and his friends with a small wave and exited out of the common room and into the hall, taking a deep breath she walked calmly towards the kitchen, a huge smile stretching across her face.
Fred and George leaned over the parchment, littered with numbers and calculations as the kitchen door was pushed open. Audrey jumped onto George’s back, placing the letter on top of theirs. They looked up, annoyed. She pointed at the paper, smile still in place and her eyes shining.
“He wants to skip class you guys! I just need you to make sure he actually makes it out of the castle. Oh, I’m so excited!” Audrey pushed herself away, jumping up and down.
“There’s goes our plans for her present, right George?” Fred frowned and glanced over at George.
“You’re right Fred. It’s like she only wants Percy’s present.” Audrey stopped, frowning and crossing her arms.
“How could you think of such horrid things? Of course I want your present, I love presents and you know that! Do you have them on you? Do you, do you?” Fred and George chuckled and leaned against the counter.
“We’ll send them off with Percy tomorrow. It’s just not as extravagant as that ring of yours, nor is Percy’s present.” George winked and folded the parchment back into his pocket. “Here’s your letter.” He handed it to her, smiling.
“Go find that emerald green shirt and that other thing you wore last year on your birthday. You looked really nice in that.” Audrey raised an eyebrow as Fred’s cheeks took a slight pink tinge to them.
“You did, you looked great.” George gave a thumbs-up and waved Audrey away as she walked out the door. “Idiot, she likes Percy.” He smacked Fred in the back of the head. “Besides, I thought you were over that.”
“I am, sort of. I’m trying!” Fred stood and stretched his arms over his head. “I’m happy for her and Percy too. I just have a bad feeling that there is going to be a lot of hardship with their relationship and she won’t always be able to run to us.” Fred frowned and George clapped him on the shoulder.“She can handle herself. Especially when Percy has to introduce her to the family when he asks her to marry him. I’ll feel sorry for him with all the stress that will be put on her.” George laughed and walked towards the door. “You coming?” Fred shook himself and followed George out, he was right. Besides, it never would have worked out between him and Audrey anyway.