Slytherin Born

Chapter 4

Audrey and Percy were sitting shoulder to shoulder as Percy pointed out mistakes in her essay. They were in the middle of a quite interesting conversation when the kitchen doors opened.

“Audrey! You won’t believe what you missed in Binns’ class.” Fred came running forward, George following behind.

“Percy?” Percy looked at his brother’s, exchanging a glance with Audrey. “Why are you here?”

“He was going to be late for class so I convinced him to help me with Charms.” Audrey smiled, Fred and George sharing a surprised look.

“You convinced Percy to skip a class? Just to do homework that he did two years ago?” George raised an eyebrow and looked at the homework in between them. “What’s really going on here?”

“Nothing, I’m going back to the common room. I’ll see you later Audrey.” Percy smiled as he gathered his things, leaving his brothers to stare after him.

“We were just doing homework, I promise you guys. Any news on Sirius Black? I’m tired of all the dementors hanging around.” Audrey put her homework in her bag and put it on her shoulder. “I’ll see you guys later, cousin needs help with his homework.” She slipped past the twins and out the door before they even registered what she had spoken.

“Draco!” Audrey shouted at her cousin when she saw him pass in an opposite stairwell. “Where are you going?” She ran towards him, trying not to fall as she rounded the final corner sharply. “You said you would be needing help on your homework this year. Let’s go to the library to get it done.” She threw an arm around his shoulders and steered him in the opposite direction.

“What are you up to Audrey?” Draco shrugged his cousin’s arm off and glared up at her. “Hanging with Weasley’s again?”

“What’s it to you? You’re not going to do anything about it, what should it possibly matter?”

“I saw you walking around with the older one earlier, the Head Boy. Honestly, Audrey, you can do so much better.”

“So can your grades.” Audrey shoved Draco into the library and over into a corner, pushing him down and sitting next to him. “Now, what’s your homework?” Rolling his eyes, Draco pulled out his homework.

To say Audrey went to her classes the rest of the week was a bit of a stretch. She went to Care of Magical Creatures and Muggle Studies, but that was about it. Audrey ignored the questions from both the twins and Draco, giving off rude remarks in return about where they could put them.

By Saturday, Audrey was grabbing her jacket to go to Hogsmeade. Not wanting to be one of the last people to leave as she usually was, the twins had sent an owl to wake her that morning, at two in the morning.

“You guys are really mean.” Audrey grumbled, hitting them both lightly on the arm as she rubber her eyes. “I bet you didn’t wake Percy up this early.”

“They did.” Percy’s voice came from her left, making her turn.

“We decided that you two could go together. Audrey, you never want to go to the same shops we do and Percy never does anything fun. You got him to skip class, maybe you can change his whole person!” George smiled and followed Fred into a carriage.

“I hate them.” Audrey crossed her arms, glaring as she watched the carriage leave, Fred waving out the window. “You don’t have to go, you know?” Percy shook his head, stepping into a carriage.

“They’re kind of right. I never do anything fun, so let’s try to change that.” At the excited look on Audrey’s face Percy spoke quickly. “Just for today, no more skipping classes.”

“I only went to two classes since Monday.” Audrey sang as the carriage pulled away from the school.

When they arrived at Hogsmeade, it was packed, people were milling around everywhere. “Nope. Still hate people.” Audrey muttered, pulling back her hair as she stepped out onto the ground, Percy right behind her. “Want to go to the Three Broomsticks?”

Percy didn’t even get a chance to answer the girl as she had grabbed his hand and was already pulling him through the crowd of people, elbowing them to the side so that she wouldn’t have to stop.

When the pair arrived at the Three Broomsticks Audrey led Percy to a table in the back before going off to order two glasses of butterbeer. She came back quickly, pushing her way past a couple and sitting down next to Percy.

“How were your classes, Percy?” Audrey cupped her chin in her hand, leaning forward to look at Percy.

“Good. What about the two you went to this week?” Percy smiled as Audrey grabbed one of the glasses that had been sat down just a few seconds ago.

“Pretty good. I slept through most of them.” She smiled in return as she took a sip of her butterbeer, watching as Percy grabbed his own. Hearing very familiar laughter, Audrey sat up straight and looked over as she saw Draco and his friends walking over, not really seeing her. “Percy, could you hide under the table just for a few minutes. I don’t think you want a confrontation.” Percy followed her gaze and looked at her.

“I don’t think they’re coming over here Audrey.” Percy took a sip of his drink and leaned back in his chair.

“Miss Elian?” Audrey jumped, turning to find Professor Lupin standing behind them. “I have your homework for this week from my class. Fred and George told me I could find you here.” He sat a pile of paper in front of her and nodding at Percy, left.

“Audrey Elian? Didn’t you say your last name was Black?” Percy asked, looking through her homework.

“It’s Black at home, on my birth certificate it’s my dad’s last name. Professor Lupin’s the only one who uses that name.” Audrey shoved her homework to the end of the table, not wanting to look at it.

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