Audrey had thrown back her head, laughing at what Percy had just said when a chair scraped across the floor across from her. Percy paused in his own laughter to look at his brothers. Fred and George looked at the both of them, curious.
“What did we miss?” George inquired, his eyebrow quirking up as he looked between the two, not having noticed that they had scooted farther away from each other.
“Percy said something funny. That’s all.” Audrey smirked, stretching her arms over her head. “I’m going to go to the bathroom real quick, don’t start an argument.” Audrey glared pointedly at Percy before walking through the crowd.
“What’s going on?” Fred demanded, slamming his fist on the table as he and George leaned toward their older brother. Percy looked at both of them.
“Did you not hear Audrey? I said something funny.” George snorted and shook his head. “I heard Audrey gave you the idea to make a joke shop.”
“Not entirely. She decided on it being a shop and its location. So she’s one of the co-founders, but it strictly has Weasley, no part of Audrey’s name is used.” George commented, leaning back in his chair.
Audrey pushed back through the crowd, glaring when a third years elbow went into her gut. Finally she made it out of the crowd and bashed her thighs into the table. Hissing, she sat back down next to Percy and sighed.
“I’m getting kind of claustrophobic in here, Percy, you want to go outside with me?” Her green eyes were dark with annoyance, still not faded from her trip back and forth through the crowds of people. Percy nodded, standing and started walking. “I’ll see you guys later.” Audrey waved, smiling before following after Percy.
Audrey and Percy had been walking around Hogsmeade for thirty minutes when Audrey got an idea. She took a step, spinning until she faced Percy, stopping him dead in his tracks. Percy stared at her questioningly at the smile that was growing on her face.
“You can apparate, correct?” Percy nodded, jumping when Audrey grabbed his hand. “Trust me.” Glancing around she apparated them away from Hogsmeade, swaying on her feet as they landed in a meadow filled with purple and gold flowers.
“What are we doing here?” Percy looked at the girl next to him and saw the soft smile gracing her features and the innocence in her eyes.
“My dad took me here on my fifth birthday, it was the first and the last time I ever saw him. He took me here, sat me down.” Audrey walked over to what seemed to be a worn spot next to a small pond and patted a spot next to her for Percy, staring out at the horizon. “He told me about my mom. How I looked like her, acted like her, how I was bound to get into Slytherin solely based on my family. But then he told me that he’d never be able to see me again, that this meeting was a one time thing and that I’d just have to deal.” Audrey wrapped her arms around her knees and rested her chin on top of them.
“What house was he in?” Percy leaned forward, trying to look at her face. Audrey turned her head, flipping her blond hair out behind her, a smile on her face.
“Gryffindor.” She leaned forward and pecked Percy on the lips before turning back to look at the sky.
“What was that for?” Percy stared wide-eyed at her.
“No reason, just wanted you to know you had other options out there. Fred and George told me about the Ravenclaw girl.” Audrey sighed, standing. “Let’s get back, I’m sure they’re looking for us.”
Audrey landed, collapsing on her knees because of her lack of balance. Percy helped her up and they walked back to the carriages, holding onto each other’s hands loosely.
“Do you think those two left without us?” Audrey asked as their carriage started to go back towards school, her hand still holding Percy’s.“I wouldn’t put it past them.” Percy gave a small smile as he looked down at their hands before looking out the window.