“It’s Draco Malfoy. He’s my cousin.” Audrey squeezed Percy’s hand staring at her best friends. “Please say something.” Fred’s face had gone ashen and George’s eyes seemed to bulge out of their sockets.
“You’re related to Malfoy? But your last name is Elian!” George was the first one to speak; it made Audrey relax her grip on Percy’s hand just a bit.
“It’s on my mum’s side. His mum is my mum’s older sister. So I’m basically related to the Black’s. I told you about what happened to my mum, how she died shortly after having me, what house my dad was in. It’s just that you both never asked what house my mum was in, besides you don’t seem to care that I’m in Slytheirn.” Audrey glared, her free hand twitching towards her pocket.
“We never said we’d stop being your friend, it’s just that you’re related to that slimy git and we didn’t even make the connection. That explains why you didn’t like us pulling our pranks on him.” Fred smiled, walking forward with George. “Us two, we seem to be the only good friends you have. We saw how much effort it took you to even talk to us on the train in first year, you still have a hard time talking to others and yet, you talk to Percy so easily.” Audrey grinned, the glare vanishing from her face.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Percy remarked, his brown eyes darkening a tad.
“Who cares? Now my friends know who I’m related to! I feel so free.” Audrey released Percy’s hand and spun in a circle, her arms outstretched above her head.
“Still doesn’t act like a Slytherin. I just don’t understand it.” George shook his head, smiling. All of them were taken of guard when Fred’s hand grabbed her wrist, making her stumble as she was pulled towards him.
“Ow Fred.” Audrey glared, attempting to pull her hand out of his grasp.
“What’s this?” Fred pointed at the ring on her finger and George looked at it.
“It’s on my right hand Fred. Stop acting like you’re an older brother.” Audrey finally yanked her hand out, returning to Percy’s side her eyes hardening.
“What is it?” George questioned, crossing his arms. Fred, on the other hand was fuming. “You know Fred’s only doing this because we’ve been friends for so long.”
“But it’s not his problem George. It has nothing to do with him, it’s between Percy and I.” Audrey stopped short as Fred and George looked at their brother. “It’s just a promise ring, okay?”
“You’re family’s never going to accept the fact that you’re going out with a Gryffindor, let alone a Weasley. You know that Audrey.” Fred glared, his brown eyes locked on Percy. “Besides, you don’t even know if you’re going to be together long enough to get married.” Audrey balled her hands into fists.
“It’s just my uncle that will care if I marry him. My mum went out with a Gryffindor and at least two of my aunt’s were fine with it. I don’t care what will happen to me if they find out, I love Percy.” Audrey ground out between her teeth. George and Percy exchanged nervous glances.
“What if you don’t make it through Audrey? What if something happens and your uncle finds out before you’re ready? You know he doesn’t like our family! Draco doesn’t like us either; he’s just an annoying litt-” Fred gasped as Audrey’s fist connected with his nose, her green eyes dark as she moved forward.
“Don’t you dare bring up my cousin, he’s a good kid! He just doesn’t have the right kind of role models and the people around him expect him to be exactly like his father! You don’t know Draco like I do Fred! Just leave him alone, he hangs around with the wrong crowd but that’s only because Lucius expects it of him.” Audrey’s hand went towards her wand; both Percy and George lunged towards her. Percy grabbed her hand and pulled her towards him, his eyes wide. “Let go.” Percy shook his head as George looked at his twin, who held his nose tightly red streaks breaking through the crevices between his fingers.
Fred removed his hand and hissed when George fixed it, glaring at Audrey.
“I think you should leave for the moment Fred, George.” George nodded and pulled Fred towards the door. “Audrey…” Percy began as he turned the girl around to face him. “You just punched one of your friends.” Her eyes were soft now and she hung her head.
“I’m sorry Percy, he started insulting Draco and he doesn’t deserve that.” Audrey flexed her left hand, sighing at the soreness, knowing that they would have bruises on them in the morning. “I need to go find them.” But she didn’t move, her gaze moving to the ground. Percy wrapped his arms around her, kissing the top of her head.
“Let Fred cool down a bit first, he’ll be mad at you for a while.” Audrey shook her head, shutting her eyes tightly.
“I need to apologize, I shouldn’t have punched him. I do things like that when I’m angry, hurt people. I need to find Fred.” Audrey pulled away and opened her eyes, blinking back tears. “Help me find him?” Percy nodded and took up her hand.
“They’re probably out by the black lake.” Percy spoke up and opened the kitchen doors for her.
“What the hell did she do that for?” Fred growled as he sat down against a tree, sliding down until he was on the ground. He tossed a rock into the lake, glaring.
“She didn’t mean it Fred, you know that. But you brought up Draco. We should have known before that she was related to him; she always got mad when we brought him up.” George sat down next to his twin, frowning.
“She didn’t have to break my nose over it.” Fred threw another rock; he picked up another one and froze when he was about to throw it.
“Fred! Fred, I need to talk to you.” Audrey panted as she stood in front of him. “Please.” Fred stood, moving his hand to tell her to continue. “George, could you go stand over there with Percy, I want to talk to Fred alone.” George nodded and walked over to join Percy.
“What is it?” Fred crossed his arms, moving back from Audrey.
“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have let my anger get the better of me. I never should have punched you and for that I’m sorry. But I’m not sorry for the reason I punched you, you taught me you should always stand up for your family and I did that. Just not the way I wanted to. Please forgive me.” Audrey looked into his eyes, brown meeting green.
Fred smiled and pulled her towards him, hugging her. “I can’t stay mad at you Audrey. You seem to make that git of a boyfriend of yours very happy. He cares a lot about you, if he ever tries to break up with you, tell me and I’ll hit him just as hard as you hit me. We’re friends for a reason.” He pulled back and winked at her. “George and I, we care about you. We only want what’s best for you.” He sighed and shut his eyes. “I’m sorry for insulting your cousin. I should have known better.” Audrey laughed and hugged him again.
Percy smiled and looked over at George, a smile on his face as well. “Glad they forgave each other so quickly.” Audrey waved them over, a huge smile on her face. They walked over and Audrey hugged George tightly.
“Sorry for making Fred mad, I know how much you don’t like dealing with him when he’s angry.” George chuckled and hugged her back.
“It’s alright, he would have forgiven you by tomorrow anyway.” She pulled back and grabbed Percy’s hand. “Now, Percy.” Both the twins turned towards their brother, mischievous smiles on their faces. “We don’t want you to break Audrey’s heart.”
“She’s a very good friend of ours and we don’t want her depressed all the time. So when you leave at the end of the year-” Fred crossed his arms.
“Continue to stay in touch with her, or things won’t be so pretty on your part.” George finished.“Don’t pull any more pranks of him.” Audrey glared playfully and sighed. “I have to go find Draco, I’m supposed to have lunch with him. I’ll see you guys later, we can have dinner in the kitchens.” She smiled and kissed Percy on the cheek before waving at them.