Headboy and Headgirl
After saying goodbye to my parents I went on to the Hogwarts Express and found my friends Amber and Winifred (Winnie) sitting down in a compartment with a load of chocolate frogs and other treats they had bought from the trolley.
I raced over to hug them, unable to contain my excitement. I was on the Hogwarts Express heading to my favorite place in the whole world with my favorite people. I loved everything about Hogwarts and always missed the wizarding world every summer when I had to return to the muggle world to be with my family. Well, I liked almost everything. Well, and almost everyone. The day I met James Potter it was hate at first sight. He was popular, stuck up and somehow considered attractive by every other girl at Hogwarts. He was the Chosen One's son and he made sure it was never forgotten. Every year he had annoyed me to no end and then hit on me afterwards.
But I had already decided that I wouldn't let that get me down this year. Nope, this year was my last year at Hogwarts and I was not about to let him ruin it. After all, I had an exciting year ahead of me. " You won't believe this!" I said, grabbing the other seat across from my friends in the compartment and helping myself to a chocolate frog. " I got head girl!"
The excitement left me as I saw the expressions on their faces, a mix of pity and wariness. Amber was the first to speak, "Becca." Her tone sounded nervous," My dad said that he heard from James' mum that James is head boy."
I laughed loud and unevenly, waiting for them to say it was a sick joke but it wasn't. Instead they just sat there, quietly exchanging a look that said, "I knew it wasn't long before she went crazy."
" P-p-potter!" I stammered, "How could this happen? Did he blackmail the headmistress?" Not only was the idea of Potter being head boy crazy but also it was infuriating. He never tried very hard at his academics but he always passed and was always pranking people and breaking rules and now he was meant to be one of the leaders of the school. What a sick joke.
Then the compartment door burst open revealing three boys standing in the doorway. It was Potter, Fred Weasley and Adam Wood. The "Trouble Trio", a stupid name that people came up with for them. Stupid but accurate; after all, they always hung out together and trouble always followed.
"Becky-boo!" Potter cheered, grinning widely as he stepped into the compartment with Fred and Adam following behind him."You and I are going to be head boy and girl together!" There was excitement in his tone as though we hadn't fought the last six school years.
" You're lying Potter! No one in their right mind would make you head boy and don't call me Becky-boo!", I shouted, willing myself to believe it wasn't true. Potter and I couldn't share a dorm!
"It's true," Fred said from beside Potter with a smirk on his face. "Denial is an ugly look on you, White." As sad as I was to admit it, neither Fred nor Potter were liars. Unless you count all the times James has claimed that I would one day fall for him.
"See you at school!" Potter said in a singsong voice. "Love you, Becky-boo." Then they left our compartment with Adam Wood offering me an apologetic shrug and a shy smile as they exited. I had never understood how Adam of all people hung out with them. He was a pretty decent human being for a person who hung out with Potter.
Winnie stared after him and we both let out sighs for different reasons. Winnie, because she had liked James since our fourth year and never done anything about it, and myself because my life was totally over.
Amber looked at me with concern. "Maybe you could give him another chance. He likes you so maybe you could learn to like him back." Before I could respond she said, "Don't worry, I don't mean you should start dating or anything but maybe you could become friends."
"Maybe," was all I could say in response. I knew it was the right thing to do. Headmistress McGonagall was counting on us and my parents had been so proud I couldn't face letting them down. I had to do this for them and for me.
But one thing I still couldn't understand was why he would want to date me when he could date almost any of the girls at Hogwarts. As much as I hated to admit it, Potter was really attractive. I was never going to tell him that because his ego was already big enough without him knowing. It was the messy black hair and the hazel eyes that seemed to reveal so many more colors… Hey! Where did these cheesy, misplaced thoughts come from?
"He might have matured," Winnie added, rousing me from my strange and slightly embarrassing thoughts. What were the chances of that? I couldn't imagine Potter being polite or even us being friends. Maybe if I tried I could learn to tolerate him. ... Naah. Like that would happen. "You zoned out for a second there. What were you thinking about?'' Winnie waved her hand in front of my face.
Then, to my relief, the train stopped, saving me from answering. "Well, we have to go!" I said, jumping to my feet and walking towards the compartment's exit. "Talk to you later. I have to do my head girl duties." After waving goodbye I did an awkward run-walk towards the door, still a little confused.
As I stepped out to exit the train I felt someone push me out the door and I was stopped from falling on my face when someone caught me and scooped me into their arms. I gasped and looked up only to see that it was Potter.
"You should really be more careful, Bex," he warned me gently. Why was he being so helpful now? Potter is so confusing.
"Uh yeah," I said, flustered. "Can you let go now James? Why are you even holding me like this?" As he held me I was just realizing how muscular he had become. Wait! What the heck am I thinking? I asked myself.
"Sure Becky. Don't even bother to thank me." He responded playfully but he didn't let go. Instead he just started to walk with me in his arms. "Why should I let go? It's more fun this way and you finally called me James," he said, laughing and ignoring my kicking and struggling and then he carried me all the way to the carriages. There I was forced to ride all the rest of the way to Hogwarts alone with James Potter.