A Magical Year (Magical trilogy book #2)

*Complete* 1976 ... Last year, Alex and Kyle visited Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with their school. They're best friends, and more like a brother and sister. Hogwarts was not the kind of school they expected to ever visit, since it taught REAL magic. And they never expected to meet such people there, people who they'd love.
Because of this love, Alex got the ability to make some simple spells; a talent that it so rare that it's nearly impossible. Now what'll happen when Alex turns from a muggle to a part-witch? And what will the Ministry of Magic decide to do about her?


55. A Talk With Lara





Our Quidditch team's captain just told me they canceled the today's training. I was kinda relieved, honestly. We train so much! We really want to win this year. We're good, I have to admit, I don't even know why all of this training is. We're good enough to kick anyone's ass in a match.

I went to tell Alex about the announcement, she was getting ready for her Herbology class.

"They've canceled today's training." I said to her. 

"Sweet! I'll have a break now. I don't really take flying classes anymore and I won't have to train for Quidditch. Ahh." She sighed. "That means I only have Herbology, then a break, a Muggles Studies class to give, and that's it for today. Nice weekend." 

"How can you have classes on Saturday?" I asked. I don't have any classes on Saturdays, it would be too bad! 

"Told you, I have to do it." She paused. "I have to go to my class now." And she left. That's how she always is this year, always in a hurry.

I went to the common room and found Clara and Lara there. 

"Did you have fun in the club last night?" I asked. 

"Yeah, well, it was fun." Clara said. 

"They asked many questions, though." Lara added. 

"Like, personal, private questions?" I asked. 

"Kinda." Lara asked. Maybe going to the club would've been bad for me, or I wouldn't have enjoyed it simply. Maybe I should be thankful for not getting an invitations. I shouldn't really be sad about it. 

I grabbed the copy of Quidditch Through the Ages that I got from the school's library and started reading it. 







Alex came back from her Herbology class. Quite happy to have some free time, and not sure how to spend it.

"Do you have any ideas?" She asked us, throwing herself on the common room's sofa. Clara, Max and I have all been reading. Well, almost all of the people in the common room were. I love this Saturday hour, while most of us read. Just read. 

"Would you like to walk with me? I'm in the mood for a walk, and you won't be such a bad company." I said sticking my tongue out. 

"Not a bad company, huh?" She asked, her eyebrows raised. "Well then I'll come and show you how good company I am." I laughed.


We went out, it was afternoon, almost twilight. I loved walking around the castle, sometimes I just walk and sometimes I get my book with me. 

It was one of the nicest days in September, not very hot, but not cool either. There was a nice breeze and the gold, yellow and orange colors of the trees made everything look - brighter. I love autumn, it's really fun in a way. I finally asked Alex if she wanted to sit.

We were by the lake, near a tree and not under it. I hate sitting under trees, I always feel like a spider or a bee will be there, and I fear them both. We sat down, enjoying the view of the lake. The breeze making it move a bit, as if it had waves. 

"It's beautiful." Alex said. 

"I know right? You should often come here with Sirius, it's a romantic place, I often come here with my boyfriend. Well not exactly here, but we sit by the lake." I explained. 

"Do you usually call your boyfriend Alex? because it got all creepy suddenly, since you invited me here and everything." She said sarcastically and laughed. 

"Yes Alex, you're my boyfriend, that's why I brought you here!" I laughed.

"Everything smells good here." She reminded me by this of the reason that I believe has made our friendship get better. 

"You never asked." She turned to face me, puzzled. "You knew I felt you, but you never asked why, or what it was. I didn't feel bad about it. I didn't think of it as not caring, but I actually found it quite understanding." 

"What're you talking about?" She asked, still puzzled.

"I'm talking about the love potion. When we smelled things that we loved, or tempted us, I knew that you didn't want the whole classroom to share those things with you. It was personal, and I know how bad it feels like, having to share private and personal stuff with everyone."

"Does that mean you want to tell me now, about how you knew it?" She asked. 

"Yeah." I sighed. "It happened about four years ago. I had a boyfriend called Rufus, he was the first guy I ever kissed. At a time I thought I loved him, but I doubted it sometimes. He let me trust him and got me to really like him. I did trust him, I never thought he'd make anything bad for me. One day, I discovered that he wrote everything he knew about me, which was a lot and wrote it on a piece of parchment pinned on all of the common rooms' boards. I think most people still believe the story, and I try to ignore them. He wrote bad things about me, and made fun of me in many ways. He made me feel too embarrassed, and I was really hurt then! Sometimes, the worst things come from the people we trust the most, or from people we don't really know much, that we never suspect them to hurt us in any way. Everyone started treating me stranger ever since. Clara and Max both helped me a lot though it, I'm still very grateful for them. The things he said about me were about my personality, and about my daily life, family, friends, personal, private stuff! Maybe that's why It's really hard for me to trust people, and maybe that's why I don't really share everything personal about myself with everyone else. I know, not everyone read that parchment, and not everyone believed it, and I also know that some people've read it, but can't really remember a word of it, but it still hurts." I knew by the look on Alex's face that she was lost of words. 

"I'm sorry." She finally managed to say and hugged me.

"Don't be. It happened a long time ago, and now it's just a history, I just thought you'd be trustworthy enough to know this about me, because I like to share things with people I love. My friends, my family." She smiled.

"I'm glad I'm trustworthy enough for you." I smiled back.

"I don't know why he did it, I never did anything bad for him, but I guess it's how mean people are. You know," I said. "I've had lots of boyfriends and I get into many breakups, and I think he was the reason of this, and I'm not sure if I'll ever forgive him for it." I paused. "I'm thankful for him in a way, though. He taught me not to trust anyone. He taught me lots of things. And maybe it was just life, and he was the example."

"Life is the best school you can ever go to, right?" Alex said. I nodded. It was twilight now, the sun was starting to set. "But you can trust me, Lara." 

"I know." I said. "I wouldn't have told you about this if I didn't. Anyway, I'm not here to make you feel sorry about me. You should also know that I am happy, even if I once got hurt. We all get hurt, we just need to get healed fast when we do." I smiled. "Alex." I said seriously as I remembered, Alex turned to me, "What happened in the club, the thing Regulus told you."

"What about it?" She asked turning as serious as me.

"Well, you shouldn't really care about what he says. Sirius loves you, and he'll do anything to be with you, anything Ally."

"I know it." She said in a low voice. 

"Also," I said. "Sirius shouldn't know about what happened."

"I know." She murmured. "I know. I won't tell him for sure." 

I stood up, patted her shoulder and went back to the castle. Alex didn't join me and just sat there, and I wondered if she spent that time thinking about Regulus or me. 

Sometimes, it's comforting to know that people are thinking of you, or feeling sad for you, but it sucks to know how much people pitied you,







I sat there, first thinking or Regulus then Lara, and then or life. I really liked it here, and I wanted to watch the sunset. Alone. Maybe I should spend sometime alone as much as I should spend sometimes with Max and Sirius and the others. 

I looked at the lake, it had the orange reflection of the sun and it was moving by the wind. I just looked at it, until I saw something funny. 

At first I thought it was a person, then as I looked closer I shrieked with shock.

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