I was tired.
It was the 4th of July, and my friends were coming over. Well, Mum decided to make me work my butt off: cleaning under couches, cleaning under the cushions of couches, cleaning over cushions of couches, cleaning over couches, you name it. In my brilliant mother's words: "Your friends are coming."
Yes, because they're going to invade the couches.
"Thanks for your help, Allana," I grumbled. She was watching me as I dusted off the couch.
She looked at me. "I didn't dirty the couches. I won't clean them," she pointed out.
I folded my arms. "You could have helped anyw-"
I didn't get to finish my sentence.
Molly exploded out of the blocked up fire place. "Sorry," she panted. "I had to Floo-and Mum's here, she can help clean up the room-"
Molly's eyes fell on the couches. "Clean couches," she remarked. "Who cleaned them?"
I raised a hand.
"Wow," she murmured. "You actually volunteered to clean couches?"
"NO," I said through gritted teeth. "But my mum made me clean them."
Molly didn't seem to hear me. She was looking at Allana. "Oh, hey. Who are you, dear-"
"MOLLY, she's not a baby," I complained.
"Oh bye mum!" shouted Molly. I practically HEARD Molly's mum rolling her eyes. "Good bye dear," Molly's mum called. Then she Floo-ed back to Molly's house, or wherever she was going.
Marlene came next. She was clutching on to her mum's arm as they apparated into our "Living Room".
""Oh, what lovely couches these are. I do compliment you on your extraordinary work, Lily." Marlene said looking surprised.
I threw my hands up in exasperation. "SOMEONE WHO KNOWS IT WAS ACTUALLY ME!" I exclaimed. She giggled. "But...WHY IS EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE OBSESSED WITH OUR CLEAN COUCHES!?"
Marlene rolled her eyes. "Okay, okay, keep yar tits on, dear friend of mine!"
She shrunk back, and I heard Allana laughing. I was about to shout at her too, but I realized I was just stressed. I mean, my best friends (Apart from Sev) were staying at my house for the whole summer. I was scared they'd get bored.
"Sorry," I apologized.
Mary ran in. "So...much...traffic..." she panted. I looked out the window. A blue car was heading out of the drive. I guessed it was Mary's parents car.
She spotted the couches. She looked surprised. Then she grinned. "Clean couches." "SOMEONE WHO KNOWS IT WAS ACTUALLY ME!" I exclaimed. She giggled. "I only know because mums ALWAYS make their children clean couches." She made a face. "Ah, tragedies, tragedies."
I sighed" at her.
Two hours later, Alice arrived. She appeared from a whirling blue tornado and landed on our floor, holding onto a boot.
"I'm so late!" she cried and shoved a parcel at me. "It took a while to activate the Portkey, and you live so far away...where's Rose?" She spotted Allana. "Who's that?"
"What's this?" I asked, pointing to the parcel.
"A present, mum said you were so nice for inviting us. Well, who's that?"
"That's my friend Allana," I told her.
"What are you reading, Allana?" Alice asked kindly. Allana smiled at her. Well, I finished Gone With the WInd yesterday. Now I'm reading War and Peace."
"Wow," said Alice looking impressed. "You'll probably be a Ravenclaw."
"What?" asked Allana, looking confused. So Alice sat down to explain about the Houses. Allana seemed fascinated with the concept of being Sorted.
Just then, the doorbell rang.
"Oh no," I mumbled.
"Who is it?" asked Molly and Allana together.
"Sev," I muttered.
"Who's Sev?" Allana asked, looking genuinely interested.
"My best friend," I said while Mary said, "An idiot."
"MARY!" I scolded.
Sev walked in. "Hi," he said shyly.
"Hey, Sev!" I replied.
"Humph," mumbled Mary, and then added in a loud voice, "How long are you staying?"
"Shut up, Mudblood," snarled Sev, then instantly looked regretful. "See what I mean, Lily?" mouthed Mary.
I nodded and pushed Sev out. "Leave."