Later that day, I ran to Potions. I knew Slughorn wouldn't mind if I was late, but still-I just didn't want to. It wouldn't be a good impression for the first day of classes (that year).
I ran to his office. "Sorry...I'm late, professor."
"No matter, Li-Ms. Evans," he corrected himself. "Sit."
"You will choose a partner," he said curtly. "Which was not my decisio-"
He was cut off by the stampede of feet as we tried to find a partner.
"Remus!" I called. "Remus, wait! Let's be part-"
I fought my way through the crowd to Remus, but as it turned out...he was with Summer.
"Okay, really?" I grumbled. "Is Remus OBSESSED with Summer?" I shook my head. Who would I work with now? Alice and Molly were paired, and so were Marlene and Mary. They all shot me sympathetic looks.
I decided to work with Dorcas Meadowes, a quiet Ravenclaw girl. But when I looked, she was with Black.
So somehow, by some terrible bad luck, I ended up with Isabelle.
"Oh my gash!" she shrieked. "Professor, professor! I can't be with Evans! No! Not Evans!"
"Shut UP!" I hissed. "Okay, I'll brew the potion, you watch. I want full marks."
So I stirred and I brewed and I stirred...and brewed...and stirred...
"This is too much stirring!" whined Isabelle. "Oh my gash, I don't like!"
"Must I remind you to shut up?" I said tiredly, finishing up the potion.
"Class dismissed!" barked Slughorn. "Full marks to Ms. Evans and Ms. Maddison. Ms. Evans, may I talk to you?"
I anxiously walked to the front of the class. "Was there something you wanted?"
Slughorn nodded quickly. "I hold an organization every week, The Slug Club. I would love it if you came!" he boomed..
"Er...all right?" I said. "Goodbye Professor."
"Sorry we left you with Maddison," apologized Molly at dinner that day...for the millionth time.
I couldn't stay mad at my friends. "It's okay," I shrugged. Then I spotted Selena.
"SELENA! YO SELENA! OVER HERE!"
"Oh, hey," she said, noticing it was me. She looked strangely uncomfortable.
"So, are you moving in to my dormitory?" I said excitedly. I really had assumed all along that she'd want to.
Selena looked awkward. "I'm sorry Lily. I have friends: Amy and Lili and Taylor and Sally. I like them, and I don't want to move. I'm moving into your house, but I like my dormitory. Sorry."
"What?" I said. The words hadn't quite sunk in yet. "You mean-"
She nodded. "I'm not moving into your dormitory. Sorry again, Lily. I like it in mine."
"Oh," I mumbled. I felt so surprised and weird. "I-I understand. Don't worry about it, Selena." I took a shaky breath. "Don't worry about it." She nodded-and then walked off. "Let's go to our dormitories. I gave Summer and Savannah the password, so we can work on the Get-Sirius-To-Like-Savannah project," Marlene told e.
"WHAT?" I shouted, then lowered my voice. "Are you JOKING? No way!"
"Why not?" said Alice, stuffing one last piece of chicken in her mouth.
"Uh...because I do not feel like it!" I said angrily. "I have to write three rolls of parchment on how a Mandrake grows."
"Doesn't it grow like a normal plant?" Black had appeared next to us.
"Nooo," I said slowly. "It doesn't, as a matter of fact."
I stood up. "I'm going to the dormitories to do my homework. Bye."
"Fair warning," said Mary, "Summer and Savannah are already there waiting for us."