I slumped into my seat. The transfiguration essay was definitely not as easy as it looked.
"Flibbertigibbet," a voice said, to which I mentally groaned.
"What do you want, Potter," I said coolly.
"Oh, no need to be rude, Lil," he grinned cheekily. "I just wanted to help you with your homework. See, I finished mine HOURS ago."
"I don't need help," I snapped.
"Oh, that's too bad," he smirked. "Because you do."
He sat next to me and started explaining what to do. I gritted my teeth.
"Leave her alone," a quiet voice said. I whipped my head to see a guy with dark brown hair. He was half tall, but that was much taller than the guy I recognized as "Pettigrew, Peter!" The half tall guy, I realized, was Remus Lupin.
"But, Remmmmmmmmmmy," complained Potter. "We have to choose Tranfiguration partners for the next lesson!"
I glowered at him. "You are NOT my Transfiguration partner," I contradicted.
"Fine," he muttered.
The next day, I was pretty tired. I had stayed up half the night working on my 3rd roll of parchment. We had Charms first thing and I was looking forward to that a lot. Charms sounded really fun to me, and we had it with the Hufflepuffs who were really nice.
"Black and Evans," Professor Flitwick squeaked. I hit my head on the desk.
"Donalds and McKinnon," he continued, moving on.
"Friskon and Potter," he went on. A large girl with blond pigtails walked up to Potter and grinned at him.
"Vebs and Pettigrew".
"Alice Prewett and Gideon Prewett".
"Molly Prewett and Weasley".
"McDonald and Fabian Prewett."
"Longbottom and Lia Patil"
"Billdok and Lena Patil."
"Divel and Twister".
"Lupin and Bones."
Amelia and Remus nodded at each other.
"Denton and Silwin."
So did Dylan (a pretty brunette Hufflepuff, "Silwin") and Denton (a boy, Don, with orange curls and a very stuck up attitude-from Gryffindor)
"Now remember the movement. Swish and flick. And remember the incantation, Wingardium Leviosa!"
He toppled off his pile of books and Bonnie Friskon hurried to help him up.
"Thank you, Miss Friskon".
"All right, Evans," smirked Black. "Get to work! Remember the incantation, Wingardium Leviosa."
He sat back and twirled the wand between his fingers.
"Excuse me?" I asked incredulously.
"What? James said you'd be all enthusiastic about being leader!"
I pursed my lips.
"You look like Minnie when you do that," he told me.
"Minnie?" I asked, curious, in spite of myself.
"You know. Minerva."
I rolled my eyes. "I don't know actually. I'm not psychic."
He sighed heavily, but I was finished with him. I grabbed my wand, pointed it at the feather and said "Wingardium Leviosa." It floated up till it touched the ceiling and everyone watched in amazement.
"Well done!" Professor Flitwick squealed over enthusiastically. "Miss Evans has done it! Ten points to Gryffindor!"
Black looked seriously (no pun intended) moody.
"Now, Miss Evans," continued Flitwick, "Mr. Lupin is doing a very good job." He nodded at Remus. "You can go with him instead, it will improve your strengths."
In a flash, I was at Remus' table so I could avoid Black.
"Hi," I told him.
"Hey," he said. "So...I'll try again," he added smiling a genuine smile. I looked across the room at Potter, who was flirting with Bonnie Friskon, and then at Black who was saying something to Amelia Bones. She laughed.
"Um...so, give it a shot," I said, now watching Marlene and Donalds.
He raised his wand and I looked at him. He gave me a mere smile then continued, "Wingardium Leviosa."
He swished and flicked and the wand flew up high.
"Good job," I complimented him.
He gave me a small smile as we packed up our bags and I got ready to meet Sev for the 20 minute break we had.