I woke up to the sound of Marlee snoring like a bear and I looked at the clock.
"Great." I mumbled rolling out of my four post bed and onto the ground.
"Ow." I mumbled again.
I pulled myself up and onto my feet and looked around at the other girls.
Sarah was sitting on her bed, fully dressed, and her hair brushed. The glint of insanity in her eyes was in it's normal place.
"Morning." I said pulling out my bathrobe out of my trunk.
Her head snapped in my direction, giving me a sickening smile.
"Your luck is fading my dear." Her voice seemed dry and cold.
"How nice," I said collecting all my books for when I get back from the showers. "When the others wake up, tell them I'm taking a shower."
She nodded her head in acknowledgement.
I opened the wooden door to our room and walked down the dimly lit hallway. A few other girls were heading towards the showers as well. The bathrooms were a pale yellow with cracked mirrors on the walls. I set my stuff down on the bench by the showers and stripped down.
The water was cold when I got in, but it slowly warmed up. Small water droplets hit my skin as I remembered last night.
"I've never seen you drink two beers before Evans. Is the aftermath pretty?" I thought back to it and laughed slightly to myself as I lathered my hair.
"I don't think you know who you're talking to, Becky." Elaine's shrill voice rang out in the bathroom as she confronted Becky Marshall. "My father is Cornillious Fudge's right hand man! He could ruin your parents' career like it is nothing but a day's work!"
"Is that what you think?! You think he'll do that because you're not desirable?!" Becky's voice sounded different from it's usual sweet, light voice as she retorted back with a disbelieving tone.
"Not desirable?! How dare you!"
"How dare you threaten to ruin my parents' career!" Becky was a warm-hearted 6th year with an extraordinary talent for transfiguration. She had long blonde hair that was pin straight like Petunia's and sparkling brown eyes. Becky always had something nice to say about everyone, even the Slytherins. She was also one of the chasers for the Gryffindor Quittage team, which made her instantly popular amongst the Gryfinndors. But now, she had only insults for Elaine.
Elaine paused as she searched for a response. "Besides, Sirius doesn't even like you."
Faint gasps sounded around the bathroom at this, but Becky seemed unaffected by this.
"Fine," Her words were tart and crisp, "Let's say he doesn't like me, which he does," she pointed this out loudly to the others "he still wouldn't ask you out so what do you care?"
Elaine's voice fell silent and the sound out Becky's shower shoes smacking the wet floor echoed as she left the bathroom.
I turned off the water and reached for my towel as I dried myself off. A small whimper emitted from Elaine as she fled from the bathroom, wailing all the way down the hall.
"Some nutcase she is." Muttered Jeannine as she applied mascara on to her long, plump lashes. The girl next to her, whom I don't know, chuckled as she did the same.
I headed out the door and knocked twice on our door. Sarah opened it and held her breath, staring at me wide-eyed.
"Your luck, Lily. It's fading fast, do hurry before it gets worse." Her voice was soft and misty.
Marlee was just now heading for the showers in a panic. She was trying to find her camera and Polaroids, while laying out her uniform and balancing two towels on her back.
"Oh no." She said still digging through her trunk. "This can't be happening! I just had my camera last night! Where did it go?"
"What do mean?" I asked buttoning my white blouse.
Her eyes darted all over the room. "My camera! I can't find it!"
I looked at her for a moment and then pointed at her chest. It was around her neck on it's burgundy strap. She looked down and gave a huge sigh of relief.
"Good lord, I was so worried!" She kissed her camera and tucked it back into her trunk.
"Crazy girl." I said as I slipped on my black, pleated skirt. "It's a wonder you don't lose your head."
"Honestly." Jennifer said as she entered the room, fully dressed, hair straightened, makeup caked on her face.
I looked at Marlee, who was still furious with Jennifer after the social.
"I see you and McClaggon are back together. Still playing on that little game of yours." She said holding her towels.
Jennifer gave a love struck look as she dove into the subject. "Yes, well he is a dream boat, isn't he? I mean, he just adores me and..." She paused as she looked at us, "well....doesn't everyone adore me though."
"I think you've been mistaken with someone else," Marlee said through gritted teeth. "Someone who is not so vain as yourself."
Jennifer snapped her head out of her lazy day dream and stared at Marlee with beady eyes. "Excuse me?"
"You heard me you-" I interrupted Marlee before she could finish.
"Let's get ready so we can all go down to breakfast and sit together, okay?" I said cheerily, stepping between them.
The two stared at each other with piercing looks. Marlee purposely bumped her shoulder into Jennifer's as she left the room. Jennifer tutted her tongue as she collected her books and strutted down the hall towards the common room.
The others slowly gathered in the dorm room, dressed and ready.
"Let's go, guys." Jennifer said almost sing-song like.
We all walked down the spiral staircase in a pack, all of us chattering away at how excited we all were for our classes.
"I can't wait for charms!" Jennifer exclaimed.
"Personally," Elaine said sounding very superior, "I'm looking forward to divination."
"Me too." Sarah said mystically. She always sounded foggy because of her love for divination.
"I'm just looking forward to passing." Marlee joked.
The huge golden doors to the great hall were open, revealing happy students chattering away about the new term. The tables were decked out again with plate after plate of breakfast foods. Fresh fruit, ham, bacon, stacks of pancakes, mountains of waffles, and a strange dish that smelt oddly of peppermint.
We sat down at the Gryffindor table and filled our plates.
"Where's James?" Marlee asked through a mouthful of eggs.
I looked around the hall to see he was no where to be found.
"Dunno." I replied.
"Maybe he finally got himself expelled." Marlee said grinning.
"I wouldn't be surprised." I said stuffing a biscuit in my mouth.
Marlee let out a snort of laughter and continued to eat. Elaine sat down next to me, since Marlee was across from me, and began to describe her confrontation of Becky.
"And th-then she started threatening to beat me up and tell Sirius nasty things about me! Can you believe it?! I mean, honestly what does he see in her?!" Elaine was making everything up, since she didn't know I heard the whole thing. Marlee on the other hand was completely wrapped up in the story of lies.
"Oh my gosh," Marlee set down her fork and leaned on her hand. "That must have been so humiliating! I mean, Becky usually never hurts a fly, but I just can't believe she would do that."
Elaine gave a sniffle and nodded, "Yes, it was."
"Give me a break." Bellatrix said rolling her eyes as she and the pack of Slytherins walked by.
"What's the matter Elaine?" Lucius said sarcastically. "Sirius still leaving you in the dust?"
The others cackled and giggled at this. Marlee's fist tightened around Elaine's hand, causing her to whimper a bit.
"I believe the Slytherin table is over there." I pointed across the room.
"I don't think we were talking to you," Bellatrix said, her lips curling slightly. "You-"
"Bella," Narrcissa whispered as she grabbed her arm. "Let's go sit down." She glared at us as the two slowly walked to the Slytherin table.
"You best watch your tongues," Regulus hissed. "They might just get you into trouble."
Marlee stood up face to face with him. Well, I wouldn't really call it face to face, since he was at lies at a half-foot taller than her.
"I could say the same to you." She spat.
I looked over to see Sev's grey eyes staring at me from behind Lucius. His sallow face was waxy and pale, almost sunken in. His skin had an unusual green tiny to it as well. Greasy hair lay like gel on his head. He was clutching his messenger bag so tight, I thought that it would split in half, his stare boring into my head.
My eyes tore away from his gaze and stood up to help Marlee.
She was poking his chest so hard in accusation, I knew it would leave a bruise.
"And don't you think for a minute that I'm just going to let this whole thing roll over!" Marlee growled threateningly at Regulus.
He grabbed her finger before she could poke him again, taking her by surprise.
"I could say the same to you." His voice sounded like a hissing snake. They three boys stalked off after the girls.
Marlee spun around and plopped down on the bench, muttering insults under her breath.
"Mar!" Arthur called out to Marlee, waving her over excitedly.
She smiled at him through a mouthful of food, nodding at him, but stayed sitting.
"I think he wants to show you something." Elaine said taking a sip of Apple juice.
Marlee put her hand over her eyes. "I certainly hope not."
"Why?" I said taking a piece of toast. "He might show you another singing tea cup." I joked with her about this because when he showed her a singing tea cup, it sang so loudly at lunch, that it broke it self.
He stood up and headed over towards us, holding something very carefully as though not to drop it.
"Please don't come over here, please don't come over hear, please don't come-" Marlee whispered quickly.
"Mar," Arthur began chattering away about a box of matches that he found in the common room the last night.
"Hello Arthur." Marlee said with a great sigh.
"Are you even listening to me?" He said annoyed.
"No." She said kindly.
"Ugh, fine. I'll show you later then." With that he carefully scooped up the matches and headed back over to the other side of the table.