14. Potions and Dreams
I woke up the next morning so I could have a shower, get dressed and do my hair and make-up but as I woke up I could hear someone screaming in one of the dormitories, I went to look and discovered that it was Harry. He was in bed screaming his head off and no one else seemed to have heard or noticed and I was surprised but also worried, was I the only one to have heard him? I tiptoed along the floor of the boy's dormitory, careful not to wake anyone, all the way to Harry and as I touched him to shake him awake he changed, slowly morphing into the black hooded figure that for so long had haunted my dreams, then there was screaming as the other boys woke up and saw him. Then there was a flash of green light, but this time I heard the words as they came from his mouth 'Avada Kedavra'. I woke up screaming and I could hear whispering
"what's up with her?" one of the girls asked
"Do you think she's ok?" Another one said
"I'm going to see if she's alright" said Ally. She came up to me and gently touched me 'Ahh!!' I screamed
'Don't hurt me!!!' 'Please'
I looked up and I saw a dark figure looming over me in a cloak, which I learnt later was just a dressing gown. I screamed again and ran downstairs, just to crash right into Harry
"Are you ok?" He asked me looking at me
'Yea-' I started to say 'no' I said truthfully
"hey" Harry said leading me over to one of the scarlet sofas "what happened?" He asked, wiping away my tears "Bad dream?" I nodded to show him yes "it's alright Aliona, I get them too". He sat me down and put one of his arms around me "do you want to talk about it?" I nodded my head again not really sure what to say but instead of telling him I put my head on his lap and fell asleep on the sofa with Harry's arms circling round me protectively, then I remembered my dream and I got up out of his lap, I didn't trust him, not at all. "Aliona?" asked Harry uncertainly
'don't come near me Harry Potter and certainly don't come anywhere near my friends'
"Aliona-" Harry began to say but before he could finish I ran back up the stairs and fell into my bed, fear and exhaustion coming over me. I woke the next day in an unfamiliar room with two other girls looking over me "Aliona are you ok"
"Yeah Aliona what happened last night? You really scared us." I looked up and saw Ally and Leonie staring at me
'oh last night I' then I stopped, I wasn't ready yet to tell them
"c'mon Aliona get ready it's breakfast time!"said Leonie
'Alright I'll be down in the common room in half an hour'
"oh Aliona 20 mins maximum" groaned Ally
'25' I smiled, quickly rushing out to the bathroom that was shared between all the Gryffindor 1st years to apply my make-up and do my hair, then I walked back to the dormitory to put on my robes and my slightly (well high) heeled shoes and I strolled downstairs smiling at anyone who passed.
"Aliona you took ages, at least an hour to get ready" both Ally and Leonie groaned
"Actually, she took exactly 24.59 minutes to prepare and, may I say that every second was worth it, Aliona you look superb" said a voice from behind us
'thank you Seamus' I grinned 'now let's go to breakfast' Seamus took my arm and I linked mine in his, and unseen to me and him Leonie and Ally shared a grin and walked out behind us. We checked our timetables and saw that first we had potions, I was excited as even though I was extremely good at all lessons potions was my best as I had been tutored by only the best, Severus Snape. I casually strolled into potions only to slam into Harry again
"oh sorry" he said looking down as if worried or embarrassed
'don't be' I said 'if anyone should be sorry it's me, my behaviour last night was despicable, you were only trying to help and I'm sorry if I hurt you in any way'
"oh Aliona" he said leaning forward to hug me "it's ok, it was just the aftermath of the nightmare wasn't it?"
Harry looked scared at this point as if he suspected that he was the reason that I ran rather than me falling back into fantasy and
imagining terrible things happening to all of my friends
'of course it was' I said even though it wasn't. All the Gryffindors took their seats and I noticed that there were another 30 or so chairs empty, who were they for? My answer arrived a minute after, the Slytherins led by none other than Draco Malfoy. I groaned both inwardly and outwardly, why him? Couldn't it have been any other house? No the Slytherins were here with my fake worst enemy at its lead. Draco came over to me and said "hello my pretty Gryffindor girl are you enjoying life?"
'Shove off Malfoy' I said
"Ooo are you finally learning how to retort little miss 'perfect"after this comment I put my head in my head and started sobbing and I even made Draco look a worried but he managed to cover it up with his well practiced sneer (and when I mean well practiced mean MIRROR well practiced!) as Seamus came over.
"Look what you did to her!" He exclaimed "you've reduced her to tears!"
"Oh well" Draco said but only I could hear the slight tremor in his voice meaning he was worried about me
"Malfoy leave her alone" said Harry also coming to my aid
"Alright Potter I'll leave her alone for the moment but you and me will have a wizard duel at midnight tonight in the trophy room" Harry looked worried but I knew what Malfoy, I mean Draco, was doing- he was setting up a time and place to meet with me without being obvious but, of course, I'll have to go one hour earlier so that Harry doesn't see me
"I'll be his second" said Ron
"And Crabbe will be mine" said Draco sizing them up. This dispute was stopped by an arrival from Severus Snape, he swept into the room with his cloak bellowing behind him and his dark eyes glinting in the light as he began to talk about his subject
"There will be no foolish wand waving or silly incantations in this class. As such I do not expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion making." I sat there enraptured by his speech and listening in more intently as he continued
"However for those of you that possess the predisposition, I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can teach you how to bottle glory, brew fame and even put a stopper in death. Then again, maybe some of you have come to Hogwarts with abilities so formidable that you feel comfortable TO NOT PAY ATTENTION!" He said his eyes blazing brighter and glaring in the general direction of my twin
"Ah Harry Potter, our new celebrity." Snape said his voice icily quiet "tell me what would I get if I mixed powdered root of asphodel to the infusion of wormwood ?"
"I don't know sir"
"And where would you look if I told you to find me a beozer?"
"I don't know sir" said Harry again while the girl next to him continued to wave her hand in an extremely infuriating manner
"And what is the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane?"
"I don't know sir, but I think Hermione does so why don't you just ask her?" There was an outbreak of sniggering following this comment until Snape shouted "SILENCE!" and everyone of course shut up.
"For your information Mr Potter asphodel and wormwood create a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the draught of living death, a beozer is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and monkshood and wolfsbane are the same plant that also goes by the name of aconite." He glanced around the room and screamed "WELL, WHY ARE YOU ALL NOT COPYING THIS DOWN?!"
To keep him happy we all grabbed our pens and scribbled notes down until the bell went to signal the end of class and dinner.