The Cursed Book *on hold*

Jade Casey was normal twenty-five year old. She was getting married to a respectable man and she had a good job and her whole life planned out ahead of her. But at the wedding a strange woman wearing a black robe curses her before she can complete her vows. Jade gets sucked into a portal to another world where she she finds a book in her hands that wasn't there before. She tries to get rid off it but it always returns. Jade must find out how to get back home or be trapped forever.....

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4. Learning How To Fly

It has been an amazing few days. I made lots of new friends and have caught up with everyone else on spells and potions and every other class. I am really enjoying my time here; I don't want to go back. Well not yet anyway. I feel the freest I ever have in my entire life and more whole inside. The hole inside me was still there but it seemed to have filled a little bit. I don't think it will ever go away.

Phoebe and I became close after the very few days we had known each other. Christopher was also part of my friends circle and another girl called Scarlett. She is very reserved. After spending some time with her and the others I have managed to make a stronger relationship with her. Now, we both are quite chatty with each other.

It is good to have friends here unlike in my reality. They all seemed to have left my behind. The only person I have is Zac. Being in a relationship with him can make me feel so lonely at times. That’s probably because I have no one to else to share my life with. No one that I could classify as a best or really close friend. It sucks not to have someone else to spend time with that isn’t family. Not that there is anything wrong with my family but it just isn’t the same as with a close friend. There was someone but I can never forgive them for what they did to me.

Today is going to be a brilliant day I bet you. Professor Flitwick organised for me to get flying lessons with Madam Hooch. It was from Dumbledore’s idea that I should do as much as I can while I’m here. I always had this dream of flying at least I get to try it for real now.

Even though I miss my family and few friends, I think having found this cursed book was the best thing that has happened to me. I can’t wait to explore this world and experience new things I could only dream of in my world. Flying was only going to be the start of it. Soon I’ll be able to do more than I ever have in all my twenty five years. So I will have the power to be greater than I ever imagined. I can’t believe it, I am happier than I have been in the last decade.

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The session I had with Madam Hooch was great but I wasn’t anywhere a natural flyer. I fell off my broom quite a bit but that didn’t bother me that much. I’ll deal with the bruises later. It took me probably a minute or two to call my broom off the ground. Soon after which I was able to hover smoothly about the ground with Madam Hooch close to me also hovering off the ground.

After Madam Hooch was satisfied with my ability on hovering we started to fly higher and I did some tricks on the broom which she didn’t look very pleased about. She didn’t say anything though. It was fine by me but I stopped doing the tricks of loops and flying upside down just to make her happy. I was laughing, smiling and really enjoying myself up here in the sky.

Soon Madam Hooch needed to go to a meeting and we landed on the ground. I seemed to have brought on a crowd even though it was small. It was big to me not many used to notice me. Even though my flying skills weren’t the best.

I strode past. I could feel the colour rising in my cheeks. It felt good to be noticed for once. For the rest of the day I had a study group with the other Ravenclaws in my year. I even got to meet Harry Potter on the way to the Great Hall! I was almost there when I saw him.

“Hi, I’m Jade.”

“Hey, I’m Harry.” He said a slight expression for curiosity crossed his features.

“I know. Even in my world you’re famous.”

“How is that?” He said raising a brow.

“Book’s were written on your life story even the stuff that hasn’t happened yet.” I paused. “They made it into a movie as well. It was one the best movies of all time.”

“Oh, so you know what will happen to me every hour of the day?”

“No of course not. It is not that detailed. Oh wait actually I could check the curse book.” I pulled it out of my shoulder bag. I flipped open the cover. “I have no idea what it can do besides being a type of portal.” Then I saw writing appear.

Do you really thing it is a good idea to ask that?’

“How did it know what I was thinking?  It knew I was thing of telling you of your future in the upcoming years. I wasn’t going to though.”

‘Do you really want to know he will be doing tomorrow?’ I looked up at Harry.

“Do you want to know what you are doing tomorrow?”

“Ok, just this once.”

‘Harry Potter will go Hogsmeade through the secret passage on the third floor through the one-eyed witch. Using the invisibility cloak he will go and meet Hermione and Ron at the gates of the shrieking shack.’

“Well, I guess something is better than nothing.” I paused. “This book sounds like someone I would know but I can’t quite put my finger on it.”

“I am going there tomorrow. It is right.” He made a move for the Great Hall.

“I’ll see you later, Harry. Have fun at Hogsmeade,” I looked back to see that the other Ravenclaws in my year had caught up with me.

“Bye.” He answered.

The Ravenclaws didn’t seem that interested in what I had been talking to Harry about. I didn’t really mind though.

They seemed to be talking about the next potions final. I didn’t feel like talking about it but I didn’t want to sound snobby or anything. I sat on the Ravenclaw table eating dinner silently and laughing and nodded when needed. To be honest I didn’t feel up to any social communication. I was tired from the long day. I was ready for bed, but when I finally got there I couldn’t sleep. I don’t know why I couldn’t sleep.

I looked at my arm with the disappearing tattoo on it. ‘Har’ had already disappeared. Nine days left if Dumbledore is right. This meant I only have a bit over a week in Hogwarts.

Even though I have Zac to go back to and my family, I don’t want to leave. My mum and dad are probably getting worried by now. I wonder if they are searching for me right now or if they have given up on their search all together and left it to the local police. I wonder how they are taking my disappearance.

The more I thought about it, the more I knew I was being silly. Of course they were looking for me, and be spending day and night looking for me. I feel a little guilty about that. I don’t know why this happened to me, but this may be one of the best things that have ever happened to me.

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Sleep did finally take me. I knew when I woke up and the others in my year got me up to go to Hogsmeade.

Everyone was getting out their money out for Hogsmeade and organising what they were all going to go today. They invited me along. I was excited to see another place in the Harry Potter world.

I had always wanted to travel the world even in my world, but never really got that chance with Zac. I haven’t even left my own country, only moved within it.

Zac went on business trips for his company. I never went with him, even if it was out of the country. I knew every time he offered that he did want me to be there, but each time I knew that it would be no fun. He would be taking me to dinner parties with lots of people that he would be trying to impress and lots of other little thing to try and improve his company. There were no holidays that he had ever suggested going overseas for. He was always caught up in his work. He only took me out for dinner every now and then as well as the movies.

The train ride on the Hogwarts Express was one of the most memorable things ever. It was my first train ride and it was probably the best train to be on. The seats were comfortable; the compartments were roomy and felt very open with the large window and sliding glass doors.

I stared out at the rolling hills of the country side. It reminded me of the live I could have had if I decided to stay with Xavier. He was always talking about how he was going to buy a farm out in the middle of nowhere, where it was the most beautiful. He talked of helping me become the artist I had dreamed of, but I wasn’t even close to that anymore. With Zac it was impossible. He didn’t believe in art being a true career for anyone. I lost hope in that dream and decided that I would be better off staying as I was. An Optometrist. Don’t get me wrong it is a great job, the people are great but it isn’t what I wanted as my only job.

I was in the compartment with many of my new friends from Ravenclaw. Christopher and Phoebe sat across from Scarlett and I. Phoebe and Christopher sat together because they were going out. Scarlett had a boyfriend but he wanted to go to Hogsmeade with his friends today.

Our first visit was to Honeydukes, since I was here on a short visit Professor Dumbledore had given me some money to spend on the visit. I had made the whole trip seemed more exciting when I knew that I could buy a few things. It was great to have my new friends with my because they knew all the candy I would like.

On our way to get butterbeer from The Three Broomsticks, Roger came up to us.

“Jade, can you fill in for our Keeper in a few days. Professor Flitwick said that madam Hooch has given you flying lessons. That and it is a good opportunity for you before you leave us.” Roger asked.

“Sounds great,” I replied.

“I’ll give you some training after we get back from Hogsmeade. Meet me at the Quidditch pitch at four.” He said.

“I’ll be there,” I assured him. He walked off towards his friends into The Three Broomsticks.

“Wow, you’re lucky. You really are getting to try everything out here,” chatted Scarlett.

“Yeah, at least I have an idea on how to play Quidditch from the books in my world.”

“I’m sure you will go fine. We are facing Hufflepuff tomorrow. I’ll be a good game.” Christopher stated.

“At least I’ve been a keeper in muggle sport’s before. I see it being harder on a broom though.” I smiled.

“True,” Scarlett chuckled. “What sport was that?”

“Football.”

“How good were you?” Christopher leaned in a bit as he said it. He was a fanatic when it came to Quidditch.

“Pretty good, I was in the reps team for my region. We never lost a game.” I grinned. Football had been the only sport I had been good at over many failed attempts with other sports. I was a natural as far as Football coaches were concerned. I knew Quidditch was pretty much the same, but on a broom.

“Well, good luck with your training. By the sounds of things you probably will not need that much.” Phoebe encouraged. 

“Thanks, Phoebe.” I was glad that I had been able to make such good friends that I would remember for the rest of my life.

The day at Hogsmeade flew by, but I was excited to learn how to be a Quidditch keeper. The train ride back was peaceful and noise because everyone was excited to relay their day’s trip at Hogsmeade to friends. I ended up in a compartment with a few students from Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. My friends decided that they were going to split up and see a few of their other friends that they had classes with.

“Hi, I’m Jade.”

“I’m Cedric,” he shook my hand. He was sitting next to me.

“Luke,” the boy across me in the window seat said. He didn’t seem very interested in making any conversation.

“Kelsey. Nice to meet you,” she reached over and shook my hand. Kelsey gave me a warm smile which only made me smile too. “Sorry about him he has been in a bit of a mood all day.” She pointed at Luke who was sitting next to her.

“Hey, I’m still here you know.” He grumped. He definitely wasn’t in a good mood.

“It’s okay. I normally am not in a good mood when I am home.” I revealed.

“Why is that?” Kelsey asked.

“I didn’t get the life I wanted. Here is so much better than what I have back home.”

“What is wrong with your life back home?” Cedric enquired.

“I haven’t been able to love again since I was with my Ex and I was about to marry a man I didn’t even love.” I smiled in spite of myself. “I don’t even know how I got there in the first place. He is completely opposite to me. No matter what I do, I can’t shake the feel that I still love him.”

“What is his name?” Kelsey asked.

“Xavier. He cheated on me and that was when I left him.” I decided it was time for a subject change. “So, do you guys play Quidditch?”

“I do, I’m seeker for Hufflepuff,” Cedric replied.

“I don’t play, but I find it great to watch.” Kelsey chatted.

“I’m chaser for Hufflepuff.” I was a little surprised that he had decided to join the conversation. “Do you play?”

“I’m filling in for the Ravenclaw keeper,” I offered.

“Really is that so. Have you played Quidditch before?” Luke looked amused.

“No, but I have been a keeper in different sports before.”

“Do you know how to fly?” I think Luke was trying to find a way to see what his competition was going to be like in two days time.

“Yeah, I had a flying lesson the other day.”

“Are you any good?”

“I’m okay.”

“How good were you at being a keeper in those other games?” He pushed seeing if I would give away anything.

“Good.”

“Just good?” He breathed. “Do you think you will be any good at being a keeper in Quidditch?”

As soon as he said it Kelsey elbowed him.

“Ouch!” He moaned.

“Be nice. You don’t need to size her up with such scrutiny. It would make much different either. You are still going to have a hard game against Ravenclaw.” She stated the facts as they were. He folded his arms over his chest and exhaled.

“Maybe, we should talk about something else.” Cedric said. “His girlfriend broke up with him this morning.”

“Thanks for considering my privacy.”

“Enough already Luke! I have had this all day and I have had enough of it. I think Ced would agree with me, but he is too nice to say so.” She looked really irritated. I don’t think she would be able to be pushed any further.

The rest of the way back to Hogwarts was in pure silence. No one wanted to chat knowing that Luke would probably object to most that was said.

When we got back and Luke had rushed off, Cedric and Kelsey apologised for the poor behaviour of their friend. Soon Cedric headed off to catch up to him, and then it was just Kelsey and I.

“He is really nice when you get to know him better. I really am sorry that we couldn’t talk very much in the train.” She looked apologetic. “He seems to think the more girls he dates the closer he will get to the one.” She sighed in frustration.

“It’s okay, I understand. So what do you think about that?” I asked.

“He is oblivious to what is directly in front of him.” Her eyes fell from Hogwarts castle.

“Do you love him?” She faced me with tears in her eyes and nodded. I pulled her into a hug. “Don’t worry. No matter how stubborn they are, they come around.” She sobbed into my shoulder. “You could always ask him out when everything has settled down.” I suggested.

“Yeah, maybe I will.” Her confidence seemed to building up again. She wiped her eyes on her sleeve. “I know it seems silly that I have cried in front of you and told you about my problems. We barely know each other. But I feel like I can trust you.”

“I feel that way too. It is nothing like what I have experienced back home. I wasn’t very good at making friends because I seemed too damaged somehow. I wasn’t always like that though. It was before high school but as soon as I went to high school, I felt hollow. Empty like a piece of life had disappeared.” I explained.

“I hope we can hang out later. I like making new friends and you seem like such an honest, kind and caring person. I hope we can keep in touch after you leave us.”

“I hope we can too.”

“I’ll see you later. I think Cedric might need some help.” She said with a smile. Then we went our separate ways.

I have half an hour before Quidditch practice and I started towards Ravenclaw to get into better clothes to play Quidditch in. Afterwards I walked down to the pitch.

I was ten minutes early but he was already there waiting for me.

“Do you know the rules and the different balls in Quidditch?” He asked.

I nodded in reply. He handed me a broom. “We start with passing then we will move on to defending the goals.” He pointed towards the three goals. I mounted my broom and took off with Roger. It wasn’t until we were at the same height as the goals did we stop.

We started passing the Quaffle between us and he kept getting further and further away. I still managed to get it to him but as soon as tried me at halfway. It was too far for me to cope.

“Right, I think we will start defending the goals now.” It took me a bit to get my bearings on the broom. I took a lot more skill to goal keep with a broom. I got it in the end where I didn’t let as many in but it was still a lot more than what I would have liked. He seemed impressed with my progress but I wasn’t as much of a natural as I was in football. He gave me a few tips on how to make sure I stayed on my broom and how to block and catch the Quaffle. It was similar to football and it was easy to pick up.

“I think we better stop for dinner. Good practice, you are pretty good. I can see you would be better if there weren’t any brooms.” He smiled and we put away the Quaffle and headed to the Great Hall. “I’ll tell you tonight when we will have the next practice.”

“Cool, I’ll see you then.” We broke off to sit with our friends.

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