The Complete book of Hope's Unfinished Works

This book has every one of Hope's unfinished stories. She thought it would be nice to have all of her stories documented into one big book. So here it is. Including: Life in a New Standpoint Tale as Old as Time Thrown for a Twist What to Do with the Wotters The Tale Untold Trouble in Paradise The Divine


22. That Wasn't Orange Juice.

Chapter 3:

"I swear, I'm gonna kill him Lily. I swear you're going to have to hold me back." I spouted off walking back and forth across the dormitory.

I just couldn't believe it.

That fucking ass.

He's such an ass.

Why, out of everyone in the entire universe, did he have to pull a prank on me.

He knows I have a temper.

For Merlin's sake, everyone knew it.

But nope, he picks me. Now, I have to suffer through a week of Slughorn's detention, with him. I hope that we don't have to do shit together. Maybe I can get Slughorn to put a silencing charm on him or something. I mean, I may have been the one who tackled him, but he provoked me. I don't do well when I am provoked.

Lily just lays on her stomach, on her bed, writing in her journal. Probably about James, her and him got in a small fight about Sirius. They were still together an everything, but you know first fight and all. I think she blames me, which is understandable. I was the one who yelled at James for having an ass for a friend, who yelled back at me for being a bitch, then Lily yelled at him and yeah.

You know what Sirius did?

He watched, I'll be honest, he did look like he had a little bit of remorse on his face, but I think it was an act.

I think he hated Lily and James fighting more than I did.

Which I didn't like all that much.

Butcha know what they say..

It's good for couples to fight.

Or that's at least what my mom use to say.

You know before she disowned me.

I threw myself onto the bed and sprawled out across the satin blankets. They felt nice against my angry hot skin. I needed a nap, or some fire whiskey.

No Cass.

You don't. I thought this to myself as I began to roll around my small bed.

Rule Numero Uno.

Don't roll around small beds.

I hit the floor with a loud thud and heard my nose slightly crack, and then came the blood. Lots of it.

Lots and lots of it.

Lily instantly came to my side and helped me up. I tried to grip my nose but for some reason the blood was coming pretty heavy. Like really, a lot of it. I had never seen so much blood in my entire life. This is just a perfect ending to a lovely first day isn't it? I would of just ask Lily to do a simple healing spell but this seemed worse. I didn't understand why there was so much blood.

"Oh my.. We have to get you-" Lily began.

"Yeah, I know." I broke in through the blood coming into my mouth.

I was already starting to feel a bit light headed, we left our dorm and began to head down the many stairs to the common room. I hope that everyone got a sudden urge to go to sleep at 7. I didn't want anyone seeing me like this, let alone knowing my dumb ass clumsiness caused it.

So much for hoping.

The common room was a bustling mass of 1st through 7th years.

And of course who's down there?

The Marauders.

The came rushing over to me and Lily, who was supporting me. Things were beginning to get blurry. The last thing I saw before I blacked out was Sirius catching me just before I hit the floor. I guess he didn't care I was bleeding like a slaughtered lamb.

I didn't know how long I was out, I had no idea. I just remember waking up with a pounding headache. My eyes slowly drifted open to the familiar area of the hospital wing. I mentally slapped myself for bleeding so much. It was almost pitch black.

Even if it was beyond my control.

I tried to sit up but, I got a sudden rush and had to sit back down. Oh good god, how much blood did I lose? I turned my head to the side to see Sirius sitting in one of the uncomfortable chairs of the hospital wing. His head was swung forward and his hair was a mess. He was sleeping quite soundly.

I have no idea how.

I have to be like in bed with pitch blackness to sleep.

Awe, Little Sirius Black decided to stay by my bed side.

How sweet.

For a moment I think it is kind of sweet, but then I remember who he is and why I hate him. You know, I should blame him for this. If I wasn't upset I wouldn't of rolled off the bed like an idiot.

Which I am.

"Yo, Black. Wake up!" I whisper shouted to him.

His head jerked up and he looked anxiously around the room.

"Over here dork." I said while running a hand through my tangled hair. Damn, it felt like it hasn't been brushed in days. Merlin, how long was I out?

His head snapped around to me and he smiled, "Thank god. Everyone's been so worried." He said with relief.

I fought off the urge to say something rude to him, "How long was I out..?" I asked raising an eyebrow.

"Almost a week." He answered simply, rubbing his eyes.

"A WEEK?" I almost shouted sitting up, which I regretted, I got another rush and mentally slapped myself for making the same mistake I let my head fall back onto the bed and clutched my forehead.

"Woah, take it easy Cass." Sirius informed me scooting a little closer in his chair.

"Merlin. How on earth did that happen?" I asked slowly turning my head to face him.

"Well, Madam Pomfrey could hardly believe how much blood you lost. But your body kind of shut down. She said when you fell you must of popped an artery. Lucky we got you here in time, it could've been worse." He said seriously his eyes glanced up at the clock.

"I'm such a damn klutz." I said closing my eyes. I couldn't believe it, I had missed the first week of classes.

It's my fault.

No, remember Cass? It's Black's fault.

I never liked him.

Remind me again why he is sitting by my bed. I do have a few more question to be answered.

Then I'll kick him from my side.

"Homework?" I said enthusiastically.

"Since it was the first week the teacher excused you from it." He replied with a nod.


He grinned largely. "Lucky you, Slughorn moved both of our week of detentions to next week."

In my head I punched him.

And then he cried like a baby.

I was hoping he’d already had all of his, and I could do mine alone.

But no in real life I just stared at him with a pissed off look on my face. "Remind me again why you're here?"

"Um, well I thought you'd like to see a friendly face when you woke. Pomfrey said it should be today."

Friendly face?

More like face that makes me absolutely livid.

"Well you thought wrong. Do me a favor go back to the common room and leave me be. Fetch Lil's will ya?" I asked sourly.

"Lily was just down here, so that won't do. It's my shift anyways." He said nonchalantly.

"Shifts?" I questioned with a hint of annoyance in my voice.

Why the hell did they need shifts?

What was I going to do?

Roll out of bed again and have an eyeball pop out?

Never mind.

I wouldn't put that past me.

"Yeah, so to make sure someone is here to greet you when you wake up." He said jubilantly.

"You're a part of MY welcome wagon. Well that wasn't very smart. I hate you." I said sarcastically even though it wasn't all that far from the truth.

I mean, hates a strong word.

So I go for a more strongly intensely dislike complex.

I had reasons for not liking him.

I really do, I just.. I don't like to talk about them.

"That's not very nice Cassy." He said smiling.

"It's Cass." I said harshly through gritted teeth. "Just go away, send Lily in the morning. I'm going back to sleep."

"But you've jus-"

"Good night Black." I said with even more bite in my voice.

"Night Corbin." He said in a soft voice. He got out of the chair and walked out of the hospital wing. I made sure I heard his foot steps all the way down the corridor before I actually rolled over to go back to sleep.

I wasn't even tired.

I mean, I had just slept for like ever.

I'm like sleeping beauty, just with no prince to wake her with a kiss.

Oh the sorrowful life.

I closed my eyes and let the gentle sound of wind bring me back to sleep. I was more than surprised to have a dream, about something that happened months back..

I glanced at the clock on the wall and instantly shut my eyes tightly, please let it only be a joke that I have an hour left in Professes Binns class. When I opened my eyes again I noticed that the clock had only moved a tick.

Great, now I only had 59 minutes left.

I looked to my left where my best friend in the whole universe sat. Lily Evans. With bright red hair that fell a little past her shoulder, piercing green eyes, and a sweet and strong personality. She was scribbling down notes furiously on her piece of parchment.

I knew I probably should be doing so also, but I found it hard to listen to Binns, let alone take notes on what he was saying. I didn't understand why Lily insisted on taking N.E.W.T level history, if it was up to me I wouldn't of taken it. But I felt I needed to be with Lily through all her classes, even if it did mean Ancient Runes.

When I thought about it I had no idea why Lily had chosen me to be here friend, maybe it was the fact that we were both muggle born or that it was just opposites attract. Because one thing for sure is I'm nothing like Lily. Sure we could talk for hours on end, but when it came to looks and personalities it seemed we were the exact opposite.

While Lily was a good 5'5 in height I was 5'0 tall and seemed to be staying that way. I actually saw a first year last week who was just an inch shorter than me. I am a horrible mess at times, when people piss me off they often regret it.

I twirled my quill around in my hand for a moment looking at the the white feather, trying to pass the time 6th year at Hogwarts was one that was turning to be a lot more work than expected. It had only 1 week left and I was under piles of essays.

I pulled out a piece of scrapped parchment and began to write letters in calligraphy. I wrote in beautiful letters. 'Cass Corbin alone forever." I took me a good 10 minutes to write it perfectly onto the parchment. I smiled at it when I was done. I gave a quiet chuckle to myself, it was true boys seemed to just pretend I wasn't there. I partially think it is because Lily is always with me. I haven't had much luck with boys. Lily yes, she could get any boy that she wanted, she could even have the well know James Potter but no she chooses to stay single by my side which is a comforting thought because I don't know what I would do if she was off running around with a boy toy.

"Psst." I heard a low hiss in my left ear and my head instantly turned to the noise.

It was Sirius Black, why the hell was Sirius 'pssting' at me. I stared at him for a moment a a slight lack on words. Nobody popular like him ever talked to me. Plus, I hated Sirius Black. I just loathed him. Something about that way he was. I don’t know. He and his friends, 'The Marauders' are what all the girls swoon over at school. I didn't really see all the rage, sure they were cute but really what was the big deal?

I stared wide eyed at him. His dark hair fell to his eyes with a sort of casual elegance. His dark brown eyes stared back at me as if waiting for me to respond.

"Yeah what?" I said quietly sitting up in my seat a little. A couldn't help but notice there was a bit of agitation in my voice.

"Cal right?" He said fumbling a piece of paper in his hands. 'No my names Cass.' I thought to myself but kept quiet, silently fuming on the insides. He didn't wait for me to respond. "Here give this to Lily. It's from James." He said holding out his hand to me.

I took the paper silently, frowning to myself. The little hope I had in my chest that maybe a boy was actually talking to me just to talk to me, even if it was Sirius Black I was hoping it wasn’t a 'pass a message to Lilly,' bummed out and I slumped back into my seat. I pushed the note over to Lily.

Lily looked at me confused, I gave her a small smile and said in a low whisper, "It's a note from the toerag."

She rolled her eyes but I thought I saw something else in them, something I hadn't seen when we were talking about James. And then when she opened the note I swear I saw her grin, but it happened so fast I couldn't tell ya.

I scooted a little closer to her, "So what does it say?"

"Oh nothing." She said casual, returning to her notes.

I let out a quiet chuckle, "Oh yeah, because notes usually say nothing."

Lily grinned at me, "It's not important, now pay attention."

I glanced over at Sirius and James, sitting in front of them were Remus and Peter. That was the gang of them. Been together for as long as I can remember. James has asked Lily out, it seems, every day since 1st year. And every single time she tells him no. It's funny how everyone seems to know Lily, the Marauders all know her by name, but I'm with her practically 24/7 and what am I chop liver?

I caught Sirius's eye and he turned and smiled, I returned the gesture. I'm sure it was just a pity smile or something like that. The bell rung throughout the school and I instantly stood up. Lily stayed seated, continuing to scribble on the parchment.

I tapped my foot impatiently, "Come on Lily, I want to go sit by the lake before dinner."

She grabbed my sleeve and yanked me back down and hissed in my ear, "Just wait a moment."

"Uhm okay." I said as I slid down in my seat and crossed my arms over my chest. The classroom began to clear out, even Binns floated away. I was starting to get quite agitated. Before I could say another word four boys walk infront of our desk. The four Marauders.

Hmm. This is interesting.

"I didn't think you'd wait up." James said leaning forward on the desk with a smirk on his face.

"Yeah, well I guess you thought wrong. Now what is it you wanted to talk to me about?" Lily asked coldly.

I laughed and all heads turned to me, my cheeks turned red and I hesitated for a moment, "It’s obvious isn't it? He's going to ask you on a date." I paused for a moment looking at the each individual face, "Again."

They all laughed and I rolled my eyes sinking deeper into my chair.

"Well kinda." He said with a mischievous grin on his face, "We're all a lot older now and why not just put the past behind us." He looked from me to Lily. "The weekend after school ends we are all going to Diagon Alley, if you wanna come we can make it a double date."

I practically jump out of my seat, my mouth dropped slightly. I looked at Lily and she actually seemed like she might say yes, I had to butt in. "Don't mean to be rude here, but no." I said, coughing uncomfortably.

Sirius leaned forward placing his palms face down on the desk, "What? Is little miss Cal afraid to go on a date with Sirius Black?”

I stood up to try to make my self intimidating, but it didn't work. He had at least a foot on me. "My names Cass." I said resentfully.

"Well Cass? How bout it?" Lily said all of a sudden.

My head snapped over to her. She could of not just said that no way. She must be under the imperius curse. "Lily?" I shrank back down into my seat, "is that you?"

James, Sirius and Lily laughed. Remus and Peter had retorted to another table and were quietly talking. "Yes Cass. It's me." She smiled, "Why don't we? I mean what could it hurt?"

I leaned into her, although I knew the boys could hear me, "But its James.. And Sirius." She nodded at me, still smiling. I looked at the two boys. "You can't be serious right?"

"Actually I'm Sirius." Sirius said chuckling to himself. 

I rolled my eyes at the ridiculous and very over used joked. 

“It’s a date then.” James broke into the silence, he smiled mischievously at Lily, “I’ll have my owl be in touch with yours.” 

Great, just Great.


I woke up with a jolt, in my book that’s considered a nightmare.

Ew, that wasn’t a nice memory.

See what I’m saying. Sirius didn’t even know my name.

In the long run though, we didn’t go on that date with them. I talked some sense into Lily. But when she sent that owl too James saying she wasn’t going to go, they talked for days. Back and forth, back and forth. I’m surprised James’ owl didn’t die of overuse.

And that my folks, is how Lily and James first came to be.

I tried to stop it. I did.

I’m happy for her now, of course.

James really isn’t all that bad. He has his nice moments. It’s his friend that bugs me.

The sun was now shining through the windows and it was practically blinding light. I had to shield my eyes. You know, I would say I’m not a morning person, but that’s not true. I like mornings, kind of. There’s something nice sometimes about not wasting your whole day to the bed. The one thing about mornings I don’t like though is waking up. If I could just skip that part I would so not care.

I looked over at the nightstand and saw a gold goblet sitting full of some orange liquid.

Looks like orange juice.

I like orange juice.

I reached across and took a huge gulp of it.

It wasn’t orange juice.

I almost spit it out, but I was already mid swallow.

Well that was a sickening way to start my morning.

If it was Saturday, as I expected, Lily would be up and dressed by 8.

Early, ew. I know.

I looked at the clock on the side of my bed. Oh look what time it happens to be. 8:05. And almost as if on cue I hear the soft run down the corridors. That’s my Lil’s. I sat up and this time I didn’t get a rush of blood to my head. I actually felt quite fine.

“CASSSSSSSSS.” She shouted as she ran into the hospital wing and jumped on the bottom of my bed. She grabbed my legs and hugged them. “Good Golly, Merlin. I was so worried!”

I laughed and smiled at her, “I’m okay Lily. Sorry I gave you a scare!”

She finally looked me in the eyes, and then she did the unexpected. She smacked my leg.

Lily Evans smacked me.

He best friend.

It didn’t hurt, but you know.

“What was that for?!” I asked wide eyed.

“Being an idiot.” She said matter of factly.

She had a point.

I was an idiot.

Lily hopped off the bed and came to stand over me. “I missed you. So don’t do that again.” She threatened. An arm appeared around her waist and a familiar messy head of hair appeared behind her.

“Seriously Cass, you had us all worried.” James said smiling slightly.

“I’m sorry.” I said with a chuckle. A few more seconds past and Remus walked into the hospital wing and came to stand at the foot of my bed.

“Remus!” I said happily, I sat up and squeezed his hand tightly. “How are you?” He still looked peachy and it began to bother me even more, wondering what on earth was going on.

“I’m okay.” He said with a nod, “But the question is, how are you?”

“I actually feel fine, anyone know why? When I woke up last night I felt like shit.” I said rubbing my forehead.

“Actually.” James began stepping forward, “Sirius woke up extra early and went and told Madam Pomfrey you were awake. She gave you some sort of potion this morning.”

Oh, that’s what the orange stuff was.

Still though, ew.

“And I just talked to her,” Remus added, “and she said if you feel up to it, you can leave.”

“Leave and comb my hair. Sounds perfect.” I said with a smirk.

“Yeah, you really do need to do that Corbin.” the familiar voice of Sirius broke into the air.

I threw the covers from my legs and swung them around the bed, “Go fly a kite Black.”

“Make me.” He shot back, although I wasn’t facing him I could feel that smirk of his burning into my back.

I felt a sudden twinge of guilt for being mean, he has seemed to do a lot for me while I was busy being sleeping beauty. I stood up and turned around to face him, I avoided I contact with everyone else.

“Thanks for you know, stuff.” I said bitterly, although I truly was thankful.

“I love doing stuff.” He said as he stuck his hands in his pockets, “Especially for my favorite blondie.”

Ew, he just called me his favorite blondie.

Thats gross.

Suck it up Cass, don’t be mean. You can later, just be thankful now.

“Yeah, okay.” I said with a helpless look on my face.

“Oh, and speaking of my helpfulness, I talked to Slughorn!” He said with a sly look.

“And..?” I asked hesitantly.

“And, he said now that you’re up he wants us to attend our first detention today.”

I swear, I’m going to have a mental breakdown.

He hates me doesn’t he.

Well, I strongly intensely dislike him.

So, how bout them apples.

But, no.

I’m going to hurt him.

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