The Misunderstood Hufflepuff

Just. Kind. Loyal. Social. Hufflepuffs are all of these things. But there was the one Hufflepuff. The one who wanted to get into Ravenclaw. The one who never went outside her dorm except to go to classes, but stayed silent. The one who stole food from the kitchen and her best friends were House Elves. The one who was discovered by the Weasley twins. The one who's name was Amber Pine, who was called the Misunderstood Hufflepuff by everyone, always.

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6. Chapter 6

  Karley and I stood next to each other, pulling our dragon hide gloves out of our bags. Professor Sprout came around, putting a pot in front of each of us, along with a few trowels and bags of potting soil. As everyone else got on their gloves, Sprout said, "Hello! My name is Professor Sprout, and I'm your Herbology teacher. Today we will be planting premature Puffapods that the third years will be tending in a month. Please fill your pot halfway with potting soil, put a few beans in, then cover it with soil. Go ahead."

 A few people around me started to talk as they worked, but I didn't want to engage, so I put my magic music buds in my ears and listened to music as I worked. I planted five pots, then grabbed a watering can, watering the plants. Karley tapped my shoulder, and then said something. I took my buds out and whispered, "What?"

    She pointed towards Professor Sprout, who was standing at my other shoulder, observing my Herbology skills. "Amber, you have a natural spark for Herbology!" she said.

  I looked at her sheepishly and said quietly, "Thank you, ma'am."

 Professor Sprout laughed, her laugh ringing out like bells. "No need to be too formal, dearie! Did you know that you've done more pots so far than anyone else?" I looked around, noticing that most of the others were only on their first pot, some only just placing the beans inside. I looked back at her and shook my head. "Well you can keep going with that. If you get more than twelve done, let me know."

  I put my buds back in and kept going. By the time a few people were done with two or even three, I notified Professor Sprout that I was done with twelve. She assigned me to the next greenhouse, and asked me if I could come down and work as her assistant after supper several days a week. I agreed, seeing it as an able distraction. 

 By that time Herbology class was done. Professor Sprout had given me information for being her assistant, telling me when and where to meet her, on a piece of parchment. Before Karley could follow or come with me, I stuffed my gardening tools and the piece of parchment in my bag and slung my bag over my shoulder, leaving the greenhouse, up the hill, and towards the castle.

  During Herbology, I overheard the first year Hufflepuffs talking, saying that they would hang out in the Great Hall for their spare period. I myself, made the rational decision to finish sanding the new table and replace one of the cruddy tables in the common room. 

    I got to the barrel wall before anyone else got back to the castle. Before I went into the common room, though, I stopped by the kitchen and got some Ice Mice. 

  About 12 o'clock (pm, not am) I finished sanding the table. Its little details had been perfected, and the edges had been sanded so they weren't sharp. After I made sure the coast was clear, I rolled the table out into the common room, taking a rougher chair and table with me. I shrunk the table down to the size of my palm, and pulled the chair from behind me. It didn't take me long to cut the large and crude chair down to a spindly design, carved with weaves of spirals and leaves and vines dancing across it. I used my tiny knives to cut the smaller of the designs in, then sanded the sharp edges. I put the chair back in its place of the common room just as someone opened the barrels. 

 I rushed back into the dormitory tunnels as I heard someone gasp. I looked out to see Whitney, the Prefect, surveying the newly carved table and chairs. She poked her friends and said, "Look! Someone redid this table! And that chair! Guys, who did it?" There was a chorus of "I dunno"s going around her friends, and she said, "Well, whoever did it had a great eye for design! These are amazing!"

 A sense of unknown pride rushed though me, and I smiled. They started over to the couches, and I snuck back into my dorm, popping up my painters easel and putting on a canvas. I pulled a few containers off of my shelf that had pre-ground paint in them, some of my paint brushes, and a pencil.

 I sketched the outline of a badger in a meadow of daisies, trees in the background, and a few butterflies in the air (what, it sounds very Hufflepuff). I applied some green paint with my small brush, outlining the grass and tree tops. I added some lighter greens in the middle, going lighter and darker in areas to make it have the dimensions for plants. I painted the badger, black and white, painting it so the face looked like a face and fur looked like fur, exactly like a badger should. 

 I colored the butterflies and daisies, putting pops of colors just to make it seem right. I checked the time: 1:00. I looked into the common room, seeing it was now empty, and put the painting up on an empty mantle. I knew it'd be kind of bad to sign my work, seeing that I don't want anyone to know that it's me, but on the bottom of the left leg of each table and chair I've done so far I put AP, and on the bottom left corner of the paintings I signed an illegible AP. Very illegible. I don't need anyone knowing who did these.

 I walked out of the empty common room, then went over to the fruit painting, tickled the pear, and walked into the kitchens. A flock of house elves ran up to me, and I was bombarded with hellos and questions about food. I looked down to two of them and said, "Hi, do you have any chicken and fries?" I was bombarded again, but this time with yes and them running off. 

 Staree walked up to me and said, "Would Miss Amber like to go sit down before her foods are ready?" I nodded and Staree offered me her hand, and I took it. She lead me over to a table, where I sat down, and she sat down next to me. Two house elves came over, one carrying a plate of chicken and fries, the other a pitcher of lemonade and a cup. 

 They set it down on the table, and I offered Staree fries as I took a handful. She timidly took two fries, and ate them in silence. I quietly ate my food, asking her a few questions here and there, but ultimately stayed quiet. I finished my food and checked the clock: 1:35. I had to go to Transfiguration at two, and I wanted to get there about five minutes early. It'll probably take me fifteen minutes to find my way up to class, so I said, "I'm going to leave, Staree. Thank you for keeping me company. I'll probably be here tonight, if that's okay." She nodded and waved as I left for Transfiguration.

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