I'm eating next to Draco and laughing with Hermione when the reminder strikes me.
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I need to tell Draco. Everything.
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I inhale and tap his shoulder. "D?"
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He stops eating and looks at me, his mouth still full. He swallows and wipes his mouth before saying, "Hm?"
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I chuckle, then turn deadly serious. "I need for all to you about something. Something I've been hiding from you for 4 years."
His eyes widen, and I don't give him a chance to reply because I alert Hermione I'm taking him, grab his hand, and drag him out of the Great Hall.
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I stop and make sure no one's paying attention to what ima bout to tell him.
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He looks worried, concerned. "What's wrong, Jen?" he says on the verge of panicking.
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I take a deep breath and tell him everything, not stopping until the story's over.
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His mouth opens in shock, and my head droops to the floor in shame. I can't bear to see his angry expression. I might as well kick myself out before he does. I turn around to leave.
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He grabs my shoulders and forces me to look at him. He stares at me, his eyes intent. Suddenly, he whispers, "I should have known." Before I can raise my eyebrows or reply, he pulls me into an embrace.
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A tear rolls down my eyes, then another one. Soon, I'm sobbing into his shoulder. I pull away after a couple minutes and look into his soft eyes.
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"I'm so sorry," I say. "I shouldn't be crying at your wedding."
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He laughs quietly. "My best friend can cry anywhere she pleases."
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I chuckle, then look at him. "I should've told you sooner, or at least not today."
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He shakes his head. "Today was perfect." We hug again for a couple seconds before I stare at my watch.
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"Oh, Merlin! Your wedding is supposed to start any minute! GO!" I say, ushering him away into his dressroom, which is set in the prefects' bathroom.
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I chuckle, wipe my eyes, and walk to the Great Hall, where I seat myself, ready for the wedding.
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Suddenly, someone touches my shoulder. I look up and see Fred.
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"Mind if I sit?"
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"No, not at all," I say, gesturing to the chair next to me, allowing him to sit. He does, and he leans in close to me to whisper, "You and Draco having an affair?"
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I pull away, taken aback, and I look at him. I breathe a sigh of relief when I see he's smiling.
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"Oh, you're joking. No, I had to talk about something with him."
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"What?" he says, interested.
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I laugh disbelievingly. Since when did he poke in other's business?
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"I wanted to talk about the war. I've been hiding something from him. You want to know what?"
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He nods excitedly. I laugh and like Draco, tell him everything without stopping. I question myself the whole time. Why am I telling him something that I hid for 4 years from my best friend of 8 years?
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I ignore the thought. The more people I can talk to about this, the more it comes off my chest.
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He nods while I speak, listening intently. I smile when I'm finished, and his expression doesn't change.
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"So, do you have a scar?" he says after a while. I nod, and he does too.
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He's about to say something when the lights dim and the bridal march ensues.
The marriage portion of the wedding goes as expected. I catch Fred looking at me from time to time, but mostly we keep our eyes on Draco and Hermione.
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After they say their vows and give each other a kiss, we all stand up and applaud. Me and Fred applaud the loudest, and we catch each other's eye and smile.
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While we're eating for the second time that day, Fred sits down next to me and eats.
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After a few seconds of uncomfortable silence, I look at him. "You know, I pass by your joke shop every time I go to Diagon Alley. I've always wanted to go inside, but I've never had the time," I say, eyeing him then the food, than him again.
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His eyes light up. "You do?" he questions, eyebrow raised.
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I nod and say, "I do. The last time I went was the summer before the war."
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He drops his fork onto his plate in shock, causing a loud clattering noise. "That long ago?" he says, picking up his fork.
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I laugh. "I told you, I didn't have any time."
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He rolls his eyes, but I can see the corners of his mouth curl up slightly. "There's no way you're that busy."
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I put a piece of steak in my mouth and say, "Way."
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We joke the rest of the time like old friends, talking about the war and our friends and what we've been doing since the war. It feels good to talk to him, and for once, I looked at him like a friend, not a crush.
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He suddenly brings up the topic of my scar. "So, where's your scar?"
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I stop eating and gulp, then take a swig of butterbeer. "It goes all the way around my stomach. There's also a little ring around my shin as well."
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He nods, and the silence enters the conversation.
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I desperately want to break the silence, so I clear my throat slightly and say, "What's your most favorite item in the shop?"
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He smiles and says quietly, "The Slytherin Sorbet."
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I raise my eyebrows. "What is that?"
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He laughs and says, " We launched it last year. It's a sorbet that can change your attitude and look to a Slytherin for a full five minutes once you finish it."
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Wanting to know more, I say, "What do they act like?"
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He smirks. "You," he whispers before taking a drink of his own cup of butterbeer.
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I feel my face go scarlet red. Is he flirting with me? I ignore the hotness inside me and force out a laugh. "Well, if they're like me, they wouldn't be very scary."
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He stares at me for a minute, then says, "Ok," in a very disbelieving tone.
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I scoff, and I am about to ask him what he means by that comment when someone scoots in next to Fred.
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George, accommodated by Angelina Johnson, who I am assuming is his wife judging by her huge stomach. Pregnant. I look down at my food, suddenly feeling very embarrassed, although I don't quite know the reason.
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"Hey, mate," says George, patting Fred on the back lightly.
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He nods hello then says, "Oh, this is my new friend Jen."
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I force myself to look into his eyes and I find him smiling that immense smile that lights up a whole room, just like Fred. I take his hand which he held out, and I shake it.
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"Hello again," I say, hinting I was in their year.
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"Oh, and get this! She's a Slytherin!"
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Uh oh. Here comes the cold eyes or stern expression he'll make, just like everyone does when that happens to slip out of my mouth no matter how hard I try to keep it stuffed in.
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But neither of those happen, surprisingly. Just like with Fred,his eyes soften up and his smile only grows wider. "Cool, so you like trouble?" he says, his eyes full with anticipation.
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I smirk and he laughs.
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"Cool," he says again, his face gentle.
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The rest of the time, we have fun laughing and talking, and I feel comfortable with telling them everything.
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Well, everything except my massive crush on Fred.
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But little did I know, they found out sooner than I would have liked.
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