She had said the same thing last year, but I had been sure that she hadn’t been really serious, just furious. But I had been wrong. She had, indeed, been very serious.
I was flying on my broom when I looked down and spotted my best mate and his girlfriend sitting near the Black lake, their legs dangling in the water. Their lips were moving but were not on each other’s so I figured that they were having a normal conversation, which, for once, did not involve any touching. Or maybe they were rubbing each others’ legs and I couldn’t see because of the water. Who knew?
I slowly flew downwards. I had been flying for an hour. If I’d had James’, Remus’ or Peter’s company, it would’ve been fun. Flying alone could be peaceful for some time, but would later become depressing.
I dropped lightly on the grass, and headed towards to the castle when I stopped once to turn and see James and Lily. They were snogging, of course. That boy never failed to disappoint me. I sighed but then smirked. I dropped the broomstick on the ground and walked towards the lake. No one would steal my property, and anyway, I wasn’t going to James to chit chat. I’d just go, say ‘hi’ and interrupt their kissing session.
And I did just that. James glared at me. Lily returned my greeting, but made it painfully obvious that she hadn’t appreciated me coming to them. Surprising. She usually took it good humouredly. She knew I did that just for fun.
Muttering a bye, I left them, strolling towards the castle, but looking after every few steps. They hadn’t started snogging again. Weird. In fact, James was standing up and his hands were in his pockets. I stopped then and faced the duo from a distance.
Lily was now standing too and saying, ‘You’re searching in your pockets for your wand?’
That had me laughing. She continued, now in a menacing tone, ‘You can’t just go yourself and get my scarf?’
Scarf? What scarf? I took a quick look around them, No, no scarf. But then I saw something green floating somewhere at a distance in the lake. I guessed what must have happened. The scarf must have slipped lose when they’d been otherwise busy, and neither had noticed. When I had left, Lily must have remembered the existence of her scarf and asked James to get it for her. He would’ve been looking for his wand to Accio
the scarf. And this had set Lily off. Why?
James didn’t reply but took out his wand and raised it. He had started saying, ‘Ac...’
when he stopped in mid word as Lily snatched the wand from his wand and threw it away from them.
Confusion etched on his face, James stared at Lily. It seemed that the girl was definitely off her rocker.
‘If you can’t swim and bring it back, don’t bother with your wand,’ she said in a fierce voice, which meant that James was in trouble.
‘Lily...’ James started, but now Lily whipped out her own wand and fully Body-Bound him.
‘Don’t talk to me,’ she commanded, looking at him lying on the ground. The others were starting to look now.
Lily raised her wand, no doubt to retrieve her scarf when the lake started rippling and then there it was. The Giant Squid! The scarf wrapped around one if its tentacles.
It swam towards Lily and put forward the entangled tentacle.
Lily smiled widely and took the scarf, patting the Squid. The creature seemed to be enjoying that.
Then Lily turned to James and cried, ‘We’re over! I’m with the Squid now.’
Saying that, she petted the Squid for the last time and stalked away in the direction of the castle.
I stood there, truly shocked. And when it wore off, the hilarity of the situation dawned on me and I burst out into laughter until I remembered James lying helplessly on the ground and went to him to lift off the spell.
He stood up quickly, and said, ‘Did I hear the right? Lily left me for the... Giant Squid
I grinned. ‘Yes, I heard the same.’
‘Wh- what? There is nothing funny about it,’ he stormed. ‘I must go and talk to her.’
I held him back. ‘Prongs, mate, it’s just a very bad case of PMS,’ I explained. It had struck me later. That could be the only reason why Lily was acting... strange.
And at that, both of us starting laughing.