“Go on, ask her.” urged Rick.
“Stop pushing me!” snapped Anthony.
“Well, if I don’t push you then you’ll never ask her,” Rick replied as he shrugged his shoulders.
ask her…I’m just trying to find the right moment.”
“Right moment my arse. You’re wimping out.”
“Are too. Look, mate, if you don’t, then I’ll go do it for you.”
Anthony scowled at his best friend. He knew Rick well enough to know that he would do that very thing.
“Stupid, over-confident, bloody…”
“What did you say?”
Rick smirked. “It better be nothing. Now shut your trap and ask her before someone else does.”
Anthony glared at Rick one more time before he trudged out of his common room.
“Rose, will you be…hi, Rose, do you have a date for Valentine’s yet…Rose - ”
Anthony stopped and saw that Rose was standing right in front of him, looking at him expectantly. He noticed that she had tied her red hair differently today, and that she was wearing make-up. All of a sudden, his mouth became dry as he couldn’t take his eyes off her lip-glossed lips.
“Er…did you want something?” Rose asked.
“Yes – no – I mean…yeah,” stammered Anthony as he gulped. Wow, you’ve just made a great first impression, Anthony. Congratulations
, he thought as he mentally kicked himself.
Rose raised an eyebrow. Anthony took a deep breath.
“Do you have any plans for Hogsmeade?”
Well, that was what Anthony meant
to say, but all that came out was –
“Hogsmeade you going plans?”
Rose gave Anthony a weird look. “Er…”
“Hey, Rose!” called a blonde-headed boy as he began towards them.
“Scorpius! Hi,” greeted Rose as she smiled at him. Anthony frowned at her. Was it him, or did she look a lot happier now that Malfoy was here?
“Hey, would you like to go to Hogsmeade with me for Valentine’s Day?” Scorpius asked. He didn’t even glance in Anthony’s direction.
“Sure,” Rose replied, grinning happily.
“Great, see you then,” Scorpius said as he took off.
Anthony’s mouth was agape. What the bloody hell just happened? Scorpius Malfoy just asked Rose Weasley right in front of him!
“So, you were saying, Anthony?” Rose asked as she turned towards him.
“Nothing,” Anthony replied hastily before dashing off towards the common room.
A Weasley and a Malfoy? Oh dear gods, cupid’s been busy this year
, he thought as he ran towards the common room. He had to tell Rick.
“So? How’d it go?” Rick asked as soon he returned to his common room.
“Malfoy…asked…Rose!” Anthony panted heavily.
“And?” Rick asked impatiently, his blue eyes growing wide with expectation.
“She said yes.”
“Bloody hell,” murmured Rick.
“I know. Should we tell James?”
“No way, mate. He’d blow his socks off.”
“Well, he’s going to know anyway.”
“Better later than sooner.”
Rick stared into the fireplace, lost in his thoughts as Anthony stared out of the window, wondering how he would face an angry James. He shuddered. Not good. Everyone knew how James hated Malfoy, and his reaction to his cousin going out with him wouldn’t be pretty.
“So, you failed to ask her. I knew you could never do it,” Rick sneered at Anthony.
Anthony scowled. “I was close wasn’t I?”
“Well, if you didn’t stutter like an idiot, then you might’ve asked her before he did.”
“How’d you know I stuttered?” Anthony asked, bewildered.
Rick grinned wickedly. “I know lots, mate. I know lots.”
Anthony rolled his eyes as he sat down on an armchair facing the fireplace.
“So, be my date for Valentine’s day?” Rick said to Anthony.
Anthony grimaced. “Ew…what am I, a -”
“Just joking,” Rick laughed as he put his hands up in defense. “Thought you might need some company.”
“But I thought you were going with Ally?”
Rick shrugged. “I go out with her a lot anyways. You need me more than her now.”
Anthony grinned. “I love you, Rick,” he said in a mock dreamy voice.
Before Rick could react, a girl gasped and ran out of the common room.
Rick burst out laughing as Anthony groaned.
“I guess you’re my Valentine now, mate,” Rick said as he rolled with laughter.