A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:09 am

Second Year - Winter


Mindy Macule loved Hogwarts. Her first year at the school had changed her and introduced her to a house full of some of the best people the young girl had ever met. Everyone from the first years to the seventh years of the Gryffindor house had been accepting of her, flaws and quirks included. Of course, the older students were much too busy to be around the first years, except at house parties after successful Quidditch games. Throughout the first year of school, Mindy had gotten very close to two other first years within her house, Lexi and Cole. The three of them had spent the year exploring Hogwarts and avoiding Slytherins.

After the first day of classes that year, the thought of Slytherins had put a bad taste in her mouth. She had ended up with detention because of one specific Slytherin after the first class of the day; that detention had been terrible enough to ruin any chance of the young Gryffindor willingly spending time with any other Slytherin, ever. Cole and Lexi had shared her sentiments after that day as well, helping to seal the bond between the three. The Slytherin that had caused the problem, Jason, had been someone Mindy had grown to greatly dislike. Any run-in with him was unpleasant and rarely ended well for either group.

The beginning of second year only seemed to be a continuation of the first year. The classes were the same, although the pairing with other houses had changed for most classes. For Mindy and her friends, the summer had been one of the best Mindy had experienced. Cole had come to visit from the countryside of northern England. With the supervision of parents, the three had spent a lot of time at Diagon Alley. Mindy and Lexi had also gone to visit Cole in the country as well. Having grown up in London, seeing the countryside was a change for both the girls. They had been able to enjoy flying on brooms and games of Quidditch whenever they liked; the nearest muggles to Cole were incredibly far away. Although Mindy was terrible at the sport, those were some of her favorite moments of the summer.

Somewhere along the way, Mindy had developed a childish crush on Cole, although it didn’t appear that he had mutual feelings for her. At the age of twelve, Mindy wasn’t sure what to do when one developed feelings for someone else, so she chose to ignore them for the sake of the friendship of her group. Silly crushes couldn’t end well. After Mindy had returned home to her family from visiting Cole, Lexi had stayed to spend a few extra days in the country. The thought of the two of them alone made Mindy a bit jealous, but she didn’t suspect that they would be anything more that friends. It was all a bit silly, to be honest. At twelve, what would any of them do anyway?

At present, Hogwarts was covered in a layer of snow. Classes were wrapping up and students were eager to go home for the holidays. Mindy and her two closest friends were bundled up and enjoying the blanket of white outside. Due to family obligations, the three wouldn’t see much of each other over the break, so they were trying to enjoy all the time they could outside of classes. It seemed a few other students had the same plans; scattered around the outside, several groups of students huddled together, walked around, or played in the snow. Most stood out in snow since they were wearing the standard dark cloaks.

Walking around, Mindy noticed one specific person, Jason, the Slytherin. She pointed him out to Cole and Lexi, on either side of her, as they walked. They changed their direction from walking toward him and whoever he was with to walking perpendicular to that direction. Mindy paused for a moment, when they were to his back. She looked at the snow-covered ground and then back at him. A grin spread across her face as a plan formed. She glanced around at her surroundings; they were close enough to some pillars that they could hide. “I have an idea,” she said as she leaned down and scooped up a nicely formed snowball. Without waiting for her companions to respond or react, she tossed it directly at Jason. “Let’s go,” she said, pulling the two along with her until she felt them move. Her pace was brisk enough to give off the impression that she had somewhere to go, but she tried to be casual enough to not be suspicious of having done anything.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:24 pm

Jason's first year at Hogwarts was exceptional and even exceeded his expectations. Sure, school was school but nothing is more important than the bonds you form with other people. Companionship is essential to an individual's hierarchy of needs and Jason's need had been more than satisfied. He had become fast friends with his crush, Marissa Norman. Even though it had been a year, he still hadn't confessed his feelings. This troubled Jason a bit but he was sure the feeling was mutual between the two and he was only twelve. He had the rest of his life to pursue love. He figured he could at least wait until he was thirteen to get into something serious. Marissa and Jason saw each other daily, did homework together, and even ate lunch together. These were often the highlights of Jason's day. Then there was Liam, Jason's best mate. Jason had known Liam since he was a child and felt as though he was a brother. When Jason wasn't with Marissa, he was always with Liam. The two were inseparable. There was also Max Carmichael. Jason interacted with Max but Max was closer to Liam so Jason had gotten to know Max over the mutual connection. Jason liked Max but there was something about Max he just couldn't put his finger on.

The young Slytherin also made the House Quidditch team. It was most definitely a pleasant surprise. His older brother, Cayson, had helped Jason practice all summer and when try-outs started at the beginning of the semester he was picked by the Slytherin Team Captain as a Chaser! Jason was ecstatic when he found out the news. Everything was going perfect. Jason had just wrapped up his final Quidditch practice of the year. He left the Slytherin locker room after cleaning himself up with his broom clutched tightly in his hand. He had on his Slytherin winter attire with his sliver and green scarf tied comfortably around his neck. He was meeting up with Marissa, Liam, and Max and heading to an early dinner.

Rubbing his eyes and yawning, Quidditch practice had worn Jason out. He was definitely not in the mood for any shenanigans this afternoon. He was looking forward to his meal in the warm castle with his friends. Jason spotted his friends sitting on a bench along with a couple of other Slytherins. Jason strolled over and greeted them. "Are you guys ready to head the the Great Hall?" He asked Marissa, Liam, and Max. The three agreed and Jason bid his other house mates adieu. As the clique walked closer to the Castle, Jason filled them in on his day. He talked about how grueling Quidditch practice was, how he was sure Slytherin was going to win the House Cup this year, and praised Marissa on her winter outfit and even called it "cute." Jason was bad at flirting but he figured he would get better at it in time.

Suddenly, Jason felt something cold and wet hit the back of his head. He dropped his broom and was royally upset. He clenched his fists and slowly turned around to see who the culprit was behind the snowball throw. After recovering from the initial shock he wiped the remnant snow of the back of his head and flicked it off his fingers. Visibly upset he scanned the scene letting out a grunt of disapproval. He saw a familiar face who he was pretty sure was the violator. Her name was Mindy Macule.

The thought of Mindy Macule made Jason cringe. Luckily he hadn't had too much interaction with her since the mishap in his Potions class during his first year but the extreme dislike for her hadn't changed. She had humiliated him in front of his classmates and most of all Professor Snape. However, the series of unfortunate events that occurred during class that day didn't carry over to effect his Slytherin popularity. He was able to play it off as though he was paired with someone who was mentally disabled. Jason looked back at his friends who seemed like they were taken aback as well. He saw a fire in their eyes though. That fire was the will to retaliate. Jason was thankful he had friends like this. Jason picked up a ball of snow and molded it in the a perfect sphere. He instructed the others to do the same. He held up the ball of snow and yelled, "Ready, aim, fire!" Jason thrusted the ball of snow out of his hand and watched it as it gained altitude in the air. It looked like Jason wasn't going to be able to enjoy his early dinner as he previously thought.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:31 pm

Mindy could hear her friends chuckling behind her when she dragged them away from the scene of the crime; she was definitely the most likely of the three to do something spur of the moment like hitting someone none of them liked with a snowball. Lexi and Cole were both slightly more relaxed than she was, most days. If the three got in trouble for anything, Mindy could usually be assumed to be the mastermind behind the incident. Several times, Lexi had to talk Mindy out of some of her more ridiculous ideas. It was something Mindy couldn’t help. Throughout her first year at Hogwarts, she had fallen in love with the castle. The exploration possibilities were endless, which meant that the adventures were just as endless.

Feeling the cold, wet snow hit her back on her retreat, the Gryffindor stopped in her tracks. Retaliation was an obvious result of her initial attack, but in her spur of the moment decision to throw the initial snowball, Mindy hadn’t considered Jason figuring out what happened until she was long gone. It was even more proof that she was an ‘act first, think later’ type of person. Some may call it a character flaw, but Mindy thought it made life interesting. If she overthought everything she did, the young Gryffindor would never get anything fun done.

Around the same time she got hit, Mindy heard a few other snowballs hit something, most sounding like they hit the ground around the Gryffindor trio. When Mindy heard a rather female sounding squeal, she glanced over to Lexi and laughed. While Mindy had only gotten hit on the back, Lexi had apparently gotten a hit in the head with what appeared to be rather large snowball. “Sorry about that Lex,” Mindy commented, a grin still clearly evident on her face. It was simply snow; the other female Gryffindor would survive.

While Mindy was more adventurous and boyish most days, Lexi was very much the girly girl. Some days it seemed a wonder the two got along so well, but something just clicked between the two. They could overlook their differences without any issue. The biggest problem the two had was Mindy’s knack for coming up with ridiculous adventures and Lexi having to talk her out of them, which was not always the easiest job to have.

Glancing over at Cole with a mischievous grin on her face, she saw he was just as amused. Of her two closest friends, he was the more likely to be initially as excited about Mindy’s adventures as Mindy herself, although he was quick to change his mind whenever Lexi shot the ideas down. It seemed a bit odd to Mindy with how quickly he changed his mind, but she didn’t think much of it most days. Perhaps he was faster on realizing the error in her plan than Mindy was.

“I do believe I started a war,” Mindy commented, leaning back down to gather more snow. “Time to retaliate?” Without waiting for a response, she packed the snow into a sphere and threw it at the group of Slytherins. Not looking to see if she made impact or not, Mindy went back down for more snow, grinning at her friends. Snowball fights were always fun, even if it was against the very group of people that Mindy disliked the most.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:20 pm

Fifth Year - Beginning of Fall Term

Jason set his belongings on the foot of his bed and plopped his sheets on top of his mattress. Jason was exhausted and he did not feel like unpacking. Too tired and lazy to actually put the sheets on his bed, he waved his wand over his bed to give it a proper make up. Jason laid down and put his hands over his eyes. He was happy to be back at school. His summer was completely uneventful and he hadn't really heard from his friends either. Things were very different with Marissa now ever since she started dating a seventh year Slytherin at the end of the previous Spring term. Liam and Max had also gotten closer which kind of made Jason feel a little out of the loop. Jason looked at the clock to decipher what time he should head down to the Great Hall for the Beginning of the Year feast. "Liam! Max!" Jason shouted, hoping the dynamic duo were somewhere nearby. "What time do you want to go down to the Great Hall?"

Liam and Max walked into the room. "Let's head down now," Liam responded, "I'm starving." Max agreed and Jason said, "Alright, give me a second and let me get ready." He walked into the bathroom to brush his teeth and comb his hair. Marissa was on his mind and he really hoped he didn't run into her during the night's festivities. Jason put on his Slytherin robes and walked back into the dormitory. "Alright, I'm ready let's go. Hey Liam, have you heard from Marissa at all since we've gotten back?" "Nah man, she's been off doing her own thing ever since she's started dating Bradley. You know that. She'll come around if she wants to. Don't let it bother you." Liam assured.

The walk down to the Great Hall was filled with petty small talk, which was something Jason wasn't too interested in. He asked them how their summer was. Max talked about how he went to Istanbul, Turkey with his father and helped train dragons. This impressed Jason until Max admitted his dad wouldn't let him work with the adult dragons and instead assisted with baby dragon training. "Like potty training?" Jason asked, somewhat serious. What do you train a baby dragon for? "Uhh, no.. not quite. More like training them not to bite you so they will be a bit more docile when they grow up." Max explained. On the other hand, Liam was pretty cryptic about his summer which was somewhat expected. Liam had been acting weird lately and Jason didn't know why and didn't know how to ask him what was wrong either.

Jason noticed a long line outside the Great Hall. Apparently something went wrong with the feast. "Why is there a crowd outside the Great Hall? Shouldn't they be in already?" Max asked. "Apparently, the elves over cooked the turkeys this year..." Liam explained, overhearing a Hufflepuff explaining the situation to her friend. Jason saw Marissa from a distance holding hands with Bradley. Marissa made eye contact with Jason but quickly turned away. Jason's face felt hot with rage. He wanted to go up to Bradley and hit him in the face. How could someone you've been so close with for so long just turn their back on you? Yeah, they were involved somewhat romantically but wasn't like it ended on a bad note. Liam noticed the situation, "Just ignore her... and don't let her get to you."

Jason sighed and just wanted to go to bed. Life just wasn't on his side.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:11 pm

Mindy Macule was more than thrilled to be back at Hogwarts. Summers were great for the fact that she didn’t have to write any papers or practice some useless spell, but it also split up her group of friends for most of the summer. Mindy’s closest friend, Lexi, lived in London, just like Mindy, but she had spent most of her summer traveling with her family. Mindy spent most of her vacation in libraries and coffee shops, enjoying reading for pleasure instead of school. The few weeks that Mindy was able to steal Lexi away from her family, the two girls explored Diagon Alley and shopped in London.

Cole, the two girls other friend, lived much further away. He came to visit for a short period. Towards the end of the summer, Mindy had noticed a subtle change in Lexi; the curly haired brunette couldn’t quite figure out what the change was, but she didn’t want to push for information. Lexi would open up whenever she was ready, as what typical for the blonde-haired Gryffindor. She was the most reserved of Mindy’s circle of friends. Although she didn’t push Lexi, Mindy did prod Cole for information, but he hadn’t noticed a difference in Lexi and didn’t seem worried about it.

The train ride to school had not gone much different from every other year, excluding the short time in which Lexi had vanished to go meet up with some other friends. Naturally, the trio did have friends outside of their group, even in the other houses of Hogwarts, excluding Slytherin naturally. Who would want to be friends with that lot?

Now at Hogwarts, Mindy and Lexi were in their room, along with several of the other 5th year Gryffindor girls. As to be expected, as the girls aged at Hogwarts, the longer it took them all to get ready. Mindy preferred to keep her look simple, wearing only a slight amount of makeup, mainly focusing on eyeliner. Over the past year and a half, she had finally figured out how to tame her unruly curls. Although she still preferred to wear her hair in a long ponytail during class, she allowed her curls to flow more than she had at the beginning of her time at Hogwarts. Lexi, who normally was as casual as Mindy, seemed to scale up her makeup and spend slightly more attention than normal to her hair. Shrugging slightly, Mindy made the final adjustments to her uniform. “Let’s go find Cole and get food. I’m starving, Lex.”

Trotting down the staircase toward the Common Room, Mindy saw Cole in a chair waiting on the two girls and talking to some of their other classmates. “Hey Cole,” Mindy said, a smile plastered on her face. “Ready for some food?” Nodding, Cole excused himself from the group and joined the two girls. The trio wandered down the stairs to the Great Hall, swapping summer stories they had all heard from classmates. At the entrance of the Great Hall, they were met with a large group of people. “What on earth?” she heard Cole mutter. Apparently, no one was going into the Great Hall for some reason or another.

Mindy noticed Lexi looking around and raised an eyebrow. She glanced around, trying to figure out who Lexi was looking for. Instead, she noticed that, not far off from where she was standing was Jason Schoen. She had to fight off having any form of reaction to him. Ever since their first class together, Potions, the two had never gotten along, as expected when a Gryffindor and Slytherin are put together in a room. At a younger age, Mindy had purposely tried to pick fights with the Slytherin and his group, but now she just tried to avoid him. Naturally, as they aged, their looks had changed. Jason’s looks hadn’t gone unnoticed; it was fact that annoyed Mindy to no end. “Hope we can go in soon,” Mindy commented. “I’m starving.”
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:33 pm

Jason was increasingly growing impatient waiting for the Great Hall to open for the Beginning of Term Feast. On top of that, it was sheer torture watching Marissa hold Bradley's hand after repeatedly wondering what he had done wrong to make Marissa not even want to be friends with him anymore. Was it his popularity? Did she feel threatened? Jason knew a lot of other girls wanted to be with him but that really didn't matter much to him. He had grown aware of it once he joined the Quidditch team his second year. Of course, at that time, a majority of the smiles and stares from the girls was just puppy love. However, now since everyone had matured that wasn't necessarily the story. He started tracing through the past semester wondering what had made this happen. One day, they were all fine and dandy and the next Marissa didn't even want to make eye contact with him anymore. Jason hadn't cheated or even given any other girls the time of day. "Maybe Marissa cheated, or was seeing Bradley behind my back..." Jason whispered to himself. He clenched his fists while his mind was racing.

"C'mon, lad... The Great Hall has just opened! Let's go." Liam said, massaging Jason's shoulders trying to make him calm down. Jason pulled away from Liam, "Don't rub up on me like that, I'm not a fag!" Jason exclaimed. Liam pulled away and laughed, "Alright, man... whatever you say," taking his comment very light-hearted. Liam was used to Jason's hot temperament. He had grown up with it since he had known Jason since they were both in diapers. Max, on the other hand, seemed offended and no one recognized but Liam. Liam gave him an assuring smile and Max's frown quickly turned into a smile. The clique sat down purposely on the opposite end of where Marissa was sitting in order to avoid conflict with Jason. Jason looked up where the Professors were and noticed several of them were missing. He began rubbing his stomach which let out a loud growl. "Err, excuse me..." Jason said to the girl sitting beside him. He smiled immediately recognizing her from the Quidditch team tryout roster. "Hey Mandy..." Jason said, his cheeks turning red from embarrassment. Liam let out a small chuckle and secretly hoped the two would start chatting in order to take Jason's mind off of Marissa.

The girl was sweet but definitely had a hot temperament just like Jason who had little patience for any other students from other houses. Mandy Macklemore was in the same year as Jason, Liam, and Max and Jason had spoken to her before and had a few classes with her in the past. "So I saw you were trying out for Chaser next week!" Jason explained, "If you need any tips or pointers let me know." Mandy smiled instantly, "I might have to take you up on that offer," she replied. Jason noticed Mandy scoot a little closer but it didn't bother him. She was very attractive and Jason could definitely work with this. Jason looked back at Marissa and figured if Marissa was going to try and play the jealousy card, he might as well too. Whether or not that was the game Marissa was playing, Jason didn't care. He was going to try and hurt Marissa like Marissa had hurt him.

Liam noticed Jason's quick glance back at Marissa. He knew what Jason was doing and although he was a little disappointed he figured it wasn't his place to correct him. When Jason was on a mission, no one could stop him. Liam wasn't necessarily intimidated by Jason but he definitely knew Jason was considered the leader of the pack. Jason was also a good person to know and Liam kind of bummed off Jason for friends. It wasn't that he didn't like making friends on his own, it was just easier to meet people through Jason who was already considered a "people person," moreso than Liam. Plus, everyone knew Jason which made people know him. Liam was also aware that Jason was becoming annoyed with him for being so vague and not being in contact as much as he had in the past. However, Jason would kill him if he knew he had been somewhat involved with this Gryffindor girl named Lexi over the summer. It was best if Liam just kept it to himself.

It was also becoming more prevalent that his role in the group was becoming more complicated and didn't know how to keep things under wraps. Not only did Liam have feelings for a Gryffindor girl which was social taboo, he was also aware his friend Max had feelings for him too. Max came out to Liam over the summer while Max was staying with him one weekend on a quick break from his Turkey adventures with the baby dragons. Liam, at first, didn't know how to react. He had never even knew anyone who was considered gay. No one in his family was, at least, not to his knowledge. However, Liam figured it was just natural to Max and was able to look past it. Max hadn't told him he had feelings for Liam but Liam could just tell. Liam was trying to hide this all from Jason because, really, he was scared how Jason would react. In fact, he just didn't want to lose Jason at all. Jason was a brother to him and it was something he just didn't want to lose.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:04 pm

“Finally,” Mindy huffed when she noticed the crowd was heading in toward the Great Hall. Dinner cooked by the house elves was one of her favorite things about Hogwarts; her mom and the house elves at home could cook decently, but it all paled in comparison to the food at Hogwarts. Once Mindy had discovered the kitchens two years previous, she had managed to make countless trips for whatever treats she could convince the elves to give her. Watching the crowd shrink through the large doorways and into the even larger room, Mindy hung back a bit. She wasn’t crazy about the crowds nor was she crazy about having a run in with Jason and his terrible group of friends this early in the school year; spotting them in the crowd had already turned her stomach. At the very least she wanted to have eaten something.

Lexi seemed super eager to get through the crowd. Mindy couldn’t figure out why she was so willing to fight the crowd to get inside. “Lex, let’s just give it a second. Too many people.” Although the change was very subtle and unnoticed by Mindy and Cole, Lexi’s shoulders fell slightly. She had hoped to catch up with a certain classmate, but it might make things too obvious and she wasn’t ready to admit what her summer had entailed. There was no way her friends would understand, especially hardheaded Mindy. It wasn’t entirely her control who she decided to have feelings for, was it?

The crowd finally lessened enough to be worth fighting for. Cole tugged on both the girls’ arms. Sometimes having two female best friends drove him insane. There was no telling what either of the two was up to. Mindy was avoiding something and Lexi was hiding something. He tried to stay out of the drama of it, but he had a gut feeling that he would soon be dragged into whatever was brewing; he just hoped that whatever was going on wouldn’t tear the two girls apart. He had dealt with that one too many times and wasn’t eager to have to piece the friendship back together again. “Food time,” he commented as they went in. “Hope it’s good tonight.”

Once seated, Mindy between Cole and Lexi, as usual, she looked around at her housemates, going into idle chitchat about the summer break and catching up on whatever gossip was the highlight of the moment. Several of her peers had had very eventful summers, traveling all over Europe. One or two had even gone as far as visiting relatives in America. Although Mindy had spent most of her summer exploring her hometown of London, she wouldn’t have traded her adventures for any other adventure. London could be as magical as Hogwarts if one only knew how to explore. The only thing she wished was that Lexi and Cole could have spent more time with her. Cole had explored in his own way, but Lexi’s summer was still a bit of a mystery to Mindy. She knew the highlights, but Mindy couldn’t help but feel like she was missing out on something crucial.

Lexi was definitely the quieter of the two girls, but she was unusually quiet about her summer. Seeing parts of Europe had been brilliant, but her highlight had definitely been running into Liam and what had evolved from there. She wasn’t sure if he was planning on telling his friends; she wasn’t even convinced she could tell Mindy. It would shred their friendship apart. Lexi knew who Liam was friends with and exactly what Mindy thought about that specific friend. The blonde haired girl glanced a look at Liam, across the Great Hall, the smile she already wore growing slightly. He was busy talking to his own housemates.

“What are you looking at, Lex,” Mindy questioned, having caught the girl looking across the hall. Playing with the tips of her curls, Mindy tried to see what Lex was looking at. If it was a boy, Lexi would have told her, even if it was a Hufflepuff or someone younger than them. The other house, Slytherin, wasn’t even a concern for Mindy. Lexi had more sense than that; nothing good could come from a relationship with something as foul as a Slytherin. “Nothing, just lost in thought. Sorry,” Lexi said as casually as she could, taking one last glance at Liam before bringing her focus back to the group around her. Mindy huffed. “If you say so,” was all she responded before going into conversation with Cole and the other surrounding Gryffindors.

The rest of dinner went by calmly with Lexi glancing whenever she could at the Slytherin table. The final straw for Mindy came at the very end of dinner. A sixth year Gryffindor had been swapping traveling stories with Lexi. Mindy had been listening to both stories, with amusement. Everything had been going fine until the other Gryffindor, Jenny McDowell, asked Lexi if she had met a boy on any of her travels and Lexi had hesitated a slight second before answering with a no. Quietly, so no one else could hear, Mindy leaned over, “Why was there a hesitation, Lexi? Something you care to share?” With a shrug and a smile, Lexi shook her head. “Eventually, you’ll tell me, Lex.”

Dinner ended only moments after that, with all the students leaving the Great Hall. Lexi tried to get away, but Mindy and Cole had been too quick. So much for having a chance to get Liam alone to see if he told his friends anything. Lexi wasn’t sure how long she could keep a secret from her own friends; it was something she wasn’t very good at. Moving out of the Great Hall was slow goings; Lexi could see Liam’s group of friends heading closer toward her. If they had a run in this soon in the year, things wouldn’t go very well.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:16 pm

To Jason's surprise, dinner was going exceptionally well. He was really bonding with Mandy but he couldn't help feeling like he was doing it for the wrong reasons. However, without giving it much thought he decided that he didn't really care. Throughout the dinner, he had barely engaged in any conversation with Liam or Max but was fixated on Mandy. Liam or Max couldn't give him what he wanted but Mandy could. Jason devised a plan trying to figure out how he was going to showcase Mandy to Marissa on the way out of the hall or the Slytherin Common Room. He couldn't wait and wanted to get some kind of a rise out of Marissa and hurt her as much as she had hurt him. In fact, Jason had done so much talking and prepping Mandy for her Quidditch tryouts he noticed he had barely touched his plate of turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, and a wheat roll. He figured he could just take it back to the room.

On the other hand, Liam and Max were chatting and making side commentary about how Jason was acting with Mandy. "It won't last," Liam said, "You know he's still in love Marissa. You saw how he was acting when he saw Marissa enter into the Great Hall with Bradley." Liam wasn't exactly whispering but he knew Jason wouldn't be able to hear him. After all, with all the commotion in the Great Hall coupled with Jason's attention fixated on Mandy it wouldn't be easy for Jason to hear them making a mockery of his behavior. "Love him to death but Jason can be a moron sometimes," Max interjected. "I know what you mean," Liam replied. Liam looked back at the Gryffindor table and noticed Lexi giving him a little bit of eye contact. Liam couldn't help but smile back but quickly turned around realizing his surroundings do not call for making googly eyes at Gryffindors.

However, unaware to Liam, Max noticed the friendly grin. He was somewhat upset at the fact that Liam was getting involved with a Gryffindor. Even though he knew Liam and Jason were a little bit closer than with him, he didn't really view Jason as a threat. Little did Liam know, Max stumbled upon some of the letters Liam had written to Lexi during the summer. Max became incredibly jealous and knew that within a certain amount of time, Liam might realize that Max had a crush on him. He didn't want to weird Liam out but secretly Max really wanted to be with Liam. There was just something about him that captivated Max. Even though they had been friends for over four years, Liam crossed his mind all the time. He still even got butterflies before he knew he was going to see Liam. In the past, Max felt like kind of a creep but he couldn't help how he felt. He even memorized Liam's class schedule so that periodically they could just "bump" into each other. Max wanted to put an end to this silly little Gryffindor love. He was jealous but he realized he would feel too guilty if he got in-between Liam and Lexi. Not only that, but if Liam realized what he was doing it could quite possibly end their friendship.

Liam finished up eating and looked at Max, "I'm think I'm ready to head up. I'm exhausted and I've got an 8am class tomorrow." Max nodded and stood up. "Jason, are you coming?" Max asked. Jason looked up at Max somewhat bewildered at what he had asked. "What?" Jason said sharply, slightly annoyed that Max would have the nerve to interrupt him putting in work in Mandy. Max was taken aback but knew better than to mess with Jason. If Liam couldn't, Max sure as hell knew he wouldn't have a chance of him taking any of his talk back. "He asked if you were ready to go," Mandy said smiling not totally realizing why Jason was upset. Jason looked back and saw that Marissa was getting ready to head out with Bradley. "Uhh, yeah, let's go." Jason hurried up and made sure that Mandy was on the same page. This was his time to step on Marissa's toes, make her upset, and show her that he's moved on.

Surprisingly, Mandy slipped her hand in Jason's. This was just perfect and wasn't even in Jason's plan but this worked even better. He smiled and made sure that Marissa caught that he was holding another girl's hand. Marissa saw and her face expression was not pleasant. Jason was satisfied but also confused at the same time. If she was that upset, than why would she leave him?

Liam and Max also noticed the showdown that happened before them. "Uh oh, looks like this means war," Liam said to Max. Liam saw Marissa's scowl and tried to ignore it. However, Marissa called over Liam much to his surprise. "What the hell is going on?" Marissa asked Liam. "I've seen the faces that Jason has been giving me tonight. What the hell is his problem?" Liam stuttered, he wanted to take up for his best friend but he was at a loss for words. Liam stumbled over his vocabulary trying to find the right words to say when suddenly Jason came up with Mandy and said, "What's going on here, Liam? Is there something you aren't telling me?" Liam said, "Nothing is going on... Marissa called me over and just wanted to say hi."

"Wanted to say hi?" Marissa blurted, "That was hardly the case!"

"Well, you've got your new boyfriend now," Jason yelled, "Go have fun with Bradley." Jason immediately stormed out and took Mandy's hand who was standing over in the distance. "I better go," Liam said trying to catch up with Jason leaving Max behind. Max ran after Liam. However, once Liam caught up to Jason to try and plead his case he ran into Lexi. This could not be happening. Everything bad was happening to him tonight. He made eye contact with Lexi and said, "I'm so sorry, I'm in a bit of trouble. Can we meet outside the third floor at nine o'clock?" Liam asked, but without waiting for a reply he quickly ran off. He had some mending to take care of. However, Max overheard the conversation and planned to somehow be there to spy on Liam's conversation with Lexi.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:35 am

Lexi could see Liam and his group coming closer to her. He was talking to another Slytherin girl that she recognized, but couldn’t name. Lexi felt a pang, but squashed it. She couldn’t have a fit every time she saw him with a girl; he was allowed to have friends after all, friends that Lexi didn’t really know anything about. This was going to be much more difficult than Lexi had considered over the summer. She needed to talk to Liam and figure out how this was going to work, if it was going to work. She didn’t care what most of the school thought, but her friends would give her hell. What would his friends do? Lost in her own worries, Lexi missed that the conversation amongst the Slytherins were less than pleasant.

Unlike Lexi, Mindy did catch on that there was drama amongst the Slytherins. Beyond a smirk, Mindy didn’t give it a second thought. She didn’t care what their issues were, but she did enjoy seeing trouble in paradise. They caused her enough problems the previous four years of school; it was justified to take enjoyment from whatever problems were plaguing the Slytherins so early in the year. Cole, who had learned to observe the more subtle things thanks to being best friends with two girls, also caught the tension within the group, although he chose to ignore it. It wasn’t any of his concern. Currently, his concern was getting Mindy and Lexi into the common room before something happened. He wasn’t eager to begin female drama this early in the year. The year before the two girls had had a falling out over something trivial; it had taken Cole a full two weeks to get the girls speaking again. Things were tense for a while after that as well. Perhaps it was time for Cole to hang with more friends of the male sort.

Lexi held her breath when she found Liam in front of her. She hasn’t actually expected him to talk to her with everyone around, but it was unavoidable when they were face to face like this. They definitely needed to talk; she needed to sort things out and she needed Liam there for that. This relationship, or whatever they were, wasn’t something Lexi could figure out herself. And she didn’t enjoy hiding this from her friends. Something like this is supposed to be something she could flaunt and enjoy. What’s the point of it all if she would have to sneak around all the time?

Panic struck when she registered Liam’s words. Did her friends hear? What kind of trouble was he in exactly? And 9 o’clock is close to curfew, she’d be pushing getting caught and in trouble rather early in the year. She hadn’t really processed all of it by the time he had left. “Uh…okay,” she muttered to herself. She turned to follow Mindy and Cole, whom she assumed had moved on without her. Instead, she found herself face to face with a rather angry looking Mindy and a confused Cole. “Uhh…” was all she got out before Mindy stormed off. “I think you have a bit of explaining, Lex,” Cole commented before following Mindy. He needed to make sure she sat and listened to Lexi so she could explain why a Slytherin, friends with Jason no less, wanted to meet with her so late at night. Cole found himself confused by how he felt about the entire situation. Was there something going on between Lexi and the Slytherin? Cole couldn’t decide if he was upset that it was a Slytherin or upset if there was another guy at all.

Mindy was fuming as she shoved her way through the crowds to get to the Gryffindor common room. There was no way in hell that Lexi was doing anything with that Slytherin! There was absolutely no way that was possible. Lexi was supposed to have more sense than that. Not only was he a Slytherin, but he ran in Jason’s circle of friends. Honestly, the matching couldn’t have been any less likely. Once Mindy arrived in the common room, closely followed by Cole who had caught up to her somewhere along the trek to the seventh floor, she flung herself into one of the unoccupied overstuffed chairs that was slightly secluded from the rest of the group and threw her hair into a messy ponytail. “Perhaps we should give her a chance to explain? Maybe she’s agreed to tutor him in something or another,” Cole tried to reason. Mindy didn’t bother to respond. Tutoring didn’t require sketchy meetings to work out anything; they required meetings in the library during normal hours.

Only moments later, Lexi came in, breathing slightly heavy from the brisk walk upward. “Can you let me explain before you make judgment?” Cole kept silent, playing with his cloak, but Mindy crossed her arms and focused all her attention on Lexi. “Please do. Explain why he wants to meet with you?” Mindy responded, the anger dripping from each word. Sighing, Lexi sat down in the other empty chair. “This is exactly why I haven’t told either of you yet. Liam and I haven’t had a chance to talk about this ourselves. We met over the summer. I’m quite fond of him. Whether or not you’re okay with that is something I’ll deal with later.” Lexi paused. She wasn’t sure how much she wanted to tell her two friends until she actually spoke with Liam herself. Looking ath the time, she knew she didn’t have long before she needed to meet with Liam. “I’m not entirely sure where we stand, to be honest. Nor do I know why he wants to meet tonight. I’ll talk more later, I promise.”

Mindy didn’t say anything in response. She simply stood up and went to the girls’ dorms. Cole sighed; once again it was his obligation to piece things back together and he wasn’t sure he wanted to. “Lex, I don’t know what to say or think right now. Just figure things out with Liam and then we’ll figure the rest of this out. You should have known what you’re getting into beforehand. You know who he’s friends with.” Lexi sighed, focusing her gaze on the carpet. “I know, Cole, I was just hoping it would work out slightly better.” Cole ran his hands through his short dark hair and got up. He didn’t know what else to say, but he was exhausted. Calling it an early night was his best bet.

Lexi waited around in her seat, fighting off the tears that wanted to come. She hated when she had problems like this with her friends. They should know she wouldn’t do anything stupid; if she had not felt this a good choice, she wouldn’t have let things go the way they had. Once time had come for her to leave, Lexi raced out of the common room and hurried as quickly as she could toward the third floor, avoiding people as much as possible. She didn’t want any extra attention drawn on herself. As soon as she got to where Liam had said to meet her, she leaned against the wall and slid down to sit on the floor. This was not how she intended to start the year off.

Unknown to her, Mindy had snuck out of the common room shortly after Lexi. She made sure to go a different way to the third floor in hopes of finding a decent hiding spot. Lexi still had been vague on everything and Mindy was eager to find out more before Lexi could censor it. Tucking herself into a shadow, Mindy waited for the rest of the night to unfold itself.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:58 am

Liam figured it was best if he waited for Jason to be done with whatever it was he was doing with Mandy. He didn't want to annoy Jason any further knowing that any interruption would spell nothing but trouble. Instead of chasing after Jason, Liam went up to his dormitory to freshen up before heading out to meet up with Lexi for a very confidential meeting. Did he really want to get involved with a Gryffindor? If any of the Slytherins found out, it could ruin him. It could quite possibly ruin his friendships with his very best friends. Hopefully they weren't that superficial but you could never be too cautious and he knew Jason wouldn't want to associate himself with anything that could taint his reputation. Liam glanced at the clock to check the time. It was only 8:30pm and he had some time to patch things up with Jason. Liam prayed that his apology would be enough. Jason was his best mate, they had known each other since they were two years old. The two were practically brothers and Liam wanted nothing than to get this petty argument out of the way. A few minutes past, and the door slammed open. It was Jason. Liam stuttered, "Jason, I just wanted..." Jason glared at Liam, "To apologize? To explain?" Jason snapped back.

"Well, yeah..." Liam continued, "I didn't talk to Marissa on my own will. I'm sure you know that. She called my name out and its not like I can ignore her. She didn't do anything to me." Jason pursed his lips. "I figured you were just playing mediator but just do me a favor and stay out of it. This is between me and her, and I don't want you to get caught up in anything." Liam nodded, "Well, I'm glad you understand. How was your night with Mandy?" "Spectacular!" Jason acknowledged, "We're meeting tomorrow evening so I can help her out before Quidditch tryouts next week. I'm sure she'll make the team. I'm going to talk to Marcus Horan, the Team Captain, tomorrow if she's any good to put in a good word." "Well, good luck with that," Liam replied. Noticing the time, Liam put back on his robe and opened the door to exit the Slytherin dormitory. "Where are you going now?" Jason asked, "I was hoping I could talk to you about something..." "I have to go check my mail," Liam lied, "My mum said she was sending me something urgent." "Well, alright... but I need to talk to you once you get back," Jason said. "Sure thing," Liam hastily replied, leaving the Common Room.

Meanwhile, Max was pacing the Slytherin Common Room his mind in a million places at once. He had previously headed up to the dormitories but overheard Jason and Liam reconciling and didn't want to interrupt. He knew Liam would be heading down any minute now for his meeting with Lexi. How was he going to stop this? Was he going to stop this? Was it his place to say something? Should he tell Jason? All these questions were running through his head. "If I tell Jason he would surely put a stop to this," Max whispered. He suddenly felt guilty though. He realized he was being entirely too selfish. However, love makes you do stupid things. It was safe to say that Max was jealous. Out of anyone at Hogwarts, Liam chooses to be with a Gryffindor girl? Max measured up Lexi to the other girls he knew. He thought they were prettier, elegant, and much more suitable for his precious Liam. Liam could've been with Penelope Forester, a nice Yorkshire girl, or maybe Janice Brewton, from Glasgow. However, Max thought about it and came to the conclusion that he would still be jealous. This wasn't healthy and Max didn't know what to do about it. He couldn't imagine his life without Liam and it pained him that he would probably never be number one in Liam's life, like Liam was in his.

Growing tired of the constant anxiety plaguing his mind, Max sat down in one of the chairs. Tears started streaming down his face. He was stuck in a rut that he didn't know how to get out of. He thought about possibly distancing himself from Liam, but that would only bring him more pain and would probably complicate his relationship with Liam even further. Marissa walked into the Common Room, without Bradley, and saw Max visibly upset. Max looked up and wiped the tears from his face. He hated looking weak in front of his peers. He knew he was the least influential in his group of friends and other Slytherins thought he was just one of Jason's followers. "What's wrong Max?" Marissa empathetically asked. Slytherins weren't all bad to each other. It was just to the other houses. "Oh nothing, Marissa... I'm fine. I'm just not feeling well." Max tried to explain, he didn't want to lie or get into any specifics. "Well, whatever you say. If you ever need to talk, let me know. I know things between Jason and I are pretty shaky right now but I'm still here for you and Liam, and Jason too but don't tell him I said that. Things are just too complicated to explain right now." said Marissa. "Thank you, Marissa. I appreciate that and I understand about you and Jason. Its really none of my business." Max said, smiling. Marissa smiled back and walked away after excusing herself for bed and Max appreciated her concern.

Moments later, Max saw Liam rush out of the Common Rom heading to the third floor to presumably meet with Lexi. Max stood up, completely attentive and wondered how long he should wait to head up to the meeting place. He then realized at how dumb he had been. Why hadn't he already been up there waiting for them? It would have been less risky. Max left the Common Room several minutes after Liam. It was time to get creative. It wasn't too hard to come up with an alternative route and Max was on his way to see just what exactly Liam had to say to Lexi.

Liam finished climbing the steps to the third floor and saw Lexi sitting on the floor in the meeting place. "Lex, what's wrong?" Liam asked, filled with concern. He extended his hand out to Lexi to help her up. After helping her up, he kissed her on the forehead to let her know everything was alright. "You know, I've really thought about it and I just don't care anymore. I want to be with you. This summer was absolutely incredible and I wouldn't change anything for the world. However, if you agree, I don't think its wise to go public with it. I know there will be a lot of backlash from Jason and the rest of my friends. I just kind of need to get used to the situation and figure out how to deal with the situation as a whole." Liam rambled.

Max got there just in time to see the kiss. Even though it wasn't on the lips, it was just as painful. Hearing Liam confess his love for Lexi and that he actually wanted to be with her was practically the end of the world for Max. Tears began to fall from his eyes again and he was sure his face looked a red puffy mess. He tried to hold in his cry. He just wanted to let out a huge moan in defeat. He figured the meeting with Lexi and Liam was going to be much longer but Max didn't want to hear anything else. In fact, he didn't even want to hear Lexi's answer that way he could hold out hope that they wouldn't be together. Either way, he was sure he would find out soon. Max turned around only to see a familiar face lurking behind him the shadow, which startled him. Max squinted and realized it was Mindy Macule. Mindy wasn't exactly a fan favorite within his group of friends. "I see you're here spying on your friend as well. If you tell anyone I was here, I will ruin you." Max whispered angrily, quickly wiping tears from his face to make it look like he wasn't crying. He was surprised at how quickly he was able to bounce back and forth between emotions. He definitely wasn't in the mood for games. Hell hath no fury like a gay boy scorned.
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