It’s not something I’d regularly do, but you’re are right. If they are my best mates, they should make an exception to see me happy. I’m not a happy person, obviously. You said so yourself I’ve been standoffish for the last five years. But I will try for Finn. ‘e deserves the very best. Thank — Oh, we’re hugging. Thank you, Gladys.
Exactly! You should tell them that, because I think it’s important. Well, I do hope it all sorts itself out for you, Jen. Because even if you’ve been a bit quiet and sometimes very moody, I can see there’s someone very kind and nice underneath that all, a girl who just wants to be happy. You should let her out. Sorry, I hug. And it seemed like the perfect sort of thing to do when you decide to be friends with someone. You’re welcome.
That’s the worst reason to fancy anyone, kidding or not. You can pretend to be shallow and just say you fancy me for my muscle. Least that’s believable. Sort of. Considering you have trouble being near me when my shirt isn’t on.
Okay, so maybe my method doesn’t solve everything either. But it sure as hell makes me feel better afterward. And hopefully they’ll be a bit scared and more careful when they try to cross my path next time.
Or I can just be truthful and say I fancy you because you make me laugh as often as you drive me mental, and you’re a good snog.
Thank you for admitting it. For a while I was beginning to think you actually expect getting into fights to be the proper way of solving things. Mostly, I think that talking things out is best because it hopefully winds up with some resolution. The only way you can have closer after a fight is if someone dies, but that’s a terrible thought.
Well, at least people can’t say that you fancy me for my charm or any other rubbish because it’s clear I have none. Nor do I pretend to, but I’ve met blokes who are like that and birds fall way too easily for that sort of phony prince charming act.
I’m sure it has some value. I’m just saying it can’t fix everything like I know you think it can.
You’ve your own sort of odd charm. Besides, if anything they’ll think I fancy you because you’re tall and can reach for things up high. Kidding, of course.
But it probably fixes things better than — punches. I mean, if you throw violence into the mix, it’s only adding more problems. It’s not solving anything. It just makes people either more upset or angrier and, well, what good is any of that?
No, Gladys. ‘e intentionally hurt Finn. It’s alright, really. I’ll get out of it somehow. I’m smarter than most people think. I’ll prolly search for some loophole in this little contract thing they’ve got. I — oh… Really? Yeah. That’d actually be really nice, Gladys. I don’t have much girlfriends.
Don’t you think if you just explained yourself it might make things better? You know, explain your feelings for Finn and how much he means to you. If they’re really your mates, they won’t care about anything other than your happiness. Besides, I don’t really understand how anyone can be mean towards Finn. He’s the most pleasant bloke I know. I really do hope you work this all out, and do let me know if I can help ever, okay?
I had one alrea— He snuck in, really? I didn’t know he’d be able to do that. It’s a bit alarming, isn’t it? I mean… if Hayden can get in, who else can? It sort of makes you wonder how safe it is around here. I’m sure it’s fine though. They’ve probably fixed any problems there might’ve been.
You can speak well of him for the both of us, because my positive thoughts in Slughorn are few and far between.
Yeah, he did. It was stupid and I told him he was going to get himself — sent to Azkaban or something. He popped round for Wren’s birthday and I think he was providing her alcohol or something. I was far too drunk and hardly remember seeing him. Anyway, I didn’t even think anything of it beyond thinking it was a stupid thing to do. I didn’t even think of it as being unsafe or anything. I’m sure it’s all completely fine.
Perfect. You can say what you must, and I’ll be the positive one.
Come on, you know how I am, love. That’s just how I get and I guess I have a weird sense of humor, sure. Never said I was nice. Just that, this is who I am. You must accept that.
I don’t know, I suppose there are. But you know, talking really doesn’t work for everything. I know you think it does, but talking only gets you so far in life, Gladys.
Yes, I do know how you are. But that’s wrong to say, because you can be very nice when you want to be. All I’ll say is that I’m glad you were never a Prefect and that we weren’t friends when you had your one day stint.
Talking has gotten me plenty far. It’s more valuable than you’d expect.
That is one good thing. It’s annoying, though, I probably only dropped it because I’m in a rush to get to Ancient Runes, and now I’ll probably be even later. Oh, thank-you.
Oh, well I’m sure if you end up being late all you have to do is explain to your Professor what happened. I imagine they’ll be understanding. If not, well. I’m sorry. I hope I’ve helped you speed the process at least a little bit.
Oh, thank-you. I’m so clumsy sometimes.
You’re welcome, Betty. At least it was clumsiness and not your bag splitting. I’ve had that happen, it was awful. Oh — here are the last of your things.
Especially considering this is how it all started.
You’re awfully distracting.