When: Feb. 7,1998
Who: Daphne Greengrass, Blaise Zabini, Mandy Brockelhurst
Rating: PG for angst?
Summary: Daphne is bored, Mandy sees more then she should, angst ensues.
Watch For: Crying
Blaise strode purposefully through the halls of Hogwarts, on his way to the library, to do some research for a Care of Magical Creatures assignment. He was in an unusually good mood today, though he took care not to show it.
Daphne watched Blaise as he walked purposefully along the hallway, taking care to undo the button on her blouse. Flash him some skin... "Hullo there Blaise, darling," she purred, stepping out to join in his walk.
Blaise nodded to her. "Good afternoon, Miss Greengrass, and it -is- a good afternoon, isn't it?"
"Ah, I suppose. Bit slow -- could be made better." she said, with a meaningful wink at Blaise.
"Could it, now?" He returned her wink. "I suppose it could, especially by one such as... capable as you."
"So, Mr. Zabini, you're endorsing the idea?" Daphne said, arching her eyebrows as she turned to look at Blaise.
Blaise smirked outwardly, and gulped inwardly. "If my schedule permits. However, I'm not one to kiss and tell," he informed her.
"Oh Mr. Zabini," Daphne purred, pinning him against a nearby wall. "I doubt you'd be able to stop from telling after I'm done with you."
Blaise casually, but coolly placed a hand on her shoulder. "I'm sure you're right about that, Miss Greengrass, but I said if my schedule permits."
"Make the time." Daphne commanded, leaning forwards and kissing Blaise instantly on the mouth.
As Blaise pulled away, he could have sworn he heard a noise at the end of the hallway. Glancing up as he turned, he spotted Mandy at the end of the hall, staring the pair. He made a move away from Daphne but quickly recovered himself.
Daphne frowned and turned around to see the girl at the end of the hall. Mary...or Maddy...or something... "Can I help you?" she replied angrily.
Mandy blushed the shade of Gryffindor red, and looked down at the floor, all happiness from finishing a challenging potions essay erased. She blinked back tears and shook her head, not trusting her voice... how could he? how could he? Realizing that she could only go forwards to get to her common room, she walked quickly along the hallway.
Blaise cleared his throat as she passed.
Daphne frowned as the other girl looked up and shot Blaise a look of pure hatred. "Honestly, the filth in this school..." she said, loud enough for the mudblood to hear.
Blaise coughed, and nodded softly. "Yes, they oughtn't let their kind in the school. Now if you'll excuse me." He shrugged out of Daphne's grasp and headed off to the library. "I shall see you later, Miss Greengrass."
"Yes, I suppose so..." Daphne said, watching him go. Something was definitly happening between those two...Bet they're shagging in the library... With a shrug, Daphne turned around to head to see Lupin.
Blaise stopped as he heard Daphne's footsteps disappeared, and turned heading for the Ravenclaw common room, hoping to cut Mandy off.
Mandy walked along, tears stinging her hot cheeks. She silently repremainded herself for being so stupid as to fall in love with a Slytherin,....but all the same...I thought he was different...
"Mandy," said Blaise, a touch of relief in his voice that he had found her.
Mandy stiffened, hearing his voice, but after stopping, she trudged on, brushing her eyes with the hand that was not clutching her books.
"Please, Mandy, let me explain. It isn't what you think!"
"I don't care Blaise," she responded quietly, her voice sharp, as she continued to walk on.
Blaise paused. Perhaps he had been wrong to think that anyone other than someone who was like him could understand him, or could want to understand him. "I'm sorry you had to see that," he said stiffly.
"So am I." she said, her voice even.
"What do you think I was doing? What do you think she was doing? Do you believe that I would have the courage to do that in the middle of the hallway?" Blaise fired questions at her, unable to control himself. It was only his natural composure that kept his voice down.
"I don't KNOW what you were doing." Mandy countered, her voice less composed. "But I know what I saw."
"And what you saw and what you think you saw are two different things."
"YOU WERE KISSING HER, BLAISE." Mandy yelled, her face white and tear-stained.
"She kissed me. You know how Greengrass is!"
"but you LET her!' Mandy cried, and then took in a sharp breath. Now the truth was coming out...all her insecurities and doubts, put on display.
"I had to keep up appearances, Mandy. She would wonder why I pulled away if I did. I wasn't about to let her get further than that."
"You could have just said 'I don't like you like that.'"
Blaise chucked. "Not with Greengrass."
Mandy shot daggers at Blaise, refusing to cry.
Blaise closed his eyes and took a step back, finally confessing his longtime fears. "Maybe we were wrong."
Mandy blinked. "What?" she asked, her voice quavering.
Blaise shook his head. "Wrong that we could even begin to understand each other. I don't want to hurt you, Mandy. I really don't."
Mandy took a shaky breath. "I guess we were." she said quietly, feeling her composure breaking.
"I'm sorry," he said, softly, turning.
"Where are you going?" Mandy called desperately, her voice breaking.
Blaise took a deep breath. "Back to the dungeons where I can't hurt you."
Mandy felt the words hit her like a ton of bricks. "Fine." she said bitterly, angry. "Go."
Wordlessly, Blaise disappeared down the stairs.
Mandy turned around, numbly, walking the rest of the way to the common room.
Blaise blinked back a tear as he headed for the Slytherin common room. It's better this way, he told himself. Really, it is.
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