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Yule Ball Part 6

Posted on Tuesday, 6th of March, 2012 @ 5:04am by Seventh Year (G) Barnabus Collins & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins & Seventh Year Prefect (S) Reginald Price & Seventh Year (R) Fiona MacLeod & Fifth Year (S) Pandora Crump & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Benjamin Bradley Jr. & Seventh Year Prefect (H) Nathan Crawford & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Evan Grant

Mission: Yule!
Location: Great Hall

She slipped her hand through his arm as they walked back into the Great Hall.

[Continued]

The flowers were gone and everything was back to normal. The large clock against the far wall read a quarter to midnight. Fifteen minutes to the unmasking. She looked at Reg. "Uh oh. Maybe coming back in here was a bad idea."

Fiona saw Jen and Evan return and hurried over to them. "You're just in time. Come in and grab a glass of pumpkin juice to celebrate!"

Barny followed, the "magic" broken. He hadn't been noticing anything for the past little while beyond the little world of dancing with Fiona, the music, her scent... He barely knew her, but he liked the little bit he'd been able to see.

Celebrate? He thought to himself and then looked at Jen, a slight worried look in his eyes. She couldn't see his whole face, but she could tell he wasn't comfortable.

"Midnight and the unmasking," Fiona said, surprised he didn't know. EVERYONE knew about the unmasking. "Some sort of superstition to keep demons and doppelgangers away. You unmask so everyone knows who they've been with all night." She grinned at Barny. "Well, those who don't know already."

Unmasking? This is not good. Reginald's hold on Jens hand tightened a bit. He pulled her slightly to his direction, almost like he was nudging her. He was nervous now. All of this could come crashing down, just because he neglected one small detail. Of course there was an unmasking. How could he be so stupid enough to think he could get away with this.

Barny looked at Evan... Evan? No, the size and set of the shoulders was wrong, he didn't have the same mannerisms. This was bad, this was very bad. "You don't look well, Evan... I think we need to get you to the infirmary, don't you think so, Jen, Fiona?"

Fiona looked at Barny, then at Jen and Evan. "If you say so."

Jen slipped her arm through Reg's. "Perhaps you're right. He doesn't look so good."

"EVAN, is already in the hospital wing. I checked on him earlier. Apparently he was very sick all night." Pandora said smiling. "So the big question I have is who are you, if he is there?" She said her eyes watching his.

Jen thought quickly. What could she say or do to fix the situation? "Okay, you're right. It's not Evan. I didn't want to come alone, and since Evan got sick earlier today I asked," she glanced quickly at Reg, "Chris to come with me."

"I don't know any Chris." Pandora said, "I do know that someone I was expecting to be here isn't. At least he doesn't appear to be." She added. "I want to see who this really is." She said and looked at the others around her, "Don't we all want to know who came up with this cleaver disguise?"

Barney gave Chris's arm a squeeze and stepped right up to Pandora "Just because the guy you were supposed to be here with ditched you, doesn't mean that you need to be thinking everyone is him. You should know who Chris is, the way you follow the quidditch matches, he's a Hufflepuff player." Barney looked over to the person standing behind her who looked a bit annoyed and spoke louder, "I mean, shouldn't you be spending time with your new boyfriend, here, Ben? honestly, I never thought you would have been open minded enough to be going out with a Gryffindor. Maybe you aren't so different from your sister after all."

Fiona wasn't sure what was going on, but she played along, nodding in agreement to what Barny said.

Ben let his face show a very slight grin, he was causing her, he was sure, a bit of discomfort. He had no idea if anything would happen between them, but if not, then he like the chance to make a Slytherin squirm. "Barney, we are just here at the dance separately and happened to dance together, and Pandora, what are you talking about?"

"He is not my boyfriend," She said, "I danced with him for a couple of dances because I was bored that's all. They however, haven't left each other's sides all night. That doesn't look like two friends that came to the dance together to me. And Reg not only didn't come with me he hasn't been here at all which isn't like him. He isn't in the hospital wing, he wasn't in the dorm when I came down its as if he as disappeared." She said watching 'Chris' for his reaction. "And he looks nothing like any of the players from the Hufflepuff qudditch team." she added.

"Since when do you pay attention to the Hufflepuff players?" Jen asked, slipping her arm through Reg's. "And last time I checked, you and Reg weren't linked at the hip. He seems to spend a great deal of time with his snake. Maybe you're not enough of a ... reptile to keep his interest? Before you know it, you'll have Ben hiding from you, too." Even though she and Reg were together, she was still jealous of Pandora. The other girl spent far too much time chasing after Reg for Jen's liking and she still wasn't sure what sort of relationship the two shared.

Evan was finally feeling well enough to leave the hospital wing and meet up with Nathan, and hopefully make it down for the end of the yule ball.

Jen turned as the doors to the Great Hall opened and Evan stepped in. She squeezed Reg's arm tightly and tried to communicate her panic. Things were about to go really, really badly.

Reginald groaned slightly at her squeeze. He felt the urge to yell but only groaned softly. She had a strong grip for a girl of her size. He looked at her and then noticed her head gesture to another direction. He could only hope that this had to be really important. Reg rubbed his arm a bit and looked. As he saw Evan walk into the Great Ball, he tried his best not to show his panic. He smiled as he looked back to Jen and then to the others and pulled her in the direction of the door, trying to walk to them, without drawing any attention.

[To be continued]

 

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