Post by Deleted on Dec 14, 2016 11:50:06 GMT -7
The Yule Ball was here. Scorpius was terrified of finding out what tonight was going to entail. He had a lot of time to think things over about his relationship with Rose and knew what it was that he wanted now. The indecisiveness that had strangled him over the last few months was gone as far as he could tell. Initially, he had been afraid to take a step back to reevaluate everything. That ended up becoming the best thing he could have done, his saving grace almost. Everything that had happened with Ondina, how he kept getting pulled back to her like she had him on a leash, was done with. No longer was he going to crawl back to her. She seemed to have a new toy anyways, some Gryffindor constantly asking around for her. Scorpius didn’t get annoyed a lot, but this guy was definitely at a new level of unhealthy obsession. Of course Ondina seemed to get a kick out of it. It was enough of a distraction that she was ignoring him for the time being, not that it would stop her from coming after him again should she get bored.
Scorpius didn’t take too long getting ready. What mattered most was getting to the place he had told Rose to meet him at, before she did. If she decided to show up that was. He had already decided that he wouldn’t blame her if she chose to skip out on him. Everything that had happened was his fault anyways, there was no reason to even think about trying to pin any of it on her. It was his decision to run off with Ondina. His decision to think that was fine. And now it was his choice to pick Rose over Ondina. That’s how it should have been from the start. There shouldn’t have been a process of “choosing”. All that was left now was to see if Rose was going to do the same thing; choose to be with him or continue on without him.
Even though he was quite early, the entrance hall to the school was already packed full of students and ministry employees alike. Apparently everyone was excited about this thing. Dancing was fun, but it wouldn’t really be worth it if things didn’t pan out. Unfortunately, because of the addition of ministry members, he was expected to make an appearance in his father’s stead, regardless of Rose accompanying him or not. Talking to ministry officials was obviously the second worst thing that could happen to him tonight, but he had to get through the possibility of the first one before that even became an issue. Scorpius had never thought he’d be nervous over any of this, having attended parties and balls his entire life, yet this time was different. Maybe because it actually mattered for once. All he had to do was say exactly what he felt. What he wanted to express. He was positive that would make everything better. Rose showing up would be the first step, maybe even the hardest part of all of this.
Crossing the entrance hall, making idle chit chat with ministry employees and other students he knew here and there, Scorpius eventually ended up at the front doors to the castle. More people were still streaming in, mostly adults and the students from the other schools. It was funny to think that so many people would be in Hogwarts tonight. Anyone that had issues with large crowds would be turned off by this large of a crowd almost immediately. He was positive that cocky Beauxbatons champion would live it up though. Scorpius had heard about his family before; they were rather wealthy and well known in France. Fortunately they dealt with muggles, so there was never any crossover in social circles with them. That didn’t mean he was oblivious to the French boy’s family. They had some interesting beliefs, to say the least. It definitely was a show to watch him during the first task of the tournament though. He had never seen, or read about for that matter, someone crazy enough to fight a manticore one on one.
Thinking back to his last conversation with Rose, he remembered he had told her to meet him at the largest Christmas tree. He had been hoping that would be in the entrance hall, or maybe even the great hall. That wasn’t the case. In years past it had been, but with the Yule Ball and additional ministry members attending, the school went out of its way to put the largest tree in the front courtyard of the school. That was fine and dandy, until he realized that meant he had to wait outside. In the cold and snow. The things he’d do for this girl. Stepping outside, Scorpius made his way over to the tree, tilting his head back to look up at it as he approached it. This thing was gigantic. He could barely see the top. Shuffling up to the branches, he turned around and stared at the front doors. This was stupid. Rose wouldn’t think about looking out here. And he wasn’t exactly keen on making her walk out into the cold just to talk before heading inside. But he had promised he would be next to the tallest tree, and here he was. Now all he had to do was wait, whether it was going to be a few minutes, a few hours, or all night. Much like rain, the cold never bothered him anyway.