Oh God. That’s absolutely terrible! Well, if you think it would make you feel better then I guess you don’t have to go. OH! Why don’t I just not go too! And then we can just sit around or something. I’m really sorry, Daphne. You don’t deserve that.
No! You are going to your party. I’ll be fine, honestly. I’ll come up and see you when it all ends and I’ve calmed down. Have fun :)
I know, but I’m so angry and upset and I don’t want to ruin it for you. Today’s meant to be a day where you’re all happy and stuff.
Why? What happened? You could never ruin it for me!
Basically, my dad was seen cursing someone in public, and his excuse was he was reflecting my mother’s actions, and that she was violent and ended up driving herself insane and so she committed suicide. I’ve never felt this much hatred for anyone, not like I do for him right now. Mum wasn’t like that at all, and for him to say that…I just don’t want to end up punching somebody because I’m so angry.
Daphne saw the headline of the Daily Prophet that was on the table and threw herself into the chair beside it. She unfolded the paper to read the whole story: Augustus Greengrass; Abuser or abused?
Greengrass was seen leaving the popular pub The Leaky Cauldron on Sunday night when a fan asked for his autograph. He lashed out, cursing the young woman. But was this merely a behaviour he had learned from his own spouse?
He tells in his interview of how his late wife Larissa was dominating and violent, and how if either he or any of his daughters did wrong she would cast curses at them, sometimes even as bad as the Cruciatus curse. “She couldn’t take it any more,” he explains. “She took her own life eventually. She’d always been like this behind closed doors, so I was eventually led to believe that this was appropriate English custom. Being Welsh myself, I wasn’t certain, as we were raised with the correct morals. I realise that now and I apologise to anyone affected sincerely.”
Daphne couldn’t read any more; partly because her tear stains had made the ink run and partly because she could feel the hatred burning through her. She ran to the bathroom and stared at the mirror. “How dare you let yourself be happy, Daphne Victoria Greengrass!” she hissed at her reflection. “How dare you for one second think that there might be something good in your life, something worth having? You’ll end up like your parents-either killed or killing. You don’t deserve Eldon. You don’t deserve anybody.” This was how she normally dealt with bad news. She would insult herself, as she’d never had much self esteem. It was raised considerably when she was around Eldon, but behind closed doors she was an entirely different person. “Look at yourself, being so selfish. This is Eldon’s day, and you’re ruining it for him! Now toughen up,” she growled to her reflection. A knock at the door startled her.
Eldon held her back and kissed her deeper. Everything was happening so fast, but he couldn’t say that he didn’t like it. He really did enjoy being with Daphne. She brought out a part of him that he didn’t even know he was. Yesterday he had been a shy Hufflepuff who could barely leave his room, let alone have enough confidence to kiss a girl, especially if that girl was as gorgeous as Daphne. He pulled away and looked at her. Eldon couldn’t help but smile. He kissed her again, just as passionately as before.
Daphne was so happy during that moment. As she and Eldon kissed, they moulded together, as if they were one. Which is why she found it odd when he pulled back. Had she done something wrong? Was she that bad of a kisser? “What’s up?” she asked, but he shook his head, smiling and resumed kissing her. Her arms slid around his shoulders and she ran her fingers through his hair, properly. “I didn’t realise you had stretched ears,” she noted, her lips still pressed to his. “Don’t worry, I happen to find piercings kind of…sexy,” she whispered the last word and resumed kissing her boyfriend, her fingers running freely through his hair.
Eldon thought about it for a few minutes. “Hmmm, tough one. But the responsible choice would be to work on your essay.” He half smiled. Eldon saw her face drop and he started to laugh. “Fuck it.” He sighed and took her hand and lead her out of the library.
Daphne had never felt more smug in her life. I mean, it was only yesterday that she was still chickening out of even talking to a guy, and yet here she was about to have a make-out session with her new boyfriend. She opened the portrait (who frowned at the fact a Hufflepuff was accompanying her, and led him up to the dorm. She looked around to see if anyone was in; thankfully the room was empty. She led him to her bed and pushed him lightly so he was sat on the edge. She climbed into his lap and began to kiss him. God, she loved the feeling she got when they kissed! It was like an electric current was being launched through every one of her veins. The stronger they felt, the more intensely she would kiss Eldon. And right now, those sparks were flying at lightning speed.
Eldon smiled. “You hear that everyone? I’m gorgeous!” He said a little louder as if people were listening, but no one was around so there was no one to hear. He laughed a little then looked back at her. “It’s not stupid.” He smiled. “Well…there isn’t anyone else I would want to date, and unless there is someone else you want to see, then I’m fine with being exclusive.” He smiled and put his hand over hers.
Daphne leant over and kissed him. “Then it’s settled. You’re officially mine. Sorry, ladies,” she called out to the empty library and they both chuckled. “You know, we should get started on this essay…Or we could go to my dorm and make out.” She winked. “Your choice.”
Eldon sighed. “My day was particularly boring and uneventful.” He shrugged. “You’re good with defence spells? I’m not that terrible, but I’ve only ever tried a few. You’d have to teach me more sometime.” He smiled. Eldon adjusted his hair that was swooping in his face. “I think I need a haircut soon.” He laughed as he brushed his longer than usual hair to the side and put his beanie back on.
Daphne laughed and ran her fingers through his hair. “I don’t mind either way. You’ll still be gorgeous,” she smiled. He shuffled in his seat, abashed. Daphne bit her lip. “Hey, can I ask you something?” Eldon nodded. “Where do we stand? Like are we just friends with bens or are we exclusive or..? No, actually, don’t answer that,” she backtracked. “It’s stupid.”
Eldon rushed out of his classes and back to his dormitory. He changed out of his uniform and put on a plaid shirt, jeans and a beanie. Eldon didn’t feel particularly dressed up, but he knew he didn’t look terrible, and that was all he could ask of himself. He left his room and made his way out of the Hufflepuff common room. Many students were still getting back, but because Eldon had almost ran back, he was a lot earlier than others. He made his way to the library where he found an empty table by the back and sat down. Eldon waited for Daphne quietly as he flipped through the books aimlessly. Suddenly he heard movement and looked up to see Daphne standing almost right beside him. “Oh, Hi.” He smiled and stood up to hug her. He pulled out her chair for her and waited for her to sit down before he took his seat once again. “How was your day?” He asked smiling.
"My day was very good, thank you," Daphne grinned. She secretly felt glad that she was only wearing a T-shirt, jacket and jeans, because she didn’t know if she should dress up for this or not, but seeing him in casualwear made her feel more comfortable. "Well, except for Charms. I just can’t get to grips with those! Give me a defence spell and I can kick ass. Give me a simple charm to do and I’m hopeless,” she sighed. “How was yours?” she asked.
Yay! Can you help me with this Muggle Studies homework? I figured since you were raised in the Muggle world, you’ll know the answer to List and explain ten electrical appliances and their practicalities compared to magic.
And also it would give me an excuse to see you again :3
Daphne was outstretched on the bank of the Great Lake. She really did love the outdoors. She was absent-mindedly reading through her Muggle Studies textbook (Oh, if only Dad knew, Daphne thought to herself) when somebody stood above her, blocking the sunlight. “D’you mind, I’m trying to read here!” she grumbled, looking up. She shielded her eyes from the sun and realised who it was. “Oh. Sorry.”
“Oh, you would have absolutely loved my mum. She was…” He got quiet a second then looked back at her. “She was everybody’s favourite.” He said in a bit of a quieter voice. “Everyone is special. It just might not be easy to see sometimes. Especially when you’re trying to see it in yourself.” He held her hand. “For example; you’re extremely beautiful, you can stand up for yourself, you don’t have a problem with people thinking you’re a bitch, which from what I can see, you aren’t. And you make me smile, which, believe me, isn’t the easiest task at times.” He grinned.
Daphne couldn’t help but grin back. She rested on Eldon’s shoulder again, loving the fact that she fit him so perfectly. She could have sat there for hours like that, were it not for the Prefects barging in, yelling “Fifteen minutes until curfew!” meaning that they had to say goodbye. Daphne led them out of the hall. “I guess all good things have to end,” she sighed. “Goodnight, Eldon. And thank you again for making this night so…perfect.” She kissed him again, this time for what felt like an eternity. “Steady, tiger!” Daphne teased, her mouth still on his. “You’ll get us in trouble.” She still continued to kiss him back, though. She wanted every minute she could with him to be as close as possible. Does this mean he’s my boyfriend now? she thought to herself. Or are we just dating, or what? She didn’t want to ask him in case he became awkward about it, and as cute as she found that, she didn’t want it to ruin the perfect ending to her very first date.
Eldon kissed her and smiled. “You can thank my mum for that one. She raised me to be sensitive I guess. I mean, I can still take an ogre in a fight, but I can relate to it’s feelings too!” He laughed as he tried to make himself sound less stupid. “We never did this before because I was locked away in my room feeling bad for myself, not knowing that within this school that’s kept me prisoner for so many years, there was someone like you that was just so….absolutely amazing.” He smiled and kissed her forehead.
"Your mum sounds lovely," Daphne smiled, but then she went quiet because she thought he wouldn’t want to talk about her properly yet. "And may I also point out that as dorky as your sense of humour is, it’s also really cute," she added. He smiled back at her. "God, you’re amazing," she found herself saying. "I just don’t get why you like me so much, even before you knew about my parents. I’m not that special, really.”
Eldon wrapped his arms around her and pulled her in so that her head was resting under his chin. “I won’t let that happen though.” He smiled. “I’ll protect you. No one is going to want to mess with Super-Eldon!” He chuckled and patted down her hair. “I mean that though.” He said more seriously. “If you or your sister need anyone to turn to, I’ll always be here.” He kissed the top of her head.
Daphne laughed at the superhero reference. She tilted her head up and their lips were almost touching. Smiling slightly, she kissed him once again, whispering afterwards, “Sorry. Couldn’t help it.” She winked, and Eldon laughed. “You’re seriously the loveliest man I’ve ever met. Why didn’t we do this sooner?” she asked him.