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June 2007

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this is serious business, mad at you

My mum sent me an owl this morning. Apparently, she went to Diagon Alley. How she managed that, I don't know, but I learned a long time ago that my mother was off. Very off.  

I've had it sitting on my desk and haven't read it all day, because I don't really care.

But I bet if I don't reply, she'll just send another one...

So, my cousin's getting married. Which must be the biggest news in our family of the year. I don't even know what she thought she'd accomplish by telling me, anyway. I wouldn't go even if there was some kind of monetary payment involved.


Anthony, are you all right?
Perfectly fine, Mandy. Never been better.
That's not working.
I know it isn't. Figured I might as well give it a try anyway.
So what is wrong?
I've narrowed it down to two possibilities. It's either the fact that my mother would bother going through the trouble to tell me about my cousin's engagement, or the fact that she actually expects me to go to the wedding. Don't I prove it enough that I don't want to be around them?

I don't know which is worst.
Why wouldn't your mother tell you about your cousin's engagement? Anthony, I know you don't get along with your family, but they can't be that bad... My mother's not even that bad.
It's not really that simple, Mandy.
Well, you're not telling me what's so complicated about it.
Well, I would if I could. I just...can't.
Well, you know we're always here for you. You keep too much to yourself sometimes.
Yeah. I know.
Is your mum making you go?
She's "strongly suggesting" I attend.
The guilt trip then.

Well, would it be so bad just to go for a bit and then leave? I mean, no offense or anything but most weddings are pretty big and no one really notices just one person skipping out.
But then I'd be dealing with my family, which is what I'm trying to avoid.

It's possibility. She'd probably want me glued to her side all day, though.
Well when's the wedding? Maybe you can convince her that you've simply got too much to do what with homework and Prefect's business and all to take care of.

Speaking of Prefect's business, you seem to be having an awful lot of it lately that you require my help with. What's going on?
During our winter holiday. My cousin apparently likes the season so much that she set it a few days before Christmas. I guess I'll try explaining how important N.E.W.T.s are.

It's...uh...did she really have to ask that?...nothing's going on.
See? There you go. You need to study extremely hard for your NEWTS so you can leave school and become a productive member of society. Or something.

Oh really?
That's exactly what I'll tell her then.

Yes, really. There's nothing going on.
I see.

I see that you're not going to tell me what's really going on. I accept that. I was just curious. I don't really mind helping you fill out the point forms that you've filled out nearly every week since 5th year and now all of a sudden need help completeing. Not to mention everything else.

I don't mind at all.
Who said I never had a problem before? And I'm not hiding anything much, Padma.

Are you serious about not minding?
Anthony, you're one of the most intelligent boys in our year. I think you can fill out a point form.

And of course you're hiding something. But it must be pretty important if you won't tell me so I'll let you keep your secret.
You won't...bother me about it? Not that I have a secret, mind you. Just curious.
Well you're not going to tell me what it is, are you? And I've known you since we were 11; if I pester you, you'll just stop talking to me altogether. That would make patrolling very lonely and boring.
Er, thanks, Padma.
You're quite welcome, Anthony.
I know that obviously you don't really want to be bothered about this, but if you ever need an ear, I'll lend one.
I know, Lisa. And I appreciate that.