"Andrea, are you getting a cold?" Samantha asked as the entire group of James, Andrea, Albus, Peter, Holly, Derek and Samantha sat around the fire in the common room.
"No...why?" Andrea asked slowly. Samantha shrugged.
"You just seem like you're not feeling very good." She replied casually. Andrea fidgeted in her seat, but only Samantha seemed to notice. Just then, Professor Longbottom walked over to their chairs.
"Evening all! What's up with you lot?" He asked, leaning on the back of Samantha's puffy chair.
"The ceiling." Samantha replied, gazing into the fire. "Hey, Professor Longbottom, can I talk to you...privately?" Samantha asked, looking up at him. He looked a little taken aback, but agreed to it with a nod of his head. The two walked over to a corner of the common room and began to talk.
"Well, what do you think is up with that?" James asked as they all watched the two of them talking.
"Don't know..." Peter replied. "It is a bit curious, though..." Albus shrugged and turned back to face the fire.
"So, how was Potions today?" James asked, a smile dancing on his face. Albus glared at him, hard. James chuckled and shook his head. "Don't worry about it, little brother. Accidents happen all the time." James reassured Albus.
"Yeah, it's just that most of them happen to me..." Albus mumbled.
"Hey! Not true! I was the one who got dragged all over the lawn by a skrewt! Remember?" Peter said. Holly giggled and Derek smirked. Albus rolled his eyes and sighed.
"James, do you know where Samantha goes at night?" Derek asked. James shrugged.
"I don't know what she does, exactly. I think she just wanders around, finds people to talk to, hangs out with ghosts...dies her hair different colors, sometimes. Her favorite color? Bubblegum pink." James finished with a smile and Percy, who had been walking by them stopped dead in his tracks.
"You know the specific shade or pink she dies her hair?" Percy asked, leaning over James' chair. James nodded. Percy shrugged then turned to look at Professor Longbottom and Samantha.
"What are they talking about?" Percy asked to no one in particular.
"Probably about room arrangement." James said off-handedly.
"Hm..." Percy watched the two of them talk for another moment then continued walking.
"Well, I think it's time I go to bed." Peter said, standing up.
"It's not that late yet." Derek remarked.
"No, but I like to get up early. Besides, I always hear this annoying tapping noise above my bed at some point in the night, and if I can get sleep before the tapping starts, I'm all for it." Peter explained, then went up stairs.
"Well...I guess that's a smart idea...I suppose I'll head up too, then." Derek said. He stood up and looked over at Holly, who had fallen asleep in her chair. He nudged her and she woke up with a start.
"Huh? Wha?" Holly asked, sitting up.
"Time for bed, Holly..." Derek said, helping her up. She stood up and practically sleep-walked all the way up the stairs and to her room. Derek sighed and shook his head.
"Well, goodnight you guys." He said, then went up stairs. Albus and Andrea sat in silence for a while, watching the fire.
"Hey," Albus said after most of the people had gone up to their rooms. "Want to see something cool?" He concluded in a whisper. Andrea raised an eyebrow at him. "I'll be right back." Albus said, then ran up stairs. He dashed into his room, made sure everyone was asleep, then grabbed his invisibility cloak out of his bag. He ran back down the stairs after tucking it under his robe.
"See, look!" Albus showed Andrea the cloak and her eyes grew wide.
"Albus, you can't let anyone see this!" She hissed, grabbing the cloak and shoving it under her robe.
"There's no one down here." Albus whispered. Andrea sighed.
"There are still a couple people down here!" She hissed at him again. Albus glanced over his shoulder at the sleeping fourth years.
"They're asleep!" Albus said, grabbing the cloak from Andrea. "Besides, once we put it on, they won't be able to see us." Albus smiled and Andrea groaned.
"No, Albus." She said firmly.
"Fine, you stay here like a sour puss. I'll go out and explore by myself." Albus said, putting the cloak on.
"No! You could get in serious trouble!" Andrea said, trying to keep her voice down. Albus lifted the cloak up for Andrea to see his smiling face.
"Then why don't you come to make sure I don't get in trouble?" He offered, holding out part of the cloak for her to crawl under. Andrea groaned again then got underneath the cloak.
"I hope you know I'm doing this against my better judgement." She said, glaring at Albus.
"Don't worry. Besides, what's the worst that could happen?" Albus said, then the two walked out the door to a world of terrible possibilities...