The sun shining through a window woke Andromeda, causing a bit of confusion. She sat up with a groan, rubbing her head. Apparently she’d been too tired, or upset.. Or wasted to change into pajamas. Wait, sunlight? No sunlight in the dungeons Andie looked around, trying to remember what had happened last night. Obviously she was still at the Potter’s house, in a spare bedroom somewhere.
Whatever had happened, Andie had obviously drank a lot, her whole evening was a murky mess. Coffee. Coffee would help, it always did. The brunette rolled off the bed, making her way through the silent house. Everyone must have gone home, or was still sleeping. She stumbled through the halls, down two sets of stairs, finally finding the kitchen.
It took her a while but she finally managed to make coffee and within fifteen minutes, she’d polished off an entire pot. Andromeda took the last of it in a mug and took to walking around the house again. She reached the ballroom area and paused, furrowing her brows as memories came flooding back.
"Oh no," she gasped. Ted had kissed her. Andromeda had been kissed by Ted at midnight, and it had been perfect. More than she ever dared to hope for. Then it was all ruined, before he’d said anything to her. Narcissa, calling Ted a mud blood, telling him he wasn’t good enough. Then someone else.. Regulus. He’d gotten over protective, screamed at Ted.
Andromeda remembered Ted apologizing just before bolting. He’d run away, after kissing her. What the hell did that mean? That she was too much drama, he didn’t want to deal with her family.. or he realized he’d made a mistake. What if he’d only kissed her because she was there and he’d decided not to go after the girl he really fancied?
That would make sense. After all, guys didn’t fancy her, not for the long haul. Perhaps Ted had just been drunk, looking for an easy shag. Andromeda knew she had a bit of a reputation when it came it parties, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise.. not really.
She shook the thought away, unable to bear it. Andie tried to remember what happened next instead, wanting to distract herself. She and Regulus had fought.. she’d said awful, awful things. But so had he. Andromeda wanted to apologize, but at the same time she was still furious with him, with Cissy, with everyone.
Mostly, she was furious with herself. Andromeda had allowed herself to believe that a man like Ted could fancy her. A stupid fantasy. She’d been embarrassed by her two younger relatives, made a fool of in a public setting. Her whole life she’d been taught that reputation was everything, and she’d tried so hard to be liked by everyone. What did she get for it? Nothing. It had blown up in her face.
Andromeda slid down the wall until she was sitting on the floor, her knees up to her chest. In a matter of minutes she’d managed to alienate herself from her best mate, her favorite cousin, and her baby sister. She’d been so careful to never push to many boundaries, just toe the line so she didn’t lose anyone. And now her worst nightmare was becoming reality. How many more people would she lose when the story circulated?
The brunette rested her forehead on her knees, sobs shaking her body. Andromeda wished she could go back and change things. It wasn’t worth it, getting the fairy tale then having it ripped away. It wasn’t fair, she thought, shaking her head. “It’s not fair,” she murmured before closing her eyes in a vain attempt to forget everything.