Rosie spent Christmas with her family before going to Joy's house to spend the rest of the holiday. Thanks to her Muggle descendant, spending time with Joy's family is always exciting to Rosie and even though the girl is crazy about her family she loves the way the Park's introduce her to the daily magical world.
Jennie really tried to send some text messages to Rosie and they call each other almost every day. One day, Jennie find out about emojis and this results in a long phone call where Rosie needed to explain why people use emojis. Jennie is completely baffled and Rosie find her frustration with Muggle technology extremely cute. Even if Jennie is still very confused about emojis, she can't stop using them and now is rare for Rosie to receive a text message without a cloud and emojis with cats wearing glasses.
The Park's are invited to a charity ball on New Year's Eve and Joy drags Rosie and Wendy with her, even though the girl didn't even have to insist too much, because although these balls are full of witty and pretentious wizards and witches, they are also packed with wonderful foods. A ball also means a rare excuse to dress well, considering that Rosie would spend New Year's wearing sweater and watching movies at home. This would be a welcome change.
Rosie, Wendy and Joy goes shopping for the event and Rosie tries a green dress that is too expensive for her but it reminds her of Jennie so the girl ends up buying without thinking twice. Joy makes some comments on the chosen color, saying that Rosie seems to be wearing too much green lately and there is a suspicious note on her voice, but Rosie just smiles innocently at her best friend while Wendy changes the subject of the conversation. Rosie is ready to welcome the New Year with her best friends and she has her cell phone ready to call Jennie as soon as the clock hits midnight. However, the blonde girl is surprised to find Jennie and Nayeon standing at the end of the dance floor as she scans the extravagant ball with her eyes. Joy also notices the two Slytherin girls and releases a frustrated roar with the realization, but Rosie is too busy admiring Jennie in her long red dress to pay attention to her friend's complains and when her eyes meet the surprised dark brown eyes Rosie's heart misses a beat.
A big smile spreads across the Slytherin's lips and Jennie nudges Nayeon who smiles as she notice Rosie's presence on the other side of the room.
"She looks happy to see you," Joy says as she rolls her eyes "And since when Jennie Kim wears red?"
Wendy clears . "Let's be nice, alright Joy?" She says staring at Joy. "It's New Year's Eve."
Joy drinks a little of wine as she stares at the two Slytherin girls. "I can't promise anything."
When Nayeon and Jennie finally reach the Gryffindor's, Rosie had already regained some of her composure and she really hopes that her features don't tell how much she wants to kiss Jennie now.
"Hey, Rosie posie." Jennie greets them casually although her eyes are far from showing innocent intentions. "Wendy, Park." She nods at the two girls only to look again at Rosie.
Joy rolls her eyes at the nickname. "Kim, Im."
Nayeon greets everyone with a smile and Rosie snorts a 'hi' while she struggles to stop staring at Jennie dumbly.
The Slytherin's head turns toward the sound of the older woman whose features resemble her own, she was standing behind Rosie with a group of important people at her side. The nerves make Rosie's stomach twist when she identifies the woman as Jennie's mother and based on the smile the woman is sending to her she definitely knows who the Gryffindor is. Rosie smiles shyly at the woman hoping that Joy don't notice.
"Come and say hello." Jennie's mother continues, turning her attention to her daughter. "There are some people who would like to meet you," Jennie rolls her eyes and sips the champagne in her hand, offering Rosie an apology in the form of a smile.
"Duty calls me." she says as she walks to her mother, but before she goes the older girl caresses Rosie's hand subtly.
Joy gives Rosie the same suspicious look she has been giving whenever Jennie's name is mentioned these days and as always Rosie simply shrugs.
Apparently Jennie's parents are importat people and during the first two hours of the ball Rosie watches the Slytherin being dragged to one group after another by witches and wizards.
Rosie is leaning over the food table when she feels familiar hands against her back. The Gryffindor smiles as she feels Jennie's body pressed to the side of hers.
"Beautiful choice of colors," Jennie whispears, her hand squeezing Rosie's wait, "Have I told you how beautiful you look in green?"
"Sometimes," Rosie answers softly, turning her head in the direction of Jennie, "You're wearing red."
The older girl smiles. "Yes."
"That's very Gryffindor of you."
"The only Gryffindor in me it's you, love." Jennie says "I thought that maybe wearing a red dress wouldn't hurt." Rosie smiles and her eyes falls on the Slytherin lips, biting her own.
"I really want to kiss you right now."
"I wouldn't stop you, but..." Jennie looks at the dance floor where Joy is dancing with a group of friends, "Your best friend would literally kill me."
"It kind of ruins my plans for a kiss at midnight then." Rosie pouts
Jennie smiles with her gummy smile. "Oh no! The midnight kiss will definitively happen. I'll find a way, don't worry, baby."
The Gryffindor giggles, tearing a green grape from one of the dishes and bringing it to .
"Your mother knows who I am." she says casually.
"Of course she does." Jennie smiles "She's your fan, by the way."
"Yeah, she thinks that learning a little bit about the Muggle world can be good for me." the Slytherin says playful "She likes to see me confused."
"I barely know your mother and I already like her."
Jennie laughs, glancing at the dance floor before approaching Rosie, lips touching her girlfriend's ear slightly. "You have no idea how much I've missed you." she murmurs huskily, taking Rosie's hand between their bodies in a subtle movement. Rosie wraps her fingers around Jennie's.
"I think I have a pretty good idea."
A smile appears on Jennie's lips but before she can say something Wendy shows up in the middle of the couple and breaks the contact between them with a warning look at Rosie. The Gryffindor is about to complain when Joy appears by her side and she makes a mental note to thank the little Ravenclaw later. Joy stares at Jennie and the Slytherin arches her eyebrow in response. Rosie is happy when Jennie, instead of making some sharp comments, politely says goodbye and walks away from the trio.
"She's up to something," Joy states as she watches Jennie joining Nayeon and other familiar faces from Slytherin on the other side of the party. Rosie rolls her eyes, picking up a plate of food and moving away from the buffet table.
"She's not up to anything." Roseanne says. "Maybe she got tired of this stupid fight of yours."
"Did you see the smile on her face?" she says following Rosie to one of the tables and sitting next to her. "She loves to show this friendship of yours on my face."
"Joy, I really don't think that's the case here." Wendy says softly. "She was just being polite."
"And since when Im Jennie is polite?"
"You know nothing about Jennie." Rosie cuts her off, her expression showing irritation as she stares at Joy, who in turn is visibly startled by her friend's retaliation.
"I've know her longer than you, Chaeyoung. And she's literally like all those Slytherin who were bullying you on the first-year."
"Oh, you mean when we were 12?" Rosie rolls her eyes. "You know people change, right?"
"She's a Sly...."
"So what?" Rosie exclaims by cutting off her friend's speech, Joy is surprised to see her friend like that. "Why does it matter? I know some Hufflepuff who are worse than some Slytherin." Rosie shakes her head in disbelief. "I know you and Jennie don't get along and you have a whole story behind it but , Joy..." she lets out the air, rising from her chair. "If you think insulting her every time she does something will push me away from her, you're completely wrong."
"Push you away?" Joy glares at Rosie, also rising from her chair. "You're my best friend, if I don't like someone you can't simply be her friend."
Wendy gets up and stays in the middle of her friends. "Guys...."
"As my best friend you should at least try to accept that I see things in Jennie that you're too stubborn to see." Rosie says angrily.
"Well, I'm not going to start liking her just because she has you in the palm of her hand."
"GUYS!" Wendy raises her voice. "People are looking."
Rosie stops staring at Joy only to find Jennie and her mother in the audience watching the Gryffindors. She stats blushing with embarrassment and decides to look back at Joy.
"You know what? Forget it." Rosie shakes her head. "You're impossible." Joy doesn't seem to care about her friends comment and continues to stare at her. Wendy tries to hold Rosie's arms but the Gryffindor dodges her. The blonde-haired girl looks once more at Joy before disappearing from the sight of her friends trying to ignore the glances of the other guests.
Rosie stops in front of a fountain outside the hall trying not to cry and wishing she had passed the Apparition exam three months ago because the last thing she wants now is to go back to her friend's house and it would be all so much easir if she could just apparate back to her own home.
What the hell was Joy's problem?
She doesn't even know that Rosie and Jennie are dating yet and she's already acting as if she had betrayed her in the worst possible way. Is it so hard to accept that even though she doesn't like Jennie, Rosie likes her? Merlin, Rosie is ready to make out with the Slytherin in front of all Gryffindors just to give the prejudice of her house a big ' it.'
Conveniently the hall door opens and Jennie croses it, her eyes sweeping the place before she finds her girlfriend. "Hey!" She released as she approached with worried features. "Are you okay?" Jennie's question is cut off by Rosie's lips in hers. The older girl is surprised when she's pushed against the wall. Jennie's hands squeeze at Rosie's wait for a few moments before breaking the kiss as she tries to pull away from Rosie's lingering lips. "Love." Jennie murmurs as Rosie turns her attention to her neck, giving wet kisses. "What are you doing?"
"What does it look like I'm doing?"
"No, I mean..." Jennie's hands tighten with more strenght at Rosie's waist as the girl on her neck. "People will see."
"I don't care," Rosie says in a sharp, irritated voice.
"You do care. You're just annoyed."
"So what? Stop talking."
The younger one kisses Jennie again fiercely.
"Isn't it what you want?" Rosie hisses angrily when Jennie breaks the kiss again. "I don't care if Joy sees. Be a Slytherin and take advantage of it."
"No, I'm not going to do this, Rosie!" She looks at her girlfriend with confused eyes. "What the is wrong with you?"
"What's wrong with me?" Rosie stares at the Slytherin. "It's you who's rejectig me when I'm finally ready to give you what you want."
"What I want?" Jennie says loudly. "I don't care about this whole thing with Sooyoung! The only thing I want is to be with you."
"Well, you have me," the younger one responds. "Now do something about it."
Jennie clenches her jaw. "Fine." she says moving closer and bringing her lips to her girlfriend's.
The Gryffindor forces the kiss, pressing Jennie back against the wall. Rosie tries to kiss her aggressively while the older one tries to slow down. She let out an annoyed growl at the Slytherin's attempt to slow down the kiss, biting Jennie's lower lip and wandering from the hands that tried to hold her face. "Stop it." she breathes, hands clutching at Jennie's wait as she pushes them away from her face. Jennie ignores the command, freeing her hands from Rosie's grip and grabbing the girl's neck, forcing her to slow down.
Jennie's tongue runs through Rosie's lower lip and the Gryffindor can feel her resistance breaking with the soft kisses of her girlfriend. She doesn't have a choice but to let Jennie lead her and turn them around, the younger girl's back now against the wall. As her anger slowly goes away, the rest of Rosie's emotions began to strike her, tears filling her eyes and her lips trembling against Jennie's. Rosie breaks the kiss with a sigh and she tilts her head against he wall in an attempt to compose herself.
"Hey, baby..." Jennie whispears, wiping the tears from Rosie's cheeks. "I'ts okay."
"I'm sorry," Rosie says quietly, her voice failing. "I didn't mean any of it, I just..."
"I'm so angry," the Gryffindor says, shaking her head. "Why she has to be so difficult with this?"
"Maybe things will be different when you tell her about us." Jennie says, pushing a strand of Rosie's hair behind her ear. "She doesn't realize she's hurting you now."
"No, she does. She just don't care."
"No, I mean it. Nothing will make her change her mind. She literally refuses to even consider being wrong about you."
Jennie lets out a sigh. "Well, that's her problem," she says, pressing a kiss on Rosie's cheek. "If she's your friend, she'll get over it."
The sound of heels hitting the marble broke the contact of their eyes and Rosie followed Jennie's gaze only to find Mrs. Kim walking toward them. She pushes Jennie's hips slightly, keepig her girlfriend away a few steps and allowing Jennie to hold her hand in place. Jennie squeezes Rosie's hand as the woman approaches.
"I was worried you girls left," Mrs. Kim says as she reaches the couple, sympathetic eyes scanning Rosie. "How are you, dear?"
Rosie smiles nervously, nodding her head. "I'm fine, thank you Mrs. Kim." Her free hand wiping away tears.
"If it brings comfort to you, another guest just destroyed the buffet." The woman smile sympathetically. "So the fight wih your friend is now forgotten."
"Uhm, Rosie," Jennie clears strangely. "This is my mother."
"Call me Mary." The woman says, "It's nice to finally meet you, Roseanne."
"It's nice to meet you, too." Rosie agrees, "I was hoping it wouldn't be a mess when I met you, though."
"Well, that takes the odd dinner out of the way, so there's a bright side."
A smile appears on Rosie's lips and Jennie laughs at her side. "So," Mrs. Kim begins again, walking forward and taking Rosie's free hand to lead the two girls to a bench, "Tell me what made you so upset."
So, Rosie tells Jennie's mother everything. Well, not everything. There are definitely some things in their relationship that Rosie imagined that should never reach the ears of any of their parents. Jennie is sitting on the other side, holding her girlfriend's hand and tracing her palm with her finger as they spoke. From time to time someone would leve the ball and Rosie's head would rise to see who it was, but Joy never showed up.
"You know, I'm a Gryffindor too," Mary says, eyes moving from Jennie to Rosie. "I went through something very similiar when I started dating Jennie's father in the seventh year."
Rosie frowns, looking at Jennie. "You never told me that."
The Slytherin shrugs, smiling to her mom. "We don't like to talk about this."
"Careful." Jennie's mother says playful. "You could have been placed in Gryffindor, thank you."
Jennie frowns. "Never."
"I'ts okay, we don't want you anyway." Rosie says, rolling her eyes at her girlfriend.
Mary smiles at Rosie, winking. "My point is: it doesn't get easier. It may take some time, but if your friend really loves you, she will get over it."
The Gryffindor agrees and a sigh leaves her lips.
"Do you want to go back inside?" Jennie asks carefully
"Actually, no." Rosie murmurs, still feeling the tears on her face. "I should go back to Joy's house this night."
Jennie's eyes move to her mom, a look of supplication on her face. "Mom..."
"You can stay with us," Mary says, understanding her daughter's silent request and smiling at Rosie. "I can't leave the party until the toast, but Jennie can take you."
Rosie hesitates, looking between Jennie and her mother. "Are you sure it's okay?"
"Perfectly fine," the woman confirms. "Jennie, can you please tell Rosie's friends she'll be staying with us tonight?"
"Sure." Jennie says, getting up from the bench.
"Jennie..." Rosie grabs Jennie's wrist before she walks. "Please don't do anything. Just tell Wendy or Lisa."
Resistance appears in Jennie's feaures, but the older girl agrees. "Alright."
From the embarrassed look on Jennie's face, it was obvious that the Slytherin hadn't obeyed Rosie's request, but she said nothing as she led Rosie out of the entrance and into the stairwell.
"We don't have a Portkey to our house here," Jennie sighs. "I can Apparate but if you're not comfortable we can find something else. I think this place has a Floo Network somewhere, but that means ruining our dresses."
Rosie smiles, "It's okay, we can Apparate. I trust you, love."
"Okay." Jennie kisses her cheek. "Just hold on tigh, ok?"
Rosie holds Jennie's arm and her vision soon loses focus, being replaced in seconds by another destination. A heavy sigh comes from Rosie's lips as she regains her balance on the new floor, her head turning slightly as she leans back on Jennie for support. "Are you okay?" Jennie ask immediately.
"Yeah." Rosie nods, taking a deep breath and looking aroud the front yard, "Wow!" she murmurs when she notices the mansion in front of them. "And you complained about losing a scarf? It seems like you can buy a hundred scarfs."
"Well, I liked that scarf." Jennie replied, smiling at Rosie before pulling her girlfriend through the garden toward her house. The couple was greeted by a butler and Rosie could have teased by commenting on Jennie being a spoiled girl if she wasn't so busy drooling over the size of the mansion.
"Are you hungry?" Jennie asks, having to drag Rosie with her since she was constrantly stoping to analyze the surroundings. Rosie's attention is drawn from the mansion to the question, a smirk appearing on her lips.
"You know who you're talking to, right?"
Jennie rolled her eyes, "All right." She laughed, guiding Rosie through the kitchen.
As they reached the kitchen, Rosie climbed onto the counter, Jennie headed into the huge pantry looking for food options. The Gryffindor watched Jennie affectionately taking advantage of the way the red dress separated on her back, showing a generous amount of skin.
"What do you want?" Jennie asks, glancing over her shoulder.
Jennie frowns, " I don't know what that is."
Rosie's eyes pop, "You..." she stops, surprised. "Really?"
"It's another Muggle thing, isn't it?"
"I literally can't believe I'm dating you." Rosie says, "It's simply the best sweet in the universe."
"....right," Jennie nods, walking to Rosie and leaning back against the counter. "Where do you get it?"
"Like, any Muggle supermarket."
The Slytherin lets out a sigh, her fingers tapping the marble. "Okay," she says. "I'll be right back."
Rosie frowns as Jennie disappears from the room, leaving the Gryffindor sitting on the counter with nothing to do. "Jennie?"
No response comes and Rosie lets out a heavy sigh, leaning back in her arms and waiting patiently. This, however, becomes difficult when 15 minutes have passed and the Korean girl has not yet returned.
When Rosie heard footsteps approaching, she smiled. "Wow, I almost fell asleep."
Only to see it's not Jennie that appears in the kitchen. "Oh," Rosie mumbles as her eyes fall on the smiling House-Elf. "Hello."
"Good evening!" The elf says. "Are you Miss Park?"
Rosie agrees, "Yes, I am."
The blonde girl smiles, coming down from the counter and extending her hand to the happy Elf. "It's a pleasure to meet you," she says. "How do you know my name?"
"Miss Jennie told me about you, of course! She has a picture of you in her bedroom. Always smiling those days, that girl... Madame Mary says you are the reason."
"Yes!" Hooky agrees cheerfully, "Is Miss Park hungry? Hooky cooks very well."
"Oh, I'm fine, thank you. I'm waiting for Jennie. Do you know where she went?"
"Miss Jennie never tells me where she's going," Hooky shakes her head. "That girl dissapears a lot. Monsieur Kim is very upset about this." The elf smiles. "You look very beautiful Miss Park."
Rosie smiles shyly. "Thank you."
"Have you made your resolutions for the New Year? Madame Mary has been writing hers all week. She even persuaded Miss Jennie to do it!" The elf leans over to the kitchen table, jumping a few times before finally tearing a piece of paper from him. "Would you like to see?"
Before the Gryffindor can answer, however, Jennie enters the kitchen. Sharp-cat eyes fall on Hooky and then on the piece of paper the elf is holding out for Rosie.
"Hooky, are you trying to show Rosie my New Year's resolution?" Jennie smiles.
Hooky jumps at the sound of the teenager's voice, turning around. "It's that bad of Hooky?" he asks concerned.
"Nah..." Jennie shakes her head, laughing. "It's ok."
The elf agrees with a happy smile, turning back to Rosie and handing the paper to the Gryffindor. "Here it is, Miss Rosie!" He sings, "It was a pleasure to meet you!"
"He's funny." Jennie laughs, walking to Rosie.
"I like him," Rosie agrees. "He's nice."
"Not when you're trying to sleep and he's trying to drag you out of bed." Jennie mutters.
"Aww, my baby." The Gryffindor says smirking. "Where have you been?"
A wide smile appears on Jennie's lips and the Slytherin steps forward, mobing her hand from behind her back and placing a pot of Nutella on the counter proudly. "I thought you needed it."
Rosie smiled, "How did you get that?"
"Apparated to London and looked for the nearest supermarket." Jennie laughed. "You know, Muggles can make shopping extremely exhausting. I took a long time walking down the aisles looking for it."
"You didn't have to do that."
The Slytherin shrugged. "It's New Year's Eve," she says "If you want to eat Nutella, we're going to eat your weird Nutella."
Rosie smiles, playing with the piece of paper in her hands, itching to read Jennie's New Year's resolutions.
"Go ahed." Jennie says, rolling her eyes.
"Are you sure?"
The older one laughs, "I'm sure you're dying to read." She laughs. "It's okay."
Rosie smiles, looking at the piece of paper and unfolding it. She giggles slightly as she reads the title of the list at th top in Jennie's perfect handwriting.
Jennie's New Year's Stupid Resolutions:
1. Study More
2. Win the House Cup
3. Kick Park Sooyoung in all duelling competition
4. Also kick Park Sooyoung (and all Gryffindor) in every Quidditch match
5. Getting Hooky to stop waking me up early.
6. Spend more time with Rosie
7. Kiss Rosie more
8. Don't let Rosie go (you don't need a reminder for this, but just in case)
Rosie could feel Jennie's eyes on her as she read the piece of paper, her smile growing when she eventually reached the last.
"You should feel privileged," Jennie says, looking slightly embarrased about her resolutions. "I don't share those things with anyone."
The younger girl smile, butterflies in her stomach for the nervous way Jennie looked at her, walking closer. "You know, you're such a surprise Jennie Kim." she teases, arms resting on Jennie's shoulders and the Slytherin's hands around her waist.
"A good surprise?" Jennie whispears.
Rosie nods, tilting her head to bring a soft kiss to Jennie's lips. "The best surprise."
Jennie smiled at Rosie's lips deepening the kiss. When they part Rosie leaves a soft sigh, resting her forehead against Jennie's. "I was thinking before about what people say about tonight," she whispears. "That quote that says you'll spend the rest of the year the way you spent New Year's Eve."
"I think this is another Muggle thing, but go on..."
Rosie rolls her eyes, "Well, anyway. This quote was bugging me before, because of everything that happened early..." Her fingers running throught Jennie's hair, a soft smile appearing on the Gryffindor's lips. "But if I can spend the year with you, like this... I think it will be a great year."
"Well, we have two more hours until midnight." The Korean girl says softly. "Let's make this the best New Year's Eve."
Curiously, this is the best New Year that Rosie ever had. The couple spent the two hours before midnight on the kitchen counter, Jennie discovering that Nutella may have become one of her favorite snacks and Rosie smiling victorious all the time. When the clock struck midnight, Jennie kissed Rosie in a way that the Gryffindor had never been kissed and all the tears of that night were long forgotten. But eventually, the morning arrived and the thought of returning to her friend's house made her stomach sick.
"You know, you can just stay here until classes start again," Jennie says as the couple relax in the garden of the Kim mansion. "It's only a week."
Rosie's head rests on Jennie's lap, the Gryffindor watching the clouds above them with her eyebrows together. "No," she sighs. "The longer I take, the worse it gets."
"Just a warning," Jennie mutters, resting back on her elbows. "I may have said some things to Joy last night before we left."
Rosie whines. "I told you to not do that."
"She started. I told Wendy that you were coming back to my house with me and she decided to play the blame game. Like I was the one who made you sad."
"What did you tell her?"
"Nothing. I just cursed and left. That whole thing of being the biggest person was kind of overrared at that point."
"You know, you're not making it easier for her to like you." Rosie smiles. "It would be a lot easier if she liked you a little bit."
"As long as you like me, I'm happy. Joy can do whatever she wants. I know she means a lot to you but after last night I could not care less of what she thinks of me."
"I wanted to know how not to care," Rosie mutters, playing with her hands. "I have no idea of what it will be like when I see her."
"If it's bad, just come back here," the older one says. "I'll be surprised if my parents doesn't give you a house key at this point."
Rosie smiles, her eyes moving to Jennie. "I'm glad they like me."
"I wasn't worried," Jennie says as she brings her hand to trace Rosie's eyebrow lightly. "It's very easy to like you, babe."
"I think I'll tell Joy soon. I mean after everything calms down." Rosie says reaching for Jennie's hand and pressing a kiss on the Slytherin's palm. "I don't want to hide it anymore."
The older girl stops, looking for any sign of doubt in Rosie's expression. "Are you sure?" she murmurs. "You can't go back after everyone knows."
"I'm sure." Rosie agrees "I've been thinking about this for a while now."
"Mhmmm." The Gryffindor lets out a sigh, lifting her head from Jennie's lap and sitting down in front of her girlfriend, putting a strand of hair behind Jennie's ear before leaning over to kiss her. When they break the kiss, Jennie is looking at her with an expression that makes Rosie feel like she's the only person in the Universe.
Jennie was going to say something but she stopped, reaching for Rosie's hand. "Are you sure you want to go back to Joy's house?"
"I need to fix things."
"Okay. I'm going to Apparate you there."
The younger girl laughs, "I don't think Joy would like this."
"Good thing I don't care what Joy likes then," the Slytherin replied with a smile. "I promise I will not say anything."
They leave Jennie's house an hour later, after Rosie packs her belongings and Jennie apparates them to the door at Joy's house. Jennie's arm is wrapped around Rosie's waist when they hit the ground, keeping her girlfriend firlm as the Gryffindor recovers from dizziness.
"Are you okay?" Jennie whispears, squeezing Rosie's waist.
Rosie nodded turning her attention to the large wooden door in front of them and becoming visibly pale.
"You'll be fine," Jennie says, reading the nervousness on Rosie's face. "Do you want me to stay?"
"No, I'm fine...I need to this alone."
"You know where to find me," Jennie says with a smile. "I'll have that phone with me all the time."
The younger girl smiles. "Great."
Jennie and Rosie turns around to find Wendy and Joy walking towards them.
"Hey..." Rosie says shyly
"Hi..." Joy says, eyes moving from Jennie and Rosie. "You just got here?"
"Yes," Rosie nods
A strange silence settled into the group, Jennie eventually lets out a sigh. "I should go," she says turning to Rosie. "I talk to you later?"
Rosie smiles sadly, nodding. "Sure."
Jennie squeezes Rosie's hand to comfort her, the action getting a grimace from Joy.
"Uh... Happy New Year." Jennie says to the other two girls. Joy just looks at Jennie, Wendy poking her arm.
"Wait." Joy murmurs.
Joy seems to be in pain as she tries to formulate her next sentence, just being pressed by Wendy's gaze.
"I'm sorry," Joy says eventually, her voice steady. "I shouldn't have blamed you last night. You were..." she trails her jaw, the gryffindor was annoyed. "You were just taking care of Rosie."
For the first time in her life, Jennie seemed to be speechles.
"I- uhm I-.. thank you. Well, I'll see you guys later."
Rosie manages to leave her shock aside for a moment to smile at Jennie muttering an 'later' to her girlfriend before the Slytherin apparates back home.
"So..." Rosie looks at Joy as Jennie disappears. "I think we need to talk."
Joy ends up being surprisingly sensible and based on the way Wendy nudged the girl during the conversation, Rosie was willing to bet that the Ravenclaw was the reason for that. They chat about an hour or so and Joy apologized for making Rosie feel guilty about her friendship with Jennie.
Which, instead, made Rosie feel more guilty because she had so much more than friendship with the Slytherin. She considered telling Joy, but her friend's tone when the talked about Jennie discouraged Rosie. Althought Joy was finally accepting Jennie in Rosie's life as a friend, accepting Jennie as Rosie's girlfriend would be completely different.
The next day they were in Joy's room, Rosie and Wendy were playing Chessboard Chamber while the other girl hummed along with the stereo that Rosie had brought last Christmas. A Beyoncé song was playing, as usual. Joy hadn't stopped listening to the singer ever since Rosie played her songs for the girl still in the second grade. Of all the Muggle things Rosie had introduced to Joy during her friendship, the american singer had probably been the most remarkable. Rosie's phone was beside her on the floor and Wendy didn't fail to notice how the girl's eyes drifted to the device every two minutes. When the phone finally vibrated with a call, Rosie grabbed it in a second. A lovely smile appeared in her face as she saw her photo and Jennie's on the display.
"I'll be right back," she said quickly, receiving a pout from Wendy and a murmur of Joy before leaving the room.
The first empty spot in the Park house was a cozy window seat and the Gryffindor perched on the coushions before answering the call.
"Hey you." Rosie smiled.
"Hi, Gryff." Jennie's soft voice greeted her. "You sound happy."
"I'm talking to you," Rosie replies. "Of course I'm happy."
The Slytherin laughs on the other side. "I suppose things went well with Joy?"
"The best they could've gone," Rosie says. "We're fine today. A little strange with each other... but, we'll be back to normal in a flash."
"That's nice. Does she want to kill me yet?"
Rosie smiles. "Not yet," she puts one pillow on her lap, playing with it. "How about we try to keep things that way?"
"I'll see what I can do."
"Thank you," Rosie peeks out the window, watching some kids flying away. "So what are you doing today?"
"Hmm, well I'll meet some of the Quidditch team later. Nayeon wants to make sure we're not relaxing during the break."
"That sounds fun."
Jennie laughs. "You've never been to one of Nayeon's practice," she replies. "I wouldn't call it fun exactly."
"So, when are we going to fly?" Rosie smiles.
"Wow, do you trust me enough to fly with me now?" Jennie teases. "This relationship is getting serious."
The Gryffindor rolls her eyes. "Ha ha," she grumbles. "Maybe I'll ask Nayeon to fly with me instead."
"Nayeon is good at catching Gold Snitch, not clumsy Gryffindors who fall from their brooms."
"What?" Rosie laughs. "And you have the talent for catching Gryffindors?"
"Not really," Jennie responds and Rosie can practically hear her smile. "I'm heavily invested in this particular Gryffindor, though."
"So I can count on you to avoid falling for my death?"
"I'll do my best."
"I need a 100% confirmation, I'm sorry, I kind of like my life."
"C'mon Park. Where's that Gryffindor bravery that you guys talk about?"
"I'll hang it off in your face in a minute."
Jennie laughs on the other side. "Okay, I guarantee I'll not let you fall to your death," she says "Happy?"
"Yes." Rosie smiles.
"All right," The Slytherin laughs. "Well, say one day and we'll fly."
Rosie smiles, pulling the fabric of the cushion into her lap. "Okay, I should let you go now."
"Tired of me already?"
"No," the smile of the younger girl never leaving her face. "I never get tired of you, babe."
"Are you sure you want to stay at Joy's house for the rest of the holiday?" Jennie asks, her voice soft now. "I'm kind of lonely here."
"I need to get things back to normal with Joy," Rosie sighs. "I miss you, though. Is that stupid? I saw you 24 hours ago."
"Eh, I don't think so. I'm pretty amazing."
Rosie rolls her eyes, even though the girl can't see it. "You're pretty egocentric too."
"And you're still dating me," Jennie laughs. "Okay, I really need to go now. Hookey is trying to clean my room and I'm pretty sure he's just messing up more."
"Clean your own room, lazyass."
"I tried, I swear. Hookey gets really possessive about his chores, okay?"
"Of course he does," Rosie scoffs. "I talk to you later?"
"Okay," the younger girl sighs. "Bye, babe."
"Talk to you later, Gryff."
Rosie bites her lower lip, feeling the taste of the three little words on the tip of her tongue.
"I- hm, I lo..." She lets out a sighs. "Take care of yourself, okay?"
Eventually a giggle comes and Rosie imagines if her almost confission was obvious.
"Okay, baby. I'll talk to you later."
When Jennie hangs up a loud sigh escapes Rosie's lips as she kicks herself mentally and walks back to Joy's room.
"Who was it?" Joy asks as Rosie walks in, falling on the bed and trying to mask the embarrassment that gripped her. Rosie debated lying and saying that she was talking to her parents, but she decides against it. She may also start telling to Joy about Jennie, now.
"Jennie." She replied simply, trying to remain indifferent.
Joy snorts. "On the phone?" She says. "Since when does Kim do Muggle things?"
"Don't act like you were better," Rosie smiles.
"I'm very open minded, thank you."
"Joy, that's a lie and we all know." Wendy laughs.
"Whatever," Joy grumbles. "What were you two talking about anyway?"
Rosie shrugs. "Just about what we did today," she answers quietly, playing with the bracelet that Jennie gave her. God, she hoped that Jennie didn't payed attention to her almost confession.
Is was too soon for the L word, right? Well, Rosie's heart didn't think so.
When did this became so serious? In a minute she hated the Slytherin and at the moment she was in the clouds, 'I can't think straight', 'all I think about is kissing her', in love with Jennie. The terrifying thought that Jennie might feel different made Rosie's stomach flutter and her cheeks redden in embarrassment at what she almost confessed. God, she wanted to to see Jennie's reaction so bad. At least Rosie would be able to read what was going through her mind. Those eyes that were incapable at hiding Jennie's feelings when the girl was with Rosie.
But no, instead Rosie was left with Jennie's soft laugh and her goodbye.
The aussie spent the rest of the day with their conversation stuck in her head, probably freaking out a little too much with the incident. But any attempts to calm down didn't really work and Rosie grunted to herself every 10 minutes ashmed. She was lying in bed that night, still mulling over what had happened and if it was crazy to think that she was already in love with Jennie.
Eventually, her friends fell asleep and she continued staring at the ceiling. Her finger on the bracelet, thinking about what love really is and if she can use a Time-Turner to fix it the incident earlier. When the bracelet warms against her skin, Rosie's stomach twist and she subtly pulls out the accessory to inspect her girlfriend's message. The darkness of the room hides Rosie's wide smile and the only light comes from the gold inscribed on the bracelet. Jennie's previous message 'If found, return to Kim Jennie's bed' was fading and Rosie rolled her eyes at the memory.
When the joke disappeared, it was replaced by golden letter, in Jennie's perfect handwriting. The new message shone a warm light against Rosie's face and Rosie's heart missed a few beats as she read the golden words.
'I'm in love with you.'
And if Rosie wasn't sure before, she is now.
She is one hundred percent, head over heels, in love with Jennie Kim.