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Chapter 5: Homeless and Mean Girls
The next morning Jasmine still felt horrible, but after yesterday thought she was more prepared to make it through the day. After showering and taking her potion she grabbed Hermione and practically dragged her down to breakfast. Because of her hurry they were some of the first ones there and Cedric hadn't arrived yet. They sat down at their table to wait. Jasmine couldn't stop fidgeting with anticipation.
"Jasmine, calm down and breathe. He's just a boy. It'll be no different than talking to Ron." said Hermione.
"It's a big difference, Hermione. Ron's…" started Jasmine, but she was interrupted by Ron sitting down.
"What about me and why didn't the two of you wait for me to come with you?" asked Ron.
"Jasmine was in a hurry to get here to see Cedric and she was just about to tell me the difference between you and him." said Hermione grinning evilly.
"Oh, well come on then, Jasmine. What's the difference between me and Cedric?" asked Ron.
"Erm… Well…" tried Jasmine, but luckily she was saved.
"Good morning. Are you feeling better today, Jasmine?" asked Cedric while sitting down next to her.
"Same as yesterday, but I think I'll be ok today. Thank you for what you told Hermione yesterday." said Jasmine.
"You're welcome, Jasmine. Well, it seemed like I interrupted your conversation when I came in. What were you talking about?" asked Cedric.
"Jasmine was just about to tell us the difference between you and I." said Ron as Jasmine's face went through three different shades of red.
"Ron!" yelled Hermione slapping him on the shoulder while Cedric chuckled.
"While I'd like to hear that answer as well, I actually had a question for Jasmine. I was wondering if you'd like to go to the next Hogsmeade Weekend with me?" asked Cedric.
"Yes, I'd love to." said Jasmine instantly.
Hermione was about to remind Jasmine that she didn't have permission to go to Hogsmeade when the mail arrived and Hedwig landed in front of them with a letter for Jasmine. While she was reading it Hermione saw Jasmine get visibly upset. Jasmine dropped the letter.
"I'm sorry. I have to go." said Jasmine running from the Great Hall ignoring her friend's questions.
"What was that about?" asked Ron.
Hermione picked up the letter and after showing it to Ron handed it to Cedric.
"I think you should read this." said Hermione.
Your headmaster wrote us and told us what you did. We are absolutely disgusted that you would do such a thing. After what you did to Marge and now this we have had it with your freakishness and you are no longer welcome in our home.
"I'll find her. The two of you should go to class otherwise you'll get into trouble." said Cedric.
"Won't you get in trouble for missing class?" asked Hermione.
"I have Herbology first today. Professor Sprout will understand." said Cedric.
Jasmine ran into the girl's bathroom closest to the Great Hall and sat down in one of the stalls crying. Why hadn't she thought about what the Dursley's would do? She'd been so happy and focused on finally being who she was that it never crossed her mind. What was she going to do now? While she was lost in her thoughts she heard someone enter the bathroom and come up to her stall.
"Hermione I don't want to talk yet." said Jasmine.
The stall door opened and she looked up, but didn't see Hermione. Instead standing there was Cho Chang, her friend Marietta Edgecombe and a few others she didn't know.
"What do you want?" asked Jasmine standing up and walking out of the stall.
"We're here to tell you to leave Cedric alone." said Cho.
"And why would I do that?" asked Jasmine.
"Cedric deserves to be with a real girl." said Marietta.
"I am a real girl." said Jasmine.
"You're a freak. You can change what you look like, but you're still a boy." said one of the other girls who was from Hufflepuff.
"I am not a boy. Why are you saying these things to me? Hermione said…" started Jasmine.
"Did the know it all tell you that this was accepted in our world? She was wrong. Magic might accept this as you would die without being changed, but to us and everyone else in our world you should've just died. You're an abomination. Just a freak boy pretending to be a girl." said a different girl in Slytherin robes.
"None of that matters. The point is that Cedric is too good for you and you are going to back off." said Cho.
"No I won't." said Jasmine.
"Well I guess we're going to have to teach the freak a lesson." said Marietta. "Do it, Cho."
Jasmine reached for her wand, but the other girls already had theirs out and she was hit across the cheek with Cho's cutting curse. She grabbed her face where the cut was.
"Are you going to change your mind and leave Cedric alone." asked Cho.
"No." said Jasmine.
"You brought this on yourself. Girls." said Cho.
Cedric hadn't really known where Jasmine would've went so went to check Gryffindor first. The Fat Lady wouldn't let him in, but did tell him that Jasmine hadn't returned there so he went and checked the Quidditch Pitch, but she wasn't there either. He headed back inside and was going to go find Hermione so she'd give him a better idea of where Jasmine would go when he saw a bunch of girls come out of the bathroom laughing and he heard one of them say, "That'll show the freak." He let them continue on and ran into the bathroom and saw Jasmine lying on the floor. He bent down to check on her and saw that her robes had several tears in them and she was bleeding all over and had several bruises on her face. Her right leg was bent at an odd angle and her right hand was broken. He also saw her wand broken in pieces next to her. He pocketed the wand fragments and picked her up and ran her to the Hospital Wing. Madame Pomfrey looked up as soon as the doors opened.
"What happened?" asked Madame Pomfrey while motioning for Cedric to lay her on the bed.
"She was attacked in the girl's bathroom down the hall from the Great Hall. I saw them leaving the bathroom and heard what they were saying and I went in and found her like this lying on the floor. I thought I should get her here quickly instead of stopping the other girls from leaving." said Cedric.
"You made the right decision. I need to take care of Miss Potter. Use the floo in my office and contact Professor Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall please." said Madame Pomfrey.
Cedric left to do as she said and Madame Pomfrey went about healing the cuts and broken bones first. After that the bruises would be easy to take care of. Cedric came back from her office and said that Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall would be here shortly and sat at the left side of Jasmine's bed staying out of the way. Madame Pomfrey had just finished with Jasmine's injuries, woke her up and given her a potion for the pain when the two professors walked in. Jasmine looked up at their entrance and glared when she saw Professor Dumbledore.
"Get him out of here!" she yelled.
"Miss Potter, regardless of what has happened to you; you will show the Headmaster respect! Now what has happened?" asked Professor McGonagall.
Jasmine was about to demand that Dumbledore leave again, but Cedric placed a hand on her shoulder and said,
"Professor, while Professor Dumbledore is not to blame for Jasmine's injuries he is responsible for what led her to run off to where she got hurt." said Cedric.
"What are you talking about, Mr. Diggory?" asked Professor McGonagall.
In answer Cedric handed Professor McGonagall the letter which she handed to Professor Dumbledore after she read it.
"Miss Potter, I apologize for this, but I had to inform your Aunt and Uncle of your transformation. I didn't expect this result." said Dumbledore.
"I told you years ago they were the worst sort of Muggle's imaginable. What's Miss Potter to do now?" asked Professor McGonagall.
"I will have to think on this, but let's focus on why she ended up in the Hospital Wing. Who attacked you, Miss Potter?" asked Dumbledore.
"I only recognized two of them, Cho Chang and Marietta Edgecombe from Ravenclaw, but there were some older girls from Hufflepuff and Slytherin as well." said Jasmine.
"I saw all of them leave the bathroom when I was coming from the Entrance Hall, Professor. I recognized the Hufflepuff girls, but I don't know the names of the Slytherin girls." said Cedric.
Professor Dumbledore called for a House Elf to bring his Pensieve.
"Mr. Diggory, as you are taking Ancient Runes you probably know what this device is. Miss Potter, this is a Pensieve. It is used to view memories. May I have a copy of both of your memories so we may identify the two girls that neither of you can identify?" asked Dumbledore.
They both agreed and Cedric explained to Jasmine how to copy the memory after he finished copying his. The professors both went inside to view the memories. After coming back out Professor McGonagall went to Jasmines bedside and hugged her.
"Don't you listen to what those girls said, Miss Potter. As Miss Granger told you the Wizarding world is more accepting of what you have gone through, but there are those who will always be prejudiced. Those girls were just jealous, I hope you understand that. Jealousy, however, does not excuse their attack on you." said Professor McGonagall. "Albus we have to contact the Aurors so Miss Potter can press charges."
"Is that absolutely necessary, Minerva?" asked Dumbledore.
"Of course it is. You saw what they did to her. If I hadn't found her she would've died in that bathroom. You saw how many cuts she had." said Cedric.
"I agree with Mr. Diggory." said Madame Pomfrey.
"Very well, I'll contact the Aurors and meet them at the entrance. Professor McGonagall, please gather the girls and take them to my office. Madame Pomfrey, will you please join Professor McGonagall so the Aurors will have your report as well. I'm sure Mr. Diggory won't mind keeping Miss Potter company." said Dumbledore.
Madame Pomfrey and Professor McGonagall left the Hospital Wing. Professor Dumbledore turned to follow them, but then turned back.
"Miss Potter, I would like to apologize. Hearing what those girls said to you made me think about how I reacted to your condition. I was wrong to place the Prophecy over your own welfare and to say that I was disappointed in you for choosing your own health over it." said Dumbledore.
"I still don't even know what Prophecy you are referring to, Professor." said Jasmine.
"Once you are fully recovered I'll have you come to my office and I'll show it to you. Take good care of her, Mr. Diggory." said Dumbledore.
"I will sir." said Cedric.
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