Valentine’s Day, whoever invented this day should rot in bloody hell!
I sound bitter don’t I? Well can you really blame me? I get dumped by my boyfriends three or something weeks ago for something I didn’t do, and he won’t even let me explain.
The twins are getting fed up with, the girls give him a somewhat hard time at Quidditch practice, and when we’re all sitting in the great hall, eating dinner or having lunch, Oliver sits the furthest away from me, and always seems to spot Cedric to send death glares at him when he thinks I‘m not looking.
If it wasn’t for Katie, Angelina, and Alicia, I wouldn’t be here, and by here I mean Hogsmeade Valentines Day trip, sitting in Hogshead, eating and talking amongst ourselves.
“Why can’t I just go back up to the dorm?” I asked, “There’s no reason for me to be here,” I told them.
They rolled their eyes, “Willow, this is our girl’s day out,” Katie informed us.
“Yea, we never get to hang out anymore,” Alicia said taking a sip of her soda, “plus it seems we’re all single so…” she trailed off not wanting to say more.
“Its fine you guys,” I assured them, “I’m fine now.”
“Fine?” Angelina asked skeptically, “you were depressed for the longest time after… the whole Cedric incident,” I winched; I had been trying to forget about all that for a while.
“I’m fine. I’m serious. I’m perfectly fine now,” I reassured them, obviously I was failing miserably because they were all giving me sympathetic looks.
“If you say so, love,” Katie shrugged still looking at me sympathetically.
“I do say so, and if anyone mentions Oliver’s name again, I’m leaving and I don’t care what you do or say, I won’t come back,” I stated firmly.
“Okay, okay,” they held up their hands with surrender, “sorry.”
“So what do you guys want to do after this?” Alicia, thankfully, changed the subject.
“I don’t know, there’s not really much to do around here except to sit around, talk, and eat,” Angelina said wearily.
“We could just back to the dorm,” I suggested.
“No!” they all shouted.
“Okay, okay, I’m sorry,” I shrunk down in my seat.
They glared at me playfully before getting back into the topic of what we were going to do after we finished eating.
Well, things could be worst, I could be having a vision of someone dying and then having a seizure myself, nose bleed and all, but thankfully the potion helped. I’ve been free of them for about week, but Granddad says that I’ll have to take the potion again in another month and so on for a while.
There’s still ringing in my ears, along with distinctive voices I can’t make out completely, but those will soon fade, I hope.
“Oh boy,” Katie’s voice brought me out of thoughts; “here comes the terror twins and their sidekick Captain dreadlocks.”
I looked towards the entrance, and there they were Fred, George and Captain--er I mean Lee, right Lee.
“Hello ladies,” Lee suavely walked towards us and put his arms over Katie and Alicia, “and how are you on this marvelous day?”
“What’s so marvelous about it?” I asked bitterly.
“It’s Valentine’s day,” Fred and George chimed, “you four should be grateful we’re here with you instead of pulling pranks on unsuspecting couples.
“Speaking of pranks,” Lee began, “in honor of Valentines Day, we all chipped in and bought you girls something.”
I had expected it to be something gross, but instead they got us roses. Pretty red roses, “what did you do to them?” I asked suspiciously.
“Nothing we swear,” they passed around the roses, each girl smiling as they smelled them.
Fred held one out to me, I hesitated to take it. “Don’t you want your rose?” he asked.
“Of course I want it,” I reached out for it and held it in my hand lightly, afraid that it would die, but it didn’t, I sighed with relief, “thanks you guys they’re really pretty,” I smelled it.
“Your welcome,” they chimed and began to pig out on our food, like I said, boys.
We continued talking, every so often my mind would wonder back to Oliver, I wonder how he was today, but my questions were quickly answered as I saw him walk into Hogshead, not alone, but with a girl I recognized from school.
My heart shattered into small pieces. Had he moved on so quickly?
Katie must have seen them because she put her hand on my shoulder to comfort me, it didn’t work. The boys and the rest of the girls did too; they turned back to me with the same look as before, sympathetic.
“I-I have to go back to…school,” I said getting up, I looked over to Oliver, he glanced at me quickly before turning back to the girl he was with, “I know you guys wont mind if I just take off right?”
“Do you want us to go with you?” Angelina asked worriedly.
“No, no,” I put on my jacket, “like you guys said before its Valentines Day, enjoy it, live it, love it,” I glanced back at Oliver, he turned away quickly, “bye,” I shook my head and walked out of Hogshead disgruntled. I pushed pass people holding hands, people hugging; kissing it was all too much.
Was he with that girl? I don’t blame him for moving on, I really don’t, but what was really getting to me was that he moved on without hearing my side of the story, boys are such jerks, well, not all of them but some. You know the ones that break your heart.
All I wanted to do right now was cry, but I couldn’t! Something was still preventing me from crying. I let a loud, frustrated cry, “lift the bloody charm, Iris!” that caught the attention of many people; I tried my best to ignore them.
“Get out of here you mangy mutt!” I heard a man shout followed by loud barking. I turned my attention to a dog that was trotting towards the Shrieking shack. Wait, a dog? I’ve seen that dog before. It was the same one I saw when the Dementor got me and the one that Oliver said he heard when he found me.
I had to follow it, maybe it belonged to someone. I glanced over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching me and took off after it. I followed it until it went inside the shrieking shack, I didn’t want to go in. That place was too creepy, some said it was haunted. I didn’t know what to believe.
But after gathering some courage, I sighed and ran inside. The shack was old, creaky, disordered. There were scratches on the wall; chairs broken in half and broken glass everywhere. The floor was dusty; I could see fresh paw prints leading upstairs. I decided to follow them, but just in case anything happened I took out my wand and held it in my hand tightly. Better safe then sorry. My heart was beating faster then ever. I was afraid, but excited.
I continued to follow the prints, the lead to a small room at the end of a dark, narrow hallway. “Lumos,” I whispered under my breath, the hallway brightened.
The creaking sounds coming from the floorboards as I stepped on them scared me, I stopped. I was getting ready to take another step, but I heard another creak, and I didn’t cause it. I continued to walk towards the door, my shaky hand found the handle. I turned it and pushed it open. The room was empty except for more broken things and a bed. I walked inside slowly.
The room smelled musty, it was giving me a headache. The dog was no where insight, I gave up, and decided it was time to go back to school. Just as I turned I heard another creak, followed by heavy footsteps.
“Nox,” I whispered frantically, the light from the tip of my wand flickered off.
“Hello?” a familiar voice called out, “I know someone’s in here. I can smell you. Come out!” that voice, so familiar could it be…?
“S-Sirius, is that you?” I whispered shakily.
“Willow?” I heard his footsteps move to the other side of the room. I remained frozen until the room was filled with light, “what are you doing here?” he asked walking towards me.
“I uh…I followed a dog in here,” I managed to say. I didn’t know whether to be relieved that it was him or be frightened, “but I can’t find him.”
“You followed a dog?” he seemed amused, “why?”
“I saw it the day I was attacked by the Dementor, a friend of mine heard it barking and he found me in the snow…” I drifted off, “what happened to you, after you drove the Dementor away, what happened? I thought you were going for help.”
“I can explain that,” he walked closer to me, but that only caused me to take a step back.
“And why were you in the boy’s dorm room a few weeks ago? You know, with that knife?”
“I can explain that too…” he looked slightly panicked.
“Right, sure you can,” I replied sarcastically.
“I can,” he protested.
“Fine, be my guest,” I didn’t understand why I was getting so worked up about this, okay, yea maybe I get it, but still this was Sirius Black, he saved me.
He sighed and walked towards the broken bed, and sat down with a sigh, “I was looking for someone--”
“Did you have to look for that certain someone with a knife?” I asked cutting him off.
He sighed again, “it was necessary, yes, but I can guarantee that I am not out to kill Harry for revenge.”
“Okay,” I nodded, “but what happened to you after you scared off the Dementor?”
“I’m an animagus,” he said, “and don’t bother asking anyone about it, I’m unregistered, no one knows but three other people, but one of them is dead the other would never tell and the other one vanished and hasn’t been seen…until now…”
“What?” I asked not sure if I heard right.
“Nothing,” he shook his head, “my animagus form is that of a dog, the one you saw before the one your friend heard.”
“Prove it, then,” I told him, “turn into a dog.”
He got up from the bed and stood tall, he began to hunch over; he grew fangs, ears, and paws. Then I saw fur. He was an animagus; he was the dog I saw before.
“Wow, you were right,” I nodded again finally believing everything he told me.
He turned back into his human form and cracked his neck in the processes, “not that I’m not glad to see you, but it’s not safe here.”
“I know,” I said looking around, “I just…needed to get away from my friends.”
He looked around uncomfortably, “do you want to talk about it? I’m not exactly the best person to give advice but I can lend you an ear, if you want.”
I nodded after a bit, and told him everything about my dad, Iris, my visions being gone, and Oliver seeing me with Cedric.
“Wow,” was all he could say, “that’s a lot for a fifteen year old,” he looked at me, “this boy Oliver, you should talk to him let him know what really happened even if you have to tie him to a chair to listen,” I laughed, “but what surprises me the most is that you gave up your visions. I honestly thought you were stronger then that.”
“I know,” I agreed fully, “but I was afraid, I’m afraid of winding up like my mother and sister. I don’t want to die so I gave them up.”
“I understand, what sane person wouldn’t want a normal life?” he chuckled.
We continued to talk until my watch beeped; it was almost four everyone would be heading back to school.
“I’ll see you around, yea?” he asked pulling me into a hug, “stay strong little one, don’t let things like boyfriends keep you down.”
“I won’t,” I pulled away; his eyes focused on my face, “what’s wrong?” I asked feeling slightly uncomfortable.
“Your nose…you’re bleeding,” he walked towards a drawer and pulled out some paper. I touched my nose; I was bleeding… a lot. “Here,” he handed it to me, “I want you to go directly to the nurse’s office, okay?” I nodded, “go, be careful.”
I nodded again, “bye Sirius.” I walked down the stairs and out of the door.
The air was cold again, my nose continued to bleed, the ringing in my ear had returned. What the hell was happening to me? I began to feel dizzy. I placed a hand on one of the trees to steady myself. My vision began to blur. It was hard to see anything.
I blinked rapidly as the silhouette of a woman came into view. I narrowed my eyes, blood still flowing. Whoever it was walked closer to me, “Willow,” if I hadn’t have been standing so close, I would have swore it was the wind, “Willow, are you okay?” it asked.
I leaned closer and put my hand on their cheek, my blood settled on their soft, cold skin, “mommy?”
A/N: I got an A on my exam, YAY, my first A of the year, sad I know, but yay lol thanks for reading please review, at least to show me that you care!