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Chapter 8 : Gone
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James came sprinting onto the deck of the ship grasping Mia’s hand. He had one of his first strokes of luck that evening when he saw his cousins near the edge of the sinking ship. All six of them, plus Scorpius, were there. Rose was the first to notice him and she ran at him.
“Oh, my God, James!” She yelled throwing her arms around him, “We thought you wouldn’t make it out!”
“Well I did,” He said simply.
“They want me, Lily, and Roxanne to get in that lifeboat,” Rose explained, “but there’s a problem. You guys can’t go, but I have an idea.”
Rose explained her idea to James. Apparently the others had already agreed, so he did too. James tried to convince Mia to get in the boat with the other three girls, but she refused saying she had to stay with him.
When Rose, Roxanne, and Lily were safely in the lifeboat with many others it was lowered down. Louis waited for the point where it was low enough before jumping. He yelled “Heads up!” to those in the lifeboat who screamed, and were barely out of the way in time.
“Here comes another!” Louis said to those in the boat, and moments later Hugo landed in the lifeboat, and Fred dropped after his cousin.
The lifeboat was now to low for anyone to jump from the deck. They had anticipated this, so Fred, Albus, and Scorpius jumped from the lower deck, the very same Mia had just jumped into. Now it was James and Mia’s turn. It was then that James realized that him and Mia couldn’t make it. The boat was in the water and being taken farther away.
James took Mia’s hand and they sprinted back up to the main deck. When they got there they could feel the tilt of the sinking ship more then ever. James pulled Mia by the hand to the stern, and when they got there they both grasped the railing tightly.
The Titanic was tilted upwards at a great angle, and Mia and James were holding onto the railing for dear life. They could here awful noises beyond compare, and all the lights on the ship had gone out. Finally there was the most awful noise of all, and James and Mia found themselves plummeting downward, still holding that railing.
The stern end of the ship hit the water with a loud SMACK and began tilt upward again. Knowing how this was going to end, James climbed over the railing and pulled Mia over with him. The stern was now sticking strait up out of the water. They felt it bob like a cork for a few minutes before finally getting sucked down.
“Take a deep breath when I say!” James ordered, “Do not let go of my hand!”
“Okay.” Mia said, as the water got closer and closer.
“NOW!” He yelled and they both took deep breaths and held them as they were sucked in the water with the Titanic.
The freezing water pierced James’ body like a thousand knives. The pain was unbelievable as he struggled to keep hold of Mia’s hand in the swirling water. Finally, thanks to their hard kicking and Mia’s life jacket, they were above the water. The two took great, deep breaths of the cold arctic air. James felt something heavy hit his arm. After feeling it he was able to conclude it was one of those wardrobes from first class.
He helped Mia onto it and carefully put his own weight on it. Luckily, it supported both of them. They both positioned themselves so they were lying on their stomachs. James curled his feet close to his body to keep them out of the freezing water.
James and Mia kept as close as they could while they lie their, sharing each others body heat. They didn’t know how long they were lying there in silence, but James noticed that it was now an eerie kind of quiet, he couldn’t here a sound.
“Mia?” He said quietly, shivering.
“Y-yeah?” Mia answered, shivering more then him.
“You okay?” James asked.
“I-I d-don’t know any m-more.” She said stuttered as she shivered.
Silence fell between them, and James heard the sound of paddles hitting the water and a man calling out to those in the water.
“Is anyone alive out there?” He hollered into the silence.
“Mia, Mia the boat!” James said struggling for breath, but Mia didn’t answer. “Mia?” He asked again.
James squinted to get a better look at her, and he put his figure to her neck to confirm his suspicions. Mia’s eyes were closed, and if James didn’t know better he would’ve thought she was sleeping. He felt the tears burn his eyes, and looked up to see the lantern on the boat getting farther and farther away from him.
“Come back. Come back!” James said in the loudest voice he could muster, but it was know good.
His voice was much to weak now. Without really thinking about it, James kissed Mia’s cold lips one last time before sliding off the wardrobe.
“I love you, Mia.” He said as he swam away, and over to the dead crew member with the whistle still in his mouth.
James took a deep breath and blew as hard as he could again and again until the boat turned around. They finally reached him, and pulled him out of the water into the boat. A man handed James a blanket to wrap himself in, and James found himself lying on the floor of the lifeboat for Merlin knows how long staring at the stars.
James was joined by five or six others. They sat on the lifeboat wrapped in blankets as he was. They all just waited. Whether they were waiting to die or live they didn’t know.
~~~April 15th, 8:30 AM~~~
James thought he heard something, and he slowly sat up and looked around. The first thing that caught his eye was the ship coming towards them, the RMS Carpathia. The second thing he noticed was awful. There were bodies galore floating in the water, and he tried to catch a glimpse of Mia’s, but it was impossible.
James and the others in that boat were the first to board the Carpathia. He felt someone take his blanket off of him, but it was instantly replaced by a thicker, warmer one. James found a deck on the bench and waited for his cousins to find him. They finally did.
“James, oh my God, we thought you would be dead!” Lily said throwing her arms around her brother, and Albus did the same.
“Where’s Mia?” Al asked, and when he they all saw the look on James’ face at the mention of Mia they knew what must have happened.
“Oh, James, I’m so, so sorry this had to happen to you.” Rose said quietly.
“We should have never stayed,” James said quietly, “I almost killed you guys just for a girl who was going to die.”
Albus and Lily sat down on either side of their brother. Lily put her head on his shoulder and just rested their. They’d been up all night wondering if James was alive or not. James put his head on top of his sisters, and finally let the tears fall onto her red hair. Once he started he couldn’t stop. One by one those who remained standing sat on the ground. They didn’t know how long they sat there, but eventually they were joined by an elderly woman. James looked up to see it was Mia’s grandmother.
“You’re James, right?” She asked and James nodded, “You were very close to my granddaughter, Amelia, weren’t you?” He nodded again, “She didn’t make it did she?”
“No,” James choked his voice breaking as fresh tears poured from his eyes.
“That’s what I was afraid of.” She said as tears welled up in her own eyes, “James, I think you need to know that Amelia cared about you very much. You know that right?” He couldn’t take it anymore. James stood up and walked away.
“I’m sorry,” Albus said, “he’s just…”
“I know,” Mia’s grandmother cut across him, “but now I have to get back to Sophie.”
“Sophie?” Lily asked.
“Amelia’s little sister.” She explained, and with that walked away leaving them in silence.
No more then five minutes after Mia’s grandmother had left James returned. He sat back down between his brother and sister and after a few minutes spoke.
“We should go find someplace private so that we can go back.” He said quietly.
James stood and walked into the ship followed by his cousins. They found a bathroom which was luckily empty. Before anyone could come in James pulled out the time turner, which he’d managed to keep with him by latching the strong chain to a belt loop on his pants. Silently he turned it several times.
They were once again hurtling through black nothingness, and soon enough there was a bright light that grew larger and larger before they found themselves lying on the floor of James’ dormitory. Heaving himself to his feet James looked out the window and saw that it was night and raining outside.
“I just need to be alone for a little bit.” James said walking out of the room. He was now back in his own clothes, but he didn’t care about that. He didn’t care about anything anymore.
James left the common room and walked down to the entrance hall. When he passed the great hall on his way to the oak front doors leading out to the grounds he saw that the end of term seventh year ball was taking place. James stopped and looked in on the ball he should be a part of, but he had no one to share it with. He felt sick as he watched all those happy couples dancing without a care in the world.
He began his walk again, and went out into the dark wet grounds. Usually he hated being cold and wet, but now he didn’t care. James reached the lake, and sat down by the waters edge. The rain was pouring down harder then ever now, but it didn’t effect him. He just continued watching the rain beat ripples on the lake.
There were footsteps coming his way, but James didn’t look up. The person reached him and sat down.
“James, what are you doing?” He asked, and James didn’t need to look up to know it was Albus.
“What does it look like I’m doing?” James asked, “Al, I need to be alone, I need to try to remember her as much as I can, and this is how I felt the last time I had her. Cold, wet, and hungry.”
“Come eat,” Albus said, but James shook his head, “James you can’t go hungry.”
“Albus! Just please leave me alone!” James yelled irritably.
“Fine, James,” Al said, and as he stood up there was a flash of lightening and a roar of thunder, and the rain picked up even more.
A/N: So? How is it at this point? I’m thinking one, maybe two more chapters.
It turns out, I lied about my update time, this chapter came a lot quicker then I thought it would, but I’m not complaining!
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