Chapter 3 : Poison.
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November 8th, 1977
I don't even know how to comprehend what's happening anymore. All I know is that when I woke up this morning, I was in so much pain. I tried talking, but I coughed and I spat out blood. I've never felt so much pain before.
After Madam Pomfrey changed my sheets- twice, I might add- I gave up trying to talk. It made me exhausted and after I slumped against my pillows, she gave me some tonic and I fell back asleep.
I've missed three days of school already, what with Mia dying and these last couple of days. Mary and Heidi came up earlier with some homework, but just looking at it makes my stomach turn.
I'm not sure how much longer I'll be here. Madam Pomfrey is taking the Muggle way of things and stitched my mouth up. "Sometimes, the old-fashioned way is best," she told me and I bit back tears as she sewed me up. It was horrible and I still bleed every once in a while.
Many people have sent me wishes to get well. Mostly professors, but some others as well. Like Professors Sprout and Flitwick and Slughorn. Each wished me to get well soon and left me with some cards. It was very nice.
Even Severus came up to visit me. I mean, yes, it was well after hours, but he did visit me. I admit, I was a bit shocked, but I couldn't say anything. He just told me to get better. "Be careful," he told me. He didn't say goodbye when he left a few minutes later.
The Marauders were up here bright and early this morning, Remus and James trailing in their girlfriends. I smiled at Gretchen and Vivienne, who smiled back hesitantly. I was surprised Gretchen was there at all because only Godric knows why that girl doesn't like me...
It's almost lunch time and Madam Pomfrey is going to try to feed me again. This morning's breakfast was eggs and bacon, but as soon as I opened my mouth, it started bleeding. I don't particularly care, however- I don't think I'll be hungry ever again after this.
"Lily!" Heidi sang. The door swung open with a bang! and she stumbled into the room with a load of books in her arms. "I come baring homework!"
Lily frowned as she sat up in bed and pushed away the puréed breakfast Madam Pomfrey had been trying to get her to drink. Heidi dumped the load onto the bed and plopped down in the plastic chair next to her.
“Mary is being questioned,” Heidi told her seriously. “They want to know which House-Elf gave her the basket. She says she can’t remember.”
Lily’s frowned deepened.
“So when do you get free from this place?” she asked lightly and she sat back in the chair. Lily shrugged, leaning back into her pillows. She gestured toward the drink next to her. Heidi laughed.
“You have to drink that?” She picked it up and sniffed it. She shrugged. “Smells good. Like bananas and strawberries.” She took a sip, licking her lips.
“That’s good!” she said and pushed the cup to Lily, who looked disgusted and waved it away. Shrugging again, Heidi continued to drink.
The door burst open then and Mary, carrying a box, plopped it down on Lily’s lap.
“That was on your bed this morning,” she told her and pulled another chair over. Lily listened vaguely as Mary told Heidi about questioning.
She picked up the white box. It was heavy, heavier than normal and when she tilted it from side to side, whatever it was slid from one end of the box to the other with a loud thump. She opened the box quizzically.
She screamed, and pushed the box away from her. It tipped over and Mia, eyes wide and staring, tumbled out. Her feathers were coated in coagulated blood and she was stiff and cold. Lily's leg kicked her and she rolled underneath the bed.
Heidi and Mary gasped, pushing themselves back and falling over each other.
Lily screamed louder as she looked at her hands which were covered in blood. She raised a shaking hand to her chin, and felt the blood which was pouring from the roof of her mouth. Her eyes rolled to the back of her head and she slumped against her pillows in a dead faint.
“Miss Evans? Miss Evans, please wake up.”
Lily opened her eyes blearily as she stared up at the old matron. She was staring at her worriedly.
“Dear, did you by any chance drink the breakfast smoothie I made for you yesterday?” Lily shook her head and her eyes fluttered shut.
“Miss Evans, please,” Madam Pomfrey said and shook the girl lightly on the shoulder. Lily opened her eyes again and sat up, rubbing them.
“Are you quite sure, dear?” Lily nodded and looked around. Her eyes widened when she saw Heidi lying in the bed next to her, sleeping serenely.
“Did Heidi, miss?” Lily nodded, looking back up at her.
“Apparently, it was poisoned. Miss Matlock fell ill shortly after you did yesterday.” The nurse sighed and began fixing Lily’s bedding. “It wasn’t a very well made poison, I can tell you that much. All it did was make her pass out, thank heavens.” With another sigh, she turned and began fussing over Heidi. Lily lay back in bed, her mind whirling.
What the hell is going on?
As the clock striked midnight, Lily's eyes snapped open. She didn't move as her eyes whizzed around, searching for something.
Know when you get the feeling someone is staring at you?
The door opened then and shut quietly. Lily could hear footsteps, but couldn't see who it was. She was about to scream as the footsteps got louder and louder and-
James slipped his Invisibility Cloak off. Lily deflated, glaring at him. He grinned.
"Hello, Evans. How are you feeling?" She crossed her arms and glared at him.
"What? I'm not going to get in trouble. I am Head Boy, you know." He winked at her and she rolled her eyes. He sobered.
"Really. How are you feeling? I heard what happened today." He glanced back at Heidi's still sleeping form and shook his head. "It's terrible." Lily nodded.
She sighed and she shrugged, pulling her blankets higher and guided her finger along it's seam. James covered her hand with his. She looked up. The moonlight was reflecting on his frameless glasses.
"I don't think these are accidents, Lily."
Neither do I.
Sooo? :) I only own Heidi and anything else you don't recognize.
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