Chapter 8 : Lettering
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I stood watching Luna laughing with Ginny, Ron, Hermione, Harry, Lavender and Draco. Neville stood slightly to the side staring dreamily at Luna. I knew he still had feelings for her and I felt it hard not to glare at him. It was half past ten on the first of September. Luna and the rest of the guys were going back to their final year of Hogwarts. I watched as everyone said their final good-byes as they boarded the Hogwarts express. I felt someone watching me. I swivelled slightly and found Luna’s eyes in the crowd, staring into my own. She walked over to me, already in her robes, her prefect badge gleaming on her chest. She wrapped her arms around my waist when she reached me. I sighed and buried my face in her long, blonde hair. She pulled away and looked up at me. The force of her gaze was so powerful that I felt it difficult to look back at her. I felt my eyes sting with tears and she squeezed my waist again.
“I’ll miss you so much,” she whispered, her voice shaking slightly.
“I know me too,” I replied pulling her into a kiss. Her mouth tasted like strawberries and cream. I parted my lips slightly, letting Luna’s tongue slide between my teeth into my mouth. I suddenly remembered that we were not the only ones around and that the position Luna and I were in might not be suitable for company. I pulled away slightly, breathing heavily against Luna’s cheek.
“You should go,” I breathed against her cheek. Luna pulled away, nodding. Her eyes filled with tears as she bit her lip, trying not to cry.
“Bye, George. I’ll miss you,” she said stepping onto the train. “I love you.” With that she was gone.
“I love you too,” I said, but my voice was drowned out by the whistle of the train as it pulled out of the station.
“I love you,” I said as the train pulled away. I couldn’t believe I was leaving George after we had so little time together. Out of the corner of my eye I saw George say something but I couldn’t hear anything over the whistle of the train. I felt my knees hit the floor as I fell on the ground shaking. The tears were flowing out of my eyes thickly. I felt a hand of my shoulder. I looked up to see Draco staring down at me, Hermione standing just behind him, her hand clasped in Draco’s.
“Luna. Come and find a cabin.” He said pulling me to my feet and leading me down into a cabin. Hermione shot me a sympathetic glance before following Draco and I into a cabin.
“Whoa, Luna you look like shit,’ Ginny’s voice came from the edge of the cabin. I looked over to where she sat snuggled in Harry’s arms and nearly burst into tears again. They looked so happy. I wished I could be doing that right now, but George was miles away now, and I wouldn’t see him again until Christmas break.
“Write to him,” Neville said. “I know you’re thinking of George, you look like you’ve been crying and you are about to again.” I looked at Neville. He was looking at me expectantly. I knew he still had feelings for me, but he was trying to be happy for George and me.
“Thank you Neville, I think I will.” My voice sounded scratchy, great. Just give people yet another reason to call me ‘Loony Lovegood’. I took out a quill and began to compose my letter to George.
I miss you so much already and the train only just left King’s Cross. I cannot wait for Christmas break when I come home. We only have three months until we see each other again. That’s not a lot of time really. Please don’t do anything stupid while I’m gone, George. I would never be able to forgive myself again. Everyone here misses you and they wish you were here with us. Hogwarts was never the same without you. I feel like a piece of me is missing when I’m not with you. You’re the voice in my head telling me to stay strong.
Give daddy my love.
All my love, Luna xoxox’
“Come here, Pebbles,” I said taking my owl out of his cage. “Take this to George at my place and then bring his response to me” I tied the letter to his leg and let him out the window. The only thing to do now was to wait. I sighed and rubbed my hands against my thighs. It was going to be a long year.
I picked Luna’s sky blue pillow up off her bed and hugged it against my chest. It was the exact colour of her eyes. She had been gone only seven hours and already I missed her. I flopped down on her bed and buried my head in the rest of her pillows. With Luna gone the emptiness in my chest was coming back. I felt more depressed then I ever had before. I rolled onto my back as a sharp object jabbed into my arm. To my surprise I felt nothing at all, even though my arm was bleeding. I patted Luna’s bed looking for the source of the wound. My hand closed on a shard of glass. It had the tiniest bit of blood on the edge from where it cut into my arm. I put it down on Luna’s bedside table and fell into a sleep full of nightmares.
I awoke with a start. My nightmares had never gotten this bad before. I felt along the bedside table, feeling for my wand when my hand came to rest on the shard of glass. I ran the shard of glass along my arm, forgetting my promise to Luna. I felt my skin split open as blood started to slowly ooze from the long cut. I temporarily forgot my awful nightmares as I ran it along my skin again, this time cutting deeper. The blood was flowing more freely down my arm. A sudden tap at the window made me drop the shard of glass. I went over to the window to find Pebbles, Luna’s owl, sitting on the window sill, a letter tied to his leg. I pushed the window open and untied the letter from Pebbles’ leg. I read the letter Luna had written me. A drop of blood splattered onto the piece of parchment. I felt guilty already. She said not to do anything stupid and here I was, doing just that. I folded up the letter and cleaned and wrapped my cuts before writing back to Luna.
‘My Dearest Luna,
Where do I begin? You’ve been gone less than a day and already I miss you like crazy. I hope you have fun at Hogwarts. Try not to miss me too much, but don’t forget me… ever. Tell the others to make Hogwarts as fun as possible and tell them all I love them, yes even Longbottom I guess, even Draco. And tell him that he and Hermione will be great ‘Head Boy’ and ‘Head Girl’. I'm sure she's already worrying about her exams as it is. No I won’t do anything stupid… well at least I’ll try not to. Write back as soon as possible. I love you.
Always yours, George.
I folded the letter over, sealed it with a kiss and sent it on its way to Luna. God I missed her. It sure was going to be a LONG year.
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