Disclaimer: The OC's and part of the plot are all that belong to me. The story title is Taylor Swift's, the few lines of song included are from the Wizard of Oz and everything else belongs to J.K Rowling. Thank you for reading.
Dedicated to Keziah, because it's about time.
"Are they awake yet?" Lily asked solemnly as she made her way into the Hospital Wing, Madam Pomfrey sighed in response and shook her head.
"No, neither of them" Lily frowned and took a seat in between her two friend's beds. It had been two days and neither girl had woken up yet.
Coralie was only suffering from the impact of her head hitting the stone wall while the full severity of Miranda's attack was not yet known. In fact Madam Pomfrey had admitted she wouldn't be able to tell until Miranda woke up and she was able to run some tests, sadly that hadn't happened yet.
"I hope we're not making it too difficult always being in here" Lily added after a moment's thought, the healer shook her head and stopped cleaning to talk.
"It makes it better actually, there's not much I can do for them until they wake up" she paused from a moment, a frown grazing her lips that quickly flooded into her eyes. "Sometimes I think they get better the more visitors they have"
"Then they should wake up in perfect condition" Lily joked. It was true that the two girls were almost never left alone; it was odd seeming they wouldn't know it when they were awake.
"I hope so" Madam Pomfrey said solemnly, going back to cleaning Potions up off her desk. "They are both very sweet girls, neither of them deserve it" Lily nodded in agreement, turning her head slightly to check on Miranda before checking on Coralie.
Neither of them had made any progress lately and it was driving everyone else up the wall with worry. Nathaniel especially, who had barely left Coralie's side for a minute in the past forty eight hours. It was surprising that he wasn't there right now.
"Where's Nathaniel?" Lily asked, standing up to help Madam Pomfrey clean up the Hospital wing, the latter chuckled slightly.
"I had to push the boy out of here, kicking and screaming" Lily grinned at this, she could just imagine the struggle he would have put up to stay in with Coralie. "Told him to go back to his dorm, have a shower and a sleep before he came back otherwise I wouldn't let him in"
"I imagine he'll try and get in without the sleep though" Madam Pomfrey nodded in agreement, taking a Potion from Lily to store away in a cupboard.
"Made me promise he'd be the first to know if Miss Bennett made any progress"
"It's getting to everyone" Lily sighed, brushing hair from her face.
"I would imagine so" Madam Pomfrey frowned, "I still don't believe it was Mr. Lupin that hurt both girls, or either of them for that matter" Lily nodded in agreement, "He's always been a sweet boy even with this terrible problem"
"I don't think it was him either, something doesn't add up about it" Madam Pomfrey shrugged her shoulders and the pair fell into silence before the healer turned to Lily.
"Why doesn't he visit Miss Perry?" Lily sighed.
"He wants to, only Kiki is convinced that he was the attacker- I suppose he doesn't want to think that it could be true"
"I hope for his sake, that she turns out to be wrong" Madam Pomfrey and Lily both nodded in agreement with each other and went back to cleaning up. There wasn't much else they could do until at least one of the girl's woke up.
Wave wand in circular motion and repeat spell.
Angus stared at the words in front of him before he groaned and ran his fingers through his hair.
"I hate you Transfiguration" He whispered, slamming his book shut before closing his eyes tightly in frustration.
"I always thought Transfiguration was one of your favourite classes?" Anastasia asked with her usual sweet tone, as she took the empty seat beside him. He looked over at her and sighed.
"Yeah, well now I hate it with every fibre of my being" Angus stated sternly.
"And who am I to question that?" Anastasia giggled. Usually the girl's laughter would make Angus smile widely but today was not one of those days at all. "You're worried about your sister?" she asked and Angus nodded.
"You wouldn't have guessed it but back when we lived in France, she was just a normal girl" Angus paused to let out a loud sigh before continuing on, "I mean the biggest thing she had to worry about was whether the cute boy down the street fancied her or not whether there was a psycho werewolf trying to attack her and her friends"
"Do you regret coming to England?" She asked, her eyebrows furrowing slightly. Angus knew what the answer should be the one that wouldn't upset the girl in front of him but it didn't feel right. His family would always come before any girl.
"Yes" He answered simply and watched her face fall into a frown; she let the conversation die and went back to her own study leaving Angus to stare moodily at his books.
"You care about her don't you?" She eventually added, turning her head to study him with an odd expression on her face.
"Of course I do" Angus scrunched up his nose at the question, "She's my sister. I care about her and the rest of my family more than anything else in the World, isn't that normal?"
"I've never seen family members actually care about one another" She paused her, frowning slightly at nothing in particular. "It's very odd"
Anastasia went back to her work but Angus could only think about how very odd she was.
Remus shakingly made his way over to an empty table in the library, he felt like everybody was staring at him like they knew what he was and what he did, or could have done- he didn't even remember the difference anymore.
He could see Coralie's little brother sitting at the other end of the library, a short girl who looked eerily familiar almost sitting on his lap. Angus wasn't even looking at him but Remus still got the feeling that he was being glared at.
He glanced around; two people were making their way over to his table- Sarah and Tyler, Coralie's friends. His first thought was that he was going to get screamed at or something similar but the pair of them both wore smiles.
"Tyler, stopping smile like a sociopath- We're trying to be nice not murder him" Sarah whispered furiously, but Tyler ignored her and continued to grin at Remus who just laughed at him in response. "Sorry about him," Sarah said nervously, frowning at her friend who had now started to dance in some odd fashion.
"It's fine" Remus answered, chuckling when Sarah tried to stop Tyler unsuccessfully.
"So, we heard from Kiki" Sarah tried to explain before sighing.
"And you want to know if it's true, well it is" He replied cuttingly, though he felt a sting inside when he watched the girl's face drop.
"Actually, we wanted to say-"
"If I only had a brain" Tyler sung, cutting over Sarah completely. She sent him a glare and whacked him over the back of the head before she continued.
"That, we didn't think you did that" Sarah paused here for a second, "Not Miranda or-"
"The wonderful wizard of 'Oz" Tyler sung again, louder this time so that half the library turned around to glare at him.
"Shut it" Sarah whispered furiously, pushing Tyler in the arm. "As I was saying, Miranda or Coralie. I don't believe you would do that, even as a werewolf"
"I would have hurt anyone who got in my way, even Miranda and Coralie" Remus replied flatly, trying to drown out all the emotion within him.
"I don't believe you" Sarah counter-acted immediately.
"Me neither" Tyler said seriously, Sarah shot him another look to which he shrugged in reply.
"Oh, now you don't sing" She said sarcastically, taking the seat across from Remus and smiling widely at him before pushing her glasses back up the bridge of her nose.
"I was never singing" Tyler furrowed his eyebrows, causing Remus to smirk at the two of them. He could understand why Coralie enjoyed spending so much time with them, they were hilarious.
"Tyler-" Sarah started but Tyler cut her off again by turning to Remus and saying clearly,
"Girls these days, eh mate?" Remus had never laughed so hard.
"Heard you were in the library with those two weirdo's today" Sirius stated at dinner and Remus sent him a glare.
"If you mean Sarah and Tyler, then yes I was with them today" James and Peter had now begun to pay attention to the two of them.
"Why?" Sirius asked incredulously. Remus had a feeling that his face was showing all the emotions that he was trying to bundle up inside.
"Because they are actually nice" Remus replied as calmly as he could manage. "You only dislike them because they are friends with Coralie, I don't know what's gotten into you but whatever Coralie did to make you hate her so much, you clearly deserved it"
"I don't hate them because of Bennett-" James pulled a face at this and made to interrupt, no doubt to ask when Coralie had become 'Bennett' but he was cut off. "They are only talking to you because no doubt, they found out"
"So they did, what's the matter?" Sirius sighed here before leaning over the table slightly so that no one else would overhear him.
"They're only paying attention to you because they want to lock you up and test you from the rest of your life" Remus' face scrunched up in anger. "They're Ravenclaws, that's what they do!"
"That's so stereotypical" Remus hissed, he swung his legs over the side of the table and stood up before whispering furiously down at Sirius. "They're being damn right better friends than any of you" He went to storm out of the Great Hall when Lily all but sprinted towards them.
"Coralie's woken up" She whispered, out of breath almost completely. There was no doubt she'd run all the way from the Hospital Wing. Remus and James shared a look before they were both on their feet and were power-walking towards the Hospital Wing, towards answers really.
Peter walked slower, alongside Lily who was still trying to get her breath back while Sirius stayed seated down- he looked down the Gryffindor table and notice the only people he knew that were left were Soho and Millen, he wasn't going to stay with either of them.
"How much do you remember Miss Bennett?" Dumbledore asked worriedly, the Hospital Wing fell silent for a second before Coralie managed to speak up.
"Everything" She answered, her friends shared looks. Madam Pomfrey had warned that she might have suffered from a bit of short term memory loss, they'd all been prepared for it but none of them had thought about this.
"Can you tell us what happened?" McGonagall asked with a soft gaze upon Coralie.
"I was walking with Nathaniel," she looked beside her for a second as Nathaniel smiled softly and nodded at her to continue, "Nate went off to the bathroom and the wolf just appeared, I tried to run but-"
"You tried to out-run a werewolf" Peter whispered, his eyes setting on Coralie with a mixture of admiration and confusion.
"Yes, let's give her a medal for her stupidity" Sirius muttered in response, James kicked his foot.
"I wasn't going to stand there and be killed" Coralie gritted out, glaring furiously at Sirius who ignored her.
"Quite right you are, Miss Bennett" Dumbledore interrupted, urging Coralie to go on.
"I got to the castle and slipped, hit my head and that's when Nathaniel turned up and got rid of the werewolf" At this, Sirius sent a death glare at Nathaniel who gladly returned one.
"You can say it was me Cors," Remus whispered, everyone turned to look at him and then back at Coralie.
"It wasn't though," Coralie replied calmly, "I know it wasn't" She sent him a small smile and reached over to squeeze his hand.
"I believe you then" Dumbledore stated, a twinkling appeared in his eyes.
"Who was it then?" Peter asked but Coralie shrugged her shoulders in response.
"I don't know," she paused, grabbing something out of her pocket before holding it up so everyone could see. "I found this though"
"A necklace?" Lily whispered, her eyebrows furrowing at the gold chain in front of her.
"Yes, one that belonged to the wolf"
Authors Note: And there you go, Chapter 53! I honestly cannot believe I only have two chapters left to post, it's just crazy! Nothing else to say this time around guys so thank you for taking the time to read and I will see you all in Chapter 54!
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