Chapter 7 : The Killer
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I opened my eyes and in front of me stood Ron, Pansy, Neville and Hermione. I squinted at them.
"Before you ask, no, you're not dead." Hermione said.
I sighed in relief. "Really? I thought for sure I was dead this time." I admitted.
"No...not yet." Neville said.
"What do you mean 'not yet'?" I asked.
"You've been captured, Skyler." Ron answered. "The killer knows you know who they are. They're gonna kill you."
I suddenly remember what had happened seconds before everything went black. "It's Harry." I said. "Harry killed you all...but why?"
They merely stared back at me without saying anything. "Why did he kill you, Ron?" I demanded. "What did you do? Why did he kill his best friend?"
Ron shook his head. His eyes showed sadness. "No, Skyler." He whispered.
"No what?" I asked.
"It's not what you think it is." Pansy said. "It's twisted."
"What's twisted?" I asked desperately. "The reason Harry killed you all?"
"You've got it all wrong." Ron said blankly.
"Harry didn't...didn't kill you guys?" I asked quietly.
They all shook their heads together. "Then who is it? Who did this?"
They started fading. "Please!" I shouted. "Don't go! Just tell me!" But they continued to fade, until all that was in front of me was white light...
I opened my eyes and winced painfully. My head was killing me. I tried to move my arm to rub it, but I quickly realized that my arms and legs were tied to a chair. I looked around and realized I was in the Room of Requirement. I frantically tried to break free.
"That won't do you any good." A sing song voice said. I looked up and saw a red head walking towards me with an evil smirk. Ginny.
"No." I said. "It can't be you..."
"Oh, but it is, Skyler. You were just too stupid to realize it." She laughed.
"But...why?" I asked. Trying to figure out a way to get out of this. Though I did really want to know why.
"You saw the way my brother treated Hermione. He treated her like shit. Like she was nothing. I hated it. It wasn't right. He had the most beautiful, the most smart, the most perfect girl ever and he treated her like that. It was disgusting!" She spat.
"And what was worse is that she just let him. Because she 'loved' him. But he didn't love her. He was actually going to leave her for that whore Parkinson! I couldn't let him do that. It would break Hermione's heart...I had no intention of killing him when I went looking for him. I just wanted to talk. But then I saw him with you and I lost it. Not only was sleeping with Parkinson, but he was hooking up with you too!"
"B-but we weren't hooking up!" I said.
"Yeah, that's what he told me, but I didn't believe him. We got into an argument. It got heated. He turned away for a moment and I hit him in the back of the head. I just kept hitting and hitting until he stopped moving..." Ginny trailed off as tears came to her eyes.
"And then once I realized what I had done I panicked. I had killed my brother. They would lock me up for a long time. So I decided to blame you. You were the last one with him, I thought why not. But as you said I wasn't counting on five other suspects as well. The moment Hermione told me about your little investigation I panicked again. I couldn't let you guys figure it out, so I joined you in hope to keep you on the wrong track."
"Wh-why did you kill Pansy?" I asked still trying to stall as I pulled on the ropes and tried to untie them behind my back.
"That slut was smarter than I thought. She easily realized it was me. That night wasn't the first time Ron and I had gotten into a heated agrument. She had heard us argue before. I guess she figured we had argued that night too. She confronted me and told me she was going to tell everyone. I couldn't let her her do that, so I had to kill her." She said with such a blank look on her face.
"What about Neville?" I asked.
She actually looked sad before she answered. "Poor Neville. I didn't want to kill him, but he figured out it was me too. I tried to reason with him, make him keep his mouth shut, but he just couldn't so I had to kill him. And you just had to almost catch me that night too." She shook her head.
"No." I said. "That was a guy. He touched me..."
"No, hun that was me. I'm stronger than I look and although I'm dating Harry, I've got a thing for girls. Especially ones that are so pretty like you." She ran her finger down my face slowly, smirking at me. I wish I could back away, but I couldn't.
"You were fighting back so hard, I thought I might as well kill you then. Maybe that would make the others back off. But I was interrupted yet again." Ginny rolled her eyes as though the thought still annoyed her.
"But lucky for me, you were so convinced it was a guy, I had nothing to worry about. And it made it easier to convince you that your little boyfriend was the killer. Unfortunately, Hermione ruined that right away." She said.
"She figured you out." I said.
"She sure did." Ginny said as she balled up her fists. "I tried to reason with her too. Tell her we could be together now that she knew who I really was. I told her I got rid of Ron for her. But apparently she didn't want that. I lost my temper and I killed her. I killed the love of my life the most perfect thing in existence..." She choked back a sob.
"After that I didn't know what to do. What was the point of killing if I didn't have anyone to kill for? I was going to let everything go and move on. I figured you would all eventually drop it and everything would go back to normal. But you just had to keep investigating, didn't you Skyler?" She asked through gritted teeth.
"You and your stupid boyfriend just couldn't give up!" She yelled. "So I slipped that note in your pocket to scare you off. It didn't work. I was listening outside of Draco's door when you read it. You said you were close, so I knew I had to get rid of you, which is exactly what I'm doing right now."
"You won't get away with this." I said. "People are gonna be looking for me."
"By then it will be too late. You'll be dead just like the rest of them." She shrugged. "Which is a real shame, because I like you Skyler. I was hoping things would work out between us." She leaned down and pressed her lips against mine. I tried to pull back that was impossible. She pulled away grinning.
"Just had to do that before I say goodbye to you." She started backing away.
"No, please, Ginny, don't do this!" I begged.
"Sorry, Skyler, but now you know everything. I can't let you live now. And your boyfriend is too close too, I'll have to kill him also, sorry." She said it so casual. How can someone be so casual about killing people? "And then I'm gonna forge a suicide note from the both of you saying you were working together and you're the killers. Then everyone will stop this investigation and Harry and I will live happily ever after and he'll never know what I did or that I like girls."
I shook my head at her as I continued to try to untie my wrist. I could feel the ropes becoming loose. Maybe I could survive.
"Well, see you around...or not. Tell Ron I said hi." She laughed as she turned around and walked away. I wondered how she was going to kill me. I pulled at the ropes and they loosened even more. I heard Ginny say an incantation, but I couldn't hear exactly what it was.
After a few more pulls my wrist were free. There was some blood from where the ropes had dug into my skin, but I ignored that as I untied my ankles from the chair. I didn't know if it was because I was working so hard to get the ropes but it was getting warm in the room.
Once I freed my ankles I got up and ran towards the way Ginny had left, but I was only met with a huge wall of fire. That explains why it was so warm. I turned and ran another way. More fire. Oh no. I'm gonna burn alive.
That's when I started panicking. Everywhere I turned there was fire. The smoke was making me cough harder which made it harder to breath and run. I fell the floor weakly I searched my clothes for my wand but it seems Ginny got to it first. This was how I was gonna die.I wondered what it felt like. If it hurt. How long it would hurt if it did.
I thought about Draco. Him hearing the news my death. Or he might not even have time to hear it. Ginny was probably already after him at this moment. At least I'd still get to be with him in death.
I thought about seeing Ron again. And Pansy and Neville and Hermione. And I thought about Harry. How he had kissed me and how he had no idea his girlfriend was a pyschopath. Poor Harry.
The fire was getting closer, I was getting weaker and everything was less clear. So I closed my eyes and let myself die...
A/N: I know it's been an extremely long time. I apologize for that. But here it is! What did you think about it?? :)