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Escaping the Friend Zone by jess94
Chapter 48 : Friends and Enemies
 
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 Chapter Forty-Eight

I continued crying for help but no one came and Hugo remained as motionless as he was before, he was breathing still but he was very cold. I looked at my watch and was shocked to see it was almost 8pm and Hugo had been gone for almost five hours and could have been lying out in the cold for all that time. I took off my jacket and put it around my unconscious friend and tried to lift him up but I wasn’t strong enough

“SOMEONE HELP” I called out again and this time there was actually a reply and someone was running towards us with a torch. I held onto Hugo’s ice cold hand as whoever had heard me came into view. I was shocked to see that it was Scorpious Malfoy but this wasn’t the time to be picky about who was coming to help me. Malfoy rolled his eyes when he saw me but looked horrified when he directed the light towards the floor and noticed Hugo’s unconscious body. He practically went white

“What’s happened” asked Malfoy as he bent down and knelt over Hugo’s body

“I don’t know” I said “He was in a mood all day because he had a fight with Rose, he stormed off after Transfiguration and no one saw him for hours. I looked for him for a while and then found him like this”

“He is alive isn’t he” asked Malfoy

“Yeah” I said feeling Hugo’s wrist “There is a pulse but it’s weak, we need to get him to the hospital wing as soon as”

“Right then” said Malfoy putting his torch to one side “Come on, I’ll take his legs and you take his arms” We hoisted Hugo up and began to walk him back into the school together though we didn’t speak once. It was clear Malfoy was genuinely concerned for Hugo as he kept looking back over his shoulder at him, occasionally he’d look at me and seem as if he was about to say something reassuring but he never did. He didn’t need to; I knew what he was thinking all the same. About halfway up to the school we bumped into Hagrid who duly carried Hugo the rest of the way for us

“What on earth has happened to him” asked Nurse Mason as Hagrid placed Hugo down on a bed in the hospital wing “He’s as cold as ice, what the hell was he doing outside at night in this cold?”

“I don’t know” I said looking at Hugo and feeling a mixture of guilt, horror and sadness “He missed last period because he had a fight with his sister and he was upset, afterwards I tried to look for him but couldn’t find him anywhere. I was looking around for hours and then I just found him like this by the forbidden forest”

“You don’t think he’s been attacked do you” asked Hagrid

“No, no I wouldn’t say so” said Nurse Mason “He doesn’t seem to have been anyway, except for this scratch on his face he hasn’t got a mark on him. This simply looks as if he’s collapsed it’s just why he’s collapsed I’m more concerned with”

“I’m gonna go and get Rose” Malfoy whispered in my ear and with that he was gone. I wanted to thank him as I knew he probably wouldn’t come back tonight but I reasoned it could wait until the morning.

“Oliver, does Hugo have a history of this?” asked Nurse Mason

“Not that I know of” I answered unable to take my eyes off my best friend’s lifeless body “He is going to be okay isn’t he Nurse Mason”

“Hopefully” was her reply “But you can never tell with something like this, it may well be something eternal that was can’t see. Hagrid, could you go and get the headmaster and Teddy Lupin for me please”

“Yes of course” said Hagrid who winked at me in a reassuring manner as he left the hospital wing. I just wanted to break down and cry but I knew I’d have to keep strong for the rest of the Weasley’s when they arrived. I was sick of being strong for people

“He could’ve been attacked I suppose” said Nurse Mason “By a spell or something, oh heavens this would happen my first month in the bloody job wouldn’t it”

“You’re doing really well” I said with a smile. She smiled back at me

At that moment Rose, Lily, Rebecca and Al all burst through the doors and ran towards us. Rose burst into tears the second she laid her eyes on her little brother, Rebecca just looked numb and went and sat by her boyfriend taking his hand, Lily embraced me in a massive hug and began to cry as Al started questioning Nurse Mason and I about what had happened. I wished I could have told them more but I just didn’t know. I didn’t know why he was outside alone at that time of night. I didn’t know if he was attacked or had just collapsed and I didn’t know if he was going to live or not. He sure as hell didn’t look healthy, he was practically blue

Teddy, Nev and Professor Acaroid the headmaster then came in and asked us all if we’d leave except for Rose as her parents would be soon arriving. It was past midnight by this point and Lily, Rebecca, Albus and I were all very aware that there was no point in any of us trying to get to sleep now so we just stayed by the fire in the common room. Lily sat on my knee and buried her head in my chest like she normally did while she was upset whilst Al tried his best to keep a hysterical Rebecca calm

Dom, Roxy, Freddie and Louis joined us after a while after deciding themselves that there was no point them trying to sleep either.

“Fucking classic Hugo” said Freddie “Don’t look at me like that Lil you know I love the guy but come on this is Hugo overall. Keeping us all worried, on our toes all the time wondering what stupid thing will happen next”

“This is more than him just being hyperactive you tool” said Lily angrily “This isn’t like he’s fallen out of a tree again or passed out drunk on the floor, he’s down there and nobody knows if he’s going to live or die”

“Is it really that bad” asked Louis in a timid voice. Al nodded. Louis would have burst into tears if Dom hadn’t pulled him into a hug

“This is my fault” I said. It was my fault “I should have been keeping an eye on him, making sure he was OK not worrying about my own stupid problems. He was suffering and I did nothing to help him”

“Things were bad for you though” said Rebecca “Hailey had told everybody about your dad and Jack was getting bullied of course you were distracted, this is Rose’s fault if anyone is to blame she’s been treating him like shit for weeks and I’ll tell her when I see her next”

“Don’t Bex” said Al “She’s already upset enough and I think she knows that people are going to blame her when everyone finds out, it’s not gonna help if you two get into a fight”

“Speaking of fights” I piped up suddenly remembering Lily’s fight with Hailey from earlier in the day “Lily, you didn’t get into too much trouble for fighting Hailey did you?”

“Not after I put on the waterworks” said Lily with a grin “Nev’s just given me a week’s detention and a warning saying that if I do this again my punishment will be a lot more severe”

“You got lucky” I said

“I am lucky” she said “Because I have you and I know you’ll always be here for me. You’ll always be here for everyone”

I glanced around at the rest of the Weasley’s and they all smiled back at me. They really were my family and I loved each and every one of them. The topic soon shifted to everyone remembering funny stories about Hugo and the night ended up with lots of laughter as we all reminisced over all of the crazy stuff Hugo had got up to over the years. The bungee jump off the top of the Astronomy tower in fourth year definitely topped it though

*

I woke up at about 11am the next morning, a Saturday, to find Lily still curled up on my lap deep asleep. I stroked her gorgeous ginger hair and thought to myself how lucky I was to have her, we were the only ones left in the common room and as much as I wanted to go and check on Hugo I didn’t want Lily to wake up alone worried about Hugo so I sat back and watched what was left of the fire from last night burn away. Jack came in with a few friends and approached me, he looked worried

“Is it true what everyone’s saying about Hugo” he asked in almost a whisper “Millie Collins told me that he was dead, he’s not dead is he Oliver?”

“No mate, he’s not dead” I said with a smile taking my little brother’s hand “No he’s just ill and there doing everything to make him better”. I cried a little bit, Jack loved Hugo almost as much as I did but for once the roles between us seemed to have been swapped around as soon enough it was Jack hugging me and telling me that everything was going to be ok.

Lily woke up around half an hour later and the first thing we did was go down to the hospital wing to check on Hugo. Nurse Mason told us that we weren’t allowed to see him yet as Hermione, Ron, Ron’s parents and Rose were all still with him and wanted to be alone for a while. I was just grateful that he was still alive but from Nurse Mason’s body language I could tell that Hugo’s condition was still very serious. Lily cried on me for a bit before I dragged her off to Hogsmeade

“Oliver I really don’t think that I’m in the mood for this” she said as we sat down in the Three Broomsticks pub with a butterbeer each “It doesn’t feel right coming out drinking when my cousin’s fighting for his life up there”

“I know it’s hard, believe me” I said “Dad’s given us a scare plenty of times, luckily he’s recovered from his latest bate of pneumonia and I’m sure that Hugo will too. The thing is, during those times when you’re sitting around waiting for news the best thing you can do is be distracted taking you mind off it really does help”

“But what if… Oliver what if Hugo dies” squeaked Lily barely able to say the words herself. I took her hand and looked at her deep in the eye

“In the very unlikely event that Hugo should die, and then I will stick by you and support you and all of your family one hundred percent” I told her with all honesty. I wanted this to make her feel better but it only made her cry more

“I love you” she said “You’re the kindest, biggest hearted boy I’ve ever met in my life. I’m sorry it took us so long to get to where we are now”

“At least we finally got there” I said “Some people never do, they spend the rest of their lives married to people that they don’t really love or don’t love as much as they love someone else. We’ll never have that; you’re the one for me”

“You’re the one for me too” said Lily “Lily Benson may sound like the name of a supermarket chain but I really want it to be my name one day”

“And someday it will be” I said

After a few hours in the village Lily was in a much better mood as we walked back to the hospital with the intention of visiting Hugo with chocolate, flowers and big cuddly teddy bear. Hand in hand we walked up through the snow and we’d just reached the ground when I spotted Malfoy who I realised I hadn’t thanked yet for his help the night before

Lily couldn’t have looked more surprised as I called him over. Malfoy came over with a slight grin on his face and for the first time in my life I didn’t feel like punching him in the mouth

“I just wanted to say thank you for last night” I told him “I’m pretty sure it’d have been too late for Hugo if you hadn’t arrived on time”

“It was nothing” said Malfoy “Never thought I’d see the day I’d willingly help a Weasley though… Lily, how are you?”

“Fine” she replied rather coldly. She was clearly feeling rather awkward

“So, where do we go from here” asked Malfoy “I don’t suppose we can be enemies any more now, and I have nothing against you anymore really something like this puts life into perspective. I have no reason to hate you”

“Me either” I said with a shrug “And I’m not saying we’ll be best friends but I suppose from now on we can at least be civil”

“Sure” said Malfoy offering me his hand. I shook it


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