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Dangerous Existence by WildCat
Chapter 9 : Questioning
 
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                                           Chapter Nine:  

                                               Questioning


    For days I drifted in and out of   sleep, voices murmuring to myself and only after Merlin knows how long was I able to open my sleep crusted eyes to find myself in the Hospital Wing lying on a bed with a sleeping figure beside me. It was my uncle. I didn’t know why he was here because I couldn’t seem to remember anything. I recognised him but I didn’t know from where. Then after ten minutes of confusion, everything came flooding back and my head began to pound as though I had drunken a thousand shots of whiskey.

  I tried to sit up in bed but the pain was unbearable and I collapsed back down. My moving must have woken my uncle because he began to stir and then he opened his eyes.

   “Alex?” he said, looking anxious and joyful at the same time. “Are you ok?” he asked.

  “I… I think so.” I said as I felt somebody stir on the other side of the bed and I turned my body painfully to see, Sophie and Jackie lying there. Both were waking up because of the voices. Jackie opened her eyes first.

  “Alex” she squealed “Alex, you’re awake. Oh Merlin, you had us worried.” Soph opened her eyes, saw me, leapt up and hugged me squealing my name the whole time.  My attention turned back to my uncle when he said. “Alex, do you remember what happened?”

  I looked at him. What was he talking about? “What do you mean?” I asked.

  Sophie drew back with a gasp. “Alex?” she asked “You don’t remember?”

  “Remember what?” I asked getting slightly irritated.

  “Remember how you ended up in St Mungos.” Jackie responded.

  “What… we’re in St Mungos?” I asked looking around and suddenly realising that this wasn’t the hospital wing after all.

   “Yes, you were in the three broomsticks and…” Soph paused here for a moment and my uncle stepped in, saying “And then you and you’re two friends went ice skating on the lake and you slipped and fell through the ice. We had trouble finding you. You caught hypothermia and I’m afraid you may have lost some of your memories.”

  I looked at my uncle here. He seemed so solemn when he said all this and he sounded like he was telling the truth. But there was something about what he was saying that made me think otherwise. I pushed it to the back of my mind for now.

  “How… long have I been asleep?” I asked slowly.

  Jackie looked at my seriously and replied, “a week and two days.”

  “What?” I asked staring at her in shock. “You’re joking right?” All three shook their heads as at that moment, a man in a white coat came in.

  “Ah, you’re awake. How are you feeling? I am Doctor Turner and I have been looking after you during your time here.”

  I looked at him and said, “I feel a little sore and my head’s about to explode but otherwise I’m fine. When will I be able to leave?”

  “I’m afraid you’ll have to stay here for a few more days.” Doctor Turner said “However, today is Thursday and I’m sure you’ll be ready to be transferred back to the Hospital Wing at Hogwarts on Sunday. You’ll be fine with some rest there for a few days.”

  I just stared at him and said bluntly, “Is it true that I may have lost some of my memories?”

  “I believe that you don’t remember anything from that fatal day, do you?” I shook my head. “What about the day before? Do you remember anything from December second?”

  I nodded. “It was a Friday.” I said “We were making plans for a trip to Hogsmeade the next day. I did my homework for the weekend.”

  “Very good” Doctor Turner said “Then everything is fine except for that one day. I believe your uncle has told you what happened?”

  “Yes. I fell through some ice and it took awhile before I was rescued so I got hypothermia.”


  Doctor Turner nodded but as I looked at him, I had the sense that I was being lied to again.  He said however, “You need your rest. Your friends and uncle can visit later.”

*** 

  The next few days were filled with sleeping and dozing. I awoke occasionally to nibble at some food and talk to Soph and Jackie. Soon Sunday arrived and I was set in a wheelchair and put in a van with Jackie and Soph (my uncle had had to return to his house and had said goodbye to me earlier) which drove the whole day and when the doors were finally opened we were in Hogsmeade. The nurses had told me that we couldn’t apparate because I was still too weak.

  I was wheeled up to the castle and Professor Dumbledore met me there, welcoming me back as we travelled up to the Hospital Wing. When we arrived, Sirius and James were there waiting for us. When Sirius saw me, he looked up relieved and ran over to help with my wheelchair.

  “Hey” he said. I smiled at him. “How are you feeling?” he asked.

  “Much better” I responded “I can’t believe I fell through that ice. I mean, how stupid was I?” At these words, Sirius stiffened and a slightly startled look appeared on his face.

  “Ice?” he asked.

  “Yes, you know. That’s how I got hypothermia. I fell through the ice on the lake.”

  “Of course, right” Sirius said quickly “I wasn’t thinking.” After that, Sirius seemed very keen to leave, but I kept insisting he stay, so he didn’t. Finally, after pacing around the room for what seemed like hours, he stopped and said, “Jackie, Soph, can I speak to you in private please?”

  Jackie and Soph both got up, looking nervous. I stared back and forth at them. What was going on? Sirius marched out the Hospital Wing doors, Jackie and Soph following. I could hear whispering from them, but I couldn’t make out what they were saying. I slowly reached for my wand on the bed side table. I quietly waved my wand and muttered the eavesdropping charm I was so good at. 

  “Why the @#!*% , did you lie to her?” That was Sirius. Then Soph’s quiet voice spoke up “We didn’t. It was her uncle. We were about ready to tell the truth, but he stepped in before we could and told her that.”

  There was silence for a moment and then, “And everybody just went a long with this?” Sirius was speaking again “Why didn’t somebody just tell Alex the truth? She deserves to know. I mean, she’s kind of in danger now, isn’t she.”

  “I know, but I have you seen her?” That was Jackie now “She’s so much happier than she would be if she knew.” Sirius sighed and said “Alright fine, but just for now. I will tell her the truth later. She deserves to know the truth at some point.”

  I hastily withdrew my eavesdropping charm and lay back down in my bed, pretending to have fallen asleep. There were footsteps and the door opened as Jackie and Soph came back in. However, there was no Sirius. He had gone. I felt vaguely disappointed but then pushed it aside. I needed to concentrate.

  What had my uncle said that was a lie? It immediately occurred to me. I had thought my uncle and Soph and Jackie had been a little weird when they’d said that I had fallen through the ice and caught hypothermia. Now it made sense. I would bet my Quidditch robes that what they had told me was a lie. That meant, that somehow, I had to find out what had actually happened to me. I wasn’t going to get it out of Jackie or Soph, and probably not Sirius. But then who?

  A picture flashed into my mind all of a sudden. It was a young man, leaning over me, shouting at me to wake up. The image disappeared all of a sudden. I was so startled, I almost opened my eyes. Where had that image come from? Who was it? It was somebody recognisable, but I couldn’t place my finger on them.

  All of a sudden, it came to me. The man had been tall, with black hair and he looked a lot like Sirius. I suddenly realised who had been standing over me, shouting my name. Who had been the young man in my image. It was Regulus Black and he was going to help me find out what had happened. That image must have a memory. That’s all it could be. This meant Regulus Black had something to do with what happened to me on the day of my accident. I had to find him.

***

The next few days were my recovery days before I went back to school on Thursday. Jackie and Soph had to go back to school and so I was all alone and in that time, I plan how I was going to talk to Regulus. He was very confusing; declaring me his enemy and then kissing me in a little weird. I decided I was going to have to corner him after Potions one day since that was the class we had with the slytherins.

  Thursday rolled around and at 7:00 am Madam Pomphry let me live the Hospital Wing and head down to breakfast. I was relieved to be out and about again instead of stuck in bed. I was becoming really sick of the Hospital Wing.







 


   I headed down to the Marble Staircase to the Great Hall, where Jackie and Soph had saved a seat for me.  On my way in, I glanced over at the Slytherin table, wondering if Regulus Black was there. He was, and he was staring straight at me. My quickened under his gaze because I couldn’t help but think that there was something mysterious about his eyes. I shook myself. Why was I getting like this? It wasn’t like me and I couldn’t figure out what it was.



  Regulus was still staring at me and as I looked at him, I was curious as to why he looked ashamed. Why would he be ashamed? I put that bit of information to the back of my mind and continued to the Gryffindor table. Quite a few people were looking at me and whispering. Including Sirius; he was watching and I turned a little red as I wondered if he had seen me looking at his younger brother.


  I mentally shook myself again. What was up with me today? I sat down next to Jackie and Soph, noticing the paper in Jackie’s hands as I did. “Anything interesting?” I asked.

  “Uhhh…”Jackie said “Sort of, umm… Alex, you’re in the papers.”

  “What?” I gasped “You’re joking? Why? What for?” I was incredulous. Why would I be in the Daily Prophet?

  “Your accident; apparently somebody found out about it and decided it was important that it was in the paper.” Soph said, quietly.

  “What?” I went to grab the paper but Jackie wouldn’t let me.

  “I don’t think you should read this” she said, nervously “It’s not that it’s bad or anything but Professor Dumbledore told me you shouldn’t because it might be traumatizing. He’s filed a complaint at the ministry and they’ve had all of them burned. The ones here are programmed to vaporize in…” She looked at her watch “thirty seconds.”

 “You’re joking right? Why would it be traumatizing? I’m perfectly fine. This is ridiculous. I…” My protests were stopped as around the room, a dozen newspapers, including Jackie’s, disintegrated.

“What the @#!*% ?” I said, turning Jackie and Soph “Why the heck won’t you tell me what’s going on? What happened to me?”

Hey,

So how was the chapter? This one was mainly a build up! But what do you think of Alex losing her memory and deciding to go to Regulus? Let me know in the little box below! I

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