Chapter 7 : Leaving Together
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“Wake up, wake up, you-“
Viktor sat up with a jolt, taken aback by the constant shaking and calling, an annoyed look on his face. He couldn’t remember exactly when he had fallen asleep after the long hours of thinking about Hermione and… well, and Amy. He was sure he had slept for quite a long time as he felt kind of lousy.
He squinted his eyes and shook his head. He gave a yawn and looked up to see Amy standing by him with nervous and impatient kind of expression on her face. She was neatly dressed in bright colored casual muggle clothes and had tied her hair in a long ponytail. Though he didn’t dare ask her, he thought she had put on a little make up. He couldn’t figure out what was wrong or what was right either.
“What’s the matter?” he mumbled, rubbing his eyes with his fists, a habit he hadn’t managed to get rid of. She made an impatient sound, went to the window to open the curtains swiftly, letting the gleaming sunlight in. it was so bright that Viktor had to cover his eyes with his hand.
“It’s already noon, do you get that? Do you normally sleep that late?” she questioned him rather roughly. No doubt she was worried about something.
“Noon!” he exclaimed as he got to his feet and grabbed his head in his hands with annoyance. “I never sleep this late… anyways, are you going out or something?”
“Well, it’s much worse than that,” she said in a tense voice and sat on the bed nervously. “Matthew stopped by a couple of hours ago to let us know that my parents are coming. He left these clothes for you by the way and told they are new, not used. Anyways, do you get that? It means that I will have to lie to them too!”
Viktor shook his head and took a deep breath. This girl was making things pretty much difficult for him, what with all the lying and also being a good friend last night. Lying to her parents was something he wanted to avoid and there she was, telling him they must do it. But there was something weird in her behavior. She didn’t really seem to plan about lying but it rather seemed like she was driving him to a conclusion she had already reached or something. Confirming his suspicions, he noticed a small bag lying beside her on the bed and he knew what she was up to. This was the same bag she had carried with her to Diagon Alley.
“Wait a minute,” he said cautiously, “where are you going?”
Amy gave him a sarcastically innocent smile and jumped from the bed to face him.
“Isn’t that obvious? I’m running away!”
“What!” Viktor groaned, “Can’t you just think about anything else? Why are you running away all the time?”
“What other choice do I have?” snapped Amy. “There is no other option than marrying you or that drooling idiot-“
“There are thousands of options!” Viktor interrupted her fiercely. “Running away is a silly, childish, impractical and cowardly thing to do. Do you get that?”
“Shut up! Don’t you dare call me a coward,” she almost shouted, pulling her wand out of her pocket. “I do not have any other option. My parents are awful, just awful and I’m pretty sure they will arrange the wedding tomorrow. Yes, our wedding! They don’t trust me anymore, you see. And I don’t want to marry you!”
“Yeah, I can’t wait to marry you either,” Viktor retorted, his temper rising, “I can’t believe you’re doing such a thing, Amy. You dragged me in this mess, I helped you and you are leaving me alone?”
“I’m not!” she yelled, her eyes wide. “You can tell them I cheated on you, and then go out with them to help them in my search and misguide them. I will be safely off to Hogsmeade before they even-“
“Oh please, Miss Weinberg, I’m not following any of your childish plans now,” he said with a note of finality. “You’re not going anywhere right now, understand? We will meet your parents and tell them the truth eventually. We will tell them about that guy you love-“
“Charlie! No, Viktor we can’t do that!” she yelped. “They will not take it lightly; you don’t know how they are.”
“I know what purebloods are like, I’ve spent nearly all my life with them,” he stated, “At the worst they can banish you from the house and blast you off the family tree. Do you care?”
Amy fluttered, batting her eyelashes with confusion. She didn’t seem very comfortable with the idea of being without her family.
“I don’t know,” she said weakly.
Viktor ran his hands through his hair.
“I sort of thought you wouldn’t like that,” he muttered. “But still, you’re not running away anywhere, at least without me. Let me see what your parents are like, I’m sure we would come up with a plan.”
Though Amy looked very unconvinced, he picked up the clothes Matthew had left and asked her to let him changed. She marched out looking angry and displeased, but dropped the subject of running from the house again.
Viktor thought about what Matthew had told him in the morning as he lay back on his sleeping bag, staring at the dark ceiling. He couldn’t deny he was a little concerned about Amy and her so called love. Though Matthew wasn’t the wisest, one could tell if a person loved another and if Charlie didn’t really love Amy back that was something worth worrying. She was practically sacrificing her whole family for him and if Matthew’s assumptions were right, Amy will have no home to return.
I must ask Amy he thought with determination and raised his head inches above to see if Amy was awake. To his surprise, Amy was sitting up on the bed, pushing clothes into her small bag. He was almost sure she had extended the bag from inside with some kind of spell. He sat up, alert.
She turned herself quickly so that she was facing him. Then she jumped off the bed and knelt beside his sleeping bag on the floor. She was in jeans and a t-shirt and her hair was neatly tied.
“Where are you going?” he asked alertly. She bit her lower lip.
“Actually-“she stumbled, but Viktor stopped her by raising his hand.
“Of course you must be running away,” he said in a matter of fact tone.
“I don’t really have any other option. Now please don’t try to stop me. I’m going straight to Hogsmeade to meet Charlie and then will figure out things after that.” She pleaded. But Viktor rolled his eyes, practically grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her.
“Amy, for God’s sake, stop acting like Hogsmeade is just a mile away!” he muttered, “And if you insist on going, you’re not going away without me, do you get that? I won’t lie to your parents or brothers that you cheated on me or anything like that. If you leave me alone, I will tell them the truth.”
Amy opened her mouth to speak, and then closed it. She just nodded, getting to her feet and waited patiently as he changed from Richard’s pajamas to the robes he wore yesterday. It looked like Amy’s house elf had washed them for him.
A few minutes later, they were locking the front door after them. Viktor was much smarter than Amy while leaving the house, preventing their capture by silencing spells and they were easily out in minutes.
As they walked along the cobblestone paths that lead to the house, Amy suddenly stopped and turned around to see the house she was leaving. Her eyes looked so unsure and worried that Viktor placed a comforting hand lightly on her shoulder. She looked at him nervously.
“Am I doing the right thing?” she whispered, her voice full of feeling.
“No,” he answered softly, “you’re not doing the right thing. But I’m glad you’re at least trying to get your love; you have the guts. I couldn’t do it, I hid. I will help you get your love and will always be there, no matter what.”
Amy looked at him with tearful eyes and laughed heartily. He had a sudden thought that she looked beautiful when she laughed or her laughter was beautiful. But before he could decide on one, she threw her arms around his neck and gave him a quick, tight hug. Totally taken aback, he patted on her back as she released him and gave a cheerful smile.
A/N- So, what do you think? :) This was a fun chapter to write, especially the last part, I hope you like it! They are finally setting out for a journey that will (probably) bring them together. :D
I would also like to mention that this was the first time I’m writing chapter seven of a story! That’s like a milestone for me and I could reach it because all your wonderful reviews and your love. Thank you so much guys! :’(
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