“Ready for some project time?” Aiden asked as he entered the Gryffindor common room with a pile of books from the library. Ginny beamed and nodded. She couldn’t help but feel excited. She finally amitted to herself that she loved spending time with Aiden. As a matter of fact, since they met, all they do is spend time with each other. They are good friends now but still, Ginny is quiet. Aiden likes to talk and liked to listen. It all works out. What do you want to start with Gin?” he asked with a grin. Ginny pondered.
“Well, I still don’t understand the concept of why it’s so hard to transfigure a human being,” Ginny said.
“That’s because it’s all about mind control. It takes a lot of energy to do something like that,” Aiden happily explained. He sat closer to Ginny. He was so close it made Ginny blush. He continued explaining and Ginny listened attentively. She couldn’t help but notice how good-looking he was. The light of the fire just brought out the best in him and he shone out a perfect profile. She quickly looked away. She shouldn’t be thinking about this at all. She forced herself to concentrate on Transfiguration. “You get it now Gin?”
“Yeah … Yeah I do,” Ginny lied. She really didn’t know why she lied.
They worked on their project for an hour and decided to take a break. No one spoke for a minute. All that could be heard was the crackling of the fire.
“You know what I’ve realized Gin?” Aiden started with a smile on his face.
“I don’t know much about you,” he continued. Ginny was caught offguard. Why would he want to know about her?
“You don’t want to know about me,” Ginny said quietly. Aiden raised an eyebrow.
“Why is that?” Ginny fought hard not to get defensive. She’s not used to being asked many questions.
“I’m boring. Really. I don’t have much going in my life. I would only make you fall asleep,” she replied very quietly. She couldn’t look at him.
“Tell me anyways,” Aiden said as he turned to face her. It took a while for her to start. She really didn’t know how to say it or where to start. She thought hard and shifted uncomfortably in her seat. Feeling uneasy, she quickly stood up and stood by the fireplace. She felt cold all of a sudden.
“Where can I start?” She said with a nervous laugh. Aiden watched her. He made sure he was listening. Emotions were getting caught in her throat now, but she pushed them aside and spoke.
“I’m a loner. I don’t have any friends. The ‘friends’ that I do have don’t even talk to me anymore. They have lives. They have experiences and all they do is hide things from me. Secrets is my life, whether it’s about me or I don’t have the chance to know any. What else? I’m always shafted aside for everything. I am physically emotionally deprived. No one cares if I’m sad, not that anyone even notices. Even if I say something about it they don’t do anything. I’ve never had a decent conversation with anybody. I haven’t had a decent hug of comfort in a very, very, very long time. I don’t have a love life. Guys don’t seem to like that way. I am an insomniac. I think too much about my self-pity that I don’t sleep. That proves why I look the way I do. I have no self-confidence. There was a point in my life where I was happy and I didn’t care about anything now it’s all turned around on me. My friends now neglect me and I have nothing. That caused me to be a non-people person. My first impression on people are really bad. They just don’t like me. Basically, I am alone,” Ginny said fighting the tears that were swelling up in her eyes. She looked at Aiden and turned around. She didn’t want to see his expression. “There is so much more but most of it I can’t put into words.” She still didn’t turn around. Aiden must be bored out of his mind right now.
“I understand if you don’t wan –“ Ginny spoke but got cut off as Aiden held her hand. She turned around to look at him, confused. She was sure he would have walked out by now.
“Let me show you something,” Aiden said quietly, squeezing her hand gently. Ginny didn’t know why, but she couldn’t say no. Something about him was so trusting. She felt safe with him and she felt comfortable. She nodded to go with him.
He led her out of the common room and she followed him through a couple of corridors until they both stopped at a small passageway. Aiden looked at her and smiled sweetly.
“This way Ginny,” he said. They walked until the end and entered the door. They were suddenly at an outside balcony. It was one of the most beautiful sights Ginny has ever seen. They were so high up that it felt like Ginny could touch the clouds. She closed her eyes and inhaled the cool air. She was enchanted.
“I didn’t have a lot of friends either,” Aiden said as Ginny opened her eyes. She looked at him and he was looking across the horizon with a solemn look upon his face. She joined him on the railing and decided to listen to him now.
“I’ve moved around over 30 times in my life so far. I never stayed long enough to make friends. My parents are not at home much so they don’t know that I’m a loner. It’s not like they care. They are too consumed in their careers to pay even an inch of love for me. They sometimes even forget that I’m in the same room as them. I don’t sleep either. I get dreams of death sometimes. I always die in my dreams. Although, nowadays, every time I sleep, I want to give in to them more and more.” Aiden looked at her and gave a small grin. “That’s why at every place that I stayed at, I find myself my own haven. This balcony is my most favourite one I have to say. It’s my place to be free. I forget everything. “ Ginny couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Someone actually understood her loneliness and neglect. She didn’t know what to say to him though. This is the first time anyone has ever confided in her.
“My dream is to be able to fly from this place, just because it’s so high,” he smiled at Ginny and she smiled back.
“You have any other dreams,” Ginny finally spoke. Aiden nodded.
“To sleep. To sleep forever. I’m sure that you would want that too,” he laughed. Ginny didn’t know what came over her. She found herself longing him. Wanting him. She held out her hands and touched his face. Aiden wasn’t surprised though. He welcomed it. He held both her hands and cupped them on his face, kissing them. He drew his face in closer and their foreheads touched. Ginny wasn’t sure what was happening. This has never happened to her before. All she knew was that she loved this moment.
“Ginny … I finally found someone who understand me,” Aiden whispered. Ginny looked into his eyes and they were so sincere.
“Me too,” she said as their lips drew in closer, “me too.” Their lips touched. The both kissed each other gently as the breeze blew their hair with their robes flailing behind them.
“Ginny,” Aiden said. Ginny ran her fingers through his hair and he caressed her cheek. She waited for what he had to say.