“Adrian, where’s Montague?” The boy shrugged and Audrey frowned. “I haven’t seen him since Umbridge found him.” It was the day Fred and George planned on leaving school and she’d had Draco listening in on Umbridge to tell her if they were going to be looking in Slytherin for Audrey Featherstone. “He’ll show up, hopefully.” She sighed and caught eyes with George who waved her over. “I’ll see you at lunch, okay?”
“Alright, keep an eye out for Montague.” She nodded before waving her fingers at and hurried over to the twins.
“What?” Fred gave a strained smile and looked over his shoulder.
“Draco just talked to us. Said that Umbridge is starting to look in Slytherin for Audrey Featherstone and she’s using Veritaserum. You told us if that happened you’d be going with us, so we need to find a way to get you out of here without her realizing it.” Audrey sighed and ran a hand through her hair.
Audrey stood in the shadows behind Fred and George, having shrunk her trunk and put it in a bag she put an extension charm on and Lucy wriggling in her arms.
“Pretty amusing, yeah.” Audrey smiled as she looked at Umbridge’s face and covered her ears when the old toad began speaking.
“Yeah, I’ve been feeling that way myself,” She uncovered her ears, inching closer towards them, gripping Montague’s broom tightly in her hands.
“Time to test our talents in the real world, d’you reckon?” Fred asked and Audrey’s smile grew.
“Definitely,” George smiled and raised his wand, speaking in sync with Fred. “Accio Brooms!” A crash sounded in the distance. She mounted the broom, gripping tightly to Lucy.
“We won’t be seeing you,” Fred spoke swinging his leg over.
“Yeah, don’t bother to keep in touch.” George mounted his broom and she slowly started making her way towards the front doors and smiled as she raced out after them in their shadow.
Audrey stepped down in front of Weasley Wizards Wheezes and let Lucy run into the shop, rubbing her eyes to make sure no tears fell.
“Audrey, it’ll be okay. Come on, let’s go get everything set up.” Fred grabbed her hand while George began picking up their things. “You can have the guest room until you’re ready to leave. Okay?” She nodded, still rubbing her eyes. “Stay right here, I’m going to go grab Lucy before she hurts herself.”
“Alright.” Audrey nodded and her hand closed rapidly for a few seconds after Fred let go. When she pulled her hand away from her eyes Lucy was placed gingerly into her hand and Fred took her other hand once more.
“Stairs are this way and then you can write a letter to Draco if you feel up to it. I’ll go out and get us something to eat and then we can just do whatever.” Fred led her upstairs and towards the bedroom in the back of the flat. He opened the bedroom door and watched as Audrey made her way onto the bed and set Lucy down. “I’ll come check on you in a bit okay?”
“Okay.” She turned around and gave him a weak smile looking out the window. She could go see him and see if he could make her feel better, but that was in Muggle London, she didn’t know exactly where it was either, so apparating was out of the question. Looking around the room she grabbed a piece of parchment and a quill and scribbled something down before whistling for the owl George had ‘borrowed’ from Hogwarts, tying the letter to its leg and watching it fly out the window.
An hour later Audrey was pushing her food around her plate, continuously glancing over her shoulder towards her room.
“Eat something Audrey. We got your favorite.” George covered her hand with his own and she looked up, her green eyes dull. “Please?” Sighing Audrey began to eat. “When you’re finished do you want to go for a walk? We could start looking for a place for you to set up your-” George huffed when Fred elbowed him in the side, minutely shaking his head as Audrey stared blankly at him. She took one last bite of the serving on her plate and stood.
“I’m going to see if Draco wrote me back.” The twins nodded and exchanged worried glances as Audrey walked back to her room, hugging herself. “Lucy, where are you?” Audrey whispered as she closed the door and made some clicking noises with her tongue for the kitten to present herself. An owl was resting on the windowsill and she grabbed the note.
Really Audrey? Okay, you could meet me at the Leaky Cauldron tonight if you really do want to talk as bad as it seems you do, just send Hermes back with a letter telling me the time. Just stay safe, all right?
Audrey chuckled slightly, settling onto the bed and pushing her hair out of her face as she started writing a reply back, a very small smile curling onto her lips as Hermes flew off back to his owner. Maybe this would be good for her, make her feel better about leaving Draco without saying good-bye. All she had was hope that he wouldn’t be punished by Umbridge or Lucius when news got around that she wasn’t in school anymore. Hope that Narcissa wouldn’t bombard Draco with letter asking where she is. All she had right now was hope.