"That was brilliant! I can't wait until the next one! I reckon you won't come to the next one" Hilary cheered after the 1st Task, "You nearly screamed your lungs out when Cedric was about to get scorched by the dragon's fire"
"So I got a little bit terrified" Peggy rolled her eyes.
"A little? You nearly fainted" Hilary laughed.
"Oi, Hilary! Wait up!" a boy yelled from behind the two girls.
Just as Hillary turned around to see who was calling her, Peggy ducked herself out of the hallway and hid in one of the dungeons entrances. Peggy held her breath for a little bit as if Hillary would be able to hear her breathing. But as the best friend walked by, Peggy noticed that she was too busy flirting with the boy to realize that Peggy wasn't there. Peggy slipped out of the hallway and found the quickest way out of the dungeon and started to make her way over to the Infirmary Wing. Her heart was beating out of her chest as her hands started to tremble and shake as she revisioned Cedric rolling on the ground with a small patch of his robes on fire as he cupped his face which was severely burned. Peggy turned the corner and skidded to a halt as she nearly collided with Draco and his two friends.
"That was a great match wasn't it?" Draco asked, "I really wished that Potter had gotten last place but seeing him being thrown around by the dragon was far enough. I almost felt bad for the poor lad"
"It was pretty intense" Peggy agreed, "They were all pretty clever in their own rights. I especially loved the way Fleur used the Sleeping Charm on her dragon. I didn't think the girl had it in her. No doubt you will say that your favorite was Krum's performance so I will avoid asking the question"
Draco smirked before his eyebrows furrowed, "Where are you off to?"
"I left my scarf out on my seat" Peggy lied.
"I'd hurry if I were you" Draco told her, "The Squib will most likely take it for his own"
Peggy gave her best smile and a nod as she continued down the hallway. She noticed that only Ravenclaw and Slytherin students were out and about as the Hufflepuff and Gryffindor students went eagerly over to their common rooms in hopes of hearing the clue for the next task. Peggy dashed into the Hospital Wing and started to burst out for a run as she looked at all of the beds. Some kids were in there because of being sick while others suffered from other wounds. Peggy burst open the door at the end of the hall and noticed Cedric sitting on a chair with orange paste covering the left side of his face.
"I thought you would've already been at your common room by now" Peggy choked out as she closed the door behind her, "Or at least be drowning in a bunch of Hufflepuff students. How's your burn? You should've gone for a Phoenix, not a labrador!"
"I would've but that was the first thing that came to mind" Cedric smiled, "You came in here very quickly"
"I was scared for you" Peggy countered, "Is that such a crime? That dragon is way too dangerous and should've never have been a candidate for a task like this"
Cedric glanced up from his burned arm and stared at her with his alluring grey eyes, "I mean that much to you?"
Peggy took a step back, "I should go"
"No" Cedric quickly got up and blocked the door, "Answer the question"
"I'm not going to have this conversation with you again. I can't decide my fate" Peggy looked up into his eyes, "I'm expected to marry someone from the Slytherin House. I can't involve myself with anyone else"
"I wasn't asking you to marry me" Cedric said, "I was asking what I meant to you"
"You know I can't answer that. I don't know how I feel about you"
"Then why did you come?" Cedric questioned, "You have to have felt something for me in order to barge through the door like that"
"I wanted to make sure that you were okay" Peggy said as she felt dizzy as it suddenly became very hot.
"So you checked to see if Fleur, Harry, and Viktor were okay too?" Cedric shook his head, "I don't think so"
"Just let me get out of the room" Peggy tried again.
Cedric grabbed onto the doorknob, "Not until you answer the question. Be honest with yourself for once in your life"
"You don't know what you're asking of me" Peggy felt her throat tighten up again, "You don't want to be associated with someone like me. People are terrified of me here"
"But I'm not" Cedric said lightly.
"Why?" Peggy asked.
Cedric walked over to her, cupped her face with his hands and then leaned down and placed his lips on top of hers. Peggy gasped as her eyes widened as she noticed that Cedric's were completely calm and closed as he enjoyed the moment. Peggy couldn't do anything but close her eyes and slightly kiss back. Cedric pulled his lips away from her but kept his head close to hers as his hands remained on her face.
"I've had feelings for you more than you realize" Cedric whispered to her, "I see something in you that's been longing to come out for a long time now"
Peggy let out a little sob as she crashed her lips back onto Cedric's as he openly accepted it. Her lips started to quiver which caused Cedric to wrap his arm around her waist in a firm hold. Peggy broke the kiss as she felt tears running down her cheeks as a wave of emotion was circulating around her.
"You can't save me from the dark" Peggy whispered.
Cedric stroke his hand through her dark brown hair as his breath caressed her face. He placed his lips on top of her forehead and kissed her for a couple of seconds before her bent down his lips toward her ear.
"I can try" Cedric told her.
"Why are you so confident that you can successfully pull me out of the path of a Death Eater?" Peggy asked.
"Because I know you want it" Cedric told her, "Even if you don't think that would be your answer today"
"I should probably leave before Madam Pomfrey comes back" Peggy whispered.
"I'll be seeing you soon" Cedric smiled to her as he finally let her go out of the back room with a small smile on her face.