"I think it's a perfect opportunity to show that this is a time for change" Cedric encouraged.
Peggy rejected the idea, "At the Yule Ball? I highly doubt you will be sending that message out to everyone there"
Cedric let out a sigh as he looked over to the Castle just past the Black Lake. He's been standing out there for 20 minutes trying to convince his girlfriend on attending the Ball with him. He knew that this would be a big step for her. Peggy shuddered in the cold, making Cedric shrug off his jacket and draped it over her shoulders. She gave him a small smile as she placed one of her long strands of brown hair behind her ear. Cedric couldn't help but notice how Peggy constantly checked her surroundings to know that they were alone.
He shifted his footing from side to side as he tried to figure out a way to get Peggy to go with him. Cedric honestly felt that he wanted to go with no one else but her. Peggy still didn't seem to notice that was his intention but she hasn't been around love long enough to know that. He wrapped his arm around her shoulders and pulled her in to protect her from the strong wind. He felt her seize up at first before she slowly calmed down and nuzzled into him.
Cedric brought his lips down to her ear, "They will only notice that you are my date for about five minutes. The students only care that there's going to be a dance"
"Cedric. I can't go with you" Peggy told him.
She didn't have the heart to tell him but Hilary already 'found' a date for her. As much as Peggy told her best friend that she didn't want to the Ball with Mike Flint. Peggy even went to the extent of threatening Mike and telling him that she wasn't interested, but unlike most Slytherins, he wasn't afraid to stand his ground to Peggy. Every time she opened her mouth to tell Cedric about what Hilary did, she felt sick to her stomach and she refuses to say anything.
"I'm not going to give up, Peggy" Cedric told her.
"The night of the Yule Ball should be about you" Peggy looked up to him, "If I go as your date it will ruin it for you"
Cedric dropped his arm down from her and walked over to the bank of the water. Peggy stayed in place as she wrapped her arms around herself, noticing how cold it is now. Cedric ran a hand through his hair as he turned around and stared at her.
"You don't get it do you?" Cedric asked, "I don't care what other people have to say to about me behind my back. What makes you think that I would care about what they say about who I'm dating?"
Peggy could tell that this was becoming a bad situation but she drew in a deep breath as she tried to find the right words. She has never seen Cedric ever this mad before, even when she never talked to him.
"You don't want to bring me as a date, Cedric" Peggy croaked out.
"Why?" Cedric asked before he placed a finger up in the air, "Wait a minute. I think I already know the answer"
This made Peggy upset as she fixed her jaw into a tight hold.
"You might not care what people think of you" Peggy responded, "But I do, Cedric! I'm not like you. I'm not as strong as you because I've never been built like that. All they will say about you is that you're a champion of Hogwarts and boyfriend of a future Death Eater. The Hufflepuffs will be in shock but in the end, will forgive you"
"So will it always come back to that?" Cedric demanded, "Just because you're from Slytherin or a daughter of the Death Eater"
"You don't know what my lifestyle is like" Peggy argued, "What my mom is like! I've only met her once this summer and I'm even terrified of her! You should be too. If she found out about us, it will be horrible for you. She loves to torture people. You can't think you're invincible, Cedric, you won't last long in this world if you do. We have to keep this relationship private right now. I know that something bad is going to happen soon. Going public with this relationship will not be a good idea"
"So if I were a Slytherin you're saying that our lives would've been a lot easier, Peggy?" Cedric asked.
"That's not what I'm saying, Cedric" Peggy replied, "I would go with you if I hadn't to think about all of the Death Eater families that are in my House"
"If you keep thinking like that you will never be able to live your life" Cedric retorted.
"You haven't seen the darkness and violence I have seen" Peggy told him, "It makes you feel trapped with nowhere else to go"
"And all I'm trying to do is make you feel alive again. Think about it" Cedric responded as he apparated, leaving Peggy alone to her thoughts.