My Best Friend

Chapter 8

The night before the second task I wasn't worried about Cedric. As he had figured out the egg, and hinted to Harry about it. We were on the couch talking about his game plan, which was to use the bubble-head charm. Then our head of house, Professor Sprout, walked in. "Dear, Dumbledore needs you in his office immediately." she said referring to me. "Alright. See you later Cedric." I replied. I walked down to Professor Dumbledore's office and walked up the stairs, which were already opened. I walked up the stairs to see Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, a little girl with silver hair, and Professor Dumbledore. "Ah, we are all here now. Well you are probably wondering why you are all here." he said, as I sat down in the empty seat. "Well you may or may not know what the hint to the egg was, but the just of it is that our champions have to go into the lake to rescue something very dear to them. That very dear thing, will be you." he continued. "But sir, how will we be put under the water exactly?" asked Hermione. "That's a very good question. Well, we will put you under a sleeping charm, so you won't inhale any water. Yes, you will be there overnight. Though our champions will rescue you in the morning. You will not be in any danger, but we will have to tell our champions otherwise. You will wake up once your head reaches the surface." he stated. After that we were put under a sleeping charm, and put under water. The next thing I know my head was above the water, and I soaking wet and freezing. Cedric let go of my waist and let me swim to the ladder. When I got to the top, people immediately grabbed hold of me, and gave me a towel. Cedric climbed up, grabbed a towel, and walked straight to me. "You alright?" he asked. "I'm freezing." I shivered. We had to wait for the other champions before we could leave the lake, sigh. "Come here. Come thieve me of my body heat." he said soothingly but jokingly, then smirked. I quickly wrapped my arms around him, feeling like my arms were going to shiver off. He pulled me in closer and wrapped me in his towel. Fleur Delacour came up, but without her sister. She was put in last because she was attacked by Grindylows. Then came Viktor Krum, who returned with Hermione. He came in second. Then came Harry with both Ron and Fleur's sister, and he ended up coming in first with Cedric. "Hey, are you warming up?" Cedric asked me. "Not really." I said honestly, still shivering. He picked me up in his arms and walked to the common room. "I'm going to go change out of my robes and put my pajamas and house coat on. It will help with the hypothermia." I said. "I was going to suggest that." he replied. "I'm going to change too." he continued. I went to the girls dormitories and changed into my winter pajama pants and a comfy, long sleeved pajama shirt. Then I grabbed my house coat and went to the common room area to find him on the couch cuddled up in a giant blanket. "Do you want to cuddle? And talk?" he looked up at me. "Sure." I answered. He lifted the blanket to let me crawl in, and dropped it. I wrapped my arms around him. He wrapped one arm around me, and placed one hand in my hair. "Did you see what Rita Skeeter published?" he asked. "No, I don't read her rubbish. Why? What did she write?" I said. "Well she got word that Harry called me a popular, stupid, useless, pretty boy. Who didn't even have enough brains to fill an eggcup." he mumbled, but I still heard. "Cedric, you know he's wrong, right? Don't believe in what others say about you. You are the one who decides what type of person you are. You take both Transfiguration and Charms at newt level. You are wonderful at Defense Against the Dark Arts. You're also a brilliant seeker." I said. "And when I talked to him. I could hear it in his voice and see it in his eyes that he thought that I wasn't trustworthy. That I was trying to make him look like a fool in front of everyone, so I'd look better than him." he continued. "Cedric." I rubbed his back. "You're not." I started to play with the hairs on the back of his neck. "The more you are exposed, the more people irrationally hate you." he stated. "I bet he's thanking you now for that hint." I said. "Well I did find out from Mad Eye Moody." he replied. "But you still figured it out and got in first." I told him. "I still technically gave you hypothermia because I was stupid enough to be friends with Harold who put me into these tasks." he argued. "Yes, but you are keeping me warm now and if it wasn't for Harold putting you into the Triwizard Tournament we wouldn't even be in a romantic relationship." I argued back. "I love you. You always look on the bright side." he surrendered. "I love you too. I see where you're coming from though. The best thing to do is ignore it." I said playing with his hair. "Did you charm this blanket to be warm?" I asked. "Yeah, one Christmas Eve, when I had to stay here, I got frustrated with the bed warmer not working for me. It was only warming my feet. I'm a tall person you know." he answered. "Merlin, you're brilliant." I said. He chuckled and squeezed me tight. "Both Cho and Fleur, known as two of the most prettiest girls this year asked me to the Yule Ball and I said no. I really don't find them attractive, and I don't know why people find them attractive." he said. I dug my fingers into the side of his hair and kissed his bottom lip slowly. I rested my head on his shoulder and fell asleep with him in my arms.

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