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Chapter 12:

I was crying. And wet. And scared. And angry. And well...lost.

I sat on a broken tree stump. Not sure what to do.

Once Hargrid told me just how dangerous the forest was. I was scared out of my mind.

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I sat for a bit, pondering what to do. I eventually decided to get up and walk back into the direction I came from. The thing about that is, I don't know which area I came from.

I decided to just go a random way, hoping it would get me somewhere.

It was dark so I got my wand and casted Lumos. Being a witch is helpful a lot of the time.

I was walking for some time, not getting anywhere. It was still raining and I was starting to get tired. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something move fast and I heard the ground crack. I turned around quickly and shone the light where the noise came from.

I looked around, my hands shaking. I saw nothing. So, I decided to keep walking.

And again, after a while, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. This time a loud roar-like noise came from behind me and I ran. I ran until I couldn't. I fell on my knees and struggled to get up. But when I did I ran again. I was all scraped up and crying. And I was panicking. And, it was still raining.

I was running for what seemed like forever before something grabbed me. I started screaming and kicking, crying for help.

"Mate it's me!" Came a familiar voice...Fred?

I stopped kicking and turned to him. I threw my arms around him and cried into his shoulder.

"Hey- what happened? Why are you outside so late? Are you ok?" He said rubbing my back

I couldn't talk. I could only cry.

Fred picked my up and swung me to where he was giving me a piggy-back ride.

"Jeez Victoria, you're bleeding! Let's get you to the nurse"

I was sobbing into his neck as he walked through the hall to the nurse. He kept trying to get me to calm down but I couldn't.

"Winter?" I heard Malfoy call as he ran up to Fred "is she ok? What happened?" He asked

"Go away Malfoy" Fred said

"Tell me what happened Weasley" he sad

"I don't know what happened!"

"Winter?" Malfoy said softly and I looked at him "your face is bleeding"

"H-how bad is it" I choked

"Not bad at all" Fred said

"What happened?" Malfoy asked

"I-" I said but I couldn't even say it. I was so scared that I began to cry again.

I'm no cry baby, but this? Leave me alone I was mega scared. Don't judge.

Fred sat me down and wrapped me up in his arms. I heard loud footsteps along the hall and I looked up. Snape and Dumbledore were walking towards me.

"What's this?" Dumbledore asked

"Winter are you alright?" Snape asked

I shook my head and Dumbledore took my arm to lead me to the nurse.

Snape stayed to question Malfoy and Fred.

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The nurse bandaged me up and once I calmed down I explained what happened. Starting with why I ran into the forest in the first place. I didn't want to get Malfoy into trouble but I couldn't find a good excuse as to why I ran into the forest, not that I cared if Malfoy got in trouble anyways.

Snape came to the nurse and I repeated my story. Dumbledore sent Hagrid to check out the forest for anything weird. They said it was active at night but because I saw something suspicious they needed to make sure it wasn't anything that could harm Hogwarts.

They eventually left me and said I should lay down for a bit, just in case my bandages needed to be changed.

It turns out one of my cuts was pretty severe. Dumbledore didn't want to use a healing spell on me for some unknown reason.

**

I was laying down for some time before someone came in. I looked up and I saw Malfoy.

"Winter.." he began "I'm sorry"

"Malfoy? Apologizing?" I managed some sarcasm

"Don't start" he said sitting on the edge of the bed "can you tell me what happened?"

I took a deep breath and repeated the story for a third time.

"I'm so sorry- it's my fault" Malfoy said

"It's fine" I shrugged

"The thing is it's not Winter-"

"Stop, Draco. Just stop" I said "I'm too tired"

"Right. You should rest" he said and stretched out next to me

"What are you-"

"You're bound to have nightmare after tonight's events. And because I'm the one that caused them, I'll be staying here, to repay you..of course" he said

I was too tired to fight him on it.

"Fine. But don't think anything of it"

"Never would" he said

I turned towards him and he turned towards me. We made eye contact. It was super awkward but I couldn't look away.

"I really am sorry Victoria" he said

"I-" I was really about to do this "I forgive you."

He looked at me in astonishment. Quick-take it back.

He smiled at me and pulled me to him. I resisted at first but...human contact was nice. I cuddled up to him and closed my eyes.

"Don't think anything of this Winter"

"Never would" I said, and drifted off to sleep.
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