Why?

(Rated yellow due to the the content in the prologue) A year ago thirteen year old, Hayden Barrett went missing and was found having been tortured in the basement of an abandoned house. Now a year on, Hayden, whose still in severe shock, and her family are trying to work out how she survived being tortured by a crazed maniac with ergot poisoning. What will happen when she gets an unexpected visit from Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore?
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8. "Can I Trust You?"

After History of Magic with Professor Binns and Herbology with Professor Sprout, I headed to the Gryffindor common room where Harry, Ron and Hermione were waiting for me. “Are we alone?” I asked cautiously. “We’ve checked and no one’s up here but us.” Ron said. “OK,” I continued “Can I trust you all, with this? You’re not to tell anyone.” Harry and Ron nodded and Hermione mimed zipping her lips.

 

I quickly grabbed a glass, which was sitting on a table and Harry cast a charm so that it filled up with water. I took a sip then started to explain. “Well, it was about a year ago,” I began “I was in the park with my friend, Brooke. Then she left to go home. But as I got up to leave a man came up behind me and covered my mouth with a piece of cloth…” I took a sip of water and continued my story.

 

“That’s terrible.” Hermione sniffed once I’d finished. “That bloody git.” Ron cursed. “So you’re kind of like me,” Harry said, “I survived a killing curse.”

“I guess so.” I shrugged. “But how did you survive?” Hermione asked. “That’s the point,” I said, “I don’t know.” The four of us thought for a minute but didn’t come up with anything.

 

*

 

A month passed and Halloween was looming over Hogwarts. I soon learnt I am a quick leaner. I’m leaning third year stuff already. Professor McGonagall said I’ll be able to join fourth year classes after Christmas.

 

But today wasn’t am ordinary day. Today was the day of Quidditch try outs. I found out from Harry that Quidditch is a popular wizarding sport (as in football popular). I tried out for chaser but got beaten to it by Alicia, Katie and Angelina (whose captain).

 

But over the past month the others and I haven’t found anything to do with why I survived the torture. Even Hermione didn’t find anything. And this is Hermione ‘Bookworm’ Granger I’m talking about. “I give up!” Ron huffed. “Ron, I can’t live life without finding out why I didn’t die.” I reminded him. “Hayden’s right, Ron.” Harry said.

 

“Harry?” Hermione interrupted “You know you have the scar?”

“Yes, what about it?” Harry asked but Hermione ignored him. “Hayden, do you have any scars that appeared after you were tortured?” she asked. I shook my head and watch Hermione’s smile turn to a frown.

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