Ray Barnes had always been seen as a crazy girl who no one should ever cross with. Judging by the way no student who saw her out in the halls late at night asked her why she was out, she knew that her feared reputation really did have it's ups.
She hoped that Bryce hadn't told anyone else to look after her. It would be terrible if he did.
In the back of her mind, Ray felt a prickle of feelings, and she tuned int them for a moment as she continued on her way.
Come, Ray. Come before you encounter him again. Don't let him know. Hide. Hide me.
I will, she thought. And with that, Ray changed course so she could head to the Forbidden Forest again. As she was about to leave, she ran straight into someone. She was about to give a biting and extremely rude comment when she saw who it was.
Ray Barnes never cried, never laughed, was never surprised, and certainly was never frightened.
In that moment, however, she was scared. So, so scared.
I'll never be able to protect him, she thought desperately. He'll get caught, and they'll find out. And I'll never be able to do anything about it.
"What are you doing here, Ray? Wasn't Seamus with you?" The speaker was Bryce. Then, a puzzled look crossed his features. "You didn't, like, hit him..... did you?"
"I....." Ray's mouth was dry, and she was unable to form any response. How could she explain the very things she was scared someone would blow? If any full grown witches or wizards found out all about him, they would use spells to try and study him.
And yet, here was Bryce. He was staring at her, desperately trying to help his friend.
"Forget that," Ray said at last. "Come with me. You deserve an explanation."
Ray Barnes was about to do the craziest thing she could ever think of doing. She was about to confide in someone.