The next morning Lilly opened her eyes and got up to get dressed for breakfast with Zach when she felt a sudden jolt in her stomach. Oh yeah she wasn't going to meet Zach. She sighed and sat down on the un-made bed sheets.
Okay. I don't need Zach everyday. I'm independent- not needy. It's fine. She told herself calmly.
When Lilly and Annah sat down at the Ravenclaw table at breakfast, Lilly noticed Audrey wasn't there.
"Annah?" Lilly asked curiously.
"Yeah?" Annah replied, buttering her toast.
"Oh, she said she was meeting a friend today? I'm not sure who though." She said.
"Okay. It's not like her to miss a Hogsmead trip."
"No. I suppose not." Frowned Annah. "Don't worry. She'll turn up later."
For some unknown reason, Lilly had an uneasy feeling in her stomach as three of Zach's friends walked past.
The snow had indeed turned into a blizzard but was the usual weather for December at Hogwarts. Annah and Lilly made their way into the little village of Hogsmead and decided to go to the Three Broomsticks to get away from the bitter cold.
Lilly couldn't really concentrate on the conversation, Annah didn't notice anyway. She never did. Lilly was too busy looking for Zach or one of his friends but he didn't show up. Oh you're just being silly. She told herself and tried to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
Next they went to Honeydukes sweet shop, Lilly's favourite. It was time to get a part of Zach's Christmas present. She walked all around the little shop with Annah, laughing and seeing what sweets Zach would like. There was so many to choose from: blood lollipops, acid pops, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.
She ended up buying him a small stack of Chocolate Frogs, a bag of Ice Mice and Pepper Imps too. (And some Jelly Slugs for Annah's Christmas present. They were her favourites.)
They stepped back into the snowy street and headed for Zonkos joke shop to get the rest of Zach's present, Dr Filibuster Fireworks.
After the long day of shopping, Lilly and Annah went back up to the castle to sit in the Common Room and find Zach and Audrey. After they had answered the riddle, (The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
"Steps" Lilly answered confidently.)
Annah and Lilly sat in the corner of the crowded room and waited for Zach and Audrey, not talking at all.
"Oh. This is ridiculous!" Snapped Annah, it was 6pm and neither had returned.
"I'm going to look for her." And she stormed out of the room.
Lilly sighed, Zach had never missed an evening with her. Her eyes started to prickle with longing so she quickly buried her nose in her book to pass the time. She was currently re-reading The Fault In Our Stars by a muggle author called John Green. It was one of her favourites and she had read it dozens of times, the sadness made her feel.... Alive. She wanted her Augusts.
She soon found her self reading the same page over and over, not really taking in the words. It was 8pm. She had missed dinner and where on earth was Annah?! She still hadn't returned as well as Audrey and Zach.
She turned angrily back to her book, she was sat alone while everyone else was in groups. She felt lonely, her only friend with her was her book. She used to feel this constantly before she met Annah. She changed Lilly's life for the better once they became good friends.
Lilly's mind wasn't on the book but wandering about confusing and pointless thoughts in her head. Her head dropped sharply as her eyes shut slowly. Her last though for the day on how tired she was...