The rest of the day was a blur to Lilly, until it came to dinner. She sat down on the long table belonging to Ravenclaw with Annah on her left. She wasn't feeling hungry so she sat quietly and let Annah do all the talking.
"Ugh. I can't believe how much homework Snape give us! I hate essays! If we get any more work I'm gonna- Um. Lilly." She nudged Lilly in the arm. "I think Zach's coming over to talk to you!" She whispered excitedly into Lilly's ear. Lilly looked up quickly to see if she was joking but sure enough Zach was strolling over here from the other end of the table.
"Hey, Lilly. Can I speak to you for a minute?" He grinned nervously, wringing his hands.
"Um. S-sure." She stuttered. He turned and walked out of the hall and into the main staircase. Lilly looked back at Annah to see her mouth the words "I'll be waiting!".
She followed Zach until they were alone in a corridor close to their Common Room.
"Well, here goes." Mumbled Zach. "I haven't stopped thinking about you all day, Lilly. I know we don't know much about each other but I was kind of hoping I could change that. I'd love to get to know you better. If you want to of course. If not that's... That's fine."
Lilly stared at his face to see if he was joking. He wasn't. " Zach that would be amazing. You seem so lovely. I want to get to know you too. Of course I want to!" Her eyes widened in embarrassment at how stupid she sounded saying lovely.
"Really?!" Said Zach, his eyes brightened as he asked.
"Really." Smiled Lilly.
"I was so sure you were gonna reject me." He laughed nervously.
"I'm not that heartless Zach!" Giggled Lilly. Ugh. Her giggles sounded stupid too.
"How about we hang out tomorrow?" Asked Zach.
"Yeah. That sounds cool." Replied Lilly.
Shortly after, she and Zach had arranged to meet by the lake tomorrow afternoon. They walked back to their Common Room together, making jokes and laughing the whole way. As Lilly said goodnight to Zach before she went to her dorm, he hugged her tightly. She was shocked at first but it felt right, so she returned the hug
As she climbed into her bed a little while later, she couldn't help but smile. Zach made her happy, what could she say.