Zach and Lilly were having fun by themselves, teasing each other while getting to know all about each other.
It was nearly dark and Lilly and Zach were still sitting on the logs but cuddled together opposed to sitting apart. Suddenly Lilly heard laughter coming closer and closer. It was Alex and his group of 'followers'. "Oh look who it is! Zach and Lilly." Alex said in a mocking tone. His crowd laughed. Lilly's eyes narrowed in anger as Zach squeezed her hand in reassurance. "Jealous Alex?" Lilly said bitterly. "Like you would know what true loyalty is." "How dare you. At least I don't attract nerds like you. You're better off without her Zach, unless you need help with Transfiguration homework." Alex said, his audience sniggered behind him. "You don't know a thing about Lilly. You don't know her personality or anything about her. If you knew her like I do you wouldn't be saying that." Zach said defensively, reaching into his pocket and pulling out his wand. "Oh let's leave the Love birds alone. We don't want to turn into nerds." Alex strode away, his chin in the air as if he was superior.
As they disappeared from the trees and back up the the castle, Lilly looked at Zach and felt her eyes prickle. They slowly filled with tears and he returned the look. "Hey! Come on. They're stupid. You're not a nerd. You're perfect just the way you are." He pulled her towards him and hugged her tightly, putting away his wand. "I know, I know." She sniffed. "It's stupid." Lilly took a deep breath and wiped her eyes. "Come on. Let's go for a walk." Zach smiled at her. Taking her hand again and leading her through the trees. He swung their hands as he walked, making jokes to try and cheer Lilly up. They walked for hours. She couldn't help but laugh as he tripped over a branch on the ground. "Oh that's very funny if I cut myself!" He teased. "I'm sorry! You just make me laugh!" She giggled. She pulled him up from the ground.
They found a bench as the sun was setting. Zach put his arm around Lilly's shoulder and rested his head on her head. Lilly smiled to herself, today had been perfect. Despite Alex's comments, Lilly had so much fun with Zach. She couldn't help but lean into him closer.
They must have been sitting on the bench for at least an hour when Zach noticed Lilly's eyes dropping shut. "Come on, Sleeping Beauty. Back up the castle." He wiggled her shoulders and pulled her to stand up.
As they walked back to the castle, Lilly struggled to keep up. Her legs were slow and her senses were unresponsive. Eventually Zach had to carry her. She giggled a little as he picked her up with ease. She nestled her head into his shirt, so she was comfortable. She hardly noticed when they arrived at the castle.
"And up the the common room." Zach said. Placing Lilly on her feet but keeping hold of her hand.
They walked up to the common room together and he left her at the bottom of the staircase to her dorm. He kissed her gently on the cheek.
The next thing Lilly knew she had somehow made it to her bed. She grinned in the dark with her eyes shut. In no time she fell asleep.