One morning, after another date with Zach, Lilly went down to breakfast and met Annah and Audrey. Zach was at Quidditch practise with his team and should be back any minute. Audrey had a secretive grin on her pretty face and looked like she was bursting to say something. As soon as Lilly sat down Audrey shuffled up the bench to her and said "Lilly. Lilly. Lilly! I have something for you!" She sounded excited.
She handed Lilly a neatly folded piece of paper. Lilly opened it slowly and angled it away from Audrey's interested eyes. She recognised the messy handwriting as Zach's. She looked around and noticed he still wasn't back, her stomach sank with disappointment as she turned her eyes back to the letter.
'Hey beautiful.' It said. 'I'm in the hospital wing for the next week. Don't be worried! It's nothing, really. I just fell off of my broomstick. Go to class today and visit me later if you have time. Don't go slacking because of me. Don't go worrying about me now. Love always, Zach.'
There was a small heart next to his name which made Lilly smile. Okay. So Zach was hurt. She could go without him for a few days. She decided she would visit him that night after her homework. She took a deep breath and started to eat her food.
The day had gone slow for Lilly, as if on purpose. Soon Lilly had finished her stacks of work and she headed to the hospital wing. She took a box of Chocolate Frogs with her- they were Zach's favourite.
She was there within a couple of minutes. She opened the door quietly and peeked her head around it. Zach was in the only occupied bed and Madam Pomfrey was in her office. "Hey you." Zach said hoarsely, spotting her. He opened his arms to her and Lilly practically run into them. He hugged her tightly to his chest and wouldn't let go. "Okay. You're suffocating me!" Lilly giggled, pulling away.
"Sorry." He laughed. "Are those for me?" He asked, pointing at the Chocolate Frogs. "No. They're for Madam Pomfrey. Of course they're for you silly!" She replied.
Zach eagerly opened the top one and looked at his card. "Hm. Dumbledore. I don't think I've got him." He said.
"Well you can add him to the collection, can't you." Lilly smiled gently.
They spent the rest of the evening opening Chocolate Frogs. They each had about 7 more after that night. "Okay." Lilly sighed sadly. "I better go."
"Awh. I wish you could stay here. Tomorrow's Saturday. Come and see me?" He asked hopefully.
"Hm?" Lilly said, she was so tired and her eyes kept drooping shut. "Yeah. I'll come."
"Come here sleepy head." Zach pulled her onto his bed and wrapped his arms around her. "You tired?" He said. "How could you tell?" Replied Lilly. Zach laughed gently, tucking a piece of hair behind her ear.
Her eyes slowly shut and the last thing she remembered was Zach whispering goodnight in her ear on the comfy hospital bed. It was so peaceful.