"Is she going to be okay?" Hermione asked Madame Pomfrey.
"Yes, she should be, she'll have a headache for a few days, but apart from that she'll be fine," Madame Pomfrey answered. Lavender opened her eyes and saw Hermione and Neville standing either side of her bed, with Ron and Harry standing awkwardly at the end.
"Lavender? How are you feeling? What on earth were you doing out of the common room early?" Hermione inquired.
"I noticed you'd left, I was coming to find you," she grunted.
"Oh Lavender, I'm so sorry, I almost got you killed.
"I'll live," Lavender said, with a smile. Although Hermione knew this was true she couldn't help but feel awful. "Can I just ask something?" She didn't wait for an answer, she just asked, "what is that smell?" She crinkled her nose at the vomit-like smell contaminating her nostrils.
"Well, the monster kind of blew up all over us," Neville stuttered. "We haven't had time to shower yet because we've been waiting with you all day."
"As lovely as that is I'd rather you had spent that time washing," Lavender joked. Just then the Doctor popped his head around the curtain with a grin on his face.
"Just came to check you were okay...Lavender, isn't it?"
"Who are you?" Lavender asked, frowning.
"Hi, I'm the Doctor and I'm the one who kind of accidentally let the alien loose on your school, sorry about that."
"That...was an alien?" Lavender was wide-eyed in disbelief, but her facial expression quickly turned into a big grin. "I fought an alien and didn't die."
"You didn't really do much fighting," Ron sneered. Harry jabbed him in the ribs at which point he decided to shut up.
"I must say Ron, I don't think I've ever seen you run so fast," Neville remarked.
"I thought the screaming was...ah, nevermind."
"You thought it was Hermione didn't you," Lavender teased.
"What!? No!" Ron argued, defensively. "Just shut up okay!"
"Oh look, he's getting all defensive," Lavender joked. Ron walked out leaving the rest of them standing there awkwardly. Hermione's cheeks were bright red.
"Anyway, it was, um...nice meeting you all but River and I should probably go now that the TARDIS is up and running again." The Doctor said gliding away.
"We'll be up in a second to say goodbye," Hermione shouted, not sure whether he heard or not. "Well, we need to go and say goodbye and find Ron and have a shower so we'll see you later." Lavender was asleep anyway, so Hermione, Harry and Neville all left through the large double doors, out of the infirmary.
When they got to the common room they had caught up with the Doctor. They walked with him to Harry and Ron's dormitory, where Ron was sitting on his bed sulking. River stuck her head out of the TARDIS to tell the Doctor she was ready when he was. He turned to Harry and Hermione.
"Well..." He started. "It was fun." He stretched his hand out to Harry and he shook it firmly. Then he stretched his hand out to Hermione but she ignored it and just hugged him tightly.
"You might have been an idiot letting an alien out, but you saved our lives, so thank you," she said, finally letting go.
"Bye Ron," the Doctor said, waving.
"Yeah, bye," Ron answered. The Doctor stepped backwards into the TARDIS and shut the door behind him. The machine made a whooshing noise and slowly disappeared. "Bloody mad man," he muttered under his breath. Hermione turned to leave. "Hermione wait!" He jumped off his bed and ran towards her. Harry retreated out of the room to give them some peace. Ron stood in front of Hermione, looking at his hands, not entirely sure what to say. "You know...I thought...when I heard the screaming...god, I thought that was you and it terrified me." She looked down at her feet when she felt his hand on her waist, he pulled her towards him and pressed his lips on to hers. She kissed him back. Although both of them would never have admitted it, they had been wanting to do this for a very long time.
"Right then," the Doctor said, strolling around the console, flicking switches and pulling levers. "Where to next?"