Lean On Me - Sequel to Proud To Be

In Athena Black's sixth year, she faces so much more things since previous years. With her father an escaped convict of Azkaban, and her godfather a werewolf, it brings much more trouble than you'd think. So when things start to get rough, her long time best friend and boyfriend, Fred Weasley, is more than willing to be there, so she can lean on him if in need.

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Fred's POV

I didn't really want to make it look like I was as upset as I actually felt, because come on, how would that make Athena feel?

"I don't want to go back." She said as we headed Into the compartment of the train.

"It'll be alright," I reassured her, kissing her head.

"But what if it isn't?" She said softly, taking a seat. I sat down beside her and sighed.

"It will be, just give it time." I said, pulling her closer to me.

"If you say so," she says softly, hugging me around my waist.

"I know so." I corrected her and played with the ends of her hair. "Why are you so perfect?" I sighed.

"Trust me, I'm not near perfect" she rolled her eyes.

"Don't even bother arguing, you little shit." I told her and she smiled. The first time I saw her really smile in the last few days. After a while, I could tell that she was staring to fall asleep, and I didn't bother to disturb her. She deserves some rest after what happened.

"Guys!" Lee burst through the door and I glared at him. Athena stirred and sat up, looking at him.

"Yes?" I asked.

"I just wanted to ask how things were going," he smiled and looked over to my girlfriend in time to see the colour drain from her face.

"Aha, yeah come here for a second." I beckoned him out into the corridor.

"Yeah?"

"We lost her," I told him.

"Wait, what?"

"The baby," I sighed.

"Oh, I'm so sorry, Fred."

"It's okay, but please don't mention it in front of her. She took it pretty badly." I warned him and he nodded.

"Yeah, of course. I'll leave you two alone." He said and walked away.

I sighed and waited a minute to go in. It would be pretty pathetic to cry in front of your girlfriend whose staying strong through the same thing. I straightened myself out and stepped back in, seeing Athena leaning against the window, not really bearing any emotion at all.

"Athena," I said. She barely even acknowledged me. I sighed and sat beside her and pulled her close to me. She rested her head on my chest and I think she was trying her hardest to stay calm.

"I love you." She said after a minute or two.

"I love you too, Athena. More than anything."

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Athena's POV

Ah, Hogwarts. Any other time I'd be more than happy to be here, but not now. Why couldn't I have just stayed home and wallowed in self pity? Maybe I'll skip potions to do exactly that.

I knew as soon as I walked through the front doors into the Entrance Hall, the first few days would be torched. With the first few people looking at my stomach, then my face and putting two and two together, I wanted nothing more than to go back to be with Remus again. I couldn't stand the looks of sympathy I was repeatedly getting, so instead of facing everyone, I hid in my dormitory. Yes, the one with Angelina and three other girls I couldn't bother to get to know.

Maybe if I finished the last of my homework I could keep my mind off things. It's worth a shot, isn't it? And that's what I did. For the rest of the night I studied, I took notes and I finished our essays that were due the following week. And once I finished that, I fell asleep. I fell asleep knowing very well I wouldn't be going to tomorrow's classes, either out of fear of how people will look at me, or lack of motivation. Maybe even both.

When I awoke the next day, everyone was already gone from our dormitory. Beds were empty and it was just me. I almost smiled and the thought of being alone, but I knew better. I crawled out of the bed and dragged myself downstairs, not expecting to see Fred waiting on the couch for me.

"What are you doing?" I asked, sitting beside him.

"What does it look like I'm doing?"

"Being an arse,"

"And you're quite right. I don't have a class now, and you got a letter." He smiled slightly, handing me an envelope with my name on it.

"It's dad." I told him.

"No, it's a letter. God, I just told you." He said stupidly.

"Fred." I said.

"Hmm?" He smiled.

"You're an idiot," I said and he nodded.

"I know that," he pulled me closer to him and kissed my head. "Well read it." He told me and I listened. I opened the envelope and pulled out the parchment carefully, prepared to read it out loud.

"Dear Athena,

"Remus talked to me, and I am really sorry about my first letter. I also heard what happened, and I hope you know that's the last thing I would've wanted. I'm so sorry, Athena. I do hope you're doing alright." I laughed. He had no idea how bad I was actually doing.

"Please don't be upset with me. I know I messed up, but please forgive me. I know Remus is much better at this whole dad thing than I am, and I'm glad you got to be raised by him rather than me. I'm not glad I missed you growing up, I mean, I'd probably lose you on the first day I got you or something like that. I just hope you know I'm trying. I'm trying my hardest to be there now to make up for the years I wasn't. It's quite unreasonable that I'm trying to fit twelve years of parenting into however long we'll be together, but it's worth a shot, right?"

"Anyway, I love you and I'm sorry again, and I hope to hear from you soon. Stay strong, Athena." I finished and looked at Fred, tears shining in my eyes.

"He really is trying, Isn't he?" I asked and he hugged me.

"He is, because you mean the world to him." He told me and kissed me softly.

"I love you, Freddie."

"I love you too, Athena." He smiled, and we stayed there for a long time on the common room couch. Not caring who was there. And eventually, we fell asleep the same way. In each other's arms.

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