I'll Stand By Your Side (Book 3)

Athena Black's seventh and final year at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry brings more than she could ask for. Dolores Umbridge, The latest Defence Against the Dark arts teacher is beginning to take over the school in the Ministry of Magic's attempt to keep the news of Voldemort returning to power on the down low, and that doesn't settle well. Athena is the youngest member of The Order of The Phoenix and is determined to do the best she can to help, as long as she can stand by the sides of the ones she loves. (Book three to the Proud To Be series)

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Athena's POV

Harry's hearing was today, and he had gotten off of all charges. He wasn't expelled and would be returning with us this year. Most of the day I spent annoying dad and fooling around with Tonks. That usually led to annoying everyone anyway. I hadn't really seen Fred today and I was scared I'd upset him last night, so, that's why I was going to find him.

"Molly, do you know where Fred is?" I asked her but she only shook her head.

"Him and George may be in their room. You could check there, dear." She smiles.

"Alright, thank you." I said and walked away, heading up the stairs to where Fred may be. I walked into their bedroom without knocking and saw them laying on their beds. They both looked up at the same time, and George smiled, where Fred did not. "Can I talk to you?" I asked him, not returning his brothers smile.

He stood up without a word and walked out into the hall, and I followed silently, closing the door. "Yes?" He asked.

"Fred, what's wrong?" I asked him, grabbing his hands. He barely acknowledged it.

"Oh I don't know, I thought you be able to tell me when something was wrong." He said, as if bored with the conversation already. "And maybe some bigger news, too." He said.

"What d'you- you don't mean about me becoming Head Girl?" I asked.

"That, and why the hell are you so distant lately?" He said, coldly.

"Distant?"

"Yes. You barely talk to anyway but your dad and Tonks anymore. I'm worried. George is worried, and so is Remus and everyone else. What's wrong with you?" He asked.

"What's wrong with me? Honestly I didn't even realize..." I said quietly. "Fred I'm sorry, I really am. I didn't realize I was only talking to them. I missed dad so much I just... I'm so sorry." I said, kissing his cheek.

"Athena, if you get distracted so easily and don't even realize, I don't think I can do this anymore. You always shut me out when I just want to be there for you but you won't let me. I can't do this. I'm sorry." He said, letting go of my hands.

"Wait. You're breaking up with me?" I said, trying to stay composed.

"Until you learn that letting people in is okay, yes." He said softly.

"But you're supposed to stay. We're supposed to be there for each other no matter what. Fred you can't. I love you." I tried, shamelessly.

"Then you should learn to show the people that you love that you actually do. A relationship is built on trust, and right now, there is none here. What would be the point of trying anymore? He said, turning away and walking back into his shared room.

I was in so much denial. This wasn't real. It isn't real. It was a joke. Fred loved to okay jokes on people, right? Right. So he's just joking. I know it.

I walked back to my room, trying my best not to collapse. My knees felt as though they would give away any minute. The only reason I hadn't completely broken down her is because I kept telling myself it wasn't real. I made it to my bedroom and grasped the door handle so hard I hurt my hand, and slammed the door shut so hard it nearly broke off it's hinges.

It wasn't real. It's all a dream, and I'm going to wake up soon.

***

The next day was the worst. I didn't sleep that night, but I hadn't cried. I won't cry. Dad tried to talk to me, to ask what was wrong but no reply was given. Around three the next afternoon was when I finally able to drag myself out of my bed. My limbs were so stiff from laying in the same position for over twelve hours.

I looked in the mirror and nearly threw up at what I saw. My eyes were bloodshot and a darker colour was starting to form under my eyes. I was paler than usual, which is really hard to compete. My hair was disheveled and sticking up in the back, and my clothes were old and worn. I looked terrible. I couldn't go out there like this. Number one, Fred might see me, number two, ew, and number three, people would ask what's wrong and I can't handle that. I just can't.

I made up my mind and walked across the hallway to where dad's bedroom was. I didn't bother letting him know I was coming in, mostly because I didn't know if he was in there or not. He was, and he was laying on his bed. He looked up at me and looked extremely shocked when he saw me.

"Athena-" I cut him off by shaking my head and crawling in bed with him.

"Don't bother; Just stay." I said so quietly he probably didn't even hear me.

I made the right choice by moving to his bedroom. At least this way I got a whole 2 hours of sleep. When I woke, dad was looking at me with that fatherly 'I'm worried so tell my what the fuck is wrong before I kill someone' look.

"He broke up with me." I said, rubbing my eyes and sitting up.

"No. Are you joking?" He asked, not believing me. When I didn't answer he hugged me as tighter than he'd ever done before. "You'll be okay, I promise." He said, rubbing my back.

"Those two years were nothing. They're gone and it's all my fault."

"How would it be your fault? You didn't do anything, did you?"

"I shut him out. He apparently couldn't trust me anymore so he ended it. If I had've spent more time with him, if I had've just-"

"Stop. This isn't your fault. If he really cared, he would've worked through it." He said, roughly. "That shouldn't have been a reason to end things."

"I love him, dad. What happens now?" I asked, sadly.

"I don't know. I guess we have to wait and see, won't we?"

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