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

Stupid, stupid, stupid. That's exactly what I was, really. I'm an idiot for believing in love. I was an idiot to let him in and then destroy me. How could I ever believe in that ever after I wanted?

So, the first time I went anywhere but mine or dad's room was right now. I was persuaded into eating. I walked down the stairs quietly, still looking as bad as I did three days ago. I prayed that no one would notice me, because I was afraid if someone were to talk to me I'd burst into tears. I haven't cried yet, but there's still time.

As soon as my feet hit the ground of the first floor of the house, Remus walked out of a room, looking pre-occupied. He looked up at me and had to take a double-take.

"Athena," he said, concerned. I shook my head and kept walking. The only person I didn't want to see, stood in front of me when I walked into the kitchen.

"Athena, dear!" Mrs. Weasley, walking over with her arms wide. "What's wrong?"

I stared wide eyes for a moment, before what was happening actually registered. I was with my ex-boyfriends mother. "I-" I started, but realized I had nothing to say.

"What's wrong, you look terrible. Come on, you need to eat something. Have you even eaten all week?" She asked and I thought for a minute. I shook my head slowly.

"Mum I need-" a voice said from the door but stopped abruptly, probably seeing me. I turned my head to see who it was, and Fred stood there, staring at me, dumbfounded.

"I have to go," I said quickly and apparated back to my room.

Fred's POV

She looked so worn down and I wanted to hug her more than anything, but I couldn't. She wasn't my girlfriend anymore. Her bones looked so much more prominent and she looked tired and sick. She was as pale as ever and I felt terrible. After all, this is all my fault. And I love her.

"Fred, what is the matter with her? She hasn't been out of her room in almost five days," mum asked. I looked at her wide-eyed for a moment and I think she caught on. "You didn't?"

"I.. Well-" I already felt terrible about this already, so let's see how bad she can make me feel about it now.

"She was the best thing that ever happened to you! Do you see what you've done to her?! You should be ashamed!" She yelled and I flinched. Mum mad, wasn't good.

"What is the commotion about in here?" Remus asked, walking in, followed closely by Tonks.

"Yes, what's happening, Fred?" Mum asked me, her tone still threatening.

"I..." I rubbed the back of my neck, nervously.

"Go on," Remus said.

"I don't know what you're talking about..." I breathed.

"You... Him and Athena are no longer a going concern." She said, dangerously. Remus and Tonks looked at each other, and without a word, Remus ran out of the room and up to Athena's, I assume. Tonks looked from me to the door and seemed to be making a life choice. She eventually made up her mind and ran out the door.

Athena's POV

Soon after I apparated, two people came barging into my room who I later identified as Remus and Tonks.

"Why didn't you tell us?"

"Are you okay?"

"Have you been eating?"

"It'll be alright,"

"I'm fine, guys." I said hoarsely.

"No you're not love," Remus said, pulling me into his chest. And for the first time since this happened, I started to cry. But it wasn't boo hoo single tear, no it was I'm sobbing and I can't breathe right now.

"It's gonna be okay," he said, rubbing my back comfortingly.

"It won't! I fucking love him so much it hurts! But I fucked up and didn't appreciate him enough and now he's gone. He's gone and probably doesn't even want me back." I ended with another sob and I gave up completely and just let him hold me. I'm done. He doesn't want me, and I don't want to be me.

Fred's POV

Extendable ears come in handy, especially when you want to hear what your ex-girlfriend is crying about. Just not so great when it's about you. I admit I made the worst mistake I could've made. Of course I loved her more than anything, she was just really not being herself lately. Maybe I was afraid this is how it would stay? I don't know.

I know that I wanted to be with her, yes. I know that I eventually want to marry this girl. But to make up for what I did will take some work. I hope by the time that I have something, she'll still be in love with me. I mean, it's worth a shot.

"Oh George,"

"Yes Fred?"

"I think we have something big to plan. Something very big." I looked at him and have a half ass smile.

Athena's POV (I know, again. I'm sorry)

I calmed down after an hour, I think and both Remus and Tonks left. Not without the reassurance they were just downstairs, of course. But I just wanted one person with me right now. Well, maybe two. But I could only have one of them.

I got up and walked over to dad's room. I don't care if he wasn't there. He'd be back eventually. I laid in his bed and just stares at the ceiling. He was probably downstairs or something, since he couldn't go outside. I pulled the blankets up to my chin and shut all of my emotions off. Who needs those things?

I laid there and though. I thought for a long time, and to be alone and in my mind for that long was probably dangerous. But oh well. After an hour or two, I was don't waiting, so I went back to my bedroom. When I walked in, I saw a redhead sitting on my bed and I almost had a heart attack.

"Ginny," I said.

"How are you?"

"Okay. What's up?" I asked, trying to act as normal as possible.

"I came to see if you're alright. I know this is probably really hard on you." She said softly, pulling me into a hug.

"Yeah, yeah I'm fine though." I lied, forcing a smile.

"That isn't what mum or Remus said," she said and I silently cursed myself for telling anyone what happened. "You can talk to me you know. I won't go telling Fred what you said. You are sort of like my best friend." She smiled. I couldn't help but return the favour.

"Alright. How about I go shower and I'll be right back, okay?" I asked. She nodded and as I walked into the bathroom, I couldn't help but start to feel better. Even if it wasn't Fred, people did still care about me. That's all I could really ask for, I guess.

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