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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Fred's POV

When Athena sat by herself, away from us, in the Great Hall, it felt so wrong. She always had the spot next to me, and now it was empty. she sat, sullen-faced and not eating. I wanted nothing more than to hold her. She looked so tired and done with everything humanly possible.

"She was crying on the train." George said, not looking up from his food.

"What?"

"Athena. She was crying."

"Why?" I asked. I didn't want her to cry. Not at all.

"You, I'm presuming."

"What, she never told you?" He shook his head. "Well why didn't you make her?" I asked, angry at him.

"Because it's her business, not mine." He told me.

"She was crying!"

"And if she doesn't want to tell my why she's crying, I won't push her to. Valuing a persons feelings is a great virtue." he said, rather coldly. I looked at him, slightly taken back. George and I never fought, so to see him even slightly upset with me was a shock.

As soon as we were allowed to leave, I saw Athena jump out of her seat faster than I've ever seen her move. She bolted out of The Great Hall and to the common room, I guess. After all she did have her 'Head Girl' duties later.

I may have acted like this break up wasn't really affecting me, but my heart feels like it's been torn out and stomped on. I don't know why I was stupid enough to let her go in the first place, when I didn't even want to. She was stressed out and upset, and I should've been there to help, not leave. I'm not going to lie, I'm really, really stupid.

Athena's POV

Later than night, when I was getting ready to go to sleep, I decided I wasn't tired at all. So instead, I went to the common room to sit by the fire.

I smiled as I settled down in the chair closest to the dancing flames and let everything float away. I didn't want to worry about anything. The order, Fred, Harry, my sanity, nothing. And that's exactly what I did. I sat there until I accidentally fell asleep.

I was startled awake by someone shaking me, and I nearly screamed until I saw that it was only Harry. "You alright? I thought you went to bed hours ago?" He asked. I waved him off and gave a small yawn.

"I'm alright, I couldn't fall asleep so I came down here and I guess I dozed off." I shrugged, wiping my eyes.

"If you're sure... You better go to bed, you don't want to feel terrible all day tomorrow." He said and I laughed a bit. I always feel terrible.

"Yeah. You too, why are you even awake?" I asked him. He shrugged. "Well... Go to sleep. You look like you need it." Now, it was his turn to laugh

"I need a lot of things, but I don't think sleep is one." He sighed.

"Go anyway, you'll really regret it when tomorrow comes." I pokes his chest. He rolled his eyes at me and I began to walk towards the girls dormitories.

"Are you sure you're alright?"

"Merlin, are you my mom now, or what?" I smiled.

"Just worried."

"Well, I'm fine. Hey, did you see that new seventh year that just arrived?"

"Uh... Oh what's her name?"

"Eliana. Pretty name. I like it." I smiled.

"Well maybe you two could become friends. We all know you need some."

"Listen here, you little shit." I smiled and ruffled his hair, not that it needed any more messing up.

"See you tomorrow." He grinned and I nodded in return. Maybe I would take his advice and befriend her, you never know. It could be a great thing.

***

The next morning I walked down to the common room to see the Eliana looking around confused. Her long platinum Blonde hair and pale blue eyes reminded me of someone, but I couldn't place it.

"Excuse me," I asked. She looked at me and smiled, showing off perfectly straight teeth.

"Finally, you're the only one that's even looked at me since I got here." She sighed in relief. Her tone was soft and quiet, but she sounded like she had an Irish accent.

"Well, I'd be happy to show you around if you'd like." I smiled easily. She just had that happy personality that made you want to be happy as well.

"That would be amazing. Only if it isn't too much trouble, though." She added quickly.

"Oh no, not at all." I grinned. "What class do you have first?"

"Potions,"

"Ah, me too. What other classes are you taking?" I asked.

"Transfiguration, Charms, Herbology and Defence against The Dark Arts."

"Oh, do you plan to be an Auror, or-"

"Healer," she interjected quickly.

"Well, it seems as though we have all the same classes. So no trouble at all. Want to go to breakfast?" I asked and she nodded.

"Please, I'm starving." She said and I glanced over her shoulder to see Fred staring either at me or her. Probably her, since she was absolutely stunning.

"Alright, let's go." I smiled. As we got to the Great Hall, I looked at her. "Eli, if I can call you that," I added hastily, and she said it was perfectly fine. "Why do you remind me so much of someone? Do you have any relatives here that I may know?" I asked and her already pale face drained even more.

"Perhaps. Do you know the Malfoy's?" She muttered. I looked at her, taken back. How could someone so nice be related to them?

"You're related to the Malfoy's?" I asked.

"Unfortunately. Anyway, at least I got put in the same house as my dad. He was part of The Order when it was first in place." She said, assuming I knew what it was, and I did. "You know, I do believe Harry. Not the rubbish the Daily Prophet has been giving out." She said.

"We appreciate that, and if you ever need anything just ask me. I'd love to be your friend. I really don't have any," I laughed.

"Well I'd be honoured to have you as my friend."

"Right, I'm Athena, by the way." I smiled and she shook my hand. I rolled my eyes and hugged her. "No need to be formal, I'm no where near formal." I informed her and sat down. She took the spot next to me and nodded.

"That's good to know."

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