Valuing Your Virtues (Book 4)

One thing you'll learn in life is to value your virtues. Even though it may be hard to do. After losing something so great, it might not be easy to get back on track, but it starts to become easier after you accept yourself for what you have, instead of what you've lost. After losing my father, it wasn't a happy time, but I'm here. I'm still alive, and I'm still fighting. Me, Athena Black, has realized something grand. That is to not give up until you've realized what you've got.


12. 11

Athena's POV

It was nearing the end of the year and I was getting ex cited to have Harry home for someone to talk to that doesn't really drive me insane. It's not like I didn't love everyone here but I just needed someone new to talk to. Hermione would even be great company and Ron, too.

"You look deep in thought." Fred said from behind me and placed his hands on my waist.

"No, not really." I sighed and turned around.

"We haven't really talked lately, are you okay?"

"Yeah, why wouldn't I be?"

"Well, with your dad and all..." He said and brushed the hair from my face.

"Yeah, I'm good. I'm good because I have you." I smiled and kissed him.

"Well that's sweet, but you can tell the truth." He told me.

"I know, and I am. I guess it's just sort of hard to do when everything is just falling down. I don't know how many of you guys I'm gonna lose-"

"Athena!" Tonks burst through the door, she looked frantic and I knew there was something wrong.

"Tonks? What the hell? What's wrong?"

"Death Eaters, they're planning to get into Hogwarts and tye have a plan to kill Dumbledore!" Fred and I shared a look of pure shock and terror.

"Let's go,"


By the time we arrived, my chest felt like it was going to explode. There it was, the Dark Mark glowering above the astronomy tower. "No..." I said and took off in a run. I ran through the halls that I've grown to know so much and closer to the Gryffindor tower I ran into Harry. "Oh Merlin, thank god you're safe."

"Why are you here?" He asked, wide-eyed.

"You don't think the order would let that scum run around here without a fight?"

"He's already dead, Athena. It was Snape. He was the one that did it," He said and I swallowed hard. I didn't want to believe it, but there was no time to grieve. Not yet, anyway.

"And were gonna get revenge." I said. "Do not get yourself hurt, or I swear." I pulled him into a hug.

"You too, now go. They need you." He told me and I took off running towards the astronomy tower.

"Look who we have here," I heard a voice say from behind me.

"Nice to see you again. I must say, cousin, we've been seeing an awful lot of each other lately. I can't say I like it, either." I spat and turned around to face Bellatrix with a smirk on my lips.

"I'm surprised anyone actually found you," she said and got closer to me. "You have some nice little scars, now, don't you?" She taunted and my smirk fell.

"You bitch," I hissed and pulled my wand. "EXPELLIARMUS, EVERTE STATUM!" I yelled and her wand flew from her hand and she was flung backwards. She landed on the ground with a loud thump and I smirked. "Incarcerous." I let my smirk return as ropes flew from the end of my wand and bonded her limbs together.

"You worthless excuse for-"

"Muffiliato," I waved my wand and her voice was silenced. "Nice try, but-" I was hit from a spell that I've never heard of from behind. It must have been a spell the caster invented because I've never heard the name, or the effects. A pain that tore through my abdomen erupted and I felt like I was being tore open from the inside. It sounded brutal, well, probably because it was. I couldn't breathe. I literally couldn't catch a breath the pain was so intense. My lungs felt like they were going to explode and my head had a terrible pain. And it stopped.

"No, please no," I begged as I caught my breath but the pain started again. I was on the ground by now and probably screaming-or trying to. But this time it didn't last very long, but even so, once the pain lessened, I unwillingly threw up on the ground. "That's lovely," I muttered, now thoroughly grossed out.


"NO! DURO!" I heard another more comforting voice yell and then nothing happened. I don't think I was dead. Well, not really. I felt alive. I could definitely feel the aftermath of that curse. "Athena, oh no no no, Athena please be okay!"

"Oh shut up, I have a splitting headache," I groaned, but was unable to move.

"Oh thank god, can you get up?" The girl asked.

"I... Can't move."

"Oh no, like, 'I'm in so much pain I can't move' or 'I can't move because my body won't let me'?"

"No, I physically cannot move my limbs, now, if you don't mind, I would like to not have my face in my own god damn vomit," I said, grimacing.

"Right," she said and picked me up.

"OW! JESUS!" I exclaimed as she brushed her hand over my ribs.

"That isn't good, come on, you're going to the hospital wing."

"One quick question though. I can't see you, so would you mind telling me exactly who is man handling me at the moment?" I asked.

"Really, Athena? Love you too. It's Eli, you arse." She said.

"Oh, well hey. I'm sorry I didn't recognize your voice, I'm just in a shit ton of pain, but it's cool." I said.

"Oh right, lets go." She said and carried me to the hospital wing. When I got there, I was laid in the bed and Madame Pomfrey rushed over.

"Oh my, what happened?"

"I was hit with some weird spell and now I can't move my limbs." I admitted.

"Oh dear..."


"What did the spell feel like when it hit you?"

"It was a terrible pain in my abdomen. Kind of like it was tearing me from the inside. Kind of graphic, sorry." I sighed.

"Well, there's a potion that needs to be made. It may take an hour or so, but you also probably have many broken ribs..."

"I can help, I'm training to be a healer." Eli said.

"Great, you can help make this potion. Unfortunately we can't do anything until you're unfrozen, so you'll have to wait with the pain for a while, but you'll be fine."

"Thank you, Madame Pomfrey."

"Oh please," she waved her hand and her and Eli disappeared into her office.

"Why is it always me?!" I groaned and wished that I could've been out there, helping.

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