"You okay Mal?" Ron asked. Wait what?
"Did you just call me Mal?" I asked quickly.
"No, I said Malia..." He trailed off, confused.
"Oh..I just heard wrong. Sorry" I replied.
"Are you okay though?" He asked.
He hugged me tighter.
"It's going to be okay," he said, trying to comfort me.
How does he do it, minutes ago I was just screaming at him to fuck off, and he's still trying to comfort me.
"How do you do it?" I asked.
"Do what?" He replied.
"Be there for me when I was being a total bitch to you."
He paused for a minute and took a deep breath.
"Because I......." He trailed. He finished after a few seconds. "Because I, uh I care about you Malia," he hesitated.
"Hesitation gets you killed."
"Not always," he smirked.
We both got up, and started to walk back towards the castle.
When Thursday finally rolled around, I decided to skip the end portion of school and go to the manner early to investigate and see if Cora's ghost really did haunt it.
When I finally arrived at the manner, I started for my room. I need to get things that would attract Cora, just in case she's scared to come out or something. I put black nail polish, a pack of good quality hair ties, a makeup compact, and a Netflix card out. If those don't attract her then nothing will.
I feel like I'm forgetting something. What did Cora love so much that she'd die for it? It took me a few seconds but then it hit me, Draco. Draco was the only guy that I've ever heard Cora say that she actually loved. I went to my drawer and pulled out a picture of Draco and I, that I had put away because I was mad at him. Would this just attract her or would it scare her away?
If Cora really was here, then she would come out for him. I placed the picture with the rest of the stuff, and sat on my bed. After ten minutes of waiting I started to lose hope, so I stood up and said;
"Cora if you are here, and you don't want to come, out then I'm going to go for a walk around the mansion. If you're here then move something-anything. Please.." I begged aloud. I waited a second and then exited the room, shutting the door behind me.
I started to wander around the manner, and soon felt like someone was watching me, maybe Cora? No, I can't get my hopes up. I eventually came back to my room, and found that a hair tie was taken from the package, as well as the polish was knocked over. Tears flooded my eyes, she's still here. Not in the flesh, but she's still here!
"Cora please! You don't have to be afraid, you can come out to me!" I begged to the shrine I made her.
Out of pure anger, I took the picture of me and Draco and flung it hard at the wall. This is all his fault! If he wouldn't have tortured her she wouldn't be scared. He could have saved her. She could still be here, I wouldn't be a death eater, life would be normal. I just want her back.