Post by lily luna potter on Sept 1, 2018 21:18:24 GMT -7
He was back. Adrian was back. It wasn’t fair. Coming and going as he pleased. Lily had figured he would have forgone the return to Hogwarts, having left without saying a real goodbye the last time he had shown himself. That made her believe he didn’t really care, and being forced to come back wouldn’t be something he’d be down for. So seeing him waltz up to the Gryffindor table before the Sorting Ceremony began had the Potter girl simultaneously confused and seething. But she couldn’t do anything in the Great Hall and at the first chance she had to leave, she did, bolting back up to the common room to escape all the emotions that were trying to spill out of her.
As the night wore on, the crowd of Gryffindors, old and new, began filing back into the common room and dorms, and she passed off her friends’ questions of worry as a stomach ache from eating too much chocolate on the train ride. What a lie that was. She could never get sick from candy. There was no such thing as too much. They left her alone though, maybe getting the hint from her lackadaisical reaction at the mention of seeing Adrian again, as well as all the cool American kids they had now. She didn’t care about any of that. There were bigger problems in her head that she was trying to sort out.
Waking up groggy the next morning, Lily had almost forgotten about the previous night’s events, the only indicators of it happening were the dried tear streaks down her face and that she was still in yesterday’s clothes. The concept of Adrian leaving her again and again had only haunted her dreams for the last few months and now it could become a reality. If she let him back into her life, would he do it again? Obviously the circumstances concerning why he had left in the first place were beyond either of their control, but the manner in which he had done it was wrong. She suddenly realized that he needed to know this. Whatever had drained her energy to talk to him last night was gone this morning, and Lily rolled out of bed with a plan of attack already generating in her head. She could forego classes for the time being, at least until she said what needed to be said. There was no way she was going to pay attention in them anyway, and she had slept through the first one of the day already. A quick glance at her class schedule showed that the seventh year Gryffindors would be letting out of Care of Magical Creatures, and while there was no telling if Adrian was taking that class, she was going out onto the grounds to look for him nonetheless. If he wasn’t there, running by him in the halls on the way down was a possibility as well.
And that was exactly what Lily did. Without as much as changing into new robes or brushing her matted hair, she rushed out of the common room and down through the castle, making a beeline for where the Care of Magical Creatures Class had let out minutes earlier. A few whispered words and giggles from her classmates at her apparent hurriedness as she passed by them told her that she looked like a mess, but that didn’t matter. What did matter was finding Adrian before he could sneak through her clutches again, and it was starting to look like he had. Stopping short of the lesson area, Lily whipped around to look back up at the castle, just in time to see him walking in a different direction from the rest of the class. Either he was taking a short cut or had spotted her running towards him and was now trying to escape.
Lily wasn’t going to have any of that today and changed course, turning her earlier jog into an all-out sprint as she closed the gap in a matter of seconds. Her hands found him first, letting the momentum from her run carry the force needed to plant her palms onto his back. Lily wasn’t trying to hurt him, but a push of that magnitude could do anything. “Why?” her voice squeaked out with a crack, mismatched with the action she had just committed.