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 #34927  by Harry Potter
 
Location: Courtyard • Date: Winter


Despite the cold, Harry had decided to venture out to the courtyard for a little quiet time. He listlessly kicked the snow on the ground and he thought back on his last attempt to get the Professor Slughorn's real memory of Riddle asking about horcruxes. He seemed to be failing in this simple task that Dumbledore had given him.

How was he going to save the entire wizarding world from Voldemort if he couldn't even get a an old man to tell him the truth about something that had happened over fifty years ago?
 #35555  by Luna Lovegood
 
Luna found herself wandering, as usual. She rather liked wandering, as it cleared her head and brought her a sense of clarity that she was struggling to find lately. With everything that was going on, it seemed like the world was getting darker and darker. Like it was clouded by pesky wrackspurts.

Her wandering had led her to the courtyard, and across the courtyard, she spotted her friend, Harry. He seemed frustrated, but when didn't he seem so, when it was so evident that so many people were against him in so many ways. It was a lot for a teenager to handle.

"Hello, Harry," she greeted from across the way. She offered the other a small smile, hoping to cheer him enough to get him to unfurrow his eyebrows.
 #36232  by Harry Potter
 
Harry was deep in thought when Luna's familiar yet soothing voice broke his concentration. He was far from annoyed by the interruption; it was quite the opposite. He was relieved to have something, someone, help ground him to the present. He spent so much of his time thinking - worrying - about the future that he was missing out on a lot of the present. Ron and Hermione were usually good about helping bring him back but lately they both seemed to be dealing with their own stuff as well, so much so that he felt like a burden at times.

So it was nice that he other friends like Luna.

"Hey, Luna," he greeted her, the slightest of smiles crossing his lips as he found himself sitting up a little straighter, "what brings you out here today?"

He was expecting nargles or some other creature Harry had never heard of and Hermione would say was made up.
 #36511  by Luna Lovegood
 
Luna enjoyed running into her friends around campus by chance. She never seemed to catch them at inopportune times, at least not that they ever told her. And Harry didn't seem to upset at having run into her today, so she stepped more in his direction.

"I was just out, trying to find some light. Everything's been so dark lately," she said," putting her gloved hands into her pockets. "What are you doing out here? SIlently suffering something, I suspect," she added, observant and honest as ever. It was unlike her too keep her observations to herself.
 #36541  by Harry Potter
 
"Has it?" Harry questioned, "I guess I hadn't really noticed."

If it had been dark lately, Harry had not thought much of it. Everything seemed dark to him these days. He remembered what Hagrid had told him: 'there was a storm coming...just like last time'.

"Yes," he replied, confirming her suspicions. He appreciated Luna's honesty. So many people seemed to tell him what they thought he wanted to hear, or what he ought to hear, but not always the truth. They may have been well-meaning but it did not always end up that way.
 #36546  by Draco Malfoy
 
On the other side of the courtyard, Draco glanced up from the notebook he had been scribbling in, trying to come up with a way to complete his mission without any suspicion falling on him. It was impossible. There was no way he would be able to do it... and that would mean... he shook his head, trying not to think of the consequences. Just as he was about to do back to his notes (written in a special ink that could only be revealed by a charm he knew, of course), he caught sight of the familiar dark-haired Gryffindor across the way, talking to Loony Lovegood. He rose to his feet, closing his notebook, although he knew that to leave the courtyard, he would have to cross beside the two of them.

Perfect.

Without a word, Draco swept by the pair, barely even looking Potter's way.
 #36680  by Luna Lovegood
 
Luna tilted her head to the side. Of course Harry hadn't noticed that it was feeling darker. He'd been too caught up in things. That much was very apparent. "You know you don't have to suffer alone. That's what friends are for," she said, offering a small smile as she looked up at him. She hoped that he trusted her enough to express what he was going through. She didn't like seeing her friends upset.

That smile was fleeting, because just as she did so, another blond head passed by them. Draco Malfoy. He seemed troubled too, but she was smarter than to say something to him in front of Harry.