Odin volgde Draco naar zijn tijdelijke verblijf. De school had voor de healers kamers gebouwd bij de Hospital Wing, zodat ze gemakkelijk bij de medicatie konden. Vanaf de buitenkant was het niet te zien, binnenin miste er ook geen ruimte, maar toch waren er kamers genoeg om al de healers een verblijfplek te geven.
      De kamer was karig ingericht. Een bed, een bureau, een kast, en een boekenkast vulden de ruimte. Draco gebaarde Odin op het bed te gaan zitten terwijl hij zijn koffer met medicijnen en verbandjes in dook.
      "I see you're a Slytherin?" vroeg Draco toen hij de wonden van Odin schoon probeerde te maken.
      "Last year Slytherin Odin Umare-Salazana, pleased to meet you," antwoordde ze beleefd.
      "No need for formalities. I think I don't have to tell you my name? I probably still have quite the reputation here," zuchtte Draco en hij smeerde een zalfje op de wondjes.
      "You're quite right, Draco. I do still remember you from one of my parents' parties. You were there with your father and mother, I think it was eight years ago or so. After that, thinks didn't work out between my parents. Lots of fights. They tried to fix it, even went to relationship therapists, but after eight years, they finally decided to get a divorce. In my bloody vacation," bromde Odin. Ze werd vanuit het niets kwaad op haar ouders. Ze hadden ook tijdens haar schooljaar kunnen scheiden, in plaats van haar naar haar tante te sturen.
      "If I interpret your intonation correctly, your holiday was a disaster?" Draco ruimde zijn spullen zorgvuldig op terwijl hij wachtte op het antwoord.
      "A disaster? That's an understatement if you ask me. I had to spend my vacation at my aunt's place. She's the family member you'd like to forget. We don't talk about her at all, because she's a squib. She took away my wand, because she was afraid I'd turn her son into a toad or a wizard, I couldn't send letters to my friends, I had to join them when they went shopping. Muggles everywhere. It was horrifying. They do have amazing snacks in the muggle world, and some music is absolutely awesome, but their sense of fashion, food and anything else is just terrible," spuugde Odin.
      "I see you don't like muggles either," glimlachte Draco emotieloos. "You may always come here to complain about them, I don't mind. I'm certain you didn't tell your friends. You seem embarrased about your squib aunt and afraid it will ruin your reputation if anyone knew about it."
      "Thank you. I will remember it," mompelde Odin. "I think I need to go back to the common room. I'll see you around sometime."
      "Pretty sure, yes." Draco knikte en hield de deur open voor Odin. Ze snelde terug naar de dungeons en zag dat haar vrienden al naar bed waren. Voordat ze zelf ook in bed dook keek ze in de spiegel. De wond bij haar oog zou een litteken worden. Bij nadere inspectie bleek dat het een sneetje was geweest in plaats van een klein, oppervlakkig wondje.
      "Look who's back," mompelde Alissa toen Odin op haar bed ging zitten. "Had a nice walk?"
      "It was amazing, thanks for asking," zuchtte Odin.
      "Odin, you know they were just being idiots, right? They had a couple of drinks when we were at the lake. You know, during that class we missed. They don't know better," zei Alissa terwijl Odin ging liggen.
      "I know, but I'm done with their drunk behaviour. I behave when I'm drunk, I behave when I'm not drunk, they can't do either of those. If a professor expells them, it's not my fault. I gave enough warnings."
      "I agree. They all agree. We talked about it and they promised to keep the liquor locked away until we have a little party again. Some of them said they'd take their studies more serious, because you were right about the exams. I am going to study more too?" probeerde Alissa Odin op te vrolijken.
      "Won't believe it until I see it. Prove it. Prove that you can do this and I will believe all of you. The first one breaking their promises is responsible for breaking my trust in all of you," brieste Odin. "Good fucking night."

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