|| #15. Gossip in the library. ||
The first training session with Snape had been very intensive. After dinner I immediately went over to dungeons. Luckily I could brush off the group with a little lie. When I arrived at the dungeons, Snape was already there. He immediately demanded me to sit on a chair and explained what would happen. Snape would read my mind, by using the 'Legilimens' spell. All I had to do was to block him by using the 'Occlumens' spell. It sounds easy, but it wasn't. From the moment Snape used the spell, I felt an enormous pressure in my head. It hurt a lot and I couldn't really focus on using the spell. "You're not trying!" I heard Snape yelling. My heart was pumping and I felt it in my head, for a moment I thought my head would explode. After a few seconds the pumping in my head floated away and in no time it was all normal again. "What happened?" I asked. "I read your mind and you didn't even try to block me out", explained Snape. I sighed, but before I could even recuperate, Snape demanded to try it again. And so it kept on for a while.
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After the training session with Snape I was exhausted. He came into my mind for a few times and I've never blocked him out. It was a disaster! So Snape decided to stop it for today and try it another time. Oddly enough - because I was tired - I couldn't fall asleep. The task asked all my attention. I stood up and went to the library, maybe there was a chance that I found a solution to stay under water for a longer time. When I arrived in the library I heard the voices of Hermione, Ron, Juliette, Oona and Harry. "Harry tell me again", Hermione demanded. Harry summed up the first verse from the egg. "The Black Lake, that's obvious", said Oona. Harry recited the second verse of the egg. "Again, obvious", said Oona. "Though, admittedly, potentially problematic", Hermione finished. Harry sighed. - "Potentially problematic?" asked Harry sarcastic. "When's the last time you held your breath underwater for an hour, Hermione?" he asked. Juliette started to speak: "Look, Harry, we can do this. The five of us can figure this out." I felt miserable. The five of us? What about me? I was a bit mad to be honest. But I was to tough to admit that and to tough to ask them for help! So I decided to figure it out for myself. I walked past 'the five' and didn't even look at them. "Hi Mila!" Hermione started to speak. I looked to Hermione and saw them all staring at me. "Hi", I said shortly and was about to walk further, when Ron started to speak: "How do you feel? Still tired?" At a moment I thought: 'What is he talking about', but then I remembered that I used that as a little lie to get away from dinner. "I'm fine, thanks Ronald. And if the FIVE of you wouldn't mind it. I need to find a solution to stay an hour under water without drowning", I said with a sarcastic smile. After that I went further into the library.
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"Well, someone is a bit annoyed.." Ron started to speak. "She's acting weird lately.." I heard Oona speaking. "Yes, I don't know what's wrong with her. I get it that she's nervous, but I don't know why she has to lie all the time. I'm pretty sure that after dinner, she lied again", Hermione replied. "She's just weird.. I mean it's not that I don't like her ! But .. she's weird, I don't know how to interact with her.." Ron said. "You just have to know her, Oona and I know how she can be, and if you get to know her, you know how to handle her", Juliette explained. "But she's lying to you to! I mean, you're her best friends? Why does she do that?" Hermione asked. It was quiet for a while. "Hermione is right, Oona", Juliette started to speak. "She's lying to us, she avoid us, ... Mila never done that before.." she kept on talking. "Stop it!" Oona demanded. "Do you think it's easy for Mila? She's just new here and she immediately have to take part in a tournament she didn't even sign for. It's also not easy for someone to fit in a group of people that know each other for years! We must support her and comfort her. Juliette, we're not doing our best to help her out with these tasks. We're supporting Harry more than our own best friend. You're more mad at her because she interact with Harry, it's not fair of you!" Oona yelled. "Shut up!" Juliette replied. Oona sighed. "Hate to break up the skull session", Mad Eye interrupted the conversation. "Professor McGonagall wants you in her office. Not you, Potter, just Weasley, Granger and Hunt." Hermione protested: "The second task in only hours away, and .." - "Exactly. Potter is well prepared by now.. and could do with a good night's sleep. Go. Now !" - "Longbottom! Why don't you help Potter and Pickerin with putting these books back." Mad Eye demanded.
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∞ P.O.V. Harry Potter ∞
Neville and Juliette - Pickerin - helped me with putting the books back. Suddenly Neville started to speak: "If you're interested in plants and herbs, you'd be better off with Goshawk's Guide to Herbology. Do you know there's a wizard in Nepal who's growing gravity - resistant trees?" - "Neville, no offense, but I really don't care ... about plants. Now, if there's a Tibetan turnip that will allow me to breathe underwater for an hour ... then great. But otherwise..." I said to him. Neville interrupted me: "I don't know about a turnip. But you could always use gillyweed. I'll take care of it Harry, trust me!" He took the books and left. Juliette and I looked at each other. "Think it's better you go to bed Harry", she said. "I'm too nervous." - "You need sleep. Neville will take care of the gillyweed. Everything will be fine". - I sighed, because there was something that I wanted to know. "Juliette?" I asked. "Yes Harry?" - "Do you think Mila has found a solution?" - "Oh, uh.. I don't know Harry. Why do you ask? I mean you don't have to worry about Mila. It's a competition." - That was a weird answer from Juliette. Mila is her best friend and she reacts like she doesn't care about her. "Why were you mad at Mila for talking to me?" I asked. Juliette her cheeks started to blush. "Because, well. I'm your friend Harry.. Mila isn't something for you. She wouldn't be a good friend to you. Stay away from her.." I looked at Juliette with confusing. "Look Harry, I like you. I really do. I was really jealous when Mila and you were dancing at the ball. Because I wished it was me and ..." - "Oh, Juliette. Calm down and please don't be too offended... I think that I don't see you the way you see mee. I don't like you in a romantic way, because I don't know you very well." Juliette looked to the ground and I could see that she was a bit offended. I took her hand. "Juliette, that doesn't mean that I don't want to get to know you.." she looked at me and smiled a bit. "When the tournament is over, I'll promise I'll make sure we can spend some time together. You and me without Ron, Hermione, Oona or Mila." - "I would love to!" she replied with a smile. "Come here", I said and pulled her into a hug. "You'll doing fine tomorrow!" she whispered. And that's moment when the nerves came back.
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