Chapter Thirty-Six

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With his near-daily talks with Elizabeth, Ringo found himself settling into Hogwarts and with the likes of Helen and Martin leaving him alone, he was actually feeling relaxed for the first time

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With his near-daily talks with Elizabeth, Ringo found himself settling into Hogwarts and with the likes of Helen and Martin leaving him alone, he was actually feeling relaxed for the first time. To his surprise, it seemed his talk with Tonks had sparked some sort of friendship between her and Lyris as Tonks insisted on spending more time with the girl. However, it was just supposed to be the two of them because they would speak in low whispers. At first, Ringo just assumed that Tonks was whispering because Lyris didn't like it when people spoke in loud tones, however, whenever he neared, Tonks would turn bright red in the face and the two would fall silent.

But if Tonks was looking for discretion, she should have told that to Lyris directly because the other girl did not understand "girl code" as one would call it. During a Herbology class, Ringo arrived first to the greenhouse, even before Professor Sprout was there but he was not alone. Lyris was already there with a book open up and what looked like a stone of some sort in hand. It looked as though she was writing until he grew closer only to see that she was drawing. Once again, she had no awareness of anyone being around her, until Ringo cleared his throat.

"Hello, Ringo," she greeted in a light voice, yet she didn't look up from her work as she continued working. He was able to see that she was holding a piece of charcoal in hand that she was using to draw, however, he wasn't able to focus as she continued to speak with him.

"How are you today?"

Ringo leaned against the table before him. " I'm fine, " he said quickly not wishing to dwell on himself as a topic, " listen I want to talk to you about something."

"Okay," she said placing the charcoal down, a sign that she was giving her full attention. "What is it?"

"You and Tonks have been becoming close lately," he started off, "what do you think of that?"

"I think it's great!" Lyris smiled. "I was so surprised when she started talking to me. I thought it was only going to be a one-time thing, but we've been talking every single day."

"About what?" Ringo wasn't trying to waste time, he wanted to get straight to the point. Tonks hadn't really spoken to him since the day in the Common Room when he had dragged Lyris in to make a point. Normally, she went out of her way to talk to him, even if he didn't seem interested, but all of a sudden, she was avoiding him it seemed.

"About you," Lyris' answer was equally as blunt as Ringo's question, leaving the greenhouse to fall silent for a few moments. It certainly caught him off guard because he just assumed that Tonks was mad at him or something along the lines.

Smoothing his hair back, he suddenly felt quite warm in the face. "What about me?"

"Well," Lyris began, " I told Tonks that you spoke about her and she wanted to know what you were saying about her, so I told her."

"What?!"

Suddenly, her face looked quite alarmed as she turned to face him. "Was I not supposed to do that?" she asked in a quiet voice. "I was only being honest, I don't like lying and you didn't tell me that I wasn't supposed to tell her anything."

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