Cedric Diggory stood with Padma outside of the Ravenclaw common room in the early hours of the morning, waiting on their friend, Estella, to come out.
"She's been avoiding me," Cedric stated.
"She's not avoiding you," Padma replied.
"She's barely said a word to me," Cedric added.
"She's just been busy," Padma defended.
"Doing what? Shagging Malfoy? She didn't even wish me luck for the first task a few weeks ago."
Estella Raney walked out of the common room to see her two best friends standing in her way. She looked at Padma, glanced at Cedric for shorter than a second, then looked back at Padma.
"Good morning," she said warmly.
Cedric was the first to reply in hopes that the conversation would continue.
"If I would've known I was being waited on, I would've sent you two to go on without me. I'm going to the library instead of breakfast," Estella said, still avoiding Cedric's gaze.
"Would you like us to come with you?" he asked.
"No thank you, I'll catch up with you two later," Estella replied before making her way to the library.
The two friends stood and watched as she scurried away. Padma sighed then Cedric mocked, "'She's not avoiding you.'"
Upon making her grand escape and arriving at the library, Estella made her way to the shelf that held the astronomy books. She scanned the shelf as if she had not already read each book on the topic. She found the book that helped her and Draco with their astronomy project the year before. She flipped to the page that told the story about Scorpius. She couldn't help but feel a sense of pride with jthat constellation. It felt as though it now belonged to her and Draco. She was pulled from her thoughts when low and behold, Draco walked up.
"Of course I'd find you in this section," the boy said with a big smile.
"I was just looking for a constellation," Estella said, returning the smile.
Draco looked at the page and raised his eyebrows.
"Our constellation, huh?" he said with a smirk.
Estella knew her cheeks were growing rosy at that word. Our.
"How are you?" Draco asked.
"When people say that they're fine, they don't actually mean it."
"Maybe I'm not like other people"
"Oh you most certainly aren't," Draco said with a growing smile.
Estella could feel her cheeks becoming rosy again.
"Seriously though, how are you doing? You seem...distant"
Estella contemplated whether or not she should tell him. She trusted him enough but truth be told, she couldn't even find herself having the gut to tell Padma.
"Speak your mind. I'll keep it safe," Draco urged.
"Losing my best friend"
"He's been doing alright so far"
"I know but I just can't stop thinking about the worst thing that could happen"
"Death of course"
"Estella, he's not going to die. He's the school's golden boy"
"So? That doesn't stop death"
"Neither does worrying about it"
"This is my best friend we're talking about. How do you expect me not to worry about him?"
"I just don't think it's worth it. He's going to make it out fine and everyone knows it. People will grant him a hero because that's what you do with golden boys"
"Worth it? Did you miss the part where I said that he's my best friend? He's always worth it to me"
"Then why don't you just go ahead and marry him then?"
"Why are you acting like this?"
Draco stood silently with his arms crossed. He avoided her eyes with a look of annoyance.
"You know what? I'm done. Come find me when you get over yourself."
With that, Estella walked away and out of the library. Later that day while she was walking, she saw Cedric walking towards her. She thought about making another getaway, but it was too late when he had noticed her.
"Estella, can we talk? Please? All I want is three minutes," the boy asked.
"Okay," the girl replied.
"I don't fully understand why you've been avoiding me-"
"I'm not avoiding you-"
"You're avoiding me, don't act like you haven't. Anyways, I don't fully understand, but I need you to know and understand that I'm okay. I have this under control. Besides, they've changed the-"
"I know okay! I know! People keep saying that and saying that and saying that but I can't shake this terrible feeling away! I'm scared okay? There, I said it. I'm scared of losing you all because of a stupid tournament. I don't know how to not be scared. I don't know how to look at you and not think about the fact that I may not see you again. I don't. I just-"
"Shh shh, Estella it's alright," Cedric said pulling the girl into his chest.
Estella huffed out a breath and let her tears silently fall. The two stood like that for a little while before she spoke up again.
"I just keep thinking that if I don't address what's happening or what could happen, then everything will be okay"
"Everything is okay and it will still be once this stupid tournament is over," Cedric replied, still hugging Estella.
When she didn't say anything, he continued.
"I know you're scared but I don't want to lose you either. These past few weeks have felt like I'm losing you and you're not even the one competing. I promise you, Estella Raney, that I will be okay and I will make it out alive."
"If you break that promise, can I punch you?"
Cedric laughed then said, "Of course."
"So," Cedric started, "no losing each other?"
"No losing each other," Estella replied.
That night, Estella sat in the common room when someone slipped her a piece of paper. She unfolded it and read the neat handwriting.
I couldn't find you tonight, nor could I wait until morning.
He is worth it. I just want to also be worth it.
P.S. I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky, but why can't it be mine?
Quote credit- "Black" by Pearl Jam
Hi guys. It's been months. You know the routine. I've been drowning in stress and time. I do not deserve you yet you still show me love. I'm forever grateful. Here's this for you. What comes next motivates me to write more and more and more.
I hope you enjoyed and continued reading.
Also, Fantastic Beasts was amazing. I don't care what anyone says.