Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter.
Hello everyone, and welcome to a story about my favorite character of all time, Cho Chang. As some of you might know from reading my other stories, I had originally begun to upload Wind Beneath My Wings, a story chronicling the emotional struggle Cho went through after Cedric's death. I had posted the third chapter of it, but shortly afterwards, I had a sudden epiphany. One of my past reviewers gave me some constructive criticism about showing rather than telling, and that has an awful lot of merit. I could write pages and pages about how loving, how fulfilling, and how amazing Cho and Cedric's relationship was, because I can see it in my mind. But how can others understand the depth of the grief she felt if I don't tell the whole story?
Therefore, I have changed my mind. I deleted the old story and am going to post this new one. The first part will detail how Cho met Cedric, they became best friends, and their friendship blossomed into love. I will talk about the good times they shared, and then, I will cover the aftermath of his murder,, and her trauma thereafter. I will also speak of how there is eventually a light at the end of the tunnel, and how she learns to remember him and cherish the love he gave her so she can pursue the rest of her life.
Please let me know what you think. I really hope you enjoy this.
Metamorphosis: The Story of a Journey
Cho Chang flew slowly above the Quidditch pitch, her face set in a pensive frown. A gentle breeze played with her long, black hair, and the sun shone brightly, warming her body. However, the gorgeous day couldn't lift her weary spirits today.
A short, pretty girl of fifteen, Cho always tried her best to see the positivity in life, and was well-known for the glow she exuded as she walked along the halls of Hogwarts with her three best friends, whose names were Amanda, Marietta, and Meghan. She studied dilligently, made excellent grades, and was born for the sky. Flying was her absolute favorite thing to do at Hogwarts.
However, today, she could not muster up her normal energy. Today, thoughts of doubt and inadequacy swarmed her mind, and her worries and insecurities, which always seemed to diminish while she was in the air, were still with her as she took her broom to a higher altitude.
Cho was Chinese, and she had been adopted by two English parents, Meg and Jack. She had had a happy childhood, but as she entered her teenage years, her parents' expectations of her heightened, especially those of her father. Jack expressed very strong views about her studying habits, and what he'd like her to do with the rest of her life. Beyond anything in the world, Cho wanted to make him proud of her. Her mother gave her a lot more slack, but in the end, always deferred to Jack. Her parents' relationship had always worked like that for as long as she could remember.
And it was her parents who had brought Cho out here today, her parents who were causing the emotional turmoil inside of her. Lately, she had seen the cracks in their marriage begin to widen. They had tried to hide it from her, but she could sense it from a mile away; they were fighting. She was afraid to ask what the constant arguments were about, but the tension was so thick between them that it could be cut with a knife.
As Cho continued to soar above the pitch, the miserable thoughts flooded her. What had she done wrong? Were her parents fighting about her? What could she do to mend the rift between them? Things had never been perfect in their home, but she wished with everything she had for a simpler time, for things to go back to the way they used to be.
She let out a deep sigh, and decided that she was finished with flying for now. The sky could not heal her today, and she needed to come down to solid ground. Closing her eyes, she let a single tear fall, and blinked the rest back as she slowly dismounted from her broom. "Chin up, Cho," she heard her father's voice inside her mind. "You need to hold it together."
As she began to walk towards the edge of the pitch, she caught sight of someone sitting in the stands. Her mind had been so consumed with her troubles that she hadn't noticed that someone was there until now. As she came closer, she recognized who it was, and it was the person she least expected.
Sitting on the bleachers was the heartthrob of Hogwarts, Cedric Diggory. He had a light smile on his face, and he waved at her as she came near him. He was the Seeker for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team, and he had played against Cho a few times. They had both won several games; they were very evenly matched in talent. Boys wanted to be him, and girls idolized and worshiped him. He was a common name spoken whenever girls talked about who they wanted to end up with.
As Cho came nearer to him, she wondered what in the world he was doing there, and whether he had been watching her fly the entire time. Her guard instantly went up, and her insecurities rose to the surface. Had he seen the smiling, shining Cho Chang crumble? Had he seen that sign of weakness, that single tear fall from her eye? Oh, Merlin, she thought. If there was anyone she didn't want to show herself up in front of, it was Cedric Diggory.
By now, Cho was standing in front of him, and she tried valiantly to be her normal self as she pondered on what to say to this boy with the kind, handsome face and the bright, mesmerizing gray eyes. Her stomach flipped with nerves as she asked herself, for the thousandth time in thirty seconds, why Cedric Diggory, of all people, was smiling at her.
As she opened her mouth to speak, what she didn't know was that this boy would change her life forever. As a child, she had heard stories of kisses, promises, and true love, and she used to daydream about having her own fairy tale someday. But as the years had passed and her drive to gain her parents' approval strengthened, she had given up those dreams as childish; nothing like that would ever happen to her. When her friends swooned over crushes and boyfriends, and then cried over getting dumped, she was always there for them, a shoulder to lean on, but she dismissed the notion that things like that would ever touch her. Also, after seeing her parents' deteriorating relationship, she dismissed the thought of love altogether. She was content to never be affected by it.
But, as she discovered in the journey ahead, she couldn't be more wrong. The boy standing before her now would show her something beyond imagination, something she could never read in any fairy tale. Because of him, she would know what it truly felt like to live.
However, she would also learn the true meaning of heartbreak. She had always thought, whenever she comforted her friends about a breakup or an unrequited crush, that she was so relieved that she wasn't going through the same thing. In years to come, there were times when she would have given anything to experience what they had been through, because it paled in comparison to the devastation and loss that lay in front of her.
But in the end, what she would come to realize was that it was all worth it. Cedric Amos Diggory was worth it. His love had changed her, strengthened her, inspired her, transformed her into the person she was meant to become. He had given her a gift, one she would always cherish, and she would carry it in her heart as she pursued the rest of her life.
But right now, at this moment, she didn't know any of that. All she knew now was that she was looking at Cedric Diggory, and he was staring back.
And this was where Cho Chang's journey truly began.