A/N: We all know Cedric is a really nice boy and I personally think that he would have let Harry think he was going to take the cup with him and then at the last second stepped away. Following me? Good. So when Harry gets back to Hogwarts, Cedric is standing outside the maze, alive and well.

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Harry let go of the cup which dropped to the ground with a loud thunk. The world seemed to spin around him. Before he had even registered where he was, he felt himself falling but before he could hit the ground strong arms wrapped themselves around his waist

"Careful, Harry." said a voice from behind him as they lowered him slowly to the ground "Don't want to do yourself an injury.

"Cedric." Harry breathed, tears starting to fall.

"Shhhh! What happened Harry? What's wrong?"

"Voldemort." Harry gasped in between sobs "He's back. He nearly killed me. He's back."

"Just breathe, Harry. Everything's going to be ok. Dumbledore's nearly here. He'll look after you." whispered Cedric, cradling Harry close, rocking him back and forth.

"Don't leave me. Please don't leave me." sobbed Harry, pushing himself closer into Cedric's chest and clinging to his arm.

"I'm here, Harry. Don't worry."

Harry watched as Dumbledore's feet approached and the headmaster knelt down next to him. Feeling to weak to sit up, he just clutched harder onto Cedric.

"What happened?" Dumbledore asked sharply

"Voldemort's back." whispered Harry, trying desperately to fight the tears.

Dumbledore drew in a sharp breath of surprise and then returned to his usual controlled self.

"Diggory, keep everyone back for me. I need to get Harry up to the school." said Dumbledore to Cedric.

Harry gave a small whimper as Cedric pulled away and stood up.

"Can you stand?" asked Dumbledore, helping Harry to his feet.

Harry shook his head numbly, feeling upset that Cedric had left him.

"I will carry you then." said Dumbledore, lifting Harry into his arms with surprising ease.

As he carried Harry towards the castle, Dumbledore questioned him about everything that had happened since he entered the maze. Harry finished his story just as they reached the hospital wing.

"We are very lucky," said Dumbledore, lowering Harry onto a bed "That Mr Diggory was not with you. Who knows what may have befallen him."

Harry suddenly felt as though he was going o be sick. Cedric could have been hurt, or worse, died. And it would have been all his fault.

At this point Madam Pomfrey bustled over and started to examine Harry's leg.

"Poppy, I think it wise that we give Mr Potter a dreamless sleep potion." said Dumbledore.

Madam Pomfrey bustled off to fetch the potion, leaving Dumbledore and Harry alone.

"Right, Harry." said Dumbledore, sitting down on the end of Harry's bed "I need you to get as much sleep as you can. Tomorrow I will send for Cornelius Fudge and you'll have to tell him everything that happened."

"Yes, Professor." said Harry, stifling a yawn.

Madam Pomfrey came back and poured Harry a steaming beaker of potion.

"Drink all of this." she said handing it to Harry.

"I'll tell Miss Granger and Mr Weasley where you are. I'm sure they'll want to come and see you." said Dumbledore.

"Thank-you Professor." said Harry, shrugging out of his robes and into the pyjamas Madam Pomfrey held out for him.

Swallowing down as much of the potion as he could in one go, Harry lay back on the pillows and drifted off to sleep.


When Harry opened his eyes, the hospital wing was dark. On his bedside table he just about make out a bunch of flowers and a scribbled note. Reaching out, he picked it up and read it, instantly recognising Hermione's writing.

Dumbledore said that we should come and see you but you're asleep so we're going away again. Sorry but Madame Pomfrey creeps Ron out and he couldn't stay here. Hope you're okay soon. See you later.

Hermione xx

Harry smiled slightly at the thought of Ron squirming under Madame Pomfrey's gaze. Putting down Hermione's note, he turned over to try and get comfortable. It was then that he caught sight of a figure at the bottom of the bed. Fighting the urge to yell, he leant forward to get a better look at the person. They were asleep, their head resting on the bed by Harry's feet. Harry shifted his body round so that he was sat where his feet had been and tapped the sleeping figure on the shoulder. They instantly jerked awake and sat up.

Harry found himself gazing into the dark grey pools that were Cedric Diggory's eyes. They stared at each other for a few moments before Cedric coughed and looked down at his hands.

"Hi." he whispered, a flush creeping up his neck.

"Hey." said Harry with a grin "Not wanting to sound ungrateful but what are you doing here?"

"I…I'm not sure." murmured Cedric, blushing even more "I guess you just seemed so upset early that I wanted to check on you."

"That still doesn't explain why you were asleep at my feet." Harry pointed out, shuffling sideways and patting the bed next to him.

"Suppose it doesn't." said Cedric, sitting down on the bed next to Harry.

There was silence for a few moments as neither boy knew what to say. Then Harry noticed Cedric was shivering.

"You're cold." Harry stated, grabbing the covers and pulling them over the two of them.

They sat in silence once more before Cedric spoke.

"Congrats on winning the tournament."

"You should have won it with me." scolded Harry jokingly, all too aware of Dumbledore's words earlier.

"Sorry about that. I knew you would never just take it. I didn't want to win anymore. I just wanted it to be over." muttered Cedric, his eyes downcast.

"Why? You entered the tournament to win. Why give up at the end?"

Cedric shrugged "I wanted you to win."

"Why?" asked Harry, watching him closely.

"I… Oh, god, Harry. You're going to hate me."

"I could never hate you, Ced." said Harry, laying his hand on Cedric's forearm.

"You will…" Cedric took a deep breath then spoke in a rush "I have a huge crush on you."

Harry stared at him for a moment, his heart doing back flips inside his ribcage.

"You have a crush on me?" asked Harry, shocked and elated at the same time.

"Um, yeah. I'd better go." said Cedric.

He stood up to go but Harry's hand reached out and grasped his wrist, pulling him back down onto the bed. Cedric opened his mouth to protest but Harry silenced him, leaning forward and crushing their lips together. Cedric froze against Harry's lips for a few seconds before giving in to the kiss. Bringing his hand up behind Harry head, Cedric pulled him ever deeper into the kiss. Letting go of Cedric's wrist, Harry sought out Cedric's hand and entwined their fingers.

Much too soon for Harry's liking, they broke apart, gasping for air. They rested their foreheads together as their breathing relaxed and their heart rates returned to normal.

"I guess I sorts like you too." Whispered Harry as Cedric's warm breath tickled his lips.

Cedric smiled and tilted his head to kiss Harry again but this time more gently. When they broke apart Harry had to struggle to stifle a yawn.

"I should either be insulted," said Cedric, smiling "Or, I should be telling you to go to sleep."

"I can't sleep. I'm too happy." Harry leant forward to try and kiss Cedric again but Cedric shook his head.

"You, Harry Potter, are going to go to sleep." Cedric placed a hand on Harry's chest and pushed him down onto the bed and pulled he covers up to his chin.

As he made to leave, Harry's voice whispered his name, causing him to stop.

"Yes, Harry?"

"Stay with me. I don't want to be alone." Harry sounded so small and defenceless.

"Ok." said Cedric, pulling a chair up next to Harry's bed.

"Don't be an idiot." said Harry, shifting sideways on the bed "You'll freeze."

Cedric gave a fake sigh of annoyance and clambered into the bed next to Harry. After a moment, Harry turned over and curled up against Cedric's chest. Cedric smiled and wrapped his arms round Harry's waist, pulling him closer. Soon Harry fell asleep, his chest rising and falling against Cedric's. As soon as he was sure Harry was deeply asleep, Cedric eased out of the bed. Placing a last kiss on Harry's forehead he murmured "Love you." and silently slipped out of the hospital wing.


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