Halloween night, they embrace tightly.
In a tiny unused classroom, they kiss once.
The Triwizard Tournament begins, in the Great Hall.
Cedric enters with Ernie, and sits as a Hufflepuff, his eyes on the Durmstrangs.
Dumbledore enters, the cup in the limelight.
Out comes Fleur, out comes…Viktor?
Cedric's heart flutters like mad; he's scared to death for Viktor's life.
His mind races. Great Merlin, he put his own name in there. Was he mad?
He waits with bated breath.
Suddenly, his name is called.
He is dumbstruck.
He competes against Viktor, and it breaks his heart.
What can he do?