Secret Love; My Escape
Epilogue: Leading into Riley's tale.
"Shh I think I hear someone..."
"Who'd be up here right now?"
"Shhh!" I hushed Draco and pushed him into a dark corner of the Astronomy tower. We only had tonight left at Howgarts, exams were over and we were using our time as best we could... Obviously as teenagers do when blissfully happy and free from Highschool.
"Harry, why are we here?" I heard my sister's voice. I placed a hand over Draco's mouth. He rolled his eyes over my hand.
"I need to talk to you about something Riley..." Harry said, walking to the balcony. I wanted to move, escape now, but something told me to stay. I heard Riley sigh. I glanced around the corner and saw the couple standing a little bit away from us. Harry wasn't look at my sister and Riley looked worried as she followed him.
"Is this about why you've been so distant lately? Coz I totally understand if it's Order business" Riley bit her lip. She stopped a few feet away from him.
"No. It's not Order business. It's about us" Harry murmured. I gasped and held my breath. I really hoped what was coming wasn't what I thought it was.
"What about us?" Riley asked lightly. I could tell she knew what was coming as much as I did. She wasn't stupid.
"I don't... think we should see each other anymore Riley... It's too dangerous" He looked up at her, the moonlight making his green eyes look like chips of glass.
"Dangerous how?" She asked. Her voice shook but she took another deep breath.
"They will use you against me Riley. They know we're together and they can use you to get to me. I don't want that to happen" Harry's voice sounded hollow, dead, like he didn't care anymore.
"The chances of me being taken are slim to none!" She laughed lightly. "I don't think we have anything to worry about"
"Don't be stupid Riley" He snarled. "Of course they will! They do things like that because they're mental. They're vindictive and vicious and they will use you to get to me and I can't have that. We can't be together anymore ok? I don't want you" He snapped, his face completely blank and hollow.
"But I love you Harry. And I made my choice about you a long time ago. I'm prepared for anything that comes at us" Riley said defiantly and took a few steps forward. Harry shaking his head stopped her from moving.
"But I'm not. I blamed myself when you were taken – "
"Liar... he blamed me" Draco muttered and I punched him in the stomach.
"and I can't go through that again. I'm sorry Riley but this has to end. You're a liability to me and I'm a danger to you"
"That's all I am now? A liability?" Riley screwed up her face in anger. "What happened to 'I'll always love you Riles' and 'you're the best thing in my life'?" she snapped. "I know what I got into Harry the day I figured I liked you. I know you're the Chosen One, the one sent to defeat Lord Voldemort. I KNOW that and I DON'T CARE"
"BUT I DO!" He yelled at her. "If you get taken, they can use you as leverage to get to me and I know damn well that I will come and find you" His voice cracked with emotion and for a second I thought he was going to cry. "Because of that I don't want anything to do with you. I never want to see you again" His voice changed back to the hollow and cold voice he'd started with.
Riley stared at him, her eyes flashing. For a second I thought she was going to burst into tears. Instead she gritted her teath. "Liar"
"No. Please Riley, just accept it. You're safer without me" He dropped his hands to his sides. "It's over. We're over. I don't want you anymore"
"I love you" She murmured.
"Yeah? Well, I don't love you" He snapped back, turning away from her.
Riley sucked in a sharp breath like she'd been kicked in the gut. Then she nodded and walked away, out of the tower and down the stairs. I stared after her retreating form.
"Go to her" Draco pushed me lightly. I nodded and stepped out of the shadows.
"I hope you know what you're doing, Potter" I said coldly. Harry's eyes widened when he realised I was there.
"Roe, how long – "
"The whole time. You're an idiot to let her go Harry. I get that you're protecting her, but she's a big girl. She can look after herself" I said quietly.
"I have to Roe. I just... I have to. It's easier this way" he shrugged and dropped his head. I left it at that and followed after my sister.
I found her sitting on the grand staircase, leaning against the railing. "Riley honey?" I said quietly. "Are you ok?"
"He dumped me Roe" She said in a hollow voice. "He... said he didn't want me anymore and... dumped me" she looked up at me. Her eyes were glassy and her face pale. I dropped onto the step beside her and pulled her into my side. Almost instantly she started sobbing.
I pulled her onto my lap and let her cry. There was no use trying to sooth her. The best way to deal with a breakup was to cry everything out.
I wanted to badly to take the hurt and pain that my sister was feeling away but I knew I couldn't. There was nothing worse than heart break. The way it left you feeling empty and alone. The way it restricted your breathing. The way it made you feel like you had nothing left. It was probably the worst thing in the world.
"One day Riley he's going to look back and regret this night" I murmured to her, pressing my lips against her head.
"No he won't. He doesn't love me" She shook her head viciously. "He lied to me Roe. He told me every day he loved me and now... now he doesn't?" She broke off with a choked sob and buried her face in my hair again.
"Hey, don't think about it now ok? Tomorrow we're leaving this place and then we're going on holiday's to your favourite place in the world!" I shook her slightly, smiling.
"We're going to New York?" She wrinkled her eyebrows and looked at me.
"We are now! We'll go visit Aunt Wendy with Avery. Have a sister's holiday away. No boys, no thoughts of boys... just us and the city" I brushed some hair off her face and smiled encouragingly. She glanced behind me and narrowed her eyes.
"Sounds great" She wiped her eyes and stood up. I looked around and saw Harry and Draco standing at the top of the stairs. "We leave as soon as possible right?" she smiled.
"Of course" I nodded. She started walking back up the stairs toward the Gryffindor tower.
As she passed Harry she fixed her gaze on him. "Don't talk to me ever again. You want me out of your life, I'm gone" She whispered in a cold voice. Then she continued on her way. I gave Harry a sympathetic look and followed her.
"You're right Roe... He'll regret that one day" She murmured to me as I linked my arm with hers.
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