Bella woke up with a start, looking around her confusedly, her heart pounding fast.
What. The. Hell.
The last thing she remembered was serving detention with Amos down in the dungeons and getting into yet another argument with him about Cissy and Rodolphus. This particular one had irked her more than usual, given that she and Rodolphus had become officially engaged just a short time beforehand. Not that Amos knew that. Not thatanyone knew that…she hadn’t spoken of it yet.
With a groan, she put her hand to her head, which was pounding heavily, and tried to swallow around a very dry patch in her throat.
Beyond mops and water and the fight, the rest of the night was a blur. She certainly didn’t know how she had wound up in the hospital wing. Closing her eyes, she thought hard, trying to piece together whatever chain of events had brought her her. Did Diggory hex me from behind? It seemed unlikely. Unless he wanted to die once she got out, of course.
Bella let out a groan and Madame Pomfrey showed up immediately, tutting and tsking and fussing over her, as she tried to swat her arms away. “Leave me alone, you insufferable hag!” she yelled, at which Madame Pomfrey drew back and gave her a shocked look before bustling away again.
Sighing, she threw her legs over the edge of the bed and immediately felt woozy and had to lay back down with a thump. Madame Pomfrey reappeared instantly, and Bella gave up the fight and let her do her work.
"Why am I here? And how long have I been here?" she asked, her tone more weary than anything else.
"Well, I’m not sure, dear. That Diggory boy delivered you here the night before last. Said you’d fainted or somesuch. But not to worry, it’s really just exhaustion. Now that you’ve woken up, you’ll be able to leave soon enough.Though you’re in good company…there’s a Ted Tonks here right now, as well. And Lily Evans just left not long ago. I’m not sure what you lot are doing nowadays that winds you up in the hospital wing so often, but you should really be more careful."
The nurse gave her a surprisingly kind smile before leaving her again, drawing the white curtains around her bed. Bella leaned her head back against the pillows and bit her lip. What a mess….