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Benjamin Flourish
 Posted: Mar 12 2017, 11:49 AM
6th YEAR
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Touching the pain that you left me with

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Benjamin FlourishHufflepuff Beginner
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Marbles was gone.

It was not something that came as a surprise, or a shock even - Marbles was gone a lot, yet usually he could be found in Rosalie’s company, twirling around the girl’s legs or resting beside her in the Slytherin common room. But today was different. Benjamin had been looking for his cat for a while now, yet it was nowhere to be found, even when his dormmates had long since gone to bed, and the lights in the castle had been switched off. He had changed into his pyjamas, quietly hoping that Marbles had just gotten distract and would return to sleep draped over the badger’s feet. Yet the cat did not return to the dorm, and worry was weighing heavily on the boy’s heart as he sat on the edge of his bed. It was just not like his pet to stay away without returning, unless Rosalie was taking care of him - she had been the one to name the stray when he followed Benny home all those years ago, after all.

Benny did not know what to do. He was not a rulebreaker, was not used to leaving the dorm deliberately after curfew - but he had to, in order to find his cat. With a soft sigh, his bare feet slipped into his slippers and he stood, reaching for the wand that was resting beside his pillow. Fingers wrapped around it as he snuck out of the dorm, quietly closing the door and walking through the common room as well before his washed-out gaze wandered from one side to another. No one was around - not a cat, not a house elf, and also no prefect, and he quickly left the ground floors as he doubted Marbles would err around so close to the Hufflepuff dorms without coming back for traits. The cat - as much as he had not asked for it - had become a fixed part in Benjamin’s life, and he did not like the way his stomach felt like it was twisted and knotted by worry, while not even a soothing hand pressed against it helped.

The corridors were lying in the dark, only few lights sparking when he passed them. Benny raised his wand and muttered “Lumos” before he continued his walk, wandering up some stairs and holding the tip of his wand in different directions, only to make sure Marbles was not lying in a corner, hurt or in pain. Was there anything within the walls of this castle that would find pleasure in hurting a cat? Benjamin did not know, and if he was being really honest to himself, he did not want to find out. His slippers were making shuffling sounds on the stone ground as he walked just a little faster, the hand that was not holding onto his wand running through the messy, brown curls that were taking his eyesight away when falling into his face. Benny was tempted to turn around and go back to his dorm - yet he was selfless enough to sacrifice sleep in order to find his cat again. Even the portraits around him were already asleep, resting their heads against whatever chair or wall they were leaning in.

Benjamin would not have minded to lay down in the middle of the corridor and close his eyes, as he was blessed with the talent to sleep in every position possible. He rubbed his eyes and hid a yawn behind his hand, pausing his steps as he heard the echo of someone else’s footsteps around, immediately assuming that this was going to be the end of his mission. What if the caretaker - or someone way worse? - would catch him now, give him detention and write home? It wouldn’t exactly bring Marbles back to the badger, either.

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