Luna stepped out into the chilly winter air. The smell of pines and the feeling of the cool wind helped her calm her nerves.
The thing was, nobody knew about Luna's anxiety. To everyone she always seemed like the cheerful quirky girl. So whenever she felt an attack coming she knew she had to get outside. The open space and the smell of outside calmed her and brought her back to her senses.
She liked it that way.
She didn't want anyone fussing over her.
Luna set out to a tiny patch of woods that if you sat in the right place, had a view of the lake surrounding Hogwarts.
She found a little nook where a tree had a medium sized rock under it, making her a comfortable place to sit.
Luna looked around.
To the back of her loomed the castle-like Hogwarts, and to the front of her lay the lake, mysterious and silent, it's grey waters gently moving with the wind. Suddenly she saw a figure, walking slowly by the last bit of woods close to the lake. Luna recognized the figure as Draco Malfoy. He stopped, his face turned toward the lake.
Luna had always thought Draco was different from what he led people to believe. She believed his coldness and haughtiness was a mask, a mask he put on because that's what people expected him to be. Luna could see through it though. She was a Ravenclaw after all, and Ravenclaws could read people. She wondered at his presence there, but her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of voices calling her name.
She turned around and saw Harry and Hermione. "I'm here!" she called.
They turned in her direction and saw her. Luna stood up as they approached her.
"I told you she'd be here," said Hermione.
"Why did you think that?" Luna asked her.
"Every time you disappear it's to these woods," Hermione answered, smiling. Luna was surprised. She didn't know it was so obvious that she came here often. Then again maybe it wasn't. Hermione had a talent for noticing the littlest things. "We've been looking for you for the past half hour," said Harry. "Oh sorry, I must have gotten a bit carried away," said Luna. "Who's that over there?" asked Hermione.
"It's Malfoy," said Harry with a hint of disgust. "What's he doing here?" asked Hermione. Luna loved Harry and Hermione, they were two of her best friends, but sometimes she just didn't understand them. Draco was just standing there, same as them. What made him any different from them." Come on you two," she said, pulling them by the hand. They finally started walking and they headed back to school. When they got there, everybody was already at dinner, and they sat at the usual table with the rest of the group.
The conversation at the table shifted from schoolwork, to gossip, to favorite books. Luna participated in the conversation, throwing in her opinion and making everyone laugh.
Luna went to sleep feeling peaceful and happy.