As we're walking I realize Io is holding her arm funny. I slow down so I'm next to her and behind Grim.
"Your arm, Rosie."
She stumbles a bit and shifts her cloak.
"No it's not."
She ignores me and walks faster so she's next to Grim.
Fine. I'll figure out what it is though.
"Guys, where's Mal?"
"What? She's right....here?"
Grim looks at where she'd been walking next to him barely a seconds ago.
"Nope. I'm going back."
I turn around and walk quickly back the way we came.
There around the corner, footsteps and my sister's blond hair around the corner.
I take off after her.
The tunnel suddenly goes from stone to dirt and then we're outside.
We're in the woods and Mal is chasing a cloaked figure.
"Hey!!" I try to catch them but, graceful girl I am, trip and end up flat on the ground.
I'm up and off again, but no sight of our sister.
I turn as Io and Grim catch up.
"What are you doing?"
"I saw Mal and she was chasing someone and... I don't know..."
"You shouldn't have gone after her yourself!"
"Why not?!" I turn and glare at my sister, the stormy expression falling awak moments after when I see how pale she is.
"Io? Grim, I think we need to get her back to school, so Madame Pomfrey can make sure she's okay."
"What do you mean? I'm fiinne..." she collapses sideways against Grim.
"Yeah, let's go."
"We'll come back later, okay? Thea needs to go now."
I look out into the woods frantically then back over at Io.
"Okay. Let's go." He turns and starts back to the school but I look around sadly.
"I swear I'll be back to find you Mal..."
Then I follow them back.
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