I made my way up to the Hospital Wing, Gem in my arms, and a velvet bag dangling from my fingers. It was nearly curfew, but I had to go and see Gilderoy! I wanted to make sure he was ok. I didn't tell Lily I was coming. She'd nag me to death about being up after hours.
I was just about to the door, when a girl came out. I nearly bumped into her.
"Oh, sorry!" I said, looking down at Gem. She seemed to be sleeping, lazy cow!
"Oh, no, it's my fault! I'm Bonnie!" she smiled, and stuck out her hand.
I looked up at her stupidly. MY HANDS WERE FULL!!!! Fuller than full! F-U-L-L!!!
"Um, I, uh..." I tried to get a hand free, but it was caught between Gem's legs, and I daren't wake her up.
"Oh," Bonnie suddenly realised, "it's ok! Don't wake it up!"
"Her," I corrected her, "and I'm Alice! And it's nearly curfew! You'd better get to bed before McGonagal catches you or something!!"
"Oh, thanks! Right! Bye!!" she called, as she sprinted down the hallway.
I sidled through the gap in the door, and took in my surroundings.
The room was very big, with beds lined up against each wall. There was a office down the other end of the isle, and there were two boys in beds, next to each other. I already knew one of them was Gildy, but the other was a deathly white, and blended in with the sheets. I could only tell they were there because of the mop of blond hair on the pillow, and the big brown eyes staring at me.
"Hello!" I mouthed at them. Gildy didn't notice, but the other person waved. I walked over to them.
"Hello Alice!" it turned out to be Remus! He forced a cheery smile at me.
"Don't strain yourself being polite. You can look miserable if you like!" I smiled back at him.
He looked thankfull, and his face dropped. By now, Gilderoy had turned to look at me. He still looked very ill. I sat on the edge of his bed, and sweeped back his hair.
"You alright dear?" I asked him. His head was steaming.
"Does it look like I'm alright? And please, don't mess up my hair!" he retorted.
Anyone else would've taken this as an offence, but I knew better. I just messed up his hair a bit more, and laughed as he struggled to hit my hand away.
"Ok, ok. I'll stop. Listen," I lowered my voice, "I know why you're ill. It's not because of what Daisy said-"
He lurched forward, and put his head over the bowl. Nothing happened.
"You're doing it to yourself! You're not really ill Gilderoy! You are creating an illness in your mind! You just have to get over it!" I pushed him back onto his pillow.
"Here!" I said, passing him the velvet bag. I had left Gem on Remus's bed, to keep him company, "I brought you a present! Enjoy!"