Harry's eye caught a visitor walking up the cobblestone pathway and to the door.
"I'll get it, Son." Mrs. Darling winked at him and flung open the door. "Why hello, Charlotte."
"Hi. I came to ask you and your son a favor, if it's not to much trouble."
"Come in, come in." She ushered the neighbor into the house and closed the door behind her. Once Mrs. Cooper was settled safely on the couch across from Harry and Jennifer, she spoke again. "What is it was can do for ya?"
"Well, me and my husband have to leave for an important business matter, which leaves my daughter, Emma, home by herself. We're only going to be gone for a couple of days, but I was wondering if you would keep an eye on her. I wish I didn't have to leave her by herself, but there's really nothing I can do."
"Oh, fine, fine." Jennifer stole a glance at Harry. "We would be glad too. When are you to leave?"
"We shall ask her to dinner."
"That would be great." Charlotte stood and brushed the wrinkles out of her skirt before smiling at the two of them. "I better get packing. I'll tell Emma to come here around five?"
"I can't thank you enough. I just want to be sure she's safe."
"It's no problem at all."
An awkward air surrounded the dinner table that night. Emma sat across from Harry, nibbling on the food, trying not to look as though she was a starving animal.
"How do you like it here?" She asked, trying to fill the silence.
"It's so lovely here." Jennifer answered and took a bit of her food.
"And you Harry?" Emma asked, raising her gaze to him, and noticed his eyes were green.
Realizing he was staring at her, Harry cleared his throat and answered in a tone that was far too enthusiastic, "I like it here a lot." Harry made a crooked smile and took a rather large bit of his bread, his cheeks burning with embarrassment.
Emma laughed and nodded. "I'm glad you think so."
Closing her eyes, Emma felt the warm summer breeze caress her face, leaving her to daydream. The forest's trees rustled lightly and the sound of close waves touched her ears. For the first time she felt safe, as though someone was watching over her carefully. It was strange though, the feeling was unexpected.
Suddenly her thoughts were pushed when a strange sensation over came her entire body. Jerking her head in the direction of the forest, she saw it had become narrow and darker. The summer sun was no where to be seen and dark clouds replaced it. The cool wind howled through the trees giving an eerie impression.
Casting suspicious glances every which way she headed back to the house. Uncertainty flooded her mind and she started to sing, wishing away her fears.
Harry watched from his window the peculiar signs of the storm. The fast clouds and darkening sky made him uneasy. Suddenly a knock on his door, startled him from thought. He went to it and found Mrs. Darling standing outside it.
"I've got an urgent letter from the Ministry." She held it up and continued. "I have to leave straight away. Sorry." She turned slightly and then back. "Make sure to keep a watchful eye on Cooper, the skies are rather strange."
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