Lida stumbled into the common room under a stack of heavy Herbology books. She hadn't really needed all of these books for her extracurricular project. She'd been using them to hide behind as she walked by the Slytherin dungeons. She wasn't sure if she wanted to see Augustus or not.
Linda looked up from her essay and grinned happily. "'Ello Lida!" she said, making room for her on the couch. "Going well for you?"
Lida plopped all her books down with a thump and crashed into the couch. "Well enough, I s'pose, given all that's been going on. What about you? Haven't been working too hard, have you?" Lida grinned.
"Of course not," Linda smiled, leaning her face on her palm. "...you look tired. Is everything alright?" she asked, concerned.
"Of course!" Lida said, smiling cheerfully. "I mean, apart from all the dreadful pertfrification business, I mean." Lida said, lowering her voice carefully. "I'm terrified everywhere I go these days. What do you think about all that stuff?"
Linda paused, mulling over what Lida had said. "...It's not that I'm not aware of what's going on..." she said simply, "but I'm not sure what I can do about it."
"That's the worst bit, don't you think?" Lida asked with a shudder. "I don't like being helpless... Listen, Linds... can you keep a secret?" she asked, lowering her voice further.
"Of course." Linda replied, frowning and moving closer to her friend.
"These books," Lida whispered, gesturing to the enormous stack of books at her feet, "aren't all for Herbology. I'm looking for a cure. Or at least some method of protection. I can't just not do anything, you know?"
Linda positively stared and looked down at the rather large volumes she was carrying. "...A cure?" she asked, confused.
"Well, obviously mandrake rate would work," Lida said, brushing some hair of her eyes excitedly. "But just imagine if there were a way to bring them back before that! It's worth a try, isn't it?"
Linda grinned, in awe. "I'm impressed. What have you gotten so far?"
Lida made a face. "Not far at all, but I haven't looked everywhere yet. I've been trying to think of a reason to get into the restricted section. Any ideas?"
Linda chewed on her lip thoughtfully. "Well, maybe you could sneak in after hours?"
"I don't know," Lida said. "I really don't want to get caught... Imagine the house points I'd lose!"
"Well maybe we can distract people from the library, one of us can sneak in, and then we can get the books."
"Great idea! ... But, are we sure they won't... I don't know... be charmed or something?" Lida asked nervously
"...I haven't thought about that." Linda confessed, rubbing her forehead. "Let me see what I can do."
"Thanks, Linda!" Lida said brightly. "I have a feeling I'll need all the help I can get with this."
Linda grinned and turned back to her Potions essay. "I'll get on that right after I finish this up..."
Lida craned her neck to look at the parchment. "Erugh. Potions? I don't fancy being you right now. Of course, I've got Transifiguration homework of my own to do," she remembered, heaving a dramatic sigh. "I suppose I'll see you later then, Linda. Thanks so much for all your help!"
Linda grinned and nodded. "I'll talk to you soon!"