It had started on the carriage ride back to the school with Professor Bashagwani asking Kerry how he'd felt since the "Incident", as the instructors called it. He'd said he was fine, of course. Then Lina had mentioned that Emma had woke up a couple of times during the night, but that she seemed alright as well, which led to Professor Bashagwani mentioning how brave they'd been, caught in the middle of the breach and then hiding before making their ill-fated run for the stadium--
And that was when Annie asked the question: "Kerry, where did you hide? Could you show me?"
And Kerry couldn't say no.
After putting their things away Kerry led Annie out to the "North Side", the area of the Institute north of the creek, and over to the Dark Arts House. Kerry felt some strangeness being back here. He hadn't felt anything Thursday when they'd arrived for class because . . . well, class with Professor Lovecraft would probably be stranger. But here, now, with no one around, it seemed so--quiet. And it was like this Monday as well, he thought, before the dueling happened.
"It's over this way, C'mon." Kerry led Annie off into the woods, right where he remembered entering them with Emma. He had a good memory for stuff like this. Sometimes he wondered if it was a bit of a curse, because it would have been easy for him to say, "Oh, man, I don't remember where we were," and leave it at that. But he couldn't because . . . that would mean lying.
And he didn't want to lie to Annie.
Only a minute or so after entering the woods Kerry found the log, and the hollow behind. The spot's got a few more leaves on it now, he realized, which given that the trees were defoliating would happen.
He walked around the log and sat in the depression, facing the direction of the wall. "And here we are," he said, helping Annie down. "The Famous Kerry/Emma Hiding Spot." He sat back and laughed softly. "Guarantied to keep the Death Eaters away." Kerry through an arm around Annie and gently pulled her closer. "What do you think?"