Chapter III - a

"Woah! Are you OK?" Harry asked. Worry clouded his voice. 

"I... I don't know" I managed to gasp through the intense pain in my ribs. I pushed myself up and staggered to the corner of the room. My ribs seared with pain as I sat down.

"You don't look OK. We should take you to the nurse in carriage four" he suggested. After taking a few deep breaths, I agreed. 

"Help me up" I said. He grabbed my left hand - as my other one was pressed across my body - and hauled me up. I leant against the wall.

"Can you walk?"

"I don't know. Let me try" I said "Ahh! No, no I can't" pain shot through me as I took one step. Harry hesitated before putting his arm around my shoulders. He helped me to the door. "Thanks" I said as we walked down the corridor. I could hear shocked people, wondering what had just happened. Babies were crying and one boy had a wet cloth pressed to his arm. I immediately felt guilty. I had been trying to save them, and yet I'd caused them so much pain and confusion. The only place we could get to without getting off the train was the observation deck, so Harry took me there and sat me on a chair. He told me to stay there while he got the nurse lady. "As if I'm going to move" I smiled grimly. He chuckled and left. The air was humid, as ever, and it was starting to rain. I was glad of the rain because it took my mind off the pain in my left side.
Harry cam back, after a while, with the kind old lady from carriage four.

"Well now deary" she said as she got to me "I was wondering why the train stopped so suddenly. Now, let's have a look at this injury then"

"I can't. I don't think I can move" I told her.

"Come now deary. No boys allowed" she said kindly to Harry. I felt myself blush.

"Go and check on Maiya please" I smiled weakly "She'll be worried. And she'll be glad to see you" I said. Harry nodded and walked off. The old lady moved my arm and lifted up my top. She gently probed the bruise

"Nothing much to worry about deary. You've just bruised the bone a bit. Try not to move around a lot and it should get better in a few days." she told me as she wound a bandage around my torso. "Cab you walk?" she asked me when she finished. I got up and walked around the observation deck. There was a little pain, but it was bearable.

"Oh, thank you!" I exclaimed "Here, let me pay you" I reached into my pocket but she stopped me.

"No. I don't want to be paid. There's no need" the old woman said. I tried to argue but she refused to accept the money. We both walked back to the main carriages and went into the ones we were staying in. Harry was helping Maiya on one of the puzzles on her DS game. As soon as I walked in, the DS was on the floor - the game frozen - and Maiya was hugging me tightly. I picked her up and hugged her back. Harry stood about half a metre away from me. I smiled at him and mouthed 'thank you'. He smiled back.

"Right. I don't think anyone here can drive a train. There's a village about twenty minutes walk from here. We'll have to tell everyone" I said. We went round all the carriages telling everyone.

The End

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