It had only been a few months ago that Cedric's name had shot out of the Goblet of Fire, proclaiming him the Hogwarts champion…well, one of the Hogwarts champions. There was always going to be Harry Potter. Cedric had nothing against Potter, really, it was just that his parents would have been so proud if he, Cedric Diggory, were the only Hogwarts champion; t one representing his entire school in the Triwizard Tournament, and maybe even the one to hoist that Triwizard Cup over his head in victory. All Cedric ever wanted was to be remembered for something.
It had only been a few weeks ago that Cedric had defeated the Swedish Short Snout in the first task of the Tournament. Sure, he had been tipped off by Potter, but when it came down to it, he HIMSELF defeated the dragon and retrieved the egg. Cheating, he was told, was customary in the tournament. Now that the first task was done, the hardest task was yet to come.
Only a few days ago Professor Sprout had told Cedric and his fellow Hufflepuffs about the Yule Ball and now it seemed that every girl wanted a date with him, but there was only one that he could ever see himself bringing to the Yule Ball: the beautiful Ravenclaw that he had been dating since last year. No one knew about it and he liked it that way. He liked it better that he could take her to the Room of Requirement and talk until all hours of the night. They could have their own private dates that no one ever needed to know about.
Cho Chang. Such a simple name and yet every time he said it, he swooned. Out of all the girls at Hogwarts that he could have, he couldn't imagine his life without Cho. When Professor Sprout told Hufflepuff about the Yule Ball, Cedric knew that it would be the perfect opportunity to show off Cho to the world, escorting her to the ball on his arm. He smiled to himself just thinking about it. She had been there for him through thick and thin: Hufflepuff's victory of Gryffindor in Quidditch last year, his victory over the Swedish Short Snout, his anger with the Goblet of Fire when it had spit it the names of not one Hogwarts student, but two. It was time, Cedric decided, to repay the girl he loved.
Cedric decided one day to enlist the help of Cho's friend Marietta Edgecombe in Ravenclaw. He knew exactly what he wanted to do, but he knew he had to get a girl's input. He wasn't that wonderful with girls that he knew all those things that made girls swoon. Finally, the night that he was going to ask Cho came. He was wearing his school uniform still, minus the cloak and Marietta was helping him set up the last few bits of the surprise.
Marietta continued to fiddle with the collar of his shirt and his hair saying, "Okay, just one more thing. Right…no wait…"
"Marietta, I think it's fine. Stop it," he said through clenched teeth, brushing her hand away playfully. "Honestly, I'm more concerned with her answer than what I look like. I've already got her, haven't I?" he said with a wink.
"You're right," Marietta said. "Good luck, Ced!" she said before giving him a hug and leaving the room. After she left, Cedric went around to the dozens of candles all around the room and pointed his wand at them, muttering, "Incendio!" and lighting each of them.
Just as he had finished, he heard the doorknob turning and quickly went into a room just off of the Room of Requirement that had been put there specifically for his use. He put a blocking charm on the door so that he could see out, but to her, it would just look like a door.
Cho entered the Room of Requirement still in her school robes and Ravenclaw scarf. She hung her cloak on the coat rack by the door and called out, "Cedric?"
There was no answer.
Cho took her scarf off and hung it with her cloak.
"Cedric?!" she called again. Still no answer.
"Oh!" Cho said in surprise when she saw a huge box almost as tall as her sitting in the middle of the room. Cedric watched her as she approached the box and read the note attached to it.
Someone got a present! You'd better open it!"
Cho began ripping the paper off the first box only to reveal that there was another box inside. More wrapping paper was torn to shreds as she made her way through the boxes. Cedric watched her and counted the boxes as she went through them. Finally, she got to a very small ring box. He watched her open the box and a little slip of paper popped up at her. She set the box down and unrolled the paper reading it in her head.
As she started to read it, Cedric opened the door and recited what was on the paper. "My dearest Cho, I would be delighted if you would accompany me to the Yule Ball. All my love, Cedric."
Cho looked up and had tears in her eyes. "Oh, of course I'll go with you Cedric!" She said. She ran up to him and he enveloped her in a huge hug, twirling her around.
"Good," he said, "because I wasn't about to take no for an answer."
He smiled at her before he brought his lips to hers and kissed her tenderly.