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Follow Your Heart by marygold

Format: Novella
Chapters: 28
Word Count: 37,064
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Mild Language, Scenes of a Sexual Nature

Genres: Drama, Romance, AU
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Neville, Draco, Ginny, OC
Pairings: Draco/OC

First Published: 02/09/2006
Last Chapter: 07/24/2011
Last Updated: 07/24/2011

Summary:


Thanks to Fantasy Dreamer for my great banner! Isabella left with her father after her mother's death. Now she's sixteen her father is also gone and she is forced to move back to England. What else will she be forced to change?


Chapter 8: The one in the middle

I can’t believe that I’m helping him. It was 5:00 pm and I knew that Prof. McGonagall would be in her office. I had made it all the way to the door, “I can’t do this Draco.” I knew he was standing right beside me. The hall was empty so he took off his cloak. “Bella, please. All you have to do is give her the book. There’s a letter with it explaining everything.”

I shook my head, “But what if she doesn’t believe me? What if she calls the Ministry? You could get into so much more trouble?”

He took my hand in his, “Bella, I’m already in a lot of trouble. I want a bit of normalcy in my life. I know what’s in that book and I know it’s strong enough to convince her. If your indecision comes from what could happen to you, then don’t do it. But, if it comes form what might happen to me, don’t worry I’ve already made a decision, for once I really want to do what’s right.”

I nodded, if he was so sure then, “Wait here. I’ll be back.” I then knocked on the door and at her response went in.

She looked up from her papers and motioned for me to sit on a chair. “Hello Isabella!” I sat down and she asked, “So my dear, is everything ok?”

I nodded… and then I shook my head. “What’s troubling you?”

I then stood up and gave her the book. She took it in her hand and opened it. An envelope fell out. She took it and started reading. We were in complete silence and then she asked, “How did you get this?”

I looked down at my hands and said, “A friend gave it to me.” I raised my eyes and she looked at me and gave me a half smile. “Your friend is standing outside. Right?” I nodded. “Go tell him to come in.” I was confused, how did she know. “I know everything that happens here my dear. Also, I’ve been watching you and have noticed that he’s been following you everywhere since you got here. Only leaving you when he went into Slytherin. It’s all right, you may tell him to come in.”

I got up and went outside. I couldn’t see him, how did she know. “Draco?” I looked around, no sign of him. “Draco?” I then felt him beside me.

“Shh!!! Told you…” I reached for where I thought his face might be and bingo! I removed his cloak, “Are you crazy? McGonagall might see me.”

“She already knows you’re here. She wants you to come in.” He’s eyes opened to the size of saucers. Sooo… he had thought he wouldn’t have to do any talking. I took his hand, to prevent him from bolting, and opened the door again and practically dragging him in.

Prof. McGonagall looked at him. “Hello Mr. Malfoy. Next time you have to plead a case, better do it yourself, than send someone else.” She then turned to me, “You may leave now Isabella.” I stayed there, not wanting to leave Draco alone. “Isabella, I will allow you to see him afterwards, but Mr. Malfoy and I need to talk alone. Go to your household, I will send for you when we’re done.”

***

It seemed like hours since I had entered my bedroom. I was sitting on my bed and petting Juancho. What could be happening? What if they sent Draco to Azkaban? What if …?

“What happened?” Ginny asked as she took a sit on my bed.

I looked at her and decided that I had to trust someone, “Ginny, I know that you practically don’t know me but I really need someone to talk to.” Ginny nodded and then I told her everything. At one point I thought she might kill me, but she did let me finish.

Then she said her piece, “Bella, there is no way I can tell you that I believe everything and that poor Draco got in over his head and he should have a second chance and all. I was here, I was in the middle of everything when it happened. I know that he didn’t kill Dumbledore, but he was the one who let them in... Look, Harry was my boyfriend. I knew him since before I came to Hogwarts. Ron and Hermoine are his best friends. He tormented us, well them… Still, if his talking to McGonagall, I trust her, so I guess I’ll take her lead.” She looked at me and sighed, “Thanks for talking to me. I might not like him, but if you need a friend, I’m here.”

I nodded, “Thanks.” At that moment Hermoine came in. “Bella, Hagrid’s here. Says Prof. McGonagall wants to talk to you.”

I looked at Ginny, who smiled, “Good luck!”

I then walked out and followed Hagrid back to McGonagall. I was scared, not so much for me, but for him. If they kicked him out, then what? The Death Eaters would have him for lunch or worst his mother might throw him back at their mercy. I then heard Hagrid say, “You really are a lot like your father.”

I looked up at him, very confused. And he smiled, “You see the good in people, when no one else does. If he had tried this by himself, I doubt any would have helped him.”

We arrived at McGonagall’s way too fast. Hagrid looked at me and smiled. “The hat was right. You have your father’s heart.” He then opened the door and led me inside.

Prof. McGonagall was in her office, alone. I wanted to ask where he was? Where was Draco?

The Professor seemed to notice because she started talking. “Isabella, I am really disappointed in you. You should have come to me the second Malfoy revealed himself to you. You should have told me this at the first possible opportunity. I know that you might not be aware of everything that happened here last year. But, I can assure you it was quite tumultuous. Luckily, Malfoy has managed to present his case quite soundly. The Minister of Magic was here, and we have reached a decision.”

I looked around again, “Where is he?” Oh no they sent him to Azkaban.

Prof. McGonagall then said, “Isabella, I’d like you to meet Christopher Mathis. His a transfer student and he’ll be joining you in most of your classes. Those that he doesn’t have with you he has with Hermoine Granger.”

The boy walked down the stairs, he had dark brown hair and honestly needed to head to the beach. But, why would I even care? And then I noticed, gray eyes with just a hint of blue. “Draco?”

He smiled and nodded. Prof. McGonagall then said, “The Minister and I agreed that Draco should be aloud to prove his innocence. Using the evidence he has given to us a new investigation will be conducted. Meanwhile, Mr. Malfoy must be well guarded. So the Minister and I, we, have decided that altering his appearance, until the investigation is concluded is the best alternative.” She then turned to Draco, “Mr. Malfoy you will rejoin your class, but under the alias we have created. Once everything is settled, and if you innocence is proven, then you may return as yourself. For the time being you will stay as far away from Slytherin as possible. If you are to head out of the school, you will contact me before doing so. Understood?” He nodded.

He then had to ask, “If I can’t go back to Slytherin, to what house will I go?”

Prof. McGonagall stepped up from her chair and walked towards an armoire. She took out a robe and handed it to him. He paled.


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