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Follow Your Heart by marygold

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

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


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 17: Oops!!!

We had all gotten back to Hogwarts. It was close to midnight and Draco had to make his way back to Slytherin if he didn’t want to be discovered. He pulled me aside. “Are you ok?” I nodded, and he went on, “I hate to leave you like this. Maybe we could talk to McGonagall and I could move back here as Chris for a while.” I shook my head at him, “You know that’s not possible.”
He nodded, “Still we’re talking to her in the morning.”

Draco called out to Ron and Ron walked over to where we stood. He then told him what had happened at the house and Ron shook his head, “Bloody hell! Why didn’t you tell us sooner?”

“Told us what?” Hermione had walked up to us. Ron turned to her and explained. Hermione looked at me, “Why didn’t you tell me?”

I shrugged, “We thought it had been after Draco, not me.”

“What had been after Draco?” Ginny asked, she and Harry had walked towards us at some point and were now standing beside Hermione.

Draco looked up and shrugged, “We think it was a death eater. Back at the house we thought it had been after me. After all I was the one who opened my mouth and told. They don’t have anything on Bella.”

“Why would it have been after you? What could you have known?” Harry asked. That was when we all remembered Harry didn’t know. Draco looked at us and shrugged, “He might as well know.” He then said the spell and turned into himself.

Harry’s looked shocked, as he turned to see his friends’ reactions. “So, I was the only one who didn’t know.” He said, and then turned to Ginny, “And you couldn’t tell me!” Looking at Ron he added, “Knowing how I felt,” turning to Hermoine he finished, “Knowing what had happened.”

I had to speak up, “Harry I was the one who asked them not to tell. And you’re not the only one who doesn’t know. It’s more along the lines of them being the only ones that know. That was the way McGonagall wanted it, it was for the best.”

Harry leaned against a wall looking down at his shoes he said, “So the book. The one with all the names.” He looked up at Draco. “It was yours.”

Draco nodded. “That was the reason why Chris was invented.”

All of the sudden Harry started laughing; he looked at Draco and laughed even more.

We all looked at each other thinking he had lost it when he said. “You a Slytherin had to live in Gryffindor, wear Gryffindor colors … and I missed it!”

We then all remembered Draco’s complaining last semester and started laughing.

Draco smirked, “I don’t see anything funny in it.”

I walked over to where he stood and gave him a hug, “I know you don’t!” I then gave him a quick kiss. “But I lo…”

“So this is where you have been!” We all turned to see Pansy standing arms on her hips in the corridor.

Draco moved me behind him and turned to his old self. “What? Are you following me now Pansy? How long have you been there?”

Pansy stayed there, not answering and not moving.

Draco nudged me towards where the others stood and started walking towards Pansy. “Answer me Pansy!”

She looked down at the floor and then back up at him. “Long enough to see the mudblood kissing you! So that bitch halfblood was the one …”

Draco stopped her. “Pansy, stop the act. You never cared about me. You care only about yourself. I was just the boyfriend you needed. Nothing more, than a convenient alliance. And now you are angry, not because you lost me, but because if anyone finds out, they will know that it was a mudblood that won my heart.”

Pansy looked at him like if she was about to kill him and then turned and stormed off towards Slytherin.

I stared at him, suddenly Ginny’s words came back. Could it be true? He grinned at me and turned to Harry and Ron, “Look I have to go back to Slytherin before things get more out of hand. If anything happens…”

Was he asking them to take care of me? Sure it was sweet, but still. I interrupted him, “Draco, I can take care of myself.”

He placed his arm around my shoulder and kissed my forehead. “I know, but you do tend to run head first into trouble instead of away from it.” He turned back to them, “Just, let me know.” We then said our goodbyes.

Draco held me back a bit, gave me a quick kiss and asked, “Before Pansy showed up, what were you going to say?”

That I love you, I thought it, but couldn’t find the way to say it. So I just shook my head and smiled, “I forgot.”