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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 19: Everything changed

Hi! Thanks to MonoxoideLullaby (hope I wrote it right) and Paris Black for the reviews. This chapter had been kind of, for not saying completely stuck. And it was your reviews that gave me the idea to finish it. thanks again.

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Chapter 19 Everything changed

Today I woke up and something didn’t feel right. It was one of those mornings that no matter how much I tried to shake it something was completely different. I didn’t feel like talking much so I told the girls I would see them in the Great Hall and made my way out there.

I took my usual seat, looking around I saw Luna enter the Hall with a group of sixth years. She smiled at me and walked over. “How’s it been?”

I smiled, “Good.” At that moment two owls entered the hall, one I recognized as Oh Henry my dad’s old owl that was now under the care of Antonia. He dropped me a letter, the other dropped a letter at the Hufflepuff table.

My dear Isabella:

A man came by the house today. He said he was a friend of your fathers, but mind you, mi niña, I have never seen him before. He was asking about your father’s research. He seemed surprised, like if he hadn’t known about his death. Even said that he had seen him a couple of days ago, had coffee with him and all. Quite, disturbing. I wasn’t going to write to you about it, but Mario convinced me that I should. Weird, really strange things have been happening in the house.
Please take care of yourself, cuidate mucho mi niña.

I felt tears filling my eyes and took a deep breath. The letter didn’t make sense. My father was dead, and that man, who could he be? I felt someone sit beside me and closed the letter.

Looking up I saw Draco, “You do know that you’re sitting in the wrong table right?” He nodded, “I’ll risk anything a Gryffindor throws my way. I’m getting tired of Pansy’s pitiful displays.” He looked at me closely and then asked, “What happened?” I shook my head, but he only tried harder. Handing him the letter I simply said, “Doesn’t make any sense.” He read through it, “Your father’s death was published in every paper in the wizard world. What was his research on?”

I shook my head, “It was never clear to me, I know it started with time travel. But, he stumbled onto something else and I honestly don’t know what that was. I wish I did, but I don’t.”

Draco looked it over again, and stood up, “Come on. We’re going to McGonagall. Maybe she’ll know. And you do, have to tell her about everything else.”


“My child, I have a vague idea of what your father’s research was about. Like you, I know that it had to do with time travel. He became obsessed with it after your mother’s death. But, further that that I don’t have any idea. On the other matter, it does frighten me to think that a death eater might be after you. And everything you have told me points to just that, which means that we will have to take security measures regarding yourself. I should perhaps call the Ministry and have them place you in one of the secure castles.”

I shook my head, “No. I’m staying in Hogwarts. Harry has never been sent somewhere else. And you were the one who insisted that Draco should stay here. If they didn’t have to leave, then neither will I.”

Professor McGonagall looked towards Draco, “You are aware that they are closing in on her. Her dreams can very well be her subconscious trying to warn her.” Draco simply nodded and she went on, “I remember her mother’s death and she was followed for some time, before they attacked her. I fear that they are trying to do the same thing to you.”

I felt myself shake a bit and breathed deeply, “I’m not going anywhere.”

Draco looked at me and nodded, “I’m taking practically every class with her. And when I’m not with her Harry, Ron, Hermione or Ginny is. She’s never alone.”

Professor McGonagall nodded, “Yes, but do any of you know how to prevent an attack from a death eater? How to feel them before they are near?”

I saw that Draco was about to shake his head, but then hesitated. “I can feel them, if I try. My father taught me. After all, I was bound to take his place.”

Professor McGonagall nodded, “Makes sense for your father to teach you, but what good would it do to her when you are all the way across the building in Slytherin?”

Draco looked at me and then back at her, “Transfer me back to Gryffindor.” He said shocking us both.

Professor McGonagall shook her head, “I can’t bring Chris back Draco.”

Draco nodded, “I know. Transfer me, Draco Malfoy.”


“Did you have to tell her we had been intimate?” I said to him for what seemed like the hundredth time.

At least this time he had the decency to blush a bit, “Sorry, I just wanted her to see that I was serious about the whole transfer thing.”

I looked at him incredulously as we walked back to the houses. “And you couldn’t convince her by telling her something like that you cared deeply for me or even that you loved me and wouldn’t want to see me harmed. Really Malfoy there are soooo many other ways to get the same point across.” I stopped and turned noticing that he had stopped. “Now what?” I asked as I made my way back to him. He didn’t answer, but when I got to arms length he pulled me to him. I was about to kiss him, but he stopped me. “Before this goes any further Bella I need to know one thing.” I looked at him and nodded, he had suddenly turned so serious. “Bella I think I already know the answer, but I really do need to be clear on this. Do you love me?” I was taken aback by his question, sure I loved him. I hadn’t said anything, but neither had he. He asked me again and I bit my lower lip and nodded. “Then why wont you say it?” I smiled at him, “Why wont you?” He then chuckled. “Thought I had Bella.” I looked up and gave it some thought, but I knew I wouldn’t dismiss those words if he had said them. “Nope you haven’t Draco.”

He smirked, and then waited. I smiled at him and he sighed, “I love you Isabella Townsend.” I smiled at him and gave him a small peck. “Good.” I said and kissed him again. He raised his eyebrow, “ ‘Cause I love you too Draco Malfoy.” He then kissed me and all our problems were forgotten.

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