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A Different Side Of Me by SlytherinSweetheart6

Format: Novel
Chapters: 13
Word Count: 10,015
Status: WIP

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

Genres: Drama, Humor, Romance
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Lucius, Narcissa, Crabbe Jr., Goyle Jr., Draco, OC
Pairings: Ron/Hermione, Draco/OC, Harry/OC

First Published: 07/20/2006
Last Chapter: 03/31/2007
Last Updated: 03/31/2007


The Porters and the Malfoys have been friends for generations, and Natalee grew up with Draco. Now, they are both sixteen and engaged. Natalee is sent to Hogwarts to be closer to Draco, but it is there where she reunites with someone from her past, someone who could change her future if she will let him. Many thanks to Smile06 for yet another beautiful banner!

Chapter 1: Eyes Up Here
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Draco and I spent the rest of the day packing and just hanging out. Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner. I sighed as I opened the doors of my big walk in closet. I had quite a few formal dresses that you had worn this summer, but my favorite one, the one Draco bought for me in Paris, I had saved for last. It was a simple dress actually, I not into gaudy clothing. It was black with spaghetti straps and a plunging neckline. I pulled it out of the closet and used my wand to apply my make up and do up my hair. I walked out of my bedroom and into Draco's without bothering to knock. He was standing in front of a full length mirror adjusting his tie. He smiled when he saw me and turned around, giving me an up and down look.
"I love that dress." he said
I looked at my reflection in the mirror and smiled. I do fill it up quite well."Gee," I said sarcasticly, " I wonder why."
He didn't respond, he just walked towards me, still staring.
"Honey" I grabbed his chin and pulled his face up
"Eyes up here!"
"Oh sorry." he said and offered me his arm
"Shall we?"
"We Shall."

Draco led me into the dining room. Narcissa sighed and elbowed her husband.
"Oh Lucius! Look at them! They are so cute together!" she said.
" Of course they are, why in the name of quidditch wouldn't they be? I told you, she's a perfect match for him."
You look across the table at Draco and roll your eyes. He chucked under his breath, he knew that you hated it when they talked about you like you weren't there. The house elves bring your food, and you begin to eat. The main course was tiny pieces of squishy meat. You put one in your mouth and chewed.
"Mm, this is good, what is it?" You asked Draco, he smiled
"Snails" Lucius said.
"Bloody Hell!" You reach for your napkin and spit the nasty goo out of your mouth. Out of the corner of your eye you could see Draco laughing at you.
" Stupid Jerk." you thought to yourself.
Lucius called for a house elf to remove your plates and then they brought you dessert. You dug into the chocolate pie, grateful for no more snails. Lucius cleared his throat.
"So I trust that everything is ready for your departure tomorrow?"
"Yes Father." Draco said
"Oh, Natalie, there's something I've - well we've been wanting to ask you." Narcissa said looking at her husband.
"Oh, is there?" You ask curious.
"Yes, well, Lucius and I feel that it would be best if you didn't wear your engagement ring while youre at school. It would start many unnecessary rumors. Not everyone has an arranged marriage these days, people might think..."
"People might think I'm pregnant." I thought to myself.
"Oh I understand Narcissa, that would be fine with me, as long as it's okay with Draco." you say looking at him, he looks very angry, but he wasn't about to argue with his parents.
" Yeah, fine. Whatever."
"Oh, good, now I think it's time for the two of you to go to bed now. You've got a big day tomorrow."
You nodded and said good night to the Malfoys. Taking Draco's arm the two of you walked up the stairs in silence. When you reached your bedroom door, you stoped.
"Are you sure you don't mind my not wearing the ring in school?" you ask him. He shook his head.
" I don't like it, it feels like they're ashamed of you." he said
" Well, their not, hon, they just want to protect us, ya know?"
He sighed " I guess, it's not like I can get you to wear it now anyway, you're too good."
" I know, I should really work on that." you said playfully. You kissed him gently, pulling the ring off of your finger.
" I love you Draco, and I don't care who knows it, but for now, let's just keep this a secret."
You said, sliding the ring into his hand.
"Keep this safe for me, cause as soon as we set foot out of Hogwarts for summer break, I'm putting it right back on."
" You bet." He smiled and kissed you again.
" Sweet dreams." he said pulling away.

You walk into your room and peel off your clothes. you pull a pair of pajamas out of your dresser and pull them on quickly. Walking over to your bed , you see the picture of Draco sitting on your nightstand. You kissed it, missing him already. You lay back in your bed and close your eyes. An hour passes, and you are just about to slip into dreamland, when your room suddenly filled with light. Sitting up straight in your bed, you shivered. Lightning. A very low, loud rumble of thunder sounded. You jump out of your bed and out of the room. Feeling your way down the dark hallway, you stop infront of Draco's door. Opening it slightly, you peeked inside. He was laying on his bed watching a Quidditch game on tv. He looked up at you and smiled.
" Couldn't stay away?" he teased. You shake your head
" It's storming." As if on que, there is another loud rumble of thunder, this time it shakes the whole house. Draco laughed again and held out his arms to you.
"Come here."
You climb into his bed and he wraps his arms around you.
" Youre safe here." he whispered. You close your eyes and as he gently plays with your hair, you fall asleep in his arms.

Chapter 2: Spongebob... nice
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The next morning, I woke up to the sound of running water, turning to my back, I looked around the room. At first, I didn't remember where I was, but then I did. I climbed over to the foot of the bed and looked out the window. Outside, it was sunny and green.
"Good, no more storms."
I scooted back to the pillows and laid on my side. The water turned off and the shower door opened, two minutes later, Draco walked out of the bathroom wearing Spongebob boxers. I laughed out loud. He turned to me.
"What's so funny?"
I shook ymy head,
"Spongebob, nice choice."
He looked down at his boxers and sighed,
"Give me a break, my mom bought them for me."
"I like them."
I said to him as he walked to the closet. He turned around and gave me a look.
" Where you checking me out?"
I put on my best innocent face and said
" Who me?"
"Yeah you. Well?"
I crossed my arms over my chest and smiled. "I'm not telling."
He didn't say anything, he only smirked.
"Oh thats not good." I thought to myself.
"Draco? What are you doing?" Before I could react, Draco ran across the room, jumped on the bed and landed right next to me.
" Now..." he said, positioning himself on top of me.
" I'll ask you again... Were you or were you not checking me out?"
I grabbed a pillow and hid my face from him.
"I'm not telling."
" Okay..." He said removing the pillow from my hands and throwing it on the floor.
"I gave you a chance to admit it, but now it seems I'm gonna have to tickle it out of you!"
I started screaming before he even started tickling, and he laughed. My one big weakness was tickling, it was my downfall. He started tickling and I screamed louder.
"Tell me!"
"Come on! I'll stop tickling you if you tell me!"
I started kicking him then, but it didn't stop him, he simply squeezed my legs together and held them down with his legs.
"Come on Natalie! Don't be stubborn! Just tell me what I want to hear."
"Never!" He tickled me harder, his non existant nails dug into my ribs. " Stop! Stop!" I yelled out while gasping for breath. We were so absorbed in our "tickle fight" that we didn't realize that Lucious and Narcissa were standing in the doorway, along with my parents.
"Ahem." Lucious cleared his throat. Draco stoped tickling and I stoped screaming.
"Hi mom" we both said at the same time. Draco was still on top of me and Narcissa gave him a look. I got off of the bed and walked up to the door.
"Come along Natalie, Draco, let's have breakfast before you kids leave." Narcissa said.
"Okay, just a sec." I said at the same time Draco said "Be right there." Our parents walked down the hall and I turned to Draco. "I'm gonna go get dressed." Draco walked up to me, looking in the hall to see if his parents were still there.
"Okay, need some help?" I smiled. " Actually..." I said looking down
"Spongebob needs tending to." I loved the face that he got and laughed, bounding out the door. He reached out and smacked my butt. I turned around, pretending to be shocked.
"What was that for?" he smirked again.
"For being a bad girl." I walked up to him, putting my arms around his neck.
"Oh yeah, well if you think that's bad, then-" I was interupted by Lucious suddenly appearing in the hallway.
"Will you two animals get off of eachother and come down to breakfast?" he asked irritated. Draco rolled his eyes.
"Yes Were on our way." he pushed me out into the hall,
"you better go down before they go mental. I'll be right there."
I kissed him quickly.
" Fine, but I'll get you for that."

Chapter 3: Who's the Boss?
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"And I turned around, and she was gone! All that was left was her diaper!"

My mum grasped for breath as she laughed.

" Oh, you don't say!" Narcissa said, quite amused. "Draco used to do that all of the time! Of course, he doesn't do it any more, it's been like..."

"I believe it was last week." Lucius said in his usual mono tone voice.

"Oh Lucius!" Narcissa squealed, smacking her husbands arm.

Draco and I exchange embarrsed looks, it was now after breakfast and we were stuck listening to our parents tell embarrising storys from our childhood. Narcissa looked at the clock on the wall, and stood up abruptly.

"Oh my, you kids had better get a move on, it's 10:45!" Everyone stood up,

" Well, its too late to drive you there," Lucius said "You'll just have to use the port key."

He motioned for everyone to come and he walked into the front room where the port key was sitting on the matle. After I said a quick goodbye to my parents, and Draco got a quick lecture, We both grabbed ahold of the port key, waving untill they were gone. Suddenly we were standing on platform 9 3/4.

"What a rush!" Draco said. I felt dizzy and swayed about, he grabbed my arm and steadied me. "Are you okay?" he asked concerned.

" Yeah, I'm fine, port keys always make me dizzy. Behind me, the trains whistle sounded, signaling that it was time to board. Draco looked at the clock.

"Where are Crabbe and Goyle? They were supposed to meet us here at 10:55! I specifically said 10:55! Is that so hard to understand..."

I didn't hear the rest of his rant, because I had zoned it out, hoping to find Crabbe and Goyle, and make Draco shut up. Then I heard a voice coming from inside the candy shop.

"Oi! What do you mean you're out of Droobles? They're my favorite!"

I pulled on Draco's sleeve. " Found them." I said, pointing in their direction.

He smiled and walked up behind them quietly. Suddenly, he grabbed their necks and yelled into their ears."Hi guys!"

They both jumped a mile high and then turned around. "Draco!" Crabbe said, putting his hand on his heart. "You gave me a heart attack!"

Draco smiled, " Its time to go." he pulled them away and toward the train.

"But! " Crabbe squirmed trying to get away. " I was getting some substanance, you know how my bloodsugar is..."

Draco cut him off "Catch the trolley!"

We all got on the train and Draco led us to what he said was "the best car in the whole train." When he opened the door, I saw that there was three Hufflepuff girls inside. Draco didn't care, he just simply walked in and looked at them. "OUT!" The terrified girls rushed out crying. Draco turned to me and smiled. "Ladies first."

I walked in and took a seat by the window.

"Hey! I was gonna sit there!" Crabbe yelled at me. Draco turned and laughed at him evily, Crabbe laughed slightly.

" I was just kidding." he said as he sat on the opposite seat next to the door.

"So..." Goyle said sliding in next to me and putting his arm around my shoulder " You're the flavor of the month?"
"Excuse me?"
"You know, when you get tired of this guy, you and I should take in a Hogsmede weekend."
"Goyle!" Draco said, walking up to us, " Lets get one thing straight before we get to school. Natalee is my girlfriend and I dont plan on sharing her with you."

Goyle removed his arm and scooted down to the end of the seat. Draco looked satisfied and sat down next to me.

Chapter 4: Muggle Lovers
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One half hour into the train ride, and I was already bored. The room was way too quiet, with the exception of an occasional snore from Crabbe and I had grown tired of counting the trees. Beside me, Draco was finishing up the last of his summer homework, which he had saved until the very last possible moment, like usual. I slip my hand into his and squeezed. He squeezed back and smiled. I heard the muffled sound of a cart rolling down the hall and it stoped infront of the door, an overweight woman with graying hair, poked her head in.

" Anything from the trolley dears?"

Crabbe and Goyle instantly jumped up, grabbing their money. Draco stood up and pulled out his wallet.

"You want anything babe?" he asked.

" No thanks hon, I'm good."

I said giving him a sweet smile.

" ok."

He walked up to the door and turned around.

" You were checking me out again weren't you?"

I smiled, remembering the "tickle fight" that we had earlier.

" Maybe."

"I'll take that as a yes."

I winked at him, "Go ahead."

He walked up to the trolley and pushed Crabbe and Goyle out of the way.

"One of everything." he demanded.

I looked out the window again, wondering how I had become so lucky.

" Here I am, going to Hogwarts, the best school of magic in the world, and I am engaged to Draco Malfoy, who is not only insanley gorgeous, but my best friend. Can my life get any better?"

Suddenly I was pulled out of my thoughts by a commotion in the hall, at first I tried to ignore it, thinking it was just Draco picking on some poor first year, but I soon gave into my curiosity. I got up, and walked to the door. Draco was engaged in conversation with two other students, one who looked vaugley familiar, and another with red hair and a somewhat tattered robe.

" What are you two Gryffindors doing in the Slytherin car?"

Draco asked, his upper lip was curled as if his words were venomus.

" There is no Slytherin car Malfoy! "

the red head said.

"Oh, shove off Weasley!"

Their conversation became heated until, out of nowhere, Professor Snape appeared between them.

"Mr. Malfoy, Mr. Weasley, stop this nonesence at once."

he turned toward the two boys and smiled

" 15 points will be taken from Gryffindor."

They groaned and glared at Draco.

" From each of you."

Snape added, obviously enjoying it too much. I gave the two boys a sympathetic look and pulled Draco back into the room.

"Stupid Gryffindors! "

he said loudly as you closed the door.

" Yeah, who do they think they are, coming to the Slytherin car and picking a fight like that?"

Crabbe said. Draco ignored him. I sat down next to him and he put his arm around me.

" Who were those boys anyway?"

I asked

" No one important, just Potter and Weasley."

Goyle said.
"Yeah." Draco agreed

" Stupid muggle lovers."

Goyle and Draco exchanged high fives.

" Wait, who?" I asked sitting up.

" Harry Potter, the nerd with glasses." Draco said.

"Bloody Hell" I whispered under my breath.

" Are you okay Nat? You look like you wanna barf."

"Huh? No, Im fine, definatley not gonna barf."

He looked at me like I was crazy.

"okay then." he tore open a bagof Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans and handed it to me.

"Want one?"

" No thanks, hey Draco, um I was wondering why exactly do you hate Harry Potter?" he looked at me for a moment.

" You mean besides the fact that they're stupid Gryffindor muggle lovers?" I shook my head. He looked away. " No reason."

"Theres got to be a reason besides that." I thought.

Crabbe snorted. " Of course there is a reason Malfoy! Don't you remember?"

Then he turned to me. " Draco and Harry have been sworn enemys ever since first year, when Draco tried to get him to join with us and Harry turned him down infront of everyone."

I was amused and smiled. " Oh, is that why? He bruised your ego?"

Draco rolled his eyes.

" No thats not it, that's not it at all. I told you, they're a bunch of stupid muggle lovers and even if he was a Slytherin, I'd still hate him."

Chapter 5: A Slytherin's Sweetheart
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As soon as we stepped foot off of the Hogwarts Express, the same man who had broken up the fight in the hallway, who I had learned was Professor Snape, walked up to us.

"There you are Draco."

Then he turned his head to me.

"Miss Porter I presume?"

I nodded.

"Yes sir."

He smiled at the both of us,and held out a roll of parchment.

"This is for you."

Draco took it and Snape walked away. He opened the parchment and I stood on my tip toes to read over his shoulder.

" Dear Mr. Malfoy and Miss Porter, welcome to Hogwarts for another exciting year. I hope your train ride was pleasant. As soon as you get this note, please report to my office, we have some things to discuss. Thank you, Dumbledore. p.s. I enjoy Chocolate Frogs.

"Are we in trouble?" I asked him

" You didn't tell any one about last week, did you?" he asked franticly

" No! Did you?"

He didn't answer right away, and I glared at him.

" You did! Who did you tell?" I demanded, smacking his arm.

" no one! Just Crabbe and Goyle!"

I rolled my eyes at him.

" Well, we'll deal with that after, but for now, I'm sure that's not what Dumbledore wants to talk to us about... at least I hope not."

he agreed with me

" Let's just get this over with." grabbing my hand, he led me down many hallways and staircases, until we stopped infront of a large statue.

"Why have we stopped?" Draco smiled.

"You'll see" He turned toward the statue, "Chocolate Frogs."

Suddenly a staircase arose from the floor.

" What is this?"

"Dumbledore's office."

He grabbed my hand again and the two of us walked up the stairs. We stopped at the door and Draco knocked. The door swong open and we walked inside. Dumbledore was seated behind a large mahogany desk, when he saw us, he stood up and smiled.

"Ah, you got my note, I see."

"Yes sir ." Draco said. Dumbledore looked at me and smiled.

"And this is the Miss Porter I've heard so much about."

I blushed at the thought of Lucious and Narcissa gushing over me.

"Yes, it is."

"Well, it is very nice to finally meet you. Please have a seat.

Draco and I sat in the leather chairs on either side of the desk.

"So, I understand that the two of you are engaged to be married, congratulations."

" Thank you."

I said. He looks down at my hand

" But no ring?"

"oh..." I turned to look at Draco.

"You see, Headmaster, our parents belive that we should keep our engagement a secret for a while, at least until graduation."

"Oh, I see, not another word from me." he said and he winked.

"Thank you sir." Draco said.

Dumbledore stood up and walked across the room, picking up an old leather hat and walked up to me.

"Your father requested a private sorting." he explained to Draco.

"But, I thought that Natalee was to be placed in Slytherin house with me!"

"Yes, well, your parents and I decided that she should be sorted, just to see what house she truly belongs in."

I could tell by the way Draco clenched and unclenched his jaw, that he wasn't pleased about this.

" But what if she's placed in Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw? Or even worse... Gryffindor!?"

I began to panic, what if Draco's right, what if I am placed in Gryffindor? What would happen to our relationship? Dumbledore's laugh brought me out of my thoughts.

" Not to worry Mr. Malfoy, I am certain she is destained for Slytherin."

"She better be!" Draco mumbled under his breath.

Dumbledore placed the hat on my head and it came alive.

" Ah! Natalee Porter! Welcome to Hogwarts! You know, I sorted your parents they- "

"Oh get on with it!" Draco said loudly.

"Well, another time perhaps. Now, let me see, you have wonderful potential and the capacity to do great things. Perfect qualitys for Gryffindor..."

"What? Gryffindor?" Draco shouted, jumping out of his chair.

"Mr. Malfoy, another outburst from you and I will be forced to send you out into the hall! Now please take your seat, the sorting hat has not yet made it's decision."

Draco grumbled and he sat back down. Dumbledore turned back to the sorting hat.

"Please continue."

"Yes, as I was saying, you could go far in Gryffindor. But what is this I see? A secret engagement? Oh, this changes things entirely. Due to your future plans with Mr.Malfoy, I think you will be best served in... Slytherin!"

Draco jumped up and pumped his fist in the air. "YES!"

I smiled and let out a breath, only just realizing that I was holding it in. Dumbledore removed the sorting hat and placed it on the shelf.

"Well, now that were done here, you two can go."

"Thank you sir! " I grabbed Draco's hand and pulled him out the door.

Chapter 6: Come and get it, Pretty Boy!
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" I want to show you something."

Draco said after we left Dumbledore's office. He led me up a different set of hallways and staircases, until we were on the seventh floor of the castle. He stopped infront of a wall and closed his eyes.

"What are you doing?"


Suddenly a door appeared on the wall, Draco grabbed my hand and smiled.

"Come on, let's go."

We walked into the room, which looked exactly like my bedroom at the Malfoy's.

"What is this place?" I asked

"The Room of Requirement. " He said with a smirk.

I looked around the room, it was incredible how everything was as it should be, even my t.v was sitting there, just as I left it.

"This place is amazing, look, it's my iPod!"

I walked over to the bed where in my haste, I had thrown my iPod before we left that morning.

"Don't bother trying it Nats, it won't work here."

"I know. "

I said as I tucked it into the pocket of my robes.

"So, what exactly is this room for?"

"Well, Hogwarts isn't a very private place, so I thought, whenever we wanted to be completly alone, that we would come here. "

I turned and smiled at him.

"Has anyone ever told you how incredible you are?"

He shrugged his shoulders.

"Not today."

I moved on my tip toes and kissed him. He kissed back pulling me closer. I ran my fingers through his hair and laughed, braking the kiss. He looked at me.

"What's so funny?

"How much gel do you use in your hair?"

"Not that much. Why did you mess it up?"

Instantley, he pulled a mirror out of his robes and looked into it.

"No I didn't." Iassured him, pulling the mirror out of his hands.

"Ok then, give me back my mirror." he said holding out his hand.

I just smiled and backed away from him.

" Natalee? What are you doing? Give me back my mirror."

My smile grew bigger.

"If you want it, come get it pretty boy!"

He lunged at me and I took off running. Then he reached for his wand.

"Ahah! No wands! Remember?"

"Oh, all right then, I guess I'll have to use the more hands on method."

he smiled evily and my eyes widened.

"Draco! No! One tickle fight per day!"

I said backing up. But he had that look on his face and I knew his mind was set. I took off running, trying my best to stay out of reach. I was safe for a while, but Draco's legs were longer , and he could run faster. He grabbed my waist and started tickling. I gasped for breath between laughs.

"Draco! Stop! No more tickling!" I yelled.

"Say the magic words!"

" No! Not the magic words!"

"Say them!" He yelled , tickling me harder.

"Okay! Okay! Draco Malfoy is a hot god and I worship the ground that he walks on! There! I said it! Now please stop tickling me!"

"On one condition."

"Speak it! "

" You have to give me my mirror back!"


Draco let go of me and I fell to the floor, grasping for breath and still laughing. He sat down next to me and held out his hand. I gave him the mirror and he smile.

"Thank you!"

He said, putting it back into his robes. I looked at him.

"Why do you carry that thing around with you any way?"

He shrugged his shoulders.

"How else am I supposed to watch you walk away from me without anyone seeing?"

He asked matter of factly.

"You mean to tell me that you use that mirror to check me out?"

He nodded his head. "Sure do."

I playfully smacked his arm and pretended to be apolled. But, secretly, I liked it, maybe a little too much. "Don't act so disgusted Natalee, secretly, you know you like it."

Chapter 7: Meeting Marcus
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"Just calm down! You'll be fine. I promise!"

Draco said, putting his hands on my shoulders. We were standing outside the doors of the Great Hall.

"First years! Follow me! This way now!"

Professor McGonnagal walked up to us.

" Good Evening Mr. Malfoy." Draco nodded, she looked at me.

"Is this our Miss Porter?" Draco smiled at me.

"Yes! That's her!" McGonnagal smiled, " Very well then, come along Miss Porter, you'll be going first."

She pulled me away from Draco and I looked at him with terror filled eyes. He just laughed.

" Don't worry Nats. You'll be fine!"

"No I'm not! Im gonna barf!"

I heard Draco's laugh but that was all. McGonnagal led me up to the front of the room along with the first years. Dumbledore stood up and shushed everyone. I saw Draco in the back, quickly rush to his seat. When he saw me, he gave me a thumbs up. I smiled, trying to look calm on the outside, because on the inside, I was screaming.

"Welcome to another exciting year at Hogwarts! I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. Now, before we begin the sorting, we have a fifth year student, who is joining our school. Everyone please welcome Miss Natalee Porter."

Everyone clapped and McGonnagal pushed me up the stairs. At the Gryffindor table, Harry nudged Ron's arm.

"OW!" Ron said rubbing his arm.

"Sh! Ron listen to me. That girl..."

Ron smiled "I know! She's hot isnt she!"

"No! I mean yes, well, kinda, Ron, will you just listen to me? I know that girl, we were friends before I came to Hogwarts.

"Really? Uh, some guys have all the luck!"

Harry rolled his eyes and looked back to Dumbledore.

" However, Miss Porter will not be sorted tonight. Instead, she will be placed in Slytherin house by request of one of our schools most wealthy benefactors."

Everyone at the Slytherin table clapped and wolf whistled, inculding Malfoy, Harry noticed.

"You may take your seat now, Miss Porter."

I walked down the steps and sat at the Slytherin table.

"And now, we will begin the sorting."

The guy sitting next to me tapped my shoulder and I turned around.

"So, we're in the same house." He said, smiling a smile that revieled his green teeth.

"Yeah it would appear so."

"Im Marcus Flint, Quidditch captain for Slytherin, and you my dear are an extremley gorgeous girl, maybe sometime we could go to the room of requirements and... snog."

He smiled as he put his arm around my shoulder, I was just about to tell him off, when the girl next to him handed him a note. He read it and went pale, looked down the table and folded the letter, but not before I could read it. It was from Draco, and it said...

"Flint, if you dont stop hitting on my girlfriend, you wont need one, because you wont be able to reproduce."

I looked down the table at Draco, he smiled and motioned for me to come to him. I quietly moved from my seat and crouched down next to him. He hit Crabbe, who was sitting beside him.

"Make room!" He demanded, then he patted the bench.

" I saved you a seat."

"Well, how considerate of you." I said teasingly.

The girl across from Draco, smiled as I sat down.

"Hi! I'm Gwen! You must be Draco's girlfriend, he's told me so much about you!"

"He has?" I asked, looking at Draco.

For a moment, I thought I saw him blush.

"No! He hasn't!" He said quickly, giving Gwen a warning look, then turning to talk to Goyle.

"Don't mind him." I said to Gwen.

"I never do."

I laughed, "So how long have you known Draco?"

"Oh, since first year. I'm Gregory's sister."

I winkled my nose, "Gregory?"

"Yeah, well you probably know him better as Goyle."

" Oh my God, Goyle's your brother?"

Gwen nodded her head.

"I'm so sorry!" I said as visions of the summer passed before my eyes.

This time, she wrinkled her nose.

"For what?"

"Oh, never mind."

Gwen and I continued talking through the whole sorting, and we were so caught up in our conversation, that I didnt realize Draco was staring at me . Suddenly, he reached out, pulled my face to his, and kissed me. When he pulled away, he smiled.

"What did you do that for?" I asked, shocked.

"Because I can, and it has been at least twenty minutes since our last kiss, my lips were statring to loose feeling."

Across the room, Harry was shocked.

"Ron! Ron!" He said urgently elbowing Ron in the stomach.

" Oh! What's gotten into you?"

Harry pointed to the Slytherin table. "Look!"

" Bloody Hell!"

Ron said loudly, recieving a warning look from professor McGonnagal. He lowered in his seat and whispered.

"Bloody Hell, Natalee must be Malfoy's new girlfriend that everyone's been talking about, Pansy hates her!"

Hermione looked too.

"That poor girl, dating Draco Malfoy!"

"I can't believe it!" Harry said.

"My Natalee kissing Draco Malfoy?"

Ron put his hand on Harry's shoulder.

"I guess she's moved on mate."

Chapter 8: Bad Jokes and Threats
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" And then he said, 'thats not a werewolf! Thats my wife!'"

It was after dinner and crabbe, goyle, draco, gwen and I were sitting in the common room. Crabbe and Goyle laughed hysterically at the punch line of Crabbe's joke, and so did Draco. I looked at them and frowned.

" Thats not funny."

Draco stopped laughing " Yeah Crabbe! How could you be so stupid?"

He smacked the back of his head.

" Ow! What was that for?"

" For being an idiot!"


My mind went to Harry and a tingle went up my spine. I cant wait to be his friend again. I thought. If I can bring Draco and Harry together, than maybe we can all be friends. I realized that Crabbe and Draco were fighting.

" You used to like my jokes, and now you dont because your stupid girlfriend doesn't?"

Draco punched Crabbe and he flew to the floor.

"Choose your words carefully Crabbe, because someday, they will be your last."

Suddenly, I remembered what Draco had said on the train. What was I thinking? I cant get Draco and Harry to be friends, I cant even tell him about him. He'd probably want to kill him. Just then, a shrill voice pierced the air. We turned around to see none other than Pansy Parkinsen and her band of losers.

"Oh Pansy! Its gorgeous!" one said, the other sighed, "Oh Pansy, youre so lucky!"

Goyle stood up. " Oi! What's all the hubbub about over there?"

Pansy sauntered over to where we were sitting and smiled proudly showing off her new diamond encrusted wand.

"Isn't it just emaculate? Mother and Father got it for me in Paris."

She was obviously talking to Draco, but he was ignoring her because he couldn't care less. Well, somebody's got to say something to make her go away, it might as well be me.

" It's gorgeous Pansy." she smiled. "Isn't it though."

I looked at Draco who had an evil smirk on his face. He sat down next to me and put his arm around my shoulders.

" Oh, really? You like that hon?"

I smiled hesitantley, not really sure where he was going with this.

"Sure I do."

He pulled me closer and smiled.

" Maybe that's what Ill get you for your birthday, but insted-" he looked up at Pansy. " I'll get you real diamonds."

Pansy's face turned a deep shade of red, and she hurried off before anyone could see the tears in her eyes. I turned to Draco, who was giggling like a little kid.

"Was that really necessary?"

" Oh come on Nats, lighten up, its just a little fun.You havent forgotten last summer have you? "

"No. I haven't." I said, as the very embarrising memories flooded to me, I had to close my eyes to keep myself from looking at Goyle. "But this is different Draco, I don't need any more enemys."

Draco chuckled softly, "Too late for that babe, Pansy's already your enemy, plus the hundreds of other girls at Hogwarts who love me. You dont stand a chance of befriending them all. Fortunatly for you, I will always be here to offer my protection, becuse no one hates on my girl and gets away with it."

Next to me, Gwen sighed." oh how sweet!" but I ignored her.

"Well then, who's going to watch and make sure that your adoring fan girls don't kill me in my sleep?"

Draco thought for a moment, then furrowed his brow.

"That's what I thought."

I got up from the couch and walked up to the stairs.

"Where are you going? Youre not that mad are you?" Draco asked franticly.

"No I'm not, I just want to make sure Pansy's okay."

He sighed "Go ahead, but it wont do any good, as long as were together, shell always hate you."

I walked into Pansy's room and saw her lying on her bed holding her wand.


She turned around violently and glared at me

"What the bloody hell do you want?"

" I just wanted to apologize to you for what Draco did, it was very immature, and he only did it because he thinks you dont like me."

"Well, NEWS FLASH! I don't!"

"Yeah, well I guess I should go now."

I turned to walk out the door when she said."Be careful."

"Be careful of what?" I asked looking at her.

"Be careful of Draco."


"Because as soon as you start to bore him, he'll drop you like a hot potato and I'll be right there to fall into his arms!"

Chapter 9: She was all over me!
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After my confrontation with Pansy, I decided that I was too drained to stay up any longer. So I went downstairs and kissed Draco good night.

"Night babe."

" Sweet dreams."

I walked up to the girls dormatory, stopping infront of Pansy's door and making sure she wasn't there. She wasn't. "Good" I thought to myself. When I got to the door of my bedroom, I gasped, sitting on my bed was none other than the disguting Marcus Flint and when he saw me, he smiled.

"All alone Miss Porter?"

"Yes" I said weakly.

"Oh, how convienient, so am I." He put his arm around my waist and pulled me close. "Oh." I chuckle nervously,

"That is convienient." I say pulling away from his grasp.

" So, since we're all alone, hows about a good night kiss?"

" Oh, no, I don't think so, you know my boyfriend, Draco Malfoy, he is insanley territorial, so I don't think thats such a good idea."

Once more, I tried to pull away from him, but he was too strong for me. "Look around babe, there aint no boyfriends here. There's just you and me, so hows about that kiss?" He put his face so close, that I could smell his rancid breath. Not at all like Draco. His breath always smelled like peppermint. I wrigled away.

"I should really go to bed now, it's been a long day." He leaned in to kiss me when someone walked around the corner.

"Oh ho ho! What's going on here?"

It was Goyle and I found myself breathing a sigh of relief. Flint pushed me away and I banged my head on the wall. "Get off of me slut!" He looked at Goyle. "Don't look at me man,she was all over me! These Slytherin girls just dont take no for an answer."

For a second, I thought Goyle was on his side, cause he sarted laughing along with Marcus. "I know what you mean man, I was just talking to Draco, and he- oh yeah, Draco, I'm sure he would love to hear about how his "girlfriend" was "all over you" wait here I'll go get him." Goyle started to walk away, but Flint stopped him.

" I dont think that's such a good idea, Draco would be pretty angry with her, we dont want to get this pretty little thing in trouble." he said cupping my chin in his hand. Goyle's hearty laugh was cut short.

"If you know what's good for you Flint, which I doubt. You'll stay away from Draco's girlfriend."

Flint laughed, "Or what?"

"Well, its not my place to say what Draco will do, he can be pretty creative when he's angry. But as for me, I will personally see to it that you wont be able to sit on your broomstick for a year. Get it?" Flint looked like he wanted to cry and ran off. Goyle helped me up from the floor.

"Thanks." I pulled up my sleeve, only to find my wrist covered in dark purple bruises. "Are you okay?" Goyle asked with wide eyes. "Yeah, I'm fine" I said pushing your sleeve down.

" Wait until Draco hears about this! He'll-"

I cut him off. "Please dont tell him. I dont want him to worry about me."

"Natalee, I cant just pretend that it didnt happen."

"I'm not asking you to, all I want is for you to keep your mouth shut. Promise?"

"Okay, fine, I promise."

Chapter 10: Bad lies and Polyjuice potion.
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After breakfast the next morning, We were sitting in Potions class, while Draco told crabbe and Goyle yet another story from our summer, I was tuning him out and staring at Harry. Suddenly, Professor Snape walked into the classroom commanding the attention of every student and causing them to sit up tall in their seats.

" Good Morning class."He said in his usual uncaring, mono tone voice.
"Good Morning Professor Snape." the whole class said in unison.
"Turn in your textbooks to page five, Polyjuice potions."

For some reason, he looked directly at Harry. He and his two friends, the boy from the train and a girl with long hair, looked uncomfortable and shifted in their seats. Then Professor Snape turned around to write something on the board, it was quite stuffy in the room and I pushed my sleeves up, not remembering the bruises until Draco grabbed my wrist and whispered low in my ear "What happened to you?" his eyes betraying more concern than he warrented.

" Oh its nothing dont worry about it."
" No really its terrible, how did this happen?"
"Oh you know me, I walked into the door last night, I'm such a clutz."
" Ookay." he said, by the tone of his voice, I could tell that he didnt believe me.

Goyle turned around and gave me a look. I sent one back reminding him of the promise he made last night, he regretably sighed and went back to his cauldron . After Potions, Draco and I split up, he had two hours of Charms and I had two hours of History of Magic. Draco walked me to the class and stopped at the door. "Meet me in the room of requirement before lunch." He said smiling.

" I wouldnt miss it."

History of magic was easily the most boring class in the history of boring classes. I had to fight to stay awake while taking notes on the Goblin Revolution of 1840. I was so thankful when class was finally over, that I ran out, dodging people in the way, and nearly missing a collision with Blaise Zambini. I was eager to see Draco again after two grueling hours apart. I walked down the deserted hallway that led to the room of reqirement, and past a closet.

Suddenly, I heard the door open behind me. Someone grabbed me from behind and pulled me into the clost, putting a hand over my mouth to keep me from screaming. My heart went into over drive, the closet was pitch black and I could hear the person next to me breathing heavily in my ear.

" Am I being kidnapped?" I thought to myself, " But who would want to kidnap me? I dont have an enemys, but maybe Draco does, the Malfoys are a powerful family, someone's got to have it in for them, maybe they know about me and Draco... oh no what am I gonna do?"

The person whispered in my ear. "I am going to turn the light on don't scream." I nodded and the room became bright, the hand was removed from my mouth and I turned to see my captor. "Holy Quidditch!"

Chapter 11: A Trip down Memory Lane
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"Harry? I cant believe it! You scared the crap out of me!" I said slapping his arm. " Sorry bout that."
"Thats okay hon! Come here!" I gave him a big hug and he laughed. The two of us sat on the floor, and got deep into conversation, catching eachother up on the things that had happened in the last five years. I purposley left out my engagement to Draco.

"So how do you like it here at Hogwarts?" Harry asked.
"It's great! Its so big though, if I didnt have my friends to help me, I'd probably get lost everyday!" He laughed. "I know all about that, Ron, Hermione and I got lost loads of times."
" Really?"
" Yeah..." he looked at his watch and smiled. " It seems we've talked all through lunch. "
"Oh, I hope no one missed us too much."
"Well, I dont think they'd care." he said teasingly.

" Well, maybe no one would care if you went missing, but I know for a fact that Draco- oh no!" I jumped up and started grabbing my things. "What? What's wrong Nats?"
"DRACO!" Harry stiffened, he'd obviously forgotten about Draco. "What about him?"
"Draco,missed, lunch, dungeons, gotta run!"

"Calm yourself."" he said putting his hands on my shoulders. "Now, say that again slowly." I took a deep breath. " I was supposed to meet Draco in the dungeons before lunch, and then you kind of kidnapped me and I completley forgot!"
"Well, Malfoy is easy to forget."
"Not funny Harry! I have to go!" I rushed out of the closet and Harry ran after me. Neville, who was walking past at that moment, gave us an unapproving look and I ignored him.

"Wait Nats!" Harry grabbed my arm and I turned around.
" What?"
"What were you two going to do in the dungeons? Theres no one down there and it dark and- oh."
" Yeah genious, believe it or not, its fun." I smiled at the face he was making and turned around to walk away. He followed me again "Okay, I am so going to pretend that you didnt just say that and maybe with a little therepy, I'll be able to get that picture out of my head."

I laughed but kept walking. "Seriously Nats come eat lunch with me and my friends they-"
"Natalee?" I turned arond to see Draco running up to me, motioning for Crabbe and Goyle to stay back. "There you are! Ive been looking for you everywhere. I was beginning to think you'd been kidnapped." I forced myself not to laugh at that, and smiled. "Don't worry babe, I just got lost."

"Oh, well next time..." he looked at Harry. "What is he doing here?" I smiled "He was helping me." I lied again. Draco pushed past me and stood right in front of Harry's face. " Trying to steal my girlfriend Potter?" Harry rolled his eyes. "Oh yes Malfoy, Im insanley jealous of you, its one of my many flaws." Draco's upper lip curled in disgust. "Go back to your fithly mudblood girlfriend."

"Now you've done it Malfoy!" Draco laughed. "Trying to win my girlfriends heart by acting tough?"
" Who's acting?" They moved closer, exchanging bitter words. I jumped between them and pulled Draco's arm. " Please stop Draco." He looked into my eyes and unclenched his fist. "Come on Natalee, let's get out of here. The air reeks of Gryffindor!"

"Could you give me a moment alone with Mr.Potter so I can thank him properly with out starting world war three." Draco sighed." I dont want to, but I will, I'll be just over there." he said pointing to where Crabbe and Goyle were standing. "I'm watching you Potter!"

"I'll just be a second!" I told him sweetly. As soon as he was out of earshot, I turned to Harry. "Nat, you shouldnt be with him, he's not good for you. Come with me."
" Thank you for your help Mr.Potter , it was most appreciated." I said loud enough for Draco to hear. "Fine, if you dont want to come with me, then meet me later, like tonight 11:00 in the owlery."

"Well, I wont keep you any longer, enjoy your lunch." I winked at him and turned to walk back to Draco. "You're very welcome Miss Porter." I didnt turn around but he knew that I smiled. I grabbed Draco's arm and we walked away. " I'm sorry I missed the dungeons, honey. Next time, I promise I'll make it up to you." He smiled and I knew that was all that I had to say to make him forget everything that had just happened.


The rest of the day went along as planned, I had the rest of my classes with Draco, who I noticed, wasn't letting me out of his sight. On our way to dinner, Harry bumped into me . I pretended not to notice, but it was all too obvious, especially to Draco, who gave Harry a dirty look and walked faster. It was then that I realized just how hard it was going to be having a relationship with Harry and hiding it from Draco at the same time.

When we took our seats at the Slytherin table, Draco didn't say anything. I tried to make conversation with him, but he wouldn't respond. Across the table, Pansy cast me an " I told you so look." I rolled my eyes and ignored her. At the next table, I saw Harry sitting with his friends, they were all laughing at a joke. His laugh brought a smile to my face. As if knowing that I was thinking about him, he looked up at me and smiled, motioning for me to look at Draco, who was sitting next to me, sulking. I wanted to laugh, but instead I broke the gaze and turned to Goyle. I could feel Harry's eyes still on me. "What's wrong with Draco?" I asked him.

" Probably trying to figure out what spell to use on Potter, he's convinced that he's got a thing for you."
"Well, even if he did, surely Draco knows I'd never cheat on him." Crabbe snorted. " Of course he does! It's not you Malfoy's crazed about, it's Potter!" Suddenly a beautiful white flew down the table and dropped a letter on my lap. "It's a little late for mail isnt it?" Goyle asked suspiciously.

I shrugged my shoulders innocently. " Who could be sending me mail?" I opened it to see that it only contained one word. Owlery. It wasn't signed, but I knew who it was from. Draco read it over my shoulder, before I could hide it.
"What is this incoherant babble?" he asked annoyed. "I dont know." I lied. "It must be a joke." Draco snorted. "Probably one of those stupid Gryffindors."
" Don't worry Draco, it's nothing."

Chapter 12: We could keep it a secret
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After much debating, I finally convinced Draco to go to bed early. He reluctantly agreed."You're right love."He said, wrapping his arms around me."Maybe all I need is a good night's sleep."
"Exactly, you'll feel much better in the morning."He smiled at me.

"What would I ever do without you?"
" Don't worry about that, I'm not going anywhere."He kissed me then, but with a different passion than usual. Mostly when he kissed me, it was to show off, another way of saying "Look what I can do!" But this time, it was different, this time, he didn't care who was watching, this time, it was real.Feeling the urge to jump him then and there, I break away. He seems a little shocked, but not upset. In fact, he smiled and brushed the hair away from my eyes.

"Good Night Draco."
"Good Night Natalee."
He squeezed my hand and turned to go upstairs.As I watched him walk away, I felt my heart sink, I had never lied to Draco before, and I certainly didn't want to start now.I laid awake in my bed for what seemed like hours, debating the pros and cons of seeing Harry. On the positive side, I could gain a meaningful relationship with him and make up for the years we lost.

But, on the other hand, I would be lying to Draco and running the risk of losing him. I couldn't decide, so I closed my eyes,willing sleep to come. Maybe if I fall asleep, I'd have an excuse for not showing up. That didn't work either because as soon as I closed my eyes, I saw Harry's face. Stop it Natalee, a voice in my head said to me. You are Draco's girlfriend! Your heart belongs to Draco Malfoy, not Harry Potter. But, then again, it wouldn't hurt if I just went walking because I couldn't sleep and just happen to "bump into him" in the owlery.

I sat up in my bed, that is enough! I'm going to go to Harry, but only to tell him that I can't see him anymore. I got out of my bed and pushed two pillows under the covers, just in case someone woke up. Putting my shoes on, I creeped past my room mates and into the hallway, which is particularly creepy in the dark. When I reached the steps to the owlery, I stopped to sneak a look at the clock, it was 11:47. I walked quietly up the stairs so that Harry couldn't hear me, in case I wanted to bolt.

At first, I thought I was off the hook because there was no one there, but then I saw him, he was standing behind a big mound of owl droppings, poking them with a stick. I cleared my throat and he looked up. "I was beginning to think you weren't coming."He said."I thought so too."

He jumped up on the window sill and I sat next to him. There was a silence, neither of us knew what to say, then finally, he turned to me.
"Did you get my note okay?"
"Yes, you almost got me into big trouble with Draco."
"Yeah, he looked pretty ticked... priceless."
"It's not funny Harry. Draco is my boyfriend and as much as you don't like him, he is and you can't change that. Which is why I have come to tell you that I can't meet you like this. It isn't fair to him."
"But, we just won't tell him, we can keep it a secret."

I shook my head."I can't lie to him."
"How anyone can care about Malfoy is beyond my comprehension."
"You don't know Draco the way I do!"
I said firmly, instantly Harry realized that he shouldn't have said that.
"Look, I'm sorry. I really am, but this whole thing is so new to me. I never in a million years thought that you would end up with Malfoy."
"Well I am so deal with it."

My eyes filled up with tears and I brushed them away with the back of my hand."I knew this was a bad idea, I have to go now."
"No wait."There was a softness in his voice, I turned around to look at him. "Why?"
"Because you can't just leave me. We've been given a second chance, you and me. I'm not ready to let you go again. I'm not that strong."
I smiled through a new wave of tears. This time, he brushed them away with his thumb.

"that is the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me."He smiled."So you'll stay?"I took a deep breath. "Yes, but on one condition."
"Name it."
"You can't tell Draco."
"That definatley won't be a problem."

Chapter 13: Harry and Draco Untie!!! Well, sorta...
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I rubbed my eyes and tried so hard not to fall asleep in my oatmeal. It was dawn by the time I finally made it up to my room again, and my head was reeling with emotions. Draco was suprisingly up-beat this morning, he was cracking jokes like nobody's business. It was good to see him so happy.

"Natalee?" I realized that Draco was talking to me. "Yeah?"
"Are you okay? Dumbledore just said that we are having snails for breakfast and you didn't even blink."
"Oh, snails are good I guess." Draco felt my forehead. "Are you sick?"

"No, I'm fine, really."
"Okay good." He said turning back to his toast. After breakfast, we had a free period and Draco wanted to go outside. "Come on Nats, a bit of fresh air will do you some good."
"Yeah, you know, I think I'm going to go upstairs and finish my Potions homework. It's murder."

"Well, I could help you if you want, I'm good at potions."
"No, that's okay hon, you go play with your flunkies. I'll be fine."
"Okay, then, I'll see you at Potions."
"Later babe."

I said and gave him a quick kiss on the cheek. I made my way upo to my room and closed the door. Grabbing my potions book, I laid down on the bed and. I started to read the chapter that we were assigned, but I couldn't concentrate. My eye lids kept drooping, so I finally gave in and closed them, who cares if I miss potions? Snape won't he'd probably award me 50 points for skipping.

I was nearly asleep when I heard the floorboards creak. I opened my eyes but didn't move. There was someone in my room. I turned around swiftly, trying to scare the person who was trying to scare me, but to my suprise, there was no one there. Weird. I thought. I laid back down and closed my eyes, but then, there it was again. I sat up.
"Who's there?"

The steps began retreating and the door closed with a soft thump. I couldn't stand it any longer. I jumped out of my bed, grabbed my roba and ran out the door, not caring that my shirt was untucked and my hair was messed up. I ran out to the courtyard and scoped out the area, until I saw him standing by the whomping willow. I ran up to him calling his name. He turned around and I ran straight into his arms.

"What's wrong Natalee?" I shivered, I was so terrified that even in the warmth of his arms I was freezing. "What happened?" He asked again. I looked up into his eyes."There was someone in my room."
"What? When?"
"Just now!"

"Are you sure you didn't just imagine it?" I shook my head fiercly. "So who was it then?"
"I don't know, that's the weird part, there was no one there."
"How could someone be there who isn't?"
"Oi!" Crabbe said walking up behind me." What about that Harry Potter, word is that he's got an invisibility cloak."

Draco's face lit up with pure hatred. "Potter!" Across the lawn, Harry and Ron erupted with laughter. Draco ran over to them. I looked at Crabbe who shrugged his shoulders.
"Never mind!" He just looked at me, I rolled my eyes and ran after Draco. Behind me, Goyle hit Crabbe on the back of his head and they ran with me. I could hear Draco yelling before I even got there. Poor Harry looked bewhildered.

"I don't know what you're talking about Malfoy!"
"What? Are you denying that you have an invisibility cloak and were in fact using it to spy on my girlfriend?"
"What!?" Draco asked, pulling his wand out.

"I mean no, I'm not denying having an invisibility cloak, but I am denying using it to spy on Nat- Miss Porter."
"And why should we believe you?" Goyle asked roughly.
"Because it was stolen from my room at the beginning of the term, I haven't used it."
Draco looked thoroughjy confused. "Well, if what you're saying is true and you are not the one spying on Natalee, then who is?"

All of the sudden, a tree branch snapped right next to us. I let out a shout as I jumped closer to Draco. Harry put a finger to his lips and, carefully he moved closer to the source of the noise. He put his hand up and seemed to grab onto something. He pulled it down to reveal Marcus Flint.

"You!" Harry and Draco said at once, both moving up to grab him. Draco turned to Harry and smirked. "Let me handle this."
"Be my guest."
For a moment, I was touched, Harry and Draco were being civil to eachother, but the Draco pushed past Harry,causing him to fall to the ground with a soft thump. So much for that I thought. I turned back to Flint.

"So." Draco said as he walked closer to Flint, with his wand raised. "You are the little pervert who's been spying on my girlfriend."
"Yeah it was me, whatcha gonna do about it?" Flint asked defiantly. Draco smiled a very evil smile. "You don't even want to know."

Flint's face went white, he turned to run away, but he ran right into Crabbe and Goyle."Going somewhere Flint?" Goyle asked. Draco laughed and walked up to him. "Come on Flint let's go play."Crabbe and Goyle grabbed his arms and dragged him away.

"Draco wait!" He walked back over to where I was standing and hugged me. "I'm so sorry I didn't dispose of him the first time he caused you trouble, but don't worry, I'm gonna get him real good, just for you."
"Wait, before you do, there's something you should know."

I told him everything, about the first day in the Great Hall, and the time in the hallway, I even showed him the bruises, which were now a bright shade of green. He was silent and then he looked at me with fire in his eyes. "He is dead."