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The Dawn society by Robin Thunderbolt

Format: Novel
Chapters: 29
Word Count: 15,012
Status: WIP

Rating: 12+
Warnings: Contains profanity, Strong violence, Scenes of a mild sexual nature

Genres: Drama, Mystery, AU
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Filch, McGonagall, Sprout, Pomfrey, Lupin, Hagrid, Snape, Trelawney, Moody, Bellatrix, Cho, Draco, Ginny, Luna, Neville, Fudge, Umbridge, OC
Pairings: Cho/Cedric, Draco/Harry, Ginny/Dean, Harry/Ginny, Remus/Tonks, Ron/Hermione, Neville/Luna, Remus/Lily, Draco/OC, Ginny/OC, Hermione/OC

First Published: 10/09/2019
Last Chapter: 04/21/2020
Last Updated: 04/22/2020

Summary:

All of the girls from Hogwarts decide to form a mystery club after one of their teachers is murdered and things have been stolen.



Chapter 1: Chapter One: Platform 9 and 3/4
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The Hogwarts Express was waiting at the 9 and 3/4 platform for students to get on. The students had been on holiday for six weeks and it was now to return to what they knew best. Hogwarts seemed to be the only safe place for wizards these days thanks to the Death Eaters everywhere and I mean everywhere. Even the students seem to be under threat these days. The Death Eaters seem to not even realize who they are affecting. Maybe they don't even care.

 

Cho was looking up and down the platform. She was waiting for someone she knew to turn up. All the people she had seen already were new students or older kids looking down on her. She was in her fifth year but that didn't make any difference to them. She was under enough stress without thinking she was the only one of her friends returning this year! 

"Cho over here!"

Cho smiled and ran over towards her friends. Luna, Ginny, Hermione were standing by the edge of the platform. Finally some people she recognized. 

"Where have you been? I've been looking for you three everywhere!"
"We've been here like three minutes." Said Hermione.

"Yeah no thanks to my brother making us all late." Ginny replied.

Cho looked awkwardly at the ground. She knew that the other three got a lift together to the platform. Percy gave them all a lift whilst on his way to the ministry. Ron, George, Fred and Harry got their own lift from Arthur Weasley. Cho had to take a muggle bus as the knight bus only work sat night and her parents are always working. 

"Had a good summer Cho?"
"Yeah it was great."

"Really? You don't look very sure in your answer."
"It was fine Luna!"
"Okay calm down!"
"Sorry I'm just stressed."
"Look, we haven't even got to school yet. Why are you stressed already?"

"We have exams this year."
"Blimey and I thought I was bad."
They all laughed. Hermione was right. She was normally the one who was scared about schoolwork. Cho needed to calm down. They still had most of the year before their first exam.

"Hey girls."
Ron and Harry walked towards them. Cho blushed. It had only been a year since Cedric died and hadn't seen Harry since. He had sent her a letter but she hadn't responded. Harry had looked after her and let her cry on his shoulder since Cedric had died. Now she didn't know what their relationship would be like.

"You know Percy made us late this morning?"
"What how? He's like always on time." Ron piped up.

"Apparently Errol was giving him grief."
Harry looked over at Cho but didn't say anything. Cho caught his eye and smiled back at him. Harry looked away sharpish. Luna saw this and tried to make Cho join the conversation.

"How was your journey Cho?"
"Busy seems like everyone was on the road."
"Lucky we had a flying car then."

"Yes Luna it was."
 

The group then went quiet. It was a very awkward silence. Luna had tried to ease the tension but it seems she only made it worse. Harry tried to speak but nothing came out. Hermione twirls her hair as she did when she was nervous and Ginny swayed from side to side with her broom. The only thing that was going to break that silence was another student coming up to interrupt them. Draco came sneakily into the group.

 

"Well this is a quiant scene."
"What do you want Malfoy?" Ron snapped back.

"Alright keep your wig on. I want to talk to Potter."
"You're not going with him are you Harry?" Ginny asked worried.

"It's just a little talk. Won't be long." Harry replied to calm her down.

"Hurry back. You don't want to miss the train."
"What like your second year Ron? No don't worry I'll be back before that happens."
 

Harry followed after Draco as the group that were left looked on. Ginny was the most worried. None of them liked Draco and no one knew why Harry would talk to him. 

"Well he'd better hurry. Looks like the train's coming in." Ron said to break everyone's concentration.

As he says that the Hogwarts Express arrived at the station. 



Chapter 2: Chapter Two: The secret is discovered
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The girls were still waiting for Harry to come back from his talk with Draco. Ron had gone on ahead and sat down with his brothers. The girls were now starting to get worried as they only had a short time to get on the train and that time was running out fast. Harry needed to finish the talk and quickly. 

"Oh come on Harry!"
"You worried Ginny?"
"What? Me? No."
"I think someone has a crush on the chosen one."
"No I don't Luna."
"You're lying."
They laugh. Ginny had, had a crush on Harry since they first saw one another. Of course Ginny was the only one to be worried about him but who had the guts to go and get him from Draco.

"Someone should go and get him."
"Go on then Hermione."
"Not me. Malfoy hates me!"

"He hates all of us."
"Right if no one else is going to go, then I'll do it."
"You sure Luna."
"Draco barely notices me. He won't be bothered."
"He'd better not be."
"Don't worry Cho I won't bother him."  The girls all agree and Luna walks over to where Draco and Harry disappeared to. 

 

Draco had Harry pinned up against a wall on the other side of the station. He had one of his hands on Harry's chest and the other on the wall. Harry couldn't move. He was caught. 

"Why didn't you answer my calls Potter?"
"I was busy."
"That's a lie."
"Look I have to stop this for Ginny's sake."
"And what about my sake?"
Luna heard them talking and tiptoed to them to listen to their conversation.

"Ginny's my girlfriend."
"I thought you didn't love her anymore."
"We were on a break. Now we're together again."
"So I don't matter anymore."

Harry put his hand on Dracos face.

"Of course you matter. Don't ever think that."
"Then break up with her."
"You know I can't do that."
"Why not?"
"Fine. I will but later."
"You'd better."

Harry smiles. Draco loved Harrys smile and kissed him on the lips. Luna put her hands to her mouth. How could Harry do that to Ginny? She needed to tell her. 

"See you at school then?"
"See you there."

 

 

Harry walks away and Draco slaps him on the bottom. Harry turns back without noticing Luna behind him. Luna runs towards the girls with a look of terror on her face, The girls were shocked to see her like this.

"Luna what's wrong?"
"Is Harry okay?"
"Yeah he's fine. Let's get on board."
Luna hops on board. The girls look worriedly at each other and got on the train after Luna. 

 

 



Chapter 3: Chapter Three: Stranger on the train
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As the girls got on the train, they tried to look for an empty compartment to fit in. Ron and Harry, if he had caught up, were in another compartment. They walked up and down the train, walking backward and forward. With no comparments in sight that were empty, they found one with one person in it.

"This will have to do girls." Hermione said.

Everyone agreed and entered the compartment. Luna was still keeping quiet after what she saw. She sat next to the window and continued to look out of it. A stranger was sat across from her covered in a cloak .

"Anyone recognise that person?" Ginny whispered to the other girls.

"No. Must be new." Cho replied.

Hermione thought back to three years ago when she got onto the Hogwarts Express and the last time she saw a stranger on the train. Remus Lupin was her professor and she had met him on the same train. Even though he was nearly pushed out he remained to look after the students. Obviously Professor Snape wasn't very pleased but it seems all the other Professors were happy to have him stay. Let's hope that he can handle being a werewolf this year.

"Hey Luna. You okay?" Hermione perked up.

"I'm fine." Luna replied still staring out the window.

"You don't sound it." Hermione said.

"I'll tell you later. Not with that person in the room."

"You'd better."

The stranger moved. Well at least they're alive. The conversation died down and Ginny and Cho fell asleep on each other. Hermione looked through one of her books and Luna just looked out of the window chewing over what she was going to say to Ginny about Harry.

 

As Ginny and Cho slept, Hermione looked over towards Luna. She didn't know what to say but she knew she would have to say something. She put away her books and folded her arms.

"I know what you're trying to do Luna."
No response.

"Just tell me what's wrong."
Luna still didn't say anything.

"I will talk to you. Even if I have to force it out of you."
Luna still said nothing. Hermione was close to giving up when Lavender walked past the door. The worst person in the world. She would keep talking until you either dead or asleep. Hermione really didn't want to talk to her right now. To be honest she wouldn't want to talk to Lavender any other day of the week. Lavender looked back and stiffled some laughter.

"Hermione."
"What do you want Lavender?"

"Keeping out of trouble?"
"Go away!"
"Alright. I'm going."
Lavender couldn't keep her laughter in anymore. She burst out with laughter as she walked to her own compartment. Hermione was thinking how weird she was. Lavender would burst with laughter at the most random times. Even keeping silent was better then talking to her.

"What a jerk?!"
Luna said what everyone else was thinking. Hermione smiled as Luna turned round to face her.

"You're so right."

"I thought it was better to talk then stay in slience."

"Thanks. Sorry the others aren't awake."
"Let them sleep."
"Were you going to tell me something?"

"I would but Ginny would have to be awake first."

"Is it that important to her?"
"Yeah. It could change her."

"Right. Got all your work done?"
"Is that all you care about?"
"Have you?"
"Yes. I can't wait to get into classes."
"Care of magical creatures is you're favourite right?"
"Yeah with Professor Hagrid."

"Can't wait."

They both laughed. Professor Hagrid was one of the best if not the best Professors on campus. He wasn't even suppose to be a Professor but somehow with his love for creatures managed to convince Dumbledore to make a Professor. Magical creatures had changed over the past few years including Draco getting attacked by Buckbeak and Hagrid nearly being fired. Luna had always been a fan of magical creatures thanks to her seeing creatures others couldn't.

 

Hermione got up, sat down next to Luna and hugged her. Luna accpeted it and put her head on Hermiones shoulder. Luna really needed support right now even more then Cho normally does and Cho needs a lot. Luna needed to tell Hermione what she saw. She would have to.

"Hermione can you keep a secret?"
"Yeah. Why?"
"Harry might brake up with Ginny."
Hermione pulled away from Luna and looked judgingly at her.

"Why would he do that?"
"Maybe we should wait until Ginny is awake."
"No tell me."
"Did Harry seem any different to you at the platform this morning?"
"Not anymore then he usually does."
"He may have changed a little over the summer."
"How?"
"Guess. He wanted to talk to Draco."

Hermione gasped and put her hands to her mouth. Luna nodded.

"Really?"

"Yep."

"I don't know how to feel right now."
"Neither did I."
After some silence Hermione finally found how she was feeling.
"Good for them."
"Really?"
"Yeah. I mean I know it's bad for Ginny but I always thought there was something between those two."

"Me too."
"All those looks they give each other."

"And they always want to be together in class."

"Yeah. They're perfect for each other."

They hugged and then looked back at Ginny.

"What are we going to tell Ginny?"
"I don't know Luna."

"Let't wait for another time. Harry will have to tell her soon anyway."
"Yeah. He'd better."
"I wonder how Ron is getting on with him."



Chapter 4: Chapter Four: Telling your best friend
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"You what?"
"Ron keep it down."
"But he's like your worst enemy."
"I know but not anymore."
Harry had just told Ron about him and Draco. It wasn't going very well. Harry knew that Ron would be mad as Ginny was his sister and everything but not this mad.

"What about Ginny?"
"She'll find someone else."
"You'll break her heart."
"She can find someone better then me."
"She'd better otherwise you're dead to me."

Ron sat on the seat sideways to not look at Harry. Harry looked down at the floor.

"Were you forced into it?"
"No. I love him."
"Like you loved Ginny?"
"One time yeah."
"How long has it been?"
"Since the break in summer."

"I knew it."
"Knew what?"
"You and Ginny never have a break. It had to be something very important."
"And it was."
"It's just a lot to process right now."

"It's fine. Take as long as you need but don't tell Ginny."
"Okay but you're going to tell her right?"
"Yeah sure."

"Promise me!"
"Okay I promise."

That was new. Harry didn't normally make promises he knew he might not be able to keep. He would have to keep this one though. He had to make it up to Ginny after such a long break from each other. Ron was right. I would have to tell her sooner rather than later.

"Draco eh?"
"Yeah. I know right."
"That's one person I would never think of."
"Neither did I until the summer."
"Were you going to announce it last year?"
"I was until.. You know."
"Is that why you were so awkward earlier?"
"Was it that obvious?"

"A little bit."

"I love Draco and he loves me."
"Good as long as he treats you alright."
"He does."

"I'm happy then."

"Thanks bro."
Ron and Harry fist bumped.

"I wonder what the girls are doing?"
"What do you think?"

"Hermione's going to be studying, Ginny is probably talking about Quidditch, Luna is probably drawing soemthing and Cho is talking about her feelings."
"That's all she ever talks about."
"How do you know?"
"She sent me loads of letters over the summer. She wanted to talk about Cedric."

"Did you respond?"
"No. I didn't want to make it worse."
"You feeling any better after everything last year?"
"Not really but new year isnt it? Just want to get through a unstressful year."
"Yeah right. You never have a unstressful year at Hogwarts."
Ron laughed and Harry just smirked. He was right. Every year they had been at Hogwarts something had happened. Let's hope this year is a little bit different.

 

Harry and Ron kept chatting as the train chugged on it's way to Hogwarts. It felt like they hadn't been there in so long. It had only been six weeks but it felt like a lifetime especially for Harry having to deal with his uncle and aunt. That was the worst thing about summer though. Going home to muggels who don't understand what you are going through. Hogwarts was so much better. Harry could actaully feel at home. Even with you know who and his followers everywhere, Hogwarts still felt safe. Plus Harrys Professors were the best he had in years. Lupin had stayed even though he was close to leaving and Hagrid lessons were always fun. The only one he didn't get along with was Snape but he didn't have as many lessons with him so it didnt really account to anything.

"Hey Harry look!"

Harry looked up to the platform for Hogwarts come into view. They were so close they could smell Hogwarts.

"Ready for another year Ron?"
"Ready as I'll ever be."



Chapter 5: Chapter Five: The Carriage
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"Ginny wake up!"
Ginny woke up with a start. Cho had been shaking her awake for five minutes at least. The train had stopped. Ginny got her things down from the rail above and ran after Cho and the others.

"Guys wait up!" She shouted after them.

"Hurry up! We're going to miss the carriage."

Ginny sped up. The carriages wouldn't wait for anyone and leave without her. Her friends were so nice to wait for her! Ginny finally caught up with the others.

"Thanks for waiting for me!"

"You're welcome." Luna replied unaware to Ginny sarcasm.

Ginny laughed under her breath. Luna was so unaware of everything. She was so sweet. Don't tell her that though, she'd kill you.

The last carriage was still waiting for them. As per usual the carriage wasn't being pulled by anything. Even though apparently Harry had seen it being pulled by something. The girls got on.

"Wait up."

A girl was running along the path to catch the carriage. She was probably the latest girl student ever plus she looked new as her robes were all intact. The girl climbed intot the carriage just as it was about to leave. She placed down her bag and got out a notebook and wrote something down.

"What are you writing?" Hermione asked.
"Oh I'm sorry. Just my journey."
"Right."
"Sorry I'm new."

"We guessed."
"Sorry I'm really awkward."

"It's fine so is Luna."

"Wait Luna Lovegood?"
"The one and only." Luna perked up.

"So wait. Are you Hermione Granger and are you Ginny Weasley?"
"Our reputation precceeds us."

"Yeah you're like some of the most famous witches on the planet."
"Thanks."
"I'm Willow Jackson. I'm new."
"I know. You said."
"Sorry. I'm just really nervous. Meeting my heros right now."

"We understand."
Willow shook everyones hand. Must be one of the best moments of her life.

 

As the carriage carried on down the windy path towards Hogwarts, the girls were all looking through books to tell them about their new classes and topics.

"So Willow what year are you in?" Ginny asked Willow.
"I know I don't look it but Year 5."
"Same as us then." Hermione said.
"Yeah I thought I was."

"You look really young." Cho said.
"I get that a lot."

"How come you're only just starting?" Luna asked.

"Late starter I guess."

"Do you know anybody?"

"My brother is coming here as well."
"Oh great. What's his name?"
"Teddy."
"Oh cute name."
"Don't tell him that."
"I won't."

"What year is he in?"
"Bit intrusive Ginny."
"I just wondered Cho."
"Don't worry. He's in the year above. He went to Ilvermorny before this school."
"Oh you're American?"
"Yeah. Well half American. My dad's British."
"Nice."

"I think we should stop there."
"Oh come on Hermione."
"It's her first day Ginny. Let's not scare her."

"I'm not scared."
"Well we'll be there in a minute. We don't want to know her whole backstory on her first day."

"Fine."
"You're such a buzzkill Hermione."
"Someone has to be."

As she said this the magic castle came into view. Hogwarts! Finally!
 



Chapter 6: Chapter Six: There's always someone else watching
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Willow followed after Hermione, Cho, Luna and Ginny towards her new school. The castle loomed over them like they were toys. Willow stopped to look up. The castle walls looked very old intertwined with ivy and roses. As she looked back the other girls were miles ahead. She had to keep up otherwise she will get lost and she didn't want that on her first day. When she managed to catch up the girls walked through the arches into the courtyard. A lot of students were standing about talking and laughing to each other.

"Wow." Willow gasped.
"Get used to it Willow. You'll have to spend everyday here." Ginny said to calm her down.
"I know but it's just wow!"
"Leave her alone Ginny." Hermione said.
"Yeah you had the same reaction." Cho piped up.
"Alright Cho." Ginny answered her.

"Girls stop fighting. It's our first day." Hermione answered them.

"And we don't want to get told off by a Professor." Luna said. 
"Good point." Ginny said back.
Ginny looked at Cho and smiled. Cho smiled back. Let's hope they stay friends. Willow was scared. She'd never been in a school this big with so many students to. Like Ginny said, she would just have to get used to it.

 

The doors opened. The students all piled in to get to the Great Hall. The sorting cerenomy was about to begin and every student had to attend. Then Hermione thought of something.

"Willow youre not a first year. Do you know what house you're in?"
"No idea." Willow answered her.

"Right." 
"What you thinking Hermione?" Ginny answered.
"Well, if she isn't a first year then she won't get sorted."
"Oh yeah." Ginny answered her.

"There must be a Professor who knows." Luna piped in.
"Yeah but you know who it'll be." Ginny answered.
The girls groaned and all said in unison...

"Mcgonagall!"
"Something wrong about that?" Willow said.

"She's very strict." Hermione said back to her.
"I don't know Hermione. Maybe she's mellowed." Cho said to Hermione.
"GIRLS!" Mcgonagall shouted.
"Oh crap." Ginny whispered.

 

The girls looked up. Mcgonagall was looking over them on a set of staircases.

"Hi Miss." Ginny said.
"Ginny!" Hermione whispered.
"What are you five dordalling for?"
"We're going miss don't worry." Ginny said.
"Ginny wait." Hermione snapped.

"What?!" Ginny snapped back.

"Willow?!" Hermione snapped.
"Oh yeah. Willow she's up there." Ginny said to Willow.
"Ginny!" Hermione snapped again.
"What?!" Ginny snapped at Hermione.

"Its fine. I'll see you guys later." Willow said to them.
Willow walked up the stairs that were going to move as soon as she stepped on them and went to Mcgonagall.

"Well done Ginny!" Hermione said.
"What was I suppose to say?" Ginny whispered.
"Something else." Cho said.
"Why didn't you say it then Cho?" Ginny answered her.
"I wasn't going to interupt you." Cho laughed.
"Next time do." Hermione laughed back.
"Thanks Hermione." Ginny said to her.
"Well she is right Ginny." Luna said.
"Stay out of this Luna." Ginny snapped at Luna.
"Come on let's go in." Hermione said to calm the tension.

 

Ginny tuted and walked in first. The other girls followed. Ready for the sorting cerenomy.



Chapter 7: Chapter Seven: Keeping it cool
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Harry and Ron had just got off their carriage and were walking towards the castle they had seen on their way in. They were walking along chatting and trying to hear each other over the loudness of the other students, when another voice was calling Harrys name.

"Harry! Harry!"
They turned round and found Draco running towards them. They stopped walking and waited for him.

"I'll leave you two alone."
"Sure. I'll see you up there."

Ron followed the other students up to the castle. Draco caught up with Harry. They held each others hands as the last of the students carried on past. As the last student went past them, Draco pulled Harry to one side.

"How was your jounery?"
"I told Ron."
"I thought we weren't going to tell anyone yet."
"Well he's my best friend. I had to."
"Okay no one else though?"

"Nope no one else."

"Good. Let's keep it that way until we really need to."
"Got you."
"We'd better go."
"Yeah the Professors will be mad."

"Unless you want to stay out here?"
"No not really. It's so cold."

"Okay maybe later then?"
"Defiently."
They kiss and went their sperate ways. Harry went first and Draco soon went afterwards. The sorting cerenomy wouldn't be important to them but they couldn't risk being told off on their first day.



Chapter 8: Chapter Eight: The Sorting Cerenomy
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Every student was sat down in the Great Hall. From Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff to Slytherin and Griffyndor, the houses sat together. The only time they actually looked unified. Before long they would be mortal enemies in the quest to win the House cup. For now they were all friends with the new students milling round trying to find their friends.

Hermione and Ginny were sat down together. Ron and his twin brothers, Fred and George, were sitting across from them. Ron was mostly waiting for the food. The food was the best bit for the older students who were already sorted. The best bit for Ron was also food. It always was.

Luna and Cho were sitting at the table next to them at the Ravenclaw bench. They were chatting to their friends but kept looking back to see the others. They sometimes had to listen to the witty conversations that other Ravenclaws had with each other. Appartently it was a trait of all Ravenclaws but they felt a little bit out of that chain.

Harry sat down next to Ron after he had seen Draco. He was still smiling after the encounter. Ron punched Harry in the arm. Harry stared at him. Ron pointed at Ginny who was talking to Hermione. Harry knew to stop smiling just in case she asked why. Ginny smiled when she saw him and he smiled back. Ginny was always happy to see her boyfriend but more so then after their break in summer.

As Harry sat down the Professors came into the room and sat down. The students kept on chatting. They didn't have to stop until the headmaster walked in. They had to listen to what he was saying.

"Hey Harry look!" Fred pointed.
Harry and the others looked towards the Professors table. Lupin was missing and so was Snape. Weird. They would be the last Professors to be out together. They were sure the Professors would be back soon though. Snape was never late and Lupin cared about the students too much to miss this part of the year.

 

As the conversations carried on Dumbldore came in. The students went silent. Dumbledore walked up to the podium. The room went silent to hear the news he was about to say.

 

"Welcome students to a new year at Hogwarts!"

The room went into applause.

"Welcome to the new and the old. This year of Hogwarts could be your first or your last. Whatever it is, make it your best year you've had. Now we have the same Professor team as last year but as you can see two Professors are at this moment missing. Professor Lupin and Snape will join us later. They had some buisness to attend to."

Everyone whispered under their breath. What were the two Professors up to?

"Continuing on. The third floor is still of limits and Mr Filch has told me to remind you not to go up there under any circumstances. Now Minister Fudge.."
The whole room groaned. Minster Fudge didn't exactly support Hogwarts and the tactics they were using. To be honest a lot of the minstry didn't these days.

"Minister Fudge has told me to remind you that it is dangerous to go outside as Sirius Black is still on the lose and appartently he is still very dangerous."

The whole room laughed together. Everyone knew that Sirius Black was no longer dangerous towards them.

"Now let's get on with the sorting cerenomy."

 

Dumbledore waved his hands and the new students formed a line that went down the hall. Mcgonagall stood up and grabbed the sorting hat. The sorting cerenomy was about to start and two Professors were missing. What a start to the year?!



Chapter 9: Chapter Nine: Two Professors missing
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"Snape!"
"Look at me Remus."
Lupin was being pinned against the wall. Snape was shouting in his ear and they were missing the sorting cerenomy. Lupin tried to pull away but Snape wouldn't let him.

"What do you want?"
"You shouldn't be here this year."
"And why not?"
"You're a danger to the students."
"If you think this why would Dumbledore keep me?"
"You're so annoying. Ever since school."

"So have you."

Snape put his arm up to Lupin's throat. Lupin could barely breath.

"Listen to me. If you want to keep your life you would leave now."
"Well I won't and you can't make me."

Lupin pulled Snape's hair and that made Snape get off him.

"And if you'll excuse me, I have a cerenomy to go to."

Lupin walked away and left Snape confused. Snape watched him go and then went the other way to get away from him.

 

Lupin walked towards the Great Hall. Mcgonagall was waiting for him.

"Where have you been?"

"Great to see you too."
"Well?"
"Snape wanted to talk to me."
"You mean yell at you."
"Is it over?"
"You missed it. They're having their food now."
"How many students do we have?"
"Ninety."
"Wow quite a few then."
"You going in?"
"I would if I didn't have to see Snape's smug face."

"Have you got everything under control?"
"Mostly. I just want to see the students and teach classes."

"Well I'm here for you if you need it."
"Thanks Minerva."
Mcgonagall put her hand up to Lupins face. She smirked.

"Another scar Remus?"
"As always."
"What will Tonks think?"
She walked away as Lupin looked on. She went back into the Great Hall. Lupin wanted to follow but knew he would upset Dumbledore more if he did. Plus he didn't want to see Snape again not after what just happened. He left towards his classroom. Let's hope it's not a full moon.



Chapter 10: Chapter Ten: The Common Room
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Hermione and Ginny ran up the stair cases, if they didn't move, towards the Common room. They were happy to be back at Hogwarts. It felt like home to them. Even though they had spent all summer with each other they still had a lot to catch up on, not to mention with the other girls in the group. Now they just had to unpack and hope nothing to crazy happens on their first night which normally doesn't. Now they just had to find Willow and find out how she was getting on.

They got up the stairs and went up to the fat lady portrait. They said the pass word that had changed again, probably got some advice from Sir Cadogan. They then stepped inside to show the younger years what the best rooms in Hogwarts looked like. Ginny jumped onto the couch near the fire and Hermione laughed. The younger years carried on up to the bedrooms. Hermione and Ginny left them alone to explore.

"Why did we have to do this again?" Ginny asked with a dramatic sigh.

"Because it's fun Ginny."
"No it is not!"
"Well I find it fun."
"Why? We won't spend anytime with them."
"Yeah but it's nice to know they have someone to turn to in trouble."

"You really think they want to talk to Hermione Granger?!"
"Why not?"
"They're scared of you that's why."
"They have nothing to be scared of."
"Well trouble does seem to follow us."
"True. Hopefully nothing will happen this year."
"Don't hold your breath Hermione."
"You're so pesimistic Ginny."
"Living with Ron taught me that."
"Why?"
"You'll find out soon."
"What's that suppose to mean?"
"You and Ron."
"What no!"
"Oh come on Hermione. Everyone in the year knows that you two love each other."
"Maybe."
"You're so secretive."
"It's good to be like that."

"Sometimes."

 

 

The girls laugh as another person comes through the portrait. The girls turn round to find Willow on the other side looking at them. She was bundled with bags and some of them were bigger than her. The girls walked up to her.

"So you're in Griffyndore then?"
"Looks like it Ginny."
"Need some help with those bags?"
"It would be useful."
Ginny took Willow's bags up to the room Ginny and Hermione shared leaving Willow and Hermione alone to talk.

"Are you enjoying it so far then?"
"So far. I don't like Professor Mcgonagall though."
"Don't worry you'll get used to her."
"Does anyone?"
"It takes a while."
"I'll be fine."
"Is your brother here?"
"Yeah but he's in Slytherin."
"Oh. How come you're in different houses?"
"Trust me. We are so different."
"I'll take your word for it."

"You'll get to meet him soon."
"I really hope I do. He sounds very interesting."
"Well I don't think he'll live up to those hopes but you can meet him at dinner."
"Great."
"Guys are you coming or not?!" Ginny shouted from up the staircase.

"Coming!" Hermione answered.

Hermione grabbed Willows arm and pulled her up the stairs after her.



Chapter 11: Chapter Eleven: Dinner time
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Hermione and Ginny had helped Willow unpack her massive bags. They were now waiting for her in the lower bit fo the common room. They were suppose to be going to dinner but Willow was taking forever. They might have to leave without her if they wanted any food before Ron ate it all and he would just to spite them all for being late.

"Willow come on!" Ginny shouted up the stairs.

"Just a second." Willow shouted back.

Ginny sighed. She looked at Hermione but Hermione just smiled at her. Ginny knew that she would get that response from her but still looked for some sort of redemption.

Willow then ran down the stairs after what seemed like an hour.

"Finally!"
"Ginny leave her alone."
"What if Ron has eaten everything then Hermione?!"
"He won't have. Stop being so dramatic."

"Let's go then."

Ginny led the three of them out of the common room. Ginny wanted to get the most food she could before Quidditch starts and it was winter. Hermione also wanted food but not as much as Ginny and Willow just wanted to meet some more people.

 

 

They got down to the Great Hall which they had been to earlier and sat down at their table. Luckily the food hadn't turned up yet so Ron was going to be mad. They sat down across from Ron, Harry, Fred and George. Fred and George were playing with some fireworks that they had found. Harry was sitting with a very stern look on his face, what's new? And Ron of course had his elbows on the table waiting for the food. The teachers hadn't got there yet so that's probably why the food wasn't out yet. The teachers maybe sometimes annoying but even they needed to eat. Let's hope that Snape and Lupin could join them this time. Then the teachers walked in and took their seats. Great Lupin and Snape were back.

"Hey Hermione look. What's the matter with Lupin?"
Hermione looked up at one of her favourite teachers. Lupin looked even more injured than usual. Another scar for another year. Not surprising to be honest.

"Let the feast begin." Dumbldore waved his hands and feasts appeared on the tables.

As per usual Ron was the first one to tuck in. Willow followed his lead and also tucked in. Hermione and Ginny took a more laid back approach to eating and Harry as per usual took ages to tuck in. The room was filled with chatter and laughter as the students tried to make each other laugh with their eating. Their table was the loudest as per usual. The students carried on eating until some of the boys on their table took out a newspaper and went silent. Willow was the one to notice this first.

"What's the matter?"
They didn't answer. Willow nugged the others.

"Why didn't they answer me?"
"I don't know. Might be because you're new."

"Can you ask them then Hermione?"
"Okay."

She turned towards Dean and Seamus.

"Hey guys what's up? You're normally the loudest on this table."

"It's this newstory." Seamus answered still looking at the newspaper.

Hermione looked at Ginny. What hasn't Dumbledore told them now?

"Let's have a look then."
"No."
"Give me that." Ginny reaches over the table and grabs Seamus' newspaper which they shouldn't even be reading at dinner anyway but who cares. What was so interesting?

 

The headline read:

"Two aurors lie in hospital tonight as members of the Order of the Phoneix are attacked."

The group huddled around the paper as the paper carried on moving with pictures. Everyone gasped as they read the headline and saw the pictures linked to the attack.

"So that's why Lupin looks so bad." Hermione said with a gulp.

This made the year even that more interesting and if a little scary.



Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve: A normal Hogwarts night
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Willow, Hermione and Ginny walked towards their common room after the news that one of their teachers might be in danger. Willow had only been in the school for a few hours but already knew that Hogwarts was going to be trouble. Ginny and Hermione was used to it but still didn't want their teacher to die from death eaters or something else that could have caused the attack. The teachers were supposed to be looking after them not the other way around.

Once they got up to the room the younger years went to asleep first. As they were older they got to stay up later lucky for them. Ginny jumped onto the couch by the fire that hadn't been lit yet. Hermione went to the desk by the window even though it was very dark outside. She got out her favourite book and stayed quiet. As it was Willow's first night she didn't have anywhere to sit so she stayed standing instead.

"So anyone else scared about that headline Seamus told us tonight?"
"Nope not really."
"Ginny!"
"Oh come on Hermione. How many people have died around us when we were with Harry?"
"Loads but that's not the point."
"So what is your point?"
"I don't know anymore."

"Then just read your book."
"Fine."
Hermione read her book even more angerier flicking through the pages at twice the speed.

"Everything will be fine Willow."
"You sure?"
"Hogwarts is the safest place on earth. Everyone will be fine."

"Okay. I trust you."
"Your the first."
They both laugh.

 

 

Harry, Ron, Seamus and Dean came into the room. The girls stopped laughing and the room went silent. Ginny carried on looking into the fire trying to get it to light with her eyes even though she knew that wouldn't work. Willow whislted to try and break the silence. Dean and Seamus went up the staircase to their room to see what pranks they could pull on the younger years. Ron went to sit by Hermione even though he knew he was going to be annoyed by him being there. Harry sat in front of the fire to annoy Ginny.

"Dude what the hell?"
"What?"
"You're in my way."
"There's nothing there."
"And?"
"Light the fire Ginny."
"No you light it."
"Why should I?"
"You're closer."

"I don't want to get burnt."
"So don't sit so close."

"Is there something wrong with you Ginny?"
"No nothing."
"Then why are you mad?"
"I'm not mad Harry. I'm tired."
"Then go to bed."
"Fine."
Ginny carries on sitting on the couch.

"Well?"
"I want to be warm first."
"Then light the fire."
"Fine I'm going to bed."

Ginny stood up and made her way towards the staircase. She stopped before she went up.

"You coming Hermione?"
"Yep."
Hermione followed her much to Rons disgust. Harry stared after Ginny as she went up. He hoped no one had told her about him and Draco. No one would know. Hopefully.

"Come on Ron. We'd better go as well."
"Fine. Night Willow."
"Night."
Ron and Harry ran after each other up the stairs. Willow could now finally sit down on the couch without interuption. She sat down and also wanted to light the fire but couldn't be bothered to light it. She quickly fell asleep on the couch with no noise around her as everyone had either gone to asleep or are somewhere else. Nothing, nothing was going to wake her up.

 

"HELP SOMEBODY!"

Scratch that. Something would.



Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen: What was that noise?
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The shout woke everyone up and everyone ran down stairs to see who it was. Ginny and Hermione were the first down as they knew Willow was still awake and thought it might have been her.

"Willow why you screaming?" Ginny shouted thinking Willow had screamed to wake her up on purpose for something.

"It wasn't me!"
"Well who was it then?"
"I don't know it came from downstairs."

"I think wed better check it out."
"Isn't that dangerous?"
"Oh Willow you can tell it's your first night." Hermione laughed.

"Come on lets go see."
"Are the others coming?"
"We'll leave them asleep but they can come if they want to."
Ginny hadn't realised at that point that the scream had literally woken up the whole common room. So when she said that, all of the others wanted to follow her. Great remark Ginny! As everyone scared they made the girls go first as both Hermione and Ginny had faced danger before. Willow also wanted to go last but she was pushed forward by the other students.

 

The staircases were normally moving everywhere but tonight they seemed to have come to a standstill like the scream had scared them too. Hermione and Ginny became more concerened because they had never seen the staircases like this but knew to continue on if they wanted to quench their thirst for the knowledge of who screamed. As both of them were the most curious out of the whole common room, nothing but where the sound was coming from would do this. As they went down two staircases the scream came again but with no words just a prolonged scream instead. The other students hid behind the other stairs and each other whilst pushing Hermione, Ginny and Willow forward towards its direction. Ginny took the lead as she could see the other two dragging behind. Ginny found...



Chapter 14: Chapter Fourteen: Really?!
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.... Lavender. Lavender freaking Brown. On the other side of the door was Lavender Brown. I mean really. It had to be her. That's like the worst person to be found. I mean this is even worse then finding Mr Filch and Mrs Norris together and the students see that everday. So Lavender had made the scream well Ginny thinks so anyway.

"Lavender, what the hell?"
"I broke a nail!"
"Seriously. You got the whole school awake for a broken nail?!"
"Yeah it's really bad!"
"NO IT'S NOT!"

If Lavenders scream hadn't woken up the whole school, Ginnys shouting would have done the tick. As soon as Ginny realised how loud her shout was Mcgonagall, Lupin, Sprout, Flitwick and Snape turned up.

"Fudge." Ginny whispered under her breath.

"What are you two doing out of bed?" Mcgonagall shouted not as loud as Ginny but to let the rest of the school know she was there.

"I broke a nail!" Lavender answered.

"That is not a reason to wake the whole school!"

"Yes it is."
"Go to bed. All of you."
The students did so. Even though Mcgonagall was only head of Griffyndore but everyone knew not to disobey her otherwise they would be in detention for the rest of the year.

"Professor..."
"You too Ginny. And you Lavender."
Ginny did so but Lavender stayed to try and put her nail back together.

"Miss Brown?"
Lavender walked with her tail behind her legs. Lupin, Mcgonagall, Flitwick, Sprout and Snape stayed behind. They had to search the area just in case anyone else had screamed as well.

"A nail really?!" Lupin said once every student had gone.

"Yes Lupin how stupid." Sprout agreed.

"At least it's not one of my students. I think 10 points should be taken away from your house Minerva."
"Haven't you got anything else to do Snape?"
"Yes I have Remus but I'd rather just fight with you."
"Why you little..."
"Boys please."
Sprout kept Lupin from fighting with Snape.

"Right well I've got a lot of charms to fix." Flitwick perked up to try and diffuse the tension in the corridor.

"Yes and I've got mandrakes to prepare." Sprout replied after him.

Sprout and Flitwick left. Snape, Lupin and Snape were left alone. Great idea.

"Come on Remus."
"No Minerva. Snape come outside."
"What with you?"
"Yep."
"I won't waste my breath."
Snape left towards the dungeon where his potions class was. Minerva had to grab Lupins hand to hold him off from attacking him.

"Remus."
"I'm sorry. That was uncalled for."

"Don't worry. Have you had the potion tonight?"
"I'm fine."
"Really? Because you don't sound like it."
"I've had the potion. I won't kill Snape if that's what you're worried about."
"Just watch yourself."

"I will."
"I'll tell Tonks if you do."
"What a threat!"
Minerva smiled and walked towards the common rooms just in case any students were still awake. They would be straight in detention but she needed to check just in case any first years were worried. Lupin wanted to go with her but he knew he might need some sleep before his first lessons tomorrow. If he saw tomorrow that is if Snape comes anywhere near him again, Dumbledore might kick him out.



Chapter 15: Chapter Fifteen: Sleep
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Everyone returned to their common rooms as Mcgonagall had told them to. Willow was one of the first to get to her common room as she didn't want to be told off on her first night. Ginny stomped back to the room with Hermione following her. As they got into it they found no one still awake and persumed that everyone was too scared to stay up any longer. Ginny ran up the stairs first to show how angry she was. Hermione followed soon after with Willow right behind. They got into their room and tried to go to sleep. However, with Ginny still being angry towards Lavender it didn't look like they were going to get much. Luckily they were the furthest away from everyone else so no one would be able to her rant about what had just happened.

"I cannot believe her."

"Ginny please be quiet."
"No Hermione. If she hadn't screamed we would be asleep right now."
"It could have been something important."
"With Lavender I doubt that."

"And if hadn't have been Lavender?"

"Fine I still would have checked it out."

"Knew it."
"Stop being right all the time."
"It's hard not to hanging out ith you every day."
"Thanks a bunch."
"You're welcome."

"Well Willow how's your first night turning out to be?"
"Scary at the moment."
"What because of the screaming?"
"No because of the feast. Why do you think she's scared Hermione?"
"She could be home sick."

"Don't worry I'm not."

"Good because you would have to get used to it fast."

"Ginny!"
"Sorry. It's just Lavender."
"Hopefully we don't have lessons with her tomorrow then."

"I really hope not."

"You know you will have to get used to her one day."
"Yeah but not tonight."

"Fine but one day you will need to get along."

"Do you guys know what you have tomorrow?"
"Why don't you Willow?"

"No not right now."

"Someone will tell you in the morning."
"I just want to know."
"You will."

"Thanks Hermione."

Hermione turned over and Willow knew not to disturb her anymore. Ginny however, was still awake. Willow wanted some sleep before her first day though. She also turned over and tried to go to sleep and hopefully nothing else would happen tonight.

 



Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen: The morning after
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Willow woke up with a start. She looked around and the room was empty. Great! Hermione and Ginny had left without her for breakast. Right she had better hurry up then before there's nothing left. She also hoped that nothing had happened over night.

Willow walked down the stairs, trying to stay on her feet without falling over the side of the stairs. She managed to get to the Great Hall without falling over. She was just about to enter when  she saw Harry walk towards her looking a bit ruffled. His hair was everywhere and his tie wasn't on straight. As soon as he saw her though he put them back into place. Willow didn't think anymore about it, he was probably just tired or rushing like she was. Oh yeah that's why she was down there. She then ran into the Great Hall to get some breakfast.

As per usual the teachers weren't there as they had lessons to plan for the day. The tables were once again full with students from each house either eating or talking to the people next to them. As she came through the door the whole of Slytherin house was staring at her. True they were probably silently judging and so were Ravenclaws just they didn't show it as much. She had to walk all the way to the front to sit with her friends and as she sat down she could tell they just wanted food.

"Hey Willow." Ginny said as she approached.

"Thanks for waking me up."
"You looked so peaceful. Didn't want to wake you."

"Right. Well thanks."

"You're welcome."

"Anything else happen last night? I was kinda out of it."

"Yeah we noticed. Didn't we Hermione."
"Yeah. Nothing happened no more screams."
"I probably would have heard them if there had been."

"Are you going to sit down?"
Willwo sat down next to Ginny who was tearing into a bowl of porridge. Hermione was slowly eating away at an apple. Willow didn't expect anymore. Willow got a banana and peeled it.

"Willow have you seen Harry?"
"Yeah he was outside. He looked a bit rough."
"He always does."

"I'm sure he'll be here soon."
"He'd better be. I need to tell him something."
At that moment Harry came in. He looked a little bit smarter then he had but still a little ruff.

"Finally!" Ginny yelled.

"Sorry."

"Where have you been?"
"Outside."
"You took ages."
"And?"
"I need to tell you something."
"Me too."
"After you."

"You first."

"Why don't we tell each other at the same time?"
"Can I sit down first?"
Harry sat down opposite Ginny. He put his head in his hands. Willow knew what he was going to say next.

"Ginny I tell you first."
"Go on then."
"I think we need a break."

When Harry had said this the room went so silent you could hear a wand drop. Ron put down whatever he was eating and Hermione did the same. It was like the whole room was waiting for the response.

"Ginny?" Willow asked after a while.

"It's fine. I was going to say that anyway."

"Ginny let me explain."
"No it's fine. You've made your choice. I don't think it's the right one but you've obviously made it.."

Harry stared at the table. Ginny was obviously strong and could take anything anyone threw at her. Harry wasn't as strong. Willow sat there feeling very awkward. Harry got up and left.

"Wait Harry! You haven't finished your apple!" Ron shouted after him.

"You have it." Harry shouted back.

Ron took the apple and bit into it.

"Ron really?!" Hermione gasped.
"What? He said I could have it." Ron replied with his mouth full.

Hermione tutted in disgust. Ginny carried on to eat her porridge a bit more angry then last time but everyone could understand why. Maybe nothing happened over night but something was defiently going to go down in the next few hours. Can't wait for the first lessons to begin.



Chapter 17: Chapter Seventeen: Mysterious boy
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Hermione got her books and followed her year to the class. Her first lesson was with Professor Lupin though. She liked the professor and hopefully the class wouldn't be too tense. She hadn't seen the others since breakfast that morning so hopefully they would have calmed down by now. She walked into the classroom and as per usual she was the first one there. Lupin wasn't there yet but she wasn't surprised it was a full moon last night so he could still be healing from a night without transforming. She went to her desk and waited for the others.

"First one here." someone called from the door. Hermione turned round and found a boy she didn't recognise standing at the door.

"Who are you?" She called back unsure of how to react.

"I'm sure you know my sister."
"You're Willows brother."
"Yep."

"So do I get to know you're name?"
"Maybe. Maybe not."
Hermione was getting annoyed. She always wanted to know things and she wouldn't stop until she got the answer.

"You're going to tell me."

"I think I should decide that. Don't you?"
"Fine but I will find out."

"I'm sure you will. Anyway must be off, don't want to be seen with younger years on my first day."
"I'm that bad am I?"

"Not you just the others."
"You havent met them yet."
"I know enough already."

When he had said that, the mysterious boy left the door and walked off. Hermione was very confused but decided to leave it until later. Willow could tell her later anyway. I'm sure the others would be there soon.



Chapter 18: Chapter Eighteen: Cupboard
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Harry was walking along the corridor towards Lupins classroom. He was already late and didn't need any distractions but someone else had other ideas. Harrys arm was grabbed and was taken into a cleaning cupboard. He was very confused until he saw who had brought him into it.

"Draco."

Draco pulled Harry in for a kiss. Harry accepted and kissed him back. That felt good. They hadn't kissed properly since the summer as everyone had been watching them. Harry pulled away when he realised he had been rushing past.

"I have to get to my lesson." Harry tried to open the door but Draco pulled him back.

"Right now. Couldn't you wait a little longer?"
"Lupin will be cross."

"Who cares about that werewolf?"
"I do. He's one of my best teachers."
"Well I think he's dangerous."
"I don't care what you think. I'm going to his lesson."

"Don't you love me anyore?"
"Of course I do."

Draco held Harry by the scruff of his neck against the door.

"Promise?"
"I promise."

Draco put him back down.

"Good. Now you will spy on the other students for me."
"What why?"
"Because you will do what I tell you. Unless..."
"No please. I'll do anything."
"Good. So you will spy on the students then for me?"
"Yes Draco."
"Good because you know what will happen if you don't. Oh and you have to tell Ginny."
"I already have."
"Good. How did she take it?"
"How do you expect?"
"At least we can be together now though right?"
"Yes Draco."
"Off you go then, if you're so late."
Draco opened the door for Harry to go out of. Harry very slowly left the cupboard. He closed the door behind him and walked towards the room he was supposed to be in already.



Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen: Where's Lupin?
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Hermione, Willow, Ginny, Cho and Luna were sitting around the desk. The whole class had now turned up since Draco and Harry had finished in the cupboard. They were waiting, their teacher still hadn't turned up yet and it didn't look like any time soon he was going to. It was the first lesson back, he was never late. He was one of the most commited of all of the teachers.

"So do we have to stay here or?" Willow asked.

"He'll be here in a minute." Hermione answered her.

"He is taking forever though." Luna replied worried.

"He'll be here."

"What's up Hermione?" Ginny asked frustrated with Hermione and her sounding like she was mad.

"I just want the lesson to start."
"So do we."

Hermione went silent. Ginny spinned round on her chair. Willow and Cho carried on talking and Luna played with her hair. The rest of the room kept talking loudly. Usually a teacher would calm them down but with no teacher, the class can go wild.

 

Mcgonagall walked past the class. She didn't want to bother the professor but the class were being really noisy and she couldn't hear herself think. She looked in through the window into the classroom. The only thing she could see is the pupils going wild. They were standing up and on tables, making paper planes and sending them flying, chewing magic gum and just being noisy. Mcgonagall looked around the classroom and couldn't see Lupin anywhere. She opened the door and the room went deadly silent.

"What's going on in here?" Mcgonagall shouted at the pupils.

The class didn't answer her.

"Is anyone going to answer me?"

Still no reply.

"Right. Well, I think I had better sit here until Professor Lupin turns up." Mcgonagall sat down. The class sat there twiddling their thumbs. Thirty minutes passed and still no Lupin. Mcgonagall got up and walked to the front of the class to get the pupils attention.

"It doesn't look like the Professors going to turn up then. You can go. Class dismissed."

The pupils stood up and left the class talking quietly just in case that disturbed another class that was still learning. Hermione led the girls to someone she knew would help them out. Hagrid.



Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty: Hagrid's hut
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The girls walked down near to the forbidden forest. Willow didnt really know where she was going but just followed because she didn't want to leave her friends. Plus she had next lesson with them and she didn't know where she was going, so she had to follow someone who knew they were going. Luckily the four other girls knew where they were going. Only one person could help them with their feelings right now and it obviously wasn't going to be Mcgonagall.

Hagrid was sitting in his hut. He hadn't got any lessons until later that day so he had some time to rest and look after Fang. He wasn't expecting anyone to come along unless he had forgotten to teach but five people were walking towards the hut. He looked up and smiled when he saw Hermione walking towards the door. He also recognised Luna and Ginny thanks to them being very good friends with Harry but he didn't recognise the other two. Ginny opened the door to the hut and stepped inside. The bats that usually flew around the hut nearly flew out the door and hit Willow in the head. Willow ducked a little to late but Luna managed to catch it before it could fly to the castle.

"Thanks Luna."

"Hermione. Ginny and of course Luna. What a surprise?!"
"Good to see you Hagrid." Hermione said back. Ginny and Luna nodded.

"But I don't know you two." Hagrid said looking over at Cho and Willow.

"This is Cho and Willow." Luna said happily.

"Willow's new she won't have seen her yet and Cho is really quiet so you won't notice her too much." Ginny said afterwards.

Cho nugged her with her elbow. Ginny smirked at her.

"Nice to meet you both. Now was there something wrong?"
"Yes there is." Hermione replied to his question.

Hermione sat down next to Fang looking for some comfort. Ginny sat down next to her and Luna on the other side. Willow and Cho stood by the door. Hagrid looked at their faces and knew that it was something worrying them.

"What's wrong?"

"We're worried about Professor Lupin." Hermione said looking down at the floor.

"Yeah he didn't turn up to our lesson first thing." Ginny carried on.

"And he's never not turned up to our lesson." Luna said after that.

"I can see why you're worried."

"Have you seen him this morning?" Cho asked.

"Not yet but I thought he was just doing some last minute marking."

"He must be somewhere." Ginny said putting her hand on Hermiones shoulder.
"He'll turn up. He might have just forgotten he had a lesson."
"I doubt it." Hermione said under her breath.

Hermione got up and left the hut after she said that. Ginny and Luna looked after her, helpless. They knew they couldn't do anything to help her with her feelings.

"So, what are we going to do?" Willow said after being quiet for the whole conversation.

"I'm sure the Professor is fine. He might have had a bad night last night."

The girls bar Willow looked down at the floor in unison. Willow looked a little surprised but let them do it all the same.

"He might just be sleeping it off. Now you need to run along to your next lesson. What you got?"
"Potions with Professor Snape." Luna said calmly.

"Ah better be off then."
The girls laughed. They knew that he was right, Snape was the worst teacher to be late for. They needed to go now. The girls said their goodbyes and left the hut towards Hogwarts again. Hermione was waiting outside for them. They joined back up again and carried on walking together.



Chapter 21: Chapter Twenty One: Going back to class
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The girls were walking along the halls that they had walked so many times. They were chatting away, just minding their own business. True this wouldn't last very long at Hogwarts. It never did. 

The girls walked around a corner and found someone waiting for them. Willow's brother in fact! Willow went to carry on walking but the other girls did not follow her. She turned back annoyed that she had to now listen to his annoying voice. Pray for Willow.

"What are you doing here?" Willow asked.

"Nice to see you too sis."

"I asked you a question."
"And I'm not going to answer you. Hello Hermione."

Hermione blushed. Willow groaned as the other girls swooned over her brother.

"So are you girls busy?"
"Yes we are, we have a lesson to got to." As Willow grabbed Ginny's arm trying to pull her away.

"Yeah but it's not important Willow." Ginny tried to persuade her.

"Yes it is. What if Professor Mcgonagall see's us?"

"We have plenty of time." Cho answered back.

Willow paced up and down the hallway. She was obviously getting angrier and angrier by the second but wasn't being noticed by the others.  

"Are you busy?" Ginny continued to question the stranger.

"Not at the moment."

"Why can't you just go away?!" Willow exclaimed.

"Oh that's nice. Coming from my sister and all." 

"Can you just go away please?!"

Suddenly a scream came from down the corridor. The group looked at each other and ran towards that direction.



Chapter 22: Chapter Twenty Two: The first body
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A crowd had gathered in one of the hallways. It was the largest crowd that had gathered since the start of the year. True as the year had only just started yesterday not many crowds had gathered but it was still a big crowd. As the girls joined the group they could see the group was made up of students of all years with varying reactions. Some were holding each other up and others were just stood there with their hands over their mouths. At the front of the crowd were the prefects keeping the students back from what was standing in front of them. Ginny could see that they were also varying in emotions which meant that some of the strongest students in the school were near to breaking point. 

Ginny pushed her way through the students with the others following but a little less confident as they didn't want to be pushed out of the way. As they neared the front they could Madam Pomfrey sitting on the floor with Professor Mcgonagall squatting next to her. Flitwick and Sprout were also in the middle but were facing the ground not to let on what was going on. However, there was nothing there. It looked like whatever had been there, was now gone. Ginny tried to push forward more.

"Where do you think you're going?" A prefect asked her.

"I want to see what happened." She answered back quite sharply.

"You're not getting any closer."

"Why not? Who says?"

"I do." Mcgonagall said standing up when she heard this. Ginny knew not to ask any other questions. 

"All of you to your dorms. There's nothing to see here." As Mcgonagall said this sentence her voice started to break and she ran off with the other teachers running after her.

The crowd dispersed amongst loud chatter. The girls were left stunned. As they looked more around where the prefects were standing they could see a pile of blood and little spots of blood around the scene. Whatever had happened someone or something was badly hurt. As the girls looked more closely at the scene, Pomfrey came back with her wand raised. She was amazed to see the girls still there.

"What are you girls still doing here?" She asked with tears in her eyes.

"We just want to know what happened." Cho answered her.

"Trust me you don't." Pomfrey said back.

"Please miss we just want to know if we can help." Hermione said before Pomfrey could say to move on. 

Pomfrey looked up at the girls once Hermione had said this. The girls could see it was something very bad. Pomfrey got off the ground once she had cleaned the blood up with a swish of her wand. 

"Follow me." She said with her head bowed.  The girls amazed and scared at the same time followed the nurse to the infirmary. Willow grabbed Hermione's hand, Luna and Cho held on to each other and Ginny lead on. 

 

 

Pomfrey opened the door to the infirmary and held it open, not looking like she was going to go in. The girls stopped. The room was lit by candles. This only happened if someone had died in the castle or someone important in the wizarding world had died. The candles gave the room a more spooky feeling as no one entered the infirmary at this time. Willow was even more scared as she had never been in that room before. She squeezed Hermiones hand even more tightly then before. Ginny gulped as she crept into the room. Hermione followed her with Willow close behind. Luna was next with Cho being the last one to enter. There was only one bed in the room and something was lying on top of it not moving. Luna stopped and gave out a little sob. Willow grabbed Lunas hand as she had done to Hermiones. The bed wasn't lit very well so Ginny grabbed a candle and brought it over. Once they could see who's body it was they all gave out a little gasp and knew they would have to find out who did it.



Chapter 23: Chapter Twenty Three: Goodbye but to who?
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The body was so lifeless. It was just lying there. No movement, no breathing and no twitching. Whoever it was, it had been there for a while. Still the girls were shocked and in awe to see who was lying there. The body was covered in gashes and wounds so whoever had done it they had done it for a reason and meant to do it. The bed was not covered in blood though so they had been dead when they got there. No wonder the teachers had been crying. There had been nothing they could do. 

"It can't be him. Just say it isn't so." Willow said with a breaking voice.

"Willow!" Ginny said holding back her tears and not letting the other girls see her emotions.

"Ginny leave her." Hermione said to calm them both down.

After Hermione said this, Willow ran out of the room crying very loudly. Hermione looked after her but knew it was no use. Willow needed some space. They all would need some later. Luna and Cho sighed. Then the room went ghostly quiet with nothing going on around them. 

"She just doesn't get it." Ginny said after a while.

"Ginny!" Hermione snapped.

"No Hermione. She doesn't, we've known him for years and she's only known him for a few days."

"Ginny please not now."

"Fine. Don't blame me when she get's all weepy."

Before Ginny could say anything else her voice started to break. Hermione knew what to do. She went over to Ginny and hugged her so tight. Ginny hugged her back and started to weep quietly. Luna could see Madam Pomfrey outside waiting for the girls to be done. Pomfrey saw the girls emotions and walked to the other side of the door. Luna let out a little smile and turned back to her friends.

 

Suddenly someone burst through the door. The girls looked over in shock at such a loud noise in a quiet room. Tonks was standing at the door. She walked slowly towards them with her hands over her mouth. She saw the girls and hugged them in a group. Then she turned back to Lupins body. The girls knew it was their time to leave Tonks for a few minutes with her husband before he had to go. Before they could though...

"You can stay if you want to." Tonks whispered.

"We'll leave you two alone Miss." Hermione answered her.

"Thank you."

The girls went outside as Tonks watched them. She then turned back to Lupin. She held his hand in hers. She didn't care if she got blood on her, she just wanted to be with him. No one else mattered at that one moment, just the two of them together. 

 

 

"I know you can't hear me because you're gone but know I've always loved you. Even though you drive me up the wall sometimes. You've always been there for me and I know sometimes that can be tough but you just seem to know when I needed you most. And that's what I loved the most about you. You know I've always been there for you whenever you needed me, you know when you were a werewolf. Don't leave me. We still have so much to do together. Just know that I love you and I always will but I have to go now. I love you and I'll see you on the other side. Have a good time up there."

Tonks kissed Lupins hand and pulled the blanket over his body. Pomfrey came in after that and blew out the candles around them. Tonks stood up and dusted herself off.

"Thank you for that." She said to the nurse. 

"We're always here if you need someone to talk to."

"I know. Thank you."

Tonks left the room and put her large coat back on. She smiled at the girls as she walked by and then appaerated out of sight. The girls smiled after her. They knew that was it but she would be back and then knew it.



Chapter 24: Chapter Twenty Four: A name
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The girls were sitting in the Great Hall. They were alone and everyone was off for the day. All of the lessons had been cancelled and everyone was very quiet. The Hall seemed so silent. Hermione was looking through a book she brought down, Cho and Luna were playing wizard chess, Ginny was shuffling through some quidditch cards and Willow was sitting with her head on the table.  Willow didn't even know Lupin that well but was still sad and scared at the same time as she didn't know what was coming next. Ginny stopped when she got half way through her deck of cards. 

"What a day!" She said half loud and half quietly.

"You can say that again." Hermione answered her.

"Guys.... I'm scared." Willow piped up.

The others looked at her. They all looked down at the table. 

"Me too." Cho also agreed.

"What do you want us to do about it?" Ginny snapped back.

"Ginny!"

"No Hermione. Yeah Lupin's gone but what are we going to do about it?!"

"I don't know!" Hermione snapped back at Ginny.

Ginny looked away from the table in frustration. Hermione put her head in her hands. 

 

 

 

 

"What if we could do something." Willow said.

"What?!" Ginny said as she turned back round. 

"Think about it. No one knows who killed Lupin right?"

"Right." The other girls agreed.

"What if we found out who killed him."
"How would that help?" Ginny asked.

"If we found out who did it, everyone will know what happened and have some closure. Plus we would come out on top."

"I don't know. Sounds a bit far fetched." Cho said.

"What have we got to loose?" Willow asked the group.

The girls looked at each other. They all knew that someone would have to do something. This was the best bet to find out who it was. Willow actually had a good idea. 

"Okay. Together though right?" Luna asked.

"Sure. Let's do this together." Ginny piped up.

The girls put their hands in for a shout but something stopped them from doing it.

"What are we going to call ourselves?" Willow asked.

"What do you mean?" Luna said back.

"What are we going to be known as? We can't go by our names if we want to be secretive."
"Who says we want to be secretive?" Cho asked back to Willow.

"Most detective teams do."

"We're a team now are we?" Hermione laughed. 

"Yeah we are!" Luna shouted.

The girls laughed. 

"Okay, okay. What's our name going to be then?" Hermione said whilst laughing.

"Any ideas?" Willow asked.

"What about the Dawn society?" Ginny said.

"Where did that come from?" Luna laughed. 

"It was a name of a famous wizard detective team. We should read up on their tactics."

The girls laughed again. They put their hands back in the middle again.

"One two three..." Willow shouted.

 

"DAWN SOCIETY!"



Chapter 25: Chapter Twenty Five: Crime scene
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Ginny led the girls to the crime scene. She had decided to take charge of the Dawn society as she knew none of the others would be brave enough to lead them like she was. The whole school was still off for the next few days so that everyone could get over what had happened. Ginny knew they might get told off but she was used to getting told off as she was always getting into trouble. Hermione not so much.

"Ginny are you sure we should be doing this?"

"Hermione chill. None of the professors will be around they're too busy with marking."

"I never chill. I just always am constently worried."

"Yeah I think I know that by now!"
"Will you two keep your voices down!" Willow whispered loudly from behind them.

"What are you guys doing here?" A voice came from behind them.

They all cringed as they turned round to see who it was. Harry, Ron, Seamus and Dean standing there.

"We could ask the same to you!" Ginny whispered back still angry at Harry.

"We came to see if we could find anything." Harry whispered back just as angry.

"So did we" Ginny said back.

"Guys calm the heck down!" Ron whispered.

"You're going to get us caught." Luna said.

"Then be quiet then!" Ron whispered back.

"Guys calm it we're here." Willow answered.

The group turned. The crime scene was in front of them. There was some tape from some muggles that Professor Dumbledore had gathered. It didn't really do much as the staircases were coming from everywhere around the scene so didn't really block anyone from coming in. Anyway, the scene was right in front of them. It was strange though! There were no professors around and no aurora's either which you would expect if what had happened yesterday had happened in your school. Ginny looked around to see if there was anyone hiding just waiting to catch them. There wasn't so she lead the terrified group out of their hiding spot and into the light. They all stood in front of where Lupin fell, well they gussed as everyone had been standing there.

"Huh thought there'd be more blood." Luna said to herself.

"Luna really?!" Hermione said back.

"What?"

Luna looked around the group. She just saw a group of concerened faces. She decided not to say anything and looked at her feet moving around on the floor.

"She has a point though." Seamus said.

Some of the group agreed but others just shook their head at Seamus. As the group looked around the staircases were actually staying still and not moving. True they weren't needed as none of the students needed them to get to their lessons.

"What are you kids doing here?" A voice came from the shadows.

The group held each others hands for some moral support as they trembled to see who it was. Someone came from in the shadows. A man stood in front of them with a long trench coat which was blue and a blue suit underneath. He wore glasses and had a scar to the right of his face from underneath his eye to the bottom of his chin. His hair was mousey and slicked back for a more professional and practical look.

The girls apart from Willow stepped back and the boys followed them. Willow was left standing just inches away from the man who had appeared from nowehere. The man smirked.

"Am I going to get an answer?" He directed at the group.

"We were just looking." Cho said with a high squeak.

"Just looking? Well you shouldn't be. Now go on back to your dorms."

"I think we'll stay here thanks." Willow snapped back.

Harry and Ron face palmed and the girls held onto each other more tightly apart from Ginny. She was kind of taken aback by how strong Willow was being right now. Kinda cute.

"Why's that then?"

"Because you're not the boss of us."

"I think I am being an aurora and all."

"i think we should go Willow." Cho said as she tried to grab Willows arm to pull her back to the rest of the group.

"You can go. I'm going to find out what happened to Professor Lupin." Willow shrugged off Chos hand and walked towards the man waiting for him to move.

"Move please."

"Was there another word with that?"
"Please move Dad!" Willow shouted.



Chapter 26: Chatper Twenty six: You what now?
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The other girls stared at Willow. That was her dad?! Now everything made sense. Her not wanting to talk about her family, I mean who wants their friends to know their father is an auror! That's like the coolest job in the wizarding universe, well apart from being a Hogwarts teacher.

"You what now?!" Hermione exclaimed.

"Yep. He's my dad and now you all know." Willow answered her bored.

"I'm still waiting for you girls to give me an answer." The man said.

"We'll get out of your way." Cho said trying to grab the others and get the hell out of there.

"No! We need to find out who did this." Willow exclaimed.

"I'm sure your father has this all wrapped up." Cho answered her friend.

"Are you a woman or a mouse Cho?"

"A woman but I feel like this is a bad idea."

"You feel like everything we do is a bad idea." Ginny piped up.

"Fine. You can all stay here and get told off. I'm going to my dorm."
"Go then!" Shouted Willow.

The others stared at her again. Willow had never been this loud. Her father was obviously bothering her. Cho nodded and went towards the Ravenclaw common room. The other girls were surprised that Luna stayed but let her anyway.

"What are you girls doing down here?!" Came a fimilar voice coming down the stairs.

Oh no! It's the one and only Professor Mcgonagall. The girls were screwed.

"We were just checking the crime scene." Luna said with a smile on her face.
"How many times do I have to tell you that you're not allowed down here?"

"We'll listen this time. Ginny let's go."
"Good idea. Willow I think we should go."

"Not you young lady. I need a word with you." Said the auror.

"Oh no." Willow whispered.

Ginny and the rest of the girls took Mcgonagalls advice and left towards their common room. Mcgonagall, the auror and Willow were left at the crime scene. The auror looked over at Professor Mcgonagall.

"Can I have a word with my daughter alone Professor?"
"Yes of course. I'll talk to you later Willow."
"Yes Professor."

Mcgonagall looked around and then walked to her office. The auror looked at Willow and sighed.

"I thought I told you to stay away from anything that could get you into trouble?"
"You did. This won't get me into trouble."
"Really? What about that group of girls? They seem like trouble to me."

"They're fine. They're my friends."

"Well maybe you should find better friends."

"You can't tell me what to do. You're not the boss of me!"
"Keep your voice down!"
"No! Just leave me alone."

"Willow wait."

"Go and find another case to solve. No one wants you here. Put someone else on this case."

"Willow!"

Willow walked off before he could finish the sentence. The auror was left alone at the scene to his thoughts. He walked towards the door out of the school. Maybe Willow was right, maybe he should find another case to be on. This place had bad memories. Another auror would have to deal with this case, he couldn't take this anymore.

 



Chapter 27: Chapter Twenty Seven: Back in the dorm
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The Gryffindor common room was always lit up with the brightest light normally. Now I'm saying normally. Today the bright light seems to have gone. The common room seemed as dark as the dark arts classroom usually was.

Hermione was sitting on the sofa leaning back with her eyes closed and her hands on her tummy. Ginny was twidling her hair sitting on the armchair. Luna and Cho weren't allowed in so the Dawn Society couldn't meet up as often as they wanted to. It would be so muc easier if they were all in the same house. Willow hadn't entered yet since they last saw her talking to her dad. They wanted answers. Willow had been so quiet about her family life and now they knew she had an auror as a father they needed answers to everything.

 

The door opened. Ginny looked up and Willow entered. She had her head down and didn't even look Ginnys way. Ginny looked at her oddly. Why was she ignoring them? More to the point, were they going to speak again?

"Hey Willow!" Ginny called out.

Willow stopped in her tracks and turned round.

"Oh hey Ginny."

"Come and sit down."

Willow stayed where she was.

"I'm alright thanks."

"You sure?"

"Yeah. I'll stand."

"She's scared of you Ginny." Hermione said still with her eyes closed.

"No she's not. Are you Willow?"

"No. Just...."
"See there. She's not scared of me Hermione."

"Then why won't she come and sit down?"
"Fine. I'll sit down."

Willow sat down in front of the fire in a huff.

"What's wrong with you?" Ginny asked her.

"Nothing."

"Yes there is."

"What did you think of my dad?"

"He sounds really annoying."

"Sometimes. I mean he's fine but he can be so annoying."

"Problem with a dad who's an auror right?"

"You took the words out of my mouth." Willow laughed.

 

Suddenly a clamour came from outside. A lot of raised voices and some cursing. Willow looked at Ginny. Ginny poked Hermione. Hermione had already heard it and opened her eyes. The voices carried on. Ginny tuted and got up to find out what it was. She opened the door to the common room and looked out.

The paintings were aruging and there were students walking round everywhere. Teachers were scattered looking after the students. Ginny beckoned to Hermione and Willow to come to the door. They followed Ginnys finger and came to the door. As they did more Gryffindor students came down from their dorms to see what was going on. Harry and Ron joined Willow and Hermione. Luna and Cho walked past. Ginny spotted them.

"Luna, Cho what's going on?"
"I don't know but Professor Flitwick said we had to go to the Great Hall." Cho said spotting Ginny.

"That's weird."

"I know but I think you should come with us."

"Agreed."

Ginny nodded at the Gryffindor students and they followed the other houses to the Great Hall. Hopefully it was just a precuation and nothing too bad was going on.



Chapter 28: Chapter Twenty Eight: Back to the Hall
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All the schools students packed into the Great Hall. There were sleeping bags laid out across the floor. The students started whispering to each other scared about what this meant. The last time they had to do this was when Sirius Black was considered a murderer and was lose in the castle. 

"Students please keep calm. Professor Dumbledore will be here in a minute." Mcgonagall shouted to try and get some hush.

The Dawn Society huddled together. The teachers didn't care if the students mixed houses as long as they were safe in the Great Hall. Dumbledore came into the Hall and it went quiet. He walked towards the front of the students and stood in front of the students. 

 

"Students, I have some bad news."
The students stared at him. Not more bad news. It was only a few months into the first term and the students had already had enough bad news to last the whole year.

"I know you're all still worried after Professor Lupin's death. However, there is something else afoot. Some valuable items have been stolen from some of the teachers. I'm afraid this castle is now under lock down on the order of the Ministry."

More noise came from the students. Many of the students had never seen a lock down happen. 

"Silence. You will now sleep in the Great Hall until further notice. Aurors have been called and are now part of the staff so as long as you haven't done anything wrong they'll have no reason to bother you. That is all."

 

Dumbledore was joined by the other teachers. 

"Is this really necessary Headmaster?" Snape asked Dumbledore.

"I'm afraid it is. We must keep the students safe."

"Do you think it's one of the students Albus?" Mcgonagall asked him.

"I don't know but until all of this is solved we must suspect everyone." 

The teachers turned round. The students were talking. They didn't know how much trouble they could be in. Only the teachers knew how much trouble they were in and what it could lead to in the end. 

"What does Fudge want us to do about it?" Flitwick said in a whisper.

"Everything we can but make sure we don't put a step wrong with the aurors. They're ruthless these ones apparently." Dumbledore answered him.

"I hope they're not that bad." Sprout said back.

"If we keep on the right side of them they'll be fine." Dumbledore said to calm her down.

 

The Dawn Society kept looking over to the teachers when they could. 

"I wonder what they're talking about?" Willow whispered.

"What do you think? How their lessons are going to be affected." Ginny said.

"Ginny!" Hermione snapped.

"What? They might be." 

"Yeah but..."

"But what Hermione?"

"Never mind." Hermione said to withdraw her comment.

"Thought so." Ginny said.

"Guys can we not. I'm on edge as it is already." Cho said.

"Sorry Cho. Come on we should look for some clues." Ginny said.

"How are we going to get past the teachers?" Luna asked.

"Sneak out. Tonight when they'll be asleep." Ginny said pointing towards the clock. 

"What about the aurors? Apparently they never sleep." Luna said.

"We'll just have to use a decoy." Ginny whispered with a finger to her lips.

"Who's going to do that?" Willow whispered.

The girls looked at her. Willow knew what this meant. 

"No. No way!" Willow said shaking her head.

"Oh come on Willow! You're our only chance." Ginny whispered back to her.

"No. I'm not doing it!"



Chapter 29: Chapter Twenty Nine: The Decoy
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The Dawn Society had just managed to sneak past the teachers that were on duty. As many of the teachers weren't there anyway, it was pretty easy. Willow had finally agreed to be the decoy to distract the aurors so the others could look around for anything that could lead them to who did the crime. Even though the teachers were strict the aurors, if they found out, would be even stricter. 

 

Harry, Ron and Seamus had watched the group leave. Even though they wanted to follow, they knew it would be better to leave them to it. Harry looked over to the Slytherin house group. Draco was on the outside of the group. Harry smiled over at him and Draco smiled back. Draco walked over to Harry, grabbed him by the arm and pulled him to one side.

"We need to talk." Draco whispered to him.

"What about?"

"Us. I don't if I can keep this up anymore."

"Why not?"
"I've got a reputation to uphold."
"So what? I'm not good enough for you?"

"I didn't say that."
"But that's what you're saying."

"I just don't know if I can take the pressure of keeping it a secret anymore."
"And what I can?"
"Harry..."
"You think I haven't gone through anything to be with you?"
"I didn't say that."
"Fine. If you can't keep it a secret anymore, then let's tell everyone."
"Wait no don't..."

"Hey everyone listen up!" Harry shouted to the students gathered in the Hall.

Students turned round to face him. Even the Slytherin students looked over to see what he was going to say.

"Harry don't."

"You might have seen me and Draco together a lot recently. Well there's a reason behind that. We're together. We're a couple."

 

There was silence for a moment and then the whole room burst out with laughter. Draco went red from embarrsement and Harry realised what he had done. Harry turned back to Draco.

"Draco..."

Draco walked off. Harry watched after him. He turned back to his friends for comfort but got nothing in return.

 

Back outside the Hall, Willow was looking out for any aurors going past. Luckily so far there hadn't been any but she couldn't be too careful just in case one did happen to walk past. She was part of the Dawn society but at that particular moment she felt alone and not trusted enough by the rest of the group. She felt like an outcast.



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