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Chapter 3 Title: I don’t want to break the rules

A/N: I know some of you are probably mad at me for not updating, but I need to remind you that now that school has started, I will not be updating all the time. Plus I have a job so I have no free time… don’t worry, though. I have to quit my job to keep up with school, so there is one less thing for me to worry about. Whoever said junior year in high school is the hardest wasn’t lying. I’ve got so much school work to do that it’s insane! Anyways, thanks for being patient with me, and I hope you enjoy the chapter!
ALSO, I know all of you are waiting to see what happens in this story between Ashlee and Ron, and I assure you, you will find out soon, but right now I need to set everything up.

Disclaimer: I don’t own anything you recognize. The only things I own are my other characters and the plot. Everything else belongs the magnificent, J.K. Rowling.

It was the bright red hair I constantly day dreamed about. The bright red hair I longed to run my hands through. There he was; the boy I thought about all summer, right in front of me. He did look different, but in a good way. I think he grew probably about another inch, but not too much this summer. He looked tanner and more muscular than the last time I saw him. I’m guessing he played Quidditch a lot during the summer.

“Hey, Winters… control the drool. You’re creeping us out,” Terry said loudly bringing me back into the present. Of course while he said it Ron just had to look up, so cliché I know, but he did.

“Hey, Boot, how was your summer?” He asked in his deep voice that made me weak in the knees.

“Pretty good, I guess, yours?” Terry replied as he bought some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans from the trolley; after Terry bought his sweets, the lady pushed the trolley away from our compartment leaving the four of us.

“Well, you know the chaos and all made it stressful, but other than that it was good. Harry and I played Quidditch a ton. You know, got to get ready for this year.”

“Brilliant… I didn’t get to play that much this summer, wish I had though. By the way, do you know Padma and Ashlee?” I perked up. I was going to meet Ron! I hope I didn’t look disgusting.

“Yeah I’ve met Padma before,” he said as his ears turned slightly pink as if he was remembering the Yule Ball. “But I don’t think I’ve ever met you… Ashlee is it?” He said as he turned his gaze on me. For the first time he was looking at me, not past me.

I tried to say “yes, I’m Ashlee,” but nothing came out. I tried to say something but it didn’t happen. I had to settle with just nodding my head and smiling.

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen you before, Ashlee, are you –” He started to ask me, but he was cut off by another voice.

“Ronald! There you are. You were gone for so long so Harry told me to come find you. Besides, we should really be patrolling right now. Oh, hello Terry, Padma, Ashlee,” she said all of this quickly. I was trying my hardest not to glare at her. Ron had just been talking to me thirty seconds ago, and she has to come along and ruin our deep conversation. Ok, so maybe it wasn’t a deep conversation, but it was a conversation none the less.

“Wait, how do you know Ashlee?” He said nodding in my direction.

“Ronald, honestly you must be the densest person alive. She’s only been in all of our classes with Ravenclaw since first year. Now come on, we have to patrol,” she said pulling him by the arm away from us. “See you three later,” she said waving goodbye to us over her shoulder.

I sat back down with a mix of emotions. I was thrilled that Ron now knew my name. He had even spoken to me! Of course, that happy feeling was some what deflated a bit at the image of Hermione pulling Ron away from me, the nerve of that girl.

I looked up to see Padma smirking at me, and Terry looking at each of us in turn.

“Oh, don’t even say anything, Padma.” I said rolling my eyes at the look on her face.

“Don’t say anything about what?” Terry asked looking a bit confused.

“Nothing,” I said as I glared at Padma. Incase you hadn’t realized, Terry doesn’t know about my Ron obsession. It would break his heart! According to Padma, when I’m not around he talks about me all the time! But of course this breaks Padma’s heart because she likes him! It’s one insane love… square.

Instead of questioning me farther, he settled for not knowing, which is surprising. The rest of the train ride passed with no other real significance. I did see Ron on my way to the ladies room in the back of the train. He was with Harry, Hermione, and his sister, Ginny. And guess what happened when he saw me walk by! Ok well, I’ll tell you. He waved to me! I think it was the happiest moment of my life. I know, it’s sad, but at least I’m honest and accept it.

So now Padma, Terry, and I are sitting at the Ravenclaw table “watching” the first years get sorted. More like we were trying to find the new teachers, one to replace Snape, and someone to replace McGonagall. No, McGonagall didn’t leave, she’s just been moved up to headmistress. No one’s sure if she’s going to continue teaching Transfiguration or not. As for Snape, well no one’s seen him since before Dumbledore’s death. He’s probably in hiding somewhere with You-Know-Who.

“Look!” Padma said in a hushed whisper pointing towards the end of the professors’ table. There was our Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher from third year, Professor Lupin, in his usual shabby robes.

“Brilliant! Lupin was the best DADA teacher we’ve had! Well, I suppose Moody was good too, but he turned out to be someone else…” Terry said trailing off to give his attention to McGonagall who had stood up to begin the feast no doubt.

“Welcome to our new and returning students. As I am sure most of you know, I have been appointed Headmistress after the passing of Professor Dumbledore at the end of last year. With You-Know-Who and his followers causing so many deaths in not only the wizarding world, but the muggle world as well, there of course are many precautions this year. I will therefore tell you after the feast, so you can at least enjoy that. Enjoy.” As the stiff and rigid professor ended her speech, the food appeared.

“I wonder what new precautions we have this year… they have to be some different ones though, seeing as the precautions last year didn’t stop the Death Eaters from getting in.” Padma wondered as she ate some turkey.

“Who knows what she’s thought of, I have a feeling that this year is going to be very different from our past years… not only with the war coming up, but it’s going to be the strictest yet.” I thought out loud.

And sure enough, I was right. After dinner McGonagall read a long list of restrictions including Aurors at every entrance in place of the dementors, had to walk around the school with at least one other person, not allowed out of common rooms after nine (unless you had a detention or something then your professor had to walk you back), all post searched before leaving and entering the castle, and most importantly, everyone’s least favorite, no more Hogsmeade visits. There was only going to be one and it was right before Christmas.

After this last restriction was stated, the whole hall burst into protests. It took McGonagall almost five minutes to gain control over the hall. “Finally,” she began ignoring the angry looks on everyone’s faces at the news of no Hogsmeade. “I have a new professor to introduce. Well actually he is not new as he has taught here before. I would like you all to welcome Professor Lupin back as your Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.” Again McGonagall had to pause in her speech, only this time it was because almost all of the Gryffindor table and most of the Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs had erupted in cheers. As I smiled and clapped along with my fellow classmates, I could see Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny all standing up with a few others whistling and cheering louder than anyone. Just the sight of Ron made my stomach flip. “Yes, welcome back professor. Now, not only will Professor Lupin be teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts this year, he will also be taking my place as Head of the Gryffindor House.” There was even more cheering this time by the Gryffindors as this announcement was made. “Now, with all of the announcements out of the way, you are all dismissed and must head back to your common rooms immediately and get rested up for classes which begin tomorrow.”

Padma, Terry, and I got up together and made our way slowly out of the hall due to the large amount of people trying to leave at the same time. “Ashlee!” I heard from behind me, and I turned to see who was calling my name.

“Ron, oh um, hi” I said flashing him a bright smile trying to make up for my slight stutter.

“Hey, did you enjoy the feast?” he asked as he attempted to make his way out of the hall too.

“Yes, the food is always quite good. Though I’m not too sure I enjoyed hearing about all of those new rules.” I said bitterly. “Even though I am one who follows rules and believes they are all there for a reason, these rules are just a bit too much for me.” I said making him laugh.

“You stick to the rules too? Bloody hell, you aren’t another Hermione are you?” He asked with a goofy grin on his face.

“I try not to think so, but my friends seem to think I am,” I said indicating towards Padma and Terry. It was just then when you realized they were gone… along with just about everyone else “Where did they all go?” I wondered out loud.

“Well, I think they all went to their common rooms…” he said.

“Great, it’s the first day and I’m already going to be breaking a rule,” I said with an exasperated sigh.

“Oh,” he said with his eye brows raised. “And just what rule would that be?”

“The one where you can’t walk around the castle by yourself.” I told him.

“Well, if you are so worried about breaking that rule, I’ll make sure you don’t.” He said with his lips twitching upwards so the faintest trace of a smile was showing.

“And how will you make sure I don’t get in trouble?” I asked him doubting he had come up with any way.

“I escort you,” he said plainly as he took my arm and wrapped it in his as he pulled me out of the empty hall.

Thanks for reading! Please review! I’ll try and update as soon as I can, but there are no promises as to when that will be! <3 ellie

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