The flames crackled as Ron and Harry sat by the fire lost in thought. Ron was thinking about money; his family didn't have much. Harry was thinking about the Triwizard Tournament that took place the previous year. He had won and met Lord Voldemort face-to-face for the fourth time. Harry had given all his winnings to Fred and George for they wanted to start a joke shop but their mum wouldn't allow it. "Shut up, Pig!" came Ron's annoyed voice. Pig was pecking Ron's shoulder and screeching because he had brought mail from Ron's Mum. Ron finally came back to earth and noticed the red envelope in Pig's talons. "Oh, what did I do wrong this time?" Ron groaned. Ron and Harry recognized the red envelope as a Howler. Ron had gotten one the second year for flying his dad's car to school because they had missed the Hogwarts Express. Ron quickly opened the Howler before it literally exploded. It exploded anyway, with yelling. "RONALD WEASLEY!" it screamed. "DO NOT LEAVE ANOTHER DUNGBOMB UNDER YOUR SISTER'S PILLOW OR YOU WILL GET EXPELLED AND GROUNDED FOR FIVE YEARS!!!" Harry remembered the previous night when they snuck a dungbomb into the girl's dormitory and put it carefully under Ginny's pillow. This woke Hermione up and they had to beg her not to tell. Just this morning, all the girls ran out screaming because of the awful smell.
At breakfast in the Great Hall, Hermione finally caught up with Ron and Harry.
"Where've you been?" Ron asked accusingly. "Back to the library I suppose."
"No, I was just... I was... I was... just... um. I just overslept, that's all." Hermione stuttered.
"Yeah, sure." Ron whispered under his hand to Harry. Hermione glared at them as if they were something evil.
"What are you two whispering about?" she asked. They told her it was nothing, but she looked suspicious.
For breakfast, they ate scrambled eggs and french toast. They finished early and had free time so they went down to visit Hagrid.
"'Ello 'Arry, Ron, 'Ermione. What brings you out 'ere so early?" Hagrid questioned.
"Just visiting. We had a bit of an early breakfast." Hermione explained.
"Come on in." Hagrid grunted. He opened the door wide enough for the three of them to walk in together, side by side. Ron sat next to Fang, then was Hermione, then Harry. "Would ya like some rock cakes? They're fresh outta the oven." Hagrid asked.
"No, thanks." Harry decided. "Has anything exciting happened lately?"
"Quidditch is comin' up again this year. Besides that, there's nothin' excitin' happenin'." Hagrid explained.
"I think I might join." Ron stated.
"Who's going to be the captain now that Oliver's gone?" Hermione spoke up.
"Well I s'pose they migh' ask 'Arry. Why'd ya ask that, 'Ermione?" came Hagrid's gruff voice.
"I was just asking since Oliver's not here anymore and they didn't decide last year because..." Her voice trailed off.
Knock! Knock! Knock! Hermione stopped abruptly, and Hagrid got up to answer it. The teapot that Hagrid had put on started to whistle. He turned around to get it.
"Go answer the door, I'll get it." Ron assured. Hagrid nodded and opened the door. Ron fixed the tea and put 4 cups full of it on the table.
"Ah, 'ello Dumbledore... uh-huh... uh-huh... yes... 'e's 'ere, yes... all right." Either Dumbledore was whispering or Hagrid was talking loud because that was all they heard. Hagrid move aside and in stepped short (compared to Hagrid), long bearded and haired Professor Dumbledore.
"Hello Mr. Potter, Mr. Weasley, Miss Granger. May I have a word with you, Mr. Potter?" Dumbledore greeted, his blue eyes twinkling beneath his half-moon spectacles. Harry looked worried as he slowly stepped towards Dumbledore. "Do not worry, you are not in any trouble and nothing bad has happened." he added as they went outside towards the forbidden forest. "Good morning, Harry! By the looks of you, your cousin has treated you fairly." Harry didn't answer. "Anyways, we have chosen both Fred and George to be the captains of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Not because you are not good enough, I assure you, you are, but because this
is their last year at Hogwarts and they have never been chosen as Quidditch captains and most of the others have. Also, I think Snuffles would like to speak to you."
Harry just stared at Proffesor Dumbledore until he heard a gruff voice from behind him.
"Hello, Harry! Long time, no see."
"Sirius!" Harry exclaimed. He had completely forgot about calling Sirius "Snuffles" as he had told him to do in his third year when he had met his godfather that happened to be an unregistered Animagus and could turn into a dog.
"Shh! People could be eavesdropping! I just came to see you since I haven't been able to owl you all summer. Albus, is it okay if Harry and I meet here to catch up at, let's say about eleven? I mean, I am his godfather and all. Is that all right?" Sirius pleaded.
"All right, as long as Harry is back in the castle by midnight. I will tell the other professors that I gave you permission to be out of your dormitory so you do not get into any trouble." Dumbledore explained.
"Thank you!!" Sirius and Harry yelled together. They looked at each other and smiled. "See you at 11:00 then!" Harry added. Sirius went deeper into the forest as Dumbledore took Harry back to Hagrid's cabin to pick up his friends.
"What happened?" Ron immediately asked.
"Professor Dumbledore told me Fred and George are the captains of the Quidditch team and... huh?" Harry stopped. Hermione was rushing towards the castle as if she were in a race. Ron and Harry kept talking as Dumbledore stared blankly ahead, twiddling his thumbs and whistling a merry tune. They made their way towards the castle like this not worrying about Hermione while doing so.
At their first class, Harry whispered to Ron, "What was up with Hermione this morning," Harry looked across the room at her. "and why does she have that dazed look on her face?" Ron looked at her too and shrugged. They finished Potions, trying hard not to get in trouble, and met up with Hermione in the hall.
"Why did you run off like that this morning?" Ron asked accusingly.
"Nothing... it was nothing... I just felt like... um... yes... I just felt like running... nothing like a good run to get you started for the day, eh?" Hermione said. Harry and Ron looked at each other with the same looks on their faces; the ones that say "Yeah, right... we know you're up to something."
"Nothing like getting to class on time, either, eh? C'mon let's go!" Ron yelled impatiently. Harry and Ron ran to their dormitories and quickly got their things for Care of Magical Creatures. When they got downstairs, they found Hermione about to leave for Hagrid's hut.
"Wait up! We're here!" Harry yelled after her. Hermione ignored them and briskly walked towards the Fat Lady to leave. Harry and Ron just followed her to the grounds and to Hagrids hut without saying a word to each other. When they got there, the Slytherins were already there impatiently waitinig for the Gryffindors to arrive so the class could start.
"Great. Two classes in a row with the stinkin' Slytherins. Hey--that's a good name. Stinkin' Slytherins. It fits them perfectly. Doesn't it Harry? Or maybe the Stupid Slytherins. Hmm... which one is better? What do you think Harry? Harry?" Ron was so busy talking that he didn't notice that Harry had run ahead of him and was beating up Malfoy. Wait a minute. Harry--beating up Malfoy. Oh no! That can't be good!
"Harry, stop!" Hermione yelled from behind Ron. Apparently she had taken the long way round. They ran towards the fight along with Hagrid. Harry broke Malfoy's nose. Malfoy gave Harry a black eye. Malfoy got hit in the stomach, knocking the breath out of him. The fight ended when Malfoy kicked Harry in the shin and Hagrid stuck a gigantic foot between the two of them. Malfoy was on the ground gasping for breath while Harry was standing with his fists raised. Ron and Hermione finally caught up with them. Malfoy and Harry were severely bruised and they both had blood on their robes shining in the sunlight. Hagrid looked ferocious like never before. Ron and Hermione stood, jaws dropped.
"'Arry! What were you thinkin'?" Hagrid roared. "You coulda gotten hurt VERY severely!! Ron, 'Ermione," they closed their mouths and straightened up. "take 'Arry to the hospital wing. Crabbe, Goyle," they stood up straight like soldiers and whimpered slightly. "take Malfoy. Don't walk together. We don't want another fight stirring up. I'll have a word with you two later... seperately." Ron and Hermione dragged Harry towards the castle very slowly so they wouldn't catch up with the Slytherins.
"What were you thinking?!" Hermione squealed.
"He was calling Hagrid an oaf and other nasty things AND was about to attack Hagrid with other Slytherins!" Harry exclaimed.
"Well you could've at least disarmed them." Ron protested. Hermione shot a warning look at Ron and he immediately shut up.
"There were too many. And my main target was Malfoy." Harry responded.
"I can't believe you would do that, Harry. Look at yourself, you're a mess!" Hermione exclaimed. They went a little faster so Harry's blood wouldn't make such a thick trail and Filch wouldn't catch them. When they reached the hospital wing, they were relieved to see that Malfoy wasn't there yet.
"Oh dear... what happened to you this time?" Madame Pomfrey questioned.
"Harry got into a fight with Malfoy." Ron and Hermione responded together.
"Oh that nasty little bugger... ooh I just wanna... ugh..." her voice trailed off as she went to get Quentin Henry's Quik-Healing medicine. Harry, Ron and Hermione all looked at each other.
"Well..." they all started together, laughing. "I suppose Madame Pomfrey would want us to leave so you can heal." Hermione finished, smiling at Ron.
"Yeah." Harry said. "Bye, then."
At 11:00, Harry went out on the grounds to the forbidden forest. On the way Professor McGonagall, Professor Trelawney, Filch, and his cat, Mrs. Norris passed. Even Snape passed and he didn't even look at Harry. Harry saw Snuffles and headed towards him. The relatives talked for a while. Then, Sirius asked, "Have you heard about the newest Quidditch members, Harry?"
"No. How do you know all of this stuff anyways?" Harry questioned.
"Albus keeps me notified. Anyways, the newest members are Ron and Hermione." Sirius advised.
"Hermione?!" Harry exclaimed.
Meanwhile, at the castle, Hermione was still helping Ron with his homework.
"So, as you see here, Arithmancy isn't all that hard. Do you get it?" Hermione finished.
"No." Without thinking, Ron leaned over and kissed her on the cheek. She gasped and her face turned a deep scarlet. She ran upstairs to the girls dormitory, crying. Nobody knew this happened until the next morning at breakfast.
Owls poured into the Great Hall as Harry and Ron sat down at the Gryffindor table for breakfast.
"Anyone seen Hermione lately?" Harry asked.
Neville immediately answered, "Lavender and Parvati said she wouldn't come down for breakfast. They said she's been up in their dormitory all night, crying. They wouldn't tell me what happened... that's all I got out of them."
Pig came down on Ron's shoulder holding another Howler. "Great! This is just great!" Ron expected this Howler to be from his mum about the bad marks he got in Herbology the other day. Ron was usually good in Herbology and Fred and George must've owled her. But instead of his mum's voice, there was a familiar, gruff, accented voice.
"HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?! I THOUGHT I WAS YOUR FAVORITE SEEKER! HOW COULD YOU KISS HERM-OWN-NINNY BEHIND MY BACK?! SHE IS MY GIRLFRIEND, NOT YOURS!!"
"Oh..." Harry said in a small voice as Ron turned a deep scarlet as Hermione had done the night before and ran up to the Gryffindor common room, into the boys dormitory.
Whew.... done editing... time for the second chapter... I hope y'all like it... this is my third year working on it, amlost my fourth. I'm going to start working on it more. My goal is to get it finished by the end of this year.
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