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A/N: I do not own any of the characters or settings of Harry Potter. I own my original characters and this plot.

Heidi opened her eyes and surveyed the room; it was exactly the same as it had been when she went to bed that night. Everyone in it was exactly the same. Except her. Heidi was a year older and was trying very hard to forget it. Not that she didn't want to be sixteen it was just that she knew what was going to happen if anyone found out and she would not be able to handle it. The door opened and Bridget walked in fully dressed.

"Good, you're up. Get ready, quick. It's a Hogsmeade weekend. Oh by the way, Happy Birthday," Bridget smiled cheerfully.

Heidi responded with throwing a pillow at her, "You tell anyone and you're dead."

"Little moody today are we?"

"Just let me get dressed."

Bridget walked out shaking her head. She had kept Heidi's birthday secret for a very long time. Before her mother had died she had always gone home for her birthday and never celebrated it since. Bridget decided it was time she had a birthday party and ran to start organising it while Heidi dressed.

Heidi stared at herself in the mirror. She wasn't quite skinny, but she had nice curves. Her auburn hair fell into her chocolate brown eyes as she stared. She may have been a year older, but she still looked and felt like the same old, unremarkable Heidi. One thing was different now. Albus. She smiled. She did feel bad from keeping her birthday from him, but she couldn't face it. Presents, hugs, birthday wishes all equaled hell. Looking at the time Heidi hurried downstairs.

Bridget waited for her, already her plans were unfolding. Several first and second years' were eager to help and since they were staying they were setting it up. Bridget had even told Albus what was going on, under the strict instruction that he did not hint that he knew anything. Albus had agreed and even stood by her as she waited for Heidi to come down. Heidi soon ran down and they hurried to get to Hogsmeade.

"I'm going to hang at the Three Broomsticks with Arista," Bridget said casually leaving Heidi alone with Albus.

"What do you feel like doing?" Heidi asked trying to act like it was just another day.

"I haven't been to Honeydukes in a while, we should go there. But no Cockroach Clusters," he laughed taking her hand.

Heidi bought some Drooble's gum and Albus bought some chocolate frogs, sharing them with her as they walked to the Three Broomsticks to see if Bridget and Arista were still there. When they got there, that found most of the students had already left to go back to Hogwarts. Not wanting to leave yet, they ordered a butterbeer each and sat in a booth.

"I used to go out with her you know," Albus said quietly.

"Who?" Heidi asked, interested.


"What happened?"

"I think she was figuring out that she didn't like guys and I wasn't being told anything. I thought I really liked her, despite her being mean to people, but she kept pushing me away whenever I got a little close. Drove me a little crazy and I finally broke it off and had some time off school. Dad understood and was very good about the whole thing."

"I remember what I saw of you two and when we were first starting off I thought you would be better off with her."

"Why? You're perfect."

"I hate that word. And I'm not, no-one is."

"In my eyes you are."

"You do have very nice eyes."

"Hey, don't change the subject."

Heidi laughed and smiled at him. She was happy and it really surprised her. Maybe she should tell him what today was. She went to open her mouth.

"We should probably get back up to the castle,' Albus said, checking his watch.

The moment was gone; she wasn't going to tell him. She let him lead her back up to the castle, telling her lame muggle jokes. It made her laugh, but her happiness was evaporating. Only a few more hours and she could go to sleep and forget that it ever happened. She might tell Albus tomorrow and he would forgive her.

"Watch your step," Albus said, helping her through the portrait.

"Thanks, it's really dark," Heidi climbed out and went to light her wand.

"SURPRISE!" the common room lit up and every Gryffindor stood there, throwing her a surprise birthday party.

She stared at them and looked over at Albus, "Did you know?"

"Yes, but Bridget made me promise I wouldn't say anything."

Heidi put on a fake smile. She couldn't go off when they were all there, but she wasn't going to let it go. They had a cake and sang Happy Birthday. They gave her presents. With everything that happened, Heidi forced herself not to cry. Soon it got too hard and she went up to her room, despite the protests of the party-goers.

She threw herself on her bed and sobbed until her throat hurt. The door opened and Bridget was at her side. Heidi started to get angry.

"Are you okay? I saw you leave. Everyone wants you to come back to the party."

Something inside Heidi cracked slightly as she took it all in. She took a deep breath.

"I am going to leave now. Do not follow me. I will not be back for a while. Next time, do not even think of throwing me a birthday party," the last part she hissed as she left the room.

Down the stairs she went, just dodging the common room and climbed out the portrait hole. No-one really noticed she left except for Albus. He decided to follow her. He heard her running to his left, slipping on his invisibility cloak he followed.

"Heidi wait," he called.

"Leave me alone Albus," she screeched back.

Albus caught up with her and put the cloak over her as well and pushed her into an empty classroom. It was way past curfew and he didn't want her to get into trouble. Tears streamed down her face and he tried to wipe them away but more came.

"Why did she throw me a party? I didn't even want anyone knowing it was my birthday," Heidi cried into Albus' shoulder.

"She was just trying to make you happy. You're her friend and I guess she didn't understand why you didn't want a birthday at all." 

"You're too nice to me Albus."

"I've always been like this; James sees it as a major flaw."

Heidi smiled, giggled a little and stopped crying.

"Why didn't you tell me?" Albus asked gently.

"Because I really didn't want you to get me any presents or make any kind of fuss over me."

"You could have told me that and I would have respected your wishes."

"Well, you're the only one."

"Probably true, why do you despise your birthday so much?"

"Because I used to celebrate it with my Mum and now she's gone. Ever since she died I've tried to avoid that day. Bridget just doesn't seem to get it."

"Well, I promise you we won't celebrate your birthday unless you want to."

"You mean it?"

"Cross my heart."

"You know what this mean though, don't you?" he asked as he wrapped his arms around her.

"No, what does it mean?"

"You're sixteen now, I don't have to worry about stopping."

Heidi kissed him and he kissed back urgently. He pushed her up against the wall and cupped her face in his hands. She responded by pulling him closer to her. She pulled at his shirt and soon it was on the ground, she admired his well muscled chest, kissing it gently. He squirmed and looked like he was really enjoying it. She started to unbutton her top, when they heard a noise. They stopped and hurriedly Albus out his shirt back on, they were still safe under the invisibility cloak.

"I thought I heard something in here!" Someone yelled as they flew through the wall.

Peeves surveyed the room, trying to see if anything was hiding. Heidi and Albus put their hands over their mouths, they were still breathing heavily. Suddenly deciding he was hearing things Peeves left, overturing the bin as he went. Albus and Heidi waited ten minutes before deeming it safe enough to talk.

"Let's go back up to the common room, I have to apologise to Bridget," Heidi said, not really wanting to leave but being afraid of someone actually finding them.

"Okay,' Albus sighed, he too wanted to stay.

So under the invisibility cloak they walked hand in hand back up to Gryffindor Tower.

F/N: Seventh chapter is on it's way, keep reviewing please.

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