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Summary- There were times I was so glad that super-heroes and villains didn’t exist in the magical world.... especially when my sister was around, somehow Daphne with laser’s in her eyes didn’t seem like a cheerful prospect when she was angry with me.... Fortunately, sarcasm always helped as a backup plan when staring your infuriated sister in the face.

“I am absolutely going to kill you!” Daphne snarled at me, having just stepped from the study fireplace. I sighed, and set aside the work in front of me into a draw and levelled my gaze on her as she bore holes into my skull.

There were times I was so glad that super-heroes and villains didn’t exist in the magical world.... especially when my sister was around, somehow Daphne with laser’s in her eyes didn’t seem like a cheerful prospect when she was angry with me.... Fortunately, sarcasm always helped as a backup plan when staring your infuriated sister in the face.

“Oh goodie, and here I was thinking that we were trying to get on.”  I replied with a small smile, and watched amusedly as her eyes narrowed in further rage, before she huffed dramatically. “Come on Daphne, don’t be childish, it couldn’t have gone that badly- after all you were only in there for 14hrs out of the 24.”

“Childish?! ME?” She screeched, and I winced.

“Look I know you don’t like me for putting you in a room with Blaise, but would you mind leaving my ear drums in peace?”

“NO!” She bellowed and I sighed once more. Sometimes there was no point wasting your breath.

“Daphne?”

“What?” She sounded just like a spoilt child when she said that.

“Sit.” She looked like she was going to argue again. “Now, Daphne.” Daphne sneered and took a seat opposite me, her body half turned away from me, and her arms across her chest. Defensive. Oh well, I’d worked with worse, being an auror had it’s good sides as well. I motioned with my fingers, a gesture normally associated in films as ‘bring it’ but I didn’t use it for that. “Give Daphne.” She looked puzzled, and her eyebrow arched. “Tell me what happened. It really couldn’t have been that bad. I mean it was only Blaise Zabini for goodness sake.”

“Precisely, it was only Blaise, the guy who I’ve absolutely detested for most of my life...” She trailed off.

“I’m sensing a ‘but’ here.”

“I hate you being the older sister, this is exactly what I’d do to Astoria when she was in trouble with a professor and wouldn’t tell anyone.”

“Tough luck sister.”

“No kidding.” Her body language had dropped the defensive attitude and she was now facing me, her hands resting on the desk.

“But...” I prompted and Daphne caved.

“But now I’m really confused. I’ve always hated Blaise with a passion, but now I have no idea what to do.”

“Well you can always start with what actually happened, normally considered to be a good starting point.”

“Do you ever get tired of being a know-it-all?”

I smiled lightly at the comment. “Nope.”

“Anyway, you know how we got there but things changed. At first, it was like nothing had changed. We were just bickering, like we always do, blaming one another for getting us both into the predicament we were in.... and then, then it was like someone flicked a switch. We weren’t bickering anymore. We were talking, and the talking turned to confessing, and I may have ended up saying something I didn’t really mean to...”

“What do you mean you didn’t really mean to?”

“Well, I didn’t want him to know, but it just came out!”

I grinned, I couldn’t resist this opportunity at all. Know-it-all, meet childish me. “There’s absolutely no way I can resist this, it’s just too good.” I warned her, watching her confused face for a second, taking a deep breath and began to sing- “You fancy Blaise, you fancy Balise, YOU FANCY BLAISE! HEY!” I ducked as she threw one of the arm chair cushions at me. So much for playing nicely then. “Now then that wasn’t very nice Daphne. I’m gonna tell!”

“Oh shut up!” She laughed, it was almost as though we were making up for lost time of being childhood friends who were sisters.

“You started it!”

“No, you started it!”

“Did not!”

“Did to!”

“STOP IT BOTH OF YOU!” A new voice hollered, we turned and just collapsed into fits of giggles on the floor. Nothing like our knights in shining armour to come and save us from childishness. Draco and Blaise just looked at one another with bewilderment before looking back to us laughing hysterically on the floor.

“I thought that they didn’t get on that well?”

“Apparently more than one thing can change mate.”

What of course I had failed to mention was that Draco and Blaise had gone out of the house moments before Daphne arrived. It seemed that they’d had exactly the same conversation as we’d had, just they’d had it over a pint at the local pub.

Draco and Hermione, the matchmakers- has a nice ring to it wouldn’t you agree?

I know, please don’t shoot me. You see I have this small problem at the moment. They’re called exams, which are really rather like the OWL exams in Harry Potter, which means the chapters are not going to be written as quickly, and they’re unlikely to be as long as they have been in the past.

For that I’m incredibly sorry and apologetic for, but the second thing which I’m even more apologetic for is the fact that my time has been so limited that I haven’t been able to reply to reviews at all. Once the exams have finished though, I promise you all of them will be replied to because I absolutely hate having to leave them un-replied to, because you’ve taken the time out to tell me what you’ve thought of my writing, the least I can do as a writer is take the same time out to answer your comments.

And of course, the world of Harry Potter doesn't belong to me, that honour belongs to JK Rowling and her absolutely incredible imagination.


So wish me luck for the exams which start on the 18th, and I will do my absolute best over the next month and a bit to write chapter 53 but no promises that it’ll be up by the end of May, or even mid-June.

Ruth
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