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Chapter 2: Unpleasant Greetings

It had been two long weeks, and finally it was time for the trio (plus Danielle) to return to Hogwarts. The time spent at the Weasley's had been awkward, but everyone seemed to love Danielle. That is everyone except Ginny, who still did not like the idea of someone sharing her room.

After Harry and Danielle had their discussion things had been easier. The days went by faster and soon even Harry was excited to go to Hogwarts. Danielle was sorted through letter and she was placed in Gryffindor on account of all her new friends being in the same house. Even though the new students were suppose to be sorted with the first years, Dumbledore thought it would be better for the students to be with their host families.

Platform nine and three quarters was already crowded with students new and old. The gang made their way onto the train and into a compartment.

"You will love Hogwarts. To most of us it's become like a second home." Hermione told Danielle

"I hope so. My other school wasn't very welcoming. It was just sit down, shut up, and take notes." She replied with a laugh.

Harry sat in front of Danielle. His eyed were closed but he wasn't asleep.

"I can't wait to get there." Ron said

"You just can't wait to get there because you want to stuff your face with food." Said Hermione

"What's your point?" he asked

"My point is that you are not just going there to eat, you are going there to learn and to enrich your mind. Doesn't that occur in your mind at all?"

"Sorry what, I thought I heard the sweet trolley coming by." He replied.

Danielle couldn't help but laugh, and Hermione soon joined in.

The laughter soon stopped though when the compartment door was rudely thrown open. In the doorway stood none other then Draco Malfoy and his crew.

"Well look what the rat dragged in." Said Ron.

"It's what the cat dragged in Ronald. What do you want Malfoy?" Said Hermione

"I just heard that there was a new student aboard your compartment. Just thought I would stop in and say hello." He said as he winked at Danielle. She blushed.

"Danielle Golding and you are?"

"Draco Malfoy, of the pureblood Malfoy's. I'm sure you've heard of us."

Danielle could already see he was arrogant and cocky. But she also couldn't help but notice that he was very handsome.

"Sorry, I only make a habit of memorizing important things, like what shoes I'm wearing, or what I was planning on eating for dinner." She replied

Hermione and Ron both snorted. Draco was not amused. He turned and huffed out the compartment, obviously embarrassed with his defeat.

"That was impressive", said Ron.

"Thanks" Danielle said as she sat back down into her seat. Danielle turned and looked out the window, gazing out into the rain that fell down the glass. Hermione and Ron were still on the Draco ordeal.

'They must really hate him' she thought.

Harry opened his eyes just wide enough to look at Danielle. She was so beautiful. Her red hair was in a ponytail, like it had been most of the summer. She wore a navy blue over sweater, with three buttons up the front. Her maroon converse were covered by her boot-cut jeans. She was staring out into the rain, and her expression was unreadable. She was thinking about something he could tell, but he couldn't help but wonder what. He saw her glance in his direction, and he quickly closed his eyes.

'Maybe she didn't notice' he thought. He dared to open his eyes a few seconds later. She was staring out the window again.

'That was close' Thought Harry.

Danielle could feel eyes on her. Hermione and Ron were both still talking about Draco. She glanced in Harry's direction just long enough to see him looking at her. He quickly closed his eyes. She smiled to herself.

Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the train stopping.

They had arrived.

She had arrived, at Hogwarts.

Danielle was completely and totally overwhelmed by the amount of beauty that this one building held. She had already taken her seat at the Gryffindor table and was listening to Dumbledore speak…

Well she was half listening, because honestly she couldn't focus. She was too excited to concentrate on one thing. All she could think about was what she would do first, what her room would look like, and what the classes would be like.

"Now before I let you all start your dining, I would like to announce one more thing. It is a Hogwarts tradition that when there are visitors in the castle, there will be a Yule Ball held."

There was a great murmur throughout the crowd.

"What's a Yule Ball?" asked Danielle.

"It's a dance held in the great hall in the month of December. We had one two years ago." Said Hermione

Harry and Ron didn't look nearly as excited as Ginny and Hermione did.

"It was hard enough finding dates the first time." said Ron, Harry snorted

"Yeah and even so, I found our dates remember." He told Ron

"Yeah, yeah. Let's bring that up again."

"Well it'll be harder for me. I'm new, I hardly know anyone yet." Said Danielle

"I don't think it will be a problem" said Seamus with a wink. Danielle blushed

Across the room, Danielle could feel eyes on her. Unwelcome eyes.

When she turned to look Draco Malfoy was staring directly at her. She turned away, hoping he would too, but she could still feel that awful stare on her back.

The feast had started and everyone, especially Ron, had dug in. Danielle stood up and brushed off her robes.

"I'm going to find a restroom. I'll be right back." She said

Ron looked up still in between bites, "Neep an elp-?" he asked

Danielle stared at him confused.

"I think what Ronald was trying to say was, need any help." Hermione suggested

Ron nodded.

"No thank you, I think I can manage." Danielle replied with a smile

With that she was out of the great hall and into the long corridor. She was looking for a restroom, when she felt those eyes again, and even though before they felt uncomfortable, and unwelcome now they felt relaxing, especially because she was alone, and a little frazzled.

Danielle turned around and was pinned against a wall by Draco Malfoy. He pressed his lips against hers hard. She tightened immediately at his touch, but soon she loosened and let her lips melt into his. Draco's lips tasted like sugar; probably from some sort of dessert he had been eating, but still wonderful in every way. As the kiss deepened, and Draco's hands began to roam, Danielle began to realize that not only was this kiss amazing and sensual and wonderful, but it was also very forbidden. It had been clear that her new friends hated this person with every fiber of their being. She quickly broke apart the kiss.

Draco had this mischievous look on his face. Danielle tried to escape his embrace, but Draco tightened his arms around her shoulders.

"Why are you trying to get away, you know that you liked that just as much as I did." He said to her

"I can't Draco; I'm supposed to hate you. You're a Slytherin, I'm a Gryffindor. It just can't happen. Get it?" Danielle said as she tried again to get away, but without success.

"I bet you don't even know my name. I know what kind of guy you are. You're the kind of guy who wants only one thing, and that's a quick "shag" as you would say. You don't care about who I am, or what I want." Danielle said coldly

Draco looked dumbfounded and almost hurt. His expression soon turned to disgust. He loosened his grip on Danielle as she wriggled out.

"You seem to think you know a lot about me, Danielle." He said matter of factly. With that he stalked off down towards the Great Hall again. Danielle stood still trying to digest what had just happened.

Draco had followed her out of the Great Hall, where he pinned her against a wall, made out with her and then she told him off.

"Why did I do that?" She asked herself out loud.

She turned and headed off to find the restroom, like she had planned. Pretending nothing happened.

Back in the Great Hall things were quieting down. Dumbledore was dismissing the students and the food was vanishing before their eyes. Danielle subtly tried to look for Draco. He was nowhere in sight.

"Are you ok?" asked Harry "You seem a little out of it."

"Yeah, just overwhelmed I gue-" Danielle had bumped into someone.

"Watch it new girl" said Draco.

"She has a name!" Hermione yelled at him.

"Well you know me, I'm not good with name" Draco responded looking directly at Danielle. Her heart sunk with embarrassment.

"Don't let him get to you." Hermione reassured her.

"Why would I, he's just a jerk right?"

The gang had stopped in front of a large picture frame, with a fat lady reading a book and not paying attention to them.

"Gooey Gumdrops" said Ron

The picture frame looked at the group in front of her, and rolled her eyes. She opened the frame and the gang walked in through the portrait hole. Inside was an amazing set of old furniture next to a blazing fireplace, and a bookcase full of books she had never read in America.

This was the Common Room Danielle learned. Hermione lead her up to the girl's dormitory, but not before they both said goodnight to Harry and Ron. The girl's room was not as impressive as Danielle had expected.

"Well I am exhausted, goodnight!" Hermione said before heading to her bed.

"Yeah, me too. Goodnight!" Danielle replied. She put on her PJ's, a pink thermal long sleeved top and a pair of purple and pink striped shorts. She hit the bed with a thunk and her mind sailed with thoughts and memories of the day. She fell asleep with one thing on her mind…Draco Malfoy.

You all are probably wondering what is going on. Well this is obviously not an "official" update. I edited the story a little and combined chapters, but nothing was deleted I promise! Read it again if you please, while I encourage all new readers to do the same. A real update is on the way though I promise!


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