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Chapter 7: Your Love Is a Song
Danielle woke up suddenly the next morning. It was the morning of the Yule Ball. She didn’t know why but she felt nervous. Her whole days schedule flashed in her mind. It was Saturday and there were no classes, so that left her with a lot of free time before she and the girls were planning on getting ready. She hadn’t let anyone seen her gown that she had specially ordered from her hometown, but she had had a glimpse at Hermione’s and Ginny’s and they both looked gorgeous.
Hermione was sitting up in her bed with the same nervous expression as Danielle. They glanced at each other and laughed.
“You look like your going to be sick.” Hermione laughed.
“Yeah, well you look like you’ve just found out you got an F on a school assignment.” Danielle doubled over in her bed. Hermione suddenly stopped laughing and got serious.
“Don’t even joke about that.” She said. Danielle burst out laughing again and eventually Hermione joined in. They both hopped out of bed and dressed in the first thing they could find and begun to make their way to the Great Hall for breakfast.
“So why are you so nervous? From what I’ve heard you have been to one of these things before.” Danielle inquired.
“Well my first Yule Ball was kind of a disaster.” She replied.
Danielle gave a puzzled look, wanting to know more.
“I had the most gorgeous date, the perfect dress robe, and the best time.” Hermione said.
“And the disaster part is…?”
“I wasn’t with the person I wanted to go with. Ron was too nervous to ask me and so I wound up going with Viktor Krum.” She finished.
Danielle’s eyes got very wide. “Viktor Krum? As in the most famous Quidditch player ever? He was your date?” she asked excitedly.
“Yes, but though he is very attractive, he isn’t much of a talker and we didn’t have anything in common.”
“Wow, your so lucky.” She said.
“Says the girl who is going with one of the famous Weasley twins.” Hermione said.
“Since when is George famous?” she asked.
“Since they scared away Dolores Umbridge and opened the most successful shop in Diagon Alley.” Hermione replied.
“Wow I had no idea I was dating such a famous wizard.” Danielle said sarcastically. Both girls began to laugh again as they entered the Great Hall. The room was a buzz with students talking excitedly about the dance later that night. The boys seemed to be on one end of the table and the girls on the other.
The girls sat down at the Gryffindor table with Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Neville. Neville was in the middle of talking about how Hannah Abott had finally accepted his offer for a date to the dance. Harry was taking Luna but he wasn’t really looking forward to it. It wasn’t that he disliked Luna, it was just that he would rather be taking Danielle instead.
Hermione and Ron sat awkwardly next to each other and hardly talked. It was clear that both of them were nervous about the date later on. Harry and Neville spoke eagerly about an upcoming Hogsmeade trip that they were excited about, and Ginny and Danielle were talking about how to do their hair.
When the awkward breakfast was over, the gang got up to leave the Great Hall. Danielle noticed that Draco Malfoy was no where to be seen. He hadn’t shown up to breakfast at all. Not that it bothered her; it was just something that she had noticed. Harry seemed to notice Danielle staring at the Slytherin table as they were leaving.
“Someone you’re looking for?” he asked.
“Huh? Oh no, just daydreaming I guess.” She said with a nervous laugh. Danielle walked ahead of him as Harry gave another look towards the table with an inquiring look.
The rest of the free time was spent out by the lake, even though it was rather chilly, sitting under their favorite tree. Though it was winter, it still hadn’t snowed at Hogwarts. Danielle was a little disappointed. Winter was her favorite season and she looked forward to the first fallen snow.
It reached six o clock and the girls all bid their goodbyes to the boys for the time being. They all scurried up to the dorms to begin getting ready.
“Bloody hell, why does it take them so long to get ready?” Ron asked.
“Beats me.” Harry said.
“Well I know that I can wait to the last possible minute to get ready.” Ron said.
“That’s because you’re stuck wearing the same dress robes as third year.” Harry laughed. Ron’s ears turned a bright shade of pink.
“Yeah, well I happen to like them now. I like to think they are quite stylish.” He defended himself.
“Keep telling yourself that mate.” Harry said as he began to laugh even harder.
In the girls dormitory there was a lot going on. Lavender and Parvati were busy helping each other get ready. Ginny was helping Hermione tame her curls a bit, which left Danielle to get ready by herself. She actually preferred it that way. She wanted everyone to be surprised.
Danielle glanced over at Ginny. She was finishing smoothing out her dress, which was a mint green tulle gown. The top was an elegant strapless style with a light pink shawl that was made of the same material. Her red hair was pulled tight into an equally elegant chignon bun.
Hermione had just finished on her hair which was still curly but was pulled into a beautiful half French braid and then the rest of her hair was laid down in smooth curls. Her dress was gorgeous light pink velvet, with pretty short sleeves and a scoop neck top.
“I’m ready” she said.
“Me too,” said Ginny, “the boys should be waiting by now. You coming?” she called to Danielle who was still in the corner doing her makeup. Her dress wasn’t on yet.
“I will meet you down there?” she said with a smile.
“Suit yourself. We’ll wait for you in the entrance hall.” Hermione said.
All the girls left, leaving Danielle to get ready by herself.
In the Entrance Hall Luna and Harry were already standing together. As expected Luna had on a rather eccentric gown. It was a gold color with blue sparkles all around the skirt. It was pretty, just eccentric. Ron was waiting nervously until Hermione joined him. Dean stood with Ginny on his arm. Harry seemed to act strange about the new couple. George Weasley stood awkwardly alone. Without Fred there with him he felt strange, especially because he left Hogwarts the previous year and didn’t have anyone in his age group to chat with.
“She said she was meeting us downstairs?” he asked nervously
“Yes George, calm down.” Ron said.
“Ok, it’s just that it’s been a while.” He said
“George it’s been ten minutes. It’s fine.” Ginny said annoyed.
“There she is!” Hermione said finally. Everyone turned and looked at Danielle as she cascaded down the entrance hall confidently. She looked stunning. She caught the eye of everyone in the room, including a certain slytherin. Draco stood in the far corner with his date, Pansy Parkinson. His mouth dropped open.
Danielle was wearing a sleek sheen of emerald. The top was made of silk, with cap sleeves and a classic black bow tied around the middle. The bottom was ball gown style, made of emerald tulle. Her hair was down, which rarely happened, and was laid in luminous red curls. Her silver strappy heels gave her a bit of height so that she stood about the same height as her date.
George smiled very wide and held out his arm to take hers. She smiled as well as she took his offered arm.
“You look spectacular my love.” He said.
“Why thank you George, you don’t look too bad yourself.” She said.
“Shall we?” he said with a wink.
The group all began to make their way into the Great Hall for the festivities. Just before entering Danielle looked over her shoulder across the room at Draco Malfoy. Pansy was talking to him, but he was locking eyes with her. He nodded with a smirk, and she nodded back.
Inside everyone sat down and immediately was served their meal. Hermione scolded Ron for stuffing his face, but soon began to laugh at this and was joined in laughter by Harry, Neville, George and Danielle. Dean and Ginny seemed to be lacking conversation, so Harry and Ginny chatted while Luna and Dean talked some about the Quibbler’s latest issue.
Soon it was time to dance. Hermione had to pull Ron out of his seat to dance, but soon they were clumsily making their way across the dance floor laughing having the best time. Harry and Luna danced and talked some more about the Quibbler. Ginny and Dean danced some but it was clear that there was some tension between the two. At one point Ginny angrily stomped out of the Great Hall and left a confused Dean to sit by himself. Danielle and George danced for what felt like hours. They were the star couple of the ball, George being somewhat of a celebrity and Danielle looking like Cinderella. Though the night was fun, she felt like her and George had nothing much to talk about. It was the same feeling she had been getting on their date earlier in the week.
After the third dance in a row Danielle and George decided to sit down and take a break. George spotted a former Quidditch mate across the room.
“Do you mind if I pop over to say hello?” he asked.
“Sure, it’s not everyday you get to see an old friend.” She said with a smile. Her kissed her lightly on the lips and made his way across the room.
Danielle sat alone watching the dance play out. She noticed that Harry had excused himself and had followed Ginny out of the Great Hall to see if she was alright. Luna was now dancing solo in the middle of the floor, completely oblivious to what was going on. Suddenly Danielle felt eyes on her from somewhere in the room. She scanned the dance floor and spotted no one. She turned around and saw Draco Malfoy standing in the dark corridor alone. She seemed to be the only one who had noticed him. She chose to ignore him. She glanced over to the other side of the room and saw that George and his friend were clearly in deep conversation. Getting up she headed out of the Great Hall to get some air outdoors.
She opened the doors and the grounds were filled with couples walking and holding hands. She walked around until she reached her favorite spot. The tree by the lake. She stood out staring at the lake until she felt a cold winter chill hit her.
“Shoot!” she cursed herself for leaving her shawl indoors. Before she could turn around to walk back indoors her shoulders were covered by a black dress jacket with a green flower in the pocket.
“Thanks Geor-“ she began as she turned around.
George Weasley was not standing behind her, but Draco Malfoy was.
“What are you doing?” she asked him.
“You looked cold so I gave you my jacket.” He stated.
“I meant what are you doing out here? What did you follow me?” she asked.
“Well I saw you leave and I was curious as to where you were going.”
“Won’t your precious Pansy be missing you?”
“Yeah probably, but that’s why I’m hiding. She’s bloody annoying. Can’t lose her.” He said with a pitiful look. Danielle couldn’t help by laugh.
“What about Weasley? Decided he was as lame as the rest of his family.” He asked in return.
“No, he found an old friend of his.”
Draco’s expression changed. His face had softened some and he looked her straight in the eyes. “I don’t know how anyone could leave a date so beautiful.” He said.
“Your not serious.” She said, her eyes locked with his.
“Do I look like I’m joking?” he chuckled. “Seriously you look gorgeous.”
“Thanks.” She said awkwardly. A gorgeous slow ballad had started to play in the Great Hall. It could be heard from a distance.
“That’s pretty.” She said as she stared back at the entrance.
“You’re pretty,” he said, not taking his eyes off of her. “Would you dance with me?” he asked.
She looked confused and knew it wasn’t a good idea. George would be looking for her by now.
“Just a quick dance.” She answered reluctantly. He offered his hand to her and she took it slowly. As the music played on, they swayed together.
“Why me?” she asked after a while.
“Because you see the real me. You understand that I’m not the git that everyone else thinks I am. You know how it feels to be different. I can’t keep you off of my mind and it drives me crazy! I think I’ve fallen for you Danielle Golding.” He said with his gorgeous smirk.
She couldn’t help but melt at every word he was saying. Even though she felt at home in his arms, the little voice in the back of her mind was telling her that this was forbidden. A Slytherin couldn’t love a Gryffindor! It wasn’t allowed. And yet here she was, feeling the way she was feeling about someone who was not her boyfriend. Feelings that could be described only as love. A single tear began to make its way out of the corner of her eye. Draco reached out to wipe it away. Just as he did a single snowflake landed on her cheek. They both looked to the sky.
“I love the snow.” She said with a warm smile.
“I love you.” He said. She looked back at him. Her eyes gazing into his, and she believed him. She saw something in his eyes that she never could see in Georges. He reached out his hand and cupped her face. Closer and closer their faces came until their lips met in the middle.
Somewhere from behind a near by tree, someone stared in horror at the couple before them. Someone that should not have seen what they had seen.
I hope you all loved this. It was quite longer than I expected, and it’s still not all. I have more of the Yule Ball in the next chapter. As always review and keep reading!!!
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