Harry & Fleur
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Vertex - Harry Potter and Broken Wands
Chapter 13 - Malfoy and Malfoy
Dear old Hogwarts!
Back again for the sixth time…
Chapter 13 Malfoy and Malfoy
"Got to go" Ron said gesturing to his prefect badge.
"Right" Harry replied he couldn't help to feel a little disappointed. This was perhaps the biggest downside with Ron being a prefect.
"See you in a bit" Ron said and left the compartment with Hermione and Ginny.
"This is so wonderful" Tonks exclaimed as she was watching the outskirts of London passing by the window "I never thought I would do this again"
"So why did you accept?" Harry asked Tonks "Ron told me that you said you would only end up in detention"
"Yeah, I will" Tonks joked "But now I wont have to be in detention alone" She added and smiled at Fleur.
"You wish" Fleur replied smilingly.
"Yeah" Tonks replied "Filch is going to have our skin"
"Why mine?" Fleur asked a bit confused.
"Well I can't really sneak around as a Slytherin at night now that I am a teacher. It would be unfair" Tonks said with a very wicked grin and then after a moment of what looked liked pained concentration Tonks turned into an almost identical copy of Fleur.
"Oh Harry I love you so much" Tonks said in a poor attempt of Fleur France accent.
"Stop it" Fleur said trying to keep herself from giggling.
"You do realise that the teachers are allowed to wander the corridors at night" Harry said.
"Do you think that will stop Filch?" Tonks asked raising an eyebrow doubtingly.
"Yeah why wouldn't it?" Harry asked.
"Are you kidding, he's a mad old wizard" Tonks said.
"He isn't a wizard you know" Harry said with a smile "He's a squib"
"Are you sure" Tonks said, she looked as if Christmas had come early.
"Yepp" Harry replied.
"So that's why he's cleaning without magic" Tonks said "I always thought he liked to do it the muggle way so that he could feel extra miserable"
"If you walk around like that during night I'm going to give you a detention" Fleur stated.
"Oh, yeah" Tonks said and closed her eyes in a pained expression and as she did so her face covered in small red spots that looked as pimples and her nose transformed to a pig snout. Tonks still looked like Fleur and if anyone saw her they would think it was Fleur.
"This better?" Tonks asked with a wicked grin. Harry couldn't help laughing, and at first Fleur glared at him for this but then she started to laugh too.
"What if I won't let you roam the corridors at night by yourself?" Fleur asked.
"Haven't thought about that" Tonks said "But I don't think Filch would dare to be too nasty if you walked with me at lest not after you go feathery on him"
"How do you know that I will go feathery on him?" Fleur asked.
"Because if you go feathery at me for stupid stuff, you're going to flame him" Tonks explained. Harry thought that Tonks might be right. Fleur could get very angry over small stuff she had turned into a bird on both Hermione's and Remus's behalf when they argued over the book lists. Fleur had apologized for days after that even if Hermione and Remus forgave her at once. Tonks turned back into herself when the food trolley arrived. Harry insisted that it was a tradition that he paid for it and that it was a way of celebrating that he wasn't relying on the Dursleys. Harry soon understood how Hermione had felt sometimes in his and Ron's company, Fleur and Tonks were giggling a lot as they tried out different hairstyles on each other. Harry soon got enough and started to read Dueling for Masters he had almost finished offensive dueling by now. He had like Hermione, not been able to ignore the unforgivables and he had read the pages about them as carefully as the rest of the book. Ron, Hermione and Ginny arrived back a while later, Ron looked exhausted and sunk down next to Harry after a short glance over at the older girls hairstyles. Harry handed him a Butterbeer that Ron drank in a couple of gulps.
"Oh, I can't wait to take house points" Ginny said with an evil grin. Hermione looked scandalised at this statement.
"You shouldn't enjoy taking house points like that" Hermione exclaimed, and then looked over at Ron as if it was his fault Ginny looked forward to taking house points.
"They shouldn't have made me a prefect then" Ginny answered coolly and grabbed a chocolate frog. Harry was a bit surprised to see Ginny act like this, but he was also very happy that she spoke freely in front of him.
"And I swear the next student who calls me the youngest Weasley is going to get detention" Ginny said savagely as she took a bite from the frog.
"Well, you are the youngest Weasley" Ron stated.
"So what" Ginny snapped and swallowed the rest of the frog "I'm sick of being the youngest Weasley. If they have to call me Weasley they can call me the Weasley girl"
"So" Hermione said clearly trying to change the subject "We met some people from the DA"
"Yeah" Ron added quickly also trying to change the subject. "They wonder if you will continue it"
"I don't know" Harry said "Depends on the Defence against the dark arts professors"
"What is that supposed to mean" Tonks asked in mock anger.
"Who knows maybe the too of you prefers to teach how to style hair by magic" Harry said and glanced over to Tonks and Fleur. Tonks had long silver hair and Fleur had pink curly hair.
"Oh" Fleur said and changed her hair back to normal with a wave of her wand "Maybe we can do something together"
"Like extra lessons?" Hermione asked.
"No" Tonks exclaimed "It has to be something fun"
Ginny glanced down on her watch "Let's go patrol" she said grinning.
Hermione agreed and Ron followed them reluctantly. More prefects had apparently decided to patrol the corridors because the door opened and Malfoy Crabbe and Goyle entered. For a few moments Malfoy was stunned, he stared at Fleur and then he seemed to snap out of it and looked over at Tonks.
"Well, well, well Potter can't go to Hogwarts without aurors" Malfoy said with a smirk "afraid the dark lord will get you?" Crabbe and Goyle chuckled on cue.
"Get out Malfoy" Harry snapped and got up from his seat.
"Why should I, your prefect friends have left you" Malfoy said maliciously.
"Leave Malfoy" Said Tonks voice angrily from behind Harry.
"Oh, I would but you aurors have no power to make me do anything" Malfoy smirked. "I happen to know very well what aurors may and may not do"
"Leave now or you'll start the term in detention" Fleur said sternly, Harry knew at once that McGonagall would like Fleur.
"Detention? You are not even an auror Delacour!" Malfoy snapped at her "You'll be sorry for making friends with Potter"
"That will be a week of detention Malfoy" Fleur snapped "And watch it or I'll have you're badge too" Harry smirked, he could see that Malfoy was a little surprised by Fleur's sentence.
"Professor Tonks and Professor Delacour will be teaching the Defence against the dark arts" Harry stated calmly. He could se the expression on Malfoy's face change from surprised to angry. Malfoy cast one final glance at Tonks and Fleur and left the compartment with his cronies, slamming the door shut. Harry burst out laughing, he whished Ron could have seen this it was almost better then when the fake Moody had turned Malfoy into a ferret. Tonks laughed too for a moment before she saw Fleur expression. Fleur was livid her skin had started to change into feathers on her arms and she was glaring at Tonks.
"Stop grinning like a fool" She snapped at Tonks "You are a professor! If you ever laugh like that in front of a student I will hurt you"
"What? He just called you a blood-traitor" Tonks exclaimed Harry could see that she slightly scared of Fleur's temper. Harry hurriedly stepped over to Fleur and tried to calm her down but Fleur didn't want to calm down she shrugged away from Harry.
"What he calls me has nothing to do with anything" Fleur said dangerously.
"Are you stupid? He just threatened you" Tonks asked incredulously. This was a bad thing to say, Fleur received the last piece of anger needed for a full veela transformation.
"Calm down" Harry urged her and tried to catch her bird claw but changed his mind when he saw that her talons were very sharp and that sparks had started to erupt from her palms. He instead decided just putting his arms around her. She was much softer then usual her plumage reminded him a bit about Hedwig they had about the same colour only Fleur was rather silvery then white. Fleur struggled to get lose for a short moment, but Harry had her in a very firm hug.
"You'll pull your feathers out" Harry said and held her even harder she seemed to realise that he wouldn't let her go and held still.
Fleur glared at him for a moment with one eye the way Buckbeak usually looks at him. Harry could somehow feel the anger inside her he supposed that it must be one of her veela powers running amok. It slowly vanished and at the same time she slowly lost her feathers and she started to look at him with both her deep blue eyes.
"Thanks… wing-ban" Fleur said softly and started to cry, Fleur usually cried after a veela transformation. She hated herself for losing control and she hated herself for being angry with someone who didn't deserve it at all.
"I'm sorry" Fleur said looking up from Harry's shoulder momentarily "I'm so sorry Tonks"
Tonks looked a little bit shocked at the way she was now crying instead of yelling. "It's okay Fleur, you were right. I shouldn't have laughed"
"I'm so sorry" Fleur sobbed into Harry's shoulder and then after a few moments she whispered in Harry's ear so that Tonks couldn't hear "What if I do that in class?"
"Then people won't forget to turn in their homework" Harry whispered back "Besides you wouldn't be the only teacher who shows emotions. Snape can't look at me without twitching a muscle in his face"
"But this is so much worse" Fleur wailed.
"No, it isn't" Harry said firmly "Snape is nasty all the time and you are never nasty you just get angry sometimes"
"Yeah" said Tonks who seemed to realize what Fleur had been whispering "Besides we are going to be teachers, we don't have to be nice"
Fleur dried her tears and smiled slightly "Yeah, you're right"
"And you handled Malfoy as well as McGonagall would" Harry said soothingly.
"Yeah I didn't even think of detention" Tonks agreed "I was trying to think of a loophole in the law so that I could curse him"
"Thanks, you are the best friends I ever had" Fleur said and smiled sadly.
"You shouldn't have given her a detention anyway" Hermione's voice said from out side the compartment.
"It isn't my fault we can't take points before term starts" Ginny's voice replied.
Hermione muttered something that Harry couldn't hear.
"So I was just going to let her get away with it?" Ginny said as she opened the door to the compartment and entered, Ron and Hermione followed her in.
Harry looked at her questionably.
"What" Ginny snapped at him.
"Nothing" Harry said utterly bewildered Ginny had never snapped at him before.
"Ginny gave Millicent Bulstrode a detention" Hermione explained.
"Why?" Tonks asked curiously.
"She wouldn't step out of the way" Ron said, Harry didn't believe his ears. Ron gave him a look that said very clearly, 'I know'.
"So what have you been doing?" Hermione asked.
"I'll tell you later" Harry replied shortly, he knew that Fleur didn't want to discuss her job with them. They were after all her students.
They changed into their Hogwarts robes and a few minutes later the train came to a halt at Hogsmeade station. Harry carried Crookshanks and Tonks carried Pigwidgeon. Ron kept casting nervous glances over at Tonks, Harry couldn't blame him Tonks dropped things as often as Neville did. Ron, Hermione and Ginny disappeared to make sure everyone got off all right.
"Firs' years! Firs' years over here!" Hagrid's voice boomed over the platform as Harry stepped down on the platform "All right, Harry, Tonks?"
Harry waved back to Hagrid and then turned to Fleur "Fleur you're a first year"
"Oh, no I really…" Fleur said.
"You have to you're a first year" Tonks said "And Hagrid won't bite you" At this moment Pigwidgeon started hooting madly as if calling Fleur a chicken though Harry knew Ron's owl often started to hoot when there was lots of commotion.
"All right" Fleur replied tensely and walked away towards Hagrid. Several boys turned their heads to goggle at her as she passed them.
"Don't know what she is complaining about" Tonks muttered to herself but then she shone up "Common Harry I haven't seen Hogwarts for ages"
They soon found Ron, Hermione and Ginny, Tonks dragged them hurriedly to a carriage. Ron looked sceptically in front off it before they all entered.
"Oh, it's so exciting I remember my sorting I was so scared" Tonks said dreamily "We must have just missed each other I graduated 91"
"Yeah" Harry said "I must have set that Boa Constrictor on my cousin when you did your NEWTs"
"Oh, right" Tonks said eagerly "SERPENSORTIA" Hermione shrieked as a huge sand coloured snake uncoiled it self from the tip of Tonks wand. Harry quickly pulled his legs of the floor he noticed that the rest of them did the same.
"What are you thinking" Ron yelled at Tonks.
"Sorry" Tonks replied quickly "Sorry, I just got carried away"
The snake hissed angrily on the floor, but to Harry it wasn't a hiss.
"Back of or I'll bite" The snake said angrily "I mean it get back"
Harry looked around at his friends. They all looked expectantly at him. "It said to back off or it'll bite"
"Tell it we won't hurt it" Tonks said eagerly, she obviously didn't find the fact that Harry was a parselmouth the slightest scary.
He focused on the snake and hissed softly "We won't hurt you" and then in he added "Slither over to me" The snake raised its head and looked at Harry for a moment before it slithered over to him, and it didn't stop there it continued up to his lap where it coiled up like a cat.
"Wow" Exclaimed Tonks awestruck. "That is so cool"
"It's nothing I'm proud of" Harry said gloomily, he hated to be special and especially in the same way as Voldemort.
"Don't be stupid Harry" Ginny snapped angrily. Harry was once again surprised Ginny had now snapped at him twice in less than an hour. "There are loads of people who would give anything to be a parselmouth"
"I guess so" Harry replied lamely, he didn't dare argue with her, he still remembered the way she had glared at Fleur and the way she looked naked; he hadn't realised it before but Ginny scared him. The carriages pulled up out side the doors to the entrance hall and came to a halt. Tonks vanished the snake with a wave of her wand and the entered Hogwarts.
"I'm so happy to be back" Tonks exclaimed as they walked through the doors to the great hall. There was an awkward moment when they had to separate.
"Right don't be late for class" Tonks said trying to sound stern and walked up to the teachers table. A few Hufflepuff seven years waved at her as she walked up behind the staff table Tonks waved back at them and for a moment forgetting to focus on where she was going and knocked over Hagrid's empty chair. Harry could se Draco Malfoy snigger from the Slytherin table and felt a rush of anger it faded however when he remembered that Malfoy got a week of detentions. Harry sat down at Gryffindor table next to Neville, Ron sat down on his other side and Hermione and Ginny seated them selves opposite him.
"Guess what?" Harry asked them as they sat down. Nobody replied "Draco and his little friends turned up in our compartment"
"He did" Said Ron eagerly "What happened" Hermione, Ginny and Neville looked expectantly at him.
"He wouldn't leave" Said Harry with a big smile "He thought that Fleur and Tonks was there for my protection and didn't have the right to tell him anything"
"Who are Tonks and Fleur?" Neville interjected "It's not Fleur Delacour is it?"
"Yeah it is, they are our Defence against dark arts teachers" Ron said "So what did they do to him"
"Professor Delacour gave him a week of detentions" Harry said with a grim smile.
"She did" Ron exclaimed happily.
"So did he leave then?" Neville asked as he looked over at the Slytherin table.
"He left when I told him they were professors. You should have seen his face" Harry said and then added to Ron "But don't mention this to Fleur, she got kind of angry when Tonks and I started to laugh"
"Why not, we should give her a prize of some kind" Ron said.
"Don't be stupid Ron, as Harry said Professor Delacour gave a Malfoy detention not Fleur" Hermione said briskly. Harry was quite sure that Hermione had, consciously or subconsciously, chosen words that would cause Ron to reply.
"Oh, I see" Said Ron seriously Hermione looked a little surprised for a moment before Ron continued sarcastically "It was Professor Delacour that gave the detention how stupid of me to think that it was Fleur. I mean they are so different they don't even look the same"
"Fine why don't you go congratulate her when she gets here and we'll se how she reacts" Hermione said coolly.
"What is that supposed to mean" Ron said his voice rising slightly.
"She doesn't want to discuss work with us since we are her students" Ginny explained quickly hoping to prevent the Ron and Hermione argument that was building up. Ron glared at his sister for a moment and looked as if he was going to say something but at that moment, Hagrid and Fleur entered the hall talking animatedly. Apparently, Fleur and Hagrid got very well along, Hagrid sat down at his place at the end of the staff table and Fleur walked over and sat down between Snape and Tonks. Harry saw Snape glare furiously at them especially at Fleur. If he knew Snape as well as he thought he did Snape was angry that a nineteen year old part veela had stolen the defence against the dark arts position from him. Harry smiled to himself, he wondered if Snape would have enough sense to be polite towards Fleur or if Fleur would go feathery on him and perhaps even flame him.
"Oh I like to see that fight" Ron muttered as he too looked up at Fleur and Snape. The doors to the great hall swung open and the new first years entered led professor McGonagall. The first years were looking as terrified as ever, they looked around in the great hall and seemed even more terrified when they realized they were the centre of attention.
"Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up" Ron chanted silently, Harry knew that by some reason Ron always got extra hungry when he had to sit down and wait for the food. A brim on the sorting hat opened and the hall fell silent as it sung its annual sorting song. When it was done the great hall filled with applauds, it had not given them a warning this year but it wasn't really necessary since everyone already knew Voldemort was back.
"When I call your name, you will put on the hat and sit on the stool to be sorted" Professor McGonagall said to the first years "Lisa Ammon" a fairly pretty black girl ran up to the chair and put the hat on her head.
"RAVENCLAW!" The hat shouted after a few moments.
"Martin Brunker" McGonagall read from her parchment.
"Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up" Ron continued to chant silently. Harry heard a disapproving noise from behind him. Nearly Headless Nick was sitting there he looked sternly at Ron but didn't say anything.
"Hello Nick" Harry said as the first Slytherin was sorted.
"Hello Harry, how has summer been?" Nearly Headless Nick asked politely.
"Very good, thank you" Harry replied.
"GRYFFINDOR!" All Gryffindor students applauded happily and Madeleine Durham ran happily over to a second year who obviously was a friend of hers. Harry talked politely to the Gryffindor ghost about the summer.
"Salina Malfoy" McGonagall said Harry turned his head so fast that he cricked his neck.
"There's a Slytherin" Ron stated as he looked over at a small girl with long silvery hair and a thin pointed face. She was extremely pretty, and easily the cutest girl in her year.
"Think she is Malfoy's sister" Asked Hermione as Salina Malfoy walked up towards the stool.
"No, dad said they only wanted one child to get an heir" Ron replied, Salina sat nervously down on the chair and put the hat on, which sank down over her pale face.
"She must be his cousin or something" Ginny said.
"Probably" Hermione agreed.
"I think she have broken it" Ron said as the hat didn't say anything.
"Yeah" Agreed Harry "Draco got sorted at once"
"She doesn't have to be in Slytherin" Hermione said.
"Of course she's in Slytherin" Ron exclaimed "every one of us even Percy was in Gryffindor and the Malfoys have been in Slytherin for centuries"
"Yeah" Agreed Ginny "Besides what do you think her family would say if she was in…"
"GRYFFINDOR!" The hat shouted. The hall fell into silence nobody moved and much less applauded. Salina Malfoy didn't move either the hat still covered her face. Finally, Hermione started to clap her hands they sounded very alone in the great hall but Hermione didn't stop. Professor McGonagall walked over to Salina Malfoy and pulled the hat off her. Harry could now see her face, she looked petrified. He glanced over at Draco; he too looked shocked but also angry. Hermione kicked him under the table and he started to applaud too. Soon Ron, Ginny and Neville joined them and some others down the table probably the seven-year prefects. McGonagall managed to persuade Salina Malfoy to get up from the chair and pointed down at Hermione. Hermione quickly moved over so that there was a free seat between her and Ginny and tried to catch Salina's eye. Salina walked slowly towards them with her head turned down. Hermione had stopped clapping now and the sound was replaced by a low whisper threw out the hall. When Salina reached them, she stopped behind Hermione and stood still.
"David Moore" McGonagall said loudly and there by taking some attentions from Salina.
"Eh, would you like to sit down?" Hermione asked awkwardly. Salina didn't reply instead she looked over at the Slytherin table at the other side in the hall. Harry followed Salinas gaze over and saw that she was looking at Draco. Draco Malfoy was glaring furiously at her and perhaps by pure spite she turned around and sat down.
"I'm Hermione" Hermione said "And this is Ginny"
Salina looked like if she wanted to cry but managed to keep her tears back "Hello" She whimpered shortly and looked down at her plate. Hermione looked desperately up at him and Ron for some kind of advice of what to do. Harry had no idea he looked over at Ron and saw that he too had a blank expression.
"This is Ron, Ginny's brother" Hermione said and seemed to decide to just act as if nothing. "Next to him are Harry and then Neville"
"Hello" Salina said sadly only glancing up at them for a fraction of a second. Harry suddenly realised that Sirius must have gone through something like this when he was sorted.
"It's only houses" Ginny said softly "it doesn't really matter, you are just braver then you are pure blooded" By these words Salina put her face on her arms and started to cry. Harry felt his anger rise what kind of parents would care what house their daughter was sorted in and then he thought of Lucius Malfoy; he was mad enough to care about such a stupid thing and his brother who he presumed was this girl's father probably was too.
"Welcome and welcome back to a new year at Hogwarts" Dumbledore's voice said and Harry realised that the sorting must be over "Before we dig in I would like to announce that we have a new school record" every one was looking at Dumbledore even Salina dried her tears and looked up.
"Miss Hermione Granger of Gryffindor" Dumbledore said and looked over at her as did every on else "Managed to get eleven outstandings in her OWL test and has the highest OWL score in more then fifty years and also is the only muggle born witch to get eleven Os since the OWL system was invented 1804" There was a round of applauds from every table but the Slytherin.
"Yes, yes well done Miss Granger" Dumbledore said happily "Now, dig in!" and at once that tables filled with food. Ron closed his eyes in relief for a short second before he savagely started to eat. Harry piled loads of food on his plate he too was very hungry but lost most of his appetite when he looked over at Salina she had once more buried her face in her arms. Ginny had put one arm around her and was trying to soothe her. Harry tried to imagine what it must be like to disappoint your parents like Salina had, but found it very hard as he couldn't even remember his parents then he though of Sirius again.
"You know Sirius Black, Salina?" Harry asked softly, he didn't really care if anyone overheard him as Sirius was dead. Salina looked up at him in pure shock of the odd question. Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Neville looked up at him warningly but Harry didn't care.
"What?" Salina asked and tried to dry her tears.
Harry smiled slightly "He was sorted into Gryffindor too"
"Oh" Salina said.
"His mother was, well, not to happy about that, but anyway the sorting hat doesn't make mistakes. You will be very happy in Gryffindor" Harry said.
"Yeah" Ginny said "Both mum and dad's families was not too happy that they were sorted into Gryffindor. But they wouldn't even have met otherwise and I wouldn't even exist"
"You're a Weasley" Salina said rather rudely. Ron glared at Salina for a moment before Hermione kicked him hard under the table.
"Yes" Ginny replied "But call me Ginny"
"You like chicken?" Hermione asked and Salina nodded. Hermione put some chicken on Salinas's plate "How about broccoli" Hermione continued to put food on Salinas's plate and practically forced her to eat. When they had finished with desert Dumbledore rose from his seat and the great hall fell silent.
"Now that we are hungry no more I have a few start of term words to give. Firstly, I would like to welcome our new Defence against the dark arts professors. Some of our seven years may remember Nymphadora Tonks" Dumbledore said happily. Tonks stood up and received applause from almost every one especially from the seven years Hufflepuffs, Harry, Hermione, Ron and Ginny.
"And most of our students will probably remember Beauxbaton's Tri wizard champion Fleur Delacour" Dumbledore said and Fleur got up and received very enthusiastic applause from the male part of the Hogwarts students. Harry looked over at Malfoy and noticed that he Crabbe and Goyle probably were the only males that didn't clap their hands. He caught Fleur eye and beamed at her, she smiled back and Harry noticed that some boys and girls looked over at him. He blushed and looked down.
"Secondly the forbidden forest is not just forbidden to all students but also very, very dangerous" Dumbledore said when Fleur sat down.
"Think he added the dangerous bit 'cause of the centaurs?" Ron asked.
"Yeah" Harry said "and Hagrid's… new friend"
"Finally Mr Filch our caretaker has asked me to remind you all that magic should not be performed in the corridors and between classes" Dumbledore looked over the students proudly and finally his eyes landed on Tonks
"I think this year we have time for the school song before we go to bed" Dumbledore said.
Harry looked up at the staff table the teacher didn't seem too pleased by this, except Tonks who was beaming, she closed her eyes for a moment and turned into someone who looked like an opera singer and stood up. Fleur looked at Tonks puzzled. When they all started singing no one sung half as loud as Tonks who sung the school song as if it was an Opera. Tonks wasn't a very good singer and soon the students laughed more at Tonks then they sung. Hermione managed to sing properly until Tonks started to change her nose between the lines of the song, this was to much for Hermione who just had to laugh as much as the rest. Even Dumbledore seemed to have problems not laughing as he sung. When the song ended there were about twenty people still singing among then Dumbledore, McGonagall and Fleur. Snape had of course not sung a word of the song. Tonks bowed proudly when the song ended.
Harry understood at once, why Tonks head of house had said that she lacked the ability to behave herself.
"Wonderful, thank you all and especially Professor Tonks" Dumbledore said and bowed to her "now off to bed"
Ginny gathered the first years up and led them off for bed. Harry waited back to speak to Fleur and told the others to go without him. The teacher slowly got up from their seats. Fleur caught his eye and walked up to him while Tonks was busy talking to the Fat Fryer.
"How is my ickle girl doing her first day at school" Harry asked as he took her hands, it had become a bit of a habit to hold hands. It felt very good just to hold Fleur's hands. If he held them tightly, he could feel her heart beat.
"I'm not ickle" Fleur replied in a jokingly childish way.
"I'm taller then you" Harry stated, it was true Harry had grown a lot during last year and was almost six feet tall while Fleur was only about five feet ten.
"I'm older then you" Fleur replied.
"That's only because you've lived longer" Harry said childishly.
Fleur laughed "Oh, I never thought of that"
"So how did it go, so far?" Harry asked.
"Fine, Hagrid is really nice, and the castle is really impressive from the lake" Fleur said "How about you?"
"A bit tired, Tonks conjured a snake in the carriage to see if I really could speak to snakes" Harry said "And you know about Salina Malfoy"
"Poor girl" Fleur replied "but she is lucky to be in Gryffindor with you"
"Yeah, well can you imagine what her parents will say when Draco tells them that their daughter is friends with the-boy-who-lived"
"Oh, think he will tell them?" Fleur asked.
"Yes, didn't you see the way he glared at her?" Harry said.
"I thought he was looking at you" Fleur said
"He wasn't" Harry said shortly "So how's Snape behaving"
"He hasn't really said anything" Fleur said.
"You might want to tell him that Draco got a week of detentions, teachers usually reports to the students head of house when giving longer detentions" Harry explained.
"Right" Fleur said "I'll tell him tomorrow"
"You called me wing-ban again" Harry stated suddenly remembering her latest veela transformation.
"Oh, well it suits you" Fleur said "You always make my wings disappear, why don't you like it?"
"Sure I just wondered" Harry replied. He was happy that he had gotten a nickname.
"Yeah, but now that I think of it Wing-beat suits you better" Fleur said matter-of-factly.
Harry smiled "I like that" It reminded him a little of Sirius nickname.
"Know where you are sleeping yet?" Harry asked.
"No, Tonks does though" Fleur said "She said, Minerva told her it was a secret door in our office"
"Sorry to break you up love birds" Tonks said happily "Got to get up early tomorrow"
"Yeah" Fleur agreed "Love you" Fleur whispered so that Tonks couldn't hear.
"Love you too" Harry whispered back "Se you tomorrow" Harry hugged her briefly and left towards his dormitory after a quick good night to Tonks. He reached the Fat Lady and gave her the password "Aestas Caelum" Hermione had told him it before she left him in the great hall. As the portrait of the Fat Lady swung open, Harry felt at home. As if he had been away on a long tiresome trip, he immediately felt much more tired and staggered up the stairs to his dormitory.
A Malfoy in Gryffindor, who would have guessed?
Next chapter is called "Without a sound"