Wizarding Week

Louise has always dreamt of going somewhere completely new, and when her school organises an exchange with a mysterious school called Hogwarts, it's her perfect moment. Louise doesn't realise the magic behind the doors of Hogwarts, and maybe, just maybe, she might even fit in with the people there more.

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5. Malfoy.

I hung back in the shadows for a moment, unsure whether to disturb him in his thoughts. Into the silence, I heard a muffled sob, it was coming from Draco. I had to go over and see what was wrong, even if it hurt me. I started walking again, my pace quickening until I finally broke out into a run. As I reach him, I stop and stoop down beside him, wrapping my arms around his body.

"It's going to be okay Draco, I promise." I reach up to touch his cheek gently, his skin is cold, and a single tear is sliding down his cheek.

"Louise! You don't understand, they might want to kill you, they might want to..." Draco pauses for a second, his voice cracking slightly, as he whispers, "kill me too."

I put two fingers under Draco's chin, tilting his head up to look at me, "Who cares about what they think? They're just some dumb Slytherin's, that's all. The only thing that matters is you and me." I look into Draco's grey eyes, which are shining with tears. He doesn't look like the type of person to cry very often.

Draco turns his head away from me, to look in the direction of the staircases, "If my father found out, he'd kill you, he'd kill us both. The Malfoy family have been purebloods for generations, he won't have me messing that up. I can't fall in love with you, I can't let myself, that'll be putting us both in such great danger, I can't do that to you, Louise." his voice breaks again, and he puts his head in his hands, "I just can't."

Before I can reply, there is a shout at the end of the corridor.

The large boy from Slytherin was stomping down the corridor, the frown on his face made it clear that he wasn't happy, at all.

"There they are!" A short girl with a black bob, also in a Slytherin tie, screeched at the top of her lungs.

When Draco realised who they were, he stood up immediately, standing in front of me slightly. The emptiness in my stomach seemed to be growing, and I felt sick. I didn't know any magic, so it was Draco against four, or five against me.

"Draco!" the girl threw herself at Draco, wrapping her arms around his neck and giving him a huge kiss on the cheek, Draco shoved her off, to my delight.

"Get off Pansy." The girl looked crestfallen as Draco said this, her face went back to the permanent scowl like it had been moments before.

She turned to me, her scowl turned into a look of disgust, "A muggle like you doesn't deserve to be in this school. Filth, utter filth." She spat her words at me, and they stung. Even though the bit about being a muggle wasn't true, I wasn't ready to announce that to a group of horrible Slytherin's.

"Leave it Pansy." Draco clutched his wand in his hand, I saw his grip tighten on it, I trusted him, even though Hermione had told me not to, I just had to hope my judgement was right.

"Sticking up for your muggle girlfriend are you Malfoy? As I recall it was just this morning that you were saying how filthy they were, and how they should all be extinct." the large boy standing next to Pansy smirked at Draco. Had he really said those things about muggles? I was getting more and more upset, and it was becoming increasingly hard not to show it.

Draco clenched his teeth, I could tell he was getting angry, "You really think I could fall for one of those filthy things? Hah. You obviously don't know me that well, Crabbe." A smirk appeared on Draco's face, I couldn't tell if he was acting because of his friends, or if he genuinely meant what he said. I bit my lip, trying to stop myself from crying or shouting out something stupid.

"Well then, why can't we have some fun with it, while we're here? And we have come all this way." He drawled, turning to me, Draco was still in front of me, but he wasn't doing much in the way of protecting me.

"Be my guest." Draco moved aside, he didn't look at me, and when he did, it was only for a brief second. His eyes were dark, and cold, with no life in them. It was like he was a different person. I trembled slightly in my new uniform, not knowing what was going to happen. I had no way of defending myself. I wished Harry or one of my new friends could come, I wished so hard that I scrunched my eyes up, not wanting to see the boy that I thought I liked, or the horrible Slytherin's with their patronising smirks.

"MALFOY? CRABBE? PARKINSON? What do you think you are doing?" A boy's voice came from down the corridor, the way that the Slytherin's had come from moments before. Harry emerged from the darkness and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was safe.

The distraction of Harry had caused the Slytherin's to turn their attention away from me, and I ran to Harry before they could do anything else. As I approached Harry, he wrapped an arm around me protectively, but didn't take away his gaze from Draco's.

"You do realise that if you had done anything to her, Malfoy." Harry spat Draco's last name out like it was a disease, "That you would've been put in Azkaban before you could say 'mudblood'." I wasn't sure what a mudblood was, but I didn't really want to find out. At least right at this moment in time.

Draco rolled his eyes, his familiar scowl creeping onto his face, "Relax Potter, we weren't going to do anything to your filthy muggle girlfriend. Just a few little threats, that's all." His gaze met mine, and for a moment I thought I saw guilt, but it was quickly covered up, "Just passing time, having some fun." His words stung like knifes, it felt like my heart was being ripped out and trodden on again and again.

"If you ever touch her..." Harry spoke quietly, but you could tell he was angry, "You'll be sorry you were ever born." And with that, he took me by the arm, and dragged me towards some stairs, he didn't need to say anything, I could tell what he was thinking, how stupid I was.

We walked in silence until we got to the Gryffindor common room, where Harry finally let go of my arm. I let it drop to the side, drooping my head slightly. Harry folded his arms across his chest.

"Louise, I'm not annoyed or disappointed. I know how Malfoy can be. He probably put a spell on you or something, but I want you to promise me you won't go looking for him again." His expression softens, and he pulls me in for a hug, I wrap my arms around him, sobbing into his shoulder, "I know you went looking for him at dinner, I know how it feels to have feelings for someone who will never love you back." He stokes my hair slightly, "It'll be alright, it's only your first day here, so many more amazing things can happen while you're here."

I wanted to tell Harry about me doing magic, but I couldn't bring myself to do it, not then, it didn't feel like the right time. Just as I was about to say something to Harry, two students came out of the portrait, they had Gryffindor ties on too. Harry and I instantly sprang apart, and they looked at us suspiciously.

The portrait was shutting just as Harry caught it, "Come on, let's go and see Ron and Hermione." He smiles, wiping my eyes with the sleeve of his robe.

I step through the painting and see Hermione immediately. She runs over to me and gives me a huge hug, and I know that I have good friends, I don't need some boy with platinum blonde hair in my life complicating things, or do I?

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