The Unexpected Ally

[6th year told from a different POV] A new addition to the Hogwarts family comes from North America. After being home-schooled, it's time to be reunited this visitor's last surviving family member and finish their schooling. A bond between the two family members causes havoc and unlikely friendships. This unexpected ally aids in the quest to rid the world of Lord Voldemort once and for all.


(All characters and ideas are by the talented J.K. Rowling, I own nothing.
Some aspects of this book aren't the same as the novels or movies, I tweaked a few things here or there)

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9. Dark Mark's and Last Kisses

The next morning after breakfast Draco and Holly met Justin and Miranda in the Charms classroom. The first-years were standing awkwardly ten feet apart, neither one talking when the couple walked in.

“Soooo let’s get started,” Holly said brightly, clapping her hands, “What spells are giving you two the most trouble?”

“Wingardium Leviosa” Miranda said at once, “I can’t do the swish and flick properly.

Draco made a face at Justin. The first-year bowed his head slightly then said, “Yeah that spell is hard for me too, with the pronunciation.”

Holly began to rummage through the cupboard Professor Flitwick had mentioned behind his desk, looking for objects to help them with the spell. She came back to the group holding two feathers.

“Now, I know for a fact that in your exam you’re going to be asked to levitate two seat cushions. We’ll start with these feathers first, then progress to those. Miranda do you mind going first?”

The girl walked up to the desk where the feather was sitting and pointed her wand. At once Holly knew what she was doing wrong but wanted to see if someone else would jump in and say something. Miranda attempted the spell but to no avail and looked helplessly at Holly.

“Hmmm I’m not exactly sure what you’re doing wrong Miranda. Justin, do you have any ideas?” Holly asked.

Justin thought carefully before answering. He then explained to Miranda that the motion is more of a flick not a jab which was what she was doing. He then took his wand and showed her the correct movement. Poor Miranda couldn’t seem to mirror what he was doing so he moved to stand beside her and went through it a few more times. Miranda was soon levitating the feather to the ceiling much to her delight.

Now it was Justin’s turn to practice. He went up to the feather and carefully said, “Wingardium LeviosAA”

Without any prompt by Holly or Draco, Miranda quickly pointed out how he was saying the spell wrong; it needed emphasis on the O not the AH. Soon feathers and eventually cushions were flying through the Charms classroom as Draco and Holly watched on.

“You’re a good teacher Ms. Peters” Draco told her winking.

Holly scoffed, “It was just a simple flying spell, nothing special.”

“No, but you can pinpoint exactly what the person is doing wrong and help them fix it. You’d be a good Professor.” Draco said seriously. Holly was slightly taken aback by this; she had told Draco last night that she hadn’t really thought of future careers before, until recently it hadn’t been an option.

Holly called the first-years over, “Great job guys! You can really learn a lot from each other eh?”

Miranda and Justin looked confused over her words, “What do you mean?” Miranda asked, “You are the one who taught us.”

Holly laughed, “Actually I didn’t! Justin, you helped Miranda with her wand movement and Miranda, you helped him with his pronunciation.”

The students were startled by this realization; Gryffindor’s and Slytherins never help each other, in anything.

“Uh well t-thank you for helping me Justin” Miranda said timidly.

Justin refused to acknowledge that Miranda had spoken and looked pointedly at the far wall.

Draco cleared his throat, “You know, Holly and I are from Gryffindor and Slytherin and we get along, why can’t you two as well?”

Justin looked up at the sixth-year, realization dawning on his face. “Well I did feel bad when I didn’t talk to you yesterday or today,” He said to Miranda, “I’ve just always been hearing how I shouldn’t talk to Gryffindor’s and how they’re bad so I thought they were all bad.” He paused for a moment before blurting out, “Do you want to sit with me at dinner?” Miranda blushed and nodded in agreement.

Holly and Draco watched, his arm around her shoulders, as the pair of first-years walked from the room, talking excitedly about other classes and their families. Draco and Holly spent the rest of the day frolicking in the fresh snowy powder that had fallen on Hogwarts and then warmed up by the fire in the Room of Requirement. Before Holly fell asleep that night in the empty Gryffindor she reflected on the events through the past week. She had never felt so happy, content. All was good in her life; with a side of drama with her ‘twin’ brother but having Draco in her life made up for it. She went to sleep smiling.  

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Holly awoke the next morning to the sound of a sharp TAP TAP TAP on the window of her dormitory. She sleepily got out of bed and went to see what was making the noise. She looked out the window and saw an enormous Eagle Owl sitting on the window sill, waiting to be let in. Holly immediately recognized it as Draco’s and hurried to open the window. The great owl landed on her bedside table and extended the leg. Holly saw that a letter was attached to it and rushed to open the letter.  

Dear Holly,

I am so sorry I can’t tell you this in person but I received an urgent letter from my mother begging me to home come at once. I actually received the letter a few days before Christmas but ignored it, knowing what she wanted. I didn’t want to leave you. Last night she sent a Howler and I was forced to travel by Floo Network by Snape, who heard it’s screams and made me go home. I am so sorry I’m leaving you alone at Hogwarts, I didn’t have a choice whether to stay or not. I expect to be back at school by start of term. Don’t reply to this, for your safety, you shouldn’t be sending letters to a Death Eater’s house. I hope you accept my apology, I am dreadfully sorry once again. You are the only thing that is getting me through this visit, see you soon.

Much love, Draco

Holly dropped the letter beside her and put her head in her hands. She wasn’t upset about him leaving, just why he had to leave. A million thoughts ran through her head as she thought of the worst reasons why his return home was so urgent. Her stomach suddenly growled, shaking Holly out of her overthinking and worrying. She decided that she wasn’t doing anyone good worrying about things she couldn’t change and got dressed for breakfast.

The rest of the break went by in a blur for Holly. She immersed herself in her studies, finishing McGonagall’s list of books on history to read, reading chapters in her textbooks that were to be covered in the next term, and helping Miranda and Justin get a leg up on their next term in the way of spells. She spent much of her time in the Room of Requirement, searching its depths and seeing how far she could push it. 

Finally, the start of term was upon her. Hermione, Ginny, Ron, and Harry all arrived together. Holly rushed to the girls and asked them excitedly about their break. She noticed that Harry and Ron hesitated slightly so she included them in the conversation as well. She learned that they had a wonderful time at the Burrow, only to be dampened by the Minister for Magic’s arrival on Christmas only to talk to Harry about joining with him.

“Well he’s got some nerve interrupting your Christmas and asking you that.” Holly looking at Harry point blank, “He’s obviously at his wits end if he has to resort to coming himself and almost begging you to join him.”

“That’s what I said,” Hermione piped up, “It was his last resort and it failed him.”

The group headed down to the first feast of the new term. Holly looked through the crowd of students for a tall boy with bright blonde hair, but found no sign of Draco. Somewhat disappointed she enjoyed the feast in the company of the Gryffindors. Holly thought it must have been her eyes playing tricks on her but Harry and Ron didn’t seem to mind that Holly was included in the group discussion. Harry even asked for her opinion on a certain Quidditch strategy Ginny and him were discussing for the upcoming match. ‘Maybe they still have the Christmas spirit inside of them’ Holly thought to herself. She wasn’t going to start complaining; it was nice to be included.

When Holly returned to her dormitory after dinner she saw a barn owl on her bed with a letter attached to its leg. She recognized the writing immediately; Draco had sent her a letter.

Meet me in the Room after dinner. Make sure no one sees you.

Holly almost jumped for joy like she had when she had first seen the snow. She was a little confused by the last part but as soon as she was in a deserted hallway, she cast the Disillusionment Charm on herself and reached the seventh floor undetected. She closed her eyes and thought I need to see Draco Malfoy. She opened her eyes to see the door appear out of nowhere and walked inside. She saw that Draco was sitting on the couch and started to lift the enchantment. She just finished when suddenly she was hit by a large object. Slightly disoriented she saw that Draco had left the couch and was gripping her in a tight hug.

“Well hello to you too” She laughed to Draco.

He didn’t answer but instead pressed his lips firmly against hers in a sort of wild rage of passion. Slightly taken aback she returned the kiss and wound her hands through his hair. He pushed her against the nearest wall, her back pressed up against the cold concrete.  He kissed her furiously, his hands running down her body and then back up to her face. He covered her face and neck –while she took a breather- with kisses. His hands found their way down to her thighs and with a quick movement, lifted her up so her legs were wrapped around him and braced her against the wall. Holly felt like she was on fire. He was everywhere and was full of passion. She enjoyed it very much but she knew immediately that something was wrong. Draco never rushed things; he enjoyed taking things slow.The hands that caressed her face shook slightly and he didn’t smile like he usually did between kisses.

Holly broke off once again and placed a palm on Draco’s chest, slowing his movements. He lowered her slowly back to the ground.

“What’s wrong?” Holly whispered, in Draco’s ear, still entwined in his embrace. He didn’t answer, just buried his head into her shoulder. She could hear faint noises that sounded like crying and knew he was fighting back tears. She led him over to the couch and comforted him; softly stroking his face and cradling his face in her hands as he rested his head on her chest.  After a few moments Draco composed himself and lifted himself to be level with her. Holly saw that his face was white and his eyes were bloodshot. He looked weary, like he hadn’t slept well in days.

Draco took a deep breath and explained, “My mother wanted me home because the Dark Lord had come to call. H-he’s very mad with my father and is taking it out on my family. The ‘job’ I’ve been doing has been for him. I’ve been neglecting it because I’ve been spending time with you. He doesn’t know that, he’s just getting impatient and wants it done soon.” At this Draco hesitated slightly, unsure whether to continue or stop.

“It’s ok Draco, I can handle it.” Holly said encouragingly. The part about the Dark Lord scared her a bit but she knew something like this would happen, Draco’s father being a Death Eater and all.

Draco lifted the sleeve of his left arm, “To keep an eye on me and to replace the spot my Dad left, He made me a Death Eater”. Holly stared at the black mark on Draco’s arm, a horrifying skull with a snake protruding from its mouth. Draco quickly covered it back up, almost like he was trying to pretend it wasn’t there.

Draco took Holly’s face in his hands, “We have to end this.” Holly remained motionless and unblinkingly stared at him as she processed this. Draco continued, “If He knew we were together he could use you against me, to do his bidding. I refuse to let you get hurt because of me. He gave me a second job to do, if I won’t he’ll kill me. It would be for the best if we stopped seeing each other, so you’re not put in harm’s way”

Holly processed this new information. She nodded slowly in realization that this was the best and only way that Draco would handle this danger. Draco let out a sigh of relief.

Holly started to plan it out, “We’ll have to think of an excuse to tell people, why we broke up. I could say that you visited Pansy at her house over the break and they can piece it together that you probably cheated on me. That way if it does get out that we dated, it would have been on bad terms so He would know you don’t have feelings for me.”

Draco nodded at her words. Suddenly it dawned on Holly what this meant. Draco was in danger and she couldn’t even comfort him or talk to him perhaps ever again. She touched his face with her hand.

“That’s what all of that was earlier wasn’t it? We probably won’t see each other again.” She told him. He sighed deeply and nodded.

“If there was any other way; a way where we could be together I’d take it. But I would rather you safe than in danger so this is the way it has to be.” He leaned in to kiss her delicately and then leaned back sighing again, “It’s going to be so hard to leave you.”

Holly looked into his eyes and saw how much pain Draco was in. As hard as it would be, she knew she had to be the one to initiate leaving. She kissed him one last time; this time it was long and full of feelings. It was as though they both knew it was to be their last.

Holly withdrew and said, “I think it would be best if you left first” Draco nodded, and half rose to get up, pausing, never looking away from her eyes. “Would it be better if I closed my eyes? Would that help?” She asked him. He nodded again and after one last long look into his eyes, Holly closed hers and remained silent, hands clasped tightly in her lap.

She felt a slight breeze and thought Draco had left. She jumped slightly when she felt a slight pressure on her lips. Holly didn’t return the pressure, knowing it would make it harder on him to leave. She felt his lips move beside her ear and waited for his last words.

“I will always love you,” Draco whispered. Holly counted in her head thirty seconds and then opened her eyes. She looked around the room for any sign of Draco. She was relieved but sad to see that she was alone. Completely and utterly alone. 

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