None of the Slytherins went to any of the Defense classes for the rest of the year. In fact, many of the other houses didn't either. It caused some problems, but the schedule was soon set. There was one person per year per house that would teach the others of that year after getting tutoring from an upper year. For the seventh years, they had independent study. The only ones that actually wen. To Moody's class were the Potter gang, under Dumbledore's orders. Harry himself tried to get out of them as much as possible with little success.
"So, last Hogsmeade weekend tomorrow," Draco said, a week before Christmas break.
"I know. I don't think I'll go, though," she replied while reading a book.
"Instinct. So, have you asked anyone to the Yule Ball yet? I heard Harry and Weasley were going with the Patil twins. Ginny's going with Neville and Genevieve is going with George," Lea said as she notice a faint blush creeping up on the young man sitting next to her.
"What about you?" Draco asked, seeming to try and change the subject.
"I'm too young to go without a date. So, there's your answer. And no, no one has asked me. Now spill who's your date," Lea asked as jealousy clawed at her throat. If she found out who he was going with, they would meet a horrible accident. Most likely, unless she liked them, then it was threatening and the silent treatment.
"I haven't asked anyone. I didn't know if she was going to be going home or not," Draco said as he blushed brighter.
"Ask her anyway," Lea advised as Nashe winced due to a paper cut. "D-mn! I can face down your father, turn full grown werewolves into puppies, but a piece of paper beats me," she growled, glaring at the paper. She heard Draco chuckle.
"To defeat a werewolf, cut with paper," Draco said in a great interpretation of Twelaney.
"Funny, now who are you asking to the Ball," Lea yelled, getting fed up. Draco blushed harder and mumbled something even she couldn't hear. "What? You do realize even I can't decipher a grumbling hum, right?"
"I was going to ask you, alright?! I was going to ask you if you wanted to go to the Ball with me," Draco said, now a beat-red flushing face.
Lea blinked. Then blinked again. "Lea, say something."
"Something," Lea said with a flat monotone voice. The proceeded to break out into giggles as Draco rolled his eyes. After the hysteria calmed down, Lea put down her book and yawned. "Well, it's getting late, I'm off to sleep."
Lea headed to the dormitory entrance before Draco realized that she hadn't said if she would go with him. With a sinking heart, he thought he blew his chances.
"Oh, and Draco, you haven't asked if I would go to the Ball with you, so there is nothing to answer," she teased about to go up the stairs.
"Will you go to the Yule Ball with me," Draco asked, hope creeping back into his voice.
"Of course, Dragon. Took you long enough to ask," she teased and headed up to bed, leaving a smiling Draco in the common room.
The next day, before Lea could visit the Owlrey to send a letter to her mother telling her the change of plans, she got one from Kingsley, telling her to stay at the castle, but not saying why. She replied with an okay and wrote her mother about her first date.
"Hey, Draco, change of plans," Lea said as she skipped to him as he walked into the Great Hall. "I'm going to go to Hogsmeade today with Hermione, Genevieve, Luna, and Ginny. I have to get a dress," she explained to he date.
"Oh, thank Merlin I don't have to go," Draco said his a relieved sigh.
"Yeah, your lucky," Lea muttered, hating the idea of shopping. But at least she could get a nice dress, and possibly do some snooping around the Potter gang.
"Good luck," Draco said and, after a moment's hesitation, kissed Lea on the cheek, causing Lea to blush.
"Bleach Blonde likes Little Lea," Peeves sang as he flew by.
"He's still following you?" Draco asked the girl next to him.
"Yep, for the rest of my Hogwarts career," Lea said with a small shrug. "I have to go and meet the others. Bye!" Lea yelled as she skipped off to the Griffindors, who parted for her like the Red Sea.
As she drew nearer, a ominous feeling washed over her, then it was gone, as if it had never come. She skipped up to the over girls and they shared a carriage down to the small village.
Three hours later, who knew picking outa dress could take so long, and the girls split up. Ginny and Luna went heir separate ways, Genevieve went back to the school and Hermione made her way out of Hogsmeade. Lea followed her.
A few minutes later, they stood outside of a cave when a black dog ran out and into the forest to chase off an intruder that was come in from up wind. Hermione hurried to the cave and went in and Lea heard voices of Harry, Weasley, and Hermione come out. Soon, a small cat was walking into the cave and jumped onto the hippogriff.
She started purring as the black dog came back in and became a man.
"Hermione, it's good to see you again," the man said with a smile.
"Hey, what's up, Sirius? How've you been," she asked, sitting next to Harry, who was incidentally as far from Ron as possible.
"On the run, can't complain. But I was told that I would be good at fetch," he grumbled, making the three laugh. Lea smirked as she continued to purr.
"Hermione, why is there a cat on Buckbeak," Ron asked as he looked for the source of the noise.
"I didn't bring it," she bit back at him.
"What was that for," Sirius whispered to Harry, who shook his head with a whispered 'later'.
Ron got up and carefully made his way around Buckbeak and ripped Lea off the back of the hippogriff. She hissed and twisted, butting and clawing at his offending hand.
"Bloody h-ll!?!? Damn cat! Must be that b-tch's," he hissed as he threw the cat. Apparently he couldn't tell black from dark blue, the idiot.
Harry and Hermione both shot to their feet, ready to defend their friend when a clump of ice was thrown at him, cutting his cheek.
"That b-tch has a name, and was the cat you decided to throw. So shut the h-ll up, Weasley, before I make sure your mother has one less mouth to feed," Lea growled. "I thought you learned to NOT anger a werewolf, guess you're too stupid to realize when to shut up," Lea hissed the last part.
"What is going on," Sirius growled, getting really annoyed.
"Those two will tell you. I can't stand to be in this b-st-rd's presence any longer. Sorry we couldn't play fetch," she said with a wink and skipped off.
And so Sirius got the run down on what happened in the Great Hall and nearly attacked Ron, because he was still being a git to her, just because he didn't like her house. The only thing that stopped him was the fact Harry and Hermione were there.
Hermione told Lea about Crouch and his kid, his 'no trials for Death Eaters' policies and everything else. Even the almost attack on Ron, which Lea fell on the floor laughing. That made her year.