Professor Mcgonagall stood up and looked across the great hall "It has been decided that on Hallowe'en in a months time instead of a feast, we will have a ball. Please find a partner and a suitable gown or suit." She sat back down again and the room filled with the sound of people talking about the dance.
"Who are you gonna take?" I asked Charlie.
She smiled "Oliver Mac."
"What about you?" She asked.
I shrugged. I wanted to go with Neville, but I couldn't "I dunno." I said simply.
The next morning in the common room I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see James Thomas, a small skinny boy with blonde hair and blue eyes standing behind me looking kind of nervous.
He took a deep breath "Will you go to the ball with me?" He asked fiddling with his thumbs.
I shrugged "Might as well." I stated smiling at him.
I turned to look at the clock "I have Herbology now but I'll talk to you later." I said running off.
I walked into the Herbology classroom early so I could chat to Neville.
"Found a date to the dance yet?" He asked from the other end of the green house.
I walked towards him and stood next to him then looked at him and nodded "I wanted to go with you though." I sighed.
He stopped for a minute then turned to me "You know that wouldn't be allowed." He said rubbing my shoulder.
I nodded "I know.
He embraced me in a warm hug then kissed the top of my head "Go and stand next to a plant. We're doing the rapid growth spell." He instructed letting me go from his hug and kissing my forehead.
It was strange, Neville and I weren't officially a couple, but we acted like one even though we shouldn't.
I followed his orders and stood next to one of the plants, we chatted for a while before the classroom started filling up with people.
"Have you got a thing for Longbottom?" Tilly whispered from beside me.
"No." I lied.
"Do you know who Voldemort was Marina?" She asked.
"Longbottoms parents were tortured by him for years." She laughed.
I looked at her "Why are you laughing? That's not funny."
"Because they probably deserved it."
"Shut up! You can be such a bitch sometimes Tilly!" I shouted before slapping her.
The whole class went silent.
"Well at least I'm not a filthy Mudblood." She hissed.
I picked up a pot of soil and threw it over her head before storming out of the classroom.
Neville followed me out into the corridor. I tried to get away from him but he pulled the sleeve of my robes causing me to stop. I turned around and looked at him tears running down my face.
"What was all that about?" He asked wiping away one of my tears with his sleeve
"Come with me." He said before leading me down a corridor, there was a large wooden door that I was sure I had never seen before. He opened the door and walked into the large room which looked like a living area, before the door disappeared. There were some steps which I was guessing lead up to a bedroom and bathroom.
"This is my room." He stated before leading me to his sofa.
"Now are you going to tell me what happened?" He asked putting his arm around me and bringing me close to his chest.
"Well she was saying about how your parents were tortured and how they probably deserved it. But nobody deserves that so I called her a bitch and slapped her then she called me a filthy Mudblood so I put soil over her and walked out."
He paused for a minute "People know about my parents?" He looked so upset, like he wanted to cry and I instantly regretted telling him.
He shook his head "It's not your fault at all."
It was silent for a while "Got any fags?" He asked.
I looked at him and nodded "But I don't want you to smoke."
"Give me one."
I shook my head.
"Give me one!" He shouted his voice booming through the room.
I took the packet out of my robes and handed him one.
He light it and smoked for a while before giving it to me I took a few drags before handing it back to him. We went on like this for a while, not saying anything before he broke the silence.
"I'm sorry" he blew the smoke out of his mouth "for shouting at you."
I half smiled at him "It's okay, I understand." I told him.
He put the cigarette out and stood up "I have a lesson to teach now, can you stay here until I get back?" He asked.
I nodded and he thanked me before walking towards where the door was, it appeared again and he walked out of it before it disappeared again.