The floating pumpkins cast an orange glow over the entrance hall. A strange collection of young wizards gathered beneath the fiery chandelier. They called out to each other and went out scouring for long lost friends.
Mr. Filch bustled about handing out pamphlets which had a neatly printed 2012 staring back at them. The subtitles held "Hogwartian Reunion" in a bright green.
Luna's ten-year old son began making paper planes out of the pamphlets and began aiming most of them at his best friend - Hugo Weasley.
"Ronald!" said Luna as she went up to hug him and Parvati Weasley.
"Hullo Luna! Great to see you!" Parvati squealed as always.
Behind Ron was the entire forge of Weasleys. Molly and Arthur were helped by Percy and a pretty girl whom Luna recognised as an ex-prefect. A horde of ginger children followed, all bewitching planes to fly about.
Fleur's Huge gown could fit in both Charlie and Bill. But George Weasley wasn't there.
Luna didn't ask for him. No one ever did.
The great hall was filled with numerous circular table placed for the various gathering groups.
The Weasleys and the Longbottoms made their way to the DA table which was strategically placed right at the front.
A red carpet greeted them and led them to their table. The gathering had already grown and people were now looking at them with awe. They always did.
The DA table was Huge. It had ample space for all of them. Luna's son rushed off to join the numerous kids of the Weasley clan. Luna sat herself beside Neville.
The crowd took an approximate of 15 minutes to finally settle down.
An old, yet, efficient professor McGonagall took to the podium to greet them. Memories came flowing back to Luna. The Great time they spent together, here at Hogwarts.
Luna didn't listen to what Mcgonagall was saying but Pansy's sneers signaled the end of her speech. The food sprung up and Ron set to work immediately. One wouldn't even recognize him as the same man who has spent thirteen years of his life without his two best friends.
Frankly, Luna was disappointed. She had hoped for a Trio reunion.
One saw Ron on the papers frequently but there was no sign of Hermione or Harry.
"Anyone seen Hermione? Or Harry?" Luna asked.
All shook their heads solemnly.
The great Hall fell silent as everybody began munching down the gorgeous food they had missed for 13 Years. Ron a little loudly.
That's when Luna saw her. Beautiful and radiant. She walked down the red carpet with the confidence and poise which was the characteristic of Hermione Granger alone. A stunning statuesque young woman who walked down with all elegance. Her LBD was all Luna could hope to wear for a party like this.
Stunning yet graceful. Classic Granger.
Luna's gasp seemed like a shriek in the quite atmosphere and soon Hermione was the centre of all attention.
The name Granger rode in the wave of whispers which rolled over the Great Hall.
She walked up to their table with a pretty smile. Ron choked. Ginny displayed a grimace.
Luna rose to greet her enthusiastically. She hugged her. Or rather covered her with the enormous yellow robes. Hermione smiled as she seated herself on Luna's other side.
Soon everyone flooded her with questions on where she had been and what is doing and the likes.
Luna noticed a band with a tinkling stone embedded in it- adorning her finger.
"You are married????" the words came out at decibels higher than what Luna had expected.
Everyone now took to flooding her with questions on her husband.
"Oh. He's coming - just gone to park the car." she said in a quite voice.
They had scared her.
"You could have used a broom" were precisely - Ron's first words to her.
She just smiled blankly. They must have really scared her.
McGonagall now walked down the podium to greet Hermione.
"Nice to see you, Miss Gra-" Mcgonagall looked down at the ring and correctly herself.
"Mrs..." she looked at Hermione expectantly.
Hermione hesitated. Luna could feel about three thousand pairs of eyes trained resolutely towards them.
"Malfoy." Hermione said. "Hermione Malfoy."
Ron choked again.
The great hall was filled with skeptical whispers. Even McGonagall looked taken aback.
That' all Luna could tell about that name.
Hermione Malfoy. Wrong.
She could muster a gazzillion reasons about them.
and the fact that Hermione and Draco had barely exchanged a few words in their entire life was the least among them.
No One at hogwarts had ever seen these two talk together. Never.
Say, they loved each other and it absconded the attention of the entire school.
Still that did not explain how hermione was married to Draco and he was out parking the car!
for all Luna knew, Draco Malfoy was....
A/N: there has been a leap, as you can see. the story will continue. I just thought this will increase the excitement. :D
Well, I am using Luna's POV for the lack of a better observer. i can't speak of the other POV cuz then, i will reveal something... so you guys just keep reading!! thankyou!!!!
A/N: i hit a block in this particular story. i know whats just beyond but couldn't progress smoothly. Hence, a twist, a jump in time.