An Unpleasant Meeting In Diagon Alley
Summer Holidays were nearly over and nobody seemed too enthusiastic about going back to school apart from me of course. While Harry and Ron were too bothered discussing Quidditch tactics without asking me to join, not that I had wanted to, I decided to use my spare time to get my books and stuff for next year. The shopping lists had just arrived and I've been really keen on reading through all the new books as reading was still the easiest way to learn. Taking a last glance at the boys discussing tactics I turned towards the fireplace, the floo powder ready to throw and grabbed my list. As soon as I threw the powder in the fireand said "Diagon Alley" I was sucked into nothing. Only few seconds later I stood in Diagon Alley surrounded by wizards and witches rushing around not taking notice of you. They would probably not even recognize You-Know-Who himself standing right next to them. Obviously I chose a bad day to do the shopping as many parents were running around with their children. The shops were stuffed with students, some I knew and some I had never seen before. It made me smile seeing all the overly excited first-years preparing for a completely new part of their lives. On the other hand I really felt sorry for them after all the Dark Arts happening around Hogwarts lately. Not knowing where to start I decided to lay my hands on a new cauldron. My other one flew away after Fred and George were done with their experiments. Weasley's Wizard Wheezes is the name of the joke shop they plan on opening, which is the most stupid idea of all they had so far. Opening a joke shop is made for people who take working seriously. However the only thing the two of them are taking seriously, is making jokes.
"Hey, Granger? Where are you going?" I heard a just too familiar voice shout from behind me.
Draco Malfoy walked up to me and smirked. Obviously, he was finished shopping and was now about to get on my nerves.
"Buying myself a new cauldron not that it's any of your business." I snapped, trying to take the high road but my voice shook slightly.
"A new cauldron Granger? As far as I remember, you didn't destroy yours in Potions classes, like that idiot Longbottom did. I saw him getting dragged to Potage's Cauldron Shop by his grandma earlier today. At least she knows, how to handle her fool of grandson. I mean he really..." Malfoy stopped mid-sentence shocked by the slap in the face I had given him.
"Who do you think you are, you useless filthy Mudblood?" he spat in my face.
"Watch your language boy! You not ought to call people that nasty word!" bellowed Mrs. Weasley, who came hurrying towards us.
"It's ok Mrs. Weasley, I'm used to Malfoy. He does not bother me anymore." I inform her casually but she looked shocked at my words.
"He called you that - that word before? My dear girl you do not have to let him get away with that. Tell Dumbledore he will know how to help you." she told me and turned to Malfoy angrily. "So Arthur was right all along, saying the bad behaviour of your parents has influenced you already."
"And you really are a blood traitor Weasley as Draco has pointed out previously. How come you are hanging around with that Mudblood Granger. Actually I know exactly how and it doesn't really surprise me. Your husband is a Muggle fanatic, isn't he? However I still hoped you would keep up the honor of being a pure-blood family. Let's go Draco. You should no longer talk to these people." Lucius Malfoys said and looked at his son demandingly.
Draco looked even more pleased about this meeting than he had did before, walked past me making sure the angry look on my face would not vanish.
"See you in school, Granger." he whispered in my ear while walking by and pushing my shoulder.