Professor Dumbledore stood up and waited for everyone to quiet down, said a few funny words before a large amount of food showed up on the table. Meadow took this time to try and make eye contact with Shane, but no luck, he was talking to Ron and Harry along with some of his housemates, and she tired to do the same.
Chapter Thirteen: Smiles, Tears, and More
Meadow looked at the mound of food in front of her, never in her life had she looked at something so delicious looking. "Are you just going to stare at it or are you going to eat?" Malfoy's sharp voice asked.
"I've just never had so much food in front of me," She blinked up at him, mouth watering.
"Meadow," A different voice, one that she recognized as the boy Terrance Higgs, "Try the potatoes, it's like heaven in your mouth." He grinned lop-sided.
She smiled back at him, "Thanks! I'll do that." Meadow missed the glare Malfoy shot at him, and she piled her plate with mashed potatoes, grabbed a chicken wing, spooned green beans, and was handed an apple by Malfoy.
"Wha- why do I want this?" She asked confused as she placed it on her plate.
"They're really sweet, try it."
Meadow gave him a look, but picked it up and bit into it, he was right, the apple was very sweet. She took her fork and dug in, Terrance gave her a glass of pumpkin juice, which she had expected to not taste as great as it did. Malfoy threw another dirty look at the other boy, but he just shrugged. Meadow looked up at the professor's table for the first time that night, she caught the eye of her father. Severus raised a goblet to her and nodded, approving of the house she was in. Meadow smiled back but was distracted by a shriek over at the Gryffindor as a ghost's head was over half off, being held on by a string.
"Oh gross," muttered Meadow to herself, but Malfoy overheard.
"Gryffindors," He shook his head, "Their head ghost is Nearly Headless Nick, and we have the Bloody Baron," Malfoy grinned.
"The Bloody Baron?"
Daphne piped up, "He's a very sad, grim ghost. He should be around here somewhere." She looked up and watched all the ghosts fly around, and Meadow copied her.
"Wow," the young Snape gasped, awed and amused.
Malfoy snorted, "You're almost as bad as a mudblood."
"Draco!" Daphne snapped, "You are not to judge, we Slytherins stick together, you don't need to remark about everything Meadow is awed over. Hogwarts is incredible, despite what your father says."
That shut up the blonde prince, he returned to his food, slightly pink in the face after being scolded. There was an awkward silence before Meadow asked, "Daphne? Does everyone know each other except me?" She was still halfway refusing to remember she knew Malfoy before he turned into a tosspot.
The other girl smiled sadly, "Our parents all know each other, when they found out they were all pregnant around the same time they arranged play dates for us. They don't want us making friends with the wrong sort," she frowned over at the Gryffindor table, "They also wanted us to be in Slytherin, they said the only way we can be with our friends is to be in Slytherin. Most of us just knew we'd be in this house because generations before us were in Slytherin, and to break that generation, you'd really have to hate your family." Daphne shook her head, she knew something and Meadow questioned her, "I'm related to Marcus Flint, he's a sixth year, I know Draco's related to a family with the last name of Black. One year, his great uncle or something, Sirius Black, was sorted into Gryffindor; his mother banished him from her house and disowned him."
Meadow frowned, "That's so sad."
Daphne shrugged, "I suppose, but he should have known that it would have happened. There's an on-going grudge that Slytherin has against Gryffindor and that Gryffindor has against Slytherin."
"So a hate-hate relationship?"
"Hey Snape!" Terrance said, "Try some pudding!"
The two girls didn't even notice the feast change into desert as they were so engrossed with their conversation. Meadow eagerly scooped some pudding into a bowl and grabbed a sweet roll. She nibbled on the roll and Theodore Nott chuckled at the sight.
"What?" Meadow asked softly.
"You look like a rabbit eating," he commented and Meadow's cheeks grew warm. "It's cute! Don't take that as an insult."
She blushed even harder and muttered "Thanks."
"Theo," Malfoy said, "Meadow looks cute anyways." This caused most first years to look up at him, and Meadow to look alarmed, but Malfoy sneered, "Even if she knows nothing about Hogwarts."
Meadow narrowed her almost black eyes at him, "That's not true. I've read 'Hogwarts, A History' I know a lot about Hogwarts. And besides, I have lived here before."
Malfoy scoffed, and before anyone else could say anything Dumbledore stood up, getting the attention of everyone. "There are a few new rules," he explained the rules such as the Forest is off limits and the third-floor corridor, "Now! Lets sing our school song." He waved his wand and the words showed up in front of him.
Meadow read through them and the students started to sing, each picking their own tune, mostly the tune of the Hogwarts song. The Slytherin students didn't sing at all just sneered at those who did sing. The last was twins from the Gryffindor table singing a slow funnel tune, Malfoy scoffed, "Weasley's, not even a bit of respect in that traitor family."
"Just because you don't agree with how they live doesn't make them traitors," Meadow snipped back quietly, making Malfoy's jaw drop. He was about to say something but Dumbledore cut him off.
"Off to bed!" The teacher's disbursed, and the Prefects of houses called for the first years to follow them.
Malfoy turned to Meadow, "Our prefects are Adrian Pucey and Sage Flint. Adrian may be in a bad mood, he usually is with underclassmen."
"How do you know that?"
"I grew up with him," He remarked snidely before he marched off.
Meadow groaned in frustration. "Just ignore him," she looked up to see Daphne, "He's not used to new people, and if your name is really Snape, it means he got pushed out from being his Godfather's favorite."
"What does that mean?" The blonde frowned as they walked over to the two prefects.
"Snape would always visit Draco every other weekend, and sometimes on the holidays, and always his birthday." Daphne looked at her, "You didn't know?"
Meadow shook her head, "No, I didn't live with my father because he had to teach. I always assumed on the weekends he didn't see me, he was trying to catch up on work."
"Did you ever ask?" Again Meadow shook her head, "Maybe that's why he never told you."
"Oi! You two, pip down, you'll want to memorize where we are and how to get to the common room," a male's voice yelled and everyone in the group looked at the two.
Daphne covered up her giggle with a cough and Meadow's eyes got big as she shut her mouth as her cheeks burned. The two walked in silence, listening to Adrian and Sage point out little things to remember if this was the right path from the Great Hall. A girl with short dark brown hair dropped back, Meadow remembered her as Pansy Parkinson, she looked like a little pug, her nose was pushed up and her eyes narrowed.
"I heard you talking to Drakey, he wants me to tell you to stay away from him. He doesn't want to be around a fake pureblood like you, if you even are Snape's daughter," Pansy sneered and shoved her shoulder into Meadow which caused her to fall. "Watch where you're going."
Terrance ran over, "What happened?"
"Pansy pushed her," Daphne said as Terrance helped Meadow up.
He shook his head, "That girl, I can't stand her."
Daphne playfully slapped him, "Hey, we Slytherins stick together."
Terrance laughed, "Yeah, all except for her. Draco is hers, no matter what anyone says."
Meadow watched the exchange under jealous eyes, she had to make friends when the rest of her housemates already knew each other. As the three caught up Pansy gave them a dirty look and scooted closer to the white-blonde haired boy. She tried to snake an arm around his arm but he gave her a sneer and shook her off of him, moving closer to Blaise and Theodore.
"The stair cases change, remember which way to go, or you will get lost," the girl's voice said, Meadow would assume it was to be Sage's voice. It was light and harsh at the same time.
Awhile later, after discovering the portraits moved and talked, a few changes in directions, and wandering further and further down in the dungeons, they came across a slab of wall with nothing on it. Adrian explained why the kids were there, "This is the entrance to our common room. An easy way to tell is if you're at the right wall is to look for this little guy," he pointed up at a stone snake that was in the shape of an 'S', "He's usually around someplace over here, but he does change spots. This week's password is: Power. Usually it's something else but maybe Snape wants to go easy on you first years."
"Passwords will be posted on the message board, you'll see that in a few minutes," added Sage. The wall melted away to show a large room with white marble floors and walls, a green rug was under two white couches, there was a fireplace and by it was two green elegant chairs. On the other side of the room there was a long wood table with a bench and stools around it, close by was a chess table, and bookshelf filled with trophies. Around the room, hung up on walls, were portraits of people and plaques for something with little names on them. The room itself with all the white marble was tinted green.
"Now, as you can see, there are many places to sit, study, do homework, hang out, and play games," Sage said and the first years nodded, "The Slytherin's common room is underwater, we are under the Black Lake right now, as you can tell with the green tint and the windows don't show outside, they show the fish and other creatures of the Black Lake."
Adrian jumped in, "As for your dormitories, they are through those doors and all the way at the top, the girls on the left and the boys on the right. We all have the same staircase up to our rooms: be respectful for the older students. There are doors after the first staircase, a corridor that splits into a couple different doors. Which means you will be paired up with a roommate, your name and your roommate's name will be posted on the door." He spoke so fast Meadow had a difficult time keeping up with the description of how to get to her bed, which she was craving. She would have to wait until tomorrow to talk to her father or other friends in the Gryffindor house.
"Off you hop," Sage said, she and Adrian went off towards a group of fifth years that had just come in.
Meadow yawned, causing a couple of others to yawn as well, "I don't know about any of you, but I'm ready to turn in for tonight."
The rest agreed and headed up the steps. A few chatted about classes the next day, but Meadow was ready for pajamas and a nice, soft bed. Terrance bid Meadow good night with a light squeeze on her arm before disappearing behind the boy's dorm. Meadow was about to go through her own door but a hand grabbed her robe and pulled her back.
"What?" She asked sleepily as she looked into the grey eyes of Draco Malfoy.
He hesitated and looked at the girls' door, Daphne was waiting for Meadow. "Go on, I'll be right up," the young Snape rolled her eyes, and Daphne frowned but nodded. "Okay Malfoy, spit it out, what do you want?"
"Professor Snape, he's my Godfather," He started.
"So I've been told."
"Hm... and I know he's your father, but he's much like my father as well."
Meadow frowned, "Don't you have your birth father to claim you?"
"So don't claim my dad."
Malfoy sneered, "You're just jealous that he made time to see me over you, his own daughter."
"Or maybe I'm jealous because you have a father!" Meadow said loudly, "You can live with yours! I live with my dad's friend and his son! You know more about my own dad than I do," she said softly, tears threated her eyes.
Malfoy saw Meadow's eyes threaten water and heard her voice get shaky. "Meadow..." He looked at her, pity etched across his face, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it. Whenever Uncle Sev would come over he would talk about you to me-"
"It doesn't matter," Meadow said, gaining control of herself, "Just leave me alone."
She tried to turn on her heel to walk through the girls' door, however, Malfoy's grasp forbid her to do so, "I remember you. You used to come over, we ate brownies. You invited my mother and I do your eight birthday."
Meadow frowned, "It doesn't matter anymore, it's obvious you don't want to be friends." Meadow bit her lip and wrenched her arm free from his grip. She turned on her heel again and ran to the corridor, Daphne grabbed her as soon as she ran in.
Meadow wiped her eyes and sniffled, "What?"
"You need to prepare yourself. You're roommate is..." The girl hesitated.
"Oh no... it's Pansy isn't it," Meadow's heart dropped and Daphne wrapped her in a hug.
The brunette felt as though there was a strong friendship between her and Meadow, "I'm so sorry." Daphne pushed Meadow away, but held onto her shoulders. The Greengrass girl had a couple inches on Meadow as she bent down, "Whatever happens, don't let Pansy get to you. She'll be extremely jealous that Draco wants to be your friend over her. And she's got back up, Millicent Bulstrode and Tracey Davis are already her two back-ups. If you ever need a place to sleep, just come into my room. I'll tell my roommate, Sally-Anne, that you might show up now and again."
Meadow smiled sadly, "Thanks Daphne, but Malfoy already made it very clear he didn't want to be friends," She hugged the other girl and added, "But I think I'll stick it out for this year, we'll switch next year won't we?"
"Hopefully! Maybe we can ask Professor Snape to put us together."
Meadow smiled, "That would be nice. I have to go unpack, I'll see you tomorrow morning?"
"Yep!" Daphne exclaimed happily, "Night! Have fun with her." She shuttered before entering her own room.
The blonde girl took a deep breath, composed herself, walked around the two other rooms, and looked for her name. She found it on the second door, it was across the hall from Daphne and Sally-Anne's room. Meadow turned the knob and pushed the door open. The floor was a light-wash wood floor, two four-poster beds with green curtains sat on green, fluffy rugs, a light-wash wood nightstand was next to the bed, a dark-washed dresser was next to that, and her trunk and kitten was at the bottom of her bed (she assumed). Pansy was nowhere in sight, and Meadow saw a door that she assumed led to the bathroom. She raced over to Bee and let her white kitten out. Bee purred and rubbed her head on Meadow's hand, she laughed scooping up the kitten, scratched under her chin, and put her on the bed. She went back to her trunk and opened it up, and got out white and green pajama shorts and one of Shane's old t-shirts she packed.
"Well, well, well," Pansy's smug voice said, "My roommate finally made it in from her talk with my Drakey-poo." She scoffed as she walked toward Meadow in her green nightgown.
Meadow stood her ground, "I'm pretty sure your Drakey-poo doesn't want anything to do with you, in case you can't see, he avoids you and yells at you."
Pansy grew red, out of embarrassment or anger, Meadow couldn't tell, but Pansy continued to march straight up to the other girl, she poked a finger on her chest, "He loves me. In case you haven't noticed, you're the only outsider here. Didn't your mother ever teach you to behave?"
Meadow glared at the taller girl and shoved back, "In case you haven't noticed," She sided back, copying Pansy, "You're the only one who cares. Now if you'll excuse me I need to get ready for bed." Meadow picked up her clothes and walked toward the bathroom door, she opened it and shut it, locking it behind her. As she got ready for bed she screamed in frustration into the hand towel, making the candles flicker with the magic that pooled off of the girl. After that Meadow tried to be fine, she held her head up high as she walked to her bed and shut the curtains around her and her little kitten. Meadow curled around Bee and relaxed her breathing, she thought of Shane for the first time after the feast, she frowned, tears working their way into her yellow speckled eyes.
"Why me Bee?" She whispered as the tears pored over her eyelids, the kitten only wiggled closer and licked her face. Meadow fell into an uneasy sleep, she dreamt that her father picked Malfoy over her, Pansy made Daphne and Terrance hate her, she was the outcast of Slytherin, unwanted by even Shane, Harry, and Ron; Remus was even scolding her for being so mean.
Meadow work up with a start, her cheeks wet from crying in her sleep, she sat straight up, which made Bee mew in annoyance as she moved to curl up on Meadow's pillow. The girl peaked out from behind her curtains and out the window, the sun was rising and caused the sky to light up in pink and orange. She sighed knowing she wouldn't get back to sleep, instead, she pulled open her trunk and got out her Hogwart's uniform, required to be worn by first and second years every day. Her black tie, however, wasn't black, instead it was Slytherin's silver and green diagonally stripped with the crest on it, a snake in the shape of an 'S' with a pentagon around it in silver and green. She crept over to the bathroom and entered. Meadow got ready for the day, she took a shower, changed, let her hair air dry to loose curls, brushed her teeth, and then walked out of the bathroom with a very impatient Parkinson waiting outside the door.
"Move over," the girl said as she pushed her way passed Meadow.
The Snape rolled her dark eyes as she placed her dirty clothes on the floor by her bed, unsure of what to do with them. She picked through her trunk, placing all her robes and white shirts on hangers in the dresser, her skirts were folded and placed on the bottom of the dresser, and her undergarments and ties were placed in the drawers under the hanging section. Next she got out her bag with her books and put them on top of her trunk, she pet Bee and skipped out into the corridor. She went over to Daphne's door and hesitated before she knocked.
A girl with brown hair and eyes with glasses opened the door, "Yes?" She asked softly, she was dressed in her Hogwarts uniform too.
"I'm Meadow," She stuck out her hand, "You must be Sally-Anne." Sally-Anne took her hand. "I was… Ah… Wondering if Daphne was still here."
"Yeah, she's in here," The girl opened the door up and stepped out of the way. "I heard about how Pansy's your roommate. I feel really bad for you."
Caught off guard Meadow muttered "Thanks," and stepped into the room, it was almost identical to hers but one bed had a large amount of books on it with a rat napping on the pillow and the other had a small black kitten and an owl cage on the window. Meadow mentally noted that Sally-Anne had the rat and to never sit on her bed. The girls smiled uncomfortably at each other before Meadow tried to start up a conversation, "So... Slytherin huh?"
"Yeah, my parents are purebloods, both were Slytherin, they're not big supporters of You-Know-Who but we figured it would be a way to help keep ourselves from being murdered by him or his followers."
"Oh," She exclaimed, "That's an interesting backstory."
The other girl shrugged, "It's what it is."
Just then Daphne walked out of the bathroom, brown hair glossy, skin flawless, and lips shinning from lip gloss. "Hey you! How was your night with the witch devil?"
Meadow laughed, "Total drama. This will be a fun year."
"We can go talk to Professor Snape!" Daphne tried but Meadow pouted, "Or not. Come on lets go get our time tables."
The two started for the door and Meadow glanced back and saw Sally-Anne watching, "Want to join us?"
She shook her head, "No that's okay, I need to make sure Merlin gets his food, he doesn't like to eat unless I force him too."
"Okay... See you in class then," Daphne said and grabbed Meadow's hand, she dragged her out of the room. "My roommate's a freak. She stayed up late last night cooing over that hairless rat. I couldn't sleep with her cuddling with that thing, I even pulled my curtains around me and Lunar." She shook her head, as they walked downstairs into the common room. Malfoy and Terrance were sitting on the couch waiting for something.
"Finally!" Malfoy sneered as he stood up, "It took you long enough." He locked eyes with Meadow who blushed slightly. She found it both annoying and adorable that he waited for her. "We've been waiting for ages, I wanted to make sure you could get to the Great Hall alright and not be late for the first class." Meadow glared at the boy, of course it had been for his own selfish reasons to wait.
Daphne rolled her eyes, "In case you've forgotten Draco, I'm with her. She's not some toy you can show off because she's new to this world."
Meadow cleared her throat, "I'm actually not new to being a witch at all." But she wasn't heard at all, the two Slytherins kept bickering about her being able to find their way around. Terrance looked at her and rolled his blue eyes, Meadow noted that those orbs really stood out compared to his tan skin and black hair.
"Do you want to go to breakfast?" He whispered so only she could hear, she nodded and the two slowly inched away from the fighting two. Once they got passed the wall, they were out in the corridor facing a bunch of portraits. "Ready?" Terrance holds out his hand for her to take, she does hesitating, the moment reminds her of Shane and a pang of sadness rushes through her. "What's on your mind?" He asked as they walked towards the Grand Staircase.
"I miss my best friend," She replied, "He was put into Gryffindor so I don't know how our friendship will last with this feud going on between our two houses."
Terrance squeezed her hand reassuringly, "I'm sure whatever problems come between you two, you'll always find a way to be friends. I heard a story once that Professor Snape had a friend in Gryffindor for a long time too." He glanced at her, leaving out the part that Snape, after years of running from the dark, was overwhelmed by it and accepted his fate.
"Thanks Terrance," Meadow smiled at him, "It's good to hear that my father went through something like I am." He smiled back and the two chatted about home lives and school starting as they worked their way up the stairs to the Great Hall for breakfast. By the time they got there Meadow's stomach was rumbling and Terrance pointed that out, he chuckled and his eyes lit up. Meadow's cheeks grew warm as she tried to cover up the noise. The two let go of hands as they walked in, and went over to where Blaise and Theodore were sitting. They were talking about a game called Quidditch.
"Have you ever played, Meadow?" One of them asked, all three boys' eyes looked at her, amusement playing on their lips.
"No… But I've road a broom before!" Meadow replied, blushing slightly.
Blaise pipped up first, "You don't know Quidditch?"
"No I do! I just haven't played or seen it be played. It sounds really fun," Meadow commented.
"Miss Snape, Mister Higgs, Zabini, and Nott, I expect you to be on time today for your first class," he said coolly as he handed the time tables out. "Miss Snape." Meadow's head snapped up to meet her fathers gaze. "I'm happy to see you in Slytherin. Give these to Miss Greengrass and Mister Malfoy." He gave her two time tables and strode off.
"A bit harsh on you don't you think?" Theodore commented. "You are his daughter after all, you'd expect a bit of support from your own father."
Meadow shrugged, "Maybe Dumbledore told him he's not allowed to show nepotism." The boys looked at her, "It means to show favoritism for family or friends. I'll assume the Professor and I will talk later."
"Is it weird to call him that?" One asked, curious.
"I suppose," She frowned, "I did see my dad a lot but even then, sometimes it's difficult to believe he's my real dad or not, he just seems so distance from me at times."
An angry Daphne and Malfoy marched up to where the four were talking and eating. "Thanks for leaving us behind you two," Daphne huffed, arms crossed and eyes hard.
"We tried to get your attention," Terrance started but Malfoy cut him off.
"You did not! You two walked away from us as we were arguing-"
"About who was capable of having Meadow's back." Malfoy snarled at the two Slytherins, Meadow shank into Theodore from shame, Terrance and Blaise were across from them.
Terrance, however, was having none of the scolding, "You two were 'heatedly discussing' about who should take care of Meadow, when clearly she has her own opinion of who can walk with her. Both of you are too block-headed to see that Meadow's her own person and not an object you show off."
Malfoy just glared at the other boy before taking his seat next to Meadow, whom was still cowering in Theodore's arm, making him feel uncomfortable as he tried to comfort her, eat, and avoid Malfoy's icy stare. Daphne, on the other hand, dropped her angry face and called Meadow's name, she cautiously locked eyes with the other girl, "I'm sorry for getting mad over nothing, Terry's right, you're my friend not an object."
Meadow smiled and Daphne smiled back, her face lit up as Meadow accepted her apology. "Oh, Professor Snape gave me these for you two." Meadow handed the time tables to Daphne and Malfoy. The brunette thanked the other girl as Malfoy only grunted in response and kept eating his French pancakes. The pancakes were flat and filled with strawberries that gushed out the end whenever Malfoy took a bite. Meadow rolled her eyes in response and caught someone waving at her from across the room. Shane.
"I'll be back," She said as she got up and took her time table with her as she walked to the Gryffindor table, students started whispering about a Slytherin going to the Gryffindor table. Meadow tried to ignore them, but frowned with all the whispers that buzzed around and the upper classmen Slytherins were glaring at her. She kept her head held high and stood by Shane. "G'morning Shane," she smiled, "Harry, Ron."
"Morning Meadow," Harry and Shane chimed back. Ron shoveled his mouth full of food so he didn't have to say anything to her.
Meadow bent down by Shane whispering in his ear, "How'd you sleep?"
He frowned at the question and replied, "Apparently better than you, what happened?" Shane scooted over so she could sit down. Meadow explained the whole Parkinson and Malfoy issue, well Malfoy wasn't an issue just annoying as all can be.
"That's terrible Doe," Shane said apologetically.
Harry nodded, "I can't believe someone from your own house doesn't like you simply based on that Malfoy talks to you instead of her."
"You only have to share a room with one other person?" Ron spoke for the first time that morning to Meadow, she nodded, "Unfair, we share with every boy in our house. Seamus, Neville, me, Harry, Shane, and Dean."
"I wish it was that, Pansy and I wouldn't have a fight every time we see each other in our room," Meadow remarked jealous of the boys. It was like a sleepover everyday with friends. They compared time tables, they found out that they had classes together today, Transfiguration and Potions, Wednesday only Double Potions, Thursdays when Flying Lessons would start they'd be together and at midnight Astronomy, Friday they'd have Transfiguration together again. Daphne and Terrance were waving from the Slytherin table trying to get Meadow's attention, "Well! I'll see you guys soon, Transfiguration. Might not want to be late, I heard Professor McGonagall can be very strict." She advised, hugged Shane, and meet up with her two friends at the entrance of the Great Hall.
"We're going to get our books first and heading right out to the Transfiguration classroom," Daphne explained as they walked back down all the stairs they had to climb right back up.
Terrance looked at Meadow curiously, "So what did you and the Gryffindor dweebs have to say?"
She gave him a funny look, "Well one of them, Shane Lupin, he's my best friend," Terrance's face relaxed, "I told him about my night with Parkinson and then we compared time tables. We have Transfiguration, Potions, Flying, and Astromony together. Charms and Herbology are up for grabs from Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw." She shrugged.
The three went to the dungeons to get their things for class and Meadow was extremely excited for Transfiguration, the books she had read in the previous years had her excited to actually start learning the incantations.
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