I smile as I see the newly done grounds. It doesn't look different at all. Just like it had a quick polish, then was left alone.
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I raise my eyebrows as I think of how they were able to reserve Hogwarts, a school.
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It would make sense, I think, as I walk into the castle, trying to remember where the Great Hall was. It's only summertime, so no students would have any reason to attend. But only Dumbledore could be that generous, and he died in my seventh year. I shake the image away.
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No time to think about the past. Must dwell on now.
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I find the Great Hall, and I see the room full of old Hogwarts students that attended with me. They nod to me as I pass, some of their faces expressionless.
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It seems like I'm not the only one who still gets bad flashbacks of this place often.
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I walk into the room I ate in for eight years. It's still the same, except now it has a banner that reads 'Draco and Hermione'. The tables each have white and lime green cloths draped over them. They have a variety of food settled upon them, as if no food for one day would kill us.
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I look around at the room, trying to find a specific white blond head. I spot him, in the near front with Hermione, laughing and speaking with Blaise and another Slytherin whom I couldn't quite remember the name of.
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I smile. He looks no different, except for the faded outline of a beard. His playful grey eyes and their excitement still lingers. His smile was just as genuine as it always was. And his laugh boomed across the hall just like it always did.
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I take a few steps so that he can hear me clearly, and I clear my throat quietly.
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He gasps, looking around for the person who yelled his name.
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He finds me and he jumps up and down excitedly, causing Hermione to raise her eyebrow and follow his gaze. She spots me and nods, and I reply the gesture by smiling and giving off a small wave.
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Draco utters something to Blaise and the other wizard, then he dashes across the room like a child at Christmas, Hermione trailing close behind. Hermione isn't dressed in her gown quite yet. She doesn't seem to believe the myth that it's bad luck to see your fiancee on your wedding day.
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They meet me, and tears well up in Draco's eyes. "Oh, look how much you've grown."
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I laugh, raising my eyebrow. "Excuse me, I'm older than you! Why do you get to be sentimental?" I say, glaring at him mockingly. We are the same height so I don't have to look up or down, thank Merlin.
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A tear spills from his eyelid, and he wipes it off.
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My instincts kick in, and I dissolve him in a hug, sqeezing him so tight I'm afraid he'll run out of air.
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"Hello again, Butter," I say, calling him the name I haven't uttered in four years.
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He pulls away after a couple seconds, and he stares at me, tears once again flowing into his eyes. "Bean," is all he managed to mutter.
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I breathe, taking in the sights of him. His hair definitely isn't changed, and I specifically remember telling him to change it after the war. I frown, scratching my head and staring at his locks.
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He frowns too, and looks up, trying to follow my eyes. "What!?" he says after a couple of seconds.
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I touch his hair. "You promised me in my last year you would change it."
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I hear Hermione chuckle from the side, and I smile a little.
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Draco rolls his eyes, but can't seem to disguise his smile. "Whatever. I can't believe I'm seeing you again," he says, looking me up and down.
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I laugh. "I can't believe that you're marrying the person you've loved all through our Hogwarts years," I say, eyeing Hermione.
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Her mouth drops open, and she looks at Draco, who's turned quite red in the face.
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"Is that true, ferret boy?"
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I snicker. He nods and she gasps. "Awww!" is what she replies, throwing her arms around Draco's neck.
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Draco frowns at the sight of me smiling innocently. "Oh, come off it, Jen. You're quite a pain in the arse."
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I laugh. "Thanks. Now I'll go eat some food before I get you as red as the Gryffindor shade."
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He waves, and I saunter over to one of the tables that have the Hufflepuff crest on it. I get a cup and am filling it up with punch, when suddenly I feel someone push me. I fall to the floor, sighing with relief as I realize I left my cup on the table at the last moment.
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"Sorry about that there," I hear a voice say.
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"No, it's quite alright. But you can help me up," I say, trying not to Crucio this lad.
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He holds out his hand, and I look up to see who pushed me. I feel my face grow terribly hot as I spot who I'm staring at.
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Fred Weasley, beaming the smile I loved dearly.
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I clear my throat awkwardly and take his hand, letting him heave me up.
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He waves and I see him clearly. He has a scar from the explosion years before going from his chin to the end of his neck. He dyed his hair brunette. I smile. Brown looks better on his fair skin. His jawline got sharper over time, and I gulp.
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"Fred Weasley," he says, holding his hand out to me the second time that night and smiling .
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I smile back goofily and take his hand. We shake and I say, "Jennifer Cott. Just call me Jen." I feel like I'm falling, and I regain my posture and stand straight.
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Slytherins were cunning and determined, and right now I am determined to not be awkward around Fred Weasley.
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I raise my eyebrow and look around the room. "So, what exactly were you doing that sacrificed my stance?"
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He awkwardly laughs and scratches his head. "Me and George like to compete. We started on the grounds and raced here. I suppose I won, eh?" he says, looking around to find his other half.
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I laugh. "I suppose you did. Anyways, who're you here for? Hermione, I'm guessing," I say, smirking.
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George nods. He bites his lips then adds, "Let me guess. You were in my year, you're here for Hermione, and you were a Hufflepuff. Correct?"
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I shake my head. He frowns and I say, "Well, I was in your year, but I'm a Slytherin and I'm here for Draco. He's my best friend. Been with me through everything."
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I catch him soften up a little. "So, you're into danger?" he says, smirking.
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I raise and eyebrow and smirk. "What do you think?" I say mischeviously.
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His eyes light up, and he's about to say something when someone pulls him into an embrace. For a minute, I feel relieved.
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Turns out he doesn't have a problem with Slytherins.
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