Lea Malfoy examined her reflection in one of the bathroom mirrors in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She'd been sorted into Slytherin, just like her family had wanted her to be. But something was nagging her deep in her stomach... Did she really want to be in the Slytherin house? The house where people were cunning and evil. The house where her brother, Draco Malfoy, belonged. Where many generations in her family had belonged. No. She didn't.
New Faces (Special thanks to AandW_xD otherwise known as Dance for creating Delilah)
"The Ravenclaws are too smart for my liking... Do you know what I mean?" Marnie walked beside Lea, examining a piece of parchment which she'd scrawled her homework upon.
"That's the point of them being Ravenclaws." Lea smiled and slipped her own books into her bag.
"Mm, I suppose."
They carried on walking, pushing through the throng of students. Many Slytherins nodded at them as they passed by, almost wanting to please them, probably due to Draco. Outside the Great Hall, Lea dropped a few pieces of parchment. A gust of wind coming from the open Entrance Hall doors blew the papers away, and Lea rushed after them.
"I'll save you a seat!" Marnie called out, not bothering to help her retrieve her work.
Lea dashed up the stairs, following her floating parchment. That's when she realized she was at the Gryffindor common room, standing in front of the portrait of the Fat Lady. The portrait swung open and eight people filed out of it. They all immediately stopped to stare at the young Slytherin standing in their wake, gaping in surprise and shock. Lea recognized most of them. The boy with shaggy black hair and the circular glasses was Harry Potter. He would have the lightening bolt scar on his forehead, hidden under his messy fringe. He looked at her with great distaste.
"Your Malfoy's sister!" He almost snapped at her.
"Lea." She winced and took precaution to edge away from them slightly.
When Lea looked up from staring at her feet, she saw a girl with bushy brown hair holding her pieces of parchment. Hermione Granger.
"Are these yours?" Hermione said in a cold voice.
Lea nodded, flushing. Hermione handed the parchments to her and she took them gratefully. Then she quickly examined the small crowd. Two ginger haired people known as Ron and Ginny Weasley, a plump boy called Neville Longbottom and then two other gingers... Identical twins. Fred and George Weasley. Then there was another girl. A girl Lea didn't recognize. She had red, long curly hair streaked with purple, black and pink. She had bright green eyes like Harry and perfectly tanned skin and she was short and petite. The girl must have seen Lea staring, because she cleared her throat.
"Delilah Calabree." She announced.
Delilah must have been a first year too. She wore her red and gold tie with proud, Lea could see. Lea shifted awkwardly on the spot and flushed an even deeper shade of scarlet.
"Are you hanging around for something?" Ron sneered at Lea.
"Oh... No, sorry." Lea clutched her parchments and hurried down the stairs.
She heard them all walking along behind them and from picking up a few pieces of their conversation, she could tell they were talking about her. At the doors to the Great Hall, she saw Draco standing there and she could almost anticipate hell was going to break loose.
"Lea! Where have you been? I was-" Draco's sentence was cut off when he saw the bunch of Gryffindors arriving behind his little sister.
There was a drop in the atmosphere, and everyone went silent. Lea walked up to Draco and paused in her tracks, just before him.
"I lost some parchment... Went to find it." She said in calm tones.
"You went all the way up to the Gryffindor common room?" Draco didn't seem to care about confronting her in front of his enemies.
"Do you have a problem with that, Draco?"
"Of course I have a problem with that! You can't go around befriending Gryffindors! That's against everything Slytherin!"
"Maybe I don't want to be a Slytherin!"
Silence fell between their short cut argument and another person appeared at the doors of the Great Hall. It was Marnie. She witnessed the scene and instantly took to standing next to Lea. Another two figures appeared. Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe, otherwise known as Draco's followers. Almost a hiss fell among the Gryffindors.
"Sorry. Sorry about all of this." Lea faced the assorted Gryffindors and addressed them in her most sincere voice.
They all gaped at her and Draco grabbed her arm and pulled her back.
"What do you think you're doing!?" He snapped.
"I'm doing the right thing."
Lea wrenched herself away from Draco and started off towards the dungeons. On her way, she saw Delilah smiling slightly at her, her green eyes bright and friendly.