Pranks and Friends
A/N: J. K. Rowling owns the world of Harry Potter, I only claim ownership of Lexie, Max and any unrecognizable characters in this chapter. No money is being made from this fic, it's just a bit of fun.
Lexie's first week went by in a blur; she attended classes, met her dorm mates, spent afternoons and evenings with her new friends, and managed to get lost several times. So far her favorite classes were Transfiguration and Potions. Professor Snape, the man who taught the class was not a very pleasant man, at least to anyone other than the Slytherin's. She didn't get much of a chance to talk with Draco privately but when he'd pulled her aside one day and asked how classes were, she was glad to find out that their friendship wasn't strained. She had been afraid he would treat her like he treated the rest of the Gryffindor's, but he didn't. If they happened upon each other in the hallways with others around, he would ignore her, instead insulting her company. He didn't directly offend her but a couple of times his comments made her annoyed with him anyway.
She also didn't see the twins much, between homework and classes, but whenever she did, they always had a smile or a joke to throw her way. Her second day attending Hogwarts she discovered a tree near the lake that had a wonderful view of the castle and forest, and she began to go there nearly every day. It became her favorite spot, she'd either lean against it or climb onto a low branch and study, occasionally draw. Max followed occasionally, but she usually only saw him after classes had ended.
Lexie was quickly getting accustomed to the castle, even though she sometimes forgot to pay attention to where she was going.
"Malfoy!" A voice rang out as she relaxed against her tree one afternoon on her first weekend at Hogwarts; she glanced up to see one of her dorm-mates heading toward her. She'd introduced herself as Ruby Dawson, shaking Lexie awake the day after they arrived and talking in a very hyper voice for so early in the morning. She then learned that Ruby was muggle-born, her birthday was in January, and her favorite color was lavender before she woke up fully. Ruby followed her as they headed to breakfast, still talking so fast that the half awake girl only caught every other word.
Ruby was about her own height, with shoulder length strawberry blond hair that waved and curled every which way. Her eyes were blue-green, and she was a rather perky person, no matter the time of day. They had most of their classes together, and Lexie found that the girl made for interesting company, although she often forgot to breathe in between sentences.
"Hey Ru," Lexie smiled as the other girl reached her and lay on the grass beside her. "Did you finish your Charms essay?" Lexie was enjoying her day spent drawing, while Ruby spent it buried in homework and practicing spells.
"Well aside from setting the feather we were supposed to be levitating on fire, spendidly." Ruby snorted and went on, "I wonder what it would be like to be able to levitate things in the muggle world, I bet people would seriously freak. You could call yourself a psychic and no one could prove you wrong. Then you'd get all famous and on talk shows, can you imagine? I hope there's chicken at dinner, I'm famished."
Lexie listened with a bemused smile, finishing up the sketch she was working on of a centaur from her Defense textbook. "Probably, there always seems to be more food than I know what to do with. I have to go put my book up though, meet you in the Hall?"
Both girls stood and Ruby groaned, "Now you're taking away my pillow!" Ruby pouted but the brunette ignored her. "Are you going to take flying lessons?"
"I don't know...Flying makes me sort of nervous."
They linked arms and talked about the assignment from the last Potions class, unlike Lexie, Ruby wasn't very good with Potions, preferring Herbology. Once they reached the castle, the girls were joined by Harry and Ron, and they all walked together.
Before long though their group split, since Lexie was headed to the Gryffindor while the others were going to dinner. Lexie smiled and waved at the students who greeted her before her arm was seized and she was pulled behind a tapestry. She started to struggle before she realized it was just the twins. George, the one who'd grabbed her arm, quickly let go and both shushed her, Fred peeking out to make sure no one had noticed.
"What's the big idea? You gave me a fright!" Lexie scowled at them.
"I apologize fair maiden, but you see-"
"We want to pull a wee little prank-"
"On the other Malfoy, the git-"
"And we wanted to tell the girl Malfoy beforehand."
Lexie was a slightly confused as the two went back and forth but got the gist of the conversation: the twins wanted to make sure that she wouldn't get upset with them before playing their prank, for whatever reason.
"Why did you need to pull me aside then? I won't get angry with you. Draco's been a prat lately." She replied, hugging her sketch book to her chest. "Wait, he won't be hurt will he?"
The twins shared a look and shook their heads simultaneously. "Fear not, lovely maiden, he shall not be harmed. Aggravated -"
"But not hurt. We promise!" She laughed as they gave her sincere identical grins. "What are you going to do?" She asked curiously.
"You'll have to wait and see," said Fred with a wink.
"Very well, can I go now?" She asked and they nodded in sync again.
All three discreetly peered from behind the tapestry and crept out into the hallway. She waved and continued on her way to the Gryffindor common room, unaware that one twin was watching her with an unreadable expression before being tugged away.
Lexie wondered all through her walk what their prank would be, and why they had bothered to ask in the first place. She was glad that whatever misgivings the two had upon hearing her name were now forgotten. She couldn't help but notice that some of the older students treated her with thinly veiled disdain, which she had a feeling had to do with her foster family. There were even first years who looked downright frightened when she passed. So long as the prank didn't harm him, she would leave it be, perhaps it would even teach the blond Sytherin a lesson.
Once she'd deposited her sketch book onto her bed, she realized how hungry she really was and made for the Great Hall, accompanied by Max. Her cat had made the castle his home as well, happy to tag along with her to meals or the occasional class. At first the teachers weren't pleased with the feline guest, Professor Snape especially. But once they realized that trying to keep Max out was fruitless, they took to ignoring him. Max seemed to find Professor McGonagall the most interesting, and after her first class, Lexie knew it had to do with her Professor's animagus form of a cat.
Lexie found an open seat between Ruby and another of her roommates, Alyssa Moon. Alyssa had long brown hair; almond shaped brown eyes and was the quiet one. The other two girls were nearby- Krystal Farrel and Taylor West. Krystal had green eyes and auburn hair that reached her waist, often kept in a braid. Taylor had raven black hair that was just above her shoulders, and bright blue eyes. Taylor was the smart mother-hen type, always looking out for other first years. She could have easily been confused as older due to her height, and she took advantage of this to scare off bullies. Krystal was the smart girly girl, who had stacks of teen magazines and was usually found studying.
Of them all, Lexie was the artist. The girls oohed and aahed over her pictures and asked for sketches of this and that. The girls accepted her into their group happily and Lexie was glad to finally have friends her own age.
"Lexie!" Taylor squealed as she hugged her friend tightly while the others laughed, used to Taylor's penchant for random hugs. "Did you finish the Potions homework? I got stuck on one of the questions. Can you help me? Please please please?"
Lexie giggled and nodded, covering Taylor's mouth with her hand as Headmaster Dumbledore said a few words before food appeared. Not long after, there was a bang and a puff of smoke from the Sytherin table and the girls looked over to see that Draco's hair was no longer blond. Now it was bright green, causing him to scowl angrily and the Gryffindor's to laugh. Blue eyes met brown as Lexie searched the table to see George watching her for a reaction.
Lexie grinned at him and he winked, turning back to his twin and his dinner. Lexie continued to watch them for a time, wondering why she had no problems telling which twin was which. Before he could catch her staring, she ate hurriedly, slipping some chicken to Max beneath the table. She soon lost herself in conversation with her friends, giggling each time she sneaked a glance to her green haired foster brother.
The rest of the night was spent in conversation, laughter and friends as Lexie helped Taylor with her homework and the girls wasted time gossiping. All in all, it had been a good day, Lexie mused as she lounged in an armchair, Max on her lap and Krystal seated on the floor, Taylor across from her while Ruby occupied the opposite armchair.A/N: Any ideas for pranks are welcomed ;)