Chapter 5: The Surprise
2 years have passed since the 9th birthdays of the two kids. Ever since that day, Y/N and Draco’s perspective of each other changed a lot. They slowly grew closer and closer as the days pass by. At first, they would just slowly get to know each other, until one day, they started pranking their friends.
Around that period, the duo was able to:
● have lots of sleepovers with their friends
● pretend they could do magic by using sticks, and dueled
● Try to make a love potion, made with muggle substance
● attend a lot of boring parties together
● turn Draco’s bedroom into a jungle (using pillows)
● ‘Accidentally’ dye Blaise’s hair pink
● Owl all of their friends and parents that (Y/N) got lost in the Ministry
● tried to make a delicious cake for their 10th birthday/s, that was meant to blow up when the candles were lit
They had done more mischievous deeds, but most were fails. Y/N eventually got tired of her magenta and purple hair so she gave herself black hair with blue highlights. Although the two were getting along, Draco’s attitude hadn’t changed one bit ever since they met eachother, but unlike before, Y/N didn’t mind it that much.
“Sis!” A 7-year-old Trixie called for her older sister.
Y/N sighed “What is it now?”
“Draco sent an owl about your next playdate" The younger Anderson said the last word with disgust “Seriously? Both of you are 11 and you call those meetups, playdates?” She couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow.
“It’s a term we got used to” Y/N snapped and grabbed the letter from her sister’s hands “And who said that you could read letters? Do you want me to tell mum?” Y/N threatened
Trixie scoffed “That doesn’t scare me” She walked away from her sister and shouted “I hope you have fun at your playdate!”
“Don’t push it!” Y/N said, annoyed, and opened the letter she was holding. The text was written in green ink and the handwriting was not so legible.
Hello. How are you? It’s been some time since we last saw eachother. Blaise and Theo often visit though. The Manor’s feeling dull especially since both of my parents are getting busier nowadays. I noticed that you never wrote to us but considering the fact that you live at the muggle world, I guess I understand why. I hope you and the others come to the Manor the day after tomorrow for our second playdate this year. By the way, mother has something in store for the both of us. Anyways, Happy Birthday. Yes it’s a late greeting. Hope to see you soon.
After reading the letter, Y/N quickly rushed to find her mom. She was excited to go back to Malfoy Manor again, it’s been boring for her as well. Y/N was allowed to walk around the muggle world ever since she turned 10 years old but she kept going to the same places over and over again so it eventually got tiring.
Cassandra couldn’t be found in the kitchen nor living room so Y/N went to her mother’s bedroom. She knocked for three times before going inside. “Mom?” Fortunately, her mother was just sitting on the bed while reading a book.
Y/N couldn’t help but notice how amazing her mother looks. She’s an ideal woman, confident, pretty, smart, and independent. If her father was here, it would have felt like she and Trixie were watching a fairy tale everyday, but that wasn’t the case. Her father had been gone for a long time and didn’t even bother to write. She often thought that her father didn’t deserve his wife.
“Yes Y/N?” Cassandra placed down the book she was holding
“Can we go to Malfoy Manor the day after tomorrow?” Y/N asked “Draco invited me over. Blaise, Theo, Pansy, Crabbe and Goyle are coming as well” she informed
“Sure” Her mother smiled “Oh and help me make dinner. Your father’s coming home tonight!” She beamed
Y/N felt a huge amount of joy flow through her body. Usually, whatever her mom says comes true. Her father’s business trip lasted longer than normal ones and it was about time he went home. Between her parents, she remembered being close with her dad more. Before he left, Anthony would take her to random places and teach her new things along the way, however, she forgot what those places and things were.
Even though she was delighted by the news, she couldn’t help but feel disappointed. The small grin on her face vanished immediately “He’ll be arriving tonight tonight?” Y/N asked to make sure.
Her mother sighed “Y/N, I know you’re a little upset with your father-”
“He did not reach out to us for months” The girl pouted “He knows that we were waiting all those years. Did he forget about us all of a sudden? Mom, in normal families, even if someone is away, they make sure to connect every once in a while”
“He’s still your father” Cassandra pouted at her daughter “You should be lucky. He’s away to make a living, and he’s coming home tonight. I believe him, and so should you” She added seriously while brushing her daughter’s hair “We both know that you and him have the closest bond in this family.”
Y/N still wasn’t convinced by her mother’s words “Look, we’ll cook any meal you want. How about that?” The young witch immediately agreed and the two of them headed to the kitchen. They started to make Macaroni and cheese, homemade pizza, and mushroom soup.
While the girls were preparing dinner, Trixie and Y/N fought most of the time because the younger Anderson wanted to do whatever her older sister was doing. Trixie claimed it as ‘help’ but she’d eventually make a mess that Y/N had to clean afterwards.
The two got annoyed at each other and ended up making one huge mess. Cheese was all over the kitchen counter, ingredients were scattered on the table, a few bowls almost fell to the floor. Cassandra gave her daughters a time out and cleaned the whole kitchen with magic.
After an hour or so, everything was set. Y/N wanted to eat the mac and cheese whilst Trixie tried to get some wizarding candy that her mother bought earlier. Cassandra gave them a frown “We have to wait for your father before eating all those” She said. The sisters looked at each other and just stared at the food.
It was a horrible decision.
Thirty minutes passed by and they started to hear their stomach growling. When will he come? What if he gets home by midday? What if he doesn’t come at all? Those were the questions inside of Y/N’s mind at the moment. She was starting to lose hope again.
She was about to speak but an owl flew into their house, it dropped a letter on the living room table and flew out through the open window. Y/N gave a curious look, did her father send it? Did Draco send another owl?
“Mum, who’s that from?” Trixie asked, Cassandra left the dining table and grabbed the letter from their living room, she opened the envelope and read what’s inside. She did not look happy
“What does it say? Is he near? I’m hungry” Y/N groaned
Cassandra looked at the letter hesitantly, and decided to read it out loud to her daughters. She coughed “Dear Cass, I regret to inform you that I cannot come home yet. I still have some unfinished business which I hope will be resolved soon. I apologize if this letter arrived late. To make it up to our daughters, I attached a few galleons, treat them for me. PS, humpty dumpty is missing. Love, Anthony”
Y/N’s eyebrows furrowed, why did her dad even add something unrelated to the letter? She sighed in frustration “Great. Why did I even think that he’d come back this year? He might as well work until he drops”
Cassandra was too focused on the letter that she didn’t hear what Y/N said “Girls, go ahead and eat without me. I’ll have to do a few things” She left the room and didn’t even bother to lecture Y/N for her behaviour.
“Why do you seem so mad?” Trixie asked Y/N who looked like she wasn’t in the mood to eat
“Why aren’t you?”
the younger Anderson shrugged “If I focus only on negative things, then I won’t notice the good things around me” She answered shortly and started eating
“That’s horrible if you ask me” Draco stated. He and Y/N were at the back of Malfoy Manor where they first played Quidditch “He should’ve made the ‘visit’ a surprise so you wouldn’t expect” Y/N didn’t answer. She was feeling down. First reason is because of what happened last night, next, her mother was suddenly busy so she dropped off Trixie and Y/N at Malfoy Manor the next morning, she even told Narcissa that they’ll be staying there for a few days.
Her mother didn’t even have a job! What was eating her time? Y/N was so lost in her thoughts that she didn’t notice or hear anything that Draco said. She went back to reality when her friend snapped his fingers in front of her face. “What’s up with you?” He raised an eyebrow
“In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not in the mood to talk nor do anything else” She glared at the boy
“If you aren’t in the mood, you wouldn’t have vent out all your frustrations to me earlier” Draco scoffed “I know you aren’t you, Y/N.” He added seriously and watched his bestfriend stare into nothingness once again, but this time, she can hear what he was saying. “Shout”
She looked at him “What?”
“Shout until you feel better. I won’t talk. You can say horrible things, no one inside the manor can hear you and Aunt Cassandra isn’t here.” He explained and sat on the grass “Go on.”
Y/N breathed in and shouted
“DAD WHERE ARE YOU?! IS THAT BUSINESS TRIP MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR OWN FAMILY?! I DON’T CARE IF YOU GET A LOT OF MONEY. I DON’T CARE IF WE GET ALL THE THINGS WE WANT. I JUST WANT THE FOUR OF US TO BE COMPLETE! YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH I ENVY THE HAPPY FAMILIES I SEE EVERYDAY. I COULDN’T EVEN REMEMBER THAT MUCH ABOUT YOU ANYMORE! HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF MOM?! I’M SURE THAT SHE MISSES YOU MORE THAN I DO, BUT OF COURSE YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT BECAUSE IF YOU DID YOU WOULD’VE CAME BACK LAST NIGHT! WHAT’S THE POINT OF HAVING A FATHER WHO ISN’T THERE?!”
Y/N’s knees gave up on her, she kneeled while facing the ground. Shocked by what just happened, Draco stood up and ran towards her. He wasn’t good at comforting people so he just patted her on the back while staying silent. Y/N started crying, but he didn’t know that. After a few seconds, she muttered something.
“You didn’t even bother to greet me on my birthday”
After what happened, Y/N wiped her tears and told Draco that they should go back inside the manor “I’d appreciate it if you don’t bring that up” She mentioned. Y/N doesn’t like people to see her weak side, she wants to look strong all the time.
“Sure” He answered coolly. Inside, he really didn’t like to see his friend in such a state. It’s one of those rare occasions where he feels what she’s feeling. Draco usually didn’t care about other’s emotions. “Uhm, I have an idea to take your mind off of things” Before Y/N could answer, he got held her hand and dragged her into an unknown part of the Manor.
It was much darker than the places she’s been to. They entered a room that was filled with books and documents. The room was so messy that she felt like cleaning it. “Welcome to father’s office”
Y/N’s eyes widened “O-Office?!”
“Don’t worry, we won’t get caught. He usually comes home around midnight. Besides, we won’t be looking at those boring papers, come here” Draco motioned Y/N to walk closer to him. He was near a huge trunk, he opened it and grabbed a weird-looking object
“This is a sneakoscope. It’s a dark detector that is used by Aurors to sense if someone untrustworthy is around. Father has all sorts of magical stuff in this trunk!” He grinned, hoping that Y/N was amused by what he just revealed.
He handed over the sneakoscope for Y/N to examine. “Cool. Does it work?”
“Nope, father placed a spell on all these things because he thinks I’d do something stupid with it.” The boy frowned
“Based on your actions right now, I’d find it weird if he didn’t think like that” She laughed
Draco rolled his eyes at her “Sorry if I’m not a goody two shoes like you.”
Y/N raised her eyebrow “I’m not so sure about that. I do crazy things everyday, I just make sure that I don’t get caught” She smirked and added “Besides, you’ll cause trouble with any item that you possess, at least I have a sense of responsibility”
“It’s wrong to say something false about someone-”
“Should I remind you about the time Aunt Narcissa gave you something so you could change your hair color for 24 hours then you immediately told me that we should try it on Blaise so we could turn him into a human cotton candy?”
“How do you have good memory?” Draco whined
“I just do”
“Let’s get out of this room. Mother might scold us if she finds out we were here” Y/N nodded and the two of them made sure the room seemed like it wasn’t touched by anyone. While they were walking around the halls, they saw Narcissa and Trixie.
“Y/N! Draco! We were looking for you everywhere! Where have you been?” She asked curiously
“In the playroom” The two of them lied
“Oh, well, these arrived earlier. I thought that the two of you would like to see them for yourselves” she grabbed two envelopes from her coat and handed them over to the kids. On the front, the letter was sealed with a red wax. Some kind of crest was stamped on it, there were four animals that could be seen. A lion, snake, eagle, and badger.
The letter was written in green ink, sealed with a red stamp, or wax to call it, it was some kind of crest,it had four animals, a lion, snake, eagle, and badger, do describe it, she looked at the back
Upper right bedroom
How could the writer know where she even stayed?
“Well? Open it” Narcissa said excitedly, she did as followed, there were 2 pieces of parchment, she looked at the first one
HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,
Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Ms. Anderson,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.
Then she checked the second piece of parchment
HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY
First-year students will require:
1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)
2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear
3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)
4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)
Please note that all pupil’s clothes should carry name tags.
All students should have a copy of each of the following:
The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1)
by Miranda Goshawk
A History of Magic
by Bathilda Bagshot
by Adalbert Waffling
A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration
by Emeric Switch
One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi
by Phyllida Spore
Magical Drafts and Potions
by Arsenius Jigger
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
by Newt Scamander
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection
by Quentin Trimble
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials
1 set brass scales
Students may also bring, if they desire, an owl OR a cat OR a toad.
PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS
ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICK
Chief Attendant of Witchcraft Provisions
“It’s about time I got my letter!” He looked at the piece of parchment with pride in his eyes. He looked at Y/N “What’s with that look? I’m sure that all of us will be sorted into the same house, aren’t you excited?” Draco was worried that Y/N might be thinking about her father again
“That’s a lot of books” She commented out of the blue
Draco sighed in relief “You should get used to it. I’m sure that we’ll get more books as time goes by. You should look more enthusiastic since we’ll be attending the best wizarding school
Y/N stated while looking at Draco weirdly “You don’t even know what it’s like there”
“Whatever” He looked at Narcissa “Mother, when will we go by our things?”
“Next week. Oh before I forget, Y/N and Trixie will be staying here for a month”
“What?!” The two sisters chorused. Draco looked at his mother with a confused look. They never had a guest stay that long in the Manor.
“Cassandra sent an owl earlier, she said that she needs to fix things with your father. She also wants to apologize to you, Y/N, since she can’t bring you to King’s Cross station” Y/N felt her heart drop. First her father, then mother. What if she doesn’t come back as well? “I hope your view on your parents won’t change just because of this” Narcissa added
“It won’t” Trixie promised “Sis? Are you okay?” Both Draco and the younger Anderson turned their heads toward Y/N. They were worried about her reaction.
She kept a straight face “Aunt Narcissa, is mum gone because she’s off to find dad? Or she’s just finding a job?”
“The second one” Narcissa answered “Oh and Trixie, when Draco and Y/N goes to Hogwarts, I’ll drop you off at your grandmother’s place”
The two friends headed to the playroom. They didn’t talk to eachother. A billion things were flowing through Y/N’s mind while Draco was just examining her, ready to help if she feels like shouting out loud anytime. “Draco?”
“When something bothers you, what do you do?”
“Remove it from my life” He answered shortly
“What if you can’t?”
“I pretend like it doesn’t exist”
“You have useless answers” Y/N said straightforwardly
Draco pretended to look offended “You asked so I answered it!”
Y/N laughed at his reaction and just continued walking, Draco, felt somewhat happy and contented because he was able to get her to laugh.
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