The Sorting Feast

"Sorry about them! Just gossiping about girl stuff and that kinda crap!" Harry yelled, glaring back at Ginny and Elian. "Now, will you two promise not to talk about… whatever the hell it is you're talking about until after we all eat?" he asked, Ginny and Elian nodded, both still blushing furiously.

"Yes, Harry." Elian and Ginny replied in unison. Harry nodded and turned from them. But that promise didn't last long. Harry could hear them whispering quietly, with the occasional gasp or snort of anger. Finally they were allowed to enter the Great Hall to begin the sorting and the feast.

"Now, will the first years please come forward!" called a tall witch wearing an old, green witches' hat. Ginny shoved Elian towards the little eleven year olds that were also starting at Hogwarts. The witch looked at Elian in surprise. "Miss, aren't you a little old for this to be your first year at Hogwarts?" she asked. Elian slowly shook her head.

"No, ma'am. This will be my first and last year at Hogwarts. I'm Elian Marshall…" Elian replied, glancing around the Great Hall nervously. "I'm a transfer student from the Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry in America." The witch nodded.

"Of course. Now, since you are the eldest of the first years, you will be sorted first, is that alright with you?" Elian nodded in response. "Now, please step up here and sit on that stool so I may place the Sorting Hat on your head." Elian walked up to the aforementioned stool nervously. "Don't worry, dear. It doesn't hurt." Elian nodded again, her voice was stuck in her throat.

The witch then placed the Sorting Hat on Elian's head, as soon as she did the hat, almost instantaneously yelled "Gryffindor!" Elian let out a deep sigh of relief, but at the same time felt a little disappointed.

Loud cheering erupted from the Gryffindor table as Elian walked towards it. She saw Ginny's smiling face and instantly went to sit by her. "So, how do you feel, Elian?" she asked, a wide smile still on her face. Elian shrugged nonchalantly.

"Relieved, I guess. Wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be…" Elian replied, looking around for her other friends. "Hey, where's Harry, Ron and Hermione?" she asked, Ginny shrugged and shook her head. "Well, I'm sure that they'll turn up sometime or another." Elian said as she began piling food onto her empty plate.

By the end of the feast, all of the students were nursing overly stuffed stomachs and most of the boys were making obnoxious noises, Harry and Ron included in that. "Oh, come on, Harry! Don't be such a girl!" Ron yelled at his best friend. "Let out one burp and I'll leave you alone!" Harry just shook his head, the other Gryffindor boys groaned in disappointment.

"Glad to see the boys are having fun…" Elian said with slight disgust in her voice. Ginny nodded looking as if she was about to vomit. "Hey, Gin, you okay?" she asked her, a look of concern clear on her face.

"Oh, yeah. Don't worry about me…" Ginny replied, gently placing her hand over Elian's. "Say, why don't we talk about your supposed crush on Malfoy some more?" Elian shook her head. "Why not?" Ginny asked curiously.

"We can talk about him later…" Elian said motioning towards the front of the hall. "I think Professor McGonagall is going to make a speech." Both Ginny and Elian turned their attention towards their professor and listened attentively.

"We have had a very recent tragedy here at Hogwarts. Our beloved headmaster Professor Dumbledore was killed by a Death Eater, whom had been a member of this faculty, former professor Severus Snape. Now, as much as this has weighed on all of our minds and our hearts, we must continue our lives the way Professor Dumbledore would want us to do."

Professor McGonagall started, all of the students could tell she was crying. "This year is the seventh and final year for some of our students, we are always sad to see them go but know that they are armed and fully prepared for their life ahead of them. And this year, we also have an American transfer student here to finish her training with us. Please treat her with the same respect you treat all of your other classmates with. Now, I shall bid you all goodnight and be ready for an early morning tomorrow." Professor McGonagall sat down as all of the students stood to their feet to make their way back to their dormitories and their beds.

As they made their way out of the Great Hall, Ginny grabbed Elian's hand and pulled her ahead of the crowd. "C'mon, we want to get there before everyone else." Ginny said, Elian then nodded in agreement. "plus, it'll give us time to talk, you know." Elian groaned slightly as Ginny said that. "You had to know that was coming, Elian…" The two of the raced up the stairs that lead to the Gryffindor dorms.

With all the other Gryffindors behind them, Elian and Ginny had to walk quickly for fear of being knock down and walked on. "No!" Elian said, her face turning bright pink from embarrassment. "Ginny, I can't believe you said that!" Ginny started giggling uncontrollably, soon joined by Elian.

"Well, you can't exactly blame me for asking, now can you?" Ginny asked, her face flushed as well. "Now, answer the question… how far have you ever gone with a guy?" Elian eyes started to water, and her bottom lip started to quiver slightly.

"Look, Gin, if I tell you this…you have to swear you'll never, ever, tell anybody else." Elian whispered, holding out her pinkie to Ginny. "Pinkie promise?" Ginny then hooked her little finger around Elian's.

"Okay…" Elian sighs heavily. "When I was just about to turn fifteen, a really good friend of mine's brother invited me to his room to hang out… let's just say that isn't all he wanted to do." Ginny gasped slightly.

"You mean he raped you?" Ginny asked shocked. Elian nodded sadly, tears now streaming silently down her cheeks. "Elian, I'm sorry, I shouldn't have asked that…" Ginny quickly wrapped her arms tightly around Elian, pulling her into a bone-crushing hug.

"Gin, can't breathe…losing oxygen…" Elian spoke in a strained voice. Ginny quickly released her, there were tears in her eyes as well. "Gin, why are you crying? It didn't happen to you…" Ginny nodded and grabbed her friend's hand tightly.

"Sorry…okay, let's get to the Common room before Hermione has a fit trying to find us, that and she'll give us a week's detention." Ginny replied, now dragging Elian towards the Gryffindor Common room. When the reached the Fat Lady' portrait, she asked her usual question.

"Password?" Ginny and Elian stared up at her blankly. "No password, no entry." Elian and Ginny groaned slightly. Where was Hermione when you needed her?

"The password is, Leonus." said a familiar male voice. Ginny and Elian turned around to see Ron standing behind them. "Ginny, you go ahead. I need to talk to Elian for minute." he said as she shoved his sister through the portrait hole. "Look, Elian… I'm really sorry about yelling at you earlier…" Elian nodded and quickly threw her arms around Ron's neck.

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