The "Siriusly" Unexpected
Elian lightly brushed her hand against soft silk dress, her fingers caressing the hem. 'God, I'd probably look terrible in it, though…' she thought as she grudgingly turned away from the dress, she came face to face with Lavender.
"Beautiful isn't it? Want to try it on?" She asked Elian, who nodded unable to say anything because her heart jumped into her throat when she saw who was behind Lavender…Draco Malfoy. "Elian, what's wrong? Your eyes look kinda blank…" Elian shook her head as she looked away from Malfoy.
"Lav, I would love to try this dress on…but I would probably bust the seams. This dress was made for a stick girl and I'm not stick girl." Lavender smiled knowingly and called the shop owner over.
"Yes, Miss Brown?" he asked, glancing at Elian in a strangely appraising sort of way. "How may I be of service?" Lavender proceeded to tell him that Elian wanted to try on the dress, he then quickly took it off the mannequin and handed in to Elian.
"Thank you, Mr. King." Lavender said as she ushered Elian into the dressing room. "Now, take your time…we're not really in a rush." Elian did as Lavender said and took her very sweet time. She slowly unzipped the back of the dress, as though afraid she would break it and then slowly slipped her legs into the dress. As she finally maneuvered it over her breasts, she pulled up the zipper and peeked out of the dressing room.
I'm done!" she whispered loudly, looking around the shop to see if
Malfoy was still around. Not seeing him she sighed heavily in relief as Lavender came running over to her, excitement spilling from her every orifice.
"Okay. You ready?" she asked, eyeing Elian, who then nodded slowly. "Well, come on!" Lavender roughly pulled back the curtain Elian was hiding behind and gasped excitedly. "Elian! You look gorgeous!" Elian blushed lightly, then gasped softly as Malfoy appeared behind Lavender.
"She's right, Marshall. You look stunning…" He said, looking Elian over from head to toe, causing her to blush. "So, this ball is in your honor? Congratulations…" Malfoy then turned and walked towards the door, with one looked back at Elian and walked out. Lavender stood there confused, she then looked over at Elian.
"What was that all about, Elian? Did Malfoy just compliment you?" She asked, sounding confused. Elian nodded almost absentmindedly. "Elian? Hey!" Lavender waved her hand in front of Elian's eyes, causing her to jump started.
"Huh? Did you say something, Lavender?" Elian asked, looking over at Lavender, who still had a slightly shocked and confused look on her face.
"Uh, yeah…I asked if Malfoy just complimented you…" Lavender said, staring out the shop window after Malfoy. Elian shrugged. "Well, I guess it really doesn't matter, now does it?" Lavender asked, shaking her head slightly. 'At least not until tonight…'she thought as she pulled Elian over to the shop owner.
"Are we ready, ladies?" Mr. King asked Lavender as he walked from behind the counter. Lavender and Elian nod. "Very well. Is this dress going to be all for you today, Miss Brown?" Lavender smiled and nodded again.
"Yes, that's it." she replied as Elian walked back into the dressing room to take off the dress. "How much?" she asked, as Mr. King pulled out a small black book and began flipping through it's pages.
"The total comes to one hundred and fifty galleons." He said, looking at Lavender over the top of the book. Elian gasped when she heard the amount. Both Mr. King and Lavender look over at her. "Is something wrong, my dear?" he asked Elian.
"Lavender, I don't have enough money to buy this…" Elian said, looking down at her feet. Lavender started laughing softly. "What's so funny about that, Lav?" Lavender shook her head, continuing to laugh.
"Nothing, except, you're not buying anything…I'm buying this for you." Lavender replied as she finally stopped laughing. "Anyway after this we have to meet up with Hermione, Ginny and Parvati, then we have one more stop to make…" Elian stared at Lavender, slightly confused.
"But, I can't let you buy this…it's too much, Lavender." Elian said shaking her head. "It's way too extravagant." Lavender smiled and took the dress from Elian.
"Wrap this up please, Mr. King." she said, gently handing the dress to Mr. King. "We'll be back for it in fifteen minutes, is that alright?" Mr. King nodded, then Lavender dragged Elian out of the shop.
"I thought we only had one stop, leaving the dress makes two, you know?" Elian commented as she looked over at Lavender, who nodded. "Then why did we leave it?" Lavender shrugged and her reply was drowned out by a sudden, very loud crack in front of them.
Lavender and Elian scream loudly, but are quickly silence. "If I let you go, will you promise not to scream?" Elian and Lavender nod. "Good, now could you please tell me where I might find Harry Potter?" the mysterious man asked.
"The Three Broomsticks." Elian replied, causing the man to smile. "Now, will you please let us go?" she asked. The man shook his head and Lavender groaned in despair.
"No, not right now…you lovely ladies are going to accompany me." With that the man lead them away from the dress shop and towards the Three Broomsticks. Once they reach the front door the man released them. "Ladies first." he said, holding the door open for them, they quickly entered.
Harry looked over at the front door, he smiled seeing Elian and Lavender, but something was wrong…there was a hooded man standing behind them.
"Hey, guys look." Harry said, motioning towards the door. They all followed Harry's gaze, to see a very distressed Lavender and a extremely confused Elian.
"What's wrong with them?" Asked Ron, not seeing the hooded man. Ginny hit him with her empty Butterbeer bottle. "OW!" he yelled, rubbing the back of his head. "What'd you do that for?" Elian looked over at Ron, a hopeful glint in her eyes.
"Harry, I think you should go over there…make sure that their okay." Hermione said, looking really worried. Harry nodded in agreement as he stood to his feet and started walking towards Elian and Lavender.
"Lav, Harry's coming…we don't have to worry." Elian whispered to the completely distraught Lavender, who nodded not really understanding. Soon Harry was standing directly in front of them.
"Are you two okay?" he asked concerned, Elian nodded wrapping her arms around Lavender's shoulders.
"Harry! My you've grown!" said the mysterious man upon seeing Harry. Harry looked at Elian confused, she shrugged just as confused as he was. "Come now, don't tell me you don't recognize my voice!" He said shocked as he slowly pulled back his hood…
"Sirius!" Harry yelled, hardly believing his eyes. "But- But, I thought you were-" Harry's words were cut short because Sirius had pulled him into a very tight hug.
Ron, Hermione and Ginny rushed over to them when they heard Harry yell Sirius' name. "What's going on?" Ginny asked, looking from Elian to Harry. "Well?" Sirius released Harry and looked over at the three other teens, looks of shock, amazement and excitement on their faces. "Sirius?" they asked in union.
"Yep! The one and only!" he replied, smiling brightly. "Oh, and I think I may have given your friends a little scare." he added looking back at Elian and Lavender. Elian shook her head.
"That's okay…wow, I can't believe it…Sirius Black." she said, her voice filled with astonishment. "This is so cool! You're like my hero!" Sirius looked slightly confused.
"Uh, what is she talking about?" he asked Harry, who shrugged. "Okay, care to tell me why I'm your hero?" Elian smiled excitedly and opened her mouth to speak. "Oh, God, what have I done?" Harry and Ron started laughing uproariously.
"You spent twelve years and Azkaban for something you had nothing to do with… You were unaffected by the Dementors, which in it's self in a great accomplishment, but you are the only person in recorded wizarding history to have ever successfully escaped…" Elian said, pausing for breath.
"And, you find all of this heroic?" Sirius asked. Elian smiled and nodded. "Well, I'm glad someone thinks so!" Sirius cried happily, throwing his arms around Elian's neck, which caused Harry and Ron to laugh harder.
"Sirius, how did you survive?" Hermione asked, breaking up this very happy moment. "We all saw you get hit and go through the curtain…" Sirius released Elian, who was now blushing.
"Simple! Spell-proof vest! Kindly given to me by Fred and George Weasley…" Sirius replied, Hermione looked skeptical. "Okay, so no spell-proof vest…but it's a very, very long, boring story. Let's save it for another time." Hermione nodded reluctantly. "Now, I hear there's a ball up at the castle to night in honor of a new transfer student…" The teens nod. "Well, who is it?" The teens then point to Elian.
"Hi." she said meekly. Sirius looked at her in such a way that it seemed that he was "sizing" her up, so to speak. "What? What are you looking at?" She asked, suddenly very self-conscious.
Sirius shook his head, still gazing at her. "Hey, stop that! You're starting to creep me out, Sirius!" Lavender quickly stepped in front of Elian, snapping Sirius out of his trance.