Down to The Great Hall

"Oh, sorry." he said, shaking his head. "It's just you remind me of someone I went to school with…what's your name?" he asked, sounding suddenly serious.

"Um, Elian Marshall…why?" Elian replied, looking at Sirius confusedly. "Did you know my dad or something?" she asked. Harry and Hermione exchanged glances as Sirius nods.

"Your dad's name is Syrus, right?" Sirius asked Elian, who nodded slightly shocked. "No wonder you remind me so much of him…he was a good friend of mine until he moved to America after meeting some girl from Beauxbatons." he continued.

"That must have been my mom…but why didn't he ever talk about you or Hogwarts?" Elian asked, tears forming in her eyes as she continued to look up at Sirius, who shrugged.

"Elian, we have to go pick up your dress and the few other things you need for tonight." Ginny said upon seeing how uncomfortable Sirius was becoming. "You can ask Sirius more about your father's past later…is that okay, Sirius?" Sirius nodded.

"Okay. I'll see you guys later." Elian replied, waving at Harry, Ron and Sirius as the three other girls ushered out of the pub. Once outside Elian asked. "I made him uncomfortable, didn't I?" Lavender, Hermione and Ginny looked reluctant to responded. "Oh, I see." she sighed.

Hermione wrapped her arm around Elian's shoulder. "It's okay… he'll get used to it… he just new to the heroics thing..." she said in a calm, comforting voice. "Anyway, what dress did you pick out?" Ginny looked up and suddenly ran off. "Ginny? Where the hell are you going?" Ginny just waved back to them and continued running.

"Huh…strange. Wonder what she's doing?" Lavender said as they stopped outside the dress shop. "I'll only be a minute." Hermione and Elian nod, then Lavender quickly ran into the shop. She emerged a few minutes later with Elian's dress.

"Let's go find, Gin." Elian said as Lavender handed her the dress. Both Hermione and Lavender nodded in agreement. "So, who are you guys going to the ball with?" Elian asked. Both girls just shrug. "Oh, yeah that's useful information…" she said sarcastically, causing her friends to laugh.

Suddenly Ginny reappeared beside them. "Hey, sorry I ran off like that but, I had to get a special something to go with Elian's dress." she explained, smiling at Elian, who then hugged her.

"Thanks, Gin! You didn't have to do that!" Elian said, causing Ginny to blush. "Now, can you tell me what it is?" she asked suspiciously. Ginny shook her head vigorously. "Aw, come on! Please?" Elian whined, but Ginny continued to shake her head.

"Nope. No way. Not gonna tell you." Ginny kept repeating the words over and over, every time Elian opened her mouth to speak. Elian put her hands on her hips and stared at Ginny.

"I wasn't going to ask about your surprise, Gin! I was going to say thank you for everything you guys have done for me…but if you don't wanna hear it…" Elian said, causing Ginny to blush again.

"Sorry. Hey, where'd Hermione, Lavender and Parvati run off to?" Ginny asked looking around. Elian pointed up to the castle. "And they didn't tell us?" Elian sighed.

"They did. You just weren't listening! They said they had one more thing to do…" Elian sighed again as she shook her head. "What exactly are you guys planning for tonight?" she asked, looking over at Ginny suspiciously.

"Sorry, that's for us to know and you to find out." Ginny replied mysteriously. Elian groaned. "What's wrong too mysterious for you?" Elian shook her head.

"No, I like mystery, but aren't you guys taking it a little too far?" Ginny shook her head. "I didn't think so." Elian said as the entrance to the grounds came into view. "Hurry up, I wanna get the make up and hair crap done!" Elian and Ginny started running towards the castle.

Once the reached the top of the steps they found the door was blocked by Malfoy and his cronies. "Get out of our way, Malfoy." Elian said, as she tried to shove him away from the door. "C'mon! Move!" He wouldn't budge. "Damn you! Can't you just get the fuck out of the way?" She yelled at him.

"Oh, must be your time of the month…" Malfoy said calmly. Elian smacked him hard across the face. "This makes the second time you hit me doesn't it? Let's not make a third." he threatened. A smirk then crossed Elian's lips that could rival Malfoy's own.

"So, I take it you're not going to move?" Elian asked, Malfoy nodded his head slightly in agreement. "Okay, then." Elian suddenly punched Malfoy in the stomach, which caused him to double over in pain. "Suck on that, Malfoy!" Elian yelled as she and Ginny quickly opened the door and ran inside.

"Damn that jumped up Mudblood!" Draco seethed, as he straightened. "She's going to regret doing that!" One of his friends cleared their throat. "What is it, Blaise?" he asked.

"She's not a Mudblood, Draco. She's a pureblood like us." Blaise said cautiously, glancing at Malfoy fearfully. A shocked look was on his face.

"Are you sure about that, Zabini? You're positive right, Blaise?" Malfoy asked, his eyes glazed over slightly. Blaise nodded. "Okay. But, she's still going to regret doing that." he said, a slight smile crossing his lips.

Inside the castle, Ginny and Elian ran quickly up to the Gryffindor Common room. "I can't believe you did that, Elian! That was amazing!" Ginny exclaimed, Elian smiled slightly.

"Well, he kinda pissed me off with that comment of his…frankly, he deserved it." she replied beaming and giggling slightly. "I have to admit, it felt kinda good punching him…I haven't had to do that since before I started at the Academy." She and Ginny both started laughing.

"Password?" the Fat Lady asked.

"Leonus." they both replied. The portrait then swung open to allow them entry.

"We've been waiting for you guys! What took you so long!" Lavender asked. Elian and Ginny start laughing again as they tell them what happened. "Oh, my God! That's brilliant!" Lavender shrieked excitedly.

Elian nodded. "I know. Malfoy is such a prat…" Ginny raised her eyebrows quizzically. "What? Why are you looking at me like that, Gin?" She just shrugged and walked towards the staircase.

"So, you don't have crush on him anymore?" Ginny asked, looking back over her shoulder at Elian, who blushed and shook her head. "So, you still have a crush on him?" Elian nodded in a most grudging manner. "Good. The plan can move forward." Elian looked at the four girls inquiringly, all of them just shook their heads and smiled innocently.

"Again, I hate it when you guys do that! It bugs me to no fucking end!" Elian cried, gently pulling her hair. "You guys are totally driving me insane!" Lavender pulled Elian up the stairs to their dorm. Once in the dorm, Lavender sat Elian down at Ginny's vanity once again.

"Okay, girls, what are we going to do with her hair?" Hermione asked as she picked up a few stands of Elian's hair. "It's really too long to really do anything with…we might have to cut it…" Elian shook her head vigorously.

"No way in hell am I going to let you cut my hair! It took me seven years to get it this long!" Elian said, moving her hair out of Hermione's reach. "Cut someone else's hair…" Hermione sighed heavily.

"I could make a potion that would restore your hair to it's original length overnight…you just have way too much hair for what Ginny wants to do." She said glancing over at Ginny. Elian closed her eyes and was silent for a few minutes.

"Don't you wanna impress the boy of your dreams tonight?" Lavender whispered in Elian's ear, causing her to groan. "Is that a yes?" she asked. Elian nodded.

"You guys are gonna hold that over my head, aren't you?" Elian asked, her eyes sparkling slightly. Hermione smiles and nods. "I thought as much…um, does anybody know who he's going with?" Ginny cleared her throat uncomfortably.

"Um, are you sure you want to know?" Elian nodded, Ginny sighs heavily. "He's going with…hey, you remember that girl you accidentally ran into yesterday?" Ginny asked, changing the subject. "What was her name, Kat Covington, right?" Elian nodded. "Well…Draco's going with her…" Elian stood up suddenly.

"Do whatever you have to do…I can't let that bitch win." she said, sitting back down and handing Hermione the scissors. "Just don't cut it too short." Hermione nodded and proceeded to cut Elian's hair. Fifteen minutes later Ginny began putting sliver highlights in Elian's hair, once she had finished that she started forming a loose bun on top of her head, making sure that her bangs perfectly framed her face.

"There, no wait…" she said as she finally put the finishing touches on Elian's hair. "Done! What do you think?" Ginny asked turning Elian to face the mirror. Elian gasped happily. "Well? It's not too much?" Elian smiled.

"Gin, my hair has never looked like this. It's amazing." Elian then hugged Ginny tightly. "Thank you so much." Parvati cleared her throat slightly.

"Um, we should all start getting ready…it's six-thirty." she said, pointing at her watch. "After we all get our dresses on, I'll do Elian's make-up." All five girls rushed over to their wardrobes and removed their dresses. Another fifteen minutes later, they were all dressed and Parvati was putting the finishing touches on Elian's make-up. "DONE!" Parvati yelled, causing the four other girls to jump in fright.

"Finally, now, stand up, Elian." Ginny said walking over to her. Elian obliged and stood up, while Ginny pulled something from behind her back…a small box. "Here." Ginny handed the box to Elian, who opened it quickly and gasped loudly when she saw what was inside. A beautiful sliver pendant in the shape of a small dagger, the handle of which was encrusted with two rubies and it hung on an eighteen inch sliver chain.

"Ginny! Oh, my God! Thank you!" Elian exclaimed, making Ginny blushed deeply. Hermione then tapped Elian on the shoulder and handed her a pair of white gold hoop earrings. "Hermione…?" Hermione shook her head.

"No…they belong to you now…besides, I hardly ever wear them." Hermione said before Elian pulled her and Ginny into a tight hugged. "Elian, you're cutting off our air supply…" Hermione gasped, causing Elian to release them.

"Sorry…so are we all ready?" Elian asked as she gently slipped her earrings into her earlobes. The four girls nod in agreement, then they all walked towards the dormitory door, opened in and made their way down to the Common room. Wolf whistles met their ears as they all stepped off the very last step. "Shut up, you perverted, hormonal morons!" Elian yelled at them. "So, shall we go?" They linked arms and walked out of the portrait hole, then down to the Great Hall.

As they walked into the Great Hall, cheers erupted as all the students saw Elian. "Why are they cheering?" Elian asked through her smile. Hermione and Ginny just glanced at each other and continued walking.

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