The "Belle" of the Ball

Professor McGonagall stood up and held up her hands for silence, the students obliged. "We are here to welcome Miss Marshall to Hogwarts. I expect you all to be on your best behavior. Before the merriment of commencement commences, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce your new Potions and Defense Against The Dark Arts professors." Two men in their early to mid twenties, stood up as Professor McGonagall said this. "To my left is Professor Evan James, Potions Master, and Professor Lukas Alexander, Defense Against The Darks Arts teacher, to my right." Scattered applause slightly filled the air.

"Thank you, headmistress." Both men said as they sat down again. The light applause died down and McGonagall opened her mouth to speak.

"Miss Marshall, could you come up to the head table, please?" she asked, gazing down at Elian, who nodded and made her way up to the headmistress. "Thank you. Now, if you would please, Miss Marshall, tell us a bit about yourself before everyone becomes excited and looses their capability to focus." Elian nodded, her stomach full of butterflies.

"Well, my name is Elian Marshall, I'm sixteen and I'm a pureblood, my mom's French and my dad's British." she said, glancing up at McGonagall. "Is that enough, headmistress? Being up here kinda makes me nervous…" McGonagall nodded and Elian quickly ran back to her friends.

"Okay, enjoy yourselves!" The headmistress yelled, as music started playing.

'Oh my love, please don't cry. I'll wash my bloody hands and we'll start a new life. I ripped out his throat, and called you on the telephone. To take off my disguise, just in time to hear you cry…'

"I know this song." Elian said, listening closely. "My Bloody Valentine by Good Charlotte." Ginny looked aver at Hermione, who shrugged. "You guys are telling me that you've never heard of Good Charlotte?" Ginny nods. "My God! Why does this shock me!" Suddenly Elian felt a light tap on her shoulder and quickly turns around. "Harry! Don't scare me like that! You trying to give me a heart attack or something?" she asked releasing the breath she had been holding. Harry shook his head and grinned sheepishly.

"Sorry. But, do you want to dance?" Harry asked, a slight pink creeping up in his cheeks. Elian smiled and nodded. "Good." Harry sighed, causing Ginny to giggle. Harry then lead Elian to the middle of the floor where other couples were already dancing.

'There was…police and flashing lights, the rain came down so hard that night. The headlines read 'A Lover Died'. No tell-tale heart was left to find, when you mourn the death of your bloody valentine…'

"Wonderful song choice, huh? Very cheerful." Elian said, trying to make conversation. Harry nodded in agreement. "But, this is still one of my favorite songs…it's so depressing, but at the same time so romantic…" Elian sighed as Harry just nodded again.

'Tonight…he dropped you off I followed him home, then I stood outside his bedroom window. Standing over he begged me not to do what I knew I had to do, cause I'm so in love with you. Oh my love, please don't cry. I'll wash my bloody hands and we'll start a new life. I don't know much at all, I don't know wrong from right, all I know is that I love you tonight.'

The song ended and Harry released Elian, much to her relief. "Thanks for the dance, Harry." Elian said as Harry walked off, his face a very dark red. "Poor guy…" she started giggling softly as Ginny walked up to her.

"What was that all about?" she asked, eyeing Harry's slowly retreating figure. "Well?" Elian just started giggling harder.

"I'm sorry, Harry's a really sweet guy, but the whole time we were dancing he was counting the steps…I tried to get him to talk, he just wouldn't break his concentration." Ginny started giggling.

"Yeah, that's sounds like Harry…poor guy." Ginny said, placing a hand on Elian's shoulder. "C'mon, me and Mione have something to show you." Ginny dragged Elian back to where Hermione, Ron and much to Elian's surprise, Draco Malfoy were standing. "Here she is!" she said, intentionally bumping Elian into Malfoy's side.

He looked over at Elian. "Sorry." she whispered, slightly embarrassed. Draco shrugged nonchalantly turning his attention back to his date, Kat Covington. "Ginny, why is she over here?" Elian whispered in Ginny's ear. Ginny shrugged.

"Dunno. Hermione was supposed to make sure only Malfoy came over here." Ginny replied, glancing over at Hermione, who motioned them over. "Mione, you were just supposed to get Draco! What is she doing here too?" Ginny asked, sounding slightly exasperated.

I Can Love You Better by the Dixie Chicks suddenly started playing, causing Elian to look up. "Hey guys…" Hermione and Ginny look over at her. "I'll be right back." Elian said as she started walking up to the head table. "Headmistress, can I perform this song?" McGonagall nodded, smiling slightly. "Thanks." Elian then pointed her wand at her throat and whispered an incantation.

"Mione, what is she doing?" Ron asked, looking up at Elian, a confused look on his face. Hermione shrugged and looked over at Ginny. "Well, I think we're about to find out…" As soon as Ron said this, a beautiful, angelic voice filled the Great Hall.

"She's got you wrapped up in her satin and lace…tied around her little finger…she's got you thinking you can never escape, don't you know your hearts in danger?"

" There's a devil in that angel's face…if you could only see the love that you're wasting. I can love you better than that, I know how to make you forget her."

"All I'm asking for is one little chance, cause, baby I can love, baby I can love you better…"

The hall started erupting with cheers. "I'm gonna break the spell she's got on you, you're gonna wake up to find…I'm your desire, my intentions are true, hey, babe, I know in time…you're gonna see what you mean to me. Open up your eyes, cause seeing is believing…" Malfoy started up at Elian, his eyes never leaving hers.

"I can love you better than that, I know how to make you forget her …all I'm asking for is one little chance… Cause, baby I can love, baby I can love you better…" The song ended and the students cheers grew even louder, Elian blushed and bowed slightly.

"Nice pipes, Marshall." Draco said when she reach them. "And an interesting song…" Kat scoffed loudly. "What? You don't think so?" he asked her, Kat shook her head.

"No. It's pathetic. Just like her." Kat replied coldly glaring at Elian, who moved closer to her. "Oh, did I hurt your feelings?" Kat asked, taunting Elian, who just shook her head.

"No. But, I dare you to look me in the eye and call me pathetic again…come on I dare you to see what will happen." Elian said, her voice calm and slightly malevolent.

Kat backed up slightly, clinging to Draco's arm. "What are you scared?" she asked, narrowing her eyes. Kat shook her head.

"No way. Scared of you? Please, it's like being scared of a bunny rabbit." Kat replied, waving her hand nonchalantly.

"Come on, Drakie poo… she isn't worth our precious time." Kat said, trying to dragged Draco away from Elian and her friends, but he didn't even budge.

"I think I'll stay here for a little while longer, thanks. But you are more then welcome to leave." he said as he glanced sideways at Elian. Kat turned and stormed off, seething. "Finally, thank God she's gone." Hermione looked at him confused.

"Malfoy, aren't you the one who asked her to come with you?" Hermione asked, causing Draco to shake his head. "Then why did you bring her?" Draco sighed heavily.

"She wouldn't leave me the hell alone… she followed me around all day. You wouldn't believe how fucking annoying that is…" Draco replied, leaning against the table behind him. "Anyway…" he was interrupted by his friend Blaise Zabini.

"Um, I was wondering…would you like to dance?" Blaise asked Elian, who looked at him in surprise, as did Draco.

Elian nodded slowly as Blaise took her hand and lead her to the dance floor. "Sorry, mate! But, you weren't gong to ask her!" He called back to the still slightly shocked Draco.

Ginny and Hermione started giggling. "What's so funny?" he asked, eyeing them suspiciously. Ginny and Hermione smile and shake their heads. "You have any idea what their so giggly about, Weasley?" Draco asked looking over at Ron, who looked equally confused.

"You got me, Malfoy…you got me." Ron replied staring at Elian and Blaise as the moved about the dance floor. "Mione, was this part of your plan?" He whispered, glancing back at Draco, Hermione shook her head.

"No, unless Ginny talked Blaise into it." Hermione whispered back. Draco walked up behind Ginny and lightly tapped her on the shoulder.

"What is it, Malfoy?" She asked him, shocked. Draco shrugged and continued to follow Elian across the dance floor with his eyes.

"Oh, do you have a crush on Elian or something?" Draco blushed lightly and shook his head. "Oh, but I think you do…you can't take your eyes off her." Ginny started giggling as she and Draco saw Blaise lightly kiss Elian's lips.

"Blaise…" Elian whispered, sounding slightly flustered. "I…uh, we just met."

Blaise nodded in agreement. "So, yeah…don't you think you're being a bit forward?"

Blaise shrugged slightly."Never really thought about it…just instinct." Blaise replied, looking deeply into Elian's eyes, causing her to blush more furiously. "Hey, wonder what's wrong with Draco?" Elian looked over to where her friends and Draco were standing.

Draco's face was a very deep red, his eyes were closed and he seemed to be shaking. "Wow, he looks really bad." Elian said as the song ended, then quickly freed herself from Blaise's grasp and rushed over to Draco. When she reached them she asked "Hey, you alright there, Malfoy?" Draco looked down at her and shook his head.

"No, but I will be." he replied, glaring at Blaise, who appeared behind Elian. "May I have the pleasure of this dance?" Draco asked, bowing slightly to Elian, who nodded somewhat shocked. Draco then procceded to lead Elian to the dance floor as a new song started.

"When I'm Gone." she said, Draco looked at her confusedly. "Name of the song, you stupid git. I think the band who does this song is 3 Doors Down…" Draco gave Elian a sour look.

"Okay, you don't have to be a smartass." Draco replied, causing Elian to laugh. "What?" he asked, Elian just shook her head. "Tell me, come on." Elian sighed deeply, trying to catch her breath.

"Fine. Before calling me a smartass, you should really look in the mirror." Elian started laughing softly again, this time Draco joining her. 'He's laughing… wow…' she thought to herself, slightly shocked.

For the rest of the song they danced in silence, occasionally bumping into other couples intentionally, of course. When the song ended, Draco pulled Elian closer to him and lightly brushed his lips across hers.

Blaise upon seeing this started cheering loudly as did Hermione and Ginny, Ron on the other hand wasn't very happy.

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