Forbidden

Christmas

Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter.

"Wow."

I turned to see Josephine standing near the door way staring up at the bobbles Dobby had left for me with my face on them. Sure, the little elf was a very good friend of mine but . . . this was hilariously embarrassing.

Josephine looked over at me, one eyebrow raised over the large glasses she always wore. I blushed, giving her a nervous smile. "Uh, I'm kinda friends with a house-elf. He's very enthusiastic."

"So I see," she said, shaking her head. "Need help taking it all down?"

"Yeah, thanks."

So far, for the last couple of months Josephine and I had created some kind of bond . . . if that's what you call it. I guess it was because both of us were helping each other out in the way. She was keeping my secret away from her git brother and the rest of them, while I was keeping her secret away from my friends and class.

Josephine Malfoy turned out to actually be kind of . . . interesting.

Whoa, never thought I'd call a Malfoy interesting. . . .

Anyway, most of the time, she was the first one to show up to the class and the last one to leave and we talked . . . we talked about nothing (never thought I'd say that either; there should always be something to talk about). She'd mention class and we'd go on about that. I'd mention Quidditch and we'd go on about that. But everything we talked about never had any purpose.

Ron and Hermione were questioning, wondering what happened to Cho, wondering who on earth 'Jasmine McCauley' was. . . . But I never answered their questions. It didn't matter what they thought or what they said. Josephine was an acquaintance . . . the twin sister of my enemy.

I looked over at her now, using her wand to take down the 'Have a Harry Christmas' banner that Dobby put up and I wondered . . . I wondered if we could actually be friends, actually start some kind of Gryffindor-Slytherin relationship . . . you know, without the whole doing it behind everyone's back type of thing.

But than when I actually thought about it, actually thought about what people would think if they saw us walking down the hallway together or just hanging out outside together. . . . They'd all hate us (not like they didn't hate me already).

Josephine looked over at me and gave me a small smile.

So maybe we could be friends . . . just between the two of us. . . .

I returned her smile.

"All right, that's it for today," I said, calling for attention. "You guys are getting really good. Keep up with your practicing and I'll see you all after break."

The class dispersed, talking and laughing loudly, calling bye to me. I saw Josephine heading towards me from one direction. . . .

And Cho Chang coming towards me from the other.

Cho reached me first, tears in her eyes. Josephine stopped in her tracks, her mouth forming a slight 'o', but then she smiled, turning to head out the door.

I gave myself a minute to thank her quietly for taking the hint before I turned to Cho to give her a small smile. "What's up, Cho?"

A couple of minutes later, Cho left, leaving me in a complete daze. I didn't even notice when the door opened a moment later and Josephine came in.

"So?" she asked, sidling up to me.

I shook my head and opened my mouth to speak but nothing came out.

Josephine laughed slightly, grabbing my arm softly. "Come on, lover boy."

With that, she guided me back towards the Gryffindor tower.

I was so in shock, I didn't even think to ask her how she knew where it was.

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