A Dragon and a Phoenix

Chapter 4

I changed and flopped into bed, extinguishing the candles with a lazy flick of my wand I rolled over and into a dreamless sleep. The next morning I woke to the sounds of laughter coming from the common room. It sounded like only a few people, but they were undoubtedly enjoying a very humorous joke. Curiosity overcame the desire for a few more minutes of sleep, so I got out of bed and dressed quickly. As I reached the bottom of the stairs I was greeted by the livid face of Malfoy.

"You will regret that, Kimmy darling."

"Actually I quite think that it was one of my finer moments. It was a stroke of brilliance. I doubt that you could make me regret it. You see, I thought about it this morning. If you think it was humiliating to be found by what sounded like only a few people in the common room then what would it be like for everyone to know that you were left there by a girl. Especially considering that you've made some of your little scenes with me public enough for them to know that I'm one of the few girls that shun your attentions and obvious efforts. So maybe you should think twice before you make it known that I was the one who left you there. Perhaps everyone will just assume that you were caught by a badly aimed jinx." And with a smile I left him standing there looking as if someone had dropped a cauldron on his head.

I reached the portrait hole to find Sara and Kat in a fit of giggles. With eyes streaming from laughter Kat grabbed my arm to steady herself and said, "Oh my gosh Kim, did you hear what happened to your stalker?! A fourth year found him this morning in the dark in the corridor by the stairs, and he was in a full body bind!"

Not laughing quite as hard as Kat, Sara asked, "I wonder who did it to him? Maybe it was an accident, but what on earth was he doing in the dark by the stairs?"

I chuckled and replied, "I'm the one that jinxed him. He was waiting for me there last night. He thought that he could intimidate me. Maybe he's learned his lesson. How did they find him this morning?"

"Someone threw a Fanged Frisbee and it landed nearby. He was absolutely furious when they released him. But of course everyone was laughing at him and you know how big his ego is," supplied Kat.

"Well he stopped me on my way to meet you two. He seemed to think that he was going to make me regret it, but I pointed out that by doing so he would be admitting to everyone that he was bested by a girl. I don't think it's something that I have to worry about," I grinned.

We headed down to the Great Hall for breakfast in high spirits. After we ate we lined up in the entrance hall, waiting on our turn to go through the ridiculous ritual check of Filch. He sneered at us as we walked past and headed down to the village. Due to new security measures there were Aurors waiting to escort us in small groups to Hogsmeade. A few teachers were also accompanying us.

We pulled our cloaks tighter about us to block the chill winds. When we reached the village people started off in various directions, everyone heading toward their favorite shops. We went in several places in search of new dress robes. I finally found some that suited me. Laden with packages and bags of sweets we made our way to the Three Broomsticks for a butterbeer before going back to the castle.

Once inside we lowered our hoods and removed our scarves. "You guys go and get us a table and I'll get our drinks," I said.

Nodding their agreement, Kat and Sara turned in search of a suitable place to sit. I went to the bar and paid for our butterbeer. While waiting for my change I felt an odd tingle shoot from head to toe. Then I turned to find myself under the scrutiny of a set of silver-gray eyes. Placing a hand on the small of my back he pushed me none to gently toward the door.

"What in bloody hell do you think you're doing? I'm not leaving with you. Don't make me curse you in front of all these people. I thought I made it clear that I wanted nothing to do with you, you foul loathsome pig."

There was a glimmer of malice in his eyes as he pressed the tip of his wand to my side through his cloak. "I would watch what I say if I were you. You're not the one in control of things this time. You're not to say anything or not only will you suffer, so will your friends." Giving him a look of pure hatred I allowed myself to be steered outside and into the deserted, cramped ally between two shops.

"What do you want?" I asked, my voice dripping with venom.

Without a word he forced my shoulders roughly against the wall and his lips came crashing down on mine. I stood in disbelieving shock. My brain just couldn't wrap around what was happening. While I was trying desperately to gather my senses and decide on an action his free hand moved up to cradle my head. He wound his fingers through my hair as the tip of his tongue passed over my lips, demanding entry.

Without thinking about what was going on I responded. With both hands resting against his chest I returned his kiss. Pouring some of my anger and pent up emotions into it until I finally realized what was happening. I opened my eyes and pushed him away.

"What the bloody hell was that all about?! How many times and in how many languages do I have to tell you to leave me alone?" I was furious, mostly at myself for being foolish enough to let something like that happen. I was also angry at him for kissing me in the first place. It was taking a conscious effort to keep the power of my fury under control. He kept a straight face, but I knew from the flicker of fear in his cool silver eyes that he could see the smoldering flames in the depths of mine. He had, of course, never seen anything of the sort. (My great-great many times great grandmother was a veela. This particular trait had evolved from her in my mother's side of the family.)

I've been waiting for this. I'll teach her to humiliate me in front of everyone. Kimberly Daniels will show some respect for her superiors before it's over with. I'll have her begging for mercy. After following her for the better part of the day in Hogsmeade she wasn't surrounded by her two little friends. Slowly I crept up behind her and directed her to the door.

"What in bloody hell do you think you're doing? I'm not leaving with you. Don't make me curse you in front of all these people. I thought I made it clear that I wanted nothing to do with you, you foul loathsome pig."

That one is going to cost her. Pressing my wand to her side I whispered, "I would watch what I say if I were you. You're not the one in control of things this time. You're not to say anything of not only will you suffer, so will your friends." Pushing her into the ally I started to raise my wand, but the fearless look she gave me was disturbing. She should be terrified. I could kill her and no one would know that I had done it. Damn, I want her to be terrified. She'll show a little more respect and appreciate the attention I give her if she's scared of me…wow she's got great lips. I bet she's a good kisser. I heard some of the other guys talking about her…..NO I'm supposed to be teaching her a lesson…Oh hell…

Without giving it a thought I pressed her against the wall and kissed her. And she's kissing me…damn they were right. What the hell am I doing?!

She pushed me away and started yelling. Wait, what did she say? What happened to my plan? I'm Draco bloody Malfoy. She's the one that's supposed to throw herself at me not the other way around. AHHH! I've got to get control of this situation before she ruins my reputation!

I turned and walked quickly back the way we'd come and back into the Three Broomsticks. Still trying to process what had just happened, I collected the waiting butterbeers and went to find Sara and Kat.

Giving me a curious look Kat asked, "What took you so long? I'm glad we weren't dying of thirst."

"Sorry guys. I nipped into the bathroom before getting the drinks and well, you know how I am about my hair."

They nodded in agreement and accepted my pitiful excuse without further question. While we sat and talked we wondered if there would be anything special at Halloween this year. There was discussion of new hairstyles and the students that hadn't returned. Of course we talked about the latest headlines in the Daily Prophet, and expressed aloud our hopes for the safety of our own families. When all of the usual topics of conversation were exhausted we pulled our cloaks back on, gathered our things and headed back to the castle.

For the most part I was lost in my thoughts. I came out of a daze when we reached the entrance hall. We had to submit all of our parcels for searching before we were allowed back inside. Once we passed inspection we went back to the Slytherin common room. Telling the others that I wanted to go and put my things up I made a hasty escape to the girls' dormitories.

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