Ginny had hoped she would catch Draco on his patrol, but he never came. Once off the train she had secretly been wishing she'd see him on the platform. That, also, was a no go. She didn't know why she was so desperate to see him. Wasn't it only a few months ago that she loathed and hated him? Wasn't Harry the one she was destined to be with? When the hell did Malfoy come into the picture?
She had no idea why she felt this way. She knew she was meant to hate and despise Draco. He was rude and uncouth and totally horrible, what with the way he felt towards Muggles and "Mudbloods". She knew what she felt was wrong, and she knew how much trouble she would be in when Ron found out, which no doubt he would.
Once inside the great hall did she finally spot him. She had just seated herself between Harry and Ron. She looked around the room, slowly taking in all the familiar sights of her home. She surveyed first the Hufflepuff table, which was right beside the Griffindor table. She saw her friend Lucy Moore and waved a greeting. Lucy smiled and waved back. Then she looked at the Ravenclaw table.
Ginny didn't know anyone in Ravenclaw so she didn't acknowledge anyone. Then, finally her gaze fell upon the Slytherin table. She spied Draco, seated between Goyle and Pansy Parkinson. Ginny's stomach lurched. What was the matter with her? Why was she feeling this way? Wasn't it she, Ginny Weasley, who was cheating?
She pushed that last thought out of her mind. She couldn't cheat, she wouldn't. Besides, what really went on in the train? She and Draco had merely talked, Hadn't they? Or did something else happen? She was kidding herself. Something had definitely happened. She and Malfoy were most definitely dating, even if they hadn't properly asked each other.
Sensing he was being watched Draco slowly turned his gaze to Ginny. He held her gaze for a few minutes. Ginny felt the flush in her cheeks. Draco smiled slowly and Ginny gave a half smile back.
"Looking for someone?" Harry hissed in her ear. Ginny jumped.
"What? Oh no… I was just… err… I was just thinking." She said quickly. Harry gave her an odd look.
"Thinking? About what?" He asked her. Ginny groaned inwardly. Honestly how is what she was thinking any never mind of Harry's?
"What goes on in my brain is for me alone." She said.
"Were you thinking about me?" Harry asked. She knew he was trying to be sexy and cool. Inwardly Ginny rolled her eyes. On the outside she smiled.
"That's for me to know." She told him. Harry turned back to his meal; obviously certain she was hooked up on him. Ginny sighed and reached over to start filling her plate. Ginny glanced up and chanced a look at Draco, he looked positively livid.
Ginny sighed she knew Harry shouldn't be strung along like this. She turned back to him.
"Harry," She began carefully.
"Hrrmmfff?" He mumbled his mouth full of food.
"This isn't right." She said. Harry swallowed his food. He gave her an odd expression.
"What's not? Gin?" He asked. Ginny took a deep breath.
"Us." She said quietly. Hermione, Ron, Neville and Seamus stopped talking and looked at her as if she had lost her mind.
"Pardon me?" Harry asked, throwing daggers at her. "I don't think I heard you correctly." He said.
"No you heard me right." She lowered her eyes. "I can't do this Harry. I'm sorry, but you need to let go and move on."
"Who is it?" He asked. Ginny's gaze snapped up.
"What?" She asked, completely stunned.
"Oh, get off it. You have been eyeing off someone all evening and now you're dumping me? There's gotta be someone. I demand you tell me who." Harry spat. Ginny looked close to tears.
"Harry, it's not like you think it is." She sobbed. "I only just started to see him." She assured him, yet instead of assuring Harry, this revelation only served to anger him more.
"So you admit that there is someone else?" Harry yelled. Ginny looked at her plate. "Answer me." He demanded.
Again she said nothing; Harry gave her another angry look. "How long?" He spat. Ginny looked at him.
"Only just recently. It's only just started and I swear it was unexpected to say the least. I didn't plan this. Harry, I'm sorry." Ginny put her hand on Harry's shoulder. He shoved it off angrily.
"Don't touch me." He hissed. Ginny withdrew her hand, as though she had just been burnt.
"Harry, I…" She began. Harry glared at her.
"Don't talk to me, you back stabber." He said. Ginny put her hands to her face. "I don't want you to ever talk to me again. Now get away from me." He told her. Ginny stood and fled from the hall in a fury of tears. Harry looked at Ron, with a self satisfied smile on his face; Ron's face was bright red.
"What's wrong with you?" Harry asked. Ron remained silently glaring.
"Detention, Potter." Harry heard a voice say. Harry snapped his head up to find the source of the voice. Harry narrowed his eyes as Draco stood inches from the table, smirking.
"Get stuffed, Malfoy, I'm not taking notice of your stupid detention." Harry said, Draco smiled wider.
"Disobeying an order from a prefect? Tut tut." He said, shaking his head. "That will not do." Draco said.
"What grounds are you going to give me a detention on?" Harry asked.
"For giving cheek to a prefect." Draco told him, smoothly. Harry groaned inwardly as he realised that he had forgotten Ginny had been made a prefect.
"Yeah? Well I got news for you, Malfoy, the 'Head Boy' doesn't agree with your punishment, Do you Ron?" Harry asked, turning to Ron. Ron was silent for a few moments.
"What did you have in mind?" Ron asked, looking at up Draco.
"WHAT!" Harry yelled. "You aren't siding with Malfoy are you?" Harry screamed.
"Harry, please your making a scene. Look I may not like the fact that Malfoy is giving you a detention but he's perfectly within his rights." Ron told him. "As a prefect, if you're caught mouthing another prefect they can give you the right form of punishment that they see fit." Ron said with a shrug.
"So what were you thinking?" Ron asked Draco. Draco smiled.
"Snape's dungeon could use a good clean- out." Draco smirked. "What do you think, Weasley?" Draco asked. Ron shrugged.
"Sounds good to me. I think he needs it." Ron agreed. Draco turned to Harry.
"I'll inform Snape. He'll give Weasley all the particulars of your detention. Until then have a nice night, POTTER." Draco hissed then with a swish of his green robes he left the Hall. Harry glared at Ron.
"I can't believe you let him give me a detention on the first day back." Harry muttered. "Especially one as awful as that." He said. Ron looked uncomfortable.
"Yeah, well, like I said before, he's within his rights. You did the wrong thing." He said. Harry glared at him.
"And this has nothing to do with the fact that Ginny happens to be your sister?" Harry asked. Ron sighed.
"I have to admit that I didn't like the way you treated Ginny. She is my baby sister. And if she says it's only started then it has, I trust her, but Draco had every right to assign you the detention he did. You aren't meant to like it you know?" Ron told him.
"Yeah, I know." Harry sighed. "I just don't like Malfoy being the first one to dish me out a detention." Harry said. Ron smiled.
"He would've been looking for an excuse to give you a detention." Ron chuckled. Hermione, who had been silent til now cleared her throat. Harry and Ron looked at her.
"You ok Hermione?" Ron asked. Hermione nodded.
"I was just wondering." She said.
"About what?" Ron asked.
"Why would Malfoy choose that reason to give Harry a detention?" She said. Harry frowned, Ron shrugged.
"Like I said before, Malfoy would use any excuse to give Harry a detention." Ron said.
"No, I think that Hermione may be onto something." Harry agreed. "Come on." He told them. Ron and Hermione followed Harry out of the Great Hall. Once in the halls Harry pulled out the Marauders Map.
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." Harry said, tapping his father's old parchment. "Let's see where old Malfoy goes, shall we?" Harry asked them. Ron and Hermione nodded.
Harry found his green dot and followed it over the pages. His dot went into the library and sure enough found Ginny's little red dot.
"Now, what's he up to?" Ron asked. Harry and Hermione looked at each other.
"The 'Other Man'?" Harry asked. Hermione nodded, sadly.