Blond hair, upside down magazine and mismatched clothes... you must be Loony Lovegood.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters of the story. All are those of J.K. Rowling. Credits to her ladyship Queen J.K. Rowling :).
The sun has just set and the crickets just started to chirp their evening song when a young man arrived at Diagon Alley. The young man was tall and had blond hair. He had an air of dignity and arrogance that could easily be seen in his face. His name was Draco Malfoy. Now Draco walked with a bit of swagger amidst the fading crowd in that road. When shone by the light of the moon, faint lines of stress can be seen all over his face. He walked aimlessly along the road and kicked a few rocks along the way. The stress of his problem was finally taking a toll on him. It was like carrying the world on his shoulder. How can he kill one of the most respectable wizard in history?
Along the road, he saw a girl that had blond hair and gray eyes just like hers. But there was something different in hers that he couldn’t just remove. Although it was gray, it was a shade that can only be compared to shining silver. It was radiant and powerful yet dainty and pure. There was something familiar to the girl that she had to move closer to take a really good look.
“Blond hair, upside down magazine and mismatched clothes... you must be Loony Lovegood.” Draco sneered as he went closer. The girl looked up from what she was reading and stared at the boy.
“Oh, hello there Draco. What a lovely evening isn’t it?” Luna smiled with her dreamy look and put the magazine in her lap. Since he wasn’t doing anything, he thought of annoying the girl to at least take his mind off his task.
“What are you doing here Lovegood? Shouldn’t loonies be at their homes right now and be making something weird right now?” Draco grinned at his wit and stood in front of the girl.
“I was just shopping for new quills and parchments today. School’s just a week away from now and I can’t possibly go tomorrow for I will help daddy with his work,” Luna stood up and looked at the boy intently. “Is there something wrong with you Draco? You seem...worried and stressed? Can I help you with anything?”
“It’s not your business loony,” Draco said with a hint of annoyance. How can that girl possibly know what’s happening with him right now? But, the benefit of the doubt was with Draco so he dismissed the question. “Well I have to leave. I have a lot of parchments and quills to buy. Farewell loony.” And with that, Draco turned around and left without another word.
Unbeknownst of him, the other blond followed him and was keen to know what was behind his worries.
“I’ll do whatever it takes until I learn what’s happening with him,” Luna said with sheer determination. “No one should ever be a burden of a problem that big.”
For an hour, Draco walked from shop to shop to buy things for school. He scrutinized every piece of material he bought to make sure it was proper for him. While buying, he was thinking of how he will accomplish his task. But just thinking of it makes his spine tingle. Even though he thought of professor Dumbledore as an old bat, he was still a considerate man and a great wizard. Professor Dumbledore was kind to him and he couldn’t bare hi conscience if he killed someone. But, if he didn’t his parents would die. He would die.
“I can’t let that happen. I won’t let that happen,” He whispered to himself. “I have to...kill him.”
After buying all those things he needed, he went by Florean Flortescue’s ice cream parlour to buy himself a cup of ice cream. But then, he remembered that one of the Death Eaters. One of his people took him. One of the people just like him. He was finally one of those people who are loathed by people. A Death Eater. A weak laugh came from him as he touched his forearm.
“I’m a Death Eater now.” He said to himself. The fear in him was well masked behind him. No one could ever tell that somewhere lies a child who just wants everything to be alright. So then he walked pass by the ice cream parlour and to a near shop that sells caramel apples even at night. He bought one from a young wizard who was half-asleep and sat at a bench nearby. He was deep into his thoughts while biting the sweet caramel apple in his hand that he didn’t notice Luna sitting beside him at the bench just in front of the caramel apple store.
“Delicious isn’t it?” Luna said with her ever dreamy look as she unwrapped a chocolate frog and put it in her mouth.
“Merlin’s beard! What are you doing here loony?!” Draco half-jumped in his sit and was shocked that he saw that girl beside her. Was she following him? Did she here what he said by being a Death Eater?
“It’s a lovely evening tonight and I thought that you might need company.” Luna said matter-of-factly.
“I’d rather have an elf as a company if I’ll be stuck with you.” Draco spat and stood up. He looked at the girl beside him and looked at her menacingly. But, being Luna, she whistled a tune and swung her feet beneath the bench.
“Companionship is given to those who most need it but never realize of it.” Luna said as she ate another chocolate frog. Draco contemplated about what she said and said nothing.
“Ugh! You can be daft sometimes. I don’t need company. Now scurry off to Pothead and Weasel girl.” Draco said annoyingly and then looked at the girl to see if it would budge her.
“Everyone needs friends to be with. Even you. I know I have mine whom I can count on to be with. How about you?” She grinned without the intention of offending.
“Ugh! Your impossible Loony Lovegood!” The blond shouted at the girl and walked away.
“Everyone needs it Draco! Even you!” Luna shouted. Draco just kept on walking and walking until he was merely a single dot.
“If I needed companion, it won’t certainly be you Lovegood. I’m sure of it.”