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THE BLUE-HAIRED GIRL WAS QUITE A PECULIAR character, not because of her hair color due to her metamorphmagus abilities (actually the hair was the least peculiar thing about Aurelia Malfoy) it wasn't her name which was hard to pronounce and she was only named that because she was born with a little tuft of gold hair (Aurelia was Latin in origin and it meant 'the golden one'). The most peculiar thing about Aurelia Malfoy was her 'open-minded' mindset that was different from her mother, father, and brother.

It wasn't just her mindset that was different from her parents' and brother's, it was her looks as well. The young girl had naturally light brown almost dirty blonde hair, it didn't match anyone in her family, not even her aunt Andromeda who had dark brown hair, she had chubby cheeks and her eyes weren't a light blue almost grey like her mother's, father's, and brother's, but a bright blue that she seemed to share with her aunt Bellatrix among other features like her curly hair and face shape.

She was also raised differently than her brother (which Aurelia found very peculiar) when Aurelia was a baby she was often brought to her aunt Andromeda's and this went on until she was seven, she didn't understand why these visits stopped but it seemed that Lucius hated the idea of her being in Andromeda's care but apparently Narcissa had insisted. Draco was never once was allowed to come along with Aurelia no matter how big of tantrum he threw, it confused Aurelia but she never once questioned it out loud. These visits were the reasons why she was so open-minded compared to her parents and brother, and while in years to come Aurelia would be thankful for them but as of now, they left her angry because she believed they were the reason her father despised her so much.

Her father had never been one to show affection to people he cared about but he showed more affection to Aurelia's mother and brother than he did to her. No matter what she did it never seemed to be good enough to please him. Whenever she questioned why muggles were less than them, he'd look at her as if she were the most disgusting thing on this planet. Even when she had received her Hogwarts acceptance letter along with her twin, he seemed to be displeased with her even though he had looked down at Draco with pride.

Aurelia had looked over the list of the school supplies at least twenty times, she was very nervous and excited to get her supplies, especially when it came to her wand, what if none of the wands chose her?

As usual, she was a bundle of nerves, a lot of things made her nervous, especially the thought of not being a good enough witch that even a wand wouldn't choose her, or what would happen if she got sorted into any other house except Slytherin.

With her father off getting their books and her mother off getting her brother's robes fitted, Aurelia was left with the nerve-wracking task of getting her wand, as her brother already got his.

She hadn't even reached Ollivander's when she bumped into someone, Aurelia let out a squeak "I'm so sorry!" her hair turned bright yellow at this, she knew her father would angry with her for changing her hair to such an outrageous color but she couldn't help it.

"It's quite alright, dear." replied a soft voice, she looked up, peering through the mask of yellow hair to see an older red-haired woman accompanied by her four children.

The Weasleys!

Aurelia had heard of them before from her father, of course, it was nothing good, this was Lucius Malfoy we were talking about and he rarely had anything good to say about anyone.

Beside the older lady were two twin boys, a young boy who looked to be around her age although he was rather tall, and a young girl that was no more than two years younger than Aurelia. The twins peered down at her "What's wrong with your hair?" one of them asks, their mother shoots them a stern look, Aurelia's hair turned blue as she realized that the older boy meant no harm by his question.

"George!" the mother exclaims in a shrill voice and the one that spoke before replies.

"I'm not George, I'm Fred, and I was only asking a question!"

"I'm a metamorphmagus." Aurelia replies shyly twiddling her thumbs.

"Wicked." The twins say together, "I'm Fred Weasley." the twin to the left introduces himself, "And this is my twin and partner in crime, George... We've never met a metamorphmagus before, well we think there was one in Hufflepuff but she graduated the year we started, we didn't know her well at all, her name was Tonks or something like that."

It would be damn near impossible to tell the two of them apart if Aurelia hadn't noticed a decently sized freckle on George's neck that Fred did not have. She was surprised at the mention of her older cousin, whom she had not seen in a few years, but she didn't get to say anything as another Weasley started to talk.

The younger boy spoke "I'm Ron Weasley! You look awfully nervous, this must be your first year, it's mine as well."

"Y — yeah, it is."

The youngest of the four children spoke eagerly with a big smile on her face "I'm Ginny and I really like your hair!"

The young girl blushes her hair turning pink as she smiles "Aw th — thank you, Ginny!" Aurelia gushes.

Mrs. Weasley speaks this time "Who are you, dear?"

"Oh... I'm — um — I'm Aurelia Malfoy."

The older woman blinks "Malfoy?"

Nervousness began to seep back into the pit of Aurelia's stomach "Yes, ma'am." she spoke with a nod of her head, the girl frowned "I best be going, I have to get my wand. It was nice to meet you, have a lovely day." Aurelia adds desperately wanting to leave this awkward situation. She knew her father spoke rudely of them often at home, and she had no doubt in her mind that he did it to their faces. The Weasleys probably hate her now.

Much to her surprise, Mrs. Weasley smiled warmly at her "It was nice meeting you as well, have a nice day dear.".

With that the family of red-heads went on their way, the twins call over their shoulders "Bye, Blue, we'll see you at Hogwarts!" before disappearing from sight.

The young girl returned her hair to its natural color, heading to Ollivander's. She felt slightly less nervous than before, a smile lighting up her face.

Ollivander's was a narrow, shabby looking building with gold peeling letters on the door that read: Ollivanders makers of fine wands since 382 BC. She heard a bell ring somewhere in the depths of the store as she stepped foot inside the building the door closing behind her.

There was another girl in the shop and Mr. Ollivander was helping her find a wand, the old man hands her a wand, the dark, bushy-haired girl gives it a flick, it sends an old box flying through the air hitting the wall right next to Aurelia who jumped in surprise.

"I'm sorry!" She apologized with a guilty expression, Aurelia shrugs her shoulders "It's fine."

The old man clicked his tongue "It looks as though you've found your wand, Miss. Granger." Mr. Ollivander spoke in a soft voice "That'll be eight galleons."

Aurelia waited until the bushy-haired girl left, the old man had busied himself with something at the back of the store, she walked over to the counter and noticed a shiny, silvery box that contained an odd looking wand.

The brunette was just about to pick up one of the wands when Mr. Ollivander spoke from behind her "Ah, Miss. Malfoy, I see you've noticed the Thestral wand."

"I'm sorry, sir!" She gasped, startled by the old man's appearance.

"There's no need to apologize, it's mere curiosity. That wand is made of Cypress wood, it's twelve inches and has a Thestral hair in its' core."

Aurelia's eyes widen "Thestral?"

"Yes, I'm sure you have heard the story of the Unicorn and the Thestral?"

Aurelia nodded eagerly "Yes, my auntie Meda told me it all the time when I was little!"

The old man's eyes twinkled with excitement "That wand contains the hair from that very same Thestral. It was handed down to me by my great great grandmother and I decided to place it in a wand. It's very rare to have a Thestral hair in the core of your wand, why don't you give it a try?"

There was a strange but good feeling in her left hand, a smile stretched across her face, the older man gave her and nod, encouraging her to try the wand out. She gave it a wave and gold sparks forming little moons and stars emitted from it before dissipating. Mr. Ollivander clapped his hands together "Well, my child, it seems you have found your wand." he told her. Aurelia was relieved to have found a wand and she was pleasantly surprised with the story behind the wand.

After purchasing her wand she headed to Madam Maulkin's for her robes. Aurelia noticed the bushy-haired girl across the street looking very lost and very confused. Despite the nervousness and the anxiety eating away at the pit of her stomach, Aurelia decided she should go and ask if the girl needed any help.

"Can I help you with anything?" Aurelia asked the question came out sound very meek even though, in her mind the brunette had planned to sound confident.

The girl nodded quickly "Yes, please."

"What can I help you with?"

"You see, the man who brought me here told me to go get my wand and meet him outside of Madam Maulkin's Robes for all Occasions, except he didn't tell me where that was, mind pointing me in that direction?"

Aurelia nodded "Of course! I was just heading there myself. I'm Aurelia Malfoy." She replied becoming a bit more confident.

She smiled looking relieved and very grateful "Thank you so much. I'm Hermione Granger by the way."

"It's a pleasure to meet you."

"It's a pleasure to meet you too!"

Hermione turned out to be a muggle born, and not that Aurelia minded as her uncle Ted was a muggle-born, it just wasn't pleasant when Aurelia's father found out. Lucius sneered at Hermione and told her off before grabbing Aurelia's arm and pulling her away from the bushy-haired girl. Luckily Aurelia was able to mouth an apology to Hermione as Lucius dragged her away from her new friend. As an act of defiance for her father's actions, she made her hair bright blue.

Lucius and Aurelia were looking for Narcissa and Draco when two familiar voices called out "Oi! Blue!"

Aurelia tried to turn around to reply to the Weasley twins but her father's grip on her arm got tighter as he quickened his pace.

"Blue!" their voices were closer this time, the blue haired girl stopped walking, planting her feet on the ground, looking up at her father defiantly. The older Malfoy pursed his lips, narrowing his eyes at his daughter and tugged on her arm, hard.

"Blue!" said one.

"Mr. Malfoy!" said the other.

Lucius turned on his heel, eyeing the Weasley twins with distaste "What?" he said stiffly

"As you may know, sir, my brother and I are, Gred and Forge Weasley. We ran into your daughter earlier and we forgot to wish her luck for Hogwarts, in case we miss each other on the train." Fred explained while his twin nodded.

The older Malfoy frowned at the red-haired boys "My daughter does no —"

"Thank you." Aurelia said, interrupting her father's more than likely hostile insult.

"You're welcome! Have a wonderful day, Blue!"

"Have a wonderful day as well, Gred, Feorge."

Her father's yelling was making the young girl's headaches worse than they were this morning. That's how the young girl, even though she was stuck inside her father's office, knew that it was close to the full moon, ever since she could remember, her headaches had always been the worst near the time of the full moon.

Lucius was fuming, his normally pale face was bright red "How dare you go and embarrass us like that... This is why I was against letting you near Andromeda!"

Without thinking she exclaimed "They're good people! They're just like you and me!"

Aurelia's eyes widen realizing what she had done. If it was possible her father became even redder in the face.

"How dare you!" Her father snarled, his wand pressed up against her neck within seconds, her hair turned white as she cowered in her seat under her father's intense glare, she knew what was coming next and she was terrified, her body preparing itself for the pain. It had only happened a few times before, and the Cruciatus curse he used on her only lasted a few seconds but it was still painful nonetheless.

"Cru —"

"Lucius!" Narcissa cried out storming into the office, her father jumped back, he tried to pass it off as if he wasn't doing anything wrong, her mother stood in front of her in a protective manner "What on earth are you doing?" She snapped icily, Lucius paled as Narcissa turned to her daughter, her glare softened as she placed a hand on Aurelia's cheek.

"Are you alright, Aurelia, dear?"

Aurelia nodded, her eyes wide and full of tears, her mother kissed her forehead.

"Go to your room, dear, I need to have a word with your father."

Aurelia scampered out of the room without out a second thought, at that moment, it was decided, she was overly thankful to be going to Hogwarts. At the end of the hallway stood her twin, he looked terrified, which was unusual for Draco "Lia, are you okay?"

Although she was still terrified she managed to turn her hair blue and smiled at her (older) twin brother "Yeah. I'm — I'm fine."

The morning of September first proved to be a rather awkward, tension-filled morning but miraculously Aurelia got through it without being yelled at. Despite being nervous about the sorting and making friends, she was rather thankful she was able to get away from her father for nearly a full year.

Aurelia was given instructions to keep her hair a natural color and she had chosen to keep it black, she had it pulled in a bun, too lazy to brush it out, holding it together was her wand and a golden crescent moon clip she had received from her uncle Ted (he had laughed so hard when giving it to her, it had been six years and still Aurelia had no idea what he found so funny about it) for her fifth birthday, and despite her mother's distaste for the clip she still wears it.

She had a black summer dress on and her older cousin's old jean jacket that had patches on it (patches like Green Days, whatever that means, and the Weird Sisters). Aurelia looked at her parents "Bye dad." her father, of course, merely gave her a curt nod, frowning she turned to her mother "Bye mum."

Narcissa planted a kiss on her daughter's forehead then watched as she ran through the barrier to platform nine and three quarters.

Aurelia wasn't surprised to see that her twin hadn't followed right behind her, in fact, she was sort of grateful for it, this meant she could sit on her own. No Draco, no Pansy, no Goyle, and no Crabbe.

Luckily she was able to find an empty compartment, she hadn't seen Fred, George, nor Hermione so she sat on her own, not that she minded.

She brushed some stray strands of her hair out of her face, Aurelia preferred to keep her hair blue much like her older cousin, Nymphadora liked to keep her hair bubblegum pink.

Aurelia pulled out her worn out copy of Alice and Wonderland, she figured reading would be a good way to pass the time as there was a long train ride ahead of her. She hadn't been reading long when there was a soft knock on the compartment door, the raven-haired girl looked up from her book to see a chubby, timid looking boy around her age.

"Uh, is — is it okay if — if I sit here?"

Aurelia nods, strands of hair falling in her face as she looked back down at her book. The boy sat across from her, nervously glancing from her to the window. She wondered why he would choose to sit with her when she knew that there had to at least a handful of compartments that were still empty. She peered up at the boy, quickly looking away before he could catch her. Aurelia pulled out a small chocolate bar from her cardigan before going back to her book.

The young girl was just getting to the part where Alice meets the Mad Hatter when she felt eyes on her. She looked up to find the boy staring at her, he instantly became red in the face when he realized he had been caught, Aurelia blushed looking down yet again.

"I'm — I'm Neville Long — Longbottom." The boy spoke nervously, Aurelia tensed, she was sure she had heard that last name before, whatever memories were attached to it were not good ones, she bit her lip, feeling just as nervous as the boy sounded.

"I'm... I'm Aurelia Malfoy." She replied quietly, and the round-faced boy had to lean in to hear her — almost falling off his seat doing so — but he didn't seem to react to her name in any way so Aurelia took that as a good sign.

Aurelia glances down at the boy's hands, to find that Neville was carrying a toad, she smiled, "What's your toad's name?" she wondered. She had always wanted a pet of her own but her father refused to buy her one, even when she suggested using her own money, he had refused.

"T — t — Trevor."

"That's a cool name!"

Neville seemed to study her for a minute as if he was trying to figure out if she was teasing him or not and to his surprise she wasn't, Aurelia was being sincere. A smile grew on the young boy's face "Really?"

Aurelia nods "Yes," She replied, "It's much better than Sheryl or Travis." She remarked. Neville's smile grew at the black haired girl's serious tone.

"I've always wanted a pet. My dad refused, I used to have a fox- well- he wasn't my fox but he hung around my house when I was younger. He was a really smart fox, I named him after that artist Vincent Van Gogh, we used to play hide and go seek when my brother or friends wouldn't play with me. But my dad ran him off the property and I haven't seen him since." She rambled, opening and closing her book to keep her from freaking out and backing out of the conversation, she tried not to look Neville in the eyes afraid it would make her even more nervous.

Neville had been listening intently, his mouth hanging open in surprise "A fox?! That's w — w — wicked!" he stammered "There was a fox at my Gran's once, it was back when I was really little an' I — I didn't name it anything it was only there for a few months."

"I love foxes!" Aurelia said excitedly taking a bite of her chocolate bar, Neville was staring at her with wide eyes and toothy smile, suddenly she felt bad for not asking him he wanted some, so she held out the chocolate bar towards Neville "Would you like some chocolate?"

Neville nodded "Yes, please!"

Aurelia eagerly handed him over a piece "Here you go!"

They fell silent as they shared the chocolate bar together, Aurelia noted that the boy's frown had returned and she wondered why he looked so sad.

She suddenly smiled wide, shoving the wrapper of the chocolate bar in her pocket "Hey, Neville?" Aurelia questioned, he looked up "Why so blue?" her hair turned blue at the word.

"It's bl — it's blue — how did you do that?" He gasped in shock, his eyes growing wide.

"I'm a metamorphmagus, my hair changes to my emotions or to whatever color I want it to be. There's more to it than that, but that's all I can do right now." She explained to Neville. "My cousin, Nymphadora, she's a metamorphmagus too, when I was allowed to visit her, she could make her eyes change colors, change her entire face, she could even give herself a pig snout." She rambled as Neville listened intently.

"That's really cool." He said sincerely and Aurelia grinned at the young boy.

"You really think so? Normally my hair is blue... But my father told me to keep it a normal color, I was born with golden hair but I settled on blue when I was a baby. That's what my aunt told me when I was younger."

"Gold — golden hair? Wow, that's — that's really neat."

Her hair turned pink "I — I guess it is."

The only thing that happened during the train ride was that Neville lost Trevor and so Aurelia had offered to go look for the young boy's pet toad, along the way had run into Hermione, who then spent the rest of her time sitting with Aurelia and Neville.

When the three children got off the train they discovered they would have to take boats to get to Hogwarts, Hermione eagerly got into a boat with a few other children and offered her to sit in the empty space next to her but the raven-haired girl decided to stay with Neville, and so the two of them sat in a boat together with two other girls

Neville didn't like the boats all that much, Aurelia didn't blame him, the boats didn't look all too sturdy. If it weren't for magic, the young girl would be wondering how they were staying afloat. Neville kept looking nervously at the water when the boat rocked slightly, the boy let out a gasp, grabbing Aurelia's hand.

"Oh, my... I'm s — sor — sorry." He stammered out an apology, releasing the young girl's hand, she laughed softly.

"S'okay, you're scared of the water, I don't blame you, it looks pretty deep. If you fall in, I'll save you." Aurelia replied, glancing at the water, she wasn't sure how she would save him, after all, she wasn't the greatest swimmer, maybe she said it to reassure him, she didn't know, but Neville sent her a small smile.

"I don't want to make a fool of myself if I do fall in, these boats don't look too safe."

"If you fall in, then I'll fall in after you, that way we can both make fools of ourselves." the young girl said, smiling at Neville.

The boat rocked again, he grabbed Aurelia's hand once again letting out a nervous squeak. The young girl was starting to become queasy, she didn't do well on boats or bumpy rides.

"What a disgusting color." the one girl with blonde hair, that sat across from them in the boat snickered, Aurelia lowered her head, frowning, sometimes she really hated being a metamorphmagus. If she still had contact with Nymphadora, she would be in better control of it.

"I think it's pretty — pretty cool." Neville whispered to her, Aurelia felt her cheeks heat up.

The young girl gasped, her eyes going wide with excitement "Whoa!" She exclaimed, looking at Hogwarts, it was much better than she could have ever imagined "Neville, look!" she cried out giddily, her hair turning a bright blue.

Aurelia helped Neville out of the boat, along with the dark-skinned girl that had not spoken the entire boat ride. "Oi, you there, is this your toad?" the giant man, that Aurelia knew to be the games keeper, Hagrid wondered, as he checked the boats as the children climbed out of them.

"Trevor!" Neville cried, looking rather relieved, holding out his hands.

Then the group of children climbed up a passageway after Hagrid's lamp.

The realization that she would soon be sorted hit the young girl and the nervousness she had felt earlier returned.

The group of first years came to a stop in front of a huge oak front door, the young girl's hair started to turn white, she was sure she was going to throw up she was so nervous, what if she didn't make it into Slytherin.

"Everyone here? You there, still got your toad?"

Hagrid raised his gigantic fist and knocked three times on the castle door. The door swung open at once, making the young girl jump slightly, a tall black-haired witch in emerald green robes stood there.

Aurelia glanced over to Neville who looked rather intimidated by the woman, she leaned over to whisper in his ear.

"That's Professor McGonagall, she's head of the Gryffindor house, my father didn't really like her, so she's probably really cool."

He laughed softly, Aurelia smiled, turning her attention back to the older woman standing in the doorway.

"The firs' years, Professor McGonagall." Hagrid informed the green-cloaked lady.

"Thank you, Hagrid, I will take it from here."

Professor McGonagall pulled the doors open revealing the incredibly huge entrance hall, Aurelia was certain you could fit the entire Malfoy manor in it.

The group of children followed the Professor into the hall, she then leads them into a small chamber just off the main hall.

"Welcome to Hogwarts." The older woman said "The start-of-term banquet will begin shortly, but before you take your seats in the Great Hall, you will be sorted into your houses. The Sorting is a very important ceremony because, while you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts. You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in your house dormitory, and spend free time in your house common room."

"The four houses are called Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Each house has its own noble history and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards. While you are at Hogwarts, your triumphs will earn your house points, while any rule-breaking will lose house points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the house cup, a great honor. I hope each of you will be a credit to whichever house becomes yours."

"The Sorting Ceremony will take place in a few minutes in front of the rest of the school. I suggest you all smarten yourselves up as much as you can while you are waiting."

Aurelia needed to be sorted into Slytherin, she'd be doomed if she wasn't.

Oh Merlin, what if she wasn't sorted into any house.

The young girl had a habit of thinking of the worst possible outcome in every situation she was in. Aurelia bit her lip, although it was unlikely to happen, maybe McGonagall will get lost and they would have to postpone the sorting ceremony, it was a stupid thought but it calmed her slightly.

Someone bumped into her elbow, distracting her from her thoughts.

"Sorry." came Neville's quiet apology.

"It's alright." Aurelia replied not understanding why he was apologizing but the young girl just went with it. Suddenly a few other first years let out screams, both Aurelia and Neville jumped startled by the screams, she looked above her to see multiple ghosts passing by. "Oh." Aurelia muttered not exactly surprised or shocked to see them after hearing stories about them from her older cousin, however, Neville was staring at them with a gaping mouth and wide eyes.

The fat ghost — Aurelia believed he was the Fat Friar the ghost of Hufflepuff — her thoughts seemed to be answered as he spoke: "Hope to see you all in Hufflepuff, that was my old house, you know."

"Move along." Said a sharp voice "the Sorting Ceremony is about to start." Professor McGonagall had returned and for the second time that evening the white-haired girl found herself feeling queasy.

"Now, form a line." Professor McGonagall instructed the first years "And follow me."

Aurelia did as she was told and got in line behind Neville, as the group of first years started moving the white-haired girl looked over her shoulder trying to spot her twin — she desperately needed a hug and Draco hugged like their mother did — or even Blaise Zabini who wasn't exactly her friend but had always been kind to her, but she had no such luck. She could see Pansy, who she had been really close to most of her childhood but she was chatting away to Astoria Greengrass and she didn't want to bother them.

The group of first years entered the great hall and Aurelia was too nervous to be in awe of it like most of the other first years were. Aurelia spotted the Weasley twins sitting at the Gryffindor table and they seemed to have spotted her as well as they gave her a thumbs up. A shaggy-haired boy sitting beside them was also looking at her with a wide grin and was also giving her a thumbs up despite Aurelia having no idea who he was.

Finally, the first years came to a stop and Aurelia looked forwards to see Professor McGonagall silently placed a four-legged stool in front of the first years. On top of the stool, she put a pointed wizard's hat. This hat was patched and frayed and extremely dirty.

For a few seconds, there was complete silence. Then the hat twitched. A rip near the brim opened wide like a mouth and the hat began to sing, which was something Aurelia didn't expect. From what her mother and father had told her, the sorting hat did talk but they never mentioned singing.

The whole hall burst into applause when the hat finished its song. It bowed to each of the four tables and became still again. Professor McGonagall now stepped forward holding a long roll of parchment.

"When I call your name, you will put on the hat and sit on the stool to be sorted," she said. "Abbott, Hannah!"

A pink-faced girl with blonde pigtails stumbled out of line, put on the hat, which fell right down over her eyes, and sat down. A moments pause and then the hat shouted: "HUFFLEPUFF!"

The table on the right cheered and clapped as Hannah went to sit down at the Hufflepuff table.

"Aither, Ariana!"

The girl that had laughed at Aurelia stepped up, the older woman placed the hat on her head, after three minutes of silence that hat declared she was a Hufflepuff.

She felt someone grab her hand, the young girl guessed it must've been Neville but she looked down anyways to see that he had once again grabbed her hand, he didn't seem to realize that he had. Aurelia squeezed his hand, Neville's eyes widened as he looked down.

"Oh... Sor — sorry." He stuttered, his cheeks red with embarrassment "I keep gr — grabbing your hand, I'm sorry. I usually h — h — hold my gran's hand when I ge — get scared... I know, it's stu — stupid." he explained, not daring to look Aurelia in the eyes.

"Do you feel better when you hold someone's hand because I know it would make me feel better if I had someone to hold hands with."


"Then you can hold my hand, I don't mind, you can hold my hand all you want, as long as it makes you feel better!" Aurelia told Neville, a bright smile lighting up her face.

He looked at her in surprise "Are — are you sure? I don't want you to feel like you have to hold my hand." Neville replied in a nervous tone.

The young girl nodded, using her free hand to brush her hair from her face "I'm sure, I don't mind at all, we can hold hands if that makes you feel better — you have soft skin by the way."

Neville smiled and his eyebrows furrowed, what an odd thing to say "T — t — thank y — you?"

"You're welcome!" She replied, her hair going a bright blue color as her smile grew wider.

The two held hands until Neville was called up to be sorted, he fell on his way to the stool, Aurelia's brother, who was suddenly standing behind her, laughed.

"Shut up, Draco." She said softly, turning her head to glance at her twin "What if that was you, would you want to be laughed at?"

He stopped laughing at looked down at his sister, he opened his mouth to say something but she was called up before he could.

"L — Malfoy, Aurelia."

The second the hat touched her head, it spoke.

"A Black, it's certainly been awhile since I've sorted one of you, you're just like your mother, exceedingly loyal, however, Slytherin is not the place for you."

Aurelia was sure her heart stopped beating, she had to be sorted into Slytherin, she needed to be.

"What a surprise to see who your father is, both of your parents were incredibly smart but Ravenclaw will not suit you, and Gryffindor could work for you but you would not thrive in it. Now, Hufflepuff. Hufflepuff, you would do extremely well in Hufflepuff, you would thrive in it actually. You're loyal, caring to everyone you know, and very, very hardworking."


Aurelia trudged over to the Hufflepuff table, her father would not be pleased. She was going to be disowned, where would she go then. She took a seat at the table and stared down at the golden plate in front of her, her hair turning gold as tears trailed down her cheeks. She was doomed. What the hat had said was rather peculiar but at the moment she was too busy thinking about the punishments that would be coming her way. She couldn't even bring herself to look up to see her brother be sorted.

Aurelia couldn't breathe, her heart was racing. What would her mother say, what would her father say? Even more terrifying, what would her father do, she wasn't supposed to be in any other house besides Slytherin, and here she was sitting at the Hufflepuff table. If he didn't disown her, he would surely use the Cruciatus Curse on her.

"Hey, welcome to Hufflepuff, I'm Cedric Diggory!" A boy that sat next to her said, she didn't dare look up, she knew it was rude of her not to but she didn't want him to know that she was crying. When she didn't respond the older boy continued to speak "I'm a fourth year, so I know the school like the back of my hand, almost as well as those Weasley Twins know it, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask me."

Once again Aurelia didn't respond, she couldn't bring herself to, even if she wanted to, she was struggling to catch her breath, her whole body was shaking and the tears were streaming down her cheeks. She didn't understand why she couldn't be placed in Slytherin, it was just another thing that made her different from her family, it was just another peculiarity of hers that made her father hate her. She wanted to be in Slytherin, she wanted to do something to make her father proud.

"Are you alright, uh, Aireela, is it?"

She shook her head and took a deep breath, Cedric Diggory placed a hand on the young girl's shoulder.

"Hey, it's alright, it's not that bad of a house, everyone's pretty friendly here." he spoke softly "What's wrong?"

"I — I'm not supposed to be in this house." She choked out, wiping the tears from her eyes "I'm sup ⎯ supposed to be in S — s — s — Slytherin. I have to be in it, I can't be in this house."

"Well, the sorting hat is never wrong... Honestly, Hufflepuff isn't that bad of a house, I swear to you, you'll make lots of friends and good memories here."

"B — b — but my dad wants me to be in Slytherin, my parents wanted me to be in Slytherin, they — they're going to kick me out now!"

Cedric pulled her into a one-armed hug, surprising the younger girl "Hey, hey, it's okay. You don't have to worry about them, I'll be your new mother now." He said in a soft voice, confusing Aurelia.

"B — b — but —"

"Sh, sh, I'm your mother now, stick with me and you'll go far, kid."