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Saving Grace

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The first person Theodore meets on the Hogwarts express is a girl his age that has her head buried in one of the school textbooks. It's the only compartment he's seen that has less than three people in it so far, so he asks to sit. The girl is polite and introduces herself as Grace Shaw. The way she grins at him tells him he's sitting with a future Gryffindor, but he doesn't leave the compartment. The girl's nice after all, and knowing someone from a different house doesn't seem very wrong.

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Theodore's only friend in Slytherin is Grace Shaw. That's fine with him, as the girl lets him read as much as he wants and doesn't mind when he wants to be alone. He lies to his father when he asks if Grace is a pureblood. The girl is proud of being a halfblood, even if she doesn't shout it out like Gryffindors.

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Grace isn't the most beautiful girl at the Yule Ball, but Theodore can't take his eyes off of her. They dance once, then spend the rest of the night laughing at everyone else from a corner. Theodore feels he had a better night than everyone else in the school.

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When his father is sentenced to Azkaban, Theodore hates Grace Shaw all summer. He spends his summer with Draco, under the eye of death eaters and the Dark Lord. On the train to Hogwarts, Grace sits quietly across from him, reading a textbook. He forgives her before the train reaches Hogwarts.

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The summer before Theodore's seventh year is spent living with Grace Shaw and her adoptive father Gregory Bobbin. The man is out of the house and barely speaks the majority of Theodore's stay. It is a blessing, as late in the night Grace slips into his room and spins a story that Theodore has to believe.

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Theodore doesn't know how she does it, but the younger years don't scream quite as loud under Grace's wand as they do under others. He also doesn't know how she gets the passwords for all the houses, but helps her give the students potions to dull the after affects anyway. At night she slips into his dorm to cry quiet tears and whisper that it will be over by June

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Theodore expected her to stay, he expected her order for him to make sure the students were safe, he expected her blazing eyes and ready wand, but he doesn't expect the kiss. In his shock, he can only kiss back. When he pulls away he makes an order of his own. She must come out alive. She makes no promises, but he doesn't expect her to. He knows she will try.

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Theodore attends only two funerals: his father's and the mass funeral for the students who had fallen in the battle. In both he stands solemnly between Draco and Grace. When the graves are all settled and the red finally disappears from Grace's eyes he asks her to marry him. Theodore pretends he's not surprised when she says yes.