*Welcome to my latest story. Y'know, now that I've taken an interest in writing Fanfics, I cant seem to stop writing them! Anyway, this is my first attempt at an angst fic, so I hope I can do a good job.

As for the Disclaimer, I own nothing of this except for my original characters!

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Harry Potter sat at the Gryffindor table with his fellow students, enjoying the Hallowe'en feast. He looked around to see Ron laughing at something Hermione had just said to him. He smiled as he watched his two best friends quite literally stuffing their faces with treats. Now that it was their 7th year, the three of them had decided to make everything worth there while as much as possible.

Harry looked around the hall, taking in every detail. Neville was sitting down the other end of the table, laughing with Dean and Seamus was flirting with Lavender, although it seemed hardly necessary as they had been dating for almost as long as Ron and Hermione. Harry frowned slightly as his thought came to rest on the one Gryffindor who was not present.

Ginny.

She had gone missing nearly 2 years ago now, and all attempts to find her had been pretty much abandoned. She had disappeared so suddenly, that it was a mystery as to how or where she went in the first place. Harry sighed and felt his stomach do a flip as he thought about her. She would've been starting her 5th year. She was so excited just before she left at the prospect of becoming a Prefect like Ron. Sadly, she never got the chance.

"Hey mate. What's wrong?" Ron asked, tapping him slightly. Harry shook his head and smiled at Ron.

"Nothing. Just zoned out for a while." He said. Hermione smiled.

"Just another mystery in the world of Harry Potter huh?" she asked, smirking. Harry chuckled.

"Yeah. One of those things." He said, helping himself to a chocolate frog. Ron smiled and went to comment further, when all of a sudden there was a loud 'crack' that sounded like wood being snapped in half. Everyone jumped and looked around for the source.

Suddenly, one of the girls at the Hufflepuff table screamed and fell backwards, causing the three people around her to stumble back off their chairs as well. Everyone stood up in a panic as a portal appeared just in front of where the girl had fallen. Sparks and bolts of electricity were crackling around it as a person stepped out. This man was extremely thin and had sort of a weasel appearance about him. He looked around, smiling like a madman and stepped aside.

Another man followed, but was significantly different from the last one. He was tall and very well built. He gave off a sense of importance and confidence as he stepped aside to let one last person through.

This person had a cloak on as they stepped through, but it was clear from her physique that it was a woman. She spun around, waved her hand at the portal and it disappeared. Dumbledore stood up, looking curious at the three newcomers.

"Well, I must say this is extraordinary. May I enquire as to who you three are?" he asked sternly. The tall man went to say something, when the hooded figure held out her hand to silence him. She removed her cloak with a swift movement and there were many cries from the surrounding hall.

Harry's mouth dropped open as he looked at the woman. She was dressed in a very unique sort of outfit. Her pants were very tight and appeared to be not leather, but dragon hide. He top was some strange material that only had one sleeve and was quite revealing on her right side. On her bare arm she wore a black glove that was missing the tops of the fingers.

But her most striking feature was her hair, which was fiery red and went down to the middle of her back. People stood and gazed with amazement at the woman in front of them, recognizing at once who she was.

"Ron.... it's Ginny!" Hermione whispered. Ron took in a sharp breath as these words hit him. Many people were now shifting their gaze from her, to Ron and back to Ginny again.

"Come on. Let's have some fun. Look at them all, just sitting there like little kiddies waiting to be....'

"Jaleel." Ginny said sharply. The weasel man named Jaleel shook out of his excited state and looked up at Ginny. "Shut up." She snapped.

"Yes My lady. I'm sorry." He said bowing and quivering. Ginny rolled her eyes impatiently and turned to the other man.

"Keep him quiet." She said, looking up at the teacher's desk. The man looked over her head at Jaleel with slight distaste, before looking back at Ginny, smirking.

"Yes, my lady." He said, bowing his head. Ginny waved her hand up, beginning at her hip to above her head in front of her. A straight line of smoke appeared where her hand trailed. She grasped it and a staff materialized out of it. She walked forward to the teacher's table, ignoring the quiver of anticipation around the hall.

"Dumbledore, you have been informed of my coming." She said confidently. Dumbledore smiled.

"Yes, indeed I have. But I must say I wasn't expecting you personally, Virginia." He said, his eyes twinkling. Ginny stepped forward again.

"Well then, shall we?" she asked, indicating towards the chamber off to the side of the hall.

"Yes yes, of course. All in good time." He said. Ginny frowned.

"Dumbledore, I don't think you realize the serious of this situation." She said.

"Of course I do. But, you have just arrived back so....'

"Then we must address it as soon as possible. The feast can wait." She said impatiently. Many people gasped at her attitude. No one had ever interrupted Dumbledore in the middle of a sentence before, let alone a student. Dumbeldore however, continued to smile.

"You have waited long enough already. Surely you can wait a few minutes longer. Why don't you sit down and join us?" he asked.

"Dumbledore, I have neither the time or the patience to....'

"I insist Virginia." Dumbeldore said firmly, but kindly. Ginny gritted her teeth impatiently, but followed his direction.

"Very well. After the feast, we talk." She said. She tapped her staff on the ground twice and it vanished in a puff of smoke. She walked back over to the other two men and grabbed her cloak. She fastened it around her and walked off towards the Slytherin Table.

No one in the hall was making any sound as Ginny smirked and sat herself down next to a very stunned looking Draco Malfoy.

"Sit." She commanded. Jaleel and the other man bowed respectfully and found spaces to sit at the Slytherin Table. The hall just gazed openly at Ginny. She loaded up her plate with food and settled herself in, when she looked up at the hall.

"What are you all staring at?" she snapped. Everyone snapped out of their daze and went back to their food. All except for 3 people.

Ron stared at his sister, not believing anything he was seeing. Harry glanced at Ron's expression, feeling exactly the same thing. He looked back at Ginny and watched her.

Of course, there was no doubt it was her, although she looked slightly more mature. She had definitely grown up. Her features showed maturity and experience in the world. Her hair was more dark and fiery, but her personality was the definite worry. Ginny had never spoken a bad word to anyone, except for maybe Malfoy. But now she was disrespecting everyone, even Dumbledore. It was like, she was afraid of nothing anymore.

Ron did not eat for the remainder of the feast. He simply watched Ginny from across the table. As Ginny got up and began to leave, Hermione finally tapped him, pulling him reluctantly out of his gaze.

"Come on. We have to go talk to her." She sad. Ron stood up excitedly and ran off out of the hall. Ginny had left seconds before Ron, not taking her eyes off Dumbledore as if to make sure he couldn't avoid her.

"Gin, wait!" Ron called. Ginny turned around as Ron smiled widely, pulling her into a hug. But it only lasted for a second, as he was ripped away from her and thrown against the wall by the tall man that had been accompanying her.

"Tulac! Release him." She snapped. Tulac hesitated.

"You know this being?" he sneered, glaring at Ron. Ron frowned and his ears went red.

"I'm her brother. Let go of me!" he said irritably, pushing Tulac away from him. Ron frowned at him for a second, before he turned to Ginny and his expression softened.

"Sweet Merlin Gin. Where the hell have you been?" he asked. Ginny looked around impatiently.

"I'm sorry, I can't talk to you now. I have important business with the headmaster." She said, walking around him. Ron grabbed her arm.

"What? You've been gone for two years and I don't even get a hug hello?" he asked. Hurt was evident in his voice. Ginny looked behind him and rolled her eyes.

"Ginny, goodness. It's wonderful to see you again!" Hermione squealed, standing next to Ron. Harry was smiling and nodding enthusiastically behind her.

"Where have you been?" she asked. Ginny sighed.

"Later." She sneered and kept walking, Tulac and Jaleel close behind. Hermione stepped in front of her again.

"What do you mean later? Why can't you tell us now?" she asked. Ginny stood very close to her. Their noses were almost touching.

"Move, or I shall make you." She said, her eyes flashing. Hermione frowned.

"What?" she probed. Ginny finally lost her patience, clicked her fingers and Hermione was picked up and carried away by Tulac.

"LET GO OF HER!" Ron roared as he and Harry tried to pull him off her. Once he had moved Hermione out of the way, Tulac dropped her on the floor and walked back to Ginny's side. Ron bent down to help Hermione up, looking furious at Tulac. Harry looked at Ginny with confusion. Ginny smirked.

"Stupid Mudblood." She said, before throwing her hair over her shoulder and storming off towards Dumbledore's office.

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*Ooooh, I hated having to call Hermione that, as I love her to death. But it's all part of the story. I hope that wasn't o lame. I'll be getting into more details in the next chapter.

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