Disclaimer: Is my writing anything like J.K Rowling's? I don't think so. Most characters and ideas in this story are hers. Anything you do not recognize is most probably mine (unless stated otherwise).
Plot: It starts off with the usual scenario: Ginny and Draco hate each other.
Then somebody makes a bet with Draco that he can transform any girl so that she will be suitable to attend the wizarding world's most prestigious event, the Royal Wizards' Ball…
This story will probably contain some fluff for you all (that is, if anybody likes it enough to want me to continue). There will be nothing too sappy though.
Maybe a bit of Ron/Hermione/Harry
Setting: This story takes place at Hogwarts. Ginny is in her sixth year. Draco is in his seventh year.
Author's Note: I was inspired to write this fic for a number of reasons. Firstly, I just love the amount of clichés in love stories. You know, the typical "boy meet girl" scenario. I also love the movie She's All That, which is where I borrowed the main idea for my story from though I have modified it a bit. My story is going to be different from the movie but there may be some parallels. Also, I really love the song by Christina Aguilera, Beautiful. (I have included the words at the beginning of this fic).
I have taken some liberties – for example, in the book and movie, Ginny does not wear glasses and she does not try to make herself look ugly. There may be some other stuff that is different but hey, its fanfiction.
Please everybody let me know if I should continue this. I have never written a Ginny/ Draco fic before and so I would absolutely love any advice!
(Beautiful – Christina Aguilera)
Don't look at me
Every day, is so wonderful
Then suddenly, it's hard to breathe
Now and then I get insecure
From all the pain, I'm so ashamed
But I am beautiful no matter what they say
Words won't bring me down
I am beautiful in every single way
Words won't bring me down.
So don't you bring me down today.
To all your friends you're delirious
So consumed, in all your doom
Trying hard, to fill the emptiness
The piece is gone, left the puzzle undone.
Ain't that the way it is?
'Cause you are beautiful no matter what they say
Words won't bring you down
You are beautiful in every single way
Words won't bring you down.
So don't you bring me down today.
No matter what we do
No matter what we say
We're the song inside the tune
Full of beautiful mistakes
And everywhere we go
The sun will let it shine
The sun will always, always, always let it shine
'Cause we are beautiful, no matter what they say
Words can't bring us down
We are beautiful in every single way
Words can't bring us down
So don't you bring me down today.
So don't you bring me down, today.
Chapter 1:Don't Look At Me
It was the first day of school and Ginny scrambled out of bed, tripping over her sheets and ending up falling in a lump onto the floor.
"Shit." she swore and this caused her older brother, Percy, who was walking past her bedroom door, to reprimand her.
Ginny ignored him and continued to search for her glasses.
"Damn it. I know I put them somewhere."
After searching for a few minutes she found them on her bedside table.
Ginny did not actually need to wear glasses. She had perfect vision without them on. The reason she wore glasses was so that she could hide her gorgeous brown eyes. In some lights the colour changed so that they almost seemed yellow, but nobody at Hogwarts knew that. Not even her brother, Ron. She would always hide behind her glasses, which mutilated her brilliant eyes.
She combed her hair back in a low ponytail and let her fringe fall over her face so that most of the time, you could only see her nose, mouth and chin. And though there were many spells to straighten crooked teeth, she insisted on wearing braces so that sometimes, especially when she was anxious, she would lisp.
She put on a black jumper that seemed to envelope her small yet curvy figure so her body looked like one huge blob. She put on some baggy khaki pants which, as Pansy Parkinson loved to constantly remind her, were so five minutes ago. She also wore ugg boots. True, they had got their name for a reason – they were ugly, but at least they were comfortable.
Nobody knew that Ginny was actually extremely beautiful. She never let anybody know the real reason why she hid her looks and made herself look as ugly as she possibly could. Needless to say, Ginny was somewhat of a recluse at Hogwarts, her only friends being Colin Creevy and Lydia Laney. (She did have Ron, Hermione and Harry but they were in the year above and saw her as Ron's little sister, not as an actual person.) This probably attributed to some of her surprise when she found out that she was a prefect this year. "I wonder who the others are?" she had speculated but had not dwelled on the question too deeply. She knew that Hermione was, of course, Head Girl.
Ginny Weasley looked at herself critically in the mirror and thought, "I am a living disaster."
Her face broke into a smile.
Draco admired his reflection in the mirror. First day of school and he was going to go back looking good. He had acquired a tan over the holidays and his previously thin and bony body had transformed so that his shirt emphasized his muscles. His blond hair had been cut short and was spiked.
He was not smirking for once but was actually smiling (he hardly ever let anybody at Hogwarts see him smile). A letter that he had received a week ago was the reason for it.
It had read,
Dear Mr. Draco Malfoy,
It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been selected to be Head Boy at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You are to share a common room and dormitory with the other prefects. You will be informed more about this later.
Yes, Draco had been thrilled when he had received this. For once he had beaten that "Bloody Harry Potter". In all his years at Hogwarts he always had to settle for second best to either Potter (in quidditch) or mudblood Granger (in the academic side of school). Now it was his turn, and he could not wait till he got back to Hogwarts.
"Just you wait, Potter. I will take off more points from Gryffindor than you have ever received faster than you can say Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans."
Draco's father, Lucius, had also been pleased at the news. Though he did not show much emotion, Draco could tell. Any feelings of love were never displayed in the males in the Malfoy family. Narcissa, his mother, was the only one who showed any feelings of affection. Nonetheless, Draco was not really bothered by it.
After all, it was the Malfoy way.
Ginny ran along Central Station with Ron not much far behind her.
"Come on, Ron! We are going to be late."
"No we are not. We have plenty of time. Anyway, I'm trying to run but it is hard to not only have to push my suitcases but yours as well." Ron retorted.
"Well, you should not have offered to carry my bags for me."
They went passed the barrier and onto Platform 9 ¾. Ginny could see Harry and Hermione waiting for them alongside Colin and Lydia.
"Hey, guys. Sorry I'm late." Ginny puffed.
"I'm glad you two finally decided to arrive." Lydia smiled.
Ginny was just about to ask her how her holidays had been but was interrupted when somebody approached the group and drawled, "Well if it isn't Potter, Weasel, Mudblood and co."
Oh no, not Malfoy. Ginny groaned. He had made her life miserable at Hogwarts. Every since her first year with the Chamber of Secrets he could not stop tormenting her about it.
Ginny examined Draco. He certainly had changed since last year. He had always been the resident Hogwarts Heartthrob but now he looked even better. He had grown a lot so that Ginny just came up to his shoulder.
"Enjoying the view, Weasel?" Draco cocked one eyebrow causing Ginny blushed furiously.
"I have heard you have been selected as a prefect. Isn't life full of surprises? I could never imagine a Weasley ever amounting to anything."
This last snide comment caused Ron to leap forward and attack Malfoy. He would have succeeded in doing so, had not Harry, Hermione, Ginny, Colin and Lydia tried to stop him.
"Don't be stupid, Ron." Hermione hissed. "He could make life hell for you. Haven't you heard? He is Head Boy."
Ginny blinked. Malfoy? Head Boy? But that would mean they would have to share the Prefects dormitory together. She mustn't have heard correctly.
"Sorry, I just hallucinated. What did you say again?"
"You heard correctly, Weasel. I got chosen to be Head Boy. I guess you did not see that one coming." Draco smirked. "Its just my luck to have to share a dormitory with both a mudblood and a Weasley."
Everybody was trying to restrain himself or herself from beating Malfoy to a pulp.
"Malfoy, you are not wanted here." Harry said. Then he turned away from Malfoy and said to the rest of the group, "C'mon. Lets go."
They all boarded the Hogwarts Express. Ginny had a premonition that this year was going to be different…
They had managed to find an empty compartment and they all filed in as the train started to move.
"I can't believe that prat. Who does he think he is?" Colin shook his head in disgust.
"Just ignore him. He has always been a moron." Lydia said.
Ginny grinned at her friend. They had met in their first year and had been inseparable ever since. Lydia was loud and brazen whereas Ginny was much more quiet and shy. People would refer to them as, "Lydia and that girl. You know, the youngest Weasley. What's-her-name?"
"Something should be done about him. He's a danger to our health – he's a friggin' disease." Ron complained.
Ginny excused herself and decided to go look for the toilets. Though she did not want to admit it, Malfoy did get on her nerves. He had a way of insulting her so that she felt she was the most inferior person on earth. He knew where to aim his words so that it hurt.
She knew that she was boring, made herself up so that she looked ugly, was poor and above all, a Weasley. It still gave him no right to treat her like that. To treat her like she was a slug stuck under his shoe.
Ginny sniffed and walked blindly down the corridor. "Oh no. I'm starting to cry." she muttered helplessly.
And she was. She could not control herself. People walking down the corridor were starting to stare at her.
She turned around a corner into what she thought were the Girls Toilets and promptly banged into somebody.
"Oh, I'm so sorry." She apologized profusely. "I am such an idiot." Ginny mumbled to herself.
"Wow, Weasley. You finally managed to say something intelligent. Congratulations. I never knew that you were a male – but I guess that explains a lot, doesn't it?"
Ginny heard the voice that she had dreaded hearing. Of all the people she had to crash into, why him?
"Malthoy?" Great, she was starting to lisp now of all times! Ginny wished that the floor would swallow her up.
"The one and only."
Ginny looked up and saw Draco with his trademark smirk plastered on his face. She looked at the room that she was going to walk into and it was indeed, the Boys Toilets.
Ginny started to stutter. "I-I-I w-w-a-" Why do I have to be so nervous? I wasn't like this before when Malfoy came up to me and I was with my friends.
"I know I am good-looking, but I never knew you were this much in love with me."
Ginny glared at Draco. He always made her so nervous. She could never think of anything smart to say to his rude remarks. That is, until 3 o'clock the next morning.
"Just get out of my way." Ginny made to move past him with her head bent over so that he could not see her tears but Draco was not fooled.
"Aww, poor baby. Did something I say upset you?" Draco said with mock sincerity.
"Look, I wouldn't expect you of all people to understand anything about other people's feelings. It's like you're not even human!" Ginny cursed. She watched Malfoy, waiting for him to explode. She had never said anything like that to him before and she was scared of his reaction.
Malfoy's eyes flashed with anger and he started to say something but thought better of it. He clenched his fist as if he was going to hit her and Ginny leaned back, waiting for his fist to connect with her flesh.
His hand never touched her face.
Ginny glanced at Malfoy and was surprised to see that he was in fact laughing.
"Oh, that was very good Weasley. I would never have thought that you had it in you. It looks like the mouse has developed some claws."
"I'd be more careful if I were you. I don't hit girls but there is always a first time." Was all Draco said before he left and she did not miss the threat that was in his voice.
Sexist pig. YetGinny was thankful that Malfoy had controlled his temper. How would it look to Ron and the others if she went back to her compartment with a swollen eye?
This year was definitely not off to a good start.
Meanwhile, Draco was chuckling at the thought of his encounter with the youngest Weasley. There was something about her that was so irritating. It was amusing for him to annoy her and he thought that she looked hilarious when she blushed. She was quite a repulsive looking girl and rather clumsy. She wore the biggest glasses that he had personally ever seen, her hair looked like it had not been washed in a while and the clothes she wore were certainly not flattering.
"Laughing about something?" somebody asked from behind him.
Draco glanced over his shoulder and saw that it was Blaise Zabini. Though the two boys were both in Slytherin, they had a love-hate relationship. They were great friends but at the same time they could be each other's worst enemy. Blaise at the moment was leaning with his back against the wall. He had died his hair black which was slicked back with gel. Many girls thought that he was handsome and he knew it. Draco bet that he had at least five mirrors on him now in case one happened to break.
"Surprise, surprise. You managed to board the train on time for once. I was just laughing about that Weasley girl."
Blaise sneered. "Do not tell me that the poor girl has a crush on you. Haven't you broken enough hearts?"
"If I did not know any better, I would say that you that you had an interest in the girl yourself." Draco replied.
Both boys grinned.
"I couldn't blame the girl if she did have a crush on me." Draco said smugly.
"Draco, you think that every girl is in love with you. You think that you are irresistible. And where are your two cronies – Crabbe and Goyle?"
"No idea. Knowing them, they probably got lost on their way to the station. Anyway, I am irresistible. I only think that because it is true."
"I heard that a certain girl dumped you at the beginning of the holidays." Blaise raised his eyebrows. Draco knew that he was referring to his ex-girlfriend, Pansy Parkinson.
"I believe I dumped Pansy."
Blaise snorted. "Yeah, right. And she was supposed to be your date for the upcoming Royal Wizards Ball."
The Royal Wizards Ball was held annually and only the wizarding world's most prestigious people were deemed suitable to attend. It was going to be Draco's first year attending this ball but he needed a date to actually take with him. A date who would need to go through a number of inspections and tests that all people had to pass to be able to go to the ball. There was a whole selection process involved. Draco was certain that he had the skills, prestige and elegance to be able to go and so did Pansy. And now they had split and he had nobody to go with.
"I can still go to the ball." Draco stated.
"As if you would be able to. It is required for you to have a partner."
"I could ask any girl and they would be willing to go."
"Any girl? This girl needs to be able to pass the tests put forward by the Royal Wizards Committee. You think that any girl can do this?" Blaise questioned.
"Any girl. I could take any girl and transform her and teach her so that she would be ready for the ball."
"I'm starting to like this. Lets make a bet on it."
"A bet?" Draco frowned.
"Yeah, a bet. You have to make a girl of my choice ready for the ball. If you win you can ask me to do anything and I will have to do it. Vice versa if I win. Is that a deal?"
Draco tilted his head, thinking. Why not? It would not be so hard.
They shook hands on it.
Draco wondered just what exactly he had gotten himself into but he knew that he could never back down from a challenge because of his Malfoy pride – and Blaise knew that as well.
"Now lets go shopping." Blaise walked down the corridor, peering into different compartments and glancing at the girls in them.
"Ooh. Here is a lovely looking one." He said, pointing to a girl with buckteeth and bushy hair who was at that moment scratching her backside.
"Hermione Granger. Get real." Draco shook his head.
"You're right. That would be too easy."
Blaise suggested a few other girls, each one worse than the other, but he ended up deciding against them because they did not meet his approval. That is, until he saw a particular redhead who was walking towards them suddenly trip over a trolley filled with lollies and somersault onto the floor in front of them.
Blaise's smile was triumphant and Draco's face fell.
"Looks like we have a winner."
A/N: So what did you all think? Should I continue? Please, please, please let me know. Anyway, I hope you like it.
I have chosen to name the chapters by each chapter having one line from the song Beautiful (So this chapter was called Don't Look At Me).
Thanks go to PrettyGal1212 (you should look at her story) and Baby Blue Gal who helped edit my story and gave me some advice.