hey, it's Tessy! this is my first fic so be gentle. wrote it without any help from LB so grammar and spelling aren't the gest in the world. he just yelled to emphasize that LB didnt help. Disclaimer: i don't own it. wish i did. mmm, mmm, malfoy!

"I can't believe you!" McGonagall yelled at the top of her lungs. She was pacing around her office and gesturing wildly with her hands. Her hair, normally pulled back into a severe bun, was sticking out in wispy tendrils. "You hit Draco Malfoy! You...hit...Draco Malfoy! I can't believe that. I'm sure Mr. Malfoy has been hit before. And I'm sure he deserved it every time he's been hit. I'm sure he deserved it this time. But...you hit Draco Malfoy! I'm not sure if I'm so upset, because it was you or because you hit him or because who it was you hit! I can't even begin to fathom what was in your mind at the time. Why would....you hit Draco Malfoy! Of all the people you could've hit, couldn't it have been someone whose family isn't so influential in the ministry? Or as well versed in the Dark Arts? I'm surprised nobody has tried to use the Cruciatus Curse on you yet! Why did it have to be Draco Malfoy? You could have hit anybody else. Even a teacher would have been better than Draco Malfoy! In the hall outside Potions of all places. In front of everyone in the class! All the Slytherins saw it and went yelling to anybody they could find! If you had done it in front of only the Gryffindors or any house other than the Slytherins, you would have been fine! It would have been your word against his. And who would have believe that...you punched Draco Malfoy!" Again with the name. She sat down behind the desk and pulled a piece of parchment to her. As she began looking for a quill, she started yelling again. "I'm going to have to owl Lucius Malfoy and explain to him what happened and what I'm doing to punish you before Draco owls him first. It's going to have to be something serious so he doesn't go to the Ministry and get you expelled. I'm thinking...two months worth of detention with Professor Snape...unless you give me a good reason as to why you punched Mr. Malfoy." She looked up expectantly at the boy...young man she told herself. No boy would attack a Malfoy. He shifted nervously in his seat before replying.

"He made fun of people on the closed ward at St. Mungo's and..."

"No more explanation is necessary, Mr. Longbottom. You don't have detention."

my take on what would've happened if harry and ron hadn't held neville back. review, review, please review