Author: Kristen

Title: The Normal Life

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Disclaimer: I don't own Connor he belongs to Joss Whedon. I also don't own any of the characters that appear in the Harry Potter books. They all belong to J.K. Rowling.

Rating: PG-13/Teen and whatever other rating pass for PG-13 nowadays

Pairing: Connor/Ginny, Pansy/Neville, Blaise/Hermione

Spoilers: Season 4 finale for Angel and all of the books for HP.

Summary: My answer to Jasper's Dawn Syndrome Challenge. Wolfram and Hart have placed Connor in a wizarding family. Wizards consider theirs a normal life, right? So technically they are doing what they were supposed to…

Feedback: Please! It's what keeps me writing, and I'd love to hear what you think of this.


He didn't know what it was about her. By all rights, the fact that she was in Gryffindor should have been enough to make the Slytherin he was loathe her.

It didn't.

Instead he found himself noticing how cute her freckles were and how beautiful her hair was. It was a deep red that seemed to shimmer with gold highlights when the light would catch them. She had long and wavy hair that looked so soft his fingers itched to bury themselves in the silky strands.

He found himself entranced by the mischievous glint in her eyes that appeared every time she traded insults with Malfoy or contemplated a scheme sure to lose her house points if she was caught.

He got distracted by the intent way she flew during Quidditch matches, focusing so intently on getting the Quaffle past the Slytherin keeper that she radiated power and determination. It was sexy, and enough to make him breathless when he imagined her focusing that intense passion on him.

His cousin Pansy had noticed his interest and spent her time alternately teasing him about it and trying to talk him out of it. He fired back with the knowledge of the glances she cast at another Gryffindor. She didn't think he had noticed her eyes tracking Neville. She wasn't as subtle as she liked to think.

After that, it was a stalemate. She didn't discourage his interest in Ginny and he didn't make known her interest in Neville. It wasn't that he disapproved much anyway. He'd prefer Neville to Malfoy and the way he treated Pansy any day. He didn't like the way Draco had changed Pansy and was forcing her to act just to keep his interest. She deserved better than that.

When Ginny finally broke up with Dean he knew he had to make his move. He didn't like the googly eyes Potter was casting at his girl, even if she didn't know she was his girl yet. With the announcement at the beginning of the year that there would be a Yule Ball it seemed like the perfect time to do something about his interest.

He started searching her out, where she studied, where she spent time. He'd make sure he ran into her on Hogsmeade visits. When she studied with Neville in the library he dragged Pansy along so that Ginny would focus all her attention on him. He started attending meetings of the DA with Pansy and Blaise. He knew Pansy's ulterior motives in attending and his own, but Blaise's had him puzzled until he confessed an interest in Hermione.

After that, it became a secret between the three, something that drew them together more and more often, until they noticed they had somehow become best friends as unlikely an occurrence as that was in Slytherin. They plotted and schemed together, forming and discarding strategies to pursue their chosen Gryffindors.

And that's how a most unusual year at Hogwarts began.

End Prologue