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Hehe… trying to get more up again. I am so bad at updating… Why! I shall write a lot very soon… I hope! This is my longest chapter ever written so far… ahhh.

Chapter 6: First Day of School

Harry made his way to the Gryffindor common room lost in thought. It was strange how his desire from last night had faded away into nothingness. His entire relationship with Draco Malfoy changed in an instant yet now there were no feelings.

Harry finally made his way to the Gryffindor common room. Looking up at the Fat Lady, he realized that he did not know the password to the Gryffindor dorms. Cursing his stupidity, Harry checked his watch to see if anyone would be in there. Sure enough, a second year was walking by and Harry managed to get the password.

Harry entered the common room and looked around for Ron and Hermione. Without seeing them, he walked to a couch and sat down. He began to think and became lost in thoughts.

He knew he should feel something. It was weird how he just didn't care anymore. He still hated Draco Malfoy and had no intent to be with him. Yet he knew, he would in the end. He was so confused.

While thinking, Hermione and Ron walked up to him.

After about five minutes, Harry suddenly realized someone was talking to him. He only realized it after Ron threw a bucket of water on him.

"Ron! Why did you do that? What is your problem! I am all wet and I am uncomfortable and for gods sake I just got out of the shower. I was dry!"

Ron started laughing hysterically and Hermione chuckled as well.

Harry stopped and realized he was making a scene. Blushing he sat down.

"Eh... Sorry. Was I ignoring you guys? I was lost in thought." Harry said.

"I figured." Replied Hermione. "So, how was your night?" Hermione said while blushing.

"Hmm? Oh. Great. Yah."

"You don't seem so thrilled, mate." Ron said.

"Number 1, don't call me mate. Number 2. I am happy. I am. It's just weird now."

"Why? I don't get it. Harry, tell me what happened." Hermione said.

Harry sighed.

"It's weird, you know. You read about all these veela fairytale romances. But it just isn't like that in real life."

"I don't understand. Harry, you left the great hall pretty fast. What happened after that?"

Harry thought back to the moment and the memory of what happened made him smirk and blush at the same time.

"What do you think happened Hermione?"

Hermione blushed and Ron continued stating the obvious. "Clearly, Harry met his mate and err mated."

Hermione smacked Ron. "I know that. I mean, well I don't know."

"Here," Harry offered. "I walked outside the great hall and found my mate. I could feel the need rolling off them and…"

"Harry spare us the details." Said Ron who was very red.

Rolling his eyes Harry continued. "Anyways, I could feel the need and I took my mate to my new rooms. From then, yes Ron, we mated. In the morning we woke up and well, it was if nothing happened. We didn't feel a connection and we didn't feel the need to be together. We still don't. I mean, I know we are mates and meant to be together in love, yet I don't feel anything towards my mate except for what I felt for them before."

"And what was that?"

Harry smirked. "Nice try. That would be giving you a clue."

Ron's eyes widened. " You aren't going to tell us who your mate is? Come on Harry! You have to! We are your best friends! Harry! Come on!"

Harry shook his head no.

"Tell us Harry! We won't tell anyone! It can't be that bad." Ron said. "Unless its Eloise… But she did get help for her acne…. Or if it's Millicent. Ewwww, or well..."

"It can't be a Gryffindor." Hermione said. "All of them were in here I think. Can you at least confirm that Harry?"

"Fine. It's not a Gryffindor."

"Ravenclaw?" Ron asked.

"Nuh uh." Harry said. "Not getting anything more out of me."

"Come on Harry!" Ron said. "Why can't you tell us?"

"I promised my mate I wouldn't tell. We both are keeping it secret right now. Especially since we do not feel anything for each other yet. Its best to keep it a secret and see what happens."

"I understand I guess." Hermione said. "We wouldn't tell anyone though. Harry, come on."

"I wannna knoooowww!" Ron half sang.

"Nope." Harry said.

Ron and Hermione sat dejectedly for a moment.

"Please?" They both asked.

Harry was silent. After a moment he looked up and smirked.

"I'm starved. Who wants to sneak down to the kitchens eh?"

"Harry! Stop trying to change the topic. Just tell us!"

"Come on. Think about it. Ice cream sundae, chocolate fudge…"Harry trailed off seeing Ron salivating.

"Hermione, his mate can wait. We are getting food." Ron exclaimed pulling Harry out of the portrait.

Hermione rolled her eyes, following, all the while mumbling about teenage boys.

The trio made their way back from the kitchen with huge ice cream cones in their hands. As well, Harry had a complete supply of food courtesy of Dobby the House elf.

The trio were laughing and discussing the next day.

"I can't believe school starts tomorrow." Ron said.

"Honestly Ronald, That is a good thing." Hermione admonished.

"To you." Ron mumbled.

Walking a little way, Harry suddenly stopped and said. "Well, guys, I shall leave you here. My room is the other way from Gryffindor. Goodnight."

"Goodnight Harry." Ron and Hermione said. Suddenly with inspiration, Hermione said, "Can we see your room?"

With a look, Harry replied no. "Mione, my mate will be there and I don't want you to know the location of my room yet. It would make you too tempted to go there. When I tell you who my mate is, I will show you my room. For now, it is a secret." Harry winked and head off.

He suddenly turned around and said, "Oh, and by the way, if you try to follow me, I'll have you know there will be strict punishments, plus you will probably be obliviated. Goodnight"

And with that, Harry left Hermione and Ron in the middle of the corridor.

Entering his rooms, Harry collapsed on the couch. Draco didn't seem to be there yet. It was difficult keeping secrets from his friends and it made Harry angry that he had to do that. But he understood the rationale all the same.

Sitting there for a while, he barely heard Draco come in. He only realized Draco was there when he heard the door slam to their room.

Shuddering, Harry realized the Slytherin confrontation must not have gone well.

Harry crept up and entered their room. Draco was lying sprawled out on the bed. This caused Harry to raise an eyebrow.

Leaning casually against the doorframe, Harry looked at Draco who suddenly heaved a huge sigh.

"Rough night?" Harry voiced.

Rolling his eyes Draco replied. "Shove it Potter."

"I thought it was Harry here. Come on, tell me what happened Draco."

"None of your business."

"But I want to knooooow!" Harry said sounding strangely like Ron.

Draco sat up and with a raise of an eyebrow said. "Bite me Potter."

A strange predatory gleam came in Harry's eye and Draco quickly stuttered, "Not literally! God! Potter! Control yourself."

Harry blinked and blushed a little before mumbling. "Don't say it if you don't mean it."

The two stood in silence for a moment before Draco suddenly got up.

"Where are you going?" Harry said curiously.

"To the bathroom Potter. I am getting ready for bed, if that is alright with your highness?" Draco said with a mock bow, walking into the bathroom.

Harry blushed and wondered why he always asked Draco that as he was going to the washroom.

A few minutes later, Draco came out and Harry took his place. Once both boys were ready for bed, they came to have a small argument.

"It's mine. I'm not moving." Draco argued stubbornly.

"It was mine first!" Harry replied.

Draco would not move from the bed, the bed that originally belonged to Harry.

"But Draco, there is another room for my mate. You get that bed."

"I like this one."

Both of the boys stared each other down.

Finally Harry said. "Fine, we will share the bed here then."

Draco sputtered. "Why?"

"Draco" Harry said. "We slept together in it last night after we mated. We are mates. Why don't we just sleep together?"

"Because, Harry" Draco emphasized the Harry "We don't have any feelings for each other now. Except I am starting to feel annoyed and tired, so let me sleep."

"Nope. Scoot over."

Draco's eyes widened as Harry flung himself into the bed and shoved Draco over a little.

"Potter?" Draco sputtered.

"Night Draco." And with that Harry was asleep leaving a very perplexed Draco Malfoy to sleep there beside him.

Harry woke up in the morning to find an empty bed beside him. He had slept better than he had in a long while. Stretching, Harry ran into the shower and got dressed. He then made his way downstairs to the Great Hall for breakfast.

Entering the Great Hall, Harry could see many people milling about and enjoying their last few minutes of freedom. The Ravenclaws were waiting patiently for their schedules while the Hufflepuffs conversed quietly. The Slytherins sat dejectedly and pestered Draco about where he was. Harry gave a small smile looking in that direction then rolled his eyes and strode to the Gryffindor table where Ron and Hermione were waiting for him.

Harry sat down across from Ron and Hermione and grabbed some toast. He then began to butter it. Hermione was reading the daily prophet and Ron was shovelling food down like always.

Without looking up from her paper, Hermione said, "How was your night Harry?"

With a smile Harry said, "It was nice."

Hermione smiled and Ron gagged.

Harry looked at him and stared until he realized that Ron was choking. Hermione smacked Ron on the back who coughed out some food and sunk under the table blushing very badly.

Harry laughed hysterically.

Harry's laugh caused attention to be brought to him. Across the table many conferred over where Harry Potter's new rooms were and why he had them.

Three boys in particular were having that discussion as well, and decided to vocalize it.

Seamus, Dean and Neville inched over.

"Hey Harry." Seamus said.

"Lo Seamus." Harry Replied.

"So……" Neville started.

"Where were you the last two nights?" Dean blurted out.

Everyone in Gryffindor plus a few other surrounding students leaned over to listen.

Seeing the attention he was getting, Harry replied with, "I don't know what you are talking about."

"Come on," Seamus said. "We know you aren't in our dorms."

Harry sighed dramatically. "I have my own rooms this year."

Shouts of why were heard near Harry.

Harry raised his hand for silence then answered. "I have my own rooms since Dumbledore felt it was safest."

Some people mumbled.

"I guess that makes sense… But its not like we're going to hurt you." Seamus said.

"It's not you he's worried about." Harry said.

"Oh" The boys said and dropped the topic.

Then, "So where are you staying? Where are the rooms?"

"Oh, nowhere." Harry replied.

Ron cut in. "He won't even tell us. So he's not telling, leave him alone."

Harry gave Ron a smile and then the boys backed off. Everyone else went back to eating their meals and giving a quick glance to the Slytherin side of the room, Harry could see Draco was taking advantage of everyone's attention being on Harry to eat quickly and undisturbed. Harry laughed at that and continued eating.

When the meal was over, Dumbledore stood up.

"Ah, Good morning students. Welcome to another year. Since classes begin today, it is time to hand out class schedules. Your heads of house will be coming around to give them to you. Enjoy your day!"

Dumbledore sat down.

A few minutes later, Professor McGonagall gave out their schedules. Looking at them, Harry sighed. Then he wondered how Potions was going to be this year with his mate in his class. It would be interesting for sure. Looking at his schedule. Harry saw that they had many classes shared with the Slytherins. Today however, they had Defence against the Dark Arts with Professor Lupin and then they have Potions with Professor Snape. After lunch they had a spare and then Transfiguration.

Harry smiled and the trio left to get their books and head to class.

Harry, Hermione and Ron entered the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. They took their usual seats near the front of the room. Later the Slytherins entered and took seats near the back.

A couple minutes later, Professor Lupin entered.

"Good morning class. I am sure you are wondering what this silly werewolf is doing back at the school teaching aren't you?"

The class gasped at his blatant statement.

"Well, it seems as if it is better for me to teach you and you to learn than for you to be attacked by one of the many teachers that have taught this course. Now, we will be having an interesting year. We will continue your study on magical creatures and now that you all know I am a werewolf, we will do an in depth study on them and I will help give you the insiders view. Possibly later in the year we will do some spells and defence work as well. For now, let's review what you learned last year, since I am sure you forgot."

With this he got a chuckled from the room. He then went to the chalkboard and wrote a few notes.

"Please write this down."

The class ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. Harry thought Professor Lupin was giving him looks all through class but he could have been imagining it.

As Harry was leaving, Remus pulled him back. "Harry, could I talk to you for a moment?"

Harry replied, "Um, I have potions next and Snape will kill me if I'm late. I can talk later though?

Remus smiled. "I guess so. Wouldn't want you to be late your first class. How about tomorrow after our class. You have a free then right?"

"Yeah" Harry agreed. "I'll see you then." Harry said dreading seeing Remus since he Remus would never accept that Draco is his mate.

Harry ran out of the room and Remus looked after him smiling slightly.

Running into Potions, Harry sighed in happiness to find Snape not there yet. Ron and Hermione gave him the thumbs up. Draco was sitting at the opposite side of the room.

Suddenly, Snape stormed into the room.

"Quiet!" He screamed. He then looked around the room slowly and said. "Well, well, well, some of you actually managed to make it into potions this year. Lord knows how for some of you. This year will be difficult and challenging and if you cannot handle it, you are out!"

Here, Shape waited for dramatic effect.

"Instructions are on the board. Begin!"

Everyone scrambled around to start his or her potions. Harry was sitting with Hermione and Ron sat behind them.

In the middle of the class, Harry saw Snape bend down to talk to Draco. It didn't seem that Draco told anything however as Snape sneered at him as he got up.

At the end of the class, Snape yelled "Time's up," and everyone put their potions away and left the class.

Lunch went by quickly and Harry, Ron and Hermione went to the Gryffindor common room for their spare. They spent the time relaxing and just talking since there was no homework assigned yet. Ron and Harry played chess for a while and Hermione read a book. At the end of their spare, the trio headed out to Transfiguration.

They were walking down the corridor and talking.

"Transfiguration is going to be so interesting this year!" Hermione exclaimed.

"Sure." Ron said.

"Come on Ronald, you must find it fascinating. You learn such valuable skills."

Ron looked to Harry for help.

"I like transfiguration Ron." Harry replied.

Ron grumbled as Hermione continued to lecture them.

Harry continued walking and as he was about to turn a corner, he suddenly felt a very strong pain in his stomach. It was so strong that he grasped his stomach and lost balance. Harry fell into the wall, his stomach hitting the corner.

"Harry, are you okay?" Hermione screeched while Ron screamed "Bloody Hell."

On the floor Harry clutched his stomach for a few seconds then thought about how stupid he was to walk into a wall.

Blushing, Harry got up. "Yeah, I'm okay."

"What happened?" Hermione asked.

Still blushing Harry replied, "I just walked into the wall okay?"

Grumbling he continued walking on to Transfiguration while Ron could hold it no longer and started laughing. Hermione told him to stop but soon let out a quiet giggle.

Harry rolled his eyes and walked into transfiguration, all the while forgetting that the pain started before he hit the wall.

Transfiguration ended and the trio went to dinner. After dinner, Harry head to his rooms.

It had been a long first day and Harry just wanted to go to sleep. There was still a strange throbbing in his stomach where he hit the wall. Harry took some pain relief and then relaxed in bed.

As he was about to go to sleep, Draco came in the room clutching his stomach the same place Harry had felt pain. Suddenly seeing Harry, Draco dropped his hand and scowled.

Harry gave a curious glance before forgetting what happened as soon as Draco slid into bed.

Both boys were exhausted and as soon as they both got under the covers, they fell asleep wordlessly.

Meanwhile in another part of the castle, Remus and Sirius were talking to Dumbledore.

"Albus, just tell me where our godson's rooms are. What harm can it do?"

"It doesn't matter right now. He is safe and well looked after."

"I know that. What if something happens and what if I need to talk to him and…" Remus continued.

"He is fine Remus. Harry will tell you and Sirius when the time comes. Trust me on this one. He is fine where he is right now."

After arguing this topic for a half hour, Remus and Sirius felt that they weren't getting anywhere and were going to have to try another strategy. As they were leaving, they bumped into Severus Snape.

"What are you doing here Snivillus?" Sirius asked.

"Move aside Black." Snape replied storming into Dumbledore's office.

"What's up with him?" The two said before leaving.

Back in Dumbledore's office, Severus was also having a discussion about his godson.

"Where is Draco? Why is he not in Slytherin?" Severus asked.

"All in due time." Dumbledore replied. "He is safe Severus and you will find out when necessary."

After arguing for a while, Severus also left Dumbledore's office.

Dumbledore smiled. So far, everything was working out. Dumbledore just hoped that the boys accepted their bond soon.

So what do you think? Please review. Then I shall make more chapters this length! Wow… This is double the length of my first chapter.

Shania Maxwell