Title: Zephuros
Author: Batsutousai
Rating: M/R
Pairings: LV/OC
Warnings: Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu-age, more OCs that you could ever wish for
Summary: Not all acts are forgivable, and Harry finds himself swayed by one who teaches him so much more than the Order ever dared.

(Dis)Claim Her: Kat/Kit belongs to me. So do the Cookes and Richard. And any other OCs.

A/N: Last chapter's reviews made me giggle a lot, so thank you for that.
To clear a few things up - Harry is still in Azkaban, Kat/Kit will be the main focus for a while, but others will be brought in. In fact, you'll see another major and perhaps well-loved character this chapter. At this point, pretty much everyone is an OC, unless it's Ron or Hermione or that other character I was just talking about. XD

Also, I believe I promised a chart? Well, let's get that out of the way now. -sweatdrop- And I'll make another sorta side site - like I did for To Be A Woman - with the dolls to help you. I'll try and remember to put the link at the bottom of this chapter, and it'll also be up at FFN(in my bio) and LJ. Possibly HPFandom(in my bio), as well.

Kathryn "Kat"/Kit Miller - main character/Gary-Sue
Lynn Miller - Kat/Kit's mum; probably won't actually appear in the fic
Amelia Cooke/Mrs Cooke - the "mother figure" as it were of K/K's host family in the UK
Mr Cooke - the "father figure" of K/K's host family in the UK; seems to be avoiding K/K
Derek Cooke - the only person K/K's age among the Cookes; was out of the UK when K/K came; goes to the same uni as K/K; member of the Order of the Phoenix
Richard - general, all-around servant to the Cooke family
Tinky - house-elf in the Cooke household; has the job of caring for K/K during her/his stay

Hope that helps!

Rivalling Friends

"You look a bit lost," a voice said in Kat's ear.

Kat swung around, fist ready, and just barely missed the pale blond who'd spoken.

"That's no way to treat someone you don't even know, now is it?" the young man inquired, smirking.

"Don't sneak up on my and I won't try to punch you," Kat retorted. She'd spent the last ten minutes trying to find her class, but she was utterly lost, and it was wearing on her nerves.

"I'll keep that in mind," the other said, still smirking. "Name's Draco Malfoy, by the way."

Kat's eyes widened - anyone who lived even a few years in the Wizarding world knew who the Malfoys were - and she quickly introduced herself, "Kat Miller."

Draco took one of her hands and brought it to his lips for a kiss, making Kat blush a bright red. "A pleasure, Miss Miller," he said, her name sliding off his tongue like sin. "By your expression, I'm assuming you've heard of me?"

"Who hasn't heard of your family?" Kat replied, tugging her hand away and hiding it behind her back.

"Muggles," Draco replied, then eyed the paper she was clutching in the hand he hadn't kissed. "Are you lost?"

"A little," Kat replied, looking at the floor. "I lost my host a while ago."

"Ah. You're an exchange student. That explains the accent."

Kat bit back a retort about his accent and held up her schedule. "If it wouldn't be too much of a bother, could you point me in the right direction?" she asked, feeling her cheeks heat up. Imagine, her asking a Malfoy to show her where to go! Unheard of.

Draco took the paper and looked it over, then smiled back up at Kat, who blushed again. "I can take you right to it," he informed her, handing back the paper. "I have the same class, you see."

Kat let out a relieved sound. "Thank you."

Draco settled his hand in the middle of her back and started leading the way down the hallway Kat had just come from. "But of course. We can't have you thinking poorly of our country, now can we?" He smiled at Kat again and she allowed a nervous smile in return, half wishing he'd take his hand away. "Where are you from? The accent sounds familiar."

"America. Washington D.C, more specifically," Kat replied, fidgeting with her schedule.

"Mmm... And I'm assuming you know all about the silly war we Brits are waging on ourselves?"

Kat tensed. "Yes."

Draco chuckled lowly. "Be careful, Miss Miller - you're already right in the middle of it," he whispered, then took his hand off her back as they stepped into a classroom.

Before Kat could even think of a response to that, a voice called, "Kat!"

"Oh! Derek!" Kat said, catching sight of her host and his two friends.

"Thank goodness! I was afraid you'd nev-"

"Malfoy!" Ron suddenly spat, eyes on Draco. "What are you doing with Kat, you slime?"

Draco shrugged. "Merely helping her to her class, since you fools can't seem to keep tabs on her." He smirked a challenge at Ron.

Hermione grabbed Ron's arm and dragged him over to where they'd already staked out seats, whispering furiously into the orange-haired young man's ear.

Derek narrowed his eyes at Draco as the blonde's smirk widened. "Stay away from us, Malfoy. And that includes Kat," Derek spat, then looked at Kat, eyes softening. "Come on, Kat. Let's go sit down."

"Uhm, okay," Kat agreed, then looked at Draco unsurely. "Thank you, Mr Malfoy."

"My pleasure," Draco purred, then sauntered off to a seat on the other side of the room from where Ron and Hermione had retreated to.

"You shouldn't thank people like him," Derek told her as they started over to Ron and Hermione.

Kat frowned. "Why not? If he hadn't helped me, I never would have gotten to this room. Are you saying I shouldn't thank someone just because you don't like him?"

Derek frowned. "You don't understa-"

"And I don't want to. Leave me out of your stupid rivalry - I want no part in it," she informed him stiffly, then took a seat and ignored Derek, Ron, and Hermione for the entire class.


"He's a known Death Eater," Derek was trying. Class was over and they'd all gone outside for a breath of air, since there next class wasn't for another couple of hours and it was too early for lunch. "He'd be in Azkaban if the Ministry wasn't run by idiots."

"Look," Kat finally snapped, standing and turning to glare down at the three friends, "I don't want any part in this stupid war. I'm here to go to school and see the sights. I'm not here to fight some war that I don't believe in!" She spun on her heels and stalked off, ignoring the voices yelling at her to stop.

Once Kat had found a quiet place without any people around, she shifted into Kit and let out a breath of relief.

"You know, that trick doesn't work very well when you're wearing a skirt," Draco's voice informed him before he appeared out of no where.

Kit shot the young Malfoy a cold look and transfigured his clothing before he spoke, "Using Invisibility Charms is a good way to be hexed, and I'm not as nice as Kat." So saying, Kit wordlessly cast Levicorpus, which had been quite popular at his school at one point.

Draco let out a shriek as he was suddenly hanging upside down in the air, his books on the ground in a heap. He turned furious eyes on the smirking Kit. "Let me down!"

"Where are your manners, Malfoy? Didn't your parents ever teach you to say 'please' and 'thank you'?" Kit replied mockingly.

"Let me down, you freak!" Draco hissed, face turning red.

Kit's eyes darkened and he stepped forward until he was right in front of his victim, who had apparently realized that he'd said the wrong thing. "Let's get this straight, Malfoy. If you ever call Kat or myself that word again, I'll burn your cock off and leaving you hanging upside down, naked, in front of this very building until you die. Also, don't follow me around under Invisibility Charms. If you want to follow me, learn to track me like a Muggle, lest you find yourself becoming one. Are we clear?"

"Yes!" Draco gasped, eyes wide.

Kit cast the counter and turned his back on the Malfoy. When Draco tried to attack Kit from behind, he found himself hanging upside down again.

"Why is it that purebloods never learn?" Kit inquired of the hanging blond.

Draco sneered at him. "Please let me down."

Kit let him down again and watched as the other boy picked up all his books and put them away.

"Alright, Miller," Draco said, straightening. "What in Merlin's name are you?"

Kit cocked his head to one side and stared at Draco for a long moment, which seemed to unnerve the other. "Vaccus Sexus."

Draco's eyes widened again and it took him a few moments to find his voice. "I thought they were myths!"

"Hardly. We're just impossibly rare. One or two a century, according to the only book I could find on it."

Draco blinked, then smiled. "You're a very interesting person, Miller."

"And you're an arrogant, conceited bastard," Kit replied cheerfully. "We should get on smashingly!"

Draco's lips fell into a smirk. "I try."

Kit laughed.


"Where were you! We looked everywhere!" Hermione asked when Kat slid into the empty seat next to the brunette in their afternoon class.

Kat smiled quietly. "I'm sorry. I got lost again. Stopped for some food when I saw some, then tried to find my way back. Draco Malfoy found me again and showed me to the room," she finished sheepishly.

Hermione sighed. "No helping it now, I guess." She gave Kat a sad look. "And I'm sorry about Ron and Derek. Both of them have had really bad times with Malfoy and they just can't let it go."

"He's not a bad person," Kat whispered, feeling sad. She was glad Ron and Derek weren't in this class with her.

"No, he's not," Hermione agreed, looking strained. "At least, not here at school. Here, he's a perfect gentleman and he can get along with all the Muggles without a sneer. But, put him around another Death Eater or one of those two boys and he's as nasty as if he were dressed all out in Death Eater garb and killing Muggles and Muggleborns left and right."

Kat sighed. "It's like he's two different people, then."

"Pretty much." Hermione tapped her pencil on her desk. "Malfoy and I used to really hate each other back at Hogwarts, but we have a sort of secret study session on Fridays, while Ron and Derek are in class."

Kat offered her fellow a sympathetic look. "I don't understand purebloods at all."

"I don't think they even understand themselves," Hermione muttered, earning her a giggle from Kat.

The two shared a smile and turned to pay attention when the professor started calling for attention.



Kat turned around at her name and saw Draco running towards her. "Hello, Mr Malfoy," she said pleasantly once he was in range for her to not have to shout.

Draco gave her a strange look. "You're a puzzle, Miller."

"I try," Kat replied, smiling brightly.

Draco let out a bark of laughter and smiled back. "You should have dinner with me tonight."

"You shouldn't order pretty girls around," Kat replied, still smiling.

Draco smirked. "Indeed? Well then, would you like to accompany me to dinner tonight?"

"Where might I be accompanying you to?"

"Why, my house."

"And will you turn into the bastard Hermione says you always are outside of the school?"

Draco sighed and gave Kat a pitiful look. "Remember what we were talking about at lunch? About rights?"

Kat's smile slipped into a serious frown. "Yes."

"There's someone I'd like you to meet. Come with your brother, if you'd prefer."

Kat gave him a calculating look, which Draco decided looked odd on her angelic face, then nodded. "Where shall we meet?"

"Two blocks from the Cooke place there's a small playground. Do you know it?"


"Meet me there at six."

"I should be able to arrange that."

"Perfect. I'll see you at six, then."

"Okay." Kat waved cheerfully and wandered into the bathroom.

Tonight was going to be fun.



A/N: Urk. -.- I just realized I have homework that I should be doing. BUT I'M NOT! XD
Mmmm... Project Runway tonight.

Basically, I've just finished this chapter. I've got the website space reserved - as it were - but not actually set up. I'll do that tonight, so don't go at it for a couple hours or so. I'll post at my batsutousai LJ when it's ready.

Link: w w w. angelfire. com / planet / zephuros /