A.N. So yes I am starting another story. Again I own nothing that J.K. already owns, I also do not own the song "Something to talk about" that Bonnie Raitt sings. Hope you enjoy.

People Are Talking

Hufflepuff Rose Weasley swung her bag onto her shoulder at the end of Potions class. She sighed stretching her arms above her head as most of the 6th year class rushed out to go to dinner.

"Are you ready to go?" The 17 year old turned and smiled at her best friend. Tall, blond Scorpius Malfoy, fellow Hufflepuff.

"Let's go." The brunette replied, putting her arm through his, as they left the dank, dark rather smelly room. They followed their classmates to the Great Hall, their stomachs rumbling with hunger. As they were walking Rose noticed a few people whispering as they looked at her and Scorpius. Rose smiled as she laid her head on Scorpius' shoulder, he smiled down at her. It was the whole Malfoy/Weasley friendship thing. Nobody had expected it, least of all Rose. However, five and a half years ago after being sorted into Hufflepuff Rose had gone to the table and sat next to the other surprise sort. A skinny blond boy named Scorpius Malfoy.

"Hey, I'm Rose Weasley." The girl stuck out her hand to the boy she had sat next to.

"Oh, hi Rose, I'm Scorpius Malfoy, but you probably already knew that," Scorpius said the last part quietly, turning a pale shade of pink. Rose smiled.

"I did know that actually," Rose looked down at her plate, biting her lip, unsure what had compelled her to talk to the boy her father had warned her against. She looked up and saw the other Hufflepuffs giving Scorpius fearful or dirty looks. She also noticed the same people giving her awed, surprised looks. Scorpius caught her eye, giving her a timid smile. Rose felt herself smiling back, knowing instinctively that it was the reactions that their peers had to their sorting that had given her a connection to Scorpius. Scorpius had looked down at his plate not sure what to expect from the only friendly person he had met so far.

"Want to be friends?" the words split out of Rose's mouth before she thought about it.

The two had been inseparable ever since.

The two teenagers sat down at the dinner table. Scorpius smiled as he watched his best friend load food onto her plate. She was a Weasley alright. Pile in the food and not gain an ounce. The boy looked at his own plate and began eating stopping every so often to talk with Rose.

"So what do you want to do this weekend?" Scorpius asked Rose who had just taken a big bite of a steak. She chewed quickly and swallowed. She wasn't like her cousins in the fact that she actually swallowed before talking.

"I don't know." She frowned. "I wish it was a Hogsmede weekend." Rose sighed in annoyance at being stuck in the castle.

"Me too." Scorpius sighed in agreement.

Halfway through dessert, a delicious cherry pie, Rose heard laughter. She turned to see her family members at the Gryffindor table. James was hanging over Fred's shoulder as Lily hid her red face behind her hands, obviously being teased by two of her male relatives. Albus was talking with one of his friends, ignoring his family members. Rose wasn't quite sure where her brother, Hugo was. Probably in the library, he took after their mother like that. The now familiar pang hit her stomach as she dropped her fork, watching her cousins laugh over something without her. She should have been there with them. Al had been her best friend until they had entered Hogwarts and had been separated by a hat. Not that Rose regretted being friends with Scorpius; she just regretted losing the closeness she once had with Al. She bit her lip willing the tears back that always came when she thought of how things use to be before Hogwarts.

"Hey, don't worry about it. Hufflepuffs are so much better anyways." Scorpius slung an arm around the brunette distracting her somewhat from her pain. Rose turned and smiled at him. He tried so hard to make Rose feel better and not so left out. The two left the Hall, as Rose no longer had an appetite for her cherry pie and made their way down to the common room. Most of the Hufflepuffs were still at dinner so the two friends dragged out their homework and started to work on it.

The common room slowly got busier and Rose's mind began to wander. Finishing an essay for charms the girl sighed. Scorpius looked up at her. Rose smiled.

"I'm going to take a walk before curfew." Rose told him.

"Want me to come?" Scorpius offered.

"No thank you, just need to clear my head."

"Oh, okay." Scorpius bent his blond head back to his last assignment.

Rose got up and left the warm and cozy room, walking into the much cooler hallway. She began thinking about how separate she felt from the rest of her family. Not a Gryffindor, not a red head. Weasley in name only. She ran her fingers through her dark hair as she approached a corner.

"They so obviously are. They're just hiding it from their families." Rose heard a girl say. She froze where she was, still hidden from the gossipers. "I don't know about that. I think they're just friends." Another girl said. "You only say that because you fancy Malfoy." Rose put her hand over her mouth. "It's so Romeo and Juliet, a Malfoy and a Weasley." A third voice said. "Rose is so lucky." The second girl moaned clearly jealous that the boy she fancied was "involved."

A.N. Yes, I am still working on "Don't Tell Ron" and "Obsession". If you enjoy "Don't Tell Ron" the next six reviewers for any of my stories before the 25th of June, will receive a sneak peek. The reviews have to be about the story, and just mention that you want the sneak peek. Also, obviously if it's an anonymous review, I have no way to contact you to give you the sneak preview, but feel free to review anyways! Thanks for reading!