A Most Puzzling Day

Disclaimer: I DON'T OWN ANY OF IT. *sob*

"Hello, Tarrant," a pale teenage girl with long blonde hair said happily as she skipped down a corridor. "Lovely to see you again."

"I... er, what?" A young man with black hair replied with no small amount of confusion. "I'm sorry miss, but my name isn't Tarrant... It's Harry."

The blonde girl stopped to look at the boy—Harry, did he say? No, she was pretty sure he was Tarrant... even if he did look different. Gone was the poofy red hair, the paleness, and the quirky smile. What she saw was messy black hair, startling green eyes and... something else. "Is it change your name day, then? If that's the case, you can call me Luna. But I'm really Alice. Even though you already knew that, didn't you Tarrant?"

Harry blinked twice. He had never met this girl before, and yet she was calling him a strange name that... seemed familiar to him in some way. Just like her. She was a complete stranger, and yet something inside Harry was telling him to hold her close and to not lose her again. He shook his head quickly. Where had that thought come from? Again? He had just gone over the fact that she was a complete stranger. "Well, it was nice meeting you, Alice—er, Luna, whoever you are," Harry said politely before continuing down the hallway.

"Tarrant?" she called back to him. He turned back, and raised an eyebrow. "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"

"No idea, sorry," Harry said shrugging, "If that's it..." he trailed off, gesturing towards his classroom.

"For now," Luna/Alice laughed, before continuing on her way and passing another boy in the hallway, "Oh! Hello there Chess!"

Harry turned around at that, and saw the strange blonde was talking to Neville this time. Did she just call him Chess? He shook his head and entered the classroom. Harry walked over to Hermione and Ron and sat down at a near-by desk.

"What took you so long, mate?" Ron asked.

"Some strange girl, Luna, I think, although she said her name was Alice, stopped me," Harry replied, still confused about that strange encounter.

"Oh, you must mean Luna Lovegood. She is quite... odd," Hermione added in.

"Hello Tarrant," a familiar voice chimed in. Harry turned to see Neville.

"Not you too, Nev? First that Luna girl and—" Harry said before being cut off.

"Alice, Tarrant. Her name is Alice. And I am Chess. Chessur. Really Tarrant. If I didn't know that you were already mad, this would have proven it!" Neville gave him an extraordinarily large smile that was both disturbing yet painfully familiar to Harry, just like that Luna/Alice girl was.

"Neville, what are you going on about?" asked Ron. "You're not making any sense at all!"

Neville just gave that wide smile again, (Merlin, are his teeth pointed? Harry asked himself), winked at Harry, and then turned to the front of the room.

By the end of the day, Harry was beyond confused. That Luna/Alice girl came up to him again, asking him if he wanted to have a tea party in the middle of the Great Hall, accompanied by, of all people, Draco Malfoy, who insisted that his name was (March Hare), Ernie MacMallan, who claimed that he was McTwisp, and Padma Patil, who said that her name was Mallyumkin. None of it made any sense, and Harry wondered about the possibility that the twins had decided to prank all of those people at the same time in order to drive Harry mad. Whatever it was, it was extremely peculiar, and he wasn't sure what to do about it.

Refusing to think about it anymore, Harry climbed the staircase to the boy's dormitories and got ready for bed. By the time his head hit the pillow, he was fast asleep, and all night, he dreamed of a blonde girl named Alice, a March Hare, a grinning cat that could float and vanish into thin air, a white rabbit, and a mouse who had a tea party with him and called him Hatter or Tarrant.

So... I'm not even sure where this came from. It just happened. I may add another chapter. I may not. Depends on your feedback.