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She bit her lip as she stared in the mirror. She didn't feel good or even confident about herself. Her hair wasn't flat enough, she'd already had to redo her eyeliner three times and now she could see the fine hairs above her upper lip, she looked horrible and she was supposed to meet Harry at the Great Hall in 20 minutes and she was running out of time to do anything. She hurried out of the bedroom and pulled open the doors to her wardrobe. She didn't know what to wear, it was starting to get warmer but there was still a small chill in the air. She pulled out a green dress but quickly through it on to the bed before picking up a long black top, that too followed the dress.
"Why not try the purple top?" A voice in the bed behind her called.
"What you doing awake Daphne, literally nothing wakes you up when you're asleep."
"Yes well you're making more noise than a heard of running centaurs, but I'm serious try the purple top."
Pansy frowned but pulled out the plain purple top. She frowned and held it up to Daphne. "It's a bit plain and boring isn't it?"
"And you're only going to Hogsmeade you don't want to look like you've tried too hard. Pair it with those black leggings and a pair of comfortable boots and you'll look great."
"I'll try it on," Pansy said and quickly changed behind the curtain. It was customary in the girl's dorms to have a section mainly for getting ready. Girls in Slytherin were to look their best at all times so a dressing corner was fitted for that reason. "I don't like it," she said as she came out from behind the curtain.
"You look great!" Pansy frowned.
"You really think so?"
"Yes, Pans it looks good on you, Potter will love it. Anyway you've not time to change now as you've 10 minutes to be at the Great Hall! Enjoy your date!"
"I don't know if I want to go looking like this!" She panicked and Daphne rolled her eyes. She waved her wand and Pansy's cloak flew towards her.
"You asked him out not the other way around! Have fun!" Pansy couldn't argue with that, she had been the one to ask him out, she was the reason why she was in this predicament. Grabbing her bag she fastened the clip of her cloak around her neck and walked out of the dorm room. If he didn't like her looking a like an old bag lady then he shouldn't have the opportunity to like when she looked her best!
Harry was already waiting for her when she arrived at the Great Hall, he was smiling at her as she approached and she smiled shyly back, suddenly overcome with nerves she stopped in front of him and twisted her hair around a finger.
"You look… great actually. Yeah, you look lovely!"
"You sound surprised Potter," the joke masked her nerves but she was grateful for the compliment.
"Kind of expecting you to turn up in something pink or something with unicorns on." He said with a guilty shrug.
Pansy chuckled but shook her head. "Pink maybe but I've grown out of Unicorns I'm afraid!"
"Good to know," he laughed. "Ready to go?" she nodded and they walked side by side down the path to Hogsmeade.
People who recognised them paused and others looked at them oddly; surprised to the two of them together but Harry and Pansy paid them no attention as they enjoyed one another's company as they walked.
"I heard the Weasley twins have just opened their new shop in Hogsmeade over the last couple of days?"
"Yeah, I think the grand opening is this weekend. We'll have to check it out." Harry said and Pansy shook her head.
"No way, they've so much blackmail material I don't think I'll ever be able to face them again!"
Harry laughed, "Don't worry about it. The twins liked you, sure they'll tease you but they do that to everyone. It's Charlie you have to face, you did tell him that Unicorns were better than Dragons."
"I also tried to get him to take Blaise and Draco back to Romania with him, so they'd get eaten by a dragon but that didn't happen. I'd say we are even!" she winked and Harry erupted in laughter.
He couldn't believe how easy it was to simply talk with Pansy, she was funny and sweet and had a brilliant sense of humour, sarcastic and a little dry. He knew he could talk to her all day and never get bored of her.
Hogsmeade was already busy with groups of students descending on the small village, third years attending for the first time were everywhere, and Harry remembered the first time he visited Hogsmeade, under his invisibility cloak after spooking Malfoy and his friends. He'd sneaked into Honeydukes and helped himself to sweets, but the trip had ended badly. He'd discovered that Sirius was his godfather and back then believed he had killed his parents. To him it had been the biggest break of trust he'd ever witnessed.
"Where to first?" Pansy asked as the stood on the outskirts of the village.
"Don't mind, anywhere you need to go today if there is we can do that first?" he suggested and Pansy nodded.
"I need to visit Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop. I need more black ink and my favourite quill snapped on me yesterday so I'd like to buy a new one."
"Now you mentioned ink I think I need some more."
The two headed towards the shop, small bouts of conversation passed between the two as they wandered through Hogsmeade.
Harry was equally surprised with how quick Pansy was when it came to shopping, he'd always thought that she'd be one of those girls that could shop till they dropped but to his delight it wasn't the case. He was even daring to think she did not like shopping.
They left Scrivenshaft's about 10 minutes after entering, a new Eagle's quill and two pots of black ink for Pansy and three bottles of black ink and new rolls of parchment for Harry.
"What are your aspirations for after school then Harry?" Pansy asked as they walked past the flowers on the floor to Honeydukes.
"Think I'll follow my father if I get the correct grades." Harry said and Pansy frowned.
"I'm afraid I don't know what your father did."
"Right, I think you'll be really good at that, maybe one day be one of the best." She smiled shyly and Harry found it infectious.
"What about you, you any desires for your future?"
"I'm not sure what I'd be good at to be honest with you. From a little girl I believed I'd marry a wealthy pureblood, probably Draco and have his child and live the life of a pureblood socialite."
"But you don't wish for that anymore?" Pansy shook her head and sighed.
"After the war the whole socialite thing just didn't interest me and marrying Draco is so off the cards, it was more my mother's wish really. I struggle in my classes because I didn't pay enough attention in my youth and now my future isn't looking so bright, throw in the fact that I'm pureblood from Slytherin and my chances thin even more. It's harder for us since the war ended."
Harry knew what she meant. He'd witnessed discrimination towards them first hand, he only had to open the Daily Prophet to see the tide had turned and instead of Muggleborns been looked down upon it was now purebloods. He wasn't sure if Pansy had noticed but he had. The amount of people staring at them before turning and whispering as they walked by. They all knew who he was and they were aware of who she was and he didn't like it.
"What interests you?" He said as he pushed the door to Honeydukes open, allowing Pansy to walk through first.
"I'm really into make up, have been for years." She said and Harry nodded. He knew very little about make up, he would probably be brave enough to say what different pieces were if someone gave him them to him but that was about it. From what Hermione had once told him, some girls excel in make up and others don't and as he stared at Pansy's face he knew she was one that excelled.
"What?" she asked and he realised he'd been staring for too long.
"Nothing, can't a guy look at your beautiful face with their being an issue?"
"No," she laughed but he saw the blush at his comment.
"Well have you ever thought about going into the make up industry?"
"The make up industry? Sell make up?"
Harry frowned and shook his head as he picked up a chocolate frog. He was in a territory he wasn't fully comfortable with or had much knowledge on."
"I don't really know much about make up, but I do know Muggles become make-up artists where they are paid to apply make-up on to people for photo shoots, acting and so on. You could do that or maybe make your own products?"
"People are actually paid to apply make up in the Muggle world?" Pansy asked and Harry nodded. "Wow, I'd never have known, maybe I could do that in the Wizarding world."
"I don't see why not, you'll have to get customers for it. I know bridal make up is a big thing. Doing someone's make up specifically for weddings or even birthdays." He explained at her confused face.
"Harry you're a genius!" Pansy squealed wrapping her arms around his neck. Taken by surprise Harry just hugged her back ignoring the stares in the shop.
"I am? Usually that's Hermione's position." Pansy laughed.
"I bet, but I could start up my own make up service. I could get people to owl me and I could book people in to a time slot to have their make up done. Maybe even start my own range of products like you suggested, though not sure how I'd do that,"
"Potions?" Harry suggested as he grabbed a few more sweets before heading to the till.
"Potions? Why didn't I think of that?" she laughed and purchased her sweets. "I'll have to speak to Professor Snape on the possibility of it all though. See what can and can't be done?" Harry nodded in agreement and they left Honeydukes.
They followed the crowd as they made their way to the new Weasley Wizard Wheezes shop in the far corner of the town. As they neared they could see the popularity of the shop already, with the inside bustling full of students. They stepped through the doors and were instantly overwhelmed with noise.
"Glad the shops doing well for them," said Harry a little louder than normal, Pansy nodded and the squeezed past a few students as they walked around. Items were being snatched off the shelves in record speed. Harry could see George over at the till with a queue of people from the other side of the register.
"Harry and Pansy, back to being a grown up again I see?" Fred was stood behind them with a smirk on his face. Instantly Pansy blushed, all the memories of her brief childhood encounters with Fred flooded back to her.
"Yes, back to normal now. Well as normal as I could be after everything that has happened." She said tucking a piece of her hair behind her ear.
"I bet, you were quite the cute child. Heard from my mother you were rather adorable." Pansy groaned and covered her eyes with her hands. Harry chuckled beside her.
With her eyes covered she missed the silent exchange between Harry and Fred.
Fred chuckled at Harry's embarrassment, he'd already heard from Ginny that things between Pansy and Harry were progressing steadily.
"Well I'll leave you on your date, haven't time to stop and talk today really. Cannot believe how busy we are." Said Fred.
"Well it is Hogsmeade weekend and you've opened today for the first time. What do you expect?" Laughed Harry and Fred shrugged.
"Shut up Harry," laughed Fred. He bid the two goodbye and disappeared into the crowd of students.
"Come with me, I want to show you something." Said Harry and he took her hand and pulled her through the crowds to where he wanted to be.
"Pygmy Puffs!" Pansy said smiling, she stuck her finger in the cage and stroked the nearest one.
"Want one still?" he asked and Pansy looked at him and then back at the small balls of fur.
"I think I do actually, I was crazy for these when I was small."
"So pick one then," Harry said and Pansy smiled, she slowly reached into the cage and pulled out a small fuzzy purple Pygmy Puff, she held it up to her face and the creature hummed. "Looks like this little one is coming back with me."
They joined the queue and slowly they reached the counter. They greeted George who took immense pleasure of embarrassing Pansy. "I take it all back," she said, "Fred's the best twin!" George gasped in mock horror and removed the creature from the desk.
"Take it back or you cannot have him," he teased and Pansy laughed shaking her head.
"I don't think so!" she laughed and reached for her purse but Harry bet her to it.
"Thanks George," he laughed as he handed him the money. George thanked him and placed the Pygmy Puff in a safe carrier box.
As they left the store Pansy pulled him to one side, "I didn't ask you to buy it for me," she said with a frown.
"And I never said you were going to buy you one. If I remember I said I'd buy you one when you were older." Pansy froze for a minute but smiling softly. "I kept my word,"
"Yeah I suppose you did."
"You ready to head back or you want to go anywhere else?" he asked and Pansy frowned.
"I'd love to but I haven't started McGonagall's assignment yet and it's due on Monday." She said and Harry groaned.
"McGonagall's assignment." He slapped his head and Pansy chuckled.
"You haven't started it either?" and Harry nodded. "Why don't we head back and work on it together?"
"Sounds good to me, two heads are better than one."
"I'll need to drop this little one off in my room first and collect my books."
"Me too, how about we walk back to the school split up collect what we need and meet in the library?" Pansy thought about it for a minute before nodding.
Hand in hand they walked back to school. A burning question was lodged in the back of Harry's throat as they walked up towards the school. Out of the corner of his eye he looked at Pansy; the only word that came to mind was beautiful. Her appearance had matured over the last few years, the ugly scowl that had been plastered on her face was gone and he could finally see the true her and he loved looking. Her nose, which had caused her so many taunts over the years was actually very cute. Her big brown eyes were full of mischief and excitement and he loved to see her cheeks bulge when she smiled. It had hit him hard in Honeydukes just how much he wanted to see her smile again, to be the reason she smiled.
They stepped through the doors of the castle and Harry didn't want to remove his hand from hers but he knew he would soon have to.
"Well I've really enjoyed my day with you," Pansy said shyly. "Thank you for Izzy as well, that's what I'm going to name her." She chuckled.
Harry nodded. "Not a problem, I've really enjoyed this morning with you as well, not sure how much I'm going to enjoy our next meeting though," he laughed and Pansy nodded.
"Yeah I know what you mean, Transfiguration assignments can really kill the mood." She joked and they smiled. "I'll see you in the library in an hour?" she said and Harry nodded.
She turned to walk away but Harry reached for her hand. "I was wondering if maybe you'd like to make this a little more serious. My morning with you was great and I'd love to be the one to make you smile every day."
"What you trying to say Potter?" she asked taking a step forwards.
"I'm asking, in a really bad way, if you'd like to be my girlfriend?"
"Yeah… yeah I would," she said laughing a little. Harry grinned and stepped closer to her. They stared into one another's eyes, both grinning stupidly.
"Guess I'll meet you in the library in an hour," he said.
"I guess you will," she said and she tiptoed up to meet his mouth. They lips danced softly as they shared their first kiss. Pulling apart they grinned softly at one another.
"Think I could use to this," he said reaching down for another kiss. Pansy laughed but accepted the kiss.
"I'll see you soon," she said and with a squeeze of his hand turned and walked away. Harry stood in the spot watching her go, he stayed there until she disappeared from sight before making his way to the Gryffindor common room. He couldn't believe how one month could totally change the way he thought and the way he lived. He couldn't be any more grateful for that potions accident if he tried. He gently touched his lips smiled.
Finally, this has been in the makes for so long now that I'm glad to finally be able to share it. I do read every review that gets posted for this story and every one makes me smile. I'm incredibly sorry for how long it has been since I last posted anything for this story but life has just gotten in the way. But here it is. Hopefully it was worth the wait, I'm rather happy with this chapter.
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