Draco Malfoy stepped out of Burgin and Burkes, telling his mother he would like to go on his own for a while. After all, what had just happened had been a lot to think about. Draco was set a task, and he must complete it, his life depended on it. Draco knew that if he was to fail he would surely die. Draco was scared a little, he could admit that to himself. But he had to man up. Everyone was counting on him. He wouldn't be a failure.
Looking around at all the dark and odd looking shops that surrounded him, even though it was the middle of the day, it seemed dark in Knockturn Alley. It gave him the chills. Though, Draco thought everything here was more interesting. From a young age, when he couldn't touch something, it made I'm want to even more. Most of the things here, he wasn't meant to touch, so he found it interesting. Draco wondered around for a little while, thinking about the task that lay ahead.
After a while, he wondered why he was still in Knockturn Ally. He knew his way around, he probably just couldn't be bothered going anywhere in specific. He was too lost in his thoughts. Whenever Draco was alone, he would think about something deep.
Out of nowhere something crashed into him, and he almost fell to the floor. But Draco regained his balance and only stumbled slightly, recovering quickly. He straightened up a little then dusted himself off, before looking up. Looking at what or who had crashed into him, he wasn't surprised to see a girl. What he was surprised of, is how she looked. She had long scraggily pale blonde hair, down to her waist. Her robes were loose, they were way too big for her.
She probably has a bad figure, Draco thought, while looking at her. Most girls that wear baggy clothes, don't have much to show off. She was A Ravenclaw, her robes had a blue outline and her tie was blue and gold. The girl must of been not too much younger and shorter than Draco.
"Oh Sorry, Draco! I wasn't looking where I was going." She looked up at him with her wide , clear blue eyes. She had a sort of dazed look on her face. He realised who she was now, Luna 'Loony' Lovegood. He took a step back immediately, knowing not to get too close to her.. Just in case. He didn't want to catch her 'crazy'.
"How do you kno-.. Never mind. Don't call me Draco, and look where your going next time Loony." He snarled. Luna didn't seem taken back by this, she infact, smiled.
"What's so funny?" He asked her.
"Nothing. well, actually.. you have a strand of your hair sticking up. It looks quite funny." Draco reached up his hands to his hair and started smoothing it down, stopping when he saw her giggle.
"There was nothing standing up. Well, your standing up, and I am too. Also that old wizard is too." Luna said, looking at the wizard, forgetting what she was doing for a moment.
Draco looked to where she was looking and realised that the others around him looked shifty, suspicious and dark. Luna was however, bright and cheery. She didn't really fit in here. It was like giving a Goth a bright yellow flower. They just didn't match. However good the flower looked, it just didn't suit with the dark. Actually, Draco started to doubt that idea, but he realised he was just standing there thinking and not talking. Not that she was talking either, but it was probably awkward. Or maybe not, Luna however, was just standing there in front of him, humming.
She looked past Draco, but nowhere in particular, looking like she wasn't really here but somewhere else. It was weird, she was weird. Draco cleared his throat, but she still stood there staring at nothing.
"Uhm.. What are you doing in a place like this?" He asked her, but she looked like she was in a trance. "Hello!" He yelled , getting mad.
"Hello." She replied back, slowly moving her eyes to Draco's face.
"What are you doing in a place like this, it's dark and gloomy here. People would think your up to no good."
"Well, I don't care what people think. And maybe I am up to no good... No, not really. I came here to see if I could find any Nuplids. They like dark crowded spaces. So I thought why not go here? They are quite fascinating really, they collect-"
Draco was getting more and more frustrated. He meant to shoot her a glare, but he ended up frowning in confusion. Because he was well, confused
"Would you snap out of it you idiot! They aren't real, nor is anything else in that rubbish your holding." His harsh words cut her off, though she seemed unmoved. The 'rubbish' was an edition of the Quibbler that she was holding in her hand.
"It's not rubbish, it has more truth then the daily profit does."
"Oh yes, like about made up creatures that don't exist. Totally believable." Draco spoke to her, his voice dripping with sarcasm. Not that Luna picked up on it.
"Yes, it is. Though they aren't made up, they're real."
Draco groaned and ran a hand through his hair, ruffling it. Was this girl that oblivious to everything around her? It was like she was on another planet. For a moment Draco thought of Luna on mars, with green skin and alien eyes. He started to laugh a little.
"If you want Draco, I could show you the Nup-"
"First of all, don't call me Draco, second, I don't want to go looking for crap that's not real, third, I'd rather be dead then be caught with you." He said, starting to turn away. Draco expected tears, or a glare.. or something. But she only stop smiling. Then she frowned, but not because she was mad, she was thinking.
"That's your name though, isn't it?" She said, moving where he was going to walk.
"Only certain people can call me by my first name." He said, pushing past her. He began to storm off. Draco heard her call out after him.
"Goodbye Draco, see you at school!"
He muttered. "I better not see her around at school."
Though he knew he would run into her sooner or later. Draco made his way out of Knockturn Alley, and into Diagon Alley. He saw a couple of Slytherin's in the same year and greeted them quickly. He saw Crabbe and Goyle, but Draco didn't stick around long. He didn't want a useless conversation about cake and chocolate when he could be talking to others. Draco ran into Daphne and Astoria Greengrass. Astoria was two years younger then Draco but Daphne was in the same year. He talked to them for a little while then moved on to go grab something to eat.
Just as Draco was about to enter the food store, a figure ran up to him and pulled him into a tight hug. Draco didn't get a good look of who it was until they stopped kissing every part of his face. It was Pansy Parkinson, his girlfriend.
"I missed you so much Draco! Did you miss me? Yes of course you did. I had an amazing holiday. Though it would of been better if you were there. Do you like my hair? It's all grown out now. You look like you've changed a lot over the holidays. In a good way though, not a bad way."
Woah, she was talking fast today Draco thought. "I uhm.. I like your hair like this better." He said, showing no emotion for he didn't really care. Pansy smiled at him and picked up a thread of her hair, twisting it around in her finger.
"You really think so? Wow thanks. I guess it does look better. Longer normally suits more people.." And she went on and on for hours. Draco managed to get a couple of sentences in, but not much. He just walked around listening to her the whole time.
Pansy tried to grab his hand, but he kept moving it. So she locked her arm with his, despite him trying to keep his arm still. Draco was starting to get sick of her. He didn't know why he was still going out with her. Maybe it was for the sex, he thought. Draco tuned out after listening to her for five minutes. But when he heard about Luna, and the other blood traitor's and mudblood's, he thought he would pick up a new insult for them. But it was just useless stories Pansy probably made up herself.
Draco sighed and Pansy looked concerned straight away. "Are you alright Draco?"
"Yeah, yeah I'm fine."
Pansy nodded, then leant towards him and whispered in his ear, "I really, really, missed you Draco.." She then led him into an small empty alley. Pansy's hand went to his pants and she started to unbuckle his belt. Draco pushed her off, not caring about the force he used. Pansy pouted at him.
"Why not Draco, and I know you'll like it." She said, winking.
"No, I'm just not in the mood.." Draco smoothly lied. Pansy was still a little upset, but she kept going again.
"Come on, I'll get you in the mood." Draco rolled his eyes and pushed her off again. Afterwards zipping up his pants again. Thankfully, nearby he saw his mother.
"Have to go now Pansy, mothers over there." Draco went to pull Pansy in a hug but then stopped and kissed her on the cheek. Draco rushed off to be with his mother and Pansy was left standing there.
Draco breathed a sigh of relief. "Hello Mother, did you get my things for the year?" He asked her.
"Yes Draco dear, I got all the school supplies and some magical cream.. For your arm." Draco shot her a confused glance and she carried on explaining.
"Well, you can't just have people seeing it can you? Anyone could just lift up your sleeve. It's not a very smart idea to just leave it there." Draco nodded, then thanked his mother. "We just need to go into Madam Malkins robe shop, I haven't gotten your new school wear, yet."
Outside of the store, Draco saw that the ice-cream stand had moved. It used to be outside a pet shop last year, but now it was right near Madam Malkins's. Draco was about to go buy some, but he saw Luna skipping up to it. A man standing talking to the girl who operated it, turned his head to her. It must of been her dad. Just as Loony as her. Luna lost her footing while she skipped, and fell over. Draco started to laugh, but not too loudly. He then noticed, that the way she was laying there, he could almost see all the way up her skirt. She had long thin legs. Draco bit his lip and turned away. Trying to push the thoughts he got out of his head.