Chapter one: A sweet beginning to the third year.
As Keilana and her parents arrived at platform 9 ¾, the twins and their family were already there. As this was to be Ron's first year at Hogwarts, Molly and Arthur Weasley were making a huge fuss of him and as usual the twins were winding him up. Keilana caught Fred's eye and he waved her over, "hey Keilana over here!" Her eye's lit up. This is what she had waited for all summer long. All the hot nights she had spent at her Aunt's house in the south of France she had longed just to see him, even if only for a few moments just to curb the yearning she had for him. To run her fingers through his hair, to hold him close under the moonlight on a cloudless night, even the simplest little smile would have sufficed but now her waiting was over. She quickly said goodbye to her parents and ran over to the Weasleys.
"Good morning Mr Weasley, Mrs Weasley. How was your summer?"
Mrs Weasley smiled, "it was lovely thank you my dear. How was yours?"
"Very good thank you," her eyes quickly flicked to Fred who flashed her a smile before she turned her attention back to his parents. As she did so, the Hogwarts Express alerted it's passengers that it was ready to leave.
"Quickly kids or you'll miss it," cried Mr Weasley as he ushered them onto the train. The twins and Keilana took their seats and waved goodbye to their parents.
"So,"chirped George, "how many pranks are we planning this year Fred?"
Keilana and Fred looked at each other, the looking back to George both said in unison, "More than last year."
The three of them laughed. As the Hogwarts Express made his way to the school the three of them talked about the upcoming year. What classes they would take, what pranks they would pull and the fun they would have hanging out with each other.
As they pulled into the station, some of the professors were lined up along the platform. Students piled off the train in their drones and congregated in their own private huddles all waiting instructions from their teachers.
Professor McGonagall was the first to speak.
"As many of you know, we usually boat across the lake to Hogwarts. However as an incentive to those older students who lack confidence on brooms, the Headmaster has decided that from now on, all second years upwards will use their own brooms to fly in formations to get to the castle. First years you will be taken via carriages. So older students if you would please follow your heads of houses they will accompany you. First years are to follow Hagrid."
As each student made their way to their designated mode of transport, Fred took hold of Keilana's wrist and gently pulled her aside. He could see it written all over her face that she was terrified of flying and wanted to reassure her. "Don't worry Keilana, I will fly next to you the whole way."
Keilana's heart skipped a beat. The way he whispered so softly to her so no one would hear, and how he sounded like he so genuinely cared for her.
It calmed her nerves enough so she could stay in formation the whole way to the castle, just knowing her was there beside her would always be enough for her.
Once each student had arrived at school, everyone gathered in the Great Hall for the sorting ceremony. One by one the Sorting hat called out houses. "Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin." Each first year went running to a different table, Fred and George's younger brother Ron was placed in Gryffindor along with them and Percy. After the first nights festivities, nearly every student was excited to go and unpack and catch up. All those except Keilana. She took herself off to the edge of the forbidden forest. The moonlight was cascading through the dark twisted branches and the gentle mist was just forming around the roots of the trees. This to her was natural poetry, she loved the way it looked so Gothic and every part had it's own story to tell.
She found a spot to sit against a tree, she took out her parchment and quill and began to write. Words flowed from the end of her quill like a river through the countryside. Each letter forming a perfect part to fulfil the word smiths will.
For two hours she sat there just writing about the things she saw, the emotions she felt. Once she ran out of ink, Keilana made her way back to the girls dorm and quietly snuck into her bed. Wrapping her arms around her pillow she wished it was Fred laying beside her.
Waking up from her dreamy state, Keilana opened her eyes to a beautifully sunny day. She was the first awake in her room and took this rare opportunity to quietly gaze out of the window across the grounds of the castle. She loved silent contemplation, it gave her time to sort through her thoughts. Her inner conflicts about her future. Her parents wanted her to follow in their footsteps and work at the ministry, but Keilana had never wanted that. She saw the ministry as a cage full of mice that just ran on their wheels all day never wanting to better themselves; she knew would suffocate her beyond what she could stand. Her dream had always been to make her own way in life, to travel the world and find inspiration for new spells and write text books that would be used for future generations at Hogwarts. She felt a loyalty to her parents and respected their opinion but for the first time in her life, she needed to follow her heart, not her head. She picked up her parchment that she had written on last night in the woods and read it back to herself. Once she started writing she usually entered a trance like day dream state and never remembered what she had written until afterwards. On the first page there was only one simple paragraph:
for no reason at all,
just out of the blue.
I'm desperately overcome with wanting to hold him...
Tell him that I..."
Keilana let out a massive sigh. She had to keep this hidden from the other girls. She scanned the room for a good hiding place that would not give away her secret before she was ready. Under the mattress was too cliché, her trunk was empty so it would be seen. Where else would no one look? Then it hit her. Why not just keep it hidden amongst her robes so it would never leave her sight?
'Perfect!' she thought to herself.
One by one the rest of the girls in her dorm awoke and her sweet silence was filled with gossip about boys, spells and which teacher they were dreading the most. Keilana chirped in with the conversation except about boys, the less people who knew she was falling for Fred the better. That was until she had a chance to talk to him alone, a hard set task when it involves a twin.
Meanwhile, across in the boys dorm, there was a similar noise coming from the twins as they all bundled to get ready for breakfast.
"Lee, who was it you were staring at over dinner last night?" Fred teased.
Lee stuttered his answer, "oh...ummm no one..."
"George, what do you think of his answer?" Fred laughed as his crossed his arms and stood next to his brother.
"Hmm Fred I think someone is playing Pinocchio," he laughed.
Lee giggled, "OK OK OK... but you gotta promise not to tell anyone?"
The twins nodded. "Alright come here." Lee leant over and whispered in their ears.
While they were whispering to each other they heard one of the others yell up to their room, "come on guys your gonna miss breakfast!" The boys rushed getting ready and made their way to the Great Hall.
Keilana and the girls were already down there by the time the boys arrived. Keilana slid up the bench slightly to make room for Fred and George. "Morning," she beamed.
"Someone's in a good mood this morning," the twins chirped together.
Keilana smiled. "Well it's a beautiful day and we have my favourite for breakfast." She reached for a croissant and took a big bite out of it.
"Right, I don't have a class this morning so I am going to the library to study. Catch you all later." She took her breakfast and disappeared into the hall. The others looked at each other a bit bemused, then went back to eating.
After finishing breakfast, George remembered that during the rush to get ready, he had forgotten to put any underwear on.
"Ummm," he said blushing a nice shade of crimson, "I've left something in the dorm. I will be back in a bit."
Fred put his hands in his pockets and felt something he swore he didn't put in there. He pulled out a small square of folded parchment.
He opened it and read what it said.
"Come and meet me near the twisted tree we fell asleep under last year as soon as you read this.
"I just remembered I forgot something too. Be back in a bit." Fred quickly walked out of the hall.
Lee turned to the others. "What is with those two today?"
They all shrugged before carrying on with the previous conversation.
Keilana had lied to her friends. Something she refused to make a habit of, but desperate times make for desperate measures. As she sat again near that tree where her and the twins had camped out last year when they were devising pranks for their dorm mates, she hoped that Fred had got her note. She sat there for half an hour before she saw him.
"This is all a bit cloak and dagger isn't it Keikei?" Fred laughed.
'Oh I love it when he calls me that,' she thought to herself. "I know Fred I'm sorry but I wanted to talk to you without the chance of being overheard." Her hands started to shake and she couldn't help but fiddle with her hair.
"It must be important then... What is it?" He wrapped his arm round her shoulder while he waited for her to answer.
"Ok, shut your eyes," she took his hand from her shoulder and held it in front of them. Fred did as he was told and shut his eyes.
"Keikei, what's going..." He was cut off mid sentence by Keilana kissing him.
It was a gentle kiss that only lasted a few seconds, but it was the best few seconds of Keilana's life.
"I like you Fred, as more than just a friend."
Silence. Fred didn't know how to respond. He hand never been in this situation before; so instead of saying how he felt which he could mess up he decided to show her. He took her by the waist and passionately kissed her. As their mouths met a slight sigh of relief could be heard from Keilana. She was so happy that he hadn't rejected her. Pulling away from him, Keilana let a tear slip from her eye, she had been fighting them back.
Fred smiled as he wiped it away from her face and wrapped his arms around her, pulling her as close to him as breathing limits would allow.