Draco and I were back at the manor, hot chocolate in hand. "I think the wand maker was right about the staff helping me find my true loves."
He looked up at me from his chair across from the table. "Loves?" It takes a few seconds for the realization to dawn on him. "The twins? Are you sure? Bloody hell, we're in for an important first year if that's true."
September 1st arrived quickly and next thing we knew Draco and I were boarding the Hogwarts Express. We saw the twins climbing the steps before us and a group of kids rushed between us as the final warning sounded. Fred saw we were getting lost in the crowd and held up three fingers. I nod to Fred who disappears in the rush of excited children. I turn to Draco. "I think that meant to meet up with them in the third compartment."
We found the third compartment but it was empty when we opened the door. We sat down and waited for the twins to appear. After ten minutes the only noise coming from outside our door was a soft mewing. I blinked and Draco hit me with his elbow. "You get it, if it's one of Fred and George's pranks you'll be safe, they never try to get you."
He had a point. Ever since that day in Diagon Alley the twins sent letters to Draco and I and we answered. Draco received pranks throughout the exchanges whereas my letters were always safe. Thankfully, Draco just learned to laugh them off. They weren't dangerous, just for some good laughs.
I got up and opened the door to find a kitten with a blue and purple bow tied around its neck, 'Alex' written upon the silk. I reached down to pick it up just as another set of hands dropped to do the same. I looked up to see startling green eyes and a mop of black hair. I stood up, clutching the cat to my chest. Draco came up behind me to see what was going on but the boy ran off. "Hmm, that was strange." He commented.
"Yes, very." We looked to the opposite side to see identical red heads and smirking grins coming towards us. "Looks like our kitten found the kitten we got for him." Fred said.
"Wasn't very nice of the new little kitten to run off though." George replied. We backed up into the compartment and let the twins enter before shutting the door behind them.
"No it wasn't, dear brother, but it does seem he knew who his new owner would be." I smiled and started the scratch the kitten behind its ear, earning soft purrs.
"Why'd you get me a cat anyway?" I inquired.
"Draco mentioned you always wanted one but your father was too preoccupied to remember to get you one so we took the responsibility into our own hands." Fred explained.
"Thanks but you really had no reason to buy me a kitten."
"Sure we did!" Piped up George. "That day in Diagon Alley was your birthday, we owed you a present. It's a little late but we didn't think Errol could handle carrying this little monster." I giggled at the thought of the old bird carrying the cat.
I put the kitten in Draco's lap for a moment while I hugged the twins and gave them my thanks. I sat back in my seat and cuddled my new pet. "I think I'll name him Mischief after the people who gave him to me. Do you like that name, kitty?" The kitten replied with an audible purr.
The door was opened suddenly and Greg and Vince stood in the doorway. They'd been our friends ever since we could crawl. Pureblood families all know each other these days. "Did you hear Harry Potter's on board?"
"Yeah we met him before we got-"
"-on the train."
I still wasn't used to the twins finishing each other's sentences since we'd been communicating through letters. "You did?" I asked excitedly. "I wonder if he's like everyone says he is." I looked out the window and gasped. "Draco, look! Hogwarts!" Draco laughed at my enthusiasm but I knew he was excited about the school too.
"Only you'd catch the castle before we even get to Hogsmeade, Alex."
We changed into our robes. I kissed Mischief's head before handing him over to the twins.
"You two take care of him for me while I go through sorting. I'll pick him up before we get to the dorms."
They nodded and took Mischief from me just as the train stopped moving. Draco and I were some of the first off the train. We could hear and loud and deep voice calling for first years and moved towards a man who seemed much too big to be entirely human.
Once all the first years were gathered the man led us to the boats that he told us would bring us to Hogwarts. Draco, Greg, Vince, and I got on the same boat and we headed off. The boats stopped moving right before passing through a tunnel because one of the kids screamed that something was trying to knock boat sideways. I could see him tipping to the right and sent a gust of wind towards the left to stop him falling in the water.
"This is the only time I'm doing this. Next person who tries to tip their boat while goofing around can take the dip in the lake they deserved." I said in a very Slytherin like tone that would have made father proud. After the kid had been calmed down, the boats started moving again.
As we headed into the school we were faced with Gryffindor's head of house, Professor McGonagall. She told us to line up and wait for our names to be called. I grabbed Draco's hand, feeling very nervous suddenly.
I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was the boy who almost took a swim earlier. He tried to awkwardly apologize but I told him it was fine and to stop goofing off for attention. He nodded quickly and went to take his place in line. I look back to Draco who is staring at Ron Weasley, cursing under his breath. "Draco!" I exclaim in a harsh whisper. "We agreed we would wait for the twins before doing anything to their brother." He nodded but looked irritated that I had stopped whatever he was trying to do. "What happened?" I questioned.
"Harry Potter turned down my offer of friendship." I gasped because nobody ever said no to a Malfoy before. I didn't have time to tell him anything before we were ushered into the great hall. The hat started singing about the different houses so I turned to Draco one last time.
"We'll figure out the Ron/Harry situation later. Just focus on the sorting." I kissed his forehead, something we had been doing to each other, when one was in need of comfort, since we were children. Professor McGonagall started calling out last names alphabetically. Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle had already been called and sorted into Slytherin. I was in a daze and almost missed the call of "Alexander Malfoy." I stepped forward and sat on the stool before the hat was placed on my head.
"So you're the one on everyone's been chattering about. Hmm, yes, you're very smart, loyal, cunning, and caring. You'd do well in any house. Hmm, yes, I have an idea what to do with you. It would let you be around your brothers and those Weasley Twins I see occupying a lot of your thoughts. It'd also bring some much needed house unity. Yes, you're quite a special one, young Malfoy."
I was confused as to what the hat meant but before I could ask what kind of plan it had in mind he spoke out to the crowd.
"This student cannot be placed in a specific house!"
The hall exploded with shocked whispers, all wondering how that could happen. Professor Dumbledore stood up from the middle of the head table. The students quieted down to hear what he had to say. "Well this is a Hogwarts first. Where should he be put then?" He addressed the hat.
"I advise we put him in one of the Founder's rooms. He can fit in any Hogwarts house and so this student should be able to interact with all the houses. I believe he can bring the houses together."
I was confused. "Uhm, Mr. Hat? What does that mean for me exactly?"
"It means you get your own room and can decide which classes you attend at what time. Now go seat yourself at the table of your choice."
I set off for Slytherin's table. I knew that's where Draco would land. No sooner had I sat down that the hat screamed "SLYTHERIN" barely touching Draco's head. My brother joined me at the table. "I'll be the first to see your room, right?" I smiled and nodded.
"What's father going to think?" I questioned
"I think father will be proud. A Malfoy setting Hogwart history. Oh look, Potter is getting sorted." I looked up to the front of the room. It took a while before the hat took its decision. "Gryffindor!" Their table cheered loudly. "Looks like it's a good thing you weren't put in a specific house. Maybe you can get into Gryffindor and find out what's so big about bloody Potter."
"Yeah but it's good too because we'll be able to be with the twins more. We'd have been "rivals" otherwise. We can all hang out in my room. Now we just have to get Harry Potter on our side.
I smiled and waved as the twins looked my way and then felt something rubbing up against my leg. I looked down to see Mischief, a note tied around his neck. I picked him up and took the piece of paper off his collar.
You're all about shocking people, aren't you?
We can come see your room, right?
And come visit our table!
Fred & George.
I smiled and handed Mischief to Draco. "I'll be right back. Another good point about not being in a specific house is that I can go from table to table." I walked over to Gryffindor and sat between the twins. I laid my head on Fred's shoulder. He jumped in surprise but started petting my head. Soon George had his arms around my waist. "You two can come with Draco and I to see my room. And of course you're welcome to pass by any time you want."
They laughed and were about to say something but were interrupted by someone clearing their throat. I looked up to see Draco and I's godfather, Severus, glaring at the twins. "Come with me, Mr. Malfoy. I have been assigned to show you your room." I motioned to Fred and George to follow me and we picked up Draco on the way past Slytherin.
We stopped in front of a painting with two men sitting in a swing with two other pushing them. They stopped swinging as they saw us appear. "This first year has not been assigned a house and will be using this room for the rest of his time at school." Explained my godfather.
One of the men who was swinging spoke up. "Set the password."
I looked at him and replied. "Shocking is simple with water and air."
The other man sitting on the swing talked back. "The password as been accepting and is also true."
The door opened and we walked in. What a fun time the next few years are going to be.