Chapter 24

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We left for Hogsmeade not much longer. Harry told us that he'd meet us outside Honeydukes once he went through the secret passage.

Hermione, Ron, and I walked into Hogsmeade with smiles on our faces. It was finally warmer and we could go without freezing.

We walked quickly to Honeydukes and waited outside for Harry. We all plopped down on the bench outside. I got squished in between the rail and Ron, squirming to become comfortable.

"So, who do you think Iris Black is?" Ron said. I heart sank and Hermione smacked Ron on the arm.

"Oi!" Ron said. "What the bloody hell was that for?"

"You don't talk about that!" Hermione said. "You don't go around making assumptions that people aren't who they say!"

"I was just trying to start a conversation." Ron said. "And Harry's taking so bloody long. When he gets out here I'm gonna..."

Just then Ron flew off the bench, and Hermione and I burst out laughing. Harry threw the cloak off and smiled.

"You're gonna do what Ron?" Harry said through laughter.

"Oh shut it Harry." Ron said, standing up.

We then walked inside Honeydukes and scattered around. I walked over to a shelf full of Chocolate Frogs and Berrie Botts Every Flavour Beans. I grabbed a package when I felt a hand on my shoulder.

I shot around and saw Malfoy standing behind me.

"What is it?" I said.

"I'd like to buy you any sweet you want." He said, a smile on his face.

"And why do you want to do that?"

"Can't I buy sweets for my friend?"

"I know what you're trying to do Draco." I said. "You're trying to buy my love."

"And is it working?"

I looked down at the box I was holding and said. "Maybe just a little."

We both laughed and I looked up at Malfoy and said. "How about we go to Three Broomsticks and get some butterbeer. I'll buy my sweets here."

"Alright. Meet there in an hour?"

"Great! I'll see you there."

I turned and walked off, holding the box of Every Flavour Beans tightly. I walked over behind Ron, who was staring hard at the shelf of Licorice Wands. I grabbed his shoulders and he jumped around, a frightened look in his eye. I burst out laughing and Ron hit me on the arm.

"Why did you do that?" He asked.

"Why else?" I said, a smile outstretched on my face.

"Let's go find the others." Ron said, starting to walk off. "And don't tell them"

"I can't make any promises." I said, following him.

I looked over and saw Malfoy staring at me. I smiled and got in line. I payed for my Every Flavour Beans, then led Ron outside. We sat alone on the bench, and a breeze was making it chilly outside.

I rubbed my arms to keep warm, since it was freezing out. Ron put his arm around me to keep me warm.

"Thanks, it's freezing out." I said, moving closer to Ron.

The door opened and Harry and Hermione walked out. She stopped dead in front of us as Ron quickly pulled his arm down.

"Are you serious?" She said angrily.

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