Chapter 14- Magenta Black

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN: MAGENTA BLACK

~Iris POV~

I picked through the books on the library shelves, hoping to find something on becoming an animagus. I pulled out a book on transformations of the wizarding world and traipsed over to the tables. I sat down and when I looked up I saw Hermione staring at me from across the table.

"Iris! Where have you been!" She asked. I shrugged.

"Nowhere important really. Just got myself into a bit of a predicament..." I trailed off as I leafed through the book pages.

"Honestly!  You missed the whole game!  It was your idea after all." She said. 

"Well... yes, but-"

"No buts! Now tell me where you've been." She demanded.

"Ange and myself caught up with some friends-"

"Oh yes. Where is Angelina anyway?" She cut me off again.

"Off snogging Fred." I mumbled to myself.

"Where?!" 

"Umm... homework?" I covered for myself sheepishly. Hermione's brown eyes narrowed dangerously.

"So, how was the game anyway?" I asked, desperate to change the subject. Hermione blushed furiously, and I smirked. 

"It was fine. Nothing special." She jutted her chin out. 

"Oh? Didn't have anything to do with Ron?" I asked suggestiely.  Hermione bounced nervously on the balls of her feet. 

"Is it obvious?" She asked.

"Don't worry Hermione, he likes you too." I smiled warmly. She smiled back before dashing off.  I shook my head and returned my attention to the book.

 ~Magenta POV (not introduced yet)~

My name is Magenta Black, let me fill you in on a few things.  I'm a proud Gryffindor. I have deep set steely eyes like pools of swirling mercury. My hair is naturally a sheer platinum but I've dyed it a bright magenta. I have porcelain white skin and I tend to wear heavy eyeliner, I've even gone as far as to get my nose and lip pierced with silver studs.  Proud daughter of Isla Hitchens, yes, the sister of Sirius Black. I've sort of disowned myself from the Hitchens family and become part of the Black family. I've often stayed with Sirius but most recently with Nymphadora Tonks, which is where I hold  current residence. My best friends are Ginny, Columbia, and Effie, my roommates and fellow Gryffindors. And oh yeah, I'm a Metamorphagus. 

"Magenta Black!" I whipped around to see a grinning Ginny Weasley. 

"Hey Ginny." I wasn't in her year, but we saw each other all the time due to our shared dorm.

"What'cha up to?" Ginny asked, pulling my book from my hands. 

"Ginny! Nothing!" I said pulling the book back. "It's a textbook!" She let go of the book.

"Have you seen Effie and Columbia?" I asked. 

"Columbia's over there mooning over Eddie." Ginny laughed as she pointed out Columbia from across the library. Columbia was wearing a gold sparkly shirt and striped shorts with a big gold bow in her short red hair. We had dyed our hair together. She was leaning over the table practically touching her nose to Eddie's. Eddie was was sturdily built with brown eyes and perfectly quiffed, gelled hair, he was a Slytherin and not a particularly good influence. His real name was Edward Goelher. I sighed. 

"Damn, I thought you told her to stay away from him!" I said to Ginny. She groaned and shook her head. "'Course not..."

"It's sickening." Ginny gagged. 

"Yeah, let's get to class. Race ya!" We ran down the hallways, my combat boots slapping the stone and my robes flowing out behind me. Ginny suddenly skidded to a stop in front of a girl and I stopped too. The girl was in Gryffindor robes too and she clutched a book. One eye was yellow and the other was purple, her hair streaked white and chestnut brown.

"Iris!" Ginny squealed. "What happened?" I discretely examined Iris and was surprised to find she looked weirder than myself. 

"Ginny... don't ask." Iris sighed.  She looked up towards me. "You're Ginny's friend? I'm Iris M." She smiled and held out her hand, which I took with a friendly smile.

"Magenta Black." 

"Well, I have to go, I'm off to Care of Magical Creatures." Iris said. 

"We're off to potions, nice meeting you!" I offered, shrugging, clearly not entirely thrilled with having to see Snape so soon.

 ~

"Antidote to common poisons. One ground bezoar, a scoop of mistletoe berries, and half of a powdered unicorn horn." Snape drawled, voice drizzling with boredom. "I will draw partners from our cauldron of names...." I tuned out Snape's annoying, nasally voice.

"Magenta Black!" I heard suddenly, I sat up straight. "Annnnd. Fred Weasley.  Gather ingredients and find your seats." Snape said, drawing out the 's.'  A redheaded boy hopped down from a chair and strolled over to the drawers and vials of potion ingredients with me.  Then we headed back to found seats together. 

"Fred Weasley!" He greeted with a smile. I couldn't help but smile back as I shook his hand. 

"Magenta Black."

~Iris POV~

I paced back and forth through the bathroom. I looked in the mirror, I didn't want to look this way, like some hideous half-breed. I had to hurry before Professor Kettleburn remembered I had left. There had to be something I could do!  I paged through the book from the library. I flipped through page after page of werewolves and were-creatures until I saw an ink spattered page that had been water stained years ago, judging by the yellowed, nearly transparent pages.

From what was left of the page you could just make out- Combining the werewolf and the animagus, effects and solutions. See the 'Toil with Transformations Guide' for full details. I knew that book. Getting it wouldn't be easy, it was in the restricted section.  Dropping my head into my hands, I groaned angrily.  

The idea smacked me right in the face, and I jumped up with elation, that werewolf from the train, the new DADA teacher: Professor Lupin.

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