"Morning, Black," Fred greeted as he passed her the time table that belonged to her, "How Come you're up so early?"

Aurora's eyes scanned the piece of paper, "I went up to the owlery to write to Charlie," she told him and grabbed his time table, "Look, we've got Care of Magical Creatures first."

"Let's hope it doesn't lull me into sleep," Fred said.

"Nah, it's Hagrid, he's definitely got something awesome planned," Aurora replied as she grabbed a piece of toasted and spread some strawberry jam on it before she looked up at the boy opposite her, "Erm... George? What in Merlin's name are you doing?"

Fred looked up from his own plate and glanced at his twin brother who was smearing a piece of bacon with ketchup using a sausage.

"I wanted some ketchup," George simply replied.

Aurora furrowed her eyebrows as she stared at the boy, "Yes I get that, but why spread it with a sausage?"

"It was closer to me than a knife," George answered as he bit into the sausage.

Aurora and Fred shared a confused look before laughing at the boy opposite them, Aurora shook her head before she grabbed a second piece of toast.


Aurora and Fred left George at the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall to go up to their dorms and collect their books for the day, before making their way down to Hagrid's Hut for their first lesson of the term.

"Anyone said anything else to you?" Fred asked the short girl who was walking beside him, her black hair bouncing as the pair walked down the stairs of the castle, she was clutching her Monster Book of Monsters to her chest, which was surprisingly calm, Fred had to keep his stuffed at the bottom of his bag if he didn't want to lose a finger.

Aurora looked up to him, "No," She simply said before she sighed, "Well, not to my face anyway," she shrugged her shoulders.

"Please tell me you don't listen to them," He pleaded.

"I try," She informed him, "I really do try, it's just.... It's not just one person saying it. It's the entire school. It's harder to ignore it when you hear it every few seconds anywhere you go."

Fred's smile dropped, he hated how the girl got treated, it wasn't her fault. She didn't choose to be a Black, she didn't choose to have her father break out of the most secure wizarding prison.

Fred broke out of his thoughts when he felt Aurora grab his left hand, "Fred, it's okay. Please don't worry about it."

"How can I not, Aurora?" He asked her as he stopped walking, she came to a stop too and turned to look at the red haired boy, "It's disgusting what they're all saying. You're the kindest person I know, you don't deserve any of this! It makes me feel sick when I walk past someone and I hear them saying those kind of things about you. You're bloody amazing, Aurora Phoenix Black! And they all need to see that."

Aurora's eyes softened as she listened to Fred, a wide grin spread across her lips as she crashed into his arms, he quickly responded by placing one arm around her shoulders and the other on her hair, soothingly stroking it. Both fifteen year olds were blushing so hard that it looked like they were both slapped hard with a Quaffle on each cheek.

"Thank you," Aurora mumbled into Fred's chest, "You're amazing too, I hope you know. You really are, you're still here despite everything that's said about me."

Fred kissed the top of her head, "I'll always be here, love. Only for you."

Aurora's stomach filled with butterflies as she stayed in his arms for a minute longer, her cheeks still a ruby red colour as the two teens finally let go of each other, both feeling cold without the other one in their arms. Aurora couldn't believe her feelings, Fred was suppose to be her best friend, he was being a best friend, she shouldn't be feeling like that it could all ruin their friendship. Why on earth would Fred Weasley want to date Aurora Black. She's a Black, they're all trouble, at least that's what everyone else thinks.

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