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Chapter 3: Summer Holiday
The year had come and gone, and Rose and Scorpius were just as close as ever. It was time for the students to pack their bags and return home for summer holiday. Rose and Scorpius boarded the Hogwarts Express and made their way to the very last compartment in the back; the same one in which they had first met to be exact.
“I am going to miss you Scorp.”
“I’ll miss you too. You are practically my only friend.”
“That’s not true, you have friends!”
“Yeah? Well, let’s see, there’s you….and oh you!”
“Very funny Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy.”
“Oh lighten up, Rossie Jean Weasley.”
“My name is Rose, not ‘Rossie’. By the way, if you were to pronounce the way it is spelled it would be RAH see. It’s supposed to be ‘R O S I E’….ROH see”
“You said that’s how your dad spelt it! I was just trying to be consistent!”
“There is a reason he was in Gryffindor…”
“My Rose! How are you?”
“I am wonderful mum! I had such a marvelous time! Dad!”
Rose jumped into her father’s arms.
“My Rossie...” Ron murmured into her hair.
“I missed you!” They both said and embraced in a hug.
“I’m so glad to see you Rose! It was weird without you!”
“I know, same with me!”
“Rose dear, I am going to go talk with Harry and Ginevra and invite them over for tea. Go say goodbye to your friends! Come now, Ron.”
“Bye mum. Come on Hugo, come meet my friend Scorpius!
Rose dragged Hugo by the arm to where she had spotted Scorpius and his father.
“Scorpius! Meet my brother…”
“Miss. Weasley. Pleasure to meet you. I am Draco Malfoy, Scorpius’ father.”
“Oh hello, Mr. Malfoy.”
“I’ve heard quite a lot about you..”
Scorpius looked uneasy and kept checking about around and behind him.
“Uh Rose, I think I hear your mum calling you. You better go. Have a nice holiday. I’ll owl you and maybe you can come over and we can read or something…”
“Alright, bye Scorpius.” Rose ran off, once again dragging her brother by the arm.
“She has her father’s looks.” Said the elder Malfoy.
“Mum and dad are going to kill you!”
“You made best friends with the MALFOY BOY! Really Rose, of all the people at Hogwarts you had to choose him!”
“I didn’t choose him! He chose me!”
“Well you didn’t have to choose him back!”
“Hugo! Scorpius is my best friend! Why can’t you be happy for me?”
“Because he is evil Slytherin trash!”
“He’s not even in Slytherin!”
“Besides, didn’t mum and dad raise us well enough to know that we do not exploit others for being different?”
“Isn’t that the whole reason mum, dad, granny, Uncle Harry and Aunty Ginny went to war!”
“Isn’t that the reason Uncle Fred died?”
Hugo didn’t reply. He cowered in shame for his actions.
“I’m sorry Rose. I didn’t mean it.”
“It’s okay Hugo. Next time remember our family morals. Our own mum was made fun of for being muggle born, Why should we make someone else feel as low as she did?”
“You’re right Rossie. Thanks.”
“No problem, my little Hugo. Let’s go find mum and dad. Maybe James and Lily are here!”
“Rose is quite the beauty.” The Elder Malfoy noted during the family’s tea time.
“Yeah, she’s great.”
“Who are your other friends, dear?” Malfoy’s better half questioned.
“Well, that’s it really…”
“Hmm. Surely a Ravenclaw like you would have many new friends…oh wait. That’s the Hufflepuffs…”
“Astoria that’s enough. Be proud of our son for what he has accomplished. He received all Outstandings in only his first year.”
“Mm.” The women scoffed.
“Mum! He pushed me!”
“Did not! You fell!
“Hey that’s MY SHIRT!”
“Come back here!”
“Oh, parenting…” Ginevra said for them all.
“ROSE, HUGO, ALBUS, JAMES, LILY, FRED, ROXANNE, GET IN HERE!” Ginny had certainly developed her mum’s patience.
Harry, Hermione, Ginevra, Ron, George and Angelina stood in the kitchen for tea time. On the counter biscuits, and sandwiches were served along with tea and juice. The cousins made their way outside with their treats to catch up on the latest Hogwarts news. Even though Rose went to school with almost all of her cousins, she rarely saw any of them, since most were in Gryffindor or Hufflepuff.
“Hey look an owl!” squeaked Lily. “It’s for you Rose.”
“Mum! Dad! I’ve been invited over to a friend’s house! May I go? Please!?”
“Slow down there Rossie. Who is this friend?”
“His name is Scorpius. Scorpius Malfoy.”
Both Harry and Ron choked on their tea and sputtered “What!”
“She made friends with the Malfoy boy!” Ron spat.
“Really Rose, of all the people at Hogwarts, you had to chose him?” George joked.
Rose ignored her uncle’s rude remark and looked to her mum.
“Sure Rose. When will they be expecting you?”
“He said him and his father can flew over tomorrow afternoon.”
“No way Hermione! I don’t want that Malfoy trash anywhere near here.”
“Please Ron! Get over your self!”
“I’m sorry that the git was responsible for all the rubbish in my life!”
“Ronald Billius Weasley!” Hermione’s eyes meant business.
“Fine. Just go Rose!”
“Oh thank you mum and dad!” I’ll go pack!”
“Not so fast Rose. You will continue to visit with your cousins. You may pack tonight.”
“Oh alright mum. I love you!” Rose kissed her father’s cheek and ran out the door.