Ginny was humming to herself while walking back to the Gryffindor Common Room when she bumped into Lavender.
Lavender took one look at her and said, “Someone is happy tonight.”
“Yes, someone is.”
A voice from behind them said, “I don’t know what you’re so happy about. It’s not like he’ll ever claim you for real.”
Ginny turned around and saw Millicent looking at her with scorn. Since Lavender was by her side, Ginny felt she could talk back a bit. “I don’t know what your problem is, Millie.”
Millie glared at Ginny. “My problem is cute little girls like you and your friend there.” Millie’s voice broke a bit. “Who is going to look at a girl like me when there are girls like you around?”
Ginny’s mouth fell open. She had never thought of Millie as a girl, and apparently none of the boys in the castle did either. She looked at Lavender, “You’re good with makeup charms, right?”
Lavender looked at Ginny like she had grown another head. “Yes, but why are you asking me that now?”
Ginny looked at Millie and asked, “If we try to help you look more feminine, will you be nicer to us?”
Millie looked at Ginny to see if her question was genuine. “You’d help me?”
Ginny shrugged. “It would be a kind of trade. We’d help you, and you’d stop saying such mean things.”
“I guess I could do that, but what kind of charms could you do for me?”
Lavender broke into a smile. “There is a charm to help with your skin, and what acne doesn’t clear up, we can cover with makeup charms.” Turning and waving for the other girls to follow her, Lavender led them to a loo that few people frequented this time of night.
“Millie, why don’t you stand facing the mirror, so you can see what I do, and if you like it I can teach you the spells?”
“You are not just going to hex me and leave me in here, are you?”
Ginny shook her head no, “We are the noble, honest ones, remember?”
Millie snorted, but when Lavender performed her first skin clearing charm, she was amazed. “Now, you still have a couple of spots left, but if you do that spell every night they will eventually go away.”
Lavender studied Millie for a minute. “You have nice eyes, so we’ll do a mascara charm.”
“Wow, that really makes a difference,” Millie commented.
“Make up charms are your friend,” Lavender instructed. “Now, I’ll add a light blush and a sheer gloss.”
Even Ginny was impressed when Lavender was done. “You look so much better, but we need to do something about your robes. Why do you wear them so big?”
Millie frowned. “I have my mother’s arse.”
Ginny laughed. “That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For every body part you hate, there is a boy who is attracted to it.”
Ginny raised her wand and did a tailoring spell on Millie’s robe. The material shrunk in around the girl’s waist by a good six inches. Ginny looked at Millie. “Are those all you?” she asked pointing to Millie’s boobs.
“Who else’s would they be?” Millie retorted.
Ginny sighed. “You really don’t know how guys think, do you?”
Millie frowned. “All the boys in my House like little, skinny girls like Pansy.”
“Well I have six brothers, and if a girl has big boobs they really don’t see anything else. You don’t really need to wear the makeup, you could just get all of your robes tailored. I can guarantee you boys would notice.”
“Really? My mother always told me I was too fat.”
Ginny couldn’t imagine her mum ever telling her something like that. “Does anyone in Slytherin have parents who are nice to them?” she asked in exasperation.
“Not particularly. They are mean to toughen us up. That is how it works.”
Lavender looked at Ginny. “That is so wrong.”
Ginny sighed. “I know.” She watched Millie smile at her reflection. “I think you’re going to do just fine with the boys now, Millie.”
“Have you dated anyone before?” Lavender asked. “If you haven’t there are a few things you should know.” Then she proceeded to give her version of acceptable timetables for when a couple should do certain things.
Ginny was laughing by the end of her speech. “Lavender, you should write a book. I’ve never heard anyone be so blunt about those kinds of things.”
Lavender sighed, “Well someone has to tell her. My mum told me.”
At this announcement, Millie started laughing and Ginny joined her. Pansy heard the commotion when she was walking by, and she stuck her head in. “Millie, what is going on in here?”
Millie looked shyly at Ginny and Lavender, “I think I just made some new friends.”
Ginny and Lavender returned her smile and Pansy snorted. “Well this is interesting, maybe you girls can answer a few questions for me.”
Ginny stiffened. She was afraid the questions would be about Draco. “Ginny, can you tell me why the boys in your house are so dense?”
Ginny looked at Pansy and said, “Aren’t all boys that dense?”
All four girls started laughing, and Lavender came up with a suggestion. “Why don’t we all go to the kitchens and get a snack? It would be a better place to talk than the loo.”
“You’re right.” Pansy said. She looked at Millie and asked, “Have you lost weight?”
Millie smiled. “I think I have, Pansy. Thanks for noticing.”
The next morning in the Great Hall, Ginny noticed several boys looking Millie’s way. Since she had been talking to Harry, she noticed when his head turned to follow Millie’s progress towards her table.
“Harry, are you listening?” she teased.
Realizing he’d been caught, Harry turned red and tucked into his food. Ginny decided that Harry might be good for Millie. She’d have to tell Millie about it later.
Ron came into breakfast with a scowl on his face. Hermione looked at him and asked, “What’s wrong with you?”
Harry laughed. “He has girl trouble.”
“I do not. I’m just having trouble saying the right things to one girl in particular.”
“Which girl?” Hermione asked as if she didn’t really care.
“I don’t know if I should say, it would be awkward.”
“Seems to be a lot of that going around,” Hermione commented as she elbowed Ginny.
Ginny chuckled and watched Harry watch Millie. Ron noticed Harry’s line of vision and commented. “Wow, Millie must have lost some weight. She looks good.”
“I agree, she does. Do you know that Lavender and I ran into Millie and Pansy in the kitchens last night. We all bonded over chocolate cake while we talked about how clueless most men were.”
Hermione snorted and Ron looked offended. “I am not clueless.”
At this announcement, Hermione laughed openly, and Ginny joined her. “I am not,” Ron objected.
Harry had been trying to hide his snicker, but he ended up spitting his pancakes across the table. At this Ron looked totally offended. “Harry, how could you agree with them? You’re supposed to be on my side.”
“Sorry, Ron, but it’s not just you. I agree that most of us have no clue what girls want.” Harry turned to Hermione. “That should be the topic of the first book you write.”
Hermione smiled. “You think I’m going to write a book?”
Harry did an imitation of Hermione. “I know we only needed seven inches of parchment on this topic, but I ended up with eighteen inches. Do you think Snape will penalize me for that?”
Ron and Ginny started laughing, and Hermione reached over and whacked Harry on the arm. “I do not sound like that.”
The rest of breakfast was spent making fun of each person in turn. Their laughter could be heard throughout the Great Hall. Pansy looked at Millie, “Don’t you wish we could be like that sometimes?”
Millie seemed to think. “I don’t know why we can’t.”
Blaise looked at Millie. “You can’t mean that. Slytherins have dignity. They do not snort when they laugh, and they don’t spit pancakes across the table.”
“It just seems like they have more fun,” Millie commented.
Draco looked at Blaise. “She’s gone mental.”
Blaise nodded. “I agree with Draco, but you do look good today, Millie. Did you do something different to your hair?”
Millie smiled. “I did; thanks for noticing.”
Blaise smiled. “I’m very perceptive.”
Ginny walked out of the Great Hall with Harry, she watched to see that Millie wasn’t far behind. Trying to let Millie catch up, she stopped to tie her shoe.
When she stood up, Millie was right behind her. “Hi, Millie. You know Harry, don’t you?”
Millie nodded. “Hello, Harry.”
Ginny smiled. “Harry, why don’t you and Millie go for a walk by the lake? It’s a beautiful day, and you could both use the exercise.”
Harry turned red, and so did Millie. Ginny turned around and walked off.
Harry smiled at Millie, “Ginny is a bit of a busy body.”
Millie laughed. “I like her. She’s funny.”
Harry nodded. “All the Weasleys are funny.”
Ginny stood around a corner and watched Millie and Harry walk off together. When a voice behind her drawled, “You’re meddling, aren’t you?”
Ginny turned around with a smile for Draco and said, “Yes, I am. I think Millie and Harry would be good together.”
Draco leaned down to kiss her before he said, “You’re mental.”
“Yes, well it’s probably due to the company I keep,” Ginny teased before she kissed him back.