Chapter 4 : Belle of the Ball
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You were supposed to be here four days ago. We are all really worried, let us know your safe okay? We went to your house but your mum said you were staying with family. What family? Who’s more important than us eh?! Anywhoo, got to go, the boys want to hang out, see ya later, or not! Whatever miss you!
P.S: Ron and Harry say hi and ask if you know anything new about the you know whats.”
“Ughh! Those...those pigs!” She growled, tearing the letter into shreds.
Soon Alex was ready to go meet her brother, dressed in quidditch jumper with Lexy on the back (in silver and green) and matching joggers she grabbed her new broom, again from her parents, and off she went.
The gardens of the manor were one of Lexy’s favourite places in her new home; she loved walking through them in the day, watching the flowers bloom, and the house-elves tending to her mother’s plants.
Soon she had reached the quidditch pitch. Not as big as the one at Hogwarts but impressive enough to make her gasp, she could she her brother practicing, he let the snitch go, giving it a head start before going after it.
"Oi! Draco down here.” She yelled.
“Finally! Took you long enough.” He said. She hit him.
“Right, what am I supposed to be doing?” She got straight to the point.
“Okay, here’s the Quaffle, today we’ll just practice some catching and throwing techniques to see how you do before attempting at scoring. Right up in the air then. Let’s check how this new broom works.” Both he and Lexy had the new Comet, faster than a firebolt; it turned them almost invisible with speed.
After taking a deep breath, Alexandra mounted her broom and took off. Without waiting for her brother she took off, flying around the field, looping the hoops before racing back to her brother.
“Wow that was amazing! Why didn’t anyone tell me before?” She exclaimed, her fear gone.
Draco just laughed at her. For the next few hours Draco drilled Lexy in the art of goal scoring and how to be the perfect catcher whilst weaving in and out of obstacles. Before long, a house-elf was calling them announcing that lunch was ready.
“Play like that at tryouts sister and you might just have a place on my team.” He told her.
Lexy smiled from the memory, she knew she would try out for the team when school started next week, this year Slytherin would be getting the Quidditch and House cup, Lexy would make sure of it.
She watched as her parents walked towards her, taking in their causal positions, hands loosely held, anyone who knew Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy thought them cold and uncaring, which they were, unless you were their family that is. Alexandra and Draco were their stars; they would do anything for them to make sure they shined.
“Lexy, honey its time, the dressmakers are here, you need to pick out your dress, shoes and accessories for tonight. Then shower, get your nails, hair and makeup done.” Her mother told her.
“Oh yay, I’ve been looking forward to this night for what seems like ages!” She squealed.
Tonight was the night of Alexandra’s welcome home ball. Where she would be introduced to the Pureblood society and most importantly, Lord Voldemort himself. Her father, Lucius, had told her earlier in the week that tonight she would have to make a really important decision, one that would define her for the rest of her life. Would she or would she not join Lord Voldemort? Lexy had been thinking about it pretty much nonstop since she had arrived. And she had made her decision.
“Okay mum.” She took her mother’s hand and together they walked back up and into the manor, whilst Lucius went to watch Draco practice his quidditch.
“Right so let’s get started!” Madam Cross clapped her hands and tape measures were surrounding Alexandra in an instant, measuring every inch.
“Now Alexandra what are you favourite colours?” She questioned her, “What do you look best in?”
“Well my two favourite colours are purple and silver. Of course I do like green as well. And I’m not sure what I look best in, you’re the expert here you tell me.”
Alexandra tried on dress after dress after dress, until eventually she found the one. It was magnificent, floor length midnight purple silk with silver diamonds looping around the chest and waist. It suited her perfectly. But this was only dress number one, she had to have two. She needed something suitable to meet him.
“Oh mother what about this one?” She asked as she stepped out from behind the curtain that had been set up.
“Oh my darling it’s wonderful! Our lord will be proud if you were to join him. Well Trish we shall take these two here then, just bill the account wont you?” Narcissa said.
After the dressmaker was gone, Alexandra was instructed to go have a shower, before the hair and makeup people would arrive.
“Oh Draco I’m so nervous. What if I make a fool of myself? What if Pansy, Millicent and Blaise don’t like me?” She said.
Earlier on that day, Draco had made her promise to try and get on with his best friends, and that they weren’t that bad once you got to know them. She had agreed.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, friends and family. My Lord. You may be wondering why my wife and I have decided to throw this little ball this evening,” “Little?! Alexandra muttered, “well, it is time we realised, to welcome our beloved daughter to our family. Everyone, may I introduce you to my son, Draco and his twin sister, Alexandra Lee Malfoy!” Lucius applauded.
Slowly the doors opened, Draco and Alexandra stepped into the hall. Looking around the room quickly she saw Bellatrix standing still, her face a mask of shock, eyes wide, mouth popped open. Lexy tried to not to laugh. It was priceless, just like she had hoped.
They began walking down the marble stairs into the main part of the room. The whole audience was silent, not a single person moved. Alexandra was no longer nervous, she liked being looked at, and she knew she looked amazing in her dress, her hair curled into golden ringlets cascading down her shoulders, her makeup impeccable, not a single fault to be found.
Draco and Alex made their way up to their parents on the stage, their guests staring at them the whole way, some in awe whilst others glared. Once on the stage the guests started clapping and cheering,
“Well dear guests I hope you have a wonderful evening, thank you very much for joining us.” Lucius signalled for the band to start playing.
“Come on, let’s go find Bella.” Alex said, towing Draco by the wrist. The family of four circled the magnificently decorated room (Lucius had spared no expense for this ball), looking for the famous unruly black haired woman, whilst constantly being stopped by friends of Lucius and business partners, before, “There I see her.”
“Why hello Auntie Bell. Long time no see.” Alexandra said, a casual smirk playing upon her lips.
“Oh my little Lexy! Last time I saw you you were just a baby, before your parents gave you up. Strange how you are here now.” Bella said, she was not nervous, truly believing that her wand work was too great for her family to catch her out.
“Do you mean before or after you kidnapped me from my family?” She hissed.
The three Malfoy’s stared after her in shock, before Draco did what his sister told him too. After she had punched him in third year, back when she was known only as the Mudblood, he knew she wasn’t someone to be messed with.
Shortly later, Draco rejoined his sister and they were standing talking when his three best friends walked up to them. Alex braced herself, before remembering she was no longer the Mudblood, she was pure and confident.
“Sorry mate, but Lex and I had a lot to catch up on. We cool?” The two guys hugged.
“Draco, it’s really great to see you!”
“Hi Draco, looking good.”
Draco, seeing her stare at his friends immediately felt guilty for leaving his sister out,
“Oh guys I’m so sorry, this is my sister, Alexandra Malfoy. Alex, this is Blaise Zabini, Pansy Parkinson and Millicent Bulstrode.” He introduced them all. The girls smiled at her, whilst Blaise took her hand softly in hers and kissed it gently, making her blush.
“Hi, it’s really nice to meet you. Draco’s told me a lot about you all.” She said politely.
“So Lexy, where have you been hiding all these years?” Blaise said, throwing an arm around her shoulders and guiding them all to a free table and passing round flutes of Champaign.
"Well...” She said coyly, “I’ve been at Hogwarts for the past six years and I’m about to go back as Head Girl for my seventh.” She told them.
“Oh really? Well I’m head boy so I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of each other then.” He winked at her, making her stomach flutter.
“Wait,” Pansy interrupted, “If you were at Hogwarts then why didn’t we know you? Im sure we would remember someone as pretty as you.”
I was under a glamour charm, which ended on my seventeenth birthday. But we never associated within Hogwarts unless it was to exchange insults or headlocks.” She said, with a pointed look at Millicent.
“Headlocks?” Millicent looked confused... Alexandra waited, any second now...
“GRANGER?!! Hermione Granger?! You’re Draco’s twin sister?!” She shouted.
“Bloody hell I need a drink.” Blaise said and grabbed a firewhisky from a passing waiter.
Draco just sat and watched his friends; to be honest he found it rather hilarious, after all he had experience the same thing not a week earlier.
“Look Alexandra, I’m really sorry about that, if I had known it was you I wouldn’t have done it.” Millicent said.
“Its fine. It’s in the past. I hope we can be friends.” She replied, with a small smile at the girl.
“So how did you react finding out you were related to this prat then?” Blaise joked. Draco shoved him.
“Honestly... I was happy. Although Draco and I never got on before, when I was under the charm as the Mudblood. I think that finally becoming a Malfoy was the best thing for me. I was ready for a change. Im happy now.” She told them. They stared at her, shocked over her use of the word “Mudblood”.
"You weren’t happy with Potter and Weasley? Whenever we saw you, you guys always seemed like you were having fun?” Pansy asked.
“They aren’t my friends. They just used me, but I’ll get my revenge. They’ll get whats coming to them.” She grinned.
For the rest of the night the five of them sat talking, each getting to know the other. Alex discovered that she had a lot in common with the two girls, they were just like here. She was surprised. Maybe going back to school would be better now she had new friends. The ball ended officially at midnight, with the group going up for the last dance. Soon all the guests began to leave, except for those who would be staying for the meeting later tonight.
Tonight Alexandra would be meeting Lord Voldemort. Tonight she had to choose between her old friends and family or her new ones, ones that she was just beginning to get to know. Pansy and Millicent had left to go to one of the guest suites whilst Alex got ready in her room. She slipped into the other dress that her mother had bought for her. Again it was a floor length piece of silk, this time in bottle green with silver diamonds dotting the waist. She left her hair as it was, switched her shoes and waited for her brother and Blaise to come get her.
Not long after, a knock on her door startled her out of her thoughts. She opened the door and smiled at them both.
“Ready?” Draco asked.
“Let’s go.” She smiled.
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