The seventh years were sitting in their Herbology class; some paying attention and some trying not to fall asleep as their Professor spoke excitedly about plants and their magical uses.
"Who can tell me what this plant is good for?" Professor Longbottom asked. He wasn't surprised when Aubrey Potter and Chloe Weasley were the only two to raise their hands. The bell rang before he could call on one of them and the students quickly began to shuffle out of the classroom. "Miss Weasley may I have a word, please?"
Chloe looked at Aubrey and the blonde shrugged as she gathered her things. "I'll meet you outside."
Chloe walked up to her professor and smiled. "Yes, Professor?"
"I know you're busy with your own studies but do you think you'd have time to tutor someone for me?"
Chloe nodded, happily. "Of course."
Professor Longbottom smiled. "Great. I was hoping that'd be the answer. You can start tutoring Malfoy tomorrow."
Surprise overtook Chloe's features. "Malfoy? Beca Malfoy?"
Professor Longbottom lowered his voice as he spoke his next words. "I know she can come off as a bit scary but she's really not. She was actually doing really well in this class. I don't know what happened. I'll understand if you no longer wish to do it."
Chloe forced a smile. "I can do it."
"Thanks, Chloe. I'll see you again next Tuesday.”
Chloe's smile fell as she turned around. Tutoring Beca Malfoy was sure to be an unpleasant experience.
“Why didn't you just say no?" Aubrey asked as she walked with Chloe back to their room.
"It shouldn't be that bad," Chloe said, sounding a bit unsure. "Just a little tutoring."
"Her father was a death eater!" Aubrey whispered loudly. "He was the enemy of both our parents."
"Yeah, he was but Beca wasn't."
"She's a bitch, Chloe."
“She’s never been mean to me,” Chloe pointed out. “Just you… and to be honest, you usual provoke her.”
Aubrey stopped walking and looked at Chloe in shock. “Are you standing up for her?”
Chloe rolled her eyes. “Calm down. I’m simply pointing out facts.”
The two began to walk again but before they could get very far, someone ran past them, knocking Chloe and Aubrey’s books from their hands.
“Idiot!” Aubrey yelled.
The boy stopped immediately at the angry voice of his prefect and turned around. “Y-yes, Malfoy?”
Beca simply nodded down to Chloe’s books that were on the floor and Goyle quickly began to gather them up before handing them to Chloe.
“Sorry,” Goyle said before looking back at Beca for further instruction.
Beca gestured for the boy to leave before looking at Chloe. “Chloe.” She greeted with a small smile. “I’ll see you tomorrow during our free period for that study session.”
Aubrey rolled her eyes and bent down to pick up her own books.
Chloe nodded. “I’ll meet you at the library.”
Beca noticed Aubrey glaring at her and returned the look. “Problem, Potter?”
“Can’t you find another tutor?” Aubrey asked as she stood up. “Like someone from Slytherin or are you all too daft?”
“Aubrey,” Chloe chided quietly.
“Should I refer you to my scores on my owl exams?” Beca asked with a smirk.
Aubrey rolled her eyes. “You probably cheated. If you were that smart you wouldn’t need a tutor.”
“We should get going,” Chloe cut in before the two could continue arguing. “I’ll see you tomorrow,” she said to Beca before walking off with Aubrey.
“I don’t trust her,” Aubrey said. “You should try to get out of having to deal with her.”
Chloe mutely followed Aubrey to the seventh floor corridor as she ranted about Beca.
Chloe was walking towards the library when Aubrey walked up beside her. "Did you tell your parents who you plan on tutoring?"
"I didn’t," Chloe answered. "It's not a big deal. I don't know why you're so worried about it."
"Because Beca's just like her father," Aubrey replied. "She's trouble. The fact that she even needs a tutor is suspicious. Professors are always saying how brilliant she is."
Chloe stopped outside of the library. "You can't come in with me. You two will just fight. I'll be fine on my own."
Aubrey looked unsure but she relented. "Don't hesitate to pull your wand out on her if she tries anything."
Chloe entered the library, relieved that Aubrey left so easily. She walked around the library until she spotted Beca sitting at a table. She sat down beside her and smiled a greeting.
Beca looked slightly surprised to see her there which confused Chloe. "What?"
"I wasn't expecting you."
Chloe frowned in confusion. "Didn't we agree on this time?"
"We did but I thought you'd change your mind." Beca knew what everyone thought of her and her family.
"I told the professor I would tutor you so that's exactly what I plan on doing," Chloe assured the brunette. "Where should we get started?"
"I can't help you if I don't know what you need help with," Chloe stated.
"The most recent material."
Chloe opened her textbook and began talking to Beca about the plants and what abilities they each held. After a while, Chloe wasn't sure if Beca was even listening. "Are you paying attention?"
"You're really smart. Is it because of your mother? I heard she was the smartest student in all of Hogwarts."
Chloe was surprised by the personal question from Beca. "She taught me a lot... she still teaches me a lot. Now, dittany. What’s it good for?”
“Healing potions,” Beca answered, easily. “Why does Aubrey hate me so much?”
Chloe raised an eyebrow at Beca. “Really?” She figured the brunette would know exactly why Aubrey wasn’t a fan of hers. “Your father didn’t exactly leave a good impression on our parents. We’ve never heard a single good thing about him.”
“I’m not like my father… or my grandfather for that matter,” Beca stated, sternly. “I don’t share their views; only their last name. The way he treated her parents and yours has nothing to do with me.”
“We know that,” Chloe said.
“Do you?” Beca asked, angrily.
Chloe reached out, placing her hand on top of Beca’s. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you. I don’t think you’re like your father.”
Beca was taken aback by the contact and pulled her hand away. “It’s fine. I’m used to it.”
“Used to what?” Chloe asked.
“People thinking I’m a horrible person because of my lineage.” Beca gestured to the textbook. “We should continue. Professor Longbottom is expecting you to work wonders on me.”
Chloe wanted to continue their conversation but decided to get back to the task at hand. She was intrigued, though. She wanted to learn more about this girl that everyone whispered about and feared. She would take these tutoring sessions as a chance to learn more about Beca Malfoy.