AN-Hi! So this is my very first Neville/Luna fic and I'm so excited! I do not own anything you recognize. Please review!
Voldemort was gone forever, Death Eaters and Snatchers and Hogwarts students, former and current- dead; the spells and the fires ceased. But there was still chaos to endure.
The Great Hall was full with bodies-dead, alive, and wounded. There was crying for loved ones and screams as families saw who was lying on the cold stone floor. Friends comforted each other as sobs racked bodies and students from other houses spoke with one another for, some, the first time ever. For those that could, they helped carry the wounded and treat them alongside Madame Pomfrey.
Across the way, Neville Longbottom, Gryffindor and new war-hero, watched the Weasley clan mourn the death of Fred Weasley, a brother and jokester. He watched George as he fell on his knees and held onto his twin's unmoving form; watched as the rest of his family went down with him. Neville saw Hermione and Ron embracing, both crying awaiting the return of Harry. Neville's heart went out to them.
The bench he was sitting on felt slightly heavier and he turned seeing Luna Lovegood next to him, a few scratches on her here and there. He saw the look in her silvery grey eyes as they graced his blooded form, most the blood of Nagini the serpent, and then fell to the legendary Gryffindor Sword, the weapon he killed the snake with and half the reason he was a hero.
For a long time, they didn't say anything to each other, just sat there, thankful they didn't have to face the road ahead alone. Luna made a small smile at him and took his larger hand into her own smaller one.
All the thoughts and memories they shared together before the Battle, all the leading of the D.A. by themselves, without Harry, all the torture and wounds had brought them closer.
"Settle down, I said settle down!" Alecto Carrow ordered over the whispers of the Six and Seventh Years. They immediately fell quiet, not wanting to anger her. She'd do whatever punishment she felt like on them. "I'm Professor Carrow of Muggle Studies. In this class we'll be-What?"
A female Hufflepuff student tentatively raised her hand. "W-what happened t-to Professor Burbage?" she asked.
Alecto smirked at the girl, "She's resigned."
The girl fell silent and no one raised a hand from that point onward.
"Muggles are like animals-stupid and dirty. They don't understand us. They drove us-wizards-into hiding by being vicious toward us. They threw us in cauldrons, burned us, did anything they could to exploit us. The result- our world, our place of being."
Every word she spoke made Neville even madder. Muggles weren't like that. Hermione's parents were Muggles. She told him that they understood that their daughter was a witch, it may have taken some time getting used to, but they weren't upset.
She was all wrong. This wasn't how Muggles were. He knew if he said something, there'd be consequences. But she needed to be proven wrong. "How much Muggle blood do you and your brother have?" he asked.
She stopped talking. "What was that?" she growled.
He said it again, head held high. Her face was furious and many students stared between them, horrified by what he said.
Alecto made him get up and stand in the front of the class. "Do you want to apologize, Longbottom?" she sneered, her wand held near his face.
With that, she took out her knife and with a swift movement, slashed his face once, an action that made everyone in the room shout out or shriek. Blood flowed from the cut, a simple horizontal slash below his cheekbone. He didn't do anything to stop it afraid that if he made a movement to, she'd hurt him again.
With protests that he should be sent to the Hospital Wing, Alecto finally let him go, giving him a warning that if he ever did something like that again in her classroom, she'd do something worse.
Only when he was out of the room did he put a hand to the still flowing cut. He hurried to the Hospital Wing, but stopped when he saw familiar dirty blonde hair in the empty corridors. "Luna, what are you doing?" Neville asked coming up to her.
"I was taking someone to the-Oh Neville, what happened?" she asked, her grey eyes widening.
"I defied Professor Carrow. Asked her how much Muggle blood she and her brother had."
"Neville…C'mon let's get you to Madame Pomfrey." She took his larger hand in her own and led him to the Hospital Wing.
When they arrived, Madame Pomfrey was shocked. "Mr. Longbottom, what happened?" she asked, and gestured for him to sit down on one of the beds.
"Professor Carrow punished me for asking her how much Muggle blood she and her brother had," he said, wincing at the potion Madame Pomfrey put on the cut.
"Mr. Longbottom, I'm disappointed in you. I would have thought you had more sense than that-"
"Someone had to do it! She was teaching us all wrong! She was telling us how Muggles are like animals, Madame Pomfrey! Someone had to tell her wrong!"
The older witch stared at him as did Luna. Madame Pomfrey handed him a wet cloth to clean the blood off his face, and permitted both him and Luna to turn back to their Common rooms for the rest of the period. "Mr. Longbottom, I don't want you to get hurt. Please be more careful. You're not Mr. Potter."
He nodded and thanked her before leaving with Luna. They walked in silence as a chime signaled the end of classes. "Hey Neville!" a voice called.
They turned and saw a panting Ginny Weasley carrying his bag. "Here. Michael Corner gave me your stuff and told me what happened. Why'd you do it Nev?" she asked.
"Someone had to Ginny. You should have heard her-"
"Guys?" Luna's airy voice said. The two Gryffindors turned as she pointed up to the wall outside of the Great Hall. Hanging on the wall was a giant sign that read: "Educational Decree Number Twenty Four."
The rule that was supposed to stop the D.A. from existing was back.
AN-So I hope this was good! From here on, it's going to be a series of flashbacks about how Ginny, Neville, and Luna lead the D.A. until the Battle. Hope you liked it! Please review.
Oh…and for anyone that's read any of my other HP stories, I'm kinda stuck with writers block so it would be great if you could help!