a n n i s t o n "I'm not going." "Yes, you are." "No, I'm not." "Why do you have to be such a killjoy, Anniston?" Winona whined. Anniston rolled her eyes at her best friend and averted her eyes to her pancakes. All around them on the Slytherin table, students were excitedly discussing the school dance that would be held tonight. She could understand, to a certain extent, their excitement -- Hogwarts didn't throw many dances and it was October, so this would be Halloween-themed -- but Anniston could not truly relate to Winona or the other students. She lacked the energy to actually enjoy a social gathering. She would rather stay in her dormitory and read a book. "I don't understand how me not going to the dance will make a negative impact on your night," Anniston argued. "Because it won't be the same without you!" Winona was very pretty; she had a heart-shaped face and light red hair with huge green eyes that were currently wide as she pleaded with her best friend. Anniston hated it when she did that; it was hard to say no to Winona anyway, but when she looked so desperate, Anniston had no chance. "I don't have a dress," said Anniston, holding onto the last few reasons for staying home that she had left. "I'll lend you my blue one." "I don't have a date." Winona scoffed. "Neither do I. We're going together." "Ugh, fine." "Anniston Avery Rathscar, if you do not go -- wait, did you say yes?!" Winona gasped. Anniston sighed and rolled her eyes as her best friend squealed in delight. "Keep your voice down. And, you owe me." r o n Flanked by Harry on one side and Ginny on the other, Ron Weasley walked into the Great Hall and sat with his friends at the Gryffindor table, across from Calypso and Hermione, who were already seated. Wasting no time, Ron tucked into breakfast and listened to Ginny and Hermione discuss the dance. "I have a lovely lavender dress picked out," said Hermione with the same steely, professional air she said everything else with. "What about you, Ginny?" "Mine's turquoise," replied the Weasley girl. "Are you still going with Dean Thomas?" Hermione asked conversationally. Ginny nodded in response. "He's not good enough for you," Ron said immediately in his typical older-brother tone. No one was good enough for his sister. "Oh, yeah, because you totally have a hot date," said Ginny sarcastically. Ron didn't have a date, but he wasn't going to let Ginny win. "Sure I do," he said, before turning to Calypso. "Leo, you wanna go with me? As friends, of course."