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Chapter 12: A Long Night
Malfoy Manor, Wiltshire, England
2 months till wedding
“Blaise will you calm down already!” Draco said annoyed a week later.
“I can’t help it…” Blaise said pacing.
‘It’s just dinner.” Draco said trying to get comfortable on the couch.
“Ya, but it’s dinner… she’s coming here…for dinner!” Blaise said freaking out.
“There’s no reason to be freaking out Blaise.” But in all reality, there was a reason to be freaking out in Draco’s mind. Just minutes before talking to Blaise, Draco locked himself inside his room and found himself pacing back and forth trying to calm himself down.
“She’s coming here… to my house… for dinner…” Draco whispered to himself.
“Hermione Granger… is coming to Malfoy Manor…Hermione Granger… is going to be in my house eating… Hermione Granger…” Draco couldn’t stop saying her name. He still couldn’t believe he said her name out loud to her… let alone tell Hermione later that he wouldn’t stop calling her by her first name… he liked the sound of her name… Hermione.
Once Draco finally got himself to calm down, Draco ran down the stairs in a pair of dark jeans with white patches and a dark blue t-shirt to a pacing Blaise who was wearing a pair of nice dark jeans and a black shirt where he found himself now trying to calm his friend down for the same reason he was.
“She’s gonna be here any minute… that reminds me.” And before Draco knew it… Blaise had stopped pacing and was standing right in front of him.
“I know you don’t like Hermione… but this is a big night for me… and I really want this night to end well…so for tonight… just for tonight…I’m not saying you have to be best friends with her… but please… be nice to her Draco.” And that’s when reality hit him.
The only reason why she’s coming to my house is not because of me… it’s because of him. Blaise doesn’t know what happened between me and her… he doesn’t have a clue of what’s going on in my head when it comes to her…and I have to keep that going… for both him and Astoria. And just when I finally started something with her. Draco thought to himself as he was starring at his best friend.
“Draco, did you hear me? Will you be nice to her?”
“Who will Draco be nice to tonight?” and Draco saved by the fiancé. Looking over at her as she was walking down the steps he noticed that Astoria was a little dressed up for tonight’s dinner. Her short black dress of lace went down to the top of her knees as her long black hair was down and curly. Did she curl her hair?
“You looked dressy tonight Astoria.” Draco said getting up from his seat to face her.
“I wanna make a good impression on Ms. Granger.” Astoria said. Even though yes, she did want to impress Hermione, but there was so much more with that.
“So will you please… for me Draco?” Blaise said getting Draco’s attention back to him.
In Draco’s mind when Blaise says that he wants him to be nice to Hermione, it really means that he has to act normal…like the way he did back in Hogwarts. That means that the once Hermione has to go back to being “Mudblood Granger”. But most of all it means that Draco has to go back to just watching Hermione, and he hated that.
“Ya, I’ll try… but just for tonight.” Draco said as a grin formed on his best friend’s face.
Walking up to Malfoy Manor, memoires of the last time Hermione was there came creeping back to her. Just thinking about it made the spot in her arm where there once was carved “Mudblood” burn… and it’s been 5 years since and it’s long healed. Looking around, Hermione noticed that Malfoy Manor was different from that night all those years ago. It felt more like home in some weird way… did they change the front garden? Getting a good look around her, Hermione noticed that the manor was beautiful, in an old antique sort of way. Hermione never got a chance to really look at Malfoy Manor the last time, she was a little too preoccupied with other things.
Knock! Knock! Knock! “Just breathe Hermione… just breathe…” as the door opened up to a grinning Blaise Zabini.
“Welcome.” Was all he said before Hermione found herself in his embrace.
“Hi Blaise.” Hermione said lightly hugging him back.
“Come in, come in. Astoria! Draco!”
“Blaise we’re right here. Hi, you must be Hermione. I’m Astoria Greengrass, I’ve heard so much about you from Blaise.” Astoria said reaching out her hand to Hermione. Astoria Greengrass. During her time at Hogwarts, she never got a chance to know Astoria, all she knew that she was Daphne Greengrass’ little sister who was two years under her…and now Draco Malfoy’s fiancé. Getting a good look at Astoria, she definitely didn’t look like she is two years younger than her. Small body, big bust and butt, gorgeous long black curly hair…the black lace dress she was wearing didn’t help but show her curves. Just the type Draco Malfoy would go for. Hermione couldn’t help but feel a little jealous… Astoria Greengrass is so gorgeous!
“Hi. Nice to meet you.” Hermione said taking her hand with a small smile.
“Draco dear… come here and say hi to our guest.” Astoria waved her fiancé over to Hermione.
“Alright Hermione, breathe.” Hermione thought to herself as Draco met up with his fiancé grabbing her waist pulling her closer to him as jealousy quickly filled Hermione’s thoughts.
“So Blaise decides to hook up with a mudblood… who knew he’d go that low.” Draco said with a laugh.
“Draco!” Blaise said giving him an evil glare as Astoria hit him in the stomach.
“No it’s fine Blaise, I’m used to it…” Hermione said hurt.
“Alright…well, should we start dinner?” Blaise said still angry at Draco’s comment. But what Blaise didn’t know is that Blaise wasn’t the only one upset with Draco’s comment to Hermione.
“Ya, let’s get started.” Astoria said as the group headed towards the dining room. It sure was going to be a long night, for all four of them.
**Wahoo for chapter 12!!! First of all I wanna say that I apologize for this chapter coming a little late. I've been really busy recently so I haven't had time like before to add more chapters.. but hey... its better late than never right ;). And also I must say... I never realized how short this chapter was until I put up here... wow.. but don't worry... there will be longer chapters I promise! (I just don't remember where they were.. chuckles) but ya... so what do you guys think?? Review and tell me what you think! See you guys in chpt 13.. where the dinner really cooks up.. haha get it...i thought it was funny. :) ~kitty_kat9211**