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Chapter 4: Let the Games Begin
The few weeks following the first day only got better. I spent alot of time with Draco, which was very enjoyable. But sometimes he'd disappear for hours, and no one would know where he went. All I knew was that he couldn't be enjoying it because, he always came back looking upset.
I always tried to make him feel better when he was like that. The only problem was that we still hadn't kissed. I didn't understand,the attraction between us was undeniable, but nothing was happening.
We'd be so close to kissing, but then we'd get interupted. Though once, I chickened out. I was too nervous and anxious, I pulled away at the last second. Draco looked at me confused.
I was confused myself. Why did I pull away?! Who would have ever thought that I, Mia Rosaria, would shy away from an oppurtunity to kiss a gorgeous guy? Not me. Oh, what would my friends at my old school say? Probably what my roommates said.
"You didn't kiss him?!" Pansy asked loudly as I explained what had happened earlier that day.
"Shh!" I said, looking around the crowded common room, making sure no one else was listening. "Keep it down."
"Sorry, but I just can't believe that you didn't kiss Draco. You've been wanting him since your first day here."
"I know," I said, "I just got scared,I don't know why."
"What did Draco say?" Daphne Greengrass asked.
"Nothing." I said. "He just looked all confused."
"So, what are you going to do?" Natalie Moon asked.
I sighed. "I don't know, this has never happened before. It's been easy to kiss the other guys at this school, but not Draco."
"Maybe you're losing your touch." Pansy suggested.
"No way, I am not losing my touch." I said shaking my head. "There's just no way."
"I don't know, it does sound that way." Natalie said shrugging.
"I can assure you that is not happening."
"All right then, if you're not losing your touch, then get Draco to kiss you by the end of the week." Pansy challenged.
"No problem." I said confidently.
"If you don't, you have to kiss Vincent Crabbe." Daphne said smirking.
I groaned. "Fine, but if I do get Draco to kiss me,which I will, all three of you have to kiss Crabbe."
"Deal." They all said.
"I can't wait to see you guys kiss Crabbe." I said smiling at the mere thought.
"You sound pretty confident about getting Draco to kiss you." Pansy said.
"Well, I hope you have a plan, cause here he comes right now." Natalie said.
I looked up to see Draco coming towards us. My stomache twisted in knots, but I smiled. We all quickly made sure we looked decent, fixing our hair and straightening out our clothes.
When Draco reached us, he smiled his perfect smile and said "Hello, ladies."
"Hi, Draco." We chorused flirtasiously.
"Hey, Mia, can I steal you away?" He asked.
I smiled. "Of course you can." I said.
He held his hand out and helped me up and pulled me away. I turned my head and stuck my tongue out at the girls.
"I just wanted to make sure we were okay." Draco said when we were alone.
"Of course we are." I said.
"It's just that earlier, you kinda, you know…" he trailed off. But I knew he was talking about how I pulled away.
"I'm sorry, I was just being weird. It had nothing to do with you, I promise."
He sighed in relief. "Okay, good."
"You seem pretty relieved," I teased. "Don't tell me you're harboring a crush on me."
Draco shrugged. "Maybe I am, you are pretty cute."
"Am I now?"
"Yes." He said taking a step closer to me. Unfortunately, nothing happened. He looked down at his watch.
"I've got to go." He said. "I've got something to attend to." He didn't look happy at all.
"You don't seem happy about attending to something." I pointed out. Draco shrugged and didn't meet my eyes. "Maybe I can come some time and make it more enjoyable." I said.
"Yeah, maybe, some time." He answered smiling slightly. "I'll see you later." He said giving me a quick kiss on the cheek, that seemed to shock both of us.
He cleared his throat. "Later." He walked away. I smiled at him. I looked at my own watch around my neck and realized I was late for meeting my sisters. Or maybe I wasn't, since they always have me show up early to ensure I wasn't late, which is really insulting that they lack faith in me to be on time.
When I arrived, they were both already there. "You're late," Lia said. "And why are you smiling?"
"Draco kissed me." I gushed.
Both Lia and Tia rolled their eyes. "On the lips?" Tia asked.
"No,just on the cheek." I said in disappointment. "Anyways, what's up with you two? How are your guys?"
"Harry and I have been spending a lot of time together lately. And the wonderful thing is Ginny isn't around because it's her OWL year and she's really busy. I think Harry likes me too." Lia said smiling and blushing.
"You haven't kissed him,have you?" I asked.
"Of course not," Lia said. "I'd be much more happier if I did."
"So you think he likes you?" Tia asked.
"Yes. But he hasn't tried to make a move at all. But he complains about Ginny all the time, he says she bossy and she stresses him out. Hermione says Ginny is really bossy too, I don't think anyone actually likes her."
I nodded taking in what she said. "Okay, what about you Tia?" I asked.
She blushed. "Well, I've been spending alot of time with Ron. I help him study. But sometimes we don't get to studying, because we start talking. I've never talked to anyone the way I do with Ron. I feel so comfortable with him. I think he likes me, he says he feels comfortable around me and he enjoys spending time with me. But he hasn't made a move either. I'm getting mixed signals."
"Okay, so Draco won't kiss me, Harry won't break up with Ginny to get with Lia, and Ron is sending Tia mixed signals." I said. "It's obvious what we need to do."
Lia and Tia exchanged looks, unsure of what I meant.
I sighed. "We need to start playing games." I said.
"Oh." Lia said understanding.
Tia was still confused. "What do you mean?"
"I mean, we're going to play games in order to get what we want from these guys. For instance, Tia, you are going to play the 'Just friends' card."
"What does that mean?"
"That you're going to pretend like Ron is nothing more than a friend to you. Act like everything you two do together isn't anything special. Then he'll try everything to make you think of him as more than a friend." I explained.
"Isn't that lying?" Tia asked.
"No it's playing the game." I said. "Lia, you on the other hand are going to play the 'Best friend' card. When Harry complains about Ginny, give him advice, but the kind of advice that suggests they work out their problems. Then he'll be confused and he'll try to see if you like him or not."
"Piece of cake." Lia said smiling.
"And I'm going to play the "More than friends' card. I'm going to flirt with Draco even more, make subtle hints that I like him. Then he'll kiss me,because he knows I like him." I said smiling.
"And doing this will help us get what we want?" Tia asked slightly unsure.
"I can guarentee that it will. I've played these games tons of times,they always work for me." I said.
"All right then, I'm in." Tia said.
"Me too." Lia said.
I smiled, "All right then, let the games begin."
The remainder of the week, I played the game, and it seemed to be working. I still didn't get a kiss, but I knew it was coming. There was no way I was kissing Crabbe.
On the last night before my time was up, Draco and I were doing homework in my dormitory on my bed. It was of course my idea. We were working on Defense Against the Dark Arts.
"What do you think?" I asked about five ways to win a duel. We currently had two.
"I think you're beautiful." Draco said smiling.
I blushed and smiled back. "What else do you think?"
"I think we need a break from homework." He took the book out of my lap and threw it on the floor.
"So now what are we going to do?"
"This." He leaned in and kissed me. And on the lips! I smiled as his tongue licked my lips asking for entrance. I happily granted it. I don't think I had ever encountered a better kisser. Draco knew exactly what he was doing when it came to kissing.
Draco's hand crept slowly up my thigh, up my skirt. He pulled away. "Is this okay?" He whispered.
"Yeah." I breathed back. He kissed me again, and his hand continued to move. I couldn't help but smile at the fact that Pansy, Daphne, and Natalie had to kiss Crabbe...
I took Mia's advice and played the 'Best friend' card, I was surprised that it actually worked.
"Hey." Harry said sitting down on the couch next to me. He didn't look happy.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
"Ginny." He said.
"What about her?" I asked getting ready to play the game.
"She's saying I don't spend enough time with her and that she feels like she's not important. What should I do?"
"Well, you should talk to her. Make sure she knows that she is important to you and that you care about her. Also, maybe you should spend more time with her, actually show her you want to spend time with her." I said.
Harry stared at me surprised. I somehow managed to keep a straight face. "You really think so?" He asked, sounding unsure.
"Yes." I said confidently. "I'm a girl, aren't I? I know how girls work. You do this your relationship will only get better."
"Oh, um thanks, I guess." Harry said sounding confused.
"Hey,that's what friends are for, helping friends with their relationships." I beamed at him.
The days that followed, Harry came back with a complaint about Ginny everyday. And he always asked my advice on things. I would always give him good advice on how to make things work between him and Ginny. I don't think he was taking it because I noticed they fought alot. But I was happy to see playing the game was working very well.
"Hey, Lia, can I ask you something?" Hermione said one night.
"Sure, what is it?" I said.
"Do you like Harry?" She asked.
"Of course I do, he's great." I said.
"No, I mean as like more than a friend?"
I didn't answer right away. It's not like I didn't trust Hermione, but I hadn't told anyone other than my sisters. Although, all of Mia's friends knew she liked Malfoy, and Tia had told Padma and Cho how she felt about Ron, I never mentioned it to Hermione.
"Um…yes." I said.
She smiled. "I thought so. That's really sweet."
"Really?" I asked.
"Yes. I would much rather have him be with you than Ginny, she's so controlling, and they fight all the time."
"Yeah, but do you think he'll ever actually leave Ginny? You know, considering she's his best friend's sister, and he doesn't want to make him mad by hurting her."
"That's a good question. I honestly have no idea what Ron would do if that happened. But he'd need to understand that if they're not meant to be then they're not meant to be, it will never work." Hermione explained.
"That's true." I said.
"Besides, Ron is hanging out with Tia. Since she's your sister, it might not bother him too much if you and Harry started dating."
I sighed heavily. "This is a difficult situation."
"That's love for you." Hermione shrugged. "Hey, um how do you feel about Dean Thomas?" She asked suddenly.
"Um, he's okay, I guess, I don't talk to him very much." I said shrugging. "Why?"
"I hear he likes you." Hermione said.
"Okay." I said unsure of where this was going. "Why are you telling me this when you know I like Harry?"
"Because he could be useful." She said.
"I don't under-oh! You're saying I should start talking and hanging out with Dean to make Harry jealous. That way he'll be forced to make a decision."
"You're are a genious. No wonder you're dating an international Quidditch star." I said.
Hermione smiled modestly. She had been dating Viktor Krum for two years. She visited during holidays in Bulgaria, she had met his family and everything.
"I'm going to talk to Dean right now." I said getting up and heading over to where Dean sat.
I was slightly skeptical about following Mia's advice. It's not that I didn't trust her, it's just that I didn't know if I could pull it off. I was a horrible liar. But Mia did say that it wouldn't be lying, just playing the game. When the time came, I did what Mia told me to.
"Hey, Tia, thanks for helping me study." Ron said.
"No problem, I help people study all the time. That's what friends are for." I said putting emphasis on 'friends' to get my point across.
Ron looked slightly put out about my statement, but he shook it off. "And I love the conversations we have, you're fun to talk to you."
"You too." I said, then I remembered the game. "I just love talking to my friends, it's great."
"Oh, that's nice." He said.
We were silent for some time, just looking through our books.
"So, um how's Arithmacy?" Ron asked. He knew I'd been slightly stressed out about it.
"It's okay. It's actually getting better, I-"
"Hi, Ron!" A girl in Gryffindor named Lavender Brown said coming over to us. She always interupted me and Ron's conversations. I was surprised Ron actually associated with her. She was loud, rude and obnoxious. I say that in the nicest way possible.
"Hey, Lavender." Ron said smiling at her. I was immediately jealous.
Lavender turned to me. "Hi, Lia." She said, giving me the slightest dirty look.
"Actually I'm Tia." I said.
She shrugged like she could care less. "So, Ron are you trying out for the Quidditch team?" She asked in her girly voice.
"Yeah, I'm trying out for Keeper." Ron said leaning back casually. I couldn't believe what I witnessing. He was actually going along with her.
"That's so cool. I'm sure you'll make it, you're brilliant." Lavender said flirtatiously. "I'll come watch you at tryouts."
"Great, see you there." He said.
"All right, bye then. Later Mia." She said.
"I'm Tia." I repeated.
"Whatever." She flounced off.
Ron smiled after her. "You think she likes me?" He asked.
"Well, as your friend, I'd say yes she does." I said not looking at him.
"Hmm." He said. "So, uh, you should come watch me at tryouts too. I'd like if you were there."
"Really?" I asked looking up at him.
"Yeah." Ron said smiling.
I smiled back. "Okay." I again, remembered the game. "Um, anything to support a friend."
"Right, friends." He said.
If only he knew I wanted to be so much more than friends.