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Chapter 4: I love you
It was midnight and the Gryffindor common room was illuminated by the burning fire in the fireplace. Ron was sitting still in the red comfortable sofa, starring at the flames. They looked as if they were dancing; each flame lurring the other into an enchanting dance. His mind went to Hermione. Fred's death kept him from taking their relationship forward. But now he came to realise that he wants her more than ever. The fire was starting to die and his thoughts putting themselves to sleep when he heard someone coming downs the dorm stairs. He did not dare turn his head to see who it was and he didn't know why. He heard the footsteps coming towards the sofa and above his head.
“Ron? Ron are you asleep?” she said.
To Hermiones surprise Ron jumped from the sofa and paced slowly next to her. “No, no I was just...I lost myself into the fire. Thinking about stuff.”
“What kind of stuff? What's bothering you?” she asked politely.
“Me? I'm bothering you? Have I done something?” she said curiously
“No, no you misunderstood, you didn't do anything. I did... ” he didn't understand why but for some reason his heart ached. Maybe for her.
“...I didn't tell you that...that...thatiminloveyou” he said and his face turned completely red with embarassement.
“I'm sorry Ron, I didn't quite catch that last part.” She said but she already knew what he had just said. Her hands were shaking, her head was rushing. Did she really want him to say that?
He started walking slowly and steady towards her. That's it, he thought, now is the time, if you don't do it now, you'll never be able to do it. As Ron got near her she instinctly made a step backwards. “Hermione...I'm in love with you. And I've been in love with you for some time. To be honest a long time. The moment we had in the Chamber of secrets didn't happen because I thought we were going to die. I really meant that. I wanted it. And I want you”
Her mind was racing. Her heart was pounding wildly. She blushed. Of course she had feeling for him. But wait, I do love him too.
“Shhh” he said, and before she had any chance to speak he grabbed her by the waist and pulled her in his arms. Their lips met. Hermione froze but a minute later her fingers were going through Ron's hair. Ron picked her up and brought her to the couch. Leaning on top of her he kissed her mouth, her neck... “I love you Hermione” he whispered in her ear.
Hermione felt ecstatic. “I love you too, Ronald” she said and pulled him engaging him into a hungry kiss. Ron broke the kiss to remove his shirt and when he did he went back down on top of Hermione. He brought his hands under her thighs and wrapped her legs around his waist. She pressed her lips to his again, this time with more aggressiveness. He let out a slow moan. They started to lose control when Hermione realized they were in the middle of the common room.
“Ron...Ron get off, someone might see us” she said
“Oh yeah, yes yes” Ron said dazed. He got up and got his shirt back on. “Hey, its not over Mione, I'll see you tommorow”. He walked over to her, gave her another kiss and headed the boys dorm.
Hermione was resting her head on the arm's couch starring at the ceiling, smiling. She kept thinking about what had just happened. Slowly she got up and walked towards the stairs. Time for me to sleep. The bed looked like heaven to her now and withought even realizing how, she fell asleep.
The room was dark; she could barely see anything. The walls were rough and made of stone. She examined the room. There was nothing in it except her and a big rugged carpet. It was dimly illuminated by the moonlight that came throught a small window. The rooms view were blocked by bars. She tried to move closer to see what's outside but she fell back. She was chained to the wall. She started to panic.
“Heeeeelp” she yelled, “Somebody help me!!” she just kept yelling again and again. After a while she heard a voice from somewhere in the room “At last you shut up...”.
A hooded figure apeared from a dark corner in the room. The man walked towards her and when he reached her he grabbed her by the hair. “How many fucking times do I have to tell you to SHUT UP?” he yelled. Hermione felt pain and pure anger coming from him. He kicked her hard in her stomach.
“Please don't, please stop, why are you doing this to me? Who are you?” Hermione cried with her hands resting on her stomach. But the man kept kicking her frantically all over her body. Suddenly his hood fell from his head. It was him, Draco Malfoy.
Hermione had blood all over her face and her body. Draco bent down next to her and got a wiff of her hair.
“You stink. You stink just like the mudblood you are. Get up and clean the dirty blood off of you.”he said and released her from the chains.
“I'll be back Mudblood. I'll be back for you” he whispered with rage in her ear. He licked and kissed her ear, got up and pointing his wand at her he yelled “CRUCIO”.
Hermione screamed and writhed from the pain. When she was able to move again she got up slowly and reached fot the door. But when she got near, the door opened and it was him again. He grabbed her once more from the hair and dragged her back to the corner.
“Noooooo, no please don't” she yelled
“Hermione, Hermione please wake up. Its me, it's Ginny, shhhhh” Ginny sat down next to Hermione and hugged her. “Calm down, it was just a dream...just a dream” said Ginny holding her tight. “I'm here”.