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Chapter 10: The library
Over the next couple of weeks Hermione was reenergized by her upcoming board meeting and was becoming more determined by the day. She realized she was right about the board not accepting her proposal a second time around…therefore she would need to change her tactics and transform her proposal altogether. She had a lot of work to do but she worked tirelessly in order to get it done.
She and Malfoy hadn't spent an extended amount of time together since that Friday night but when they did run into each other they managed a lot of awkwardness, teasing and had developed more of a friendship between them than Hermione had ever thought possible.
One night Hermione decided to stay at the ministry late in order to use the libraries archives. She had made a lot of head way that day and didn't want to let up until she had finished this particular research. She wasn't counting on any distractions.
Hermione became somewhat started as she looked up from her books and heard footsteps enter the library. Hermione had been the only one in the library and certainly wasn't expecting anyone else so late in the evening.
"Miss Granger, you never stop do you?" Malfoy's voice sounded as he stepped into view from behind a towering bookshelf.
Hermione was surprised, to see Malfoy appear so late but found she wasn't unhappy at all by his arrival.
"What are you doing here so late?" Hermione asked.
"Believe it or not, but your not the only who uses a library." Malfoy coyly.
Hermione raised her eyebrows at him. "If you say so." and looked back down at her book, but was only pretending to be paying attention to it.
She heard Malfoy come closer and take a seat in the chair across from her.
"So where are your books?" Hermione asked looking up at Malfoy's empty hands.
"Well that's sort of a funny story…you see I went to grab one and then I realized you already had all of the books in your possesion." Malfoy said teasingly eyeing the towering stacks of books at Hermione's table.
"Ha ha ha." Hermione replied sarcastically.
"Well really if you must know.. I had to stay late to finish some paperwork…terribly tedious I might add…. and I just happened to see the lamps lit in the library…and I just had this sort of…inkling.. of who might be in here." Malfoy said eyeing Hermione demurely.
"I see…so you decided to come in and antagonize me?" Hermione replied pretended to be annoyed.
"Ouch…well I actually just wanted to help." Malfoy said.
"You came to help me?" Hermione raised her eyebrows at Malfoy.
"Don't act so surprised Granger…I felt bad for you having to stay so late..I know you've been working your tail off with all this..so I thought I'd see if I could give you a hand." Malfoy looked her in the eye genuinely.
Hermione looked at him thoughtfully.
"Well in that case…get to work." Hermione slid some paper his way and threw a pen at him which he caught grinning.
"Yes m'am." Malfoy replied smiling.
Hermione directed Malfoy here and there but they mostly just joked around and talked ore the next hour and a half. Hermione realized that her "helping hand" really wasn't very much help at all, but she was enjoying the company.
Hermione was in the middle of tracking down all the House Elves in their immediate area and realized she needed to grab another directory from the shelf.
"Be right back." Hermione told Malfoy while playful throwing a wad of paper at his head.
Hermione realized the book she needed was on a shelf well above her head and rather large. She reached on her tip toes to grab it and felt herself swaying falling half way under the weight of the book.
She suddenly felt Malfoy's hands on her waist keeping her from collapsing to the floor.
"Let me help you." Malfoy said taking the book from her.
His hands on her waist had electrified her body.
"Is this the only one you needed?" Malfoy asked her.
"I could actually use the one right next to it as well." Hermione answered realizing she may as well get both at once.
Malfoy reached up the shelf exposing his lower stomach, it was glowing white like the rest of him of very chiseled.
Hermione fought the sudden urge to reach out and touch him and Malfoy looked down and caught her eye before she had the chance to look away.
She blushed fiercely and he got a peculiar look on his face as he grabbed her books and they headed back toward the table.
When they took their seats Hermione looked down and was mortified as she realized she had ripped her skirt when almost fell from carrying the book exposing her thigh. Malfoy had apparently realized the same time she did and had involuntarily reached out to touch her leg.
"Hermione..your skirt…"Malfoy said sounding somewhat dazed.
Malfoy's warm hand on her leg sent excitement throughout her body. He suddenly looked at her and she saw that his eyes were ablaze. …he was drawing closer to her.
"Malfoy…" Hermione managed to say hoping to get his attention…she didn't know if she was ready for what was coming.
He drew so close to her that his cheek was up against hers. She felt intoxicated by his familiar scent.
"Say my name Hermione.." Hermione could feel his hot breath on her ear and heart fluttered more than ever at the sound of her name on his lips.
"Draco." Hermione whispered in his ear feeling him come even closer. Malfoy moaned softly at the sound of Hermione uttering his name. He brought his lips closer to hers and they met each other hungrily. His lips were soft and full as they grazed hers, and his tongue was warm against hers. It was electrifying and Hermione had succumbed completely to Draco.
Draco continued to kiss Hermione passionately moving down to her soft neck delighting her in soft kisses that sent pleasure throughout her body.
They suddenly heard something that startled both of them causing them to break apart from each other. Hermione looked up and was shocked to find Harry standing near the entrance eyeing her with the utmost contempt.
"Harry!" Hermione shrieked puling completely away from Draco horrified.
"I just came to check on you, and to let you know that your son is asleep at our house." Harry said through gritted teeth.
"I assume that'll be alright with you seeing as you're very busy." Harry said and turned away without another glance.
"Harry!..Harry wait!" Hermione cried jumping up to follow after him.
Hermione stopped to look down at Malfoy who was still sitting down looking at her.
"I have to go.. I'm sorry." Hermione said tearfully.
"I understand." Draco said somberly.
Hermione turned to follow after Harry but Draco grabbed her hand and stopped her. She turned around and they looked at each other, He squeezed her hand for a moment and then let her go.
Hermione ran after Harry with tears streaming down her face.