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Chapter 13: 'You Deserve Better'
“Hermione, why are you crying? What happened?” Ginny asked, settling down next to her best friend.
“Jake ended our relationship.” Hermione said between sobs. Ginny opened her arms, which Hermione fell into immediately, crying her heart out.
“Why?” Ginny asked.
“He thought me and Draco had an affair.” Hermione said.
“He doesn’t deserve you, Hermione. If he thought that something was going on between you and Draco, then he doesn’t know you very well. Look, you need to forget about it. Don’t blame yourself for what happened between the two of you.” Ginny told her.
“But it was my fault! If I hadn’t let him zip my dress up, Jake wouldn’t have broken up with me. He wouldn’t have misunderstood.” Hermione reasoned.
“No, it wasn’t your fault, Hermione. Draco was only helping you. And if you told that to Jake and he said that it looked otherwise, then he doesn’t deserve a woman like you. Trust is needed in a strong relationship, but Jake did the opposite. You deserve better, ‘Mione.” Ginny insisted.
“But, Gin...I really liked him. How can I just forget the time we spent together?” Hermione said between sobs.
“Look, Hermione, I'm not going to tell you what to do, but, please, just think about it. Don’t waste your tears on a jerk like him.” Ginny persisted, stroking Hermione’s hair one more time. She then left her alone for a while.
This was his fault. Because of him, that guy broke up with Hermione, and now, she was crying so much over this heartbreak. He didn’t like it. He didn’t like it at all. Again, she was hurting because of him, and he hated that. He had been trying so hard to make her happy, and at times, he even did, but he had hurt her more than made her happy.
He had to fix this. As much as he hated the fact that Hermione would even go out with a lowly serving boy like that bastard, whatever his name was, but he knew that he made her happy. He had just snatched her happiness. Why couldn’t he do anything right when it came to Hermione?!
He had made the decision. He was going to teach Cake a lesson, to talk some sense to him. He had made a big mistake in breaking up with Hermione, and he will just know how big.
As soon as he was at the door of the cafe Cake worked in, he entered inside.
Hermione wiped her tears and knew that Ginny was right. She shouldn’t waste her tears on a guy like Jake. He hadn’t even trusted her.
She decided to leave the comfort of the bedroom and went outside to interact with the others.
“You! How dare you hurt Her-Granger?” Draco shouted, grabbing Jake by his collar.
“I saw what happened in there. I am not stupid.” Jake spat back.
“There was nothing going on! I was just helping her because a guy was looking at her like some fresh meat!” Draco bellowed.
“Well, it sure didn’t look like it.” Jake remarked. Draco punched him.
“You bastard! -Look, I and she are just friends, nothing more. Don’t you know how much she likes you? Or does your thick skull prevent you from seeing that?” Draco said. “If you don’t see that, then you in no way deserve a woman like Hermione. She is beautiful, intelligent, and brave and she deserves much better than you.” Draco pushed Jake hardly and exited the cafe, the anger still not cooling.
Hermione blushed. Draco Malfoy had just called her beautiful, intelligent and brave. She was in disbelief that Draco had just went to Jake and told him he didn’t deserve her. He had defended her. She had no words. That was one of the sweetest things anyone had ever said about her.
“’Mione, why have you gone all red?” Ron asked worried.
“Um...I uh I’m feeling really hot in here. I’m just uh gonna step outside for a few minutes to cool down.” Hermione informed him and stepped outside, breathing in the fresh summer breeze, still thinking about what Draco Malfoy had said about her. She could help but smile.
She checked her watch and saw that it was 12:30pm. She had told Kingsley that she would arrive at work after noon and she was going to do just that. She changed her clothes and apparated outside the Ministry building. She stepped inside and took the lift to get to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
She hoped that Draco hadn’t arrived yet because she was definitely going to start blushing furiously. She opened the door and went inside. Closing the door behind her, she turned around and met the eyes of Draco Malfoy. She noticed him smirk then and knew immediately that she was blushing.
“Have you finally noticed my chiselled looks, Granger?” Draco joked.
“Get over yourself, Malfoy.” Hermione rolled her eyes. “It’s just hot in here, that’s all.” She lied.
“The air conditioning is on, Granger. I know you’re lying through your teeth. Do you really expect me to believe that?” Draco said with that damn smirk plastered on his face.
“Whatever, Malfoy.” She sat down on her chair and started working away, until Draco decided to speak up.
“Are you alright, Hermione?” he asked. She noticed that he had said her first name. Usually, he would go by last name basis. She looked up.
“Of course I am. Why are you asking me that question?” she asked confused.
“I saw what happened between...you and...” he trailed off, not sure if he should continue. He noticed a small tear trail down her rosy cheeks and frowned. “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have mentioned it.”
“No, it’s okay...” she trailed off. Draco nodded and went back to his paperwork. She returned to her own work, too.
They spent the rest of the day in an uncomfortable silence, but none chose to interrupt it, though each would steal a glance of each other once in a while.
Hermione placed her belongings in her bag and got ready to leave. Draco was doing the same with himself. They looked at each other for a moment and then looked away. They both headed for the door at the same time, but stopped. Draco allowed Hermione to go through first, being the gentleman, then stepped out of the office himself, closing and locking the door behind him securely.
The two of them walked side by side in an awkward silence out of the building.
They were about to part ways, when Hermione stopped Draco.
“Draco, wait.” She called. He stopped and turned around, waiting for her to speak. She walked towards him and reached for his cheek. She touched it with her hand and stood on her tip toes, and kissed him softly on his pale cheek. She stepped back and smiled at him. “Thank you. For defending me, twice. I know you went to Jake.” Hermione said, then had a confused expression on her face. How did she know that? She hadn’t been anywhere near him when he went to Jake. This could not be possible. She didn’t understand what was happening.
“He needed to know.” Draco simply said. “You deserve much better than that jerk, Hermione. He didn’t believe you when you were being completely honest with him.- And I meant what I said.” He said, his eyes boring into hers, letting her know he was speaking the truth.
“Thank you, Draco.” Hermione blushed. “Um...bye.” she waved and left.
Draco touched his cheek and smiled. She had just kissed him. He plastered a goofy grin on his face and headed home.
I know this was short! Really sorry! I promise the next one will be longer!