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Ginny reached out to touch Draco’s shoulder, but he jerked away from her. She glared at his back as she said, “I know you care. You don’t have to pretend otherwise.”

Draco turned to look at her. Over the last eight months she had learned to endure his icy gaze, so when he shot her a look that was supposed to make her tremble, she just smiled at him. “I know you care, Draco Malfoy.”

Draco snorted and straightened out his tie as he muttered, “I could never care for a Weasley.”

Ginny walked forward and smacked his hands away from his tie. She ignored the growl her actions produced, and proceeded to fix his tie as she said, “Have you noticed, that it used to be me that sought you out? Now, I believe, it is the other way around.”

Draco glared down at her. She could feel the intensity of his irritation. “I hadn’t realized that you were taking our meetings for granted. I will have to rectify that. I’ll just go see Pansy until you show up at my door, begging for me to let you in.”

Ginny smirked as she grabbed her cloak and put it on. “I’m afraid that won’t work. Pansy was extremely irate when you stopped visiting her completely. I heard her talking to Millicent in the girl’s loo. She said that she would shag Professor Snape before she let you back into her bed.”

Draco frowned. “This conversation is ridiculous. This whole relationship is ridiculous.”

Ginny smiled. “You just admitted that we are in a relationship.”

Draco’s tight control began to fray. His wielded his voice like a tool that was meant to cut. “We are not in a relationship. I want you, so I have you. That is it.”

Ginny fought the urge to step backwards. “I know that you want me, and you know that you can have me. I also know that you need me.”

Ginny thought that maybe she had pushed too far. She could see the anger roiling in Draco’s eyes before he hissed, “I have never needed anyone in my life. I most certainly do not need some second-hand nobody like you.”

Ginny looked down, because she didn’t want Draco to see the tears in her eyes. He would consider it a weakness. She watched his feet as he turned and started to walk away. She took a deep breath and tried again. Speaking in a soft voice, she said, “I need you.”

She held her breath as he stopped walking. She kept her eyes down, and she watched his feet as he walked back to stand in front of her. When he placed a finger under her chin to tilt her head up, she kept her eyes closed. “Look at me, Ginny.”

Ginny opened her eyes and saw confusion and frustration on his face. “Why do you need me? What can I possibly give you?”

Ginny smiled tremulously. “I need you. I don’t know why. It would be simpler if I didn’t.” Tentatively, she moved forward to lay her head against his chest. “This just feels right.”

Draco stared down at the redheaded witch who was cleaving onto him. “It’s just sex, Ginny.”

Ginny frowned. “It is not. I know in the beginning, it was just about sex. But, it has changed. Can’t you feel it?”

Draco reached out, and ran his fingers through her hair. “It feels the same to me.”

Ginny smiled as he caressed her hair. It was rare for him to show affection that was not just a precursor to sex. In her mind, it proved that she was right. She just didn’t know how to make him see it.

Realizing what he was doing, Draco dropped his hand and stepped back. He looked into her eyes that were full of longing. “Don’t look at me like that. I don’t need you, and I don’t care about you.”

Ginny sighed. “You need me. Every time you come to see me you tell me little things about your day.”

Draco frowned. “Like what?”

“Today you were proud that you received the best grade on a Potions assignment. You shared that with me, because you knew I’d care. You needed to tell someone, and I’m the person you chose to tell.”

Draco glared at her. “That doesn’t mean anything.”

Ginny smiled. “You listen to me when I talk.”

Draco smirked at her. “You do it often; I’d have to be deaf not to hear you.”

Ginny smiled and held out the front of the cloak she was wearing. “What is this?”

Draco rolled his eyes at her. “It is a cloak.”

Ginny nodded. “Who gave it to me?”

“I did.”

Ginny smiled. “Why did you give it to me?”

Draco frowned at the memory. “Because you were wearing a threadbare rag that wouldn’t keep a mouse warm.”

“If you didn’t care about me, then why would you give me something to keep me warm?”

Draco did not like where this conversation was going. “I admit that I might care about you just enough not to want to see you freeze to death. Then, I’d have to find someone else to sneak around with in the middle of the night. It would be a bother.”

Ginny chuckled. She was making headway. “You’d miss me if I was gone. You just admitted it.”

Draco shook his head and laughed at her. “Yes, I admitted that it would be a bother to replace you. I’m glad you took it as a pledge of undying love.”

Ginny did her best imitation of a smirk. “One day you’ll admit how you feel about me. Then, you’ll be stuck with me.”

Draco snorted. “I feel like I’m stuck with you already, you pushy, redheaded witch.”

Ginny watched Draco turn and walk away. She wasn’t sure if dreams came true for girls like her. She probably wasn’t supposed to end up with the handsome, rich, anti-hero. But, she hoped that she might have her own version of happily ever after. Draco Malfoy may not be the stuff that Fairy Tales were made of, but she had decided that he was her prince, whether he was charming, or not.

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