Ginny was headed to her class after her revealing talk with Hermione, when she decided to make a quick stop in the loo. While she was in the stall, she heard Pansy and Millicent talking.
“He’s not worth crying over, Pansy.”
“Millie, he isn’t like Draco. I know that is what you think, but he is different. I know he has his reasons for what he is doing. I just have to be patient.”
Ginny felt bad for eavesdropping, so she came out of the stall and acted like she hadn’t heard anything. Millie looked at her and frowned. “I can’t believe a Slytherin is claiming you.”
Ginny glared at the girl as she washed her hands, but she didn’t think it would be prudent to respond when she was outnumbered.
“What the hell is wrong with you Gryffindors?” Pansy asked out of nowhere. “I thought you were supposed to be brave and noble and all of that crap.”
Ginny had no idea what to say to that, so she quickly made her exit and headed off to class.
Draco was sitting in the Common Room with Blaise. They were studying and relaxing, so they had both removed their ties and unbuttoned their collars. Draco looked up as he turned a page in his book, and he saw a mark on Blaise’s neck. “Who’s been biting your neck?” he asked out of curiosity.
Blaise looked up and smirked. “I’ve been seeing someone for a while now.”
“That doesn’t tell me very much.” Draco commented as he went back to his book.
“It wasn’t meant to.”
Draco read another page before he said, “It has to be someone outside of our house, or I would have heard about it.”
“You are correct. You and I have more in common than you know.”
Draco’s head shot up. “What in the hell does that mean?”
Blaise looked up, saw the fury on Draco’s face, and laughed at him. “Don’t worry, Draco. I have my own little Gryffindor. I’m not moving in on your territory.”
Draco shook his head. “Sorry, I don’t know where that came from.”
“That’s all right. You just know that I’m your only serious competition in this school.”
Draco snorted and Blaise didn’t bother looking up from his book. “You were worried I was kissing your girl,” Blaise said in a mocking voice.
Draco muttered a few choice words about Blaise’s parentage as he continued doing his homework.
Ginny was sitting on a couch in the Common Room, trying to do her homework. Seamus was seated next to her, and he was badgering her with questions.
“He is a Slytherin, isn’t he?”
“Who are you talking about, Seamus?” Ginny asked in a bored tone. She didn’t want to draw a lot of attention to herself with so many other students about.
“He Who Bestowed the Barette, he’s in Slytherin, isn’t he?”
Ginny smiled at Seamus. “Just for the sake of argument, what if I said he was?” Several people seemed to take deep breathes at that moment, and Ginny rolled her eyes. “You know, the rest of you people need to get lives of your own.”
Seamus started up again. “Is he older than you?”
Ginny smiled and Seamus said, “I’ll take that as a yes.”
“Seamus, you can take it any way you want it.”
Seamus smiled and poked Ginny in the side. “That’s what she said.”
Ginny rolled her eyes and several people in the room snickered. “Seamus, you are a pervert.”
“Yes, I am, but I am always entertaining.”
“You do know it does not make it funnier if you poke someone before you say the punch line.”
Seamus started to speak and Ginny reached a hand up and placed it over his mouth. “If the next thing out of your mouth is a joke using the word poke to mean sex, I’m going to have to hex you.”
Seamus frowned. “Well that takes all of the fun out of it.”
“I’m so sorry. Now run along and bother someone else. I have homework to do.”
Ginny stretched and sighed with relief when she woke up and realized that it was Friday. She didn’t have any classes after lunch. Once she made it through her morning, she was free for the weekend.
When Ginny walked into breakfast she was in a forgiving mood, so she sat down next to Ron.
“Good morning, Ron,” she said as she filled her plate with food.
Ron looked at her and smiled. “Morning. Can I ask you a question?”
“As long as it isn’t about my love life, you can ask whatever you want.”
“Why would I ask about something that is nonexistent?” Ron spoke in all seriousness. His sister looked at him and he smiled. “I’m working on my denial skills, help me out here.”
Ginny chuckled. “Ron, did I mention that I received my letter from the Convent and that I’ll be joining right after I graduate Hogwarts?”
Ron sighed. “See, that wasn’t so hard now, was it?”
Ginny flicked a bit of pancake at him, and he continued to speak. “I need you to explain girl logic to me. Why would a girl say that she didn’t want a serious relationship, and then get mad when you gave her what she claimed she wanted?”
Ginny frowned. “I think she may have thought she didn’t want a serious relationship, but then once she was involved she changed her mind.”
“Well how am I supposed to know what she wants if she keeps changing her mind?” Ron asked in exasperation.
“Just ask her what she wants. She may be truthful, she may not, but at least you’ll have tried.”
Draco watched as Ginny talked to her brother. They seemed to be getting along so far. Blaise was the closest thing he had to a brother, and he could not imagine what a burden a sister would be. If he had one, he’d send her off to a girls only school. Brushing those thoughts aside, Draco watched for the owls to start coming in.
He saw the school owl he’d chosen land in front of Ginny. The note he’d sent was simple. It asked her to meet him after breakfast. She read it, and smiled at him. He was about to smile back, when Ron looked his way. Realizing that he could have given himself away, he just turned and looked at the entrance to the Great Hall. Ginny would know to meet him there on her way to class.
Ginny finished her breakfast quickly, and she waited for Draco to leave. Then she followed him to the alcove they met in regularly. He was waiting for her, and he kissed her for a while before he pressed a note into her hand and walked off.
Ginny read that she was to meet him by the lake after dinner. It was the first time that he had asked her to meet him in a place where other people might see them. She smiled all the way to class.
Later, she sat on a bench and waited for Draco to come and meet her. She was surprised when Blaise nodded at her as he walked by. Nodding back, she realized that Blaise must know about her and Draco. Draco showed up a few moments later, and he glanced at her, but kept on walking.
Ginny frowned. She had thought he was going to meet her out in the open. When he didn’t come back, she followed him to where he had gone. She was walking past a large box hedge, when an arm reached out and grabbed her. She was ready to yell, but she found herself being kissed. Deciding to go with the pleasant sensation, she figured she could yell at him later.
When Draco finally stopped kissing her, she laid her head against his chest and sighed. She felt him run his fingers through her hair. “What are our plans for this weekend?” she asked him.
“My immediate plans are to get rid of these pesky clothes as soon as possible.”
Ginny laughed. “You know, life would be easier if we could sneak into your room. Since you spoiled Slytherins get your own rooms, we should find a way to take advantage of that fact.”
Draco looked at her for a moment. “I’ve never let a girl into my room before.”
Ginny whacked him playfully. “I’m not just some girl. I am the girl you gave a barrette to, so that other boys would stay away from me.”
Draco smirked at her. “You figured that out, I see.”
“Well, it wasn’t that hard. Boys from your house have started ignoring me or treating me with a tiny bit of respect. Girls from your house are expressing disdain and disbelief. It’s been a different couple of days. I had no idea a few bits of green crystal could cause such a stir.”
“Ginny, those aren’t crystals.”
“No, they are emeralds.”
Ginny looked at him wide eyed. “You gave me an emerald barrette?”
Draco chuckled at her look of disbelief. “I gave you two pairs of my cuff links that I transfigured into a barrette.”
“You gave me emeralds because Blaise figured out about us?”
“No, I gave you emeralds because several of my housemates saw you smirking, and they liked what they saw. Blaise was the one who pointed it out to me. He figured out that you were copying my smirk.”
Ginny leaned up and kissed Draco on the neck. “I like your smirk, and I love the emeralds.” She worked her way up to his ear and whispered, “Sneak me into your room tonight.”
Draco kissed her, and then pulled her farther into the rows of bushes. “I have something else set up already.”
Ginny looked to see what he was talking about, and she barely saw an opening in the hedge. Ginny walked into the opening and realized that she was inside a tent like they had stayed in at the Quidditch World Cup. “Won’t someone see this tent out here?”
Draco shook his head. “It’s spelled to look like the hedge. I closed the opening before we came in.”
Ginny smiled as he leaned down to kiss her. He had put effort into their meeting tonight, and she was the proud owner of several emeralds. Things were definitely looking up.