Chapter 11 : one sweet kiss
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It was now mid November, about one month since Hermione made up with Harry, Ron and Ginny. They were slowly getting back to where they used to be but the only difference is that Draco Malfoy is part of the group too.
That night in the common room, Hermione and Draco were going over ideas for the Christmas Ball that Dumbledore had announced at breakfast the day before.
“Should all years be allowed to attend or just 6th and 7th years?” Draco asked.
“All years. It’s not fair if the older students get to go to everything and the younger ones forgotten. They can go back to their common rooms whenever they want.”
Draco nodded in agreement while Hermione wrote down the information.
“What should the dress code be?” Hermione asked while getting her quill ready above the parchment.
“Formal. We can get the prefects to put notices in their common rooms for places where they can get their dresses and robes from.” Draco replied while staring at Hermione as she poked her tongue out slightly as she wrote.
Merlin, she looks so cute when she does that. He felt his face flush as she looked up and caught him staring.
“What?” she asked, giggling.
“Nothing.” Draco mumbled, embarrassed.
Why have I been looking at her like that lately? Oh God! I think I’m falling for her! Wait, why is that such a bad thing? You’ve both been very close since she confided in you that night. Maybe she feels the same about you. Yeah maybe but I don’t want to scare her off if she doesn’t. Oh come off it! You’ve noticed her looking at you you’re always holding hands and stuff, if people didn’t know any better, they’d think that you’re already going out! I suppose so, so what am I going to do? Just play it out. See what happens. Okay, I’ll do that. Merlin she’s doing the tongue-poking thing again!
Draco shook his head to clear out his thoughts and then the two continued to gather ideas for the ball.
Hermione was talking about partners or something when Draco had a realization.
I’ll ask her to the ball! I was going to ask her anyway as a friend but maybe something will happen. I have to ask her soon. But how?
“Draco...hello, you in there?” Hermione laughed as she waved her hand in front of Draco's glazed over eyes.
Draco started as he heard Hermione's laughter.
“What?! I’m here, I’m good.”
“Draco...” Hermione looked up at him.
“Yes Hermione...” Draco prompted as he looked down on her.
The two locked their gazes on one another and Draco waited for Hermione to finish what she wanted to say.
There was silence and neither realized that they were getting closer together. Draco bought his hand up and slowly stroked her cheek while the other played with the tendrils of hair framing her face.
Soon Hermione bought her own hands up his chest and into his hair, smoothing it out of his eyes. Their intense gaze remained unbroken as Draco’s hand moved down to cup Hermione’s cheek, while the other snaked around to rest on her lower back and he ever so slowly dipped his head and placed his lips lightly upon hers. Hermione was slightly shocked but soon started moving her lips against his. When Draco prodded Hermione’s bottom lip with his tongue, Hermione’s vision blacked out and all she could see was Scott forcing his tongue roughly into her mouth. She squirmed and pulled away with tears silently rolling down her face. Draco looked puzzled at her actions and even more so when she slowly backed up away from him.
“Hermione, what’s wrong?” He took a cautious step towards her.
She shook her head then turned and ran into her bedroom, locking the door behind her. She slid down the wall and curled in on herself as sobs racked her body.
Draco followed her steps up to her door and knocked quietly.
“Hermione, what wrong? I’m sorry for what I did.”
Draco listened as she mumbled through her sobs. He was pretty sure he heard her say ‘Scott’. It clicked then what had happened.
Merlin! How could I be so stupid! When I kissed her, the memories of what that dickhead Scott did to her came flooding back. She must’ve thought that I was Scott and was going to hurt her. Shit! How can I make this up to her?
Draco knocked on the door again.
“Hermione, it’s me Draco. Just Draco. It’s okay. I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you. Please can you just open the door?” he pleaded.
The door opened a crack and Draco saw Hermione’s beautiful brown eyes peak out as if to confirm that it really was Draco standing there. When she saw that it was she flung open the door and threw herself at him, sobbing into his shoulder.
“I’m so sorry Hermione. I didn’t think. Shhhh. You’re alright. Come on.”
He led her to her bed and sat her on the edge. I knelt in front of her and wiped away her tears. He sobs had quieted down into small whimpers and she looked into the caring face of her best friend...or what ever he is now.
“I’m s...sorry. I thought th...that y...you were S...Scott. He’s the o...only one w...whose k...kissed me l...like that. I’m s...sorry. I just c...can’t knowing w...what he did.”
“I’m the one who’s sorry Hermione. It didn’t even click in my mind how this would affect you. Please forgive me.”
She nodded and Draco placed himself next to her on the bed and pulled her in for tight hug.
After a while of just holding each other, Draco cleared his throat and Hermione pulled her head off his chest to look up at him.
“Ahem...well this wasn’t really the way I wanted to ask but...will you give me the honor of escorting you to the Christmas Ball?”
Hermione stared and opened her mouth to answer...
AW! They kissed and Hermione freaked out. What will be her answer to Draco's question? I hope you liked it! Next chappie should be up soon! Sorry that this one was a bit short. PLZ REVIEW!
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