Chapter 7 : Chapter 7
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Hermione just stared at the floor not speaking.
Draco calmed down a little when he realized he must have been scaring her. "I'm sorry." He said quietly. Then he lifted her head until she was looking at him. "I'm sorry, I really am."
"Sorry for what?" She asked softly, staring into his eyes.
"For yelling at you." He stated as he looked straight back at her. "And also for what has happened to you. But please, please, who is James?"
She looked away, which was hard because he was still holding her chin. "He’s an old friend. Or, I thought he was.”
“A friend did this to you?” He asked.
“Yes.” She whispered. “ He was my neighbor. I’ve known him my entire life. He knows everything there is to know about me. He even knows I’m a witch and he doesn’t care. We grew up together as best friends. But then, he began to act weird. Like a regular guy I guess. He started to hang out with more guys, and he spent less time with me. Then, one day he came over and said he wanted to talk. He said he was sorry about ignoring me so he wanted to make it up to me.” Hermione was starting to breathe hard as she remembered the horrible memories. She gulped and continued. “He invited me over to his house to watch a movie, and with him being my friend, I agreed. We were watching RENT and then all of a sudden he was kissing me. I stopped him and asked him what the hell he was doing. He said that he was kissing me. Then he tried to again but I pushed him off, and he smaked me. He said that I was going to let him do whatever he wanted to do with me and that I was going to enjoy it. Then he hit me again, and he did it so hard I started to bleed. Then … He raped me.” The last part came out as a whisper and a sob at the same time.
Hermione started to cry, holding onto Draco’s shirt for dear life. "Shh." Draco soothed. He started to rub circles on her back as she cried. "It's okay. He's gone and he'll never come near you again." He kept rubbing her back and kept holding her until her sobs turned into hiccups, and the hiccups eventually stopped.
When she finished crying her heart out, Hermione pulled away a little. "I know." She sighed. "I know he''ll never come near me again but everything he did, it's-it's just so hard to forget. It's just so hard not to picture his face in the darkness or in my dreams. It’ so hard to forget the pain as he ripped through me making me scream.” Draco could imagine the entire thing, he could even imagine her screams and he knew that he wouldn’t be able to sleep knowing what had happened.
“It’s okay Hermione. Whenever you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to I’ll be here.” He smiled down at her, the cheesy kind of smile that’ll always make you laugh, and it worked with Hermione too.
She burst out laughing, forgetting her woes for a moment. “That was so corny Draco.”
“I know.” He said as he shrugged as he continued to smile.
“Hey!” Hermione exclaimed. “You’re actually smiling, not smirking.”
“Oh, well I-I-I,” He tried to explain but Hermione cut him off by putting a finger on his lips. “It’s okay.” She said. ” I like it when you smile.” Then she did something neither of them expected.
She kissed him.
But after only a few minutes seconds of kissing someone cleared their throaght.
Draco and Hermione broke apart, smiling foolishly and blushing. They looked to the door to see Warner standing there with an eyebrow raised.
“Excuse me for destroying such a touching moment Miss, but this just arrived for you and there is one for Mr. Malfoy as well.” He handed them both a letter.
“Oh, these must be our Hogwarts letters.” Hermione said. She ripped the letter open and out fell a badge. Hermione picked it up and looked at the letters. The first was the usual, the time and place for the train, and the supply list. The second letter was from Dumbledore.
Dear Miss Snape,
Congradulations! You have been chosen to be Head Girl this year at Hogwarts School Witchcraft and Wizardry. You will be sharing a common room with the Head Boy. I will tell everything else when you come back to school.
Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
“Oh this is so great!” Hermione exclaimed.
“Yeah it is.” Draco said holding up the Head boy badge.
“Oh, your Head Boy.” Hermione said smiling. “This is so great! We’re going to be living together.”
“Yep, it’s amazing.” Draco said, smiling back at her.
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