Chapter 10: The Engagement
"Class settle down." said Mrs. Benson, coming into the classroom. "Now please pass your journals to the front of your line so I can collect them."
The class did as they were told, and soon enough they were all collected.
"Alright class, now I was planning on making you write your first essay but I decided against it. I want you to start practicing your cursive writing. Which means that you have to write the whole alphabet in cursive plus 'My name is...' everyone understand?"
"Yes," said the class.
"Good now get to work."
The class worked efficiently for the half hour they had until lunch. Jade sat with Laura, Cassy and Brittany.
"So what do you guys have for lunch?" asked Cassy.
"Egg, yuck, I hate egg."
"You and me both," said Laura. "Which is why I have grilled cheese."
"Lucky." commented Brittany.
"What are you talking about Brit, you have salad. Your mom still making you go on that diet?" asked Jade.
"Yes, and she expects me to become super skinny like a chop stick, but it's just not happening here, I only weight 95 pounds. I think that's pretty good for a nine year old."
"So true, parents can be so judgemental." commented Laura.
"I second that." said Jade.
"What do we have next?" asked Cassy.
"Oh great we have Yuloi, he has to be the worst math teacher ever!"
"Did you see him on Wednesday I swear he was picking ear wax out of his ear."
"Eww gross, when did you see this?"
"When we were working in our workbook for our timetables." answered Brittany.
"So disgusting, well I hope we don't have another surprise quiz, he always makes the questions so hard, and he mumbles all the time, so you can't even understand him." said Laura.
"Well lunch is almost over, does anyone want to come to my locker with me?" asked Jade.
"I will," offered Laura.
"Bye guys, I'll see you in math."
They both picked up their trash and threw it out, and walked down the busy hallways of the school. The school usually was grouped together, sports fanatics, gymnastics. Jade's group wasn't exactly popular but they were usually liked everywhere they went.
"So did you see Ricky today, he's been telling the science class all about his new project, sounds to be a bore, don't you think?" asked Laura as they walked to their lockers.
"Probably, but who knows, he's always coming up with weird ideas. Hardly anyone pays attention to him, kind of feel bad for him."
"Yeah I do too, so why did you have to go to your locker?"
"Just to get my math book, forgot it here this morning."
"Oh alright." answered Laura. "So your grandmother's coming tonight?"
"Yup, after supper I think or maybe before my dad didn't say." said Jade.
"Well that should be fun, do you get along with her?"
"Oh yeah, but I don't see her very much. She lives like on the other side of the country so it's kind of hard for her to come and visit."
"But she's a witch isn't she, so wouldn't she be able to apparate or something." Laura whispered, they were in a muggle school afterall.
"Yes, but she hates the Manor. Both my dad and grandmother grew up there and they hate it as much as I do."
"Well that sucks, you better call me and tell me all about it then."
"Don't worry I will."
Draco got home early for once, before anyone else. He had to make sure that when his mother came to visit, the Manor was spotless. Not that he cared at all, but Pansy kept leaving her junk everywhere. She complained all the time, about not cleaning up, when she was the one making the mess. He had asked one of the house elves, to help out and prepare dinner.
Draco had hoped that Pansy wouldn't be home, but he knew it was likely. He hadn't told Pansy that his mother was coming so there was no warning. Pansy was in for a surprise. Once the Manor was swept clean, the dishes done, dinner prepared and already set on the table; Jade and Pansy arrived both back at home.
"Dad, I'm home." said Jade.
"How was school?" asked Draco as he came in the room.
"It was fine, slighly boring though. I still can't believe Grandma's coming!"
"Wait, your mother is coming Draco?" asked Pansy.
"Yes, oh I didn't tell you well I guessed it might have slipped my mind."
"Why didn't you tell me, I was planning on working tonight, now I have to cancel all my plans." said Pansy.
"No one asked you to join us Pansy, you can still work on your line if you'd like."
"Nonesense, I couldn't possibly do that Draco! It'd be rude to our guest if the whole family wasn't there."
"It really doesn't bother me Pansy but if you'd rather work that's perfectly fine, my mother wouldn't mind."
"No I'll come for dinner. I'll just make arrangements to finish my work another time." said Pansy.
"When is grandma coming Dad?"
"Should be here any minute now." answered Draco. "Why don't you all wait in the dining room."
Pansy and Jade went into the dining room in silence, they had nothing to say to each other. Jade was happy to see her grandmother again, Pansy was not. Pansy was not please at all. Draco hadn't informed her or warned her at all, and now she had to pretend to like this women. Narcissa abandoned her family fortune, her husband, and the dark arts. 'She should be ashamed of herself,' Pansy thought.
Draco sat and waited by the fireplace, since he knew that's where his mother would arrive. She didn't have a broom, and she knew she couldn't apparate here either. The only way was to use floo powder. Not another five minutes, and Narcissa Malfoy walked through the fireplace.
"Draco it's so good to see you." said Narcissa, pulling her son into a hug.
"It's good to see you too, Mother."
"Is she here?" asked Narcissa quietly.
"Unfortunately, but Jade's been excited to see you all day. Shall we go in?"
"Yes of course, I haven't seen my granddaughter in awhile." said Narcissa.
They both walked into the dining room where all the food was set up already.
"Grandma!" Jade said, running towards her and giving her a hug.
"Hello Jade, wow have you gotten big!"
"I'm not that tall."
"Well you definitely get your father's height."
Jade smiled, it was good to have real family again minus her mother in the room who hadn't said anything since Narcissa arrived.
"Hello Pansy, how are you?" asked Narcissa, out of curtesy. She had to respect her daughter-in-law, even if she didn't like her.
"I'm perfectly fine Mrs. Malfoy."
"It's actually Black now."
"Oh I'm sorry I didn't realize."
"It's alright, though it's been Black since my husband died." said Narcissa, without remorce she could have cared less about her late husband.
"I'm sorry for your loss."
"Don't have to apologise dear, I could have cared less what had happened to him. Just glad Draco never turned out like him."
"I agree completely."
"Shall we eat now?" Draco offered.
"I'm starved." commented Jade.
"Didn't you eat lunch?", Narcissa asked. The family sat at the dining room table now, and each had their own plate of food already placed.
"Kind of, I lost my appetite after Brittany told a disgusting story about our teacher picking ear wax out of his ear." answered Jade.
"Sounds fun." said Narcissa with a laugh.
"School's alright. But my dance lessons are awesome."
"Jade has been taking dance lessons since she started school, she didn't want to stay cooped up in Manor everyday." said Draco.
"Oh, okay. You know I don't blame you, there's not much in this Manor to do." commented Narcissa. "So Draco, how's your company doing?"
"It's been doing alright, hadn't had any complaints as far as I know. I'm starting to train some new employees because we're trying to expand our process in the company so we need more people."
"Well that's good then, that means progress is good."
"And how's Blaise?"
"Good, saw him last week."
"I don't think I've seen that boy since your Graduation. Tell him to come visit me sometime will you."
"Will do Mother." replied Draco.
"Pansy what is it that you do again?"
"I'm a designer, I design clothes." answered Pansy.
"Oh that's fasinating, I always wanted to know what that was like."
"Oh it's absolutely fantastic, I mostly design the sketches but then if there's time I take home the fabrics and I sew them."
The dinner proceded slowly with small talk throughout the dinner table.
"So Mother, who's this guy you're seeing?" asked Draco, out curiosity.
"Well you've met him before, both of you have."
Draco happened to be drinking something until he heard his mother say the name, he spit it out.
"What! As in Professor Snape, my ex-potions teacher!"
"Yes, I hope you don't have a problem with it." said Narcissa.
"No, no I don't. It's just I was slightly surprised that's all."
"That's alright, I guess it is a surprise but I've known Severus since we were in Hogwarts ourselves."
"How long have you been dating?"
"Over 6 months now." replied Narcissa.
"Who's Severus Snape?" asked Jade.
"He was my potions teacher at Hogwarts." answered Draco. "Does he still work there?"
"Yes, kinda hard to believe but he really has no home to go too."
"So Narcissa, why the sudden visit?" asked Pansy.
Narcissa was slightly taken at back by her daughter-in-law bluntness. She truly hated the girl. She solemny wished her son would get the divorce over with soon and marry someone who actually loved him and not for his money. "Can't a mother come visit her son and granddaughter, I don't see any harm in that, do you?"
"No, no of course not, it just seemed odd that you've decided only now to come and visit." Pansy commented.
"Well I've been busy, doing everything I possibly can to get rid of Lucius property ownerships. I know for one, Draco will never use them."
"But won't it seem like a waste of money to get rid of it. I mean you can always use them to expand Draco's company."
"I don't think so Pansy, I don't want to keep having to move from one building to the next. I want to stay where my family is." Draco replied.
"But Draco you might be throwing a good chance here to develop, don't you want that!"
"No I don't. I like where I am, thank you very much."
"Jade, if I could have a word." asked Narcissa.
"If you'll excuse us."
Both Narcissa and Jade got up from the table excused themselves and went up to Jade's bedroom, so they could talk quietly. It wasn't long till they were inside closing the door behind them.
"So what did you want to talk to me about?" asked Jade, as she sat down on her bed, Narcissa following.
"You hate it when they fight don't you?" she asked.
"But you know your father loves you and would never leave you right?" asked Narcissa.
"Yes I know that, i love my father very much. I hate my mother."
"I know, I know." she said, pulling Jade into a hug. "Things will get better, I promise."
"How can you be so sure though."
"I don't, I just have that feeling."
"I truly wish she wasn't my mother, she's hasn't been anything but nice to me. She doesn't like me. How can someone hate their own daughter?" Jade asked.
"I don't know Jade, your mother is an odd sort of character. She doesn't put her feelings towards anybody else but herself. Then again you're Grandfather was the exact same way with your father. Lucius hated Draco, out of bitterness, and cruelty."
"Because Lucius was too far deep into the Dark Arts, and the Dark Lord for him to become a husband let alone a father."
"We better get back down, Dad will wonder if you've kidnapped me." said Jade with a laugh.
"Now that's not a bad idea." Narcissa laughed and started to tickle Jade.
"Alright, let's head downstairs now."
They walked back down the stairs, and saw the two Malfoy's eating quietly glaring at one another. Narcissa guessed they just had another fight once again. 'Why did her son have to go through this torture?'
she thought. Then she remembered her ex-husband, Lucius. It was all his damn fault, even now that he was dead. He was still causing problems.
Half an hour later and Narcissa had to leave. She couldn't take the Manor, even if there wasn't any dark magic anymore the Manor still gave her the creeps. Her ex-husband abused her till her bones cracked, those dungeons were locked up now, but they would have always been there.
"Alright Draco, I have to get going now. I'll talk to you soon. Goodbye nice seeing you again Pansy." said Narcissa.
"It was nice to see you too, Narcissa."
"Bye Jade." giving her a hug. "Take care of her Draco, she's precious."
"Don't worry mother, I will." answered Draco.
Once Narcissa left the Malfoy Manor, Jade went up to her room to call Laura. Pansy took a breath in.
"Wow, I'm glad that's over."
"You seem relieved."
"Well your mother is slightly unnerving."
"I didn't see a difference." said Draco.
"Well of course you don't, she's your mother."
"Didn't you say you have work to do?"
"Yes, now if I sit here any longer, it won't get done." said Pansy.
"Like I said before Pansy, no one asked you to join us."
"It would have been rude Draco, where are your manners?"
"Apparently gone with my father, according to you."
"How can you say that! Your father did wonders for this family."
"What wonders? If I'm not clearly mistaken Pansy, all he did was ruin everything, starting from day 1." said Draco.
Hermione sat in her studio, dusting and cleaning it for when her students were to arrive tomorrow. That was the only hard part of owning her own business persay; the cleaning. Tony was technically the manager and he was the one that paid her to teach the students the lessons. But Hermione owned the building with every little galloeon, knut or sickle went into this building.
Viktor was due home any minute, and Hermione still had yet to change. He had promised her dinner at a fancy restaurant. Hermione apparated back to her's and Viktor flat quickly and went into a shower. Once dried and dressed, she put on her make up quickly and went into the living room to put on her high heels and wait for Viktor to show up.
Not even ten minutes later, Viktor showed up with flowers in his hand.
"For you m'lady." he said.
"Why thank you good sir." said Hermione taking in the flowers. She put it close to her nose to smell the beautiful smell. "I'll just put these in some water."
Hermione took the flowers and placed them in a vase, and took Viktor's arm and they apparated to the restaurant.
"You look beautiful Hermione."
"Why thank you Viktor."
"Do you have reservations?" asked the waiter when the went inside.
"Yes, it's under Krum, table for two."
"Yes sir, right away sir." said the waiter, "please follow me."
Both Viktor and Hermione followed the waiter to their secluded table, away from everyone else. Hermione was slightly confused as to why Viktor would reserve a secluded area. "This was just another outing, what was so special about this one?" she thought to herself.
Viktor pulled out Hermione's chair for her as she sat down. Once they sat down firmly, they talked for some time till their food arrived. Viktor ordered the specials of the day. Not that Hermione was complaining, it was just odd. Viktor never went this fancy with their daily outings when he was home.
They ate their meals silently. Hermione never asked Viktor why he was doing this, it would seem rude. She never expected Viktor to do what he did next. He took something out of his pocket, a box of some sort, Hermione wasn't sure.
"Hermione, ve've been seeing each other for a long time now right?"
"Yes.." Hermione didn't know where this conversation was going.
"Vell, I think you might like what I have to say next." He opened the box, which held a 10 carrot diamond ring. He took a breath before he continued.
Hermione was nervous now, she hadn't expected this, she didn't think she could have imagined anything more perfect. Here she was with her boyfriend of two years, in a beautiful restaurant and was being proposed too, what more could a girl ask for?
Viktor took the ring out of the box and got out of his chair and went down on one knee. People were staring from where they were sitting, but the couple themselves didn't seem to care all that much. "Hermione Granger, will you marry me?"
Hermione took a moment too consider things, was this the life for her? She loved him, what other answer was there? "Yes Viktor, yes I'll marry you." She had tears in her eyes, but they were happy tears, she was going to be married now. Her life would finally be filled.
Viktor placed the ring on Hermione's left hand, and kissed her passionately. "What'd you say we head back home now, Mrs. Krum?"
"I'd love too." Hermione replied.
"Dad, why was mother critisizing Grandma?" asked Jade as she came into her father's study.
"I don't know Jade, your mother just has different opinions than your grandmother." replied Draco. He had been reading the newspaper, or rather the Daily Prophet, nothing interesting, just that the Bulgarian Team beat the Chuddley Cannons by 10 points in last week's game.
"But why, I didn't see anything wrong with what Grandma said."
"I know I didn't either, my mother knows what's best for her, and your mother shouldn't interfere because it has nothing to do with her."
"Dad, do you think you'll ever divorce mother?" asked Jade timidly.
Draco noticed her expression, it wasn't out of fear or guilt, it was out of pain, and resolution, she wanted out, and well Draco couldn't have agreeed more.
"I will, don't you worry about it."
Author's Notes: End of chapter 10, there is two more chapters till Hermione and Draco, please stay tuned!
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