Hermione opened her eyes after they stopped spinning when Hermione suddenly realized they were outside in the grounds. She looked at Freddy who still had his hands on her shoulders. He smiled at her confusion.
“I thought we couldn’t do that inside the castle without someone knowing,” said Hermione.
“Sweetheart, vampires can do that and more without anyone knowing”
Hermione felt a chill run down her back. Freddy felt that chill and smiled. He grabbed Hermione’s hand and led her into the Forbidden Forest . Hermione had to admit she was scared, actually she was terrified.
As Freddy led her deeper into the woods she could feel tears in her eyes. She had no idea what she was going to do. All she could hear was what Draco said about Rafael not being a good guy. ‘Maybe Draco was right. Why didn’t I listen to him?’ thought Hermione.
“Freddy where are you taking me?” asked Hermione in a shaky voice.
Freddy smiled when he could hear how scared she was. It was true that he would never hurt her. He liked having Hermione as a friend. Freddy found mortals very interesting.
“Hermione I would never take you into somewhere that was not safe,” said Freddy truthfully.
“You promise?” asked Hermione.
Then Hermione could see a clearing in the woods. She thought that was a little weird, but didn’t question anything. She didn’t know anything about what was happening, Hermione trusted Freddy. He was an easy person to talk to and she didn’t think he would do anything that would hurt her. Freddy was an easy person to trust.
When they got to the clearing Hermione noticed that Rafael was sitting on a tree trunk waiting for them. Hermione smiled when she saw Rafael wink at her. Rafael was wearing a black shirt that showed all of his muscles with a pair of blue jeans and his tennis shoes.
Freddy let go of Hermione’s hand and went over to where Rafael was sitting. Rafael walked over to Hermione and smiled a crooked smile. When he smiled at her Hermione could feel her knees shake. Rafael pressed his cold lips on her cheek that was still wet with tears. Rafael didn’t seem to mind.
“Why where you crying, love?” asked Rafael.
“Oh, me and Draco broke up and I was just upset about the whole thing,” said Hermione looking into Rafael’s blue eyes.
Rafael could feel his inside grow cold. He thought if Draco broke up with Hermione that he was going to hurt him, like he hurt Hermione. To him any guy would be lucky to be able to have a shot with Hermione.
“Who broke up….I mean did he break up with you?” asked Rafael.
“No, I broke up with him. It seemed like the right time”
Rafael smiled and nodded. When Rafael took Hermione’s hand he felt a slight shock. He looked at his hand and smiled. He had never felt the feeling he got when he was with Hermione.
“Would you like to take a walk my darling?” asked Rafael looking at Hermione.
“I’m not sure if I should,” said Hermione as she stared at the ground.
Her heart was screaming for her to go with Rafael, but her head told her that it was too soon after she broke up with Draco. Also, she still did not forget waht Draco had said about Rafael being a bad guy. Hermione wanted to trust what Draco had said, but didn't know if she should. Then Hermione heard Rafael let out a long sigh and nodded.
“At least let me take you to the castle. It can be dangerous in here alone”
“What about Freddy?” asked Hermione looking at Freddy who was still sitting on the tree trunk.
“Oh, he will be alright. He is a tough cookie”
“Talking about cookies, will you get me a cookie Rafael?” asked Freddy.
“Sure buddy,” said Rafael looking at Freddy and chuckling.
Freddy did a little dance and Hermione laughed. Hermione could see his face grow red when he noticed that Hermione had seen him. Freddy walked back on the tree trunk and put his hand on his chest laying back as he sat on the tree trunk with his eyes shut. It looked like he was a sleep. Hermione and Rafael stood there a minute before Rafael took Hermione by the hand.
“Come on Mione”
“Make it a sugar cookie,” called Freddy behind them.
Hermione smiled and followed Rafael through the woods. He smiled and looked at Hermione.
“You know what I heard Mione?” asked Rafael.
Hermione looked up at Rafael who had begun to laugh. He covered his mouth and tried to look serious. Hermione laughed quietly at this because it seemed like he couldn’t control himself.
“You’re ex boyfriends; Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley are dating”
Hermione was a little taken back. They had always been really close, but it never a cured to Hermione as how close. She knew they where best friends, but the thought of having them dating was unreal to Hermione.
“You sure?” asked Hermione.
“Yeah, I saw them making out before I came out here," shuttered Rafael.
Hermione laughed because Rafael made a gagging noise. Rafael loved making Hermione laugh and was constantly doing things to try to make her laugh. He liked the way she scrunched up her nose sometimes when she laughed. Rafael wanted to stay away from her, but he couldn’t.
When they got out of the forest Hermione looked up at the sky. The moon was over the castle and she could see every star in the sky. She noticed Rafael look at her. She looked at him a little embarrassed and bit her lip. Rafael noticed Hermione doing so and he squeezed her hand reassuringly.
Every time they where together Hermione could feel her stomach go in knots. Also, when she noticed him looking at her her face would grow hot. And how her heart skipped a beat when he smiled or took her hand.
“Mione, why did you break up with Draco? If you mind me asking,” asked Rafael in a soothing voice.
“Like I said it seemed like the right thing to do. I also like someone else”
Rafael looked at Hermione. She didn’t seem to notice as she looked at the sky. He wanted to take her in his arms and not ever let go. He knew that he shouldn’t get his emotions in the way of his mission, but it was so hard for him. What was it about Hermione that when he goes to class he wonders if she is there? Or when he lays down on his bed and wonders what Hermione is doing and who she is with?
“Who is it?” asked Rafael.
Hermione smiled to herself. She let go of his hand and began to walk away from him. Hermione could hear his breathing become ragged.
“Why do you want to know Rafael?” asked Hermione looking back at him.
Rafael began to shake with anger. He knew she was just trying to get the best of him and he was not going to let her do that. Rafael walked to catch up with Hermione and when he caught up with her she raised her eyebrows at him waiting for an answer. He just shrugged and walked a little farther before he heard Hermione scream.
When he looked back at her he saw Freddy behind her laughing. Rafael guessed that he walked up behind Hermione when she wasn’t expecting it. Then a question popped into his mind. ‘Was it Freddy?’ thought Rafael. It made sense. When they where practicing for the dance Freddy and Hermione hung out almost the whole time. They where always talking and laughing together. Rafael just walked back to the castle without looking back.
Hermione slapped Freddy on the shoulder as he was laughing. He had gone up behind Hermione and tickled her. She screamed and looked behind her and didn’t see anyone. Then she felt someone pull on her hair. Hermione smiled and when she felt someone behind her she looked back and there was Freddy laughing his head off.
“What’s the matter with you?” asked Hermione.
“Sorry Mione. That was just too easy”
“Did you tell Rafael that you like him?” asked Freddy.
Hermione sighed and shook her head no. Freddy slapped himself on the forehead and shook his head.
“Hermione, he is crazy about you. Why don’t you tell him? He is beginning to think that it is I that you like, can't blame him though”
Freddy smiled at Hermione. Hermione just rolled her eyes at him.
“I don’t know Freddy,” whispered Hermione.
“Why don’t I help you?”
“Help me with what? I can’t read minds you know”
“Get enough confidence to tell Rafael who you really feel and to just be confident with guys”
"How are you going to do that? Are you like going to date me?" said Hermione laughing.
Freddy smiled and walked Hermione back to the castle with his arm around Hermione’s slim waist. When Hermione noticed he had his hand on her butt she gave him a warning glance. Freddy winked at her and just kept on walking.