Chapter 4 : Knight in Shining Armor
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"We're gonna be late; hurry up!"
Draco looked her over and smiled, "You look great."
Hermione blushed a little, "Thanks, but we're still gonna be late."
Draco sighed, "Give me twenty minutes."
"Unless you want all your friends to see me looking...and smelling like horse shit."
"Ok, ten minutes, but hurry up!"
Hermione trudged back to her room.
Exactly twenty minutes later, Hermione pounded on Draco's door, "Come on!"
His door opened, and Draco glared at her, "Damn woman, ever heard of patience?"
"Yea; it's something that I lack. Come on!" She grabbed his hand and pulled him downstairs and out the door.
When they got to the lake, it looked the same as before, but there were balloons and confetti all over the place. Hermione spotted Vanessa and pulled Draco along with her.
"Happy Birthday!" Hermione handed a present to Vanessa.
"Thanks!" Hermione noticed all the girls staring at Draco, "Oh yea! Guys, this is Draco. He's working for my grandpa this summer."
Draco smiled, "Ladies."
They all looked at him like he was lunch.
Hermione rolled her eyes, "You're loving this aren't you." She whispered under her breath.
Draco grinned, "Hey, YOU brought ME here."
He looked at Vanessa, "Happy birthday."
She smiled, "Thanks. So, I hear you and Mia went to school together."
"Uh, yea. She probably told you all about me."
"Yea, but she didn't tell us how hot you are."
Draco smiled, "Well, I'm gonna go...get something to drink. You want something?" He asked Hermione.
"No thanks, I'm ok."
He smiled, then quickly escaped.
"He's adorable! Don't let that one get away." Vanessa smiled.
"We're just friends."
"Yea right; I saw the way he was looking at you."
"You are in total denial."
"No I'm not. It's just...after the way he treated me all those years, it's gonna be hard to just start over."
"True, but he seems to be trying."
"Yea, I know. I am too."
"He's got a fan club already." Vanessa pointed to Draco who was surrounded by girls.
"He always had at least five girls swarming around him. I'll be back in a bit."
Vanessa laughed, "Ok."
Hermione made her way over to Draco and pushed though the girls, who were glaring at her now, "Draco, umm...someone is looking for you."
"Oh, ok. Sorry ladies, I gotta go."
As they were leaving, Hermione couldn't resist, she turned around and stuck her tongue out at the girls.
Hermione turned around and smiled, "Any time. I thought you loved that stuff."
"Yea, me too. It just doesn't seem all that great anymore."
"Wow, you really HAVE changed."
"Don't be, I'm not."
Just then, Vanessa ran up to them and took Hermione aside, "Heads up, Kevin's here."
Hermione looked around and instantly spotted Kevin and a skanky looking girl hanging off his arm.
"Shit." She turned to Draco and tried to hide behind him.
Draco looked at Vanessa, "What's going on?"
"She mentioned him; didn’t really want to talk about him though.”
"Yea, I figured."
Hermione glared at the two, "Uh, hello? I'm right here."
Draco stepped to the side, "Why are you hiding?"
Hermione stomped her foot when he moved, "Because I don't want him to see me!"
Vanessa frowned, "Too late."
Hermione looked at Kevin and he was walking towards her. She wanted to cry. Draco could see that she was upset, so he took her hand. He could feel her relax a little and he squeezed her hand.
Kevin walked right up to them, "Hey Mia, long time no see."
"You look good."
”What do you want Kevin?"
"Can't a guy just say hi?"
"Not when you're the guy." Vanessa cut in.
"Vanessa. Happy birthday."
"Thanks, but I don't remember inviting you."
"Stop." Hermione glared at Kevin. "Seriously, what do you want?"
"I just wanted to see how you were doing."
"You mean since you dumped me? I see you've found a replacement."
"Oh yea, this is Candy."
"Of course it is." Hermione stated dryly.
"Excuse me?" Candy glared at Hermione.
"I see you've lowered your standards." Hermione said to Kevin.
Candy gasped in shock, "What is your problem?"
"Oh please, don't act all innocent. My old Barbie dolls would fit better in the clothes you're wearing."
Vanessa and Draco both smirked.
Hermione looked at Kevin, "How long did you work on her before she fucked you?"
"How dare you!" Candy shrieked.
"So feisty, now I remember why I fell for you." Kevin smiled.
"You mean used me. You only wanted one thing from me and when you got it, you dumped me."
Hermione looked at Candy, "Mark my words honey, he'll do the same to you. He's probably already dropped the bait. Has he told you yet that your eyes are as beautiful as the sunrise, and that your smile could light up a room?"
Kevin scoffed and glanced at Draco, "And you think he wants you for your mind and spirit? He knows you're only good for one thing." He looked at Draco, "Keep working on her, she'll give."
Draco advanced on Kevin like he was going to punch him, but Hermione stopped him, "Don't do it, he's not worth it!"
Draco shot daggers at Kevin, "You stay the Hell away from her!"
Kevin smiled smugly, "I will, I already got what I wanted."
Before Hermione could stop him, Draco punched Kevin square in the face, grabbed Hermione's hand and they left.
About a mile from the lake, Hermione stopped and looked at Draco, "No one's ever stood up for me like that before."
"That guy was an asshole. And to think, I used to be like him." Draco smiled.
Hermione looked into his eyes, "But you aren't...not anymore."
Hermione cupped Draco's cheek in her hand, and he leaned into her embrace. Hermione let her hand travel down his face and placed it on the pulse point at the hollow of his neck, feeling his rapid heartbeat under her touch. She cast her eyes down to follow the path her hands were making. Her hands moved deliberately to his shoulders and arms, and she felt the muscles that rippled under her contact. The electric feeling exploding around her was new and exhilarating. Draco watched as Hermione studied him with awe, his body on fire from her mere touch. Her hands fell to his wrist, effortlessly moving to his hands. The rough calluses on his palms, a start contrast to her smooth skin, elicited an arousing friction that neither could deny. She knew this was so wrong. She was suppose to hate him, not...have feelings for him. But, instead of pulling away like her mind told her to do, she did what her heart told her to do. She wrapped her hands around Draco's neck and pulled him down into a kiss that sent electricity through both of their bodies.
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