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Chapter 9 : The Stunning Spell
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“Hermione,” he said, his voice almost begging.
She broke out of her shock and fled the doorway tears and anger bubbling.
“HERMIONE!” Ron shouted from behind her. He caught up with her as she was walking through the doorway and tried to turn her around but she pushed away.
“RONALD WEASLEY GET OFF ME NOW!” she screamed storming away and into a room full of seventh years and a few others, including Ginny.
“Hermione come on, if you just listen…” Ron implored. The room had fallen silent.
“LISTEN!” Hermione screamed, “LISTEN TO WHAT! HOW YOU’RE SORRY THAT YOU SLEPT WITH LAVENDER WHEN YOU ARE MEANT TO BE WITH ME! HOW YOU’RE SORRY THAT YOU CHEATED ON ME! I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT RON.”
“Hermione please, it didn’t mean…”
“Locomotor Mortis!” she cried whipping out her wand and pointing at him. He blocked it with a shield charm.
“Hermione, what the hell was that!”
“THAT WAS FOR CHEATING ON ME RONALD!”
“But there was no need for…” he ducked as Hermione sent a jelly-legs jinx at him.
“Hermione calm down!”
“CALM DOWN? I FIND YOU IN BED WITH ANOTHER GIRL AND YOUR ASKING ME TO CALM DOWN!” she flicked her wand and sent another curse at him. Angry tears splashed down her face as Ron stood in front of her.
“IT WASN’T OK FOR ME RON WHEN YOU THOUGHT THAT I CHEATED ON YOU WITH MALFOY BUT IT’S PERFECTLY OK FOR YOU TO CHEAT ON ME WITH LAVENDER!”
“Hermione that was different!”
“DIFFERENT!” she shot a fourth curse at him, which he again blocked. “HOW THE HELL IS IT DIFFERENT?”
“That was Malfoy,” he said.
“OH SO YOU’RE SAYING IT’S NOT OK FOR ME TO CHEAT BUT IT’S PERFECTLY OK FOR YOU TO?”
“No- that-that’s not what I meant.” Ron was starting to get flustered. Every single eye in the room was on him.
“WELL THEN RONALD WHAT DID YOU MEAN?”
“I meant that-that Malfoy, he’s well Malfoy an-and that’s worse than Lav-”
“OH WELL THAT’S FINE THEN, SEEING AS LAVENDERS NOT AS BAD AS MALFOY YOU ARE QUITE WELCOME TO SLEEP WITH HER WHEN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WITH ME! THERE IS NO REASON THAT I SHOULD BE ANGRY SEEING AS IT WAS JUST LAVENDER!” She was screaming but her voice had become high and slightly squeaky. She pulled herself together and quietened her voice.
“I don’t understand,” she said, “I don’t understand what I did wrong, I don’t understand why you did it.” Ron had flushed a brilliant shade of scarlet and the tears spewed down her face.
“Well you said that Harry and Ginny had…well you know and you wouldn’t…” it was the final straw for Hermione.
“YOU SLEPT WITH LAVENDER BECAUSE I WOULDN’T SLEEP WITH YOU? RON YOU ARE A COMPLETE AND UTTER BASTARD!” he had cheated on her and humiliated her. She had thought he understood. She wanted to wait, she wasn’t ready…she thought he was fine with that.
“WE ARE SO OVER RONALD WEASLEY!”
“NO RON THAT’S IT!”
“Hermione, you know I love you!”
“STUPEFY!” She shot the spell from her wand and it was so powerful that it shattered the shield he had produced to protect himself, hit him square in the chest and knocked him against the wall and onto the floor. She turned on her heel and fled the common room leaving a silent audience behind. She didn’t know where she was running and she couldn’t see where she was going through the tears.
She didn’t even notice that she had brushed past someone until they grabbed her arm and turned her around to face them.
“Hermione?” she was so shocked that the familiar voice had used her first name she stopped crying and stared at him. His steal grey eyes bored into her own, full of worry and concern. She immediately felt safe. Immediately she knew he would protect her. It was the same as the train. Time stopped and in the moment they were the only two people in the world. She didn’t understand it but she knew it was true. Then she collected herself.
“Leave me alone,” she said wrenching her arm out of his grip and rushing down the corridor. She found herself by the room of requirement before she had even thought of going there. She walked past it three times asking for somewhere she could escape.
She walked through the door and found a large comfortable sofa in a warm cosy room with a fire. There was a mini fridge by the side that Hermione found was full of ices cream and chocolate. On top were some of the saddest books she had ever read. Hermione ignored all of that and stretched out on the sofa. Tears splashed down her face as a blanket appeared on top of her and she cried herself to sleep.
“Do you think she is ok?” Ginny’s voice asked quietly as a hand stroked her hair.
“I don’t know,” Harry’s voice sounded, “Ron, shouldn’t have done that.” Hermione kept her eyes tight shut.
“Oh that weasel is going to pay for what he did to her!” Malfoy’s voice cried. It sounded as if he was pacing.
“I think you and Hermione already took care of that,” Harry said through his teeth. Hermione knew he was trying to be civil to the man he had hated since he was eleven but it seemed to cause him great pain in doing so. “That was some stunning spell she sent, it broke through his shield easily.”
“Dean took him to the hospital wing, he said they were dulling to practise for class but his spell was too powerful,” Neville said.
“That was nice of him,” Luna’s dreamy voice spoke from the floor.
“He did it to protect Hermione that’s all,” Ginny whispered.
“Yeah he left him there and I doubt he will be going back,” Harry said. Hermione rolled over and blinked up at the people who were with her. Ginny and Harry sat on the sofa with her. Malfoy was indeed pacing. Luna was sitting on the floor and Neville stood next to her.
“How did you find me?” she asked. Ginny held up the marauders map.
“We looked at the map and you weren’t on there, so we figured you would be here.”
“You didn’t have to come,” Hermione said miserably rolling over and hiding her face away from the others.”
“Mione, of course we had to come, you are my best friend and you need me.” Hermione didn’t speak and so Ginny took control. “Right everyone out.”
“Gin,” harry said, “will you be ok on-”
“Harry I am a girl, I am genetically programmed to fix situations like this!” From what Hermione could hear everyone left the room quickly leaving the two girls alone. Hermione sat up and leaned into her best friend. The tears returned and she sobbed into Ginny’s shoulder.
“How could he do this to me?” she asked and Ginny stroked her hair.
“He has been an idiot Hermione, Malfoy wasn’t the only one we had to pull off him.”
“What?” Hermione asked looking up.
“You left and everyone was really really quiet. Then Lavender came out and started shouting at us all because we didn’t stop you attacking Ron. Malfoy came through the portrait and put her in a full body-binding curse to shut her up. Ron started to come around and Neville sort of ran at him and hit him square in the face when he got up. It was amazing I have never seen him like that. He started shouting that he should never have done that to you. Ron sort of staggered up and Malfoy had walked forward and pointed his wand at him. The place was completely silent and Malfoy said very slowly ‘what did you do this time weasel?’ Ron, who wasn’t quite with it because of that stunning spell you sent him. Ron mumbled something and Dean shouted ‘the bastard cheated on her didn’t he.’ Malfoy sort of lost it. In all the time I have known Malfoy I have never seen him act like that before. He threw his wand on the floor and just started attacking him. He was hitting him and punching him, Ron ended up with blood all over his face. No one thought to stop him until Harry decided that it had been enough once Malfoy had knocked him unconscious again. He pulled Malfoy off him and had to lock his legs to stop him going back for more. Harry only released him when he promised not to do it again. I swear Hermione, that guy cares about you more than we ever thought he could. He wouldn’t stop pestering us until Harry got the map out to find you and then he was the first to reach the room.”
Hermione’s tears had stopped now.
“He attacked Ron because of me?” she asked.
“Yeah, I was so strange.”
“Oh that boy aggravates me so much!”
“You and me both.” Hermione looked at Ginny.
“Gin, you won’t just stopping hanging around with me now will you?” Ginny laughed.
“Mione, I don’t know how you can say that.”
“Well he’s your brother and he’s Harry’s best friend.”
“Don’t worry about Harry he’s furious with Ron. Mione can I tell you something?”
“Sure,” she said.
“Harry told me about two weeks ago that around a month ago that he saw Ron and Lavender kissing on the stairs. He told me and I told him to tell you but he said that Ron said he was going to tell you.” Hermione felt her heart sink, Ron had been cheating on her for that long. She supposed she knew it all along in her heart. It was all too much for her and she broke into fresh tears.
“I’m sorry Mione, I just thought you should know. It’s just Harry was so angry with him. I don’t think any of us will be speaking to him for a while.”
“What happened to Lavender?” Hermione asked, glad that she wouldn’t be sharing a dormitory with her.
“Erm I don’t know,” Ginny said, “I think we just left her there.” She laughed but stopped when she saw her friend’s face. “It will be ok you know, you will either get back with Ron or you will find someone else who deserves you. He may be my brother Hermione but he’s an idiot for throwing you away like that. You were the best thing that ever happened to him and he should know that.”
“Thanks Gin,” Hermione said with a weak smile.
“Now,” said Ginny getting up and opening the fridge. She returned with two large tubs of chocolate ice cream and two spoons. “I really think these need to be eaten.
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