The next morning, Draco was downstairs before Hermione was and he was helping her grandma set the table. When Hermione came downstairs, she locked eyes with Draco and they both just stared at each other for a minute, before Hermione blushed and looked away. All through breakfast, her grandparent's talked about their trip into town and Draco and Hermione stared at their plates, not wanting to look at each other. After breakfast, Hermione helped wash the dishes and Draco got to work on cleaning stalls. After the dishes were done, Hermione grabbed a basket and went to collect eggs from the chickens.
After collecting about five eggs, Hermione walked over to Draco.
Draco looked up and smiled, "Hey."
"Um, I kind of wanted to talk to you about last night."
Draco sighed and dropped his pitchfork, "Let me guess, it was a mistake."
Hermione looked at him for a second, "Actually, I was going to say that last night was the most fun I've had in a long time. Well, aside from that jerk coming along and trying to wreck it. I don't think that the kiss was a mistake. It was totally unexpected, but not a mistake." She paused for a moment then smiled, "I don't make mistakes."
Draco looked at her, "So, then where does this leave us?"
Hermione looked at the pitchfork lying on the hay, "I don't really know. I guess we just take it one day at a time and see what happens."
"That sounds ok with me I suppose."
"Well, I better get these eggs in the house." She smiled one last time at Draco, then went inside.
Draco watched her until he was out of sight, then picked up the pitchfork and got back to work.
All day, Draco couldn't get his mind off of Hermione...for several reasons. He was way out of her league; his father would never approve of her; however, he wasn't even talking to his father anymore, so that didn't really matter. They were complete opposites; their relationship would never work. But, most of all, he was thinking about how incredible she was. She was beautiful, smart, and most importantly, she'd given him a second chance, unlike so many others. He knew that there was no way things could work for them, but he wasn't even sure if Hermione wanted things to work out. Though, he'd never know for sure unless he tried. But, that would have to wait for another day. Tonight he had plans to hang out with a friend who'd come to visit who thought that he desperately needed saving from this hick town. Blaise Zabini was one of the only people who hadn't turned on Draco when his father had disowned him. Tonight they had plans to hang out in the next closest town that actually had some life. It was actually a very good idea; he needed to get away from this place and that girl. He needed some time to clear his head and figure out what he was going to do.
At about six that night, Draco got everything finished and yet again, smelled like shit and every farm smell known to man. He ran upstairs and hopped into the shower, coming out ten minutes later squeaky-clean. He put on a clean pair of boxers and stepped out into the hallway and ran right into Hermione.
"Ooh, you smell good. Well, better than what you smelled like ten minutes ago." Hermione smiled, then blushed when she realized what he was wearing.
Draco noticed her outfit too. She was wearing a pair of hip huggers with a chain belt and a periwinkle tank top. Her face had specks of glitter all over and lips were a rosy pink color. She looked great.
"Going somewhere?" Draco asked, looking her over.
"Yea. Vanessa and I are going to go out, just the two of us. How about you? Got any plans tonight?"
Draco thought about telling her, but decided against it, "Nope. I'm just going to stay here and read a book or something."
Hermione frowned, "Sounds exciting. Well, I'll see ya later."
She grinned at him, then bounded down the stairs.
Draco smiled, then went to his room to get ready.
At seven, Draco met Blaise in Decater, which was the closest town with a pulse. Draco instantly cheered up when he saw Blaise.
"Hey man! So, are you sure this town isn't dead? It looks that way." Blaise said as he shook Draco's hands.
"It's better than the town that I'm staying in. Besides, there's a new club that just opened up here."
"I guess I'll give it a chance. So, how do you like working on a farm? Does the farmer have a hot daughter?" Blaise grinned.
Draco chuckled, "Granddaughter actually."
"Ah, very nice. Is she hot?"
"I'll have to meet her before I leave."
Draco smiled, "You've already met her."
Blaise raised his eyebrow, "I have?"
Hermione and Vanessa were walking down the street with disappointed looks on their faces.
"I can't believe you didn't check to see if that new club was 21 and over." Hermione complained.
"Sorry, I never thought this dumb town would try to be that cool." Vanessa explained.
"Well, now what?"
"We could go see a movie. "Casablanca" is playing at the Omni Plex." Vanessa suggested.
"The last thing I need is a mushy love story."
"What else are we gonna do?" Vanessa whined.
Hermione was just about to respond when something caught her attention. Vanessa followed Hemione's gaze and it landed on two guys.
"Ooh!" Vanessa squealed, "Hottie alert!" She gave them a catcall before Hermione could stop her, and the guys turned around.
Hermione closed her eyes and shook her head, "Subtly; you should look it up."
Vanessa's grin got bigger when she saw their faces, "Hey, it's your hero; and his really hot friend."
Hermione realized it was Draco, as well as…Blaise Zabini?
The girls walked over and Hermione smirked at Draco, "Read a book huh?"
Draco grinned, "I got bored."
Blaise stared at Hermione for a second before it finally dawned on him, "Granger?"
Hermione glanced at him, "Gee, nothing gets by you. Were you always this smart?"
"Didn't I once tell you that that mouth of yours was going to get you into trouble some day?" Blaise smirked.
"Yea, I believe it was right after I called you an arrogant little prick. I see that some things haven't changed." Hermione sneered at him.
Blaise glared at her, "You're lucky you've got your looks to fall back on. Otherwise, you'd die alone. It hasn't been that long since graduation; what did you do to yourself?"
Before Hermione could snap at him, Blaise answered his own question. He looked at Draco, "See, I told you man, those damn school uniforms did nothing for the female student body." Blaise laughed at his own joke.
Hermione rolled her eyes, "Are you done yet?"
Blaise glared at her, then looked at Draco again, "Hey, how come you're not surprised to see her?"
"Well, she's the farmer's granddaughter." Draco said.
"You work for her family?"
"Lucky guy. Are there any advantages to working around her?" Blaise asked, as she scanned Hermione's figure.
”Pig.” Hermione glared daggers at him.
Blaise opened his mouth to shoot something back at her when Vanessa interrupted them.
"Ok guys, that's enough." Vanessa stepped between the two and smiled at Blaise, "Hi, I'm Vanessa."
Blaise gave her the once over and smiled, "Blaise."
Vanessa smiled, "Hmm…that's an interesting name. So Blaise, what do you say we lose the dead weight?" She asked, referring to Draco and Hermione.
Blaise patted Draco on the shoulder, "I'll see you tomorrow man."
Before anyone could object, Blaise and Vanessa disappeared together.
Hermione and Draco looked at each other, "I think we just got dumped." Hermione observed.
"Yea." Draco agreed.
They stood in silence for a minute before Hermione spoke, "I really don't want to go home. Vanessa and I were going to see a movie. Wanna take her spot?"
"Are you asking me out?" Draco smirked.
"Hardly. I just thought it would be better than going home."
Draco looked at her for a second, "Yea, ok."
Hermione smiled and Draco followed her to the theater.
After they got out of the theater, Hermione still had tears in her eyes.
Draco rolled his eyes, “What is it with women and that movie?”
"It’s the very definition of a chick flick.” Hermione said.
"Romantic and sad…”
"Basically.” Hermione smiled.
"I’ll never understand it.” Draco said.
"Um…Vanessa drove me here. How did you get here?" Hermione asked.
"I brought my car.”
Hermione batted her eyelashes at him, “Care to help out a damsel in distress?”
"I don’t know. You made me sit through that movie.” Draco smirked at her.
When they were half way home, Draco decided it was now or never.
"Since you won't bring it up, I will."
Hermione looked at him, "Bring up what?"
"What do you think?" Draco asked.
"Right, the kiss." Hermione sighed.
"Yea. Why did it happen? Do you want this to be something, or was it just a one time thing?"
"Why does it have to be just my decision? You didn't exactly pull away." Hermione stated.
”Things have definitely changed between us since the summer began. I do like you Hermione. You gave me a second chance when I didn't deserve one."
"You've changed Draco; I know that. The other night you did something for me that no one has ever done before."
They pulled up to the house and Hermione got out before Draco could say anything. He knew that she was embarrassed. He jumped out and gently grabbed her arm, pulling her towards him. He tilted her chin up with his finger and made her look at him, "What do you want Hermione?"
Hermione looked like she wanted to cry. She didn't say anything for a minute, "I want…"
Draco silenced her by bringing his mouth down to hers in a sweet, gentle kiss. That was something she thought she'd never feel again. When they parted Hermione smiled, "That. That's what I want."