Chapter 6 : With a Flash
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Draco could only stare at Hermione. He wasn't sure how to respond to her question. The truth was obvious but he was so taken back by her forwardness that he couldn't really form the right words. He surmised that he probably should do just that. Go back to calling her foul names and being his usual self, but the thought felt wrong to him now. As if he would be simply lying to her and to himself.
"No," was all he could finally say. He didn't really think they'd even be able to go back now. Not now. "Do you want us to go back?" he asked, a part of him thought that this was giving her the chance to walk away and the other just prayed to Merlin she said no. He didn't understand how quickly it all changed. How the meeting of lips could make him feel the way he did. It certainly wasn't love, blimey he wasn't that foolish, but it felt more real and electrifying then anything he'd ever felt before.
"No" she shook her head. "I suppose I just assumed that is what you'd want our talk to be about." she looked at the lake instead of him. It was so much easier that way she didn't have to see his face at her mistake. She couldn't be sure what he'd say, since he was behaving in such an un-Malfoy kind of way.
"You know what they say about assuming Hermione," he started with a smirk, but didn't continue and took on a serious look. "I can't really blame you. Six years of hate make things complicated." he sighed. "We were trying to figure things out before and I wanted our talk to continue on that." he smiled at her.
"Oh," she bit her lip. "Alright, well we both agreed we enjoyed kissing and didn't regret it, right?" she took to this like they were studying for an exam. He laughed and nodded.
"And I said it was confusing," she nodded in agreement. It was confusing. They both were unsure of how to proceed. She stood up and brushed herself off. She held out her hand for him to take, which he did without hesitation. He smiled at the feel of their hands intertwined. She started pulling him to stroll around the lake.
They were seen by students. Most just standing and staring at the two. Harry and Ron glared briefly but they knew to trust her. Despite their concerns about Malfoy, they couldn't ignore that she looked happier then she had in a while. Pansy, however, growled and moved through the small crowd that had gathered to watch the couple. Her intentions were clearly displayed on her face, she wanted to push the blasted mudblood in the lake, however before she could get very far Blaise grabbed her hand.
"Let it go," he said before pulling her away and back inside the castle.
Draco and Hermione walked in silence before she began speaking. "I think..I think we should just get to know each other and see what happens." she looked up at him, unsure of what his response would be.
"I think that's an excellent idea but on one condition." he smirked and with that she narrowed her eyes slightly, he was up to something. She wasn't sure what his condition could possibly be but she couldn't stop from smiling regardless.
"What?" she huffed for show more then anything. "What else could you possibly want?" He stopped walked and turned her towards him before leaning down and kissing her once again in front of everyone. He was kind of getting used to it and didn't really care who it was that saw them.
"I still want to be able to do that." he said as he pulled back, a smile on his face. Her eyes were still closed as he spoke and she laughed. She moved closer into him and rested her head on his chest.
"Draco...Draco...Draco..What ever shall I do with you?" she wrapped her arms around his waist and hugged him. It took him a moment to recover but he hugged her back. He wasn't hugged often in his lifetime so far, and it certainly wasn't anything like this. The feel of her arms around his waist somehow left him grinning. It was as if it was Christmas and he was getting exactly what he always wanted, affection. Real affection, not fake or mandatory affection.
Suddenly a flash of light blinded him and Hermione happened to see it reflect on the ground, her eyes lifted up to him and then to what he was glaring at. Rita Skeeter, in the flesh was standing behind them, with one of her lackies holding the camera. Hermione felt such gut wrenching hate that she was very close to letting Draco go and tackling the witch.
"Oh my my...What a story you two shall be.." she walked off and into the castle. This was not what either of them really needed. Sure it was one thing for their school mates to see them but the entire wizarding world would know that they were...something. Something even they didn't quite know yet.
"Bloody hell" They said simultaneously. This wasn't going to be interesting
Okay so that was it, Next chapter will be interesting. What will Malfoys parents say? -gasp- Anyway please read and review, you guys are awesome. And thanks to everyone that has reviews and made this story a favorite. Means a lot guys!
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