Chapter 4 : Love Full of Lies
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I was walking down the hall, with Draco a good distance behind me when this Slytherin fifth year, who I really hate bumped into me. But the crazy thing was it didn't even bother me. It seemed as though nothing could bother me or bring me down since I started dating Draco a month ago. I was always happy now, I never knew that being with Draco could make me feel like this.
I never knew he could be sweet and caring and so damn likable. And I could tell he really did like and care about me, he was always trying to find out more things about me, especially when it came to my past, and he was always making me swear that I wouldn't doubt or question his feelings about me.
Naturally, Draco and I dating is a secret. Things are just so much easier that way. No one is in our business or causing unnecessary drama. Not to mention people's reactions to it. I mean, it's not just a Gryffindor and a Slytherin dating like when Blaise and I were going out, this is Draco Malfoy, who hates all Gryffindors dating Aria Merona who hates Slytherins. It would be just too much if everyone knew about us.
So back to the the guy who just bumped into me. "S-sorry," he stuttered flinching as though he thought I would hit him.
Instead I said "It's okay," and kept walking as though it never even happened. I knew I shocked the guy out of his mind. When he finally turned the corner and exited the hallway, Draco quickened his pace to catch up to me and intertwined his fingers with mine.
"What was that about?" He asked a smile playing on his lips, his pink, soft lips that felt so good against mine. "I thought you hated that guy."
"I do," I answered returning the smile, and kissing him on the cheek. "But I love you," I immediately regret saying it. "I mean, I really like you, I didn't mean that I you know-"
"Shh," he interupts me placing his index finger on my lips, then he replaces his finger with his lips. That sure as hell shut me up. When he pulled away he whispered, "It's okay, cause I love you,"
I shake my head as we continue walking on the grounds to the Black Lake "Draco, don't say that unless you mean it," I said, still remembering the pain Ron had caused me, claiming he loved me, and then cheating on me. But I know Draco would never do that to me, or I hope not anyways.
"But I do mean it," Draco says in all seriousness looking me straight in the eye.
"No, you don't," I said looking away.
"Yes, I do!" He insists, squeezing my hand and then sitting down in the grass near the lake. More proof that I really like Draco: I sat down on the ground with him, I never sit on the ground, for anyone. But for Draco, I'd do just about anything for him, including sitting on the filthy, bug infested ground.
"How can you love me?" I asked, "You barely know anything about me."
"I know more than you think," he answered laying down and pulling me with him, again, for no one else would I do this for.
"Like what?" I challenged, laying my head on his chest.
He took a deep breath as though be had a lot to say, "Well, your full name is Aria Roslyn Merona, you hate your middle name. You were born on May 28th, you're fifteen years old. You came to this school from Beauxbatons because you wanted more of a challenge in the educational aspect in your second year. You became top of the class by the end of the year. In your third year you got your first kiss, we both know who from…"
"You remember that?" I asked.
"Of course I do, it was my first kiss, too, you know,"
I smiled up at him, "I was your first kiss?" I remember the party that was thrown in our third year, it was a the kind of party where all houses are invited, which is a very rare thing. There was fire whiskey there and it was my first time drinking, and I guess I had a few too many. I don't remember much of that night, but I do remember being alone with Draco somewhere and I told him that I thought he was sexy, but not to tell anyone I said that, at the time it didn't mean anything, I was clearly drunk. Then we both leaned in to kiss eachother, it didn't seem like either one of us had leaned in before the other, we did it at the same time. Then after the kiss, which was quite long, I told him that it was my first kiss. I didn't think he remembered because I assumed he was really drunk like I was. I had actually found myself wanting to kiss him again, guess that's when I first started kind of liking him.
If I didn't know any better, I could see Draco was blushing. "Yeah," he answered, looking down at me and smiling something that looked slightly embarassed.
I laughed and said "That's cute, we were eachother's first kisses," I leaned up to kiss him, but he pulled away and sat up. He looked very conflicted about something.
"Aria, about that night, it-it…" he sighed deeply and then smiled, "It was one of the best nights of my life,"
"Me too," I said leaning into kiss him, this time he didn't pull away.
"Now," Draco said pretending to be serious, "back to what I know about you. At the end of third year you got your first boyfriend, my mate, Blaise Zabini, and-"
"Okay, okay!" I exclaimed. "You know alot about me, I get it!" I layed back down, still wondering if Draco really did love me after secretly having feelings for me for the past four years.
Draco layed down beside me, and said "So, do you believe me now? Have I proven myself enough yet?"
I could tell it meant alot to him to have me believe he loved me. "I-I don't know, I guess…"
Draco pulled me on top of him and wrapped his arms around me tightly so I couldn't get up even if I wanted to. He looked me straight in the eye, "Aria Roslyn Merona, I love you," he whispered. And just from one look, I could tell he meant it, I believed him. "Do you believe me?" He asked, I nodded, because I just couldn't find any words.
I could see the pure happiness in his eyes as he leaned up to kiss me. We stayed there, laying on the ground kissing for awhile. At one point I somehow finally found words.
"I think I love you, too" I whispered.
As I walked through the portrait that led to the Gryffindor common room Hermione was running out of it in tears. I thought about going after her, but I decided against it. Ron was sitting in the common room looking frustrated. "What happened with you and Hermione?" I asked sitting down next to him.
"We just broke up," he answered looking up at me.
"Why?" I asked. I thought they were doing pretty well.
"It just wasn't working, it didn't feel right." I kept looking at him waiting for him to elaborate on what that meant. "There was someone else, so I ended it with her," he finally said.
Well, isn't he lucky he got out before Hermione cheated on him, unlike me who had to find out in the worst way possible. "Oh, I get it, you had to get out before something bad happened," I said.
He looked at me and smiled, "I knew you would understand," then he kissed me. I pushed him away, shocked, what the hell just happened?! Then it hits me, he meant he liked someone else, not Hermione, no wonder she was crying.
"What's wrong?" Ron asked, "I thought you said you get it,"
"I do, but-" he kissed me again, and I pushed him away again. "Stop kissing me!" I yelled.
"Why?!" Ron asked bewildered.
"Because I don't want to be with you, I have a boyfriend!" I know it's supposed to be a secret, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
"No you don't!" He yelled.
"Yes, I do! Just because you don't know about it, doesn't mean I don't have a boyfriend!"
"Oh, yeah, who are dating then?!"
"Draco Malfoy." I said not being able to hide my smile. Ron looks dead shocked.
"How the bloody hell did that happen?" He asked.
"The day I found out you were cheating on me, I slept with Draco," I said, still smiling.
"Well, I know that, but what happened after that?" His eyes widened as he realized what he said.
"What do you mean you know that?! How do you know?!" I asked in shock.
He sighed, "I don't know how to tell you this,Aria, but I sort of made a deal with Malfoy so he would sleep with you,and then dump you the next day…"
"What?!" I asked, becoming breathless, this couldn't be true, Draco would never do anything like that to me. Besides, he didn't dump me, he asked me to be his girlfriend, Ron was lying. "I don't believe you," I said.
"Well it's true," Ron said looking serious, "I know I've lied to you in the past, but I'm telling you the truth. I made the deal so you would get over me and Hermione faster, I just didn't want you to hurt so much. Malfoy was supposed to dump you the next day, I didn't think it would hurt you, since you know how he is with girls. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth."
I shook my head, "N-no, Draco loves me, he didn't sleep with me because of some deal. He-he wouldn't do that to me. I mean, if it was just some deal, why did he ask me to be with him?"
"Aria, I don't know, okay, but you've got to believe me." Ron pleaded.
"No!" I said running out of the common room, hoping it wasn't true.
I walk quietly as I follow Ron, he doesn't know I'm following him, he doesn't even look back once to see if anyone is following him, he seems determined. Finally he reaches a dark hallway, and stops. My heart sinks as I watch Draco come from the other side of the hall.
"What's this about Weasley?" Draco asks as he walks up to him.
"I thought we had a deal, Malfoy!" Ron said angrily.
"We do," Draco says looking away from Ron's angry glare.
"Are you sure, cause I've held up my end of the deal, I didn't tell Aria what you did,"
"I've held up my end too," Draco said, "I slept with Aria, like you told me to." Tears fill my eyes, I couldn't believe this. How could he do that to me, he said he loved me.
"Yes, but you didn't dump her the next day, instead you asked her to be your girlfriend, that wasn't part of the deal," Ron said in frustration.
Draco looks at him in shock, "How did you know that?" He asked.
"I tried to get back with Aria today, but she told me she was with you," Draco says nothing, so Ron continues. "Look, if you don't break up with her tomorrow, the deal is off and I will tell Aria everything, and we both know she'll hate you after that. Now, do we have an understanding?"
Draco sighs and says "Yes, I'll break up with her tomorrow, first thing," he actually sounds sad about it, but for all I know that's just an act, too. I was done listening, it was time for confrontation.
"Good," Ron says I walk towards them. Draco's eyes widen when he sees me walking over Ron's shoulder.
"Aria…" he whispers. Ron turns around to see me and sighs.
"Aria, you shouldn't have followed me," he said shaking his head.
I don't even acknowledge that I heard him, I just keep walking until I reach Draco. He looks horrified his mouth moves, but no words come out.
I shake my head in disgust at him. "How could you do this to me?" I asked quietly.
"Aria, it's not like that, you have to believe me, I-"
"You lied to me, Draco, you manipulated me, and made me think you loved me!"
"No, Aria, I do love you! Weasley made me do it, he blackmailed me!" He pulled me towards him and tried to kiss me, but I turned away, knowing if he kissed me he would fool me again. I could see the hurt on his face. He put his head on mine and whispered, "I swear, I wasn't lying to you, it was Weasley, he made me-"
"But you did it anyways! You fooled me into thinking I loved you, and the whole time you were just following through on some deal, you don't care about me!" I screamed, tears falling down my face.
"Yes, I do! My feelings for you are real, I didn't lie about anything, you're all I care about!" Draco said desperately.
"Then tell me, tell me what Ron is blackmailing you with?!"
He shut his eyes and said "I can't tell you, you'll hate me, and I wouldn't be able to handle that,"
"Then I don't believe you love me," I said shaking me head.
"But you swore you'd never question how I felt about you," he said pulling me closer.
"Don't you dare turn this on me! This is your own fault! Besides, you don't have any room talk, you swore you'd never lie to me, or hurt me and you've done both of those things without giving a damn!" I said coldly.
"Aria, baby, I love you," he whispered desperately.
"I don't believe you," I said backing away. Ron put his arm around me and led me away.
The week passes by in a blur, I guess me and Ron are back together, since we're always holding hands and he's always calling me 'baby' like he used to. I honestly don't know anything, except I'm not with Draco anymore and it kills me. Even though he lied to me I miss him and want him back more than anything, but how can I trust him?
I know I'm dreaming right now, because there's no way this is happening in real life. Draco and I are leaning against the tree next to the Black Lake, it's our special place. Every time I try to touch him it's like there's a shield charm around him. He keeps repeating the same words.
"Aria, I love you,"
"Then why did you hurt me?!" I scream, but he won't answer he just keeps saying, "Aria, I love you,"
Then he's just saying me name over and over again, his voice barely above a whisper. "Aria, Aria, Aria."
I open my eyes to see someone's face inces from mine. Out of instinct I scream and punch the person in the face, they stumble back and I get up and draw my wand. I realize I fell asleep in the common room.
"It's me, Draco! Please don't curse me!" I reluctantly lower my wand, then I realize he's in the Gryffindor common room.
"What the hell are you doing here?!" I ask bewildered.
"I need to talk to you, Aria, things aren't right anymore, I miss you." He says quietly.
"How did you get in here?" I asked sighing.
"Granger told me the password,"
"How did you manage to get her to do that?" I asked shocked.
He shrugged and said "I told her it would break you and Weasley up,"
I scoffed and said, "I don't know why she even wants to be with Ron, he's so controlling and selfish, being with him is like being in a relationship with yourself…"
"Is it?" Draco asked looking at me with simpathy.
"Yeah…" Then I remember I'm mad at him. "Wait a minute, no, I'm not falling for that, what do you want?"
"I'm here to tell you what Weasley was using to blackmail me with. Even though I know you'll hate me, you deserve to know."
"Okay," I said, "I'm listening."
A/N: Hey, sorry that this chapter took so long to post, I had writer's block, but now I know exactly what's going on. So, what did you think of the chapter? What do you think Draco did that will make Aria hate him? Thanks for reading!
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