Chapter 9 : Words
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I sat at lunch with Ron the Monday after that awful weekend in Hawaii. I didn’t even want to think about it but at the same time I was desperate to know if Draco had said anything after our conversation in the car. I hadn’t heard from Ginny or Draco and didn’t know what to think of that. It could be good meaning that he hadn’t let anything from our conversation show to Ginny or it could be bad and she could be waiting for the precise moment to pounce.
“So.” I started, not entirely sure where I was headed with this, “Did anyone say anything after I left? Did anyone ask about me?”
“Oh my god Hermione of course they did.” Ron said, his voice full of sarcasm. Arse. “Mione, everyone was fine. Why? Did you expect someone to freak out? I mean Blaise looked a little hurt but of course he wouldn’t let it show and was flirting with all the girls at the bar later that night. He’s a shark that one. Bloody git. Luna was off in lala land as usual and Draco didn’t say anything after he dropped you off at the airport. Gin seemed a bit upset but she’s on vacation with her fiancé in Hawaii. It’s something she never imagined herself doing and it’s something she planned on enjoying every moment of. She wasn’t about to let you ruin that. They’re already planning on having us all go back. They’ve rented the place out just about every weekend this summer.”
“Gee Ron. Thanks for that. I was merely curious that’s all.” I said quietly, more to myself than anyone. I sighed. I had hoped Draco may have said something or asked but who was I kidding? We didn’t exactly end on the best note. My phone rang and I nearly threw it. I glanced at it and saw that it was Ginny calling. Uh oh.
“Hey Gin!” I said, hoping my voice wouldn’t betray anything.
“Mione! Hey love I was just calling to see if you’d have dinner with me tomorrow. It’s important?” She said, I didn’t know what could possibly be that important. But okay.
“Oh.. uh. Sure Gin. I’ll be there. Is there something I did wrong? Why’s this important?” I asked trying not to let my nerves betray me.
“Nah just be there. Love you!” Click. She hung up on me! That bitch. My heart was about to beat out of my chest. Now what?! What could she possibly want to talk about? I mean obviously something to do with Draco. Had she found out somehow? Did she break it off with Draco because she found out about us and now she wanted to tell me off for it? I wasn’t one for public scenes but Gin sure was. My hands trembled as I put my phone back in my bag and stood up.
“Leaving already?” Ron asked, looking somewhat disappointed.
“Yes I’m sorry love but I’m not feeling very well. I’m going to go home and sleep it off. I’ll talk to you later.” I said and he stood up to give me a hug. I began walking only to turn after a few feet to wave at Ron. I didn’t want him to think he had done something. He eyed me curiously but began walking the other direction.
I sat at dinner with Ginny not quite paying attention to whatever Ginny was rambling on about. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the girl. Most of the time. But since the weekend in Hawaii I’d done nothing but think of Hermione. I was even seeing her everywhere. I could’ve sworn I just saw a flash of her hair. Oh bloody hell I really did! Hermione is here? She was looking around as if looking for someone and as soon as she saw me her face fell.
“Ginny! Hermione is here?!” I said, kind of pissed. I thought we were having dinner alone.
“Well duh.” She said and motioned Hermione over to us. Hermione looked cautious as she made her way over to us.
“I thought we were having dinner alone Gin? You said it was important.” She said, not looking at me at all.
“So did I.” I managed to get out, both of us now looking at Ginny.
“Sit Hermione. I need to talk to you both. I know there’s something going on. I’ve been noticing it for a while but thought maybe one of you would come to me about it. Since neither of you did I felt the need to sit down and have a talk. So yeah, it’s important. You guys can stop being jealous of each other. I’ve read all those damn Muggle magazines and they all say it’s perfectly natural for the groom and the maid of honor to become jealous of each other and any time they spend with the bride.”
I let out a sigh of relief and Hermione picked up her water glass and nearly downed half of it.
“That is what’s going on right?” Ginny asked.
“Of course.” I said as Hermione said “Obviously.” I have never felt this relieved in my life. And yet disappointed at the same time. I couldn’t help it.
Hermione glanced at me but quickly looked away.
The rest of dinner went by pretty much without hitch and the three of us kept conversation flowing. Until the end that is.
“So did you and Blaise do it?” Ginny asked, completely catching me and Hermione off guard.
“Excuse you??!” Hermione said, I could tell she was more than slightly unnerved by not only the question but the way Ginny had phrased it.
“You know, did you guys sleep together. I mean come on. He was all over you and you were totally into him.” Ginny said, much to my discomfort.
“Gin. Stop.” I said.
“Oh hush, I’m talking to my best friend.” She said, pushing me away and leaning towards Hermione to look her in the eye. “Well is he at least a good kisser?”
“Errm.” Hermione said rather nervously, looking at me almost pleadingly.
“I KNEW IT!” Ginny shrieked. What she knew I would never know. I know Hermione better than that and she and Blaise aren’t compatible at all. “Would you tell Draco he doesn’t know you at all? He kept going on about how you two aren’t right for each other and you wouldn’t do that and blah blah blah.”
“I’m going to go pull the car around.” I said, getting up and leaving as quickly as possible. My mind was racing with questions. She couldn’t have actually kissed him right? That would be absurd. And so unlike her. Unless she was really mad at me. Ugh.
Draco left the table and I was feeling completely awkward. She thought I kissed Blaise. And possibly did more than that? And now Draco probably thought I did. Oh god. What am I going to do?
“Love,” Ginny started. Uh oh, “Would you mind going to listen to a couple songs by this band with me tomorrow? Draco loves them but he’s working and it’s the only time they’re playing and he wants them for the wedding reception. You have better judgment than I do. I need you. Please please please!” She said.
“I will I will, but only if you stop begging. Gah.” I told her, not seeing the point in arguing.
“THANK YOU!” She said, standing up and hugging me.
The next day:
I stood awkwardly in the crowd searching for Ginny. Where could she be? The band actually was amazing. They had a good combination of slow songs and some more upbeat songs and the singer’s voice was incredible. Draco had good taste, I thought, smiling to myself. I’ll call her. I decided.
The phone rang three times before she finally answered.
“Hello?” She said.
“Where are you?” I nearly screamed.
“Oh I’m so sorry Mione! Something came up.”
“You’re not coming!?” I said in total disbelief. This was just life her.
“I’m so sorry. Just listen to a few songs and let me know later.” She said. “Love you, gotta run.” Click. This girl sure did have a nasty habit of hanging up on me. I couldn’t believe I was here alone. I began glancing around the audience taking note of all the couples holding hands and dancing and kissing. I felt a pang of jealousy as I continued to scan the crowd. Then I saw him. Draco.
I gave him a weary look and he came over to me.
“I can’t believe she told you to come.” He said.
“It’s okay.” I said rather pathetically. I couldn’t think of what else to say.
“No, this is not okay.” He said, “Why didn’t you ever tell me how you felt that year?” Catching me totally off guard. Why were we getting into this again?
I sighed, “Draco I’m sorry. I should have kept my mouth shut and just not said anything.”
“I just wish I had known.” He said quietly. I looked at him, genuinely curious.
“Why’s that?” I asked hesitantly.
“Hermione you are all I ever thought about that year. Did you really not know that?” He asked me. I was too shocked to say anything. I couldn’t believe that he could ever have liked me. I thought when he had said that before it was simply to make me feel better. I could see in his eyes now that wasn’t the case.
“Why are you doing this?” I asked in disbelief.
“Don’t.. just don’t” I said, now tearing up.
“Hermione. This isn’t me being nervous about the wedding. It never was. I can’t stop thinking about you and I have no idea what to do.” He said, I was now looking the other direction so he couldn’t see the tears running down my face. “Hermione please! I don’t know what to do. Look at me. Hermione please look at me.” The pleading tone of his voice nearly broke my heart. “If you feel the same way, please just tell me now. Tell me now.”
“I can’t. It’s too late.” I said, “It’s too late.” More to myself this time. I stood up and nearly ran out.
I burst out into the street nearly bawling. I can’t do this anymore. Of course I feel the same. I was standing in the middle of the street debating on whether or not I should go back in there. When I turned around Draco was already coming over to me. My breath caught in my throat. Before I knew it he closed the distance between us and pressed his lips onto mine.
“I do feel the same way.” I managed to get out before he pressed his lips to mine again.
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