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Chapter 10 : face to face with my troubles
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Hermione woke up early and dressed in a pair of jeans and a flannel quarter sleeved top before making up some breakfast. Today was her first day of work at Draco's shop and she was a little nervous. Things between her and Draco had been changing quickly and she wasn't sure she was ready to just jump back into things so quickly.
It wasn't as if he was pushing her to go out with him but it was always like a heavy fog that settled between them when they were alone together and she missed just hanging out with Draco without any pressure. A part of her wished that he'd never said what he said after he'd read her letter.
After she finished her coffee she slipped on her sneakers and grabbed her purse and wand before heading to the shop. When she got there Draco was the only one around and he looked up at her surprised for a moment.
"Hermione, you're early, most of the guys don't get in till nine" he said. She looked up at the clock and realized that it would still be another hour before they got there.
"That's alright, I've always been the early kind of person, is there anything I can do?" she asked as she tied an apron around her waist.
"Uh sure, come in the back with me and we'll see what we can find" he said as he set down his paper work.
She followed him into the back where there were all kinds of projects being worked on. She saw the gazebo that he'd been talking about and it looked beautiful even without the woodstain. He walked over to an odd looking maching and she followed.
"Alright, this is the sander, we use it to smooth out the edges of the wood if it's chipped or frayed. There's a stack over there that still needs to be sanded so i'll show you how to work it and then leave you to it" he said before handing her a pair of safety glasses.
He showed her everything she needed to do and what not to do before leaving her to work. She quickly tied her hair up in a messy bun before getting to work. She was so into her work that she didn't hear everyone else come in. Someone tapped her on the shoulder and the piece of wood she was working on hit her in the stomach making her wince and turn angry eyes towards the one who tapped her.
"You must be the new girl, I'm Shaun, nice to meet you" he said holding out his hand. She sighed and put on a smile not wanting to get into it with people she didn't really know.
"I'm Hermione" she said shaking his hand before turning back to her work. She didn't notice the man stareing at her ass and if she did, he'd be on the recieving end of the wood.
Draco came in shortly after and handed out everyone's assignments before sending Hermione to work the counter. All she really had to do was answer the phones and write down what people ordered, show customers around and if they wanted to buy anything direct them to Draco. It was a pretty simple job and when she had down time she'd go in the back and continue sanding the wood. After the first couple days she got to know the other guys pretty well. Eric was the oldest at 47 and was married with two kids and another on the way, John was Draco's age and a bit of a prankster, he'd already freaked her out a couples times pretending he'd cut something off on the saw, Mike was the quiet one who never really spoke to anyone although when things were slow he'd sit with her and talk about anything they could think of and Shaun was the pervert of the group. He skieved her out anytime she was alone with him which wasn't frequent thankfully. Draco made sure that everyone was kept on their toes especially when they got new orders in.
After two weeks Hermione had a routine down. She'd get up at 7, shower and get dressed before having breakfast, sometimes she ate at her place, other times she'd go over and make breakfast for Draco before they headed to work together. She'd do menial tasks at work as she learned all of the machines and techniques of woodworking, or she'd do her desk job then she'd go over to Draco's for dinner or he'd come over her place before she went to bed. Things were finally going great, so she should have been prepared for the shock she recieved Friday morning. She'd been eating her breakfast when the daily profit arrived. As soon as she saw the front page she paled and felt her stomach heave as she trembled. On the front cover was a picture of Victor, the only words on the page were a bold script reading Escaped Convict, extremely dangerous, do not approach.
She turned the page to read the details. Apparently they'd been moving him to the prison when he attacked the guards and after stealing a wand he dissapeared. They'd been searching for him since then. It happened at four this morning so he'd been on the loose for almost four hours now. She quickly grabbed her wand before locking down all of her doors and windows. After her wards were up she apparated to Draco's straight into his bedroom. He was still sleeping and she quickly said a spell checking the house to make sure that no one was there. When it only registered the two of them she locked down his house putting up more wards then Hogwarts had. After they were up she went over and shook him awake.
Draco felt someone shaking him and he opened his eyes to see a frightful Hermione sitting on his bed. "Hermione, what's going on?" he asked as he rubbed the sleep from his eyes.
She didn't speak, only handed him the profit. As he saw the front page everything clicked. "Alright Hermione, don't worry ok, he's not going to be able to get to you, did you put wards up on your house?" he asked
"Yes and I've put more up here, i'm...Draco i'm scared, i don't want him to find me" she said as her voice trembled. He pulled her into his arms and held her tightly.
"It's going to be alright, i'm here alright and i'm not going to let him get to you" he said. She nodded against his chest and sat up before handing him his phone.
"Call the guys and tell them not to come in today alright, we don't want him getting to anyone else" she said and he nodded before quickly calling everyone and giving them the day off. Mean while Hermione called Harry and Ron to let them know and they told her they were already handling it. Luna and Ginny had been moved to the burrow where extra wards were placed up to protect them and they told her every auror was searching for Krum.
After making sure that everyone else was ok Hermione hung up and set her phone on the dresser. Draco sat up against the head board and she moved over to sit next to him. They stayed that way for the rest of the morning. Ever noise in the house had Hermione jumping in her skin and Draco hated that he couldn't do anything for her. He held her all morning as they waited for news from Harry or anyone. Finally around ten that night Hermione's phone rang. It was Harry so she answer it immediately.
"Hermione, we've got him but...well it's not good new well...in my point of view and well anyone who's knows the truth it's good news, we weren't able to detain him, he started firing the killing curse so...we killed him" he said. Hermione didn't move, she didn't respond, she couldn't. 'I'm finally free, i'm completely free' she thought. Draco didn't know what was going on so he took the phone from her.
"Potter what's going on, Hermione froze, did you get him?" he asked.
"Malfoy what are you...never mind, yes but we had to kill him" he said.
"Good, the bastard deserved it, what are they printing in the profit for this?" he asked knowing that they'd have to make up another story.
"i don't know yet but it'll probably be on the press tomorrow" he said. They only talked for a moment more before Draco hung up and turned towards Hermione.
"Hermione, can you please say something, you're starting to really freak me out" he said as he touched her arm lightly. To his surprise she didn't flinch like she normally did. She turned to him and smiled the first real smile he'd seen and he realized then that she hadn't completely healed at all. And when she leaned in and kissed him on the cheek he knew that she'd be ok with things.
After the news Hermione and Draco headed downstairs to eat dinner before Draco took Hermione home.
Alright guys that's all you'll be getting from me for right now. Surprisingly once i started writing it all just came out. I know it wasn't much of a twist but i'm trying. Hopefully now i can start building the relationship between Draco and Hermione and have more of Harry, Ron and the rest of the gang in there, just gotta figure out where everythings gonna go cuz i don't really plan out things, they just sorta happen and again not used to doing chapter stories. Hope everyones doing good, :D peace!
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