All Hermione wanted was to see what the commotion was going on outside. She was sleeping, in a middle of a good dream when she heard a big continuous banging outside her apartment. All she was going to do was just get a quick sneak peek at what was outside and then quickly go back to the comfort of her bed, dry and all. Hermione had no idea that the one who was making all that noise and ruckus was Astoria Greengrass all wet from the rain pounding on the door of the apartment next to Harry’s and Ginny’s.
“Astoria?” When Astoria turned her head Hermione was shocked to see that she was crying. The rain can only hide so much.
“Are you ok?” Hermione asked.
“Ya I’m fine. Daphne isn’t answering the door. Daphne open up!” Astoria said pounding the door to her sister’s apartment.
Hermione couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Not only is Astoria Greengrass standing in right in front of her, but she is soaking wet and crying.
“Do you want to come in?” Hermione found herself asking.
“No it’s fine, Daphne is going to answer any minute.” Astoria said once again pounding on the door again.
“Daphne! Daphne open up!” Astoria really didn’t want to take one foot anywhere with Hermione Granger.
“I don’t think she’s gonna open up.” Hermione said
“Daphne come on! Open the door!”
“She’s not going to open up already! So stop pounding the door already!”
“What?” Astoria was shocked.
“You woke me up from my sleep, and you’re probably waking up Harry, Ginny and the rest of the people at these apartments up if you keep pounding on someone’s door who is not going to answer. I’m tired and I’m cranky, so please, you are soaking wet, and before I get soaking wet, can you please come inside and dry up?”
Astoria couldn’t believe what she was hearing, Hermione Granger had the nerve to talk to her like that? But she was cold, and wet, and some dry clothes would be good about now, cause even though Astoria hated Hermione, she was right. Daphne wasn’t going to open the door. Man, she’s definitely gonna hear about this later.
“Fine.” Astoria said giving up.
Once they got into the apartment Astoria sat uncomfortably in a seat at the dining room table while Hermione went to her room to find her some dry clothes. When she came out, she had a pair of sweat pants, a blanket and the biggest shirt she could find.
“Sorry I couldn’t find something sooner, it was hard finding something to fit around…”
“No I understand thank you.” Astoria said knowing she was talking about how Astoria had a bigger chest then Hermione.
“Um the bathroom is down that hall second door to the right.” Hermione said.
Once Astoria got changed and out of the bathroom the first thing she said was,
“Just because I came inside your apartment and put on your clothes doesn’t mean I’m going to tell you anything.”
“I didn’t expect you to.” Hermione said handing her a blanket.
“Want some tea?” Hermione asked already making some.
“But Draco makes me so angry!” Astoria said almost making Hermione jump.
“I have worked since year one at Hogwarts to make Draco see me the way I see him. I love him so much. No one loves him more than I do. And for what? To have it all thrown down the drain, I don’t think so. The ones he love is me Hermione, the one he loves is me!”
Why do I feel that comment was directly aimed at me? Hermione thought to herself.
“You know I’m dating Blaise. That’s the reason why I came to dinner that night, for Blaise, not Draco.”
“But there you go, you just called him Draco.” Astoria said catching her.
“Well that’s his name.” Hermione tried to argue back.
“When did you start to care about that? When did you even start to care about him? Do you know how long he’s cared about you?”
Even though Hermione knew the answer, when she didn’t answer back, Astoria continued.
“Since year one he’s cared.” Astoria said now crying.
“How do you know?”
“How do I know? Because I’ve been watching him since my first year.” Astoria said without revealing the argument earlier that night.
“I watched him fall in love with you year after year while you didn’t even notice him unless he was making fun of you.”
“Then why didn’t he tell me! Instead of just watching me, instead of making fun of me, why didn’t he tell me?” Hermione suddenly said not caring if she wakes Gin and Harry up.
“See I was right, you do love him.” Astoria said.
Goodness she’s right... Hermione thought to herself. But that’s it, having feelings for someone doesn’t stop or change reality. Right at this very moment, Hermione is having an argument with his fiancé about who Draco really likes.
Draco has already made his choice.
When Hermione collected her thoughts in her head, she said,
“Ya, I may have feelings for Draco, but he already made his choice.” There was no need in denying her feelings to Astoria now.
“What do you mean?”
“If Draco really liked me as you say, instead of just watching me, he would have done something about it. But instead he didn’t, and he chose you Astoria. You are his fiancé, not me. I am dating Blaise. You may not think I have feelings for him, but I really do. He’s kind, caring, a and a great guy. He makes me smile every time I’m around him. I’m not going to have what happened what happened between me and Ron happen to you.”
“Wait, what do you mean, what happened between you guys?” Astoria asked still interested in what really happened so long ago.
Hermione really didn’t want to tell her, but if it will convince Astoria, she might as well tell.
“Two weeks before my wedding, I found out that during the whole engagement Ron was cheating on me.” Hermione said shortening the story.
“He did, with whom?”
“That doesn’t matter. My point is that I wouldn’t want what happened between me and Ron happen to anyone, especially if I’m the other woman. So please understand that feelings or no, the one he chose was you, not me. Now come on, it’s late, I’m tired and I bet you are too.” Hermione said finishing her tea.
“Wait you letting me sleep here?” Astoria said also finishing her tea.
“I’m not going to let you go back out there. It’s late, it’s cold and it’s still raining.”
“I just told you…”
“No, why are you being so nice to me? We just got done arguing but you’re still letting me spend the night? If I were you, I would have kicked me out.”
In all honesty, Hermione wanted to kick her out in the cold, but she just couldn’t. The only reason why Astoria is arguing with her is because she’s afraid of losing the man she loves. When she was still with Ron, Hermione knew that if she thought someone was after him, she would have acted the same way. Until recently she had no idea what went on in Draco’s life let alone what Draco’s true feelings were for her, but Astoria knew all along. How did she feel for all those years?
“It’s because you’re in love.” She said confusing Astoria said even more.
“Now come on, you can sleep on the couch. Here’s a pillow.” Hermione said pulling one out of the closet nearby.
“Thank you.” Astoria said once she got situated on the couch.
“You’re welcome. Goodnight Astoria.”
“Goodnight Hermione.” She said as Hermione walked to her room and closed the door.
“It’s because you’re in love.”
“So that’s what they see in her.” Astoria whispered to herself before finally going to sleep.
**Wahoo for Chpt 17!!! Oooh Ooh OOOOOooooh! Announcement time! As of October 25, 2011, Her Reason to Stay is officially completely written! All I need to do is type it out and make some small grammatical changes (you guys know how well I am with grammer ;D) to the new chapters (i've been literally working on it all day... while watching Grey's Anatomy :D) and then bam! Research and it's Sequel time!! I'm so excited for this sequel.. ive got so many ideas in my head forming for this... and I can't wait to start posting it up on here! I hope you guys like it! But this is me getting too ahead of myself.. so ya.. what do you guys think?? Astoria and Hermione met for a showdown! haha not really... but ya... review? Tell me what you think? And i'll see you guys in Chpt 18! ~kitty_kat9211**