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Everything Luna and Ginny were talking about seemed to fade away as her memories controlled her mind. They kept haunting her. She remembered the pain and fear that had engulfed her. Tears stung her eyes as she remembered hearing her screams piercing the silence of the dark room. She automatically placed a hand on her arm where the secret burned below.
“What’s the matter?” Luna’s dreamy voice sounded.
Hermione looked to Luna’s face to see that her blue eyes had fallen on Hermione’s arm. Hermione closed her eyes letting a solitude tear roll down her cheek. She couldn’t keep this from her best friends any longer but she knew in the back of her mind she has to stay silent about it. Opening her eyes, Hermione noticed that Ginny was now looking gravely concerned.
“Mione, whatever is the matter?” Ginny asked.
“Nothing, I’m fine honestly,” Hermione said turning her head to look out of the window.
“There is something wrong and I can sense it,” Ginny said sitting next to Hermione, wrapping a comforting arm round her shoulders.
“Oh Ginny, if only you knew,” Hermione sobbed.
“Is it your parents?” Ginny cooed.
“No, I can’t tell you what it is,” Hermione said.
Ginny looked at Luna, who was still gazing at Hermione’s hand on her arm, and then back to Hermione. She was worried about her friend. Friends keep secrets but if something is troubling them they would tell each other so they could help each other through it. Ginny knew that she had to help Hermione. If Hermione kept it away from her friends even longer they would soon start worrying and asking questions.
“What is the matter with your arm?” Luna questioned.
“Nothing!” Hermione snapped.
Now Ginny sensed that there was something truly wrong. Something was troubling Hermione and she was going to find out what no matter how long it took.
“Let me take a look at it,” Ginny said.
Hermione took a deep breath in and removed her hand from her arm. It pained her so much for Ginny to find out this way but the longer she kept it away and hidden it would kill her inside. Ginny looked at Hermione before pulling up her sweater sleeve. Slowly but surely the thick agonizingly black lines began to show, first as a snakes head the further up appeared a skull. Luna whimpered at the sight of it whereas Ginny just sighed.
“What were you thinking Hermione?” Ginny said shaking her head.
“Ginny please promise me you won’t tell anyone?” Hermione asked looking Ginny straight in the eyes.
Just then the click of the compartment door sounded. Hermione rushed to hide the mark but it was too late. She could feel the newcomer’s eyes boring into her flesh. She looked up to recognise the piercing cold grey eyes looking at her.
“Oh look Granger has been a bad girl,” Draco teased.
“You aren’t helping the situation Malfoy,” Ginny shot a glare at him.
“Don’t worry I won’t tell anyone,” Malfoy said leaning on the door frame.
“How can I trust you Malfoy?” Hermione snapped.
Draco raised his arm to his sleeve and pulled it back. On his pale skin appeared the jet black lines of the unmistakable Dark Mark. Hermione gasped in surprise. Now she knew what he meant when he said ‘I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of each other this year’.
“Why would you do it?” Draco asked Hermione.
“I had no say in the matter. My parents forced me to accept Voldemort’s offer. He said I would become a greater witch with the powers I would gain through being a Death Eater. This is not the future I wanted for myself Malfoy,” Hermione said angrily wiping a tear away.
Ginny looked at Draco with questioning eyes. Why was he being so nice to Hermione? Normally he hated her for who she was but Ginny guessed that now they were on the same side rivalry wasn’t an option.
“Mione, my lips are sealed I promise,” Ginny said soothingly.
“Yeah mine are too,” Luna said smiling
“Would you two mind if I talked to Granger alone?” Draco asked.
Ginny and Luna happily obliged. They left the compartment swiftly before going to see if they could find Harry and Ron. Hermione tried to avoid looking at Draco as he sat down opposite her. Just because they were now both on the same side it wouldn’t mean that she would be friends with him not after what he said to her in their second year.
“Why are you being so civil to me Malfoy?” Hermione asked quietly.
“Aren’t we allowed to talk? I know we haven’t gotten along in the past but we might as well try to get along for the sake of our parents and the Dark Lord,” Draco said.
“Fine!” Hermione snapped. Sometimes she just wished that Malfoy would get straight to the point instead of just rambling on. In her head she knew that he was right but two could play his little games.
“Look can we please just try to get on,” Draco asked.
“We will get on away from our friends. When we are with our friends then we are enemies. Deal?” Hermione said wishing that he would just leave her alone.
“Deal, well I’m sure that I’ll see you later then Hermione,” Draco smiled as he got up.
It took Hermione a couple of seconds just to realise what he said but by the time she was going to speak he was already out of the door. She decided to keep her mind at piece by looking out of the window. She breathed a sigh of relief as she noticed the castle of Hogwarts looming closer. Why did he call me Hermione? Normally he just calls me Granger, Hermione thought to herself. She immediately forgot about it when Ginny entered the compartment alone. She looked pleased with herself maybe she had given her brother, Ron, a good telling off. But anyway she started to ask what Draco had wanted to talk to Hermione about.