Chapter 1 : Chapter 1
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Hermione let out a sigh as she saw Ron and Lavender kissing the living dead out of each other during dinner . . . again. She looked down at her food a moment later and sighed as she pushed her plate away. “I think I may have just lost my appetite.” She muttered under her breath and looked over at her other friends for some support or agreement but instead saw them cuddling with their hands interlaced together.
She sighed and clicked her tongue against the roof of her mouth. ‘Great, just great. All my friends are together with someone. I’m the only one without a boyfriend.’ Hermione thought to herself and looked over at Ron once more with a pained expression. She loved him; she loved her best friend but got rejected. During the war, they shared a kiss and Hermione thought it meant something to Ron because it meant the world to her . . . but she was wrong. Ron claimed that he kissed her because he was ‘in the moment’ and that the kiss mean nothing to him. But why? Out of all the girls in school why did Ron have to choose Lavender Brown? Ron should’ve chosen her, Hermione. Ron and Hermione . . . Harry and Ginny . . . they would have been perfect. They could’ve been the invincible four, all friends, paired up with each other. But that idea was thrown out the window a couple of months ago when Ron started going out with Lavender. Ugh. Life couldn’t be any more worse for Hermione Granger.
They all hung out with each other so she couldn’t avoid them unfortunately. Ginny was her best friend but she was Ron’s little sister so she couldn’t say everything she wanted to say about Ron to her. Not to mention the fact that Ginny was dating Harry and they told each other everything. Harry was her best friend but also Ron’s best friend and those two had a strong bond with their ‘brotherhood’. They told each other everything about anything, so if Ginny were to tell half the things Hermione told her about Ron, Harry would most likely tell Ron. She couldn’t afford losing another one of her best friends. She couldn’t just leave all of her friends at once just because of Ron. Of course not . . . if only Ron chose her.
It was soon to be the winter holidays and everyone was just about ready to leave school to go home. Hermione, on the other hand, decided to stay because her parents were planning on going on their eighteenth wedding anniversary and they did not want their know-it-all, bookworm daughter to ruin it. To her dismay, everyone was going to stay at school. She thought she could escape the annoying snogging sessions Ron and Lavender broke out into every five seconds but she was wrong. She’d have to spend time with them for the next two weeks. Them just sucking each other’s faces off while she just read a book.
“Aren’t you excited we’re all staying here for the holidays?” Ginny asked her friend with a grin.
“It’s great . . .” Hermione said in response, bitterly. “Why are you guys staying at Hogwarts this holiday? We always go over to your house and spend the holidays there. I mean, wouldn’t you rather stay over there then here with me? I’m not going to do anything except read and study.” She explained to Ginny, trying to persuade her stubborn friend.
“Oh, don’t be ridiculous Hermione. You weren’t going to come home with us this winter break so I refused to go which resulted into Harry changing his mind about going . . . and pretty much Ron followed and of course, Lavender did, too. For the past seven years, we always went to my house to spend the holidays but since you were going to stay here . . . well, it wouldn’t be the same without you.” Ginny explained and smiled. “Well, hey, I believe we can be roommates while everyone’s gone.” She told her friend with an excited grin. “I’ve been dying for sleepovers!”
Hermione couldn’t help but laugh at her friend. “Thank you for staying here just because of me.” She told Ginny and Harry. “But I’m pretty sure you guys and . . . Ron and Lavender will be too busy spending time with each other.” She told them with a small, disappointed smile. “But I will be spending my holiday in the library so it wouldn’t matter to me anyway.”
“Oh, but come on, Hermione.” Ginny begged and suddenly glared at her brother and Lavender. “You’re going to avoid us because of them, am I right?” She asked her friend, surprising Hermione with her dead on accuracy.
Hermione forced a small chuckle and refused at once. “What? No! Of course not! Are you mental!?” She asked her friend, a little bit too exaggeratedly. ‘Oh, gosh, she knows. I’m such a bad liar.’ She told herself with a groan.
“I think you’re the mental one.” Ron said to her with his arms around Lavender’s petite waist.
Hermione immediately shot daggers at him and clenched her jaw. “Ron, I appreciate that you shared your opinion with us but I did not ask for it so please don’t do it again.” She stared at him for a few more seconds and then turned her gaze on Ginny. “I have other important things to do anyways, Ginny. I’ll be busy with . . . studying, reading, and maybe even with someone.” She said as she shrugged her shoulders. “Who knows?”
“You don’t have a boyfriend.” Ron said bluntly as he slightly laughed incredulously.
Harry shot his friend a warning look as he kicked Ron in the shin under the table. “Ron, just shut up.” He whispered over to his friend in a hurry.
Hermione furrowed her eyebrows as she glared at Ron. “And why do you say that? You’re saying it as if it’s never going to happen.” She snapped at him and shot up from her seat. “If I were you Ronald, I would just mind my own business instead of jumping into someone else’s conversation. Why don’t you just go back to snogging your girlfriend, you seem to be doing it a lot these days anyway.” She quickly left the Great hall with flaming, hot cheeks. She slowed down a bit to catch her breath. Her chest heaved up and down heavily as if she had just run a marathon.
She came to a complete stop in the middle of the corridor as she pressed her lips into a thin line. She felt tears threatening to spill out and abandon her. She clenched her fists hard so that her knuckles turned white. She couldn’t cry . . . not here, not now, not because of Ron. She inhaled deeply and let her fingers relax and unroll out of the fist and sighed. She held her tears back in and proceeded to walk off but a familiar voice stopped her.
“Hermione, are you alright?”
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Draco groaned and shot a glare at Pansy. “Pansy, get your filthy hands off of me.” He snapped at her as he roughly pushed her hands away from his thigh. He was pleasantly enjoying his dinner with his best friend, Blaise until she showed up to ruin it.
“Why are you being so shy, Draky?” Pansy asked with her annoying, high pitched voice as she smiled at Draco.
“Don’t. Call me that.” He said sternly as he stared at her with his cold, arctic grey eyes. “Just—just leave me alone, Pansy.”
Pansy slightly backed off from his cold glare, the smile getting swiped off her face in a matter of seconds. She quickly composed herself and stared at Draco. “No matter what you say or do to me—“ She stopped and slightly giggled to herself. “—I’ll always be here. The more and more you tell me to back off, actually makes me want you even more.” She explained with a smirk. “The more you tell me to leave you alone, the more I want to stay with you.”
Draco frowned as he glared at her. “Look, I don’t think I got this through your thick skull, but I want you to leave me the fuck alone. I absolutely detest you! You’re merely just a bratty bitch who’s extremely dense. Why don’t you go bother some other guy for once and leave me the hell alone?” He raised his voice at her slightly.
Pansy slightly lowers her gaze on him and crosses her arms across her chest as she glared at him. “I’m going to pretend like I didn’t hear that because I know you don’t mean it.” She said stubbornly as she got up from her seat.
“Whatever, Parkinson.” He sighed in defeat as he stared at his plate of food with a groan.
Pansy remained standing next to Draco with a hard glare and after a few more minutes of staring, she ripped her eyes from him and quickly walked out of the Great hall without another word.
“I think you upset her.” Blaise Zabini, Draco’s best mate, chimed in with a taunting chuckle.
“Shut up.” Draco told Blaise with an unpleasant scowl and stared at his friend. “Why won’t she leave me the hell alone?”
“Gee, because I know the answer and I know how she feels.” Blaise said with sarcasm dripping from his voice. “What the hell are you asking me for?” He asked his friend with a what-the-hell-stare.
“It was a rhetorical question, you prick.” Draco retorted back and sighed as he groaned. “She’s getting even more annoying as the days go on.”
“I know what you mean. Just watching her makes me wants to hex myself but I can’t even fathom how bad you must feel considering the position you’re in.” Blaise said with a long sigh, feeling sympathy for his friend.
“I wish I could just . . . get her off my back, you know?”
“I completely understand. I mean, if you had a girlfriend maybe she’d back off but come on now. Draco Malfoy does not do relationships and have girlfriends. The only thing close to that in your book is a shagging partner.” Blaise said with a laugh.
Draco’s eyes suddenly lit up. “Girlfriend . . .?”
. . . . . .
Hermione stopped and sighed as she turned around. “I’m fine, Ginny. I just . . . I just got a bit caught up in my emotions and it—I—uhm, I—“ She mentally slapped herself for mumbling like an idiot and especially in front of Ginny.
“Let’s talk about it.” Ginny said reassuringly and walked over to Hermione. They started to walk and talk through the empty corridors. “I’m sorry that my brother is an idiotic fool.” She apologized.
“Hey, I loved that idiotic fool once.” Hermione said weakly as she felt the tears come back to her.
Ginny looked over at Hermione and saw that her warm, chocolate brown eyes glisten. “You should just forget about him. He’s not worth the tears, he had his chance and he lost it. Don’t let him think he can have you whenever he pleases. You need to show him that he doesn’t get another chance.” Ginny shared with her friend sternly.
“You should get a boyfriend!” She said as she snapped her fingers. “Then, Ron will get jealous and he’ll realize what a fool he’s been and when he asks for another chance, you can shoot him down. Don’t worry, he’ll get over it.” She reassured her friend.
Hermione slightly scoffed and stopped walking as she stared at Ginny’s dazzling emerald eyes. “That’s impossible, I don’t like anyone and besides, no one likes a know-it-all bookworm like me.”
“Who the hell are you?” Hermione raised an eyebrow at her friend.
“I’m Hermione Granger?”
“That’s all you need! Uh, hello? You’re the smartest witch of our generation! Hermione, you’re gorgeous, smart, sweet, and intelligent. Who wouldn’t like you?” Ginny asked as she grabbed her friend’s shoulders, slightly shaking her.
“My stupid brother isn’t the only one out there. There are so many other guys out there! All you need to do is look for the right one.”
“Like who? Who is there that I could date that’ll make Ron jealous and make him feel absolutely stupid for not picking me?” Hermione asked her friend.
“Blaise Zabini is pretty good looking.” Ginny said as she raised an eyebrow but quickly laughed. “I’m kidding. I mean he is handsome but Harry is the only guy for me, don’t worry!” She said and slightly smirked. “You should date someone like Draco Malfoy, Ron despises him and you have to admit, he’s pretty handsome.”
“Draco Malfoy?” She thought about it and a smirk crawled onto her face. “I think I found a lucky candidate to be my boyfriend, Ginny.” Hermione said and stared at Ginny. “You’re brilliant! This whole plan is brilliant!”
“What!?” Ginny asked her friend with wide eyes as she dropped her arms to her side. “It was merely just a suggestion. No, it was a joke Hermione—“
“No, no, it’s perfect. It’s absolutely flawless. All I have to do is make Draco Malfoy fall in love with me, I’ll date him and Ron will regret losing me, I’ll get my revenge, and then I’ll just dump Malfoy after it! That’s perfect!”
“No, it’s not.”
“Then, you and I will have to make a plan to make it perfect.” Hermione rambled on, ignoring Ginny’s statement.
“You and I . . . as in together?”
“What else?” Hermione asked with excited eyes. “This is fantastic.”
“I was just kidding—“
“Ginny, we need to think of a plan. Let’s go to the library.” She suggested as she dashed off with Ginny slowly walking behind.
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Blaise immediately stopped laughing and raised an eyebrow at Draco. “You, you aren’t serious are you? I was just kidding man.” He said nervously.
“No, no, Blaise I think you’re onto something.” Draco said with a small smirk. “If I have a girlfriend, Pansy will surely leave me alone.”
“It depends on who that girlfriend is. You know, I was really just kidding—“
“You’re right. I need a girl that Pansy hates . . . but who?” He asked, ignoring Blaise completely. He looked around the Great hall, looking for any girl who Pansy would hate. His eyes finally landed on the perfect girl for the job. Hermione Ganger. “Granger.”
“What!?” Blaise yelled loudly, completely in shock at his friend’s decision. “Draco, please, it was just a harmless joke. Don’t take it—“
“She’s perfect, Blaise. I can make anyone fall in love with me. I assure you Granger isn't any different.” Draco said confidently and smirked even wider—if that was possible.
“You cannot be serious! Granger, Draco? Really? She’s a mudblood, a Gryffindor, a complete know-it-all bookworm, a . . . a—she’s Hermione Granger!” Blaise yelled at his friend with an incredulous look on his face.
“I know what she is.” He said calmly and stared at his friend. “Granger is a mudblood, a Gryffindor, a complete know-it-all bookworm, she’s Hermione Granger and she’s perfect.” Draco threw his friend’s words back at him. “Everything you described her as is the perfect reason why she should be my girlfriend. Think about it, Pansy hates the girl. Once Pansy finds out I’m dating Granger, all will be well. She’ll leave me alone and I’ll be damn happy.”
“You’re mental.” Blaise said as he shook his head. “Okay, fine genius, tell me this. How will you make her fall in love with you? You two hate each other—detest each other. You guys have been arch-enemies the minute you two laid eyes on each other, the only thing you guys said to each other in the past seven years were nothing but insults. Why do you think she’d change her feelings about you all of a sudden?” Blaise asked his friend. “They don’t call her the smartest witch of our generation, mate, she’s a genius and not to mention curious. I’m sure she’ll jump right into conclusions when you start talking to her.”
Draco looked his friend for a few seconds and looked over to where Hermione was. He saw Hermione yell something at Ron Weasley and storm out of the room with Ginny chasing after her. He smirked and slightly chuckled in amusement and looked back at a stunned and astounded Weasel-King. He looked back at his friend with a cocky grin and raised an eyebrow. “Everyone in Hogwarts knows Granger got rejected by the Weasel-King. She’s heartbroken, that’s where I come in. I’ll start talking to her, become her friend, and then I’ll make my first move.”
“I don’t understand—“
“You will soon enough.” Draco said with a smirk and sighed happily. “I’m actually looking forward to the winter holidays. I mean, I was planning on staying here but I was worried I was going to be bored but now . . . I think it’s going to be fun.” He said as he stared at Blaise. “You’re smarter than I thought, mate.”
“Thanks! Wait.” Blaise said, his small grin disappearing into thin air. “Did you just insult me on my intelligence?”
“Yes, I did but that’s not important right now. We’ve got bigger things to worry about.” He said as he got up and gesturing for Blaise to stand also. “We need to make a plan and when I say ‘we’, I mean you and me.”
“I don’t want anything to do with this whole idiotic plan.”
“Too bad, you’re the one who gave me the idiotic plan in the first place, so you’re sticking to it. Now, come on then.” Draco walked out of the Great Hall with Blaise reluctantly following behind.
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