Chapter 5 : Draco's Secret
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I was slowly getting used to having Nate and Draco under the same room. I avoided Nate as much as I could, and spent every second I could with Draco. Things weren't so bad.
I'd even go as far as to say that Nate being here made mine and Draco's relationship even better. I think we trusted eachother so much more now. And I felt so much better now that Draco knew my big secret, and now there was nothing that hanging over our relationship. No more secrets between us.
Now, if I could just get him to start having sex with me again...
"What are you doing?" Draco asked me pulling away.
"What does it look like?" I asked as I continued unbuttoning his shirt and kissing him.
"Aria, everyone is here, we can't." He said.
"But we haven't done it in forever." I complained.
"It's only been a month." He said.
"A long excruciating sexless month." I said dramatically. Then something occured to me. "Do you not want to have sex with me anymore?" I asked quietly.
"What? No! Of course I want to have sex with you!" Draco said.
"Yeah, that's what I want to come in on." Adam said from behind us. "I love hearing guys saying they want to have sex with my sister."
"Er, sorry about that." Draco said buttoning up his shirt. "Didn't mean for that to be heard"
"Oh it's fine." Adam said. "At least I know you're attracted to her."
"At least one of us knows that." I muttered. Draco gave me a pleading look, asking with his eyes if we could discuss the sex issue later. I gave him a slight nod.
"So have you heard there's gonna be some huge announcement at dinner?" Adam asked.
I looked at him surprised. "No." I answered. "What's the announcement?"
He shrugged. "No idea. Apparently, it's a surprise."
I groaned. "Can we stop with all the surprises? The last one was horrible!"
"Oh, yes. So where is Nate?" Draco asked.
As if on cue, Nate came waltzing in my room. "Someone mention my name?" He asked.
"No." I said. I wasn't sure why I was lying.
"Well, I'll stay anyway." He said.
"You stay?" I asked scornfully. "But you're so good at leaving."
Nate merely smirked. "You know, you're so cute when you're mad."
"Oh, shut up!" I snapped.
"And now, you're beautiful." He said.
Draco put his arm around me as though to remind Nate that I was with him. Usually, I would have liked this, but since I'm kind of pissed about the sex situation, I shrugged his arm off. Draco looked slightly hurt at my gesture. I pretended not to notice.
Nate noticed the interaction and smirked slightly, clearly pleased with what just happened.
"So, Nate," Adam said. "Do you know anything about the surprise announcement?"
"Don't you have to have a brain to know things?" Alana said coldly as she came in. What is this? Party in Aria's room? "Because Nate lacks that."
"Oh, Alana, how I've always loved how you say what's on your mind." Nate said sarcastically. "Even when it makes you sound like a chienne." Makes her sound like a bitch. He's such an asshole.
"Stupide trou du cul!" She said. Stupid asshole. I couldn't agree more.
"Soyez gentile." Adam said. Be nice. Now, didn't agree at all with him.
Draco looked extremely confused with the conversation, but I'm sure he gathered that Nate and Alana hate eachother. They always have. The whole Anya thing didn't help matters at all.
"Anyways, before was so rudely interupted." Nate threw Alana a contemptuous look. "I actually do know what the announcement is. Infact I'm announcing it."
Please let him be moving to America or somewhere far away, where I'd never have to see him again...
At the end of dinner, we're all waiting for the announcement when Nate clears his thoat. "I have some news to share. I will no longer be attending Beauxbatons."
Yes, yes, yes!
"This year, I will start at Hogwarts."
What did he say? He couldn't have said... "No!" I whispered.
No one heard me over their exclamations. I glanced at Draco. He looked as though he was going to be sick, which is exactly how I felt at the moment.
That night, I lay in bed not believing what was happening. Nate's parents thought it would be wonderful for him to experience new things, so they switched him to Hogwarts. How is my luck that bad? What did I do to deserve this?
"Does he have to come?" I asked Maman as Draco and I were getting ready to go to Diagon Alley to get our school things. Maman had insisted Nate come with us.
"Yes." She said firmly.
"Just kill me now." I said. But no one heard me.
Before we started shopping, we decided to have a drink at the Leaky Cauldron. At some point, Nate left to go to the bathroom.
"Draco I know this isn't the time and place for this, but we need to talk about this." I started. "Do you not want to have sex with me anymore?"
"I already told you I do want to have sex with you." He whispered.
"You say that, but everytime I try to make love to you, you come up with some excuse not to." I said.
He sighed. "I know. It's just that I don't want us to get caught,and then have your parents think all I want to do is shag you. I want them to know that I both respect and love you." He explained.
That made perfect sense. Infact, it was kind of sweet.
I smiled. "Why didn't you just tell me? I thought you weren't attracted to me anymore."
"Aria, I will always be attracted to you. You can turn me on with any little thing." Draco smiled back.
"Really?" I asked. I ran my fingers through my hair. "Does that turn you on?"
"Yes." He said.
I placed my hand on his knee, and leaned closer. "Does this?" I asked. He just nodded. I kissed him. "How about that."
"Mhmm." He said weakly, kissing me hungrily. His hand slid up my knee, up my thigh, into my dress...
"You do realize you're in a public place, right?" Nate's voice asked. We pulled away. I sure hoped we could continue this later.
Draco and I were standing in front of Quality Quidditch Supplies, looking through the window as we waited for Nate to get fitted for robes.
"You want to know something?" Draco asked.
"What?" I replied.
"I started playing Quidditch to impress you." He reddened slightly.
"What?" I asked slightly shocked.
"I thought you had a crush on Potter, and he played Quidditch, so I thought it might impress you if I started playing too." He explained.
"I'm the reason you play Quidditch?" I asked, feeling slightly.
"Yeah," he shrugged. "But don't worry, I actually like it, so it's not a problem."
"You did get lucky, though." I said smiling. "I do kind of have a thing for Quidditch players."
We laughed just as we heard from behind us. "Oh my gosh, Draco?!"
We turned around to see a pretty blonde girl with light brown eyes. I didn't recognize her at all. "Camille?!" Draco asked.
"It is you!" She exclaimed, going into kiss him, but Draco turned it into a hug the last moment. Who was this girl and why did she think it was okay to kiss my boyfriend?
She looked at me curiously. "Aren't you going to introduce me to your friend?" She asked Draco, who seemed to be in a state of shock.
"Um, right, this is actually my girlfriend, Aria. Aria, this is Camille."
"You're Aria?!" She asked before I could say anything. "Wow, I can't believe I get to meet the famous Aria. Draco has mentioned you like a million times." She didn't sound too happy about that I noticed.
"Really?" I asked.
"Oh, yeah." She answered. If she's heard so much about me, why haven't I heard about her?
"So, um how do you know Draco?" I asked in what I hoped was a casual voice. "Are you family, or...?"
Camille laughed. "No, not family, but I almost was once upon a time."
I forced a laugh. "What does that mean exactly?"
She stops laughing and turns to Draco. "She doesn't know?" She asked him.
"No..." Draco answered quietly.
"Know what?" I asked not liking this.
"Well, I'm Draco's ex fianceč."
"Excuse me?!" I asked. "Wha-how?"
"Well, our parents set us up a few years ago. The plan was for us to get married when we turn eighteen. Draco broke it off last year because of well...you." So that explains why she seems to not really like me. But it doesn't explain why Draco kept this from me.
"Wow." I said absorbing this all. I couldn't believe Draco had been engaged. All that time he was chasing after me he was committed to marry someone. And I'm the reason it's over now. How could he not tell me? And here I was feeling guilty about Nate, when Draco was freakin engaged!
"I know it's insane." Camille said. "But at least things worked out. You guys are together."
Draco is being awfully silent, and looks as though he'd rather be anywhere else right now. I just can't believe him.
I don't even notice Nate walk over to us. "Hey, I'm done." He said. He noticed Camille. He turned to me, giving me a strange look. "A friend of yours?" He asked.
"Actually, she's Draco's ex...fianceč." I said.
This can't be happening. It just can't. There's no way that standing in front of me is my girlfriend, my girlfriend's ex, and my ex fianceč. There's just no way. I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't having a nightmare. Unfortunately, I wasn't.
"Excuse me, did you say 'ex fianceč?" Nate asked Aria.
"I sure did." She forces a smile.
There's no mistaking Aria's anger, and Nate's utter glee at this whole situation. I'm suddenly scared that I could lose Aria to him after this. Why did Camille have to be here?!
Camille stuck out her hand. "I'm Camille." She said.
"I'm Nate." Nate said looking all pleased. "I'm Aria's ex. Boyfriend, though. Not fiancč. We weren't engaged at such a young age."
He was really rubbing this in my face. And making matters worse for me and Aria. But I suppose that's what he was trying to do.
"What is the chance you'd be here too?" Camille smiled.
"Um, not slim. I came here with them." Nate answered. "I'm staying with Aria and her family for the summer."
"Interesting." She said looking at me, wondering how I was okay with that.
"I'm staying there too." I said. I was surprised I found my voice again.
"It's an unsual arrangement, but it works out." Aria said, before Camille could comment again.
"Oh." Camille nodded.
I cleared my throat. "So, what brings you here Camille?" I asked.
"Oh, I'm shopping for school supplies." She answered. "You're not going to believe this, but I'm starting at Hogwarts this year."
She's right. I can't believe it. Me, Aria, Nate and Camille at Hogwarts. That's a recipe for disaster, and probably break up.
How did this happen? I never even intended for Aria to ever find out about Camille. I was hoping I could keep it quiet. I had started to feel a little guilty about not telling her, though. I mean, she told me about Nate, and I was still keeping a secret.
That's the reason I'm avoiding having sex with her. I don't feel I deserve to make love to Aria when I'm keeping something for her. It's been so hard to not have sex with her, though. Especially since she's so insistant on doing it. Every night I laid in the same bed as her, and I had to refrain from touching her. It was torture.
But the way things are looking with Aria finding out about Camille, I wouldn't be getting sex anyways. Unfortunately it wasn't going to be my choice.
I looked at Aria. The shock is clear on her face. I can't help but wonder if this is the end...
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