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“Hermione…?” Draco murmured softly, pressing his lips gently to her forehead. Her eyelids fluttered open, and blushed a little to find herself back in Draco’s arms. It was like they had just met, because the whole Pansy incident had brought their relationship back to square one. Draco’s lips fell slightly, but he didn’t say anything, because he knew it was his fault.
“I’m going to go to the…erm…library…I’ll see you at dinner…” Hermione muttered, before untangling herself and walking out of the common room. Draco watched her leave, and he knew that she had not entirely forgiven him, but he swore to himself that he would earn her trust back…in time.
Hermione didn’t know why it was awkward to be in Draco’s arms. Maybe it was because she imagined Pansy in her place? Shuddering, Hermione decided that she needed to be around friends, so instead of going to the library, as she said she would be, she made her way to the Gryffindor common room. “Finite Totalus” She stated, and the Fat Lady swung forwards to reveal the red and scarlet clad room.
“Hermione!” Harry’s voice reached her ears the moment she had entered. Before she barely had time to register her surroundings, Harry had thrown himself forward into a gigantic bear hug. Smiling faintly, Hermione hugged him back, before withdrawing and looking around the room. Everyone was staring at her, in either disgust, or pity.
“Hermione…are you okay? Ginny told us about…you and…uhm…Draco” Harry told her with pity in his large green eyes. Hermione managed a small glare at Ginny before nodding at Harry.
“Yes, I'm fine. I forgave him last night.”
“You did WHAT?!” It was not Harry’s voice who had yelled at her, but Ron’s. He had been sitting happily in the armchair by a table, but Hermione’s words had jolted him to reality. “You…forgave him? Why?! You forgave him but not me? I’m hurt Hermione!” Ron cried haughtily, gesturing wildly with his arms as Hermione backed away, terrified.
“I…Ron…I couldn’t stay mad at him…I love him!” Hermione said, holding her hands held in front of her body pleadingly. “And Draco didn’t sleep with Pansy…” Hermione winced as she said this, for the unwelcomed mental images suddenly dominated her mind.
“Whatever Hermione, I just thought that our friendship might have been worth something. I thought that our friendship would mean something and you could forgive me. If I had known that you would have forgiven the ferret that treated you like scum for the past 6 years…” Ron didn’t bother finishing, but made a rude hand gesture to the air. Hermione flinched back, and she found herself retorting.
“I never loved you Ron! You were my best friend, yes, but I didn’t love you! I didn’t know you were cheating me until I decided to break up with you! Tell me…how many times have you slept with that disgusting slut behind my back? I don’t think it was just the once!” Ron had moved forwards, glaring at her in anger.
“Don’t talk about Lavender like that!” He shouted in her face, his eyes wild with fury. Behind him, Hermione dimly registered the pleading and alarmed voices of Ginny and Harry. Ron ignored them."Did you hear me?” He snarled, “Don’t ever call Lavender a slut again, do you understand?”
Hermione stopped dead, and she looked up at Ron’s furious face (which was exactly the same shade as his hair. “I never realised that you could love a slut so much Ronald, to be so protective of her that you would hurt your best friend” she said coldly. Ron’s eyes were behind comprehension; he growled menacingly, warning her to back off. “Really Ron? For that bitch?” This was too much for Ron. He yelled in her face, turned, and stormed up the stairs to the boys dormitory.
Hermione's eyes fluttered, but she held in the tears. Tears of shock that her best friend would yell at her without an ounce of respect, tears of pain that her best friend had turned on her for something that had ruined their relationship, and tears of agony, from the hurtful words that had ben directed at her.
Hermione caught herself before the tears fell. She could taste the small trickle of blood from biting the inside of her cheek so hard. Casting another terrified look at Ron's storming behind, Hermione felt the tears escaping, and she fled out of the room. She realised with a hint of irony, that she had gone to the Gryffindor common room for some comfort from her friends, but had received nothing less than a shouting match, and a terrifying blow to her confidence.
Hermione didn’t know where to go. She had lost her appetite and didn’t want to go to dinner, and she didn’t want to go the library, where a lethal Madame Pince would be prowling the aisles. She would’ve gone and fell into Draco’s comforting and protective arms, but her trust in him was still too weak. Deciding that an empty classroom was the only place where Hermione could take refuge, she crawled into a ball at the back of the room, and cried softly to herself, trying to soothe herself by releasing her pain. The sound was strangely reassuring, and she never wanted to leave her hiding spot.
Draco had waited at dinner, hoping that Hermione would walk through the doors and look over at him. Draco also noticed that Harry and Ginny were ignoring the Weasel, who was looking rather shocked and upset. Suddenly, the white snowy owl of Potter’s soared across the room to land beside Draco. His eyes narrowed in confusion, and he took the hastily folded noted from the animal’s beak.
‘Have you seen Hermione since this afternoon?’
Draco was confused, and worried. He thought, since she wasn’t in the library when Draco checked before dinner, that she had gone to visit her friends. Clearly not. Draco quickly drew a pen from his bag and scribbled a reply, before sending the owl back to its owner.
‘No, I thought she was with you. I’m going to look for her now.’
Draco grabbed his bag and left, ignoring the seductive smiles coming from Pansy, and the questioning looks from Blaise. Draco ran along the corridor of the third floor, searching the rooms for Hermione, but he didn’t receive any luck. This was highly frustrating, and his worry for Hermione was increasing rapidly, with every empty classroom he searched.
After what seemed like an entire day, Draco was about to go back to the common room and wait for Hermione to come back, when he heard a small sniff coming from one of the rooms down the corridor. Draco froze, and his body relaxed when he heard the sound again. He began to run down the corridor until he reached the door which hid the crying girl. Draco opened the door and stepped slowly into view.
Hermione was curled in a small ball in the very back corner of the room, he robes pooling on the ground, and her hair hiding her face from view. Her face was buried in her arms, and she was sobbing quietly by herself, looking lonely and abandoned. With a heart wrenching feeling of hurt and sympathy, Draco rushed over to hold her in his arms. She looked up slightly, her wide, brown eyes speckled with glistening tears. Draco tensed, and took her chin in his hands. He suddenly realised why Harry and Ginny were ignoring Ron at dinner and why Ron had looked so upset…
“Hermione…I’m so sorry…I’m going to kill that Weasel!” He growled angrily, his blue eyes sparkling with tears. Hermione leaned into his chest and whimpered softly.
“I didn’t know he would be so violent with his words…” She murmured, holding Draco’s arms as if she was afraid that someone else would come along and hurt her. She had suffered enough emotional trauma in the past three days alone… “Draco…how did you know where to find me?” She asked him curiously, looking up at him underneath her wet lashes.
“Harry sent me an owl at dinner asking if I knew where you were. I got worried and I started looking for you…”
“Oh. Thank you. It feels nice, having at least someone who cares…”Hermione said softly, burying her face in his school robes. Draco felt his heart crumble in Hermione’s pain, as he whispered back.
“Of course I care Hermione. I love you”
Hermione didn’t say anything for a while, but she finally replied, “I love you too Draco” and he gathered her closer in his arms. “Can we just forget everything that happened this week?” she pleaded, obviously referring to Draco and Pansy…and Ron.
Draco nodded, and kissed her lips lightly. “Let’s go back to bed…you look exhausted” Draco smiled gently at Hermione, and lifted her easily, without the slightest jostle. Hermione nestled her face on his chest, and wrapped her arms around his warm neck. She couldn’t ever stay away from him anymore, no matter what he had said or done.
Irrational love can be so damn annoying.
Hermione woke up in Draco’s bed, fully clothed and wrapped in warm sheets. She turned and saw Draco still asleep, lying beside her with his platinum blonde hair falling over his closed eyes. He looked like a sleeping angel, and Hermione smiled softly to herself, before gently lifting the covers and crawling out of bed. She walked over to the bathroom and took a long, warm shower. It felt good, and calmed her, relieving her from her stress and worries…
Hermione was walking down the stairs, and saw Draco already sitting on the sofa, dressed in a white shirt with khaki pants. Hermione greeted him and checked the date in her diary.
“HOLY HIPPOGRIFF! I’ve been losing track of time! There’s only three weeks until our NEWTS?” Hermione groaned, and Draco chuckled.
“Calm down love, everyone knows you’re the brightest witch of our age! We know you’re going to get top marks in everything…” Draco teased, throwing a cushion at her.
Hermione rolled her eyes and retrieved her bag from underneath the table, (how it got there was still unknown). She pulled out a quill and some parchment and began copying down the notes for Ancient Runes. Draco grinned as he watched her scribble furiously on the piece of parchment, her warm brown eyes furrowed in concentration.
He loved her ridiculously, and he couldn’t believe he had spent the last 6 years hating her blood… It all seemed very silly now. Draco couldn’t care less what his father or anyone thought about their relationship. And he was going to prove his love to her..
Irrational love was beautiful.
A/N: Heyo guys :) I'm still stunned by how pretty the CI is :') Ellie is amazing, she won Featured Artist, 2nd in LGMS, best tutorial, AND got promoted to staff in one month :D Plus, she's an amazing person :) I love her stuff!
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