Chapter 22 : Chapter 22
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Draco peeked behind the pillar and turned back around, giving Hermione a nod. “It’s empty, let’s go.” He whispered to her as he kept his hand attached to hers as they ran across the corridor. “I don’t think anyone’s here, let’s just make a run for it.” He suggested and quickly ran down the hall to where the stairs waited for their return. Hermione surprisingly stayed on track with Draco as she sped down the stairs with him. If and only if they hit the bottom of the staircase, they were safe.
“Miss Granger, Mister Malfoy.” A very familiar voice greeted them at the end of the staircase.
The couple immediately froze in their spots and dropped their shopping bag as they looked down at Professor McGonagall. The headmistress stood before them with a small smile, looking composed. They stepped off the last step together and immediately looked at their hands. They quickly threw themselves away from each other. “Professor.” They both greeted the headmistress with nervous glances.
“I suppose you two know where we’re headed next?” She asked as she smiled at them, which was eerie, considering the situation they were in.
Hermione gulped and looked at her professor with a frown. “O-of course, Professor.” She said as she lowered her head in shame.
Draco stayed poised and calm as he followed the headmistress down to her office. Hermione slowly dragged her feet, staying behind the two people. Before they knew it, they were both seated in front of Professor McGonagall.
“Now, what will the excuse be?” She asked as she looked at them with her sharp, sea green eyes.
“I, uh, the-there is no excuse, Professor.” Hermione spoke up as she looked her Professor straight in the eye. “I knew that sneaking out of school grounds would mean expulsion, but I just wanted to buy Christmas presents for a few . . . friends.” She admitted as she rolled up her fingers into a ball, her knuckles turning whiter than snow. “A, and also, it was my idea. I forced Dra—Malfoy to come with me.” She explained and sighed as she looked back down. “If any should be expelled, it . . . it should be me. That’s only fair.”
“And you, Mister Malfoy?” McGonagall pressed as she looked at Draco.
“I, well, what Her—Granger said is true. We went shopping for Christmas presents. She wanted to come back as soon as possible after the shopping was done but I, being a well—a Slytherin, I convinced her to just stay at Hogsmeade until nightfall.” He told his professor with a sigh. “I take blame for staying out so late. You should expel me instead.”
“Yes, that’s very interesting.” McGonagall started and lightly laughed. She raised her wand and shot a non-verbal spell at the door and soon the door opened to reveal a large room. “Please come out.” She said calmly and out walked Ginny, Harry, and Blaise. “Please do make sure to be discreet when you sneak out next time. Word spread around that you five were seen sneaking out.” She told them and warmly smiled at them. “I would have expelled each and every one of you, but that would take a lot of explaining to do and I would be throwing out five talented witches and wizards. You five showed house unity at last and seeing that all five of you asked to be expelled instead of the other—Professor Dumbledore would’ve liked to finally see house unity amongst the four houses.” She explained and got up. “I will not be expelling anyone in this room. But—“ She said and sternly glared at each of them. “That does not mean you aren’t in any trouble. 100 points from both houses and you five will be cleaning the classrooms after dinner for two weeks after this break.”
“That’s it?” Ginny asked as she raised an eyebrow.
“Yes, unless you would like me to add—“
“No, no! We’re not complaining.” Blaise quickly interjected. “We’re all happy with the outcome.” He said and let out a sigh of relief.
The five of them all exchanged glances and let out a sigh of relief in unison. “Thank you, Professor.” They all said together in one voice.
“If something like this happens again, don’t think I’ll let you off again. You will be expelled.” She told them strictly and her cold, emerald green eyes softened. The corners of McGonagall’s lips curved upward as she nodded. “You five best be on your way then, correct?”
“Yes.” They all said and quickly left the office.
“I cannot believe I almost got expelled.” Ginny said as she shook her head. “I didn’t have a chance to prank Zabini over here. She had me worried there.” She explained and stuck her tongue out at Zabini.
“You damn woman.” Blaise cursed under his breath.
“Thank you all for trying to take the blame for us.” Hermione said with a smile.
“What are friends for, right?” Harry asked as he smiled at Hermione and awkwardly nodded at Draco.
“Don’t make it any more awkward, Potter. Just look away, now.” Draco said as he shook his head. “Your effort is very much appreciated, though.”
Blaise, Ginny, and Hermione laughed at Harry and Draco. “I think you two could be good friends.” Ginny said as she smirked at Draco. “Well, I’d love to stay and chat some more, but Harry and I have a date to finish.” Ginny excused herself and Harry as they quickly dashed off.
“Yeah, I have some . . . business to take care of.” Blaise said as he slowly inched away from the couple. “Goodnight!” He yelled as he ran off.
“And then there were two.” Hermione said as she looked over at Draco. “It’s been a long day.” She said with a groan. “I’m ready to sleep.”
“We have something really important to do before we sleep.” Draco stated as he took her by the hand, intertwining them together.
“Really? What is it?” She asked as she looked at him as they walked towards their dorm.
“We still need to shower.” He said as he looked down at her. “Don’t tell me you weren’t going to shower?”
Hermione rolled her eyes and slapped his chest with her other hand. “Oh, shove it, will you, Malfoy?” She asked as she shook her head.
“You better make me, Granger.” He retorted back and laughed with Hermione.
“Do you have anything planned for us, tomorrow?” She asked him curiously.
“I might have one or two things in mind.” He said as he shrugged.
“It’s a surprise. You’ll find out in a couple of hours.” He told Hermione as they took two right turns, almost arriving to their dorm. “Patience is a virtue.”
“If you’re not telling me . . . the surprise better be good.” She said as she pulled her hand away from his as she walked ahead of him. She stood in front of the portrait and quickly whispered the password, walking in with Draco walking behind her. “It better be worth waiting for.” She said as she turned around, stopping in front of the staircase.
“You’re going to be shocked tomorrow.” He said with a sly grin.
“What? Are you going to do something romantic for me?” She asked with a small laugh. “Draco Malfoy is an actual romantic guy?” She asked him as she crossed her arms across her chest. “Really?”
“Why is it so hard to believe?” He asked as he followed Hermione up the stairs.
Hermione abruptly came to a stop and looked at him, raising an eyebrow. “You’re really asking me?”
“Perhaps that was a rather . . . bad question. Don’t answer it.” He said and sighed. “I guess I’ll just prove you wrong tomorrow, then.”
“Blow me away, I’ll be waiting.” She told him with an alluring smile. “I’m tired, so good night.” She said as she started to walk towards her door.
“No good night kiss?” He asked as he looked at her.
“Right you are.” She said with a grin. “Patience is a virtue.” She mocked him with a smirk.
“Goodnight, Granger.” Draco said as he waved goodbye, walking down the stairs to his bedroom.
“Malfoy.” Hermione called out quietly as she quickly ran over to him.
“What?” He asked as he turned around and felt a small peck on his cheek.
“Goodnight.” She whispered to him and quickly ran into her room.
A goofy grin spread across his face like butter on toast as he touched his cheek where she kissed him. “Goodnight.” He whispered back and lightly laughed to himself as he walked towards his bedroom. “She’ll be the death of me.” He breathed out as he shook his head with a small grin but it soon started to fade. “What should I get her?” He asked himself curiously. “I’ll have to ask . . . Weaslette.” He let out an exasperated sigh and walked into the bathroom.
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Hermione groaned as she heard the annoying sound from her bed. She furrowed her eyebrows as she rolled over in bed, trying to ignore the sound. She heard another knock on her door and crinkled her nose as she frowned. She put the extra pillow beside her over her head.
“GO AWAY!” Hermione finally shouted with an angry growl as she slightly opened her eyes. She heard her door open and groaned. She ever so slightly opened her eyes back up and peeked over to see a blurry figure that belonged to a male with a small table. ‘Merlin, what is going on?’ She asked herself and rubbed her eyes as she finally decided to wake up.
She stirred in bed a bit more to hear a familiar chuckle. It was like music to her ears. She immediately got up and saw Draco laughing. “What are you doing in here?” She asked as she covered herself with her blanket. She ran her hand on her hair and licked her lips. She cleared her throat as she stared at Draco curiously. “Why are you in here?”
“Well, you did say you wanted to experience a ‘breakfast in bed’, didn’t you? I believe that was on your Christmas list.” He told her with a charming grin. “So here it is, your very own breakfast in bed.” He said with a smirk and walked closer to her, placing the table safely on front of Hermione. “I specifically asked the house elves for this. I didn’t know what you liked so I asked Weaslette, as well.” He said shyly as he rubbed the back of his neck nervously.
Hermione grinned and chuckled. “You were right, I’m absolutely surprised. You proved me wrong, you are a gentlemen and very romantic.” She said as she stared at him in awe.
“I tend to hear that a lot—“ Draco stopped as his eyes widened once he felt Hermione throw her arms around his neck. He was surprised at first but soon found his arms snaked around her small waist, hugging her back. He felt so warm and loved in her embrace. He wouldn’t have minded if he had to stay there forever but to his dismay, she pulled away. He hid his disappointment and fluidly got up. “What was that for?”
“It was just a way for me to say ‘thank you’.” Hermione replied as she pressed her lips into a thin line.
“I’ll take my leave, but it you need anything . . . just call for me.” Draco said awkwardly as he cleared his throat, walking towards the door.
Hermione looked down at her breakfast and looked back up. “Draco.”
“Yes?” He asked as he turned around almost immediately after hearing his name.
“Have you had breakfast yet?”
“Not yet, why?”
“Well, then, why don’t you come over here and eat it with me?” She asked hesitantly, afraid she would get rejected, as she kept her eyes locked on her food.
“Ah, I knew you’d ask me sooner or later. Ladies can’t resist me.” Draco walked towards her, sitting on her bed in front of her.
Hermione frowned immediately and glared at him. “On second thought, just go. I’d like to eat breakfast by myself.” She said as she grabbed her fork, stabbing it into the perfectly pre-cut pancake and stuffed a piece in her mouth. “Wow, this is good.” She said, purposely talking while chewing her food.
“You seemed desperate back there, I think I’ll just stay and eat with you.” He said as he stared at her.
Hermione swallowed and stared right back at him. “But you don’t have another fork to eat with.”
Draco smirked and looked at her and then the fork. “I knew you were going to ask me, why do you think I didn’t bring another fork with me?”
Hermione soon realized what he meant but cleared her throat and shrugged. “I don’t know, you tell me.” She said as she stuffed a strawberry into her mouth, chewing with a smile on her face.
“You really don’t know?” Draco asked in disbelief.
Hermione smirked and stared at him. “Oh, you mean, you want me to feed you?” She asked as she flashed him a taunting smile.
“If you say it like that—“
Hermione nodded and stabbed a small piece of the pancake and stuck her hand in front of Draco’s face, holding the piece for him to eat. She smiled and nodded, encouraging him to eat it. Draco stared at her and opened his mouth to eat it when Hermione quickly stuffed it into her mouth. “Wow, this is good.” She smiled at him and laughed. “Okay, I’m sorry. I’ll really give it to you this time.” She said as she started the whole process over again and as if history repeated itself, Draco was yet again fooled by her.
Draco stared at her with a frown. He scoffed and tried to shrug it off as if it wasn’t a big deal. It wasn’t a big deal, it really wasn’t . . . but for him, it was a pretty big deal. He turned the other way and shook his head. “I cannot believe I fancy such an immature girl.” He muttered under his breath.
“You fancy me?” She asked as she looked at him.
Draco cursed under his breath for saying it so loudly and looked at her. “Maybe.”
Hermione slightly grinned and looked down. “Well, then maybe I fancy you, too.” She said as she raised an eyebrow at him. She finally raised the fork over to him with a piece of the pancake in front of Draco. “I’m not going to eat it, really.”
Draco furrowed his eyebrows and hesitantly opened his mouth to eat it when Hermione inched away. He heard her erupt into laughter and finally she put it in front of him again. “I’m not eating it.” He said to her with a frown.
“Awh, did I upset you?” She teased him as she leaned in towards him.
“Why don’t you fix that mane of yours.” He growled at her as he looked away.
Hermione placed the fork on the tray and felt the back of her hair with her hands. “My hair’s nice and smooth; I don’t know what you’re talking about.” She said with a shrug as she dismissed his last statement. “Oh, you must be upset. I’m sorry; I’ll really let you eat it this time.” She said as she placed the tray aside and grabbing the fork. She slid over to Draco and placed the fork in front of his face.
Draco looked at her and sighed. “I can’t believe I’ve become so weak . . .” He complained and ate the pancake happily. “It is good.”
Hermione smiled and nodded. “Is it, right?” She asked as she placed the fork on the tray and grabbing a napkin on the way. “You got a little syrup right there.” She told him as she wiped the corner of his lip with the napkin. She felt her heart beat uncontrollably and too fast that she thought it was going to pop. She caught her breath as she stared at his beautiful face. His magnificent lightly tanned skin, warm, stunning arctic grey eyes, the perfectly structured jaw, and the slightly thin, soft lips that she loved to taste every time they kissed, he was flawless. His impeccable platinum blonde hair wasn’t gelled to the side but slightly messy making him look like he just had gotten out of bed. Slowly, a bright hue of red spread across Hermione’s face, making even a red rose jealous of the color. She bit her bottom lip nervously when she caught Draco staring at her. “Uhm, I’m just going to—“
Draco unexpectedly grabbed her wrist, stopping her and catching her attention. His eyes stayed locked on her soft coffee bean marbles and he lightly smirked before leaning in and capturing her lips with his own. Hermione immediately accepted the kiss and let go of the napkin, wrapping her arms around his neck as they fell on the bed with Draco on top of her. She felt Draco’s tongue graze her bottom lip, begging for an entrance and she complied. She opened her mouth for his tongue to explore and taste every inch of her mouth. Draco placed a hand on her neck and slid it back to the nape of her neck, digging his hands through her messy, soft curls. Hermione ran her hand through his messy locks and placed her other hand on his shoulder. The kiss grew more passionate and intense as seconds flew by.
“Wake up, Herm—“ A voice called out but immediately got cut off. “My bad.”
Hermione and Draco immediately pulled away from the kiss and flew a good two feet away from each other. Hermione licked her pink and now swollen lips as she fixed her hair. She got out of bed and cleared her throat as she looked over at her friend. “Good morning.” She said with a shaky breath.
“I should knock next time, huh?” Ginny asked with a cheeky grin as she looked behind her to see if anyone was there. She nodded and shut the door, locking it. “Well, that was a heck of a snog. If I entered a few seconds later, you two would’ve been naked and shagging each other.” She explained and exhaled deeply.
Hermione pressed her lips into a thin line as she nervously exchanged a glance with Draco who looked content and proud. She glared at him and pinched his arm. “We were just saying good morning.” She told her friend as she crossed her arms across her chest.
“That’s a long, passionate and not to mention intimate good morning.” Ginny continued to tease her friend. “And here I was thinking you would be eating breakfast in bed . . . is he your breakfast? I mean considering the fact that he was in your bed. And you two were eating each other’s faces up.” She stated and smiled brightly at her mortified friend.
Hermione stared at her friend with wide eyes and groaned. She looked away from her friend angrily but couldn’t hide the red glow that came over her face. She licked her lips and mustered up the courage to look at Ginny again. “OKAY, that’s enough. Ginny, I’ll be out in a few minutes, please leave. Please.” She told her friend as she fanned herself lightly.
“I was just explaining what I saw.” Ginny smirked. “Just telling the truth.” She defended herself and stared at Draco. “You should probably leave, too and get changed. Zabini wants another group meeting.” She said as she rolled her eyes. “And besides, I don’t want to see another episode of that.” She commented as she wiggled her eyebrows, walking out laughing.
“Oh, I’m going to kill her.” Hermione said as she fanned herself. “Thank you for the breakfast, Draco. You should leave and get ready, too.” She told him awkwardly.
“I’d like to say the same thing to you.” Draco replied in a low husky, and yes, very sexy voice. He walked over to Hermione and kissed her once more. “I’ll see you out there.” He informed her and left the room.
Hermione broke out into a wide grin and bit her bottom lip. She reached up and touched her lips, still tasting his lips that were on her a few seconds ago or less. She let out a content sigh and walked into the bathroom to get ready for the day.
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Draco walked into his room and shut the door behind him. He stood still for a few seconds and cracked a wide smile. He lightly chuckled as he rubbed the back of his neck as he replayed the scene that had happened a few minutes ago. He had to admit, he thought he was going to go insane when he was in her room. She was beautiful. He was constantly reminded of her adorable round eyes and her affectionate, caramel orbs, her cute nose that had a pinch of freckles sprinkled across her cheeks and nose, her pink, plump and luscious lips that he could kiss all day long, and her gorgeous brunette curls that were delicate and sleek to touch. He spent every waking moment of his life only thinking about her, just her and how perfect she was . . . and how she deserved better than someone like him.
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“They were snogging in there?” Blaise asked as he raised an eyebrow at Ginny.
“If someone didn’t know any better, they would’ve thought those two were going to shag each other.” Ginny said and chuckled. “Oh, that was hilarious.” She said as she wiped away a tear. “Okay, enough about them. What’s with this meeting again?” She asked as she pursed her lips.
“I’ll tell you once they get here.” Blaise said solemnly.
“Is something wrong?” Ginny asked as she looked at him with concern.
“What is it?” Draco cut in before Blaise could tell Ginny. He walked over and sat beside Blaise. Soon, Hermione walked over and sat down next to Ginny.
Blaise looked at the three and sighed as he rubbed his face. “Damn, this is going to be hard to explain.” He said and sighed once more as he looked at his friends. “Well, you know how I’ve been going out lately? I suppose you all assumed I had a girlfriend?” He asked.
“Yes.” They all answered without even blinking.
“Well, I don’t. I’ve been leaving because I have been trying to get some information on Pansy. You know that one Slytherin girl with the wart on her face? I figured out that she was working for Pansy and when I say working for her, I mean she’s been watching you two and reporting back to Pansy by owling her. I’ve been trying to distract her and getting some more information out of it. I’ve done things that I do not want to repeat so don’t ask. But, I found out something you all should know about.” He explained as he took a deep breath. “Pansy’s coming back on Christmas. She pulled a few strings and now she’s coming earlier than as planned.”
“What?” Draco asked with a groan. “She’s coming back on Christmas?”
Hermione let Zabini’s words sink in and finally she stared at him. “H, how much does she know about us?”
“A lot.” Blaise answered and licked his lips. “I’m just telling you three this because I want to give you a heads up. Don’t be surprised when she comes. She’ll come on the night of Christmas so it’s not so bad. Celebrate and don’t let it stress you out. Enjoy this holiday break, or at least, what’s left of it anyways.” He told them with a small grin.
“I can’t believe that psychotic bitch is coming back earlier.” Ginny said as she shook her head. “And you! I can’t believe you didn’t tell me.” She whispered fiercely at Blaise quietly so only he could hear. “We’ll talk later.” She told him and looked at her friend. “Love birds, don’t worry. She’s coming in four days, okay? We know that now so we’re ready for her. She can’t do anything to us, right?” She asked uneasily at the last part as she looked over at Blaise and Draco.
“One thing for sure about Pansy is that she always has something up her sleeves.” Draco replied and sighed as he got up. “We’ll just spend the rest of the break as planned and not worry a thing about that girl.” He said as he looked at Hermione who looked like she was in a daze.
Hermione quickly snapped out of it and nodded, getting up. “Thank you, Zabini for telling us.” She told him with a small grin.
Ginny sighed and looked at her friend. “Hermione, you’re fine. If she comes near you, just hex her. That’s what I’d do.” She said with a small grin.
Hermione returned her friend a smile and nodded. “You’re right. I’m not afraid of her! I can take her down in a second.” She said and smiled. “Well, now that that talk is over. Meeting over?”
“Meeting over.” Blaise clarified with a nod.
“Great, I actually have something planned for us.” Draco told Hermione as he intertwined his fingers with hers as he led her out of the room.
“Don’t shag each other outside!” Ginny yelled with a smirk, knowing she had successfully embarrassed her friend. “Oh, life’s good.” She said and looked at Blaise, immediately turning serious. “And what else is there that you didn’t tell us—well, me?”
“You’re quite bright, aren’t you, Weaslette?” Blaise asked with a smirk and sat back down with a sigh. “What are we going to do?”
“About what?” Ginny asked, sitting down beside him.
“Telling Draco and Granger about how we’ve been working together and lying to them. They’re going to hate us. Knowing Pansy, if she finds out about us, she’ll surely use it as a weapon against us and them. She’ll probably tell Draco and Granger. She’s a manipulative bitch.” He explained. “I think we should tell them. We’ll let it slip out sooner or later and by then, there’s nothing we can do about it. If we accidentally say it, we’ll just have to explain it to them. I’m not encouraging it, but it would be better for both of us to just tell them . . . before they find out from someone else.”
“You’re right.” Ginny agreed and sighed as she crossed her arms across her chest. “But you do realize that if we tell them, it’ll be putting our friendship with them in jeopardy, right?”
“I’m aware but hey, if I was ever in their position, I’d rather hear it from a friend and feel betrayed than from someone else and feel even more betrayed than ever.”
“You’re right.” Ginny repeated again and bit her bottom lip. “Wow, she’s going to hate me.”
“I know, Draco will probably hex me and before you know it, I’ll be in the infirmary for the rest of the school year.” Blaise joked and laughed along with her. He smiled and slightly pushed Ginny with his shoulder. “Hey, don’t worry about it. Whatever happens, just keep going. It’s true, they will feel betrayed but . . . since we’re their best friends . . . they’ll know where we’re coming from.”
“You’re right, once again.” She said with a grin and dropped her arms to her side. “Are you ready?”
“Pansy.” She replied back.
“I admit, she’s quite a challenge but we’ve come too far to back out. I’m a Slytherin, I like to win. And you’re a Gryffindor which means you’re brave and annoyingly loyal.” Blaise teased her and smiled.
“Well, I guess we’ll just have to sit back and wait for her arrival. We’ll be ready. And if we tell them the truth about us then we’ll have one less problem in our way.”
“That’s the kind of mind set we need to have.” Blaise complimented and nodded. “When she comes, we’ll be ready for her.”
“Unless something happens.” Ginny added but quickly cleared her throat. “I mean, of course nothing will happen . . .”
“What if something does happen?” Blaise asked after a few moments of silence.
“Then, we’re screwed.”
“Lovely.” Blaise said nervously.
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DUN DUN DUN DUUUNNN. She’s back. Ahahah, not yet but she will be in a few chapters or so. This is a long story. :) I hope all of you have been well. I do hope all of you liked this chapter. I was feeling a bit emotional and decided to add in a bit more of Dramione action than planned to. Nah, I’m kidding. I just felt like surprising you all with the long awaited Dramione action packed chapters. xD Please drop a review and don’t be afraid to ask me questions, I’d be happen to answer them. Just go to my author’s page and click the link that says click here and ask away.
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