Chapter 1 : They think they know me.
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"You're too uptight, that's your problem." Draco spit at me. As colleagues we were forced to see each other daily, but nowhere did it say we had to like each other. And we didn't, at all. We constantly were fighting, trying to prove the other wrong, and always insulting each other.
"You're too arrogant!" I snapped back at him, "and I'm not uptight. Just because I actually care about what I do doesn't mean I'm uptight."
"Every little detail has to be just perfect for you. Guess what Granger, that's not how life works. Nothing's perfect, no matter how hard you try, there will be flaws. I bet you just can't stand that." He said in a mocking voice, his blue eyes sparkling as he darkly laughed at me.
"Just leave me alone, we don't even need to work together on this case, I'll do my half and then give it to you! Whatever it takes to make you go away, you're the most annoying git I have ever had to deal with." I started packing up my papers, wanting to get away from Malfoy's overpowering ego.
"Most annoying git? Have you met the two goons that you run around with? Boy wonder and his weasel friend. Now those are some annoying gits. All the ever do is brag about how they've defeated the dark lord. Yes, yes we get it, you stood up against the bad guy, 5 years ago!" He walked around his desk, flailing his arms to accent his points.
"...Are you quite done?" I rolled my eyes, getting up and started walking away.
"No, not really. Honestly Granger when was the last time you did something just for fun, the last time you let loose, let your hair down." He reached up quickly and undid my tight work apprioprate bun, allowing my long hair to fall in waves down my back. "You've got to learn to have fun, or does your little robotic brain not compute that?" He was laughing at me by now, toying with my emotions and getting me extremely pissed off!
"Goodbye Malfoy." I said pointedly, trying to leave as quickly as I could before I imploded.
"I'll see you on Monday, Granger." He purred, knowing that he had gotten under my skin.
I turned my back on him, walking away."Sod off, Malfoy." I spoke in a dangerous voice, letting him know I was ready to snap as I walked out the door.
"He is the most frustrating person I have ever had to deal with." I grumbled as I walked home. I could have apparated but my small apartment wasn't too far from my work and I enjoyed the walk. It didn't hurt that it gave me some time to cool down either."He just thinks that he knows me, like I'm an open book. Oh no! I am more complex than he gives me credit for. He only knows one aspect of my life. I can go crazy if I want. I can have fun." I mumbled as I formed a plan.
Saturday afternoon rolled around and I knew it was time to set my plan in motion.
"Hey Gin! Are you busy tonight?" I had called Ginny, hoping she would be free to go out somewhere with me. I wasn't sure where yet but she was always up for a good time and knew where to be."We could go to one of your clubs tonight!" I tried sounding excited.
"'Mione? You never want to go out with me, my places aren't exactly your style..." Ginny trailed off, sounding confused.
"Maybe they are my style." I snapped back at her, I was getting really sick of people thinking they knew everything about me. I drummed my fingers impatiently on the counter.
"Yikes, someone's in a wonderful mood today. I'm guessing Malfoy ruffled your feathers again? " I could hear the amusement in her voice. I had complained about working with him to her more times than I could count.
"Listen, can you go or not?" I wasn't in the mood to deal with her picking on me as well.
"Oi, Hermione. Actually, I'm not free tonight, I'm sorry, Harry and I are going out...and it's going to be a very special night." She suggested. They had been talking about having kids lately and I'm sure that's what she was implying. I was excited for them, just not tonight.
"You're disgusting, I don't want to hear about two of my best friend's sex lives." I sighed. "But thanks anyways I suppose."
"You okay?" she seemed genuinely concerned, the joking gone from her voice.
I sighed again. "Yeah, I'll manage. Have a good night Ginny." I hung up the phone quickly and tossed it on the counter.
I was going out tonight.
I took a long shower, making my skin soft and glowy. I curled my hair in long loose curls. I actually put on makeup, not too much but enough to make a difference. Then I found the dress that Ginny made me buy a year ago, something I thought I would never actually wear. A short deep red dress with a deep V cut front, I added a pair of black pumps and was ready.
"I'm ready to let loose. I'll show them all, I can be wild and fun."
I apparated to one of Ginny's recommended clubs, it was flashy and loud, and I was still outside.
"Well hello beautiful." Came a call from the bouncer.
I smiled at him and walked inside, feeling the pulse of the music. "I'm going to need a drink if I'm going to make it through the night." I headed toward the bar.
There she was sitting alone at the bar. I didn't believe it was her at first. The little blonde bimbo I was dancing with kept trying to get my attention, bur I just kept staring at her. I never had known her to come to a place like this, but you could tell from far away she was uncomfortable. Unfortunately that just made her an easy prey for the men that kept coming up to her. I'd see her shift uncomfortably every time they would talk to her, which happened a lot actually. She was dressed so very differently than her normal attire. She was showing so much more skin, but I could tell by the way she kept tugging at the hem of her dress that it wasn't how she preferred to dress. Men were oogling her, something she wasn't obviously wasn't use to. I could only imagine the filth coming out of their mouths. She'd just smile and attempt to get them to leave her alone. Right now she was dealing with one larger, gruff man who would just not go away. He kept touching her and trying to kiss her. I don't even like Granger but I felt that I needed o help her, these men could be disgusting. "Excuse me for a moment." I said over the music, the girl I was dancing with looked at me like I was crazy to leave her.
"Come on, just come back to my place, we can have some fun." I heard him slur to her. She tried getting him off of her but he just kept getting closer.
"Or how about she stays here and you can go back to your place alone and stop preying on innocent women who obviously aren't into you." I spoke in a dangerous voice to let him know I wasn't joking around, running my hand through my hair letting him get an eyeful of my dark mark. I didn't do anything death eater worthy anymore, but it was always a good fear tactic.
His eyes grew wider, fear in them, as he fumbled to get up off the bar stool. "Oi! Yes, I'm very sorry, I'll just be on my way." He slurred and staggered away.
She turned around to face me. "Malfoy."
"Granger." I smirked, looking her up and down."I thought I'd be nice and rescue you." I knew that would get under her skin.
"I do NOT need to be rescued! Especially not by you." She grabbed her bag and started to get up to storm away.
I gently grabbed her arm to stop her. "Oh, sit back down. You needed help to get away from that creep, you're too nice these types."
She glared at me with those big brown eyes of hers but sat down anyway. She ordered another drink as the bartender passed by. "You don't know everything about me, no one does. Yet everyone keeps acting like they do, I'm more complicated than that. It's just so annoying, every one thinks I'm this classic good girl,uptight, book worm who never does anything fun. I can be fun!"
I sat down next to her and ordered myself a drink as well. Chuckling slightly."Well Granger, you do come off that way, it's jus-"
She cut me off, obviously annoyed. "YOU! You just always think that you know me inside and out but you don't. Always shooting your mouth off just because I'm responsible while you off shagging random easy girls."
"Ouch. I think that's just a bit of jealousy talking." I joked, laughing at her slightly and sipping my drink.
"Jealous? Of the types of girls you get? Not a chance." She rolled her eyes in anger.
"Oh, come on. Even you must want to get with me." I flashed her a actual smile, instead of my trademark smirk.
"Get over yourself." She laughed, understanding that I was joking, swaying to the music playing as it changed to a slower song she seemed to know.
I finished my drink and held out my hand, "would you, by any chance, want to dance with me? We are at a club after all." I don't really know why I asked her, it just kind of came out.
She shot me a very confused look. "Dance...with you?"
"Fine fine." I said getting up slowly. "There are plenty other women here who would jump at the chance." I waved my arm out to show her the room and sure enough females were staring at me. "And they just love to have a good time" I winked.
"Okay, I'll dance with you, you arrogant git." She rolled those eyes of hers again, it was a habit of hers that she had whenever she was around me.
I'm not sure why I agreed to go into the mass of moving bodies with him, but I did. He grabbed my hand and led me out to the dance floor. I, of course, was very awkward about it. There were people moving all around me and I just wasn't in my element.
Yet there he was moving along with the music in ways I didn't think he could. He seemed right at home here. "Come on, have fun." He smirked, spinning me to the music and pulling me closer. I could feel the warm of his breath on my neck as he spoke, "let loose." He lead us as we danced, maybe it was the fire whiskey talking but I was actually having a good time.
I looked away from the gaze I had on his jaw line only to see people staring at us. "Uh... Malfoy?" I had an uneasy tone in my voice and I could tell by the way he looked down at me he picked up on it. He didn't say anything, just cocked an eyebrow. "There are people staring at us, I'm not exactly a fan of being stared at as if I'm a zoo exhibit."
He actually laughed out loud."What are you on about now, Granger?" His eyes were sparkling as his smile pulled up the corners of them.
"People are staring at us, or just me?" I asked slightly worried I had done something to embarrass myself, I was far too proper to even be here in the first place, it wouldn't shock me if I had done something out of the ordinary.
He chuckled. "Not at you, at me of course. I thought you would have caught on by now. I'm Draco Malfoy after all." I just glared in response and he laughed at me again. "No, at us, we're quite good dancers if you haven't noticed." As to emphasize the point he pulled me close and then dipped me low.
"Have I ever mentioned that you're too full of yourself?" I shot him a genuine smile.
He smirked and pulled me close to him once again. "Have I mentioned how good you look tonight?" He had gotten closer, nestled his face into the curve of my neck. "Who would have guessed that you were hiding this under those frumpy work clothes, you look fantastic." I felt a pair of warm lips over the delicate skin of my neck.
"Mmm..what are you doing?" I asked in a soft voice. I didn't know how I was feeling. Part of me was screaming at me to get the man who made my life in Hogwarts terrible away from me, but the other half kept reminding me that I haven't felt that way in too long.
"Shhh." He continued kissing my neck gently and I let him.
It wasn't until he had moved up to my jawline that I pulled away. I knew where his lips were going. "I have to go." I said in a rush, pulling out of his embrace and walking away as fast as my heels would allow me to. The last thing I wanted him to do was kiss me, that couldn't happen.
I heard him calling my name, following me. I wanted to apparate but I never have done it with any alcohol in my system, I couldn't risk being splinched."Granger...come back."
"Leave me alone." I yelled back still walking fast. I decided to throw him off by darting into an alley. I didn't hear him after that. I leaned against the alley wall and let a deep breath out. I just needed to get away from everything. I closed my eyes for 5 seconds.
I opened them and there he was, a foot in front of me. " What the bloody hell was that? If you had been uncomfortable you could have just said so!"
"Well here is me saying so! Why would you do that?!" I was practically screaming.
"I didn't..." His voice softened. "I didn't mean to make you feel that way."
"Why. Would. You. Do. That." I hissed, glaring at him.
"I don't know, okay? You just look so...attractive tonight. I was attracted to you and wasn't thinking. I'm sorry for making you feel that way." He didn't look me in the eye.
I don't know why but my anger just seemed to melt away."You're apologizing?"
His voice was still soft, "Yes."
"I don't get it, you hate me!"
He looked me in the eyes and gently grabbed my arm. "I don't hate you. I did, I really did, you made me so angry. You always tried to prove me wrong and make me out to be the bad guy. But you know what? I was that bad guy, you were usually right and I've grown up. If you haven't noticed we're not on Hogwarts anymore. We're in the real world, where I don't hate you, at all. I mean I wouldn't say it isn't fun getting on your nerves, because it is..." He smiled a little, but it faded.
I really don't know what compelled me to do this but I pulled him in by his neck and I kissed him. I crashed my lips against his and shared the most passionate kiss.
I felt him smile against my lips before pulling away. "What are you doing?"
"Kissing you, shh." I whispered before he leaned in to kiss me again. We both deepened it and he pressed me against the wall. He lifted me up and I wrapped my legs around him. My entire body felt like it was an electric current. Every place he touched felt like it was on fire. I needed more.
I broke the kiss but he just continued kissing down my neck to my collarbone. "Your place."
He looked up at me, confusion clear in his crystal blue eyes."What?
"Your place, let's go." I said harshly.
"Wait really?" He asked. I nodded in response and kissed him roughly again. So he broke us apart and apparated us to the Malfoy Manor, which had been all his since his parents were thrown in Azkaban, permanently. I giggled a bit to what they would think of Draco and I. A pureblood and a Muggleborn.
He lead me though the manor and to his master bedroom. I gave him a Malfoy worthy smirk before pushing him down onto his bed.
We continued making out and groping each other, the only thought I had on my mind was how I needed to take his shirt off. I undid the buttons of his black shirt, fumbling slightly from lack of focus. He got the hint and helped me and the lifted my shirt above my head and off. I ran my hands down his hard chest to his belt buckle, again he helped me take them off. He started down my chest, unhooking my bra. Tossing that to the floor his hands made quick work of the remanding clothing I had, as well as his.
He let me be in control for a while, teasing him, kissing him harshly.
Then he got this evil smirk on his face and flipped us over. He pinned my arms above my head, holding them in his gentle grip. I whimpered in response, pushing my hips up to hit against his.
"Patience now, my dear." He smirked at me before kissing and nipping at my neck, send a wave of cold chills down my body. He captured my bottom lip in his and bit gently. He chuckled at my reaction of whimpering once more.
"Please?" I basically moaned.
"Mmm what's that Granger? Are you begging me?" He smirked. I should of known he would get off on that.
I decided not to say anything more as he continued to leave warm kisses down my neck to my chest. He looked into my eyes, really into them. The blue of his glinting with lust and something else unidentifiable.
He hovered above me for a few minutes, letting us both catch our breath. Then he kissed my forehead and moved off of me. He rolled over onto his back and sighed contently.
I was blissed out. I looked over at him, he was watching me with a confused look on his face. I was taking that as the cue to leave. I wasn't even going to pretend that this wasn't just a one time thing that we would later blame on the alcohol, even though we both knew neither of us drank that much. I sat up and threw my legs over the side of the bed and went to get up.
"You don't have to leave." He spoke softly. "You can stay, you know."
I smiled at him sadly, "You don't mean that Malfoy. You don't really want me to stay." I was picking up my clothing that was scattered around the room.
He propped himself up on his elbows, staring at me. "I said you could stay."
I laughed softly. "I don't need to, I'll be okay. We both know what this is."
He sighed and got up walking towards me, I couldn't help but stare at his body. He lifted my chin and kissed me gently, the most gentle kiss I have ever gotten. "Please stay."
I let him lead me back to the large bed. He pulled back the dark green comforter to reveal silver sheets. I hadn't looked at the colors before. I smiled to myself, once and slytherin always a slytherin. He got into bed next to me and pulled me close to him so we were spooning. I never took him to be the cuddly type, but I guess we really didn't know everything about each other. I was so sure I had him all figured out, but now I knew that I wasn't even close. He could be a total sweetheart when he wanted to be. "Goodnight...Draco." His first name felt foreign on my lips, foreign but nice.
I felt his breath in his hair as he spoke, "Goodnight Hermione."
And with that I succumbed to my body's need for sleep.
She fell asleep in my arms. Even though I was exhausted, I didn't want to miss any of this. I didn't know when or if this would happen again. I was just so confused by all of this. I worried that she would regret this all in the morning. She hated me, I hated her. Or at least I thought I did. This was all just too complicated. I suppose she was right, she was so more complex than I gave her credit for. She confused the bloody hell out of me, but I think I loved it. She looked beautiful asleep. She always did when she wasn't yelling at you, trying to prove you wrong. She had grown up well. She was no longer the awkward girl with the brushy hair. Her body, which I had just become very familiar with, was astonishing. Breathtaking.
Finally though sleep caught up with me. I fell asleep with her body pressed closely to mine.
I woke up in a daze, my body was delightfully sore. My head was resting on his warm chest, one of his arms lazily curled around me. My leg was wrapped around one of his, I was embarrassingly close to him. I honestly didn't even care, it was wonderfully comfortable. His blonde hair was messy yet managed to look good. His face looked the most serene I have ever seen it. All those years of being the bad guy, part of an evil family, were wiped away as he slept. You never would have known that he was the most infuriating man. I sighed and snuggled closer to him, I wouldn't have much longer so I needed to enjoy it while it lasted.
I drifted in and out of sleep for the next hour. When I finally woke up I found him playing with my hair with his eyes still closed. I yawned and he opened his eyes slowly to look at me. "Good morning" he whispered.
I smiled at him, a genuine smile. "Good morning Draco." I let him pull me closer and kiss my forehead. We just lounged in bed all morning, talking in hushed tones and just enjoying having each other's body next to our own.
I didn't know where this would take us, but for right now I was content.