He wasn’t sure how much of that she heard because she pulled back from the connection and shut it down. That was two hours ago and no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t get back in. So he sat holding her hand sadly because he knew he had failed her. He hadn’t been able to convince her and he was lost. For the first time since childhood Draco Malfoy had tears on his cheeks.
That is until the hand he still held in his own twitched and he looked up at Hermione and found her brown eyes staring into his grey ones. She had a small smile on her face and he jumped to his feet and kissed her happily.
It took Hermione 3 days to leave the hospital but many, many weeks to recover. However they were happy weeks spent with she and Draco getting closer and letting herself fall in love with him especially after she had been in his mind in the hospital and seen the love he had for her.
Just now though Draco was at work and she was sitting with Fleur and Luna planning Ginny’s bridal shower/Bachelorette party. Luna was now the maid of honor because Hermione had meant it when she said she didn’t feel up to the job right now. So instead of being a part of Ginny’s side she was now sharing best man honors with Ron because Harry snagged her right up and told her she didn’t have to do anything special Ron would do all the work! So she got a sexy black evening gown to wear so she matched the Grooms party in their black Tuxes.
“I think the drinking game is fine Luna, and even the treasure hunt is a fabulous idea if we make it for slightly easier things to find than Nargles and Wrackspurts. What do you think Fleur?” Hermione was going to kill Ginny for making her go through this madness!
“I agree with Hermione, also I think we should have the guys from the wedding apparate each scavenger hunt team and at each place the teams have to do shots instead of a drinking game before. I can make a list of things though because those ridiculous creatures will be no fun at all.” Fleur said in her direct manner that some took for meanness but Hermione understood it wasn’t meant that way. But it all bounced off Luna anyway, she was decidedly even tempered.
Three hours later Hermione got out of her bubble bath and put on her cute little Eeyore pink shorty short pajama’s and the matching tank top and grabbed her glass of wine and a copy of Moby Dick to reread for the third time, it was a favorite of hers.
Ten pages in however her floo lit up and expelled Charlie Weasley and then Ron right after him. Charlie winked at her before leaning down to hug her followed closely by Ron.
“So Sprite we were just at Billy’s place and Fleur sent us over here to set up times and teams with us sober men to apparate you lovely birds as some of you will end up completely ripped by the end of the game.” Charlie laughed.
“Really Charlie, birds! And why must you insist on that silly nickname for me?” Hermione whined making Charlie laugh so hard that he lost his balance and fell but accidentally brought her with him so that they landed with him flat on his back and she was on top of him with her legs straddling him. Ron was laughing his ass off at the whole thing. That is until Draco Malfoy stepped out of the floo and cleared his throat and looked ready to kill.
“So sorry to interrupt your fun!” Draco announced and started to step back in the floo.
“Draco wait! Don’t leave I can explain everything.” Hermione yelled while jumping off Charlie. Draco stopped but wouldn’t turn back around to face her.
“Mione, we’ll come back another time to finish setting up those plans, yeah?” Ron asked and she nodded. They left quickly leaving a wall of tension thick enough to cut through.
“Draco, nothing happened. We just fell right before you got here because Charlie is very klutzy and usually finds some way to take someone down with him when he falls.” Hermione explained while trying to look into his eyes but he was pinching his nose right between his eyes and not looking at her.
“Do you know how it felt to step through to surprise your girlfriend and find her on another man Hermione? How would you feel? First you are in some amazingly sexy outfit and on another guy!” Draco shouted at her, finally letting lose his temper.
Hermione threw her hand wide and yelled back. “Look around Draco! I just got out of the tub and was cozied up to my COUCH not some random guy when they came to set up teams for the party. See the book and wine, I wasn’t expecting them or you for that matter. I thought you were working and I would have a nice quiet time at home.” She walked up to him and wrapped her arms around his waist. “You know you’re my mate, love. I don’t want anyone else I love you!”
Draco looked down at her fast-straight into her eyes.
“Say it again.” He said.
“You’re my mate! I love you no one else Draco.” She whispered and blushed but her eyes never wavered.
He picked her straight up off her feet and kissed her quite aggressively. He turned until her back was against the wall and her legs were wrapped around him. Moving his hands all over her body and slowly he kissed down her neck then stopped altogether.
“Does this mean you will accept me now, we’ve dated, and we love each other? Will you give me your mark tonight?” He asked.
“No.” She answered and he slowly lowered her to the floor and stepped away from her.
“Why not Hermione? And I want the real answer because I’ve done everything you’ve asked. I’ve given you time and our time is running out. We have used half the time you have left!” He demanded sitting down on the couch.
“Draco, I want it to be special. We also have to wait at least another two months until you’re birthday. If you haven’t changed by then that will be the night to consummate and mark you.”
“Why? I don’t understand why me changing or not changing can have any effect on this.” He countered but she was shaking her head.
“The reason it makes such a difference is that if you change what if I’m not YOUR mate, just because you’re mine doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m yours.” She said with a heartbreaking look on her face.
“What? Who said that?” Draco was truly floored; he’d never even considered it. He had assumed that because he was her mate it would automatically be reciprocal.
“Fleur and your father both told me in the hospital while you were resting.” She said with a sigh and sat down and leaned her head on his shoulder.
“What happens then?”
“I don’t know to be honest. The easiest thing would be for you not to carry the gene but I guess we need to figure out for ourselves the best way we should carry on if you do and it’s not me.” She rambled on nervously.
“Hermione, I know that I love you and that it is soul deep kind of love. I’ve never felt that for anyone before. Look how our bodies fit each other like we were one piece that was separated and put back together. We share similar taste in food, reading, and friends. Our lives are lined up together there is no way someone else is out there that is more perfectly fit for me, it’s always been you!” He tried convincing her.
“We’ll work something out I promise. But I won’t mark you until we know I’m your mate. If I am not then I won’t mark you at all.” She said stubbornly.
“Gah woman! You will drive me insane before then!” Draco said. “I just have one more thing to say on the subject and then we’ll drop it. Fine, if you need to wait for my birthday that’s fine. I am completely sure it won’t be a problem because you ARE my mate now and forever. If my birthday is when you’ll accept that you won’t get rid of me then fine. However, don’t you think for a moment that I will accept it if you try to put it off again. I have made my choice and I want to marry you and love you for as long as we both shall live, understand ‘Mione?”
She answered by leaning into him and kissing him with her whole heart.
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