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Chapter 6 : Broken Promises
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24 Hours Earlier
I stood talking to Pansy in the common room when I felt a pair of arms wrap around my waist.
"Are you excited, babe?" The voice asked kissing my cheek.
"For what?" I asked.
"Your birthday is tomorrow, love. You're not excited?" Draco asked turning me around.
I shrugged. "I guess I'm a little excited. But really, I'm just another year older."
"Yeah, and another year closer to spending the rest of your life with me. That's gotta be exciting." He smirked.
"Ehh, kinda." I said teasingly. "But Draco absolutely nosurprises tomorrow. You know how much I hate those."
"Alright, fine, I'll give you that. No surprises. Just the party tomorrow night."
Now that was something I was excited for. All the Slytherins were throwing me a birthday party. There would be cake and everything. The only bad thing is that Tara will be there. Draco invited her and to avoid a fight I didn't say she couldn't come. But I would keep a close eye on her and keep Draco as far away from her as possible.
The next day I was in the common room again, only no one else was. I looked around until I saw a note on the table. It had my name on it.
Go to the Room of Requirement
I sighed, wondering who wrote the note and why they wanted me to go there of all places. A thought came to me. What if Draco was there right now with Tara? What if someone saw them and decided to warn me?
I walked quickly to the room. I heard noises, I didn't like the sound of it. I walked into the room the noises I had heard were confirmed. "Draco! How could you?!"
Standing in the room with Draco was the rest of the Slytherin house. "SURPRISE!" They yelled.
I tried my best to be mad, but I just couldn't. Draco walked up to me. "Happy birthday, babe."
"I hate you." I said. "You said no surprises."
"I know." He smirked. "But I just couldn't resist. I love you." He kissed me.
"Your first of many birthday kisses." He said as everyone else exited, all wishing me happy birthday. Then it was just Draco and me.
"I have something for you." He whispered.
"I'm not opening presents until tonight." I said.
"Well, it's a good thing that I have a gift, huh?" He smiled. "Now, close your eyes."
I sighed, but did as I was told. A few moment later I heard Draco's voice. "Okay, open them."
I opened my eyes and Draco was down one knee, holding a small velvet box. I gasped. "Draco..."
"Just listen." He said. "Jo, I love you so so much. You really have no idea how much I love you. You are everything to me. I just don't know what I'd do without you. One minute of not being with you is hardly bearable. I miss you everytime your gone, even if it's just a second. I hate not having you, it's absolutely awful. And I truly want to spend the rest of my life with you. And if I don't get to, there's no point of living. I promise I will keep you happy forever, and I will never hurt you, I promise. And I promise to be there for you and love forever..."
"So...will you do me the honor of accepting this promise ring?" He opened the box and there was a silver ring with an emerald diamond in the middle of it.
Tears streamed silently down my face and I nodded. Draco grabbed my shaking right hand. "Before I give you this, you've got to swear you'll never take it off. Not until I put a ring on your left hand and marry you." He said.
"I swear." I whispered. He put the ring on my ring finger. He then stood up and kissed me.
He pulled away. "You thought I was going to propose, didn't you?"
I lightly hit his arm. "Yes."
He grinned. "I thought about it, but I decided I wanted to propose when we're finally away from this place." He kissed me again while wiping the tears off of my face.
"All this crying is making me hungry." I laughed slightly.
"Let's go eat then. The sooner this day is over, the sooner we can party." He grabbed my hand and we walked to the Great Hall.
We sat down. "What have you two been doing?" Ron asked. "Getting a little birthday present." He wiggled his eyebrows suggestively.
"As a matter of fact I was." I held out my hand, showing them the ring.
"What the hell?!" Pansy asked grabbing my hand. "Are you two engaged?!" She asked.
"No." I smiled. "It's just a promise ring."
"I'm sorry, just a promise ring?!" She asked. "Look at that! Ron, I want one."
Ron snorted. "Believe me, if I had the money for that, I would get you five for each finger." He said. "Matter of fact, one day I'll get you five of them. I swear."
"Aww, baby, thanks." She kissed his cheek.
"You couples are gross." Blaise mumbled.
"Aww, Blaisey, one day you'll be all gross and lovey dovey like us. You just need to find the right girl is all." I sweetly.
"Yeah, I know." He grumbled.
Draco wrapped his arm around my waist and kissed me. "I love you babe." He whispered.
"I love you too." I said.
When we got to Charms, there was Tara standing there alone, unfortunately waiting for us. "Hey." She smiled.
"Hi." Draco said.
"Um, happy birthday, Jolina." She said, forcing a smile.
"Oh, thanks." I said waving my hand so she could see my ring. Her eyes locked on it.
"Who did you get that from?" She practically demanded.
"Draco of course." I said kissing his cheek. "It's a promise ring."
"Lovely." She said coldly.
"I thought so." I smiled, fighting the urge to smirk at her.
Charms went by surprisingly fast. Actually the day as a whole went by surprisingly fast. Soon classes were over and I was taking a much needed nap in the Room of Requirement with Draco. But when I woke up, he wasn't there. He probably didn't want to wake me.
I went to the Slytherin common room in hopes of finding Draco or the others there, but they weren't. I saw Theodore Nott sitting in the corner, talking to some guys.
"Hey, Theo." I said walking up to him.
"Hey, Jolina. Happy birthday." He smiled.
"Thanks. Um have you seen Draco?" I asked.
"Yeah, saw him heading up to the dormitories about half an hour ago." He paused. "Actually, I thought you went up with him."
I shook my head. "No."
"Hmm." He said. "Must be mistaken."
I shrugged. "Okay thanks. See you later." I walked away and headed to the boys dormitories. I knew odds were Draco wasn't there anymore, but I still wanted to check. Halfway up the steps I hear moaning.
I stop for a moment, and then I become curious. I wanted to know who was having sex with who, so I crept quietly up the steps and slowly opened the door. My heart stopped.
No, I thought. I wasn't seeing this right, or I was still asleep and having a nightmare. Because there is no way that I'm looking at Draco in bed with Tara. There is no fucking way.
But the longer I stared and listened to their moans the more I realize that what I'm seeing is real. I'm witnessing Draco cheat on me right now. On my fucking birthday. On the same day he gave me a promise ring.
I push the door open. "Draco! What the fuck?!" I screamed.
Draco pulled away from Tara and quickly scrambled out of bed and into his pants, breathing heavily. "Jo, baby, I um I can explain."
"No you fucking can't explain this!" I yelled. "I'm so stupid, so fucking stupid! I knew you were cheating on me!"
"But I wasn't cheating I swear! This is only the second time!" He said.
My heart shattered. Literally shattered, I swear I actually felt and heard it. "Second time?" I asked.
Tara was slowly getting dressed as though she was trying to avoid confrontation. I would get to that whore later.
Draco looked down not answering me. "When was the first time?!" I demanded.
"That night you broke up with me. Before I had come to see you, we kissed. And then after you broke up with me we..." He trailed off.
"How could you do this me?!" I screamed. "How Draco?! You don't love me at all do you?!"
"Jo, yes, yes I do more than anything!!" He said desperately. "Remember everything I said this morning?"
"All the shit you said this morning was a lie!" I spat at him.
The hurt was clear on his face. I could honestly care less. "No, it wasn't I meant every word of it. I do love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you."
"And what have Tara be your mistress while you're married to me? Sounds like a fucking fantastic life Draco!"
He didn't answer. "If you love me so much, why did you do this?" I asked.
"I-I don't know. I couldn't resist her." He answered.
I nodded, never having been more hurt in my entire life. He couldn't resist her. She was worth wrecking our entire relationship for. That made me feel like shit.
"Okay, well, now you can be with her. Because this time I'm really done. We are over forever. Don't you dare try to come crawling back to me, you disgusting prick. I'm sorry for interrupting your cheating." I said getting ready to leave.
"Bye now." Tara said. I stopped abruptly. I had almost forgotten about her. I walked up to her, not saying anything and punched her in the face. Then I grabbed her head and slammed it against the bed post. Then I threw her to the floor and started hitting her as much as I could.
"JO!" Draco cried out as he grabbed me around the waist and lifted me away from her.
I squirmed in his arms. "Don't touch me!! Get your filthy disgusting whore ridden hands off of me!" I screamed at him. He let me go looking shocked. "Don't you ever touch me again." I said through gritted teeth.
Tara groaned from the floor. "Draco my head." She said.
"Tara can you just-just please leave." He said. After looking at him for a moment she got up and left.
"Why did you make her leave?" I asked.
"Because I want to talk to you." He said.
"Really? Didn't look like you wanted to talk to me five minutes ago when you were fucking Tara senseless." I said harshly.
Draco took a deep breath. "Jo, look I know I fucked up really bad. I know I'm a total dick for cheating and I don't deserve for you to come back to me. And I know there's no way you should ever forgive me."
"You're right." I said. "And I'm glad you know that, because I'm never forgiving you and I'm never coming back to you. It's over."
"But Jo just listen-"
"I don't want to listen to anything you have to say, Draco. Because all you tell me are lies. I don't trust anything about you at all." I said as the tears slid down my face. I wasn't angry anymore. I was heart broken and crushed.
"But if you gave me one more chance I could-"
"One more chance?!" I asked incredulously. "You think I would give you another chance after this? Are you insane?! I am not going to sit around and be taken for granted by you."
"But I won't mess up anymore I swear. I'll stop talking to Tara, I'll act like she doesn't exist." Draco pleaded.
"It's too late for that Draco." I paused. "Tell me, do you know what it feels like to love someone more than anything in the entire world and then find out that they don't feel the same?"
"But I do feel the same." He insisted.
"No, you don't. Because I would never cheat on you. I would never make you feel the way you've made me feel. I want to spend every waking moment with you. I want to kiss you all the time. I want to hear you say you love me every second of the day." My voice broke.
"I wouldn't even care if there was no one else on the planet but you and me, because that's all I need. Just you and me forever. B-but you don't want that. You don't want me. Because apparently, I'm not enough for you. And that's how I know you don't feel the same about me."
Draco was crying now. "Babe, I'm so, so sorry." He choked out.
"Sorry isn't going to change the fact that you cheated and it's over between us." I said shaking my head.
"But why? Why can't I just have one more chance. I mean you're in love with me, so why?"
"Draco you are not the same guy I fell in love with."
"B-but I could be." He said.
"No you couldn't. He's gone forever. And he would've never done what you did." I cried harder. "I just wish I could have him back."
Draco was crying harder too. "Jo what am I supposed to do without you? I-I don't know how to live life without you."
"You'll learn. Just like you learned to have feelings for someone other than me." I said coldly.
"I-I..." he couldn't seem to find the words. That was my cue to leave. "Jo, please..."
"Tell Tara she is no longer invited to my party and if she shows up, I'll kick her arse and have her thrown out. I unfortunately can't stop you from coming." I said in a blank voice.
"Draco stop!" I exclaimed. "Just stop. It's over. Everything between us is over. Our relationship...and our friendship. I want nothing to do with you for the rest of my life." I walked out leaving him crying.
I was sobbing so hard. Blaise's arm was around me tightly, not saying anything. He was the first person I had ran into and when he saw how much I was crying, he took me to the Room of Requirement. I explained through sobs what had happened.
I could see it in his eyes how angry he was. He was trying his best to keep calm for me, but he was pissed at Draco. His eyes flashed and his fists clenched.
"I'm so sorry." He whispered in my ear suddenly. "You don't deserve to be treated like this. You deserve so much more than this. You deserve to be treated like a queen."
His words made me cry harder, because he was being so nice to me even though Draco was his best mate. "Th-thanks." I cried.
"Hey, come on, don't cry. You're too pretty to be crying. And it's your birthday. You should be happy." He said.
"I was earlier." I said.
"And you'll be happy later too at your party." Blaise winked.
The door opened and in walked Pansy and Ron. "You broke up with Draco again?" Ron asked.
"Yes she did, because she caught him in bed with Tara!" Blaise said angrily before I could say anything.
"She what?!" Pansy exclaimed. "Oh, that's it! That is it! Where the hell is Tara?! I'm going to kill her."
"She's probably hiding." I said. "I kind of attacked her."
"By kind of she means she slammed her head into the bed post." Blaise said.
"Damn, Lina." Ron muttered.
"I can't believe Draco actually cheated. He ruined all of friendships now." Pansy said.
"Look, I don't want you guys taking sides on this. I won't be mad if you still want to be friends with him." I said.
"Like hell I want to he friends with him!" Pansy said. "I don't want to be friends with him ever again. I'm the only one he's allowed to cheat on you with. He's lost my trust completely."
"Same here." Ron said. "I told him to never hurt you and he did. I don't know if I can still he friends with him after that."
Blaise remained quiet. I wasn't sure what he was thinking.
"Well, either way, I won't be mad at you guys." I said. I looked down at my hand. There was my promise ring shining on my finger. All the promises had been broken in one day. I couldn't continue to wear it. I tried to pull it off my finger, but it wouldn't budge.
"What the hell?" I asked.
"What?" Blaise asked.
"My ring it won't come off." I said pulling at it again.
"Oh, that's because Draco put a Sticking Charm on there." He said. "It won't come off unless he undoes the charm, or you accept his proposal."
"Well he's going to undo this charm. I'm not walking around with a false promise ring on my finger." I said.
"It's still so pretty." Pansy said.
"Yeah, it would be prettier if he hadn't broken all his promises." I said dully.
"Hey, forget about him." Ron said. "Tonight, you only focus on having fun and enjoying your birthday."
I guess I had to try.
I not only tried, I was succeeding. Mostly because I was drunk out of my mind. I was laughing, dancing, eating and just having the time of my life. I saw Draco sulking in a corner by himslef. Serves him right.
"Having fun?" Blaise asked as he came up behind me and put his hands on my hips. He was pretty drunk too.
"Yes! So much fun!" I exclaimed. "Dance with me!" I pulled his arms around me tighter and started moving to the music. He didn't hesitate at all. He started moving with me. I looked around and saw Draco glaring at the pair of us, I smirked and pulled Blaise even closer.
As the next song played I turned around and faced him and we danced for several more songs. "You, my friend are an amazing dancer." I slurred giving him a peck on the lips and then walking away.
I stumbled around the room until a pair of hands steadied me. I looked into the grey eyes that once made me swoon and now made me want to cry my eyes out.
"Let go of me!" I spat.
"No, Jo you're wasted." Draco said firmly.
"What do you care?" I asked drunkenly.
"I care a lot okay?" He said as he grabbed me and threw me over his shoulder.
"Let me goooo!" I whined.
"No." He said as he headed for the stairs. No one seemed to care that the birthday girl was getting carried away by her cheating ex boyfriend.
Draco set me down on the bed. "Is this how you're dealing with our break up?" He asked me. "Getting wasted and practically fucking Blaise out there in front of everyone?!"
"Well you fucked Tara so I think I can fuck whoever I please." I said hiccuping.
He just stared at me. "T-take thit sstupid ring off." I said holding out my hand.
"No." He said defiantly
"Yes!" I screamed.
"No! Not until you come back to me!" He said.
"Then this ring is never coming off! I might just be like Peter Pettigrew and cut my freakin finger off. Because I'm never coming back. You can't make me." I said.
"So nothing can convince you to come back?" He asked.
"Nothing." I said as my vision blurred slightly. Then Draco kissed me hard on the mouth. I should have pushed him away but I didn't. He started taking off my clothes, and I just let him. I just wanted one more night like this. To make love to him one more time before I never would again.
So I let him do whatever he wanted. I let him kiss me, I let him touch me, I let him make love to me for a long time. Just one last time.
A/N: I know, you hate me for doing this. But I had to! Jo and Draco are over for good. I'm sorry!! *ducks as Bree chucks a book at me* But what did you think? How much do you seriously hate Tara right now? How do you think Jo will react when she wakes up in the morning in bed with Draco? You'll see in the next chapter. :) And also I'm posting a new story called 'Unusual Suspects' it's different from my usual writing, but I would love if you guys would check it out. Thanks so much for reading and again, I'm sorry. XD
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