Severus Snape was not looking forward to a new year at Hogwarts. As he was now a war hero, people saw him as a good man and everyone greeted him with a smile. The students thought he would have a slightly warmer attitude in class, since he no longer had to pretend to be a death eater.
How wrong they could have been.
He was planning to be just as cold per usual, with his blunt sarcasm and deathly stares. Potions would remain as strict and severe as any other year and not submitting to the other classes air fairy demonstrations of teacher student friendships. Even thinking about it made Severus cringe. A firm hierarchy that saw him on top will maintain the respect he deserves, as well as eliminating the weak from his class; the most important class at Hogwarts in his opinion.
As the seventh year students began to pile into the class room like a swarm of annoying little flies, he rose from his chair and gave a stern look of demand “Open the prescribed text, now” his voice echoed, the students quickly opened up their text books and sat quietly, waiting for class to begin.
It wasn't until fifteen minutes later that Hermione strolled into the classroom, interrupting professor Snape’s instructions on what they would be brewing this week. He looked up annoyed, to see a smiling Hermione Granger sitting at the front of the class, making as much noise as possible.
“Have you quite finished interrupting my class miss Granger?” he said in a harsh tone. Students looked bewildered at Hermione, waiting to see if she would reply.
“To be honest Sir, I’m just getting started” she said with a grin while the other students looked at her stunned.
Snape glared evilly in a way that only he could muster up, “Ten points from Gryffindor for pure idiocy” he remained calm and smirked ‘and they call you the smartest witch of your age”
Hermione gave a look of disgust and turned to her left “Mate, I think he’s talking to you” the brown hair Gryffindor looked at her madly, keeping silent. He didn't want to be dragged into this vendetta with her.
“Severus I thought I could have a bit of fun and add some humor into this dull class” she grinned as she heard shocked sounds coming from the students behind her, some began whispering while the daring stifled a laugh.
‘Detention Miss Granger. That should be a reminder to you if you ever feel the need to disrupt my class again” He was frustrated with this sudden change in the Granger girl, why couldn’t she just go back to being an insufferable know-it-all. That person at least had some manners.
“I’m looking forward to it” she challenged him by meeting his gaze; a smirk beginning to show.
“That makes one of us” he muttered darkly and began instructing his students on how to correctly brew the potion for today.
By lunch the whole student body was excited with gossip about Hermione in potions class. As she walked towards the heads common room for her spare, younger students whispered to each other, but with one raised eyebrow from Hermione, they stopped in their tracks and ran off.
“Perfect” she laughed to herself.
When she entered the common room, she thought she would be all alone but she was mistaken.
Draco was lounging on the couch and appeared to be lost in his own thoughts.
Right then a sudden idea struck Hermione as she realized he hadn’t heard her come in. “Do I dare insult his pride twice in one day?” she asked herself.
“Well now I have no choice, myself just dared me to”
She crawled on her hands and knees until she was behind the couch. It was one of those situations where you weren’t allowed to laugh so therefore Hermione had to fight the urge. She had to take a shaky breathe and regained calm before trying to decide what she would do to him.
At the same time as all this was happening, Draco was thinking very hard and how to get Hermione back after the prank she pulled on him this morning.
“I could make her fall in love with me” he thought, but shook his head quickly after “no, that’s just too disgusting” (AN: and too cliché might we add)
He went through many other ideas in his head but they all seemed just too cruel or too stupid for him to accomplish.
“For Merlin’s sake I give up! It would be better to let her be paranoid while I just carry on with my life.” Draco furiously said out loud.
“Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this*?” Hermione said loudly and jumped up from behind the sofa.
Draco who was so shocked almost fell from where he was sitting and after hearing Hermione crying from laughter realized what had happened.
“What is wrong with you Granger and why were you spying on me?” Draco glared at the brunette who was currently clutching her sides and wiping away tears of joy.
“I wasn’t spying on you, I was simply watching you without your consent” She grinned
Smirking and raising an eyebrow simultaneously, he replied “I’m pretty sure that’s the definition of spying Granger.”
“Okay, I’ve changed my mind. I was taking a nap when I heard you talking to yourself. By the way that’s the first sign of madness you should get yourself checked out.” Hermione faked a look of worry.
"I wasn’t talking to myself I was just…” Draco was stopped in mid rant by Hermione.
“Now, Draco as your best friend”, he scoffed at this remark, “I’m going to let you know that the first step is to admit you have a problem”
Draco yelled out raising his hands to the ceiling” THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE IS YOU!”
“Denial” she sang with a smile.
Before Draco could kill her she quickly added, “Now Fred and George are coming over in a bit so play nice” without waiting for a reply she walked off.
Draco stood there for a moment and said “I am so getting her back.”
“And who is it that you are getting back Malfoy?”
Draco turned around to the common room entrance to see the Weasley twins leaning against the portrait, both with identical lop sided grins on their faces. Typical.
“That’s none of your concern Weasels” he glared as they laughed and sat on the couch, kicking their feet up on the coffee table like they had lived there all their lives.
“Now Malfoy, Hermione has told us to be nice to you, though we don’t see why” Fred began stretching out his arms and placing them behind his back.
“But we just wanted to give you a pep talk and let you know that there is no way you could possibly out prank Hermione” George grinned.
Fred laughed in agreement and then puffed out his chest, “she has learnt from the best”
Draco smirked at this statement “Listen, I’m Draco Malfoy, not that it’s any of your concern but I think I can handle a bookworm in her rebel stage”
“Oh boy you have no idea what your gonna get yourself into” Fred lightly slapped his brothers shoulder “Gerogie, are you listening to this rubbish, he’s totally in for a wakeup call”
‘He’ll see what happens when you start a pranking war with Mione”
Draco rolled his eyes, of all the nonsense he’s heard, its bloody Hermione Granger, she’s obviously putting on some act this year but she can’t keep it up for long. No, she will just go back to her old self and he wanted to give it a little kick start. No one messes with a Malfoy.
“You’ve all lost your minds, the bloody three of you” he muttered while taking a seat in the corner, glaring at the twins.
This did not dishearten Fred and George who mimicked his actions and scoffed “Is your father going to hear about this Draco?” George smiled
Draco admitted “Not likely, if I were to mention this whole situation to my father, he would disinherit me and that’s not something I want to risk, is it?”
The twins actually laughed at this and even Draco had to crack a smile.
It suddenly got quite awkward as Draco realized that he had actually shared a joke with the Weasley twins, and he had to thank Merlin that Granger decided to grace everyone with her presence. He was confused though as to why she was dressed in black with a beanie on her head and black paint stripes on her face.
Hermione jumped on top of Fred and George and squished herself in between the two on the couch, despite their protests.
“I thought I heard laughter coming from down here, are my best friends bonding already?”
“No” they all said in unison while darting glances at each other.
“Well, okay then” Hermione laughed knowing that they actually loved each other. Somewhere deep down. Really deep down.
“Where exactly are you going dressed like that Granger?” Draco asked still staring at her absurd outfit choice.
“To the library to study of course” She grinned
“What, but I thought we were…” Fred managed to say before Hermione gave them both a meaningful look and a shove for good measure.
“Oh yes the library, I’ve always wondered what’s in there” George quickly laughed.
“Books you idiot” Hermione answered while rolling her eyes.
Fred groaned, “Why would anyone want to go in there?”
“To learn things for class” Hermione sighed, “not everyone is happy with educating themselves on strapping fireworks to Mrs Norris to see if she flies.”
“It would have worked too, if she didn’t end up biting me” Fred muttered darkly.
“This library place sounds horrible, why are we going there exactly?” George complained.
“We aren’t really going George, Hermione just said that” Fred began but then looked at Hermione’s death glare “I mean…”
“So where are you really going then?” Draco interrupted with a raised eyebrow (TN*: it’s astonishing how he can do that without looking like he is constipated such as Magic) (MN*: Hey I resent that)
Hermione suddenly started staring at the wall behind Draco and getting up she pointed towards it saying, “Oh look a distracting thingy!”
Draco who didn’t even blink at the random outburst stood up too “Did you honestly think I would fall for that? I’m not stupid”
“Well you learn something new every day, gotta go!” She yelled while running for the portrait hole.
“Don’t wait up” she called back as she turned the corner.
Draco sighed and muttered some curse words, he did admit however that this would be a perfect time to work on his prank, and as if a light bulb went off in his head he grinned and began making his way to the head girl’s room.
___________________________________________________________ *Quote by William Shakespeare from the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet
* Tragic’s note
Magic: Hey guys we finally have a new chapter up
Tragic: I think it’s quite hilarious if I do say so myself
Magic: I had an idea while writing this, I thought that maybe at the end of some chapters we could write a little extra humorous scene that would contain a few of the characters.
Tragic: Kind of like a deleted scene that we couldn't integrate and even some bloopers as if we were directing the characters to play their roles. Haha
Magic: Review and let us know what you think of this idea. I already have a plan for the first one.
Tragic: As always, until the next chapter.
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