Chapter 25 : Ten Points from Gryffindor!
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"Damn you Weasley!" Hermione shouted, pounding on the door.
Draco leaned back, casually as possible, against the wall, foot resting on an overturned bucket. Most of the space was devoted to a few brooms, and many cleaning supplies, it must have been Filch's cupboard.
"Hey! It wasn't just me! Everyone was in on this!" Ginny defended herself.
"I don't care who was in on it! Let me out! It smells like Ron's room in here!"
"Oi! My room doesn't smell that bad!"
"Why was she in your room?" asked Pansy.
"We were- oh never mind, it doesn't matter," Ron grumbled.
"Let me out you guys! This isn't funny; I promise I won't hex you!"
"No, not until you guys talk things out!" shouted Ginny.
"What? Who's you guys?" Hermione demanded, still not noticing that she wasn't the only one in the small space.
There was no answer from the outside, Hermione had been abandoned in the cupboard.
She whirled around to try to find a way out, but gasped in shock.
"Granger," Draco acknowledged, but Hermione could hear the underlying anger in his voice.
Hermione stared at him for a moment longer, not saying anything, and then she twisted back around and started banging on the door.
"Help! Help me! Someone help me!" She continued this for about five minutes, before giving up and sliding down against the door. She sighed and put her head between her knees, almost as if she was curled up in the fetal position, but upright.
"I didn't have anything to do with this," Draco offered, sliding down as well, along the opposite wall. That was a feat in itself since there was really no room within the small cupboard, his legs were too long, and there was nowhere to put them, so he settled with putting them on either side of Hermione. She stiffened as she felt his leg brush against her.
They sat there in silence, neither willing to speak. Draco was pissed off with his friends, and with Hermione, and she had just given up and didn't' want to speak to him anymore, she had tried to explain, and he didn't listen, it wasn't for her to make the effort now.
Fifteen minutes had passed, still no words being passed between the two. Finally, footsteps could be heard coming down the corridor. Hermione held her breath, it wouldn't do for a professor to find them in such a compromising position, and it would mean detention.
"Oh my god, I don't hear anything, do you think they killed each other?" demanded Ginny, a bit hysterically.
"Calm down, they have no wands, there's no way they can harm each other in there," Blaise pointed out.
"Oh, right. Have you guys figured out your problems yet?" Ginny asked, tapping the door.
Still no response.
"Hello?" whistled Pansy.
"Let me out, Ginny, please," came the small voice of Hermione.
"Have you guys professed your love?"
No response, but Blaise could swear he felt Draco's glare through the thick wooden door.
"I'll take that as a no," sighed Ginny.
"Have you guys even spoken?" demanded Pansy.
No sound came from the cupboard.
"You guys are so stupid!" she yelled. "You listen to me, and you listen to me carefully Draco, or so help me Merlin,"
Draco shifted his position within the cupboard, and rolled his eyes. Hermione just put her head back down.
"You are the most idiotic man I have ever met in my life. Hermione didn't cheat on you! Get that through your head!"
"Yeah, kissing Mclaggen doesn't constitute as cheating at all," replied Draco, sarcastically.
"Urgh!" Pansy stomped her feet. "Ron, Harry, go grab Mclaggen. Now!"
They stared at each other before shrugging and after a glare from Pansy; they ran for the Gryffindor common room.
"I swear you don't deserve her," Ginny said venomously.
Inside the room, Draco looked at Hermione, how she wouldn't even look at him and kept her eyes on the ground the entire time. Did I make a mistake? He thought.
Muffled shouting was heard, and then a thud.
"Hello prick," Pansy acknowledged Mclaggen, who was sprawled at her feet.
"What's the meaning of this?" he demanded. "I'm telling McGonagall!"
"Oh shut up," said Blaise.
"Now, Mclaggen, you're going to tell all of us here exactly what happened the night of the ball with Hermione,"
"Yeah and why would I do that?" he smirked, though it didn't have much effect as he still lay on the ground.
"Because if you don't, I'm going to make you well acquainted with my wand!" threatened Ginny.
Mclaggen gulped, Ginny's fiery personality and skill with a wand was well known.
"Fine, I kissed Hermione," he said, smugly, and then yelped, Harry had just sent a hex at him.
"The truth," glared Harry.
Mclaggen narrowed his eyes. "Fine," he spat, getting to his feet, but not noticing Pansy unlock the door that was right behind him, "I cornered her, said some stuff, then pushed her against a tree and kissed her, she kneed me, I fell, and then she ran away."
"Bastard!" came the infuriated yell of Draco from behind him. Mclaggen didn't have time to move or duck as Draco's fist came flying at his face. Mclaggen fell to the floor, clutching his face. Draco followed suit and started punching every inch of Mclaggen. Finally, Blaise pulled him off.
"You can't kill him," Blaise stated, calmly.
"No, but I can make it so that he never moves again!" Draco snarled.
"Luna, please take Mclaggen to the hospital wing, tell Pomfrey that he fell down the stairs," instructed Ginny. Luna levitated Mclaggen into the air, and skipped off down the hall.
"Well, now do you believe her," demanded Ginny. As if remembering where he was, Draco spun around and landed his eyes on Hermione, who was just standing there, but not looking at him.
"Oh Merlin, Hermione, I'm so sorry! I'm the biggest prat alive and I don't deserve you, I'm so sorry for not believing you,"
"It's not that you didn't believe me, it's that you didn't trust me. You wouldn't take my word for it, but you're willing to trust someone else about it? You stormed away from me at the table just because Mclaggen said a few things! Then I walk in on Astoria kissing you?" Draco opened his mouth to respond,
"I'm not done talking!" Hermione interrupted him; neither of them noticed their friends slowly backing away down the corridor. "I didn't jump to conclusions when I saw her kissing you because I knew that you wouldn't cheat on me, I gave you my trust. But you broke it by not returning the favor! Do you really think so little of me that you think I'd kiss someone else while I'm with you?" Hermione's eyes shined with tears.
"Hermione-" Draco stepped up to her and wrapped his arms around her, Hermione stiffened at first, but slowly let herself give in and enjoy the comfort of his arms.
"I'm so sorry, nothing I can say will change what has happened, you're right, I didn't trust you. I have no excuses, so I'm not going to give you any. I just, I'm sorry, can we please start over? Act like nothing happened that evening after I asked you to be my girlfriend?"
Hermione was quiet for a moment, before she pulled away and looked up at him.
"Do you promise to talk to me if anything ever happens again? To not jump to conclusions?"
"I swear. I also give you permission to hex me if I ever hurt you like this again."
"Then yes, I forgive you," Hermione giggled, "Draco Malfoy's my boyfriend."
Draco chuckled and rolled his eyes before bending down and kissing his girlfriend.
It seems a bit rushed, even to me. I'd guess that there will be about two more chapters after this. Did you guys see Voldemort at the Olympics? I loved that!
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