Chapter 26 : We only get seven years at Hogwarts
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The birds chirped as they chased each other across the clear blue sky. The giant squid lazed about in his giant lake and the flowers started to bloom. It was the first day of spring.
Hermione sighed as she leaned back against the legs of her boyfriend. It was so peaceful, so calm. They'd been sitting outside for the past hour, just enjoying the sunshine together, as a proper couple should. The months since the ball had just flown by.
"Ugh, that's absolutely revolting," Hermione's face wrinkled in disgust.
"I quite agree with you, it looks like they're trying to eat each other," agreed Draco, eyeing the couple sitting on the other side of the lake. Surprisingly, yet not so surprisingly, considering their personalities, Mclaggen and Greengrass had gotten with each other. They really were perfect for each other, both were horrible people.
"As long as they're not bothering us anymore," Hermione shrugged. Draco smirked, and then got up, pulling his girlfriend to her feet.
"Come on, I want to show you something."
"What is it?" demanded Hermione.
"It wouldn't be a surprise if I told you, now would it?" responded Draco, smugly. Hermione just rolled her eyes and allowed herself to be pulled along by Draco, but then she saw where they were headed.
"Uh, Draco, we're not exactly supposed to be in the Forbidden Forest,"
"Calm down Head Girl, I promise it'll be worth it."
"Are you taking me in there to kill me and then feed my body to the Acromantulas? So that no one will ever find me?"
Draco didn't reply.
"Oh god, you are! I was just kidding, but it kind of makes sense now-" Draco shut her up by spinning around and kissing her. After he had thoroughly snogged her, he pulled away and kept walking.
"I'm not going to kill you," then he mumbled something about crazy Gryffindors. Hermione didn't even defend her house, still grinning over the kiss.
"If only I'd known long ago that the key to shutting up the brains of the golden trio was to snog her," Draco shook his head as he chuckled.
"Oh shut up," Hermione swatted his arm. Draco stopped in a wide clearing.
"Alright," he spun around to face his girlfriend, "close your eyes."
"Just do it!" Draco huffed.
"Fine," Hermione rolled her eyes, but complied.
"Alright, don't open them, or you'll ruin the surprise, actually," Draco brandished his wand and a blindfold appeared over Hermione's eyes.
"Wow, thanks for trusting me," Hermione said in annoyance, fingering the cloth that now covered her eyes.
"Okay, take it off when you feel something touch you,"
"What-" but Draco shushed her, and then he closed his own eyes in concentration and mumbled something that Hermione couldn't hear. Hermione could feel magic crackling in the air around her,
"Draco? What happened?" There was no reply. Hermione felt something touch her cheek softly. She took that as the sign, and removed her blindfold. Gasping in shock, she tumbled over backwards, landing in the soft plush grass, staring at the sight before her.
Where Draco once stood, now stood a magnificent beast, a snowy white, Antipodean Opaleye with shiny scales that looked like silver when the sun hit them just right.
"Oh my," she gasped in shock, and then she shook her head to clear it and jumped to her feet. "Draco! You did it! Oh my Merlin, I'm so proud of you!" she cried in delight. Draco raised his snout as if in delight and let out a burst of fire. There was a pop, and then he returned to all his human glory. Hermione charged him and threw her arms around his neck and hugged him tightly. Draco eagerly returned her hug, holding her close to him.
"That was amazing, I can't believe you accomplished it!" her muffled voice came again, Draco grinned.
"What can I say? I'm amazing."
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
"And don't forget guys, if someone does offer you a job, say yes. You can always quit later, and then at least you'll be one of the unemployed as opposed to one of the never-employed" The students and parents in attendance laughed as Draco interrupted Hermione.
"Anyways, we did it, go out there and show the world what you're made of. We are the graduating class of 1998!" The audience erupted into cheers and the students threw their hats up in the air.
Hermione turned to her boyfriend and giggled as he embraced her and spun her around in a circle.
"We did it," he whispered, but Hermione could hear him perfectly amongst the noises of the crowd.
"We did," she smiled before meeting her lips to his. Finally, she pulled away and they went to greet the rest of their friends.
"You did it!" Ginny squealed, as she moved away from Blaise to embrace Hermione. "What are me and Luna going to do at Hogwarts without you guys? So selfish, you could have all just failed a year, but no, you had to go and graduate!" cried Ginny. Her friends laughed at her antics.
"We have an excuse to come visit Hogwarts while you guys are here though! Every Hogsmeade weekend, I'll be there waiting for you," grinned Blaise as he kissed his girlfriend.
"And we have the entire summer together! Don't forget!" Piped in Pansy. The group of eight was going on a holiday together to Australia. It took a lot of convincing on Ron and Ginny's part, Molly wasn't just about to let her kids hop across the ocean, but eventually, they wore her down and she realized she couldn't actually stop any of them from going.
"It's going to be great, and we're all going to be together!" Cheered Ron, and the others joined in. It was going to be unforgettable.
I know it was extremely short, but all that needed to be said, was said. Stick around for the Epilogue! Just one more chapter is remaining of my first ever Fanfiction!
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