Chapter 14 : Mistake
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Anyways, without further ado...Chapter 14.
Oh, and I would also like to thank my beta reader (finally got one :P) lunalovegood2009!
“So… What are you smiling about?” Blaise asked when Draco entered the Malfoy household.
“Nothing...” Draco said, averting his eyes in a different direction.
“It doesn’t look like nothing. You have the goofy expression on your face which makes you look like a sappy old fart. And why the hell are you holding your cheek?” he asked suspiciously.
“No reason.” Draco said quickly before beginning to speed walk to his bedroom.
However, he was stopped in his tracks by Blaise.
“Out of my way Zabini!” Draco said cursing. Now he’ll know that he was lying. Blaise forcefully removed Draco’s hand away from his cheek and saw the reason to his goofy smile. He smirked knowingly.
“Would you care to explain as to why you have a lipstick mark on your cheek?” Blaise questioned, grinning widely.
“Oh! Do I? I hadn’t noticed! How did I get that?” Draco said playing dumb, which was completely out of character. Blaise eyed him suspiciously again, not breaking eye contact until Draco confessed.
“Alright, fine! Hermione kissed me on the cheek! Are you happy now?” Draco blurted out.
“Why did she do that?”
“As a thank you.”
“And what was she saying thank you for?”
“I defended her. That lowly serving boy, Cake-“
“You mean Jake.”
“Same thing. Anyway, as I was saying, Cake had ended his relationship with Granger because he thought that something was going on between me and her. She was heartbroken so I thought he needed to be taught a lesson. I went to the cafe he worked in and told him that he didn’t deserve Granger. Then, I shoved him and left. But, seriously, you should have seen the look on his face.” Draco chuckled. “It was priceless.” Draco reminisced, satisfied with his actions.
“So, there isn’t anything going on between the two of you?” Blaise asked, an eyebrow raised.
“No. We’re just friends.” Draco said simply.
“Are you sure about that? Does a friend kiss another friend on the cheek, so intimately that it leaves a mark?” Blaise pressed.
“It was just a thank you. That’s all. No hidden meaning behind it. You’re reading too much into it. Honestly, when are you gonna give up on that idea? It’s never going to happen.”
“Never. Until you finally admit that you do in fact like Hermione.” Blaise smiled. Draco sighed and shook his head in disbelief.
Hermione exited the bathroom only to hear an urgent tapping on her window. An owl was tapping on her window with its beak impatiently, having waited for what felt like an eternity.
She went to the window and slid it open, allowing the owl entrance to her home.
“Sorry.” She apologised, pulling the note off of its foot, after offering it a treat.
She unfolded it and read:
Can we talk?
Meet me at 8:30 at my apartment.
Hermione knew what this was about. She put on her coat and headed for the door. She put her hand on the handle and was about to open it before a familiar voice stopped her.
“Where are you going ‘Mione?” Ginny asked.
“Jake wants to talk to me. I’ll be back soon.”
“I don’t think that’s such a good idea.” Ginny said uneasily.
“Don’t worry. I’ll be fine.” And with that she left.
“Hermione, wait!” Ginny called desperately, but it was too late. She needed to find her. Her keen instincts were yelling at her. Somehow, she just knew something bad was going to happen. She rushed outside, putting on her coat messily, and disapparated.
Hermione rang the bell and waited patiently for Jake to open the door.
“Hermione… you came.” Jake smiled and stood to the side, letting Hermione pass him.
“Please, sit down.” Hermione hesitantly sat across from Jake, still angry at him.
“I’m sorry, Hermione. What I did was wrong. I shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions like that. I just...I didn’t like seeing you with another guy, especially that git-“
“His name is Draco.” Hermione interrupted.
“Right. I just want you to know that I regret what I did. I was just so angry with him and I took it out on you. I know now that he was only trying to help you. I am truly sorry, Hermione. Can you forgive me?” Jake asked with a hopeful expression.
“I forgive you Jake.” Hermione smiled. He stood up and was about to hug her when she stopped him. “But we can’t be together anymore. I had told you the truth before and you didn’t believe me… and when Draco had arrived at your workplace before and had told you that nothing was going on between the two of us and told you that you didn’t deserve me, and then you understood.” Hermione said.
“How-how did you know that?” Jake asked.
“I had seen it with my own eyes.” Hermione said, still confused as to how she had been able to see Draco when he was there and she was at the wedding. She was going to look into that some other time.
“I didn’t see you there...” Jake murmured.
“Look, we can still be friends, if you’re willing to. What do you say, Jake?” Hermione held out her hand.
“Wait a minute. Do you not want to be with me because of that bastard?!” the look of realisation hit him. “Do you like him?”
“No! No. We are just friends.” Hermione replied.
“Well that smile when you were dancing with that dick says otherwise. What the hell do you see in him?” Jake questioned, anger rising.
“Jake, we are friends! Nothing else!” Hermione cried.
Jake stood up straight. Hermione did so, too. He walked towards her, resulting in her to retreat, a scared expression on her face.
“Jake! Jake, stop!”
Jake shoved her against the wall, holding her shoulders in a strong grip. Hermione struggled, trying desperately to loosen his hold. “Jake! Let me go!” Hermione screamed.
“Do you think I'm going to let you go that easily? You’re the one who betrayed me! You bitch! You are going to regret this!” Jake threatened.
“Don’t you know how much I love you?!” Jake started to trace forceful kisses down Hermione’s neck.
“Jake! Let me go! What are you doing?!” Hermione placed her hand on his chest and pushed him back with all the strength she could muster. She rushed towards the door and opened it, when Jake pushed it back, closing it.
“Sorry, but you won’t be going anywhere today.” Jake smirked menacingly.
He reached for her and pulled her with him to another room for privacy.
“Hermione!” Draco abruptly stood up from his seat.
“Draco, what’s wrong?” Blaise asked.
“Hermione’s in trouble. We need to go and find her!” Draco grabbed Blaise and apparated immediately to Diagon Alley.
“Do you know where she is?” Blaise asked.
“I think it’s this way. Come on.” Draco said running and Blaise following close behind.
Hermione couldn’t give up just yet. She needed to find her wand. She had her one hand free, so she began to search for it. It was difficult to find. She couldn’t feel it inside her pockets. She panicked. How was she going to escape?
Then, she remembered that she had been practicing wandless magic for about a year now, ever since she found that book, aiding her to do simple spells without her wand. But could this work with a bigger spell? She didn’t know, but she had to attempt it. She closed her eyes and concentrated on the spell. “Expelliarmus.” She opened her eyes as she heard a thud.
Jake had gotten propelled against the opposite wall. He seemed to be unconscious. This was her chance. She hurriedly bolted for the door and escaped. She ran down the stairs and out of the building, not stopping once.
Jake finally awoke and cursed. He stood up and quickly made his way out of the door and out of the building. He was not going to let Hermione get away from him.
Hermione kept running. She looked back to make sure that the coast behind her was clear. He wasn’t behind her so she turned her attention back to the front. However, she hadn’t noticed what was on the ground and tripped over. She cried out in pain.
He knew that voice. Hermione. Jake hurriedly rushed towards the direction he had heard the scream.
“That was Hermione! She’s close by! Quick!” Draco ran, not waiting for Blaise to follow after. He needed to find her before Jake did.
Hermione slowly got up, wincing in pain. She tried to run as fast as possible, but cried again. The pain in her foot was preventing her from running fast.
There she was. Jake smirked. She was not going to get away from his grasp now. He rushed up towards her.
Hermione looked behind her, to check for any sign of Jake. Oh no! He was running towards her now! She quickly ran wherever her feet would take her.
“I will get you, Hermione! You can’t go anywhere now.” He laughed mirthlessly.
Hermione tried to run even faster, when she suddenly stumbled into a solid figure. She fell to the ground, but she took the figure with her. She noticed that she had her eyes closed and opened them. She met silver eyes and was relieved. “Draco.”
“Hermione.” Draco said. He got up from the ground and helped her up, too.
Hermione embraced him tightly, happy to have found him. She let go and smiled.
“Are you alright?” he asked worried, then noticed the bite mark on her neck and fingerprints on her arms. He reached for the bite mark and touched it, causing her to flinch. “Sorry.” Draco said, quickly taking his hand back.
Jake stopped in his tracks, shock plastered on his face. “Shit!” he cried by accident. Big mistake.
Draco heard the curse and looked up. It was Jake. He clenched his teeth and tightened his fists. He walked towards the now retreating Jake.
“You fucking bastard! You dared to hurt her again?!” Draco bellowed. He started to sprint as Jake scurried away in the other direction.
Jake ran as fast as his feet could take him, but he was no match for Draco’s long legs, which were twice as fast. Draco grabbed him by the collar, making Jake face him. His fist was ready to collide with Jake’s face, and it had done just that.
“How.” Draco punched.
“Dare.” He punched again.
“Touch.” And again.
“Her!” and one more time, making sure that it was brutal.
Jake’s face now looked pretty beaten up. Draco pulled back his fist again; ready to punch him just one more time. He almost did, had Jake not gotten a hold of his fist.
“I think it’s my turn. Shall I?” Jake smirked, thought his face had been bruised badly. He grabbed Draco by the collar and started to punch him. Again. And again. And again.
Draco finally managed to get a hold of Jake’s fist and pushed him back.
The two started to rush towards each other, but Hermione stopped them.
“Draco! Stop! Please!” Hermione shouted. Draco turned to face Hermione. He spotted tears in her eyes. His eyes softened and he walked towards her.
‘If I don’t get away now, he’s gonna kill me. No. I have to get away.’ Jake thought to himself. He turned around to the other direction and ran. Unfortunately for him, someone grabbed him from behind.
“Think you could get away so easily? Think again.” A voice said. He turned and saw that it was Ginny. His eyes widened.
“What? Surprised to see me?” Ginny smirked and dragged him along towards the trio.
“Draco, you’re hurt.” Hermione frowned, seeing the black bruises on his face. This was her fault, she thought.
“Hermione, it’s not your fault. I’ll be alright. With a simple healing spell, these bruises will be near to gone. Don’t worry.” He assured her, cupping her face with his hands.
He wiped the tears on her cheek with his thumb. Hermione abruptly pulled him into a tight embrace. Draco hugged back and stroked her hair gently.
“Hermione, are you alright?” Ginny asked coming towards them pulling Jake roughly with her.
Hermione nodded and smiled at her best friend.
“Don’t worry. This dick is not going anywhere. He’s going straight to Azkaban for rape.” Ginny said, spotting the bite mark on the nape of Hermione’s neck. “I had called Harry, and he should be here any minute now.”
“Thank you, Ginny.” Hermione said.
“Where is he?” a voice rang in. Harry had arrived. He stopped to get his breath back, bending down and inhaling the fresh night air. “One second.”
“I thought you Aurors were meant to be well built. Honestly, Harry. You are so unhealthy.” Ginny said, shaking her head. Hermione chuckled at the comment.
Harry then walked up to Jake and punched him.
“Damn right deserves it!” he saw that everyone was looking at him.
“What? He hurt my best friend. I wasn’t going to let him get away without beating him at least once.” He reasoned. Ginny rolled her eyes and handed Jake over to Harry so that he could take him to Azkaban.
Harry apparated with him, leaving the other four by themselves.
“We should get you to the Burrow. Mum can heal you there. Let’s go.” Ginny said to Hermione. Hermione nodded and started to walk, but winced in pain. Her foot was throbbing. Ginny took Hermione’s arm and put it around her shoulder. She and Hermione walked again, but Hermione was still unable to walk.
“Here. Let me help.” Draco said, and walked towards Hermione. He placed his left arm under her knees and his other supporting her back. He lifted her up. Hermione circled her arms around Draco’s neck for support.
Ginny and Blaise shared a glance with each other and grinned.
Grey and chocolate never broke contact with each other as Draco apparated outside the Burrow’s boundaries. They continued to The Burrow.
Ginny and Blaise followed behind, not wanting to interrupt this beautiful moment. They just watched, their grins never leaving their faces.
“Alright, everyone. Dig in.” Molly Weasley told her big family. They all obliged happily and gobbled down the food like pigs, mostly the men. Molly shook her head at how bad they were with table manners. She then spotted a figured walking towards the house.
“Hermione?” she said surprised. She quickly headed for the door and opened it.
“Hermione what happened?” she asked worried.
“Mum, at least let us come inside.” Ginny said. Molly allowed them entrance. Draco walked to the living room and placed Hermione down on the sofa.
“Hermione, how did you get hurt?”
“Who did this to you?”
“Whoever it was, we’ll beat him to a pulp.”
“What’s Malfoy doing here?”
They all threw question after question at her.
“Alright! Stop! Can’t you see Hermione needs rest right now? She can’t answer any of your questions. So back off, dunderheads.” Ginny scolded. Fleur, Angelina, Alicia laughed at the comment, believing it to be quite true.
“Ginny, you do not call your brothers dunderheads.” Molly scolded. “Maybe you should go upstairs to sleep, Hermione.” molly suggested smiling.
Hermione nodded. She got up but cried in pain. She almost fell, but Draco had at the last moment pulled her into his arms and carried her upstairs.
“Where’s your bedroom?” Draco asked Hermione. She pointed to the right. Draco took her to the room and set her down on the bed. He then took out his wand, and muttered a healing spell on her foot. The foot stopped throbbing. Next, he healed her arms and the bite mark on her neck. The marks started to fade until they vanished.
He put his wand back in his pocket. “Well, uh, I’ll uh get going now. Mother’s probably wondering where I am. I don’t want her to get worried. I’ll uh see you tomorrow.” He turned to leave.
Hermione remembered then that they were going to Sydney tomorrow.
“Have you packed all your things?” she asked, not wanting him to leave.
“Uh, not really. I'm gonna do it tonight.” He smiled, rubbing the back of his neck.
“Do you do everything at the last minute?” she asked. “Even at Hogwarts, you would do your homework just a day before it’s due in.”
“Have you been stalking me, Granger?” he joked. Hermione just rolled her eyes. “Yes, I do my homework at the last minute because you see, Ms. Granger, I am just so good that I don’t need to do it so early. Unlike you. Even though you are very intelligent, you still do your homework days before it’s needed to be given in by. Why is that?” Draco teased.
“Well, Mr. Malfoy, you see, if I do my homework straight away, I will get more time to do other things. More fun things.” Hermione replied.
“Like going to the library to read more books? And not just thin, small books, no, but thick, enormous books, some even bigger than you. But it’s a very good idea, Ms. Granger.” Draco said playfully.
“Why, thank you, Mr. Malfoy.” Hermione bowed. They looked at each other and burst out laughing.
When they stopped, Draco stood up from the bed and turned to leave. Then, a hand grabbed him from behind. He turned around.
“Here, let me heal you.” Hermione pulled him back down. She pulled out her wand and pointed at his black and blue face.
The bruises faded slowly, until they could fade no more. Hermione frowned. The marks were still visible.
“I'm sorry. This is the best I can do. The marks haven’t faded fully. You may need to use a potion to get rid of them completely.”
“It’s alright, mother’s got some. I’ll be leaving now. Bye.” Draco stood up, but was stopped again.
“Don’t go.” She said. Draco smiled and kissed her on the forehead. She closed her eyes.
“I need to, but I will see you tomorrow. Okay?” Draco said. Hermione nodded and pulled him down so that she could kiss him on the cheek.
“Thank you, again.” Hermione smiled. Draco nodded and turned to leave.
He opened the door and noticed that the Weasley’s had toppled over each other.
‘Were they eavesdropping?’ they heard each other think at the same time. They turned towards each other and gasped.
‘Did he just...’
‘Did she just...’ they thought in unison again.
‘Can you hear my thoughts?’ Hermione asked him inside her head.
‘Yes.’ Draco replied back in his head.
‘But...how...’ Hermione thought confusion washing over her.
‘I think I might know, but I’ll tell you tomorrow. You need to rest right now. Goodnight, Hermione.’ Draco said,
‘Goodnight, Draco.’ She said, still confused.
Draco walked over the Weasley clan and exited the household.
‘Weasleys.’ He thought to himself.
‘I heard that, Malfoy.’ He heard her say.
Hermione eyed the Weasleys as they straightened themselves. They didn’t make eye contact with her and just parted ways, each whistling.
‘Weasleys.’ Hermione chuckled.
‘I heard that, but then again, I already know that.’ She heard him say. She chuckled again.
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