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I'm good thanks, Ron too. He's got a big date tonight with that trainee healer from St. Mungo's, Lara. George spiked his coffee this morning with hair growing potion, it's down to his knees! I'm sure he would say hello if he wasn't too busy shouting at George and attacking his hair with his wand.
Your letter confused me, I'm not really sure why you're bothering to worry yourself about Malfoy but I did some digging for you anyway.
Yes, Lucius is in prison. My first thought about Narcissa was that she would be desperately trying to claw her way back to the top and save the Malfoy name and reputation, presumably by being extra nice. There's been a lot of donations made to various charities in the Malfoy name which supported my theory. I assumed Draco would be under Narcissa's strict instructions to be nice to everyone at school so that word got out about the new and improved Malfoy's. More digging found that this actually wasn't true. As it turns out the donations were made by Draco, not his mum. A friend of mine in the Wizarding Records department pulled Draco's and Narcissa's files for me and they're not even living in the same house anymore when he's not at school, she's still in Malfoy Manor but he's living in some flat in Muggle London, not too far from Kings Cross.
So I guess I don't really know why he's been acting strange, or why it's bothering you. Just ignore him, that's what you always told me as Ron.
I've attached another letter for Ginny, can you pass it on to her please. I'll write again soon and let you know how Ron's date went, if he manages to hex the antidote out of George!
After reading Harry's reply, Hermione was more confused than ever. She knew he was right, and that she shouldn't care, but she couldn't help but feel suspicious.
Shaking her head and trying to rid her mind of all thoughts related to Malfoy, Hermione wandered along to the Gryffindor common room to deliver Ginny's letter. She was glad Professor McGonagall had given the returning seventh years the passwords for their old dorms, Hermione had missed the common room, she had grown so accustomed to it in the 6 years she had spent in the school. She found Ginny sitting in one of the squashy armchairs in front of the fire, doing homework. Hermione sat down opposite her enjoying the familiarity of the seat.
"Hi Hermione, what's up?"
"Oh not much, just had a letter from Harry, he asked me to pass this one on to you." Hermione handed Ginny her letter, she grinned and quickly opened it, smiling fondly as she read it. Hermione watched her and felt a slight pang of jealousy. She wanted the comfort of being in a relationship, having someone to depend on. She thought of Ron going out with the trainee healer, even he was moving on. Hermione didn't want Ron back, she knew they were better as friends, but she wanted someone.
"Hermione, are you ok?" Ginny had finished reading her letter.
"Hmm?" Hermione was pulled out of her thoughts.
"You look...distracted." Sensing Ginny's concern, Hermione decided that maybe a little girl talk was what she needed.
"Oh I've just got a lot on my mind. I've had some weird encounters with Malfoy of all people and Harry's just told me about Ron's date and I guess I'm just feeling a little lonely."
"What's happened with Malfoy? Is he being a git again?" Ginny asked angrily.
Hermione proceeded to explain her meetings with Malfoy, leaving out the part about him crying in the bathroom, and how it almost felt like they were friends in their Head meeting (Hermione remembered not to tell Ginny about the ball). She also told Ginny about the new information Harry had given her.
"Wow. Friends? With Malfoy? Draco Malfoy?" Ginny was stunned. "That's just...weird. Although I did notice that he didn't call you a mudblood on the train after he heard you calling him a ferret. Maybe he really is changing. It's not impossible is it?"
"I guess not..." Hermione said slowly. "I just can't help but be suspicious of him. I mean, you spend 7 years of your life hating someone, then they start acting like a normal human being, it'll take some getting used to."
Ginny laughed. "So you're making friends with Malfoy then? There's a sentence I never thought I'd say! Anyway, what's this about you feeling lonely? Are you missing my stupid brother?"
"No! Not at all. Me and Ron were always meant to be friends. I'm really pleased he's going on this date, he deserves to be happy. I think it's just seeing everyone either in a relationship or having babies (they had just found out that Bill and Fleur were expecting a baby) or going on dates. Then there's me..." Hermione sighed.
"Well you never know, maybe you and Malfoy will become more than friends!" The idea of this made both girls laugh, and for a while they couldn't stop. Hermione felt the stress she had been feeling easing away, this was just what she had needed. Between laughs the girls made jokes about meeting the parents, Christmas with the Malfoy's and breaking the news to Harry and Ron that Hermione was going out with Draco, each joke made the girls laugh even harder. They finally calmed down when a disgruntled fourth year came down from her room to see what all the noise was.
"Thanks Ginny." Hermione said wiping the tears from her eyes and standing up ready to leave, "I really needed this, I feel much better."
"Any time Hermione, are you going back to your dorm to have sweet dreams of Malfoy now?" Ginny asked with a grin.
"Oh yes, absolutely!"
"Well..." Ginny began, and then stopped herself.
"Well what?" Hermione demanded.
"He isn't exactly ugly is he? I mean, other than the whole Death-Eater-who-spent-years-bullying-you thing, he's actually pretty good looking!" Ginny clapped her hands over her mouth as soon as the confession was out.
"Ginny Weasley!" Hermione reprimanded her but still smiled. She had never really thought about the way Malfoy looked until now, now there was more to his personality. She couldn't entirely disagree with Ginny...but still, she could never see herself sitting in Madam Pudifoot's with him on Valentines Day!
"I'm going before you tell me you've got a crush on Professor Slughorn! That's enough confessing for one night I think." Hermione hugged Ginny and then headed back to her own room. She felt happier than she had since arriving at Hogwarts. As much as she loved Harry and Ron and they would always be her best friends, she realised now what she had been missing by having 2 boys for her closest friends. Sometimes a girly conversation was just what the doctor ordered.
A/N I have to say, I was worried about posting this chapter. I think it shows a side to Hermione that we never saw in the books but I think all girls have! Let me know what you think...
The next 3 chapters are written and will be up as quick as validating will allow, stay with me, they're good!
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