Chapter 15 : Chapter 15
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Hermione was woken up early the next morning by a very excitable Draco knocking on her door.
"Come on Granger! It's Christmas! Get up!"
She quickly tried to flatten her hair which was always more bushy in the morning and then opened the door.
"Finally, come on downstairs, your mum and dad are already up." He grabbed her by the hand and dragged her down the stairs.
"Good morning sweetheart, Merry Christmas." Her Dad said, hugging her. She wished both parents a Merry Christmas and sat on the sofa next to Draco. She still felt half asleep and was thankful for the large mug of coffee her Dad handed to her.
Hermione's mum had felt so sorry for Draco that she had gone shopping on Christmas Eve morning to buy him some presents. They all opened their gifts together, Hermione had received her usual gifts of clothes, perfume and CDs, plus some money to convert to Galelons and treat herself to something from the wizarding world. Draco was extremely pleased with his jumper, scarf and more CDs to play in his new CD player.
Just before dinner, Hermione received a reply from Harry and Ron, delivered by a very excitable Pigwidgeon.
Merry Christmas! We don't want to not see you over the Christmas holidays. Bring Draco, Mrs Weasley said he can stay in George's room cause George is staying above the shop. Don't bother sending an answer back, you don't have a choice, just send Pig.
P.S. we promise to behave.
Draco had been right, this was turning into the best Christmas ever.
Dinner was delicious. Hermione, her parents and Draco ate until their clothes were considerably tighter, rested for a while and then ate some more. Draco was fascinated by the muggle Christmas crackers and spent a long time playing with his calculator, much to the entertainment of the Grangers.
He told them stories of his previous Christmases, earning him a lot of sympathy and hugs from Mrs Granger. It seems, although his parents had showered him with gifts, it didn't make up for the lack of quality family time he desired.
"All I ever wanted was a Christmas like this. Just the three of us sitting and having dinner together; no high society wizards." This earned him another hug from Hermione's Mum and Hermione squeezing his hand under the table.
Christmas night, the traditions continued with turkey sandwiches and another film, Gremlins. After this, Hermione's parents went to bed and left her and Draco alone for the first time that day. He immediately pulled her closer to him and for a while they just sat together, him holding her. After a long time, he spoke.
"Thank you, by the way."
"What for?" She asked, turning to face him.
"The best Christmas ever. You, your Mum and Dad have made me feel so welcome."
"You deserve it, I couldn't stand the idea of you spending all that time alone in your flat. Plus, my Christmas has definitely improved with you being here." At this, Draco placed both of his hands on the sides of Hermione's face and pulled her towards him. He kissed her, more intensely than the previous times. Moving his hands around to her back, one in her hair and one in the small of her back pulling her whole body closer to him. Hermione could have stayed like this forever, being kissed this way. Eventually Draco broke the kiss, but kept holding Hermione. She wasn't sure how long they sat there for, it was amazing though. They questioned each other in turn; finding out more about one another. Hermione learned that Draco's favourite colour was green, his favourite subject was astronomy and he star gazed as a hobby during school holidays.
Finally Hermione decided it was time for them both to sleep. They had to be up early to go to the burrow, something Hermione was dreading more and more now that she and Draco were more than friends. Not that they had defined their relationship yet, but Hermione knew they weren't just friends anymore.
They were woken the next morning by Hermione's Mum, who had made them breakfast. They ate and then said goodbye to Hermione's parents. Draco thanked them more times than was strictly necessary. They apparated from Hermione's garden to an apparition point a little walk from The Burrow. Hermione was pleased that Draco did not let go of her hand after they had apparated. She also realised that now was her only opportunity to ask Draco's advice on what to tell Harry and Ron.
"So, I was just thinking about Harry and Ron. I'm not sure whether or not to tell them about, well, this." She gestured to their joined hands.
"I was thinking about that too. I think you should tell them, they are your best friends after all. Can I suggest that you maybe don't tell them I'm your new boyfriend whilst I'm in the room though?"
She laughed, "Draco Malfoy you coward. Are you my boyfriend then? Is that what you want?"
"Of course you are, did you think it was just a few meaningless kisses? I like you Hermione, a lot. You make me want to be a better person, or at least continue to be. I'd like to think I'm less of an arrogant prat now. Coward I can deal with, I just think they would be calmer about it if I wasn't in the room. If you want me there though, I will be."
"I knew the kisses weren't meaningless, I think the idea of you being my boyfriend is something that will take a little getting used to, it's what I want though. As for you being less of an arrogant prat, I have to agree. You're right about Harry and Ron too; I need to tell them alone."
Their discussion had taken them within sight of The Burrow. The corners of Draco's mouth twitched when he saw the lopsided house but he said nothing; something Hermione knew must have taken a great deal of effort. Begrudgingly she let go of his hand as they walked down the path. With a nervous smile at Draco, she knocked on the door.
"Hermione!" Ginny squealed when she saw her friend, hugging her tightly. "How was your Christmas?"
"Brilliant thanks Ginny, yours? I bet your Mum had enough leftovers to feed an army of giants!"
Ginny laughed, "Yep! And the rest! Christmas was perfect, look what Harry bought me." She pointed to a beautiful silver necklace with a large emerald in it to match the earrings she had bought in Hogsmeade.
"Ah, it's beautiful, he has good taste. Where are the boys by the way?" She had expected them to be in the kitchen but when she got there it was empty.
"Living room, playing chess. Ron got Harry a new set for Christmas and has already beaten him four times." She shook her head affectionately, then peered behind Hermione where Draco was still stood in the doorway. "Draco you can come in you know, we don't bite. Although that gnome behind you might." Seeing the ugly, menacing looking gnome, Draco quickly entered the house and slammed the door behind him.
"Ginny, can you show Draco where he's staying please? I need to speak to Harry and Ron for a minute." Hermione asked. Ginny eyed her suspiciously but agreed. Hermione took a deep breath and then entered the living room.
"Hey Hermione. Knight to D3...yeah smash it!" Ron mumbled distractedly. Harry, obviously sensing another defeat actually stood up to greet his friend with a hug.
"How are you Hermione? Good Christmas?" He asked her.
"Yes thank you, it was brilliant. Yours?"
"Considerably better than last year when we were almost eaten by a snake." He said with a grin.
"Well, anything beats that." She agreed. "So, um, listen, I have something I really need to tell you both. Ron, any chance I could have your attention?" He was still engrossed in the chess board, watching his knight take down Harry's bishop. He looked up at her quizzically. She continued, "what it is is...you see, I'm sort of...I have a boyfriend."
"Hermione, that's great! It's about time too." Said Harry whilst Ron nodded in agreement. "So who is he? Someone at school? Muggle, wizard?"
"He's a wizard, and yes, from school. Actually, you know him..."
"Must be in our year then...lets think." Ron scratched his head. "Wouldn't be Neville, I hear he's got a thing for Hannah. Is it Seamus? Nah, wait, is it Dean?"
Hermione took a deep breath and looked at her two best friends. "It's Draco...Malfoy."
A/N I love a good cliffhanger!
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