I was sitting next to Ginny at dinner that night when I felt someone sit down extremely close to me and pressed his leg the full length against mine. Without even having to look, I knew it was Cormac because he then proceeded to place his left hand on my upper thigh and slowly rubbed it back and forth while casually eating his dinner. Setting my fork down gently, I forcefully removed his hand from my thigh and placed it on his own.
“Couldn’t handle it, Granger? I knew you always fancied me; every girl in Hogwarts has at some point. I mean really, who wouldn’t want all this? It figures you’d turn to me, what with Boy Wonder tied down with Ginny and Weasley with that god-awful Lavender girl; it’s only natural you would fancy the greatest thing to happen to Gryffindor house since Godric himself,” Cormac smirked.
“Maybe you shouldn’t be so full of yourself, McLaggen, I mean, are you even on the Quidditch team? That’s right, you’re not, because Ron beat you out. You just want to get the girls and don’t really care about your studies because you’re too busy breaking hearts. Mmmm, I’m sorry, but you’re really not the best thing to ever happen to this house. In fact, I don’t even know why you’re in this house—I think you’d find yourself to be a fantastic Slytherin,” I goaded back, slapping him on the leg and retreating to the library where I knew he wouldn’t dare try and find me.
I knew Cormac’s intentions were sincere since he didn’t go after just anyone, but really, this was getting ridiculous. It was flattering, but he was taking it too far. I just wanted to get back at Ron for being such an arse and constantly snogging Lavender right in front of me. The party was in two days and I was starting to get nervous about it. What if he tries to kiss me under the mistletoe? I don’t know what I’d do if that happens. I should’ve taken Harry’s offer of going as friends before succumbing myself to this torture.
Shaking my head to clear it of these distracting thoughts, I concentrated on the Ancient Runes textbook in front of me, deciphering barely a paragraph before my mind wandered off again. Deciding I wasn’t going to get anything productive done anyway, I shut the book, stuffed it into my bag, and walked out of the library, nearly crashing into Malfoy on his way in.
“Watch where you’re going, mudblood!” he spat, stalking away quickly.
Today was just a phenomenal day. First I had Cormac touching me at every opportunity and then this! Why couldn’t boys just leave me alone? I don’t understand why they don’t understand I don’t want to date them, let alone kiss them! Well, except Ron—but he was an exception! This was madness and I don’t know how much more of it I could take.
Harry knew what was going on because he felt exactly like I did about Ron but with Ginny instead. He didn’t know about Cormac’s advances though. That was something I could only tell Ginny without getting Cormac roughed up. I knew Harry only tried to keep my best interests at heart but sometimes he went slightly too far and messed things up.
I only hoped this dinner party passed by quickly so I could get rid of Cormac’s forward advances before I dug myself into an even deeper hole.
~*~*~*~*~Later that night~*~*~*~*~
Sitting in what was commonly known as "my chair" in the Gryffindor common room, I was finishing up some last minute homework; the only other student in the common room was Neville, the poor bloke asleep on his Herbology textbook, drool beginning to drip out of his mouth, lightly snoring.
Feeling bad, I woke him and guided him to the stairs to the dormitories and watched him turn the corner before returning to my chair by the fire and my book. Not ten minutes later, I heard someone coming down the stairs from the dormitories.
I saw a pair of legs in pajama pants connected to the body and inflated head of Cormac McLaggen himself. “What do you want, McLaggen? I was trying to study,” I said, crossing my arms in front of my chest.
“Well I just heard Longbottom come to bed so I thought I’d check out the common room, see if anyone else was up. And to my happy surprise, you are. I think we could have a nice little chat. That is, if you want to talk,” he said, moving across the room to lounge on the couch with his arms behind his head.
"Why would I ever want to talk with you?" I replied scornfully.
"You never know what you might want, Granger. Think of that," Cormac stated clearly, sitting up and leaning forward, elbows on his knees.
“I’m not one of those foolish bimbos like Lavender who you can just do whatever you want with! How stupid do you think I am? I have feelings and right now I am very angry with you and don’t even know why I ever agreed to be your date to Slughorn’s party! You’re a complete and utter arse who only cares for himself!” I cried, my chest heaving.
He stared at me openmouthed for a moment before snapping his jaw shut. "I don't think...oh bugger it all. You're one of the most intelligent and beautiful women I know, and I wouldn't want my rumoured reputation to ruin what you think of me. So come on, will you at least give me a chance to show you the real me? I promise I won't try anything at Slughorn's party," he said.
"Fine, but if you do try anything, I am leaving and never talking to you again. Deal?" I gave in.
"Deal," Cormac said quietly, getting up to leave. "Oh, and Granger? I'll be waiting for you at seven." He turned around and went up the stairs, the soft click of the boys' dormitory door being shut the only sound in the common room.
The fire having died out ages ago, I decided to get some sleep; I put my textbooks, parchment rolls, and quills in my bag, lugging it all upstairs to the girls' dormitory. I changed into my pajamas and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
A/N: Hey guys! I finally got this chapter written! :D I hope you liked it, especially since it was twice as long as the first. I can’t decide whether or not I want them to end up together, so I’m leaving it up to you all! So drop me a review, even if it’s just the word “together” or even more, I cherish each one! Thanks to Elladora (Lilli), dramoine is osom, shinichi, NaliahM, MissMdsty, and adluvshp (AditiDraco95) for the reviews first chapter! LMM to be up next! xx