Chapter 18 : Questions..
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She sat at her desk after a long session of talking on the phone to a witch named Gabriella Stone who had an abnormal amount of elves whom she didn’t take care of properly. It was up to her what actions they took, but her mind was too occupied to think straight.
Luna was curious as to what the letter said and looked over her shoulder...“Oh we would miss you Hermione, you love it here in this office!” Luna exclaimed.
“I know Luna, I know but Arthur promised me some great stuff and you are leaving again soon anyway…” Hermione said matter-of-factly back.
She thought about how this would affect her pregnancy, this was a full-time job not part time and she would be on her feet and on investigations a lot, being in her second trimester at fifteen weeks now, she was a little less tired but was gaining a little weight.
She would also help out with the Aurors every now and then.
But the pay sounded nice and she would get to work with another passion of her’s, working with muggle artifacts and arresting people who tried to mess with them wrongly and helping to keep magical laws obeyed.
The biggest downfall of this is that the office she would have is just a few steps away from the offices that the Aurors have, and that meant she would see Lavender and Ron all the time. She really didn’t want to go through that awkwardness every day, but frankly she really didn’t care anymore.
Luna stared at Hermione which was getting on her nerves.
“What are you going to do?” Luna asked, really not wanting her good friend to leave.
“Luna, I will need time to think about it,” Hermione stated sharply.
“Sorry for bothering you, I will be leaving now to go and meet and talk to that woman with all the elves, thanks for your help today with the case Hermione, I will take over from here. I would go and get checked for nargles, you aren’t acting like yourself,” and Luna walked out of their office looking at Hermione quite seriously, to which Hermione giggled at when her friend was out of the office, this was Luna trying to be rude.
Finally Hermione had peace and quiet since she got here and her day at work was almost over.
Finally six o’clock came and she locked up her office, not hearing from or seeing Luna after she had left to see the elf keeper, she didn’t expect to know the outcome of the case until tomorrow.
Draco sat and waited for Hermione at the entrance of the elevator. He was frowning and looked rather bothered.
Hermione walked to him and gave him a kiss on the cheek in which he barely noticed or looked up at her.
“What’s wrong?” She asked worryingly.
“Nothing, let’s go,” Draco said in a low tone standing up and walking into the elevator.
Hermione just eyed him on the way down, he didn’t look at her once.
Once they got off the elevator, Hermione questioned him. “Draco, tell me, please?” She begged. She just knew something must be wrong.
Draco looked at Hermione, “Zabini, that’s what.”
“Oh no, what about him? What did he say to you?” Hermione wondered.
Draco scowled and shook his head angrily, “We will talk about it outside!”
Hermione quickened her pace to get out of the building so she could speak to Draco without a lot of noise.
They stepped outside into the sunny evening and Draco looked at Hermione, “He told me he didn’t want to be partnered up with me in office anymore because of me sleeping with a mud-blood piece of rubbish and that he didn’t even consider me a friend anymore because I am a disgrace to him and the rest of the purebloods, apparently the Corrows told his father because my mum has been in contact with them still, so now Dean Thomas and I are partners!” he paused, “He also says he thinks that your baby is Weasley’s not mine and that I should get that cleared up! He said that he may have seen you kissing him in The Pub last Saturday!”
Hermione’s jaw flew open in disbelief, “Do you believe him?!”
She couldn’t believe what just came out of his mouth; how he could even question that she didn’t know!
“No! I don’t! But it isn’t true, is it? I don't know who to believe!” Draco said, not knowing whether to believe his best friend or new girlfriend.
“NO! I WOULD NEVER SLEEP WITH THAT CHEATING RED-HEADED GIT AGAIN! You did believe him Draco!” Hermione was hacked off now, how could Draco question this if he knew she loved him like he does her? The past.. that's why.
Hermione noticed that Ron had heard her and was standing not far away from them standing against the wall after talking to a co-worker from his office and was now eyeing the couple with sad eyes.
He looked very hurt by her words, Lavender walked out moments later and he said, “Let’s go Lavender,” and grabbed her arm and walked away. Lavender went with him, questioning why he was in such a hurry.
“No I didn’t Granger! Sorry, just making sure… I didn’t really question it, but I needed to know… Granger… maybe we should take a break for a few days, and I can brush this off of me,” Draco said, looking at the sky, beads of sweat forming on his forehead.
“Granger again is it?! Fine Malfoy, I’ll see you around!” Hermione said, turning away and walking fastly back inside to go home to Ginny and Harry’s.
Draco watched her go and regretted what he said, how could he let Zabini get to him so badly, how could he let Hermione go so easily?
The girl he loves now and is having a child with… he couldn’t.
“Hermione!” He yelled at the doors.
But she already was gone. He decided to just go home and let Hermione breathe for a day or two and then he would contact her again with apology. Or maybe they should stay apart for just a little while; he didn’t know how this kind of thing worked.
Hermione walked out of the lavatory wiping tears from her eyes, her pregnancy made her even more emotional and she hated it because Hermione was strong, not like this.
She couldn’t believe Draco doubted her. She thought that they seriously trusted each other completely despite the rough past they had, although they hadn’t been together long... How could his friend just get to him so easily? Had he even defended her? Maybe Draco wasn't FULLY changed..?
She was in full blown tears when she got to the front porch of Ginny and Harry’s.
“What’s wrong?” Ginny questioned when she opened the door.
“Draco wants a break because Zabini called me names and ended their friendship over me, and also told Draco he saw me kissing Ron and it started a fight!” Hermione sobbed into her friend’s shoulder, "Zabini is just doing this because he hates my blood-status and doesn't want Malfoy around me!"
“Were you kissing Ron?” Ginny questioned, her eyebrows raised.
“No she wasn’t kissing me…although I wish she wa-” Ron said, suddenly showing up beside them.
“Ron! Shut it!” Ginny interrupted. He must have apparated there at that moment.
He was hurt by Hermione's words.. but he really wanted to know what the hell was going on.
“Where’s Lavender? Hmm?” Hermione sneered angrily at him.
Ginny was surprised with Hermione’s tone, was she jealous of her brother’s girlfriend?
“She went to her mum’s, let’s talk ‘Mione, I just want to talk to you…” Ron said gently, looking at Hermione.
“Okay, I guess, whatever! I wonder what you've have got to say to me today!” Hermione said, trying to stop fuming, wondering just what he was going to try now that Draco and her had their first fight.
“You two go, I’ll make us supper,” Ginny said wanting to give them alone time, giving Hermione a quick hug and leaving them by closing the house door.
Ron and Hermione walked toward down the driveway, they didn’t want to apparate anywhere so they decided to sit in a shady area beside the Potter’s pond where they were hidden by tall grasses.
“Did he end things with you?” Ron asked curiously.
“No, he wants a break, Zabini gave him a hard time at work about his being with me and he was very upset. Also Zabini said he saw us together at the Pub kissing just to get Draco to not want me,” Hermione told him, sitting near the water which looked fiery with the setting sun.
“Well, I am very sorry that your boyfriend is scum and has gits for friends…” Ron said.
“Ron, don't call Draco scum, this is all just so new to him! But I guess it’s good for him to cool off for a few days maybe it’s for the best,” said Hermione.
Ron looked at her tiny baby bump, “You’re getting bigger.” He noted, touching her belly briefly with his hand.
“Yeah, I am… every week I seem to gain two or so pounds, this baby is making me fatter,” she joked smiling.
Ron just looked at her for a moment, he missed her so much. The sun was hitting her eyes to where they looked like a golden brown.
“You are beautiful no matter what Hermione,” Ron commented, smiling at her for the very first time since their break-up.
Hermione was kind of flattered by this surprisingly, “Thanks Ron I guess.”
They sat silently; the awkward compliment he gave her made some unwanted tension. They just continued looking at three ducks following each other in the water.
Ron had so much to say to her, but knew that nothing he said would make a difference in what he did. He knew she was too far gone… Maybe Malfoy wouldn’t come back to her, but he highly doubted that.
Hermione looked at the setting sun and noticed Ron gazing at her; she started to cry when she thought about how everything was so questionable and messed up.
“Why are you crying?” Ron asked, concerned.
“Well Ron, I am pregnant, I am with Malfoy and love him but I still also have feelings for you which I hate because of what you did to me, I think about us still and I hate that because I am happily with Malfoy, and I have to watch you every single day with Lavender and it makes me sick-“
Ron kissed her, interrupting her. She kissed him back, fighting mentally to get away and stop but she didn’t want to.
He started to kiss her more passionately and lay her head on the grass as he just continued snogging her.
This went on for a good five minutes until Hermione finally sat up and stood up, “Ron, go!” She yelled at him.
“But… why?!” He asked, coming toward her again, eager to make this his moment with her like old times.
“GO AWAY!” Hermione yelled at him, tears falling angrily, "You shouldn't have taken advantage of my emotional state Ronald!"
Ron, taken aback, got up and wanting to obey her, walked away from her frowning and then apparated to her orders back to the Burrow, not wanting to ruin anything else between them that he hadn't already.
She just kissed Ron, what had she done? What a horrible day… what would Draco say about this?
He won’t know… it was kind of an accident, she isn’t thinking straight after all of today’s happenings.
Besides, Draco and she are on a “break,” there’s no reason to tell him.
And Ron is her ex-fiancé, it was so hard not being able to ever kiss him anymore when she used to everyday, luckily she only thought of this rarely. It was kind of nice to kiss him again. Maybe to get some closure? No... he took advantage of her hormones and crying...
Draco looked at his picture of Hermione on his nightstand as he lay in bed.
Who cares what Zabini said? Hadn’t he expected something like this to happen? Zabini had never been the best friend to him anyways; he never treated him quite right.
He was so mad at himself for saying what he did to Hermione. He was absolutely pissed off at himself. And how could he question her about Weasley?
He was one of the ‘first responders’ to her heartbreak, he saw her in the bookstore just a couple days after she found his texts, and he saw how much he broke her, and Hermione was one that was hard to break and he knew it.
He picked up his phone and texted Hermione:
I am so sorry for today, I did not mean it. I know that you no longer fancy Weasley. I was just so upset that my best friend would be so horrible to me but if lose him, so what. I love you Hermione, which will never change. Consider the break over… I am so sorry I acted so immature.
Hermione felt her phone vibrate at midnight as she lay motionless on her bed, she had been just thinking about the kiss with Ron and how she felt something for him still because she didn't want to stop kissing him.
But she had a strong new fancying for Draco that overtook those feelings almost completely, she realized this just kept repeating countless times in her head, like she was almost making herself be convinced still for some reason, like she wasn't convinced it was truly real.
She looked at the message and smiled for the first time all day.
It was still Draco who she wanted now, Ron had broken her heart. She needed to remember that.
She wondered if she should text him back or just let it be for now and let him realize she won’t just let slide what he did to her today, because he shouldn't have treated her that way.
She decided to ignore the text of his and go to sleep.
Now that Draco apologized she would sleep more soundly now. It only took her moments for her body to drift off into her dreams.
Draco stared at his phone, no text back. This caused him a little worry, what if she was with Weasley right now? Oh stop it Draco, she’s pregnant with your child and she’s not a whore, she is probably asleep and mad! Draco thought to himself, putting his phone on his nightstand next to Hermione’s picture and after texting her goodnight with no response he turned over and fell asleep as well after staring at her picture.
Hermione dreamed of Ron and Draco fighting for her. There were different moments in the dream, a few which she was snogging Draco, and a few scenes where she was snogging Ron. Then the boys were at a duel with each other as Hermione cried in the background, clutching her pregnant stomach.
Then her dream changed to where she was at the Borrow with all the Weasley family and Harry, Ginny, and James. She was holding up her engagement ring and was showing it off to the whole family.
But then the dream changed again to the altar of a church everyone was there, all the Weasleys, the Potters, all of the dead loved ones in ghost form.
Even Dumbledore was there; in fact he was the one marrying them, Aberforth Dumbledore of course, but his brother Albus stood by the ghost form of Fred.
Hermione was walking down the aisle in a white, flowy dress her train sliding along behind her.
She was expecting Ron up at the altar and she looked up as she went up the stairs in front of the church congregation.
But Ron was in the audience holding the hand of Lavender and they looked very happy.
There was Draco Lucius Malfoy staring down at her with a beautiful baby girl in his arms.
The baby girl had on a white dress and had a head band with white roses clinging to her dirty blonde hair which was not very thick, the baby had gray eyes like Malfoy and a smile like Hermione’s.
The baby girl looked to be about six months old or so.
She was the most beautiful baby Hermione had ever seen. Was this their child?
Hermione reached out for the baby in her dream and then she woke up with a start… there was no more questions about whom she really loved or what she wanted. But should she go for it? Or just stay bloody single? Drama seemed to follow her lately....
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