Chapter 26 : My love
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She and Hermione had been in the library studying for the past few hours, barely able to see each other over the books piled in between them. Finals were but a few weeks away and the girls were dedicating even more time to their studies.
“Yes” Hermione sighed. “Me and Ron must do our rounds… I’ll meet you in the Common Room later? Perhaps we can study some more before going to bed”
“Are you staying?”
“Yes, I have a few more chapters to read for Muggle Studies”
“I’ll see you later then!”
Hermione left and Sofia looked down on the book in front of her. With great effort, she began reading again. After reading over the same passage four times, she sighed with annoyance.
“It’s no bloody use!” She said out loud, pushing the book away.
“I think you need a break”
Sofia jumped at the sound of Draco’s voice. Unknown to her, he had sat across from her, on the same seat Hermione had sat before. He had pushed the books aside so that he could see Sofia, and he was leaning against the back of the chair in a relaxed way.
“Draco! What are you doing? Someone could see you, see us!” She said, looking around for possible onlookers.
“I checked, there is no one around. And as for what I am doing, I came to ask you if you would like to accompany me to the Room of Requirement. You can play some more, it will help you relax”
Sofia looked around the table, biting her lips in uncertainty.
“Let’s go” She said after a few seconds.
With Draco’s help, they quickly returned all the books to the shelves. While Draco put the last few books away, Sofia packed her book bag. As agreed, she left first, and Draco followed a few minutes later.
Draco was staring out of the windows, looking over the grounds and lost in thoughts. Behind him, Sofia was practicing a song. As much as he tried not to think about his father’s letter, he could not forget it. What he had read on the letter had caused him to break down. In an effort not to been seen, he had decided to hide in the girls bathroom, which turned out to be a bad idea. First he was bothered by that pathetic ghost, and then Potter saw him.
Sofia had already questioned him as to why he had been crying and although he had told her he did not wish to talk about, he knew she would eventually bring it up again. He wanted to tell her, but he couldn’t for the time being. He would be able to tell her soon enough, but it would be too late by then. He swallowed hard, fear threatening to engulf him again… and his thoughts were disturbed by a loud bang.
Turning around, he saw Sofia hit the notes on the piano with both her hands, in a gesture of frustration. She rested her elbows on the piano and began to massage her temples, murmuring in rapid French under her breath.
“What is it?” He asked, walking towards her and placing his hand on her shoulder.
“I can’t get it right!”
“Will you like me to help you?”
“Here” he said, pulling her from the piano stool.
He sat down on the stool, and patted his lap. Sofia smiled and sat on his lap.
“Place your hands on top of mine and hold tight”
Sofia did as he said and when Draco was satisfied, he began to play. As he did, he told Sofia to feel the melody and how his hands moved from one key to the next. Sofia nodded, enjoying the feeling of playing with Draco. They played together for another hour, until Sofia had to leave.
Turning around to face Draco, she wrapped both arms around his neck and kissed his lips.
“Thank you Draco”
“You are welcome”
“May I ask you something?”
“Why are you so distracted lately?”
“I… I have much to think about”
They fell silent as the weight of his words hit them. Sofia could tell by his tone of voice she should not pressure him any further, so she forced a smile on her lips, kissed him again and left.
Draco watched her go, his own frustration growing. He hated not being able to tell her, and he hated even more how that day, just a few weeks away, would change everything.
Back in her Common Room, Sofia did her best to focus on the charms she was reviewing with Hermione and Ron. Harry had left with Ginny earlier and still hadn’t returned. She watched as Hermione showed Ron the proper way to wave his wand in the difficult pattern necessary for a particular spell, knowing she had yet to master it as well. Pushing thoughts of Draco away, she joined her friends and began practicing.
Later that night, after tossing and turning, Sofia got up and wrapping her cloak around her, left the room. She left the Gryffindor tower and walked absentmindedly until she reached the bottom of the stairs that led to the astronomy tower.
The warm air hit her face as she stepped outside and she welcomed it. She walked towards the edge of the tower and placed both elbows on the parapet, chin resting on her hands. She began to relax as she breathed the fresh air and watched the stars. Months ago, she had stood in this same place with Draco. She had made the decision to forgive him then, a decision that changed everything. She could tell things were about to change once more, but she feared that this time, it wouldn’t be a good thing.
After letting her mind wonder, she took a deep breath and shook her head. The time for uncertainty and fear was gone, she needed to keep control.
“I want to be with you Draco Malfoy… whatever it takes” She whispered to the moon. “Be strong, for troubling times are ahead… my love”
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