By October things were going well between Ron and Hermione. They were relaxed around each other and oddly enough were not fighting as much. Ginny and Harry had been throwing comments to the two that they should hook up but both would dismiss the idea.
Hermione walked into the Great Hall on a Tuesday morning and sat down at the Gryffindor table next to Ron and across from Harry. They were already well into their breakfast when she arrived and looked up and nodded when they saw Hermione sit down.
“Good Morning,” Hermione said cheerfully setting down her stack of books.
“Why are you in an unusually pleasant mood this morning Hermione?” Harry asked Hermione munching on toast with orange marmalade.
“They’ve posted a Hogsmeade visit this weekend.” Hermione told Harry.
“Great! I’ve been having a craving for a butter beer all school year.” Ron said after taking a sip of his orange juice and leaving a small orange juice mustache just above his lip. Hermione took notice of this and smiled.
“Ron you have a bit of an orange juice mustache” She told him smiling harder. Harry looked up and gave a short laugh as Ron wiped his mouth with a napkin. Ginny who was sitting a few people away leaned forward and commented.
“I think she’s looking at your lips Ron.” She told him teasingly. Hermione blushed and opened one of her books not feeling the least bit hungry. Ron ignored Ginny and turned to Hermione. “Do you mind helping me with our transfiguration homework tonight Hermione?”
“Yea, Sure. Just as long as it doesn’t involve me doing all of the work that is.” She said with another grin on her face. She had been smiling a lot lately. Ron gave her a look that made Hermione’s stomach lurch forward. It wasn’t a bad feeling but it startled her nonetheless. She dismissed herself and headed to class early without them.
“It’s not that I don’t want to like your brother I don’t want things to change between us that’s all. I mean what if we don’t work out. What if it ruins everything and we can’t even be friends!” Hermione told Ginny while they were in the common room that night.
“Is it a chance you want to take Hermione? Personally I think once you finally find your true feelings for one another you will be a cute couple.” Ginny said to Hermione.
“I think I’ll wait a while until I know for sure if we should be more than friends. Can you do me a favor and not tease us so much?”
“Oh…but it’s so much fun,” Ginny said jokingly and then realized the seriousness on Hermione’s face. “Yea, no problem Hermione.”
“Thanks. I’m going to go find Ron and help him with his homework now. I’ll see you later?” Hermione asked Ginny.
“Yea. Tell me if anything happens. Tell me even if nothing happens,” Ginny said and walked off to the girl’s dorms.
Hermione found Ron in the Library reading over the transfiguration assignment. His head was bent down and didn’t notice her walking up to him. She looked at him hard for a moment taking in every thing about him. From his bright red hair to his broad shoulders all she saw was her friend Ron. That didn’t explain why every now and then she felt nervous around him and how sometimes her stomach lurched when she looked at him and vice versa.
Ron looked up to see Hermione. She seemed to have been staring at him for a moment. He got nervous. Ever since their talk he had been noticing himself getting nervous and smiling a lot more around her. He looked at her and her tousled long curly brown hair and eyes. She was beautiful he admitted but he didn’t drool over her. He didn’t lay awake at night imagining himself kissing her. Ick! She was coming toward him now.
“Hey Hermione.” He said looking up at her. She smiled at him and he felt a warming sensation in his chest. Maybe he was actually falling for her.
“So what did you need help with?” Hermione asked breaking the silence.
Ron looked down at his assignment and realized he had figured it out on his own. If he told Hermione that he might look like he wanted to get her alone. But also if he did tell her it would look like he actually knew something and they could be free to talk.
“Actually Hermione I figured it out before you came here.”
“Oh. That’s great Ron. It was rather easy wasn’t it?
“Yea once I sat down and thought about it hard enough it was.” He said happy at his accomplishment. “You want to go to the kitchen to get a snacks and celebrate?”
Hermione laughed. “I’d love to.” Ron gathered his books and rolls of parchment and loaded them into his bag. He looked at Hermione who was staring at him again.
“M-M-M-Mind if I get another hug?” Ron asked her feeling nervous. “For my accomplishment and all?”
Hermione smiled at him and they hugged. This hug sent both their nerves into shock as they felt dizzy and light headed at one another’s touch. They finally pulled away and looked at each other blushed and then turned away but Ron kept his arm around her shoulder as they walked to the kitchen.