Chapter 5 : Planning a Scheme
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Oh-my-god, she said emphasizing each syllable. Guess who I saw snogging under the willow tree?
Cedric and Cho? Katie asked automatically.
Nope, Alicia said breathing heavily. You really wanna know?
I really dont care, Katie said tossing her head.
You sure? Alicia asked again. Because it was Oliver and Hermione.
What!???!! Katie cried jumping up. It was Oliver and who ??! she shouted angrily.
Oliver and Hermione, Alicia said softly patting Katie on the shoulder. Im sorry. I knew how much you liked him.
I cannot believe this, Katie said fuming. Show me, She ordered.
Youre not gonna bust them are you? Alicia asked alarmed.
Katie looked at her friend in disgust. No, do you think Im stupid? Where are they?
Underneath the willow tree.
All three of them silently creeped behind a bush a fair distance away from the two. Katie poked her head out from the bush and watched in horror at what she saw. Oliver was stroking Hermiones hair and kissing her gently every few seconds. Hermione had a dreamy look on her face, cuddled in Olivers arms.
Omigod, Katie said slumping down. What the hell? So she gets her big mush of hair fixed and suddenly she gets Wood?
Shes a nice person, Angelina said quietly. She helped me on my potions homework.
I DONT CARE, Katie shrieked. Ugh, I mean who does she think she is? She can just take my man?
Its not like we can do anything, Alicia offered.
Katie snapped her fingers. Thats it, brilliant. We can do something.
Do what? asked a deep voice from behind them. All three of them whipped around in alarm.
Oh hey Cedric, Katie said wiping the sweat off her brow. Nothing, did you see Wood and Hermione making out under the tree?
Cedric peered out form behind the bush at the two.
Omigod thats Hermione, he exclaimed. Damn shes hot, he said sighing. Oh, well shes taken.
You like her? Katie asked in disbelief.
Who wouldnt? Cedric snorted. Shes really smart and pretty. Whats not to love? Except she doesnt play Quidditch?
Ugh, Katie said. Wait, but what about Cho?
Are you kidding? Cedric asked. She has this gigundo crush on Harry, he said rolling his eyes.
Dont worry, we still love you, Alicia said patting Cedrics muscular back.
And I love you too, Cedric said making puppy eyes.
I got it! Katie suddenly exclaimed.
If I like Wood, Cedric likes Hermione and Cho likes Harry, we can get Wood to break up with Hermione and then Cedric you get her and then I get Oliver and then Cho gets Harry! Katie said in a rush. Its a win, win situation.
I kind of like the sound of that, Cedric said eagerly. But the question is how.
Well, lets figure it out, Katie said mischievously.
And all four of them put their heads together to come up with a plan to break Oliver Wood and Hermione Granger up from their newfound happiness.
Under the willow tree, Hermione and Oliver were still not aware of their onlookers. They simply continued doing what they were doing. Hermiones head was comfortably snuggled on Olivers broad, muscular chest.
This is nice, Oliver said continuing to stroke her hair. And your hair smells so good, he took another sniff. So tropical like.. coconut? he asked.
Dead on, Hermione said chuckling. She inhaled Olivers shirt. He smelled different than Harry and Ron. He had a more musky scent.. a scent that she liked.
You sniffing me? Oliver asked laughing kissing her again.
Maybe, Hermione said snuggling her head back. What time is it?
Hmmmm? Oliver mumbled leaning against the tree.
What time is it? Hermione repeated.
I really dont care luv, he said looking at his watch. If you must know, half past three.
Mother of merlin! Hermione exclaimed. I gotta go, Oliver, she said reluctuantly.
No, no dont go, Oliver said catching her hand and pulling back down.
But Im going to be late, Hermione whined smiling.
Fine, he said pouting. But wait, he wrapped his arms around her and gave her a long, lingering kiss. Hermione broke away reluctantly.
Mmmm, she sighed happily. Bye! she called as she cheerfully ran back up to the castle.
Aaaah, Oliver settled back into the grass. Im not letting this one go,
Ok, so we got it? Katie asked looking around at the group. Does everyone get it?
Mmm, Cedric bit his nail. I guess it might work.
Lets not start it yet, Alicia said. We might need more information,
Whats there to know? Katie huffed. Oh fine, well talk at dinner.
Hermione was humming to herself the rest of the day. So this was no joke, Oliver was really interested in her!
Hey you guys! she cheerfully called to Ron and Harry on their way to Transfiguration.
Hey, Ron said. You seem happy, he said raising his eyebrows.
Well yeah, I am, Hermione giggled.
How was your walk? Harry asked grumpily.
Pleasant, she said. Highly enjoyable.
Im glad, Ron said. Because our Potions essays are niiiightmares, He handed his over to her. Could you check it?
Umm, I dont think I can, I didnt even start mine yet! Hermione cried. Sorry, maybe when I have time.
Oh, okay, Ron said disappointed. Thats okay.
Throughout the rest of the day, her two best friends detected a new aura around her. Her smile was a bit wider and her face was flushed with happiness. On their way down to the Great Hall for dinner, someone joined them, to Harrys dispite.
Hey girl, Oliver said playfully slipping his arm around Hermiones waist. Mine if I join you guys for dinner at your side of the table?
If it was humanly possible, Hermiones loopy grin became even wider.
Of course! she exclaimed. Why would I mind? she said playfully and Oliver gave her a big slobbery kiss on the lips. Harry looked away in disgust.
He grew even more displeased with Wood when he took his seat beside Hermione at the table. Harry grew to feeling that he was being pushed away from Hermione daily by his Quidditch captain. He had always liked Oliver, even admired his Keeping talents, but he could not help to feel jealous. Ron did not seem to mind, but then again he did not fancy her.
Pork chops? Ron held up the dish to Harrys nose who snapped out of watching Oliver and Hermione being all over each other. Never had he thought he would see his best friend like this. But she was seventeen now, what did he expect? You okay mate? Ron asked concerned.
He followed Harrys gaze. Oh, its not Oliver and Hermione is it? he said quietly.
When Harry didnt answer, he nodded. Oh, sorry buddy, he said patting him on the shoulder.
Its ok, Harry sighed. I should have made my move sooner.
Mm, Ron agreed through a mouthful of mashed potatoes.
Harry was not the only one feeling a bitter remorse. At the far end of the Gryfindor table, Katie was watching Oliver and Hermione with despite and jealousy.
Sick, she spat watching the two laugh and giggle with each other. Thats just sick, she angrily gnawed into her drumstick.
Sorry sweetie, Alicia said for about the hundredth time. You dont want to start it now do you?
Definitely not, a deep voice came from behind them. It was Cedric. I know, Ive been watching them too. Boy Olivers getting a lot of tounge.
Oh, shut up, Katie said throwing a bit of chicken at him.
Hey, what was that for? Cedric picked it off his robe. But yeah dont do it tonight, wait a little, let Hermione think Oliver really likes her first.
Hey does though, Angelina cut in. I still think this is a bad idea.
Be quiet, Katie snapped. God, this year sucks so far, and its only the first week.
Tell me about it, Cedric agreed.
Across the table, Harry was starting to feel sick to his stomach. Boy was this year was interesting!
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