"Do I look okay?" Hermione asked Draco as her husband emerged from the bathroom.
She was standing in front of the full length mirror in the bedroom, scrutinising her outfit for the reunion they were heading to. Her outfit was a long sapphire dress which clung to her body and emphasised her cleavage. Hermione however was worried it drew attention to her small bump. She was only four months along and the bump was barely visible when she was naked, but she still felt as though it was very obvious she was pregnant.
"You look gorgeous." Draco reassured his wife as he walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist.
"I don't look fat, do I?" She asked as her hand rested on her stomach.
"No, you can't even tell you're pregnant." Draco replied.
"Are you sure?" Hermione checked.
"I'm sure." Draco nodded. "But why are you so worried? Do you not want people to know about the baby?"
"Of course I do." Hermione replied, turning around in Draco's arms so she was facing her husband. "I just don't fancy having people trying to touch my bump. People used to do that with Ginny when she was pregnant and I thought it was so annoying. It's different when it's family and friends, but not people you barely know."
"I don't think you have to worry about that just yet." Draco said. "Although if you're bothered, we could always skip tonight and stay in."
"I don't think so." Hermione chuckled. Giving Draco a quick peck she stepped out of his arms and walked across to where her bag and shoes were sitting.
"It was worth a try." Draco shrugged as he picked up his jacket and pulled it on.
Once Hermione had slipped on her shoes and grabbed her bag the couple made their way downstairs. After saying goodbye to Lucius and Narcissa the couple headed to the floo room in the Manor. Since discovering Hermione was pregnant Draco had insisted she stopped apparating and had arranged for them to floo to Hogsmeade. Hermione did point out that she apparated throughout the first couple of months of her pregnancy since she didn't know she was expecting, but Draco wasn't going to be swayed and had insisted that apparating wasn't an option.
Draco had arranged for them to floo to Ron's shop in Hogsmeade, where they would meet their friends. Ron ran two successful Quidditch shops, the first in Diagon Alley and the second was his newest addition in Hogsmeade. Both were a roaring success and Ron's shops were the best place to go if you wanted Quidditch memorabilia. As well as all the shirts and regular stuff you could pick up all over the place he specialised in signed items from professional Quidditch players. In the shop in Hogsmeade he also carried Hogwarts Quidditch supplies, tailored to the four houses of the school.
When Hermione and Draco arrived in the back room of Ron's shop they found their friends waiting for them. Harry and Ron were both wearing suits like Draco, while Ginny was wearing a stunning red dress that showed off quite a bit of flesh and Luna was in a cheerful bright yellow dress.
"We were beginning to think you weren't coming." Ginny said, hugging both Draco and Hermione.
"I wish." Draco muttered.
"Lighten up Draco." Hermione said to her husband. "We're going to have a great night."
"Yeah, it'll be fun." Harry added with a smile.
"Okay, okay, I'll stop complaining." Draco said. "I'll try my best to have fun."
"Great, let's go." Ron said.
The three couples left Ron's shop and after he'd locked up they made their way towards The Three Broomsticks. Upon entering the pub they headed to the bar where Madam Rosmerta directed them to the rooms upstairs that had been hired for the reunion. The landlady looked rather surprised to notice Draco among the Gryffindors, but she didn't ask questions, she just told them to have fun.
When they entered the room they were greeted by Ernie MacMillan, who had organised the event. "I'm pleased you could all make it." He said with a smile. "Just mingle and catch up with everyone."
"Thanks Ernie." Harry replied. "It's great to see you again."
"You too, all of you." Ernie said. "I'll find you later to catch up properly, but for now I have to play host. There's still a few people not here yet."
"Ooh look, Neville." Luna chirped as she scanned the room. "Let's go and say hi."
Together the group made their way over to Neville Longbottom and his wife, Hannah Abbot. They still saw Neville quite often and knew he was the Herbology Professor at Hogwarts, while Hannah now ran The Leaky Cauldron and had turned the former dingy pub into a lovely place to hang out. As the three couples caught up with Neville and Hannah they had no idea they were being talked about from across the room.
The group of Slytherins were sitting together in the corner of the room when they spotted Draco entering the reunion. While his presence in itself was shocking enough, his choice of companions were even more surprising. The last people the group expected to see Draco with was the Gryffindor trio he'd clashed so much with at school.
"What on earth is Draco doing with them?" Pansy sneered. "He's certainly gone down in the world."
"I just can't believe he has the nerve to show up." Daphne stormed. "After everything he did, how can he just waltz in here as though nothing happened?"
"Just ignore him, Daph." Theo soothed his wife. "Have another drink." He quickly grabbed the pitcher of cocktails that Pansy had ensured was on their table and poured his wife a fresh drink.
"I don't want another drink." Daphne retorted, battering away the drink her husband was offering her.
As her friends continued to speculate about Draco, Daphne watched him with narrowed eyes. He was laughing and joking as though he didn't have a care in the world and he hadn't even glanced in their direction. Feeling a surge of anger towards the wizard who had broken her sister's heart Daphne abruptly stood up.
"Where are you going?" Theo asked warily as Daphne began shuffling out from behind the table.
"To give Draco a piece of my mind." Daphne answered. "I should have done it a long time ago."
"Daphne don't." Astoria pleaded with her sister. "Just leave it."
"No." Daphne shook her head and dodged away from her husband as he tried to grab hold of her. "This has to be done. He has to face up to the heartbreak he caused."
Before either Theo or Astoria could stop her, Daphne started marching towards their former friend. Quickly the pair darted after her, with Blaise and Pansy following along to witness the fun. Goyle, Crabbe and his partner remained seated, not wanting to get involved in what would undoubtedly be a messy slanging match.
"Bloody hell. Here comes trouble." Ron muttered, spotting a furious Daphne heading their way.
Before anyone really had a chance to react Daphne came storming up to the group and slapped Draco hard across the face.
"You bastard." She screamed, raising her hand to give the blond another good hit.
"Don't you dare." Hermione snarled, grabbing hold of Daphne's wrist to stop her hitting Draco again.
"Get your filthy hands off me." Daphne fumed, struggling to escape Hermione's iron grip.
"Let her go." Theo ordered, stepping up beside his wife.
"Fine." Hermione said, letting go of Daphne. "But keep your hands to yourself." She warned the other witch. "Next time, I'll hit back."
"There won't be a next time." Theo said, shooting his wife a warning glare. "Daphne's sorry, and we'll just be going now."
"I am not sorry." Daphne snarled. "He deserved it, and more. That arsehole broke my sister's heart."
"As if." Hermione snorted. "That little cow doesn't have a heart."
"Watch your mouth, you filthy mudblood." Pansy spat, jumping into the action.
Immediately Hermione's husband and friends reacted. Draco, Ron, Harry and Neville all pulled out their wands and aimed them towards the Slytherins while Luna, Ginny and Hannah gathered protectively around Hermione.
"I think it's you lot that should watch your mouths." Draco warned menacingly. "If one more person insults my wife, I'll not hesitate to curse you in the most painful way I can imagine."
"Wife?" Astoria gasped, staring at her former fiancé in shock. "You married Granger?"
"And suddenly this is all making so much more sense." Blaise remarked. "This is why you left Astoria, isn't it? To be with Granger?"
"Yeah, we all know you had a thing for her back in school." Pansy crowed. "Clearly the pair of you were at it behind poor Astoria's back."
"Hermione and Draco didn't get together until well after he'd left Astoria." Harry said, defending his friends.
"And as for 'poor Astoria', she was the cheating cow who slept with Draco's best friend." Ginny blurted out.
"What?" Pansy screeched, turning to her husband. "Tell me it's not true."
"It's not true, Pans." Blaise told his wife. "I haven't touched Astoria. Unless you count the time we shagged back in school. But we weren't together then, I haven't been near her since, I swear."
"He's telling the truth." Astoria told Pansy. "Blaise was my first lover, but it was a one off and we've never repeated it since."
"See, you nasty lying Weasel. Astoria didn't sleep with Blaise." Pansy said to Ginny.
"I never mentioned Blaise." Ginny shrugged.
"But you said Draco's best friend, that's Blaise." Daphne said.
"He had another one." Hermione quietly pointed out.
Daphne gasped and turned to her husband and sister. "Is it true?"
"Of course not." Astoria scoffed. "It's all lies to cover up for the fact Draco left me without a reason."
"I gave you a reason." Draco said coldly. "And yes Daphne, it's true. Astoria slept with Theo. Your husband came and confessed everything to me, which was why I called off the wedding."
"I didn't." Theo shook his head vigorously. "I swear Daphne, I've never been anywhere near Astoria."
"Then why did you buy her an expensive penthouse?" Draco questioned. He hadn't meant to mention the penthouse but he was angry that he was still being made out to be the liar.
"You said it was a present from daddy." Daphne accused her sister.
"It was." Astoria insisted. "Don't listen to him Daphne, he's just out to cause trouble."
"Actually, I was just having a quiet night out with my wife and friends. You were the ones looking for trouble." Draco said.
"You say that, but we're not the ones throwing wild accusations around." Pansy retorted.
"They're not wild accusations, I'm telling the truth." Draco responded. "I ended things with Astoria because she cheated on me. At the time I thought it was a one off, but it's continued. Theo bought the penthouse from one of our companies, and I can assure you it's his name on all the documentation."
"This isn't true Daphne." Theo pleaded with his wife as he saw the doubt creeping into her eyes. "You're the only witch I've ever been with, I love you."
"Yeah, you love her so much you've been bedding her sister for years." Ginny snorted.
"I haven't." Theo yelled. "I have not slept with Astoria."
"Then how was your child born, an immaculate conception?" Hermione snapped, growing increasingly frustrated with the Slytherins and their childish antics.
"Cordelia?" Daphne gasped. "She's yours."
"No, she isn't." Theo answered, although he didn't sound as convincing as he had earlier.
"She is. That's why you don't want children, you already have a daughter." Daphne whispered, backing away from Theo as he reached for her.
"Daphne, we can explain." Astoria cut in. Denying things wasn't working so she was hoping that maybe she could talk her way out of trouble.
"I'm not interested. I hate the pair of you and never want to see you again." Daphne snapped before turning to Draco. "I'm sorry for hitting you and I'm sorry for causing trouble."
"It's not your fault Daphne." Draco sighed. "I should have told you when it happened, but I believed Theo when he said it was a one off. I didn't want you to get hurt unnecessarily, but I swear if I'd known they were going to carry on I would have told you."
Daphne nodded and offered Draco a small smile before turning on her heel and fleeing the room. Theo and Astoria went flying after her, although neither one was holding out much hope of being able to earn her forgiveness.
"I'm sorry Draco." Blaise said, breaking the silence that had fallen once Daphne had departed. "I had no idea Astoria had cheated on you. I didn't know it had been going on so long, I thought it was a recent development."
"You knew?" Pansy yelled at her husband, slapping him hard on the arm. "You knew Theo was cheating on Daphne and you never said a word."
"I didn't want to cause trouble." Blaise answered. "I knew you would tell Daphne, and all hell would break loose."
"Of course I would tell her." Pansy cried. "She's my best friend, and she deserves better."
Giving Blaise a deathly stare, Pansy stalked off towards the bar. Blaise contemplated following his wife, but instead he returned his focus to Draco.
"I hope we can be friends again." He said with a smile. "I swear, if I'd know what had happened with Astoria, I would have been there for you."
"You could have found out if you'd bothered to come and see me." Draco told his former friend. "I was at the Manor for a fortnight before I left and you never visited once, nor have you visited since. If you'd really been my friend you would have at least found out my side of the story, instead you believed every lie Astoria told you and deserted me. I don't need friends like that, Blaise. I've got true friends now, friends who would never do what you did."
Blaise was stunned by Draco's rejection and before he could find the words to formulate a response his former friend and his new friends had turned and walked away from him. Leaving Blaise to contemplate his mistakes, the group headed off for one of the nearby tables. Settling down they immediately began gossiping about Theo and Astoria and what had just happened.
"Are you okay?" Hermione quietly asked her husband as their friends chatted.
"Yeah." Draco nodded. "I just feel bad for Daphne. She didn't deserve for everything to come out that way."
"I know, but it would have come out eventually." Hermione said. "You can't keep secrets like that and expect them to stay hidden."
"I guess so." Draco replied.
"And speaking of secrets, was Pansy right?"
"What about?" Draco asked. "She said a lot of stuff, and I think most of it was nonsense."
"About you having a thing for me in school." Hermione clarified.
"Ah, that." Draco smiled softly. "Yes, that was true, I did."
"Why did you never tell me?" Hermione questioned.
"I wasn't sure if you were interested." Draco replied. "Besides I didn't want to be rejected and make things awkward between us since we had to live together."
"I wouldn't have rejected you." Hermione admitted. "In fact, I spent most of our last year thinking about asking you out."
"What a pair we make." Draco laughed. "Things could have been so different if we'd only acted on our feelings back then."
"True." Hermione nodded. "But you can't guarantee we would have worked out back then. We might have had a quick fling before going our separate ways. At least this way, we're sure about our relationship and we've got our entire future ahead of us."
Draco nodded and wrapped his arm around Hermione, pulling her into his side. "I guess the past doesn't matter, it's not as if we can change it anyway."
"Exactly." Hermione smiled up at Draco. "We're together now, and that's all that matters."
Draco smiled back at his wife before they refocused their attention on their friends. They had a reunion to enjoy and he wasn't going to let his former friends spoil their evening.
A/N – Thanks for all the great reviews. I chose to end the story here as I felt Hermione and Draco's story was done. They're happy and settled and there's nothing more to say about them really. I possibly could have done another chapter about Theo, Daphne and Astoria, but they were a side story and I think it's fairly obvious that Theo's wrecked his marriage and Astoria has lost her sister. Thanks again, and I hope people enjoyed this slightly different take on a reunion.