Disclaimer - I do not own Harry Potter - that belongs to Jk Rowling. *sniggers*

'I'll be a fifth year. School starts in two weeks!' Hermione thought. She was excited, yet she did not want to go at the same time. She had seen Draco Malfoy at Diagon Alley, and he acted strange. he was not calling her mudblood or Granger. Moreover, to top that off, she kept having strange dreams about the two of them. They were kissing, or hugging, or she was crying and he was comforting her. She liked it, but shrugged it off and fell to sleep.

The next morning she woke up early, she was going to Ron's house, as well as Harry, for the end of summer. She said "Ron's" and apparated, with her belongings, to his house.

"Hermione!" Ron exclaimed as she appeared in the yard.

"Ron! How are you?" she asked.

"Fine, fine. Harry's not here yet though," he replied. Just as Ron finished his sentence, Harry appeared in the yard as well.

"Harry!" the two exclaimed.

"Hello," Harry said, quite surprised. Hermione jumped on him.

"I've missed you two so much," she said.

A week passed by. Hermione was still having those dreams, and they decided to go to Diagon Alley that day.

"Hermione hurry up!" Ron exclaimed as she finished putting on her makeup.

"I'm coming!" she yelled at him.

'Geez' she thought. They traveled by Floo Powder.

"Diagon Alley" They decided to go look at broomsticks.

"Whoa! A Nimbus 5000!" Ron exclaimed.

"Maybe you should stop dreaming, Weasley," Draco sneered

'Oh no!' Hermione thought, 'Please go away!'

"Why should I?" Ron questioned. Draco walked off, laughing at Ron's stupid comeback. Ron turned red with anger.

"Calm down Ron," Harry said as he walked into the shop.

"I'd like to buy the Nimbus 5000," Harry said.

"Okay sir, one moment," the man behind the desk walked into another room and came out with the broom. Harry paid him, and the three left.

"'Ello you three," Hagrid said.

"Hey Hagrid," Hermione said

"What are you doing here?"

"Just lookin' around," he said.

"Well, I better be off, see you at Hogwarts," Hagrid said and left.

"That was strange," Harry said.

"Yeah, he's probably got another dragon or something!" Ron exclaimed.

"Who knows," Hermione said.



The three decided to take the Hogwarts express a day early, and go to Hagrid's. They got onto Platform 9 ¾.

"Oh great!" Hermione exclaimed pointing to someone. Ron and Harry's eyes followed her finger to what she was pointing at.

"Malfoy," the two said in unison.

"Hey Potter, Weasley, Granger, what are you three doing here?" Malfoy asked.

"We should ask you the same thing," Hermione said.

"Well, if you must know, I wanted to go a day early to avoid you three," Malfoy said and walked off.

'Damn it! Why? Its gunna be the four us, right? Oh gawd, save me!' Hermione thought. She got into a compartment with Ron and Harry.

"I'm tired, I'm going to go into another compartment to rest," Hermione said.

"Sure, see you later," Harry said. She left. She went down 10 compartments walked in, and fell asleep.

******

"Draco, I love you," she said.

"I love you, too, 'Mione," Draco said. They kissed passionately and he warmed her. They were on a lake, sitting on the grass next to each other looking at the sunset.

******

"Hey," a familiar voice woke her up. She was too tired to know whether it was Ron or Harry.

"What?" she asked, half asleep and still lying down. Draco walked in and sat across from her. She jolted up.

'Damn it!'

"What are you doing here?!" She questioned, her heart beating quickly.

"I'm bored. There is no one here to talk to," he said, smiling, quite amused at how she looked. Her hair was even more bushy than usual due to the fact she kept rolling over. She noticed and patted down her hair.

"Oh, and I amuse you, do I?" she asked. Her heart was pounding even harder.

'Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! What, can he tell that I don't want him here or something?'

"Yes," he simply stated.

"Oohhhhhhhh!" she got extremely mad, and red in the face.

"You are quite cute when you are angry, you know, Hermione," he said, still smiling.

"Hermione? Not Granger or mudblood?" she asked, her face began to turn its normal shade again.

"You want me to call you that?" he asked.

"Oh, no, no. But why?" she still asked.

"I like you," he stated, then walked off.

She got up to go after him, but by the time she got out of the compartment, he was nowhere in sight.

'I suppose I had better go back to Harry and Ron' she thought.

"Have a nice sleep?" Harry asked. Ron would have asked, but his mouth was full of food.

"Yes," she lied. "Honestly! Why do you eat so much!" she exclaimed. Harry changed the subject.

"You are lying. I am your friend, I can tell. Tell us what's wrong?" Harry asked. She just looked at him. He thought for a moment, then got up and walked out. He found Malfoy sitting alone in a compartment.

"What did you do to Hermione?" Harry demanded an answer.

"I didn't do anything," Draco said.

"I know you did!" Harry exclaimed.

"I didn't, I did talk to her, but I didn't do anything to her," Draco added.

"When I find out what you did, you will be sorry," Harry said and stormed out.

'He's too protective,' Draco thought. Draco decided to sleep, he knew he would dream about Hermione, he had been for the past month; he had fallen in love with her.

***

Harry returned to the compartment - no Hermione.

"Where is she?" he asked Ron.

"She was tired again," Ron replied. Harry decided to calm down and stay in the compartment with Ron.

***

Hermione had really ventured off to find Draco.

'Why am I doing this?' she asked herself. She did not know why. 'He looks so cute when he's asleep,' she thought. 'No! I didn't think that!' Next thing she knew she was sitting across from him in the compartment looking out the window. She had shut the door so Harry would not get mad at her. She just stared at him, she could not stop. Her heart was pounding. He woke up.

"Whoa! What are you doing here?" he questioned after sitting up quickly. He put his hand over his chest, his heart was pounding; he had been surprised by her.

"You like to watch me now? Eh?"

"I don't know," she said, staring blankly at him. She looked into his deep blue eyes,

and he looked into her chocolate brown eyes.

'I wish I could just hold her,' he thought. She broke the silence.

"Why were you in my room earlier?" she asked.

"Well, why are you in here now?" he asked.

"I thought you would be awake, I need to know why you were in my compartment earlier," she said, still with that blank expression on her face. She looked upset about something.

'I wish I could hold her, I hate to see her like this,' he thought.

"I was walking by, and I saw you, I was bored, and wanted to talk to someone, notice you, Potter, and Weasley are the only ones here," he said.

'Why am I so attracted to him?' she asked herself. He stood up, and then sat next to her.

'Ohhhh no!' she thought.

"It's nice outside today, he said looking out the window.

"Yeah." Hermione said very quietly.

"You know, you can trust me, stop being so tense," Draco said. She relaxed. He looked down at her then put his arm around her. She got extremely tense so he took his arm off her.

'Why did I bother, she doesn't like you!' Draco yelled at himself.

'Why did you have to get so tense? He puts his arm around you and you tense up! Wait, what are you thinking? You do NOT like him!' she yelled at herself. They sat there in silence. Soon Hermione fell asleep on Draco.

***

Draco nudged Hermione.

"'Mione, we are here," he said, hating to wake her up, she looked like an angel.

"Hmmm. Oh my!" she exclaimed looking up at him. "I'm so sorry! I cannot believe I did that! Do the others know? They would kill me! Oh my gosh! I have to go before they find me!" she exclaimed running out the door and flattening her hair.

'I forgot to say bye to Draco,' she thought.

***

"Hey," she said casually.

"Hey." Harry said looking at her suspiciously.

"Hey Herm," Ron said.

"Don't call me Herm! You know I hate that," she said in anger.

"Oh, yeah, sorry," Ron apologized. They got off the train. Everything was already out and set on trolleys, and Draco was nowhere in sight.

'He is so mischievous' she thought. Hermione smiled, at the thought of Draco, and the sight of the school. She grabbed her Trolley and started towards Hagrid's not caring that Ron and Harry were still at the train. She knocked on his door. The door swung open.

"Oh, Hermione! Come in, how are you?" He asked and made a gesture for her to come in.

"I'm fine. I think Ron and Harry will be here shortly. How are you?" she asked.

"Fine. We should take your stuff to the school, and there is something Professor McGonagall needs to tell you. Also, you need to get changed," he added. She forgot to, she was still wearing a blue tank top and jeans.

"Oh no!" she exclaimed and sighed. She decided she would change them once inside the school. The two walked outside, Harry and Ron were just arriving.

"Hello Hagrid!" Harry and Ron said in unison.

"'Ello," he said. They got into the school. Peeves wandered by.

"Ohhhh. Hermione is going to be in trouble! Not wearing your robes! Tsk tsk! He he," he laughed and broke something, then wandered off down a corridor. Hermione ran up to the Gryffindor common room, went to her dorm, and changed. She quickly went back down to find Harry, Hagrid, and Ron.

"That was fast," Ron said.

"Yeah. Peeves would have taunted me." she trailed off and laughed. "I need to go see Professor McGonagall, you two want to come?" she asked.

"Sure," they said in unison.

"I'll see you three later," Hagrid said with a smile.

***

"I heard you wanted to talk to me?" Hermione asked as she approached Professor

McGonagall at her desk in the Transfiguration classroom.

"Yes," Professor McGonagall said. She picked something up off her desk and handed it to Hermione. She began to cry she was so happy.

"Really?" she asked.

"Yes, I expect you will do well in fulfilling your duties," Professor McGonagall said. Hermione nodded and whispered

"Thanks." She left and pinned the badge on her robes. She was the

Prefect of Gryffindor!

***

Professor Snape called Draco.

"Hello Professor," Malfoy said.

"Good afternoon Draco, I have something for you," Snape said handing him a silver badge that said 'Prefect' on it. Draco grinned.

"Thank you," he said. Snape nodded and Draco was off.

***

"Wow! That's great Hermione!" Ron exclaimed.

"You deserve it," Harry told her smiling at her.

"Thanks guys," she said blushing at their comments.

"No problem," Harry said.

They headed up to Gryffindor. The password was still the same as last year; Hermione

had already figured that out. It would not change until tomorrow.

"Faerie dust," she said and the portrait swung open. They put a fire on and sat there.

"This is nice," Hermione sighed and lay down on a big, comfortable red couch.

"Oh!" She exclaimed and sat up.

"I'm going to go to the library! Want to come?" she asked.

"No," Ron stated.

"No thank you," Harry said.

"Okay, your loss," she laughed and left.

"She's crazy, that one is," Ron said. Harry laughed.

***

Draco was running down the hall, apparently in a hurry to get somewhere. He ran into

Hermione, and they collapsed onto the floor. Draco fell on top of Hermione.

"Hey, watch where you are going!" he said angrily thinking it was Potter or Weasley. He looked up; it was not Potter or Weasley. Hermione sat on the floor crying, she had hurt her arm when she fell and landed on it.

"Oh my gosh! Hermione, are you alright? I'm sorry, I didn't mean to," Draco said sympathetically. He helped her up. "Let me take you to Madame Pomfrey," Draco added. She nodded, still sobbing; she tried to walk and collapsed again. She also hurt her leg, it was broken. He picked her up and carried her in his arms, she rested her head against his chest and slowly calmed down, but she still had tears forming and flowing out of her eyes. He was strong and tall.

Hermione thought, 'Maybe he isn't so bad after all.'

"I'm sorry 'Mione, I didn't think anyone would be walking out in the hallway. I guess I should not have been running, especially because I am a prefect, as well as you. Congrats," he said. Her eyes widened then look at his robes.

'He's a prefect. wow!' she had been too busy crying to notice.

"Thanks, and congrats to you, too," she said.

"She speaks!" he teased her. "Now, we cannot have you with broken limbs when you are supposed to be a prefect. You will be needed tomorrow," he added just as they entered the Hospital Wing. Madame Pomfrey saw Hermione.

"What happened?" she asked.

"I ran into her, I think her arm and leg are broken," he said. Madame Pomfrey

glared at him.

"It was an accident," Hermione said defending him.

"Okay. Not even the beginning of school and someone is hurt. This should only take a moment," Madame Pomfrey said as she conjured up some medicine. Hermione drank it. Hermione had to wait an hour for her arm and leg to heal, Draco volunteered to stay.

"So, where were you going anyway?" Hermione asked him.

"I was heading for the common room for Slytherin. I mean, I have it all to myself, for now," he said.

"We won't even be staying in the regular dorms," Hermione said. Draco raised an eyebrow.

"There is a whole other part of Hogwarts for teachers and Prefects, honestly, you didn't know that?" she asked.

"No, I didn't," he admitted. Once again, he just wanted to hold her and comfort her. He sat on the edge of her bed where she lay. He knew he could not, for he would hurt her. Her body was very delicate, like glass. She was beautiful in his eyes. He looked around. The room was empty, of course. He sighed.

"Just a few more minutes," he told not only Hermione, but himself as well.

"Thank you for staying with me, you know you didn't have to," she said.

"Yea, but it's the least I can do, after all, I'm the reason you are in here," he paused. "Also. if I call you mudblood, don't take it personally, both you and I would be dead if we were caught being nice to each other," he said sadly.

"I know," she said quietly.

***

"It's getting late, I wonder where Herm is," Ron wondered aloud.

"Maybe we should go look for her," Harry suggested.

***

Harry and Ron got up to go find Hermione. The portrait swung open before they reached

the door. Malfoy was standing there carrying Hermione. He walked in with her and she

directed him where to go. Ron was dumbfounded and too angry to speak.

"Put her down Malfoy!" Harry yelled.

"I would, but I'm afraid the filthy mudblood might hurt herself," he said. Ron's jaw dropped.

"You. You're a Prefect!" Ron exclaimed, not too happy about it.

"Yes, I am. I need to take Hermione upstairs to get her stuff, now move," Malfoy demanded. Hermione had not gotten the chance to speak.

"Stop fighting! Please put me down now Malfoy, I think I can walk," she said then ran up the stairs leaving Draco, Harry, and Ron alone in the Gryffindor common room.

"Why were you afraid she'd hurt herself?" Ron asked.

"I ran into her when I was in a rush to get to the Slytherin common room, we fell, she broke her arm and leg," he stated. Ron was turning red with fury.

"I can't believe you hurt her!" Harry yelled. Draco did not say anything. "And why exactly does she need to get her stuff?" Ron asked.

"Are you stupid? You've had brothers who were Prefects, you should know the Prefects share a common room elsewhere in Hogwarts," Malfoy sneered. Hermione came running down the stairs.

"My stuff isn't there." she trailed off.

"Dumbledore must have gotten it moved already," Draco said and gestured for her to follow. The two walked out of the common room.

"This is not good." Harry said.

***

"Professor, can you help us find where we are staying, our stuff is not in our common

room dorms, and we assume it has been moved to the Prefects common room dorms?"

Hermione asked Professor McGonagall with Draco standing behind Hermione.

"Yes, follow me," McGonagall said. She led them to a portrait of large dog. "Water" she said

and the portrait swung open to reveal a door. The Professor walked in first, then gestured

the other two to follow. It was a hallway filled with pictures of people, animals, and other

things. At the end of the hallway, there were two doors, one for teachers, and one for

Prefects. "Dragon's blood" the Professor said and the Prefect's door unlocked. Draco

and Hermione's jaws dropped. There were four large sofas, one yellow, one green, one

red, and one blue, all sitting in front of a magnificent fireplace. One for each prefect!

There were four desks, each coloured according to a house. There were four doors each

also coloured according to house.

"There are passwords already placed upon the doors. There is a letter on each of the desks with explanations and your password as well as how to change it," she paused. "Also, you can only change the password to your own door, not others," she said eyeing Draco, who was still taking the whole thing in, as well as Hermione. She pulled Hermione over to a corner.

"I'm sorry to say this, you will be stuck with three boys, but who knows, maybe one of the other two will reject. If you have any problems tell me," The professor told her.

"Thank you Professor McGonagall," Hermione said.

"You're welcome dear," she said and left. Hermione decided to sit on her couch and read the letter. The lettering had red ink.

Miss Granger,

Congratulations on becoming a Prefect. The password to your room is "time." To

change the password, tap the doorknob twice then say the new password. You can "lock"

and "unlock" your room, so the password is not required. Tap the doorknob once and said

"lock" or "unlock." The password to enter my office is "thunder," use it when you need

to. Your stuff is, of course, already in your room. The new password to the Gryffindor

Common Room is "Phoenix Feather." There is a tunnel from the Prefect common room

leading to all four different houses, the tunnels are coloured so you can find your way

around. The tunnel is located behind the Hufflepuff desk. Just tap the desk and say your

house name, the desk will move.

Dumbledore

Hermione looked up. Draco was nowhere in sight.

'He must be in his room, the desk isn't moved out of the way.' she thought. She walked over to her door. "Time," she said. It unlocked and she entered, then tapped the doorknob and kept it unlocked and open. Her eyes widened as she looked at the room. It was all red and gold. The walls were red. The bed was very large.

'Wow! Three people could sleep comfortably on that bed!' she thought. The bed had a large comforter checkered red and gold, with a sheer gold clothe hanging down from the ceiling, draped over the bed. The bed was so high up she needed a stool to get up on it. There were two windows next to each other with gold drapes. There was a window seat with a red cushion on top, and a pillow on either end of the seat, both striped gold and red. There was an armchair in one corner, it was red. It looked comfortable and over stuffed. She walked over to another door and opened it. It was a beautiful bathroom, instead of red and gold, it was mostly white. There was a toilet, bathtub, shower stall, and a sink. She walked over to the tub, it had a gold faucet. The faucet was flat. She turned it on, and the water poured out in a flat, long line, filling the tub. She decided she would relax. She had also forgotten she left the two doors open.

"Nice." he trailed off. "But I do prefer my room, silver and green, but all the rest the same," he said standing in the bathroom doorway.

"No one asked you, Malfoy," Hermione said coldly. She wanted everyone to leave her alone, she was tired. Although she somewhat did like Draco, she was not too thrilled about the dorms. He walked in to her and sat down on the edge of the tub where she was, waiting for it to fill. "What do you want from me? You are being nice, and you keep following me around!" she almost yelled, she was getting mad now.

"I already told you," he said. He got up, as he reached the door of the bathroom he

whispered. "I like you, that is why," he said it softly enough so she would not hear.

***

Ron was extremely angry at the fact Hermione had to share a dorm area with Malfoy.

"This is ridiculous!" he shouted, pacing the floor of the Gryffindor common room.

"Calm down, if anything is wrong, she'd tell us, Dumbledore, or Professor McGonagall," Harry

said trying to reassure Ron.

"I don't trust him," Ron said. He was beginning to think he should talk to the Professor.

***

Draco finally left and she locked her door. She took off her clothes and slipped into the

warm water. She let out a sigh, the warm water felt so good and comforting. She added

soap bubbles to the water with magic.

"Perfect," she said. She sat there thinking for a while. Then got out and put on a nightgown. She conjured up a bookshelf and put all her books on it. She kept one book, about charms and other various spells. She took the book out with her into the common room and sat on her sofa, and then with the flick of her wand she had a blanket and a roaring fire. It startled Draco; his room was unlocked and opened. He walked over to his door and looked out. Hermione sat there reading. He decided to stand there for a moment. Hermione could feel a pair of eyes on her, and she quickly turned around to see Draco staring at her.

"Are you stocking me or something?" she asked him, very annoyed now.

"No," he said and decided to sit on his couch. He conjured up a blanket for himself; although the fire was going, it was still cold. He stared into the fire, and she read her book.

'Why does she ignore me?' he thought 'Well duh! You have been a complete idiot to her for the past 4 years, what makes you think she will just change?!' he scolded himself. He looked at Hermione. She had fallen asleep, he realized it was late, and fell asleep as well. They both had the same dream. They were out near a lake, kissing passionately. He was hugging her, she felt so warm and safe. They kept telling each other they loved the other. The dream went on for a long time.

Hermione shot up early the next morning breathing hard. She could hear Draco moaning

in his sleep. He wore a smile.

'Oh gawd!' she thought. She ran into her room and changed, then used the passage to go wake up Harry and Ron, leaving Draco alone.

***

She had no problem with going into the boy's dorm.

"Wake up!" she yelled impatiently.

"What do you want?" Ron complained. He realized it was Hermione and almost

screamed.

"What are you doing in here?!" She let out a sigh, and tried not to laugh at

him, the expression on his face was priceless.

"I happen to go to school here. Draco fell asleep in the common room after me, I didn't want to stick around, and I want to go downstairs to eat, we didn't have any dinner last night."

"You're right, go away, I'll wake up Harry," Ron said, as soon as she left he got up. "HARRY!" he yelled. "Wake up! Hermione is waiting for us," Ron said. Harry reluctantly got up and the two met Hermione in the common room.

***

Harry quickly noticed something was wrong.

"What's wrong 'Mione?" Harry asked.

"I think Draco is stalking me. He keeps following me and looking at me," she said.

"I told you Harry!" Ron exclaimed, now very mad. Hermione began to cry silently. Harry put

his arm over her shoulder and they headed down for breakfast. Ron intended on talking to

Dumbledore, but when the trio got there, Malfoy was just behind them and Snape was

already there, so he decided against it. The three sat together, Hermione on one side of

the table, and Ron and Harry on the other. Draco came over, and just sat next to

Hermione. Ron pulled out his wand, but Harry stopped him. They were the only students

there. They ate in silence. Then, Draco wrapped on of his arms around Hermione's waist,

and she jumped. He had scared her. The teacher's were not paying attention to the four.

Ron was furious. "You slimy little git get your hands off her!" Ron yelled. By then he was standing up, with a wand in hand, and all the teachers looked at them.

"You three, follow me!" Professor McGonagall said to the three Gryffindors. That left Draco alone with all the other teachers. He smiled thinking that Weasley and Potter were in trouble, but he was upset about Hermione. He finished eating and went up to his dorm.

***

"What were you doing Mr. Weasley?" Professor McGonagall asked him.

"He has been following Hermione around, and staring at her, ever since we saw him at the train station, I know Hermione doesn't like it, and he just put his arm around her! LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL!" he was furious and began yelling. He scared Hermione and she started

crying then ran off to her dorm, she knew Draco would be waiting, but she would just

lock herself in her room.

"Hermione!" Ron yelled and started off after her.

"GET BACK HERE MR. WEASLEY!" Professor McGonagall was quite angry with him now.

"School hasn't even started, and you've landed yourself in detention." Harry stood there in silence.

"Now, Mr. Potter, what happened?" she asked him.

"Malfoy did put his arm around her waist, she didn't seem too happy about it, she did say that he was following her around and such, in fact, she was crying this morning because of it," Harry said.

"I'll talk to her. Now, Harry, you may go. Ron, you shall meet Filch tomorrow in his office at 8:00," she said, and then dismissed them.

***

*knock knock knock* "Go away Malfoy!" Hermione yelled.

"It's me dear, McGonagall," Professor said. The door slowly opened as she peered out. She had been crying.

"Oh, I'm sorry Professor. Come in," Hermione said.

"What is wrong dear? Is what Ron said true?" McGonagall asked. Hermione shut the door, and then sobbed.

"Yes, it is true, I don't know why I am so upset over it, earlier, I didn't mind, now he bothers me, I feel like he is stalking me!" she exclaimed between sobs. Professor McGonagall led her over to the window seat, and the two of them sat down. Hermione began to calm down.

"Shhh. It is okay Hermione. Is there anything you would like me to do?" McGonagall asked. Her voice quiet and soothing.

"No, thank you professor. I'm not going to let Malfoy ruin a great year for me," she said, now with confidence.

"That's the girl I know," McGonagall said happily. There was a knock on the door.

"'Mione?" a familiar voice asked.

"I'll deal with him, you rest, the other children won't be here for another few hours," McGonagall said with a smile. Hermione just nodded, and then got into the huge bed. McGonagall walked out of Hermione's room, locking it.

"Do not bother Miss Granger, she needs her rest, and she does not need you bothering her," McGonagall said, and with that, she was gone.

***

Hermione could not sleep; she did not want to have that dream again. She shivered, the

room was cold. She lay there in bed waiting and staring at the ceiling.

'What am I going to do? What if he keeps following me around? Wait, he said he would not be nice to me, but when we are alone. Oh no! I'm beginning to think this won't be a very good year,' Hermione thought, crying silently once again. She picked up something on the edge of

the bed. It was her class schedule, they start tomorrow.

Double Potions - Slytherin + Gryffindor

Charms

Lunch

Defense against the Dark Arts

Double Care for Magical Creatures - Gryffindor + Hufflepuff

'Great! First thing - Malfoy and Snape. Today and tomorrow are not going to be good

days,' she thought. She cried herself to sleep.

***

Professor McGonagall used the passageway to get to the Gryffindor common room, and

gave the schedules to Ron and Harry, then left.

"Look, we have Divination first day!" Harry exclaimed, trying to keep Ron from noticing Potions first. Ron noticed though.

"That's nice, BUT WE HAVE POTIONS WITH SLYTHERIN!" Ron yelled. He was extremely over protective of Hermione, he thought of her as a sister.

"I know, but Hermione is a big girl Ron, she can take care of herself," Harry said.

"So?" Ron asked. Harry just shook his head. The two went and got themselves ready for dinner.

***

Malfoy sat in the Prefect common room. He turned the fire on, sat, and thought. He let

out a sigh.

'What will I do? She is going to try to avoid me at all costs now! I'm such an

idiot,' he scolded himself and went on thinking about her. Soon, Snape walked in and

told Malfoy he would be needed for he was a Prefect. Malfoy nodded and got ready.

Snape left.

'Oh. What about Hermione? Should I use the unlocking charm I learned?'

he questioned himself. He thought for a few minutes, and then decided to. He cast the

spell upon her door and it opened. She was asleep.

"Draco." she murmured in her sleep. He stopped dead in his tracks. She turned over in her bed, still sleeping. He saw that she was sleeping, so he walked over to her.

"Draco." she said again. McGonagall was walking in and saw that Hermione's door was open, and came to check on her. Draco nudged Hermione,

"Wake up, 'Mione." She woke up.

"DRACO!" she screamed.

"Mr. Malfoy, what are you doing in Miss Granger's room? I told you to leave her alone," McGonagall said.

"I didn't know if you were coming to tell her or not, I knew that we will be needed soon, I didn't want to, but I don't want her to be late!" he exclaimed.

"And how did you get in here Mr. Malfoy?" McGonagall asked.

"I do read, you know, I read a spell for it," he said. Hermione took her chance to and got up. She grabbed her robe and ran into the bathroom. She put on her robe, and performed a spell on her hair. It was completely straight and tame.

'Yes!' she thought. She wanted to look good on the first day. Her eyes were puffy and she also fixed that with a spell. She intended on putting her hair up, but decided against it. Hermione could hear Professor McGonagall yelling at Malfoy. He got a detention, and the same time as Ron, with Filch.

'I better warn Ron' she thought. Once she knew Malfoy was gone, she came out of the bathroom. McGonagall was waiting for her.

"You look nice Hermione," McGonagall said and smiled.

"Thanks, I had learned a spell for it over the summer, I wanted to look good for the first day," Hermione said.

"Well, come on, let us go get Mr. Potter and Mr. Weasley," McGonagall said and gestured for Hermione to follow her to the passageway.

***

The two went to the Gryffindor common room and retrieved Ron and Harry. The four

walked down to the Great Hall together.

"You look great 'Mione," Harry said as they entered the Great Hall.

"Thanks," she blushed. The three friends sat at the Gryffindor table. Malfoy walked in and started to walk over to the Gryffindor table, but he quickly noticed McGonagall's eyes following him and walked over to the Slytherin table. McGonagall got up from her seat and walked to the entrance of the Great Hall to wait for the students to come in. She pulled all the first years aside and let all the other students pour into the Great Hall to take their seats. Hermione was eager to get to the sorting; she wanted to get it over with. She could feel Draco's eyes staring at her. Once everyone sat down McGonagall led the first years in. She began reading off the scroll of names

"Anders, Liz"

"Hufflepuff!"

"Corey, Erika"

"Ravenclaw!"

The list went on. after each first year was sorted, their new house applauded them.

"May I please speak to Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Chris Husk, and Andrew

Bound after dinner?" Dumbledore asked, but it did not really seem like a question.

Hermione knew Chris was Ravenclaw, so she assumed Andrew was Hufflepuff, and that

they were the other two Prefects. Hermione ate as fast as she could. She told Ron about

Malfoy, Ron was not too happy. She finished her meal then got up to go see Dumbledore.

Draco followed her, then Chris, then Andrew.

"Dumbledore, we are here," Hermione said.

***

"Hello. Miss Granger and Mr. Malfoy probably know why they are here. The four of you

are Prefects," Dumbledore said and smiled. He handed Chris and Andrew their badges.

"Here are the passwords to your houses," he gave each of them a paper. The paper had all

the common room passwords on it.

Gryffindor - Phoenix Feather

Slytherin - Pure Blood

Hufflepuff - Pixie

Ravenclaw - Hippogriff

"Take everyone upstairs and give them the password, show the first years their dorms,

etc. Miss Granger and Mr. Malfoy, please stay here, I need to speak with you," Dumbledore said and dismissed Chris and Andrew.

"I understand you two are not getting along? We cannot have that; you are to be role models for the younger children. Please try to get along for one year. I do not want to speak to you again about this," he said. Draco and Hermione nodded and then took their seats. As soon as everyone finished eating the four Prefects took the students in their houses to their dorms. Once done they met back at the entrance of the Great Hall.

"Okay, where do we go?" Chris asked.

"Follow me," Hermione said and the three boys followed her. She took them to the

picture of the dog and said "water." The four walked in and to the end off the hall.

Hermione turned to the Prefect's door on the left, "Dragon's blood." They walked in and

Hermione explained that there were letters on their desks. Chris and Andrew read their

letters then went into their rooms to get settled. Hermione and Draco sat on their couches.

"Okay, I'll be nice to you, but only because of Dumbledore." Hermione paused.

"Just don't be barging into my room and stuff, I enjoy my privacy."

"Yeah, sure," he said, off in his own thoughts. Hermione got up and sat on the same couch as him. He did not seem to notice at all.

"Hello?" She moved closer and waved her hand in front of his face.

"Hmmm? Oh. Sorry about that, just thinking," he said, then looked at her and smiled.

"You decided to get close to me."

"Yeah. Might as well, I'll be stuck with you all year," she said and laughed. He leaned in to kiss her. Their lips touched but she pushed away. There was a long awkward silence, and he decided to try again. This time she did not push him away. Draco pulled back for a moment.

"I love you," he said then leaned back in. Chris walked out of his room and stared at them. They did not notice until he said something.

"Whoa, you two are snogging! I thought you hated each other!" he exclaimed, and loud enough that Andrew heard and walked out of his room as well. Hermione pulled back and turned a deep shade of red from embarrassment.

"Please just don't tell anyone you two!" she exclaimed yet it sounded more like a question.

"We won't," they said in unison and grinned. "We'll leave you alone now," Chris said grabbing Andrew. The two went into Chris's room to play a game of wizard's chess. The two were cousins and best friends. As soon as they left, Hermione and Draco began kissing again, and more passionately than before.

***

After a while, the two broke apart.

"I'm going to bed. I'll see you in the morning," Hermione said. She slowly got up and walked over to her door then into her room. Draco did not move. He slept on the couch and was warmed by the blazing fire. The next morning Hermione woke him up.

"Get up, it's 6:30! You only have half an hour to get ready!" she exclaimed. He rubbed his eyes and unwillingly got up and ready. While he got ready, Hermione used the passage to get to the Gryffindor common room. Harry and Ron were sitting in the common room waiting until it was time to leave.

"Hey 'Mione," Harry said.

"Good morning Harry, Ron," she said.

"Hello," Ron said after a few moments.

"We should get going, it's nearly ten of," Hermione said and got them up and out of the common room.

"Why must we always be early?" Ron queried.

"To set a good example," Hermione said and laughed. They got to the Great Hall five minutes later and took their seats. Once everyone was there, they ate and talked.

"Remember Ron, you have detention today, with Malfoy," Hermione reminded him.

"Thanks, that's just what I wanted to think about first thing in the morning," he replied sarcastically.

"You're welcome," she said and smiled. All she could do was think about Draco. For once, she

was glad to have double potions with Slytherin. She ate quickly and arrived to potions

early, but not too early. She sat alone in the classroom so she decided to read. Draco

came in and sat next to her.

"Hey," he said and smiled. She looked up from her book to see him.

"Hey Draco," she also smiled. They would have kissed, but some other students

walked in. Ron walked in and got extremely mad at the fact that Hermione and Malfoy

were sitting next to one another. He did not show it much, though. He sat next to

Hermione and Harry sat on the other side of Ron. The class went by quickly. One bad

thing happened: Hermione was not paying attention. When asked a question, she was

totally oblivious to the fact Snape had called on her, then Ron nudged her.

"I don't know," she said looking at Snape. Everyone was shocked by this.

'Hermione does not know answer? Something is wrong.' Ron thought. Once out of potions Ron had another one of his "fits."

"He did something to her, Harry! That is not like her, she wasn't paying attention, and she was sitting next to Malfoy!" he almost yelled. Harry was getting tired of this and said nothing.

***

The day went by quickly. Without Draco in her classes, Hermione paid attention. After

dinner, all the Prefects met in their common room. Chris and Andrew were playing

wizard's chess - Hermione figured it was their favourite game. Hermione worked on her

homework, and Draco just sat in front of the fire. Once Hermione was done her

homework, the four needed to plan something for Halloween.

"Are you done yet?" a very impatient Chris asked.

"Yea, I was just going ahead."

"What? We need to plan something!" Chris exclaimed. Andrew laughed.

"Fine, fine, fine! Now, what are you going to do?" she asked.

"A dance?" Draco asked and replied. The cousins looked at each other and nodded, and then Hermione said yes as well.

"We should have bats flying around the ceiling. Should we do a costume dance or .?" Hermione questioned.

"Costumes sound fun," Andrew said happily. That was agreed on quickly. They agreed to have the Weird Sisters play at the dance. Once they were done Chris and Andrew resumed to playing wizard's chess. Hermione wanted to go to the Gryffindor common room to watch Harry and Ron play, she knew they would be playing soon; it had become part of their daily routines. Hermione walked over to the desk to leave.

"Where are you going?" asked Draco.

"Common room, wanna come?" she asked.

"Sure." The two entered the Gryffindor common room and found Ron and Harry just finishing their homework.

"What is HE doing here?" Ron asked.

"I invited him, calm down." Hermione added, "We want to watch you play some wizard's chess."

"Well, your just on time, we just finished out homework," Harry said. The two boys walked up to their dorm to get the set, leaving Draco and Hermione alone. They sat down on a couch in front of the fire. They looked at each other, and then Draco leaned in to kiss her. They were in the middle of snogging when they heard a loud crash behind them.



A/N - I own Liz, Erika, Chris, and Andrew! None of the others so far. Listen up! Draco and Hermione had liked each other since the summer; they were just - afraid to show it. Moreover, I was told that if you are a good writer, you have to accept criticism. Well, if you criticize my story, PLEASE tell me SPECIFICALLY what is wrong with it, if you tell me it is random, I do not understand. I am not used to criticism and all that, so you tell me some things, and I do not understand. My writing improves (at least, I think so). The criticism has helped me a lot, especially with dialogue; my school does not really teach us dialogue. I am updating the story. This is the original chapters 1-10. I will fix the next nine and then put them up, okay? This will happen every so many chapters... If you want me to e-mail you my new chapters when I write them PLEASE e-mail me at GrlJpns@netscape.net. In addition, anyone want to be a beta reader? I need someone to criticize my work BEFORE I upload it here. You have to be good in Literature, etc. I really enjoy it when people e-mail me about my story, it means a lot. Amy and Frances have done so. Amy's website is now http://www.darkwillow.net/. Ryan has e-mailed me about my book, the only one. Satisfy_my_sou7 e-mailed me... S-Star has been nice, she reviews a lot. Becca and Lindsey have been supportive (even though Becca laughs at my story, and Lindsey is not even to the X-Mas chapter yet). Therefore, I thank you people! I pray you have a wonderful year. Sorry bout the sniggering... I kind of do not respect Jk.