Title: Now at Last the Worst is Over

Theme: "unexpected" (prompt at dmhgchallenge)

Series: Harry Potter

Character/Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger

Rating: Fiction K

Notes: post-Hogwarts. Title from To Be Alone by Hozier.

He picked himself up slowly from the mud and scraped off as best as he could knowing it was better to get it off now than wait for it to dry up.

A hand was thrust in front of his face and he grabbed it.


Draco looked up into warm brown eyes. He tensed and realized he was still holding her hand.

He let go.

"Thank you", he said in a clear voice. He turned to leave but Granger held him back with a touch.

"Have coffee with me."

He could pretend to mishear but found himself nodding instead.