Insufficient Denial : a week-long Love Story ~hotsleekeyz~

Chapter 1

ATROCITY syllabication: a·troc·i·ty NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. a·troc·i·ties

1. Appalling or atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness. 2. An appalling or atrocious act, situation, or object, especially an act of unusual or illegal cruelty inflicted by an armed force on civilians or prisoners.

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"Hermione, is anything bothering you?", Ron asked

Ron took a sip of his pumpkin juice as he stared at his occupied love interest. He managed to tell Hermione how he felt towards her after 4th year. Hermione was kind enough to stay the same towards Ron even after knowing that on of her best friends liked her.

Everything seemed fine when Hermione realized she was in love with Harry. Harry, on the other hand, has been dating Ginny for quite some time already.

"Nothing really. I'm trying to remember what I forgot to do early today", Hermione replied.

Ginny moved closer to Hermione's right side and motioned to whisper.

"Look over the Slytherin table. See who's Pansy's snogging", Ginny said in a soft voice.

Hermione took a quick glance and saw Draco staring at her while kissing Pansy Parkinson.

"Why did you let me look? Malfoy was staring at me! He might think I'm to something", Hermione whispered back.

Harry noticed the two and wasn't able to contain his curiosity/

"What are you two up to?", Harry asked as he steered around to where Hermione and Ginny were looking.

Ron did the same. As they saw the illicit display of inconsideration to innocent minds, Ron acted as he was about to puke.

"You're looking at those two whores? Sheesh. I thought you were busy with something sensible", Ron spat.

"Those two scums should know the right time and place to do that. Excuse me, I shall tell those two off", haryy stood, heading right to the Slytherin table.

Hermione looked at the famous Head Boy about to call the attention of the mortal enemy--- Draco Malfoy. After a minute or so, Harry went back to his seat.

"Thank Merlin those two stopped. They're making me sick!", Hermione stated.

She stood to leave when she caught sight of Draco by the door of the Great hall. Hermione hesitated to pass by him, but what the heck! Draco wouldn't care the least about her if she passed!

Hermione tried to walk beside Draco's manly form and not look at him. But it was as if Draco felt she was coming. Draco turned his head around and glared at Hermione.

Hermione felt Draco's death glare at her and she wanted not to mind him doing such, but she wasn't able to control herself from glaring back.

Their fierce eyes met. Draco's eyebrow raised and an evil smirk came off his lips.

"What are you bloody looking at Malfoy?", Hermione snapped.

Draco retained his noncholant look and stared at Hermione even more.

"Your filthy face ruins my day, Mudblood. Get out of here before I throw up all over you", Draco spat.

"You're still the same ferret boy! You'll never change"

"Girls love me for who I am and I don't care what you're thinking. It's bad we have to go to the same school. Muggles like you should go back to your own ruddy muggle schools. You don't belong here"

Draco's eyes looked sharper.

"I don't have time for this!", Hermione yelled as she turned her heels to go back to her dormitory.

"It wasn't I who started this so don't blame me!", Draco spat.

"Whatever!", Hermione yelled as she threw her hands into the air.

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Hermione sat by her room window inside the Head Boy-Head Girl quarters. She shared it with Harry.

She was quietly musing with the sun shining brightly outside. Hermione thought she needed space from it all. It's been two weeks and all the load has been towing on her.

'Knock!Knock!'

"Come in", Hermione said

Harry went inside.

"Hi Mione. I saw you talking with Malfoy when you left"

"It was just another snapping session with the albino"

"You better be careful. That ugly ferret has been eyeing you for years now. . .you know, he'll make sure you'll have the worst year of your life here"

"Uhhhh. . .thanks"

"Don't thank me. I'm doing this for Ron. He's concerned about you. I'll go ahead. Ginny must be waiting"

Hermione didn't reply when she had the chance until Harry got out of the room. She somehow wished Harry would say he' concerned for her too.

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Saturday afternoon it was of the same day. Ron, Harry, and Hermione had left Potions class.

"Hey Ron! Gin and I are going to Hogsmeade tonight. What would you say about a double date?"

"Sure! Hermione, would you come with me tonight?", Ron asked Hermione whose mind was obviously drifting away.

"Huh? I'm sorry, I didn't get what you said"

"Mione, come with us! My treat!", Harry nudged Hermione

Hermione thought Harry was making things easy for Ron. How could she possibly tell Ron that he's got not a chance with her? It's not because of their financial status or anything, not even how Ron looked like, but more of their connection. Hermione knew things wouldn't work out well between them for Ron was too childish for her.

"I'm not sure Harry. I've got to do my Charms essay"

"Oh come on! You need a break. Dumbledore has given you a lot of work as Head Girl this week. Take a breather!", Harry insisted.

Ron cut in.

"I'll pick you up in your room. I've got to catch Fletchley", Ron mouthed as he ran away from them.

Harry took an arm around Hermione only to meet her questioning gaze.

"Harry, why are you doing this?", Hermione asked.

"Ron loves you Mione. I want him to be happy"

"But what about my happiness?", Hermione spat furiously as she took Harry's arm off her.

"You can be happy with Ron, Mione! Besides, you've known each other for a long time. Nothing can go wrong"

"But this is wrong! I don't feel anything for him. It would be unfair if I go out with him and if I accept everything he gives me. Honestly, Ron shouldn't be wasting his time on me. Not a chance he's got"

"Why so? You must like somebody else then", Harry mouthed as he eyed Hermione for an answer.

"It's because. . . Harry, I don't know how to tell you this. . . Oh God, is this right?. . . Harry, it's you. . .", Hermione said just as she walked faster to avoid Harry.

"But Mione, you know I'm with Ginny"

'I know Harry! Merlin help me! I've been trying to stop myself from feeling this way towards you but I can't. I reckon I already love you. . ."

Hermione ran out of Harry's sight as Harry walked at his own pace and seemed not to be affected at all.

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Night time came and the Weasleys arrived wearing casual clothes.

"Mione, come out! Ron's here!", Harry yelled as he fixed the cuff of his shirt.

"I'm not coming!"

Harry opened the door to Hermione's room and stood there.

"I said I'm not coming", Hermione spat

"Come on. At least go with Ron for me", Harry said blankly

"Airhead"

"What did you say?"

"Nothing. I'll go but not because of you Harry"

"Whatever you say", Harry mouthed as he walked out to the common room.

Hermione followed Harry when she caught him kissing Ginny. She passed by them and intentionally, slightly bumped her shoulder at Harry's back. Ron followed with Harry and Ginny tailing them.

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"Aren't we leaving yet?', Hermione asked as she looked at her wristwatch.

Before anyone could reply, the door of the Three Broomsticks opened and entered a handsome, young lad in fine clothes. He wore a black turtleneck and dark blue denim with a coat above it all. He ordered his drink and sat in the far corner alone.

"What's that creature doing here?", Ron asked.

"You don't own this place, Mr. Weasley", Hermione spat.

They didn't mind Draco sitting tables away from them. Only Hermione cared to look at him.

Draco looked back at Hermione. His face was blank of any expressions. His gray eyes seemed to look for refuge.

'Must be the time of the year', Hermione thought to herself

"Excuse me, I'll just go to the restroom", Hermione claimed.

She walked past Draco's table and entered the restroom. She went near the mirror and checked on her face. As she applied on some lipgloss, the door opened harshly.

"What are you doing here Malfoy? Can't you see this is the ladies' room?", Hermione snapped, glaring at Draco.

"Don't you ever do what you're doing again!", Draco yelled at Hermione's face.

Hermione's butt rested by the side of the sink as Dracos tood close in front of her.

"What did I do? I was applying make-up here in peace when you entered!", Hermione snapped

"Just stop it! I can't take it with you looking at me"

Draco walked briskly towards the door.

"I'm not looking at you! You were!"

Draco had the sudden urge to gain at her again. He held Hermione by the sides of her neck. Hermione winced as she tried to struggle free from Draco's tight grasp. Such action only made Draco more furious than he already was. He got his knife from his coat and slid it over Hermione's silken neck. Blood oozed out from the wound.

"What do you think you're doing?! Malfoy, are you out of your mind? I'll report you to Dumbledore at once!"

"Don't you even dare Granger. You'll see it's not just that you'll get from me"

"I hate you!"

"Well I hate you too Mudblood bitch. Just stay out of my way at all times or I'll kill you!"

Draco rushed out the door and out of the place. Hermione wiped the blood off with her handkerchief and tried to hide the wound behind the collar of her shirt. She went out to see Ron standing beside the door of the ladies' room.

"What did that bastard do to you?", Ron asked with a concerned look plastered on his face.

Hermione pushed Ron aside and made long strides to the exit. Ron caught her shoulder.

"It's none of your business Ron!", Hermione yelled leaving Ron in confusion.

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Hermione left Harry, Ron, and Ginny at the place and she walked alone along the streets in Hogsmeade. She was so occupied when a hand cupped her mouth and dragged her to a dark alleyway. She was slammed at the wall and soon she felt cold steel on her cheek.

"Why are you looking for me out here alone?", the voice said.

"Malfoy!", Hermione hissed.

"You better go with your stupid friends before you come across a ferocious beast at this time of the night"

"Am I not with one?", Hermione asked with a brow raised.

"Trying to play smart with me? Wrong move bitch"

Hermione felt a cold metal inside her.

Draco just stabbed her at the side of her stomach.

"I warned you"

Draco left.

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