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Prologue- In Medias Res

Draco's arms encircled her as they lay under the tree that night. Being prefects allowed them to be outside, out of sight of prying eyes. She was thankful for that; they did not need the comments it would bring. She turned to nestle against his chest. She did not know how long they had been lying there, but they should probably return soon.

"Wait," he said, as though he could feel her thoughts. She pushed away just enough to look into his eyes. Since they had been together, she had not been able to stop her fascination with his eyes. They were gray, as she had always known, but when she looked closely they were sort of multi-faceted, almost like a gemstone. She waited for him to speak.

"I don't know what I can do," Draco said slowly, quietly. "I feel like you're slipping away from me."

Hermione pulled him into a tight hug, and if her intent was only to hide her face, his arms around her were a comfort. "I don't know, either."

"There is really something you don't know?" he teased. She laughed half-heartedly. His face fell again. "Hermione, please help me. I can't lose you."

She could not let him see the tears in her eyes. She pulled him close again, pressing her face into him. But he knew. He brushed away her tears with a gentle finger. Hermione stood slowly, unable to speak. Draco rose, taking hold of her hand as she began to walk away. Shutting her eyes, she turned to him.

"Why is this happening?"

Hermione kissed his soft lips and turned to go. His hand let go of hers. She knew he followed behind her, but she did not turn around, and she did not wait. She did not know what they were going to do now. They had always been on different sides, until this year. They were on the same side now, but for some reason she could not make Harry and Ron see that.

When she entered the castle, she knew Draco was still out in the warm May night.

End Prologue

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