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Once again, this is dedicated to the original "fanficto obsessos" Amy and Jessi!
Chapter 1: Hot, Hot Day
It was an unusually hot October afternoon. Hermione Granger, a seventh year and Head Girl at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, sat in her History of Magic class, absentmindedly twirling her hair and staring out the window. This was unusual for her because Hermione wasn't Head Girl for nothing. On any other day, Hermione was usually hunched over her notes, furiously writing down every single word the professor was saying. But today was different. Professor Binns, their only ghost professor, seemed even duller than usual and today was just much too hot.
Just as Hermione was fantasizing about jumping headfirst into the lake, her thoughts were interrupted by Harry Potter, her best friend, elbowing her in the ribs. Hermione was startled and glared at Harry, who just nodded his head towards Professor Binns, who was staring at her expectantly. He apparently had just asked her a question.
"Sorry, Professor. Could you repeat that, please? I wasn't paying attention." Hermione blushed as everyone gaped at her, open-mouthed. None of them had ever imagined that they'd see that day when Hermione Granger, the hardest working student in Hogwarts history, could not answer a question because she had not paid attention. Professor Binns looked at Hermione sternly.
"Well, since it seems that even Ms. Grant can't seem to pay attention, I'll dismiss you early and finish this lecture next lesson. Have a good day." And with that last word, Professor Binns disappeared into the stone wall. If the temperature had been a bit cooler, the class would have jumped out of their seats and cheered. But since it was so stiflingly hot, they refrained from excessive movement and settled on small sighs of relief, then slowly rose out of their seats and trudged out the door.
"So…anyone up for a swim?" Harry said as soon as they got out of the hot classroom. Ronald Weasley, Hermione's other best friend, nodded lazily, while Hermione gave Harry a stern look.
"Harry, you know we can't even stick a foot into that lake, let alone swim in it," she said. Harry put up his hands as if to surrender.
"Hey, I was just kidding. I know we can't go swimming in that lake. But surely we can sit by it, right? There's no rule against that, right Ms. Head Girl?" Harry bowed deeply towards Hermione who rolled her eyes and slapped him playfully.
"Oh stop, Harry. Wait for me in the common room while I drop off my things," Hermione told the boys before heading off towards the dormitory she shared with the Head Boy…Draco Malfoy, her sworn enemy since their first day at Hogwarts. She stepped up to a painting of Uric the Oddball and stated the password ('Gobbledygook') in a tired voice. Once she entered the common room, though, she felt as if she had stepped inside an icebox.
"What in the world?" she wondered out loud. Hermione looked around the room and noticed that the air temperature was much cooler than outside. She looked around for the only one who could have possibly cast the cooling charm on the room and smirked when she found him asleep on the couch…shirtless. Hermione was shocked and took a second to notice how nice this once scrawny little boy had grown. Then she mentally slapped herself for thinking such things about Malfoy. She hurriedly put her things away in her room and changed into some shorts, a tank top and flip-flops. She came out of the room while putting her hair up into a messy ponytail, not noticing that Malfoy's eyes were open and watching her.
Since when did Granger have such a nice body? Malfoy thought. He quickly closed his eyes as Hermione approached the couch. She picked up a nearby pitcher of water and held it over Malfoy's head. But just as she was about to pour, Malfoy sat up quickly and knocked the pitcher out of Hermione's hands so they both got soaked. Hermione shrieked and stepped back, lost her balance and fell backwards. Upon instinct, Malfoy got up quickly to catch her, but tripped and fell with her instead. They landed in a heap on the floor, laughing hysterically.
To a perfect stranger, this scene would not have been a strange one. They were simply just two teenagers having fun on a hot day. But to everyone who knew them and knew their history of name-calling and utter loathing, this was a strange sight indeed. The truth was that these two, more that a month earlier, decided that they could at least tolerate each other for their own sakes since they would be rooming together. So, that is how this romance starts. It starts with two enemies who learn to settle their differences and even become friends. But eventually, they learn to love each other. They just don't know it yet.
Whoo! First chapter! I redid the whole story so that it looks nicer! Yay! Okie dokie…later days!