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This chapter kind of shows how the relationship between Ginny and Draco progresses.
Please excuse any typos – I wrote this in a rush.
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Then suddenly, it's hard to breathe
Malfoy had been patrolling the school grounds, looking for any troublemakers. He was weary and irritable. This present mood had been caused by the contents of a particular letter that he had received from his father.
His father had been writing to inform him that as he would be turning seventeen in a few months time, Draco would soon be initiated as a Death Eater. His father was no doubt proud that Voldemort had deemed his son fit to become one but Draco could not care. He did not want to become some spineless weak man under the control of another like his father was. He thought that his father was foolish in following such a man who, lets face it, was able to be defeated by a baby. Quite frankly, Draco wanted to be his own man. Voldemort was a fanatic. Sure, Draco thought that mudbloods were disgusting but he did not think that they should all be destroyed like You-Know-Who did.
Of course, Draco never let anybody know about all this. Not even his two cronies, Crabbe and Goyle. He despised his father. He was not afraid of him but for his mother's sake, he hid his real feelings from everybody else. His father would make his mother's life more miserable than it already was.
Draco would also not let anybody know how mortified he was to find out that he was going to be made a death eater. He could not even admit it to himself. He had seen other people been initiated and once they were they were never the same again. He supposed that was why he had such a close relationship with Professor Snape – he had managed to become a death eater but had still had the strength to cross over to the other side.
He never let anybody know his real feelings. He had to keep up his façade.
Malfoy was heading back to the Astronomy Tower, cursing for the millionth time the fact that it was so far away from the rest of the school when he heard noises coming from the girl's bathroom.
He considered going inside and seeing what was going on. Though it was a girl's bathroom he decided to go in anyway, curiosity had got the better of him.
He narrowly opened the door and peered inside but found that he could not see much from that angle. He crept into the room and realized that somebody was in the shower. He walked closer, wondering why anybody would want to have a shower at this time of night when the shower curtain drew open and before he knew it, a small white face poked out and her mouth dropped open.
Draco stared at the person in confusion. He had no idea who the person was but he was startled to find that she was not unattractive. Then realization kicked in. It was that disgusting Weasley girl. The one who he had made a bet on.
Ginny, on the other hand, looked at Malfoy who was standing there looking as confused as she was. "What are you doing here?"
Malfoy seemed to be in a daze. "Is that you Weasley? I almost did not recognize you."
Ginny remembered that she did not have her usually disguise on and whipped around behind the shower curtain.
"Malfoy, what do you want? And what are you doing in the girl's bathroom?"
Malfoy blinked his eyes and hoped that he had been seeing things. "I was patrolling the school grounds and when I saw a light on in here I came in here to find out what was going on. What kind of person has a shower at one o'clock in the morning?" Malfoy sneered. Who did she think she was? She was just some stupid girl. He should be the one asking the questions.
"Leave me alone." Ginny snapped.
"Temper, temper Weasley. If I did not know any better I would say that you are angry at me."
"That is because I am. Now go away."
"I do not think so. We have some things to discuss." Malfoy raised his voice over the sound of the water running. He struggled to make his voice sound as sincere as possible.
"Like what?" Ginny asked curiously.
"Just come out." Malfoy ordered, trying not to imagine how Ginny must look like behind the curtain but he could not help shuddering in disgust.
"Fine, I will come out. But you have to leave first and wait outside the bathroom."
"Why?" Malfoy pried.
"Because I have to get dressed. Now go." Ginny grinned from behind the curtain. Now who was giving the orders? Somehow Malfoy did not seem as scary when she could not see him. Instead, he sounded just like a spoilt little boy.
Draco Malfoy had half a mind to tell her off for ordering him around like a servant but could not be bothered to waste his time on her. He grumpily left the bathroom and waited for Weasley impatiently outside.
When Malfoy had gone, Ginny turned off the water and got dressed.
"Idiot." She muttered to herself. "Why do I let myself get into these situations?"
She put on her glasses and combed her hair so that most of it covered her face. When she was satisfied with her appearance, she exited the bathroom. She had no clue as to what Malfoy was going to tell her.
Her eyes adjusted to the dimness of the common room. (A/N: I have made it so that the bathrooms are reached via the common room).
She saw that Malfoy was lounging on one of the couches. He stood up suddenly when he saw her. Ginny was amazed to see that his eyes were red – Malfoy did not seem his usual self.
"Malfoy," she said hesitantly, "Are you alright?"
Malfoy could see that she was looking at him in pity and his nostrils flared in indignation.
"Of course I am, Weasley." He spat out the last word as if it were a curse. "I want to talk to you about what I said earlier about getting along together."
He is going to take it all back. It was probably all just some joke. Ginny thought.
"I meant what I said earlier. I do want to make some amends." Malfoy swallowed nervously, all the while hoping that she believed him.
Ginny jumped back, startled.
"Malfoy, what is going on? One minute you hate my guts the next you want to be my friend."
"I don't want to be your friend." Malfoy glared at her, insulted. "I just want a truce."
"Fine, a truce then. Why the sudden change?"
Malfoy took a step closer to Ginny who took a step backwards. This new mood of Malfoy's was starting to scare her more than his normal self usually did.
"My father wants me to do things. Things that would mean I would have to become involved in something that I would rather not." He looked at Ginny to see if she understood what he was saying. She appeared to comprehend his words. "Contrary to popular belief, I am not like my father and never will be. I If I do make this truce with you it will be another way to aggravate my father. That's all."
Malfoy, if he had believed in such a thing, would have crossed his fingers behind his back. Instead he sat down and waited for Ginny's response.
"Oh. So that is the way of it." Ginny sat down also onto the nearest couch. "Fine. Lets call it a truce." She answered determinedly.
Malfoy seemed to sigh in relief. He turned away so that she could not see the huge sneer that had appeared on his face. She had fallen for it.
"Well," Draco held his hands out as if he did not know what to say. "I guess I had better say good night then."
He walked off and into his room, not hearing Ginny quietly whisper "good night" back.
Up in his room, Draco could not believe that the youngest Weasley was so naïve. It had sounded so lame to him but she still bought it. He sniggered at the memory of her dark brown eyes staring up at him, helpless. She's a disgrace to the wizard race. He thought. He could not wait to win the bet and began to formulate his plan. He had to show Blaise that he could do it.
Malfoy lay back down onto his bed, trying to think about anything but the impending death eater initiation.
Ginny was somewhat more bubbly the next morning. She went through the usual ritual that began each morning:
She fell out of bed.
Searched for her glasses.
Got dressed in the most awful thing that she could think of (today it was a vomit coloured jumper with a long black skirt that impeded her walking so that she resembled an elephant).
Ignored whoever may be there to insult her (this year it was Suzanne Flint – she yelled at Ginny to drop dead by way of good morning and then stormed out of the room, leaving a trail of nauseating perfume in her wake. Ginny's other two roommates just averted their eyes and continued what they were doing).
Went down to have breakfast.
Ginny entered the Great Hall and scurried to where Lydia and Colin were sitting. She avoided eye contact with anyone as she walked past and was a few metres away from her destination when she collided into somebody with a loud "Oof!" The next thing she knew, Ginny was lying on top of an incredibly warm and comfortable ground – in fact, it was no ground at all but to Ginny's horror, as she looked at what she was lying on, Draco Malfoy.
Malfoy rubbed his head in pain and winced. "Weasley, get off me." he growled.
Ginny hastily got off him and rose to her feet. "I'm sorry-" she began but was cut short.
"Save your apologies for somebody who cares. Just bugger off." Malfoy pushed past her and sneered at the many people who had watched their exchange and to the Slytherin table amidst much applause.
Ginny was astounded and for a few seconds her mouth unattractively opened and closed a few times but no sound came out.
She shook her head and lumbered over to her only two friends, Lydia and Colin, who were looking at her with concern.
"Are you okay?" Colin asked.
"Of course she is not okay – she just had an encounter with the 'big bad wolf'. Don't let him get to you Gin. He's a moron with too big an ego."
Ginny grabbed some sausages in response and began gulping them by the dozen. She knew that they were her best friends – her only friends – but she did not feel like sharing with them what had happened last night. It was too private and she felt too foolish. To think that she could have believed him…
Draco at this moment was looking at Ginny and observing her reaction. He could see that she felt humiliated. Good. Everything is going according to plan.
Blaise, who was sitting next to Draco, followed Draco's gaze and found that he was watching Ginny.
"Well done, Draco. Looks like your relationship has really improved." He said sarcastically.
"Yes, it has." Malfoy replied enigmatically. He relished seeing the look of confusion that appeared on Blaise's face when he said this.
Crabbe and Goyle were both watching Malfoy and Blaise without understanding a single thing that they were saying but were too dense to ask what was going on.
Malfoy stood up and motioned them to follow him as they went to their first class of the day – potions.
Both Ginny and Draco were irritated that they were actually in a same class together. For the 6th and 7th years, potions were usually combined (it depended on the number of people that wanted to do the subject).
Ginny ignored him as she sat down in a seat at the back of the room away from everyone else. Draco suppressed a laugh at her actions as he took a sit as far away as possible at the front next to Blaise. He noticed that Pansy was also in his class and was sitting next to Millicent Bulstrode.
Pansy pouted at him but he instead glowered at her. He hoped that she was not going to crawl back to him now that she had discovered that Viktor Krum was a teacher at Hogwarts. It could ruin the bet.
Professor Snape flew into the classroom and started giving them instructions on how to concoct an Invisibility Potion.
Malfoy and Ginny listened to the instructions and each became involved in their work.
Ginny had finished preparing the potion early and saw that Malfoy had done the same. She was extremely talented at potions, though Snape would rather be petrified than admit it to her. She saw Snape grunt as he noted the colour of her potion before moving on to check on the other students.
Ginny stood up as she began tidying her desk and by accident, bumped into another person – Pansy Parkinson.
"Sorry-" Ginny began and for a second time that day she was rudely interrupted.
"Can you, like, watch where you are going, like, next time? Like, I know it may, like, be hard for, like, an idiot such as you." Pansy snarled and pushed Ginny away from her as she sauntered past. This took Ginny completely by unawares and before she knew it she had toppled over and onto her desk with her uncovered potion on it. The potion spilled onto Ginny so that she was drenched as well as a few desks and chairs which suddenly disappeared.
She saw Draco smirking at her demise and she flushed.
"Oh no." she moaned. She looked down at herself and saw that she too had become invisible.
Snape visibly sighed. "I should have expected that something like this would happen. For just one day Miss Weasley can you do something right. I should be able to take care of the invisible desks and chairs but wherever you are in this godforsaken place, go straight to the Hospital Wing and get yourself fixed up. Don't try anything otherwise you will regret it. Better yet, Mr. Malfoy, please accompany Miss Weasley to the Hospital wing. Miss Weasley, you will later have to see me so that I can organize your punishment."
Draco looked distastefully in the direction where Ginny had been standing before she had become invisible.
"Punishment? But it was not my fault." Ginny protested.
"Silence! You have ruined your potion and so already have a mark of zero, continue complaining and you will be the first student that I have ever given minus marks to."
Ginny reluctantly grabbed her books which had luckily escaped being touched by the Invisibility Potion and made her way to the Hospital Wing.
Draco followed the books so that he knew where Ginny was.
"Great going, Weasley." He taunted.
Ginny kept walking, not saying a word.
"Too brainless to answer me, are you?" he goaded her again.
Ginny still kept on walking, making no reply.
Draco made a few more insults but still got no response from Ginny. Maybe if he had listened more carefully, he would have been able to tell that she was crying.
At the Hospital Wing, it took quite a while for Madame Comfrey to notice Ginny. Malfoy would not help her at all so Ginny had to grab the woman's attention by herself. When Ginny had finally managed to explain her situation, she was taken to one of the hospital beds.
"You will have to stay here for a few days. I can give you the potion now but there are some side effects such as migraines and sometimes fever." Madame Pomfrey warned Ginny.
Draco snorted from behind them causing Madame Pomfrey to turn around and send him out. "You are not needed here, so go." She told him. Ginny could not help but giggle at the expression on Malfoy's face as he walked out of the Hospital Wing.
Within ten minutes, Ginny had taken the remedial potion and was visible again.
For the next three days, Ginny did not have many visitors. Colin and Lydia came to see her of course. Ron came to see her for five minutes as well with Hermione and Harry but they had to leave quickly for Charms. Ron during his visit threatened that is Pansy was not a girl he would beat her to a pulp, and if Snape was not a teacher, he would do the same to him. Ginny laughed at his theatrics and looked over at Harry who was doing the same.
Harry…the Boy Who Lived. Ginny had been in love with him since that day at King's Cross Station at Platform 9 ¾. Over the years she had dreamt about him and thought about him often but then one day, when she was perhaps in her 4th year at Hogwarts, she saw him looking at Cho Chang. Looking at her the way Ginny often looked at him. It was then that she knew that it was pointless to continue with her fascination with him. He would never see her. Not as anything more than Ron's little loser sister, that is.
Ginny wondered wistfully whether she would ever find somebody who she would love and who would love her in return. She could not see anything like that happening to her anytime soon.
The last night that Ginny was staying in the Hospital Wing, somebody snuck in and came to see her – Draco Malfoy.
"What do you want? What happened to the truce we made? You must have thought that I was so dumb for believing you." she said dully.
"You can't expect me to change immediately. It is going to take a while. Besides, everybody was watching."
Malfoy did not even bother lying. "Yes."
Ginny nodded silently.
"I think that I can make it up to you." Draco told her. This was the really hard part of his plan. He was trying to muster as much warmth as he could into his voice.
"How?" Ginny turned her face away from him.
Draco felt something touch his heart and lightly tugged it but he pushed the feeling away.
"Come to the Royal Wizards' Ball with me."
Ginny gulped. "Huh?"
"Come to the Royal Wizards' Ball with me." He said again.
"Have you gone mad? Can you imagine me going? I don't think so."
"I could teach you what to do and say." He offered. If this plan did not work he would have to come up with another one.
"Come with me." Draco willed her with his eyes but the rest of his face remained passive.
Ginny considered his proposition. Should she go? She finally reached a decision.
"Yeth." She lisped.
A/N: So, it seems that Draco has a severe case of multiple personality disorder.
Thank for all your reviews for the last two chapters. I love the typical cliché of Ginny running into Malfoy and so I just had to include it in my fic. I hope you liked this chapter.
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liveandletlive: Yeah, you're right. I am going to have it that the prefects patrol the school and go to each of the dorms – just to kind of liven some things up a bit. Thanks for your review and I am glad that you like the story.
LiLi-lUlAbYe13: Hey, glad you like the story. I am going to include that "You thought I was going to stay dating you? You did? How cute" line with Viktor most probably in the next one or two chapters. I am going to have it like you said – Pansy and Viktor used to go out but he now has to break it up with her coz he's a teacher. Thanks for reviewing!
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