A/N: Well, it's been fun! This is the final chapter of "Your Most Prized Possession". Enjoy!!
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Chapter 9: "I Choose You"
She was afraid of him. Normally, he'd be pleased with himself. Another day, another mudblood fearing him. What would he have to do to be with her? Bleed??? Whoa...going a little too far there...how can I prove myself to her...? Draco sat on his bed staring at his wall for about an hour until someone pounding on his door woke him up.
"Draco? Knock knock!" It was Millicent Bulstrode.
"Really Bulstrode! Must you knock so damn loud??" Draco yelled, but regretted it as soon as he did. Millicent glared at him and looked like she was damn near about to kick his ass. "I mean...yes what is it?"
"We're bored! Entertain us."
"Do I look like a bloody clown?"
"No. More like a mime. It's just that you're so pale and your clothes are so dark..."
"Out Bulstrode!! Um – please?" Draco added quickly.
"Gosh you're no fun." With that, she slammed his door.
Since when have I EVER been fun? His mind starting drifting off to the last couple of weeks. The only fun he's had in a while was with Hermione. God I miss her so much...
And to think...this all started with a simple game of chess with the Weasel King. Wait a freakin minute......chess...?
### Hermione was in the Great Hall once more with Ron and Harry. "I want to play chess." Ron said.
"Go ahead. No one's stopping you."
"Maybe the fact that I beat everyone's arse is stopping me."
"Not everyone." Hermione replied looking down at the table. She looked up to find a very confused Harry and an even more confused Ron. Well, Ron's always confused so...
"Are you talking about Malfoy?" Ron asked, slowly turning red.
"No. Yes. Yes, I'm talking about Malfoy."
"I don't know...I was just thinking...I mean I was just – "
"– thinking about Malfoy."
"Yeah...NO NO I was um...I have to use the bathroom." Her face flushed as she excused herself out of the Great Hall.
Merlin! I must've sounded like an idiot stammering like that. Why was I thinking about Malfoy? Well yeah because I'm in love with him –
She stopped in her tracks. I'm in love with him? Her eyes widened at her comprehension. "Ha...I'm in love." She said softly.
"There's some news!"
Hermione turned around sharply to find a grinning Ginny Weasley. "Ginny! How long have you – "
"Long enough to know that my best friend has been holding back on me! Who are you in love with?" she gasped. "It's Malfoy isn't it? It's Malfoy? Is it Malfoy??"
"YES!! I mean..." she cleared her throat and dropped her voice down to a whisper. "yes...but you mustn't tell anyone. I think I have to go and fix the mess I made with him first."
"Ok. Oh my goodness Hermione! I am SO proud of you!" Ginny gave her a great bear hug that choked Hermione.
"Gin! Gin – ny. Ok ok thank you!"
"Oh sorry. I'm on my way to the Great Hall. Meet me there later ok?"
"Alright." Hermione turned around to go find Malfoy. But she had no idea where to start.
Ginny strolled down the hall. Caught up in her own thoughts she bumped into someone.
"Oh! I'm terribly sorry!" She helped the boy who she knocked down up only to find that it was...Draco Malfoy.
"Weasley..." he grunted, brushing the dirt off his robes. Goddamn it! Knocked to the ground by a Weasley, a junior Weasley nonetheless...
"Are you um, looking for Hermione?" She asked trying to hold back a smirk. Draco's head shot up. Should've known...Hermione tells the Weaselette everything.
"Actually no. I was looking for your brother. Can you tell me where he is?" Ginny, perplexed at Draco's question, tried to answer.
"I...I don't know. He may be at the Great Hall. I'm on my way there actually. Want to come?"
"Alright." Ginny gave him one last bemused look before turning to lead the way. Looks like Hermione isn't the only one in love. She's changed him. From arrogant ferret to...a...love-sick puppy.
Draco followed Ginny. If all things go according to plan, I can win Hermione. Literally...
### Meanwhile, Hermione was growing weary of looking for Draco. She decided to retreat back to the Great Hall, after changing into some other shoes. She felt like the shoes she had on now were filling up with blood from all the running around she did.
Why can't the school uniform requirement be a pair of nice comfortable sneakers?
As she limped to the Gryffindor common room, Lavender Brown and Parvati Patil raced passed her.
"Whoa! What's the hurry??" Lavender and Parvati stopped and looked at Hermione as if seeing her for the first time.
"Hermione? What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be in the Great Hall watching?" Parvati asked breathlessly.
"Watching? Watching what?" Before Parvati could answer, Lavender started dragging her. Hermione caught the words "chess game", "Ron", and "Malfoy".
Malfoy...Ron...chess game...aw crap. She started running towards the Great Hall, but stopped at the blinding pain of her feet.
"Goddamn these shoes!" she started limping hurriedly to the common room. No way she could make it all the way to the Great Hall in these shoes!
### "I don't know Malfoy. I don't think I have the permission to do that." Ron said pushing a LARGE pouch of galleons back towards Malfoy.
"I don't think Her – Granger will mind Weasley. Tell you what, if you win, you get all of the 100 galleons in here. If you lose...Granger is mine."
"Hermione won't appreciate this Ron." Harry whispered harshly.
"It's 100 galleons, Harry!!" Ron squeaked. "And Hermione didn't mind last time!"
"Ron – "
"What do you say Weasley?" Ron ignored Harry's punches and looked at Malfoy.
"Deal!" Harry rolled his eyes. Great. Here we go again...
### OK, shoes good, feet numb but still ok...gotta get to the Great Hall. Gotta get to the Great Hall!! Hermione ran as fast as her unfeeling feet and legs could get her. Unfortunately, she tripped over those unfeeling feet and legs.
Oooowwww...smooth Hermione. Great Hall...run...!!
"Check." Draco said in serious concentration. He felt like his life depended on this game. He looked around. Where could she be?
Hermione sprinted down the halls. Great Hall...Malfoy...Ron...chess game...trouble...RUN damn it RUN!!!
"Ms. Granger!! Stop running at once!!" Jesus! What the hell is bloody Snape doing here?? Shouldn't he be in his cave?
"I'm sorry Professor, I'm in a hurry!"
"That's no excuse, Ms. Granger. 20 points from Gryffindor. Someone could've seriously gotten hurt because of your carelessness."
"Right! Can I go now?" Snape furrowed his brows.
"Get out of my sight."
"Thank you, sir!" She started power-walking until she rounded a corner out of Snape's sight. Then started dashing again. Finally, she burst through the double doors of the Great Hall out of breath.
She looked around her. Everyone's eyes watched her as she timidly entered. Ron was holding a pouch full of, what looked like, galleons. He had a stupid grin on his face and was jumping around like an idiot.
If Ron is there...where's –
Then Hermione found him. Draco Malfoy standing over one of the tables cleaning up scattered chess pieces. She walked towards him.
"Betting for me again?" she inquired with arms crossed. Draco turned around. He had lost 100 galleons and the only girl he loved.
"I'm sorry. Yes." He replied softly.
"And...I guess it was never meant to be."
"And why do you say that?"
"Hermione...I lost. I lost...100 galleons, and most importantly...you." Hermione scoffed.
"So now it's all up to chess games to decide my future? All this time, you and Ron have been treating me like property. I feel as if I can't choose what to do with my life anymore...unless someone is using me as terms!" Draco remained quiet. She was right.
"What do you want, Hermione?" She paused. Then, she uncrossed her arms and walked towards him.
"I want you, Malfoy. I choose you." Hermione wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him into the most amazing kiss The Great Draco Malfoy has ever had. After his shock, he smiled against her lips and started kissing back. For once, it didn't matter to him that every mouth in the Great Hall was wide open in shock. It didn't matter that his Slytherin housemates were glaring at him with the utmost hate. What mattered was that he had Hermione Granger in his arms.
They continued kissing as Ron's mouth opened and closed, very much resembling a fish, Harry trying to hide a smile while leaning against a wall, and Ginny clapping excitedly, delighted to finally see her best friend happy.
A/N: Well there you go! That's the end of "Your Most Prized Possession". Thank you to all that reviewed this story! If it weren't for you guys, I would have probably ended this at chapter 3 or sumthing! Here are some responses to some of the reviewers who caught my eye:
Kedda: that was an interesting insight...never thought of that. Im going with the theory that she hides behind her books and smartness (haha ive been saying that a lot lately) so that she doesn't have to show any real emotion and won't get hurt easily. Like she uses them as a shield.
Finally-defeated: haha thanks! I'm glad you found those parts funny! When I wrote them I was hoping they weren't so corny! And HELL YAH Tom Felton is DAMN HOT!! )
Shortie522: I want to make a sequel...but I still need to figure out a whole obstacle they have to go through being a couple. Yeah of course there's the slytherins and Ron but they've all been written about before...so a sequel is still questionable. But don't worry, I'm planning on making a bunch of one-shots! I love reading them and I love thinking them up!
Silver Hanyou: I know...::sniff:: I don't know if harry potter will be the same without Tom Felton's smirk...
Punknpotter: Salamat naman! Yeah I understand tagalog. I was born here in California but I go back to the Philippines often to visit relatives and shop! Glad to find another pinay here!!! Oh and I read your story! I think it's sooo cute! The way u portrayed Draco was fantastic! Sorry I couldn't review, something wrong wit my comp so I cant review any stories, but I loved urs!!
C-dog: Thanks for being addicted to my story!! When I read that I was like "cool"...haha!
Well sorry if I missed you but it's late and im kind of sleepy. Watch out for more stories by me and again I'M URGING U ALL TO READ MY ANGSTY ONE-SHOT "JUST A DREAM". I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT THIS ONE AND I'D LIKE YOU ALL TO TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK OF IT. IF I GET A LOT GOOD REVIEWS ON THAT, I'LL CONTINUE TO WRITE MORE ONE-SHOTS!!!
Salamat sa kayo lahat!!! (thank you to all!!!)