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Chapter 13—Hermione's Difficult Decision

Previously

He felt terrible, worse than he ever felt. He had no clue what they were talking about, but from what it sounded like, he didn't want to know. He just walked by without saying anything, up to his room.

"I think I lost her forever." He groaned to himself. And it wasn't even his fault.

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Ali noticed Draco was relatively quiet at breakfast the next morning.

"What's up?" Ali asked him bluntly.

"Als--," He started, using his nickname for her. ," I think she won't ever like me again." He confided. Ali bit her lip.

"Maybe. In a few days time she'll realize how perfect you are together. Hermione and Draco, Hermione and Draco, it has a ring to it! I mean, Chris is a really nice guy but, Hermione and Chris, it's kinda dull." She told him.

"Yeah, but tell her that." Draco seemed a little grumpy.

"Oh she knows." Ali replied simply. "I honestly think she just wants to see if you're meant to be together, or it was a one time thing. Once again, part of her life was ruined by Voldemort." Draco raised his eyebrows.

"You say his name?" He asked, slightly amused.

"He's ruined all of my friend's lives so I think I can bear to say it." Ali filled him. "C'mon, it's time for class." Draco and Ali walked out of the hall together and into Transfiguration. (A/N I forgot which 7th/ 6th year classes Ali takes and I'm too lazy to look them up…sorry!) Draco looked up and saw Hermione and Chris paired together. His eyes met Hermione's and he saw a slight apologetic look in her caramel eyes.

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After classes that afternoon, Hermione and Draco were both in their common room, doing an essay for History of Magic. Draco could feel eyes on his back and turned around. Sure enough, Hermione was looking at him strangely but blushed when he caught her. She looked back to her essay but knocked over her violet ink. It spilled all over the place and Hermione's jeans and arms were covered in it.

"Ah!" She said, sort of loudly. Draco looked up and saw Hermione covered in purple. He quickly got up to help.

"Scourgify!" He pointed his wand at the now-purple table and then at Hermione. The ink disappeared from her, leaving only a little color on her forearm.

"Thanks." She gave him a slight smile, which he returned. There was a knock on the portrait and Hermione went towards it. She opened it and Chris stood outside.

"I think you left this in Charms." He told her. Hermione glanced at the table where all her books were and sure enough, the Charms book was missing.

"Oh yeah, thanks." She replied rather quietly. Draco was listening carefully to them.

"So I was also wondering if you wanted to go on a picnic by the lake on Saturday?" He asked her. Hermione bit her lip. Right now, she was unsure of everything. After a while, she nodded. Draco felt his heart drop. Chris grinned.

"Sure." Hermione finally spoke.

"Great. Well I guess I'll see you at dinner. Or do you want to walk together?" He glanced at the clock and dinner was starting.

"We can walk." Hermione smiled at him as he took her hand. Draco fell back onto the couch, and suddenly, he wasn't at all hungry. Ali came into the common room shortly after.

"You coming?" Draco thought he could use a friend by now and went to the Great Hall with her. Ali was about to put a piece of fried chicken, Draco's favorite, on his plate when he shook his head.

"I'm really not hungry." He said while gazing at Hermione. Ali understood, but put the chicken on his plate anyway.

"I'll talk to her. See what she's feeling inside. I know that you know that girls have complex brains." Ali smiled.

"That was confusing, but thanks anyway." He smiled at his friend, and began to eat his chicken.

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"Draco's really heartbroken." Ali told Hermione. She caught up with her while Hermione was patrolling the halls. Draco was somewhere else but Ali had the irking feeling that he was near.

"I know and I feel awful. But Ali, I'm so mixed up inside! I think I still love Draco…" Hermione trailed off.

"But…" Ali prompted.

"Chris." Hermione answered.

"You and Draco are absolutely PERFECT for each other!" Ali whined at Hermione.

"Okay, I promise to think about it, as I patrol. I really will, Ali." She replied.

"Okay. I hope you make the right choice. Don't just think about today, think about the future." Ali said as she walked away.

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"I think we should break up." Hermione bit her lip. Chris looked quite surprised.

"Why?" He responded.

"I think I love someone else. I'm sorry Chris, really." Hermione gave him a kiss on the cheek and walked away from the entrance hall.

She entered the Heads common room and saw Draco sitting on the couch, reading a book. His sleeve was sliding down his arm and Hermione noticed the Dark Mark was gone. There was no sign of it whatsoever. Hermione smiled at him and he looked at her strangely. She walked over to him, sat next to him and placed her lips upon his. She felt Draco smile and then he deepened the kiss. He ran is hands through her smooth hair and she fell back onto the couch. They stayed glued by the lips for a long time. Even Ali came in, smiled, and then just walked out. They kissed for as long as they can remember, and both pulled away breathless.

"You forgive me?" Draco grinned at her.

"Yeah." She smiled at him. He lowered his lips onto hers in a short but sweet kiss.

"I love you." Hermione told him, her voice full of her love for him.

"I love you too." He replied and kissed her yet again, this time hot and passionate. Hermione giggled as Draco lightly tickled her stomach.

"I'm glad you love me, Hermione Granger." He told her sweetly.

"I'm glad too."

Authors note: I'm SO SO SO sorry once again about taking forever. School has been taking over! I hope you liked it!

MERRY CHRISTMAS (or Happy Holidays too)

Dante Hunter—thanks and I hope this chapter was satisfying! : ) Have a great holiday

Pia O Leary—I'm so glad you like my story! I guess Hermione meant that she liked Chris as a little more of a friend, but as you can see, that's kind of over. LOL anyway I did have some writers block and I probably will again for 14 but hey, I'll try to figure something out. Thanks to my fabulous reviewers, I usually do! haha also…I hope you update your stories soon! I totally love them! well have a GREAT holiday! lyl

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