"School starts again in a two weeks," Draco said laying back against the hot concrete next to the pool. Hermione leaned over the edge of the pool, resting her arms on the edge.
"Look forward to it? It'll be nice to get back to the books. We still have plenty to do before school starts though," she said.. In the course of the summer Draco had been shown the muggle world. He'd ridden a roller coaster, seen a movie, been to the mall, gotten a cd player, been introduced to the Internet, gone to plenty of parties-
"And tonight I'm bringing you to the best restaurant around," Hermione told him. Draco sat up abruptly and rubbed his back.
"What?" Hermione asked curiously.
"I think I've burnt my back," he told her glancing at the concrete then grinning at her. He turned bringing his legs over so they were dipping into the pool then slid the rest of his body in.
"We're going to have to get some better muggle clothes," Hermione continued as he moved over to her in the water wrapping his arms around her waist.
"I know you like the ones you have, but I don't think you'll fit in at the party," she told him then suddenly giggled when he tickled her sides, "Stop it! You know I hate being tickled."
Draco continued to tickle her, kissing the back of her neck softly.
"Okay, I love you, will you stop now?" Hermione asked turning around in his arms to face him directly.
Draco smiled and kissed her softly on the lips pulling her closer, feeling where their bodies met each other. His heart pounded as she deepened their kiss. A moment later they broke apart, both breathless.
"I love you too," he whispered hoarsely, "More than anyone else on this whole planet."
"But not in the universe?" Hermione asked teasingly, "I've caught you now, you've slipped up, I knew you were having an affair with that one star that has a slight bluish tint."
Draco laughed, "You're wrong there, the supreme being of the universe is you."
Hermione laughed as well then gave him a serious look, "Okay, time to stop being cheesy and go find you some clothes."
"Clothes, when did I learn to hate those words?" Draco asked.
"You love clothes shopping," Hermione said, "You know you look good and love it."
"Can we swim a bit longer first?" Draco asked changing the subject. Hermione nodded and slipped out of his arms ducking underneath the water. Draco waited a moment then lowered himself into the water until just his head was sticking out then leant back to float on top of the water.
About ten minutes later Hermione came back over to him and leant back to float beside him taking his hand in her own.
"What's so interesting about simply floating?" she asked softly watching the clouds drift by.
"Its relaxing. I get to think," he said.
"About what?" Hermione asked.
"You. And a lot about what my counselor's been telling me," he said. They'd had to search rather hard to find out how to find a wizard counselor since they couldn't go talking about You-Know-Who to a muggle counselor, "How have you're counseling sessions been going?"
"Good," Hermione told him, "I feel like I've been getting a lot better. We've kind of been working up to the, worse, events. It's hard, but it does feel good to let it out."
"My exact thoughts," Draco agreed then stood up in the water and shook his hair to get the water out. Hermione smiled then wrung her hair out, cursing it as well for being so bushy.
"Okay, you know the rules sweety," Hermione's father said as they started out the door where one of Hermione's muggle friends waited in a car.
"No getting drunk," her father put in.
Hermione grinned, "don't worry, its not like a drug-dealing club we're going to, its that new restaurant they built."
"I know," her mother said and hugged her softly then hugged Draco as well before opening the door so they could leave.
"I still feel kind of shy around your parents," Draco said as they stepped into the car, "They seem so nice. My parents never hugged me."
"Okay you guys, I just have to stop at my date's house to pick him up, then we can be on our way," the girl in the driver's seat said.
"Who's your date Arie?" Hermione asked.
"The hot guy who works at the ice-skating rink," Arie said with a grin.
"Does this hot guy have a name?" Hermione inquired.
"Cameo," Arie told them, "He's our age, black hair, tan skin."
"Cameo?" Draco asked suddenly, "I know a Cameo. Does he go to a private school also?"
"Yeah," Arie said glancing back at them through the driver's mirror as they pulled up to a house. She honked the horn a few times and a moment later a familiar looking Slytherin stepped out of the house.
Cameo raised his eyebrows when he got into the front seat seeing Draco and Hermione in the back. Draco grinned.
"I didn't know you lived so close to Hermione," Draco said as the car started moving.
"I didn't know either," Cameo said then added, "Coincidence is a beautiful thing. This is pretty cool, you live around here too?"
Draco shook his head then realized Cameo couldn't see him sitting in the front and said, "No, I'm staying with Hermione. My parents, death eaters got them."
"Sorry man," Cameo said then asked, "You, uh, going out with Hermione then?"
"Yeah," Draco said, "Actually we were when I first met you, we just hadn't told anyone yet."
Arie turned the car suddenly and the sign for the restaurant loomed up high in front of a rather fancy looking building.
"That sounds like a interesting story," she said as she parked the car.
"Are you a pureblood Cameo?" Draco asked curiously, "This seems kind of far away from most wizarding populations."
"Yeah I am," Cameo said, "Don't ask me why my parents chose to live out here."
"Just drop us off at the end of the driveway," Draco said as Arie slowed the car down in front of Hermione's house. The driveway was about a eighth of a mile long, a minute drive over gravel, and about a four or five minute walk. It was dark out, the only light coming from the windows of the large house, the billions of stars overhead, and the rather bright moon.
"Sure thing," Arie said stopping her car next to the mailbox, "Means I won't have to scratch up my beautiful car anymore than I need to."
Hermione grinned as she stepped out of the old run-down car that had been Arie's fathers, Arie hated it and was saving up for a new one.
Hermione and Draco started walking down the driveway, lightning bugs flashing in the field as the car drove away.
"You know," Hermione started, "I don't really feel afraid when I'm here, out in the country. Even though its dark out."
Draco smiled and nodded, "I know what you mean. Having the whole sky on top you and not a thing to be seen on the horizon, it's a comforting feeling."
"Not like the cold pitch blackness of down there," Hermione said breathing in the scent of the night deeply.
Draco leaned over and kissed her softly pulling her close. She kissed him back and then grinned looking up into his face. Then suddenly she laughed and turned and ran into the field of about knee-high grass, spreading her arms wide and looking up into the sky.
"I feel like I'm floating in outer-space," she said when he came up and took her hands, spinning her around, "the stars above and the fire flies all around."
"I feel like I'm flying inside," Draco told her and still holding her hands leaned close and kissed her again feeling heat and love burn through out his body. When they pulled apart, breathless, Hermione lay back on the grass. Draco sat down, leaning back as well, following her gaze to the constellations up in the sky, mingled with highlight green blinks here and there.
"Hey Hermione," Draco whispered, "I've been thinking a lot and I think, well, we're both around 18, and I love you, and I don't ever want to be with anyone but you, so that's why I'm going to ask this, will you marry me?"
A/N: There! Finally got the first
chapter up! I've had horrible horrible writer's block so I'm gonna be
putting up chapters slowly, cuz i only have to chapter 5 written. Like
one a week or something. I hope this story lives up to Dungeon
and Soul. Thats exactly what i said for Soul and turned out Soul got
more reviews.. but still.. eee!
I'm dedicating this story to everyone who reveiwed Dungeon and Soul. That's a lot of names and I'm too lazy to copy and paste all of them.. but if you read them both and you're reading this you know who you are!