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A/N: Hey y'all!Okay so here's the deal - a couple of reviewers have asked and/or suggested that I include a chapter in Hermione's point of view. My thoughts on this notion are very divided; on one hand, I think it would be great to explore Hermione's feelings of fear and uncertainty with regard to Draco. It will also make the story more... 'spherical'..., for lack of better word. But my decision for the moment on this matter is to not pursue Hermione's perspective. This is mainly because I don't wish to provide a spherical view of this story. I don't want to show justification. I don't want you to see the 'other' side - the human side - of the story, the consequences of Draco's extreme actions. I think the true beauty of this tale lies within Draco's thoughts and his - unique - way of thinking. Yet I would appreciate any thoughts on this issue because of course I shall try to cater to popular opinion. Hey - if you're not happy then I'm not happy. And now for less sappy cliches and more sadism (oh and thank you for reading this boring A/N :)

He could still taste it.

Or rather, her.

It had been hours, perhaps even days since their little rendezvous in the Great Hall.

The legs... the song... the curls... the blood... he remembered it all so very well.

His tongue moved dextrously within his mouth, sweeping the fleshy crevices and walls for that same metallic taste. It had lingered in his mouth like a coffee stain, but it tasted worse. So much worse.

And yet for some reason, he craved it.

He swathed his broad form in ebony robes before making his way to Potions class.

This would certainly be interesting, seeing her again.

He looked at the same granite-black iron bars gazing at him from their place on the walls of the dim corridors. This time he spied several sprinklings of white and grey dotting the pipe-like structures. But of course, he knew better than to touch them.

He had learnt his lesson, after all.

And he knew someone else whose lesson had yet to be learnt.

And by Merlin's will, he knew he would be the one to teach her, the dirty Mudblood that she was.

Dirty, but oh so very gorgeous.

He entered the class room soon enough, surveying it with his haunting grey-blue eyes for her presence. He scanned every single row of desks, saw with disgust the students sitting on one another's laps and throwing balls of parchment around...

Did they not have anything better to do with their time?

But amongst the chaos, he did not see her.

She wasn't here.

But if she wasn't here - then where was she?

Draco saw a flame of orange protruding from the blackness of robes and monotony, and dearly hoped that one of his dear classmates head's was on fire.

Either that, or it could have just been Weasley.

And he felt a smirk suddenly spread over his face.



"Where's the buck-toothed Mudblood today Weasel?" he taunted, pacing towards the said boy's desk.

Weasley immediately stood from his reclining position, and Draco felt a ripple of fear wave through him.

Weasley was as huge as an elephant. And an ugly elephant, at that.

"I assume you're talking about my girlfriend Hermione, Malfoy," he said airily.

Draco felt as if a hammer had clobbered him on the head.

"She's not your girlfriend," he blurted out.

Weasley raised his brow. Draco longed to push it down from its maddeningly superior position.

"What's it to you anyway?" replied Weasley hotly.

"You haven't answered my question yet," he responded calmly.

Weasley rolled his eyes before crossing his arms over his chest.

"I don't have to tell you anything."

"Oh but you do," said Draco, savouring the open expression of uncertainty on the speckled carrot-head's face. "You see... Granger and I have... an understanding..."

Weasley's eyes widened and he grabbed Draco by the collar of his robes, just as the entire class went eerily silent. Draco felt his throat muscles constrict painfully, his head starting to feel light-headed.

"If you wouldn't mind, these robes are quite expensive," said Draco serenely.

"Stay away from my girl," Weasley stated threateningly, tightening his grasp on Draco's collar.

He could feel the tenuous silence that then passed between the two of them. Each looked at the other with pure hatred on their face, while the surrounding students simply viewed the scene with anticipation.

But no. He was not going to feed their thirst for violence.

Not yet, anyhow.

"She's not yours," Draco replied. "Nor will she ever be."

He leaned in slightly, so that only Weasley could hear his next whisper.

"She belongs to me."

And he prised Weasley's slimy fingers away from his robes just as the Professor made his timely appearance.

Granger did not attend Potions that day, nor did he see her at lunch or dinner.

And as a cruel smile quirked his lips, he knew her absence would surely justify a harsh punishment.

For no one - least of all a Mudblood - kept a Malfoy waiting.

And he wouldn't let go until his favourite prey learnt that particular lesson.

A/N: Meh - was this too dramatic or - undramatic? Sorry if it was. I just felt the story was a bit too... languid... so far. Let me know what you think. Where IS Hermione?! Haha. He wasn't too sadistic this chapter, I wanted to alleviate some of the suspense and darkness of the fic so far (especially as last chapter... oy). Thank you so much for the phenomenal reviews, you know they gave me such a moral boost to write this chapter. To tell you the truth, this is not one of my favourite chapters, but there ya go, not everyone can write like Shakespeare everyday ;). I had the worst case of writer's block, which is why I didn't write for yonks. As well as the fact that I tried to concentrate on my long-term story When Darkness Catches the Light but to tell you the truth I'm finding this project so much more interesting. But never fear, that shall be updated soon (maybe..) hehehe. Thats all I really have to say right now except for please review and I'll see how I go with the next chapter. And don't forget to tell me your view on Hermione's POV (if you don't know what I'm talking about, I suggest you read the A/N at the beginning of thic chapter.) Ta and until next time...

meldoy: Thanks for yo review and saying that you'll stick with me! I absolutely adore angsty stories as well, so much better than (gulp) romance (just kidding ;)) Yes, feel free to psycho-analyse Draco, I enjoy doing that too. He didn't do too much this chapter, but I look forward to reading your opinions nevertheless.

slyswn28: Thanks :)

JenniferJae: Vampire? Interesting theory, but I can't tell you exactly what he is yet. He certainly played the said role by biting her. But we'll see.

Baloola: I've noticed many people saying that they like Draco better as a sadistic freak. What's wrong with you peeps ;-) kidding. I like him like this too, its so much different than anything you'd expect, right?

The Punk Rock Goddess: Cheers for the review. It was indeed intense last chapter - perfectly delineated by you - which is why I tried to make it a little less intense this chapter. A bit more scene setting and story filling, I think. But I hope you still like it!

sugar n spice 522: Thank you, you're wonderful!

DivineSilence: Well-written freakiness? Hmm, I like that description, I really do. I don't entirely know whether it will turn out romantic. I have a pretty good idea of what I want to happen. As for achieving it - its much too early to say.

Lindsay Larkin: Nice name. Like the alliteration. Thanks for the review!

val: You're review had nice visual appeal hehehe. A tad confusing - but good, nevertheless ;)

Snakeyes: I love your name! Its great. Mystical, no?

crystalviolinist: We all think the wicked side of people are great. Not sure if Hermione shares the view though - but its good entertainment from the sidelines ;)

KC: Nice long review. And the review was very expressive too. Thank you so very much, I really appreciate your wonderful words of praise.

FireGuardian: Thanks. Will try to read your story when I can find time. And I will most certainly review because I know how much they can help a writer.

CyberWitch: Thank you for your review, I know Draco wasn't so creepy in this chapter but let me promise that if I really do get around to writing what I plan to, then this story is just gonna get so much more darker.

Christenza: I hope I spelt that right. Thanks for the review. I don't think anyone really is in character in my story. Draco represents the extreme of one side, Ron the extreme of the other side and Hermione is just supposed to be neutral, if you get my drift. Its all symbolism.

kirby: lol! I hope that was a compliment, at any rate.

beautybunnymouse: Short and sweet. Thanks!

windweaver: Thank you for the review, its so lovely. I thought last chapter was so very freaky as well. About Hermione's POV - I dunno. I'm confused as to whether I should or not.

Silent-Serpent: Yah, I don't know where the story is going either (which is kinda sad, seeing as I'm the author and all... ;))

dracos-girl-4evr: Hey soulsister! Draco Very hot. Very very very hot. You got that right. Hehehe. Its quite hot here, but its more humid so people sweat a lot (which believe me, is not a very good thing). I might be visiting NZ in December but I hate hot weather so I hope it cools down a bit for me before I go there (though its nothing like the summer in Perth .... eek). Glad you enjoy the story :)

Callisto Callipsi: LOL yours was hands down my favourite review. And as for my chapters being short - don't shoot me! But I like having the shortness of it all because then its more snappy and encourages people to read it. I think if it was longer it would lose a bit of its zing. I loved the milky skin analogy too. It just popped into my head when I saw my Tom Felton desktop wallpaper. Hehehe, can you tell that I may have a case of obsession also ;)?

song-blue-carolina: Eurgh I hate stories that I are like that (though I'm sorta writing one at the moment ... damn). I liked the idea of biting as well, its like a hickey but it isn't yah know?

innocenteen: Doesn't Hermione have curly hair? Or was it bushy? Meh, sorry if thats not too accurate, I just imagine Hermione growing out of the bushiness and getting curls. I think it would somehow suit her. Actually I meant that Pansy's hand was a blob not exactly her hair (which would have been hilarious also, thanks for the tip ;)!)

Bijeezus: Thank you! Yes, my friend was telling me about a story that sounds very much like the one you've just described. She told me to steer clear of it lol. But thank you nevertheless.

BleedingHeart14: Well, as there's sugar involved... :-P

shirls: I adore you too ;) Thank you for being so kind.

Windweaver: I'll see what I can do.

Pho3nix: I like the intriguing spelling of phoenix. So cool. I won't give up don't worry. I don't think I could stand the hate mail if I did ;)

shayyne: Here is more. Roar. That rhymes. Go me! (He won't get too soft btw. I can promise you that.)