Chapter 3 - A little change of character
By the time Hermione got up the next morning, Draco had already left. She really didn't feel like seeing Ron, or anyone else for that matter, so she decided to skip breakfast.
Once breakfast was over Hermione headed to her first class, Transfiguration. As she walked into the class she sighed. She wasn't sure where to sit. She usually sat next to Ron and Harry, but now everyone expected her to sit with Draco. Not to mention Ron didn't want to be anywhere near her. She looked around, she made eye contact with Harry, who gave her a slight smile. Ron wouldn't even look in her direction. She looked over at Draco, who was sitting with Crabbe and Goyle, per usual. Draco and Hermione made eye contact. She quickly looked away and saw a seat next to Neville. She walked over to him.
"Hello Neville, do you mind if I sit here?" She asked.
"No." Hermione nodded her head and started to walk away. Neville spoke up. "No, I mean I don't mind if you sit here."
"Oh." Hermione quickly sat down. "Thanks."
Professor McGonagall walked into her classroom. "Good morning class."
"Good morning Professor McGonagall." The class responded.
"Right, lets start off with taking roll, shall we?" She started reading down the list. She passed through the A's, B's, and C's quickly. And the D's E's and F's even more quickly. When she got to the G's Hermione held her breath. Hoping that her name had been changed in the records so there wouldn't be a big thing about it.
"Hermione Granger." Hermione sighed the minute Professor McGonagall said her name.
"I-I, um. I got by my married name now, Professor."
"Oh, right. Hermione Malfoy." Half the class was shocked when they heard the name Malfoy after the name Hermione. Apparently news hadn't traveled as fast as Hermione hoped it would.
As the class past, Hermione could hear people talking about her. As soon as class was over Hermione quickly gathered her things and left. When she got out into the hall she felt a hand on her arm. She looked up to see Draco. She quickly took her arm away.
"What do you want?" She asked in a cold tone.
"I just wanted to see if you were feeling any better. Sorry if I bothered you, Granger." He spat back at her. He turned around and started to leave. Hermione sighed and ran to catch up with him.
"Wait." When Hermione said this, Draco stopped and turned around.
"I'm sorry." Draco couldn't believe what he was hearing. An apology? From Granger? He thought. She continued. "It's just been a really bad day, and it's not even noon yet."
Lavender and Parvati walked up to them and smiled.
"Smooching in the hallway?" Lavender questioned.
"What? No. We were just talking." Hermione said.
"Oh come on." Parvati said.
"Really, we were."
"Well, in that case, are you too stupid? You're married, you can kiss in the hallway. It's okay." Lavender said.
"Yeah, come on Draco. Give her a kiss." Hermione looked horrified when Parvati said this.
"What? It's not like you guys haven't kissed before." Draco and Hermoine both went quiet.
"You guys have kissed before... Right?" Lavender asked.
"Of course we've kissed." Hermione lied.
"Well then, prove it." Parvati smiled as she said this.
"Honestly guys, we don't have--"
Hemione was cut off by Draco's lips. She instantly went stiff. Oh my god, Draco is kissing me. Malfoy's lips are on mine. God what to I do? Don't just stand here like an idiot, do something! She thought as she put her arms around his neck. Parvati and Lavender walked away, giggling. Draco and Hermione pulled apart, they looked into each other's eyes.
"Y-You... You kissed me." Hermione could barely speak.
"Yeah. I did." Draco looked pleased with himself.
"Why?" Hermione still looked shocked.
"It was the only way to get them to leave." Hermione snapped back into reality. She wiped her lips.
"Ugh! I need a shower."
"Oh geez." Draco was slightly hurt by this, even though he didn't show any of it.
"I'm going to have to use an SOS pad on my lips!"
"It wasn't that bad!" He said as she walked away. No, it wasn't. She thought to herself as she continued to walk to her next class.
The next few classes went by. Draco found himself walking to the Great Hall for lunch. He felt a hand on his shoulder as he was pulled into an empty classroom. Harry and Ron stood in front of him.
"What the bloody hell do you two want?" He questioned.
"We want to know what you did to Hermione." Harry said.
"What in Merlin's name are you talking about?"
"Why would Hermione ever marry a ferret like you?" Ron was starting to lose his temper.
"Well, I wonder, Weasley. Besides my good looks, I can give her anything she wants. I can take her places, like Rome, Italy, anywhere she wants to go. I have the money to do so, which is more than I can say for some." Ron's temper got the best of him, he reached into his robe and searched for his wand, he couldn't find it. So he brought his fist up and made contact with Draco's face. Draco stumbled backwards.
"Tells us what you did to her!" Ron screamed at him.
"I didn't do anything to her!"
Ron punched him again. He stumbled backwards once more.
"I'm not fighting you Weasley!"
"Why? Too scared to fight?" Ron continued to punch Draco. Harry didn't know what to do. He eventually stopped his friend.
"Why the bloody hell should I?"
"Because of Hermione. She wouldn't want you to do this."
Draco was in the floor, his nose bleeding. He tried to find his wand, but didn't have any luck. Ron looked down at him.
"You're right." He said to his best friend.
Ron leaned down and grabbed Draco's shirt and pulled him up.
"I will find out what spell you put Hermione under, if it's the last thing I do." He threw him back down onto the ground. Harry and Ron left. Draco got up and made his way back to the Head's common room.
After her class ended Hermione made her way to the Great Hall, when she found that neither Harry, Ron or Draco were there she got nervous. By the time she got to the Head's common room Draco was already there. He was laying on the couch with a huge black eye and he was badly hurt. She quickly ran over to him.
"Draco, what happened?" He looked at her, he could barley open his eye.
"Hey. What are you doing here?" He said as he slowly sat up.
"What am I doing here? What the hell happened to you?!"
"You wouldn't believe me if I told you."
"Try me." Draco looked at her and sighed.
"I was heading to the Great Hall for lunch, when I got pulled into an empty classroom by Pothead and his Weasel-"
"They did this to you?" Hemione couldn't believe what she was hearing.
"They asked me what I did to you-"
"What do you mean?" Hermione cut him off.
"Will you please let me finish a sentence?!" Draco slightly raised his voice.
"Sorry. Please continue."
"They asked me what I did to make you marry me. Because they're not stupid and they know that you could never fall in love with me." Hermione looked into Draco's eyes when he said this. Is he upset about that? And how does he know that I could never fall in love with him? I most certainly could! ... Wait! What am I thinking? I could never, I repeat, never fall in love with Malfoy! Hermione thought.
"Anyways, when I told them that I didn't do anything, Weasley got all hostile on me and beat the shit out of me."
"What did you do to him?" She was afraid to ask this, not knowing what the answer would be.
"Nothing? What do you mean nothing?"
"I mean, I didn't do anything to him, I just sat there while he used my face as his own personal punching bag."
"Why?" It was all Hermione could get out. She was absolutely shocked to hear this.
"Why didn't you do anything to him?" Draco sighed at this.
"Because I know he's important to you. And out of respect for you, I didn't do anything." Hermione didn't think she could get anymore shocked. She couldn't even speak. Why was Draco being so nice to her? She got up.
"I'm going to go get some ice for your eye."
"You don't have to--"
"I know. But I want to." She said as she left the common room. Draco smirked to himself, then laid back down.
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