A/N: I apologize for the long delay. I have had so many e-mails and a few death threats ;-) but I have finally got my act together and updated. Life has been crazy, but I want to thank everyone for their reviews and support. Thank you and enjoy. oh and I don't own anything.
Late that afternoon Hermione received a Mrs. Gregory Goyle. "Susan?" she gasped.
Susan embraced her long lost friend, "Hermione it is good to see you."
Hermione eyes the tall willowy Hufflepuff with surprise. She wore an emerald wedding ring and her face no longer held the look of determination it had once held. It was almost as if she was put under a spell. "You look…" Hermione fumbled for words. "You look serene," she finished.
Susan chuckled, "Sorry just came from yoga. Have you ever taken a class? It's simply a must for people in our situation. It really helps calm down the soul."
Hermione let a ghost of a smile pass her lips, "How are you really?"
Susan sighed, "Miserable. I mean Greg and I get along ok, but he doesn't love me. He never did. He just wanted a wife to hide all his indiscretions." She paused and looked at her shoes, "Gregory is gay."
Hermione gasped in shock, "No!" she exclaimed.
Susan nodded, "He has been seeing someone for awhile now. I'm just waiting for him to leave me. Put me back on the auction block."
Hermione grabbed her friends hand, "If that happens you can stay with us."
Susan shook her head, "I have already been promised to another. Blaise Zambini. Can you believe it? He is such an ass. I would rather die than have anything to do with him." She wiped the tears from her eyes and looked Hermione straight in the eyes, "Well this is good-bye. I will see you in the after life." And with those parting words Susan walked out of Malfoy manor.
Draco came home to find his wife in a state, "Now can you calmly tell me what's going on?"
"Susan," she shrieked. "She's going to kill herself!"
Draco shook his head, "No she won't. Blaise won't let that happen to her."
She drew her red rimmed eyes up to her husband's, "You are okay with the trading of other humans? You are okay with letting this continue! I thought I knew you," she snapped as she stormed out of the room.
Draco apperated to his wife's side, "You don't understand do you? Blaise will be nothing but kind to Susan. Greg knew that he couldn't keep up his lifestyle and not risk Susan to the other deatheaters. It is safer that she be with Blaise than at the mercy of Greg's father and other cohorts."
Hermione broke down, "You would never sell me would you? Even if you got tired of me?"
Draco wrapped his arms around her, "I could never get tired of you. Besides I love you. I would never get rid of someone I love. My father's still around is he not?"
Hermione burst into a fit of giggles, "That was not very nice."
Draco smiled, "That's better. Now go get ready for dinner and we will discuss this in more depth."
Hermione leaned in and gave him a quick peck on the lips, "Thank you."
Draco looked shocked, "For what?"
She smiled as she left the room, "For loving me."
Draco collapsed into a chair in shock. It was finally happening. She was actually starting to come around.
That next night Hermione peaked out from the bathroom doorway. Her husband was lost to the world of literature. She smiled as she watched is blond hair fall in to his eyes. It was happening. She was starting to fall in love with her husband. With a slight gasp she retreated to the bathroom. What was she to do with her self? Was she supposed to now give him her body as a declaration of her new found love? She splashed cold water on her face and sighed. This was not happening. She looked up and gave a startled screech. Draco's reflection was staring back at her.
Draco watched his wife retreat back inside the bathroom. She felt it. He knew she did. He had to convince her that just because she loved him she didn't have to have sex with him. On the one hand he wished she would, but he understood that she wasn't ready. He snuck into the bathroom and grinned as he heard her startled screech, "Miss me?" he asked as he wrapped his arms around his wife.
Hermione chuckled nervously, "uh…no. I was just washing up before bed."
Draco smiled as he buried his face in the crook of her neck, "You smell so good," he whispered as his lips began to trail kisses up to her ear.
Hermione sighed as she let him continue. For some reason it just felt right.
"What's on your mind?" he questioned as he nibbled on her ear.
"Touching you," she whispered as she turned and kissed him on the lips.
Draco grinned, "Really?"
She nodded, "May I?"
He scooped her up and carried her back to the bedroom. "Everything is up to you," he whispered as he laid her gently on the bed.
Hermione nodded, "I may get scared," she whispered.
He smiled as his lips descended to her neck, "If you do let me know. I have waited over ten years for you. What's a few more nights?"
Hermione giggled as she wrapped her arms around her husband and began to kiss him.