Hermione was sitting in one of the compartments of the Hogwarts Express. This particular compartment was larger than the rest. Being that it was the Heads Compartment. It had two plush love seats with a table at each side. Hermione was starting to get bored being all alone in the compartment. As if reading her mind, in came Malfoy. He shot her a glare, and sat down on the opposite couch.
It wasn't a fight but it couldn't be classified as a civilized conversation either, after all who can have a civilized conversation with only two words?
Hermione didn't like the uncomfortable silence that followed. She was about to say something but Mcgonagall walked into the compartment.
"Well, I guess we should get down to business." she said. "As you know you will be sharing a common room.."
At this Hermione and Draco both groaned.
"...You will also share a bathroom, but of course will have two separate bedrooms."
She went on for about another fifteen or twenty minutes about their responsibilities. Finally she left, but not before telling them they needed to discuss their responsibilities and plan a schedule to make their rounds around the castle.
They stared at each other before turning their heads to look out the window.
Draco was having a bad day, now hearing all his head duties he doubted that he still wanted the position. He hadn't even wanted to come to school this year, but in the end it was the best decision. His father was killed in the war and his mother usually stayed in her room. He would have been home-schooled by his mother but the manor was big and empty and spending days alone with his mother could get boring.
Hermione was having an equally bad day. Her parents had just barely escaped a death eater attack during the war, and now they were always paranoid about her safety. She thought that they were going to put her in a bubble. They didn't want her to go to school, but eventually they gave in, but not before Hermione gave them the 'school is very important for my future' speech. Of course they came back with the 'If you have a future speech'. But here she was so everything worked out ok.
Her thoughts were interrupted by Draco. "Well, should plan out our schedule and get it over with or what?" he asked obviously annoyed. He was always annoyed with someone. Even during the war, he fought on the good side, along with almost all the Slytherins. He was still upset about something. And she thought she knew. Draco played a big part in destroying Voldemort. He told Harry, Dumbledore and most of the Order were Voldemort was hiding. He led them all the way there, killing Death Eaters along the way. Draco got barely any credit for his act. It's not as if he wanted to be as famous as "The Wonder Boy" but he wanted a little credit. All he got was his name in small print at the bottom of the Daily Prophet, while the story was all about how Harry found Voldemort's hideout.
"Granger, I know I'm incredibly good-looking but can you please sop staring. You freaking the hell out of me!" He snapped.
She hadn't realized that she had been staring.
"Sorry" She mumbled blushing a deep shade of red. She coughed trying to hide her embarrassment.
Draco smirked. There was something about the way she looked when she was embarrassed. It was well ...amusing.
He decided that he was going to make her look like that as often as he could.
Hermione cleared her throat and said, "Well when do you think we should make our rounds?"
"Um...probably on Fridays, let the stupid prefects deal with not getting enough sleep on school days" he said with a smirk.
He saw the look on her face: she was about to tell him off, but then a look of realization came over her. He was shocked at what she said.
The rest of the ride they spent talking about the other prefect schedules as well as some of the things they were suppose to plan as the Heads.
When the train ride was over Hermione and Draco climbed into there separate carriages and continued there ride to Hogwarts.
Hermione sat in a carriage with Ron, Harry, and Ginny. Ron and Harry were currently talking about Quiditch.
"So..." whispered Ginny. "what do you think of Malfoy being Head Boy?"
"Well he does deserve it, his grades are second best to me and..." Hermione was rudely interrupted by Ginny.
"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah but what do you think about sharing a room with him ALL year?" She nudged her a little to get her point across.
"Well I'm not exactly looking forward to it, but I'll manage." She whispered back not getting the blatantly obvious point Ginny was trying to tell her.
"No, no, no, no, no that's not what I mean." She mumbled. Then, sighing loudly, she turned to look out the window shaking her head in the process.
Hermione knew what Ginny meant and silently contemplated the thought that Draco and her were actually going to share a common room for the whole year. It didn't seem bad...but it didn't seem good either. There were some rumors about Draco. (The rumors came mostly from Lavender and Pavarti so she didn't really trust them) But he did act like the 'playboy' type of guy.
Then there was also the fact that he was extremely hot, although she would never admit that to anyone (Not even herself.) She wandered if he would walk around in boxers or something. The mental image sent shivers down her spine. She shook her head and looked out the window, they would be at Hogwarts soon.
Draco was bored. He sat in a carriage with Crabbe, Goyle, Blaise and Pansy -who was currently edging her way closer to Draco trying desperately hard to sit on his lap. Fed up with Pansy he got up and sat across from her next to Blaise. Pansy huffed in defeat and settled for looking out the window, every once in a while she snuck a glance at Draco (only to find he wasn't looking back.)
Blaise nudged Draco with his elbow "Hey" he said " So Granger's head girl?"
Draco looked at him and raised an eyebrow, "Duh" he said as if it was very obvious that Granger would be Head girl and really it was. "It's Hermione Granger, bookworm, know-it-all, human dictionary...well it's Granger of course she got head girl."
"She doesn't look to bad Draco, and she's really feisty. I mean you should know that with all the fights you two get into. She's kind of sexy when she's all riled up." he finished with a dazed look and a lopsided grin on his face.
Draco smirked and thought of the same thing.
Inside the Great Hall first years were being sorted. There were many new Gryffindors , and Hermione was pleased about that.
She kept sneaking glances at Draco, he didn't look very happy. He sat in the middle of Pansy and Crabbe. Then again who could be happy sitting in the middle of those two. The only thing worse would be to sit in the middle of Pansy and another Pansy.
She shook her head and contemplated what her new room would look like.
Draco groaned and pushed away Pansy's hand for the thousandth time.
"Stop touching me Parkinson, your getting on my nerves!" Draco nearly shouted. Pansy slouched in her seat with a pout forming on her face.
Draco couldn't wait to see his new room.
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