The Aftermath Part 2
I am so sorry that I didn't update like I said I was but there was a bunch of unexpected business I had to attend to. So here is the much anticipated chapter/ ending; which ever you want to call it. My apologizes for the late entry.
Now chapter 2...
Later that evening, after Hermione and Draco had several replays of last night, everyone began filing into the Great Hall for dinner. Hermione, being the first to get dress out of the two, went down to dinner with idea of food constantly on her brain. If you knew how much she thought of it at that time you could have sworn she was Ron. But her thoughts were interrupted when she heard someone calling her name.
She turned around and came face to face with a panting Crabbe. "Hermione, thank Merlin you stopped. I really need to talk to you"
"About what Crabbe"
"What about her" Hermione asked harshly
"I l-l-like her"
Hermione's eyes grew wide and then she said "What do you want me to do about that?"
"Nothing; I just want you to help me to get her to like me."
"Let me get this straight. You like Daphne and you want me to help you to get her to like you?"
Crabbe paused for about a minute of so recapping everything she said and then said "Yeah."
"But what's in it for me?"
"I don't think I have anything you want."
Hermione thought on what he said for a while and realized that he was right; he didn't have anything she would want so she let out a defeated sigh and said "Okay then. Let's go back to the common room. This will take a long time."
Ignoring her grumbling stomach, she turned and walked back to her common room, with Crabbe in tow.
Meanwhile, in the Great Hall, Draco was looking around the room for Hermione. As he circled the room, with his eyes, several times he still hadn't located her. 'Where could she be' Draco thought. He then turned to Blaise and Pansy, who were all over each other, and asked "Have any of you seen Hermione?"
Pansy raised and eyebrow and said nothing. Blaise looked at his concern friend and said "If you're so apprehensive, why don't you go look for her?"
Draco knew Blaise was trying to get rid of him, but he left nonetheless. A few minutes after he left the Hall in search for Hermione, he too heard someone call his name. he turned around and found Daphne running towards him. He rolled his eyes and waited on her to come to him.
As soon as he got to him she put on her most innocent face and said "Even though, I already did this before, I would love to apologize for my actions; both of them. I don't know what came over me."
"Well I know" Draco said
"I said I was sorry. No need to get pushy."
"Anyway..."Daphne paused to take a breath and then continued "...The reason I stopped you was because I need your help"
"I'm not gonna pleasure you."
"Tell no lie but that thought did cross my mind but that's not what I mean?"
"Then what are you ratting about. Get to the point."
She rolled her eyes, sighed, and said "I want you to help me get Crabbe."
After almost 2 agonizing hours, Crabbe finally left the head's common room. Hermione breathed a sign of relief and laid down on the couch. The events of the evening, still fresh in her mind, kept flashing beneath her closed eyelids. Talking etiquette, eating habits, seductiveness, clothing tips... and the list went on and on. After a few seconds the images became blurry and all she could think, once again, was food. She had completely forgotten that she hadn't eaten since lunch.
She reluctantly got up and made her way to the kitchens. She walked down the desolate halls of the school and found no one in sight 'I guess it must be late' she thought. When she turned the last corner to the kitchens she froze. There was Draco, standing in the middle of the hallway, with Daphne in his arms.
Hermione stood there for a few minutes to see if they would break up but they didn't even move. Then suddenly she saw the unthinkable, Daphne kissed Draco. She forgot she was hungry. She turned around and ran towards the Gryffindor Tower; not caring that her shoes were clicking on the hard floor as she ran.
Draco, now hearing the clicking of someone's shoes, pushed Daphne out of his embrace and said angrily "What was that for?"
"For helping me; I really appreciate it"
"Yeah, yeah; don't get to use to it"
She rolled her eyes and walked towards the Slytherin Common Room. Draco, who hadn't seen Hermione since before she left for dinner, walked to the kitchens, since it was close, got something for her to eat and then proceeded to their common room. When he got there, he was surprised that she wasn't there. If she wasn't there that only means she was one other place. So he placed the food in the table, walked out of the common room and walked to the Gryffindor Tower.
Meanwhile in the Gryffindor Common Room Hermione was silently cursing and visibly sulking. Everyone who had seen her had asked her what was wrong. She had either snapped at them by telling them to mind their business or leave her alone. She sighed and looked at the entrance to the room, which had just swung open to reveal...
Ginny walked into the Gryffindor Common Room and her eyes immediately landed on Hermione. She walked over to her, sat down on the sofa in front of her and asked "What's wrong?"
"Hermione, I know that something is wrong with you; so what is it?"
"I said nothing."
Ginny sighed and said "Tell me or I will have to take drastic measures."
"And that would be?"
"Don't patronize me, Hermione."
She gave a defeated sigh and said three words which she thought would sum up her problem "It's about Draco."
"What about Draco?"
"I don't think I saw the right thing anyway."
"What are you talking about?"
"I saw Draco and Daphne in the hall together."
"She was in his arms. Then she kissed him"
"Are you sure?"
"I know what I saw Gin. I watched for a few minutes and they didn't even move away from each other."
"I don't think it's what you think it is. He loves you remember."
"It better not be, or there is sure gonna be some hell to pay."
"I'm sure about that. But where did you see them?"
"In the middle of the halls towards the kitchens"
"That reminds me, why weren't you at dinner. I thought that you were busy doing something else but when I saw Draco come in the room and you weren't there I started wondering where you were."
"Oh. I was coming to dinner, but Crabbe stopped me and asked for my help."
"Help with what?"
"I told him I wouldn't tell anyone."
"Come on. You know I wouldn't tell anyone."
"Yeah; now spill."
"Well..."She paused to look around the room and found it empty. "...I was teaching him certain things to get Daphne."
"Things like what?" Ginny asked suspiciously
"Remember all the things I told you a few months ago."
"You mean when we were in Hogsmeade and you brought that outfit so you could seduce Draco?"
"Kind of; but minus the outfit"
Ginny then burst out laughing. Hermione gave Ginny a confused look and said "huh"
"Just imagine this, Crabbe trying to seduce Daphne"
After a few seconds of visualizing it, she too burst out laughing. A few minutes later they calmed down and signed. Ginny looked at Hermione and said "I'm sure it's not what it looked like."
"Okay." Hermione said doubtfully.
Then the door opened and in walked the reason for Hermione's bad mood and their conversation. As soon as he saw his girlfriend, he breathed a sigh of relief and said "There you are. I've been looking for you for the past 2 hours."
"Yeah; but you were nowhere to be found."
"Wait, wait, wait; what do you mean the past 2 hours?"
Ginny took that as a sign and silently left the room. Hermione then looked at Draco and said; in a calm voice "So, how is Daphne?"
"How the hell should I know? Why?"
"Oh, no reason" Even though Hermione was calm on the outside, she was yelling on the inside
"Hermione don't lie to me. You know you're a terrible liar. Now tell me what Daphne has to do with me."
"It's nothing really"
"Hermione, I don't have time to play. Now tell me."
She sighed calmly and said "I saw you two."
She was angry but she tried to calm herself down. She counted, silently, to ten and said "I saw you two...in the hall...near the kitchens"
"What..."but then he stopped because he remembered the hug and said "It's not what it looked like."
She leaned back against the couch, crossed both her legs, crossed her arms over her chest, raised an eyebrow and said "It isn't? Then what was it? Care to explain?"
Draco knew he wasn't going to get out to this without explaining himself. So he took a seat on the side of her, turned to her and said "Okay. Well you remembered what earlier right?"
"Well, as you know that after Daphne kissed Crabbe, we left."
"Okay, I went to dinner and expected to you, who I didn't...Where were you anyway?"
"I'll tell you when you're done explaining yourself"
"No, tell me if you want me to continue"
"Okay, I was with Crabbe. Now continue."
"Yes; now continue"
"No, I won't continue until you tell me what you were doing with Crabbe?"
"You don't trust them to be alone with me"
"Just answer the question."
She smiled wickedly and said "What do you think?"
His face immediately turned into a sneer and he said, dangerously "Tell me"
Hermione smiled sweetly and said "Am I sensing a temper?"
"Granger, answer me"
"So, we're back to Granger are we?"
He sighed heavily and said "Hon, just tell me."
"Only since you asked so nicely; I'll tell you..." she said sarcastically as he rolled his eyes "...promise you won't tell him."
"Well I was teaching him how to get Daphne."
"What a coincidence. I was helping Daphne get Crabbe."
"You were? But how come I caught you two in that position?"
"She was thanking me; nothing more, nothing less."
"What did you think happened?"
She looked away from him and mumbled "Nothing."
He turned her to face him and said "Tell me what you thought."
"I know what you thought and it never happened; never have and never will."
She nodded her head and said "I believe you."
Draco then leaned forward and as their lips touched the portrait opened and in walked Harry, Ron, Dean and Seamus. When they saw their best friend kiss their now ex-enemy; Ron, being the clueless one sometimes, began coughing. Hermione pulled away from Draco and turned to her friends.
Harry was giving her an apologetic look while Ron was looking at Draco, who was glaring at him as well. The tension grew in the room and Hermione and Harry did the only thing to break it; talk. "So, Hermione, I really want to say I'm sorry for how I reacted earlier. I was just shocked..."
"It's okay. I think I need to apologize to 'you' as well; for keeping this from you for so long."
Harry smiled and her and said "It's okay."
The room became quietly and Harry cleared his throat. He told Ron something and pushed him closer to Hermione. He cleared his throat and said "Um 'mione... I don't know what to say."
"An apology would be nice." Hermione said
"And I think I need one as well." Ron said crossing his hands over his chest.
"Yes I do. I wasn't the one hiding things in my life, from the two people who are supposed to be my best friends."
"Yes I hid it from you because of the way you acted earlier today and even now. What you need to understand is that this is my life and hiding things from you isn't a crime."
"It might not be crime, but we tell you everything."
"Don't put me in this." Harry said. He had already made up with Hermione, he doesn't need his name to in their, Ron and Hermione's, conversation.
Ron ignored Harry's comment and said 'We' tell you everything."
"You sure about that"
"But what about the time when you didn't tell me that you and Lavender were going out. And the time when there was this party a few months ago you guys didn't even tell me was happening."
"But you knew about it" Ron said defensively
"All thanks to Draco. Just admit it; you seclude me from everything in your life ever since you got girlfriends."
"We do." Harry blurted out. Now that she brought it up, she was right; they have secluded her and he felt guilty.
"What?" Ron and Hermione said in unison.
"You're right; Hermione. We have secluded you and I'm sorry."
She smiled at Harry for the second time since they started talking and again "Thanks Harry"
The room then became deathly quiet. Hermione cleared her throat and everyone stared at Ron. He looked at everyone and said "What?"
Harry walked closer to him and said "Apologize"
Ron sighed defeated and said "Hermione, I'm sorry."
"It's about time" someone said in the doorway
Everyone turned around and found Blaise standing in the doorway. Ron yawned and asked "How did you get in here?"
"I gave him the password." Ginny said finally making herself visible from the corner she was sitting in.
"What are you doing here?" Harry asked
"Well, it seems like you wankers forgot my money."
"What money?" Ron blurted out before he had a chance to think.
"Now you see why I came."
"Let me go get it." Harry said while walking towards the stairs; which Ron in tow. Dean and Seamus were already walking up the stairs; Seamus in the front. As soon as Blaise saw Seamus he said "I'm coming too."
An idea flashed in his mind and he intended on putting it in affect. He walked seemingly fast and caught up with the boys quickly. When they got closer to their room, Blaise pulled a few steps back and muttered a spell under his breath. Seamus, being the one in front since and the one who wanted to be as far away from Blaise as possible, reached the door first and opened it. As soon as he stepped in the room, the spell came into effect.
Seamus stared at his surrounding with all the amazement he could muster up. He was beyond mad but was speechless at the moment. There he was standing in the middle of the room, with Britney Spears "I'm a slave 4 u" playing in the background. There were pictures of him giving Crabbe a lap dance on every wall in the room. The images were moving and his body, in the image, moved to the background music.
Everyone, who was present, burst out laughing. Seamus turned around to face a laughing Slytherin and said "You"
"Me? What did I do? I'm not the designer."
Seamus repeated himself "You" that was the only thing he could say. He was too shocked he couldn't say anything else.
"I never knew you enjoyed the dare so much, to have it great you every time you enter the room; but I was wrong."
"You did this. I know you did."
"Did I?" Blaise asked innocently
"Yes you did. Why else would you come up here?" Seamus asked through gritted teeth.
"Money, Finnigan, Money."
"Right; I bet you came here to..."but he was interrupted by a gasp and several snickers.
"Nice room, Finnigan" someone said from the doorway
Harry, Ron and Dean suddenly stopped laughing and looked at the door. There stood Hermione, Draco and Ginny. Draco then continued "Who's your designer? I must congratulate them." He said while trying to keep a straight face.
Meanwhile Seamus was trying every spell he knew, which wasn't alo, to try and get the things off the wall and the music to stop. Everyone looked at him, waiting for the room to become quiet and dark but it didn't happen.
Draco took pity on him and said "Let me help you." He mumbled a spell and the room became quiet and dark. Hermione leaned over to him and asked "That was a Slytherin spell wasn't it?"
He smiled at her but said nothing. She turned back to the scene before her and saw Blaise counting his money and smiling. After he was done, he made his way to Ginny, Draco and Hermione, who was stills standing in the doorway. He stopped, turned around to face Seamus and said "I have some tragic new Finnigan. Crabbe doesn't like you..." he paused to sound sympathetic "...but don't worry you'll find someone else; oh yeah and..." he mumbled the spell again but this time he directed it to Seamus' bed.
He would be notified when the spell comes into affect. As soon as Seamus goes to bed, pulls the curtains around it, the music would start along with the pictures flashing on the curtains. But, he would be the only one to hear and see what is going on. Even if he opens his curtains he would be able to still hear it. It would be like that until the sun comes up the next morning. 'He's in for a tough night' Blaise thought to himself.
After he was done, Blaise, Hermione and Draco left the Gryffindor tower and went to their own beds.
As Blaise predicted he was notified by an almost inaudible ding from an invisible bell. He knew that Seamus would be pissed in the morning so he smiled and fell asleep. Hermione and Draco went back to their common room to finish what they started on the couch in the Gryffindor common room.
As the sun came through the dark green curtains of Draco's room, Hermione opened her eyes and yawned. She couldn't believe it; they were all going home after breakfast. She turned over and looked at the clock. 7:39 a.m. she had to get up and take a bath so she could go downstairs to have a proper meal.
She untangled herself from Draco's sleeping form, gently so she won't wake him, and crept into the bathroom to take a shower. When the shower door closed, Draco opened his eyes. He was up for a while but didn't want her to know. He quickly got out of bed and opened the bathroom door quietly.
She was under the shower head and not paying attention to her surroundings. He opened the door quietly and sneaked in. when he closed the door, she turned to face him and asked "What took you so long?"
He smiled at her and pulled her to him and kissed her...
Please forgive me for not going on with the scene
When they were done, and both dressed in jeans and t-shirt, they made their way to the Great Hall for breakfast. When they got there everyone was there including a very tired Seamus. He was snapping and everyone and dozing off between bites of food. Hermione walked over to the Slytherin table and took a seat next to Draco to eat. Nobody said anything to her, because they knew that Draco would have something to say about it.
Breakfast was uneventful for the many laughs from the Slytherin table when they looked at Seamus dozing off every 5 minutes. Blaise almost felt sorry for him; almost. When everyone was getting up to leave the hall, the administrators informed the seventh year to get their luggage and put it by the carriages. They filed out with whispers of a party that was supposed to take place on the train.
Hermione and Draco decided not to go because they wanted to be alone before they go their separate ways. Don't be blind by that, Hermione is going home for about 2 weeks and then she's going to Draco's house for the rest of the summer; or that's what she thought.
When everyone's luggage was in the train Hermione and Draco walked to the Head's compartment and just took in each other's embrace. Within minutes Hermione fell asleep in his arms but he was deep in thought. What would happen to them now that school has ended? He didn't want to let her go, he couldn't think of life without her. He took in her sleeping form and fell deeper in love with her. He knew what he had to do, but when?
Hermione woke up an hour later and found Draco awake and in deep thought while looking out the window. He kissed his cheek to let him know she was awake and sure enough he looked at her and smiled. He what he had to do, so he swallowed his nerves and said "Hermione, can you move for a second."
She got up from leaning on him and he stood up, while taking her with him. He pulled her closer to him and kissed her with so much emotion, Hermione almost cried. After the kiss ended, he got on one knee and decided to make the biggest decision of his 18 year old life.
Ginny, Harry, Ron, and Blaise were walking towards the Head's common room in search of Hermione and Draco. They wanted to know why they weren't at the party. When they got to the door, Ginny opened the door and her eyes almost popped out of her head at the sight before her. There was Draco Malfoy on one knee in front of Hermione Granger.
Hermione's eyes swelled with tears when she saw what he was going to do. Ginny smiled nervously at her and said "Hermione Jane Granger, love of my life, and hopefully future mother of my children, will you do me the honor of being my wife?"
She smiled as tears slipped down her cheeks and she said "Yes."
He smiled, took the box out of his pocket, which he didn't take out first because he thought she might say no, and took the ring and slipped it on her finger. It was a silver band 4 karat diamond ring. It was the most gorgeous ring she had ever seen in her life. He then picked her up and spun her around. Hr finally put her down and kissed her but was stopped when they heard clapping in the background.
Hermione smiled at the intruders and now at her fiancée and thought...
'This is what a dare leads to...'