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Chapter 1

The Unexpected

It's later into their seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Hermione, Harry, and Ron couldn't be happier that their N.E.W.T's are finallyover. Hermione, of course, was worried about her grades, though Harry and Ron both know she did just fine. Hermione has always been a bit of a worry wart when it came to her grades, while Ron and Harry could really care less.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione hurried down to dinner in the Great Hall having just finished their last class, Potions, with Professor Snape. Snape had assigned a twenty four inch essay on Growth Potions, due Monday of next week, so Ron and Harry decided to wait to work on it. Hermione; however, told the boys she was going to eat a quick supper and dash off to the library to work on her essay.

Hermione quickly got out of her seat and said good bye to Ron and Harry then hurried off toward the marble stair case.

"Mental, that one." Ron snickered as he waved at her.

"We've four days for that essay, I don't see why she has to go off in a hurry like that," Harry told Ron as he was stuffing a whole steak into his mouth.

Ron shrugged and said something that sounded like 'beats me.'

Hermione was almost running down the deserted corridor tucking her books under her arm, when she bumped into, none other than. Draco Malfoy. Hermione looked up at him and was about to apologize when Draco's sneer took her words away.

"What are you doing bumping to me like that?"

"I… er… I was going to the… er… library." Hermione didn't like the look she saw in Draco's cold grey eyes.

Draco let out a hollow laugh, "Of course you were. I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss something in one of those musty old books."

Hermione looked at him, her mouth gaping open.

The next thing Hermione knew, she was pushed against the wall, anddropped her books, Malfoy's face now inches from her face. Hermione didn't know what to say, she was in a sort of shock. Draco put his fists against the wall on either side of her head and gazed into her face with those same cold grey eyes.

"So, Granger, what do you think of this?" Thesinistertone in Malfoy's voice scared her.

"I… W-What?" Hermione stammered.

"Well, it seems I have you in a vulnerable state here. What do you reckon is going to happen next, Granger?" his eyes glistened as he continued to stare into her face.

Hermione didn't say anything; she wasn't sure what was going to happen next, to tell the truth, she was frightened, very frightened.

Draco stood in front of Hermione, not speaking, looking for some sign of emotion in her face. He wasn't sure at the time what he was looking for; it was no big secret that Hermione was terrified of him, when Harry and Ron weren't around. He knew she would soon show some kind of emotion and when she did, he would be right there to take advantage of that.

Finally Hermione spoke in a small voice, "What do you want Malfoy?"

Draco's face contorted into an evil sneer, "I thought that was quite obvious."

"Just let me be on to the library, Malfoy. Get out of my way!"She pushed against Draco's massive chest with here forearms.

Draco didn't move. "Pushing isn't nice, Granger, surely you've read that somewhere." He gave a sort of chuckle.

"And what you're doing isn't nice either, Malfoy! What would your mother think?" Hermione immediately regretted her words and clasped her hands over her mouth.

Draco's face suddenly went paler than normal. Tears seemed to glisten in his eyes. "Don't you ever speak of my mother!"

"Dra- Malfoy, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to… I was just…"

Hermione was interrupted by Draco's sobs. Yes, Draco Malfoy, heart of stone, was crying. Draco lifted his left hand from the wall and covered is eyes. Hermione stood in shock; she couldn't believe she was witnessing this.

Draco's cries became slightly louder and he yelled, "LEAVE ME!"

Hermione didn't move, instead she placed one of her hand on the right side of his face, "It's okay to cry." Even though he had been being himself, she did feel a bit of remorse for having caused this sudden change in him. She didn't like to see people hurt but most of all, she didn't like to witness others crying.

Draco fell to his knees in front of Hermione, still sobbing. She was taken aback. Was she the first to ever see Draco show emotion? She didn't care, all she knew at this moment was she was witnessing Draco in his break down. She didn't know of anything to do other than show him compassion, something Muggles don't have to be taught.

Hermione stepped toward Draco and put her hands on the back of his head. Draco then grabbedher with his hands, threw his arms around her tiny waist, and pressed his face into her stomach. All Hermione could do was wrap her arms around his neck, but boy was this awkward for her.

"Shh. It's okay." Hermione said in an all too motherly tone.

"I… I just… She's gone! I don't… I don't have anyone!" Draco sobbed.

"It's okay. I'm here. Shh. Shh." Hermione's eyes began filling up with tears. She felt so bad for speaking of Draco's mother. What was she thinking?

Draco finally looked up at Hermione after what seemed to be an eternity. His face now drenched with tears. Hermione didn't know what his eyes were saying, but she knew she had never seen this before, as she was almost positive no one else had seen this either. She took her hand from the back of his neck and wiped a falling tear from his cheek, he just gazed up at her, eyes still full of tears.

"Please," Draco said getting to his feet, "Don't tell anyone about this."

Hermione didn't know what to say to his request. This was the first time she had ever heard Draco sound so sincere, not to mention nice. "I wouldn't ever." She choked out.

"I don't know what happened to me. I just… lost it." Draco said wiping his face on the sleeve of his robes.

"Its okay, Malfoy, everyone has to cry sometimes."

"Please, call me Draco. My father is Malfoy and I don't want to be associated with him." He said in a low voice.

Hermione smiled, "Okay, so long as you call me Hermione."

Draco returned the smile. "Agreed, Hermione." He took Hermione's hand in his own and pushed it to his lips. "Thank you."

Hermione was speechless, which was nothing new on this night. She hadn't expected to see Draco Malfoy cry or kiss her hand, this was all new to her "You're welcome, Draco."

Draco pushed Hermione back against the wall again and put his hands on the wall beside her again, "So what do you think now?"

Hermione hardly had time to answer him because as she opened her mouth to speak, Draco crushed her lips with his. Hermione was shocked, she didn't know if she was supposed to kiss him or resist him, though it was tempting. After a few seconds of resisting, she returned the kiss and wound her fingers tightlyin his white-blond hair. Draco's kiss became harder and more passionate as he grasped Hermione's waist with both hands and pressed his body against her. She moaned softly as Draco's lips ventured down her neck and he placed sweet kisses along her collar bone.

Neither Draco nor Hermione heard the rapidly approaching foot steps.

"Ah, what do we have here?" Professor Snape's voice boomed through the corridor.

Draco and Hermione jumped apart. Draco looked at Hermione then at Professor Snape, "We were just… um…"

"I know exactly what you were doing Mr. Malfoy!" Snape smirked, "fifty points from Gryffindor, Ms. Granger, and as for you Mr. Malfoy, I want you to go to your dormitory immediately!"

"But sir," Hermione blurted out.

"I don't need to hear anything from you, Ms. Granger, unless you want another fifty points taken from your house." He said as he glanced over her face.

Hermione looked at Draco with pleading eyes but he didn't return her look; he was too preoccupied with looking at his ownfeet. As it appeared at that moment in time, there was something down there that captivated all of his attention.

Professor Snape glared at Draco then adverted his attention back to Hermione, "I believe I told you to go to your dormitory, Mr. Malfoy."

"Yes, sir." Draco turned to walk away, "But sir, I think, in all fairness, you should take fifty points from Slytherin as well."

"Ah, Mr. Malfoy, are you suggesting, I take points from my own house?" Snape retorted.

"Yes, sir, I am. It's only fair to take points from the houses of both guilty parties. Do you not agree?" Draco said, keeping his back to Professor Snape.

"Very well then Mr. Malfoy, fifty points from Slytherin. Now leave." Snape said, his eyes still fixed on Hermione.

Draco dared not look at Professor Snape or Hermione as he hurried away. He knew it wasn't a good situation he and Hermione had been caught in. And to beat it all, the Head of his House was the one that caught them. Once Draco was out of sight Snape walked closer to Hermione. She backed up until she was flat against the wall with Snape standing less than a foot from her. She had always been a bit skittish around him, but right now, he was far too close for comfort.

"Ms. Granger, as it would seem, you have taken a linking to Mr. Malfoy." Snape's lips curled.

"I bed your pardon sir, but I don't see what that has to do with you." Hermione said.

"If you're not careful you may find fifty more points taken from your house girl. Now, I want to give you a warning. Mr. Malfoy has better things to do than be socializing with the likes of you. This is the only time I am going to tell you this. If I catch you two doing what you were tonight, your punishment will be far more severe. I can promise you that." Snape's black eyes hardened as he glared down at Hermione.

"But sir, there are people all over this school kissing. I don't understand why it is so wrong. And rather or not Draco and I are interested in each other, is not your concern." She argued.

Snape's face came very close to Hermione's, "Ms. Granger, it has everything to do with me. And what other people in this school are doing is none of your concern. You will listen to me or find yourself in much more trouble. Do I need to write to your parents and tell them what I have witnessed this evening?"

Hermione turned her head away from Professor Snape, "No sir."

"Very well Ms. Granger, now I think it best you head off to Gryffindor Tower." Snape said standing straight again.

As Hermione bent to pick up her books, she looked up at Professor Snape, "So, Draco and I do not have detention then?"

Snape peered over his long nose, "No Ms. Granger, but believe me when I tell you, if I find you two again, detention will be the least of your worries."

Hermione stood, books in hand, "Thank you sir."

When she turned to leave and head back to Gryffindor Tower, she could almost swear she felt something brush the back of her skirt but decided not to stay any longer or give it any thought. She wanted to get as far away from Snape as possible. Too many things had happened and she had more important things to worry about that Snape. She quickened her pace as she walked away from him, not slowing down until she was well out of sight.

A/N: Please R&R so I know what everyone likes or dislikes. I am in the process of writing more; I just have to find time with work and school. I will be submitting more later though. Let me know how you like it! Sway