Three's A Crowd

Chapter 1 –Stirrings and confusion

Hermione stepped out of the huge pool in the prefect's bathroom and walked over to the towel rail naked and dripping with bubbles. She dressed, gathered her possessions and opened the door to step out onto the 4th floor corridor. Her path, however, was blocked by Draco Malfoy.

'What are you doing here?' she asked, desperately trying to cover herself up. She hadn't expected to meet anyone in the corridors this late at night and so was only wearing her nightwear.

'Taking a bath. Not a crime in that is there Granger?' he replied, drinking in her smooth, tanned legs and sensual curves.

She was wearing Ron's old Chudley Cannons t-shirt over a tiny pair of white, silk hot pants.

She looks hot! Thought Malfoy. She'll be the next notch on my bedpost for sure.

Malfoy didn't move, so Hermione had to press her body against him to squeeze past.

'Goodnight Granger, sweet dreams,' he called to her retreating back, watching the way her t-shirt grazed her firm, round buttocks as she walked.

The next evening, Hermione left the common room and headed towards the library. She had a particularly complex Ancient Runes essay to finish by the next day. She selected the necessary books and settled into a chair in the far corner of the library, away from the eyes of Madame Pince, the nosy librarian.

She was unaware that she was being watched by the silvery eyes of Draco Malfoy, that made so many girls swoon.

He soon got tired of watching her and decided to take action.

'Good evening Granger,' he said, stepping out from the shadows.

'Oh, Draco you scared me!'

'I'm sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.'

'Well, whatever. Leave me alone please, I'm very busy.'

'Too busy to stop for one minute to allow me to tell you how beautiful you look tonight?'

She scoffed, 'I don't know what you're playing at Malfoy, but flattery will get you nowhere.'

'It's always worked with the other girls. They can't resist me once I've worked my magic.'

'If you're talking about that slut Pansy Parkinson, she'd shag anything with a pulse. I have standards.'

'I know. You, Granger, are in a different league all together.'

They were suddenly interrupted by Madame Pince, who looked furious.

'No talking in the library,' she said angrily, 'Out, Get out!'

'Thanks a lot Malfoy,' said Hermione, once they were safetly in the corridor, 'Now I can't do my essay.'

'I'm sorry,' he said, 'but at least now we can talk properly.'

'I don't want to talk to you Draco; said Hermione hotly, 'I don't want anything to do with you.' She walked quickly back to Gryffindor tower and climbed into bed.

Why is this happening to me? She asked herself. I'm attracted to Draco Malfoy who has constantly insulted me and tried to get me and my friends expelled. And why is he suddenly being nice? Could he really have changed?

A/N: This is just the first chapter. It's just building up into the story and it gets better in later chapters. Please R&R anyway!