AAAAAAAAAAH! I've finished! I'm happy (smiley face). Because I'm not the kind of person who likes to start a story and then finish it. Normally I'm halfway through a story and get an idea for a new story, and then I can't be bothered anymore with the story I was already writing… that did NOT make sense.
Why would Cho even want to do something like this? And in front of everyone? I saw them in the crowd, smirking, and I felt a huge lump of rage build up inside of me. It slowly became fear.
I couldn't move, nor could I speak. What the hell should I say?
Malfoy was looking at me, confused.
"Hermione, what's going on?" he asked me. I took a deep breath.
"Look, Malfoy, I have something to tell you," I said. He looked panicked, and I have never felt anything worse in my life. I spoke so softly, softly so that he could only hear. It was embarrassing enough for him already.
"This entire time I was just pretending to be a bunch of stuff that I'm not just… just so you would fall for me," I said.
"LOUDER!" someone shouted. I swore that I would kill whoever yelled it.
"Yeah, what's up?" someone else yelled, and the crowd started talking softly, just as confused as everyone else.
I spoke into the microphone, though I was still keeping eye contact with Malfoy.
"We were trying to break your heart, just so you would know what it felt like," I said. He still looked confused.
"We?" he asked.
I looked over at where Pansy, Padma, Cho and Lavender where standing, and they stood looking at him.
"Right, I get it," he said, nodding his head slowly.
"Well, hey…" he said, pausing, trying not to lose it, "You guys pulled it off."
He took a deep, shaky breath. "Yeah, it worked," he said softly, looking at me, his eyes dark.
I looked down, and saw the Slytherin Head Boy pin still above my head girl pin. I took it off slowly, and held my arm out, giving it to him.
"I'm so sorry," I whispered only for him to hear.
The crowd started up again. "WHAT'S GOING ON? YOU BREAKING UP?" they yelled.
"Okay, this entire time I've been lying about who I am, but I am done pretending. This is the real me, this is… Hermione Granger," I said.
"Hey Hermione!" a Slytherin boy at the front yelled.
I looked for him. "Yeah?" I asked him.
I half gasped, half screamed when I got drenched with a cup of Butterbeer.
"You're ruining the party!" the Slytherin boy cried, while the rest of the crowd laughed and cheered.
"Oh, that is just NOT fair!" I heard Pansy yell, as the four of them came upstage and stood at the front of Malfoy and I.
Cho turned to me.
"This is our fault, you don't deserve this," she said to me. I nodded, and smiled weakly, before thinking about what she said. She was right, I didn't deserve this!
I walked back up to the front.
"I'm Head Girl, and I can give you guys detentions!" I yelled. I saw Malfoy grin and shake his head in the corner of my eye.
I got drenched with another cup of Butterbeer.
"NERD!" yelled a different Slytherin boy this time. I frowned, and let the four girls take action this time.
Pansy looked at the crowd before speaking into the microphone.
"Hey! So big deal, she lied," she said, putting emphasis on the 'lied'.
"Yeah, like you've never lied before?" Lavender yelled.
"Exactly! You guys should all be throwing drinks at EACH OTHER!" Cho said into the microphone.
"Yeah!" agreed Padma.
"Not her," concluded Pansy.
There was a brief silence before the four girls were drenched with Butterbeer as well, followed by laughs and cheers all round.
Malfoy walked back to the front, gesturing for everyone to stop.
"EVERYBODY shut up! Look, they're right, okay? We all do it. I lie. I pretend to do whatever I need to do to get girls," he said.
"And it works dude!" yelled a Ravenclaw boy. Great. Even Ravenclaws were siding with him.
"No, I'm not saying it's a good thing," Malfoy started again.
"It's a great thing!" yelled another Ravenclaw.
"Guys, what I'm saying is that… it's wrong," he said.
A Slytherin boy replied to this one.
"There ain't NOTHING wrong with hooking up with the finest girls in the school!" he yelled. There was no time for Malfoy to say anything else, the whole crowd went up in cheers.
I saw Blaise in the corner shaking his head.
"Malfoy, Malfoy, Malfoy!" the crowd chanted. I couldn't believe this. What had become of this school?
The five of us glared at Malfoy, who looked stunned for a moment, before shrugging, and grinning at the crowd.
I glared at him, although he didn't care, he just smirked. I growled, and saw the huge cake in the middle of the stage. I looked at him again, waving at the crowd, and looked back at the cake.
I walked over to the cake, grabbing a handful of white cream, and threw it right at his face.
The crowd began laughing and cheering, as Malfoy took a handful and threw it back at me. I screamed, as the whole crowd began a huge food fight.
A few weeks later, after a long time not talking to Malfoy, I decided I really needed to talk to him.
We lived in the same Common Room, yet we hadn't talked to each other, nor even looked at each other. Although, I'm almost definite I caught Malfoy looking at me several times.
I saw him walking down the corridor towards Charms, and started walking to catch up.
"Malfoy!" I yelled. He turned around, looking at me.
"Hey," he said. He was wearing his hair differently today, I had noticed, and it looked… rather hot.
"You look ho- clean. You look clean," I said, embarassed by my slip.
"Thanks, you look clean too," he said awkwardly.
"Malfoy, I really shouldn't have thrown the cake at you," I said, more seriously.
"Her-Granger, stop. I deserved it. I deserved everything, the cake, and the… you know," he said softly.
"Well, to the first thing, yes, you did. The second, not so sure about that," I replied. He looked up, and I saw a glimmer of what looked like hope.
"Look, why don't we… start over, or something? Just forget everything we've been through, our past, and all. I'm going to really start telling the truth now, I really mean it, so… truce?" he asked, sticking his hand out for a handshake.
I smiled. I shook my head.
"No, friends," I replied, taking his hand and shaking it firmly. He grinned, not smirked, and pulled me in for a hug.
Later that day, I was back to sitting with Harry, Ron and Ginny. I had told them the whole story, bits where Ron was so proud of me, parts where Harry had to gasp with embarrassment for Malfoy. Yeah, for Malfoy.
"Hey Hermione!" called Pansy, who chose to still hang out with Cho, Padma and Lavender. I smiled and waved at the four to come over and sit with us. I looked over at Harry, who nodded as though allowing them to sit with us.
They walked over and sat down. It was awkward for a moment, before the situation becoming more comfortable.
"Umm… Hermione!" I heard a voice say. I turned, and saw Blaise coming towards us.
"Hey Blaise!" I said brightly. He was fidgeting with his hands.
"Uh, so that whole thing with Potions and Theo didn't really work out…" he said, trailing off at the end.
"Oh gosh, what happened this time?" I asked, worried.
"Nothing happened, it's just… Potions suck without you," he said softly.
I beamed, and he started again. "So, what do you say? Lab partners again?"
"Are you really sure?" I asked.
"Yes, of course I'm sure. You're perfect Hermione," he said, before blushing furiously.
"I mean, because you're smarter than me and everything," he stammered, while I laughed.
"Anyway, I'll see you around," he said.
I agreed, and walked back to sit with my group.
"OH. MY GOD!" Pansy cried.
"You SO have a crush on Blaise Zabini!" laughed Cho.
"You're definitely going to need our help with this one," Padma whispered excitedly.
"HEY!" cried Cho.
"I just bought some new mirrors! We could do like a FULL frontal attack," she said.
"NO! I don't like him like that. Besides, I like somebody else," I said, the last part quieter so nobody could hear. But unfortunately, they did.
"AH! WHO!" yelled Pansy. I shook my head stubbornly, not wanting to say.
Another few weeks later, I hadn't been talking to Malfoy, although he seemed pretty happy that I had said we were friends.
He was confusing. I was walking to dinner with Pansy, Padma, Cho and Lavender, and we were all talking quietly.
"Hermione!" somebody yelled. I was quite getting used to people shouting after me, after all, it had happen a lot the past few weeks.
It was Malfoy. Gee, what a surprise. Pansy and Cho were still on bad terms with Malfoy, but the other two, Padma and Lavender were fine.
Pansy and Cho glared at him as he began to talk.
"Listen, when you said that stuff about being friends, I wasn't so sure about it," he started.
"Pfft, you're too late, anyway, she wouldn't want to be with you. She's got her eyes on somebody else," Pansy snapped.
Ooh… how do I say this?
"Actually, Pansy, when I said that I had my eyes on somebody else, I…" I trailed off, looking in Malfoy's direction, who was smirking at Pansy.
"What?" she cried, looking between Malfoy and I. Crap. I just knew she would react this way.
"Could you just leave us for a moment?" I asked the four of them. Pansy looked at me in shock, before storming off. Lavender gave me a sympathetic look, and followed.
"So you've had your eye on me, hey?" Malfoy asked me, smirking. I punched him lightly, and grinned.
"Don't be so cocky, you loser," I said.
"Oh, I'm so hurt!" he cried, holding his heart.
"Right," I said, laughing.
I brought his face closer to mine, and kissed him softly on the lips. He quickly responded, putting his arms around my waist and holding me closer.
"I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT! You know, FRIENDS don't do this to each other!" yelled Pansy after I told her I was going out with Malfoy.
"Just leave her alone," Padma sighed.
"I agree with Pansy. Have you not learned anything while working with us?" argued Cho.
"Well, do any of you actually think Malfoy will take any of us back?" Lavender asked them.
"That's not the point!" screamed Pansy.
"Okay, settle down, Pans," Padma said softly.
"Whatever. The point is, if you get with Malfoy," she said Malfoy as though it was filth. Ironic really, about a month and a half ago she was saying I was filth.
"And you're not friends with us anymore," she finished.
"Come on, Pansy, don't do thi-" Lavender started.
"NO! Let her make the decision," Pansy snapped. Wow, and I was thinking she was a true friend a few days ago.
"Well I guess that we won't be speaking to each other anymore," I replied. Cho stood with Pansy, but Lavender spoke up.
"Don't worry, Hermione, I'm still here. Gryffindors always stick together," she said.
"Me too," added Padma.
"But before you were the one saying that if I wasn't against Malfoy, then I wasn't with you," I said to Lavender.
"Yeah, I know, but… it's just… it's over now, so just forget it, okay?" she replied.
Pansy and Cho glared at us three, and stormed away.
"I'm so sorry you guys," I said sadly.
"Don't worry, he's not ours to keep," Padma replied.
"No, I just made you lose two friends," I said back.
"It's okay," Lavender said, although I could hear some remorse in her voice.
"Thanks you guys," I said softly.
I knew Blaise liked me. So I had to go and talk to him. Besides, we were still friends.
"Hey Blaise," I said after I had found him.
"Hermione!" he said happily, giving me a hug.
"What's up?" he asked me.
"Nothing much, but I have something to tell you," I said.
"Oh, me too, well actually it's something I have to ask you," he replied.
"Okay, go ahead," I said.
"Um… Do you want to go to… Hogsmeade with me?" he asked.
Oh… Damn, I should have gone first.
"Actually, Blaise, that's what I wanted to tell you. I'm kinda going out with Draco," I said.
"What? Oh," he said slowly. He looked so shut down.
"Blaise, look at me," I said, tilting his head upwards to look at me.
"Don't feel bad or anything, okay?" I said. He nodded.
"It's alright. I always kind of knew you liked him for real, like… the way you were with him at the beach, and the campfire and all," he said.
"Friends?" he asked.
"Yeah," I grinned, hugging him.
It was 2 weeks later, Graduation Day, and all the celebrations had finished. I couldn't believe it. Hogwarts was over. It was over.
"HERMIONE!" I heard Draco's voice.
"Hey!" I said happily. His hands were behind his back.
"I have something that's yours," he said cheekily.
"Did you take my quill? Or my Transfiguration book? I really need those!" I said, worried.
"Typical Hermione. Always worried about school stuff," he said.
"Anyway, it's this!" he said, bringing his hands back forward, with a green pin in his hands.
"Malfoy, you were meant to return that thing!" I said, talking about his Head Boy badge.
"Why, maybe I want to keep it for a souvenir, or… other reasons!" he said, frowning at my response.
"But it's like a tradition! You have to return that. It's been used by every Head Boy for 73 years!" I cried.
"Pfft. Tradition Schmamition," he said, waving his hands about, making his point, and barely missing my face.
"But you might get in heaps of trouble," I argued.
"Who cares? Besides, we're not going to be back at Hogwarts. And if anyone catches us, it'll be you who will be wearing it, therefore, you take the blame," he replied.
"RETURN IT!" I cried, reaching for it.
"No," he said, running away. I laughed as I began to chase him.
"Draco Malfoy, you are going down!"
And there we have it. It's over. FINITO!
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