A/N: Hey guys! Thanks for the response to the last chapter! I really appreciate your reviews! Did you guys catch the 10 Things I Hate About You reference in the last chapter? I couldn't help myself, it just seemed to fit so well.
"Wait, WHAT?" Draco asked, slightly stunned.
"You'll be living in the Heads' quarters with Miss Granger and Mr. Potter," the Headmistress told him calmly.
"Do they know this?"
"It was Miss Granger's idea."
Draco didn't know what to say to that. "Will I need to get my things from the Slytherin dormitory?"
"That has already been taken care of. Mr. Potter is waiting in the entrance hall to take you to your new living space."
"Thank you ma'am," Draco said, rising to leave.
"No, thank you, Mr. Malfoy, for doing the right thing."
Draco gave her a small nod and walked out the door. When he arrived in the entrance hall, he saw Harry standing against the wall.
"I, er, appreciate you letting me do this."
"Yeah, well, I know what it's like to need to stay away from Death Eaters. Besides, it's Hermione you should be thanking. It was her idea."
"And we're all glad you saved Ginny. She's important to all of us."
"Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna and myself."
"Luna...is she that Ravenclaw girl who keeps talking about Jargles or something?"
"Or something," Harry laughed.
"Okay, now you do realize that if I tell you the password, we're expecting you to keep it to yourself," Harry said, arriving at a portrait of the founders that served as the entrance to their common room.
"Okay. The password is Moony, Padfoot and Prongs."
"All that is the password?"
"Yes," Harry said, climbing in the portrait hole.
"So am I crashing on the couch?" Draco asked.
"No, you'll be taking my room."
"So where are you--oh. With Granger."
"I realize that's probably a hard habit to break, but I'd appreciate it if you'd call her Hermione."
"It's not a big deal Harry," Hermione said, coming into the room.
"No, he's right. We're going to be living together, and I'm trying to start over. Thank you for letting me live here Hermione."
"You're welcome Draco," she said. "Your things are already in your room, and I'm sure Harry's already told you the password. We have rounds from ten to eleven every night, so you'll be on your own then. I'd suggest that you stay in here or only leave with someone else. Many of the Slytherins are pretty angry with you."
"I understand. Um, so what happened to Romilda?"
"She was expelled this morning," Harry said. "Your father came to pick her up."
"That can't be good."
"Try not to think about it too much. There's still classwork to worry about," Hermione said, as Harry went to answer a knock at the door. He found Ron, Luna, Neville and Susan Bones on the other side of the door.
"Hey guys," he said, allowing them to come in.
"Hi Malfoy," Ron said quietly.
"Hello Wea--I mean, hello Ron. Hi Neville, hello Susan. And I'm guessing you're Luna?" he asked the blonde.
"Yes, I'm Luna Lovegood. I'm pleased to make your acquaintance Draco Malfoy."
"I wanted to thank you for saving my sister," Ron said, shuffling awkwardly. "You didn't have to, but you did. And I really appreciate it."
"It needed to be done. I thought the whole thing was stupid anyway. I'm just sorry I waited so long to do anything about it. Your mother wanted me to tell you that Ginny's coming back next week."
"Well I need to take Susan back to Hufflepuff. I just wanted to stop by and welcome Malfoy to the upper floors of the castle."
"Thanks," Draco laughed.
"Bye everyone," Susan said as Neville dragged her out the door.
"Looks like Neville's got a little crush," Hermione smiled. "A Glancing at the clock, she said "Harry and I need to do rounds. Would you guys mind going with Draco if he wants to leave?"
"We'd be glad to," Luna said. Ron looked as if he'd rather not, but said nothing.
The next month passed surprisingly quickly. Draco had managed to avoid confrontation with the Slytherins by surrounding himself with members of Harry's inner circle, especially Ginny. Draco had always thought the fiery red-head was pretty, but had thought himself to be far above her. Now, he felt that he was beneath her. Ginny was kind and vivacious. She could be a little self-centered at times, but Draco himself had plenty of expertise in that area. And best of all, she forgave him. She forgave him for every crime he had committed against her, and she was grateful that he had rescued her, even if it had taken awhile. The only problem Draco had where Ginny was concerned was now that he had wanted to be worthy of her, he no longer felt that he was.
Neville and Susan had begun dating. Neville had never seemed happier, and Susan was enthusiastically welcomed into the group. Since Susan's closest friend, Hannah Abbott, had not returned to Hogwarts, Susan was glad for the companionship of Hermione, Ginny and Luna. Neville was glad that his girlfriend was so accepted among his friends.
Ron had gradually warmed up to Draco, though Luna's prodding had helped considerably. Strangely enough, Luna had taken considerably to Draco from the get-go, and Draco seemed equally taken with Luna. Although he found her to be quite odd, he found her quirks to be quite endearing, and anyone who saw them together would have thought they had been friends for years. Perhaps even more amazing, Ron felt no jealousy toward his girlfriend's newfound friendship.
Harry and Hermione were still going strong. They had told her parents about the engagement, and though they feared they were too young, they understood and supported the young couple's decision. Hermione enlisted the help of Luna, Ginny and Susan to help plan the wedding, a task which all four threw themselves into full-force. One morning, Harry found himself encouraging Hermione to go see Madam Pomfrey.
"Hermione, it's Wizard's Flu. She can give you something to make you better."
"I'll be fine, it's not that bad," she said, before rushing into the bathroom.
"Please, Hermione. Just go see her. It won't take long, and we have a double free period. I'll even let you skive off rounds to do your homework if you want."
"Fine, I'll go."
"I'm only asking you to because I love you and I want you to be healthy."
"I know you do. I'd kiss you, but I'm sure my breath is atrocious."
Harry laughed and kissed her on the head. "After you're better, you can kiss me all you want."
He walked her down to the infirmary, where they were greeted by Madam Pomfrey.
"And what can I do for you two today? You haven't injured yourself again, Mr. Potter?"
"It's me Madam Pomfrey. I've contracted Wizard's Flu."
"Very well. Please wait outside, Mr. Potter."
Harry went outside, where, ten minutes later, he was joined by Luna and Professor McGonogall.
"Hello Mr. Potter."
"Good morning Professor. Good morning Luna."
"What brings you to the infirmary?" Professor McGonagall asked.
"Oh, Hermione's got Wizard's Flu. I'm just waiting for her."
The headmistress's eyebrows flew up, and she exchanged a glance with Luna.
"Well I do hope she gets to feeling better."
Suddenly, Hermione came out the door, ashen-faced.
"What's wrong?" Harry asked, alarmed by her complexion.
"I don't have Wizard's Flu."
"Well that's good, right?"
"Harry, I'm pregnant."
"We're going to have a baby," she said, tears welling in her eyes.
Harry embraced her tightly.
"Ah, this is excellent news," Professor McGonagall said, smiling. Harry and Hermione looked at her confused, while Luna smiled serenely.
"I think you should come to my office. It's time we discuss the rest of the prophecy."
Still to come: the return of Hermia, the rest of the prophecy, and reactions to the pregnancy.