A/N: Finally, I've finished it. This took some doing, but at last it's done. Hope you've enjoyed reading it, please review if you can, I love reviews! A big thank you to all my reviewers, you've kept me writing xx


Chapter 16.

"Hi Harry" Hermione said sitting down beside Harry in a secluded part of the courtyard. "What are you doing alone?"

"Just thinking" Harry replied.

"Hermione, what do you feel about Malfoy, I mean Draco?"

Hermione looked at him with a shocked expression. How did he know?

"Sorry, I couldn't think of a subtle way to ask that" Harry apologised making Hermione smile.

"It's Ok. I saw you talking in potions earlier. I couldn't believe it, and on a first name basis" Hermione teased. "I like him."

Harry just looked at her, "Ok, I like him a lot" she amended.

"What, what are you grinning at?" Hermione asked.

"Nothing, just that you like him as much as he likes you" Harry smiled back.

"And how would you happen to know this?"

"Draco told me"

Hermione's eyebrows almost vanished into her hair, "you've been on speaking terms for all of two hours and you know more of how he feels than I do."

Harry laughed at the ridiculousness of the situation, and Hermione joined in.

"Come on, let's see what Ron's up to" Harry said getting up.

"Harry, Ron's not going to like this. Especially since I said before nothing was going on with Draco."

"Well, as far as he knows, nothing was going on before. Just leave it at that, it'll be easier and a lot less painful on all of us"


As they walked across the courtyard towards the castle they caught sight of Draco and Blaise coming in the opposite direction.

"Hey guys" Blaise grinned.

"Alright" Harry replied.

"Harry, shall we be…elsewhere?" Blaise asked.

"Uh, yeah, see you later" Harry quipped walking off with Blaise leaving Draco and Hermione alone.

"Well that was subtle" Draco quipped.

"So, everything ok?" Hermione asked, thinking of what to say.

"Yeah, fine" Draco replied, "ok, this is daft. Will you go out with me?"

Hermione's breath caught in her chest, she thought her heart had stopped, he actually asked her out. Realising that Draco was waiting for an answer Hermione looked at him and smiled.

"I'd like that. What made you ask me so suddenly?"

"Well, I was talking to Blaise just after potions, and I talked to Harry in potions, I've been thinking about you a lot and it seemed silly to keep on…" Draco stopped when he realise he was babbling and Hermione saw a faint blush on his cheeks. She though it adorable.

"I've been thinking about you too" she admitted shyly.

Draco reached out and gently traced her cheek with his hand. Hermione mirrored his actions bringing them closer together. She looked up into his captivating silver eyes and felt a shiver run down her spine. Slowly Draco bent his head down to capture Hermione's lips with his own.

Hermione savoured the sensation, it felt so right, finally. They broke apart when the need for oxygen forced the issue and stared into each others eyes. Draco touched his forehead to Hermione's.

"I can't believe it's taken so long to get to this point" he said breathlessly.

"Me either" Hermione whispered.


Meanwhile, hidden behind a pillar Harry and Blaise were giving each other a high five.

"At last, we can sleep peacefully" Blaise grinned.

"And what, might I ask, has got you two so happy?" Ginny asked curiously as she walked up to the two boys.

"Look for yourself" Blaise said pointing at Hermione and Draco.

Ginny started jumping up and down on the spot, to stop from squealing. "A bit sudden isn't it though?" she suddenly asked.

"Are you complaining?"

"Oh, hell no. The situation was really starting to get a bit annoying"

Harry stood watching the scene in front of him, who'd have ever thought that this would happen!

"Ron won't like it" he said to Ginny.


"I won't like what?" Ron said, finally finding his friends.

"Uh, Ron" Ginny said, hoping this wasn't going to turn into something catastrophic.

But Ron was looking straight at the topic of conversation, "she, she said nothing was going on."

"This has only just happened" Harry said, trying to calm the situation before it started.

"I'm not blind Harry. I've seen the way they look at each other."

"What?" Ginny said staring at her brother.

"I knew something was up, I just thought she would have told me, or you would have" Ron said sadly turning to Harry.

Harry wasn't expecting this reaction. Shouting, hexing, and storming off yes, but not this quiet sadness.

"I only found out today" Harry said honestly.

"Look Ron" Ginny said softly, "I know how you feel about Hermione, but she…"

"She's in love with him" Ron finished for her.

He's finally got it, Ginny thought. Although she didn't like to see her brother hurt, he needed to see this, to move on.

"I don't have to like it though" Ron said finally.

"You're not going to do anything about it?" Ginny asked incredulously, when did her brother start acting maturely?

"I just want Hermione happy, even if it is with…him. But if he hurts her"

"Oh, take a ticket for that one" Blaise said truthfully.

At Ron's confused expression Blaise enlightened him, "Draco's been threatened by me, Harry, Ginny and now you, if he hurts Hermione, he in deep shit."

Ron nodded and turned to walk away.

"Where you going?" Harry asked.

"I just want to be alone right now, tell Hermione I'll see her later, yeah."

"Ok" Harry answered.

"Will he be alright?" Blaise asked.

"Yeah, he'll be fine" Ginny answered.


"Was that Ron?" Hermione asked as her and Draco approached them.

"Oh, um, yeah, he said he'd see you later" Harry offered.

Hermione went to go after him but was stopped by Ginny. "Leave him for a bit."

"Am I going to get my face hexed?" Draco asked cautiously.

"No, you guys won't have any trouble from Ron" Harry said quietly.

"Just don't be too much in front of him" Blaise said, surprising everyone. "What? I'm sensitive."

"I know you are" Ginny said kissing him on the cheek, "thank you."

"Well, I have some things to be getting on with, see you later" Harry said leaving the two couples.

As her walked away he glanced back and saw Draco with his arms around Hermione giving her a soft kiss on the head. He grinned to himself, bet Dumbledore's loving this inter house unity; he was no doubt watching from somewhere.

Things could only get better, it may take some time, but Harry was sure it would all work out well; if Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger could fall in love then miracles really did happen!