Blaise Zabini was definitely not the usual Slytherin. He didn't agree with the 'Dark Lord' and wasn't impressed by the way his friends were planning on joining him. He was even more disgusted by the way Malfoy talked about the task Voldemort had given him.

Although, he wouldn't admit this to his friends.

Hermione Granger was the same, yet the complete opposite. She felt the same way about Voldemort but she wasn't afraid to admit it. She was a true Gryffindor through and through and was best friends with the Harry Potter, so of course she was against Voldemort.

Blaise was strolling through the empty corridors of Hogwarts, not really caring that he was late for History of Magic. He was reading the Prophet, eating an apple and not watching where he was going.

He turned a corner and looked up just in time to see a flash of brown hair. Then someone ran into him and he stumbled back a few steps. The girl was falling, so he caught her in his arms. He turned her over to see who she was and looked into the eyes of Hermione Granger.

She certainly was a lot prettier than she had been. Her hair was no longer bushy, her teeth weren't too large for her mouth and she had good posture.

Hermione looked up into Blaise Zabini's eyes. Zabini was holding her, and he didn't seem to be letting go. He really was quite gorgeous. His dark messy hair framed his face and his blue-green eyes pierced her.

Blaise gazed into Hermione's eyes before he seemed to come out of a daze. He put her back on her feet before nodding at her and promptly walking away. Hermione let her eyes follow him, wondering what had just happened.

Hermione thought about Blaise alot for the next week. She didn't answer questions in class and didn't pay attention to Harry and Ron. She didn't know why she couldn't stop thinking about him, she just couldn't.

Blaise thought about Hermione a lot as well. He had never really given her much thought, just going along with his mates, not calling her names but not stopping the others, either. He didn't know why he was thinking about her so much, but she fascinated him.

A week after Hermione and Blaise's encounter, at dinner, Hermione glanced at the Slytherin table a lot, only to find that the one she was looking for wasn't there.

"What're you looking for, Hermione?" Harry asked, concerned etched on his face.

"Oh, nothing," Hermione replied, smiling at her best friend.

"It's pretty obvious you're looking for something. Just tell us," Ron butted in.

"I just thought I hear-," Hermione paused in her excuse, because just past Ron's head someone had entered the Great Hall.

This someone had messy hair and startling eyes.

Blaise Zabini walked into the Great Hall with blood smeared on his cheek. His hair was messier than usual.

Hermione didn't know why, but suddenly she felt like brushing away the hair that fell into his eyes. Shocked, Hermione wondered why she felt this.

Its not as if I like him! I don't even know him...But he is very gorg - no Hermione, don't even think about it.

While Hermione wondered what had happened to him, Blaise sat himself down next to Draco Malfoy.

"What happened to you?" Draco asked, not sounding as though he really cared.

"Nothing," Blaise answered, shrugging. He helped himself to some potatoes and tried to eat.

"Oh come on, its obvious something happened,"

"Nothing happened Draco. Just drop it,"

"Touchy, touchy. I'm finished, see you in the common room," Draco got up to leave.

Blaise looked after his friend, thinking, then began playing with his food again.

Draco was his best friend but, damn, sometimes he annoyed him.

Suddenly he got the familiar feeling that someone was watching him. He looked up and met a set of light brown eyes.

He looked into the face of Hermione. She wore a little frown on her forehead, which was really cute. Blaise then realised that she looked concerned. About him. No one was ever concerned about him, not his friends, and definitely not his mother.

Blaise shrugged his shoulders, brushing off her silent questions, and sort of smiled. She sort of smiled back and then turned her attention to Potter.

After a few more minutes of forcing himself to eat, Blaise noticed Hermione leave the hall. She refused to look at him, he didn't know why.

Blaise decided to follow her. He wasn't hungry anyway.

Hermione walked into the Entrance Hall and talked with Professor McGonnagall for a few minutes before heading out onto the school grounds. Blaise watched her walk towards the Black Lake. She sat underneath a tree and just watched the ripples in the water.

Deciding it would do no harm, Blaise decided to go sit with her.

He walked down to the tree, and sat next to her, keeping his eyes on the lake.

"Hey," He muttered.

"Hey," Hermione said back, looking at him from behind her long dark lashes. Blaise glanced at her and smiled, then ran a hand through his hair, messing it up even more.

They sat in silence for a long time, just watching the moonlight on the water. Then Hermione glanced back at Blaise and realised that the he still had blood on his cheek.

"What happened to you?"

"Oh. Nothing," Blaise replied, shrugging. Hermione shifted and their hands were almost touching.

"Oh please. You come into the Great Hall late, with a bleeding cheek. Its pretty obviously something happened," Hermione told him, matter of factly. Blaise thought it was really cute.

"Just got into a fight," Blaise muttered.

"With who? Why?"

"No one," Then seeing the look on Hermione's face, sighed and told her what happened, "Just some 7th year Slytherins. They were hexing a Hufflepuff kid so I told them to stop and they hexed me instead. But I'm okay, they're the ones in the Hospital Wing," He added.

Hermione smiled and looked down. As she did a strand of hair fell into her eyes. She glanced back up, and it was still there so Blaise raised a hand, and gently put the silky hair behind her ear. He lowered his hand so it was cupping her chin and leaned forward when,

"I'm sorry. I can't," Hermione whispered, pulling back and getting to her feet. With one last longing look at Blaise, she was gone.

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