The next day after breakfast, Hermione, Harry, and Ron were walking down to the dungeons for double potions class with the Slytherins. Ron had his arm wrapped around Hermione's waist while Harry was walking on the other side of Hermione.
"I really don't know why they still have us paired with the Slytherins for potions. The entire staff knows how much we hate them. What's the point in putting two houses that can't stand each other in the same classroom? That's just asking for a fight." Ron said as they were getting close to Snape's classroom
"Really Ron, you would think that after seven years of being in this school with a quarter of our population being Slytherins that you would learn to accept them by now." Hermione stated
"You know that the Weasleys have never liked Slytherins 'Mione. It's in my blood." Ron jutted his thumb into the hollow of his chest. Ron had really grown into his wiry over the years he had been at Hogwarts. Quidditch had really done him well. Ron had even gotten accepted as one of the Chudley Cannons after he graduates. Harry however, just got the muscles he would need when he becomes an auror.
They got into the classroom and sat in their regular seats, but before Ron could sit down next to Hermione, Draco swept in and sat right down.
"What the hell do you think you're doin' Malfoy?" Ron asked
"Sitting next to the girl I love. Do you mind Weaselbee?" Draco asked while putting his arm around Hermione. Hermione looked at him as if he was crazy. Never in the few years they had been together had they ever been even close to that open about their relationship. Draco smiled at her and gave her a quick peck on the temple.
"Hermione! What the hell do you think your doin' lettin' this Ferret touch you? Let alone put his slimey lips on you. Come on 'Mione, let's sit somewhere else." Ron was throughly annoyed now.
Hermione looked at Draco for some sign of purpose to this public display of his love toward her.
Draco noticed her quizzical look, and turned to give her a hug. "It's alright." he whispered into her ear, "It's safe for right now. We better get your friends used to this." That's when Hermione noticed that Draco was the only Slytherin yet in the classroom. And that it was still the four of them, apart from Ginny who had joined them.
"What's going on over here Malfoy?" Harry asked as he came over to where they were, with Ginny coming along beside him. Ginny looked over at Hermione, and with that one look, Hermione knew that she'd be bombarded with questions later from her fiery-headed friend.
Hermione knew she had to go about this gently. And not tell them the entire story just yet. The last thing she wanted to do was alienate herself from her best friends. "Draco, you know that I'm with Ron, so your display is really unnecessary." She started to say, and Ron got a very smug look on his face, and she could tell that she was hurting Draco. "I love you, and you know that. You are a very good friend." just then, and Slytherin walked in. "But please, go sit down. Your bothering my boyfriend." Hermione finished in a hurry. This was going to be trickier than she thought.
After another ten minutes, the class filled up, and Snape barged through the door to begin a lesson on how to make a potion that will turn a feather into a bird.
When Hermione was about to put her brown feather into her cauldron, paper bird came flying right in front of her, and landed on her workplace. When she touched it, it unfolded itself and inside was a message.
Hermione my love,
Potter, Ginny, and Weaselbee need to get used to the idea
of us being together. We can do this. As long as there are
no other Slytherins around, we can be "us". Three more
weeks my love, that's it. But I encourage you to tell Ginny
about us. I can tell that she will be a lot more understanding
then the boys will.
Hermione looked over at Ron to see if he was reading over her shoulder. Sure enough he had stopped his conversation with Dean long enough to notice her staring at the paper. "Who the hell made the defective bird? You just touched the damned thing and it destroyed itself." he said.
"I don't know. It just landed here." Hermione said and took the paper. Pretending to turn around to fold it she looked up at Draco and mouthed "Why can't he see the writing?" Draco gave her a small smile and put his hand on his wand. "Of course he enchanted it. He's a pure-blood wizard. Everything he does he makes enchanted!" Hermione thought to herself sarcastically.
She quickly finished the potion, and told Ron to take care of the little brown sparrow that would appear while she scribbled back a reply.
I will talk to Ginny about you, and she will keep it a secret
for me as long as I need her to. You can't be so blunt about
our love yet around Ron and Harry yet. We need to let them
get used to the idea of us being friends before anything else
ok? You know I love you with all my heart, and if you say so,
we will be together soon. I have a feeling that after tonight
we will be able to be completely "ourselves" around Ginny.
PS: I love you
Hermione quickly blew on the paper to dry the ink as fast she could, but instead, the bird refolded itself, and flew back to Draco. Hermione looked back, and Draco gave her a smug look. This was going to be a big adventure.