***disclaimer – I don't own harry potter or any of the characters (unfortunately)***

This is really a link chapter to lead in to the proper story, so don't be too surprised if it's really boring the next chapter will be better, I promise:)

Hermione was disturbed from reading the Daily Prophet by Harry yelling at her. Although he had been her best friend for more than six years, she still found him very irritating, She looked up. "Dumbledore said to find you," he panted. "Wants to see you in the front carriage."

"Crap!" said Hermione loudly.

"Now, now," said Ron who was entering their compartment. "That's not the language I expect to be hearing from the Head Girl!" She threw the rolled up newspaper at his head as she ran out the room.

When she reached the front carriage, it was deserted. She went in and sat down on the padded seats. This carriage was much more luxurious than the others, with lace curtains, thick carpet and paintings that occasionally smiled vaguely at her.

"Well, well, well," drawled an unpleasantly familiar voice. "Look who we have here!" Draco Malfoy stepped out from behind the door. Hermione made a disgusted noise in her throat, and turned away in revulsion.

"Bugger off Malfoy. This room is reserved for important people ONLY."

"Tut tut, Granger. Did your stinking muggle parents not teach you to have more manners towards the Head Boy?" he said coolly, waiting for his words to sink in. Slowly, she turned her head around to look at him. "What," she said flatly.

"You heard," he replied immediately, smirking. She regarded him for a moment,

"Bite me," she said turning away.

"Where?" he replied, still grinning.

She chose to ignore him. She didn't allow herself to be riled up – it wouldn't be a good idea to get into trouble before they'd even got to Hogwarts. "Smart-ass," she muttered, just as Dumbledore entered the room, smiling and peering down at them good-naturedly through his half moon spectacles.

"Good morning, Mr Malfoy, Miss Granger." He smiled at them each in turn. Hermione smiled back, Malfoy just looked bored. "Congratulations on being appointed Head Girl and Boy. Your first duties will be to check the train for anything that has been left behind –" Malfoy interrupted. "Sir? Is it true we get out own private rooms?"

"Yes, Mr Malfoy replied Dumbledore smoothly. "Your common room, bathroom and dormitories are in the west tower, behind the portrait of a man holding up a lizard by it's tail." (Hermione grimaced.) "These chambers are reserved for Head Girl and Boy only of course"

"Wait, WHAT?" shrieked Hermione. "I have to share a room with that… thing?!" she threw a disgusted took at Malfoy. He smirked. Hermione was surprised (and horrified) to notice he was actually quite sexy when he did that. NO! What was she doing?? She did NOT just think about DRACO MALFOY in a – dare she say it – a sexual way! No... it never happened. She knew as well as anyone that there was a very thin line between love and hate - merlin knows she learnt that with ron! - so it wasnt attraction she was feeling, it was just a side affect of her burning hate for him. Right.

"Do you understand, Miss Granger?" The stern voice startled her. "Understand what?" she said, puzzled. Had Dumbledore really been talking that whole time? She did not need to look at Malfoy to know that he was smirking again.

"I said", repeated Dumbledore, staring down at her intently, "I am expecting you two to be civil to each other this year, to set a good example. If that is not possible, Miss Granger, I'm sure there are plenty of people who would be happy to replace you. Do you understand?" Hermione blushed crimson.

"Yes, sir, yes, of course sir!" He looked at Malfoy, who gave a slight nod.

"Well good luck then. I shall have to leave you now, I have things to attend to." He gave a solemn nod of farewell and left, closing the door softly behind him. Hermione sat frozen for a moment then stormed out.

I think you can probably see where this going… Don't forget to review! Lots of chocolate chip cupcakes for everyone who does :) and the next chapter will be dedicated to them (see how desperate I am for reviews ha ha)

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