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3. chapter

Hermione almost died from embarrassment when she got up from her desk and stormed out of the classroom. She didn't have to look back to know that everyone was looking at her. When she was on hallway, safe and hidden from her classmates, she let herself relax. Then it hit her.

I just told Professor Snape that I'm on my period. Him of all people!

She was sure he would just ignore her from now on. At least for a very long time. And that was fine with her. If it was up to her, she would never go to one of his lessons ever again. The look of realization on his face when she told him why she needs to go to the ladies room, will stay with her forever. At least he was nice enough to let her go.

Snape is nice? Something's really wrong with me these days!

Her cramps were still the same, she felt really sick, but she decided to go to her room instead to the ladies room. Her hand traveled to her forehead, finding it hot and sweaty. She didn't want go to the hospital wing, she was sure she can get through this alone. No one has died from period cramps. Yet.

After a few minutes she was finally in the common room. She threw herself on the sofa, closed her eyes and tried to relax.

There was no way she could go to any more lessons today.

Well, maybe it will pass. She told herself, hoping for the best. Still, deep inside her she thought it would be the best if she just stayed alone in her room for the rest of the day. Then she remembered something. She can't be alone. Malfoy's living with her. And now that he knows what's wrong with her, he's probably going to make a living hell out of it.

As annoyance passed, pity washed over her. She couldn't believe his father makes him practice spells and potions during holidays. That's the reason he's the head boy.

Suddenly the doors opened and it gave Hermione almost a heart attack. She didn't have to open her eyes, to know who it was.

"Ah, here you are, Granger. Your friends are worried. They think maybe you had a nervous breakdown."Draco said as he walked to her and then stopped in front of the sofa.

She needed to pull herself together. Not wanting Mafoy to see her weak, she forced her eyes open.

He continued in a mock tone:"They still don't know that it's just your time of the month."

She gave him a cold glare:"Don't you dare use this against me."

"What do you mean?"he asked innocently as he took a seat on the chair next to the sofa.

He was really starting to annoy her:"What are you doing here?"she asked.

Draco grinned at her:"I have a free period. And I was hoping you would help me with something."

She knew he was up to something. Just the half smile he gave her sent shivers down her body and she almost forgot about her cramps.

"What are you talking about?"she asked carefully. Whatever Malfoy wanted to suggest, it couldn't be a good thing.

"Well, I was reading a book the other day and I came across an interesting fact. It seems that a woman that's on her period has some rather…special abilities."he explained, the grin on his face still not leaving.

Hermione just knew he was about to ask something nasty and she raised her eyebrows:"What's your point, Malfoy? I really don't enjoy having this conversation."

He leaned closer to her:"Well, I discovered that your blood can be very useful for some potions…."

The moment that left his mouth Hermione rolled her eyes and covered her ears with her hands:"I'm not listening to this! You're disgusting, Malfoy!"

She heard him laugh at her as she quickly tried to get up. When she was on her feet, everything became black around her. She blinked a few times, but it didn't help. Then she realized her legs were so weak they couldn't carry her anymore. Preparing herself to fall down and feel the cold floor, it surprised her that all she felt were arms around her waist. After a few moments, the blackness around her disappeared and she could see clearly again. Then she realized who was supporting her and quickly pushed his arms away. When she looked at him, there wasn't his normal mock smile. He was actually serious and not in an evil way.

"What was that, Granger?"he asked, almost demanding.

"I shouldn't have got up so quick."she explained, trying to forget the feel of his arms around her waist. She couldn't believe herself. Hormones were making her think that Malfoy is sexy. She just hoped it would pass soon.

Soon his smirk and self confidence returned:"You can thank my reflexes for not being on the floor right now."

"Get over yourself."she spat and made her way to the bedroom.

"Where are you going? We have classes."

She turned to him:"I think I'll stay in my room today. I'm not feeling so well."

He looked at her with confusion on his face:"You mean it hasn't passed?"

"What are you talking about?"

"Well, your… problems."he answered, still confused.

She talked slowly, like she was talking to a child:"No, Malfoy. My problems usually last for a week. For a weak, once a month."then she added sarcastically:"You never heard that before?"

"Very funny, Mudblood. I meant your cramps. You still have them?"

How did she get herself into this? Having a conversation with Draco Malfoy about her period?

"First, don't call me Mudblood if you don't want another punch. Second, no, they haven't passed. I'm feeling really sick and I don't want to have this conversation. So, if you'll excuse me…."she said and turned to walk to her room.

"Yeah, you girls are really lucky. You can just say you have cramps and you're excused from school."Draco said to himself, but he knew Hermione heard him as she let out an annoyed sigh. But she didn't say anything back, not feeling strong enough for another fight with him.

*

The day slowly passed. Draco found himself thinking about Hermione and what's she doing in her room. Is she still feeling sick?

He rolled his eyes as he saw Potter and Weasley walking to him. It must be something important, normally they wouldn't walk to me when I'm surrounded with Slytherins. He thought and heard a few of his friends laugh at the sight of them two.

"What's wrong with Hermione?"Harry asked, worry radioting from his eyes.

Draco gave him one of his evil smiles:"Why don't you ask her yourself?"

"You know we can't get to her. We're not allowed to go to her bedroom."Ron stated the obvious.

"I know that, Weasel. That's a shame. It seems that I'm the only one who has access to her."Draco grinned at him.

"We don't have time for this, Malfoy. Something's wrong with her. Why did she leave Potions?"Harry asked, worried for his friend.

Draco laughed as he remembered that scene:"Well, I think that will stay between her, me and Snape. I assure you he will never forget it."

"If I wanted you to babble, I would give you a Babbling Beverage."Harry growled at him.

Draco shot him a cold stare:"Right. Like you know how to do that."

"Just tell us how she is!"Ron demanded.

Draco didn't know why, but he felt like he shouldn't tell them the truth. Besides, explaining Potter and Weasley about periods were on his Never-Want-To-Do list. He chuckled at the thought that maybe those two losers before him were so stupid and maybe never even heard of periods.

"What's so funny?"Harry asked, anger slowly rising in him.

"Oh, nothing at all. I know what's wrong with her, but I'm not planning on telling you two. Weasel, maybe you should ask you sister, what her name again? Oh, right. Ginny."with that he just walked away from them two and a few Slytherins followed him.

Ron looked at him, confusion written on his face:"Bloody hell, what's he talking about?"

"No idea. He's just being Malfoy."Harry answered.

*

Hermione awoke from her dream with almost a scream. She dreamed about Lucius Malfoy. She was at his house and he was teaching her Potions, because Snape was absent.

She laughed as she thought about it. What a nonsense. Where did I get that idea? Stretching out, she looked at the clock and almost didn't believe it. It was 20.21. She was asleep for almost whole day. She sadly realized her cramps were still torturing her. At least it wasn't so bad as it was in the morning.

She got up and walked out of her room and into the bathroom. She noticed Draco wasn't in the common room. When she was in the bathroom, she locked the doors and leaned on them.

What a nightmare! This day was a complete disaster.

Draco was reading a book in his room when he heard the bathroom door close.

She's awake. He thought and immediately got up and walked to the common room, not wanting to lose a chance to tease her a bit.

He sat on the sofa, waiting for her to come out. Several minutes passed and she was still in the bathroom. Draco was starting to get bored. Soon he found himself in front of the bathroom door.

"Granger? Are you still alive in there?"he asked.

First there was no answer, then he heard her voice:"What do you want now?"

"It's my bathroom too. You can't be in there for so long."

She didn't say anything back and Draco leaned closely, listening for any sign that would tell him what she was doing.

Suddenly the door opened and Hermione pushed him away as she walked to the sofa and sat down.

He followed her, sitting next to her, but still away enough. She was a mess. Her hair was in a ponytail, her face was pale and almost yellow. She looked at him:"Didin't you say you need to use the bathroom?"

He didn't even try with his answer:"I lied."

She rolled her eyes.

Draco's eyes narrowed in confusion:"What were you doing in there? You look like you were beaten."

"Thank you very much."she said annoyed, then added:"I was hugging the toilet."

When disgust showed on his face, she quickly tried to correct herself:"Not literally! You really need to go out in the Muggle world. I was just sick, I thought I would throw up, but I couldn't."

His face relaxed at that:"Oh. Um…Is it that bad?"

She gave him a sharp look:"You think?"

"Well, I never heard that cramps can do that. She never had that kind of problems."he explained, interested in learning new things.

"Who are you talking about?"Hermione asked, her voice was now calm.

Draco sighed:"Pansy. I remember when she got her first period."

That confused her:"And how exactly do you know when was that?"

"She told me. She couldn't stop babbling about it, everything about it. There was a point when I had to remind her that I'm a guy."

Hermione laughed at that. She actually felt pity for him. In her mind she was imagining Draco's face as he had to listen to Pansy.

"She was completely enthusiastic about it. Well, that passed after one day."he said.

Hermione listened to him and finally forgetting about her problems. She was actually having fun talking to Draco Malfoy.

"What happened?"she asked.

"She got cramps. Bad ones, but as I remember she wasn't 'hugging the toilet'."

Hermione couldn't help but smile:"What do you mean by 'as I remember'? You were there?"

He nodded and made a face:"It was horrible. She was waving her wand around, casting some spells to make her feel better. None of them worked. Then I helped her."he said with pride.

"Oh, really? You know a spell for it?"she asked with doubt.

He smiled at her. It wasn't a grin or a smirk, but just a smile.

"I made her some tea. Well, I ordered others to make her some tea. It's the thought that matters."

Hermione laughed and then realized she was feeling better. Maybe Draco had that kind of an impact on women.

She raised her eyebrows:"Well, all that proves something. I always thought women are stronger than men."

"Granger, come on.«he pointed to his chest:«Muscles. How can women be stronger?"

"We suffer more than you men. We have to live with periods, we have to give birth… Men are just so weak. Sometimes I think your lives are too easy."she explained as Draco listened with amusement.

When he spoke, he couldn't stop grinning:"Well, I think you made Snape's life really difficult today."

She quickly looked away, shaking her head:"Do not mention that! I don't think I'll be able to show myself in his classroom again."

"He's probably working hard to suppress today's incident."Draco said, making fun of her.

Hermione realized she was really talking with Malfoy about her period. And she wasn't feeling uncomfortable like she would feel with Harry or Ron. And it didn't seem like he was feeling uncomfortable. She probably needed to thank Pansy for that.

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