Chapter 3 – The Second Letter
A/N: The promised chapter 3 is up! Hermione receives the second letter from the anonymous guy in this chapter. Please read on!
Dean's eyes widened as he caught sight of Hermione. They just stared at each other for a moment.
"Are you... him?"
"No!" Dean replied, laughing. "You thought I was him?"
She corked an eyebrow at him.
"Heard it from Ginny."
"Right..." she replied and flushed a little. "Yeah, for a moment."
For a while, she thought she had seen the anonymous person already. Glancing around the room, Hermione noticed that no one else was there apart from the both of them. She furrowed her brows as she took to staring at the floor.
He stood me up! Who is he?
Her thoughts were interrupted as she heard Dean's voice. "Looks like he isn't coming, then." The brunette looked up at him.
"Yeah..." Hermione said, sighing. "I'll... be off then. See you around, Dean."
"He didn't show up? At all?"
"Merlin, that's ridiculous." Ginny answered. "He was the one who asked you out."
The pair was sitting beside the fireplace. The common room was quite deserted; it was nearly midnight. The remaining students were mostly fifth-years struggling with their numerous essays for the OWLs at the end of the term.
"I know, right?" Hermione sighed. Ginny leant back on the couch she was sitting on and did the same. "Just ignore him if he doesn't bug you anymore. If he does..." Ginny grinned. Hermione's lips arced into a wry smile. "I know, I know... The curiosity's killing me; if only I knew who he was..."
For several weeks, Hermione didn't receive any letter of sorts. Naturally, she assumed that whoever the sender was had probably gotten tired of his games and wouldn't send any sort of letter to her anymore.
Well, she was wrong.
On a Tuesday afternoon, Hermione was busily having her lunch at a rather fast pace.
"Hermione, what's up with you?"
"You've been eating really quickly these few days and then escaping to the library."
Hermione turned to the red head standing right beside her. "Look Ron, the NEWTs are coming! The professors are all piling on the pressure. Besides, I needed some light reading." Ron scoffed.
"The NEWTs are so long away! It's only January, Hermione; four more months."
"Anyway, just don't choke on your food." Harry added, who was standing nearby.
Hermione smirked and got up from her seat. "I'll be in the library if you boys need anything." With that, she turned on her heel and headed to the library. Ron shook his head.
"Merlin, if the library was a person, Hermione would have married him right away."
Hermione was comfortably seated in a chair with a book entitled, 'The Dark Arts: Why Defending It Is Important' right in front of her. She had been reading for the past half hour; there was a free period after lunch. (The Professor had something on.) Several other students (mostly fifth- and seventh-years) were around the library studying silently as well.
Hermione perked up as she heard a soft tapping noise. She caught sight of a barn owl outside the window with an envelope in its beak. Hermione's eyes widened as she hurriedly but quietly let the owl in and took the silver envelope from him. She honestly didn't want Madam Pince breathing down her neck...
The barn owl hooted softly, glanced around, and then flew away.
Hermione's heart raced. This looked exactly like the first letter she received. And she thought the first letter was her last one. Biting her lower lip, Hermione opened the letter.
Well, sorry for not turning up the last time round. Meet me at the Hogs' Head on the next Hogsmeade weekend, 2 o' clock.
Hermione swore not to tell anyone, lest she wanted people all around school to know about it. Luckily, the sender was kind enough not to send the letter to Hermione while she was still in the Great Hall with many others there. Or it was the owl that was kind enough.
Should I meet him? What if he stands me up again? Merlin...
Hermione recalled what Ginny said earlier: "Just ignore him if he doesn't bug you anymore. If he does..." That obviously indicated that Hermione should meet him.
Hermione thus made up her mind to meet the anonymous person.
Surprise, surprise! It wasn't Dean.
I'm not sure if this chapter is long enough. I'll be working on the next chapter (where Hermione meets the anonymous guy) soon! Be patient, please. (: