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There is a bit of Ron-bashing in this chapter, I suppose...
Love was in the air.
Yes, it was Valentine's Day, and the whole of Hogwarts was decorated in red, pink and white decorations. One would have thought that little cupids had indeed just flown round the whole of school and just put any sort of romantic decoration anywhere that deemed appropriate.
In fact, there sort of had been cupids flying around the place. Dumbledore had gotten Hagrid to collect some pixies from the forest and ask them if they could help decorate the caste and deliver messages. All of them were also specially dressed so that they colour-co-ordinated with the decorations.
Ginny had been quite happy so far that day. When she had come down from the Girl's dorms, Harry had already been waiting there for her with a huge bouquet of crimson roses. No matter how much of a tomboy that Harry knew Ginny could be (spending time with six older brothers could do that to you), he knew that she did enjoy being treated like a lady, as any man should treat one.
"Hey, Happy Valentine's Day." Harry whispered into Ginny's ear as she went over to hug him, the flowers still in his hand.
"Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Harry." She gave him a small peck on the lips. Harry feigned sadness at the minimal time that she gave him on the action.
"Is that it?" He pouted, which caused Ginny to chuckle.
"No, of course not!"
Ginny leant forward again to give Harry a proper french kiss. Sensing this, Harry wrapped his arms around Ginny's waist to pull her closer as she wrapped his around his neck. Suddenly, Ginny crashed her lips onto his and within a few seconds, it was a full out make-out session. However, it was interrupted by a certain red head
"OI! You two! I don't exactly WANT to find my little sister and best friend groping at each other first thing in the morning you know!" Ron yelled at the two, rubbing his eyes. Ginny gave him a look and was about to retort something back when Harry whispered to her under his breath.
"Don't mind him for now. He's just cranky because he wants to get Hermione something, but doesn't know what. Did you know he's really cranky in the morning sometimes?"
"Yeah, I live with him remember?"
However, much to Ron's content, they did seperate from each other and they all headed down to the Great Hall to get some breakfast.
The Great Hall was a lot brighter than most days. The giant walls had been splashed with an array of colours due to the decorations. Instead if the ceiling, Dumbledore had enchanted it so that it would show a pink sky with fluffy which clouds complete with baby cupids who were sitting on them and pointing at random people, seemingly matching them up to each other.
Hermione had already made her way down from her Common Room so that she could meet her Best Friends for breakfast. They had decided that they would go into Hogsmeade later that day as Dumbledore had allowed everyone to have another day of for Valentine's Day. It was to be treated as a long weekend.
Hermione was just about to eat some of her cornflakes (she wanted something simple from today's fuss) when someone came up from behind her and covered her eyes. She instantly grabbed their wrists and turned round to face the grinning face of Ginny Weasley.
"Happy Valentine's Day Hermione!" She gave her a hug and a small squeeze, which Hermione returned.
"You too, Ginny. So, what have you and Harry got planned for today?" Hermione added the last part in a whisper, to ensure that the boys, namely Ron, did not hear them.
"I don't know. Harry told me on our way down that he's going to take me out to Hogsmeade and then he's going to take me out for dinner. I think I might dress up a bit for him, you know?" Ginny sneaked Hermione a quick wink before sitting down opposite the boys and reaching for the scrambled eggs.
"So Hermione? Have you got a Valentine?" Ginny suddenly asked, rather loudly as well. Hermione flushed red.
"What?" Ginny feigned innocence.
Hermione looked down onto her plate. Her mind had instantly wondered it's way to the memory of the kiss. It had been about a week* since the 'incident', as she liked to call it. She and Draco had not mentioned it at all to each other and ignored each other, except for the occasional 'Good morning/night.' However, Hermione could not look him in the eye, as she knew she would blush instantly and he'd instantly know that she liked him.
"H-Hermione?" Ron asked. Hermione's head snapped up and and met Ron's eyes, making him more uncomfortable than he already was. "Erm...Would you like to go to Hogsmeade with me?" He asked hopefully, the Griffyndor courage finally helping him.
Hermione rolled her eyes.
"Ron, I go with you all the time! Of course I'll go to Hogsmeade with you." Hermione gave him a friendly smile, pushing her thoughts about Draco away as Ron's face fell a little bit.
"I meant," Ron paused for a second, "with Harry and Ginny too!"
Both Harry and Ginny's faces whipped round to glare at Ron. The whole point of going to Hogmeade with each other was so that they could have a nice, romantic day without being disturbed. Obviously, that plan went down the drain!
He grinned back at them sheepishly.
Hermione frowned. She could tell that Harry and Ginny wanted a day to themselves and that her and Ron's presence would most definitely ruin that.
"Come on, Ron. I'll go with you to Hogsmeade. But remember, we're just going normally, like we always do: as friends." She couldn't stress the last part enough. She got up and took his hand, leading him out of the hall and leaving the two lovebirds to spend time with each other.
On the other side of the hall, Draco Malfoy sighed.
He only hoped that Blaise' plan went well.
Blaise Zabani was quite a happy man. Yes, being seventeen definately made him a man. He was rich, smart and handsome. What more could he ask for you say? Obviously, a woman.
Blaise had a similar reputation to his best friend, Draco Malfoy of being an absoulute womanizer. However, there was this one girl who he wanted but couldn't get.
He sighed and shoved his hands in his cloak pockets.
He didn't even know why he liked her. Perhaps it was just the fact that she was one of the few who didn't fawn over and didn't hate him for previously being on the 'dark' side. She didn't put masses of make-up on and look fake, yet was still beautiful. She was quiet and alwats had that happy, dreamy look on her face.
She was different.
His thoughts if the girl were interrupted when he tuned the corner and bumped into someone.
"Oh, I'm sorry..."
Well, speak of the angel.
Luna Lovegood was currently leaning on his chest as a result if crashing into him whilst he was too shocked to move.
"Oh, it's just you Blaise." Luna looked up.
"I-it's okay. My fault, I, er, wasn't looking where i was going." Blaise stuttered back. Luna raised an eyebrow.
"You're stuttering." she stated. "What's wrong?"
Blaise's eyes widened and pulled himself away from the girls hold, regretting it instantly. "Nothing."
"Hm, okay then. See you then, Blaise. Happy Valentine's day!"
It took a few seconds for Blaise to realise that the blonde was walking away. Okay, it was now or never.
"Luna! Wait!" she turned.
"Do-you-want-to-be-my-Valentine?" he asked in ine rushed sentence. Great. He had just made a fool of himself in front of a girl that he actually liked.
Luna seemed to ponder over this for a what seemed like forever to blaise before answering.
"Alright then. Come on, I want to go to Hogsmeade." Luna said walking back to him. He smiled back, pecked her on the cheek and then linked their arms together before walking down the corridor.
Draco paced worriedly outside of the Slytherin Common Room.
It was already seven thirty and Blaise hadn't come back! The guy said that he would meet with him at seven! It was a good thing that Hermione was still in Hogmeade though; at least Blaise's patronus had told him one good thing.
He stopped his pacing and looked up to see his best friend running towards him. Took him long enough! Draco didn't even bother to reply, but instead started to dragging Blaise up away towards the Heads Common Room.
"Is she still there then?" He snapped. Blaise smirked at his friend's nervousness.
"Yeah. She was having dinner at this new restaurant in Hogsmeade. Saw her when I was coming back with Luna. You know, that girl is actually quite amazing. She knows quite a lot and she's really pretty, don't you think so?"
"Blaise, I'm happy for you and all, but let's face it, you're probably going to get tired of her in about a week and then move on. Anyway, was she with anyone?"
"Hey! I really like her, don't judge me like that! What sort of friend are you?" Blaise feigned being hurt. "I don't know why I should help you with your love life when you don't respect mine. But to answer your question, yes, she was. You won't believe this, but she was with Weasley! I thought she'd have better taste."
Hermione and Weasley? Yes, everyone expected it to happen one day, but he couldn't actually believe it! But there was still Blaise's plan! And Blaise's plans don't normally fail.
"I wouldn't worry about the plan though," Draco rolled his eyes. Great, now his friend could read his mind. "She didn't look like that she was enjoying herself. My guess, she was probably either forced or something like that."
The rest of the journey to the Head's Common Room was silent, the only sound that they made was their shoes slamming into the floor as they ran, making the sound echo throught the halls.
When they had finally reached the entrance, Draco uttered the password and they entered quickly, just in case anyone saw them. Once inside, they both panted heavily from their run. Suddenly, Draco hit himself over then head.
"Crap! I forgot my broom!"
He straightened up and ran out of the room, heading downstairs for another tiring journey. However, he forgot to shut the portrait picture behind him. Blaise poked his head round the portrait hole. He frowned. His friend could really be stupid sometimes. Sometimes, he wondered if he really was wizard; he could always have used Accio...
Hermione laughed as she walked beside Ron.
They were returning from a day out at Hogsmeade and she had to admit, it had been a pretty fun day. There were only a couple of things that annoyed her though. Because of the fact is was Valentine's day and they went together, many people who passed them obviously thought that they wer a couple. Ron had seemed quite happy with this assumption in contrast to Hermione, but after a while, she just got used to it and learnt to brush it off.
The second thing, however, was a lot more distracting and annoying. When they had been eating, for both lunch and dinner, Ron, to put it simply, ate like a pig.
He just wouldn't close his mouth when he chewed. Of course, a few people that Hermione knew didn't, but Ron had crammed most of the food in his mouth so whenever he chewed, you could see all the bits of food mashed up together in his mouth.
Hermione had tried to subtly pointing this out to him, but it obviously didn't work.
They had also run into Luna in Hogsmeade. Hermione was surprised that she was with Blaise Zabani. It seemed like an unlikely pair, but they seemed pretty happy together.
Now, they were at the entrance of Hogwarts. The sky was turning a soft pink as the sun began to set. Hermione admired how the light blue of the day sky slowly faded into the soft pink. Perfect for Valentine's Day. She sighed. Secretly, she had hoped that someone would have asked her to go out and spend the day with her instead of being stuck with Ron who obviously thought they were a couple.
Ron's voice snapped Hermione out of her thoughts.
"Hm? What is it Ron?"
Hermione turned her head from looking at the sky to turning to Ron...only to be met with his lips crashing into her own.
Her eyes widened at the sudden contact. What did he think he was doing? At what point did she give signs that she wanted to be kissed by him? Suddenly, she felt Ron forcefully push his tongue into her mouth. That was it. The only person who could do that was Dra-
Without finishing that thought, she pushed Ron away from her with all the strength she could muster; she was pretty strong for a girl. Ron, who hadn't been expecting this, fell over onto the ground.
Hermione glared down on him.
"What. Was. That. Ronald. Weasley?" She seethed, crossing her arms.
"I-I thought you wanted me to kiss you! We went on that date today, and we had a good time and you were looking up at the sky and it looked like you wanted me to kiss you!"
"That wasn't a date! I went with you so that Ginny and Harry could be alone together! And just cos I was looking up at the sky doesn't mean I want a kiss!"
Hermione began to storm away again when Ron shot up and grabbed her arm.
"Ron, leave me alone!"
"But 'Mione! I want you to be my girlfriend!"
He jerked her towards him again and captured her lips for the second time.
This time, Hermione reacted a lot more violently than before. She pushed him away and slapped him across his face.
Ron was completely shocked.
Hermione took this oppurtunity to run off back to the Heads Common Room, leaving a red-cheeked Ron behind her.
Draco jumped when he heard the portait door slam. He spun round to face an angry looking Hermione, leaning on the door seemingly out of breath and not noticing that he was in the room. Draco was too confused to speak up at that moment. After a few more pants, Hermione looked up and found Draco staring at her, only to blush.
"Hi." She finally managed to breath out "How was your day?"
Without a word, Draco strode over towards her and picked her up bridal style.
"H-Hey! What are you doing! Draco let me down!" Hermione started to pound against Draco's chest. He winced in pain but shook his head.
"Nope. You seemed to have a rough day. I'm taking you flying. And to answer your question, my day was hectic. You won't believe the number of girls giving me Valentine's gifts!"
Hermione felt a small pang of jealousy, which she wasn't too sure of what the cause of it was, but hid it by rolling his eyes. However, she did stop pounding him and let him carry her towards the window.
"Get over yourself...and I don't like flying."
"Just because that's the only thing you can't do perfectly."
Once they had reached the windowsill, Hermione spotted a broom hovering outside. Draco let her get down as he climbed on to the windowsill, jumping onto his broom and motioning for her to follow. She began to climb onto the windowsill.
She wasn't scared...
...until she remembered that they were on the seventh floor.
"Hurry up, Granger!" Draco taunted from his broom. "All you have to do now is jump to here. Unless you're scared! Honestly, I thought that you were supposed to be a Gryffindor!"
Hermione scowled in response and summoning up her courage, jumped and landed on the broom, behind Draco. However, she hadn't been on a broom for a while and the sensation was strange to her. The wind blew lightly and gently shook the broom. But when you're seven floors up from the ground, then it could be quite intimidating. Acting on instinct, Hermione wrapped her arms around Draco.
"Hold on tight!"
Hermione didn't even have a second to think about what he had just said as they sped upwards towards the Astronomy Tower. She gripped even tighter around his waist, clinging on for dear life. Now she remembered why she never used a broomstick.
Finally, they arrived on the roof of the Tower. They both climbed off the broom to sit on the red slates. Sitting next to each other, they stared up at the sky, admiring the contrast of colours.
The moon shone brightly above them as the stars scattered the sky around it.
"My day was alright I guess, until near the end."
Draco turned his head to face Hermione, who was still staring up. She shivered slightly due to the cold February air. He noticed this and began to take his cloak off. Hopefully, Hermione would warm up to him if he did something nice to her. But what if she rejected him? Blaise had said that doing one of those cheesy 'sweet' things that any normal girl would love should do the trick.
But Hermione wasn't a normal girl.
She was something more. Normal girls didn't make him feel anything special. But everytime that he saw Hermione, there was some spark, it made him feel happy inside.
He prayed that Blaise was right.
Once his cloak was off, he got up and draped it over Hermione's shoulders. She looked at him in surprise and gave him a small smile.
"So, what happened that today? You looked pretty annoyed when you came back."
"Oh, well. I had to go to Hogsmead with Ron today, because he was going to tag along with Harry and Ginny. So I had to get him away; not like I had a Valentine's today anyway." Draco's stomach did a small flip. How could someone like Hermione not have a date? "Anyway, when we got back. Ron was under the impression that we were on a date! I told him that it wasn't and then, the idiot kissed me!"
Draco's mouth dropped. He wouldn't have normally done something like that, but this was just shocking.
"W-What?" He managed to spit out.
"I pushed him away and slapped him though. Anyway, didn't you have a Valentine?"
Draco shook his head. "No. Loads of girls asked, but I turned them down. I mean, obviously, I could have taken my pick; just look how sexy I am!"
Hermione rolled her chocolate eyes. "Seriously, what happened though?"
"...I think...I like someone."
Hermione's eyes widened. Draco. Liked. Someone? Could it possibly be her? No, of course not! True, they had become closer than before, and they did have one kiss between them, but that hadn't meant anything! There was no way that he could share the same feelings as her.
"So, who is it?" She managed to choke out, turning away. In truth, she didn't actually want to know who the lucky girl was.
She was surprised when she felt one of Draco's hands turn her head towards him. Their eyes connected and Hermione could see the moon reflet off of his shimmering silver eyes. They weren't cold like they used to be, but comforting.
He leaned in close, making Hermione blush at the closeness.
The next thing they knew, Draco had his lips pressed against Hermione's. The cloak slid slightly off of her shoulders as she wrapped her arms around his neck. He licked her bottom lip gently, like he did the last time. So far, so good.
Hermione parted her mouth, but instead of pulling away, she stayed right where she was. Their tongues had a short battle, which didn't seem to have a definate winner.
After what seemed life forever, they pulled away from each other. Hermione leant onto Draco's chest, making herself confortable.
"I thought you didn't like me. I mean, after that kiss, I ignored you and you ignored me! So, I thought you hated me. I don't know about you but then I thought there was something there but still, you never even looked at me for ages after that and - "
A smirk played on his handsome face. He tilted her head so that she faced him again; he whispered two words before capturing her lips again.
*Let's just say it was a week okay!
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...Not even kidding, I'm mentioning everyone's names...
Finished, on 22/3/2011
Blegghh! Cheesiest ending ever!
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Look, I'm sorry! Life's been treating me badly. If any of you have read Red (don't have to go read it), you'll know.
Anyway, yes. This story is now COMPLETE! I had a pretty fun time writing it. Originally, it was going to be a oneshot, and I didn't know this many of you would like it! So, then I had to start planning it and stuff! Ah, the poll! Yeah, threw a bit of Blaise/Luna in there, cos apparently, that's the best one! :)
First, I want to thank my beta and a great friend of mine: FallenForTheDraco
Go and check out her stories. I swear, if you liked this, you'll LOVE hers.
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...Wow guys...just wow! I never thought so many people would actually like this! I know some of you put me on author alert and favourite author as well! (yes, I live in Britain. That is how we spell favourite. Like we spell colour as well. Okay, back on topic). For people who put me on Author Alert: I'm planning lots of Tragedy/Angst/Hurt/Comfort. Quite a big contrast from this I suppose. I also write Naruto, and planning Death Note. There WILL be a Dramione Tragedy oneshot. I just need to decide the ending.
I'm going to go on holiday on 10/4 - 25/4 2011. Obviously, I won't be able to update. But I'm going on a 13 hour flight. I will bring a notepad and I shall write on the plane because I can never sleep on planes anyway. Expect me to possibly write oneshots before that.
Most likely, I will have that long Dramione fic out AFTER I come back from holiday.
Hm...one more thing that I need to tell you! Oh yeah! I wrote up to "Draco paced worriedly..." on my phone! So all the parts before that was typed out on a little touch phone! How amazing is that!
Yeah, okay I'm done...
P.S Yes, this is the end. No, there won't be a sequel or an epilogue. Sorry