Hermione shrieked in surprise as Ron and Harry grabbed her and spun her around between them on the dance floor. The wedding reception was well into its fifth hour now and Hermione had been accosted by her best friends for the last half an hour. She had lost sight of Draco about ten minutes ago and had been trying to sneak off to find her husband when the boys had grabbed her.
"Hiya Hermione!" Ron, his face flushed with alcohol, bellowed in her face. Hermione bit back a grimace at the stench of fire whiskey and smiled delicately back at him. "We," Ron continued shouting, indicating between himself and Harry, "have a surprise for you!" He pointed at her and then broke into a fit of giggles. Harry rolled his eyes and lightly bumped Ron's shoulder with his own. Ron promptly staggered backwards and fell over, chuckling to himself as he looked up at Harry and Hermione. "Twinkle, twinkle little star…" he started singing to himself, still giggling.
"C'mon Ron, up you get" Hermione ordered, grabbing his hands and trying to pull him up. Ron resisted and Hermione staggered forward, nearly falling on top of him. Harry sighed resignedly and moved forward, grabbing Ron's wrists and pulling as well. Eventually Ron surged up towards them and leant heavily on Harry.
"What is this surprise Ron? Nothing's happened." Hermione got nothing in response except more giggles from Ron but her question was answered when a series of loud bangs set off behind them. Hermione whipped round, pulling out her wand as an automatic reaction, and then slackened her stance in amazement.
Up in the sky what seemed like thousands of fireworks were going off charmed to be a blend of Gryffindor and Slytherin colours. A lion and a snake figure formed in the sky only to be replaced by two interlocking circles and a heart. Hermione gasped in wonder.
"Good, aren't they?"
"Told you that you'd like anything we did Granger."
Fred and George had appeared at her side, grinning at her smugly. Hermione smirked back and bumped them gently. "Thank you," she said, smiling warmly, "they're amazing."
"You got something wrong Weasleys"
All three of them turned around to see Draco approaching them, a glass of champagne in his hand. He locked eyes with Hermione, took her hand in his and kissed it. Hermione blushed beneath his attention and held his gaze. Without looking from his wife Draco continued "My wife is a Malfoy now, address her correctly."
Fred rubbed the back of his head in embarrassment and shuffled his feet. George slumped his shoulders and looked bashfully at Hermione "sorry Hermione, Draco."
"Don't be silly; just get it right in future boys. And thank you for the fireworks, they're wonderful." Hermione slipped her hand from Draco and stepped forward to the twins, kissing them each on the cheek before leading her husband back into the dancing crowds. "You had them worried there" she teased him, pressed against him as they swayed to the music.
"Good, can't have everybody thinking I've gone soft on them now, can I?"
Hermione snorted and buried her head in the crook of his neck. One of Draco's hands came up from where it was on her waist and stroked her hair; teasingly pulling on the odd curl or two and watching them spring up again slowly.
They danced in silence for a while, each lost in their own thoughts. Their moment was broken when Mr Weasley commanded everyone's attention by tapping a wine glass and summoning a microphone.
"Hello everyone, I'd just like to say thank you all for coming to the wedding and staying for the party." There was polite applause as slowly people began to turn away from their dance partners and to look towards Mr Weasley. "Hermione has always been like a daughter to my wife and I, ever since Ron introduced us to this wonderful little girl with her head in a book and a passionate disposition for what she thought was right. Over the years my family has enjoyed many an occasion with Hermione present, and we've been through some less than positive experiences together too. I would like to congratulate Hermione for the breathtaking and superb young woman she has turned into, and for blessing my family and I with knowing her for all these years." More claps rang around the room and Hermione faintly heard Ron bellow a drunken cheer from the back of the crowd.
Arthur smiled patiently as he waited for the applause to calm down before he continued, "And then, Hermione came to us with details of a potential romance. She was seeking advice from Molly more than myself but allowed me to be involved in the discussions. I'll be honest; Molly and I had our reservations about this boy she spoke of, given their history. However, in true Hermione fashion, she argued most heatedly his case and their case. We spoke to the boy and asserted he was genuine, and so we welcomed Draco to the family. The time that followed was not without trials or hardships. We nearly lost one of our boys, and we nearly lost Hermione and Draco. However we fought through as a family and Draco really proved to us just how precious our Hermione was to him. And so, it is with great joy that I welcome Draco to our family properly, safe in the knowledge that he will protect her with everything he has. So we toast," he declared, raising his glass above his head, "to Draco and Hermione."
"To Draco and Hermione" the crowd around them echoed.
Draco pulled Hermione to his side and kissed her forehead. "I love you so much" he whispered.
Hermione smiled bashfully up at him and kissed him, running a hand lazily through his hair, "And I love you."