Asking

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One week before the Yule Ball and Harry and Ron still didn't have dates. Harry was taking a walk around the grounds, when he found one of his best friends, Hermione Granger. Walking away from Hagrids. He ran to catch up with her.

"Hey Hermione!" He called after her.

She turned around and saw him running. She smiled and started walking towards him.

"Hi Harry. What are you doing walking around in the cold?" She asked.

"Sorting out my thoughts. What about you?"

"I was visiting Hagrid. It's been awhile since I talked to him, and I'm done with my school work so I had nothing to do."

Harry nodded. Then a thought struck him,"Do you have a date for the Yule Ball?"

"No I don't," She said turning around to continue walking toward the school.

Harry walked with her.

"Hasn't anyone asked you?"

"Yes but I declined."

"Why?"

"I'm not going. I'm not someone who goes to these thing."

"Oh."

"What about you? Who are you going with?"

"No one. I haven't asked anyone. Some Gryffindor courage. I can take on a dragon, but I can't ask a girl to the ball."

"I'm sure you'll find someone."

Harry stopped walking all of a sudden. He looked at Hermione for a minute,

"Harry?" She asked concerned.

"Would you go with me?"

"What?"

"Would you go with me?"

"I don't know Harry. I mean I've got a lot of school work to do and all."

"You're a bad liar Hermione. It's ok I understand." He said walking off.

"Wait, Harry!" Hermione called after him.

He stopped and turned around. She walked up to him. She looked in his eyes. He looked hurt.

"You don't have to lie Hermione I understand. It was stupid of me to ask. I mean you already said that you weren't going."
"Yes I'll go with you," She said.

"And that you don't go to this kind of... What did you say?"

"I said I'd love to go with you Harry."

"You would."

"Does the offer still stand?"
"Yes of course it does."

Hermione smiled at him. They walked the rest of the way in silence. When they got to the common room they saw a large group around Ron.