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Summary: Pansy likes Hermione. Hermione likes Pansy. You would think that the solution would be simple, but since when can Gryffindors and Slytherins do things the simple way?
"Did you mean it?" Pansy asked quietly.
"All of it." Hermione watched feeling emboldened as Pansy started to talk toward the bath.
"I need to hear you say it again. Please." Pansy nearly begged throwing caution to the wind and putting her pride on the line. Dignity be damned, Pansy needed to hear her say it again.
"I love you, Pansy Parkinson. I love you for everything that you are and everything you're not."
Pansy stopped right at the edge of the expansive bath. Watching Hermione closely she began to slowly shed her clothing. Hermione's breath hitched as she watched Pansy unbutton her night dress, letting the thin fabric fall to the tile leaving the girl in only her under clothes. The matching green lace set was enough to maker Hermione's mouth go dry and she watched with anticipation as Pansy slowly, as if to tease her, unclasped her bra and let it fall, joining her night dress.
"Beautiful." Hermione breathed as Pansy's hesitant look turned into a full smirk. Pansy stepped out of her thong last, diving gracefully into the water leaving Hermione to wait for her to resurface. When she did she slowly swam toward Hermione stopping short before the girl.
"I could say the same thing about you." Treading water and kiss at the same time was less than easy, but Hermione was pretty sure that nothing in her life involving Pansy would ever be easy and she wouldn't have it any other way.
"I don't know what's going to happen, but I know that this feels right. I want to at least try," Hermione said when they pulled away. She watched Pansy's eyes to gauge her reaction, so far she didn't see and anger or panic in them so she hoped that she wasn't crossing any lines.
"I know. I want to try this too, but I... you can't expect me to just move away with you." Pansy tried to reason, but before she could get ahead of herself Hermione pulled her to the bench on the side of the pool.
"I'm not expecting anything of you." Hermione cupped her cheek pulling her in for another short, loving kiss. "I just want to try. We have the rest of the school year and even the summer to sort everything out. I can ask my parents to hold off until the summer ends. My Mom wants to take time to close up the practice anyways so I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to convince them."
"But why are you going? I still don't understand."
"It's complicated." Hermione tried to change the topic, but Pansy was having none of it.
"You heard Weasley. The reason she and Potter are so compatible and work so well together is because they talk out their issues and work out everything together."
"But this isn't your issue." Hermione tried to reason.
"If you want this to be more, if you want this to be a relationship then it is my issue!"
"Okay, just calm down and listen to me then." Hermione pulled the girl closer to her again. Taking a deep breath she gathered herself before talking again. "It's mostly my father's idea. He's always been the over protective type and he thinks that I should be as far away from London as possible. I tried to dissuade him but he won't listen. If you think I'm stubborn then you've never met a man like my father. My mom even tried to talk him out of the move, but he won't listen. It's put a lot of strain on their marriage, the war and all. If it was up to my father I would have never come back to Hogwarts for this year much less many of the previous years. I'm moving to keep my family together. I don't think my father realizes that I can still be part of a wizarding world in France, I'm not sure if he'd care, he just really wants me to be away from London. He's very unreasonable, but he's my father and I have to do what's right for my family."
"That's a load of crap." Pansy said before thinking, a blush rising to her cheeks. She expected Hermione to yell or say something disapproving, but instead she just smiled and started to laugh.
"It is. I agree, but they're my family." Hermione said through her laughter, tears starting to fall from her eyes, but this time out of amusement.
"I suppose I can understand that much." Pansy tried to act annoyed, but Hermione's smile and laughter was contagious and soon she began to laugh as well.
"It's getting pretty late, maybe we should go." Hermione suggested after her laughing died down. Pansy seemed apprehensive about leaving the other girl. "Don't worry, this will change everything, I promise that I won't go back to the way I acted before, I really did mean it when I said I love you."
"I know you did." Pansy replied not able to meet her gaze.
"And I don't expect you to say it back, yet." hermione smiled pulling her face up to kiss her. It was then that both girls realized that they were together, completely alone, and completely naked. "As much as I love this." Hermione started, caressing Pansy's bare stomach as she spoke. "I don't want to push you and I want to do this right."
"Me too." Pansy replied before kissing Hermione back, this time straddling the girl and sitting in her lap. She let her hands roam up and down Hermione's back and arms, not wanting to go father than the other girl was comfortable with.
"I don't know about you-" A kiss cut Hermione off and she nearly forgot that she had even begun to talk at all, but she did and she pulled back trying to get her thought out before they went too far and possibly regretted it. "Wait."
Pansy stopped her hands leaving them to hover right above Hermione's round breasts. She looked up at the girl, confused. "I thought you wanted this."
"I do. Oh Merlin I do." Hermione closed her eyes to gain her composure. She took Pansy's hands in her own and held them up to her lips so she could kiss the tips of her fingers. "But I want to do this right, so I think for now I should take you back to your dorm. It's late and we're both tired, we can talk about this more tomorrow."
"Do you promise?" Pansy asked, her voice quivering and Hermione thought that she sounded more like a child than the adult that she was.
"I promise." Hermione pulled Pansy in for another kiss. "Now come on, we've been in the water too long."
Pansy got up slowly and helped Hermione out of the bath. Quietly they dried themselves and got dressed. Hermione took no time at all, but Pansy took much longer, dragging out how long she could spend time stealing glances at Hermione, trying to see as much of her bare skin as she could before it was all covered up.
"As much as I like the view-" Hermione trailed off with a smile. She pulled Pansy into a hug, placing light kisses over the girls face and neck. A muffled moan escaped Pansy's lips and she melted into the touches and kisses. "I already promised you, love. I'm not going anywhere."
"I believe you." Pansy finally surrendered, trusting herself completely and fully to Hermione. She wanted this. She was going to do her damn best to keep it.
Hermione walked Pansy back to the dungeons. She used the excuse that it was after hours and as a Prefect, Hermione could insure that Pansy wouldn't get into any trouble. In reality she just wanted to spend as much time with the Slytherin as possible, because as much as she reassured Pansy, a small part of her was also afraid that when she woke up in the morning it would all just be a dream. An amazing and extremely cruel dream. When they stopped at the entrance to her common room, Pansy stopped and pulled Hermione into an embrace.
"I think I could get used to this." Pansy whispered and Hermione smiled in agreement.
"Me too." Hermione rested her forehead on Pansy's pulling her in for a gentle kiss. "I'll see you in the morning?"
"Of course you will. You can't get rid of me that easily." Pansy joked a full smile spreading on her lips. She couldn't remember the last time she was this happy.
"Good. I'm not trying." Hermione pulled away placing one final kiss on her lips before walking away, back to the Tower to thank Harry. She knew that this was his going and she could not thank him enough. "I'll have to tell Ginny to be extra good to him for the next month at least." Hermione thought to herself laughing silently. Yes, things were looking pretty good.
Hermione sat poolside in a lounge chair soaking in the sun in the backyard of her Italian villa. She shielded her eyes from the sun as she watched the children splashing around in the pool. This was paradise, she just knew it.
"What are you think about?" Ginny's sing-song voice brought Hermione out of her thoughts and she looked up at the younger women a smile spread on her face.
"Just that this has to be paradise." Hermione smiled and motioned for Ginny to take the empty lounge chair beside her. "I'm guessing Harry's in the pool with the kids?"
"Yeah, I told him that he was supposed to go and wear them out, but I think the opposite might happen." The two laughed as they watched their children splashing around in the pool and hanging all over Harry.
"A little help might be nice ladies!" Harry called out laughing as he picked up his son James and launched him into the deeper end. James was ten and more than capable of swimming on his own.
"No that's okay." Ginny called back, turning to talk to Hermione again. "Really though what were you thinking about?"
"Me, I hope." Pansy interjected as she joined the two women, sitting in the grass and spooning up to Hermione's legs.
"Actually I was thinking about the night that we finally got our heads out of our arses and realized what we could be."
"Really? I remember it as the night that you were a complete tease and made me so horny that I could hardly sleep because all I could think of was you and beautiful body." Pansy smirked and wiggled her eyes suggestively.
"And louder and the children will hear you." Draco chided teasingly as he joined the group.
"Took you long enough to show, where's Blaise?" Ginny greeted the blond with a smile and a wave, her eyes sparkling with amusement.
"We got, caught up." Draco shrugged and the three women laughed knowing just what he meant.
"That's one way to put it, love." Blaise called as he jumped into the pool to help Harry with the children.
"Honestly the two of you are like a bunch of teenagers." Hermione laughed. She then got up and stretched. "I'm going to go help Harry with our troublemakers." Hermione slipped into the pool and her daughter swam expertly to her side.
"What took you so long, Mum?" Their oldest, Rose, rolled her eyes as she pulled on her mother's arm. "You and Mommy can have all the alone time you want tonight, but right now is family time."
Hermione was once again surprised at how perceptive her eleven year old was, she simply laughed and let Rose drag her to play with her little brother, Tristan, laughing the entire way.
"Who thought we would have found ourselves here?" Pansy asked no one in particular as she Draco and Ginny silently agreed.
"Mom! Daddy's not playing fair!" Ginny's youngest child, her only daughter, called out in fake distress as her father held her over his shoulder.
"Looks like I have to go and play mediator, again." Ginny rolled her eyes though the smile was still set on her face.
"You know Blaise and I can take the children tonight if you want some time with Hermione." Draco nudged his best friend gently.
"I think that would be nice." Pansy agreed, quickly formulating a plan of what she wanted to do to her lovely wife when they were alone.
"I know that look." Draco smirked. "Still got that Slytherin in you?"
"Actually it's more like Gryffindor, if I have anything to say about it."
"Jeez Hermione way to sneak up on us!" Draco jumped and Pansy and Hermione laughed, ever since they had gotten together Hermione and Draco had become very close and even considered each other like siblings. She knew him better than most and loved getting one up on him when she could.
"So Draco volunteered himself and Blaise to watch over the children for us for the night." Pansy wiggled her eyebrows at her wife of thirteen years. "You know what that means?"
'Merlin I hope so." Hermione returned her cheeky smile with one of her own. "Kids! You're spending the night at Uncle Draco's and Uncle Blaise's." Hermione called her children screaming with joy as Blaise looked bewildered. "Looks like it's just you and me tonight." Hermione crawled up Pansy's legs and nestled in her lap, pulling Pansy's lower lip into her mouth, gently nibbling on it and enticing a moan from her wife.
"Mum, you can at least wait until we're gone." Rose rolled her eyes as she and her brother followed Blaise out of the pool.
"Okay then, let's get you guys packed up now!" Hermione jumped up to start getting their children out of the house. It had been too long since she and Pansy had time alone and she wasn't going to give up a chance that didn't come around often.
"Way to make us feel loved, Mum." Rose rolled her eyes, bring her brother in to help him get ready.
"Of course we love you dear." Pansy pulled Tristan up into her arms as Potter children ran by her into their spacious home.
It took a few hours to get the kids pact up and get everyone out of their home, but Hermione didn't really mind. As much as she loved the idea of alone time with Pansy she equally loved the family that her dearest friends had created for her. It had been tough at first, moving away to France, but she would often return to visit the Burrow and Harry kept to his word about visiting when the season was off. Her and Pansy became really close really fast and she began to spend a lot of time in France, but she never officially moved it. It wasn't until Blaise's mother died that brought them all together again. It was just before Ginny had graduated and she had been given special permission to go to the funeral. It turned out that Blaise's mother had been quite the business woman and he had to move to Italy to sort out her company and decide whether or not he wanted to take it over. He and Draco had come out officially then, though everyone in their little family had already known, since Mrs. Zabini was no longer around to judge and punish her son they were finally free. Draco had been cut off from the Malfoy line long ago and he didn't care what they thought of him. It had been Blaise who had given them the money necessary to purchase their small villa. It had taken them a while to move in though, they had gotten married first, Hermione's father wouldn't have helped them otherwise and Pansy had known just how important that was to her. Harry had taken a permanent home up in Italy not long after, he had made enough money to afford a comfortable life style and Ginny had joined him right after she graduated, much to the protests of Mrs. Weasley, but she got used to the idea. It meant that she would have an excuse to get away from London whenever life got too stressful and visit her grandchildren in Italy. They had all been living in Italy together for thirteen years now and Hermione wouldn't trade her now in for the world.
"Lost in thought again I see." Pansy teased as she joined Hermione on the couch, glass of wine in hand.
"I was just thinking about the past."
"All good things I hope." Pansy watched her wife carefully as she snuggled up to her side.
"I was think about you, so yes, all good things." Hermione smiled and took the wine glass from her hands. "Now where were we earlier?"
Hermione moved so Pansy was below her and she leaned on her arms to keep from crushing the other woman. Their lips met and Hermione instantly sank further onto her wife, feeling her arms loop around her and her hands travel up an down her back. Pansy pulled Hermione's lower lip into her mouth much like Hermione had done to her earlier that afternoon. The moan that escaped Hermione's lips sent a shiver down Pansy's spine and only made her want more. Pulling away from the kiss Hermione slid down her body placing kisses on her exposed neck along the way.
"I think you a bit over dressed." Hermione growled as she helped Pansy out of her shirt, unclasping her bra with ease.
"Not fair!" The Slytherin alumni whined but the smirk on her face spoke otherwise. Hermione ignored her protest in favor of continuing to kiss the bare skin that she had revealed.
They spent time just worshiping the other's body with caresses and kiss as if it was there first time together, two people in a passionate romance, but still trying to learn everything there was to know about the other. Pansy couldn't remember the last time they could afford to take so long pleasuring each other, the last time they really made love to each other. She loved her children more than anything and didn't regret them by any means, but she really did miss this.
The rest of the night passed in much the same manner. Hermione and Pansy lost track of time as they alternated between make out sessions that lead to them crying out each others names, hips rocking together and hands roaming, and various muggle movies that left them cuddling closely, just enjoying the other's company (though most of the time the cuddling would turn into making out and then the cycle would repeat itself).
It was nearly two in the morning when Hermione turned off the TV, her tired eyes falling on her sleeping wife with nothing but pure love shining in them for her. She gently pulled her into her arms, carrying Pansy to their bedroom, leaving the mess in the living room for the morning. Right now all she wanted was to sleep next to the love of her life, making the prefect ending to the perfect day.
"'Mione, I'm not tired." Pansy whined as Hermione set her down on their bed.
"Of course you aren't, Love." Hermione laughed, Pansy always had a tendency to talk in her sleep though she never remembered it in the morning. Most of the time she out right denied talking at all.
"I love you." Pansy whispered letting out a small sight before slowly drifting of into a deeper sleep.
"I love you too." Hermione smile as she slipped under the covers, spooning Pansy's back. "I love you too Pansy Granger-Parkinson."
A/N: I just want to thank everyone who has read this story and especially those have reviewed on nearly every chapter. I am writing a one-shot fluff piece that will take place between Hermione and Pansy getting together and the last scene of the story. It will be rated M, so if you're interested in that keep you eye out! Thank you again! Nieriel Nighthaven