A/N – Here we are, at the very end of the Fanfiction. This has been such an amazing experience since I have never written a full Fanfiction before. It feels surreal to know I've actually finished. I love that you all have been there with me and responded so well. If you don't like the ending, feel free to state it but I do hope you enjoyed the story as a whole. I love you guys, thank you so much. Seriously.
"I love you" the words echoed in Hermione's mind as she lay in her Slytherin dormitory that night. She couldn't quite figure out whether she was dreaming or not. That is until Draco came out of the darkness and she ran to him.
"What are you doing here?" she exclaimed but he didn't answer. Instead he took her in his arms and kissed her. Hermione didn't want to kiss him back. She knew that if she let him in now it was going to hurt even more when she woke up and he was gone again but she couldn't' help it. Her instincts gave in and it felt so good to have him here again, even if it wasn't really him.
"I'm sorry about everything" he told her, his eyes intense as he pulled away. He still held her in his arms. "I'm sorry that I had to kill you…I'm sorry that I even tried"
"It's fine!" Hermione insisted. "I…I…miss you too much to care anymore"
He smiled a half smile down at her and she broke out into a smile herself. "I'm glad. I just wish I'd gotten a chance to say goodbye. That's why I'm here"
Hermione blinked. "You're here?" she asked, feeling confused. What was he saying? Was it really him in her dream? This did feel awfully real.
"I got to say goodbye to you, this was the only way. I miss you…but I'm always here—watching you"
"Have you said goodbye to Amber-Rose and Scarlett too?" Hermione said, finding her eyes filling with tears. This was really Draco and he wanted to visit her one more time. It brought back all the memories—some good and some bad.
He didn't speak, simply smiled and kissed her once again. "I saw Weasley kiss you" he murmured after a few moments of silence.
"That was-" Hermione began but he cut her off.
"I don't mind" he took a deep breath, as if this was very hard for him. "If you want to be with Weasley I won't mind. If that will make you happy…I don't want you to be alone."
Hermione thought about this for a moment. Draco wouldn't mind if she was with Ron. But it didn't change anything. It didn't change the comparison. There was no passion with Ron; it wouldn't change with Draco's blessing.
"I still love you" she told him, reaching up and wiping a stray tear from her cheek. He chuckled, kissing her once more.
"I love you too, I always will. I just never got a chance to tell you" he whispered as if it was a secret that she had to keep to herself.
Suddenly, completely out of the blue, the scene began to fade. Draco was suddenly getting further and further away. The edges of the picture became frayed and everything else began loosing it's colour.
"Where are you going?" she exclaimed, reaching out as he drifted backwards. Her voice was coloured with desperation.
"Look, I just have to go. I'm sorry…it's not up to me" he called, his voice sounding distant and echo-y. "I love you, I'll miss you"
Hermione let her hand drop and she could feel the tears welling up and spilling over. She could barely see as the entire dream faded to black and Draco disappeared completely. She didn't open her eyes until she was shocked into consciousness. The dormitory was dark and Pansy's snores were breaking up the silence. The tears were still in her eyes.
Left alone in her sadness she simply let herself go, crying herself to sleep once again.
Time passed. O. passed. The summer passed. Hermione remained in Slytherin house with her new friends. Sometimes even Harry and Ron would join them when they were hanging out, though the boys much preferred to get Hermione on her own.
"I don't know what the hell he's doing here!" Scarlett exclaimed as they walked up to their dormitory on their first day of sixth year. "I never thought…he never said…"
"Maybe after you two broke up he didn't think it was appropriate to say 'oh, by the way I'm coming to your school next year'" Amber-Rose suggested, rolling her eyes. "Are you seriously going to spend this entire year whining about Alex Rammings?"
"You have a real problem with true love, don't you?" Hermione teased. Amber-Rose shot her a glare.
"No, I don't…I just don't like the whole whiny, I can't live without him kind of thing" she replied, folding her arms and muttering the password leading them into the Common Room.
"Well, on that note…I'm exhausted" Scarlett announced, immediately heading up the stairs towards the Girls Dormitories with Amber-Rose following behind her. Hermione stayed where she was, standing in the emptying Common Room.
"I think I'm going to stay here…just for awhile" she said and the girls nodded, leaving her in peace. It seemed everybody was tired, pretty soon the entire Common Room was empty except for Hermione. She took a seat by the fire and stared into it, thinking about the previous year and the life that had followed. Everything was different but she was completely fine with it now.
"Well, if it isn't Miss. Gryffindor"
Hermione looked up to see Arthur Diggory, Cedric Diggorys twin brother that people rarely remembered, standing over her with a smirk on his face. Without waiting for an invitation he took a seat, not staring at the fire but staring at her. She smiled slightly.
"Hey" she replied.