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Chapter 9 – The Mystery that is Draco Malfoy

Hermione left the room of requirement and she just walked. She didn't know where she was walking but she just needed to clear her head. Why did Draco always get defensive? Why did he try to kill Katie bell and then feel guilty about it? Nothing about this situation made sense. She needed answers but she didn't know how to get them or where to go to get them. Draco was never going to tell her.

She found herself outside in the courtyard sitting down on a broken wall. She knew it was quite chilly outside, what with the snow and all, and she tried to wrap her school robes around herself tightly to keep any draft out. She felt the cold air did her good, but clearing her mind and allowing her to think straight. She just sat there as the snow fell around her and let her mind clear.

Draco was in the library. He sat in the far back corner near the window. He knew this corner would provide him with the privacy he needed in order to read through the pages of the vanishing cabinet that he pulled out of the book a few days back. He sat there and read through the first page. It basically told him everything he already knew about them. Borgin had told him all this has had his Aunt Bellatrix.

He was feeling really frustrated by this task. He knew that when his parents, Voldemort and his Aunt found out about his failed attempt to assassinate Dumbledore there would be consequences. He knew that to make it up to them he needed to fix this cabinet as quickly as possible. He continued to read through the pages, trying to make sense of what the pages were telling him. He felt like he had read for hours straight when it had probably only been about 10 minutes. He left he needed a break and he wanted to clear his head. He made his way out of the library and down to the courtyard. He was grateful to see it was still snowing. He loved snow; it meant it would be harder for people to see his face. They wouldn't be able to see his facial expressions or see him crying.

He was outside and was aware of a few pupils in the courtyard. He could see the Weasley twins hexing snowballs to follow pupils and then hit them on the head when they least expected it. He could see a group of first year Slytherin students reading a book and giggling in the corner of the courtyard. He wondered what was so funny about it. He decided he would sit on the wall furthest away from the doors so as to not be interrupted. He was sitting there for about 5 minutes just watching people go on with their daily lives, without a care in the world, and he envied them.

He was aware of a commotion occurring in the corner where he had seen the first year Slytherin Students. He decided he had better go and see what was happening. He made his way over to where they were and could make out an older girl with brown hair. The snow was pretty heavy now so it was only when he was right in front of her that he could see that it was Granger.

Hermione looked up and saw a Slytherin pupil walking toward her. 'Great' she though. Now I have to argue with 1st years as well as an older pupil.

"Give it us back!" screamed one of the 1st year students.

"No! I don't know how you got this but you shouldn't have it. What are your names" Hermione replied.

"Well if you really are a great witch then you should be able to guess" a girl in the group replied.

"What's going on here" the Slytherin student asked.

Hermione recognised that voice and turned around to see Draco.

'That's it. I've lost the battle. He'll never help me with the discipline' Hermione though.

"I'll ask again" Draco said looking at the first years. "What's going on here?"

"The Mudblood Gryffindor has taken our book from us!" The same girl replied. The rest of the group grinned.

"DO NOT CALL A PREFECT THAT!" Draco shouted at her.

The group of Slytherin's stood back in shock. They were sure that he would side with them.

"What book is it?" Draco asked turning to Hermione.

"A book on dark magic. It's got things about how to cast the imperius curse, the killing curse and things like that". Hermione replied handing the book to Draco.

Draco opened the book and quickly flicked through the pages.

"Where did you get this book" Draco asked. This time the girl of the group stayed quiet.

"He's asked you a question" Hermione Said.

"No-one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood" The girl spat at her. The words reminded Hermione of the first time she had ever been called a Mudblood at Hogwarts.

"HOW DARE YOU!" Draco replied. "50 points from Slytherin!"

That shocked Hermione more than it did the Slytherin students. Draco was actually taking points away from his own house AND he was standing up for her?

"WHAT!" the girl shouted at him.

"You heard me" Draco replied. "I told you not to call her that and you decided to defy me. Now. I suggest if you do not want to lose more house-points you answer our questions! Where did you get this book?"

"The restricted section" the girl replied hanging her head.

"Who gave you permission to enter there" Hermione asked.

The girl looked at her with hate in her eyes. Draco gave her a warning look.

"No-one" she replied.

"So how did you get in there?" Hermione replied.

"Madame Pince opened the doors to allow Draco to enter a couple of days ago and I snuck in behind her when she wasn't looking". The girl replied.

Draco panicked a little but he didn't allow the panic to hit his face.

"I had permission to be there. You did not!" Draco replied.

The girl kept looking at the floor.

"How do you want to deal with this?" Draco asked.

Hermione looked at Draco as if asking who he was talking too. She was shocked to see he was at looking at her.

"I'm going to be biased because I am a Slytherin" he replied.

"Well I would think 20 points for stealing a library book, 20 books for entering the restricted section without permission and a further 10 points for showing it to other pupils" Hermione replied.

"Very well" Draco replied. "That is 50 points and then the other 50 points for being defiant. So you have lost Slytherin house 100 house-points this afternoon. I hope it was worth it". Draco said as he walked off with the book.

Hermione decided to chase after him.

"Draco" she shouted. He continued to walk. She finally caught up with him. "Draco where are you going?"

"To the library. This book needs to be returned" Draco replied.

"Draco come on. You've never been one to follow rules and you have just taken 100 points away from your own house. 50 of which were taken because they called me a Mudblood. A word that you have been calling me since I arrived here".

Draco stopped and turned to look at her. "Hermione" Draco said as if he was going to say something but decided against it. He walked off again.

One of these days Hermione might actually understand the mystery that is Draco Malfoy.

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