A/N: I get story ideas… I get into them and then I detest how the story goes… so let's see what will happen with this one.
DISCLAIMER: Only the idea. The rest is J.K Rowling's.
A moment in time. Something that will change everything. Whatever you want to call it, I mean really everyone has a different definition for it at the end of the day. For me, it was something that changed my life completely. In saying that, however, my life had already gone through a dramatic change in the last three years. I suppose that really is where I need to start so the full picture can be shared with you all…
October 31st 2000
"I can't go."
"Why not?" came Ginny Weasley's bossy reply before tilting her head to the side and looking at Hermione Granger knowingly, "Is it because of him?"
"It will be awkward!"
"And that is your fault, how?"
Hermione picked up her black jacket and shrugged it on before looking back at Ginny, "Most of the people at the party are Ron's friend's, Ginny. You know that."
"You are my friend and Harry's. Neville will be there and so will Luna. They are also your friends."
Hermione gave Ginny a strained smile, "I think I will give it a miss tonight, Ginny. Maybe next time."
Ginny sighed and walked with Hermione to the front door of her unit she shared with Harry.
"It was worth a shot."
"Tell Harry I said hi. I'll come by again soon to catch up with him."
Hermione left and headed down the street to the main street of Hogsmeade. The cool breeze whipped up around her, rustling fallen leaves along the ground as Hermione spied a new café that had recently opened up opposite the Three Broomsticks. With a glance at her watch, Hermione saw she had plenty of time before she was due to meet her parents at their place for dinner.
Hermione quickly crossed the street and pushed the door open, almost colliding into a solid body on the opposite side.
"Whoa," came the voice of the body.
Hermione steadied herself, with the person holding her arms gently. Looking up, Hermione quickly stepped back in surprise as Draco Malfoy peered at her as if she were someone he had just met before.
"Never thought I would run into you outside of Hogwarts," he commented.
Hermione resisted the urge to frown as she silently wondered when the insults would come into play.
"Have you been here before?" asked Draco startling Hermione from her thoughts.
"Ah no… I very rarely come to Hogsmeade," said Hermione half expecting Draco to laugh, call her a mudblood and walk out of the shop. Instead he nodded and gestured to a cake on display.
"Best thing ever. White mud cake, not too rich, but just enough to settle any sweet cravings."
Hermione managed a tight smile and stepped forward to place her order.
"A hot chocolate and… and… a slice of your white mud cake," said Hermione seeing Draco smile a little out of the corner of her eyes.
After paying and taking a table number, Hermione headed over to a table in the corner. She grabbed a copy of the days paper and started reading silently.
"I'm guessing you think I have gone mental."
Hermione looked up to see Draco had claimed the seat opposite her. Slowly Hermione closed the paper and folded it in half before answering the suddenly friendly, former Slytherin.
"The thought did pass my mind… a few times," replied Hermione.
Draco chuckled and shrugged, "I don't blame you."
"So… so why the sudden friendly nature towards… someone… like… me?"
"Honestly? I just didn't give a damn about the whole prejudice crap. It was part of the reason one of my closest friend's died. I look at you and there is no physical sign that states you come from a muggle background… so why should it matter?"
Hermione looked at Draco with wide eyes, "Wow."
"That's the general reaction I get."
"Tell me if this is too nosey of me… what about your parents?"
"Parents?" said Draco before a short bitter laugh, "I see myself as an orphan."
"I have nothing to do with them."
"Your hot chocolate and cake, Miss," said a waitress.
Hermione smiled at the girl as she placed the order before her. Hermione let out a deep breath at the serving of cake, "Oh there is no way I can eat that on my own."
"Don't lay claim to that until you eat it."
Hermione looked at Draco curiously, "Do I look like a cake eater?"
"After this you will."
Hermione gave a small smile and picked up her fork and scooped a bit of cake onto it before eating it. The cake seemed to melt in her mouth, emitting a perfectly sweet taste with the right amount of moist to it.
"Oh… my… cake! This is just… heaven!"
Draco laughed openly at Hermione's reaction. Hermione felt her cheeks flush pink in a blush. Hermione ate the entire slice, all the while conversing and joking with Draco. When she finished she glanced at her watch and gasped.
"I am so late!" she cried standing up before looking at Draco who was standing also, "This… this was nice. We'll have to do it again sometime but for now I am late and really must go!"
Before he could reply, Hermione ran out of the café before apperating with a crack.
Your father and I forgot to tell you we have tickets to the opera tonight. So sorry. Let's have dinner next week.
"Happy Halloween," sighed Hermione leaving with a crack, this time appearing in Diagon Alley.
The shops were open late for the day with each store decked out with moving spiders and cobwebs. It was Hermione's favourite day of the year and usually she would dress up for it.
"Now, I may be old fashioned but to me, dinner would be actually going somewhere to eat… not walking through Diagon Alley."
Hermione turned around and looked at Draco in slight amusement, "Are you stalking me now?"
Draco chuckled, "I could ask you the same thing… however seeing as I brought this massive box of Berties Beans… well I could be trying to woo you."
Hermione chuckled, "I am not silly enough to eat those."
"Hmm, and I thought being a Gryffindor meant you possessed bravery and didn't turn away from a challenge."
"Clearly you live up to your sly Slytherin qualities by creating something I cannot walk away from."
"All part of my charm, deary."
Hermione snorted in an unladylike manner and gestured for Draco to open the box. He opened it and held it out to her and Hermione looked at him as she reached in and pulled out a blue jellybean. Taking a deep breath, Hermione popped it into her mouth and started chewing before pulling a horrified expression.
"Oh gross!" cried Hermione desperately swallowing it, "Soap! Ick!"
Draco laughed and gestured for Hermione to take another one, which she did.
"Ohhhh nice…. Vanilla! Come on, your turn."
Draco grabbed an orange one and started chewing it and nodded, "Nice… carrot."
He took another one and gagged almost instantly, "Argh… vomit!"
Hermione cracked up laughing at his expression, stepping back to hold onto the building behind her for support. Before she knew it, Draco was in front of her and tickling her by the ribs. Hermione squealed and moved away, dashing along the alley with Draco in hot pursuit. Hermione ducked behind a stack of cauldrons and watched as Draco ran past, coming to a halt outside a second hand book store. Hermione stepped out and crept up behind Draco and poked him in the sides, making him jump in surprise. Hermione laughed and hurried away again only to be quickly caught as Draco grabbed her around the waist. He spun her around before putting her down. Hermione turned to face Draco, laughing but also feeling a bit breathless. The pair looked at each other in silence before they stepped forward and their lips met in a small, sweet kiss.
It amazes me, how I can have known someone for so long but not have really known them until a single moment in life in which our paths crossed again. Some would call it 'fate' or 'destiny'. I just call it life. Everything happens for a reason I suppose.
And I guess what inevitably happened when I made my choice happened for a reason also…
December 21st 2000
Hermione sighed and sat up, pushing the sheets away only to be pulled back down onto the bed by one strong arm. Hermione smiled and turned her head slightly to meet a pair of grey eyes smiling softly back at her.
"Where are you going?" he murmured.
"I have a brunch date with Ginny and Harry," replied Hermione, one hand brushing a lock of hair from his eyes.
"Stay here, it's too cold out."
Hermione smiled and kissed Draco gently, "I can't blow them off. They are my friends."
Draco gave a nod before kissing Hermione again with more intensity. Hermione knew he was trying to distract her into staying and if she let it continue his motives would win.
Pulling away, Hermione scooted out of the bed and grabbed her pants and shirt to pull on.
"Now why would you cover up a gorgeous body like that?" said Draco winking at Hermione in a cheeky manner.
"I'm sure you would just love for Harry to see me in my natural state."
Draco sat up and shook his head, "On second thoughts, I suppose I can allow you to be clothed this once… perhaps in that full length robe set?"
Hermione chuckled and grabbed her purse and wand so she could head back to her place to shower and change into fresh clothes. She walked over to Draco as he stood up stretching. Hermione couldn't quite wrap her mind around out things had progressed between them. Despite everything the relationship between them seemed natural.
"I wish we could just tell everyone about us," said Hermione stepping closer to Draco.
Draco placed his hands on Hermione's hips and pressed a kiss to her forehead, "We will. For now I want to be Mr Selfish and keep you to myself."
Hermione smiled and kissed Draco once more before leaving for the day.
After a shower and change of clean clothing, Hermione apperated to the Three Broomsticks. She had tried to get the brunch location changed but Harry insisted saying he had a craving for Rosemerta's waffles.
Harry and Ginny did know Hermione's reluctance to go to Hogsmeade but insisted she would get past it and couldn't let a negative experience keep her away.
Walking up the front steps, Hermione sucked in a deep breath as she walked in. Harry waved to her from a booth to the right of the room but Hermione already caught the raised eyebrow look from Rosemerta. Sucking in a deep breath, Hermione walked across to the booth and sat opposite Harry and Ginny with a smile.
"I am surprised you aren't a ghost," said Ginny, "After two cancels and hardly any contact I was beginning to worry."
"I have been super busy with work," said Hermione with a slight nervous laugh.
"Liar," said Harry curiously, "Your posture is rigid and you laughed at the end of that explanation."
"Why is it you can memorise all of your Auror studies but never your school work?"
"And now you are trying to divert the conversation to a meaningless topic."
Hermione sighed and looked down at the bracelet on her left wrist.
"You can't do this to me!"
"Too you? Are you seriously going to make me look like the bad person? I have done nothing but be true to you!"
"This isn't about that!"
"It has EVERYTHING to do with that and you know it!"
Hermione looked up at Harry in surprise, "What?"
"What has really been happening?" asked Ginny curiously.
Hermione sighed again, "I… I am seeing someone."
Harry nodded and Ginny looked at Hermione in surprise. Hermione looked up at them before a shadow appeared to her left. Standing still at the sight of her was Ron. Hermione looked at him stunned and then back at Harry and Ginny.
"Is this some sick joke?" demanded Hermione standing up and refusing to acknowledge Ron.
"Hermione, he asked to see you. We didn't know another way," said Harry.
Hermione shook her head and pushed past Ron and headed out of the bar into the cold street. Hermione hurried towards the apperation zone only to be grabbed by the arm. Hermione whirled around, her hand smacking Ron across the face instantly.
"Don't you dare touch me!" hissed Hermione backing away pointing at him in anger, "I told you I never wanted to see you ever again and that still stands!"
Harry and Ginny hurried out to the street looking between the two former friends and lovers in shock.
"How can you still be going on about that?" cried Ron, "That was seven months ago, Hermione!"
"So I am automatically meant to forgive you because you want me too?" cried Hermione, "You cheated on me! You broke my heart and treated it like it was some big joke! You put the blame on me!"
"I love you Hermione!" cried Ron.
Hermione looked away and shook her head. She didn't feel like crying. She was over Ron but she didn't think she could ever be friends with him again.
"It goes like this," said Hermione calmly, "I never want to see you ever again. I never want to see ANY of you again."
"Hermione!" cried Ginny and Harry stepping forward only to quickly stop as Hermione turned away.
Looking up Hermione felt her heart skip a beat. Standing by the owl post office stood Draco. He looked at her with his gentle, caring expression and Hermione ran over to him without a single thought. His arms went around her without any hesitation as Hermione clung onto him.
Without looking back, Hermione allowed Draco to let them both leave with a resounding crack in the air.
I guess it was that moment that my life took on a full change. Old friends gone and new friends in. They basically became our family. Sure, I still saw my parents but they eventually took long leave from work and started travelling the world and things had never really been the same since I wiped their memories of me during the war.
Life with Draco was great. He became my everything… he truly took hold of my heart and I didn't want him to let go. If only one moment… one moment could be reversed.
July 10th 2001
Hermione peered curiously at Draco as he walked down the hallway and into their bedroom. The pair had moved into a unit in Diagon Alley six months ago and settled into living together with ease. In the last couple of days however, Draco had been acting rather odd and it was beginning to concern Hermione.
Standing up from the lounge, Hermione headed down to the bedroom where she found Draco sitting on the edge of the bed looking at something in his hands.
"Everything okay?" asked Hermione from the doorway.
Draco looked up in surprise at Hermione, "Yes… fine… perfectly fine."
Hermione frowned not believing him one bit, "Draco… what is going on?"
He stood up and walked over to Hermione looking at her uncertainly, "This wasn't the way I wanted to do this… this was so not the plan."
Hermione frowned a little but stepped back in surprise as Draco knelt down on one knee and looked up at her with a soft smile.
"You, Hermione Jean Granger, are everything to me. I love you beyond any words that could describe this feeling inside of me. Will you marry me?"
Hermione laughed and nodded, kneeling down to Draco so she could kiss him fully on the lips and hug him tightly.
"You haven't even seen the ring," laughed Draco as Hermione leaned back.
"I'm sure it's perfect."
Draco opened his hand and showed the white gold band with a round red ruby, surrounded by small white diamonds. Hermione smiled happily as Draco slipped it onto her finger. Hermione hugged him tightly and kissed him gently before he lifted her up and carried her over to the bed…
October 31th 2001
"We are so going to get busted for this," murmured Jena, Hermione's closet friend.
Hermione smiled and turned to face Jena and her other close friend Taylor. Both smiled at Hermione dressed in a knee length white gown that sat off the shoulders with a fitted bodice. She wore a simple veil and jewellery and kept her makeup simple.
"Let them bust us," said Hermione with a small laugh, "Either way… today will be perfect."
The three walked out of the bathroom and into the grand room. Portraits hung from the wall, watching the three curiously. Standing in the middle stood Draco with his best man, Trey and Sebastian who was officiating their small wedding. A few of their other friends were there to watch the moment between the couple take place a year after they crossed paths again.
"We are gathered here today in this… gallery for the wedding of Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger," said Sebastian, his hazel eyes twinkling in delight, "So… Draco… do you want to begin?"
Draco grinned at Hermione, holding both her hands in his, "You… you are perfect. I love you, I… I absolutely adore you. I cannot imagine my life without you in it. I promise to love you with my every breath… I promise to hold your hand in everything that comes our way… I cannot imagine a moment of my life without you with me."
Hermione smiled as happy tears filled her eyes.
"Hermione?" prompted Sebastian.
"Oh Draco," sighed Hermione, "You already have me crying… but because I am happy. You make me happy. You are the sunshine in my life. I never want to let you go. I want you with me forever. I love you more than I thought was humanly possible… I will love you forever."
"Do you, Draco, take Hermione to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
"Hell yes," smiled Draco as he slipped the white gold wedding band onto her finger.
"Do you, Hermione, take Draco to be your lawfully wedded husband?"
"I sure do," grinned Hermione sliding Draco's ring onto his finger.
"Great, here comes security and I pronounce you a married couple! Let's go!" said Sebastian grabbing Taylor's hand and running for the exit.
Hermione squealed with laughter as Draco grabbed her hand making them run for the door as security came running into the room yelling at them to stop.
The pair ran down the front steps before apperating away and reappearing in Hogsmeade outside their favourite café.
"I am yet to seal our marriage with a kiss," said Draco wrapping his arms around Hermione as they ignored the curious looks from onlookers.
"Huh… that would be true then," said Hermione with a smile, "Well, we better rectify that matter Mr Malfoy."
"We surely should Mrs Malfoy."
Hermione leaned up on her tip toes and captured her husband's lips in a sweet kiss. She leaned back and looked at him, feeling blissfully happy.
"I love you my husband."
"I love you my wife."
That moment had me foolishly thinking that nothing in the world could go wrong. I was so blinded by happiness and I probably still would be so if only…
October 28th 2002
Hermione leaned back against the tree branch watching Draco, Sebastian and Trey fly around on their brooms racing to catch the snitch. Taylor walked over from the edge of the shade and sat on the blanket as Jena searched through the picnic basket for the container of strawberries.
"I love days like this," sighed Hermione.
"I know. And too think when we all have kids or get married it will change," said Taylor.
"For the better," said Jena, "Aha! I knew I packed them!"
Hermione and Taylor laughed at Jena as she held onto the strawberries container like a prized possession.
Hermione jumped up at the yell of her husband's name and ran forward to see Sebastian and Trey flying to the ground. Hermione bolted forward, her heart slamming against her rib cage as fear filled her entire body.
"Draco!" cried Hermione reaching his side as Trey rolled him onto his back.
A deep gash was above his eye and he was completely unresponsive.
"He's alive, isn't he?" demanded Hermione falling to her knees beside Draco, "TREY!"
"Y-yeah… barely. We have to get him to St Mungo's, Hermione."
Hermione met Trey's eyes and nodded. Trey vanished with Draco with Hermione following seconds later.
As she arrived she saw Draco being levitated at a quick speed into the emergency room. Hermione ran after them but a nurser grabbed her to stop them.
"HE IS MY HUSBAND!" screamed Hermione showing her the ring on her finger.
The nurse quickly let go and Hermione ran along the corridor stopping when the last set of doors wouldn't let her through. Hermione slumped against the wall as tears filled her eyes. Silently she prayed Draco would live because he heart couldn't cope without him.
I don't know how much timed passed in that moment. I know mine and Draco's friends arrived. I know I fell asleep with Taylor and Jena on either side of me… all I know is I needed to see Draco and to know he was okay. I just wasn't expecting the new I received.
October 29th 2002
Hermione jerked awake and quickly stood up, looking at the Healer before her, "Yes? Is Draco okay? Can I see him?"
"First I need to talk with you."
Hermione knew the Healer wanted to speak with her privately however Hermione considered their close friends her family, "You can tell me in front of these people. They are practically family."
"Very well. Draco is alive… he did lose a fair amount of blood in the fall. The injury alop caused a fair amount of swelling to his brain. At this stage we don't know the damage caused."
"When will you know?" asked Hermione squeezing Taylor's hand for support.
"In the next few hours. There is concern… that there may have been damage done to the part were his brain store's his long term and short term memory… like I said, the extent won't be known for a few more hours at least."
Hermione sucked in a deep breath and nodded, "Can I please go and see him?"
"Of course," said the Healer, " Follow me."
Hermione quickly hugged her friends and followed the Healer along the corridor and through a set of doors into a hall of private wards. The Healer gestured to the fifth door on the right and Hermione ran in seeing Draco laying in his bed as if he were sleeping. Hermione walked over and placed her hand over his before stroking his head.
"Merlin, you gave me a fright," whispered Hermione fighting back more tears, "You always have to be the dare devil, don't you?"
Hermione gave a sigh and pulled a chair over and sat down, watching Draco as she held his hand, willing him to wake soon.
5 hours later…
"W-where am I?"
Hermione slowly sat up, blinking her tired eyes. She managed to gain focus and looked over at Draco seeing him looking around the room in confusion. Quickly Hermione stood and looked at him happily.
"You're awake!" cried Hermione, "I'll get the Healer!"
Hermione rushed out of the room and quickly located the Healer who came hurrying back to the ward with her.
"Good to see you awake, Mr Malfoy," smiled the Healer, "How are you feeling?"
Draco frowned and touched his forehead gingerly, "My head hurts… I feel a bit sleepy as well."
The Healer nodded as Hermione looked at Draco anxiously, "Understandable. You took quite a hard whack to the head. Thankfully scarring will be minimal, if at all."
"Why is Granger here?"
Hermione stepped forward as Draco frowned at her in confusion. Hermione looked at the Healer who gave a slight frown.
"Mr Malfoy… what is the last thing you remember?" asked the Healer.
"Eating breakfast with my parents at the Manor. I am meant to be going out to dinner with my fiancée, Pansy."
Hermione's hand flew to her mouth as she walked out of the room breathing erratically. She hurried down the hall and out to the waiting area, not at all surprised to see her friends waiting for her.
"Hermione!" cried Jena rushing over to her shattered looking friend, "What is it?"
"He doesn't remember who I am to him at all," cried Hermione as tears fell down her cheeks once again, "The memory is gone!"
My heart broke in that moment. And that moment was a week ago. I don't know what I am going to do. As I just said, it's been a week and no improvement has been made. Now the Healer is stating nothing may change… all we can do is have hope that whatever triggered the loss allows the memories to gradually come back.
If not, I have lost my soul mate forever.