Hermione's heels clacked rhythmically against the stone tiles. Her tight red dress restricted her from taking the wide strides that was itching to take, but she got there soon enough. Luckily she encountered a very drunk Blaise sitting outside the Slytherin dungeon entrance. He was asleep.

Hermione quickly looked around to see if anyone was around and grabbed Blaise by the shoulder. She shook him gently. "Blaise! Blaise, wake up!"

He slowly stirred awake. "Hermione!" he said in a drunken slur. "What brings you here?"

"I need the password to get into the Slytherin dungeons," she said quietly but clearly.

"Hmm," he surveyed her up and down. The red dress certainly fit well.

"It's going to have to come at a price," was his final verdict.

Hermione sighed exasperatedly. She knew what she had to do so she figured she might as well get it over with. She grabbed the top of her dress and yanked, giving Blaise a quick look-see.

Blaise grinned. "Did anyone tell you you've got a great-"

"Oh shut up and open the entrance already!" she snapped as she readjusted her dress.

Blaise got up, grumbling, but nevertheless managed to open the dorm entrance. "Thank you," said Hermione haughtily as she stepped in.

"Anytime, anytime," Blaise slurred. He slumped back against the wall and fell back asleep.

Hermione swiftly found her way to the Head Boy's dorm room. She knocked persistently. Finally she heard the shuffle of slippers and the door creaked open, Draco blocking the doorway.

"Hermione?" He was clad in a pair of black silk boxers and a black silk bathrobe. Hermione had to smile to herself. Even when he was alone he had to look good.

"Hello," she said slowly.

"Hi." Draco managed to reply. He rubbed his eyes quickly to make sure this wasn't a dream.

She stood there silently. He realized what was wrong and opened the door fully, allowing her to come in. "Oh, I'm sorry, come in!"

She smiled. "Thank you."

Hermione looked around. Everything was like hers, only in Slytherin motif. She walked slowly out onto the balcony. The sky was starting to burn a bright red. She sighed.

"Was there something you needed to say?" he asked quietly as he followed her out onto the balcony. They stood and gazed out onto the horizon side by side.

"I thought about what you said."

Draco swallowed.

"And.I also recall you saying something earlier. About the first girl you slept with out of love?"

They exchanged glances; Hermione's eyes were full of mirth and Draco's were beginning to show signs of realization.

Hermione reached up and stroked his cheek softly. "I think you have some proposing to do, Mr. Malfoy."

Draco smiled broadly and looked down lovingly at Hermione. He slowly got down on one knee and took Hermione's hand gently. "Hermione Granger, would you do me the great honor of marrying me?"

Hermione squatted ungracefully in front of him. "Yes," she whispered. "I love you, Draco." She leaned in and kissed him. Just as the kiss intensified they soon lost their balance and toppled over lying on the ground, laughing, but still kissing.

It was the beginning of a beautiful day at Hogwarts.



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