The Aftermath.

Monday morning found a relieved Draco and Harry waking up in their own bodies. Both boys were thrilled to be back to normal, and both of them reluctantly admitted that maybe they had misjudged each other. After getting to know Draco's friends and witnessing how they treated the blond, Harry had realised that under the Slytherins cold fa├žade he seemed to be a perfectly normal teenager. Draco meanwhile had discovered new found respect for Harry, especially due to the fact he could spend time with Weasley and not punch him.

After revelling in the fact they were back to normal Draco and Harry headed to breakfast with their friends. As the two groups arrived practically together, Draco and Harry shared a friendly nod before they proceeded to their tables. While most of their friends had been oblivious to the exchange, Hermione had noticed everything. She'd already spoken with Harry and planned to meet him at lunchtime to talk about what was bothering him, while she wanted to discuss with him what he had discovered about her and Draco. She also wanted to speak to Draco and she was hoping her boyfriend and best friend would be able to get along from now on.

Halfway through breakfast Draco and Harry both received a message from Dumbledore, asking them to go to his office after breakfast. After they had ate both boys found themselves heading in the direction of Dumbledore's office. Similarly to when they had visited Dumbledore on Friday night the boys didn't really speak to each other, but the tense atmosphere that was normally present between them had vanished. When the boys reached the gargoyle guarding Dumbledore's office, they found it open and Dumbledore was waiting for them on the stairs that led up to his office.

"Mr Potter, Mr Malfoy." Dumbledore greeted, ushering the boys into his office and into seats. "I trust you both had an illuminating weekend."

"That's one word for it." Harry muttered. He had discovered an awful lot in the past forty eight hours and he was still trying to process it all.

"Well, I'm hoping we won't have to do that again. I trust after your experiences, you can both admit that you don't really know each other at all and as such, really shouldn't judge one another." Dumbledore peered at the two boys, wondering if they had in fact learnt anything from the experience. "Mr Malfoy, will we be having any more problems from you?"

"No, sir." Draco replied.

"Mr Potter?" Dumbledore turned his attention to the Gryffindor.

"No, I'll not be involved in any more arguing or fighting." Harry replied.

"Good." Dumbledore beamed at the two boys. "Now you better run along to your first lesson, I don't want you to be late."

With Dumbledore's dismissal the boys headed back out of his office. Since they were both going to the same first lesson they walked together down to the dungeons, where they took Potions.

"Do you think we can talk at lunchtime?" Draco asked as they walked down to their first lesson. After what he had discovered about Ginny, he felt Potter had a right to know what was going on with his cheating girlfriend.

"I'm meeting Hermione in the library, but feel free to join us." Harry replied. He was pleased that Draco suggested meeting up because he had planned to ask the blond's advice on what to do about Blaise.

"I will." Draco nodded. "Thanks, Potter."

"It's fine. I'm guessing I'll have to get used to you now you're with Hermione."

"About that, I would appreciate it if you told no-one." Draco stopped Harry in the corridor and checked no-one was around to listen to them.

"You're not ashamed of her, are you?" Harry questioned, suddenly feeling very protective of his best friend.

"No." Draco exclaimed, shocked by the accusation. "But I need to handle my father carefully as I'm not sure what he'll think of Hermione. I just think he'll be easier to talk around if we're the ones to tell him."

"You don't want him hearing anything via rumours." Harry said, understanding the need for secrecy.

"Exactly." Draco nodded. "So it would be great, if you can keep quiet for a bit longer."

"Of course, I won't tell a soul." Harry reassured the blond. "Now come on if we don't hurry we'll be late for potions."

Both boys shared a horrified look and took of sprinting down the corridors. Both of them knew from experience that Professor Snape detested tardiness and loved nothing more than docking house points from any latecomers. Even Draco wasn't safe as a Slytherin as Snape treated all late comers with the same punishment, the only difference was he would likely only take a few points from Draco where he would take a pile from Harry.

"Come on Potter, get a move on." Draco called over his shoulder as they entered the dungeons and he realised Harry had dropped behind him slightly.

Harry put on a burst of speed and caught up with the blond. Together the two teens tumbled into potions, luckily arriving a minute or so before Snape strode into the room. Taking their seats the two boys were relieved their small chat hadn't resulted in them losing house points from Snape.


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By the time Draco arrived in the library, Harry and Hermione were already settled down at a table near the back of the library. When Draco slid into a chair next to Hermione and greeted the Gryffindor duo, his girlfriend didn't seem surprised to see him so he figured that Potter had told her to expect him.

"I hope we're not here to have an argument." Hermione said to the pair of boys. "I was hoping this weekend would be the start of a friendship between you two."

"Don't get too carried away, Hermione." Draco chuckled, although he suspected he could actually learn to get along with Harry. His time with the Gryffindors had been illuminating and apart from Weasley, who still annoyed him just by being himself, Draco had actually liked the others, well apart from the cheating slapper Ginny. "Although I will admit, I have a new found respect for Potter. Anyone who can spend as much time as he does with Weasley and not kill him is a better person than me. Honestly, does he talk about anything other than Quidditch and food?"

"Occasionally." Harry laughed. "I also have to admit that you're not as bad as I thought. Your friends are pretty cool, plus you can't be all bad if Hermione is with you."

"I'm pleased you think so much of my judgement." Hermione said. "So if you're not here to argue, why have you arranged to meet up?"

"Malfoy asked for the meeting." Harry replied. "Although I did want to talk to him as well."

"What I've got to say is pretty personal, do you want Hermione hearing it?" Draco asked.

"I'm fine with Hermione being here, as long as you're not going to tell her things about my body or stuff like that. I don't want you bragging that you're bigger than me."

"I think you're the one, that's just told her that." Draco chuckled while Harry blushed as he realised his mistake. "What I have to say, involves your love life."

"I think I know what you're talking about." Harry sighed, turning more serious as he realised that the time had come to discuss Ginny and her cheating. "While I was in your body I discovered something about Blaise."

"I'm sorry, Potter." Draco said, sounding genuinely sympathetic. "But I want you to know that Blaise didn't know about you, if he had he would never had gone there."

"What am I missing? What's going on?" Hermione asked, puzzled by the mysterious conversation.

"Since last year, I've been secretly dating Ginny." Harry explained, filling Hermione in on what had been happening. "She wanted me to keep it a secret, because she claimed that Molly wouldn't approve of her having a serious boyfriend."

"Of course Molly would approve." Hermione tutted. "She adores you and wouldn't mind if you were dating Ginny."

"Mrs Weasley wasn't the real reason she wanted Potter to stay quiet." Draco said, joining in with the explanation. "Also since last year, Blaise has been secretly dating Ginny. She was telling him that they had to keep it a secret because her family wouldn't approve."

"Oh my god, she was playing you both." Hermione gasped in shock. "Oh, Harry, did you find this out over the weekend? I'm so sorry."

Hermione jumped up and moved to the other side of the table, where she proceeded to give Harry a hug. Harry was her best friend and she felt awful for the way he had been hurt, she was also as mad as hell at Ginny and couldn't wait to give the witch a piece of her mind. Harry gratefully accepted the hug, before composing himself and carrying on with the conversation.

"This is actually exactly what I wanted to talk to you about." Harry said to Draco. "Obviously I'm going to end things with Ginny, but I thought Blaise should know. I just wanted your advice on whether I should tell him or not, you're his friend so you would know whether he would want to know."

"We have to tell him." Draco replied. "I know it's going to hurt him, but I can't stand by and watch him be used like that."

"Do you have any ideas how to do it?" Harry asked. "Over the weekend I've come to quite like him, and I would rather he didn't hate me."

"Why don't you tell him, together?" Hermione suggested. "That way Harry can provide the details regarding Ginny and Draco can vouch that Ginny was using both boys and no-one is to blame but her."

"That's a good idea." Draco said, smiling gratefully at his girlfriend. "What do you think Potter? Do you fancy meeting me after dinner and we can talk to Blaise together?"

"Sure, where do you want to meet?"

As Harry and Draco spent the next half hour or so planning their talk with Blaise, Hermione watched the pair in wonderment. She could hardly believe that one weekend in each other's bodies could have such an effect. A week ago that pair wouldn't be seen dead sitting at the same table, now they were sitting together and quite happily chatting away to each other. Hermione just wished their bonding had come from something better than Harry and Blaise being used by Ginny.


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After dinner on Monday night, Hermione was sitting curled up by the fire, supposedly reading her book. Hermione had originally started out reading the book, but as time had passed she began wondering how Draco and Harry were getting along with Blaise. After dinner Harry had went off to meet her boyfriend and she hadn't seen him since.

"Hermione, do you know where Harry is?" Ron asked, wandering into the common room from the boys' dorms and sitting down on the sofa next to Ginny, who was doing her homework.

"He said he had something to do." Hermione replied, not wanting to reveal too much with Ginny sitting nearby. She was already finding it hard enough to control her animosity towards the redhead, and she didn't want to talk about Harry in case she couldn't control herself and snapped at Ginny.

Before Ron had time to question Hermione any further the common room door opened and Harry appeared. Ron began to greet his friend, but the words died on his lips when he spotted Blaise following Harry into the common room.

"What's he doing here?" Ron asked, shooting dirty looks Blaise's way. "Why are you bringing Slytherins up to the dorm, Harry?"

"Why don't you ask your sister." Harry replied. "She's a lot closer to Blaise than I am."

By this point Ginny had shut her homework book and was looking at her two lovers warily. The second she spotted Blaise she sensed trouble was brewing and from Harry's words it appeared her lies were about to come crashing down around her.

"What's he talking about, Ginny?" Ron asked, turning to his sister.

"I think there's being some sort of mix-up." Ginny muttered, trying to play for time. She had no idea how she was going to get out of this mess, but she wasn't going down without a fight.

"There's no mix-up." Harry snorted. "You see Ron, since last year Ginny and I have been secretly dating."

"That's great, mate." Ron beamed, thrilled that his sister and best friend were together.

"I thought so, until this last weekend when I discovered I wasn't her only boyfriend." Harry said, causing gasps to be heard around the Gryffindor common room.

By now everyone was watching the confrontation. While some people were subtly listening in there were others that were openly gaping at the scene. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that by the following day the entire school would have heard about what was currently happening up in Gryffindor Tower.

"Ginny, how could you?" Ron scolded his sister, outraged that she would treat Harry so badly. "And who is this bloke you've been cheating on Harry with?"

"That would be me." Blaise said, speaking up from the first time since entering the room. "Like Potter I was under the illusion we were a couple and that I was her boyfriend."

"So we've just come here to dump you." Harry said to Ginny, who was looking increasingly embarrassed and guilty over her actions.

"Both of us." Blaise added, standing shoulder to shoulder with his Gryffindor classmate. "We want nothing to do with you."

"I'm sorry." Ginny whispered, tears starting to fall down her face. "I never meant to hurt either of you."

"What did you expect would happen, Ginny?" Harry asked bitterly. "That you would date both of us before deciding which one you preferred?"

"Or is there more?" Blaise questioned. "Do you have a boyfriend in every house?"

"No, it's just you two." Ginny protested, not wanting everyone to think she was a complete slapper with four boyfriends.

"That doesn't make it any better, Gin." Ron retorted in disgust. "What you did to Harry and Zabini was horrible."

"I'm sorry." Ginny sobbed one final time, before turning and fleeing up the stairs to the girls dormitories.

"Okay, the show's over now." Harry said, addressing the rest of the common room. "You can all get back on with what you were doing."

Slowly the attention drifted away from the spectacle that had just taken place. Ron slumped back onto the sofa, shocked by what had happened while Harry perched on the arm of Hermione's chair. Hermione took hold of Harry's hand and squeezed it comfortingly as she turned to Blaise.

"I'm so sorry, Blaise. Are you alright?" She asked. Since she had been with Draco she had gotten to know the Slytherin and considered him a friend.

"I'm fine." Blaise sighed, sounding anything but fine. "I think I'm going to be off now, Draco's waiting for me back down in the dungeons."

"Tell him, thanks." Harry said to Blaise. "I appreciated his help in the matter."

"How did Malfoy help?" Ron asked, once Blaise had left the common room.

Harry moved onto the sofa next to Ron and began to tell him about his weekend in the Slytherins body, although he did leave out his discoveries regarding Hermione. Ron was amazed by the whole thing and before long the two boys were laughing loudly as Harry told Ron tales about his weekend as a Slytherin, and Ron recounted the odd behaviour of what he had thought was Harry.

Watching her friends, Hermione couldn't help but smile. She noticed that Harry was making sure Ron realised what the Slytherins were really like and making sure the redhead knew that they had judged them harshly. Hermione was hoping that with Harry's help that Ron might not react too badly when he discovered her relationship with Draco, although before she could worry about Ron she had to face Draco's parents and try to win them round. Hopefully though that would work out fine and in the New Year everything would be out in the open and she and Draco wouldn't have to hide anymore.

The End.