Hermione woke up in a large bedroom with sun rays coming from the large bay windows. She rubbed her eyes sleepily as she stretched out her back pulling her arms above her head. She suddenly pulled them back down, she realized that that hadn't hurt her at all; she looked down to her stomach the gash was still there with large black thread holding it together, but she couldn't feel a thing.
She looked around the large room, where was she? She had never even been in this place before in her life. The room was white, black and dark green with a fire place on the opposite wall; the large black and white sheets on top of her were made with silk, her legs gliding across the sheets. There were doors that led to outside that had a large deck with beautiful flowers hanging on the railing, signaling that it was summer time.
She got out to the edge of the bed wondering if she would be able to walk. She stood up slowly and waited for the pain to come, but it never did. She couldn't believe it, she had been healed over night!
She started to walk a few steps and smiled, she never knew how much she'd take simply walking for granted. She started to walk to the door opposite from the porch doors as something made her body freeze.
It was a picture above the fire place that caught her eye.
She walked toward the object hanging above the fire place as she realized it was a picture of a family. They were sitting on the grass underneath a large tree with an empty old swing hanging on one of the large branches by a small pond. There were fall leaves surrounding them making the back ground look like a true autumn day as they covered the ground about them. Her eyes instantly went to the family. They were a completely gorgeous family to say the least. The picture was with a couple and three little boys looking around the ages of 6, 4, and 2 with only one new born baby girl who was in the gorgeous man's arms in the picture, all of them having blonde hair and blue eyes. The mom was the only brunette but she was just as stunning as her husband and children. The couple was posing leaning back to back smiling toward the camera as the three boys sat in front of them all smiling handsomely, even the beautiful girl in the man's arms was giving a bit toothless smile. They were all smiling happily at the camera looking like a dream family.
But the longer she stared at it the more she began to realize something, something that made her catch her breath.
The brunette was her.
Her stomach dropped as she realized that it was her smiling perfectly at the camera in a beautiful light blue dress, she was older looking but that was definitely her in the picture. But that was only one of her surprises. The man holding the little girl she recognized was none other than Draco Malfoy.
She back up slowly from the picture not being able to believe what she was seeing. Where in the world was she?
"Cutest great grand children in the world if you ask me," A sweet voice rang behind her.
Hermione squealed and jumped as she saw an old women looking at her sweetly smiling.
"Good heavens dear no need to jump," She scolded still looking happily at her though.
Hermione narrowed her eyes in realization who she was, "Grandma?" She asked unbelievably.
Her gran gran smiled widely, "Of course dear who else would I be?"
Hermione's voice was lost for a moment.
"But Gran you died almost seven years ago, how in the world could I be talking to you? How did you get here?" She asked running her hands through her hair, "Where am I?"
Her grandmother simply smiled at her, "You mean you haven't figured that out yet?" She said her face soft, "Why were in the future my dear!" She said smiling again at Hermione, "Twelve years ahead in fact."
Hermione was still taking this in as she questioned her sanity. What in the world was going on?
"How did I get here? Why am I here?" She asked worriedly.
But the old women never lost her smile.
"Come out side with me dear it would be much easier if I simply showed you," She said as she came forward taking Hermione's arm in hers.
Suddenly Hermione found herself in the front yard looking at the large house that stood in front of her. There was a large porch in the front of the stoned house that gave it more of a home look than the mansion it really was. The back yard held a small pond with a large tree with an old wooden swing; the place from the picture she realized. The picture must have been taken in this very yard Hermione thought. The grass and flowers surrounding it were beautiful as Hermione remembered, but now it was summer time.
Hermione's eyes caught the family coming out of the house on to the porch little boys running around every where full of energy.
"Mommy watch this! I learned how do this yesterday in karate!" The oldest boy said running out into the front of the yard kicking and punching the air wildly, the two younger boys following his lead one of them pretending to be an Indian the other a space ranger.
"Boy's don't get those shirts muddy! I don't want the family thinking that I have the house elves doing everything," The older version of herself said as she laughed at them.
"Keep those arms up Tristan and block good so they can't knock you down," A handsome Draco Malfoy said as he held the little blonde girl in the purple dress.
"Draco spoils that one to no end right there doesn't he," Gran said smiling to Hermione.
"Can't they see us?" Hermione question as the boys came so close to hitting Hermione she had to jump back.
"Oh no dear were simply observing," She said turning her attention back to the family.
"You look beautiful my love," Draco said smiling as he kissed the older Hermione with just as much passion as they did the first time they kissed.
Hermione pulled away smiling, "Don't you get any ideas from the boys, you have to keep your shirt clean too. No getting near the pond today," She said teasingly.
Draco simply smiled at her and walking out into the sun to join his kids, "I shall do my best,"
A car suddenly came into view as the kids started to scream, "Emmy's here!"
They all shouted in excitement as they all started to run to meet the car that was coming down the long private drive way.
"You three what have I told you about running into the drive way when Aunt Emily comes!" Hermione said scolding but she smiled in spite of herself as she chased the littlest boy picking him up as he screamed with laughter as she twirled him around.
The car came to a stop as the three boys held in there excitement.
Hermione's jaw almost dropped as she saw her older looking little sister get out of the car completely gorgeous looking, no longer the awkward teenager she was when she last saw her. She was holding only one new born baby girl with dark midnight black hair and green eyes. She was smiling brightly at the older Hermione.
"Hermione, my cute little boys how are you?" She asked as she was greeted by Tristan and Justin.
"Emmy we helped make the dinner and everything!" Justin said poking his chest out.
"And we made your favorite cookies just like we promised," Said Boston brightly.
"Oh you guys made cinnamon cookies just for me?" She asked smiling sweetly as Hermione came up and gave her a hug while she tried to juggle Boston in the other.
"Emily it's good to see you," Hermione said pulling back looking at the little girl she was holding, "Look at you your so big now," She said grabbing her small hand as the little girl smiled at her cheerfully.
"I finally got her to say mommy, but Jason won't let it down about how she said daddy first," Emily said rolling her eyes.
The younger Hermione's eyes bulged out of her sockets as she saw Jason get out of the drivers seat finally carrying a baby carrier in his hand.
"She's just jealous huh emery," He said to the little girl rubbing his nose on hers sweetly.
Jason turned to Hermione, "It's good to see you," He said smiling giving her a big hug.
"Hey what about us?" Tristan said as he gave a pouting face.
Jason put his hands to his head, "Of course you have kids don't you," He said to Hermione pretending to forget as he picked up Tristan, "Of course I remember you!" He said throwing him up in the air.
Hermione gave him a scared look, "Don't drop him Jas, it makes me nervous when you do that,"
"Oh mom," Tristan said, "Were just playing,"
"Yeah mom were just playing," Jason said winking.
"Hey Emily," Draco said with a smile as he hugged the short brown haired girl.
She hugged him back willingly a smile playing on her gorgeous pink lips, "How's my sister been? Oh my goodness and look how big you are," She said looking at the blonde hair girl in Draco's arms, "You Brooklyn are just a doll,"
She smiled shyly as she hide her face in her dads arms.
"This one looks like a daddy's girl to," Emily said to Hermione as Hermione rolled her eyes in agreement.
"We have our moments but she sure is in love with her dad," Hermione said.
Draco and Jason shook hands as the boys went off in the yard going to get the mini broom sticks they got last Christmas to play catch. The younger Hermione could tell there smiles were forced but at least they tried to get along.
"These boys keeping you on your toes," Jason said smiling at the three boys jumping up and down as they sprinted toward the shed.
"Only every waking moment," Draco said smiling handsomely as there wives came to join them.
Emily gave Jason a peck on the lips, "Will you help me get the salad out of the back of the car Hermione?"
"Oh Em I told you you didn't have to bring anything," Hermione groaned as her little sister smiled.
"Now what kind of guest would I be if I didn't bring at least some sort of food for our lunch?" Emily said as she handed her baby Emery over to Jason.
"You two go round up the boys," Hermione said, "Grandma and Grandpa Granger will be here at any moment."
Draco and Jason agreed as Jason yelled at the boys to get there hiny's over here and help them set the table for there dinner.
Draco gave Hermione a light kiss as the older Hermione did something very unexpectedly bold and bit Draco's bottom lip then suddenly pulled away as he was just about to put his arms around her.
"Not in front of family Draco," She said winking at him teasing.
Draco smiled at her, "You shall pay for your stunt tonight," He whispered in her ear as he pecked her check and went to go help Jason round up the boy's and their broom sticks.
The older Hermione went and opened the car door helping Emily carry the food.
"I don't know how we got so lucky Hermione," Emily said as she looked at her with a bright smile.
"I don't know either," Hermione said smiling back at her as they shut the trunk door and made there way to their families hand in hand.
"Gran," the younger Hermione whispered as the two gorgeous women walked toward there families, "I think I know why I needed to see this… Jason was never in love with me he only thinks I'm his mate because he's supposed to be with Emily! It explains why I love him but not the way that I love Draco!" Hermione said smiling turning to her grandma finally finding a solution to her problem.
She was smiling to, "I've always said you were the smart one in the family,"
Suddenly everything started to blur away from Hermione, "Gran? Grandma wait!"
Suddenly Hermione woke up in her hospital bed with a start.
Jason jumped from Hermione's sudden movement.
"Whoa its ok Hermione," He said, "Are you alright?"
Hermione had to catch her breath for a moment as she remembered the dream, it was almost to good to be true. She replayed the whole thing in her mind as she ran her hand through her messy hair.
She twisted to face Jason to talk to him but her stomach made her yelp in pain instead.
"No your not you need some more cream on that," He said worried, "I can't seem to find it though I've looked everywhere for it."
"You can't find it because Draco broke it the other day," She said clutching her stomach wincing.
Jason rolled his eyes, "The idiot I'll go get some more from Madam Pomfrey I'll hold on I'll be right back," He said turning to leave.
Hermione this might be your last chance to tell him, She thought to herself, you have to tell him, it's now or never, she took in a deep breath.
"Wait Jason," She blurted out, He stopped and looked at her, "I need to talk to you."
He gave her a curious look back at her.
"Can it wait?" He asked but not rudely.
Hermione shook her head silently.
"What is it?" He asked walking back to her bed side looking at her questioning.
She tried to prepare herself, "You know yesterday… when I said I love you?" She said softly.
Jason nodded still confused on what she needed to talk to him about, "Yes," He said simply.
"Well I do… but I don't think it's the way you want me to love you," She said.
Jason's body froze.
"I… I have to be honest with you," She began weakly, "You need to understand that I love you Jason I truly do I can't stand the thought of losing you but it's not the kind of love you think it is. Mine's a friend love, I don't feel like I'm yours. In fact I know that I'm not yours. I'm only in love Draco and I have been from the beginning. It was wrong of me to kiss you I admit… I shouldn't have leaded you on, to let you think that I loved you that way but I did it because I didn't want you to feel like I didn't care about you," She said her eyes stinging again.
Jason's face slowly spread with distorted with pain. He stared at her in silence for what seemed like hours, his hands shaking.
Hermione felt sorry for hurting him she truly did but she knew that he was for Emily not her.
"What are you saying Hermione?" He said coldly.
Hermione looked at him straight in the eye, "Jason I know it seems hard to believe me right now, but I'm not your mate."
His eyes rolled, "Hermione we've been through this,"
Hermione shook her head, "Jason trust me… I know now why I was scared of losing you that's why I thought I loved you. But you have to know that I'm in love with Draco, I'm sorry,"
Jason's eyes started to give him away as tears filled his sad eyes. He couldn't take in what she was saying.
"How can you know that I'm not your mate?" He said hard looking at her, his eyes piercing into her soul.
Hermione felt her heart break but she knew that Jason would only be in pain for a small moment. Then Hermione's family will come to see her and she would introduce Jason to Emily, and his pain would be gone. He would see that his attraction to Hermione was simply because she was Emily's sister.
She took his hand in hers, "Just trust me, that's all I'm asking. Everything will explain itself by the end of today."
He looked down at her hand as she looked at him pleading.
He let go off her hand, "You're crazy Hermione," He said.
She looked at him pleadingly, "Jason please just stay and meet my family, I know you might not believe me but I need you to just do this for me."
He looked at her long and hard for a moment wondering what she was trying to prove. What had changed? He knew that Hermione was in love with Draco, but if she wasn't his mate why did he feel such a strong connection to her? She couldn't be anything but his mate; he knew that he couldn't stand the thought of living a life without her.
"Trust me," She said once again looking at him hoping he would at least stay to meet her family.
Jason gave out a loud sigh, if he had to survive this day to prove her wrong then fine.
"Fine, but don't think this is going to change anything," He said the last part almost under his breath.
Hermione was about to retort to him when she heard the hospital door swing open to revile a gorgeous flawless looking Draco Malfoy.
He was carrying what seemed to be some more of the gooey paste that passed for cream for Hermione's scarred and stitched stomach, arm and leg. She felt her self relax the moment he entered the room, her body begging for his to keep coming closer. She was truly infatuated with him. She only hoped that her dream would come true someday… she would be the happiest women alive.
Draco approached Hermione and Jason as he gave Jason a curt nod.
"West," He said as he gave a nod to Jason civilly his face somewhat still cold, he then turned to face Hermione.
"I brought you some more of this," He said opening the cream of white goo, "I should probably put some on it straightaway. Madam Pomfrey wasn't to happy to hear that I broke the other one, apparently this stuff is hard to come by," He said, "I barely made it out with my life," He muttered under his breath.
Hermione gave a small smile, "I'm glad you made it out alive."
Jason glared at Draco as he sat next to lifting up her night gown to put on the cream.
Draco glared back at him, "Is there something you need West you look sick," He said rudely.
"Draco," Hermione scolded.
"It's ok Hermione," He said glaring at Draco, "I think I need a bit of fresh air any way's," He said his sad eyes looking at her for a small moment as he left to go toward the hospital door.
"Jason," Hermione called to him as he turned back to look at her, "Don't go to far," She pleaded.
He nodded, "I won't," He said giving her a forced smile as he opened the hospital door and disappeared from sight closing the door with a loud click.
Hermione suddenly felt Draco's hands on her stomach as she felt the cream seep into her wound. She let out a soft sigh as she closed her eyes, the cream helped a lot with the sore and dryness of her wound. It also help her when she was this close to Draco, it was like someone gave her a jolt of energy when he touched her.
"Something's different," He said suddenly as her eyes snapped opened to his, finding them looking straight at her, "Why does it feel like something important happened that I don't know about?"
Hermione tried to gather her words together, "I just realized some things last night," She said softly.
"Why does West look like he got slapped in the face?" Draco asked keeping his face emotionless.
Hermione sighed, "I told him the truth," She said looking toward the ceiling.
He's eye's grew together slightly, "And what's that?"
She looked at him blushing feeling sheepish for what she was about to say, "Just- just the way I feel about you," She said shyly.
Draco's hands stopped moving for a moment as she dared meet his eyes again.
He was starring at her, simply starring at her. He felt his heart sore when she said things like that that made his inside's jump alive. It made him feel like he was doing something right for once in his life, that everything might be ok in the end.
"I told him I was in love with you… and only you," She whispered.
"You understand what will happen to him now?" He asked after a moment wondering how she could be so calm about her decision when just yesterday she looked like she was on the verge of breaking.
Hermione smiled catching him by surprise.
"Yes I know what will happen to him now, he'll be happy," She said looking at Draco again.
Draco eyes furrowed in confusion.
She sat up slowly bringing her face close to his; she felt his body instantly become nervous at how close to him she was.
"I know he will, because I'm not his mate," She stated simply.
Draco's raised his eye brows, "And how on earth would you know that?" He said truly wondering how she didn't seem to care about Jason's feelings anymore, which believe me he wasn't complaining about.
"It's a long story," She said smiling a bit like she knew something he didn't.
"But all you need to know right now is that I love you Draco," She said seriously suddenly her dream filling her mind with what could be.
Draco wasn't sure of how Hermione could be different over night but he could feel her become more in love with him, she truly meant her words and it made Draco feel weak and vulnerable as he knew that he himself was in love with the girl sitting in front of him. He knew that she loved him and that she only loved him.
He leaned forward so his lips grazed hers teasingly, "I love you too," He whispered seductively leaning closer to kiss her.
Hermione leaned forward willingly to let his lips meet hers but she suddenly felt him pull back.
"That's pay back for biting my lip in the library," He said smirking going back to the white goo in the container.
Hermione eyes widened, but a few moments later she felt herself smile in spite of herself rolling her eyes.
He simply smiled a rare smile as he went back to putting the cream on Hermione.
"You know I could do that now," She said as he moved down to her leg.
Draco looked up at her shaking his head, "I don't mind," He said pretending to be indifferent.
She felt butterfly's in her stomach as she smiled on the inside.
Suddenly she heard Madam Pomfrey enter the room walking quickly to her bedside holding to what looked like a bottle of a potion and a towel.
"Thank goodness you're here Draco, well I guess I would be surprised if you weren't here," She mumbled the last part more quietly to herself, "I need you to help me get Hermione into the shower," Madam Pomfrey said, "Her family will be here soon and I want her to have a bath to look presentable, she hasn't had one in a week."
Hermione's face grew horrified as Draco's face paled.
"Madam Pomfrey I don't think that's necessary," Hermione said quickly, "I can bathe my self just fine you can simply help me get to the bathroom Draco doesn't have to."
Madam Pomfrey eye brows rose, "You think I can lift you by myself?" She said, "Do you want to try walking?"
"No," Draco said automatically, Hermione glared at him.
"You're not going to until your ready," He said to her coldly, "I'll help her into the shower,"
Madam Pomfrey almost smiled knowingly, "Well thank you Draco that's so nice of you to offer," She said giving him the towel and the potion.
Hermione groaned as she prepared herself for a world of embarrassment.