Hermione awoke the next morning from a dreamless night. The sun beams came through the large windows spreading across her bed gently, giving the room a warm golden glow.
She sat up quickly, instantly regretted doing so, making a sharp pain run through her head. Her hand went to her aid covering the bandaged gash as she looked at her surroundings. She was still in the hospital wing, the only one in the room by the looks of it. Malfoy must have left during the night. She tried to gather her thoughts of why she was there. Gradually her memories reminded her of what had happened as the pain in her head receded a little.
Her eyes grew wide as her mind started putting the puzzle pieces together. It all fit, Malfoy and his eye changing color, the way he was so protective of her, Hermione's appearance changing over night, and not to mention that Madam Pomfrey confirmed that Malfoy was a Veela. It was almost too much to take in. Hermione couldn't believe it, her and Malfoy being destined for each other? There's no way Malfoy would pick her willingly.
Another person came to her mind as she thought about her findings in the library, Jason. Could he be the reason for this change instead of Malfoy? Maybe it was all in her head. Malfoy had hated her from day one. She had to acknowledge the possibility of him being one as well.
Now that she thought about it Jason had been pushy about her reading about Veela's, maybe he was encouraging her to find out for herself? Had she been so blind?
As if Jason knew that she was thinking of him, she heard the door open. Jason's trade mark dark hair gave him away the moment he stepped through the hospital door.
He quickly shut it, starting on his way over to her bed when he noticed that she was awake staring at him.
Jason froze as she noticed his eyes were covered with worry.
He stood there for a moment frozen. Hermione froze as well wondering why he was so tense. He remained this way for a while as Hermione decided to take the time to observe him.
He was every girls dream. Everything about him made you have to stop and stare for a while. His dark tan skin was flawless. Not to mention his perfectly laid shaggy dark brown hair glowing in the morning sun, giving him a goddess look about him. His green eyes and pearly white teeth only gave him more perfect details.
Hermione noticed that Jason seemed to be observing her as well. She suddenly felt very shy and broke eye contact and tucked her hair behind her ear.
"What happened?" Jason asked in a surprisingly bright tone.
Hermione lifted her head up to look at him again. He had her favorite genuine smile on his face as he starting walking slowly toward her.
Hermione tried to find her voice, "I, um, fell… down a set of stairs," She said blushing from how stupid it sounded.
His face darkened just a little, "What? What happened then?"
"I hit my head and Malfoy caught me before I fell down another set," Hermione told him, "He's how I got to the hospital wing,"
Jason eyes instantly turned dark, all hint of smiling and happiness gone.
"Malfoy?" He said like he was disgusted.
Hermione suddenly felt cold. Jason wasn't normally like this, it was scaring her.
"Um, uh yeah I couldn't walk on my own so he carried me-" But Hermione stopped talking because if she thought his eyes couldn't get darker, they did.
He took a deep breath and strode toward Hermione's bed and did something unexpected.
He cupped her face extraordinarily gently as his body towered over hers and brought her face to meet his eyes.
"Are you alright?" He asked sincerely looking her straight in the eye.
She was lost in the moment as his smell filled her lungs and over took her train of thought, the smell of what she could only define as a musky forest scent. It was elusive and brilliant but it clouded her brain with a very strange feeling.
"Yes," She finally managed to get out.
Jason let go of her face and stood back up taking a deep deep breath.
"I guess that's all that matters," He said mostly to himself as he took a seat next to her bed.
Hermione let out a breath she didn't know she had been holding as she pushed the sheets off of her to let her legs hang over the side to face Jason.
His clear green eyes were smiling again.
"I brought you something," He said digging through his coat pocket pulling out a small box of Cider Cicles.
"A treat for you," He said throwing them to her.
She caught them and instantly recognized the sweet candy in the shape of icicles. They were a favorite of hers, whenever she went into Honey Dukes she always bought a couple of boxes to last her till next time.
She smiled at him, "How'd you know I liked these?"
"I didn't," He said with a sly smile, "There my favorite and since your such a smart witch I knew you would know a good candy when you tasted one,"
She rolled her eyes at him letting a coy smile play across her lips.
A silence crept between them for a moment as she suddenly grew serious.
"How did you know I was here?" She asked.
"News spreads pretty fast when you find Potter and Weasley stupefied in the hallway, not to mention yelling that you were hurt and they needed to see you," He said.
Her face grew worried, "Oh no are they alright?"
"They're fine," He said, "Don't worry."
She nodded in reply as their was a slight pause.
She took this time to think for a second. Jason was actually in the hospital visiting her, his eye color is changing and she couldn't help feeling… was it an emotional connection to him? She barely knew him, she thought scolding herself. But here she was feeling like she needed him there.
"What made you come see me?" She asked almost afraid of the answer.
Jason froze again just like when he had come in he took a moment to respond but Hermione didn't mind waiting.
"I know that I don't really know you that well yet but… I had a feeling that… I needed to make sure you were ok," He said giving her a sincere gaze.
Warmth spread through her body as her mouth slowly crept into a smile.
"Oh good your awake," A female voice said suddenly coming to her aid.
Madam Pomfrey came to her bed side, "Now let's see if you can try walking."
She looked at Jason finally noticing he was there.
She gave him a confused look for a moment then back at Hermione, she shook her head like she was trying to get ride of a thought.
"Well Jason make yourself useful, if she falls, you catch her," She said pointedly.
He nodded willingly as Hermione gave her a worried look.
"Why would I fall?" She asked in a frightened voice.
Jason gave a slight chuckle.
"Just in case dear now give it a try," Madam Pomfrey said impatiently.
Hermione let out a puff of air and stood up knowing that she could stand just fine.
Suddenly a sharp pain shot up her leg as Hermione let out a yelp of pain. She went toward the floor to clutch her leg to make the pain stop.
But just as she made the sound Jason was there in an instant his strong arms enveloping her body.
"I expected as much," Madam Pomfrey said, "Bring her over here Jason,"
One moment she was clutching Jason and the next he had her in his arms carrying her swiftly over to the larger bed.
"I think you might have broken your foot Miss Granger," She said examining the now very swollen foot.
Jason's eyes got dark again as he glared into space.
"You sure know how to break yourself don't you?" Jason said moodily.
Hermione gave him a stern look.
"It's not like I did it on purpose," Hermione muttered looking away from him.
Suddenly Madam Pomfrey twisted her foot followed by a very loud crack.
"Ouch!" Hermione screamed.
"There," Madam Pomfrey said swiping off her hands, "Now that the bone is back in place you just need a brace to keep make sure it grows back together correctly and you'll be free to go Miss Granger,"
Hermione was still wincing in pain.
Jason's eyes were glaring at Miss Pomfrey.
"You could have at least given her a warning," He said coldly.
Madam Pomfrey gave him a strange look as if wondering if she had heard him right. But suddenly her face grew in awe; it was if she figured out some dirty dark secret.
Hermione spoke to break the tension.
"I'm glad she didn't tell me, it would have just worried me," Hermione said putting an arm on Jason's arm.
He instantly relaxed at her touch.
Madam Pomfrey still looked worried but slipped on a mask.
Jason thankfully remained silent as Madam Pomfrey put the brace on Hermione's foot and gave her instructions to keep it easy and advised to put a cream on it for the swelling along with ice of course.
She bade Hermione and Jason farewell as she finally left the room and telling Hermione she was free to go.
Jason waited till she was gone to speak.
"You sure nothing else is broken," He asked with a smile but Hermione also got the feeling that it was half serious.
"I'll live with it if there is," Hermione joked back as she carefully rose to her feet, "At least I don't have to have crutches,"
She looked down at her huge brace with a disgusted look.
Jason laughed, "Come on Granger lets get you out of here,"
Hermione nodded wanting to get out of the room.
Jason helped her down the narrow path way out of the hospital wing. Her large brace making it slightly difficult to walk but Jason didn't seem to mind going slow. They made their way into the large Hogwarts hallway that led to the main part of the castle.
They walked in silence for a moment as Hermione suddenly remembering the time.
"What time is it?" Hermione asked wondering if Harry and Ron would be out of class.
"Just about time for classes to get out," He said.
Hermione nodded, she had just missed a whole day of classes, she groaned to herself inwardly.
There was a slight pause as their footsteps echoed through the empty hall.
"Thanks for coming to see me Jason," Hermione blurted with out thinking.
His perfectly jawed face gave her a heart melting smile.
"So you admit that you were happy I came," He said smoothly his long steps coming to a stop.
"I didn't say that," She said stubbornly stopping to face him.
"But it's true none the less," He said taking a step toward her.
He was to close for Hermione's liking; she could smell the enchanting musky forest smell that made her head spin, making her unable to think straight.
"Don't flatter yourself," Hermione said nudging him on the shoulder.
He was just about to reply when Hermione saw someone coming. She peered over his shoulder to see the dazzling Draco Malfoy walking toward them.
Her heart pounded entranced by his eyes.
Malfoy's face was giving her that soft smile as she made contact with his pure sliver eyes. He made her feel like she couldn't breath.
But his angelic face instantly changed when he caught sight of Jason. His eyes faded into a dark black making his face usually beautiful face venomous.
Jason turned noticing Hermione's distraction instantly. His face turned into a disgusted defensive look.
Hermione's stomach suddenly felt sick.
"Malfoy," Hermione greeted with a forced smile.
Malfoy approached them with swift steps. He chose to ignore the presence of Jason as his eyes solely rested on Hermione.
"Are you alright what happened to your foot?" He asked looking down at her it.
"Its nothi-" Hermione started.
"She broke it genius," Jason said coldly.
Malfoy's irritated eyes flickered to Jason, "What are you doing here?" He asked scathingly in a monotoned voice.
"Taking care of Hermione," Jason said giving him a mocking smile, "Where have you been, class?"
Malfoy made a sudden step toward Jason as Hermione quickly slide in-between them.
"He was only trying to help," Hermione said to Malfoy.
Malfoy turned to her trying to regain his composure.
"Are you ok?" He asked taking her face in his soft hands.
Hermione nodded as she could feel Jason fuming beside them.
"Do you want me to walk you back to the common room?" He whispered almost seductively in her ear.
Hermione was just about to say yes when Jason spoke.
"Last time I checked Malfoy you're a Slytherin and Slytherin's can't go into the Gryffindor common room," Jason said unemotionally.
"Is there a reason why your still here West?" Malfoy said looking him up and down.
"Stop it," Hermione said scolding both of them putting an arm on Malfoy's chest to stop him from taking another step toward Jason.
A deadly silence passed over them for a moment as they glared at each other.
"You know what, I'll catch up with you later Hermione," Jason said looking at her softly his voice gentle, "I don't like hanging around snakes," He said glancing snidely at Malfoy.
Malfoy said nothing only giving him a cold look.
With one last look at Hermione Jason started walking away.
"Jason-" Hermione started but it was too late, he was already to far away to say goodbye.
Hermione and Malfoy were silent for a moment as they were finally alone in the corridor.
Hermione was expecting Malfoy to calm down a little from Jason leaving but his cold look stayed etched on his face.
"What was he doing here?" He asked harshly.
Hermione glared at him, "He was merely coming to see if I was ok Malfoy, you don't have to be so rude about it,"
She tried stomping away but it didn't work with her stupid brace.
Malfoy quickly caught her arm spinning her toward him.
"Hermione don't," He said looking at her apologetically.
Hermione was so caught off guard by the sincerity in his voice she forgot to be angry at him. He was closer than she expected him to be as his sent filled her lungs. It was a different smell than Jason's; it was like a frosted rose smell that was sweet and seductive. His gorgeous eyes were gazing into hers.
"I'm sorry I shouldn't have acted like that, I… I don't know what's going on with me lately to be honest," He confessed.
Hermione took the apology not wanting to press the matter right now; she had other questions on her mind that she had been wanting to ask him.
"Where did you go last night?" She asked.
To her surprise he smiled, a crooked heart stopping smile.
"Noticed I was gone did you?" He asked mockingly.
Hermione didn't find his cockiness amusing as she gave him a scolding look.
"I needed to clear my head," He said looking into her eyes making her heart beat speed up a little.
"I didn't expect you to you know," She said after a short pause.
"Expect me to what?" He asked confused.
"Stay as long as you did," She said, "Or for that matter help me at all,"
Malfoy looked offended, "It's called common courtesy Granger, you didn't think I would leave you with blood gushing out of you head did you?"
Hermione looked at him hurt, "So you did it because you felt obligated to?"
Malfoy realized his mistake as Hermione turned cold.
"Well in that case Malfoy, next time, don't," She hotly as tried to turn away from him but he caught her shoulder easily.
"Hermione you know I didn't mean it like that," He said relaxingly.
Hermione hated how he had a hold on her somehow, whenever she wanted to stay mad at him, she just simply couldn't. She was growing a dangerously unhealthy relationship. Him using her first name didn't help either.
Hermione didn't say anything as she noticed how close Malfoy was, his breathing steady and consistent.
"I would have stayed there all night if you wanted me too," Malfoy whispered in her ear.
Hermione's heart rate sped up, betting it was so loud even Malfoy could probably hear it.
"Granger listen," He said growing serious, "I think we need to talk,"
She caught her breath waiting for him to tell her what she had suspected all along.
"I don't really know how else to say this so I'm just going to say it," He paused for a moment, "I'm a Veela," He said.
Hermione's eyes widened.