Hermonie sat alone in complete shock in the heads compartment on the train on her way to her final year of schooling at Hogwarts. "This cannot be happening! It's not real...it cannot be real..." she thought holding her hand to her burning cheek . "He just backhanded me in the hall...anyone could have seen...surely no one did though..it was empty right?" .Ron had promised it would stop, every time he lashed out in anger or frustration he had promised it would be the last. "Why do I keep believing him?". She was close to tears as the door started to open.
Already annoyed Draco Malfoy opened the door to the heads compartment to see a rather disturbed looking Hermonie Granger. "Great, just my fucking luck. I,m going to have to share a room with the bitchiest most stuck up, know it all, rule abiding tattletale in the history of Hogwarts" he thought. Out loud all Draco said was "Someone kill your cat or something Granger?" smirking all the while. She just looked startled, almost frightened and like she just might cry, her lack of reaction was abnormal, it bothered him. He tried again to get a rise out of her " Hey mudblood, I'm speaking to you...you can still speak can't you?". That did the trick, her visible shift in attitude was a relief to him. Anger was fine but a crying Granger was not something he was going to deal with .
As Hermonie watched the door slide open she panicked. "I didn't cast a concealment spell, NO ! Is that Malfoy?! Please Merlin NO NO NO..." . His opening line was something about her cat? "How can he know about Ron killing Crookshanks? No one knows about Rons fits, he can't … he can't know... My face! I wonder if its noticeable? Did he see us in the hall? If I cast the spell now he will know i'm hiding something.." She was sure her panic was obvious Malfoy looked perplexed, no doubt drawing the wrong conclusion about her reaction. Then he just had to say it "Hey mudblood, I'm speaking to you...you can still speak can't you?". Just the same jackass he always realized slowly, angrily, that she was going to spend her last year rooming with her worst enemy.
He sat on his side of the compartment and stared at her, smirking, hoping to keep her mad but also appraising her appearance. She was thinner than he remembered, paler her hair was tamed, pulled up in a ponytail with a few curls framing her face. She was in her muggle jeans and a black long sleeve fitted t-shirt. Granger was actually pretty, her brown eyes were big, lashes dark and her lips... they were full and deeply pink because she seemed to be nervously biting them. he never thought he would see the day Hermonie Granger was attractive. "So Granger, excited to be my roommate? Hoping to catch me in my skivvies? " he asked trying to make her uncomfortable.
"Malfoy you are so offensive" Hermonie finally spoke "How could you have possibly had time to make top marks in between assassination attempts? You are not even that... no .." She was getting louder and she was standing now. "This is not right, it can't be you, anyone but fucking you!" louder still "Please tell me this is a joke! It must be a mistake." she ended yelling at the window. She stood there staring out the window hands in fists at her sides, tears rolled silently down her face as the country side rolled by. "that was rude of me...i'm supposed to be cordial... a role model..." she thought absently. Sitting back down in her seat Hermonie looked up to see Draco was staring at her, angrily.
"You think I wanted this Granger?!" he spoke low and calm. He had noticed the bruise forming on the side of her face, curiosity overriding his anger. "Who did you snap at to get that bruise?" he asked louder than he spoke before. He watched her go still, she had visibly paled. He kept going "You really shouldn't yell at people." He stood and took the three steps from his seat to hers, placed one hand on either side of her face, watching her eyes widen. She turned away making it easy for him to whisper in her ear "A girl as small as you could get hurt with a temper like that" she wasn't even breathing. "so who did that to your face Granger?"
She tried her best to keep from shaking as Malfoy loomed over her, she knew he just wanted to intimidate her. "It's not going to work,I am not scared of Draco Malfoy" she told herself as she turned her face away. Malfoy seemed like he had grown over break, broad shoulders now spanned his athletic frame. "Tall he must be at least 6'3? everyone is tall to me though " she thought reminding herself that she was only 5'2. Hermonie turned her face back towards Malfoy, realizing that they were so close their noses almost touched. "I apologize for yelling" she whispered "and being impolite" He was shocked, she could tell, so she kept going. "If we are going to survive this year we will need to work together without trying to kill one another" He was standing hands at his sides, in front of her looking confused. "Do you think we can do that? Be cordial for our last year?" she finished , he had sat back on his side now.
"you never did answer my question Granger" Malfoy said and smiled. He was always surprised by her bravery, she seemed impossible to rattle at times. Her eyes were staring into his own, coldly. She was determined not to appear weak or frightened by his attempt to scare her. He could see her calculating options and answers to his question. Finally, when he began to think they were going to spend the rest of their trip in a silent staring contest, he heard "I really can't say... I can't, Please don't tell anyone? Just this once please Malfoy". He was shocked by the "please" and "the don't tell" . The goodie goodie had a secret, a obviously dark one, should he keep it? He was looking out the window again, thinking about a million things...
Hermonie was terrified Malfoy was going to say something to someone about the bruise on her face. She felt everything unraveling, she just wanted to be off the train away from him, his staring and his questions. She excused herself to the restroom to change into her robes for school. She checked all her concealment charms while she was alone in the bathroom, a few needed refreshing and she cast a new one for her face. A little bit of lip balm and a few swipes of mascara completed her routine. "I am so very boring... plain...even my lip balm is colorless...no amount of primping is going to make me pretty..." she thought with a sigh. Makeup was a mystery she had yet to master and she felt silly learning vanity charms so she had resigned to being unattractive and unnoticed. Which was fine because attention was not something she needed right now, she told herself. When she made it back to the heads compartment Malfoy was sleeping, she cast a silencing charm on herself to make sure not to disturb him. Hermonie pulled a book out of her bag and curled up in her seat to read. It would be a few more hours before they arrived.
Draco awoke with his heart pounding in his ears and his breath coming fast, the nightmares he had been plagued with were constant. Rubbing is face with his hands he realized he was not alone, it hadn't occurred to him that he was still on the train. He suffered a moment of panic wondering if he had made any noises in his sleep. Then he realized Hermonie was also asleep, the book she had been reading (Magic in the Healers Hands) was precariously balanced on the edge of her seat about to tumble to the floor. Draco observed her yet again amazed by her beauty, he noted her concealment of the bruise. He also noted the she had put mascara on and that her lips full and pink looked soft and for just a moment he wondered what it would feel like to kiss them. Shaking his head "what the hell is wrong with me? Its fucking Granger." Leaning back in his seat he stared out the window, because it was the only thing to stare at that wasn't Granger, hoping they were close to school.
Hermonie woke up when she knocked her book to the floor with a loud thud. Startled by the noise she jumped a little and looked about frantically. Draco was staring out the window, apparently lost in thought as her movements had not drawn his attention. Her silencing spell covered the noise but she was still surprised the movement hadn't gotten his attention. She quickly removed the silencing charm, which he did notice, and said a quick "I didn't want to disturb you earlier" to explain away the charm. Hermonie looked down slightly embarrassed by his watchful eyes. She wondered self-consciously "whats he looking at? My hair must be a mess... He is probably about to make fun of me for being ugly or something..." She could feel herself blushing, and hated it.
Then the train slowed to a stop. They had to be first out and in the carriage to arrive ahead of everyone else so they could guide the class into the great hall and take the first years to the sorting hat. Draco still staring at Hermonie as the train finally stopped moving stuck out his hand and simply said "Truce?" Hermonie gladly if not a little tentatively, took his hand and repeated "Truce". Then they exited their compartment and headed for the carriages.