Chapter Two- Snowy Answers
Hermione had done many things that have shocked her in her life. Made friends with famous Harry Potter, fought a troll in the first year, dated the dunderhead Ron Weasley for a spell, and defeated Voldemort with the said friends. But nothing she ever did could prepare her for what just came out of Draco Malfoy's mouth. Draco Malfoy: “The Syltherin God”, “The Handsomest Man on Earth”, “Oh My Gosh its Draco Freaken Malfoy”; wanted to go on a date with Hermione Granger: “Bookworm”, “Mudblood”, “Hermione get out of the library or so help me Merlin I will take away your quill”. (Ron and Harry preferred the last one.)
She stood there motionless for a minute still trying to process what just had happened. Apparently she zoned out longer than she thought because Draco started to wave his hand in front of her face.
"Hey Granger snap out of it," he shook her shoulders.
'Did I break her?' he thought for a moment until he saw her blink a couple
times and seemed to gain her bearings.
"Draco," she started, "as much as I would like to indulge you in your childish pranks and go on a date that would most likely end with me making a fool of myself because of some dung bomb you planted under my seat or kissing me under nargle infested mistletoe I have to decline, so I would appreciate if you gave me back my bloody key and we never mention this again or so help me I will hex you until you wish Voldemort would take you back." She said this all in one breath, keeping a straight face the whole time, and it scared him a bit.
He almost considered giving her the key but he had come this far and he wasn't going to back down now. He smirked and he spoke with a rather confident voice for a man that was about to get the wrath of Hermione Granger. "I would love to give you this key back Hermione but I gave you my offer and that's that, unless you want to sleep in the common room for the rest of the year than…." , he trailed off with a nonchalant look on his face.
Hermione huffed out in anger wanting to spit back a rude comeback but for once couldn't come up with one. She had to admit, Draco had gotten handsome over the summer. Quidditch had done him well and he had gotten a build, no longer the snotty greasy haired boy from the first year. Beefy arms replaced stringy ones and he kept his hair more tussled then slicked back, it almost looked like he had just gotten out of bed, and when he moved a certain way she swore she could see a six pack.
That was one side of Hermione's head, the other side said that Malfoy was an arrogant ferret and his offer shouldn't even be considered. But he did say he wanted their relationship to change and he hadn't thrown a rude comeback at her in over fifteen minutes that had to mean something. Hermione looked at the common room couch and shuddered, there was only eight months of school left. Surely she could survive that long, right?
Meanwhile, Draco watched as Hermione had what looked like an internal battle with herself. A range of expressions crossed her face some disgust, others awe, and he thought he saw her eyes rake over his chest for a minute. He watched her the whole time, his eyes never leaving her. Hermione had grown up the past couple of years. Her hair was still bushy as ever but she had curved out and she seemed to have a different aurora to her. She seemed more…what was the right word? Draco contemplated for a moment, confident, yes she seemed more confident. When she walked down the halls she walked with purpose and took every step in stride.
He first noticed at the beginning of the term. He had just thrown one of his famous insults at her and he was waiting for the comeback. Out of everything he anticipated he did not expect her to walk up to him coolly and call him out for being a horrible git that was just upset because seven years ago Harry Potter rejected him and now he was a quivering mess that threw about insults to make him feel better about himself. She sashayed away and left him in the hall dumbstruck about what she had said. Maybe that's what made him fall for her, who knew, but after that incident he started to hold a certain respect for her one that couldn't just be dismissed. He had tried to hold his feelings back but it was really hard trying to avoid someone you lived with part time so he gave up. That's when he came up with the plan to steal her key to and bribe her into a date. It was a better plan in his head but it was too late now.
Hermione looked up at Draco still standing there, patient as ever. She sighed, it was only one date and besides maybe it would give her a chance to get to know him better, but she wasn't going to make it easy for him that was for sure. "Okay Draco, it's a date," she said. Draco looked happy and opened his mouth to speak but she interrupted him, "But it's under my terms which means that I get to pick the day, place, and time of where this date is going to be also I want you to promise to give me the key back as soon as the date's over," she tilted her head to the side examining Draco, "and you're going to have to wear something better than robes so I suggest renting a suit." She put her hand out in front of her, "Do we have a deal?"
Draco was surprised that the tables turned on him so quickly. He was the one with the leverage damn it, and he was about to tell her so until he realized that this was probably going to be the best deal he was going to get from her. He sighed and shook her hand, "Deal, now when and where is this mystery date going to be?" She smiled cheekily and turned to the common room couch. "I'll fill in the details later, goodnight Draco," she said. He groaned in dismay, it was going to be a long night.
The next morning Hermione woke up with a pain in her back, 'Stupid couch,' she thought. She stretched and realized she still had her clothes on from yesterday and her robes were of course in her room. I'll have to borrow some of Ginny's then, she thought. She lazily threw the blankets off thinking about what she was going to tell Ginny about her situation. She had woken up very early so the halls were dreadfully empty as she walked to the Gryffindor common room and she shivered, she felt as if someone or something was watching her. The Fat Lady looked at her strange as she told the password to her but opened the portrait hole nonetheless.
If she could have taken a picture of Ginny's face as she woke her up she would have. Confused at being woken up at the wee hours in the morning, she grabbed her wand on the nightstand and pointed it at Hermione until she recognized her and stood down. "Hermione bloody hell what are you doing here at, what is it, 4 a.m.," she exclaimed. Hermione smiled shyly and put her fingers in front of her lips in a shushing motion pointing to the other girls in the dorm. Ginny nodded and whispered, "Sorry, let's go down to the common room."
When they were settled Hermione proceeded to tell her all that had happened in the past 24 hours. Ginny sat patiently letting Hermione finish her story. When she was done Ginny simply nodded and said, "Okay."
Hermione gaped at her and yelled, "Okay! My sworn enemy sense the first year asks me out all of a sudden and I agree and all you have to say is 'Okay'!"
Ginny smiled "Yes okay, to be honest it's about time you two went out, the tension's been killing me. Really Mione, you haven't noticed it? Even Harry figured it out and he's as dense of a Hippogriff, we've been trying to set you guys up for ages." Hermione looked at her with an awestruck look on her face; Ginny just rolled her eyes and dragged Hermione up to the dorms. "Come on let's get you some robes and head down to the great hall. I don't think we're getting any more sleep this morning.”
The snow had melted enough for class, and for once in her life Hermione wished there was no school. The rest of the day was quick glances between Draco and Hermione in the hallways and confused looks from their group of friends. Hermione could hardly concentrate in potions and almost blew up the 1Drago Scala Guaritore potion she was brewing. She was a wreck and the glances Draco was sending her during lunch weren't helping her nerves. She had yet to figure out when and where there date was going to be. She needed to figure it out soon because she wasn't sure if her back could survive much longer on the couch.
This went on for days and Draco was starting to notice how much Hermione was ignoring him. Every time he tried to talk to her in hallway she would grab Weasel's and Potty's wrists and rush away without another glance. He started to wonder if she wanted to back out of their deal but he was sure she would have mentioned it. After five days of this he decided to go to his best friend Blaise for some advice.
He explained his predicament during dinner and Blaise thought about it for a minute before giving his sage words of wisdom. "Maybe she just feels too forced into it, I mean you did bribe her and everyone one knows how uncomfortable the common room couches are so she really had no choice. Also all her stuffs in her room, she's been going to Ginny's dorm every morning to get robes and to brush her teeth so she's pretty desperate to get her own space back."
Draco frowned at this, "So you think I should just give her the key back and call the whole thing off?" Blaise nodded, "If I was talking to anyone else but the stubborn head Draco Malfoy, yes, but I know you won't do that so I just say you should reassure her. Tell her that's there no pressure and if she really against this that you'll give her the key back."
He was skeptical about giving her the key back but nodded and patted Blaise on the back, "Thanks mate, but how did you become so knowledgeable about woman?"
He smirked, "Well I am dating Ginny Weasley so I have to know what's going on in the head of them." They both laughed until they heard a voice behind them, "What are you two laughing at?" They turned and behind them was a royally pissed Ginny staring into the back of their heads.
Blaise chuckled nervously, "Nothing love; Draco just told me a funny joke isn't that right Drake?" Draco nodded quickly and Ginny smiled, "That's what I thought, come on Blaise." He hopped up and followed Ginny out of the great hall giving Draco a nervous glance, he gave Blaise thumbs up.
That night Draco waited for Hermione in the common room and ended up falling asleep. He woke up around 11 p.m. to the sound of the portrait hole opening. Hermione tip toed in probably fearing that she would wake him. He jumped out of his seat and stepped in front of her before she could run away.
"Draco gets out of my way," she said.
"Listen Hermione just hear me out, I know you're freaked out about going on a date with me. To be honest I am too. I've liked you sense the beginning of the year and stealing your key was the only idea had to get you go out with me. A very bad idea now that I think about it. I just want you to know that this whole thing isn't a prank or something that's going to blow up in your face. All I ask you is to give me a chance, and if you're really uncomfortable about this whole thing, then I'll give your key back and we won't have to mention this again." He stepped out of her way and gave a pleading look.
Hermione was a bit taken aback after the confession but smiled at Draco. It was cute how he just spilled out his feelings like that and the puppy dog eyes added to it, she's never seen him without his barriers up and it put him into a new light. She mentally shook her self 'Hermione what are you thinking Draco not cute, it's just nice that he considered your feeling in this, yeah that's it'.
She placed a hand on his shoulder, "Thank you for telling me Draco and sorry I've been ignoring you all week, I've been a wreck. There's a makeup Hogsmeade weekend in a couple days how about we go to that new restaurant that just opened down there around seven, sound good to you?" Draco nodded and smiled at her. She blushed and started to head to her room but then turned around back to the common room. "Forgot," she mumbled. Draco laughed and headed up the stairs.
Hermione got under the sheets and smiled to herself, maybe this date wouldn't be as bad as she thought.