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Ties & Rings

By applejuicelife

Drama / Romance

Chapter 1

"Mmm, morning luv," a pale blond haired boy murmured to his one true love. His girlfriend arched her back in an enormous stretch and flipped over onto her stomach to face those mood changing grey eyes she loved so much. Quicksilver one second, thunderstorms the next and dove grey if you were lucky.

"Ready to face the day Mr. Malfoy?"

"Only when you are future Ms. Malfoy."

"Draco, we have been over this, I will not change my last name and don't even get me started on our kids last names! Also I don't remember saying yes to marriage!"

Draco's eyes glittered with mischief and he gave his signature smirk.

"So does that mean you will think about it Ms. Malfoy-Granger? With the mention of our future Slytherin children, you seem more than ready!"

The beautiful brunette gave a halfhearted sigh of exasperation, he was like a dog with a bone but he would also do anything for her and she loved him more than anything for it. Unfortunately her friends still harboured dark feelings for the Slytherin Head Boy, even though the Head Girl, the brains of the Golden Trio had subtly implied he had changed. Every time they saw him, they still treated him with the same disgust. He was arrogant and sarcastic sometimes but that was his mask. He was no longer mean and selfish.

"I don't know Draco, I love you more than anything but isn't getting married right out of Hogwarts a bit cliché?" Hermione said with a slight frown. She bit her bottom lip with worry, a little dent forming in between her eyebrows. “Also our children will be Gryffindor.”

"Hermione I would marry you tomorrow." He said barely hiding his glee. Rubbing her shoulder comfortingly he said, "Let's try on the rings and see how they look shall we? They are old family heirlooms obviously and I cannot wait to see it on you my love." Muttering, “Gryffindor over my dead body.”

"Draco, for one minute then I'm taking it off, this is not the way to come out."

"Oh I know but just for one second we can be normal." Hermione sighed. It was her friends that were causing the problem and it and it was bringing him down that they couldn't be out in the open. He hid it well but Hermione knew him better and she knew at heart he was a true romantic.

With that he hopped off the bed, pale ass naked and opened a wooden box atop his dresser with the Malfoy crest on it. Hermione rolled her eyes at his pompousness and watched appreciatively. It gave her sadness as well she couldn't snog the pale haired beauty senseless anytime. Unfortunately they had to keep it a secret.

Bringing her back to earth, Draco climbed on the bed. Gently lifting up Hermione's dainty hand, he slid the gold band onto her finger, entwined with emeralds and diamonds. Dropping the other ring into her palm he looked at her expectantly, with the confidence that she loved him.

She turned it over in her hand, she had no qualms about marrying him but they needed to come out soon. That would cause a riot in itself not to mention if they got married right away.

She picked up his slender fingered hand and caressed the top gently with her thumb. Taking the matching ring, she slid it onto his finger, staking her claim.

The rings were so obviously Malfoy family that no one could miss it. She sighed. Life was going to get interesting.

Looking up at the clock she jumped in alarm.

"Oh my god Draco we need to go now! We need to grab something to eat and the Great Hall closes in seven minutes," Hermione moaned.

Ever the calm one, Draco stood up. "Chop chop luv get dressed. Where did the time go I wonder?" This happened with them sometimes. They would become so engrossed in each other they let everything slip by. But not today. They had to go to class. Separated.

Forgetting completely about the rings they blindly grabbed their clothes. Quickly throwing on her robes and tie from where they had been urgently discarded last night, she tied her hair up while running down the stairs.

"Come on Draco lets go!"

"I'm coming what are you waiting for me?" he teased.

"Always Draco, always."

And with that they had their customary goodbye peck and rushed out the Head Common room.

It was not unusual to see students running into the Great Hall five minutes before the food disappeared, most likely having overslept.

So it was not unusual that Draco and Hermione came running in together, they were Heads and had been seen laughing in the hallways together, much to their friends horror. Inter house unity was promoted and the tension was starting to disappear starting with the two old rivals, much to the teachers and student  body’s surprise.

As they separated and made their way over to their respective tables, the Great Hall fell silent. Hermione and Draco looked confusedly around and found every pair of eyes looking between the two. Continuing over to the Gryffindor table, she ignored their aghast looks and sat down next to Ginny and across from Harry and Ron. Their mouths were hanging open.

"Can someone please tell me what everyone is staring at?" Hermione hissed.

Harry's eyes bugged out of his head and he rasped, "Your tie 'Mione." Hermione slowly looked down with dread. Much to her horror, her tie was green and silver, not red and gold. Slowly looking up at the Slytherin table, Draco met her horrified gaze with her own. He was wearing a bright red and gold tie.

How could they have been so careless? Hermione clapped a hand to her mouth. Everyone in the Great Hall took a collective breath.

Ron turned red and purple. "YOU'RE ENGAGED TO MALFOY?" His voice shook the room like thunder. Everyone was staring at her hand. They all swung their heads simultaneously to look at Draco's hand who had indeed also forgotten to take the ring off.

Hermione blushed furiously and was at a loss for words. "Ron... let me explain, please."

"Please go 'Mione, we'll talk later," whispered Harry. This was too much for him to process. Ginny just sat there with her mouth open. Whispered filling the Great Hall, swelling furiously.

Simultaneously as if linked by a mysterious connection, she and Draco stood. The walked to each other, entwined their fingers and walked out of the Great Hall.

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