It was their last year on Hogwarts. A year after the war, they have received their letters informing them that they are welcome to finish their schooling at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hermione is sitting on the Heads' compartment of the Hogwarts express because she has been informed that she is the Head girl. She's waiting for the Head boy and Professor McGonagall, which is the new Head Mistress after Dumbledore and Snape.
Staring outside the window, Hermione didn't notice the blond lad outside the Heads' compartment. When he opened the compartment door, he greeted her. "Granger." No sound of despise or hate but a sound respect of something of that sort.
"Malfoy." She greeted back as she turned to face the blond lad meeting his grey steel eyes. However, when he saw her eyes, it was not the feisty one she always had when around him. Instead, it was a soft honey brown one that reminds him of sadness. It was not the eyes that tells him to back off. It seems that it wants comfort instead.
"What? Wondering why I'm here? Well, for your information, I am head boy. Whether you like it or not." Damn! He taught. I shouldn't have said that.
"No," she said looking at him. "I wasn't." She turned back her head to the window. "As a matter of fact, I won't be surprised if you were to be Head boy. And as much as I hate to admit it, you are very much deserving of the position."
"Hmm, deserving more that Pothead or Weasel?"
"Yes, even more than them. Besides, Harry is Griffindor Quidditch Captain."
It seems that she doesn't want to talk about Weasley, Draco thought, she seems jumpy and weird. Well, much weirder than before. Then an awkward silence was between them. It was broken by the opening of the compartment door.
They looked at the person, "Head Mistress." They greeted in unison.
"Oh good. You two are here. No need to call me that. I will, after all, be your professor in Transfiguration." Said Professor McGonagall. "Well, it's good to see you two are not fighting, yet."
They stared at her and just nodded.
"Well, here are your timetables. It is indicated there your class schedule, your Head rounds, free slots and time where you can hold Heads and Prefects meeting. Is there any questions?"
They shook their heads.
"Ok then. Good day." With that, McGonagall left. But then she turned around and says "You two shall go to my office after the great feast and I'll discuss with you where your dorm will be located."
They both nodded and then she left. They looked at the parchment that McGonagall gave them. It was quiet then Hermione stood up and said, "Well, I think I'll go do the first round." Without Malfoy's reply, she went out and started to roam around the Hogwarts express to see if there are commotions and such.
"Hermione." A familiar voice called out to her. Much to her luck, it was a firey red headed girl, Ginny.
"Ginny." She turned around and greeted her. She walked towards the red headed girl's direction.
"Well? How come you just passed us by?."
"Uh. Um. I didn't notice you. Sorry." She replied sheepishly.
"Oh? I know that you are ignoring my stupid idiotic brother, but..."
"Ginny. I swear, I just didn't notice you. You know I would immediately talk to you when I see you." Hermione cut her off.
"Yeah, I know. I don't... It's just, I don't know... I don't want to lose you as a friend because of what my brother did."
"I won't stop being your friend Ginny. You are practically my sister. Anyway, send my regards to Harry. He'll probably be worried too. You should get back to him."
"Yeah, I probably should. He won't even let me go when I saw you. He'll probably be dying because of 'Lav-Lav'. She's..." Ginny stopped when she noticed Hermione's face. It went pale like the life out of her was drained out. "Sorry."
"It's ok. Just go back to Harry. You're right. He might be wanting to kill himself right now. I'll see you later, ok?"
With a wave and hug goodbye, Ginny went back to their compartment and Hermione finished her round. She went to the Head's compartment, heads down, eyes stuck on the floor. She didn't want anyone to see her swollen eyes. She was about to grab the door handle to open up the door of the compartment when the door opened up. She looked up and went face to face with Malfoy.
"Sorry." She said looking back down.
"No, it's practically my fault. Anyway, I think I'll do my round now."
"Yeah." She went inside the compartment and sit back down staring outside the window.
Why the hell are her eyes red? Was there something happened when she did her round? Man! Why the hell am I acting all concerned, Draco thought. *sigh* "Granger?"
"Yes?" She wiped a newly fallen tear from her eyes and then looked at him.
"Are you ok? Uhm. I mean, I know it's none of my business, but. Are you?"
"Yes, I'm fine." She lied.
"Oh. You know... Never mind." He backed out and went to do his rounds.
He roams around the train and passed by the compartment where Hermione's friends are. He saw Harry, looking annoyed and a little sick. Wesealette, looking worried about Harry. And the red headed boy, Weasel, snogging a curly blond haired girl. Now I know why Granger's upset, he thought. Wait! Why the hell am I acting all concerned? He shook his head and continued to go back to the heads compartment.
Just his luck, Hermione wasn't there. Maybe she's in the loo inside the Head's compartment. He went to knock on the door, but before he reaches it, the door opened which caused the door to bump Draco's head.
"Oi, watch it. Don't you know how precious my head is?" Draco spat. Shit, why did I have to open my mouth, he thought.
"Sorry. I didn't mean to." Hermione replied, looking at her feet. She is now on her school robes.
"Are you alright?" He asked when he saw her rubbing her eyes. Maybe because she was crying, he thought. Huh, I didn't know I care.
"I'm ok, but I think I'm the one asking that. I'm really sorry."
Wow, I never thought I'd hear THE Hermione Granger ever apologize to me, Draco Malfoy. "No, it's ok. I was just shocked?" He replied. "Well, if you're done. Can I please use the loo?"
Huh, please? Did Malfoy just say please? "Yeah, sure. I was just about done. Sorry again. I'll call a healer if it still hurts."
"Nah, I'm ok. It just a bump, I think I'll survive. Anyway, I'll go change now." He went inside the loo and changed into his school robes.
"Yeah." She went about to go grab her things and prepare for the near stop.
Just when he got out of the loo, the train was already slowing down and was about to stop. When he noticed that Hermione was not in the compartment anymore. He went to grab his things and hurried down the exit. He was stuck and being pushed by other student. "Head Boy coming through." He shouted. The students let him through. Why the hell am I in a hurry, and why the hell am I running go looking for Granger.
When he saw her, he immediately walked, more like run, to her. "Hey...". He stopped when he realized that she was with Potter, Weaslette, Loony and Longbottom. "Um, sorry. I just want to remind you about what professor McGonagall said." He made an excuse. He actually just wanted to walk by her.
"Yeah, I remember. Thanks anyway for the reminder. Would you want to come with us?"
"Uhm, I don't think your friends would like that." He said gesturing to Harry and the others. "How about we walk together to professor? I'll pick you up or wait outside the Great Hall."
"Yeah. See you then." She replied and went back to her friends.
"What was that all about?" Harry asked her.
"He just reminded me that we'll have to go to Professor McGonagall's office later after the Great Feast."
"Why would you two... Wait. He's not head boy is he?" Harry's stomach flips by just thinking it.
"Well, as a matter of fact, he is." She replied.
"What? And are you ok with that? Have you talked about that with Professor..."
"Harry, I think we both know that he deserves it. He's 2nd top of our class..."
"Why are you defending him?" Harry didn't let her finish. "After..."
"Harry..." Ginny stopped him.
"I'm not defending him Harry. I'm just stating a fact. So why not just accept it. And no, I'm not going to make Professor McGonagall change the head boy just because I don't want to be with him."
"So you don't want him to be head boy?"
"No, not really. But what can I do? He deserves it. Might as well."
They ride the carriage and went on with their ride to Hogwarts.