When they arrived at the Great Hall, everyone is busy in sitting their selves in their respective house table. Hermione sat with Harry and Ginny. Neville went to sit with Seamus and Dean. Luna went to sit with her house mates. Ron, on the other hand, was rather busy with Lavender. He sat with her and her friends. Hermione shook her head, disgusted by the public display of Ron and Lavender. She choose to ignore it and focused her attention to Head mistress McGonagall who is now sorting the first years.
On the other side of the Great Hall, at the Slytherin's table, Draco was busy staring at Hermione. His mind floating and just kept on staring at her. "Oi mate?" He was brought back to reality from his trance with his best mate's call.
"What? Did I miss something?" He asked.
"No, McGonagall just started the sorting of the first year. Blimey, are you even paying attention?"
He just shrugged his shoulder as a reply.
"What are you looking at anyways?"
"Don't you 'nothing' me mate. I know that look."
"That." He pointed at Draco's face. He then followed where his gaze were and ended up at the Griffindor’s' table at a certain brown headed girl. "Well, well, well. Looking at Granger huh?."
"Shut up mate." He blushed.
"Draco Malfoy blushing. That's new."
"I said shut up."
"Why are you even looking at her? She's..."
Blaise was cut off by Draco glaring at him. "Don't you dare continue that sentence." Pointing his finger at his best friend.
"What? I was going to say that she's Granger." Blaise put his hands up to surrender then looked at him skeptically. "You like her don't you." Blaise teased.
"Like who?" Pansy appeared out of nowhere and sat beside Blaise and hugged him. He kissed her forehead and Draco stared at them.
"What?" Blaise asked Draco.
"Since when did you two?" Gesturing to then. "Never mind... I don't wanna know."
"Anyway, you two gonna answer my question a while ago?" Pansy asked.
"Draco likes Granger." Blaise teased.
"I said shut up." He glared at him.
Blaise held his hands up in surrender again.
"Well? Why don't you talk to her?" Pansy asked.
"What? Are you bloody out of your mind?" He snapped.
"No I'm not. Thank you very much. I was just saying, talk to her. Wouldn't lose anything if you do."
"My pride, dignity, people's respect..." He made a list of what he would lose.
"Ok. So there is a lot of things that you would lose. But, I heard that she dumped Weasley for cheating on her with Brown."
"Who?" He asked.
"Brown, uhm. Weasley's ex-girlfriend. Well, not anymore." She pointed to the blond next to Weasley. "They can't get their hands off each other. I saw them in the train. Even Potter looks sick."
Huh my suspicion was correct. He looked at Hermione again who was sinking in her seat between Harry and Ginny.
"Well?" Pansy asked. She can't hold her excitement anymore.
"Well what?" Draco snapped.
"Are you going to ask her or not?"
"Pansy. I've already made you a list. What else do you want? I'm sure that you know that I don't handle rejection very well. And you are aware that I can't just keep my mouth close. I tend to say something that I don't even mean. So just drop it ok?"
"You haven't even tried yet. What made you so sure that she'll reject you."
"She's Granger. She hates me. Her friends hate me. She's part of the golden trio..."
"Again a list. of course." She said annoyingly.
"Anyway. I already talked to her. I said that I'll pick her up later so that we can go to McGonagall's office later."
"Good. Wait. Why are you two going to McGonagall's office?"
"Well, Pansy. If you must know, she's head girl and I'm head boy." He replied.
"Holy cripes. You two are going to live together." She said excitedly clapping her hands together and giggling.
"Yeah." Draco blushed just with the thought of it. Him and Granger living together for one year.
Just as they finished talking, the sorting had just finished. McGonagall is now giving the beginning of term speech. "Good evening to every one of you. Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A reminder to all students, the Dark Forest is strictly forbidden..." She continued on with the speech and ended up with "Well, I know that a lot of you are rather famished. So let the feast begin." With the raise of her hands, food appeared on the four tables. There were chicken, roasted beef, potatoes, salads, etc.
Hermione filled her plate with potatoes and salad. However, instead on eating it, she ends up playing with it. She's just poking the potatoes with her fork. She didn't have the appetite to eat.
"'Mione, I know that you're upset but you have to eat so that you can have the energy to deal with Malfoy later." Harry said worriedly.
"I already told you, I can handle Malfoy."
"I know that. But you really have to eat come on. Even just one bit. Please." Harry begged.
"Fine." She started to eat when she felt a chill run down her spine. She knew someone was watching her but she chose to ignore it.
"Draco, if you keep on staring at her like that, she might melt." Blaise said, Pansy nodded in agreement.
Just when everyone is enjoying their food, a rather high tone squeal came from the Griffindor table. It was Lavander, of course, who else! Everyone had their eyes on them ever Draco and Hermione. Hermione just rolled her eyes and went back on stuffing her face with potatoes. Draco, on the other hand, scowled his face in disgust.
Dinner was done, everyone shuffled up to meet their house prefects. It was rather crowded at the Great Hall when the feast had finished. He stood up on one of the benches so that he would see where she is. He couldn't see her head anymore and decided to search outside. There she saw her with her back facing him. He went closer to her but chose to still keep the distance. He stared at her and noticed that she was looking at something. Then he saw it, she was looking at Weasel and that Brown girl. He went closer and noticed the tears run down her cheeks. He grabbed her arms and started to drag her away from the sight.
"Come on Granger. I want this thing with McGonagall finish so that I can go to bed and sleep." He lied. He just wanted her away from Ron and Lavander. He doesn't want to see her hurt much longer. He doesn't know why but that was what his gut was telling him.
His grasp was rather tight and starting to hurt her. "Draco, please stop. Let me go. It hurts." She tried to pull away from him.
He stopped walking and turned around to face her. He saw newly formed tears at her eyes waiting to run down at her cheeks. He went a little closer, about arm’s length away. He held her chin up with his hand and gently put his other hand at her cheek. He gently stoke her cheeks to dry her tears away. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt you. I didn't know that I was holding you tight." Then he went closer and pulled her into a hug. He kept telling himself that he should stop, that what he was doing was wrong. But then she had her arms around her and started to cry even harder. She wasn't crying because of Draco's grasp, she was crying because of Ron and Draco knew that.
"It's ok to cry you know. No one’s going to make fun of you. I'll make sure of that.. You don't even have to worry about me making fun of you. Don't worry." He said as he was rubbing her back as if to soothe her. She just nodded and cried harder. "It's ok." He said and pulled back and looked at her face. "Just so you know. I'll kill you if you tell this to anyone." He added.
She stared at him with a questioning look. She was about to speak when Draco started to smile and said "Nah, I'm just joking. But seriously, don't tell this to anyone."
She nodded in replied.
"Come on. Let's go so that we can rest. Ok?"
Again, she nodded.
He grabbed her by the wrist and this time, they walked slowly and his grasp was not so tight. She stared at him in awe. She looked at his eyes, she didn't see the usual hard cold steel grey eyes but instead, she saw a soft silver one. It has a hint of care, anger, hurt and something else that she couldn't explain. "What?" He said as he stopped. He caught her gaze upon her.
"Nothing." She blushed.
He smiled at her and said. "Lemon drops"
"What?" She said and then heard something move behind her. She turned around and saw the stairs forming. They were already at the entrance of the Head mistress' office.
They went upstairs and Draco knocked on the door. "Come in" they heard McGonagall say. They both went in, he let Hermione go in first with his hand on her back as if it was to assist her. Hermione felt a tingle when his hand touched her back. She can't explain what that was.
"Good Evening, Professor." They said in unison. They noticed the last head masters' portraits. There was a new addition, Professor Dumbledore and Professor Snape. They greeted them too, and the professors greeted them back.
"Good evening. Please seat." She gestured on the seats in front of her table. "As you both know, you two will be sharing a dorm together." She said and they nodded their heads in reply. "Well, here is the map to your dorm. The password is 'omnia' but before you go, I need to discuss to you your roles and duties..." She went on to explaining their duties and stuffs like other activities. "Also, this is Pinky." A house elf appeared and bowed down before them. "She will be your personal house elf. You just have to call her. You can ask her to do you favors, ask her to call me or other professors, ask her for snack and such." She has finished off and said "I will inform you if there would be any changes. Now off to bed you two."
They headed to their shared common room. As they were walking, Draco noticed that Hermione is silent. "Are you ok? I mean. You are rather quiet." He asked.
"Yes, I'm fine." She answered.
"Does it still hurt?" He asked again. His question was answered with a quizzical look in her face. "Your arms. Where I have held you." He added.
"Yes. I'm fine. It doesn't hurt that much anymore." He just smiled at her. When they reached the portrait, she was awed by the sight. It was a portrait of a girl, looks like it was from the early 1800. She was wearing a blue dress with a white ribbon on the waist that has been formed into a bow on the side. She has blue eyes and blond hair. Her face was like of a porcelain doll which reminds Hermione the dolls which are displayed on her mother's shelves beside their piano. She has an umbrella which has ruffles on the end. Her hair was curled and put into a high pony tail and rested at her shoulder. "Password?" she heard the girl asked. "Omnia" Draco said. The girl giggled and the portrait swung open.
She took a look inside the common room and was awed. The curtains was of red with silver lining hanging from the celling to the floor. The couches were back that was placed upon green rugs. There was a fireplace which has the Griffindor's and the Slytherin's crest. There were bookshelves at the first floor. The stairs that leads on the 2 doors for their bedroom. Each of them has their own bathroom. (I'll show you the drawing and floor plan later.)
"I'm just going to unpack then" she said as she went upstairs and left Draco at the common room.
He smiled. Thinking that he saw her smile just because of the room. He was too, awed by the room but didn't show it much. The bookshelves was full of books which are both magic and muggle books. He went to his room and unpacked his things too.