Nothing Happens By Chance

Chapter 4

She was awoken by the sun seeping from her sheer window. She felt sun rays touching her face. She had a good night sleep seeing how her mood is. She has a wide smile plastered at her face and she felt better than yesterday.

She got up when she heard a knock. "Hermione, it's already 7:30. If you don't get out of bed, you're going to be late." She heard Draco say. With that she went to grab her things and head out to her bathroom. When she was done taking a shower, another knock from Draco. "Hermione, come out of there already!" She hurried up and put on her uniform. She had slept in and forgot to set her alarm. How could I be so... She wasn't able to finish her thought when her door blasted open.

She was greeted by a furious Draco. Well, not that furious. "Hermione, its already 7:45. I brought up your breakfast. Now, hurry up! Slughorn is not going to appreciate us going late on the first day."

"Yeah, I'm sorry ok. I over slept." She said as she rush down to their common room and saw her breakfast. She smiled, who would ever thought that Draco Malfoy would be even thoughtful enough to bring her breakfast.

Upstairs, Draco fixed Hermione's door with one swift movement of his wand. After that, he hurried down to their common room and saw Hermione eating her breakfast. "Don't eat like there's no tomorrow. Slow down or you'll choke yourself." He said.

Hermione chugged down her pumpkin juice and drank water. "Thank you." She said to him as she stood up.

"No problem, now come on. Let's go. We'll be late." And then the rushed to their potions.

They got weird looks. Seeing them together at the corridors and not arguing is something new. When they got to their classroom, the bell rang. They made it just in time.

"Ah. Welcome class. Go take your seats." Slughorn said to them. Their other classmates are already seated. Harry sat with Ron and Lavender. Harry looked very annoyed and wanted to throw up. Lavender can't keep her hands off of Ron and he seems to enjoy it. They sat at the table ay the back seeing that it was the only seat available.

"Today, we will brew the Amortentia. Who here knows what that Potion does?"

Not a mere second after the question was asked, Hermione's hands shot up. Draco, who is on her side nearly got hit in the face. He rolled his eyes and it was accompanied by a small smile. 'Good to know that her studying spirits is still high after all that has happened the previous night.'

"Yes my dear." Slughorn called Hermione to answer his question.

"Amortentia is the most powerful love potion in the world. It causes infatuation or obsession in the drinker."

"Yes, very good. Five points to Griffindor. And what does it smells like?"

Once again, Hermione's hand shot up to answer the question. "Yes Ms. Granger?"

"It is different from everyone who smells it. It reminds them which things they found attractive the most."

"Yes, yes. Very good. Now, you must brew the potions correctly or it will do some harm. Go and make your potions." With that, the class started their potions, excited to know what their amortentia smells like.

Draco and Hermione worked in ease. Seeing that they both have the same level of intellect. They divided their work so they can easily brew the potion correctly. At the second table at front, where Ron and Harry works on their potion, Ron can't help it but glance at Hermione and Draco.

"Harry, look at those two." Ron nudged Harry at the side who is concentrating at brewing their potion, seeing that Ron can do nothing to help because he's too busy with Lavender.

"Honestly Ron. I think you should just concentrate at brewing our potion. Instead of flirting with Lavender. And mind your own business will you? They are both heads. So they need to cooperate to spread 'house unity'" Harry snapped at Ron.

"Whatever Harry. I just don't see why you can work there peacefully and not see that she's flirting with the ferret."

"One more Ron. I'll make sure that you'll be suspended at Quidditch." Harry is now irritated with Ron's comments.

After an hour, Draco and Hermione is done with their potion. Hermione was the one who smelt the potion. Freshly mowed grass, new parchment, toothpaste, and some weird winter minty sent that she is sure that she smelt before but have no idea where. After Hermione, Draco smelt the potion, he was sure that he smells his house elf's brownies, books, firewiskey and vanilla with a hint of cinnamon and flowery stuff which he later on distinguished as roses. He remembered smelling vanilla last night when he's... No... No... He can't be. He can't be attracted to the girl beside him. He looked at Hermione with his eyes widen.

"What?" She asked.

"Nothing."

"Yeah, uh-hu. Sure nothing." She rolled her eyes and put a portion of the potion in a vail container and passed it to Professor Slughorn.

"Very good my Dear. You may now go if you please."

"Thank you sir."

Hermione and Draco packed up their things and was ready to leave. One by one, their classmates finished their potions.

"Hey." Harry tried to catch up with Hermione who is walking with Draco. "Oh..."

"What is it Harry?" She asked as she turned around to face him. Draco also turned around to wait for Hermione.

"Are you busy?" He nodded at Draco. "I need to talk to you."

"What about?"

"Um, something... Sensible."

"Yeah sure." She turned to Draco and said "Do you mind? I'll catch up with you later."

"No, not at all. See you later." Draco said and left.

"What was that?" Harry pointed Draco when he was sure that he can hear him.

"What was what was that?" She asked.

"Hermione, you're confusing me. That... What was that."

"You mean him? He's a who, not a what Harry. Don't be rude."

"Honestly Hermione... I'm serious."

"We were just talking about our duties as head. We will call a prefects' meeting soon." She lied smoothly, someone might mistake her for a Slytherin.

"Oh." Harry surrendered his argument.

"So? What do you want to talk about?" Hermione asked him.

"Nothing really. I just want a friend with a brain." He smiled at her.

She smiled back. "Haha. Yeah Harry. Can't blame you."

They walked to their next class together. "Mione, are you ok with living with Malfoy? I mean, I know its too soon to tell. But he's not trouble is he?"

"No... No..." She said shaking her head lightly. "He's been anything but."

"Really? Well, that's new."

"We actually agreed to be in civil term so that we can do our duties well."

"Oh, well. Can't disagree with that. Just tell me when he's bothering you."

"I thing I can handle my self Harry."

"I know. It's just... I'm not comfortable with you living with him... You know, he's a death eater after all." He said whispering the last part.

"Harry! Malfoy has change. And I'd appreciate it if you will give him a chance."

"Bloody 'Mione. Are you not telling me something? Did anything happen?"

"Well..." She started. "He saw me last night after the feast. I was crying because I saw Ron snogging Lavender senselessly. He dragged me away and let me cry on him. He didn't even made fun of me." She left out the part where they have talked in the common room and he carried her to her bed and tucked her to sleep with a good night kiss on her forehead. Knowing Harry, he might not take it well, but a much better reaction than Ron, for sure.

"I guess he has changed. But it's only one night. Many things can happen."

"I guess you're right."

"Yeah. Just be careful. And I promise I'll give him a chance."

"Thank you Harry."

They have arrived their next class, Muggle Studies. They were surprised at what they saw. Draco Malfoy, sitting at the back of the class. The Draco Malfoy, in Muggle Studies. Many students have already occupied the front seats and the only available seat is beside Draco.

"Hello." Hermione greeted him when she sat down beside him.

"Hi." He smiled at her and nearly scowled at Potter but he immediately hid it and greeted him. "Potter."

"Malfoy." He greeted back and sat beside Hermione. She is now on the middle of the two boys. Which she thought was good because they might start arguing with each other. Sitting in the middle makes her in control in

Good thing that Ron is not taking this class, he said that 'there are more important things that studying muggles, what they do, what they use and blah blah blah.' 'He chose this time to be a free period to be with "Lav-Lav"' according to Harry and Ginny.

"How come you're here?" Hermione asked Draco.

"Uhm... Yeah... I need to catch up with lessons and classes. I fell behind last time because of the war. I asked Professor McGonagall if she can load me up with easy subjects this year."

"Oh I see." Hermione nodded.

"You know Malfoy..."Harry started.

"What is it Potter?" To Harry's surprise, Draco didn't sound irritated but interested with what he has to say.

"Well, I was just thinking. Hermione tutors me once in a while. You know, if you're interested... And if it's ok with Hermione of course."

"Yeah, yeah. Why didn't I think of that?" Hermione eagerly agreed.

"You sure? That's ok with you? I mean, that would be great." Draco answered them, he still cannot believe that Harry was the one who suggested it. Harry Potter, his sworn enemy, the boy wonder, the one who's life in Hogwarts was made miserable by him.

"Yes of course." Hermione was happy that she can help another fellow classmate.

"Yeah, sure. That would be great. Thanks." He appreciated their suggestion.

"No problem."

The class started now. The teacher had introduced herself and now passing a pamphlet about Muggle stuff.

"Hermione?" Draco nudged her with hiss elbow.

"Yeah?" She turned to face him.

"What is this thing?" Pertaining to the picture at the pamphlet.

"A pamphlet." She answered not looking at the picture Draco was pointing at.

"No, I know that this is a pamphlet." He wiggled the parchment. "I mean this." He pointed the picture again this time in front of Hermione.

"Oh, that. That is a television. It's a muggle invention that shows you some shows or like plays and stuff."

"Oh, that's cool." He nodded in satisfaction. This is the first time that he's interested in Muggle items.

"Well, anyway. Professor Rims will discuss it further. I'll just help you study later. Ok?" With that, Hermione paid her attention back to their professor.

"Yeah." He agreed.

The professor discussed to them some of the different Muggle appliances essential to their daily living. Which includes, televisions, cell phones, refrigerators, microwaves, toaster, coffee makes, light and light switches, air cons, electric fans and such. He explained their uses and how to use them. There were some muggle-borns, half-bloods, and surprisingly, some purebloods.

At the end of the class, Hermione walked to the library with Harry and Draco to begin their tutoring sessions.

"Will Wease-Weasley be joining us?" Draco asked worriedly. He didn't want to se Ron for many reasons.

"No, he's busy." Harry answered. Obviously, he's with Lavender and her friends. They give him the attention he wants.

"Oh." Draco said and looked at Hermione who looked pale now. "Are you ok?" He asked her.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Let's just go on with it." She answered.

They walked inside the library and went to the back so that they won't 'make a scene'. They were an awkward trio. Seeing them together is just so unnatural.

"So, where should we start?" Hermione asked.

"How about Muggle Studies first. We only had two subjects, Advance Potions and Muggle Studies. We can make it through potions, but...uhm... Draco... You know what I mean." Harry answered nervous about Draco's reaction.

"I hate to admit it, but I do need a lot of help in Muggle studies." He said calmly.

Harry sighed at Draco's reaction. He didn't really mind Harry suggestion, after all, he was right. He do needs some help.

"Yeah ok." She agreed on them. "So Draco, which part exactly are you having troubles with?" She asked him.

"Uhm... The fellythone." He blushed. He wasn't sure if he got the name of it right.

"Uh-hu. Firstly, its telephone. What troubles are you having with it?"

"I know how to use it... Well, I'm not really that sure..."

"Ok. See, the telephone is somewhat like the owls or patronus. Except, when you use the telephone you can talk to the person you want to speak with. You can hear her using this end..." She pointed at the end part of the drawing. "And talk to her for your reply at this end." She pointed the other end of the drawing. "Same rules apply to the cell phone. Except on the cell phone, it is portable, you can carry it everywhere. Also, the cell phone can sends you messages in text which you have to read and you can also reply, of course."

"Ok? So there's a person inside the telephone who I talk to?" He asked, worried about the little person inside the telephone. I mean how brutal is that? Trapping a person inside.

"No. No. Silly, there's no person inside. You'll talk to the person itself. For example, we'll pretend that this is a telephone." She formed her hand, using her pinky and thumb. "This end..." Pertaining to her thumb, "is the end where you hear. And this end..." Gesturing her pinky, "is where you talk. Then pretend that I'll call Harry here and pretend that he's not actually here but far from me. All I have to do is dial this..." She then draw a number pad with number and such. "Then the Harry's phone will ring. He'll answer it..." She gestured Harry to do the same form of her hands. "And you can talk to him."

"Oh. I see. Ok. I think I get it. So how loud should I talk so that they can hear me? I mean, he's far and all."

"Just talk normally, like how we are talking now. They'll hear you perfectly fine. But when it comes to noisy places, maybe you should talk a little louder."

"Ok. I am definitely going to buy Mum that. It's hard owling with her. She always want an immediate reply." Draco stated.

"Good idea. And maybe we should get us cell phones so that we can carry it around." Harry agreed to him.

They laughed but not to loud because they were aware that Madam Pince would not be happy about that. They spent two hours in the library discussing about muggle items and the like. They were an odd trio. They didn't get along well at the past, but at the moment they look like they have been around each other long, that they have been friends for a long time.


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