Then, after they have finished studying about muggle items and such for two hours, it was time for lunch. The three of them headed towards the Great Hall earning them weird stares and awkward glances. They didn't mind though. Hermione and Draco are both heads, so for them, it will be natural to be together. Harry and Draco are both Quidditch players. Harry and Hermione are best friends. For them, its ok to be together and for once, they didn't argue which maybe the cause for their classmates stares.
When they arrived at the entrance of the Great Hall, it was time for them to part ways. But before they enter, Harry and Draco shook hands.
"It was nice to get to know you. You know?" Harry said to Draco.
"Yeah. I enjoyed our time together without arguing. It's so much better. I hope that it'll happen again soon."
"Yeah. Of course. It's really good that we've able to put our past behind. And of course it'll happen again. You and I both need Hermione's tutoring in some subjects, I need both of you to teach me in some, and you need Hermione and Me in Muggle Studies."
"Yeah. Thanks Potter. I didn't think that you and I will ever be..." Draco hesitated at first.
"Friends." Harry completed his sentence for him and smiled. He reach his hands again for Draco to shake and he took it.
"Friends." Draco smiled
At the back ground, Hermione is smiling, too. She's happy that her best friend and her newly found friend is now friends. She's so happy and she feels like floating without even knowing why she feels like floating.
After that, they went their separate ways. Draco went to the Slytherins' table and Hermione along with Harry headed towards the Griffindors'.
At their table, a certain red headed girl is waiting for them.
"Hey." She greeted them. "What was that?" She said gesturing at Draco who is now seated at the Slytherins' table with Blaise and Pansy.
"What was what?" Asked Harry kissing his girlfriend's forehead.
"You mean Draco?" Hermione asked.
"Yeah. And Draco? Since when were you two on the first name basis?"
"When we agreed to be on civil terms."
"And you agreed on this?" She turned to Harry.
"Yeah. Come to think of it. I've only spent about two to four hours with him and he's actually not that bad."
"Two to three hours?" Ginny asked.
"Yes, two if you only include the time that we spent at the library studying and didn't include the time that we sat together in class. Three if the class hours is included." Harry answered.
"You sat together in class? And you studied together in the library?" Ginny was a curious one.
"Yes. There weren't any seats left so we, Hermione and I, needs to seat with him. We were also curious why was he there in that class."
"Why? What class was it?" Ginny continued to ask more questions.
"Muggle Studies." Harry replied.
"Oh, well, that's a shocker. Why are you studying at the library together?"
"Because he needed our help in some of his subjects and mainly Muggle Studies." Hermione was the one who answered.
"And you're tutoring him?"
"Yeah. It was kind of my idea." Harry said shyly.
"You?" Ginny asked raising one of her eyebrows with disbelief.
"Yeah." Harry bowed his head and felt like sinking.
"Oh hush Ginny. Harry's just mature enough to offer Draco some help." Hermione said to one of her best friend.
"Yeah. I know. That was very kind of you Harry. I'm proud of you, you know?" Ginny said trying to cheer up a now sunken Harry.
"Thank you Ginny." Harry's head bolted up and looked at Ginny with a smile.
With that, they started their lunch. Hermione was starving, it was already one in the afternoon. Oh, how she hated her Thursday schedule. From 8:00-10:00 was Advance Potions, 10:00-11:00 was their Muggle Studies, and 11:00-2:00 was her free period. Seeing that she spent two hours at the library with Harry and Draco, she only had one more hours to eat her lunch. She enjoyed it though, spending time with them. Draco was a much better company that Ron. He actually do his work.
At the other side of the room, almost the same conversation was happening when Draco has arrived at their table and sat with Blaise and Pansy.
"What was that mate?" Blaise asked.
"Yeah, what was that?" Pansy agreed on her boyfriend's question.
"Are you replacing us with them? I mean, I know you like her and all..." Blaise half-heartedly teased.
"No." Draco cut his best friend's statement. "They were helping me with Muggle Studies and other subjects I have to catch on." He said truthfully. "And hush about the liking part."
"Well, I don't know if we can do that." Said Blaise. "But before we ask you about Granger, Muggle Studies? Really? I know, I know, we all put our prejudices behind. But Muggle Studies?"
"I have to catch on for points at my N.E.W.T.s. I don't want to repeat my seventh year for the third time." He answered while putting enormous amount of food in his plate. Like Hermione, he too was starving. They have shared the same time table for this morning and he's hoping that he'll be sharing the same classes with her in the afternoon too. "What were you going to ask me about Hermione?" Draco asked his two best friends.
"Well, first, when did you start to call her by her first name."
"Yesterday. When we agreed to be on civil terms." He made sure that he didn't say anything about what had happen last night at their common room.
"Second question. Where did you drag Granger last night?" Blaise asked with a smirk and a hint of spark in his eye.
His head shot up and looked at his best mate. "No Blaise. I didn't do anything like whatever you're thinking. I dragged her to McGonagall's office." He dropped his head again. "And I saw her staring at an 'awful sight'."
"Awful sight? You mean Weasley and Brown?" Pansy said with a smirk.
"Yes. She was crying ok? And I can't stand it." Draco snapped.
"Man, we know you like her. But we didn't thought that you actually care. You must have been hit really hard." Blaise said.
"Hit by what?" Draco
"Love mate. Love."
"What? No. I'm not in love with her. I do not love her." He stated but he was unsure of his own statement. He was confused. It was only about a day since he saw Hermione and agreed to be in civil terms with her. It has only been hours since they have spent together and yet he can't help whatever he feels towards her. Could he be? No... It was too soon to tell.
"Well. Any way, we should probably eat now. We have a class in about an hour." Said Pansy.
With that. They ate in silent. Draco can't help but to stare at Hermione, who once in a while glance at him too. And sometimes, they catch each other's eye but look away as soon as they see each other's eyes, blushing.
Much to everyone's dismay, a certain red headed boy with his blond girlfriend came strutting in. "Mate where have you been.?" Said Ron at Harry not seeing Hermione was seated with him. When his 'Lav-Lav' noticed her, she tugged on his sleeves like a little brat. "What is it Lav?" He asked as he turned to face her. She just pointed at Hermione who was shaking her head in disbelief. "Oh... I see. You two would rather hang out with her than me. Harry, I thought you were my best friend. And Ginny? You? You're supposed to be at my side. You're my sister!" He shouted at the two.
"Ronald Bilius Weasley. You are an insufferable, inconsiderate, lying, cheating, git!" Ginny snapped. It was the first time she snapped at her brother when she learned that he has cheated on Hermione. She has been patient on him and didn't mind him, but she has had enough. Her face was as red as her hair. "You don't tell us what to do and not what to do. You, who has cheated on Hermione, who has been patient with you, done your homework, essays, help you in everything you do, would not tell us who we can and cannot hang-out and spend our time with. You're a jerk." She was forced to sit back down by Harry who was calming her by rubbing her back.
"She's right you know. You've been a egoistic big-headed jerk. You've gotten your head swollen." This time, it was Harry's time to snap at Ron. "You just want people's attention. Well good for you. You can have all it now." He gestured at the students at the Great hall who is now watching the show.
On the other side of the room, Draco Malfoy, was in a way, enjoying the show. But half of his heart is aching. He just want to get up and again, drag Hermione away from the drama that her ex has caused. However, his body would not allow just that because he knows that he'll just make more scene.
"Alright everybody." Draco shot his head up to look at his best mate, Blaise, as he stands up in the bench. "Show's over. Go back to stuffing your faces with your lunch or I'll remove points from all of you." He after all is a prefect. He sat back down and went back on eating his lunch.
"Thanks." Draco whispered to him.
Ron with Lavender, went to sit with her friends. Ron has lost his sister and best friend, and to who? Hermione freakin' Granger. That's who. His sister and best friend chose her side. To damn be with them. He's better off without them anyway. For him, they'll just steal his spotlight. But half of him says that they are right. It was his fault. He's been a jerk to the woman who was been patient with him, the one who has loved him with everything she has. It was over now though. He lost her. He lost them.