Nothing Happens By Chance

Chapter 8

Two more weeks as passed by with a blur. It was already October, the six has grew closer and closer. They hang out more often. They study and prepare for their N.E.W.T.s together, Harry, Draco and Blaise even had a friendly game of quidditch, with Ginny, of course, just to make it a fair game of 2 on 2.

Then one day at the Great Hall, Harry and Hermione is waiting for Ginny for lunch. They had just finished their daily session of tutorial with Draco, Blaise and Pansy. Ginny arrived bowing her head down and covering her face with her hair.

"Ginny?" Harry called her attention while she sat down beside Harry. "What's wrong, love?" He said as he held her chin and tilted it up so that he can see her face. He then noticed that she has a scratch on her face and her left cheek was a little redder than the other and the other has a purple and blue bruise. "Why do you have a scratch and why is your cheeks like that?"

"Nothing." She said bowing back down.

"Whatever it is, it is nothing." Hermione was too, concerned. She has been like a sister. More than a best friend. "Gin, come on, you know you can tell us."

"Got in a fight with Lavender."

"Why?" Was all he asked.

She told her that how Ron was still with Lavender but now were having problems. She's becoming more and more of a jealous girlfriend. She keeps on bringing up that Ron still is in love with Hermione and he was just using her so that he can get what he wants. Hermione was never the one to give it to him. She's also blabbering about how Ginny should just accept that Hermione will not be her sister and she was the one who is going to be. "Then she called me a bitch when I said, no. I also told her, 'You'll never be as much as Hermione were. She's more of a sister to me than you'll ever be.' Then she decided to drag me into a cat fight. Pavarti and Lavender outnumbered me. Thus the scratch and my face."

"Did you get detention?"

"No. I did not fight back. Pavarti was well, she wanted me to get detention too so she said that I was the first one who provoked Lavender and that I was the one who started it all. But the shocking part is that when McGonagall was about to give me detention, well, you know Daphne Greengrass?"

"Yeah? She's a Slytherin. Is she not?"

"Yes she is. Well, she saw the whole thing and stood by me. She told McGonagall the whole thing. She even said she'd take veritaserum to prove that she's telling the truth. Then Lavender got angrier even more and started to attack her. Good thing McGonagall was as fast as a cat, she is. Or she would have ended up like me. Lavender got months of detention and three weeks suspension." She finished as they heard Lavender shrieking at Ron about what had happened.

"Ronald Weasley. How dare you? You just stood there and did nothing. I got months of detention and three weeks of suspension. And it was all because of your stupid little sister."

"That is Lavender. Calling me this things are one thing. But calling my sister is another. You just crossed the line. I cannot believe that I chose you over them. My sister's right. We are over, Brown." Then he strode over to the Griffindors' table. He sat alone on the end of the long bench.

The whole Great Hall sat there and watch the whole thing. Then they saw Greengrass walking in and decided that the show was now over. Lavender passed by her and gave her a deadly glare but didn't mind. She then sat at the Slytherins' table with her sister.

"Daphne?" Pansy called her.

"Hmm?" She said but never did she looked at her.

"Are you ok?"

"Yeah. I'm fine."

Pansy dropped it and just let it go. She didn't want to meddle in. Then Ginny decided to walk over to the Slytherins' table. She walked over there with Hermione.

"Hey, uhm. Greengrass?" Ginny started when they got there.

Daphne lifted her head up with the sound of her voice. She saw the red head and the brunette. "Yeah?"

"Uhm. Well, I just want to thank you."

"That was nothing."

"Still. Thank you."

"Yeah."

Then she turned and ate her lunch. The two Griffindor was about to go back to their seats but Hermione felt a hand on her arms. She turned around then saw Draco holding her arms.

"What was that?"

"I. Uhm. It's Ginny and Greengrass's business. I don't think I should tell you." She looked at Ginny.

"Oh. Ok." Then he turned to Ginny. "You ok there Ginny? That's a long scratch you've got." He said pointing to her face.

"I'm fine. Thank you for asking, anyway."

"Yeah. Did you go to the Hospital wing? You know, just to make sure that you don't get that infected."

"It's fine, Mal-Draco. McGonagall already healed it, it's just the scars that'll take time to fade."

"Oh. Ok then. Go to your seats and have some lunch." They did as they told. Hermione and Ginny went back to the Griffindors' table and sat with Harry.

--

The day went by, they were already on the Griffindor Common Room. Ron was sulking on a corner while Ginny and Harry is cuddling near the fireplace.

"Gin, I know you hate him. But he's your brother and my best friend. Don't you think it's time for us to talk to him. He finished it with Lavender. Don't you think that it's time for us to forgive him and give him another chance?"

"That's easy for you to say Harry. He didn't do anything wrong to the both of us. But what about Hermione? She's the one that got hurt and all."

"Gin, you got hurt to, remember?"

"Ron didn't do this to me, Lavender did."

"Still."

"We'll just talk to Hermione about it first."

"Yeah. I still hope that she loves him and then they'll get back together."

"Yeah. Me too."

--

"Hermione?" Draco called her attention. They were at the heads common room and doing some studying just the two of them. They just finished their nightly patrol and agreed that it's still early so they did their homework and such.

"Yeah?"

"Weasley and Brown?"

"What about them?"

"They broke up didn't they?"

"Yeah so?"

"You think he'll want you back?"

"Honestly, Draco. Not that it's any of your business or anything, I got over him a while ago."

"Really?"

"Yes. There is someone else, too."

"Oh."

"Yeah."

Then silence. Draco was somewhat devastated. Hermione likes someone else. Someone else... Someone else... Those two words keeps echoing in his head. She likes someone else.

"I wish he'd take a hint though."

"Hmm?"

"He doesn't know I like him."

"Maybe you just have to tell him." Draco said while smiling but he was aching inside. He doesn't want Hermione to tell that someone that she likes him.

"I don't know."

"Why?"

"What if he doesn't like me back?"

"Well, who wouldn't like you? I mean, you're not just beautiful outside, but also in the inside."

"Really?"

"Yeah." He smiled though he was dying inside.

"Ok then. I'll tell him." She smiled and stood up. She then walked to her bedroom but before she closed the door, she turned back at him and said "Good night, Draco."

"Good night." He then leaned back at his chair. He should have just shut his mouth. "Ugggh." He said. "I'm hopeless." He then stood up and went to his room.

--

Hermione and Draco walked together to the Great Hall for breakfast. Hermione was building up her courage to tell that someone that she likes him.

"Come on, Hermione. You know you can do it." You've helped Harry defeat Voldy."

"Yeah. I can do it."

"That's the spirit." Draco smiled at her while giving her a pat of the head. It's a little awkward since he likes her and he's giving her a pep talk. Then, Harry and Ginny caught up to them.

"Hermione, Draco, wait up." Harry shouted. The two stopped and turned to face them.

"Yeah?" Hermione said.

"Uhm. Can we talk to you for a second?" Harry started. "Alone?"

"Oh. Sure." She said and turned to Draco. "You go ahead. I'll catch up with you later." She smiled. When Draco was out of hearing distance she started. "What's up?"

"Well, as we all know, Ron and Lavender broke up." Ginny started.

"Yeah? So?"

"So? Hermione, come on."

"What Ginny. Spit it out."

"Why don't you give him another chance."

"What? Are you crazy?"

"Crazy's an understatement." Harry mumbled to himself which earned a glare from Ginny. "What?"

Ginny shook her head and continued "Anyway... He broke up with her, Hermione. He got his senses back and realized that he's wrong to be with her."

"Gin, look. I heard that too. We were all there yesterday, remember?"

"Yeah. So will you give him a chance."

"No."

"No? Why?"

"I'm sorry, Gin. But I like someone else. I was going to tell him during breakfast but you interrupted me."

"No way." Harry's eyes widen.

"Hermione, don't tell me that you like DRACO!" Ginny shouted. "I mean, he's great and all. But he's still, Draco Malfoy."

"Gin, shut the hell up. I haven't told him yet but the whole school knows now."

"Fine. If you want it that way. I guess this conversation is over." Ginny then stomped and walked away.

"Hermione, just give her time. She just wants you to be officially her sister." Harry put his hand on her shoulder. "She'll get her senses back too. I'm ecstatic to know you have moved on form Ron." He then hugged her.

"Thank you, Harry."

"Go, go and tell him. Before the whole school tells him." He then smiled at her as she smiles back at him. She then run towards the Great Hall to talk to 'someone'.


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