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The Approaching Curve

By Beautiful.Indifference

Other / Romance

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

The music played with a calming frequency.

“Let’s go for a drive.” She spoke so quietly that I almost jumped out of my skin. I nodded in agreement, knowing where this drive will end.

The speakers gently seeped the sound ambient keyboards and light percussion. Creating a seductive soundtrack to our midnight drive through curtains of blackness.

She turned the music up louder than normal, meaning she didn’t want to talk. I looked out the window, watching the dark landscape as her breathing became shallow. I glanced at her and noticed her knuckles turning white as she gripped the steering wheel.

 

The windows were cold to the touch, reflecting the icy conditions in our immediate extremity. Salt stains and fingerprints littered the glass. And streets with melted snow cascaded down its length.

I began to shiver; she hadn’t even turned the wheel as we drove down the long, straight road. I felt my heart pound in my chest, and I pressed my forehead against the window. Trying to get rid of the sick feeling that seemed to be bubbling up. I fought the tears as I looked back at the one I love.

 

The music pulsed louder, but gentle. Like the faraway squeal of a pot of boiling water. The skyline was glowing faintly with vague hints of an impending dawn.

“We should head home.” I said, she looked at me and I felt a pang in my heart as I saw the unshed tears that were forming in her brown eyes.

“No, we need to talk.” She said firmly before falling silent again.


The car raced along a painfully straight stretch of road. And she hadn't so much as turned the steering wheel two degrees in the last twenty minutes. Nor had we spoken.

I knew what she was doing, and I know why. No one would understand, she knew that. That’s why I had to end it. And all she did was look at me as if though I needed to be sent to St. Mango’s. It couldn’t continue on, not it she didn’t want to be hurt and ridiculed.


As we were, so perfect, so happy. They'll remember, only our smiles 'cause that's all they've seen. Long since dried, when we are found, are the tears in which we had drowned. As we were, so perfect, so happy.

“Why?” she asked and I felt a lump in my throat.

“You know why, Hermione. I did this for you!” I growled.

“I can’t be happy without you.” She said, and the tear began to flow.


"Why are you doing this?" she spoke as if not expecting a response. Her voice penetrated the still air of our speechless drive. So suddenly that my heart had jumped.

“You should have expected it. I’m no good for you, you all people know this.” I said, my eyes following the tears that fell down her cheeks.

“That’s not true, Draco. It’s not true.” She said forcefully, and I felt my heart clench.


"I'm not doing anything," I said, but I didn't even believe that myself. "This is what's best, for me, for you, for us," or maybe just for me I thought, as a tear formed in the pit of her eye.

“Even Potter and Weasel know it, ‘Mione. They agree with me! I’ll end up tainting you, and I don’t want that.”

“I know what is good for me. You can’t make the decision for me!” her voice cracked as she chocked back a sob.


The music poured through the speakers and we were losing ourselves in the cadence.

She looked down momentarily and closed her eyes for a bit longer than a standard blink.

We were yelling at each other, soon we lost the point of the conversation and we poured out things to each other. She began to cry harder and I leaned my head back, to tired to continue.


Then she was crying. Then she was shouting. Then I was shouting, now pouring confessions, having no answers, or solutions. We barely even knew the questions

“We can always go somewhere else. Somewhere where they won’t judge us.” She said quietly, and I stared blankly at her.

“Like where, Hermione? There’s nowhere we can go. They’ll always find us.” I replied, frustrated.

“You know where, Draco.” She stilled looked at the road, and I smirked cruelly. Realizing what she talking about.

“What if we can’t find each other?”

“Love, we’ll always find each other.” She replied, smiling through her tears.


As we were, so perfect, so happy. They'll remember, only our smiles 'cause that's all they've seen. Long since dried, when we are found, are the tears in which we had drowned. As we were, so perfect, so happy.

I smiled slight, looking out the window as the sun began to rise in the distance.

“Are you sure?” I asked.

“Positive.”


Don't put me underground, I was meant for a life somewhere else. Please, love, give me the wheel, before both of our hearts you. Will steal tonight (will steal tonight).

As we were, so perfect, so happy. Don't remember, only your smiles 'cause that's all they've seen. Long since dried, when we are found, are the tears in which we had drowned.

As we were, so perfect, so happy.

Slowly, she began to pick up speed and I felt a small ounce of panic. What if it doesn’t work? What will I do without her? I felt scared, but I looked at her and I felt at ease. Her lips were turned upward into a small sad smile and a smile of my own graced my lips.


Our cracking voices became part of the music. The car pressed on faster through the night. As our voices lowered, the cadence again overtook the air.

Up ahead there was a curve approaching. She made no indications of slowing.


1 Year Later

This night seemed to be a never-ending darkness, just like the one so long ago. In the distance two figures appeared, approaching the headstone. It read:

Hermione Jean Granger

Loving friend and daughter

R.I.P

“Hey, Hermione. How are you and Malfoy? Sorry, I haven’t come by lately. Ginny’s pregnant. How bout that, eh? We miss you.” Harry Potter looked down at the marble headstone. Ron sighed and stepped forward, reaching down to put a small flower on top of the headstone.

“We all miss you, ‘Mione. We’ll come back as soon as we can. Uh, tell the ferret I said hi.” He added awkwardly. Harry raised an eyebrow and Ron shrugged slightly.

As the two walked away, two silhouettes appeared above the grave, interlocked in each other’s embrace. Smiling lovingly at one another.

Song: "The Approaching Curve" by: Rise Against
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