A/N: New short story. This is completed, so updates should be quite quick :D
Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, Blaise Zabini and Theodore Nott were sitting at a table in the library pretending to their homework, while watching their two best friends, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy, do their own at a table opposite them. They had been talking about them the whole hour they had been here. Ginny Weasley and Pansy Parkinson, who sat at the end of the table the four boys were at, had rolled their eyes and proceeded to ignore them from the moment they opened their mouths.
“They’ve been together since the war, why isn’t it out in the open yet?” Blaise whined.
“WHAT?” Ron Shouted, “SINCE - “
His outburst was muffled by Harry putting his hand over his friend’s mouth. Theo glared at Harry, “you said you were going to tell him. The whole point of you telling him was so that he would be prepared and we could have conversations like this quietly.”
“I was working on it,” Harry defended himself, “I was trying to find a nice, easy way to tell him. I couldn’t exactly go up to him and say ‘hey Ron, guess what? Our best friend, the girl you have a crush on, is going out with our ex-enemy. How do you feel?’ could I?” Harry whispered so no one else could hear, but really wanted to scream it at him. He felt Ron staring at him and really didn’t want to face him. But he did.
If looks could kill, he thought to himself. “Hey Ron,” he lowered his hand, slowly, from Ron’s mouth.
“I can’t believe you never told me,” Ron whispered.
“Remember that day in Headquarters, I came over saying I had to tell you something important but just as I opened my mouth to say anything, Hermione came in and you stopped listening and then Draco came in and was talking to her and you got dead angry and slightly jealous after he made her laugh,” Harry explained quickly.
Ron thought, “oh yeah. Stupid ferret,” he mumbled.
“Hey,” Blaise started.
“That’s our friend you’re calling,” Theo finished.
Ron rolled his eyes but said nothing more. Merlin only knows the things a Slytherin could do and the lengths they would go to do it.
“Anyway,” Blaise changed the subject, “back to my question; why isn’t it out in the open yet?”
Harry shrugged, “maybe they’re not ready. They probably don’t want people saying things about them.”
“Who cares what other people say or think, they’re not their friends, we are and we’re OK with it,” Blaise countered.
“Speak for yourself,” Ron was mumbling again. All three boys glared at him, “I can’t believe you’re fine with it,” he told Harry.
“He saved our lives,” Harry pointed out, remembering what happened in Malfoy Manor.
“It makes up for everything. Keep arguing and we’ll make you sit with your sister and Pansy.”
“I’m fine with it, I agree with Blaise; why isn’t their relationship out yet?” Ron quickly said. In his eyes, it was better than sitting with girls.
The others laughed, “you’re so easy,” Theo said between gasps, “oh Potter, there’s Slytherin in you yet!”
Harry nodded, “oh I know. In fact I’ll tell you a story about that one day.”
Although Blaise did find it funny, he was quite annoyed that the subject of Draco and Hermione had changed. Again.
“I think we should make a little wager,” Theo spoke first. Blaise groaned, thinking he was changing the subject again. He was wrong. “I bet ten galleons that their relationship is out by the end of the week.” Blaise sat up and grinned.
Harry scoffed, “what makes you so confident.”
Theo shrugged, “look at them; you can see how much they wanna make out. You can see the want in their eyes. They just can’t keep it in any longer.”
“I’ll see your bet Nott,” Blaise piped up. The others stared at him. Blaise was no longer grinning, he was smirking, “I bet ten galleons that their relationship comes out next week, more specifically the nineteenth of September.”
“That’s too specific Zabini. What make’s you so confident?” Theo raised an eyebrow.
“September nineteenth is Granger’s eighteenth birthday, making her an adult in both worlds. Eighteen is an important age in the muggle world and since she’s a Muggleborn, Draco will obviously want to make it special for her.” Blaise carried on explaining his theory, “he’ll take her out to a nice meal at her favourite restaurant, he’ll buy her two presents; one she’ll show she’ll love and one that is flashy and expensive and she’ll secretly love even though she’ll scold him for it being too expensive.” The others were surprised by how much thought he had given this theory, but it still didn’t explain why they would wait till then to tell everyone they were going out.
But Blaise wasn’t finished, “Draco has always had reporters following him, ever since he was a kid, he is, after all, the Malfoy heir, the richest, most influential family in the wizarding world and going into the muggle world. Granger is your best friend,” he pointed to Harry, “and they both helped you in the war, giving more reasons for the press to follow them. What way is more perfect for them to tell the world they’re together than through the press on War Hero Hermione Granger’s Birthday?”
Harry paused for thought, “an interesting theory that might just come true,” he looked at Theo, to see him grinning.
“You’re on,” Theo held out his hand for Blaise to shake, “ten galleons.”
“Each,” Harry added, also holding his out hand. Blaise shook it eagerly. They all looked at Ron.
“Fine,” Blaise shook his hand too.
Blaise smirked and sat back, “this has got to be the easiest thirty galleons ever. I feel almost sad to be taking your money away.”
“Next,” Harry said, “who do you think will say I love you first? I bet twenty galleons it’ll be Draco.”
“Twenty?” Ron sputtered, while the other two just stared, wide-eyed, “you can’t be serious. You can’t be that confident and I don’t have the money!”
“Then don’t bet anymore,” Harry reasoned, “just listen,” he turned at the other two.
Blaise and Theo looked at each other for a few moments, as if having a silent conversation. Finally they looked at Harry, “we wanna hear your reasons first.”
Harry nodded, it was only fair, “Hermione wants to be with Draco. She proved that by having their secret relationship, she can put aside everything that happened between them when they were younger and pursue their relationship,” the others nodded at this, “but, that doesn’t stop her from being cautious about him. I mean come on, it is Hermione. The things he does for her to show he loves her won’t be enough for her. She’ll want him to actually say he loves her. Hermione won’t say it until Draco says it. Hermione isn’t interested in material things, so saying it will be, like, the best way for her to truly know.”
Theo smiled as he spoke, “wow, we have insightful answers today. Reasons that could really happen. Good, it makes betting way more interesting,” he sat forward, “I bet Hermione says it first.”
“Because of who Draco is,” Theo responded, “the way he grew up, the only woman he had said ’I love you’ to is his mother. That’s totally different to saying it to Granger. Draco knows how she feels about him but he still has fears of getting hurt or rejected. I’ll admit it, deep down every guy, no matter how confident, gets nervous or scared when it comes to love incase they get rejected. And that is why Draco won’t say it first. He’ll wait for her so he truly knows how she feels and can say it back. Your reasons for Draco saying it first is really good but no matter how Hermione feels she won’t wait for Draco to say it, not for long.”
“You’re right,” Harry mused. Theo stared, not understanding what he was agreeing to, “these are insightful answers. I’m sticking with mine,” he held out his hand, which Theo happily shook.
They looked at Blaise who shook his head, “no way, this one is just between you two.”
“Just as an outsider, which bet would you go with?” Ron asked.
“Theo’s,” Theo grinned, “but only because I’ve known Draco longer than Hermione,” Blaise told him. Theo just shrugged.
Ron put his chin in his hand and looked at Hermione, who was now laughing at something Draco must have said, “Hermione’s parents will probably be fine with Malfoy but how do you think Malfoy’s parents will take it?”
Blaise shrugged, “Narcissa will most likely be fine with it too. She’s never really cared about blood status and had never pressured Draco to be with a pureblood. She said he could be with whoever he wanted - something I wish my mum would say.”
“Yeah,” Theo agreed, “Lucius, on the other hand, who knows. No matter what he says though, he won’t do anything, not if Narcissa accepts it. When Draco said he wouldn’t take the Dark Mark and was joining the Light, Lucius threatened to disown Draco and Narcissa threatened to Divorce Lucius if he tried. They’re two ‘D’ words that the Malfoy’s are scared to hear,” he laughed.
Blaise sat up straight, “are you up for bet number three; how will Lucius take it? I bet ten galleons that Lucius freaks out. He won’t threaten to disown Draco because Narcissa will be there. But he will be furious and he will want them to break up. It won’t happen though and he’ll leave still incredibly angry. He’ll come back a day or two later, but he still won’t like and won’t want to talk. Draco will just have to give him time.”
“Ah, you’re going with what he did after Draco said he was joining the light and after the ‘D’ words were spoken.”
Blaise nodded, “what about you?” he asked Theo.
Theo thought, “I bet he yells but not because Hermione’s a Muggleborn, that doesn’t bother him. It’s because no Malfoy has been with a Muggleborn. It’s new and different. All Malfoy’s have been pureblood and married purebloods to keep it that way. If Draco and Hermione had kids, they would be the first Malfoy half-blood’s; Lucius won’t really know how to handle that fact. But he’ll get over it, because he does love his son and Draco will happy.”
Again, Blaise nodded, “what about you Potter? You in this one?”
“Yeah,” he replied, “I bet that Lucius won’t yell at all.”
“No way!” Theo disagreed, “Lucius Malfoy yells about everything.”
“Let me finish. Lucius knows who Hermione is, everyone does, and everyone may like Draco but Lucius was a Death Eater. Yes, he changed. Yes, he helped. But he was still a Death Eater. To allow Hermione as part of the family will not only make Draco happy but will allow him and the entire Malfoy name to be respected again. It would take time, but it would happen. For selfish reasons, Lucius Malfoy will grin and bear it. He’ll smile and he’ll accept their relationship straight away. Later on, he’ll be glad of his choice because he’ll like Hermione. But that’s later on in life.”
Damn,” Theo cussed, “that does sound like a very Lucius Malfoy thing to do.”
“You can’t change now,” Harry grinned, “so ten galleons is it?” The two Slytherins nodded and they all shook hands for the third time that day.
They quickly went back to their homework when they noticed Draco and Hermione get up and walk their way; they didn’t want them to know they were talking about them.
“Hey guys,” Draco greeted. The boys and Ginny and Pansy all said hi back, “we’re going back to our common room to put our stuff back and go to dinner, you coming?”
“In a minute, we just have to finish a few things. We’ll see you both in the Great Hall. Are we sitting at the Gryffindor table to today?” Ever since the war ended, students were seen sitting at other tables with new friends.
Hermione nodded, “yeah. We’ll see you there.” They left, soon followed by Ginny and Pansy after they said good bye.
The boys put their stuff in their bags, “did we actually do any homework?” Blaise asked.
“Nope,” Harry answered, “we’ll do it tomorrow.”
Just as they were walking out, Theo spoke up, “boys, as soon as we leave this room, the bets start. Are you ready for this?” They all nodded. Theo smirked, “then let the games begin.”