Chapter 16 : Hidden Agendas
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"Hello, Love," Draco said as he kissed the top of Hermione's face and took the empty seat next to her as Dean and Seamus stared, clearly confused, with their mouths gaping.
When Ginny had said Hermione had a boyfriend Draco Malfoy was the last person either of them would have ever assumed she was dating. They had made it no secret how much they hated each other during Hogwarts, they were always slurring horrible things to each other, and in their third year Hermione had punched his jaw because he was celebrating the execution of Buckbeak. They had never been able to stand each other and now, all of a sudden, here he was, with her, and no "battles of words" were going on, in fact they were acting rather like a couple.
"Something wrong with your mouths?" Draco mused, smirking to himself at the look and Dean and Seamus' faces. What he had planned for that night was something that would not soon be forgotten by the people at the table.
Dean and Seamus' faces flushed and they snapped them closed, obviously embarrassed, as Draco smirked in amusement at the maturity levels they had. Dean and Seamus, both now with their mouths closed, could not get over what was happening.
If someone had told either of them that Hermione Granger would be dating former death eater Draco Malfoy, they would have laughed at them in their faces. Yet, here they were.
Even though she was aware of the 'love connection' Ginny was still staring, completely dumbstruck, at the two of them. She had known they were dating, and from what the receptionist had said, she knew it was pretty serious, but seeing them together was like seeing Voldemort hugging Harry. Not. Normal.
Just the idea of Voldemort hugging him...she shuddered away from the thought.
"So," Dean began struggling to really take in the fact that one of his closest friends was dating the childhood enemy they'd all despised, "blimey, how long have you been together?"
Draco and Hermione looked to each other, "Not long. A couple weeks, although I know she wishes is it's been longer," he smirked, an evil glint appearing in his eyes.
Hermione raised an eyebrow than put it down, struggling to maintain a face that was not utterly confused, even though she was more than lost.
What was he even talking about?
Seamus laughed, "Why's tha' 'Mione?"
Hermione opened her mouth to speak but, lucky for her, was saved by the waitress walking over to the table.
'Thank you!' Hermione thought excitedly in her mind.
"Sir, you wanted iced tea, correct?" She asked, in a monotone voice, sounding completely bored with the situation.
Dean nodded, and the waitress walked away leaving Hermione, once again, to face the pounding questions that were surely going to be fired at her.
Well...that was random.
The news that she, Hermione Granger, was dating Draco Malfoy was like saying Bellatrix LeStrange had turned in to a nun.
So, not going to happen.
Hermione turned back around to see that everyone was staring at her, eager to hear her explanations to what Draco had set her up to say.
Hermione smiled weakly, "So, this weather, sure has been great, hasn't-" She was cut off by Seamus.
"C'mon 'Mione, don' play coy, answer the question," he laughed, and everyone nodded in agreement.
"What do you want to know?" Hermione sighed, not sure how she would answer any of the questions that were surely going to be said: Why? How? When? Blah, blah, blah.
Ginny gave her a sarcastic look, "We want to know what shoes you were wearing the day you two got together."
"Ha ha, very funny," Hermione rolled her eyes.
"You know what we want to know, 'Mione...how did your little love connection happen?" Dean asked, with a smile, sipping his drink as he did so.
"Fine, if you're not going to let this go..." Hermione sighed, hoping they would take the oh so very obvious hint, but knowing that they weren't going to let this one go.
"Come on, love, tell them the story," Draco smirked, clearly enjoying her flustered behavior.
Hermione looked at him, hoping he could see the rage and fury bubbling up inside her. Hr smirked and she knew he knew how she felt, but that he wasn't going to give in.
"Alright," she began, trying to quickly come up with a story that would seem realistic, in only a matter of seconds, which is not easy, I might add, "A couple weeks ago, I was down in," she struggled for a brief moment to come up with a location that she might have possibly been in, "Venice," she noticed the confused expressions of the people she was dining with, aside from Draco who remained calm. "I.."
She was cut off by Seamus.
He really needs a mute button.
"Wha' were ya doin' there?" he asked, his eyebrows knitting together in obvious confusion.
"I was really upset after that day at the Ministry," she said, trying not to cry at the memories and also noting the fact that they were not aware of what had happened, "after I broke it off with Ron," she continued, as their faces changed in to looks of recognition, "and that was the first place I thought of. I'd visited once when I was really small, and I'd loved it, it's just so peaceful and beautiful," she said, hoping her story sounded believable.
They nodded in understanding and looked at her expectantly as if to say, 'continue'.
She had her story planned out and suddenly an evil little idea popped in to her head. Although, she knew she'd have to wait until the proper moments during this dinner...
"I was down at a little shopping venue in the town, lots of people with booths, street performers, artists, all sorts of amazing things and I ran in to Draco and he convinced me to go out to dinner with him and then...things have just went from there." she said, smiling. The story was believable, at least.
Draco piped in before she continued, "I down visiting some old family friends, Merlin knows how boring it is to be stuck with all those old people that mother insisted I hang around, said it'd be good for the name or something, when I saw 'Mione," she smiled to himself and Dean and Seamus' eyes both widened at the sound of him using her nickname, "and I knew I needed to talk to her, it took some convincing," she gently nudged her with his elbow, "but she came around to having dinner. She knew she couldn't stay away," he said smirking.
Hermione looked at all of her friends who were currently still looking like they were in complete and total shock. Especially Dean and Seamus. This was a lot to take in in just a few moments.
"So...have you two always," Dean gulped, "Liked each other?" he felt strange asking this question; child like.
Hermione opened her mouth to speak, but Draco beat her to the punch, "Well, 'Mione always liked me, she confessed that, which I was shocked to know." he smirked and Hermione had to force herself from letting her jaw drop.
"Wha' about the pu..." Seamus began but was cut off.
"The punch?" Draco continued, "Fake. Complete plan. You can tell them 'Mione."
Hermione face flushed, he was making her look like a liar.
"You got me," she mumbled, ready for this dinner to be over.
"Why?" Dean asked, this was completely un-Hermione like behavior.
"I didn't want to admit how much I liked him, I was embarrassed. I thought that would prove that I didn't like him, even to myself, but it turns out I was wrong." she smiled.
She was such a liar.
All those years she'd been taught that lying is wrong, and now, suddenly, her whole life was a lie.
"Well, since tonsil hockey is now your favorite game," Ginny laughed, "I'd agree that you were quite wrong." she laughed.
Hermione's face flushed and Draco scowled at the table cloth.
Draco looked at Hermione and brushed a piece of hair from her face, "Don't worry, love. You're not the only girl who was eager to go for a ride on my broomstick," he smiled, sounding genuine, but smirking to himself.
Hermione's face flushed and her body filled with a mixture of anger, embarrassment, and even a little amusement at the joke, for reasons she was not entirely sure of.
Just the idea...ew.
Seamus and Dean howled with laughter, which gained them several "Shhs," and a several glares from neighboring tables. They ignored the obviously annoyed people and clutched their sides.
Hermione's face was bright red, she had not expected something like that to be part of the game.
How day he mention things like...that in front of people! In public, too!
Ginny's snickered to herself, her eyebrows raised in amusement.
"Mione, stop being so modest, you know that's a lot of the reason you wanted me so bad," he smirked.
An ingenious plan popped in to her head, she knew it was not something they'd expect, heck, it wasn't something she'd ever expect herself to do.
"Fine. I'll bloody well admit it!" she said, smirking, "It's true. There's just one problem, now that he's finally not oblivious to my feelings" she paused letting her friends sink in what she's said.
Draco tilted his head to the side, trying to figure out what she had planned, he wasn't stupid: he knew she was planning something. However, he didn't expect what would come out of her mouth next.
"Well what's the problem then?" Dean asked, knitting his eyebrows together, now the he could finally breathe again.
"He's away most nights so now, even though we're together, I still can't Slyther-in with him," she pouted, seeming genuinely like some one who's missing the person the loved.
It was a hundred percent believable.
Her parents would be so proud.
Draco choked on his drink, completely shocked at what Hermione had just said.
He had known she was not going to let him win, at least not for the first four rules, but he'd never expected those words, or anything like them, to come out of her mouth.
He thought for sure his remarks would have broken her, but apparently they only made her play the game better.
Seamus and Dean looked at each other as if questioning if those words had really come out of her mouth.
Even Ginny was staring, stunned, at her friend.
Hermione smiled ruefully to herself, quite happy, even shocked, at the reactions she'd gotten.
If he wanted to play that way, well two could play that game.
They could have expected Draco to say something like that , but Hermione? Never.
Dean and Seamus, started laughing as Draco struggled to start breathing again.
Hr had to give her props, she was not giving in easily.
Throughout the rest of the dinner, the ignored the subject entirely, wanting to talk about something else.
They didn't really need to hear anymore about that particular aspect of their love life, they could just as well keep it to themselves. Hermione was thoroughly relieved that she didn't have to face any more of his 'remarks' for the rest of the night. She knew there would be plenty more, though,
Draco checked his watch during the middle of an awkward silence and his eye widened, "I have to go." he said hurriedly.
"What...why?" Hermione asked, confused by his sudden outburst.
"I have some where I need to be, love. See you tomorrow," he said and before she could respond.
Tomorrow? Why would she be seeing him tomorrow?
He was out of the restaurant in moments, leaving Dean, Seamus, Ginny, and Hermione in confused silence.
Dean looked to Hermione, "Was all that real? Did I imagine it? You're really with Malfoy?"
Hermione felt torn.
"Yes, I'm really with him. And his name is Draco." She said, feeling her heart be torn in completely opposite directions,
She hated lying to her friends, but didn't feel like she had a choice.
She had to keep playing this game. She had to and she knew it.
Draco didn't get to fully carry out his plans for the evening dinner, but he'd given her at least a hint as to what would come.
She better get used to the 'easy' dates like that, because next time he wasn't going nearly as easy on her.
"I thought you wouldn't show," a voice, smirked, mockingly.
"You knew I would, how could I not?" Draco growled.
"Touchy," the voice, who now was recognizably female, smirked.
"Why did you need to talk to me?" He asked, narrowing his eyes.
"C'mon do I really have to have an agenda?" she asked, walking up to him and tracing her fingers up and down his button up shirt.
He jerked away and grabbed her wrist, not hurting her, but letting her know that wasn't going to be accepted, "I know you have one. What is it?"
She smirked, "There's been some rumors going around..."
"Your point being?"
"For someone with as many secrets as you have, it's strange how you let this slip so easily," she smiled evilly.
"What are you talking about?"
She smiled ruefully, and help up a picture, "This. This is what I'm talking about," she smirked.
His eyes widened at the picture...how did she even get that?
"What's is going to take to keep you quiet?" he growled, fear and bitter annoyance in his voice.
"You'll see." an evil glint appeared in her eyes, it was the same look he'd seen in Lavender Brown's eyes before.
Yes, the bimbo.
Except with the girl in front of him he knew she wouldn't give up as easily as Lav and her consequences if you didn't do what she wanted would be a lot more severe.
He was in a fake relationship with a girl who he'd always hated, because her ex-boyfriend cheated on her and got another girl pregnant and now he was being blackmailed.
Merlin, life is cruel.
A/N Chapter 16 is finally up! I'm sorry I put it off, I finally got 'Intervened by Fate' recovered and uploaded to my page(: I hope you enjoyed this chapter, I enjoyed writing it(:
So who is this girl blackmailing Draco? Everyone seems to be getting in to trouble now. Ron, obviously with Lavender. Hermione with Draco. Lavender with Davies. Draco and this girl, blah, blah, blah. No one's life is anything less than complicated.
Hermione's behavior was maybe OoC, but I didn't think she'd give in that easily. Things will really start heating up soon and VERY soon we'll be seeing a certain half-giant that every one loves(;
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"Well...maybe if I just talked to her..." Ron questioned, desperately trying to find a way to talk to her.
"Ron, let her be happy," Harry pleaded, his loyalties still torn.
"She's not happy!"
"Did she tell you that?"
"No...but...I can just tell! She'd never be happy with...him! He's a Malfoy for Merlin's sake!"
"Ron," Harry begged, trying to make his friend see reason, "It's over between you two, you need to accept that!"
"I...I can't! Harry it's not easy to just get over someone you've loved for so long!"
"Well you should have though of that...." Harry trailed off, hoping for the sake of his face that Ron was not too angry as his fists were already clenched, "You need to accept that it's over between you two."
"Any one else! If it was any one else, I could accept it! But, him? I never would've thought that she'd be with him." He felt his heart aching in his chest.
"Yes, and I never thought you and Lavender would be having a baby and yet, here we are." Harry said.
Ron's eyes widened, "Are you saying this is my fault?"
Harry shrugged and his eyes narrowed, "Who's fault would you say it was?"
Ron's raised his fist, Harry was the one person he thought he could count on and how all he wanted to do was hit him.
Drama! So, Harry is definitely torn, but it seems he's siding with Hermione and Ron isn't taking it well. Will Harry's face still be a normal color or at the end of the chapter will his face be purple?
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