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Chapter 6 : Chapter Six
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Welcome to the last chapter of The Hostage Situation- there's no action, no adventure, no suspense in this one- just a lot of fluff and romance ;) About time isn't it? So do enjoy! It's a bit short but its more like an Epilogue or concluding chapter than an actual full-on piece.
Hermione stepped out of her house and her eyes instantly shot up at the sight of Draco Malfoy sitting on her front porch, staring up at the star filled sky.
"What're you doing here?" She asked, amused.
"I remember you said you had learnt something during Auror Training earlier." Draco said, standing up and brushing his black jeans down and straightening his white button up shirt, whose sleeves had been folded up to his elbows. She locked the door behind her and came to stand beside him, placing a charm on to her pale yellow skirt to ensure that it didn't fly with the wind. She was wearing a white blouse with it, her hair tied up in a high ponytail.
"Yes, I was training to be an auror." Hermione said shortly.
"But you ended up working in a bank." He stated rather than asked.
"Yes." She sighed. "I was on my last stage or training when someone sent a mild torture jinx at me. It was an accident but I collapsed and didn't recover for a day or two. It was because my body had shut down so badly because of the... cruciatus your aunt sent me that it couldn't quite handle another torture curse."
"So they rejected you?"
"That is correct." She said, a little humiliated. Why was he brining this up? "They rejected me for something that wasn't my fault."
"Did you really want to be an Auror?" Draco asked.
"Yes, of course I did! I spent an year on the run from death-eaters and longer than that fighting for my and my friends' lives- I wanted to help people more! I wanted to rid the world of the fear of leaving your house and being unsure of whether you would even return that day!" She said, her passion evident in her voice and expression. "But it's over. They won't let me back in so soon and Im stuck behind a desk. Now how come you're here? Don't you have work?"
"It's a sunday, Granger." Draco smirked. "Im here because I wanted to ask you about your Auror career. Do you still want to be one?"
"Of course I do..." Hermione said. "Why did you ask so suddenly? You even turned up at my front porch for it!"
"I wanted to be sure." Was his reply.
"About whether it was a right decision in getting you this." Draco said before handing her an envelope. Eyebrows furrowed, she ripped open the envelope and unfolded the letter inside. Her eyes scanned the words, widening with every sentence she read.
"You... you got the department to give me a place?" She gasped, her hand flying to her mouth.
"Well, it wasn't just me." He said, his cheeks turning a light shade of pink. "Pansy, Potter and Weasley helped get it."
"I don't even need to train... I have a direct entry. Oh my god... Draco, this is-" She looked up at him. "-I can't believe you did this for me... How can I ever repay you?"
"A kiss would suffice." He smirked. She smiled before stepping in front of him, standing on her toes and pressing her lips against his. He stilled for a second before relaxing and winding his arms around her waist, deepening the kiss. "Didn't think you'd actually do it", He murmured against her lips.
"That is a lie. You knew I would." She smiled, blushing. "Thank you, Draco. You have no idea how much this means to me..."
"How did this happen?" He asked, resting his forehead against her's.
"I believe it had something to do with robbers, a bank and a hostage situation." She chuckled.
"Hey, don't forget the sectumsempra." He said, laughter dancing in his eyes. Her expression lost all amusement and she pulled away, biting her lower lip. He caught her wrist and spun her around to face him again. "Hey, look at me." She couldn't. "Do you still blame yourself for that?"
"How can I not?!" She exclaimed. "You took a life-threatening curse for me! You could have died!"
"But I didn't!" He replied, slipping his hand to her's and lacing their fingers together. "But I didn't." He repeated, softer than before. "Im here and Im alright and I don't blame you so don't you dare blame yourself. I wasn't kidding earlier. Im right here and Im not going anywhere. You're not getting rid of me any time soon. Look at me, please." This time she did. He put his forehead against her's again. "Im serious, Hermione. I don't know how it happened but you suddenly mean so much to me. I didn't think one experience could change so much between two people but it did. And I'm so glad it did."
"Me too." She whispered.
"Pansy and Potter had planned a date, if Im not wrong-" He said after a long moment of comfortable silence.
"Yes, but that changed to a double date when Ginny and Blaise decided to join."
"And then a triple date when Weasley and Daphne joined."
"Are you serious?!" Hermione exclaimed, pulling away. "Ron's with Daphne?! When did that happen?"
"She treated him in St. Mungo's. It was a typical healer-patient love story." Draco said, making a gagging noise.
"I think it's cute." Hermione smiled. "Look at the four of our couples- all are Slytherin-Griffindor."
"Is that what are then?" Draco asked, nudging her shoulder with his as they walked out to the street. "A couple?" She blushed and began fidgeting with her fingers, the letter safely in her bag.
"I mean... well, since we-"
"Went through a near death experience together?" He offered.
"Well, yes. And then-"
"You cried because I was alive?"
"I didn't cry because you were alive! I cried because you almost died, you dimwit!" Her cheeks turning even redder.
"Okay then. You cried because I almost died."
"I... Yes, I can't even deny it! And then-"
"We kissed?" He suggested, pursing his lips in an attempt to hold back his laughter.
She blushed until she felt her cheeks grow hot. "Yes." She said in a small voice. "That."
He stopped and she did too. He turned her and leaned forward slowly before capturing her lips with his. "You mean- this?" He asked, smiling as his lips ghosted over her's. When she was unable to say a word, he said, "Be my girlfriend?"
"No." She said, crossing her arms over her chest and beginning to walk again, leaving him behind, his mouth open in shock.
"Did you just turn me down?"
"Do I have a reason not to?" She challenged.
"Went through a near death experience?"
He smirked. "Yes, and-"
"You took a dangerous curse for me?" She said, suppressing a smile.
"Indeed. And then-" He said, leaving his sentence purposely incomplete as he stepped closer to her.
"Then we kissed?" She could no longer hold back the smile and it lit up her face. She stepped closer to him.
"Yes." He smiled. "That." She laughed before spinning on her heel and running away from him.
"Hey!" He called after her. "That was where you kiss me!" He heard her ringing laughter in response. He chuckled before shaking his head and sprinting after the brunette witch that was Hermione Granger.
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"Look who it is!" Ginny exclaimed, grinning at the couple walking towards their table for six. "Looks like we'll need to expand."
"What in the name of Merlin!" Harry exclaimed. "I could have sworn I only asked Pansy out tonight!"
"That, in itself is disgusting, Potter. Clearly your taste in women isn't very good." Blaise smirked.
"As if your's is, Zabini." Ron said and Ginny slapped him on the shoulder.
"Any room for us?" Hermione asked, coming to stand beside the table with Draco.
"No." Harry muttered. "There wasn't space for Ginny and Blaise either. Or Ron and Daphne."
"It's okay, Harry, we have the rest of our lives to have nights to ourselves." Pansy said, fighting a smile but she was unable to contain it as Harry blushed a deep red.
"Excuse me while I throw up." Hermione said, pulling a face.
"It isn't like you're doing any better, Hermione!" Harry said, in their defense. "Malfoy, really Hermione?" All their eyes drifted to the Griffindor Princess and the Slytherin Prince's intertwined hands.
"I'd like to say the same thing, actually." Draco said as the waiters expanded the table and the two sat down. "Potter, really Pansy?"
"Well- earlier, I was going for "Pansy, really Potter?" " Blaise said. The Slytherin boys laughed before noticing Pansy's glare and shutting up instantly.
"So how exactly did you come to know that we were on a date here?" Harry asked, still annoyed.
"Well Pansy told Daphne, who told me-" Ron started.
"And let me guess, it was your idea to join us?" Harry asked.
"Well, to quote he said "Harry? On a date? This should be amusing." " Daphne said, smiling. Harry glared at Ron.
"Well that explains Ron and Daphne- what about Blaise and Ginny?" Hermione asked, amusement dancing in her eyes.
"Well Ron told me and I told Blaise and he felt the need to "save Pansy from embarrassing herself"." Ginny giggled and Pansy glared at Blaise, gripping her knife tightly.
"What are friends for?" Blaise smirked and laughed when Pansy raised the knife threateningly. "Control your woman, Potter!"
The table erupted with laughter when Pansy turned on Harry with a glare.
"I- You should- Perhaps-" Harry stuttered.
"I should what, pray tell?" She asked, her glare slipping as she tried to subdue a smile because of Harry's desperate attempts to calm her down. "Well, do-" She was effectively silenced when he leaned over and pressed his lips against her's.
Simultaneously, Ron exclaimed "My eyes!" Draco muttered "Maybe dinner was a bad idea..." Blaise gagged and Hermione laughed, saying "Keep it PG guys!"
Everyone stopped and stared at Hermione blankly. "What?" She asked.
"PG what?" Daphne asked.
"Parental Guidance." Hermione said, sighing. Of course they didn't know. She was, after all, sitting at a table full of Purebloods, save for Harry.
"It's a movie rating." Harry explained. When they stared at him with the same expression, he rolled his eyes. "A movie is a- Oh forget it! We'll take you to one this weekend." The purebloods seemed satisfied and sat back in their chairs once again as the waiter came to take orders.
"How exactly did we end up like this?" Ron asked, smiling slightly, his hand on top of Daphne's on the table.
"It's true- look at us." Ginny said and everybody looked around with smiles on their faces. "We're a group of four Griffindors and four Slytherins. As couples. On a- quadruple date. How indeed, did we end up like this?"
"I believe it had something to do with robbers, a bank and a hostage situation." Draco said, exchanging a smile with Hermione.
"And let's not forget Sectumsempra!" Harry laughed before being whacked by Pansy upside the head.
"That is so not funny, Harry Potter!"
So that is it! Thank you all SO MUCH for your reviews and support and this is my first complete short story so thank you for helping me out and encouraging me so very much! You all are probably the main reason I write (: You're too brilliant. Do do do review :)
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