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This Curse on your Lips by Malfoylove

Format: Novella
Chapters: 23
Word Count: 41,035
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Strong Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme

Genres: Drama, General, Romance
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Seamus, Draco, Pansy, Fred/George, Ginny
Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Draco/Hermione, Ron/OC

First Published: 09/14/2005
Last Chapter: 07/04/2006
Last Updated: 07/04/2006

Summary:
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"The only thing you'll get is this curse on your lips, I hope they taste of me- forever, forever." Will they get together? Will they last? How will everyone else cope? Is it worth it? Are they a curse to each other?song lyrics from Fall Out Boy- "Chicago is so two years ago" lyrics. PRE- HBP


Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen - Scenes In the Hallway and Cornered in the Library

A/N- Hey guys! Sorry it's been so long. It's exam week and I had a little extra time so I posted. >.< I've been scheduled a TON of hours at work for the next week so I'll update as soon as I have enough time to type up chapters! I made this one a little longer. ;o) Enjoy!

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Chapter Nineteen

*Hermione*


I smiled and stretched. Today was Monday. I had always loved Mondays, getting back to organization and schedules after a hectic weekend. I showered and walked down to the great hall with my hair in soft neat curls, wearing jeans and a white t-shirt with my robes draped over my shoulders. Everyone must know what happened with Ron and me, especially with all eyes on Pansy because she was "pregnant". Sure they would be talking but I would be able to face them today. I was starting to feel like my old self. I sat down across from Harry and Ginny soon came and sat next to me. Ginny pulled me into a hug.

"We did warn you." Harry told me, careful of his tone to still sound concerned, not taunting.

"I know," I said smiling slightly, "I mean, I was upset all day yesterday, but we weren't dating for too long, and I'm more upset about the loss of friendship. I mean if he's so willing to lose all of that friendship, for Pansy? Hell I should just let it go because I now know where I stand." I finished.

I finished eating and stood to leave when I felt someone's hands on my shoulders from behind.

"Ron, I don't want to talk right now." I stated. His grip on my shoulders tightened slightly. Without looking I turned around and punched him in the face. After the punch I looked to see Malfoy with a bloody nose, not Ron.

"Bloody hell, Granger," I heard Malfoy murmur walking out of the hall. I turned back to the table to see Ron sitting where I had just been. I rolled my eyes and left the great hall looking for Draco. I found him walking out of the hospital wing.

"I'm so sorry! Are you okay? I thought you were Ron!" I fired at him, rushing over to look at his nose. I kissed his forehead then nose then cheek frantically.

"Hermione" He said, grabbing me and holding me away at arms length. "As much as I love the attention and kisses, I'm not made of glass. I'm fine, it's okay." He told me, "You just need to bloody stop hitting me in the face" he said laughing.

I threw my arms around his neck and hugged him tightly.

"We have potions soon and a first year is gawking at us." He mumbled into my ear. We summoned our books and made our way to the dungeons. "Well at least in this class you're assigned to sit next to me." Draco added smirking as we walked in to the class.

For the first time potions was bearable as Malfoy cracked jokes about Ron through the length of class, making even the Gryffindors laugh. I walked by myself from potions knowing Malfoy would keep an eye on me.

"Hermione, I need to talk to you." Ron said grabbing my wrist.

"Well, well, well Weasley. First you go after my seconds then you have to use force to get girls to look at you. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Leave Granger alone, can't you see you disgust her and she wants nothing to do with you?" Malfoy growled coming up behind me.

"Oi, 'Mione, shagging Malfoy now?" Ron said as Malfoy grabbed my wrist from him. Malfoy started to say something but a smirk played at my lips and I secretly checked the hall to see it empty except us. I snaked my arm around Malfoy's waist.

"What does it matter to you whom I'm shagging Weasley? Draco is a better friend then you ever were, and a better kisser." I stated pulling Draco's lips to mine. We pulled apart and Draco smirked at Ron, playing with the buttons on my shirt.

"Now sod off Weasel so I can have my way with her before herbology." Malfoy said undoing the bottom buttons on my blouse. Ron's eyes got wide and he quickly turned and walked away.

"Draco." I said swatting at him as he continued to undo my blouse.

"We do have some time." He stated. I fixed my shirt.

"No Malfoy." I said.

"Don't you think that that scene was risky? I mean by the end of the day, we could have all of Hogwarts thinking we're shagging." He said.

I laughed, "No one would believe it. They would just think Ron made it up to get back at me or something."

"Hermione!" I turned to see Harry running towards us. "Malfoy," he said coldly.

"What's up?" I asked.

Harry glanced at Malfoy. "Oh Harry just get used to him. He's going to be around a lot." I said.

"Are you dating?" Harry asked. I then noticed Draco's arm still around my waist.

"You git!" I said laughing and pushing him away, he shrugged. I turned back to Harry. "No, we just did that to freak Ron out and get to him leave me alone. But we've learned to deal with each other. He is actually sufferable." I stated.

"Admit it. You love me Hermione." Draco joked.

"Not even I have enough love for an ego half as big as yours." I told him, facing him.

"But at least it's a good looking ego. It doesn't really need love; it just feeds off of jealousy. But it could use a pretty girl to help it grow." He said pulling me close against him.

"Please," I said pushing him away "Any bigger and it would explode, sending little chunks of Draco confidence everywhere."

"You're quite the nasty little pureblood," He stated.

"It's better than a ferret!" I taunted in a singsong voice.

Harry laughed and we both looked at him, remembering he was there.

"Come on 'Ne, we're gonna be late for herbology." Harry said grabbing my hand. I started walking with him. "Come on Malfoy." Harry said turning towards him.

Draco walked over as Harry put his arm around me.

"Bloody hell I'm becoming friends with Gryffindors, better yet, with Harry bloody Potter." Draco stated dramatically.

"Oh shush," I said pushing him. "You know you have always wanted to be part of our wonderful group."

"Who would've thought I'd be part of the 'Golden Trio'?" Draco laughed as we made our way to the greenhouses.

All through class I kept getting notes from Harry or Draco making the class pass quickly. After class I went to the library to finish my homework for each class. I looked to find my usual spot empty with little traffic and smiled as sat down. I spread out my books over the table and began my herbology essay. Halfway through, I stopped, feeling a pair of eyes on me. I looked up only to make eye contact with Ron.

"Why do you have to be such a bloody bugger?" I asked annoyed.

"Wanna at least let me explain now that you don't have Malfoy around?" He asked, turning slightly red in anger.

"Honestly Ron, I don't want to hear anything, because I don't want to know anything. I don't want to hear any excuses or that you're sorry and that you love me and want me back, because honestly? I don't want to take you back. I also don't want to hear how happy you and whomever's taste is still on your lips are. Or, that you want to forget this happened and go back to being friends, because you know what Ron?- you completely messed over any chance of any friendship we had." I said realizing I was almost yelling, and close to tears.

Ron looked at me, surprise written all over his features. He sat there for a few moments not saying anything. He looked torn between wanting to tell me everything, being terrified of doing so, and being close to vomiting. I silently hoped he wouldn't do the latter. I turned back to my essay. A half hour later I had it finished and looked up to see Ron still sitting there.

"What Ronald?" I asked annoyed.

He didn't say anything.

"Fine, say what you wanted to say then leave me alone." I told him.

"I thought she was you." He started. I closed my eyes and pinched the bridge of my nose. He continued anyway, "I was at the doors at 7. I was expecting you to be early, as you usually are. I remembered you told me your dress was pink so when I saw someone in a pink dress I went over and she hugged me. We went in and sat down and, we kissed and I could've sworn it was you." He said.

"Right, that's why when everyone was showing as themselves you didn't stop to look? And why is it that you didn't try to find out for sure if it was me? And why is it Ronald Weasley, that when you got caught and I ran back to my room, it was Draco to follow out after me and not you?" I asked, refusing to let my tears fall and silently begging my voice to remain even.

"I did come after you. The next day I went to your room to talk to you, but your boyfriend wouldn't let me in." Ron said, "I don't know why I'm even telling you this. I've already been replaced by scumbag of the year."

"Well Ron, it's better than being replaced by the whore of the school. Frankly you did too little too late. Now, if you don't mind and even if you do, it's time for everyone to go up to their dorms, and me to patrol the halls. So thank you Ronald for taking away my little spare time to try and get a jumpstart on my homework. Goodnight." I spat grabbing my books and leaving.

I made it all the way into the common room before I allowed myself to collapse into a fit of tears. Draco looked at me then kneeled down collecting me in his arms.

"Let me guess," He said, "Ron?"

I sniffled and nodded.

"I just can't leave you alone for five minutes can I?" He teased, carrying me to the couch.

"I don't know what to believe. He said he was sorry and that he though she was me. Dammit Draco! How come I can be strong in front of him the more than half the time I'm with you I'm crying and blubbering like an idiot?" I cried angrily.

"Because you like me more," He teased.

I glared at him, "What's got you in such a brilliant mood?" I snapped.

"Fine, I see I can't joke around you. It's probably because I've already seen you at your weakest versus him only seeing you at your strongest. With me it doesn't matter if you're weak because it's like a 'been there, done that' situation whereas with Ron, you've always been the strong one to keep your cool so you feel you have an image to uphold." He stated in his 'I-know-everything' voice.

"Bloody git, you have to be smart too." I said sniffling.

"Aw there, there," He said wiping away my tears and smiling at me. "One day you'll catch up to me."

"Why are you in such a wonderful mood? Did you torture a first year on the way here?" I asked. He smirked and kissed my forehead.

"Nope." He said, "Just happy due to certain events."

"Like what?" I questioned.

"You told Ron we're shagging and I got to undress you in the hall. I bet I can be shagging you by the end of the week." He said smirking and winking at me.

"Ugh, get off Malfoy." I told him pushing him away. "And you didn't undress me you git, you undid three buttons."

Malfoy looked at me but didn't say anything. After a few minutes he pulled me back into his arms. I sighed and leaned on his chest, resting my head against his collarbone.

"So," he said sighing and running his fingers through my hair. "What are you going to do about Ron?"

"I don't know" I sighed.

"Well, why not just sit back and let fate deal this hand okay?" He whispered. I nodded and yawned.

"You go to bed. I'll patrol the halls by myself tonight." He told me. I nodded again.

*Draco*


I got up, grabbing my robe and went to patrol the halls. The only person I saw wandering was a first year who had gotten lost. I lazily walked into the common room, looking around to find it empty.

'Hermione went to bed, good.' I thought to myself. I trudged up the stairs to my room and once inside I heard someone breathing. "Lumous" I said, looking around the dimly lit room. I found the source of the noise to be Hermione, in my bed. I looked at her as she yawned.

"I didn't want to be alone." She whispered. I nodded and stripped down to my boxers before lying next to her. "This is by no means an invitation for anything Malfoy," She added in a warning tone cuddling close against me.

"I know." I whispered softly rubbing her back.

*Hermione*


A few days later I woke up in Draco's bed. That was where I normally slept now.

"Mmm, finally it's Saturday." Draco mumbled waking up.

"Is that what you think of when you first wake up? What day it is?" I asked.

"It's the first thing I think of that I can say without getting slapped." He said burying his face in my neck. I yawned the got up. Draco looked at me.

"Why do you keep stealing my clothes?" He asked.

"Because they smell like you," I told him before walking downstairs to the common room. I looked at the clock.

"Bloody hell Draco we slept in until 4!" I yelled to him. He came downstairs wrapped in his comforter.

"It was a long week." He mumbled before taking a bite of my toast.

"Hey prat, get your own." I told him, swatting at him. He laughed and had food brought to him. After I finished eating I went into the Head's library and read for a few hours.

"Hey it's almost 7. We should get ready for dinner." Draco said peeking into the library. I took a quick shower then put on jeans and a plain dark green t-shirt of Draco's.

"C'mon let's go!" I yelled to Draco from the common room as I put on my school robe. A few moments later we were on our way to dinner. I sat next to Ginny, across from Harry.

"You smell like a boy." Ginny told me.

I laughed. "Probably smell like Malfoy."

"Areyouwearinghisshirt?!" Ginny rushed all in one breath.

"Yeah." I said.

She squealed, I rolled my eyes, "Did you shag? Are you a couple?" She asked.

"No," I said, "But if Ron asks feel free to tell him whatever you like."

Ginny giggled and nodded as I began eating. "Hermione," I heard a scared voice behind me. I turned around to see Ron, looking nervous.

"What Ronald?" I asked.

"Can I talk to you for a minute?" He asked, motioning his head to the doors of the great hall. I felt eyes burning into me and turned to see Draco staring at me. He started to get up but I shook my head for him not to.

"What Ron?" I asked once outside the great hall.

"Look, Hermione, I really need your help." He said nervously running his fingers through his hair.

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