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Truth, or Dare? by MeltingSnow

Format: Novel
Chapters: 20
Word Count: 34,343

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Strong Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature

Genres: Mystery, Romance
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Narcissa, Draco
Pairings: Draco/Hermione, Harry/Ginny, Ron/Lavender, Harry/Hermione, Ron/Luna

First Published: 09/25/2010
Last Chapter: 02/12/2012
Last Updated: 02/12/2012


Thanks to desirechocolate for the wicked banner!

When one loves another, but find out they've been lied to, what will they do? But what will the third person do when he finds out the others still love each other?

Chapter 5: At the Christmas Ball

Wow! My longest chapter yet! Probably the best one too! It’s also the chapter where everything starts shaping. But you’ll have to wait to read the next chapter for all the action.


Chapter 5: At the Christmas Ball

Ginny and Hermione made their way to the Great Hall for lunch. They were extremely hungry after their snowball fight out in the grounds. Fortunately they didn’t get wet, but they were chattering, and shivering from head to toe.

“Excellent! It’s the Chinese food day,” exclaimed Ginny excitedly. “I love Chinese food day!”

Pulling the closest bowl of fried rice towards her, she spooned a whole spoonful, and ate it in one bite.

“Dis is dummy!”

“I beg your pardon?”

Ginny swallowed and said,” This is yummy.”

“Ohhhh…… I think I’ll try some honey chicken and spring rolls today.”

Hermione pulled the plate with honey chicken and spring rolls towards her, and picking up the chopsticks (she learnt how to use them when she and her parents went to Hong Kong when she was nine). Hermione bit into the spring roll, and the delicious juice squirted into her mouth.

“Mmmmmm…… This is delicious!”

“Hermione, Malfoy’s staring at you.”

Hermione turned around, and saw Draco Malfoy staring at her. When he saw her staring at him, he grinned at her. She shivered violently and turned back to Ginny.

“What’s he playing at? He’s gone all nice and stuff.”

“Hermione, is there something going on between you and him?”

“Ginny!” gasped Hermione. “How dare you say that!”

“Sorry! I was just suspicious. He is suddenly so nice.”


They both burst out laughing.

“Quick, lets finish our lunches. There’s only…” she checked her watch, “ about two hours left; and we’ll need at least an hour and a half to get ready.”


They finished their lunches and quickly went to Hermione’s dorm. It was bigger and closer so they could help each other with their clothing.

“Banana Soda.” The portrait swung back, and they clambered through the portrait, and walked through Hermione’s dorm.

“Oh shit. I forgot my purchases.”

“Here, accio Ginny’s dress, shoes and jewelry!”

The dress, all her shoes, and jewelry flew through the open door, and landed on the floor.

“Thanks Hermione!”

“No probs!”

They dressed into their beautiful dresses, and Hermione went to her walk-in-robe to get her new diamond studded shoes.

“How do you think these will look with my dress?” she asked Ginny, holding out the shoes.

“That’ll look beautiful !” she emphasized the last word. “Should I wear the earrings you bought me?”

“Yeah, that’ll look nice. Help Ginny! I haven’t thought about what I’m going to do with my hair.”

“Hmm… here, come over here. I think I know what to do.”

Hermione walked over and Ginny sat her down in front of the mirror. First she washed her hair with the aguamenti charm in the basin she conjured up. Then she dried it up. After that, she sleeked it with a tricky charm, and finally she brushed it into a loose, but tight bun on the side.

“There we go!”

Hermione looked at herself in the mirror, and gasped.

“Ginny, thank you sooooo much! I look so beautiful! What are you going to do with your hair?”

“I think I’ll let it down,” she said thoughtfully.

“Good idea, do you want me to wash your hair and stuff?”

“I was waiting for that suggestion!”

Half an hour later, they were dressed in dress robes, and their best jewelry. Hermione in the purple dress, diamond studded shoes, and the necklace, bracelet and earrings she got from the shop she got her dress. Ginny was dressed in her pale dress, Hermione’s present for her, and a pair of her shoes.

“Ginny, I just remembered that the ball doesn’t start until six, there’s still two hours left. There would be much more time if we didn’t have a late lunch.”

“Hermione, is there something wrong with your memory? You need to be down there in your dress robes to hours early to set up the Great Hall, then you need to stand at the door, to welcome the guests.”

“Oh, yeah right! Honestly, I’m losing my marbles. What are you doing down here earlier then? It’s only the job for Head Boy and Girl.”

“I decide to ask Professor McGonagall if I could come and help. It would be very boring to stay in my dorm until six.”

“Come on let’s go.”

They rushed out of the portrait and into the Great Hall. All the house tables had vanished, and were replaced by four round tables. Two in each side, and they were covered in white heavy cloths; and on top of the cloths were white silvery satin. On each table, there were six glistening, shining plates, with ivory knives and forks; but on two tables, there were seven sets of these marvelous cutlery. In the middle of the tables was a giant dance floor.

“Ah, Miss Granger. I would like you to-“ she stopped dead, having noticed Ginny. “Miss Weasley, what are you doing here?”

“Oh, I’m so sorry Professor. I was just wondering if I could help. I would be very bored, having that all my friends have left for Christmas and Hermione is my only friend left at Hogwarts, but she will be down here.”

“Very well, the more the faster we get things done. Now, can I get you two to conjure up some goblets for each set of cutlery? Bowls, and spoons would be greatly appreciated. After you are done with that, can you put up some decorations around the hall? It is rather plain at the moment. Now, where has MacMillan got to?” She walked of briskly, no doubt going to find Ernie.

Hermione and Ginny set of to work. Hermione went to the right side of the hall, and started conjuring up goblets, spoons and bowls. While Ginny stayed on the right side and did her magic. A while later, Ernie came in, practically shooed in, and started conjuring up some balloons. The balloons erupted from his wand, and floated up to the ceiling. Then he conjured up a banner flashing in all sorts of colours that said: Welcome to the HOGWARTS CHRISTMAS BALL!

“Very nice Ernie!” said Hermione

“Thanks!” he replied, blushing.

Meanwhile, Professor McGonagall conjured up chairs around the tables. About an hour later, the Great Hall was unrecognizable, and the three was staring immersed at their work.

“Very good!” They jumped at the voice. Professor Dumbledore came gliding into the Great Hall. He was followed by The Weird Sisters- the known famous wizarding band, Celestina Warbecks- a famous witch singer and The Heroine Harpers- a very famous wizarding choir and orchestra.

The Heroine Harpers, who were performing first, started setting up their instruments.

“You have outdone yourselves Minerva, Miss Granger, Mr. MacMillan and Miss Weasley.” Professor Dumbledore didn’t seem at all surprised to see Ginny here. “I Think there will be some very early arrivers, so would you three,” he gestured Hermione, Ginny and Ernie,” please stand at the door, to welcome our guests?”

“Yes, sir.”

Hermione, Ginny and Ernie made their way to the door. Hermione was sweeping, Ginny was walking gracefully, and Ernie was, for some reason, marching pompously like a soldier. There were no people coming until half past five. They were the professors. The second lot of people were the Hufflepuff prefects. Then there was the Gryffindor prefects, the girls were very surprised to see Ginny. Then the Ravenclaw prefects came in, the girls were giggling a lot. The Slytherin prefects didn’t arrive until six fifteen. They finally came, and Hermione, Ginny went over to sit with Parvarti and Padma. Professor Dumbledore stood up and boomed over the talking voices.

“Good evening prefects and Heads. Hogwarts this year has decided to set up a ball for all of you. I believe some of you have been at the Yule Ball. So you will know how to use these menus.” He lifted up a little menu. “For those who do not know you very simply look at the menu, and say what you want from the menu to the plate very clearly. Like so” He looked at his plate and said,” roast chicken!” Roast Chicken appeared on his plate.

Dumbledore beamed around the room.

“Tonight’s ball will have a few rules” A few people groaned. “Firstly, for the ladies, if a gentleman asks you to dance, we will not be accepting no. Secondly, you shall not be permitted to ruin any of our beautiful decorations made by our Head Boy and Girl, and Miss Ginny Weasley. Lastly, have fun!”

On the last word of his speech, everyone picked up their menus, and shouted to their plates. “Lamp chops!” “Mashed potatoes and gravy!” and so on. Hermione was enjoying her pork chops until Ginny said, “Hermione, he’s staring at you again.”

She whipped around to see Draco Malfoy staring at her again.

“Oh will he just stop doing that! It’s so annoying!”

“What? What happened?” Parvarti asked.

“It’s Malfoy. He keeps staring at Hermione,” Ginny said before Hermione could say anything.

“And it’s freaking me out!”

“Look, Hermione, that’s probably what he wants,” Padma said knowingly.

“I guess.”

They ate the rest of their dinner while chatting about random stuff. Soon, people were finishing their dinners. Once again, Dumbledore stood.

“Now that we are all fed and watered, will our Heads please open the dance? People will be free to join in after.”

Hermione and Ernie walked to the dance floor and began the dance. Sooner or later, people were joining in. When the song finished, Hermione walked back to her table. Ginny was dancing with Dean, and the Patil twins were dancing with a Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw prefect. She sat down on a chair watching the dancers. Draco Malfoy walked over and held out his hand.

“May I have the honor to ask this lovely lady to dance?”

“Go away Malfoy,” she snapped.

“Ouch! I won’t take no as an answer. Professor Dumbledore agrees too.”

“Oh fine.”

He took her hand and leaded to the dance floor. Many people were looking flabbergasted at them. It was a known fact that they were arch enemies, and would not go 1 meter close to each other. When the song ended, Hermione tried to detach herself from him, but he clutched to her, and would not let go.

“Let me go! I’ve already danced with you for one song!”

She tried to escape, but he clung onto her tightly.


She tried to pull his hand of her, but he swung her into his arms.

“Malfoy!” Hermione pushed his chest, but she found herself not using all her might. Before Hermione could say anything, he bent his head, pushed his mouth onto hers. It was a very rough and quick kiss, but Hermione was stunned.

This time, Hermione did use all her might, and pushed Malfoy away from her. He didn’t protest, or say anything. Hermione stormed out of the hall. She didn’t wait for Ginny; she couldn’t see Ginny anywhere anyway.

Hermione stormed out of the hall into the Portrait Room.

“Banana Soda.”

The portrait opened, and she climbed in. Tears were cascading down her cheeks. Plopping herself down onto her bed, she took out a thin book from her bedside drawer. It was a rulebook she had written herself for herself in her first year.

The Rules of Hermione Jean Granger

I, Hermione Jean Granger, will set this rulebook in order to prove I would never ever do the following. If I break any of these rules under special circumstances, I would still not forgive myself easily, but will punish myself on level 1 on the punish meter. If I break the rules purposely, I shall punish myself on level 5 of the punish meter.


1. Never ever break friendship with Harry James Potter, Ron Bilius Weasley or Ginny Molly Weasley.
2. Never help go to Malfoy’s side
3. Help Harry with the ‘Defeating Voldemort’s’ plan if he wishes for help
4. Never bully first years
5. Never ever love or LIKE Malfoy
6. Never become Malfoy’s girlfriend
7. Never EVER kiss Malfoy

She stopped; she had broken one of her rules, not under any circumstances. She kissed Malfoy, she didn’t do it, but she still had kissed Malfoy. The book dropped from her lap, and onto the floor.

She cried, and cried, and cried. She couldn’t stop. She was ashamed of herself.

“Hermione? Ginny’s head poked around the door.

“Hermione! What happened? I just went to the bathroom, and when I came back, you had gone!”

She walked over, and put a comforting arm around her.

“Ginny, oh, Ginny! I- I- I- I- I kissed Malfoy!”

“You did not!”

“I did! I didn’t want to. I was just sitting there, and he comes up to me and asks me to dance. I didn’t want to of course, but you know how Dumbledore said we had to say yes; but after that song, he wouldn’t let go, I tried to escape; and then, he kissed me!” She started crying again.

“Don’t worry, it was just a mistake.”

Ginny patted Hermione’s arm, but she wouldn’t stop crying. Hermione just sat there, crying into Ginny’s shoulder for the rest of the night.


Hermione pushed his chest, but she found herself not using all her might. Isn’t that sweet!
I know! I know! I copied ‘Now that we are all fed and watered’ from the books, but it is a useful sentence.
This is my favourite chapter. Defiantly. Plz review. You know it’s important to every HP Fan Fiction writer!