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A Gamble of Fate by ravenclaw22

Format: Short story
Chapters: 4
Word Count: 2,576
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Lucius, Narcissa, Draco, Ginny, OtherCanon
Pairings: Draco/Ginny

First Published: 07/05/2006
Last Chapter: 08/19/2006
Last Updated: 08/19/2006

Summary:
Malfoys never lose a bet,and they never lose their pride. Draco's bragging finally got the best of him when he bet he could get any girl he wanted. Ginevra Weasley was just walking along a corridor,when fate swept her into the arms of Draco Malfoy. This is just the beginning of what i plan to be a long story,the first few chapters will just be setting the stage for the actually mystery.


Chapter 1: Rivals Collide
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A/N-This is my first Draco/Ginny story and I really hope you like it. The beginning is just setting the stage for the real plot. PLEASE LEAVE FOR TIME TURNER TO REVIEW!.


“Oh no oh no” muttered Ginny. “What’s wrong Gin?” inquired Hermione” I just realized I completely forgot about my charms assignment!” Hermione gave Ginny one of her trademark looks. “What? I’ve had tons of homework! I still have time though! I’ll see you later.” Ginny grabbed her bag and dashed out of the Great Hall before Hermione could finish reprimanding her.


Far along the corridor and around the corner Draco Malfoy and a fellow Slytherin, Theodore Nott were talking. “I can get any girl I want.
Draco said confidently “Like I said, yeah right.” Nott countered.
“How about a bet?” asked Draco slyly.
“What kind of bet?” asked Theodore suspiciously.
“I have to get the first girl that comes around that corner.”
“What are the stakes then? “
“If I succeed,” said Draco “you have to admit that I can get any girl AND wear Witch robes on your next date”
“And if you lose the bet?”
“Uhhhh…”
“I have an idea” said Nott grinning “if you lose,you MUST ask out Eloise Midgen,you should be able to at least get her"
“It’s a deal” said Draco sticking out his hand.
Nott shook it firmly. They turned around and watched the corner. After a few minutes of silence they heard footsteps hurrying along the hallway.


As Ginny was walking down the hallway she took out her charms books, trying to get a head start. As she turned the corner, she glanced up. Doing a double take she saw a grinning Theodore Nott and an oddly green Draco Malfoy.
“What are you doing in the middle of the hallway during lunch?” she sneered
“I’ll see you around” said Theodore still smiling. Ginny glared at his retreating back. Then looking back at Draco, she noticed he seemed to have made some sort of decision. What that was, she didn’t know. Draco walked toward her and she backed up against the wall and raised her wand.
“What are you doing?” she asked nervously
He was inches from her faces. He slowly closed the gap and pressed his lips against hers, for one heart stopping moment she let him. Then when she realized what was happening she put her hands against his chest and pushed him away. He held on and she couldn't help but notice that he tasted like cinnamon. After that thought, she stopped struggling. He let her go but she didn't run away, she put her arms around his neck. Finally she was brought back to reality and realized she was kissing Draco Malfoy, the Slytherin, the boy that every day tortured her and her friends. This time she made him stop, she pushed past him and ran.


She had kissed Draco Malfoy, stranger still, he had kissed her. And the strangest thing of all, she had enjoyed it.



“Hello? Ginny I’m talking to you?!”
“Huh? What? Oh sorry Harry!”
Ginny hadn’t been able to keep her mind on things since “the incident” It had been one week , and she and Harry were walking back from the Quidditch Pitch
“Sorry, what were you saying?” Pushing the though of Draco…and the kiss out of her mind.
“Well, I was wondering if…uh…you would…well wanna go to Hogsmead…with me?”
“Really!!?? I mean, yeah, sure! Great!” She smiled.
Harry and Ginny walked the rest of the way to castle in silence where they parted. Ginny needed to finish some potions homework and Harry was going to catch up with Ron and tell him about the planned Hogsmead trip with his younger sister. Ginny headed to the library, but halfway there she changed course. She had left her bag up in the common room. So instead of going all the way back she decided to go to the Room of Requirement where she would find everything she needed.
I need a place to do Homework.
I need a place to do Homework.
I need a place to do Homework
After walking back and forth 3 times, she opened her eyes and saw an ornate door, she twisted the handle and as she entered, she gasped at the sight before her.


Chapter 2: Triangle in the Making
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“Hello? Ginny I’m talking to you?!”
“Huh? What? Oh sorry Harry!”
Ginny hadn’t been able to keep her mind on things since “the incident” It had been one week , and she and Harry were walking back from the Quidditch Pitch
“Sorry, what were you saying?” Pushing the though of Draco…and the kiss out of her mind.
“Well, I was wondering if…uh…you would…well wanna go to Hogsmead…with me?”
“Really!!?? I mean, yeah, sure! Great!” She smiled.
Harry and Ginny walked the rest of the way to castle in silence where they parted. Ginny needed to finish some potions homework and Harry was going to catch up with Ron and tell him about the planned Hogsmead trip with his younger sister. Ginny headed to the library, but halfway there she changed course. She had left her bag up in the common room. So instead of going all the way back she decided to go to the Room of Requirement where she would find everything she needed.
I need a place to do Homework.
I need a place to do Homework.
I need a place to do Homework
After walking back and forth 3 times, she opened her eyes and saw an ornate door, she twisted the handle and as she entered, she gasped at the sight before her.


“So what are you going to do?” asked Nott, still smiling smugly “do you give up?”
“Well, obviously not, I said I can get any girl, and I’m going to prove it.”
“When is it official that you succeeded? Remember the end of the year she has to be your girlfriend.”
“How about when we go public?”
“Do you really think that she’s gonna ditch her dirty Gryffindors?”
“I’ll work on that”
Draco and Theodore were sitting in the Slytherin common room. It had been a week since the bet.
“I think I’ll go find her now”
“Alright, good lu-oh wait, no, I hope you fail” said Theodore cheerfully.
“ Thanks” replied Draco sarcastically
He walked out of the common room to find Ginevra.
Hmm…where are you going? Thought Draco for he had spotted Ginny Weasley walking up a flight of stairs. No bag...no friends…why would she be heading to the seventh floor? The library wasn’t there… Draco put two and two together and guessed she was heading to the Room of Requirement. A sly grin creeped onto his face. He abruptly changed courses and went through a tapestry that led one story up and a few yards away from the ROR.
I need the place where Ginny wants to go changed.
I need the place where Ginny wants to go changed.
I need the place where Ginny wants to go changed.
He opened the door quickly, he knew he had only seconds to spare. Inside there were about 20 luxurious green and silver pillows mixed with gold and red , a bookshelf full of school books, a cupboard which was no doubt full of ink, quills ,and parchment. Instead of being lit with torches or windows like the rest of the castle, it was lit with flickering candles. He took off his cloak and threw it in a corner and then sat on the pillows to wait. After about one minute footsteps could be heard walking along the hallway. Draco knew it was Ginny because the footsteps walked back and forth three times.
I hope this works, he thought. He wasn’t sure if the room could work like this…and then the handle turned.

A/N- another slow chapter the next ones pretty cool though. I hope ya'll like 'em!


Chapter 3: Prophecy Revamped
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'She looks rather beautiful, ' thought Draco. 'No, she is not beautiful, she’s a blood traitor. This is just a bet!
“What are you doing here?! I asked you a question!”

“Waiting for you.”

“Listen Malfoy I-“

“Draco”

“Whatever Malfoy” said Ginny, emphasizing the word. “I don’t really know what’s
gotten into you or what that kiss was all about and I don’t really give a damn, so just bug off.”

He rose and advanced on her.

“Stay away Malfoy!”

“You know, I’ve realized something, you are beautiful.”

“W-w-what?” she stuttered

“You are beautiful, smart, and brave. All the things a Gryffindor should have. But you also have some Slytherin traits in you; you’re cunning, mysterious, and independent.”
Draco then realized he wasn’t acting any more; he was speaking from his heart. He shook the thought out of his mind and focused on the bet.

“I like you.” He stated simply.
Ginny backed up farther, putting her hand on the door handle, ready to run if necessary. He suddenly leaned in and pressed his lips against hers. This time she was ready for him. This time she didn’t let him in. This time she didn’t let herself drift away in the arms of Draco Malfoy. Ginny pulled open the door and ran. She reached the charms class room, hurriedly making some sort of excuse for Flitwick and settled down in her seat. After class she rushed to Gryffindor tower, intent on studying for a few hours before dinner. But when Ginny reached the Gryffindor portrait and hurriedly muttered the password, the portrait swung open and instantly, all the girls in Gryffindor it seemed converged on her.

“We heard about you going with Harry potter!”

“You’re so lucky!”

“I wish I was you!”

“I can’t believe it”
Pushing past them she rushed to her room. As head Girl she had her own room inside the Gryffindor Tower, away from all the other 7th year girls.
Ginny needed to be alone right now; she needed to think about what was happening.
Draco Malfoy had kissed her AGAIN! Ginny laid her head on her pillow, red hair spilling everywhere. The tired teenager closed her eyes, intent on just resting for a few minutes. But before you could say “Hopping Hippogriffs” she was fast asleep.
Everything was pitch black, yet Ginny wasn’t frightened, she heard sounds but saw nothing.
Ginny heard the turn of a doorknob and the creaking of a door

“Here she is master” sniveled a voice

“Good, now leave us” a cold cruel voice replied, Ginny shivered, she recognized
that voice, it belonged to non-other than Lord Voldemort the door was closed

”What do you w-want with m-me?” stuttered a woman’s voice

“My sources tell me there is a new prophecy, tell me it now” commanded the
voice.

“No” said the other voice simply
Without any warning to Ginny, screams burst from the woman’s voice, no doubt caused by the Cruciartus curse.

“Now tell me the PROPECY or DIE!”

“I will never betray the trust of Dumbledore”

“AVADA KEDAVRA”

Ginny awoke in a cold sweat breathing heavily. What did that mean? Who was killed? Why couldn’t she see anything? She drifted back off to sleep, the next morning,while preparing for the day, terrible dreams of murder were pushed from her mind.

Chapter 4: Notes of Tears
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On the other side of the castle and deep in the depths of the dungeons a boy awoke from a dream with no sound. Someone was murdered, a woman but he couldn’t see her face, however he could see her murderer, the Dark Lord Voldemort had killed again. He let his mind wander trying to understand why he had seen this and what it meant. But after awhile he was too sleeping to the think, and the next morning he had forgotten it for the time being.


‘There’ Thought Ginny putting on the finishing touches of her makeup. It was Saturday. Saturday was THE day. She had skipped breakfast to prepare. Looking at herself in the mirror she smoothed her dress robes and patted her hair down. Ginny walked down into the common room to find Harry waiting. At first he didn’t see her so Ginny was able to take in his appearance without letting him see her stare. He was beautiful,is hair,as always ruffled and his shining green eyes glancing at his watch were mesmerizing.
“Hey Gin” he grinned nervously.
“Hi” she replied looking at her face.
The trip from the common room to the door of Hogwarts was uneventful. When they walked down the steps onto the path, Harry slipped his hand into Ginny’s. Ginny blushed and Harry looked at his feet, but neither of them let go.


“Damn” though Draco. He had been watching Ginny all morning; he waited outside the Gryffindor common room At first Draco assumed that Ginny and Potter were just walking together as friends, until they began holding hands.


This was not good for the bet, as Theodore had pointed out numerous times in the past few hours. Ginny loved The Boy Who Lived. How could Draco, her enemy compete with her lifelong crush? Potter was everything he wasn’t. But Draco had one thing going for him that Potter didn’t. He was new, Ginny had liked Harry forever and not once had he returned it until then. Maybe Draco could use this to his advantage?

For the past few days Draco had been watching Ginny and Harry, they seemed like any happy couple. At first Draco had an idea of how to split them up, but Gin-Weasley would be too smart for it he figured. For now Draco watched, he had all year to complete the bet.

“Ginny meet me in the Library after last class, I’ve got something important to explain”
Ginny read and re-read the lines, until she had memorized them. What could it mean? “Well,” he reasoned “at least he hadn’t used the dreaded ‘We need to talk’ but what would he explain? That Harry was cheating on her? “Slowly, the red haired teenager walked to the library, lugging her bag, Ginny hadn’t even stopped at Gryffindor tower to drop it off, so nervous and suspicious she was about the meeting.

“Hi” she said when she saw him, his eyes focused on a book but Harry’s mind seemed elsewhere.

“Hey” he looked up at her gesturing at the chair next to him. “Sit down…”
Ginny dropped her bag, it echoed throughout out the room, Madame Pince glared at them.

“so what’s this about” Ginny figured it was best to just get back to the point

“I can’t see you anymore” replied Harry quickly, and not meeting her eye.
She stared at him struggling to keep her voice calm she asked “Why not?”

“It’s this whole thing with Voldemort, he’ll use you to his advantage and I couldn’t stand that. I’ll never be able to be with you, or anyone else. This is my life” He finished.

“well okay then,” picking up her bag Ginny left the library tears stinging her eyes. “I knew it couldn’t last, I knew this would happen.”
Oddly enough Ginny seemed to be over Harry in no time; Ron had almost punched him out when he heard that Harry had hurt his little sister. But after Harry and Ginny explained she was safer he accepted it and yelled at Harry for putting her in danger in the first place.

A/N Yes I know a rather HBP copycat but I kind of hit a writers block wall and I needed a way to break them up sp Draco could come in for the “kill” and this was the most plausible way.


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