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A/N My goodness I am so so so uber sorry! I did not mean for this to take so long to be posted. I've been so swamped with school and work and on top of that I've had major writers block. I'm sorry to everone and if you want to kick me then you can. I'm halfway done with 10 as I write this. (10.25). So it should be up in a day or two. I love you guys! I'm sorry! Enjoy! :o)

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Chapter Nine

*Hermione*


The next week passed with nothing major. Ron and Ginny were still slightly different, being careful of what they said, always giving me hugs, trying to comfort me. Harry went close to back to normal after we were up until 3 a.m. talking. Draco was just as I expected- he would be nice when it was just us, then I was back to Mudblood whenever anyone came around.

I sighed. It was Friday. I had one more class to get through- Potions, with Slytherines.

I’ll be fine if I just keep my mind on the Hogsmead trip Sunday.’ I thought, walking to the dungeons with Harry and Ron. We sat in our usual places.

“Everyone up!” Snape snapped walking into the room. After minutes of mild chaos and confusion, everyone was in new seats. Snape mumbled something about ‘house companionship’. “These are your new seats. Sit here everyday.” He barked.

“But Professor!” I started raising my hand.

“No switching. This is for the whole year. 10 points from Gryffindor for questioning my teaching.” He sneered at me.

Draco put his hand on my knee. I shook him off as he mumbled “This shall be fun and convenient.”

“Oh?” I asked sighing.

“Now we can talk in class without being suspicious, and, I piss you off.” He told me, winking.

“Mmm, great.’I mumbled, looking up to see Snape already had four inches of notes on the board.
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I sighed and rushed quickly out of the class when we were dismissed. I went into my room and changed out of my school robes into a t-shirt and hip huggers. I was walking down the stairs to the common room when Malfoy walked through the portrait. I went to a working table. I stated my essay about the potion you drink as to not turn into a vampire after being bit when Draco came up behind me and softly began to rub my shoulders.

“We have a meeting tonight about the dance and to choose who does what.” He reminded me. His voice softened. “And tomorrow, the funeral. What time do you want to leave so I can tell Potty and the Weasels?”

My breath caught in my throat. I had completely forgotten. I dropped my quill and began to cry. How had I forgotten my parents? How horrible was I for forgetting my dead parents?

Draco carefully picked me up out of the chair. He set me down on the couch, then took off his school robe and wrapped it around me. He sat down and pulled me close to him. I buried my face in his chest.

“I forgot them.” I whispered into his chest. He put his finger to my chin and tilted my face towards his.

“What was that?” He asked wiping away my tears.

“I forgot about them. Its only been a week. What if I forget them for good?” I asked, accompanied by a fresh wave of tears.

“You will always remember them.” Draco whispered. “You’re just not use to seeing them while you’re at Hogwarts, so you’re not thinking of them being gone.”

I nodded and gulped back tears. After an hour I was calm and I had made a decision.

“Tomorrow I only want you coming. No Ron, no Harry, no Ginny.” I told him.

“Are you sure?” He asked confused. I nodded. Malfoy had already seen me when I was at a loss and vulnerable. I didn’t want anyone else to. To them I was strong and I didn’t want them to see me weak. Draco looked at me like he understood. We sat there in silence for ten minutes. Draco put his arm around my waist, his hand resting on my hip. I leaned on him. I looked up at him then slowly leaned in to kiss him. He put his finger to my lips, stopping me.

“No, you’re upset. This isn’t right.” He whispered.

“Since when have you been concerned about what’s right?” I asked raising my eyebrows as well as my voice. How dare he? Honestly. All he cared about was sex for Merlin’s sake.

“Now.” He said. I sighed and licked my lips.

“You’re too fucking tempting.” He mumbled. He for up from the couch and went to his room.

I watched him leave then sat there in the common room. I quickly jotted down a note for the meeting and wrote Draco a note saying I was gone to the Gryffindor common room. I left and went down the stairs. Walking into the common room I saw Harry and gave him a hug.

“You okay? C’mon let’s go talk in my room.” He said.

I shrugged and followed him. We both sat on his bed. I sighed and laid down.

“What’s wrong?” He asked.

Malfoy wouldn’t kiss me.’ My mind screamed. I shook away the thought. “I just feel so weak.” I mumbled. “I need to feel protected and safe.”

Harry laid down next to me, pulling me tight against him.

“You know I won’t let anything happen.” He told me.

But Harry dear, it already happened, they’re gone. Dead.’ My mind seemed to be having its own conversation.

I put my forehead against his collarbone.

“Do you feel safe in protected?” He asked.

No.’ “Yes.” I whispered. We both fell asleep. I woke up feeling like something wasn’t right. I opened my eyes and saw Harry. I didn’t feel right in his arms. It felt, awkward. I got up and went to the window. I head a racket downstairs making me realize why I woke up. I just turned to find the source of the noise when Draco barged in. ‘Found it.’ My mind clicked.

“Granger!” He said seeing me. I could tell he was angry.

“Sod off Malfoy.” I heard Ron say before Malfoy slammed and locked the door.

“What in bloody hell?” He asked me. Still not yet noticing Harry, whom was still sleeping peacefully. I didn’t say anything, just walked up and wrapped my arms tightly around him in a hug. I heard him sigh and felt his body relax as he hugged me back, holding me tightly. I looked into his eyes and saw pure concern. I smiled and kissed his chin. Harry snored loudly causing us both to jump and look at him. Draco looked from Harry to me with a raised eyebrow.

“I need someone to hold me, and you left me.” I whispered.

Malfoy sat there glaring at me. “I didn’t want to do something we would regret.” He said.

“Don’t worry, his arms didn’t feel right.” I whispered into his neck hugging him closer.

“You gotta stop talking into my neck like that if you know what’s good for you.” He told me.

I looked at him and smirked.

“That too.” He added. A moment later he started again. “We have a prefects meeting.”

I nodded. “You leave then I’ll wake up Harry, no need to cause more commotion by you being here when he wakes up.” I said.

He nodded and grabbed my butt, smirking before walking out of the room. I closed the door behind him and woke up Harry. He smiled and stretched.

“Hey you.” He said lazily.

“Hi, I have a meeting with the prefects. I just wanted to wake you up before I go.” I said.

He grabbed my arm and pulled me down next to him.

“You can be a little late.” He told me, smiling.

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A/N I know I know I know. Its short and there's a cliffy. Like I said before...you can kick me. Reviews are nice too. Even if you think this sucks majorly...let me know, please. I'm willing to change anything to make you guys happy.

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*Disclaimer- I only own the plot. Everything else isn't mine.***

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