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Chapter Three – Ten More Months

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“I’ve changed my mind, maybe I don’t want to be Head Girl anymore…” Hermione muttered, loud enough so that Malfoy could hear.

“I actually find being Head Boy fun. Look how much pain I’m causing you.” Malfoy said, in a slow drawl.

“Malfoy, please, for once, let’s just cooperate. At least in front of the school, so we can be good role models. Let’s pretend we don’t hate each other.” Hermione said, trying to keep her voice low.

“Well, that’s going to be tough, and if you want me to pretend that I don’t hate you, you’re going to have to pay me.” Malfoy said, looking down at Hermione, his eyes scanning her, smirking.

Hermione rolled her eyes, “And I’m guessing that I won’t be paying you in money. Can I ask you just one question? How do you have time for girls and schoolwork and get such good grades?”

“It’s quite easy Granger, but I’m not going to explain it now… I’m not going to waste my breath on a Mudblood.”

Hermione gasped, “And to think that I thought you matured, you nasty ferret…”

“Who said being a ferret was a bad thing?”

“And who said being a ferret was a good thing?”

“You know, just shut up, you’re voice is starting to hurt my ears.”

“Too bad, you have to deal with me. If you really want, you can start failing your classes and then you’ll no longer be Head Boy. Problem solved.”

Malfoy just started ignoring Hermione, until the dance instructor walked up to the center of the dance floor. He clapped his hands together and looked around the room, which was filled with pairs, “Well, hello!” He said.

“Good morning.” The room chimed back.

“So I guess we’ll get started!” He said, and music started.

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As Hermione danced a slow waltz with Malfoy, sometimes she forgot she was dancing with the person she hated. It was a bit awkward in the beginning when Malfoy first put his hand on her waist and she felt like slapping him, but after a while, she forgot about it.

Their feet moved together perfectly and rarely tripped. Malfoy’s hand wasn’t digging into her back and he wasn’t acting too stupid. It seemed as though Malfoy had danced before.

Hermione was light on her feet, manipulating them swiftly. She rarely had to look down to see what she was doing and realized that Malfoy didn’t either, so they had a problem with what to look at. If neither was looking at the floor, then the only other place they could look at was each other, which they tried their best not to.

After the class had finally finished, Hermione pushed herself out of Malfoy’s clutching hands.

“Already sick of me?” Malfoy sneered, “Too bad you’re dancing with me for the next week.”

“No, I just hate you when you aren’t dancing.” Hermione spat.

“Oh, so you like me when I dance?” Malfoy sniggered. He then started doing some odd type of wiggle with his hands in the air. Some girls standing around him glanced over their shoulders and giggled, shooting Hermione envious looks. What had she done to make him dance like that?!?! Hermione on the other hand just thought he was making a fool out of himself.

“No, I never said that, I don’t mind you when you dance. It’s like you actually know what you’re doing for once…”

“Hey, I always know what I’m doing.”

Hermione laughed, “Well, I guess you’re right. If you know what you’re doing when you dance and if you know what you’re doing when you’re in bed with someone, then that’s always.”

Malfoy smirked, but didn’t reply. He started walking to the common room with Hermione behind him.

“Can you be civilized for a couple seconds and tell me how you know how to dance so well?” Hermione asked.

“Why would I tell a Mudblood like yourself?” He said, looking behind his shoulder.

“Because I asked.” Hermione said defiantly.

“Fine, I had to take ballroom dancing classes for all the balls my parents had.”

“Aw, that’s so sweet!” Hermione couldn’t help saying, but then wondered why she was saying something like that to Malfoy.

“Shove off.” He said, and hurried away.

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And so the days passed and nothing changed. Classes started, Hermione studied, and then went to dance lessons and danced with Malfoy. This was the only time they actually cooperated. Malfoy wouldn’t be whiserping rude comments about her, and Hermione wouldn’t be retorting back saying things just as nasty back. They stood together quietly watching the instructor dance with a partner, then once it was their turn, Malfoy would take Hermione’s hand and waist and start dancing. But once the lesson was over, it was back to arguing.

“Seriously, Granger, find a different route to our dormitory… I hate having you follow me every day.” Malfoy said, as he started walking out of the Great Hall.

“No, this is the fastest way.” She said, as she followed him up the stairs slowly.

“So? Do you think I really care? It’s degrading having you walk behind me.” Malfoy said, taking a left at the top of the stairs.

“If it bothers you so much, go a different way, but I won’t.”

“You’re awfully stubborn, and it’s starting to get annoying.”

I’m stubborn? Let’s not even get into the things you do…”

“You’re voice is really bothering me, too… How do Potty and Weasel last it?” Malfoy took a small staircase up to a higher floor, with Hermione right behind him.

“I dunno, all I can say is that I can’t stand you even when you don’t talk…”

“That’s because you’re forced to look at how handsome I am, but you know you can’t sleep with me, because what would the school think of that?” Malfoy sniggered.

“I can’t stand you! Fine! I’m going to go in a different direction! Just SHUT UP!

“Okay, no problem, go ahead, I won’t have to hear you complain any more…”

“And now I’m the one complaining…” Hermione said, huffily under her breath. She turned around and took a longer route back to her dormitory. Oh, how she loathed the ferret. And to think, she would have to endure ten more months of this…

Author's Note:

So this is my last update on any of my stories before I leave for California (which is tomorrow, Thursday, the 24th). I won't be back until Thursday next week, and will still need a couple days before I update then, because I need to write more, I posted stuff that I just wrote right now because I knew I wouldn't update for a while, and I felt bad. I'm not abandoning this story - I'm just going to be on vacation.

So if any of you are bored, you can just read my other story, When Stars Collide which will take a while as it's twenty-five chapters long (and counting!). I updated that story a couple days ago, too, so check it out!

And of course, don't forget to leave you comments, constructive critiscism, etc. in a review! Thanks for listening to me talk about crap that you probably don't care about! =).

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