A/N: I am extremely, terribly, VERY sorry that it took -- how many months? Seven? I’m horrible, I know. I’m a bad author. My life got in the way and for a while, I forgot about it for a bit, I must admit. =/ But here is Chapter 14!




Chapter 14
Kisses in Class


Hermione turned around and came face-to-face with Draco.

“What?” she whispered.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Draco asked again.

“To the Gryffindor common room,” Hermione said, turning around. She started walking again. She didn’t want to deal with him right now. She’s seen to much of him already.

“Aw, so soon?” he asked with a hint of disappointment in his voice that Hermione chose to ignore.

“Heh, you actually convinced me for one second that you didn’t want me to go,” Hermione said.

“Did I say that I wanted you to go? What if I don't want you to go?”

“And why would you want that?” Hermione asked, quickening her pace. Draco followed close behind her.

“Oh, come on, Her — er — Granger — didn’t you figure it out yet?" he asked.

“Notice what?”

They started walking up the Grand Staircase, Hermione still walking as fast as she could without running.

"Granger, just stop. Didn't you get the hint when we were at detention in the Trophy Room?" he yelled.

Hermione stopped. Draco, because of the sudden stop, bumped into Hermione. She turned around to yell at him about watching his step, but found herself unable to speak when she saw how close he was. They were less than an inch away from each other. She could feel his breath on her forehead. She looked up into Draco's eyes and looked for any sign that showed that Draco Malfoy she knew and loathed. She actually knew that he fancied her. She just didn't want to believe that it was true. She didn't ever want him to admit it to her. She looked for any sign that showed that he did not fancy her as much as she fancied him.

Wait, what?

'Me liking Draco -- erm, I-I mean, Malfoy... Oh, Merlin,' Hermione thought. She decided to act as if she hadn't suspected anything.

"Get what hint? I don't understand, Malfoy," she said, breaking her gaze away from him. She took a step back and looked past him at nothing in particular.

They just stayed silent. Draco, trying to look into Hermione's eyes, but found it difficult, for her eyes weren't actually looking into his, Hermione, staring past him, avoiding his eyes.

Draco looked down at her dress that she looked absolutely gorgeous in and then back to her eyes, which he surprisingly found, looking back at him.

"You look beautiful," he said truthfully, but with a bit of bitterness in his voice. He didn't want to sound too sappy. With that, he turned around and started walking back down the stairs to the Great Hall, leaving Hermione standing there with a little smile creeping up to her lips.

~*~


Harry, Ron, and Hermione were walking to Care of Magical Creatures. They were already in front of Hagrid’s Hut, waiting for the class to start, like many other students from different houses.

“Hermione, how come you didn’t go to the dance yesterday? It was brilliant!” Ron said.

“I was at the dance yesterday,” Hermione said, opening her Care of Magical Creatures textbook.

“You were?” Ron asked.

“Yeah,” she replied. “For about ten minutes.”

“What did you do the whole night when you left?” Harry asked.

Hermione pretended to be reading her textbook so she didn’t have to think of that encounter she had with Draco yesterday. She still didn’t reply. Did she like him? She didn’t know. But he had called her beautiful. No one has every called her beautiful before and that's what every girl wants to hear from a guy, right?. And she liked that. He's changed a bit too.

All right, a lot. Around her, at least. And she didn't like that. She didn't like the fact that he wasn't always like that.

“Hermione? Hermione!”

Hermione looked up and saw Ron waving his hand in front of her face. He stopped waving his hand and put it down.

“Sorry, what were you saying?” Hermione asked, though she remembered perfectly what they asked her before.

“What were you doing the whole night?” Harry repeated.

“I just went to the Gryffindor common room and stared into the fire,” Hermione replied. It was the truth, though. She did go to the common room and stare into the fire. The only think she didn’t add is that she was thinking of Draco, but they would murder her if she said that little detail.

“Okay, everybody. Our lesson today’ll be in the Forbidden Forest,” Hagrid announced. He started walking in the Forest as everyone else followed. They went deep into the forest and Hagrid turned around. “Now, can anyone tell me —” He got interrupted by loud voices.

“What do you want?!” a familiar voice yelled.

Everyone, except Hermione who started reading the textbook again, looked at the Slytherins that were arguing.

“You like Granger?” Blaise yelled, laughing hysterically.

The whole class gasped. Harry and Ron clenched their fists. Hermione froze, eyes wide, still looking down at her textbook.

She wanted to scream, "Malfoy say something! Say you don't like me! SAY IT!" but she didn't. If she did, she would look like a complete idiot.

"Oh, Drakie, that's not true, is it? Say that it's not true!" Pansy's annoying voice said.

Hermione would actually like to know an answer too. Just not in front of everyone, but she wanted an answer. Now. So, she was going to get one.

She closed her textbook with a soft thud. She felt many eyes look at her once again at the sudden noise. She looked up at everyone and stood up, absently tucking a strand of her behind her ear. Hermione looked towards Draco, who, to her surprise, looked nervous for the first time. Pansy was holding onto his arm as if her life depended on it. Draco looked at her and she raised her eyebrows, silently telling him to say something.

"Well?" Hermione asked. He looked at her confusedly. "I didn't exactly hear an answer."

"Granger," he said through gritted teeth, silently begging with his eyes to not let him answer that question.

She just stood there, staring him down. "I want to know an answer. You've been acting... not how you usually are when you're talking to me. There is no 'filthy, little mudblood' or anything like that anymore. It's just 'Granger'."

Draco furrowed his eyebrows in confusion.

She sighed. "Do you?"

He looked at everyone around them, staring at him, waiting for him to say something. Hagrid was talking about some kind of magical creature, not really realizing that no one was paying attention. He looked back at Hermione. She was looking straight into his eyes. Her chocolate-brown eyes were so easy to get lost in. He pushed that thought out of his mind and suddenly had the need to snog her.

So, he walked up to her, and forgetting that about twenty people were watching, he put one hand on the side of her neck and kissed her. It was a soft, innocent kiss that made Hermione weak in the knees. She was shocked at first, but then felt herself kissing him back. She pulled away quickly as if he was burning.

Hermione looked around at everyone, who's jaws were hanging open, her expression shocked and unsure. Everyone was staring blankly at the two of them. Hermione felt very uncomfortable under everyone's gaze. She never fancied attention.

"And, tha's all fer today! Class dismissed!" Hagrid then announced.

Hermione whipped her head around to Hagrid and whispered to herself, "What?"

Hagrid started leading everyone out of the forest. The class burst into conversation about what they just witnessed. Harry and Ron headed straight for Hermione.

"What was that?" Harry yelled completely shocked.

Hermione already forgot about what happened and was panicking on how she wasn't listening at all in class. "I didn't even take any notes! What if everything he said is on a quiz?"

"Hermione, do you realize what just happened?" Harry asked.

"What?" she said. Then, she remembered that Draco Malfoy had just kissed her in front of the whole class. "Oh, right. But, I need notes, Harry! I took none today!" Hermione shoved her Care of Magical Creatures textbook into her knapsack and slung it over her shoulder. Her voice got lower. "What -- erm -- just happened was not as important as class." She looked from Harry to Ron. "Right? We can't graduate if we fail and I certainly do want to graduate..."

"For Merlin's sake, Hermione! Draco Malfoy just snogged you in front of the whole bloody class!" Ron yelled. Everyone looked back at the three of them at the sudden outburst. Hermione was back to feeling extremely uncomfortable by all the attention. Ron looked at everybody in front of them. "Shove off," he said bitterly. He wasn't in a very good mood.

"Ron, calm down," Hermione said softly as everyone turned away and started walking again. "So... he fancies me. Doesn't mean anything. I mean, hundreds of girls fancy Harry..."

"That's different, Hermione. This is Malfoy. This is a Slytherin fancying a Gryffindor. Do you know how ridiculous that sounds?" Ron asked.

"Ron, I'm just as surprised as you are by this," Hermione said seriously, "I'm just controlling myself right now to not go absolutely mad."

"This is Malfoy, Hermione! Go mad! Malfoy fancies you," Ron emphasized.

"How many times do you have to say it?" Hermione asked. "I heard you the first time. Saying it again and again is not going to change anything."

"He fa--"

"I will go as far as kissing Malfoy to keep your mouth shut," Hermione snapped at him, completely fed up with all this nonsense.

Apparently, Hermione saying 'kissing' and 'Malfoy' in the same sentence catches everyone's attention. Ron immediately went silent and the whole class did so too. Draco looked back at the two confusedly.

Hermione looked at everybody and thought of something to say. "Harry and Ginny are together. Talk about that, will you?"

~*~


“Merlin, Hermione!” Ginny yelled out in surprise during dinner. Harry and Ron had just told her what happened in Care of Magical Creatures and she was completely surprised. “So… he-he, kissed you?”

“Well, yes…” Hermione trailed off. She didn’t want to talk about it again.

Hermione! This is not him at all! I mean, he kissed you in front of the class,” Ginny said, happiness in her voice. She was beaming now.

“Yes, I know that…” Hermione said.

“Why are you not shocked by this? Merlin, Hermione! I know he kissed you during that Truth or Dare game, but that was just a dare! He practically had no choice, but to kiss you. But, in this situation… Merlin!” A few people looked towards them to see what all the yelling was about. Ginny looked towards Hermione, who was basically ignoring what she was saying and eating her dinner peacefully. “Do you realize that this is a Sly--”

“Lower your voice, Ginny,” Hermione said when she saw people staring.

No, I will not lower my voice! This is a yelling matter! This is a Sly--”

“Slytherin fancying a Gryffindor? I, as a matter of fact, know that!” Hermione said, annoyed by all this.

“Apparently, you don’t!” Ron yelled suddenly at Hermione. She looked at him confusedly. “Hermione, it’s not right!”

“How is it not right? Just because it’s different, it means it’s not right?” Hermione asked, her voice rising to his level. People were whispering to each other; their conversation was going around fast.

“So, you’re defending him now, aren’t you? So I take it that you fancy him too?” Ron asked.

No, I am not saying that!” Hermione yelled, though she didn’t know if it was entirely true. “I just don’t understand this! How come it’s so surprising that he actually fancies someone for once, when about a hundred other girls from various houses fancy him too?”

“But, Hermione, he doesn’t like one of those girls from the ‘various houses’. He likes you!”

“What’s wrong with that?” Hermione asked. “It’s different, I know that. It’s very different. Why is it so wrong?”

“It’s not right! It’s Malfoy!” Ron yelled. Everyone started whispering more and more about what they just heard.

“Ronald, grow up! Okay, it’s Malfoy. So, we’ve been enemies for six years! That can change,” Hermione said. “The war is over. It’s not like he can be a follower of ‘You-Know-Who’ or any of that even if he wanted to.”

“It’s Draco Malfoy!” Ron exclaimed.

“You don’t think I know that? I’m the one he bloody kissed in front of that whole bloody class!” Ron was taken aback by her cursing. Hermione Granger was not the kind of person you would hear curse. Especially in front of the whole school. “I’m not stupid, Ron! I realize that it’s different, it’s weird, and surprising! You don’t think I was surprised? If I acted how I actually felt in Care of Magical Creatures, everybody would think I was mad! But I don’t think that matters now because, right now, I bet everyone thinks I’m mad.”

“You are mad, Hermione!”

“So, I’m mad because someone fancies me? Why am I mad? So, he fancies me! It doesn’t mean we’re together now!” Hermione yelled as she stood up. She looked around at everyone who was looking at the two of them and then back at Ron. Her voice got quieter, but was still able to be heard throughout the Great Hall, for it was very quiet. “I think everybody got the message now. Malfoy fanices me. But, Ron, you’re my friend. You’re supposed to be there for me while I’m going through all this humiliation. So, get over the fact that he fancies me and start thinking about that.”

With that, she walked out of the Great Hall.



A/N: I know Draco kisses Hermione many times in this story already. =)  Please review!

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