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It was still dark outside as I found myself surrounded by the books in the Malfoy library, it was early in the morning, and I was waiting for the others to get ready, I hadn't been getting much sleep the night before as me and Draco had spent the night talking about Violet and her relationship to the Parkinson family nowadays. According to Draco, she was the only friend that Pansy told everything, and she had known Draco for years. They had never really liked each other, as Draco had put it; because she was a total idiot who would do anything to make a name for herself and get money. She was rude and just as cruel as her cousin.

She had grown up in the house next to Pansy, and as she was the older of the two, she was the one that taught Pansy all she needed to know. She had been home schooled, which explained why I had never seen her before in my life. While Draco had been together with Pansy, then Violet had been pleased with her cousin, she had wished for Pansy to marry in to the Malfoy family. Now, it was obvious that she was really trying to help Pansy to get Draco back, in other words; Violet meant problem.

 

I sighed as I walked out to the drawing room and let my eyes scan the room when I saw a shadow move in the corner of my eye. In less than a second I had my wand in my hand and pointed it at the person behind me. I wanted to scream out loud as I looked at her but I couldn't find my voice. It couldn't be...

“Hermione! It's me, Cissy. Put your wand down, please,” She stepped out of the shadows and I did as she said and shook my head apologetically.

“I'm so, so sorry. I thought... You looked just like-”

“Bella,” She said understandingly, “Oh, I didn't mean to scare you, dear,” She moved forward and took my hand and gave it a squeeze, she seemed to think back on something as she continued to to speak. 
“You know, Bella and I are were as different as two persons could be,” She still held my hand as she spoke softly,“If I hadn't married Lucius, and no I don't regret it and I will never regret marrying him; I love him as much as a person can love another, but if I hadn't done it, then I think that me and Andromeda would still speak to each other, I was always more like her than I was like Bella. I would never have pushed her away if Bella hadn't told be to do so, but when I was younger I admired Bella and always did as she did. She despised Andromeda for what she did, but I didn't despise her, I just acted like Bella acted. Then Lucius came along with his beliefs and I just never got the chance to tell Andromeda how sorry I was for how all the Blacks treated her, apart from Sirius of course,” She gave a weak smile and I looked at her, to stunned to speak and also slightly confused to why she would be telling me this so suddenly, “At times I miss her a lot but what's the use? She would never speak to me again.” I could hear so much pain and regret etched to her voice, it was really hard to listen to a witch like Narcissa speak like that.

“I...” I took a deep breath as I thought about what she had said, she was right. She really was nothing like Bellatrix. That was what she was trying to tell me, that she was different and that I didn't need to be scared.

“I'm not making excuses for what I have done, I am simply saying that I wish that I had done things differently in the past. I hope you know that I am nothing like Bella.”

“I know that you're not like her. Narcissa, honestly, you should be saying this to Andromeda instead of me...”

“No, I couldn't,” She looked almost afraid, shocked that I would suggest something like that, “She wouldn't talk to me anyway, so what's the point?”

“You're her sister and -”

“And she hates me and she hates the Malfoys, and she definitely hated Bellatrix.”

I gave her a knowing look and she sighed and sat down on one of the chairs and I stood beside her as she looked up at me as if she was four years old and needed to be comforted.

“She hated Bellatrix because she killed Ton- I mean, Nymphadora,” I felt sick as I talked about the fact that she was no longer with us, “That is more than enough reason for hating someone, don't you think? I don't think she hates you, in all honesty, have you done anything to her?”

There was a forced silence as Narcissa shook her head and seemed to think something over.

A single tear was stuck in her eyelashes, threatening to fall down, she quickly wiped it away and looked at me again.

“I let myself believe in what Druella and Cygnus told me when I was a child, and what Bella kept telling me when I grew older. That anyone that doesn't care about blood are filth, just as Muggle-born and Half-bloods. I grew up thinking that they weren't as good as us when it came to magic but I was proven wrong. Toujours pur, huh. Look how far that got us,” she let out a cold laugh, “Nowhere. Bella died because of her beliefs and how she chose to act, and that alone shows everyone that what we have been led to believe is wrong. I am so glad, so glad that Draco thinks for himself and have started a new life; away from all the old beliefs,” She took a break to breathe then she continued, “You're good for him and your relationship is good for the wizarding world, it shows the other Purebloods that a change is allowed, you know what I mean?”

I nodded, still shocked over how much she was willing to tell me. My guess was that she hadn't spoken about this in a very long time.

“Oh well, we don't have time to talk now, we'll have to finish this conversation some other time. I expect that Lucius and Draco will be joining us very soon,” her smile was back in place as if we had never spoken about something so emotional for her. As if on cue, Draco and Lucius both stepped in to the room and I knew that they had been listening. I felt very uncomfortable and avoided eye contact with Lucius. Draco was looking at me as if he was afraid that I would make an escape and run for it, it was rather amusing to see that look on his face. I felt a smile form on my lips and saw his sigh of relief.

“If you don't mind me asking, how will we be getting there?” I felt rather stupid as Draco motioned towards the fireplace and I saw the Floo powder, “Oh.”

“Everyone ready? Everyone have their stuff?” Lucius looked around and our trunks came levitating to us, and I couldn't help but to burst out laughing making each member of the family turn their heads to look at me as I was laughing so hard, I couldn't breathe. The fact that I was going on a trip to Greece with the Malfoys seemed so utterly unreal and with Lucius acting as any normal dad would, making sure that everyone was there and making sure that we had all packed... Then I laughed some more, because the word 'dad' didn't go well with Lucius – at all. He wasn't a dad, he was a father in my eyes. Somehow, there was a difference. I got a mental image of little Draco running around the Manor calling for 'Daddy' and in to view came Lucius, the image was hilarious and I took a hold of the sides of my stomach as I literally doubled over in laughter.

“Is she... alright?” came Lucius voice and I gasped for air as I tried to put a sentence together.

“Draco – Daddy- Lucius-Running...Manor...” Then I wiped my eyes as tears from the laugh attack fell, I was able to calm down and was met by three Malfoys, all looking slightly shocked. “What? Aren't you Purebloods used to seeing people laugh?”

Daddy?” Repeated Draco amused as he looked at me. Lucius' head snapped up to look at his son, and I forced back my laugh.

“I was just imagining you when you were younger, and the image was... well, hilarious. Plus, I can't quite believe that I am going to Greece with the three of you.”

To my surprise, they all smile and rolled their eyes, what was it with them and doing the same thing in the same moment?

 

 

Lucius motioned for Narcissa to go first and she took a handful of Floo powder and threw it in to the fireplace, making green flames appear.

“Villa Prestige, Rhodes!” She walked casually in to the fire and Draco followed right behind her, as he repeated her words and then more powder were needed for me and Lucius to be able to get there. I calmly walked up and took a handful of the powder and was about to throw it in to the fireplace when Lucius voice interrupted me.

“I heard that a Parkinson was here last night and that she was awfully rude towards you?”

I spun around and looked at him puzzled but nodded anyway, “I know that you're a Gryffindor and all that, and I cannot believe that I am saying this, but when the New Years party is being held, you have to do everything you can to show Miss Parkinson that Draco is yours, now I will help you; as well will Narcissa, but you might have to play foul. Will you be able to do that?”

My reply came instantly.

“For Draco? Yes. Of course, what did you think, that I would wave a white flag and let her have him? I am, as you said, a Gryffindor, you don't call us brave for nothing.”

“Very good, and... I overheard your and Narcissas little heart to heart, don't ever tell anyone outside this house about that,” his voice was a direct command leaving me with no choice but to nod. Not that I had planned on telling anyone, “Good. Now you can throw in the powder.”

I did as he said and repeated what Narcissa had said. “Villa Prestige, Rhodes.”

I didn't hear if Lucius at all came after me, I just concentrated on not throwing up, and keeping my arms close to my body.

 











 

 

I blinked a few times as I stepped out of the fireplace and was met by a sun that was shining right in my eyes. I was being roughly pulled to the side, by Draco, I realized and then Lucius followed right behind me. I looked down at the grip that Draco had on my upper arm and he let me go.

“You were blocking the way for fa- daddy,” he explained while smiling.

“Draco!” I blushed furiously as Narcissa laughed at me and then she and Lucius excused themselves and said that they would see us later, knowing that we wanted to be alone. They were apparently not even staying in the same house as we were.  I looked around in the very big house we were in, it was decorated in a similar way as the Manor, but it was warmer somehow. “Wow, Draco. Do you own this place?”

“We do, and the house next to it as well. They'll be staying there while we're staying here. You wanna put on your bikini and head down to the beach? Or would you rather just take a swim in the pool, just outside?”

“You have a pool?” I said and looked over his shoulder, out the window, “Wow, it's huge,” briefly I wondered just how rich they were but decided that I shouldn't even begin thinking about that, they probably had more galleons than I had ever seen, “but I'd rather go down to the beach, if you don't mind...?”

He shrugged before he leaned down and planted a quick kiss up on my lips, then he went to change in to something he could wear to the beach. I wasn't ready to start doing things right away, I wished we could just relax a bit, but adjusted me to what he wanted to do for the moment. I went over to my trunk and opened it, I had to look through the whole damn thing before I saw the red bikini that I was looking for, and looked over my shoulder to see if he was anywhere near, but he wasn't.

I took a deep breath as I started to change in to it, and then I stood there, realizing how utterly stupid I was.

 

I was standing with the bikini bottom on, and then I held the bikini top up with my hand, seeing as I couldn't tie it myself since it was supposed to be tied behind ones back, and if I reached for my wand then I would drop it and maybe Draco would walk in the exact same moment.

“Uh, Draco...?” I called, “Could you help me tie this thing?”

I was blushing even before he entered the room, with my eyes shut tightly just waiting for him to make a sound.

“Tie what? Oh,” he seemed to slow down so I opened one eye and looked at him before I opened both, he was standing rather close to me, and the sunshine was playing on his perfectly toned body, making him look more than beautiful, “Uh, sure.”

I moved to stand with my back against him and as his rather cold hands came in contact with my skin; I shivered. Slowly, as if on purpose, he tied it. Then he let his fingers slowly trace my spine, making me shiver once again before I turned to face him.

“Damn, you're hot,” he said and I stared at him doubtingly and he chuckled, “I mean it, come here.”

He put his hands on my hips to pull me closer to him and our exposed skin touched and made a mess of my mind. “You're blushing,” he said with a amused smile on his lips, I couldn't stand to see that smile so I reached up and kissed it away, something that surprised him greatly but then he responded eagerly. I let my hands move down his chest and felt the muscles under my hands, as he pulled me even closer to him and I let my hands move up his chest again, only to move them down again while letting my fingernails leave soft, red marks as they scratched against his pale skin. He hissed in my mouth, simply out of pleasure; I was sure. I told myself that I had to remember that he liked that in the same moment as his left hand took a soft hold of my hair and pressed his lips against mine more forcefully and he swallowed my moan.

“Woah... I could sure use a cold shower,” Draco said and grinned widely as I realized what he meant and glanced down, he was right, he could definitely use a cold shower. “Shall we go down to the beach, my dear?” He offered his hand and I took it with a smile and he led the way down.

 

I was absolutely amazed by the city we were in. White and old houses were to be seen everywhere and flowers in pink, yellow and purple were surrounding us all the way down to the beach which had the whitest sand I had ever seen and the water was so light blue and you could see so far out, the ocean didn't seem to darken until very far out. The house we were staying in wasn't that far from the beach and it could be seen from where we were. It was a quite large, white, beautiful house surrounded by trees and flowers, and birds which flew pretty much everywhere around it.

The beach was, however, completely empty; something I found very odd.

“Draco... Where's everyone?”

“No one's ever on this side of the beach, so we have it all to ourselves,” he dragged me along towards the water but I pulled my hand out of his grip and started running down towards the water, and before I knew it he was racing me there, and we were both running our fastest to get there first.

I let out a laugh as I felt the warm water surround my legs and knew that I had beaten him to it, but it wasn't long until I let out a yelp instead of a laugh, Draco came at me from behind and before I knew it we were both lying down with the water playing over out bodies.

“What was that for?” I asked as I splashed some water in his face and hair, loving the sight of him in wet hair.

“Felt like it,” he winked before he kissed me on my forehead. I tried to tilt my head up so that he would kiss my lips instead, they could still feel the previous kiss on them and they craved more. He obliged and I felt his lips brush against mine softly but I demanded more. Slowly we made it further out in the water, and as the water became to deep for me to stand in, I put my legs around Draco's waist and he didn't object at all as I captured his lips with mine in a much more demanding kiss than the one that he had given me just moments ago. I smirked as I broke a part for a few seconds.

“Water wasn't cold enough, eh?”

I could swear that I saw a light blush appear on Draco's cheeks before he pressed his lips against mine again, making me giggle against him.

 

 

We stayed in the water for quite some time before we walked so sit on the beach, just enjoying the sun. Well, I did. Draco sat in the shadow, because he didn't want to endure the pain of the sunburn he was sure to get if he sat in the sun for hours. With a skin as pale as his, I could understand him.

I heard an annoying sound behind me, coming closer and closer until it was right by my ear. I looked to the side and I felt myself pale as I rushed up while screaming.

“A wasp! A wasp!” I cried as I ran away from where I had been sitting, while shaking my hair to make sure it wasn't still there. “Oh, Merlin, is it gone?!”

I heard Draco's roar of laughter behind me, but I was way too freaked out to care about it.

“It's gone, love!” He shouted and got up and stepped out of the shadows to get a better look at me, perhaps. “Wanna take a walk to calm down?”

I took a deep breathe, traumatized by my meeting with the wasp, but then I nodded and he took my hand casually as we started to walk with out feet touching the warm water as the waves washed over them.

“So, you're scared of wasps...” Draco chuckled as he shook his head, “Who would have known?”

I tightened my hold of his hand as I stuck out my tongue at him, without thinking about how childish it was, but he just looked at me amused before he turned his head to look at the horizon and I followed his gaze, it was beautiful and I was so glad that I got to be there with him, not that I think that it had quite sunk in that I was in Greece with him and his family, though.

The thought itself was completely crazy, but yet there I was. With him, walking on the shore, looking at the horizon.

“Hey, Draco. Can we go down here by sunset and watch it? I've always wanted to watch the sunset while sitting on a beach...”

He smiled the crooked smile that I loved. “Sure we can, I can bring the guitar as well...?”

“Oh, yes!” I started picturing the evening in my head and with a happy sigh I leaned my head against his shoulder as we walked and I felt like I was the luckiest girl in the whole world.

 

 






 

We spent the day in the old town of Rhodes, we had a wonderful dinner in Villa Prestige many hours later I went out to the pool to check it out for the first time since we arrived, I saw Lucius and Narcissa on the other side, by the other house next to the ones we were staying in.

Narcissa was, like me, wearing a casual dress and she seemed very happy to be out in the sun, Lucius however, avoided the sun as much as he could. But he seemed happy to, he had a smile on his lips which I had never seen before. I decided to walk back inside and let them have some time alone out there.

Draco was inside, just sitting on the large couch, relaxing with a cold soda in his hand and the guitar on the couch next to him.

“Hey, should we bring some strawberries with us down to the beach?” he asked as I entered the room.

“Sure,” I said happily and walked to get the bowl we had standing in the kitchen. The view from the window made me look up, the sun was on it's way down and I guessed that we had to get going if we didn't want to be late. “Draco, are you ready to go?”

“Yup, you?” he called back as I walked in to where he was, I saw that he had gotten up and held two sodas in one hand and the guitar hung over his shoulder, he had gotten a bit tanned so the white shirt he was wearing was in nice contrast to his skin.

“Yeah, just gotta bring a sweater in case it gets cold,” I replied and with a flick of my wand and a simple accio, the sweater was in my hand. Gods, magic made me lazy, the sweater hadn't been that far away, I could have taken four steps and reached it. I sighed heavily as I followed Draco as he made his way down to the beach. 








I was surprised when I saw the large, black blanket that had been placed on the sand and I wondered when he had had time to do that, when I looked up at him he just smiled and motioned for me to sit down as he did. I sat down next to him, but he pulled me towards him and I ended up sitting between his legs and rested my head on his chest as I looked towards the horizon, the sun was setting slowly and the once blue sky was now pink, orange and red with hints of purple and yellow, the reflection that the ocean made was just as beautiful and I don't think I had ever seen something quite so breathtaking.

“Beautiful, isn't it?” mumbled Draco in my ear, to which I nodded, “What are you thinking about?”

“How happy I am,” I answered him truthfully and turned around to look at him, “How happy you make me... What are you thinking about?”

His hand came up to caress my cheek, as he looked me in the eye with those eyes that made me all weak inside, made me melt. His hair was more messy than usual and the soft breeze made it swirl around his face but he paid it no mind.

“I'm thinking about how I'm going to say this...”

I think my breathing stopped all together and my heart started beating like crazy.

“Say what?” I managed to choke out nervously and he smiled a bit, everything around us seemed to disappear and I could only see him.

“Hermione,” he began in a serious and soft voice, “I love you.”

I stared at him for about ten seconds before I attacked his lips with mine, making him chuckle a bit then I eased back enough to be able to talk.

“I love you, too,” it felt so good to say it and I just couldn't understand why I hadn't said it to him like this before, Draco captured my lips again and I closed my eyes and just enjoyed the feeling of his lips against mine. It was like we couldn't get enough of each other at the moment, it was more intense than ever.

He softly moved us so that I was lying on my back with him above me as his hands roamed my body tenderly, as if he was uncertain if I would break beneath his touch. There was a different feeling about the touches, and about our kisses. They were much more passionate and lustful, his hand travelled up under my dress and then he caught himself and moved back. His hands now on my thighs.

“That was out of line...” he was panting slightly while he rested his forehead against mine, I looked at him for a long moment before I spoke up.

“No it wasn't, Draco,” he must have heard the lust in my voice because he looked up at me, “It wasn't out of line at all. I want you to touch me...” I blushed furiously, but I didn't care and he didn't care. We were too lost in the sensation of our skin against each others.

“Are you sure?” he asked and I nodded, but he waited for me to speak my consent.

“Yes,” not until I said it did he lean down and kiss me again and he softly started to explore my body again, going further than we had ever done.

He pulled his shirt over his head and then he went back to kissing me, we helped each other out of our clothes and despite how much I wanted him, I couldn't suppress the nervousness that followed.

He was gentle, and didn't do anything more until I told him that he was allowed.

Then there was one swift, careful move; I had expected pain but all I could feel was pleasure.

He leaned down and captured my lips, swallowing my strangled moan as I pressed closer to him.

So this is how the feeling of being complete feels like, I thought as I kissed him back.










The sun had set a long time ago and we had pulled our clothes back on, we laid there and his arm was around my body and I had my arm around his waist and my head on his chest. I listened to his heartbeat like I had done so many times before, but somehow I felt as if I could hear it louder now.

He loves me, I thought and smiled, he finally told me that he loves me.

I felt more in love with him in that moment than I had ever done and the butterflies in my stomach was flying around like crazy and the smile on my face just wouldn't go away.

“Can we just stay here forever?” I whispered out into the night and Draco's fingers started making patterns on my arm, slowly and tenderly.

“That would be something, wouldn't it?” he sighed before he continued, “Instead we have to go home to deal with stuck up, pug-faced, annoying people like Pansy.”

“I wish we could just forget that she exist and stay like this, always,” I closed my eyes and cuddled up to him closer and felt him kiss the top of my head.

“We can forget that she exists until we get home to England,” he mumbled against my hair and I nodded.

“I like the sound of that,” there was a long silenced where none of us spoke, his fingers still traced over my skin. I shivered at how good it felt and opened my eyes, it had darkened around us and the moon was spreading a soft light over the white sand, making it look even more white and the ocean looked pitch black even though I knew it was as blue as it could be.

“Are you sleeping, love?” Draco's voice cut through the silence like a razor.

“No, I'm awake...”

“Did I tell you what Blaise wrote?” His question made me tilt my head up to look at him, his grey eyes even more so in the moonlight. I had to think hard to remember how to breathe, I shook my head. “He'll be coming to the Manor tomorrow, with Amber, so that they wont have to hurry so much on New Years, you know? It's only three days until the party... Nervous?”

“Wait, what? They'll be coming tomorrow?” I couldn't hold back how excited I was, as I smiled widely. I had missed them a lot.

“Yes,” Draco chuckled and ruffled my hair, “Did I ever tell you how much I love that smile of yours?” I blushed at his words and shook my head , but I didn't stop smiling, “So, not nervous then?”

“A bit.. There will be a lot of people there, and I'll probably end up making a fool out of myself, wont I?”

“I doubt that. I just hope that Pans-”

“She doesn't exist yet!” I put my hand over his mouth and his words came out as a mumble before he stopped talking. I removed my hand and was met by his grinning face, “You were saying?”

“I just hope that someone doesn't make a scene,” he corrected himself and kept that grin on his lips.

“I quite agree with you,” I said and kissed him quickly before I laid my head back down on his chest.

“Are we gonna sleep out here for tonight?” He asked suddenly and lifted his head up to look down at me.

“As much as I would love that, the temperature is starting to drop, we should be heading back to Prestige...”

He agreed but we didn't move until a few minutes later. It was with great effort that we managed to get up of the comfy sand and gather our things and walk back up. I was barefoot and I loved the way the rather warm sand felt underneath my feet as I walked up on it, I sunk down a bit with every step but then we reached the house and I bent down to brush away the sand that was still on my feet before I stepped inside.

 

I put down the things I had been carrying, the strawberry bowl, the blanket and my shoes, then I looked up in time to see Draco coming my way. In one quick move, he had me over his shoulder and I shrieked by the sudden movement, he started carrying me over towards the bedroom while I pleaded to him to let me down, but he wouldn't do it. Not until he reached the bed, there he carefully put me down and then he got in it as well.

He seemed amused as he looked at me, but he didn't say anything, he just pulled me to him and held me.

“What was that?” I said and he chuckled.

“Felt like it,” He said with a small shrug, “Merlin, you should see your face,” he leaned down and kissed me, “You tired?”

I hadn't had time to think about it, but indeed I was, I was very tired. “Mm.. But I don't want to sleep. If I sleep, then it'll be morning, and then we have to go home. I don't want to go home,” I sighed deeply.

“Oh, I know what you mean. But, we can always go back here sometime. You should sleep, love.”

I knew he was right and grimaced, then I looked up at him. “Kiss me before I go to sleep, at least...?” I offered him what I hoped was a sweet smile and he placed his fingers underneath my chin and brought my face closer to his as he slowly let his lips ghost over mine, he teased me on purpose and waited for me to kiss him intensely as I always did when I thought he was doing things too slowly, but not this time. This time I let him kiss me as slowly as he wanted, just enjoying the feeling of his soft lips, just loving the taste he left on my lips as he leaned back to breathe. But then, after just a few seconds, his lips were on mine again, still gentle and tender, but with more intensity than before, and his hand went from holding my chin to grasping my hair softly. Damn, that was one heck of a kiss.

We broke apart and without saying another word I laid my head down on his toned chest, what could you possibly say after something like that? Well...

“I love you,” I whispered into the night. But this time I wasn't met by his steady breathing, I was met by his voice.

“I love you, too,” the reply came instantly and was said with such honesty, I could only smile and with a smile on my face and a warm arm that held me tightly; I fell asleep.








[Ah. I... hope you liked it! It was a hard chapter to write, because I've never been to Greece, so it might not be as detailed as I would have wished that it could be! But, yes. So, I've been getting complaints about the fact that I swear too much in this story... But there IS a warning for strong language, so... Yeah, sorry! 

What do you think of this chapter, then? Draco finally said it! I hope you liked that, some of you have been waiting since chapter 8 or something for that, so there you go! What do you think of, well, you know the scene of sexual nature? (gosh, this is so awkward to write) Just to let you know; They did use protection, and Hermione won't get pregnant. Yeah, so, what do you think of Lucius, and Narcissa? I hope you didn't find that first scene with Narcissa all too confusing, haha. I just had to get it out.
I hope you liked it, feel free to leave a review, and do check out my other story! =) 
I'm gonna stop writing now, thanks! - Cathyyy -]

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