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Summary- “Now, promise me you’re going to be good tonight.” I murmured to Draco as he hugged, although it was more like a crush, me to him.

“Of course I will.”

“Well then, please make sure you keep an eye on Blaise as well...”

I listened to the phone ring, still ring, and then ring some more. “Come on Cathy pick up!” I complained to the ring tone. Cathy is like me, in the fact that we... no, wait what I was like. She’s a muggle born, and so fortunately knows how to use a phone.
Something for which I am thankful for, as it would mean that my ears wouldn’t suffer horrendously by someone literally screaming down the phone at me, whilst I had to hold the receiver at arms length. Something which I’d done countless times, and each time I’d held it arms length I could still hear them.

Cathy was also one of the only people I knew in the Wizarding world who had a mobile phone. There were times I couldn’t understand why she had one, but there were also times like these where I was thankful that she did.

“Cathy Grove, who’s speaking?” Finally! I thought to myself.

“Hey, Cathy it’s me.”

“Hermione!” So much for not having to hold the phone at arms length...

“Ouch.” I complained after her scream of joy of hearing my voice had died, my poor ear still ringing.

“Oops, sorry Hermione I keep forgetting that.”

“Evidently Cathy.” I muttered to myself, the snort on the other end of the line told me that she’d heard it.

“So what did you say you needed?”

“I hadn’t managed to get around to that yet. But, I was thinking to myself we haven’t managed to have that catch-up dinner we swore we’d have weeks ago.”

“Hey, that’s true. Come to think of it, we just haven’t even managed to talk properly to one another for a long time either.”

“The department’s just been too busy recently. It’s almost like all of the crooks have decided to go on a spree.”

“So what were you thinking of Hermione? Knowing you, you’ll have all of this planned out.”

“Well, yeah.” I blushed slightly, and she laughed. “Hey don’t laugh, you’re not meant to laugh at people who are friends.”

“Of course Hermione you’d never do such a thing.” I had to admit she had me there, as I thought back to last year’s New Year Party when Cathy had made a fool of herself as we wandered home.

“No, I wouldn’t.” I answered her in my innocent tone before continuing before she could get a second word in. “I have a table booked at an Indian restaurant this Friday evening, I remember you mentioning you like Indian food which is why I thought of it; but if you’re free then I was thinking we could catch up and relax a bit.” Almost as soon as the words were out of my mouth I heard the rustling of Cathy’s schedule.

“What time did you say it’d be?”

“I haven’t yet, but I’ve said between 6 and 7 to them. Apparently my family have some connections in the muggle world.”

“Interesting, OK then. That should be fine, or certainly I can’t see any problems with it at the moment. Although, with how work’s been recently I can’t guarantee anything. But I’m sure the department can manage without us, after all we’re not meant to be working past 5:30 anyway. Shall I take it that we’ll be going pretty much straight from work?”

“It makes the most sense, but as for time, I’m just thinking it’s usually about 5:45 by the time we’ve finished the last piece of paperwork.”

“Usually is, one question though; isn’t Draco going to be lonely?”

“Nah, I’m letting him and Blaise have a lads night out.”

“Is that wise?”

“I don’t know, but I suppose I’ll find out.”

She laughed. “Basically what that translates to is: I trust Draco but not Blaise.”

I chuckled at that, because it was so true. “Essentially.”

“OK well it’ll be great to actually properly catch up with you, rather than a hurried hello as we pass one another in the corridor, or when you’ve been handing in paperwork. Those times definitely do not count.”

“Never said they did.”

~*~

“Now, promise me you’re going to be good tonight.” I murmured to Draco as he hugged, although it was more like a crush, me to him.

“Of course I will.”

“Well then, please make sure you keep an eye on Blaise as well. The last thing we need right now is for you to be caught up in some scandal Draco.”

“As if we’d do such a thing!” He gave me a hurt look and I smiled.

“So long as I can trust you Draco.” His hurt look transformed into a beam of happiness.

“You know you can, you know I wouldn’t do anything to hurt you.”

“Sure, of course not.”

“I wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

“Tell that to the one you zapped out of the air this afternoon.”

“Alright then, I will, where did it go?”

“I have no idea Draco.” I laughed back as he looked around the room in the hope of finding the poor insect.

“Besides which, I want to tell it that it deserved what it got. Honestly annoying me like that.”

I snorted and looked at my watch. “Look I’d better go darling. You know I love you right?” I asked him, kissing him before turning towards the door.

Half way down the corridor I heard his shout; “Love you as well.”

I smiled over my shoulder at him, before turning the corner to go and find Cathy. It really had been far too long since we’d caught up.

As I turned the corner I was suddenly assaulted by Cathy. “FINALLY!” She exclaimed and gave me a hug.

“Cathy- can’t breathe!” I gasped out and she released me, I rubbed my bruised ribs. “Shall we then?”

“Certainly, lead the way.”

“Oh, no believe me right now, I want you where I can see you after that assault to my ribcage.” She just smirked wickedly in response to that.

Sometimes I wonder how I find these people.

~*~

“Are you ready to order ladies?” Our waiter asked us politely and Cathy smiled widely at him. Cathy on a flirt rampage, sometimes I really do wonder how I manage to get myself into these things.

“Cathy, down girl.” I muttered to her, and she rolled her eyes.

“I would just love to have a Vindaloo please, I became a little addicted to it when I was out in India last summer.”

“Certainly madam, and what can I get you?” He asked, only flicking his eyes towards me for a moment before looking back to Cathy.

“I’ll have a Chicken Tika Masala, after all not all of us have stomachs made of iron like our Cathy here.”

“Cathy’s a beautiful name madam.”

I coughed lightly. “Shall I leave you two alone now?”

“Sorry.” He apologised to us, before leaving once more.

Cathy glared at me from across the table. “Do you mind?”

“Nope, not at all.”

“So what was all that about?”

“Giving you a distraction so you could slip your phone number into his back pocket.” I grinned and took a sip of my wine while Cathy looked at me in disbelief. Sometimes it was good to be an Auror, you didn’t miss so many of the details.

I cannot apologise more to you all.

I have taken so much time away from this story recently, and I haven’t meant to.

This chapter took me 4 attempts to write, and when I was finally happy with it the queue was closed which was unfortunate but the validators on this site really do deserve a lot of praise for the work they do.

So I hope you will forgive me for the lateness of this chapter, and I hope you have enjoyed it.

Sincere apologises, and I promise that I will be writing a lot more of this story over the next couple of weeks,

Ruth
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