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    A/N: Chapter three :)

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    “I just can’t do it! I cant say it! I want to say it but I can’t. Why can’t I say it?” Draco was pacing by the fire in the Slytherin common room; Blaise and Theo were watching him.

    “It’s new to you, Drake,” Theo explained, “you’ve never been in this sort of situation before, you’ve never been in the sort of commitment were you have grown to love someone and tell them you love them. And you’ve never had someone say it back to you. So you don’t know what’s gonna happen. It’s just gonna take some time,” he looked to his right, “isn’t it Blaise?”

    Blaise looked from Theo to Draco and back to Theo, “I am not getting involved,” he gave Theo a knowing stare, something Draco noticed but chose to ignore, they wouldn’t tell him anyway.

    Theo glared at Blaise then smiled at Draco, “wait for Granger to say it. If she says it first then you’ll definitely know and saying it back will be really easy.”

    “It would be,” Draco agreed. He looked at his watch, “I gotta go, I promised Hermione I’d study with her.” Draco went to leave.

    “Like you two are going to get any studying done!” Blaise called. Draco smirked, though they couldn’t see, and left. As soon as he was gone, Blaise turned to Theo, “what the hell do you think you’re doing?” he asked, “’wait for Granger to say it’? That’s not fair!”

    Theo sighed and shook his head in mock disappointment, “ah Blaise, poor naïve, little Blaise, one, we’re Slytherins; we don’t play fair. Two, never did I say we were going nor did we have to play fair. And three, I bet you anything Potter is doing the exact same thing with Granger.”

    “After this, I never wanna bet with you again,” Blaise stated, matter-of-factly, “and Potter isn’t like you. He wouldn’t do that.”

    Boy, was Blaise wrong.

    XXx

    “You should wait for Malfoy to say it to you,” Harry told his best friend, “why do you have to do everything? You don’t have to do everything first Hermione! If you really wanna tell him then go ahead, I can’t stop you but if you feel that you should wait, no matter how small that feeling is, then wait. You don’t have to say it.”

    Hermione sat down next to Harry, “you really think so?” Harry nodded, “I should wait for Draco to tell me he loves me before I say it because of my small fear that he wont say it back?”

    Harry nodded again. He saw the look on her face and knew what she was about to say, “don’t say that you’re being irrational and shouldn’t be scared. Even us Gryffindors get scared Hermione and we’re allowed. Especially when it comes to love, love is a very powerful thing. Everyone is allowed to be scared, even you.”

    “You’re right,” she agreed, “what’s irrational is thinking that being scared is irrational,” she stood up and put her hand to her chest, “I’m allowed to be scared, love is a big commitment - “

    “It’s huge.”

    “ - and I can wait for Draco to say it first.” Fear started to come back though and she sat back down next to her friend, “but what if he doesn’t? Draco’s never been in a real relationship before. What if even if he does love me, he doesn’t know how to say it? Or worse, what if he doesn’t love me?” she voice dropped to a whisper.

    Harry took both of Hermione’s hands, “of course he loves you, he’d be crazy not to for one. But everyone can see it when he looks at you. He just has to put it into words and he will because he would do anything for you. I guarantee, it will be soon…all you have to do is…wait.”

    “I can wait,” Hermione reasoned.

    The portrait door opened and Draco walked in, “hey are you ready to study. Oh hey Harry are you studying with us?”

    Harry scoffed, “yeah, like you too are going to study. No, I was just leaving. Have fun.” Harry left.

    “We’re not studying?” Hermione asked when he was gone.

    “Blaise said it too.”

    “And what do you think about that?”

    Draco walked over to her and leaned in to whisper, “I think they have the right idea.” He kissed her.

    xXx

    It had been a week since Hermione had talked to Harry and she just couldn’t wait anymore. Who cares what Harry says, Draco needs to know and I’m gonna tell him, no matter what! Hermione went to the Great Hall.

     xXx

    Blaise and Theo were sitting at Gryffindor with Harry and Ron. Blaise had found out what Harry did and he wasn’t very happy, “I can’t believe you did that. You too! Why?”

    Harry shrugged, “we never said we had to play fair. We can do whatever needs to be done to win our bets. I feel good about this one. Hermione is really determined to wait.”

    Theo looked from the doors back to Harry, “don’t be too sure of yourself Potter. Here comes Granger, she looks determined alright but I don’t think it’s about waiting.” He smirked.

    Harry Watched Hermione go to the Slytherin table, more specifically were Draco was, and say the three words he had been hoping would never leave her lips first. He watched Draco’s surprise fade and turn to a grin and him say it back. Harry groaned, “oh no.”

    xXx

    Hermione walked into the Great Hall and, as soon as she saw him, walked straight to the Slytherin table to Draco. She sat down next to him. He saw the determined look on her face and decided to keep quiet, she would say wanted she needed to say eventually. Hermione took a deep breath and looked straight at him, “I love you.”

    Draco was shocked, he hadn’t expected that, but it disappeared quickly and he grinned, “I love you too.”

    She pulled him to her and kissed him. They didn’t see Harry give Theo his winnings.

     

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