Draco sighed and sat down on the couch next to me. "Just please remember, I did all of this because I really liked you."

"All of this?" I asked "What do you mean by all of this?"

He looked down making it a point not to look at me, "Let's just say I've done more than one bad thing," he said quietly.

"All right," I said, "Let's get on with it." I needed to know what he did, especially since it involves me.

Draco nodded and cleared his throat, I had never seen him so nervous. "Well, I guess I'll go from bad to worse-"

"What if I want to hear the worst part first?" I interupted.

"Believe me, you don't."

I wish I could believe you, but you've lied to me so many times! I thought, but I didn't say anything, I just nodded for him to continue.

"All right, so you remember when Blaise asked you out at the end of third year?" I nodded. "Well, Blaise knew I really liked you and he kept asking me why I didn't ask you out. I told him because you hate me and even if you didn't you'd never date a Slytherin. He agreed that you hated me, but he didn't think you'd never date a Slytherin. So we made a bet, I bet you'd say no if Blaise asked you out, he bet you'd say yes. Obviously, I lost."

"How much did you bet?" I asked curious how much he had lost because of me.

"Ten galleons," he answered, finally looking at me, then he looked back down and continued. "He was only going to date you for like week and then break it off, but he didn't. He told me he actually liked you and wanted to continue dating you. You can imagine how I felt, my best mate was dating the girl I wanted more than anything. Then he told me
he was falling in love with you and-"

"Then why did he break up with me?!" I exclaimed confused about where this was going.

"Because I, well…payed him to." Draco said quietly.

"You did what?!"

"I payed him to! He was falling in love with you! It wasn't fair, I wanted you, I liked you first!" He expained, slightly angry.

"Well, how much did you pay him?!" I asked hoping it wasn't a small price like five galleons or something, I'm worth more than that, right?

"Seventy-five galleons,"

I nearly choked, "Seventy-five galleons?!" That was a lot of money, I mean, sure I'm worth more than five galleons, but seventy-five?! That's like at least three of me! As sweet as that is, he payed someone to break up with me! I was messed up after that break up! "Draco, that's horrible, how could you do that?!"

"I'm sorry,Aria, I really am!" He did look genuinely sorry.

I sighed and closed my eyes, "All right, just continue,"

"Okay. Well, you remember fourth year, the Yule Ball?" I nodded. "Well, I was thinking about asking you. But I noticed you were hanging around Cedric Diggory alot."

Hanging around was an understatement, I was always around Cedric Diggory. At that time, I connected with him more than I had with anyone else, he felt the same way, or that's what he told me anyways. He was so sweet and a gentleman, and he was pretty handsome, too. We talked, we laughed, we kissed, we held hands, I was so sure he was going to ask me to the Yule Ball, and then ask me to be his girlfriend. Instead, he asked Cho Chang in Ravenclaw, she wasn't even that smart! Or pretty! Anyways, Ron ended up asking me, by the end of the dance, we were together. "Yeah, we hung out…"

"Well, I could tell you liked him and that he liked you. So, just like Blaise, I payed him not to ask you to the Yule Ball." Draco said, guiltily.

"You've got to be kidding me!" I exclaimed. "How many guys have you payed not to ask me out?!"

"If it makes you feel any better, Diggory really liked you," he said weakly.

"It doesn't!" I exclaimed, "Cho Chang never let me forget that Cedric chose her over me! And they're still together! Do you know how hard it is for me to see them together all the time?!"

"Yes, that's why I payed so many guys not to
ask you out!" Draco countered.

I guess that made sense, but, damn, that was messed up! He messed up my relationship and my potential relationship, I was scared to see what else he had done. If this is bad, I sure as hell don't want to see worst. "Okay, you've payed guys to dump me and not ask me out, is that all you've done?"

"I wish," Draco said sighing, "Now I'm getting to the part where you'll hate me,"

"Well, let's get on with it, then, the anticipation is killing me." I said.

"Well, alright, about eight months ago, I was sitting in the library, thinking about you, when I saw Granger crying in the back. I felt kind of bad for her, so I asked her what was wrong. She told me how she was in love with Weasley, but he was with you, so there was nothing she could do. I was in the same sitauation, so I could sympathize. Then I told her, well, that she should try to get Weasley anyways…"

I just stared at him. He wasn't seriously telling me he was the reason my best friend betrayed me, causing the guy I loved and thought loved me to betray me as well. He wasn't telling me that he convinced Hermione to take Ron from me.

"I just thought Weasley would break up with and start dating Granger, I didn't think he would date you both..."

Oh, good Lord, he was telling me this! He was the reason I no longer had a best friend.

"Draco, how could you do this to me?!" I yelled. "You didn't just pay someone to break up with me, you made my best friend and my boyfriend betray me! You made them hurt me! You're the reason I lost my best friend!" I could see why he thought I would hate him.

"Aria, I know, and I'm so sorry, I never thought he would cheat on you, I swear!" Draco pleaded.

I shook my head. "I think you need to leave, I can't deal with this right now, just leave."

"I can't," he said with determination, "I'm not finished yet."

I stared at him with a bewildered expression, "What else did you do?! What could you have possibly done that is worse than that?!" I honestly didn't want to know.

"You know the party in third year? The reason you don't remember much was because I drugged you."

"You what?" I asked weakly.

"Some older guys in Slytherin had these pills, they told me if you put them in someone's drink they do practically anything, and forget the next day. They gave me some and told me to try it, I decided to try it on you-"

"You were going to take advantage of me?! No, you did take advantage me! I would have never even kissed you had you not…" I couldn't bring myself to say it. "Were you ever even going to tell me?"

"I-I tried to tell you that day I told you I loved you! But I couldn't bring myself to do it, I knew you would leave me…I didn't want to lose you!"

"How could you do this to me?! You made me think I had feelings for you! You made me think my first kiss was real!"

"It was real for me!" Draco insisted.

"Yeah, it was real for me too, before I found out you took advantage of me!"

"All I did was kiss you!"

"How the hell do I know that?! For all I know you could have done something worse! I wouldn't know, I don't remember anything!" I cried angrily.

He didn't say anything, he looked disgusted with himself, which was good, because I was disgusted with him too. I couldn't believe he did that, who knows what actually happened that night? I could have killed someone, and I wouldn't have even known. I couldn't even look at Draco.

"Aria, I hate myself for doing that to you. Ever since then, I wished I could change what I did. All I wanted was you." He said quietly.

I came to the realization of something, "Well, at least I know you really do love me,
otherwise you would have never done the stupid and hurtful shit you did!"

Draco looked up with hope in his eyes, "You believe me?"

"Yes, but that doesn't mean I forgive you," I said coldly. "I know you did all of that because you wanted me, but I can't forgive you for it, at least not right now,"

"I guess I should leave, then," he said getting up.

"Wait!" I said getting up too, "Before you leave…kiss me." I just needed one more kiss, especially because this could be our last. Draco walked up to me and kissed me with more passion than I had ever been kisssed with. It made me want to cry, I may never have anything like this again.

"I love you…" he whispered, it hurt so much to hear him say that.

"Just leave," I whispered back, my voice breaking.

I wait in the common room for Ron to come down. When I see him, I walk up to him and slap him in the face. "Ronald Bilius Weasley, how could you do this to me?!" Damn, was I getting tired of saying that!

"Aria, what do you mean?" Ron asked rubbing his face.

"You knew about what Draco did to me,and instead of telling me, you used it to blackmail him!" I knew I was causing a scene, but I didn't care!

"I'm sorry, I-"

"Let me stop you right there, you are not sorry! You are a selfish jerk, and I am through with you! Don't look at me, don't talk to me, don't even think about me! We are through and it is over, forever! And stay away from Hermione, she doesn't deserve to be hurt by a piece of shit like you!" I slap him again and walk away, with my head held high, I feel good!

I find Hermione in the library, of course. I run up and hug her. "I'm sorry!"


"I'm sorry you hate me so much you had to ruin my life."

"I don't hate you, Aria," Hermione said smiling slightly, "I was jealous of you. You're pretty, smart, you've got personality I only dream of having, I'm sorry for ruining your life."

"It's okay,I know you had some help from Draco,"

"He told you?" She asked surprised.

"Yeah," I sighed.

"He really loves you," she said. "He told me he did. You're all he's ever wanted."

"I know," I said, tears filling my eyes, "But I'm not ready to forgive him, I can't trust him,"

"But you love him too…don't you?" Hermione said quietly.

I shrugged, "Maybe…how can I know if almost everything he told me was a lie? He hurt me."

"I know how you feel, Ronald hurt me too, but I can't help but love him…" I didn't say anything. "Do you think you'll ever forgive Draco?"

"I don't know…"

Hey, hoped you liked the chapter. What do you think of what Draco did? Should Aria forgive him? Next chapter coming soon!

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