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 Chapter Five: A Land Far Away

Hermione's POV

I looked around the table at the familiar faces I have missed so much. Mrs. Weasley's cooking is better than I remember it. This was great. Or it would be if he wasn't sitting across from me. Ariel and North was on either side of me and Draco was in front of me. I didn't know if someone planned it that way, but that is how it happened. Everyone was in their own little conversations and eating happily.

"Mommy, I amost forgoted!" North nearly yelled, making heads turn. I look at him.

"Forgot what, baby?" I asked, brushing his golden hair back.

"I gotted to fly today!" I laughed.

"Really? Uncle Harry finally took you out?" I asked. I worried when Harry first said he would take North flying, because its so high and he could fall, but I know Harry wouldn't let anything happen.

"No, Mommy. Draco tooked me. We pwayed hide and seek and ate ice ceam and went flying." I tried not to let the shock show on my face.

"That sounds like fun, sweetheart." I nodded and I then forced myself to look at Draco. He seemed extremely interested in his mashed potatoes, refusing to look up at me. How was that possible?

"Yeah, I fell asleep and he wondered out to where Draco was." Harry hoped in to explain. "Sorry," I nodded to let him know it was fine. As long as North was all right there was no damage done.

"Mommy…" Ariel tugged on my shirt and I turned toward her. "I wants to fly, too."

"Maybe Uncle Harry or Ron can take you after dinner." I looked at them with hopeful eyes.

"Sure, I will." Ron volunteered. I smiled and looked back at her.

"Finish your carrots though or you can't go." Ariel made a disgusted face.

"But Mommy, they are gross." She whined.

"Eat them or you aren't going to go flying." I tell her and she lets out a huff and mutters something about North getting ice cream. I just shake my head, kids can be hard sometimes.

"Mommy, can we go to the park tomorow?" North asked, mispronouncing tomorrow.

"I can't, honey," I tell him. "Mommy has to go visit someone. You and Ariel are going to stay with Aunt Molly."

"But Mommy…"

"I'll take you to the park tomorrow, North." Ron spoke up and I looked at him and smiled.

"Me too! Me too!" Ariel yelled and Ron laughed.

"Yes, you too you too." He mocked her, joking.

"Can Draco take us?" North asked and my eyes flew open. I was afraid this might happen. He is already getting attached to him.

"What?" I asked him.

"I want Draco to taked me." He said again and I looked at Draco who was looking at him. Shock on his face as well.

"Baby, I would feel better if you went with Uncle Ron. Draco probably has other things to do." I tell him.

"But Draco is fun."

"Uncle Ron can be fun, too. You just have to give him the chance," I say trying to convince him not to go with Draco. I doubt Draco would take them anyway.

"But Mommy…" North started and I gave him that "don't but mommy me or you won't go" look and he stopped. I saw him look at Draco and then back at his food.

"Mommy! Mommy! Did you see me?" Ariel yelled, getting off the broom. Ron didn't take her that far off the ground and just around the yard, but she thought it was the best thing in the world.

"Yeah, I did." I smiled, picking her up. "You were amazing."

"I went higher," North spoke up.

"North, don't start. Your sister went high enough." I told them. "It is about time for bed. Why don't you guys go on up and get ready for bed." I looked at the sky. The stars were already showing through.

Draco POV

I would have taken them to the park. I didn't have anything to do tomorrow. I thought it was strange how she didn't want me around them. If she really thought I was the father wouldn't she want them to spend time with me?

I sighed and shook the thought off as I made my way to the bathroom. As I did so I passed a room where I heard "Uhhhh…." I looked in to see the little girl, Ariel I think, struggling with her gown.

"Need help?" I asked as I stepped in.

"Yes, it won't button," She says pointing to the back of her long pink dress like goan and I couldn't help but laugh at the sight.

"You have it on backwards." I take the gown off and turn it around and put it back on her. Then I button the button. "There you go. All better." I said and stood up to go.

"Wait," She said and I looked down at her. "North is taking his bafh and I is sleepy. Mommy reads me a story. Will you read to me, Mr. Malfoy?"

"I really…I shouldn't…. sure. Where is the book?" I asked with a sigh and she hrries to a drawer and pulls out a very kidish looking book. I sit down in the rocking chair beside her bed, expecting her to lay down. Instead she jumps up right in my lap. When I didn't open the book right away she looked up at me, questionably.

"Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a princess named…" I read. I got half way through the book before I felt her breathing even out. She was asleep. I shut the book and looked at the little girl laying on me. Her blonde curls covered her face. I sat there wondering how I was going to get up without waking her.

How is it I got myself into these messes? I mean, couldn't Harry or Ron read her the book? Why had I read it? Why did Hermione have to….

Hermione POV

I walked into my room after reading North his story and putting him to bed to find Draco and Ariel asleep in a chair. I smiled at the look of it. I ran back to my room and retrieved my camera, snapping a picture. They looked so much alike it wasn't even funny.

I walked out of the room, without saying a word. I didn't want to wake either one of them. I went for a walk.

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