Hi Guys! I hope you liked the last chapter and again I am soooo sorry it took so long to update! Anyways, here's the next one, please review and let me know what you think. Thanks, MM xx
"Sofia, what are you doing here?", Pansy asked, shocked to see her friend in her foyer. She had come as soon as she heard the signal for the floo but nothing could have prepared her for the sight that was in front of her. Strands of hair were hanging from the intricate bun Sofia had in her hair and her make up was smeared down her face as tears poured from her eyes.
"They lied to me. All of them. I'm sorry, I didn't know where else to go", she said as she burst into a fit of tears.
"Oh no, come on. Come upstairs with me. We can talk it out", Pansy soothed as she guided Sofia up the many flights of stairs to her bedroom.
After calming her down so she was able to speak, Pansy sat and listened to the events that had occurred just minutes ago at Zabini Manor.
"I mean, he knew, Pans, he actually knew about it! Everything was a lie! And I don't know who my parents and the Malfoys think they are, forcing us together like that. It's disgusting!".
"I hate to be the one to break it to you, babe, but arranged marriages like this aren't uncommon in pureblood families but I can understand why you're so upset. You're independent and, from what you have said, arranged marriages in the muggle world just don't happen", Pansy said, looking at Sofia with sorry and concerned eyes.
"Well, are you arranged to marry anyone?", Sofia asked, disappointed with what Pansy had said.
"No, but my sister was. It's usually the oldest that gets the arranged marriage. She lives in France now with her husband", Pansy responded.
"I didn't know you had a sister".
"Yeah, she's called Pria. She's quite a bit older than me though, she was 12 when I was born".
"What was she like when she found out she had an arranged marriage?", Sofia asked, curious as to whether she wasn't the only one who disagreed with the concept.
"She said as long as he's good looking, rich and has a good sense of humour then she's happy. She also asked for 3 years together before the wedding".
"And what's she like now? Isn't she angry that she didn't get the chance to fall in love with someone of her own free will?", Sofia questioned.
"She's happy. I think she's in love with her husband now, if not they're very fond of each other in that way. They're even expecting a baby soon".
Sofia looked down, not pleased with the answer that she had been given. "Is that what they expect to happen with Draco and I? To learn to love one another? To get on with it with no complaints? To have children and be happy?".
"I know you don't want this but it's not really like you have a choice is it? And be honest with yourself, you know you like Draco as more than a friend. I can see it in your eyes. You have chemistry and we all know he likes you too", Pansy said.
"I keep thinking it's all a lie though, that he was just that way because he knew".
"I don't think so. I know Draco and if he doesn't like someone, he tells them. Just because he's betrothed to you doesn't mean he has to pretend to like you and trust me when I say he wouldn't. If anything he would make it even more clear that he hated you", laughed Pansy.
At seeing Sofia's confused eyes, she sighed.
"Look, let's not think about it tonight, it is Christmas after all. Let' go out. You can drink your sorrows away and forget about everything for a while".
"You know what, that actually sounds like a good idea", Sofia smiled though it didn't quite reach her eyes.
"Come on then, I'll lend you some clothes again as I'm guessing you don't want to go back home", Pansy snorted.
"You guessed right", Sofia replied and laughed along with her friend. "Pansy, I just wanted to say thank you, for tonight. I hope I didn't ruin your Christmas".
"Don't be stupid, I was bored shitless downstairs with my parents and don't apologise, I'm glad you came to me, it's what I'm here for".
A few hours later the girls were dressed up to the nines and looking gorgeous. They were also very drunk. Sofia had already drank her body weight in fire whisky, shots and cocktails in the night club they were in. Despite the state she was getting into, Pansy did nothing to stop Sofia. She needed to let off some steam and this was a good way to do it so, as any good friend would, she followed her lead and got just as drunk.
"Eurgh, skank alert!", slurred Sofia.
"Where?", asked Pansy, who's eyes were a little unfocused.
"There!", Sofia shouted, pointing a finger at none other than Lavender Brown.
Lavender herself noticed Sofia's glare and stalked over to the girls with Parvati in tow.
"Look what we have here, Slutface and Whoreface", Lavender said in a sickly sweet voice.
Before Pansy could open her mouth, Sofia beat her to the punch.
"That's really original Lavender, did you come up with that by yourself or did your dense as shit boyfriend help you?".
All of the girls were shocked by her outburst, even Pansy, as she had never stuck up to them before when they had taunted it her.
"You're just jealous that my Ron left you for me. He clearly saw that he needed to up his standards", Lavender shot back.
Pansy and Sofia couldn't help it. They burst into laughter at Lavender's statement. It wasn't that they were big headed but, to put it lightly, Lavender Brown was no runway model.
"Sh- she actually thinks th-that she's an up- up- upgrade", Pansy panted between her giggles.
"Left, for, her!", Sofia struggled between her laughter.
Sofia ceased her giggles and looked back at Lavender.
"He left because he can't handle change not because he wants you, you dimwitted bimbo!".
"That's not true, he told me!", Lavender shouted as her cheeks tinged red.
"I'm sure he did, doesn't mean it's the truth though does it", Sofia smirked.
"Why you little bitch!", Lavender shouted as she lunged for Sofia.
Sofia saw it coming though and before she could even think about it, she swung for Lavender and punched her straight in the face.
"Don't you dare try and touch me! Believe me I'll get you back ten times worse", Sofia whispered in Lavender's ear who was sprawled out on the floor.
"We better get out of here before secuity come and carry us out", Pansy laughed and the two girls quickly exited the club.
"That was amzing!", Pansy exclaimed.
"It felt fantartistic", Sofia smiled.
Both girls had used what little intellect they had left forming coherent sentences to Lavender so their words were now unintelligible to say the least.
"You, are my bestiest friend", Pansy announced as she slung her arm around Sofia's shoulder and the two girls stumbled down the street.
"And you're mine, Pansy Parkinshton".
The two girls then burst into fits of laughter about nothing in particular and continued to walk to the floo at the end of the road.
"You coming my house?", Pansy slurred before they stood in front of the night guard.
The floo station they were at was built for people on nights out so that they could get home safely.
"Naa, should pribly go home. Parnents will be worried".
"Good luck. Come to mine if need to tomorrow", Pansy said as she stepped into the floo and told the officer where she wanted to go.
She disappeared into green flames and Sofia followed soon after.
Sofia couldn't stop laughing to herself as she attempted to climb the stairs to her room. She found it hilarious that her legs weren't doing what they were supposed to and making her fall all over the place.
"What the hell are you doing?", Blaise asked from the top of the stairs, clearly irritated that she had woken him up.
"Going to bed, what d'you fink I'm doing", Sofia slurred.
"Great osvation, Blaise".
"You can't even talk, or walk by the looks of things. Who were you out with?", Blaise demanded.
"None of your bishness, now move", Sofia said as she finally reached the top of the stairs and began walking to her bedroom.
"You do know that that isn't even your room", Blaise stated as Sofia walked over to his own bedroom door.
"So?", Sofia asked.
As she began to turn the door knob Blaise reached out to stop her but it was too late.
"WHY ARE YOU HERE?", she shouted as she saw Draco Malfoy lying on the blue sofa in Blaise's room.
"Er, sleeping?", Draco replied.
"I fink it would be good, nope not good, brilliliant if you got out of here and crooled back into your hole", Sofia said smiling as if she had just had the best idea in the world.
"What?", Draco asked confused.
It was only a few seconds later that he realised that Sofia was not drunk but absolutely wasted.
"Sorry mate, it seems like my sister has had a few too many tonight", Blaise apolgised while glaring at Sofia angrily.
"Actually, your sister has not had 'nough", Sofia said as she pulled out a bottle of firewhisky from her clutch bag. She had taken a trip to the pantry before coming upstairs.
She unscrewed the top and began chugging it down. She was so drunk she couldn't even feel the burning sensation in her throat.
"What the hell are you doing? Give that to me!", Blaise shouted.
He dived forward to grab the bottle but Sofia put up a fight. The drink spilled onto his blue carpet before he eventually wrenched it out of her hands. Unfortunately, this only led to her falling backwards, hitting her head on the corner of his draws and landing on the floor.
Blaise looked shocked at what he had done and seemed unable to move. Draco quickly ran over to her to see if she was alright.
"Sofia, are you ok?", he asked as he crouched next to her.
"Move, going to my room. Blaise is an ass", she grumbled.
However, she soon found that she could not get up from the floor without falling. The bang to head she had just suffered made her extremely dizzy to the point where she was seeing double. Despite her complaints Draco scooped her up, as he had become accustomed to doing lately, and took her too her room.
"It's the one just across from here", Blaise said as he looked guiltily to the floor.
"Mate, it wasn't your fault. She's pissed as a fart", Draco ensured his friend before walking out of the door with Sofia in his arms.
He sat her down on the edge of her bed and began to take off her shoes.
"How do you even walk in these?", he laughed.
She was a little reluctant at first, but soon answered him.
"It's a talent".
"I'm sure you have many of those", Draco smirked.
Sofia just couldn't resist that smirk. It used to make her want to punch him in the face but now it made her weak at the knees. It was a good job she was sitting down.
"Yes, I do. Some of them hidden", she replied as she smirked back at him.
Draco couldn't believe what she had just said. He knew exactly what she was implying by talking of her 'hidden talents' and he was finding it very difficult to keep his control. If she was sober he would have had no problem with carrying on this conversation but she wasn't and Draco was definitely not going to take advantage of her intoxicated state.
"You should get changed and get some sleep", he said as he stood from his kneeling position on the floor.
"Ok", she said, smiling coyly at Draco.
Draco was in shock and in awe. Sofia had slipped off the short black dress that Pansy had lent her and was currently stood in her amethyst lacey underwear. His mouth went dry at the sight and it took all the strength he could muster to tear his grey eyes away.
"I should go", he stated.
"But I want you to stay", Sofia said as she looked at him with puppy dog eyes that also promised him a night of fun.
"I can't", Draco struggled to say. His eyes were once again glued to her curvacious but tiny body.
"You can", she whispered as she came forwards and stopped right in front of him.
The air between them was so electric, it actually seemed to have a life of its own. Their quickening breaths and thumping hearts were the only things that could be heard. The moment was so intense that Draco couldn't help but get caught up in it. As she stood on her tip toes and leaned towards him, he met her half way. Her soft red lips touched his and the tender kiss soon heated up. He begged her for entrance to her mouth and she willingly obliged. An all at war soon emerged as their tongues teased one another, licking, sucking and stroking. Sofia's arms went to Draco's neck and her hands got lost in his silky hair. Draco pressed her into him with one hand and picked her up with the other. Her legs wrapped around his toned torso as he carried her over to the bed and stradled her.
Their hands explored each others body. Draco's caressed her skin while Sofia's made their way down, across his smooth abdomen and down to the waist band of his boxers. She began to tug at them and Draco used all the strength he had just to utter a single word.
"Stop", he breathed.
"Why?", she asked as she continued to kiss his neck and collar bone.
"I can't do this. You're drunk. You'll hate me in the morning".
With that, he got off her and went back to Blaise's room but not before giving her a soft, lingering kiss.
Sofia woke up to her alarm which told her that she had to go down to breakfast soon. As she washed and changed into her black skinny jeans and blue chiffon blouse, she hoped beyond all hope that the Malfoys had gone home. Not only did she not want to talk about yesterday but she didn't want to see Draco. She may have been drunk but she remembered every minute of last night and what transpired between the two of them. She remembered the softness of his lips, the scent of his cologne and the feel of his hands all over her body. She knew that she had wanted him and she knew that she still did but she was thankful to him for walking away last night. It really did show that he had morals and good ones at that.
As she entered the dining room her hope died out as she saw all three Malfoys sat at the table. Breakfast had been laid out buffet style and the smell of scrambled egg and greasy bacon and sausages was making her sick but she still sat down in the vacant chair which was unfortunately next to Blaise and across from Draco.
"Good morning sweetheart, how are you feeling?", Seline asked Sofia worriedly.
"Ok", was her short reply. She hadn't forgiven them for their actions.
"Angel, we need to discuss last night", her Father said.
"I went to Pansy's", Sofia responded, sure that her Father was asking about her whereabouts.
"I see. I was, however, talking about what happened before you left".
"Oh", was all she said.
"We need to know what you think", her Father continued
"You know exactly what I think", she answered stiffly, still staring into her mug of coffee as she had been doing since she sat down.
"Of course, I should rephrase that. We need to know what you are going to do".
"Well, I'm obviously not going to let you all die of shame by a refusal am I", she said spitefully. "Pansy told me all about these arranged marriages last night", she added in explanation as to her decision.
Everyone looked away from her as they took in what she had said. Despite the way in which she had done it, she had essentially agreed to marry Draco.
"In that case we need to discuss plans and preparations f-".
"We're not bloody getting married next week!", Sofia exclaimed, "There definitely will be no need to plan anything right now, I mean you forced this on us so you could at least give us a couple of years".
A sickening pause came after that in which Sofia knew that she was not going to get what she had asked for. There was more to this and she knew it.
"Spit it out then, why can't we wait?", she asked with her teeth clenched in anger.
"The bethrothal is meant to be carried out before the youngest of you is 19", came the voice of Lucius Malfoy. He was tired of having to see his best friend give all the bad news to Sofia so had to step in. "Draco is 19 in October so that leaves nine and a half months".
"Oh, well this is bloody fantastic isn't it! If you'll excuse me", she said as she pushed her chair back and stalked off to her room.
"She hates us", whispered Seline as she put her head into her hands.
"I told you she would react like this", said Blaise, "She prides herself on her independence and ability to go out and get what she wants in life. You all basically just took that away from her".
The Malfoys were quite shocked at how well Blaise knew his twin but they knew that his words had been right and so had Seline's.
"She just needs some time", said Andre as he stared at his drink pensively.
"Well, I think Lucius, Draco and I will take our leave. Thank you for having us, it's our house next year", Narcissa smiled as she stood from her chair and looked a her best friend.
"It's our pleasure, Narcissa. We shall see at the New Years Ball?", Seline asked.
"Of course, we wouldn't miss it for the world".
After a few more words of goodbye the Malfoys left, already anticipating the spectacular event that was the Zabini New Years Ball.
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