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Chapter Twenty One: Ever after

"And now we're slightly weathered, we're slightly worn. Our hands grip together, eye to eye through the storm, yet I still believe in ever after with you. Coz life is a pleasure with you by my side and there ain't no current in this river we can't ride, I still believe in ever after with you..." Ever after by Bonnie Bailey

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"What the bloody hell are you still doing here?! You're supposed to be at Rose Cottage!"

Hermione tore her eyes away from the parchments she's perusing and stared at her best friend; "I know but I forgot to sign this."

Harry crossed his arms on top of his chest, his brows furrowing; "Did Digby put you up to this?"

"Of course not!" Hermione replied. She then turned her attention back to the last parchment and signed it; "There, I'm done."

Harry moved towards the desk and grabbed the parchment from Hermione's hands; "I've got this, I'll take this to Digby's office. You should get back before Torry and Ginny starts hunting you down with their wands drawn."

Hermione let out a shudder; "Don't remind me"f

Harry cracked a smile; "By the way, how did you manage to escape them?" he asked curiously.

"Err-I locked them out of my room, I'm quite sure they're still trying to break through my wards."

Harry laughed jovially; "Good one Mione, good one!" he praised.

Hermione smirked; "Well, I have to go. I don't want them barging in here-"

"HERMIONE JEAN GRANGER! I can't believe you!"

Harry cringed; "Too late, they managed to track you down"

Hermione sat on her desk and groaned.

Ginny stood by the door, her hands on her hips; "What the bloody hell do you think you're doing?" she yelled.

Astoria threw her husband a dirty look before shifting her eyes to the brunette; "It's your wedding day in case you have forgotten."

Hermione rolled her eyes; she then stood up from her perch and grabbed her satchel from her chair. "Calm down ladies, it's only 10-we still have 7 hours."

"That's the point! We only have 7 hours left and you bolted!" Ginny exclaimed.

"And you locked us out of your room" Astoria said with a pout.

Hermione felt guilt eat at her chest upon seeing her friend's faces; "I'm sorry...I didn't leave just to hide, it's just that I forgot to sign some important documents before I took my leave yesterday."

"Cut Hermione some slack, I'm sure she didn't mean to make you worry" Harry said. He then let out a smirk; "Though if I was marrying Malfoy, I'd think about bolting too" he teased.

"Harry James Potter!" Astoria shrieked, obviously mortified with her husband's statement.

Ginny cocked her head to the side; "What's wrong with marrying Draco? He's hot, he's rich, he's smart and not to mention he's head over heels in love with Mione."

Hermione threw the red head a smile; "I'm one lucky witch, eh?"

"He's lucky too-you're both lucky" Astoria said firmly. "Now, why don't you move your pretty little arse so we could get a move on?"

Hermione pulled away from her perch and made her way towards the door; "Make sure Mr. Digby receives the documents Harry, he's waiting for that."

"I'll hand deliver it" Harry replied.

Hermione stopped beside Harry and planted a kiss on his cheek; "Thank you and please don't be late on my wedding."

Harry pinched his best friend's cheek; "I won't, now go before Gin and my wife decides to drag you by the hair."

"Alright" Hermione replied before walking towards her friends. "Let's go"

"Finally!" Ginny and Astoria said with relief.

oOo

It has been a year since Hermione and Draco expressed their undeniable love for each other and they're ready to start the next chapter of their lives. The past year has not been easy for them, mainly because they still have a lot to learn about each other but amidst the countless fights and pseudo break ups, they made it-LOVE is stronger than their petty squabbles after all. So now, here they are, both knee deep in preparing for the most important day of their lives, the beginning of their forever so to speak. Today will be that fateful day when they join their hearts and bind their futures together; the day when Hermione Jean Granger and Draco Xavier Malfoy proves to the world that happily ever afters does exist-even for the most jaded and most broken ones.

Malfoy Manor - 10:15 A.M.

"You look really relax for someone who's getting married in a couple of hours" Blaise said as he enters his best friend's room.

Draco tore his eyes away from his book and stared at the new comer; "My Mum's nerves are palpable enough to make this Manor explode, I don't need to add my own."

"That explains the weird feeling I had when I stepped into the foyer" Blaise replied somewhat solemnly.

"I'm not imagining things after all."

Blaise chuckled; he then made his way towards Draco and sat on the opposite chaise longue. "I still can't believe your finally tying the knot"

Draco smiled; "I still can't believe she agreed to marry me."

oOo

*Flashback*

"Are you 100 percent sure that she doesn't suspect any of this?" Draco asked while pacing nervously.

Astoria rolled her eyes as she crosses her arms on top of her chest; "I'm 100 percent sure."

Draco stopped pacing and stared at Astoria; "What if something goes wrong? What if-"

"We've already gone through the plan MULTIPLE times Draco and its perfect" Astoria replied. She then moved towards the agitated man and reached out to squeeze his arms; "Calm down for Merlin's sake."

Draco met Astoria's gaze and saw the truth in her words; he let out a sigh and nodded. "Alright, I'm sorry"

Astoria let her hand drop and smiled; "That's better" she said. "Now, will you sit down? You're wearing out my carpet and I just bought that."

Draco shifted towards the couch and sat down; "It's just-I don't want anything to happen, I don't have the best track record with proposing you know..." he said lowly.

Astoria felt a pang inside her chest upon hearing her best friend's warranted woes; it has only been 6 months ago since he came clean to her and told her about his "almost fiancé" and she still can't make herself believe that it actually happened to Draco. She plopped down beside him and met his eyes; "Everything will be alright, Hermione is nothing like Ireland-Iris or whatever her is name is. She loves you, really loves you and I'm sure that nothing would make her happier than to spend the rest of her life with you" she said seriously.

Draco cracked a smile; "You think so?"

Astoria smiled back; "I know so"

"Is he still panicking?"

Astoria turned around and saw her husband lurking by the door; "Nope, he's calm as the sea" she said.

"Good" Harry said as he stepped into their living room. He adjusted his daughter in his arms as he made his way towards the two; "Everything is set, I just spoke with Hermione and she just got home- she'll be here in an hour" he said while eyeing Draco.

Draco let out a sigh of relief and nodded; "Okay...thanks"

Harry smirked as he took his seat on the couch; "You don't have to be nervous you know, we all know that she'll say yes" he said.

"Yes!" Candice shrieked.

Draco can't help but smile at his god daughter; "You think Aunt Mione will say yes munchkin?"

Candice nodded gleefully; "Yes!" she repeated.

Astoria giggled; "Even my daughter thinks so"

Harry adjusted Candice on his lap; "You better get going Malfoy, Merlin knows you take hours to pimp yourself"

Draco thumped his hands on his thighs before standing up; "You're right-I guess I better get a move on"

Astoria also stood up and pulled Draco into a hug; "Remember what I told you Dray-everything will be alright" she whispered. She then pulled away and grinned; "Don't forget to owl us what happened okay? I want to know every detail!" she gushed.

"That's what girl talk is about-you'd have to ask Hermione" Draco said.

"I will definitely ask her"

Draco then shifted away from his perch; "Thank you again for helping me with this, I owe you both a lot" he said.

Harry waved his hand dismissively; "Just make my best friend happy and we're even"

Draco nodded; "I will Pot-Harry, thank you again"

Harry smirked; "Now that's something new, you calling me by my first name" he teased. "You're welcome Draco"

Draco chuckled; he then spun on his heels and made his way towards the fire place.

Harry waited for Draco to disappear through the green flames before turning his gaze towards his wife; "I still can't believe that he's asking Mione to marry him, I know it's been 6 months since they started dating but I still can't seem to wrap my mind around it" he said with amusement.

Astoria chuckled as she made his way towards her husband; she then plopped down beside him and planted a kiss on his cheek. "They're made for each other love, just like how we were meant to be"

Harry smiled; "Proposals makes you a tad hopeless romantic, I see"

"I've always been hopeless romantic, that's why I married you-remember?"

"That I can't refute"

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Hermione just got off the shower when she heard her floo go off; she grabbed her wand on top of the sink and wrapped her towel tightly around her body. She pulled the door open and peered out; "Who's there?" she called out.

"Hermione? Where are you?"

Hermione let out a relieved sigh upon recognizing the shrilly voice; she stepped out of her bathroom and made her way towards the living room. "I'm here Ginny"

Ginny spun around and smiled brightly upon seeing her best friend's form; "I'm just right on time!"

Hermione threw the red head a confused look; "Err-I'm sorry?"

Ginny made her way towards Hermione and turned her around; she then urged her to walk and steered her towards the bedroom.

"What are you doing?"

Ginny rolled her eyes; "I'm here to help you prepare of course"

Hermione dug her heels on the carpet, halting their steps; she then turned her face to the side and met Ginny's eyes. "Why?"

"You're going on a double date with the Potter's and Draco right?"

Hermione raised her brow; "Yeah"

Ginny began pushing her again, making her resume her steps; "I'm bored to my wits end and I have nothing better to do with my time. So here I am, offering my services to you-you do want to look good for your man, right?" she baited.

"Yes" Hermione replied as they reached her room.

"Hook-Line-Sinker" Ginny thought gleefully. She then stepped inside and closed the door behind her with a snap; "Now, why don't you let me see what you're wearing tonight?"

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"Mum! Where are you?" Draco called out loudly as he stepped out of the grate.

"I'm here love" Narcissa replied.

Draco dusted off the soot from his suit before making his way towards his mother; "Is it ready?"

Narcissa plucked a small velvet drawstring bag from the coffee table; "Yes it is" she replied. She then smiled widely as she stood up; "Didi just came back and everything is already in place" she said.

Draco stood right in front of his mother and smiled, albeit anxiously; "That's good to hear."

Narcissa proffered her hand; "Here you go"

Draco accepted the small bag; "Well...I better get going then-it's almost time."

Narcissa cupped her son's face and ran her thumb along his pale cheek lovingly; "You've really grown up, my baby boy is finally getting married..." she said tearfully.

"Mum..."

"Now is not the time Cissy, your son has a place to be" Lucius drawled as he walks towards the pair.

Narcissa pulled her hand away and sniffed; "I know, I know-forgive me, I didn't mean to be emotional."

Draco pulled his mother into a tight hug; "I love you Mum and thank you for helping me with this..." he whispered.

"I love you too" Narcissa replied. She then pulled away and wiped the stray tear that escaped her eye; "You should go now, the portkey will be activated upon wand touch" she said.

Draco let out a small smile; "Okay, wish me luck?"

Lucius wrapped his arm around his wife's waist and smiled at his son; "I hardly think you need it but good luck son, bring over our new daughter in law after, we would like to welcome her officially into the family."

"We'll both be here if everything goes according to plan" Draco said.

Narcissa chuckled; "Go now before you lose your nerves"

Draco nodded; he then opened the drawstring bag and gently plucked the familiar earring. He held it between his fingers and brought his wand tip towards it; "Bye!" he said before disappearing with a loud pop.

Narcissa brought her hands to her lips to stifle a sob; "My baby boy!"

Lucius pulled Narcissa to his chest and hugged her from the back; he planted a chaste kiss on her head before resting his chin on top of it. "We're not losing our son Cissy, in fact, we're getting a new daughter"

Narcissa leaned back on her husband's chest and placed her arms on top of his; "I know...I'm just overwhelmed and you are right, we're getting a daughter-" she paused, her body freezing in place.

Lucius felt the change in Narcissa's demeanour so he pulled away; he turned his wife around and furrowed his brows. "What happened? Are you okay?"

A small smile tugged on Narcissa's lips before it slowly bloomed into a full grown grin; "I'm getting a daughter-a DAUGHTER Lucius! I've always wanted one!" she said giddily.

Lucius blinked a couple of times before letting out a full belly laugh.

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"Red is really your colour Mione, you look fabulous!" Ginny gushed.

Hermione turned her face towards her best friend and smiled somewhat awkwardly; "Really? I don't look silly?"

Ginny shook her head adamantly; "You are gorgeous and I'm super sure that Draco will have a hard time taking his eyes off of you"

Hermione felt her cheeks flush so she turned her face away; she then studied her reflection on her full length mirror and began tugging on the hem of her dress.

Ginny leaned forward and swatted Hermione's hands away; "Stop that! You're messing it up" she said. She then pointed towards the black platform stiletto heels; "Get into your shoes, it's time" she said.

Hermione nodded; she obediently walked towards her bed and sat down. She leaned forward and slipped on her shoes; "I don't think I can walk in these without magic, I might break my neck or something."

Ginny giggled; "4 inches is not that high and it makes your legs look longer, it's sexy."

Hermione rolled her eyes; she then grabbed her black purse from her side and stood up. "Time to go"

"Your meeting at Harry's place? Are you apparating or flooing?"

Hermione stared at her shoes; "I think I'll apparate, I don't want to step into the grate wearing these-I'll definitely break my neck"

Ginny nodded in agreement; "Good thinking, I myself don't think I can balance well inside the fireplace"

Hermione opened her purse and grabbed her wand; "Thank you for helping me again Gin" she said with a smile.

Ginny smiled mischievously; "My pleasure Mione, just don't forget to owl me later, okay?"

"Will do" Hermione said.

"Go now, I'll floo out"

Hermione closed her eyes and vanished with a loud crack.

"Good luck Malfoy" Ginny whispered with a grin.

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"Where is she? She's supposed to be here by now" Astoria said.

"Calm down Torry, I'm quite sure she's on her way" Harry replied.

Astoria turned towards her husband; "Are you sure you're acting skills are up to par?" she asked sceptically.

Harry rolled his eyes; "I can handle a little acting, stop worrying!" he replied. "I don't even think she'll check on me after you're through with her."

"Fine."

"Mistress? Miss Hermione is here, she is waiting for you in the foyer" Fifi announced.

Astoria furrowed her brows; "I thought she's flooing?"

Harry shrugged his shoulders; "Maybe she changed her mind?" he said. "Go now and tell her"

Astoria nodded; "Okay, just sit tight, I'll be back" she said. She then walked towards the elf but when she's halfway she turned towards her husband again; "Try to look sick!" she hissed before she resumed walking.

Hermione clutch her purse in her hand as she tried straightening her dress; "Why on earth did I wear you again?" she asked herself.

"Hermione! You look fabulous!"

Hermione lifted her gaze and saw Astoria walking towards her; "Hello Torry" she said. She then cocked her head to the side; "Why aren't you dressed yet? Am I early? I swear Harry told me to be here by 7" she said.

Astoria stopped right in front of her friend and tried her best to look distressed; "Oh dear, I don't think we can join you tonight. Harry has an upset stomach and he's been in and out of the loo a couple of times already. I told him not to eat the left over Treacle tart from last night but you know how hard headed he is."

"Is he alright? Do we need to take him to St. Mungos?" Hermione asked, clearly worried for her best friend's welfare.

"He's alright, I already fed him some potion-he's just resting, he's feeling a little bit woozy" Astoria replied.

Hermione let out a sigh of relief; "That's good..."

Astoria smiled ruefully; "It's such a shame, I'm really looking forward to this double date"

"We can reschedule, I don't think Draco would mind" Hermione offered.

Astoria shook her head adamantly; "No, that won't be necessary, you're already dressed, we can just tag along next time"

"Okay..." Hermione replied. "Speaking of Draco, is he here already? He told me to meet him here"

"He flooed us a couple of minutes ago-he was trying to reach you but it looks like he missed you by seconds. He told me that his meeting ran late so he'll just meet you there" Astoria explained. She then grabbed something from her pocket and offered it to the brunette; "You'll need this, we're supposed to portkey to the location but you'll have to take it alone" she said.

Hermione accepted the pouch; "Portkey? Where are we supposed to go?"

Astoria shrugged her shoulders; "I have no idea, Draco wanted it to be a surprise for the three of us"

Hermione chuckled; "Knowing him, it'll be ostentatious-only the best for a Malfoy"

Astoria smiled widely; "Your statement can never be truer"

Hermione opened the small pouch and tipped it on her palm; she raised her brow upon seeing a sapphire stud earring. "What's with Malfoy's and expensive earrings?"

Astoria can't help but giggle at Hermione's expression; "Maybe Aunt Cissy can't wear them all that's why they just converted it into portkeys?"

"They're so rich it's nauseating."

Astoria gestured towards the sparkling earring; "It's time, you should go. It's activated by wand touch, so just tap it with your wand and you'll be whisked away to the location."

Hermione nodded; "Okay...tell Harry to feel better?"

"I will"

"Give my kisses to Candice too"

Astoria nodded; "I will, now shoo!"

Hermione chuckled; "I'm going!" she said. She then stood straighter and tapped the earring with her wand, activating the portkey.

oOo

Draco shoved his hands inside his pants and tilted his head upwards; he closed his eyes as he took a relaxing breath. "Calm down, you love her and she loves you-everything will be fine." His eyes instantly snapped open upon hearing a distinct sound of someone portkey-ing; he let out a loud gasp as his heart started thudding violently inside his chest. He pulled his hands out of his slacks and stood straighter; he tugged on his suit and made his way towards the love of his life.

Hermione blinked a couple of times, making sure that her eyes are not deceiving her; "What in the world-am I in Maldives?" she asked. She then walked towards the familiar glass sliding doors and peered outside; "I am!" she said, her eyes widening in disbelief.

Draco stepped out of his hiding place and gasped-she's breathtaking. His feisty Gryffindor Princess is wearing a scarlet body hugging sleeveless cocktail dress that's made of fine lace; she matched her sexy and sophisticated ensemble with black high heels that showcases her toned legs. Her curls were styled in a loose pony tail that's being held up by ruby studded pins, stray curls framed her face, giving emphasis to her blood red lips-red is really her colour. He stood straighter and cleared his throat; making his presence known.

Hermione felt his presence even before she heard him; she slowly turned to her side and met his gaze. "Hello love."

Draco felt his body relax so he let out a small smile; "You're gorgeous, red is really your colour."

"Thank you. You give muggle suits justice-you look really good in them" Hermione said while eyeing Draco with appreciation. Her lover is wearing a raven black suite with a white button down shirt inside, sans the tie hence few buttons were popped open; his hair is mused up in a sexy way, making him look handsomer than ever.

Draco walked towards Hermione and offered his hand; "Our dinner waits, shall we?"

Hermione placed her hand in his; "I can't believe were in Maldives again, I've missed this place."

Draco led her by the hand and steered them towards the right direction; "Yeah, it's been a while."

Hermione let her eyes roam the familiar hallways and furrowed her brows; clearly confused where he's taking her. "Err-are we going swimming or something?"

Draco chuckled; "I'd love to take a dip with you but no, we're not swimming."

"Then why are making our way towards the infinity pool? And why is it so dark here?"

Draco threw Hermione a side glance before guiding her to the stairs; "You'll just have to wait and see"

"Okay" Hermione replied before focusing her eyes on her feet.

Draco reached the top landing and helped Hermione on the last step; he swallowed thickly before speaking again. "We're here"

Hermione lifted her gaze and almost instantly her eyes widen is surprise; "Oh my."

"Do you like it?" Draco asked nervously.

"Yes, it's beautiful!" Hermione gasped out.

Draco let out a relieved sigh; "Thank Merlin" he mumbled. He then tugged on her hand and gestured towards the makeshift platform floating in the middle of the infinity pool; "Let's go."

Hermione tore her eyes away from the magical luminescent blue lights rippling under the pool water and tightened her grasp on Draco's hand; "The pathway is suspended on water by magic right? I'm wearing heels and I don't want to fall face first."

Draco smiled; "The pathway is sturdy as the ground, you don't have to worry"

Hermione smiled back; "That's good to hear" she said.

Draco pulled her hand and began ushering them towards the said pathway; he stepped into it and began leading her towards the platform. When they reached the round table; he pulled a chair for his lady and helped her sit down before moving towards his.

Hermione leaned back on her chair and stared at Draco; "What you did to this place is beautiful Draco however I can't help but wonder where your planning on sitting Astoria and Harry in all this?" she asked.

Draco threw Hermione a playful smile; "They can always float around us"

Hermione giggled.

Draco smiled; "Are you ready to eat? I'm quite famished"

"It's almost midnight here, I guess we should"

Draco flicked his fingers and automatically food appeared on their plates; "Bon a petit"

Hermione stared at her plate with amusement; "I have to learn how to do that" she said before picking up her napkin.

oOo

The night has progressed smoothly and it's almost time to set the wheels in motion; the nerves that Draco buried momentarily are making its presence known and it's making him antsy. His hands are sweaty and he can practically feel his heart jump in his throat; he grabbed his glass and took a large gulp.

Hermione who's completely oblivious to her beau's plight continued to enjoy the comfortable silence between them; she took a sip of her champagne as she stares at the starry horizon that the view offered them.

Draco sat straighter as he let his left hand fall to his side; he covertly inserted it inside his pocket and grasped the tiny velvet box inside. He pulled it out but kept it under the table; he took a deep calming breath as he reached for Hermione's left hand with his right. "Hermione?"

Hermione turned her gaze towards Draco and squeezed his hand; "Hhhhmmmnnn?"

"This is it!" Draco thought. He intertwined their fingers together as he leans forward; "I have something to say, will you listen?" he asked seriously.

Hermione's attention was caught with his seriousness; she sat straighter and stared at Draco expectantly. "Go ahead."

Draco took a deep breath before standing up; he made his way towards Hermione without letting go of her hand. He stopped by her side and kneeled on one knee; he opened his left hand and gazed into her hazel eyes.

Hermione's right hand flew to her lips as her eyes widen in shock; her heart was beating wildly inside her chest, making it hard to breath. "Oh my god!" she thought.

"I know we haven't been dating that long but I have known you almost half of my life. We don't have a very promising history but I want to change that. I love you Hermione, I guess I always have-I'd like to think that's the reason why I always pick on you when we we're kids but I'm not saying that it justifies what I did..." Draco paused and swallowed thickly. "I'm a spoiled bigoted brat and sometimes I can be selfish, I can't promise you that we won't fight because that would be preposterous. All I can promise you though is that I will always listen and agree to disagree if we don't meet eye to eye. I promise to always be there for you through thick and thin-even through the times that you don't want to see my face. And lastly, I promise to show you how much I love you for the rest of our lives if you'll let me..."

Hermione felt tears trail down her cheeks; "Oh god..."

Draco flicked the velvet box open with his thumb and presented the large emerald cut diamond ring to her; "Hermione Jean Granger, will you marry me?"

Hermione flung her arms around Draco and hugged him tightly; "Yes!"

Draco felt his heart soar with so much happiness; "I love you...thank you..." he whispered.

Hermione pulled away and wiped her cheeks with her right hand; "I love you too."

Draco gingerly plucked the ring from the box and placed it on her left ring finger; he stared at it with awe before planting a kiss on it.

Hermione impulsively cupped his face with her hands and leaned forward; "Thank you for loving me Draco, thank you for making me believe in ever afters again" she said before capturing his lips in a passionate kiss.

Didi grinned toothily as she snapped her fingers together; she let out an excited squeak before disappearing with a loud pop.

Hermione pulled her lips away from Draco as soon as she heard it; she tilted her face towards the ebon sky, a large smile playing on her lips. "Fireworks!"

Draco followed her gaze and grinned widely; "Yeah, fireworks."

*End of flashback*

"DRACO!"

Draco shook his head to clear his thoughts; "You were saying?"

"Your one love sick puppy!" Blaise accused good naturedly with a chuckle.

Draco ignored Blaise's taunts; "Where's Daphne?"

"She's downstairs, Astoria accosted her as soon as she saw us" Blaise explained. "Where's your wife to be?"

Draco smiled; "Getting ready I hope"

"Where?"

Draco threw Blaise a pensive look; "She's in the property, I think."

"Huh?" Blaise asked, clearly confused.

"Mum and Anne wanted to follow tradition so they decided to separate us for the time being-I haven't seen her in 3 days but my Mum was kind enough to let it slip that they'll be taking over Rose Cottage for the preparations."

"Aunt Cissy's private quarters near the meadows?"

"That's the one."

oOo

Rose Cottage - 12:10 P.M.

"Hermione dear, you might want to eat something, starving yourself before the ceremony starts is not ideal" Anne Granger said while staring at her daughter.

"Your mother is right pumpkin, you don't want to faint even before you get the chance to say I do to your fiancé-we don't want him throwing a temper tantrum after all" Richard Granger said with a wink.

"Daddy!"

"We love that boy dearly but we don't want to witness his infamous Malfoy temper" Anne said with a fond smile.

Hermione giggled.

"Why don't you be a good girl and eat your lunch, yeah? Mum and I will try our best to fend off Ginny and Astoria to give you a few minutes, god knows you need room to breathe."

Hermione smiled widely; "Thank you so much Daddy. I love those two a lot but they're quite handful" she admitted.

Anne leaned forward and patted her daughter's head; "Listen to you father, we'll handle it" she said. She then linked her fingers with her husband's and pulled him out of the room, closing the door behind them gently.

Hermione moved towards the chair near the bay windows and took a seat; she grabbed the napkin on top of the table and placed it on her lap. She then turned her face to the side and caught a glimpse of her wedding gown; "I'm getting married today...for real..." she said ecstatically.

*Flashback*

Hermione leaned her head on Draco's shoulder and lifted her left hand; "This ring is really beautiful...I love it" she murmured while eyeing her engagement ring with wonder.

Draco rested his head on hers; "I'm glad you love it" he replied.

Hermione let out a dreamy sigh and scooted closer to her fiancé; "Ginny is into this, right?"

"Why do you think that?"

Hermione rolled her eyes; "To answer your unvoiced question, Gin didn't rat you out-I didn't expect any of this. When I tapped on that gaudy portkey the last thing on my mind is a wedding proposal."

Draco chuckled; "Gaudy?" he asked, clearly amused.

Hermione pulled away and stared at his face; "What's with Malfoy's and jewellery portkeys?"

Draco shrugged; "I really don't know, perhaps Mum has a lot of spare jewelleries she's not using."

"That's exactly what Torry told me!" Hermione said. She then leaned back and resumed her earlier pose; "I often forget how rich you really are" she mumbled.

"My parents are rich, not me" Draco said. He then pulled her closer and nuzzled her cheek with his nose; "Let's not talk about that, it's not important" he said.

Hermione hummed contentedly; "Okay...why did you choose this place to propose? It's million miles away from home, you could've popped the question on the street and I would've said yes."

"It's just fitting-I mean, this is where it all started."

Hermione smiled; "I didn't know you were sentimental" she teased.

Draco planted a kiss on her temple; "All your doing Granger, you're too blame for this new mushiness"

"You are aware that if you marry me, you can't call me Granger anymore"

Draco grinned widely; "That's right, you'll be a Malfoy but regardless of your new last name-you will always be Granger to me..."

"Hermione Jean Malfoy, it sounds strange" Hermione said thoughtfully.

"Sounds just perfect to me"

Hermione closed her eyes; "You're right, it's perfect-we're made perfectly for each other."

"Now who's sounding mushy?" Draco teased.

Hermione giggled.

"I meant every word I said, I love you and I'll spend my life showing you just how much. Thank you for coming into my life Granger..."

Hermione felt her eyes heating up again; "I love you too Draco, thank you for making my dreams come true..."

Draco turned his face to the side and tipped Hermione's face up; he met her hazel eyes before claiming her lips.

*End of Flashback*

"Hermione?"

Hermione was jarred from her trance when she heard her name being called; she turned her head to the side and saw Ginny peering from the door. "Hey Gin"

Ginny pushed the door open; "Are you done eating? It's already quarter past 1, we should get you ready."

Hermione's eyes widen; "Oh Merlin!" she gasped. She then turned her focus on her plate and began stuffing her mouth; "Just give me 5 minutes and I'll be done" she said through mouthful of food.

Ginny shook her head as she enters the room; she moved towards the foot of the bed and sat down. "Let me guess, you were daydreaming again?" she said with a knowing smile.

Hermione felt her cheeks flush; "I'm not!"

Ginny giggled; "The blush on your cheeks says otherwise love."

Hermione averted her gaze and took a sip of her pumpkin juice; after a couple of gulps she placed it back on the table and wiped her mouth with a napkin. "I'm done."

"That was fast, are you sure you had your fill?"

Hermione placed the napkin on top of the table and nodded; "I can't eat another bite, my dress might not fit."

Ginny rolled her eyes as she stood up from her perch; "Eating a whole sandwich won't make you gain a pound, trust me, I ate 2 and my dress still fits."

"Fine but I'm really full Gin, I had a heavy breakfast-you were with me."

Ginny pursed her lips; "You just had to remind me that eh? Now I feel fat."

Hermione can't help but chuckle; "You're far from fat" she said. She then pushed away from the table and stood up; "Where's Torry?"

"Daphne just arrived, she went to the Manor to pick her up"

"I see" Hermione replied. She then walked towards the bed and grabbed her robe and towel; "I should take a quick shower before she returns, I don't want her berating me again" she joked.

Ginny laughed; "Go now."

oOo

Malfoy Manor - 4:30 P.M.

Draco was fastening his cufflinks when he heard faint knock on his door; "Come in"

The door opened and Narcissa peered in; she let out a wide smile upon seeing her son standing right in front of the full length mirror. "You look handsome love"

"Thank you" Draco replied. He then turned around to face his mother fully; "You're breathtaking as usual."

Narcissa chuckled; she then made her way towards Draco and stood right in front of him. "Everything is perfect."

Draco smirked; "I don't doubt that."

Narcissa placed her hand on his silver tie and began fixing it; "You will be married in a couple of minutes, are you nervous?"

"Will you believe if I tell you that I'm more excited than nervous?"

Narcissa moved her hands on his silver vest and began straightening it; "I believe you, a Malfoy never gets nervous"

Draco let out a full belly laugh.

Narcissa let her hands drop to her side before smiling affectionately.

"Are you ready? It's time"

Draco and Narcissa both turned towards the door and saw Lucius standing by the frame; "Yes we are" the latter replied.

Draco moved towards his bed and grabbed his coat; he walked back towards the mirror and shrugged it on.

Narcissa shifted towards her son and began fussing over him; once she's satisfied, she took a step back and studied his appearance. "The suit fits you perfectly, you look dashing"

Lucius walked towards his wife and pulled her to his side; "You and Hermione will make a stunning couple" he said with one of his rare smiles. "We'll have smart and good looking grandchildren Cissy"

"Dad!"

Narcissa clapped her hands excitedly; "Just thinking about it makes me so happy!"

Draco averted his eyes, his cheeks flushing profusely; "Let's not get ahead of ourselves, yeah? Let us marry first before you start talking about our fictitious children."

Lucius smirked; "We'll see son, we'll see."

oOo

Wedding Venue - Malfoy Grounds - 4: 45 P.M.

"You're the most beautiful bride I ever laid my eyes on-well aside from my wife of course."

Hermione turned around and saw Harry holding the tent flap open; "You're not late."

Harry released the flap as he steps in; he made his way towards his best friend and stood right in front of her. He studied her appearance before meeting her eyes; "You are one gorgeous bride and Draco is a lucky bloke" he said seriously.

Hermione smiled; "Thank you Harry"

"Am I allowed to hug you?" Harry asked with a smile. "It's just that I don't want to mess up your dress or your hair or something"

Hermione flung her arms around her best friend and pulled him into an embrace.

Harry hugged her back tightly; "Are you happy Hermione? Really happy?" he whispered.

Hermione felt her eyes heating up but she willed herself not to cry; "I am Harry...happier than I've ever been in my entire life."

"That's all I want to hear" Harry replied before pulling away. He then took a step closer to her and carefully planted a kiss on her forehead; "You are my sister and that will never change, I love you and you will always have me" he said. He then met her eyes again and smirked; "Don't hesitate to call me if Malfoy is giving you grief, I'll kick is ferrety arse" he added.

Hermione giggled; "Oh Harry!" she said. "You are and will always be my brother regardless of my surname. I love you too."

"I hope you're not stealing my son's bride"

Hermione and Harry both turned around and saw Lucius standing by the tent's entrance.

"Oh hush! Harry will do no such thing!" Narcissa said. She pushed her husband aside and stepped inside the tent; she then turned her eyes towards her future daughter in law and almost instantly her hands flew to her lips. "Oh my! You look stunning my dear, my son is one fortunate man indeed."

Lucius fell into step with his wife and stared at Hermione; "My wife is right, you are beautiful" he said.

Hermione felt her cheeks heating up; "Thank you..." she replied shyly.

Harry felt awkward while watching his best friend's in laws so he decided that it's time to make a run for it; "Err-I better check on Candice, we don't want her eating the flowers" he said with a nervous chuckle.

"Okay Harry, I'll see you there" Hermione said.

Harry nodded politely towards the Malfoy's before stepping out.

Narcissa waited for the flap to close before making her way towards Hermione; she stood right in front of the blushing bride and smiled. "Are you ready dearest?"

Hermione nodded; "I am."

Narcissa lifted her hands and cupped Hermione's cheek; "I know I have already said this before but I want to say it again-thank you for giving my son a chance in love again, thank you for making him happy."

Hermione smiled; "He gave me that chance too and I can't be anymore happier than I am now."

Narcissa smiled tearfully before pulling the brunette into a tight hug.

"Women" Lucius thought. He waited for a couple of seconds before clearing his throat loudly; "I don't mean to be rude but we have to get a move on."

Narcissa sniffed as she pulls away; "Lucius is right dearest, we should go now."

"I'll go get her parents then" Lucius said. He turned around and made his way towards the makeshift door; he was halfway out when he paused. He turned his face towards Hermione and smiled sincerely; "My son chose well, welcome to the family" he said proudly.

A full blown smile blossomed from Hermione's lips; "Thank you"

Lucius nodded before stepping out.

oOo

The colossal ground of Malfoy estate was transformed into a perfect wedding venue; Narcissa Malfoy was not kidding when she said that everything was done in perfection. The ersatz aisle was made up of light silver carpet that crawls up right to the front; the sides were lined with thin intricately carved posts that held an assortment of large purple cabbage roses, lavender hydrangeas, lily of the valley and yellow green malaysian mumps-Hermione's favourite blooms. Chairs that are wrapped in white gossamer fabric with dark purple satin girdle were placed strategically at each side, mimicking chapel pews. The wide marble like platform dominates the front which will serve us a makeshift stage for the couple; the vast field at the back that has a perfect view of the setting sun will serve as their backdrop when they exchange their vows. The whole place was arranged in a simple yet tasteful manner but it still manage to scream elegance and sophistication-something that the Malfoy family is known for.

"Time to take your place at the front mate" Blaise said.

Draco took a deep calming breath before nodding; "Okay"

Theo smirked; "Nerves finally getting to you?"

Blaise slapped the back of Theo's head with an unimpressed look.

"Bloody hell! What was that for?" Theo yelped as he rubs his head.

"You're supposed to calm him down and not rile him up" Blaise snapped.

"I'm not riling him up, it was just a question!"

Draco can't help but chuckle at his bickering mates; he shook his head as he stares at them with amusement.

"And here I was thinking that you two already matured from your childish antics" Lucius drawled.

Blaise and Theo both turned around; a chastised look both marred their faces.

Draco took pity on his friends so he decided to butt in; "Shall I take my place at the front? Is everything set?"

"That's what Mr. Zabini is here for, did he not inform you?" Lucius asked pointedly.

Blaise cleared his throat; "I just did"

"Very well, let's not waste more time, take your places"

Draco nodded; "Let's go"

oOo

"Are you ladies ready?" Richard asked.

"Almost done Daddy" Hermione said.

"Just a minute dear" Anne replied as she gently tugs the veil down.

Astoria walked towards Hermione's back and began fluffing out the trail of her gown.

Ginny leaned towards the table and grabbed her best friend's bouquet; she turned it towards her and stared at it in awe. "These are beautiful Mione-I'm planning on catching it."

Daphne threw the red head a teasing look; "Looks like someone wants to get married after you Hermione."

Hermione turned her face towards Ginny and winked; "I'll make sure to throw it towards your direction then."

Ginny's cheeks turned bright red; "It's not what I meant!"

Astoria chuckled; "You don't need a bouquet to get married, we all know it's just a matter of time before Goldstein plucks up the courage to ask you."

Ginny ignored her friend's jibes; "Cymbidium orchids, Ranunculus, Lisianthas, Cabbage roses, Hydrangeas and Scabiosa's in different shades of purple, how on earth were you able to get these beautiful flowers?"

"Narcissa's doing" Astoria replied.

Ginny moved towards Hermione and handed her the beautiful arrangement; "Here you go, love"

Hermione accepted the hand tied bouquet and smiled at her friend; "Thank you"

Anne took a step back and studied her daughter's appearance; "Now you're ready" she said with a large smile.

Daphne clapped her hands to get everybody's attention; "I can hear the quartet playing people, time to marry her off" she said before stepping out of the tent.

Astoria blew the brunette a kiss before looping her arm around Ginny's; "We'll see you in a while Mione" she said before dragging her friend away.

"Later!" Ginny called out.

Richard walked towards his daughter and offered his hand; "You look beautiful pumpkin, Draco is a very lucky bloke indeed."

Hermione placed her hand on top of her father's and squeezed it; "I love you Daddy...you'll always be the first man in my life" she half whispered.

Richard lifted Hermione's hand and placed a kiss on her knuckles; "And you will always be my little girl."

Anne sniffed loudly; "You two are making me cry" she said while dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief.

Richard chuckled; "Come on now pumpkin, we don't want your Mum ruining her makeup-she'll never forgive us."

Hermione laughed.

oOo

"Stop tugging at your coat, you're messing it up" Blaise chastised.

Draco let his hand fall limp to his side as he stood straighter; "Why is it taking too long? She didn't run off or something, right?" he asked anxiously.

Blaise placed his hand on Draco's shoulder and gave it a comforting squeeze; "Of course she won't, just relax and try to breathe, your turning really pale."

Draco closed his eyes and followed Blaise's instructions; he was on his third breath when heard it. His heart jumped to his throat as his eyes snapped open; "It's starting" he said breathlessly.

Blaise grinned widely; "It is, so smile-you're marrying the girl of your dreams mate"

Draco felt a smile tug on his lips; "I am, thanks" he replied before fixing his eyes on the aisle.

Candice appeared on the edge of the aisle grinning widely; she happily skipped her way towards the front while throwing rose petals on her path, making the crowd smile. Next came Teddy, wearing his finest charcoal suit, carrying a heart shape pillow, bearing the couple's rings.

After a couple of seconds; Daphne and Theo came into view, followed closely by Harry and Astoria. After the pairs made it to the front, Ginny appeared next, a radiant smile painted on her lips. She glided gracefully along the aisle and took her place near the platform; she turned her face towards the anxious groom and winked. "Breathe" she mouthed.

Draco shifted in his feet and followed the red head's advice; he took a deep calming breath as he patiently waited for his bride.

The guests stood up from their perch when they heard the music change; they all turned around, wanting to get the first glimpse of the Malfoy bride.

Hermione was wearing a white strapless "a" line gown with sweetheart neckline and corset closure. An asymmetrical dropped bodice that's cinched towards her left hip helped accentuate her hourglass figure. A large snowflake-like pattern made from a combination of silver threads and diamonds are embroidered intricately to give an illusion that it's holding the skirt up. The airy shimmer of Brescia Organza lends itself to softly billowing waves that gracefully move across the skirt up to her trail, giving it a whimsical look. Her long chestnut curls were tamed and styled in a side swept loose ponytail that's being held by an enchanted purple rose; her makeup was done in earth tones which gave emphasis to her glossy nude coloured lips

Draco can't help but gasp loudly when he caught sight of Hermione for the first time; he felt his heart thundering inside his chest as a large lump formed inside his throat-she is breathtaking and he can't wait to officially call her his.

Her soon to be husband looked dashing in his muggle steel grey suit; he paired it with a white button down shirt with a silver tie. A gray silk handkerchief is inserted in his left breast pocket which accentuated the modern lapel of his coat; his blonde hair was styled in a messy way that gave emphasis to his stormy eyes, making him look years younger.

Hermione felt her heart skip a beat when she laid her eyes on him; it has only been 3 days since she last saw him but she missed him dearly, no words can describe how handsome he looked at the very moment and she can't wait to officially call him hers.

Richard stopped right in front of the altar and turned towards his daughter; he gently lifted her veil and planted a soft kiss on her cheek. "Be happy."

Hermione smiled tearfully at her father; "I love you Daddy..."

"I love you too pumpkin" Richard replied with a smile.

Kingsley Shacklebolt took his place at the front; "Who gives this woman to this man?" he asked loudly.

"My wife and I, do" Richard replied clearly. He then guided Hermione's hand towards Draco's; "Take care of my baby girl Draco, I trust you" he said seriously.

"I will, thank you Sir" Draco replied.

Richard nodded; he then took a step back and made his way towards his wife.

Kingsley smiled; "Let's start the ceremony then."

Draco helped Hermione up the platform and kept her hand in his; they both turned towards the Minister and waited for him start the ceremony that will bind them together for eternity.

"We are all gathered here today to witness the binding of these two souls in matrimony; we are all here to witness the love of these two people and watch them start their lives together. The couple before me will recite their own promise of love to each other but before we listen to them I would still need to ask this question, though I know no one would dare interrupt us" Kingsley said, making the crowd chuckle.

"If anyone present is not at peace to wed this two together please speak now or forever hold your piece"

Silence...

Kingsley smiled; "Draco and Hermione please face each other, it is now time to recite your vows."

Draco took a deep breath before turning towards his lovely bride; he met her eyes and felt a smile tug on his lips. "We're finally here"

Hermione cracked a small smile; "We are."

Draco grasped her other hand; "I gave up on love a long time ago and promised myself that I'll never put myself out there again. In fact, I already made a cover story if somebody will dare ask me why I never married; I'll tell them I was too busy earning more money and simply forgot to find a wife. But then you came, in a very unconventional way, I may add; other people may call it a coincidence but we knew it's pure manipulation-but it's a type of manipulation that I don't mind and forever be grateful for" he paused to wink at his beaming mother, earning a laugh from the crowd. He shifted in his feet before continuing; "I never thought I'll learn to fall in love again after everything I've been through, heck-I never even imagined in my wildest dream that it will be with you but I guess fate has its own plan" he paused again, his face turning serious. "You came into my life and made my dead heart beat again; I was broken beyond repair but you managed to fix me with an unconditional love that I'm not even sure I deserve. You are the light in my tempestuous life-my saving grace and I can't thank you enough for the privilege of being with you." Draco swallowed thickly to clear the lump in his throat; "Today, as we stand right in front of our loved ones, I Draco Xavier Malfoy pledge my unwavering commitment and love to you. I promise to cherish you, to take care of you and to put you first in my life at all times. I may not be the perfect man but I will strive to be the man you deserve. I love you Granger and I will continue loving you until my last breath."

Hermione couldn't hold it together anymore; a sob escaped her lips as tears trek down her cheeks.

Draco squeezed her hand and gave out a comforting smile.

Hermione sniffed; "I'm sorry...I didn't mean to cry...it's just-what you said-it was beautiful and I don't know how to top that..."

Draco rolled his eyes playfully; "And we all know you will anyway" he teased, making the crowd laugh again.

Hermione chuckled; she then sniffed and cleared her throat. "Every since I was a little girl I've always believed that my prince will someday come and he'll be my first and only love. He'll sweep me off my feet with a love so real and we'll ride off the sunset in his big white horse-a love story often portrayed in Disney movies. Never did it even crossed my mind that the first love I dreamed off will hurt me beyond words and break my heart into pieces" she paused to compose herself. "You may have come into my life in a very unconventional way but your timing can never be more perfect; you helped me fix the broken pieces and made me realize that there's more to gain than hate from that experience -you showed me the silver lining that I never thought I'd see again. The road I took to get to you may have been paved with insurmountable pain but I would never regret taking it because it led me straight to you." She stood straighter and stared at him solemnly; "Today, I Hermione Jean Granger, pledge my everlasting devotion and love to you. I vow to never let go of your hand in times of doubt, to cherish you and stay by your side as your confidante, your personal cheerleader, your lover and your wife. You may not be first love maybe because your destined to my greatest, the fairy tale I once dreamed about did come true-only my prince came to me with a portkey and not a white horse" she finished with a tearful smile. "I love you Draco and I promise to love you till our very last breath."

Draco felt a tear escaped his eye but he wiped it hastily; he cleared his throat and smiled affectionately at Hermione. "I love you" he mouthed.

"I love you more" Hermione mouthed back.

"I say you two are even" Kingsley joked, earning a laugh from the crowd. He then shifted in his feet and smiled at the couple; "Please bring the rings" he instructed.

Blaise walked towards Teddy to retrieve the rings; he then moved towards Kingsley and offered it to him.

Kingsley waved his wand on top of the pillow and the rings automatically appeared on his open palm; "We will start the binding ceremony now-Draco please get the ring and place it in Hermione's left ring finger."

Draco plucked the ring and gently inserted it on Hermione's finger; "With this ring I thee wed" he said.

"Draco, do you take Hermione as your loving wife, for better or worse, through sickness and in health and till death do you part?" Kingsley asked.

"I do."

"Hermione please take the other ring and place it on Draco's left ring finger."

Hermione seized the ring and inserted it into Draco's finger; "With this ring I thee wed" she said.

"Hermione, do you take Draco as your loving husband, for better or worse, through sickness and in health and till death do you part?" Kingsley repeated.

"I do."

"Now both of you please hold each other's hand, aligning your wedding rings together" Kingsley said.

Draco grasped his wife's hand and caught her gaze.

Kingsley began waving his wand in an intricate pattern and began chanting the binding spell; thin silver light began erupting from its tip as it began looping around the couple's wrist. The light began weaving a chain as it fastens at both ends; it seeped through the couple's skin as Kingsley ended the spell. "The binding has been sealed and your souls have been intertwined, love each other like you're both destined to."

The crowd all stood up and began clapping.

"It is both my honour and privilege to present to you Mr. and Mrs Draco Malfoy; Draco my boy, you may kiss your beautiful bride, congratulations!"

Draco smiled widely and pulled Hermione to his chest; he lifted her veil and wrapped his arm around her tiny waist. "I love you Mrs. Malfoy" he murmured.

Hermione giggled and gently cupped her husband's face; "I like the sound of that, I love you too Mr. Malfoy" she replied.

Draco turned his face sideways and kissed her open palm; he then brought her face closer and kissed her senseless.

The crowd cheered wildly.

oOo

The reception is being held outside the Manor just like what Hermione wished for; Narcissa didn't shirk away from that idea and took her daughter in law's words to heart-some might say she may have gone overboard but for her, it was just right.

A grand silver marquee was erected in the same place the couple took their vows; several chandeliers hung from the ballroom like ceiling which gave out a very warm yet intimate feeling. Large round tables with comfortable chairs were scattered around the carpeted floor; it was adorned with tall crystal vases that held different blooms, emitting subtle fragrances that perfumes the night air. A large dance floor was crafted in the middle of the room to give way for the string quartet and of course for some dancing.

"This place looks awesome" Harry said with awe. "I didn't know a simple marquee can look like this."

Astoria turned towards her husband and smiled; "It's what we call magic, love."

Harry chuckled; "I know love-it's just amazing" he said.

Astoria followed Harry's gaze and nodded; "It is"

"Let's find our seats? I think we share the same table" Daphne said.

"We do, I already checked with Narcissa" Ginny replied.

Astoria turned around to face the red head; "Where's your beau?"

Ginny gestured towards the tent's entrance; "He's waiting for their boss"

Harry adjusted Candice on his arms; "Let's go, I'm excited to find out what's on the menu. I'm quite sure Narcissa went all the way with it as well."

"She did, it's a 7 course meal" Daphne piped in.

Harry's eyes widen in shock; "7 course?!"

Astoria laughed; "It was supposed to be more than that but Draco put his foot down for 7."

Ginny shook her head in amusement; "Only the best for Malfoy's, eh?"

Daphne smiled; "He got to marry Hermione, right?"

Harry nodded in agreement; "One of the best indeed."

oOo

"I know you can't get your hands off of each other but I'm afraid you have to or your guests will all starve to death."

Hermione pulled her swollen lips away from her husband and peered behind his shoulder; she felt her cheeks blush profusely when she saw who caught them. "Err-"

Draco turned his face to the side, following his wife's gaze; "Dad."

Lucius smirked; "Ready to eat real food now?"

Draco can't help but chuckle at Hermione's reaction; he squeezed her one more time before taking a step back. "We should go in there love, we don't want Mum freaking out."

Hermione buried her face into Draco's chest as she groaned loudly.

Lucius laughed; "Looks like your bride needs a couple of minutes to gather herself."

"Dad!" Hermione shrieked.

Lucius raised his hands in surrender before turning around; "I'll give you kids 5 more minutes, if you don't come out, I'll send your Mother in-she's been looking for you two for a couple of minutes now" he said as he walks away.

"We'll be there" Draco replied.

Hermione waited for a couple of seconds before pulling her face away from its hiding spot; "Is he gone?"

Draco looked down and met Hermione's inquisitive eyes; "He's gone" he replied before planting a kiss on her nose.

Hermione pulled away from Draco's arms; "I can't believe he found us and he caught us kissing!"

Draco chuckled; "He already saw us kiss love, I'm quite sure it's nothing he hasn't seen yet."

"But we're making out like teenagers! You have your hand on my arse!"

Draco reached for her buttocks and pinched it playfully.

Hermione giggled as she swatted his hands away; "Draco!"

"Our guests awaits love, let's not keep them from their food any longer" Draco said as he offers his hand out.

Hermione laced their fingers together and smiled brightly; "Let's, I'm quite famished myself."

"Same here" Draco replied before tugging on her hands.

oOo

The festivities progressed and everyone seems to be having a good time; the little program that Narcissa put together for her son and new daughter was executed efficiently, much to his mother's delight. Now that the night is almost at its end, Draco knew there's only one thing left to do. So having that in mind, he stood up from his perch and turned towards his wife; he bowed like a gentleman and offered his hand. "May I have this dance, Mrs. Malfoy?"

Hermione being caught off guard by Draco's action's let out a giggle; "It will be my pleasure, Mr. Malfoy" she replied as she puts her hand in his.

As if on cue, all eyes turned on them-the loud chattering hushing almost instantly. Ginny stood up from her seat and made her way towards the small stage; she nodded towards the quartet before grasping the microphone.

Draco planted a kiss on her hand before gently pulling her up; he led her towards the middle of the empty dance floor and wrapped his arm around her waist.

Soft music permeated the air as Ginny's voice resounded inside the whole place.

"I know that the bridges that I've burned along the way has left me with these walls and these scars that won't go away. And opening up has always been the hardest thing, until you came..."

Hermione wrapped her arms around Draco's neck as she swayed with the song; "How did you know that this is one of my favourite songs?"

Draco smiled as he tightened his arms around her; "A magician never reveals his secret."

"So lay here, beside me and don't let go. This feeling, I'm feeling is something I'll never know. And I just can't take my eyes off you..."

Hermione gazed into his eyes; "I love you Draco..." she whispered.

"I love you more..."

"And I love when you tell me that I'm pretty when I just woke up. And I love how you tease me when I'm moody and it's always enough. I'm falling fast and the truth is not I'm not scared at all, you broke my walls..."

"Is it just me or this song perfectly describes our relationship?" Draco asked.

Hermione giggled; "Caught on, have you?"

"So you love it when I tease you?" Draco asked mischievously.

"No, I love it when you tell me I'm beautiful without make up on" Hermione corrected.

Draco smiled; "You've always been beautiful to me Hermione, with or without make up on."

"Awwww, you're turning mushy on me again"

Draco chuckled; he then pulled her closer and rested his chin on top of her head. "So lay here, beside me and don't let go. This feeling, I'm feeling is something I'll never know. And I just can't take my eyes off you..."he sang along with Ginny.

"You're singing..."

"I am. You turned me into a big ball of mushiness, so shut up."

Hermione buried her face into his chest and smiled contentedly; "A big ball of mushiness that I happen to love to bits."

oOo

"Here you go Mione, everything you need is in there already" Ginny said.

Hermione zipped her dress and turned towards her best friend; "I can't thank you enough for this Gin, I love you!"

"I love too and you're welcome, just make sure you return the favour in my wedding" Ginny said with a wink.

Hermione laughed; "I'll sing and dance in your wedding if you-wait" she paused when it finally caught on to her. Her eyes darted towards Ginny's hand and saw a huge solitaire diamond ring adorning her finger; "Oh my god!"

Astoria laughed as she stood beside the newly engaged witch; "Do you agree with me now? Telling her right after Anthony proposed will have her foaming in the mouth, Narcissa will never forgive us if that actually happened."

Ginny chuckled; "Malfoy's never foam in the mouth."

Hermione ignored her friend's jibe; "When did this happen? Oh my god!"

"Calm down Mione" Ginny said. "It happened after my song number-Anthony asked me to step outside and led me towards the middle of the fields; he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him."

Hermione couldn't contain herself any longer; she flung her arms around Ginny and pulled her into a tight hug. "I'm so happy for you Ginny! You're finally getting married!"

Ginny hugged her ecstatic friend back; "Thank you love."

"As much as I love to keep you here longer MIone, I'm afraid I can't. You have a honeymoon to go to and a husband to please" Astoria said.

Hermione pulled away from her friend, her cheeks flushing brightly.

"Oh, she's blushing, isn't it cute?" Ginny teased.

"Oh shut it!" Hermione said.

Astoria chuckled; she then pointed her wand at her friend's suitcase and vanished it. "There you go, one step closer to leaving."

oOo

"Your bag has already been sent downstairs, you're good to go" Blaise said.

Draco grabbed his jacket from his bed; "Thanks man"

"Welcome" Blaise replied.

"Where you two going again?" Theo asked.

"Well be spending a week in Maldives then we're off to Switzerland" Draco replied.

Blaise raised his brow; "Maldives? Again?"

Draco shrugged on his jacket; "Hermione wants to go back-so I'm indulging her."

"You've got to take me there, that place intrigues me" Theo said thoughtfully.

"Sure, just tell me when and I'll send you the portkey" Draco replied.

"Aunt Cissy won't mind?" Theo asked.

Draco rolled his eyes; "Are you really asking me that question Nott?"

Theo looked abashed; "Oh right, sorry"

"You done? Your parents are already waiting for you at the foyer-Hermione is already on her way down" Anthony said.

"Goldstein, you sly dog! Congratulations!" Blaise said jovially.

Draco furrowed his brows in confusion; "What happened?"

Theo smirked; "He proposed to Little Red right after her song number, they're finally engaged."

Anthony cringed; "I was planning on proposing after your wedding but hearing her sing made me throw my plans out of the window, I couldn't hold it off any longer, I'm sorry."

Draco made his way towards his friend and hugged him briefly; "You have nothing to be sorry for, congratulations!" he said while patting his back.

Anthony let out a relieved sigh; "Thank you Drake" he replied.

Blaise coughed; "You should get your arse down Draco, you don't want to make the missus wait."

"Right" Draco said. He then stepped into his loafers and made his way towards the door; "Let's go."

oOo

"Enjoy your time together love" Anne said as hugs her daughter tightly.

"I will Mum" Hermione replied.

Anne pulled away and took a step back; Richard took her place and wrapped his arm around her daughter. "Don't forget to owl us as soon as you reach Zurich, yeah?"

"I promise."

Richard pulled away and planted a kiss on her forehead; "I love you pumpkin and we'll see you real soon."

Hermione smiled widely; "I love you too Daddy and you too Mum" she said.

Richard placed his arm around his wife's shoulders; "Where's that husband of yours anyway?" he asked while looking around.

Hermione rolled her eyes; she was about to open her mouth to respond but wasn't able to do so when she saw him walking towards them. "There he is."

"I can't believe you took longer than Hermione" Narcissa chided.

Draco rolled his eyes; "I had a lot to pack."

"Of course you do, Merlin knows how much hair products you have." Lucius drawled.

Draco threw his father a side glance; "Hair products you also use."

"Touché" Lucius said with a laugh.

Narcissa took a step towards her son and hugged him tightly; "Take care of yourself and your wife" she said.

Draco returned the hug; "I will, stop worrying, we'll be fine" he whispered.

Narcissa pulled away and wiped her eyes; "I will always worry, you are my babies"

"Don't hesitate to let us know in case you need anything, okay?" Lucius reminded.

"Yes sir" Draco replied.

Lucius leaned forward and hugged his son; he patted his back and pulled away. "You should leave now."

Draco nodded; he then turned towards his wife and smiled. "You ready, love?"

"Yep"

"Come on then"

Hermione moved towards her husband and stood beside him.

Draco wrapped his arm around her tiny waist and smiled at their parents; "We'll see you in a month."

Hermione copied her husband's action and gripped his waist tightly; "See you!" she said with a cheerful wave.

A loud chorus of goodbyes were thrown the couple's way.

Draco accioed the portkey earring in his hand and they both disappeared with a loud pop.

Narcissa sniffed loudly; "I will miss them both dearly."

Anne nodded in agreement; "I will too"

"Wipe your tears ladies-they'll both be back before you know it. And besides, who knows, we might get our grandchild by then" Lucius said mischievously.

"That I'm very much looking forward to" Richard said with a grin.

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Hermione opened her eyes and saw her familiar surroundings; she smiled widely before pulling away. "We're here."

Draco grinned; "We are."

Hermione shifted in her feet, clearly not sure how to proceed.

Draco took the initiative and made the first move; he scooped her into his arms and planted a chaste kiss on her lips.

Hermione giggled as she wrap her arm around his neck; "Patience is really not your virtue, eh?"

"I've been patient for a very long time love" Draco growled before he hefted her up and slung her on his shoulder like a sack of potatoes.

Hermione shrieked; "Draco you great big oaf! Put me down!"

"Time to get naked Granger" Draco replied as he made his way towards their room.

Hermione giggled as she hung upside down.

"Liking the view?"

Hermione thought for a moment before following her intuition; she bit her bottom lip hard to keep herself from laughing before slapping her husband's buttocks.

Draco yelped; "Now you're going to get it!"

"I'm looking forward to it Mr. Malfoy."

Draco closed the door behind them with a kick before throwing his wife on the bed; "You'd be the death of me" he said. He then slowly made his way towards the foot of the bed and began crawling up; "Time to take our clothes off Mrs. Malfoy-I believe we have a lot of things to do" he said while wiggling his brows suggestively.

Hermione shrieked as she dove under the covers.

Draco chuckled as he followed her under.

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