Hermione was diving head first into research, trying to figure out a way to put a gossip spin on the environment.   As you can imagine she was finding this task rather difficult. The time for lunch had come and Hermione had not looked up from her notebook and endless folders of information. She was about to open a new folder when a fiery redhead came around the corner of her desk and pushed the folder shut.  

“You are coming with me to lunch in Diagon Alley, right now” said Ginny Weasley.

“Ginny I have so much to do I couldn’t possibly go out today.” said Hermione attempting to open the folder again.

“I’m not taking no for an answer Hermione” said Ginny snatching the folder out of Hermione’s hands “You’ve put off getting lunch with me for over two weeks now, and I’m not having to force you.”

“I guess I’ll have to finish up this work later.” laughed Hermione as she let out a reluctant sigh “Just let me go tell Matilda that I’ll be away from my desk for a bit.”

Ginny began to fiddle with things on Hermione’s desk when she noticed the orchid and accompanying card.  Her eyes widen when she saw who had sent the beautiful flower.  She quickly put the card down as she heard Hermione’s approaching footsteps.

“Ok, I’m all good to go, this better be a good lunch Ginny.” said Hermione pulling on her coat and grabbing her purse.

“Oh I’m sure it’ll be a very interesting one at least.” said Ginny with a little smirk on her face.

Hermione and Ginny headed to their favorite bistro within Diagon Alley and had just ordered food when Draco had arrived at the Daily Prophet for the second time today.

Draco went toward the reporting desks in search of finding Hermione.  He eventually found the desk that had the flower he had sent as an apology on his way to tea, but there was no Hermione to be found.  He was rather glad to find that Hermione had not immeadiatly tossed  out his card nor his gift.  He had gotten rather lost in this happy thought when a mousy looking girl with black hair peered over the cubicles wall at the platinum blonde.

“Are you looking for Granger sir?” said Matilda Larson

“Yes actually, I’m supposed to be helping her on a story.  Do you know where she is I don’t have much time?” said Draco

“She just went out for lunch in Diagon Alley with Ginny Weasley.”  said Matilda

Draco didn’t particularly want to ask for Granger to be his fake girlfriend in front of an audience so he had to figure out a way to get Granger alone.  

“Oh, I don’t have time to get all the way over today.” said Draco. “Do you think you could give me her address so I can drop off my information there later today?”

“Sure let me go grab her card from my desk” said Matilda as she walked away briskly.

Matilda came back with the information and Draco thanked her.  He made quick work of getting out the Prophet’s offices once more today.  He headed to his own apartment to try and come up with some way to get Hermione agree to pretend to be in love with him.

Hermione’s lunch with Ginny had gone rather well.  She had nearly forgotten how much she had fun with her and how good it felt to be talking about deadlines or getting yelled by her boss.  Ginny spent most of lunch trying to poke at Hermione about the the Orchid, but Hermione was rather oblivious to her questioning.  The lunch ended and Hermione had gone to finish her day of work at the prophet.  

Hermione packed up her desk around 5:30 and headed for the exit.  Her apartment wasn’t far from the offices so she usually like to take the time to walk.  When she got close to her building she opened the rustic looking door that led into the lobby before heading up to the fourth floor.  She was quite overloaded with all the work she had brought home and was rather preoccupied trying to keep it all together that she practically ran into a rather tall blonde.  This collision caused her papers to go everywhere once again.  

“We really need to stop meeting this way Granger.” said Draco extending his hand to help her up, which Hermione took hesitantly.

“What are you doing here?” Hermione said flicking her wand to gather all of her papers.  

“I live here Granger.” said Draco, while Hermione gave him a look that could only be read as are you kidding me. “I’m just joking I came over here because I wanted to speak to you.”

“How did you find out where I live Malofy?” Hermione said gathering some of her composure.

“Well I actually tried to find you at the prophet ,but you were out to lunch and I had other things to attend to this afternoon.” said Draco

“Well what is it that you need to discuss with me?”  said Hermione

“Actually would it be ok if I came in the matter is rather private?” asked Draco

Hermione wasn’t sure what this was all about , first the flower this morning now Draco Malfoy showing up at her apartment.

“Well I guess if it really is that private.” said Hermione “Come on in.”

Hermione unlocked her door and let Draco into her quaint apartment.  The room was simple ,but had touches that let you very well know who lived there.  There was the scent of lavender that swept over you as soon as you entered.  Pictures from Hermione’s days at Hogwarts and those since were everywhere.  Half read books were stacked on a coffee table. There was no doubt that this was Hermione Granger’s apartment.  

“I’m going to go change really quick ,but I’ll be back out in a moment.” said Hermione sitting her work things down on a desk near a large window. “Feel free to sit on the couch and watch some tv.”  

Hermione made her way to her bedroom and pulled a charcoal sweater over her head and pulled on a pair of jeans.  She pulled her hair up into a bun. It had gone rather bushy today and she’d rather not have to be constantly pushing it out of her face while she talked to Malfoy. She tossed today’s clothes into a hamper and made her way back to the living room.

“So what is this all about Malfoy?” said Hermione.

“Well there’s really no easy way to ask this so I guess I’m going to come right out with it.” Draco gulped as Hermione looked at him quizzically “I need you to pretend to be my girlfriend.”

“YOU WHAT?” shrieked Hermione.

“Now don’t freak out quite yet let me explain” urged Draco.

“You better explain quickly.” said Hermione.

So Draco did explain all about his mother and that her pretending to be his girlfriend would involve talking to the press.  Hermione listened as her body went rather numb from the shock of it all, she even had begun to space off when Draco’s voice brought her back.

“So what do you say?” said Draco

“Are you absolutely mad?” said Hermione “There is no way that anyone could believe we were together.  I have no idea what makes you think I would help you with something like that.”

“I think it’s because you were the only one who was willing to give me a second chance on life.” said Draco rather abruptly.”I don’t want to keep dissapointing my mother, but I can’t give up on my second chance quite yet. Please Hermione help me.”

Hermione sat there looking at a boy that she had known since she was eleven. He had been her enemy for so long that she had never really seen him for what he really was until this moment, a boy who just wanted to please his parents.  She felt a little pity for him.  Then a miraculous idea occurred to her. This situation could work in her favor.  The paper wanted juice, well what if she was the juicy topic? She could write about anything she wanted.  If she was dating Draco Malfoy everyone would read her pieces.  That was it, if Hermione Granger was going to write what she wanted she was going to first have to give the paper something to write about.  

“I’m not saying I’ll do it forever,but if so exactly what would I have to do?” said Hermione

Draco looked up at the witch in surprise and with admiration. He could not believe that this woman who owed him absolutely nothing was willing to help him.  Even if she was a fake girlfriend, Draco was going to do one thing for sure.  He was going to treat her right.

“Well Granger, let’s start with dinner with my mother, I’m afraid she is rather insistent on the matter.” said Draco.

“Okay, I assume that’s fine.  When will this be happening?” said Hermione

“This Saturday Granger.” said Draco “I’ll come on Friday and take you shopping for something to wear.  I’m not questioning your taste I just feel the least I can do is make sure mother doesn’t hound you for not wearing something of her standards.”

“Okay that sounds fine, we can meet here after I get off of work.” said Hermione.

“Granger I know where you work I’ll come pick you up myself and use Blaise as a cover.” Draco said as he stood up and started to make his way for the door.

“Alright alright, I’ll see you friday then.” Hermione said following Draco to the Door “Oh and one more thing” Draco snapped his head around to face her.”From now on call me Hermione, after all I am your girlfriend.”

Draco didn’t get to the chance to respond, because Hermione had shut the door behind him.  Draco made his way out of the building with his thoughts running.  The last thing he thought would happen today was that he would have Hermione Granger as a girlfriend fake or not.

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