Chapter Warning: Mild sexual content/talk
Chapter 2: Take Flight
“Malfoy! Malfoy stop this broom right now!” Hermione shouted as Draco brought the broom up higher. There were no other students outside, having all been given assignments to promote inter-house unity. Hermione had no one to beg for help except Draco. He didn’t listen and continued up into the sky.
He finally stopped. They were high enough in the sky that they were in the midst of the murkiness of the clouds. Hermione refused to cling onto Draco on the way up, but standing still, and up so high seemed worse. She grabbed Draco’s waist.
“Granger, if you wanted to cop a feel, you could have just said so.” Draco said with a smile unbeknownst to Hermione.
“Malfoy, shut up! I’m terrified of heights!” Hermione said as she only clung tighter.
Draco laughed and removed her arms. He turned his body to face Hermione and then wrapped his legs tighter around the broom, and said, “Well you better hold on with your legs,” as he leaned left, so that they were hanging upside down.
Hermione screamed, and quickly reached for Draco again. This time she wouldn’t let go.
Draco lifted his arms behind his head, content to remain upside down. “Come on Granger, this is fun! Look at the grounds below. Isn’t it beautiful?”
Hermione refused to look down, and continued hugging Draco so she didn’t fall off the broom.
“Alright, Alright bookworm-who-is-afraid-of-flying, I’ll bring us closer to the ground. I still think it’s stunning up here though.” Draco said as he readjusted the broom so they were right side up again. He turned himself around again so he was facing the right way, and started nose-diving towards the ground. He felt Hermione grasp tight around his waist.
He didn’t want to return to the ground just yet, it was too fun teasing Hermione. He decided to take them to the roof. He barely lifted the broom at the last moment before reaching the ground, and whisked them back up.
Hermione shouted, “Malfoy! I thought you were taking us to the ground!”
She continued screaming as Draco made the steady climb to the roof of the Hogwarts Castle. He finally landed on the roof, and jumped off the broom. This motion caused Hermione to stumble off herself. “Malfoy!” Hermione screamed again.
“With you screaming my name so much, I would think we’d be doing a different activity right now.” Draco said with a wink. Hermione remained silent, vowing to herself to not give him the satisfaction of an answer.
Hermione sat on the roof, and folded her arms. There was no way she was going back on that broom with Draco. She thought to herself on how she would get to the ground. She would...she would climb down, or have Harry come get her when the spell on the rope was finished. She knew Harry would get her safely down to the ground.
Annoyed that Hermione hadn’t responded to his comment, Draco sat next to her and said, “How far have you even gone with a guy?”
Hermione shook her head and didn’t answer. Draco continued,”What about that Weasle? 1st base? 2nd base? You do know what bases are, right? Have you even ever kissed a guy?”
Draco chuckled when Hermione did not respond. He knew exactly what to say to get her riled up. “Maybe I could help you out.”
Hermione stood up and Draco followed suit. “Malfoy, like you would ever kiss a--” Hermione paused as she brought up her fingers to make air quotes--“filthy mud--”
Hermione stopped talking when Draco grabbed her waist and pulled her close to him. He grabbed her lower back and leaned her back as he brought his mouth closer and kissed her. It was a short kiss, as Hermione brought up her hand and slapped Draco across the face so he would disconnect from her lips.
“What in Godric’s name possessed you to kiss me MALFOY!” Hermione shouted. “That was my first kiss, how dare you even take that away from me!”
Hermione started to storm off, but was pulled back by the rope that was between them.
Hermione continued her rant. “And why did you tie the knot closer? I can’t get even 3 feet away from you now. I hate you Malfoy, you’re a sniveling little prat! Do you even care about a single other person? I mean, I get that you hate me, but why make this assignment and my day any worse? It’s only 24 hours. You couldn’t even be decent for one day?? I can’t wait for when this stupid rope comes off and I can go back to never coming even close to you!”
“Well you asked for it, screaming my name, holding me tightly. Sounds more like you wanted to kiss me Granger,” Draco seethed.
Hermione let out a “Hmph” and sat back down on the roof. She realized she didn’t even have her book bag so she could study or read. She was thankful she had a watch to check the time. “We’ve only been stuck together for 2 hours!” Hermione groaned.
“Well, now it’s your turn, what do you want to do?” Draco asked.
“I’m not leaving this castle until the rope can be untied. Then I’ll get Harry to take me down.”
“And how do you think you’re going to tell him you’re up here?” Draco asked with a smirk.
Hermione didn’t know what to say. She figured she’d owl him or something. “I’d yell for him or something.”
“I think you’ve been yelling too many boys’s names Granger, people might start getting the wrong idea.”
Hermione slugged Draco’s arm. Draco raised his hands in defense, and said a quick, unmeaningful apology.
“I could bring us down right now you know.” Draco responded.
Hermione shook her head.
“Well you might change your mind since we’re kinda stuck for another 20 hours and we’ve only just had breakfast. People might wonder where we’ve both gone if we’re going to be missing basically 3 meals before our rope can be untied.”
“Well Harry will probably come find me then. I trust him and his broom more than you and yours.” Hermione retorted. She did not want to get on a broom with Draco again.
Hermione and Draco sat in silence for only about 20 minutes before draco became restless and bored.
“Come on, let’s play a game or something.” Draco whined.
“We’re playing the silent game, and you just lost.” Hermione quipped.
Draco mused quietly for a few more minutes. “Don’t you have any muggle games? I’m bored.”
Hermione finally listed off a few games they could play. These included: I spy, would you rather, Never have I ever, truth or dare, and two truths and a lie.
“What is ‘two truths and a lie’?” Draco asked what the last one was as he’d already forgotten the others she mentioned.
“Well, you come up with 3 statements about yourself. Two of them are truths, and the other one is a lie. The other person has to guess which statement is a lie.”
Draco thought they game was stupid, but he was bored out of his mind. “Okay, you start.” he recommended.
Hermione thought for a moment. She decided to make it extremely difficult for Draco.
“Okay, number one: My favorite movie is “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” Number two: My favorite video game is “Mario Kart”. Number three: I took gymnastics from age 3-10.”
“C’mon Granger. I don’t even know what any of those things are.” Draco responded. He didn’t even know which to choose.
“Okay, okay fine Malfoy. One: my middle name is Jean. Two: I suck at Wizard Chess. Three: I have a little brother who is 8 years old.”
Draco thought about it for a few minutes. “I think the lie is you suck at Wizard Chess. You’re probably good at everything.”
“Nope. I don’t have any siblings. Your turn.”
Draco mulled on his questions for a while. “Umm One: my middle name is Lucius. Two: my favorite subject is Divination. Three: I have a pet snake.”
“I think the lie is that your favorite subject is Divination.” Hermione determined.
“Nope.” Draco exaggerated the “p” sound in the word. “I don’t have a pet snake. My father doesn’t want me to have any pets besides my owl.”
“Oh, that’s dumb.” Hermione said. “I have a cat. His name is Crookshanks. Do you want a pet snake?”
“Yeah, I really like snakes. And not because I’m in Slytherin. I’ve really wanted a snake since as long as I could remember.” Draco told Hermione.
Draco and Hermione continued to have a civil conversation for a few more hours. Draco curiously asked what it was like in the muggle world. He wanted to know how different things were. Hermione told him what movies, and video games and gymnastics were.
Around lunch time, Draco’s stomach started growling rather loudly. To her surprise, Hermione’s stomach growled in response.
“Well, we could fly down and get some food.” Draco said.
Hermione shook her head. “I’m not getting back on that thing.”
A/N: Do you think Draco and Hermione are going to stay on the roof all night? Do you think Hermione will be brave enough to get on the broom?
If you were playing two truths and a lie with Hermione Granger, what would you pick as the lie in these three statements? Review below your answer!
My favorite movie is “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” Number two: My favorite video game is “Mario Kart”. Number three: I took gymnastics from age 3-10.”
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