Hermione quietly added newts tail to her cauldron and I spewed a pale green smoke. On her right, Ron nearly dropped a glass bottle and on her left, Neville as usual was having some difficulties.
“ I think he asked me out,” Hermione whispered to Ron.
“ What? Sorry I can’t hear you,” Ron said leaning over.
“ I think he asked me out,” Hermione repeated louder, but not so loud that Harry could hear who was on the other side of Ron.
“ Aww, who asked you out Granger?” said the cold, drawling voice of Draco Malfoy who was sitting behind them. “ Hagrid?”
Crabbe and Goyle laughed.
Hermione threw him a look of loathing and turned back to Ron. At least Malfoy wasn’t interested in her. But he had turned out quite handsome. His blonde hair had grown out a bit and his body was getting a bit more buffed up even though he was on the thin side. His gray eyes were deep and had a sense of mystery about them. “ You were saying,” Ron said interrupting her thoughts. “ Before the git interrupted us. Who’s he?”
“ Wood,” Hermione said. “ He asked me if I knew when the first Hogsmede trip was.”
“ Oh,” Ron said. “ So he didn’t really ask you out.”
“ Well isn’t that kinda sorta asking me out?” Hermione asked looking quite baffled.
“ Well-“ Ron was cut off my Snape.
“ Well if it isn’t Weasly and Granger. I would suggest you two love birds go back to working instad to chatting away,” he said.
They both blushed, but Ron got red in the face while Malfoy snickered. Harry looked up.
“ Ron? Hermione? What happened?” he asked looking quite dazed.
“ Oh nothing,” Hermione said quickly.
Harry turned back to continue his intent potions work. Ron turned back to Hermione as soon as snape was at the other corner of the room taunting another student. “ I dunno if that counts as asking you out. I mean as a guy, it’s just wondering. You know. Like a normal question. I mean, all I think is that he migh fancy you.” Ron put a bit of an emphasis on the might.
“ Oh,” Hermione said disappointed. “ You know, I really fancy him,” she said quietly to Ron.
“ Really?” Ron asked surprised. “ Does Harry know?”
“ NO!” Hermione exclaimed. “ Don’t tell him either. I don’t think he likes Wood very much. I don’t know why thought. Whenever I mention him he gets all funny.”
“ Oh, I see,” Ron said understanding everything. “ Don’t worry your secret is safe with me.”
“ That couldn’t have gone any worse,” Harry muttered to Hermione and Ron as they walked out of Potions class. Snape had ruthlessly vanished Harry’s silencing potion and received a zero for today’s work.
“ I know,” Hermione said sympathetically. “ Yours wasn’t nearly as bad as Crabbe’s or Goyles’. Theirs were smoking!” she exclaimed.
“ Ugh,” Harry pulled out his schedule from his bag.
“ Oy! Hermione,” a voice frantically called from behind them.
All three of them turned around simutamusely and they all raised their eyebrows in surprise. Oliver Wood was jogging towards them flailing his hands about. He came to an abrupt stop in front of them. “ Hey,” he said to all of them, a little out of breath. “ Could I steal Hermione away for a minute?” he asked.
“ Whatever,” Harry said rolling his eyes. He grabbed Ron and pulled him away from the two. “ Lets go to Charms.”
Ron looked back at them. “ Ok, I gotta go. Catch you in a minute Mione’”. Hermione nodded bewildered at Harry’s odd behavior.
“ Sorry about this morning,” Oliver said a little breathlessly. “ Katie… er I dunno, er she has problems,” he said shaking his head.
“ Oh, that’s ok,” Hermione said cracking a small grin.
“ You sure?” Oliver searched Hermione’s eyes.
“ Yes, I was fine,” Hermione said really smiling now.
“ You have a beautiful smile,” Oliver said unblushingly.
“ Why.. thank you,” Hermione said on the other hand blushing.
“ So, um, anyway, I was wondering if you would like to go for a stroll sometime today?” he asked nervously waiting for her answer. “ I understand if you don’t want to, er..?”
Hermione looked at him dumbstruck. Maybe he did like her, so was Ron wrong? Or was this a joke? Like a bet, Katie and Alicia wanted him to do.. Hermione thought about it for a second.
“ Um, I don’t know when I’m free,” she said quickly.
“ Oh,” Oliver said a bit disappointed. “ Can I see your schedule?”
Hermione took it out of her bag and handed it to him.
“ Hey you have nothing after Charms,” he said pointing at the empty time slot.
“ Oh, I was supposed to go to the library with Harry and Ron, but I guess they wouldn’t mind,” Hermione said.
“ Or I could go to the library with you,” Oliver offered.
“ No, no,” Hermione said quickly. “ I’d rather go for a walk.”
“ Oh great!” he said brightly. “ So I’ll meet you by the entrance at two o’clock then.”
“ Okay,” Hermione departed waving. “ Omigod, I can’t believe what he just asked me,” she said to herself. “ He’s the Quidditch captain. He has just as many groupies as Cedric!”
“ Bye!” Oliver called after her. She ran to charms wouldn’t be late.
Harry and Ron were waiting for her outside the Charms classroom. “ What was that about?” Harry asked, but he didn’t wait for an answer and he barreled on. “ So anyway, Ron and I were thinking we should start our potions essay first in the library and then we should start that Transfiguration homework.”
“ I said we should do our Astr-“ he stopped looking at Hermione who had turned quiet again.
“ I don’t know how to tell you guys this,” she said biting her lip.
“ What?” harry asked exasperatedly.
“ Um, Oliver asked me to take a stroll with him,” she said. They waited for her to continue. “ Today.”
“ OK? That’s great,” Ron said giving her a thumbs up.
“ During our free time, when we were supposed to go to the library,” Hermione finished looking at them both.
“ Well you told him no right,” Harry said staring at Hermione. “ Because you said you would help us with our homework. You know I can’t do all of my potions work without you.”
“ That’s the problem Harry,” Hermione explained. “ I told him I could go. Well I wanna go so I was hoping you guys wouldn’t mind,” she pleaded.
Harry opened his mouth but Ron dragged him inside the classroom. “ Its okay Hermione, go, I’ll take care of harry. Hes on the off side today if you noticed,” he told Hermione quietly.
“ Thanks,” she said shaking her head. “ Yeah, I noticed. I wonder whats up with him.”
Once she was out of earshot, Ron said to himself, “ You my dear girl, you.”
****************************** Hermione put on a swipe of lip gloss and brushed her hair out before running back down to the entrance to meet Oliver. As she was walking down the stairs, she caught a sight of him leaning against the doors. He looked so hot with his hair all mussed up and golden tan.
“ Hey!” she called down to him. He straightened up and waved.
“ Glad you could come,” he said to her. “ Shall we?” he opened the doors and rays of sunlight hit them both. Hermione blinked a couple of times so her eyes could adjust.
“ It’s a nice day out,” she observed looking at the lake as they walked around the grounds.
“ Lets sit,” Oliver suggested he sat by the willow tree and patted the seat next to him. Hermione hesitated just for a second, but sat down slowly.
Oliver turned and faced her. He looked into her eyes.
“ I really like you Hermione,” he said gently stroking her cheek. “ I hope you know that.”
Then Hermione really went speechless. After processing the thought she said, “ Y-y-ou do?”
Oliver laughed. “ How’s this for an answer?” he leaned in and kissed her gently on the lips. Hermione closed her eyes and kissed him back. He pulled back and traced her face with his callused but fairly soft fingertips. “ Did I tell you that you’re beautiful?” he asked kissing her again.
“ Mm,” she responded still a little astounded.
“ Come here,” Oliver cradled her in his strong arms.
A little distance away, they were not aware that a pair of eyes was watching them from afar…
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