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I could have easily moved away from him; he wasn’t touching me at all except for at our noses. I was holding onto him. Despite this, I couldn’t back away.
“I gave you goosebumps?” he asked me, rhetorically of course, with a genuine, crooked smile breaking across his face. Before I could even open my mouth to respond, he had already turned and walked away, and I was left at my seat bright red and wide mouthed.
“Please...just don’t move, okay?” he said in a quiet but demanding tone. I nodded once and gulped.
“You are bloody crazy! Why on earth would I choose to date a filthy mudblood like Granger?” he spat. His words knocked the wind out of me.
The Highest Tower
A crooked smile broke out on his face as he realized what I was doing, “You can move this time, Hermione,” he said. I grinned at him just at the sound of my name coming out of his mouth again. Not mudblood, not Granger, just Hermione.
All of Harry's actions were going through my head; the note he had given me, his warning, I couldn't help but admit that he had been right about everything.
As much as I wanted to completely forget about him and move on with Harry and Ron, I knew that there would always be a part of me that remembered the Draco that was kind-hearted, sweet and chivalrous.
I stared at him with wide eyes as I let my hands slide carefully down his neck, exploring the welts and bruises that continued down to his broad shoulders.
For Each Other
“You can be angry at me. But please, don’t let this ruin everything. I am so sorry that you are feeling the way you do. But this is a choice that I have decided to make,” I said, pleading slightly for forgiveness from them. They didn’t seem too interested granting any to me.
The Unspoken Truth
Even though I knew they were coming, the words hit me with a force that left me gasping for air. When Draco slowly let go of my hand, the world stopped.
Owls and Apparation
“All right, when do we leave?” he asked me with a whisper, holding me close.
“I don’t think I can make you happy,” he admitted sadly as I frowned at him. “Not like this.”
“I don’t deserve you,” he said, with a crooked smile. I wrapped my arms around his neck and tilted his head up so he was looking directly at me.
My mum paused before continuing. “We both know you can’t Draco. I know why you did all of those things. Because that is who you are,” she responded with determination in her voice.
“Please…” I started in a hopelessly miserable tone. Harry avoided my eyes as he threw the cloak onto himself and disappeared beneath it right in front of me.
I'll Always Return
“I can barely say goodbye to you, even though you were still going to be standing right beside me under that cloak,” he said in a hopeless tone. I couldn’t move as he gave me one last soft kiss on the lips; it was too depressing to move, speak, or function. Without him, I wasn’t whole.
Minutes seemed like hours. Hours felt like days. Time moved at an unbearable pace without Draco by my side.
Closing the Distance
After calling his name, many people had stopped to watch what was unfolding in the hallway, but I could care less. My eyes were only on one person. My mind was focused on one thing.
I zapped it and the whole room looked as though nothing had ever happened. To me, it looked exactly how it did before Lucius Malfoy decided to tear my world apart.
I watched the way his lips pouted when he frowned. I watched how he cocked his head to the side in worry. I watched the way he analyzed my face for an answer. For the first time in a long time, I felt safe.
I couldn’t take it anymore. He was right about everything. My world was not right without him in it.
I could kiss him without thinking twice and touch him without worrying about who was watching. It was in these moments that we were the happiest.
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