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Just Decide by katiefelton

Rating: MatureStory Reviews: 657
Chapters: 25
Words: 105537
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, George, Ginny
Genre(s): Mystery, Romance
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Pairings: Draco/Hermione, Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione
Status: Completed
First Published: 2009.11.13
Last Published Chapter: 2014.06.27
Last Updated: 2014.06.27
Favorite Story Of: 469 users
Advisory: Strong violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Substance abuse, Sensitive topic/issue/theme

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A passionate night with a former lover, mixed a heinous murder, can only lead to trouble. Now Hermione Granger must decide: watch Draco Malfoy be sentenced to a crime he didn't committ, or expose secrets from their past to save his life? Mind blowing banner by chernabog rising @ TDA!

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Ch. # Chapter Title Word Count Reviews Read
1 Introduction: The Trial of Draco Malfoy

The judge watched as Draco’s eyes closed, almost in a sort of pain. Draco lifted his head to face him, his exhausted eyes displaying no signs of visible life.

“We have already been over this sir. I have no alibi.’’

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2 Wedding Woes

Between Hermione’s important job at the ministry as Head of the Regulation and Control Magical Creatures Department, and planning a large wedding with Ron, the mess in her living room hadn’t had much of an effect on her.

2202 25
3 Business Partners

“And when I say Department of International Magical Cooperation, I am speaking specifically of the fabulous Head of the department, my close colleague Draco Malfoy.”

Her neatly organized notes and quills tumbled out of her hands.

4119 24
4 Engagement Parties, Dinner Dates, and Worries

Hermione, wedged between Harry and Ron, listened half-heartedly to their Quidditch talk. Even with the fun she was having tonight, the thought of her upcoming meeting with Draco was a constant nagging in her head.

1871 17
5 A Reunion of "Old Friends"

Ron lifted his hands to gesture has he spoke.

“Out of all the people at the Ministry, you were paired with the pompous ferret himself. That’s rotten luck Hermione.”

She placed her hands on the table.

“Yes, um, rotten luck.”

3703 18
6 One Costly Mistake

“What are we doing Draco?” she whispered. He sighed, lifting a hand to hold her face.

“I don’t know.”

3005 21
7 A Victim of Circumstance

There was an eerie silence in the corridor, and the stale air seemed different. In an attempt to calm himself, Draco scolded his thoughts in his head. Relax. Terence is probably working this very minute. He just wanted to leave the doors open.

But he always closed them. And Draco knew this fact very well.

1811 19
8 The Murder of Terence Fletcher

“Hermione, Terence Fletcher was murdered.”
Hermione heard herself gasp. She clutched both hands to her mouth, and began to shake her head.
“That’s impossible-“

3069 13
9 He Couldn't Have Done It

Hermione had known Draco better than anyone else, and she believed that there was not a murderous sight within him.

3119 13
10 A Glimpse of Hope

A new wizard comes forth, and he is ready to help Draco Malfoy

4145 18
11 It All Comes Crashing Down

Hermione was gasping for air now, and her face was as pale as a ghost. Her hands were shaking uncontrollably as she grabbed the table for support.

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12 Open Scars

 Everything had finally fit into place, yet it was all falling apart. Draco was sitting in the solitude of a prison cell unjustly; he was innocent. The memory of his face haunted her very existence.

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13 Confrontation

“Draco, I will not sit in that courtroom, and watch them send you to Azkaban for a murder that you didn’t even commit. I can’t.”

He sighed.

“You have to. And you will.”

6544 22
14 It All Begins

“Even though it is Draco Malfoy being tried for murder, you never expected him to go this far.” 

Hermione nodded in agreement. “No, I didn’t.” 

She wasn’t sure if she responded to Mrs. Weasley’s statement, or to Draco’s drastic actions to protect her.

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15 Dead On the Surface, Screaming Underneath

It was complete, utter madness when the group exited the elevator. The massive crowd broke out in shouts as they began to walk towards the court room. Even with his head lowered, Draco could still see the crowd pushing against the aurors, and the blinding camera flashes erupting in his eyes.

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16 An Uncertain Future

As Blaise watched his closest friends and wife embrace Draco, he knew that his friend was ready for tomorrow. But a lone thought crossed his mind: were they?

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17 The Ministry of Magic vs. Draco Abraxas Malfoy

“Can you say it loud enough for the ladies and gentlemen of the jury to hear?”

Draco paused as he opened his eyes.

“I can’t give you an alibi.”

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18 Heartache

Every single witness so far had testified against him, whether they knew it or not. Her eyes searched for Draco, who had his bent slightly, and his hands clutched in front of him.

5421 28
19 Crossroads

“Ron, I’m only telling you this because I thought you should know.”

Ron’s eyes narrowed.

“Know what?”

3403 14
20 The Deliberation

Hermione’s heart began to accelerate within her chest as she slowly stood, and began to walk over to the witness chair.

5527 25
21 Farewell

“One day, you will understand why I did this.”

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22 Twisted Irony

As soon as the sun slipped below the horizon, and the pale moon rose to its peak in the blankets of stars, blurred visions overtook her mind. Images of cream-colored lilies, rows of unidentifiable faces, and woven lace swirled like pastels under her heavy eyelids. 

3777 37
23 A Turning Tide

The events of the last hour seemed unreal, like a far off dream. 

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24 Only Hope

“Your honor, if you don’t mind, I’m going to start at the beginning..." 

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25 Epilogue

 The End. 

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