Harry watched Hermione glare daggers at Draco across the table. Pansy was draped across Draco, and running her hands through his hair in an almost romantic fashion. The only thing missing was the actual attraction in their eyes, neither seemed to be wanting to be with each other but were doing it for some other purpose, and from the quick glances Draco was throwing Hermione's way, he guessed it was to make her jealous.
Hermione was trying to keep calm and just continue her conversation with Harry, but every so often her eyes would wander to the couple sitting directly across from them and she would get unintentionally angry. She wasn't jealous… No why would she be? It was just improper to be showing affection at the breakfast table. Yes that was why she was so angry. With that thought in mind she returned to
her conversation with Harry
But then it happened, Draco leaned down, Pansy leaned up and their lips met. Hermione knew she was staring but she couldn't help it.
How dare they kiss at the table!!
"Harry I need the bathroom" she stood, scratching her chair along the floor and then left the hall as quickly as she possibly could
As soon as she was out of the room, Draco promptly pulled away, whispered quietly in Pansy's ear, stood and then left the hall, leaving Harry and Pansy alone at the fifth year Christmas table.
"Granger!" his voice rang through the empty hall she was currently storming down. Ignore him; ignore him, her inner voice coursed through her head
"WHAT?!" she turned to face him completely exasperated
"Get rid of that tone so I can talk to you!"
"I don't want to talk to you Malfoy!" she hissed at him
"Granger" he whispered as he walked into her personal space
"Are you jealous?" he asked pushing a small strand of hair behind her ear
"Why would I be jealous?" she snapped, slapping his hand away from her face
"You left the hall pretty quickly when I kissed Pansy"
"I needed a bathroom!"
"yes, that's why you've been walking in the complete opposite direction of the toilets" he pointed out incredibly sarcastically
Her shoulders fell in defeat "Just leave me alone Malfoy"
"Granger it's Christmas! You're never angry with me at Christmas"
"Yes well this year you've been an extra big jerk! Plus you have Pansy this year, so just go hang out with her!"
"How have I been and extra big jerk?" he demanded, suddenly insulted and getting angry very quickly
"Oh I don't know maybe the fact you joined the Inquisitorial Squad, and you've made this year extra hard for any of us!"
his anger peaked at this comment and he grabbed her wrist and pushed her against the closest wall "I only joined that squad to get back at you!" he yelled
Hermione had the ability to get away, but this year he had gone out of his way to make her life, as well as Ron's and Harry's hell, and Damn it she wanted to know why
"What did I do Malfoy?! Hmm what did I do that is so horrible?" she yelled back at him
His face slowly changed from anger to sadness and he released her hands. He didn't step away however
"What did I do?" she asked again, this time more softly
He looked away from her and answered quietly "You told people about our room and now your holding your club their"
She was stunned by his answer, and it took her sometime to realise what he was talking about
"the room of requirement?"
he nodded. She gently placed her hand on his face and turned it so he was looking at her
"Draco, Neville found the room of requirement. It presents itself to anyone; I couldn't help it that he found it." She stopped and thought for a moment "Why didn't you turn us in, if you knew we were there"
To this Draco shrugged his shoulders "I suppose I don't want you to get caught" he gently touched her face and started to lean down. She had wanted him to kiss her since they started talking. Even though she was angry at him, the kiss they had shared last Christmas ran fresh in her mind everyday. She hated to admit it to herself but she was jealous of Pansy.
"Pansy" she whispered before his lips could touch hers "You can't do this! You're with Pansy! I'm not a Whore Draco!" she was getting angrier and angrier with the realisation of what she could have just done. Kissed a boy with a girlfriend.
"Granger calm down! Pansy and i aren't together. She just wants to spend time with Potter. I knew you'd get jealous and leave if I kissed her, so that's what we did. right now she's in the great hall having a wonderful conversation with Potter about god knows what"
"Pansy likes Harry?" she asked confused "But their so different!"
"So are we"
"Yes, but I don't like you"
"Granger, don't lie"
"I'm not lying"
"Granger you want me to kiss you right now"
"No I don't" it was barely more then a whisper
"Okay you don't. Meet me in the library tonight. Our spot. Read to me"
before she could reply he was walking away
She was reading silently to herself when he sat down in front of her.
"What are you reading me this year?"
"Pride and Prejudice" she answered not stopping reading to look up at him
"I've read that" he announced proudly
"good, you can listen from where I'm up to" she began to read aloud. Draco normally would sit with his eyes closed and just listen to her read. This year however he laid his head on her lap and then closed his eyes. Hermione looked down at him for a moment, and then continued to read to him.
She read to him way into the night, past curfew and past when most people had gone to bed. It was only when she yawned she realised how late it was. She closed the book and waited for the moment when the boy in her lap would open his eyes. However he didn't
"Draco?" his breathing was even and deep
"Draco wake up" she gently nudged him. A moment later his eyes opened slightly
"idshf ldhfk dkan" he muttered
"What did you just say?"
"I don't want to get up"
She smiled down at him "Too bad"
She helped him to his feet and Together, side-by-side, they walked out of the library, every so often bumping against each other. once
they were outside the library Hermione turned to Draco and quick as lightening before he could possibly react she kissed him.
"I didn't get you anything this year, I thought that could suffice" she whispered
Grabbing her wrists and pulling her closer to him, Draco leaned down and kissed her. It wasn't a fast kiss. No it was like the kiss the year before when neither wanted to let go. She could smell him everywhere it was intoxicating and perfect. He gently pulled away and smiled down at her
"I didn't get you anything either, are we even?"
She just smiled up at him
"If you're not a jerk ill spend it with you" she whispered smiling
"Then I wont be a jerk" he winked at her slyly
she turned and began to walk away, calling over her shoulder
"Happy Christmas Draco"
he replied quickly
"Happy Christmas Hermione"