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Rule Number One (miz_thang88) (July 19)
[mis] kelly + alisha
neversleeps wrote in 30_hath
Title: Rule Number One
Author: Miz Thang
House: Slytherin, always.
Date/Challenge: July 19 - she hath spoke what she should not.
Characters/Pairing: Hermione Granger, HG/DM implied
Rating: FRT / PG-13
Word Count: 327
Warnings: Angst.
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything but the little story’s idea. Everything else belongs to who it belongs to.
Summary: Hermione breaks rule number one. For 30_hath's July 19th prompt - she has spoke what she should not.
 
Draco stares at you for a moment in disbelief. And in disgust, and in contempt, and in amazement. And you know it’s because you shouldn’t have said what you did, but should you be forced to hold it in? Hide it like a dirty secret?
 
“Breaking rules now, Granger?” he asks and his voice sounds a bit hoarse, higher than the usual. He’s nervous, and you can tell. He’s nervous, and he doesn’t know how to get out of this situation, how to get away from you. And he really does want to get away from you. You’ve just broken rule number one of your arrangement with him. And that was to not get attached.
 
“I just – it came out, Malfoy. What do you expect me to do?” You ask. Your eyes are bright with unshed tears as you stare into the face of a person you should not feel for. Should not want. Like. Love – the list goes on and on.
 
“Take it back. Just, take it back and never say it again.” He says, lifting his chin in a show of superiority. He’s still nervous, you can tell, and that makes your choice all that more easier, because you know why he’s nervous.
 
“No.” You lift your chin in a show of strength, and you brace yourself, staring at him. And you say – “I love you.”
 
He stares at you, and his upper lip lifts into the beginnings of a sneer. He doesn’t, however, instead leaving you. Leaving you behind because your arrangement has ended [and for some reason he won’t think of, he doesn’t want to watch you fall apart – how do you know if not by the look in his eyes right before he intends to depart forever?].
 
You don’t falter, though. You’ve never given up before now, and this wasn’t the time to start. Your tears remained unshed, and you decided that your arrangement with Draco needed a new rule number one.

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