Hermes' secret

Chapter 12

A/N: I'm back! Read and enjoy. Don't forget to review...

That day at dinner, Blaise and Pansy were arguing ,like normal.

'I do not talk like that!' Pansy screeched for the millionth time at Blaise ,who was chuckling affectionately.

'You so do' he accused ,nudging Hermione as he did so 'Don't you think ,Hermes? Hermes? HERMES?'

'What?' Hermione asked ,startled out of her stupor. 'Did you say something?'

'What has happened to you all?' Blaise asked ,tapping Draco and Theo who were also staring off into space ,both ,though they didn't know it, thinking about the same girl.

'Nothing' Theo replied ,rubbing his eyes.

'You've all been acting weirdly ever since Hogsmeade. There wasn't anything in the drinks ,was there?' Pansy asked.

'Hermes didn't drink anything' Blaise shook his head in exasperation 'He was off with the Weaselette'

'Oh, yeah. What did you two get up to?' Pansy asked.

'Ummm, uh. She wanted to show me her Halloween costume' Hermione replied before blushing deeply and looking anywhere but at Draco ,who was looking at her with narrowed eyes. 'Well, I've got to go' She got up from the table.

'Your food. You haven't eaten a thing ,though' Theo called ,but Hermione didn't answer. Either she couldn't hear or she didn't want to.

'I'll go see what happened. He hasn't eaten a thing since lunch.' Theo said before leaving the table himself.

'I'll go too' Draco said ,after a moment of apprehension ,running after his two friends.

'They all haven't eaten a thing' Pansy whispered to herself. 'I do hope they're feeling alright' She looked towards Blaise for a reply ,but Blaise wasn't listening to thing she said ,too occupied by his plate full of food. 'Boys' she took her head with exasperation ,a hint of affection in her eyes. Blaise Zabini really was some boy.

'Theodore Nott!' Draco called after Theo ,who was speed walking through the halls after Hermes ,who was long gone. 'Theo!'

'What!' Theo asked ,exasperatedly ,turning around and glaring at his childhood friend. Draco said nothing. Instead, he dragged Theo into a nearby empty classroom ,locking and soundproofing the door. 'Didn't know you swung that way mate?' Theo joked ,confused at Draco's actions.

'Stop fooling around' Draco said with finality. 'I want to know what's been going wrong'

'Going wrong?' Theo asked ,trying to hide his apprehension. 'Nothing is wrong. I'm all fine'

'Don't lie ,Theo' Draco shook his head. 'What have you been doing in the library all these nights? I've seen you staring at Hermes ,as well. Does he know about what is going on with you? Should I ask him?'

'No!' Theo cried 'Don't tell Hermes! I want to try and sort this out myself before I tell her!'

'Her?' Draco asked with confusion. 'He's a boy. What are you talking about?'

'I shouldn't know this ,but when I was out on one of my nightly walks, I heard...' And then Theo explained. He explained what he had heard that night; what he had found out from his research and how the library was proving a futile information source. 'There haven't even been any photos of her. Not one.'

'So Hermes Orion is actually a girl and none other than Hermione Granger?' Draco asked. Theo nodded. There were a few moments of silence before Draco stood up in a rage and stormed towards the door ,ready to throw it open.

'No' Theo held him back. 'There must be a reason for her her deceit. Draco, listen to me, remember what she did for us. She found that black cassette thing. She obviously cares about our relationship. She must have a valid reason for all this. Draco, listen to me!' Draco ripped himself from Theo's grasp ,but didn't proceed to bang open the door. Instead, he sat down in a nearby chair and held his head in his hands ,panting heavily.

'Alright' he said eventually 'I won't tell ,but don't expect me to keep this up for much longer'

'I don't think we're going to have to. Sooner or later, we're going to find out her reason. We'll have to!'

'Well, what have you found so far?' Draco asked. Theo pulled out the short list he had found out about Hermione Granger and showed it to Draco. The rest of the night, they placed their heads together in bid to figure something about Hermione Granger ,but their hope was dying fast.

Hermione Granger was a really tricky crossword puzzle.

Hermione looked at herself in the bathroom mirror. The boy reflected back at her looked like a completely different person ,but she knew it was her. Tilting her head from side to side, Hermione inspected her gelled hair. Theo had insisted on helping her with it and she had to admit, he had done an amazing job. The fake fangs she wore on her canines glinted in the harsh light of the bathroom as she twirled around ,her cape flying about her. Patting her chest for the last time, Hermione emerged from the bathroom and into the dormitory. She was met with the face of Draco ,who narrowed his eyes for a moment ,inspecting her costume before returning his attention to the full length mirror in front of himself.

'You look amazing ,mate' Blaise clapped Hermione on the back 'but not as good as me' Hermione chuckled at that before looking serious.

'You sure ,right?' Hermione asked ,nervously ,fingering the seam of her cloak.

'Fishing for compliments ,eh?' Theo chuckled before smiling 'You really do look fine. Stop worrying'

'Yeah, you look just like a man' Draco called from his place i front of the mirror. There was a tense silence for a few moments before Blaise broke it ,completely oblivious to the tension between his three friends.

A/N: Hey, this is an extra bonus chapter to make up for last week's absence. Sorry about that ,by the way. From now on, I'll try harder to post at least one chapter every week.

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