Harry Potter had managed to scare u a better topic of conversation, "So, Hermione tells me that you had the gall to tell her that you were doing me an unasked for favor, by not ... interfering, last night?"
"I said... most of that, yes. I wouldn't term it a favor, more giving you a sporting chance." Draco Malfoy said, his eyes sparkling like shattered glass at the last two words.
"Explain." Harry Potter bit out, not wanting Malfoy to just leave it there. "I'd rather hear it from the horse's mouth."
Malfoy's eyes blinked at the phrase, the corners of his mouth twitching down infinitesimally. If he wasn't so well trained, his brow might have furrowed a bit. "The crazy bints were coming up with outlandish rumors, the type that everyone will repeat once round the halls, and then they'll die a quick death."
"They know it, you know it, everyone knows it." Malfoy said snidely. "Except for Granger there."
"Hey! It's not my fault I don't listen to gossip! That's a good thing." Granger repeated stalwartly.
"Leave it to the Gryffindor Brain to turn down information for the sake of mere principal." Malfoy drawled.
"At least I have princeples. Your father looks out for anything, anyway. Power? Money? Prestige? Dogshit?" Granger said, and Harry had to muffle an unexpected snort at that last one.
"You don't want to hear what I have to say about Dumbledore either, Granger. Besides, I wasn't talking about your parents. I was talking about you. And for all the traits I've inherited from my father, his inherent ability and taste for self-aggrandizement is something I, quite fortunately, lack."
"What would you have done, Malfoy?" otter interrupted the conversation as soon as he saw it was likely to explode.
"I'd have crafted a believable rumor - maybe even one a shade more conservative than would normally sell." Malfoy responded with the ease of someone who's been thinking these thoughts for a while. "But that, ladies and gentlemen, would wreck more harm on your image than any of those self-serving rumors.
Harry nodded, even as Hermione glared at him, upset that he'd taken Draco Mafoy's side.
[a/n: third of the day. leave review.]
[a/n: Malfoy's eyes are fun to come up with descriptions of. I should work harder on Harry's eye descriptions Maybe next Snape scene. Leave a review.]