45. Joining The DA
Joining The DA
"I don't think this will work out," I pointed out, hating the look of pain on his face. "We're just too different in the end of the day."
Even though he looked as if he was about to cry, I strode away not looking back, knowing well it would make the decision harder. How he could go from the fighting, angry face to the loving and soft Draco she adored so much in just a night made him suspicious. He wasn't trustworthy enough anymore. Tears running down my own face, I ran towards the dungeons where I had Potions. Unfortunately of course the Slytherins had Potions too as always. For the whole two hours I didn't dare look up from the cauldron we still shared. Draco didn't talk either. It was as if we had gone back to last year, him being the unbearably arrogant Slytherin and me being the by him so despised Muggleborn. As soon as the lessons were over, I packed and hurried away, knowing well I wasn't capable of handling the situation yet. Ginny couldn't help but glancing at me every few minutes in History of Magic. I deeply regretted having told her during break about the awkward meeting with Draco. Professor Binns seemed to be even more boring than usual, yet I tried hard following his lessons to get my mind off of everything.
The same evening, I told Ginny all about it and she looked at me concerned.
"Being our friend doesn't have to mean shooting him in the wind." she told me, biting her lower lip.
"But this does." I replied and pointed at the Dark Mark which was concealed by my cloak.
She could say no more as Neville and Luna entered the room, talking excitedly. That Neville was one of the first to arrive must be a first, as both Ginny and Harry looked at him in disbelief. At the beginning, I only watched them casting spells and shielding them until I decided to join. My dueling partner was Cho who didn't stand a chance against my 'Expelliarmus'. Not even her feeble attempt at 'Protego' helped her and she was thrown backwards into a cabinet against the wall. Harry rushed over to her to see whether she was alright, whereas some students I didn't know cautiously looked at me. Obviously they feared being next I thought and so did Harry.
"Now," he spoke up to make himself heard. "Why don't we go on to practicing out Patronuses again? Last time we may have made great progress but we can do better."
His attempt at a motivational speech was exactly what the DA had needed and they went back to their own business, trying hard conjuring a Patronus. 'Expecto Patronum' was soon yelled throughout the great room and silvery strains escaped wands all over.
"Are you alright, Hermione," Harry asked, suddenly beside me. "Can you handle this?"
I looked at him furiously. Just as I wanted to yell at him, the door opened with a great bang.