44. Making Up
A long night of talking it out with Ginny and a huge fight with Draco later I had to face my greatest problem. Talking to Harry and Ron and having to apologize on top of that. I sighed heavily as I entered the Gryffindor common room after dinner and immediately searched the room for my friends. Could I even still call them friends? Soon I spotted the two of them sitting in the far corner of the room. However they got up and headed towards their dormitory as they spotted me walking up to them.
"No wait," I meant to shout but it was nothing more than a hoarse whisper.
Nevertheless they had heard it and stood still, waiting for me to go on.
"I decided to leave you-know-what. Can I please join the DA?" I asked them bursting into tears.
Harry seemed to hesitate but Ron shook his head.
"Traitors aren't meant to be part of the DA." he growled, drawing attention to us.
"I split up with Draco," was the last thing I managed to say before my heavy sobbing overshadowed every other noise in the room.
More and more people stared at us but I didn't care I even let myself down to kneel in front of my old friends begging for mercy.
Surprisingly it was Ron who made the first step. He held out his hand and as I took it he pulled me up into a tight embrace. It was very comforting but the tears now ran down Ron's back and soaked his white shirt.
"You're back. The Hermione we missed so much this school year," Ron said relieved.
A smile came across my lips but the tears wouldn't stop. Tears of joy replacing those of regret and sadness.
A week later I knew about all the happenings I missed in my new-old friends lives. Harry was obviously more than just disliked by Professor Umbridge. He still had visible signs of the torment he had to take on during his detention a month back. Nobody apart from the Slytherins seemed to like her at all. Not really surprising with all the bad impressions she has left behind. Especially when it came to the DA which somebody ticked her off about she seamed to be eager to catch them. It was only two days after Fred and George had told me all about the unfairness and rudeness of her when they got expelled. Nobody knew how long they had planned doing it but as big as their explosive goodbye was, it must have been the best part of the year. Professor Umbridge was of course outraged and hadn't Fred and George taken off on their brooms, everybody was convinced they would have seen Azkaban from the inside by now. Umbridge was even keener on destroying the DA and every student within after Dumbledore had claimed it as his and got suspended. However we proved hard to catch as I had invented a way of setting up a meeting without actually having to talk in school about it. Harry had handed out my coins and it would show the date of the next meeting whereas the time would always be midnight. Neville had to use his Remembrall as he had lost his coin already and we could't risk giving him another one in case he lost it again and somebody else would find it. It was the day of my first DA meeting when I passed Draco on his own.
"Hermione can we talk please," Draco begged me. "Let's work things out. We sure can."
So yet again I had to decide between my friends or him. The way he looked at me with his sad but loving eyes made the decision easier. How I hoped it would be the right one.