Hermione sat, knees drawn up against her chest, in a plush armchair in Percy's office. Clutched in one hand was the note he had sent her earlier in the day, asking her to come by hi office after dinner. Her expression was pensive as she watched him, her relief at his recovery still apparent on her face. "So, why the urgent summons?" she asked with an almost-teasing smile. You should know I would be here whether you asked me or not. "And are you feeling well enough to be pacing about so?"
"Er... I'm feeling... fine," he replied quickly, running one hand through his hair as he was wont to do whenever extremely nervous. He gave her a small smile. "How are you? Now that you've graduated and... all that..."
She tilted her head to one side and raised an eyebrow. "I'm perfectly fine," she said slowly. "Everything is still sinking in, but I imagine it will be that way for some time. Everything. But you know all of this. I am more worried about you . And I can't bear the thought of . . . " her voice faltered slightly, and she shook her head. "I'm fine," she amended quickly, and added in a low voice, "but so very unsure of what lies ahead."
He nodded, before coming to a halt, standing directly in front of her. His glasses were slightly crooked, and his face showed clear apprehension but hope. "Well, see... this is the thing..." he paused, JUST ASK HER... "Hermione, I... well, you... you know that I couldn't have made it through this year without you..." He paused, in a mild panic. The perfectly polished, flawless, heartfelt speech that he'd come up with suddenly left his mind, JUST when he needed it! "I... er..."
Hermione raised both her eyebrows and reached out to take one of his hands. "What is it, Percy?" she asked, her voice small. His state of utter uncertainty was unnerving her slightly. Certainly if there were any serious problems he would have told her . . . ? "You know you can tell me anything? What's wrong?"
"Hermione," he whispered, his face slightly flushed as he gave her small hand a light squeeze, "I... you've made me whole this year. When things were... dark. You're... just amazing, and I..." Another panic-stricken moment and a dry swallow, and he made himself go on, despite already having botched the thing. "I love you more than anything. How could I not? You're so smart, and... just so incredibly beautiful, inside and out. If... if you want to give me a chance, I promise by all that I am and all that I have... that I'd try to make you happy always." Digging into his pocket with his other hand, he whispered, "M-marry me?"
Her mouth dropped open slightly in the middle of his speech, her breath coming in tiny gasps. Was he - ? Oh dear gods, he was. She blinked at him rapidly, barely registering the glitter of something green in his hand. "I . . . I . . . Percy!" she whispered, her voice slightly choked. Of all the plans she had made, the dreams she had absently entertained, thoughts of their future - she never foresaw this moment. Momentarily, words escaped her.
Percy flushed slightly, the words now coming almost incoherently, in a ramble, "I... I know this is rather sudden, but... I... well, I love you, and... "
And there was a sudden flurry of wild brown hair ( and one nerdslut pounces the other...Collapse )