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"I'll try the risotto.""Very good choices," the waiter said.'Help me,' Blaise mouthed across the table at Draco who just shrugged and asked Hermione whether she'd had a nice day.The two of them chatted about the afternoon Hermione and Theo had spent with the Weasley clan and Lavender's decision to follow every last traditional custom she could unearth and how that was driving Ron round the bend while Ginny continued to drop as many double entrendres into the conversation as she could."You know," Draco said to the information about Lavender, "I never liked that girl but the discovery she's making Weasley nutty makes me warm to her.""Good," said Hermione, "because you'll have to be my date to their wedding in two weeks.""Wait, what? "We can just apparate.""And I can get Draco to rub my feet afterward as we sit shamefully unchaperoned in his flat. Maybe you and Blaise will be busy christening their flat.""A girl can dream," Ginny said. If we leave now we should have the timing right that they'll be waiting for us.""Lead on," Hermione said. Somehow they'd managed to check off every rule of how you had to dress to be properly modest while still looking not the slightest bit dowdy or, for that matter, modest. " Draco murmured near her ear as she walked past him and into the shadowed restaurant."I could suck you off under the table," she said in an almost bitter undertone that only reached him. A hidden adoption revealed, a brother found, a new world to figure out: "What are you hoping for? She'd gotten dressed at her own flat and then come to Ginny's to hang out while her partner in crime got ready, a bag of last minute prep tools in hand so she could do her hair with Ginny's help."I know," Ginny said as she settled a dress over her hips. You'd look dumpy in flats with that.""Agreed," Ginny said, "but this offers easy access for post-date playtime, plus it's technically all pureblood proper with the length and the cap sleeves and all.""Given Blaise thought I would be ruined by hanging out in their flat, you may have a hard time convincing the man to slip his hand under that skirt, no matter how easy you make the access." Hermione shoved another pin into her hair in an attempt to corral it into a chic updo. "I better not have to walk very far, though.""We magic," Ginny said smugly as she stood up and slipped her feet into her own heels. "Damn," he said as he watched the pair walk toward them. Blaise, this is my friend Ginevra Weasley."Blaise took her hand and brushed his lips across her fingertips. "I cannot tell you how I've looked forward to this evening."Ginny smiled at him over her hand until he realized he was still holding it and dropped it with ungainly haste. "Do you think we'll get above the fold or below the fold?
"I mean, officially and in the papers and everything.""Yes," Draco said. Among other things.""Good to know," Hermione said, "I mean, assuming Draco here doesn't work out.""You will not take Dean Thomas as your date," Draco muttered. " Hermione asked and held her flute towards Draco for him to refill. to bring one's significant other to these things." She picked up her newly filled flute and idly spun it beween her fingers.
"I suppose I can just find out the hard way."Blaise gaped a bit but was yet again rescued by alcohol as the champagne he'd selected was presented to him and he nodded that, yes, that was the one he'd wanted and the sommelier opened it and poured a small amount into his glass.