The Unbreakable Vow

After the war things have taken an unexpected turn in everyone's life… what happens when Draco Malfoy ends up being forced to work and stay with his lifetime enemy Hermione Granger… will they ever realize the feeling that both of them had buried within themselves during their seventh year...

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5. Chapter 4

Draco was thrilled and he owled Blaise and Pansy telling them that he passed his interview and was going to work. Draco told his parents about his job and they were really happy for him. Draco thought that nothing could go wrong now.His life was taking a good turn after all but little did he know that something so unexpected was waiting for him.

Draco got ready and apparated to his office building. His first day in his first job was something he definitely wanted to make the best of all the moments in his life. Draco greeted Mrs. Johnson and headed to the lift to take him to Mr. Williams office so that he could assign him his work. Draco smiled all the way. He got off the last and was heading towards the office when he bumped into someone who was carrying a huge stack of files that covered them so that Draco couldn't see who was it. The files fell on the ground and Draco apologized as soon as possible and began picking up the files. The person seemed to froze. Draco looked up and his jaw dropped as he recognized the person that had frozen like him. She was looking at him with a complete surprise. The caramel brown eyes met grey silver ones. The person standing there was non other than Hermione Granger.

"Malfoy..…!? You in here....."

"Granger?" Draco stood up. "I should have figured it out though!" He said it more to himself.

"I can't believe that of all the people I meet you after years besides in a place where you are least expected to be found."said Hermione placing her hands on her hips.

Draco looked at her. She had changed a lot since he last saw her. He last saw her on their graduation program and since then they hadn't heard of one another. Their seventh year had definitely been much of a surprise for both of them. They were the Head Boy and the Head Girl. They shared a common room together and did their head duties together. They even were civil to each other at times but years of difference didn't help them much in becoming good friends however.

"Malfoy?" Hermione waved her hands in front of his face. Draco looked away at once.

"C'mon I'll help you pick these up."said Draco looking at the files that were scattered on the floor.

They both started to pick the files up. Draco handed over the files to Hermione and she thanked him and vanished to the lift. Draco sighed and went to his boss's office. Mr. Williams was looking over some files at his desk when Draco knocked on the door. He gestured Draco to take his seat and handed him some files. Draco cautiously took them and looked at Mr. Williams.

"Well I have got a project for you. It's not a small project, you'll be working with one of the best workers at my place and you better be good to her because she can be fierce at times. But she is a really hardworking person. You both have to finish this project within a year and as per our contract Draco you work here for a year too. So that won't be a problem. I need you to give your best to this project."

"I will Mr. Williams!"said Draco surveying the files.

Just then there was a knock on the door and someone came in. Draco didn't bother to look at who was it.

"Come and sit here Ms.Granger."Draco looked up right away in mention of the name. There she was again looking at him in complete surprise.

"Malfoy?" Hermione couldn't believe this.

It was her second encounter with him this morning. Hermione was not irritated but she was just surprised. Her boss,Mr. Williams had talked about handing her a very important project since a week ago and she had been a lot busy this year. She was the head of the department and she always had a lot of meetings to attend. That was not just it she also had to take care about her personal life. She had hated every seconds of her life ever since she moved out of the borrow. But she had no choice. She was moving on in her life when all of a sudden fate brought her to Malfoy. She didn't loathe him like she previously did. They had been heads during their seventh year after they returned to Hogwarts. Hermione even considered Draco a really good person at times and then they even had moments when they were like friends.

"Ms. Granger?"said Mr. Williams.

"Yes Mr. Williams!"said Hermione sitting on the chair next to Draco.

"As I was talking about the project to you last time, I found just the right partner for you." Mr. Williams looked at Draco and grinned."Mr. Malfoy I want to introduce you to the head of this department and the best worker in here, Ms. Hermione Granger." He looked at Hermione and said,"This is Mr. Draco Malfoy the head mentor of the department. I want both of you to handle this project together. It's a very important project.I don't like failures so you both better give your best to this."

"But we can't work together!"said Hermione instantly. Mr. Williams raised his eyebrow.

"Why Ms. Granger what seems to be the problem?"

"I can't work with him because…"Hermione was at the loss of words. What would she even explain to her boss that they had been loggerheads since they first knew each other and they had fought for uncountable times.

"Do you both know one another?"asked Mr Williams.

"Yes we went to Hogwarts together."said Draco. Hermione looked at him in surprise. Draco gave her a questioning look.

"Oh that's even better since you know each other because it will help you both in this project."said Mr. Williams beaming.

"But we can't simply work together for a year."said Draco.

"Were you both not friends?"asked Mr. Williams seeing a disgusted looks on both Hermione's and Draco's face.

"No we were not, we couldn't even stand each other!" Hermione sounded angry but she tried her best not to even sound like it but she was being too obvious.

Mr. Williams looked at both of them and said,"Oh I get it that you both had a thing and then parted your ways, isn't it?"

Draco and Hermione spoke at once, "No!" They looked at each other and then at Mr. Williams who seemed scared by their sudden fierceness.

"It's nothing that way. I think we should sort this thing out. We just cannot work together!" ,said Hermione.

"You see Miss Granger that is not an option at all. I have to get this project done by any means and I need the best people to handle this project and who else than you and Mr. Malfoy. You may think why am I getting Mr. Malfoy into this project, it's simply because he has something that others don't. You know and the whole department of Elfish welfare knows that I have rejected almost a hundred candidate to chose the best mentor and no one except Mr. Malfoy was able to win my heart!"

"Well Mr. Williams…"Hermione was cut off by her boss.

"Miss Granger there is not much time left to argue on this and besides there's no point to this discussion." Hermione rolled her eyes in exasperation.

"Well I think you have forgotten that there are many other qualified workers with whom I can work like Helena Hamilton, Jacob Wilson, Matthew Smith and who not but of all the people you choose Malfoy to work with me." Hermione sounded really mad.

"But Mr.Malfoy is just the right person for this project besides I have assigned Miss Hamilton and Mr Smith into another project while Mr. Wilson is already busy with his project. I want you to work together only for a year and that's all that I ask for."

"What if we end up killing each other?"asked Draco. Mr. Williams looked at Draco in surprise at the mention of his statement. He looked at Hermione who gave the same look as Draco as if they could actually kill each other.

"I think I have got just the solution for both of you!",said Mr. Williams. The both of them looked at their boss."An unbreakable vow!" Hermione gasped and Draco looked at him with his jaw open.

"An Unbreak…"

"Able Vow?"completed Draco. Hermione and he both looked at each other.

"Yes an Unbreakable Vow that you will both work together for a year and stay together for the time. You see I have never felt the need of this ever before but now I see you both have to do this. This project is much more important than you consider. You need extreme dedication and cooperation to get to the bottom of this project!"said Mr. Williams.

"What is this project about anyway?"asked Draco.

"You see during the second wizarding war the elves were badly abused. Many were found dead but there is a mysterious elf who is believed to be mentally disturbed. It is very loyal to its master. The Ministry of Magic is in search of it since its master is using it in bad ways. The elf is simply disturbed but its master seems to be a manic. He thinks himself as the successor of Voldemort. The Ministry of Magic wants our department to find this elf which will eventually lead to its master. The Ministry has demanded that I assign my best workers to handle this case. The rest of the information is in the file so are you ready?"

Draco and Hermione both looked at each other in confusion and then Hermione nodded."For the sake of the safety of the people I am ready to take the vow and work with Malfoy."

Draco nodded too but he didn't say anything. He didn't want any maniac to take over the world again like Voldemort had wanted to and besides this time he knew that he was on the right side.

"Okay that's good. Do you both know the consequences of the unbreakable vow?"asked Mr. Williams.

"The one who breaks the vow dies!"said Hermione and Draco nodded.

"Well that is it, now if you both will stand up for me.I'll be the Bonder." Mr. Williams walked towards them while Draco and Hermione stood up to face each other.

Mr. Williams pulled out his wand and said,"Do you know what are the vows?"

Hermione looked at him and then at the blonde haired boy standing before her. She took a long breathe and said,"I want no one to be hurt during our work together. Intentionally!!"

"Remember you have to live together under the same roof for a year!"said Mr. Williams. Draco and Hermione looked at him in astonishment.

"Live together?!" Draco couldn't believe his misfortune.

"But…"

"Miss Granger I need a real outcome of this and if you both didn't have to live together why on earth would I tell you to do the unbreakable vow!"said Mr. Williams.Both Draco and Hermione looked at each other in distaste and nodded anyway.

"I want him to treat everyone fairly despite their blood status or any other basis.",said Hermione.

"I don't want to see her again once this project is done and I have completed my purpose!"said Draco scowling.

Malfoy held out his arm with a look of disgust. Hermione distastefully grasped his arm, trying not to wince when he took an unnecessary hard grip.

Mr. Williams stepped forwards so that he stood close to them, and placed the tip of his wand on their linked hands.

Mr. Williams spoke.

"Will you Draco Lucius Malfoy not harm anyone while you stay with Hermione Granger, intentionally?"

"I will," said Draco.

A thin tongue of brilliant flame issued from the wand and wound its way around their hands like a red-hot wire.

"And will you treat everyone fairly regardless of their blood status and any other basis?"

"I will,"said Draco.

A second tongue of flame shot from the wand and interlinked with the first, making a fine, glowing chain.

"Will you when your purpose is fulfilled leave Ms. Granger's life?"

There was a moment's silence.

"I will," said Draco.

Their face glowed red in the blaze of a third tongue of flame, which shot from the wand, twisted with the others and bound itself thickly around their clasped hands, like a rope, like a fiery snake.

A/N

Here is the chapter that I've worked really hard and I hope you enjoy it.

Next question:- Is it worth it to pursue this story. The lack of comments and likes have me wondering!?

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