Rating: PG-13 for the Cruciatus curse and mentioned rape (NC-17 overall)
Warning: Hermione makes a bad decision under stressful emotional circumstances. This decision has proved very unpopular with Ron/Hermione fans, but I am not writing a fluffy romance here. People screw up sometimes, even with regard to those they love. Especially teenagers.
Word Count: 1503 (17,383 overall)
Characters: Ron, Voldemort, Travers, various Death Eaters, Draco
Pairings: Ron/Hermione, Fenrir/Draco
Synopsis: Circumstances force Ron and Draco to a reluctant sympathy. AU diverging from canon at the end of OotP.
Timeline: June 1998
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Please don't sue me.
Author's Note: This is the first time I've ever written Draco. I enjoyed how snarky he was. The Night Before is a series of oneshots in which the whereabouts of various characters on the eve of the final battle are explored. It is a spinoff from The Power of Two, Ch. 11. Feedback is my drug of choice. Please report any errors or inconsistencies.
"Lost your girlfriend, have you, Weasley?"
The head tilted back and a pale face seemed to glow in the darkness. Draco Malfoy. Ron's eyes had adjusted enough to see his reddened eyes and the white channels left by tears in the grime of his face. He reeked of weeks of incarceration and something else Ron thought might be fear.