Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
Warnings: alternate universe; and het
Prompt: (Location) Shrieking Shack

Summary: With the First Task just around the corner, Harry Potter was stressed.

Tales of Harmony
With You

Harry Potter sat down on a rock as he looked over at the Shrieking Shack. He found himself wishing for his godfather, Sirius Black. The Shrieking Shack was the place Harry returned meeting Sirius at for the first time – though he knew he would have met Sirius when he was younger since he was a close friend of his parents and he was Harry's godfather.

This year was crazy. A few weeks ago, Harry was entered in a deadly competition against his will, and he was being forced to complete. Since he knew next to nothing about magically binding contracts, Harry had little choice other than complete or risk losing his magic.

"Here," Hermione Granger said, handing him a hot chocolate. She took a seat next to him on a neighboring rock.

"Thanks," Harry muttered, taking a sip of the warm drink.

"You're welcome," Hermione said with a smile. Her smile quickly turned into a frown as she looked over at her best friend. "I, uh, I ran into Hagrid," she muttered, staring down at her drink. "He, uh, he wants to talk to you, tonight."

Harry shrugged. The only thing he had planned tonight was visiting the common room like Sirius' letter instructed.

"Uh, he wants to show you something." Hermione continued to explain, "and he said to bring your cloak."

"Which cloak?" Harry asked. He had a feeling it was the Invisibility Cloak.

"You know the one," Hermione answered.

Harry nodded. "Did he say what this was about?"

"Not to me," Hermione answered, "but I heard him talking to Madam Maxime about the First Task."

A feeling of anxiety started to fill Harry. This Tournament again. It was like there was no escaping the blasted Triwizard Tournament.

"I've been doing some research," Hermione said. "The First Task usually tests courage, and it offers a clue about the Second Task. The Second Task tests resourcefulness, and the Third Task tests resourcefulness."

"Thanks," Harry muttered.

"In between the First and Second Tasks, there's the Yule Ball," Hermione added.

Harry looked at his friend with a frown. "Yule Ball?" he repeated.

Nodding, Hermione explained. "It takes place on Christmas Day. As a Champion, you're required to open the ball."

Harry resisted the urge to groan. Out of all of the events, the Yule Ball sounded the simplest, but this entire Tournament was a nightmare.

"Thanks for all your help," he said, placing a hand on her knee. "I don't know what I would do without you."

A blush formed on Hermione's face. "You're welcome," she whispered. "You know I'm always with you."

Harry watched as Hermione pressed her lips together, an indicator that she was thinking hard about something. He was curious about what, and he found himself staring at her lips.

After a moment of silence between, Hermione turned to look at her best friend. She forced herself take a deep breath before she leaned in and pressed her lips against Harry's.

Harry felt his eyes widened at the actions of Hermione. He barely spared a thought to the shock that ran over him before he returned her kiss.

The kiss lasted a minute before they parted.

"What does this mean?" Harry asked, reaching out and placing his hand on her leg.

"Whatever we want it to," Hermione answered with a smile. "I want it to mean we'll see where this will go."

Harry returned her smile. "Sounds good," he agreed before pulling her into another kiss.

This was written for Can You Make It to the End Challenge from Harry Potter Fanfiction Challenges Forum.
Round Two: Write about your OTP (Harry/Hermione) in each of the following settings. – (Setting) Shrieking Shack

Words: ~600