This drabble was inspired by the following image:
My drabble: The photos above were taken at the Annual Pureblood Nobility Gala, where all purebloods celebrate the accomplishments of 15% of the purebloods considered most successful of that year. There was monetary award for those top 15% purebloods, as well as a Nobility Award, which was a rich estate for the pureblood to live on. In this Gala, Draco, Blaise, and Theo were among the 15% who would be awarded the Nobility Award. Draco was commemorated for becoming the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (to Harry Potter’s extreme dismay), Blaise for becoming Head of the Auror Office, and Theo for all the groundbreaking potions he had invented in his laboratory.
The purebloods who would be given the Nobility Award were allowed to anonymously invite one person of the opposite sex, and at the end of the Gala, the invited person would get to dance with the anonymous pureblood that invited him/her, as well as get 10% of the monetary award that would be rewarded to the pureblood. The person invited would also be offered the chance to live on the estate with their anonymous inviter. So usually, the person who was invited would often be someone the pureblood was already in a serious relationship with, and the anonymous invite would technically not be anonymous at all.
However, when Hermione received her anonymous invite, she was beyond shocked. And extremely confused. She knew none of the purebloods who were being awarded, except for Draco, Blaise, Theo, Ginny, and Luna. Ginny and Luna confirmed with her that they didn’t invite her– Ginny had invited Harry while Luna had invited no one since she and Theo were already engaged and were planning to share one estate with each other (while each would still be awarded the same amount of monetary award). So that left Draco and Blaise. The only two men whom she would ever put on her hate-list besides Voldemort. Even after graduating Hogwarts and becoming the first female Minister of Magic as of this year, Hermione had not been on the friendliest of terms with the two Slytherin men. Draco had especially been rotten to her, since he blatantly despised the idea of having a Minister of Magic who was both a woman and a muggle-born. As someone who was constantly bombarded by the press and the media, he would never hesitate to speak about his disgust with Hermione’s position as Minister of Magic. Blaise was the same way, although his comments about her were more obnoxious and silly rather than cold and demeaning like Draco’s.
Hermione decided to accept the invite, only because she wanted to be there for Ginny and Luna. And at the Gala, she couldn’t help but notice how flirtatious Blaise was around Ginny, even in front of Harry. Pansy was there, and she never left Draco’s side, as if she knew for sure that he was her anonymous inviter. For a while, Hermione assumed he was, but then she noticed how often he was making eye contact with her over Pansy’s shoulder. And every time she would return his gaze, he would immediately look away. And every time she would take her eyes off of him, she would feel his gaze returning, with that same expression in the photo above.