Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter, nor any of the characters from the books or movies. I do not make any money from the writing of this story.
Hermione is a late bloomer and doesn’t present as an Omega until her 7th year at Hogwarts. She is now surrounded by appealing Alphas, and she isn’t any better at this new way socializing than she was at any other kind.
Warning: This story contains sexual situations.
A/N- This fic is my first try at the whole Alpha/Beta/Omega thing. I hope you all enjoy.
Hermione smiled as she breathed in the scent of the books at Flourish and Blotts. Seventh year was going to be better than any of the previous years. She was Head Girl this year, and she couldn’t wait to tell her two best friends. They were meeting later today at the Leaky Cauldron, and after being in the Mediterranean all summer, she missed them both keenly. Letters were just not the same.
She knew better than to think either of them would be interested in buying books with her so she had decided to come to Diagon Alley early so Hermione could enjoy her favorite part of school shopping without the boys complaining that she was taking too long.
She walked slowly up and down each and every aisle of the store, sometimes she would stop and pick up a book from her list while other times she got distracted by a book that just sounded interesting.
She was standing in an aisle so engrossed in a book of the University level Arithmancy that when the strange pressed himself up against her back and his nose brushed the back of her neck she was caught completely and utterly off guard.
“Mmmm, you smell like applewood and old books.” He growled in a tone that made her knees shake a bit.
Her breath caught a bit, and she was surrounded by the smell of newsprint, coffee, and wet earth. Her mind went completely blank as she tried to understand what was going on. When he brain did finally restart, she turned swiftly in the man’s arms and glared up at him.
“We’re in a bookstore, it could be the smell isn’t me.” She said stepping out of his grasp and using the book in her hands as a shield against her chest.
“Oh, it is you, my sweetling. I can tell.” He said with a smile as he licked his lips.
“What do you think you’re doing exactly?” She asked keeping her glare even as instincts told her to press herself against the stranger. Where was this coming from?
He looked at her for a long moment as if she were particularly slow. He took a step towards her as a slow smirk formed on strikingly handsome features “What’s your name my little Omega?” He nearly purred.
“I-I’m not…” She started and shook her head. Sometimes living the summer away from wizardkind she could forget about the strange social order that magical people had. She had read many books on the subject of what was commonly referred to as wizard puberty, but as of last year, she had not presented as one of the three archetypes.
“Oh yes, you are. I’m surprised you don’t have every Alpha and Beta male in a block radius coming in here to sniff you.” He said as his eyes traveled over her and he placed a hand on the shelf next to her head. “You smell terrific.”
She had to admit to herself the man smelt perfect. She could feel her body reacting to his pheromones and even the way he used his large frame to full advantage. He was a peak specimen of an Alpha male, and she had the urge to bare her neck to him.
“Does that line ever work?” She asked because she was Hermione Granger and was not one to let herself fall into a biological trap just because her body wanted her to.
He growled and narrowed her eyes, he didn’t seem to like her tone. She held in the whimper and stood her ground as she looked back up into his eyes.
“What’s your name my little Omega with a mouth?” He nearly hissed as he dark eyes held her in place.
“Hermione Granger, what’s yours?” She asked as she refused to be cowed by any of his Alpha posturing. This was the twentieth century, and they were in the middle of a public place. She knew he wouldn’t try anything against her will.
“Edvard Tollim at your service.” He said with a charming smile that probably had a lot of girls spreading their legs for the man. His hand moved up, and his fingers brushed over a spot of Hermione’s neck that made her let out an involuntary gasp. “Why does your name sound familiar?” He asked as his thumb continued to brush over what she would know from her reading was one of her scent glands.
She wanted to tell him everything about being Harry Potter’s best friend. The desire to give into him only grew as he touched her like he was.
“I wouldn’t know.” She snapped instead and jerked away from his hand. “It’s very rude to do that to a stranger.” She said, and her body was shaking from the force of her instincts. “Please step back.” She added firmly and glanced around for an avenue of escape.
“Well aren’t you a surprise?” He asked seeming both annoyed and delighted by her reaction. “I’m staying with some family friends right now; you should come to visit me so we can get to know each other better. Or I could come to visit you?” He offered his eyes traveling over her once more.
“I’ll be heading to Hogwarts in a couple of days, so I don’t think that will be possible.” She said firmly, as she picked up her shopping basket. “I actually have friends waiting on me now.” She said not knowing why she felt the need to give the man a reason for leaving.
He picked up one of the books form her basket and looked it over without even bothering to ask. “You must be taking advanced Athurmancy this year.” He said as he opened the book.
“Yes, which means I need that book.” She said as she tried to snatch it back from him, but he turned to keep it out of her grasp.
“No.” He said tucking the book under his arm and turning away from her towards the Athermancy section of the store.
She glanced back toward the checkout desk before following him. At the very least she could get herself another copy of the required reading for the class.
“Nenyor’s book is useless. It’s a crime they are still using it to teach. If you’re not a complete imbecile you will want…” he paused as he scanned the shelves. “…ah Wenlock’s book.” He said as he pulled the thicker volume from the shelf and put her original selection away. “It has everything that the Nenyor book has, only it’s correct and proofed.”
She looked between him and the book her held out skeptically. Nenyor’s book was on her reading list. She did not like the idea of deviating from the reading list. He raised an eyebrow at her as if he was giving her a personal challenge. She ground her teeth as she looked between the offered book and the one she was meant to get.
“Fine.” He said and lowered the book. “I’ll buy you the Wenlock book.” He said looking over her in a way that made Hermione feel his displeasure.
“I did not ask or do I need your help Mr. Tollim.” She said as she held her breath before dashing forward to grab the book she wanted. She moved back again before he could touch her and headed towards the counter to pay for her selection.
As she got into line, her shoulders dropped as she smelled the man’s now familiar scent directly behind her. He wasn’t making a move to touch or talk to her again, but his looming presence was all consuming. It felt like it was seeping into her bones and making her thoughts distant and unfocused.
She had a powerful urge to lean back into him and allow him to wrap himself around her. She wanted to expose her neck to him and show her submission. Hermione shook her head as the line moved her body positively vibrating as she fought the new and powerful instincts.
When it was finally her turn, she set her books on the counter and forced herself not to look at him. She would fight with every fiber in her bring not to give into the base feelings. She was Hermione Jean Granger, and she would not be ruled by anything but logic.
She nearly ran from the store once her purchases were made. As the fresh air hit her, she let how a relieved sigh when it cleared his scent from her system. She blinked a few times and swallowed before remember she needed to meet the boys and rushed off towards the Leaky Cauldron.
‘Mr. Tollim’ smirked as he watched Hermione’s retreating back. It had been a long while since he had found an omega so worthy of his attention. Since returning to the world of the living a few years ago, he had not had the chance to express that side of himself adequately. It would be a joy to hunt the girl and make her his. She had willingly given him more than enough information he would need to find her again.
He looked down at the book in his hand with a smile. If she were as smart as he suspected, then she would realize its value as soon as she gave into reading it.
Tucking the book under his arm once again he strolled down the Diagon Alley as if he didn’t have a care in the world. He smiled at the pretty witches who giggled at him, none smart enough to see the wolf hidden neatly behind the mask of a sheep.
He went on a few more unhurried errands before Apparating to the edge of Malfoy Manor. When he had first risen to his current state, he had stayed at the manor with the ever sniveling Malfoys, but it took him very little time to find a place of his own. No, he was not here to stay, but he felt that they would be a valuable source of information when it came to his newest prey.
He opened the front door and strode into the entrance hall, not bothering to knock or wait for one of their filthy little house elves to come and collect him. As he crossed the threshold he let the illusions of his former self, slide away like a snake shedding its skin.
He met the delectate Narcissa first, and she bowed her head in a beautiful show of submission only the most graceful Omega was capable. Of course, the woman was mated to Lucius, so he had no desire for her. If he had, he would merely kill the Malfoy patriarch and take her, but he had never liked such fragile seeming things. They broke much too quickly.
“I am looking for your son, Lady Malfoy. Is he home?” He asked looking down at her she noticed her sudden stillness. She was afraid of him, but she feared for her son more. But did she worry enough to defy him?
“He’s told everything he knows about the Potter boy, my Lord.” She said softly instead of answering him.
“I am sure he is a loyal subject, Lady Malfoy.” He said trying to put her at ease. “But I have new questions about one of his classmates. This is his final year at Hogwarts, is it not?” He asked as if it was a casual conversation.
“Yes my Lord. We are proud to say Draco will be Head Boy this year.” She said unable to keep from boasting over her boy.
“I too was Head Boy in my time. But that only means he is well positioned to answer my questions. Where is he?” He asked again, making the inpatients in his tone clear.
“On the Quidditch field my Lord. I will have an elf bring him to you in the den?” She offered before he could make the request.
“My time is valuable.” He added as he moved past her towards the den. Knowing he did not wish to wait would moving them all the more quickly.
He made himself comfortable in Lucius chair before setting the book down on a short table to his left. Now that he had nothing else to focus on memories on Hermione’s delectable smell washed over him. He had wanted to bite her right there in the store. She was something special; he had never had the drive to actually claim an Omega before.
“My Lord,” Draco spoke from the door, and Voldemort motioned for him to enter.
“Young Master Malfoy.” He greeted him as if they were friends. “I hear congratulations are in order.” He said placing an easy smile on his pale lips.
“Thank you, Sir.” He said bowing his head, but his whole form was tense.
Voldemort took in a slow breath, and the smile turned cold as he realized why the matriarch was so keen to protect her son.
“You’ve presented as an Alpha.” He said in the same pleasant tone that he had used to congratulate the boy.
“Yes my Lord.” Draco agreed nervously.
“Kneel.” He ordered getting to his feet in a swift motion. He had to deal severely with Alphas within his ranks. They were valuable members, but they needed to be tamed, to understand who they served.
He watched as the boy fought with his instincts to force himself to his knees. He was pleased with the show; most had far more trouble following that order the first time.
“You have control over your baser instincts.” He said as he circled the young Malfoy. “In the future, this will make you a stronger Alpha, than just giving into what the beast wants.” He explained as he watched the boy struggle to stay on his knees. “I find it also helps to let young Alphas know their place. You know your place, don’t you Draco?”
“Yes my Lord.” He ground out through clenched teeth.
“Yes, I would think so. The Malfoy line has always been stronger than most. But this is not in fact why I asked you here today Draco.” He said stroking the boy’s ego as he did as he was ordered. “I wish to know more about one of your classmates.”
“I will continue to report on all of Potter’s actions at school my Lord.” He said as Voldemort continued to circle. He did not move from his kneeling position; it seemed he was smart enough to realize the test wasn’t over.
“Good. You are a useful spy, just like your godfather.” He agreed with a nod of his head. “But I had an encounter with another of your classmates. Her name was familiar to me, but I can’t place the context. Tell me all you know of Hermione Granger.”
Voldemort watched the sneer form on the boy’s face. “You know her because Granger is Potter’s mudblood sidekick,” Draco said as he clenched his fists at his sides.
“Potter’s mudblood,” Voldemort repeated to himself, a small smile still on his nearly invisible lips. “Well doesn’t she get more interesting. Tell me Draco, has she presented yet?” He asked though he already knew the answer. She seemed surprised by his attention, so he could only assume it was a new occurrence.
“Not that I know my Lord. Most assume she will present Alpha, but I think she’ll be just another Beta.” He said with a continued look of disdain.
Voldemort tapped his wand against his thigh as he thought over what to do next. He desired her, his own Alpha instincts pushing him towards the girl. If she was a mudblood, there was no way he could claim her, not that he had ever claimed a mate.
“What else can you tell me about her?” He asked moving back to sit down as he made the boy continue to kneel.
“I’ll probably have to share a common room with her this year. They’ll probably make her Head Girl since she is top of our class.” He reported with a frown.
“Than that will place you well to keep an eye on her activities for me.” He said tapping his wand against his knee as he glanced over at the book. “I assume she despises you as much as you despise her?”
“Why would you care, she is nothing, my Lord,” Draco said looking up at his superior for the first time.
“She is an omega Draco. And I find I wish to enjoy her.” Voldemort admitted in a dangerous tone. “I do not like others touching what is mine.” He growled, genuinely showing his own Alpha side for the first time.
Draco lowered hunched a little trying to get lower as the more powerful Alpha showed his strength. “Yes my Lord.” He said understanding the threat perfectly. “I will warn the others.” He added thinking quickly.
The moment Hermione entered the Leaky Cauldron, she was hit by a new wave of smells both excellent and horrible. There was at least a few Alphas in the room and maybe even another omega, but she could also smell stale beer and a fix of several wizards body odor. She wondered if meeting an Alpha had triggered or awoken this in her?
Spotting her friends, she dashed over to their table with her hand still firmly over her mouth and nose. Ron was giving her a knowing look, but Harry’s attention was in the opposite direction.
“Everyone knew you would present Alpha; Harry was just complaining too.” He said motioning to their friend with a nod. “I came out Beta this summer, so it’s not quite so bad for me. Got to get a lot closer for my senses to take hold.”
Hermione blushed at his assumption, but by the time she absorbed all of what he said Harry was looking at her with an intensity that knocked the breath out of her.
“She isn’t Alpha.” He said to their friend as his hand reached out and pulled her right into his lap. His nose brushed the same spot on the back of her neck that the Tollim’s had, and she let out a small gasp.
“Harry.” She said unsure if she wanted him to let her go or pull her closer. Her friend had wrapped his arms around her tightly as if protecting her from everything else in the bar. All she could think for a moment was how safe she felt with him there. Harry smelled like the winter wind and something almost metallic, and she wanted to lose herself in it.
“Shit, guys, w-we should get out of here.” Ron was saying, and it took her a full beat to remember why.
“Mine,” Harry growled as Ron moved to help her out of his lap. The possessive act was enough to push her out of the daze.
“Harry let go.” She snapped and pulled herself out of his lap. He kept a hand on her and swallowed, when she looked back at him he seemed sheepish and dropped his hands altogether.
“I don’t know why I did that, sorry Hermione.” He said as he ran fingers through his air.
“I do, and it means she shouldn’t be in here,” Ron said seeming exasperated with his friends. He motioned to the door, not knowing what his friend would do if he touched Hermione again so soon. “We need to get her out of here, no telling who else is an Alpha.”
Both Harry and Hermione nodded before they followed him back out into Diagon Alley.
“Smartest witch of her age doesn’t know she shouldn’t go into a pub like that if she presents omega?” Ron nearly yelled once they were out into the open air.
“What was I supposed to do, you were waiting for me?” Hermione snapped back. “And I am still getting used to it. I only just found out at the bookstore!”
“What happened?” Harry asked as he looked at her with a pained expression. It felt wrong that he was standing so far away, why was he rejecting her like that?
“An Alpha tried to pick me up.” She said with her chin up to show him she would not be affected by his rejection. Other Alphas wanted her even if he did not.
Harry growled, and his fist clenched at his side. “Mine.” He said taking a step towards her.
“Shite guys! Focus!” Ron snapped at them both and Hermione jumped as she remembered he was even there. “It doesn’t seem like any harm was done. No one followed us out anyone, so no one figured who the omega was.”
“There was another omega in there.” Both Harry and Hermione said at once, and Ron just shook his head.
“Doesn’t matter. We should go do out shopping; only we have to be careful about it.” He said being the voice of reason for the first time in their friendship. “But let me write to Mum first, so she knows what to expect when we head back to the Burrow. Charlie’s home visiting and he is an Alpha and still unmated.”
Hermione nodded and worked to focus on what he was saying as her eyes kept getting drawn back to Harry. The pull was stronger with him than it had been with Tollim, but that could simply be because she already trusted Harry.
“Or we could just take her back to the Burrow now, and Harry and I could get Hermione’s shopping done,” Ron said finally pulling Hermione’s full attention on him.
“I am not an invalid Ronald Weasley.” She snapped putting her hands on her hips which seemed to make Ron smile.
“Glad to see you haven’t’ changed too much.” He said still grinning. “I was worried there for a moment. “As long as you stay in open areas I think it’ll be fine.” He added nodding to her.
She rolled her eyes and looked over at Harry with a frown. “Are you alright?”
Harry cleared his throat. “Just something I’m going to have to get used to, you smell quite nice, and it’s a bit overwhelming.” He said looking more himself as well.
“It is probably hard because you two don’t have anyone to warn you about these things before they actually happen,” Ron said looking at his friends. “I had Charlie and the twins to tell me about being an Alpha, and Ginny presented last summer as an omega.”
“I remember,” Hermione said frowning as she thought of how her friend had dealt with presenting in the early side. “At least we are spending a few days at the Burrow so Ginny and I can talk.”
Harry got a pained look on his face. “Two pretty omegas under one roof.” He said seeming more to himself. “Maybe me staying with you isn’t a good idea.” He said looking to Ron.
“Don’t worry mate; we will just make sure you’re never alone with them,” Ron promised though he suddenly seemed a bit tense himself.
Hermione rolled her eyes and hit both boys in the arms. “We are here for school shopping.” She reminded them and lifted her bag of books just as a visual reminder.
“Yeah yeah. So where should we go first?” Ron asked, and thing settled back into a normal rhythm after that.
They collected everything they would need for their final time at school, and they fell into an easy conversation about the coming year. Harry entered every store first to make sure it was safe for Hermione, and she found she had to get them to collect a few of their things. At the end of the day both boys wanted to go into Weasleys Wizard Wheezes, and since they knew the proprietors were both unmated Alphas, Hermione decided to stay out on the street with the bags.
She found a comfortable bench to sit on and pulled out Arithmancy book so she could read while the boys waisted their time with junk and tricks. She was frowning deeply, as she was pulled into the text she did not notice the student’s approach.
“Hermione?” He asked, and she jumped a looked as she looked up at the newcomer with wide innocent eyes.
“Terry.” She said with a smile as she pushed her hair back from her face to greet the Ravenclaw. “Ready for our NEWTs year?” She asked with natural comfort.
The boy took in a slow breath as if he had to think about it, and paused as his eyes shifted from her face to her neck. It hadn’t even been a day since she first learned she had presented as omega and she could already tell precisely what was going through the man’s head.
“I-I’m r-ready.” He said as he took the seat next to her.
When he got closer, even in the open air, she could smell him. Her thoughts were confirmed as she found herself wanting to lean into him.
“Maybe we could study together this year?” Terry asked as his hand moving to her knee.
She looked at the hand and wondered if all Alphas were going to start just touching her in personal ways without asking. Terry’s hand was warm, and it wasn’t exactly unpleasant to feel he cared. She found herself looking him over and accessing his physical appeal. He was pleasing to her.
“That could be nice. You know Harry and Ron aren’t exactly as interested in their academics.” She nodded and was very aware when the hand slowly moved up her leg.
“You should go for it,” Ron said, and he wasn’t entirely sure what they were talking about.
“What?” He asked looking up from the itching powder he has been pretending to consider. All of his thoughts were on Hermione. The way she smelled, the way her body had felt against his. He knew there was a biological instinct that was messing with his head. But it was stronger than he had ever considered.
“Hermione.” Ron pressed knowingly.
“What about her? Is there something wrong?” Harry asked looking towards the door; maybe they shouldn’t have left her out there alone. Perhaps it would be better if he went to check on her and made sure she was safe.
“No. Harry I think you should pursue her. Like you two should date.” Ron said snapping his attention back to his friend.
“Wouldn’t that make our friendship weird?” He asked because Ron was the last person he thought would ever suggest any of that.
“Look. She’s an omega now if you don’t go for her, then someone else will, and then they’ve broken up the team. Better if you two are dating so that she doesn’t get dragged around by some Alpha we don’t like.” Ron said waving his hand aimlessly.
Harry licked his lips and looked back to the door and then to Ron. “I want her Ron.” He admitted in an undertone. “It is stronger then I thought it could be. I can still taste her scent.”
“Who’s scent?” One of the twins popped up seeming out of nowhere. Harry was sure they lurked around the shop invisibly just to mess with people.
“It doesn’t matter,” Harry said smiling at him because he didn’t want to talk about Hermione with another Alpha. He smelt the other twin before he spoke and turned just in time to see him grinning at Harry.
“Is our Harry finally presented as an Alpha?” The second one asked with his hand over his head. “I told you this day would come, Fred.”
“That you did George that you did,” Fred said with a grin. “So who’s the girl? We will have to approve of course.” He added more seriously. “Nothing but the best for our Harry.”
“It’s Hermione.” Ron cut in, and Harry glared at him.
“She’s omega?” George asked seeming delighted and surprised. “Where is she, we should welcome her properly.” He said with a wink to his twin which made Harry growl.
“Mine.” He threatened through gritted teeth and stepped towards the twin.
“Easy there, easy there,” Fred said putting up his arms. “This is new for you, so it tends to be overpowering, just relax Harry. We wouldn’t touch her like that.” He said sounding serious for the first time.
Harry slowed his breathing and looked between the twins again. “Sorry guys.” He said swallowing and taking a step back from them. “She is just a bit in my head right now.” He said and looked to the door.
“Where is she?” Fred asked this time as he snuffled the air and looked around.
“Waiting outside because this place gets too crowded and you two are Alphas,” Ron explained, and the twins frowned.
“Outside by herself?” They asked together, and the two younger boys nodded. Harry worried again and took a step towards the door.
“Maybe I should check on her,” Harry suggested as he didn’t like the look the twins were giving them.
“Come on; it’s pretty open out there. You’ve all told me before that it’s hard to catch anyone smell in the open air.
“You just have to get a bit closer,” George said with a shrug. “She’ll probably be fine. Hopefully, she won’t be completely swarmed when you two are done with shopping for our delights.”
Harry was two the door before he realized they might be messing with him. But as he looked out just to check on Hermione, he found that she was sitting very close to some boy on the bench. He growled as he noticed the boy was actually touching her leg and she was smiling at him.
Harry saw red as he left the shop and crossed the street to find out more of what was going on. When he recognized the smell of Alpha, he bit his tongue so he wouldn’t growl.
Hermione smiled as she noticed his approach. “Harry! Are you guys already done?” She asked hopefully. “Terry and I were talking about NEWT prep.” She said motioning to the boy that Harry now recognized.
Terry looked as tense as Harry felt and the two boys started to size each other up. “Yes. I was suggesting we form a study group for our more advanced classes.”
“Of course, a study group.” Harry echoed, and his eyes moved down to where Terry was still touching her leg.
Hermione sighed and got to her feet. “Yes. A study group.” She said sounding annoyed.
“Maybe I’ll join,” Harry said definitely.
“You’re more than welcome to, Potter,” Terry said with a smirk and crossed his arms over his chest. “I would love to get the chance for some mental sparing.”
“I’ll see you there, Boot.” He responded as if it were a threat.
Hermione rolled her eyes and shook her head. She took his arm and pulled him away from the Ravenclaw and back towards the store.
“See you at school Terry.” She called back before she gave him her full focus. “You like Terry, what do you think you’re doing?” She asked, and he had her suddenly pressed against the front window of the shop.
“Mine,” Harry growled against her neck, wanting to lick her scent gland and mark her as his omega. Only the fact he knew how mad she would be, held him back. He breathed in her scent instead, and she pressed her body against him.
“Oh.” She gasped as she tilted her head to give him better access to her neck. “Please?” She whimpered her small hands grasping his shirt.
“Mine?” He asked, letting his breath tickle the sweet spot of her neck.
“Yes, yes..” She purred and whimpered under him. “What? No.” She added after a moment and shook her head. “Harry James Potter you will step back so I can think.” She ordered firmly.
He sighed and took a step back as he frowned down at her. He didn’t give her much room, but his body wasn’t pressed to hers any longer.
She looked up into his eyes with her big doe brown orbs and licked her lips. “What do you think you are doing?” She asked, and her hand moved from grasping his shirt to pressing on his chest.
“I’m sorry.” He said as he looked down at her. He noticed for the first time how much shorter she was than him just then. “I’m sorry I was acting stupid, but I don’t like it when other Alphas touch you.” He said trying honesty.
“You have no actual claim on me.” She pointed out with a frown.
“Let me lick you and I will.” He said ready to spring forward once again.
“No.” She said, but it sounded as if it pained her to say. “What would Ron think? We are all friends Harry. I don’t want that to change.” She said firmly.
He frowned and thought about pointing out that Ron supported them getting together, but he wasn’t sure if she would appreciate the reason why.
He licked his lips and nodded slowly. “I would never do anything you don’t want.” He said taking a real step back from her. “But I am not going to stop trying.” He added as a warning.
Hermione smiled as she noted that Ginny was waiting for them in the front yard. She needed another girl to talk to after the day she had, and Ginny already had a year of experience being an omega. She knew somehow it would help to talk to her longtime friend.
The redhead girl stood as the three approached and put her hand firmly in front of her nose and mouth.
“You two go inside.” She ordered as she took steps away from the front door so the boys could pass. ‘Hold your breath till you get in there.” She added eyeing Harry.
“Yes, Ma’am.” Harry saluted with a grin and made a big show of holding his breath as he dashed past.
Once they were safely away, Ginny took in a breath and sniffed in the direction of the door. “Can you belave I used t have a crush on that prat?” She asked playfully. “But he does smell good, doesn’t he?”
“I would say he smells like flying, but I’m not completely sure,” Hermione said glad at how relaxed about it Ginny was being.
“Yeah, I can get behind that.” Ginny nodded with a grin and took her friend’s hand. “Everyone thought you’d be an Alpha!” She said though she looked very pleased.
“Wouldn’t it be easier if I was,” Hermione said with a frown as they headed away from the house for a walk towards the hills.
“Nah. Then we probably wouldn’t be close friends anymore. I’ve had the hardest time even being near female Alphas.” She admitted with a frown. “And they have a hard time with me, unless their gay, then it just gets awkward, cause I’m not.”
“But it’s going to be awkward with Harry.” She said as she looked towards the house and then back at her friend. “He’s tried claiming me twice today. It’s like he has completely forgotten we’re friends.”
“Oh, he hasn’t forgotten Hermione,” Ginny assured her. “It is probably why he is so keen on you now. There was already feelings, and now there is sex drive.” She said winking at the last word.
Hermione groaned and covered her face. “It doesn’t feel right. No, I take that back, it feels so very right, which is why it doesn’t feel right at all. What about Ron?”
“What about Ron?” Ginny said knowingly. “You were hot on his tail just a couple of years ago. What happened to we are friends with that whole thing?”
Hermione huffed and shook her head. “That ended horribly and almost ruined the three of us! I don’t want to go through that again.”
“Well, then who?” Ginny asked retaking her friend’s arm.
“Who what?” Hermione asked feeling dumb.
“Do you have someone in mind?” She asked looking at her friend more seriously. “It is best for omegas to find someone to pair up with, even if it is just for a few weeks at a time. At the very least for heats.”
“Oh, Merlin I forgot about the heats.” She said in a miserable tone. “I don’t want to be attached to some guy.” She whined as she looked away from her friend. “I haven’t seen you with anyone.”
“I skip around a bit. Best not to let one Alpha get too attached or he thinks he owns you.” She said with a shrug. “Scent marking lasts a couple of weeks, and it keeps most unwanted Alphas away for the most part.”
“What does that involve exactly?” Hermione asked all the books she had read didn’t get into what everything entailed. She knew about scent marking, but not how it was done.
“Usually a bit of snogging and then he licks your neck and sometimes your wrists,” Ginny said without shame. “I’ve never actually shagged any of them.” She said shaking her head. “Yet.” She added with a laugh.
“What about your heats?” Hermione asked blushing as she realized how personal that question was.
“Well at school they give you a potion during your heat that helps to calm things down. They tell you to take the summer off of the potion because long-term use isn’t good. Mom took me to a muggle store to pick out something to get me through. I am sure she would do the same for you.” Ginny said with a smile. “I think she may be planning to talk to you about it tonight.”
“So that sort of thing works. I read in The Omega Cycle that you can’t handle it yourself, that it takes an Alpha to satisfy those urges.” Hermione said feeling the heat in her face as she imagined going to some sex toy store with Mrs. Weasley.
“Mum’s a Beta. Their heats aren’t so bad, but she said, talk like that is just what men want you to think.” Ginny explained with a laugh. “I’ve got to say she is right, but it does help that I’m only around my brothers for most of the summer. Harry is going to mess things up a bit. Shit, I am going to be dreaming about Harry fucking Potter for the next few nights” Ginny groaned.
Hermione blushed as she could completely understand the thought. She was wondering if she was more likely to dream about Harry or Tollim. The idea of either of them made her blood heat. At least at school, she would have a private room she wouldn’t be in such close quarters with an Alph…
“What is the likelihood that the Head Boy is an Alpha?” Hermione asked under her breath.
“They usually are. It’s something about leadership qualities or some shite. Are you Head Girl?” Ginny asked with a broad smile as she bumped her friend’s arm.
“Yes. Which proves that you don’t need to be an Alpha to have such qualities.” She said as she hoped the Head Boy would at least be a Beta.
“Very true.” Ginny nodded sagely. “But you are doomed.” She added with a laugh as she tried to tease her friend. “Do you know the most likely candidates in your year?” She asked seeing the misery on Hermione’s face.
Hermione took a slow breath. “It’s usually a Prefect. Ron didn’t get it, or he would have said something. That would leave Goldstein, MacMillan, and Malfoy.” She said thoughtfully.
“Isn’t Malfoy second in your year?” Ginny asked unhelpfully.
Hermione groaned and nodded. “I heard him talking about how the men in his family were always Alphas dating back to the middle ages. What are the changes that he is one of the rare male omegas like us?” She asked pleadingly.
“Well, at least it is likely to be someone you hate. That does help with keeping your head. Zabini tried to corner me this one-time last year, and I kept my head enough to knee him in the balls.”
“Did you report him?” Hermione asked sounding alarmed.
“As long as Alphas don’t try to mate you there isn’t much an omega can do. They get a pass because of the hormones.” Ginny said with disgust.
Hermione frowned and shook her head remember reading pretty much the same thing. She took in a slow breath and pulled her friend closer. “Well you know you can always come to me, and I will hex his bollocks right off.” She said with a nod.
“Don’t worry Mione, he knows better now,” Ginny said with a smirk.
The next day Mrs. Weasley took Hermione to a muggle sex toy store just like Ginny had warned. It wasn’t as bad as Hermione fears, as the matriarch kept the whole conversation quite clinical. The woman made the experience a non-event, for which Hermione was eternally grateful.
The day after they all packed up their trunks and headed to the train. With her new status, Hermione couldn’t help but be both excited and nervous about the coming year. But she kept reminding herself that omegas had been attending Hogwarts since the school formed. They would never put their students at risk.
He watched from a safe distance as Granger and her friends made their way onto platform 9 ¾. He couldn’t help but notice Potter alternated between giving her distance and touching her a bit too familiarly. He couldn’t help but wonder for the hundredth time what she smelt like for the Dark Lord himself to desire her.
“I can smell Potter’s reek from here,” Blaise said as he came up behind Draco. “Think he’s already marked the mudblood? Sure is acting like it.” He added as he too watched the golden trio coming to school for the last time.
“No. Potter is fighting the instinct,” Draco said and looked away. “But I already told you to stay away from her. You don’t want that trouble.” He warned his friend honestly.
“You don’t need to tell me. Granger is way too dangerous even if she didn’t have a benefactor.” He said with a smirk. “Already got burned, trying to have a bit of fun with the Weasley girl.” He reminded his friend.
“Do you have no standards?” Draco sneered.
“Omegas are above standards, and you know it.” Blaise countered. “Nothing feels better than an omega. They were made for us. Blood purity rules are even set aside a lot of times for an omega.” He said thoughtfully as they both watched Granger get onto the train. “Think he’ll mate her?” He asked curiously.
“He’s never taken a mate, why would he start now?” Draco responded and shook his head. “Let’s get on; I want to change before the Prefect meeting.”
Once they were on the train and settled into their cabin, Draco closed the shades and started to dig in his trunk for his school robes.
“So glad I dodged that bullet,” Blaise said smugly. “Sounds like a lot of work. All I have to focus on is taking down Potter in Quidditch this year.”
“Ah yes, I heard you got the captaincy,” Draco said with a smile for his friend. “Well you know I am always up for a Potter bashing.”
“Good luck with your meeting. I am sure Granger has all sorts of ideas to make your life hell.” Blaise said happily, and Crabb and Goyal chuckled at the joke.
Draco shook his head as he headed down to the Prefect meeting cabin at the end of the train. As if drawn by his thoughts alone Granger exited a cabin right in front of him making his frown as Weasley followed her out.
He took in a slow breath and to get their scent. He could feel his cock twitch as the smell of wood and books filled his lungs. Merlin, no wonder the Dark Lord wanted her. Weasley, on the other hand, smelled of a lesser male, and he smirked as he knew it would be fun to taunt the redhead with his Alpha status.
She stilled midstep in front of them, and Weasley ran into her as her body went rigid in response to Draco scent. He licked his lips and thought about exactly what he could get away with if there were no witnesses.
“Granger.” he greeted now that she knew he was there.
She turned on her heels, and Weasley stayed between them as if he could play as some time of human barrier.
“Malfoy.” She said stiffly, and her eyes flicked to the Head Boy pin on his robes before going back to his face.
“We should meet alone before the prefects join us.” He said, but he was speaking more to Weasley than to her directly.
Granger sucked her bottom lip into her mouth as she thoughts about his request. They both knew he was right, but she probably thought it would be safer with witnesses.
“He’s right.” She finally agreed and looked to the dolt. “Come at the normal time. I’ll be fine.” She said purposefully not looking directly at him.
“Doesn’t own me.” She snapped and crossed her arms over her chest. “Tell him I’ll be fine.” She snapped before turning in her heels and heading back down the train.
“If you so much as touch her, Harry and I will kill you,” Weasley growled as he passed.
“You’ll have to get in line,” Draco said smugly before following her down the train.
She was seated in the compartment when he made it down. He thought for half a moment about closing the door behind him, but it would be better for them both if they were not overrun by pheromones.
He sat down across from her to leave plenty of room between the two.
“I want to make something perfectly clear before we start anything else.” She said looking him directly in the eyes. “We both know what we are, but that does not mean I will let you touch me under any circumstance. Do you understand?”
“Message received Granger.” He said with a smirk.
“I’ve read a lot of books on the subject, and I already know that purebloods tend to overlook blood status when it comes to omegas.” She continued and with her stress over it, her scent filled the cabin even with the door open. Draco started to wonder if the Dark Lord would give him a taste of her after he was done with the bint.
“Look, Granger, you don’t have to worry about me. I’ll play nice with this arrangement for as long as you do.” He said putting his hands up in surrender.
“Good. With that clear, I think we can each do our jobs well and get through this year with flying colors.”
Draco licked his lips, and he noticed her watching his mouth. “I agree. Now let’s get down to it.”
As he expected she had already done all the legwork of scheduling perfects and other detailed oriented jobs for which the Heads were responsible. He would only ever admit it to himself, but he knew she would make his life a lot easier in some ways this year. She liked to do work, and he enjoyed to take credit for other people’s work.
The general meeting went without much of a hitch. They made a few changes to the Prefect rounds so that no Alpha and omega was ever on duty together. It was a school guideline; they just needed to confirm people status before they could finalize the schedule.
“It is curious that they don’t have the same policy for Alphas and omegas both being heads.” He said as he enjoyed the view of her cleaning up after their meeting. “With the shared common room, it is a bit dangerous.”
She straightened at his words but didn’t turn to face him.
“I’m going to be smelling you in my sleep. If you accidentally when into a Heat when I was around, seems like bad things could happen.”
“I am not stepping down from this.” She said turning on him with narrowed eyes. He knew now when her tempered flared so did her scent. It would be a fun game to press her buttons and see what he could make her do.
“Well you don’t expect me to, do you?” He asked as he got to his feet and took a step towards her. “Unless you want me just to mark you, it would make things easier.”
“Don’t even try it Malfoy.” She snapped, his looks could kill he would be a dead man. But he couldn’t help but smirk as a new smell added to her scent. He took another step towards her and took in a visible breath once he was about a foot away.
“What are you doing?” She asked looking flush and aggravated.
“I can smell your arousal, Granger.” He said knowingly. “I’ll see you tonight.” He said it like a threat and headed back towards his friend’s cabin.
He rubbed his chin and wondered if he could find some Beta girl with which to rut. He would need something if he had to keep his hands off the Dark Lord’s future plaything. He passed by Pansy’s compartment and stuck his head in to smirk at her gaggle of friends.
Since she had presented as an Alpha last year, they had broken things off. They were still friends though, and he thought their relationship had improved since sex was no longer on the table. His eyes shifted to Daphne, and she blushed the moment they did.
“I thought you had a contract with Theo.” He said instead of a proper greeting. She had spent all last year and most of the summer marked by Theo, but for some reasons he was unmarked, and that was something he couldn’t bring himself to overlook.
“We did, but he broke it off two weeks ago.” She said looking put out. “You’ll have to ask him about it.”
“Draco darling, stop sniffing around my friends,” Pansy growled, and he looked up at her with a smile.
“I can’t help it when they smell so very good.” He said with a wink to Daphne. A pureblood omega would be much better than some mudblood, right?
“Ugck. Go away if you’re going to continue to fill our cabin with your Alphaness.” Pansy said with a wave of her hand.
“Fine fine.” He said giving Daphne a wink and nodding to Pansy before he left them to head back to his male friends.