I sigh. "Goyle, how am I going to explain it to him? This is twice now I've failed what he wanted me to do."
"Goyle? Please! What do I do? I need to do something."
"Tell him the truth: that she escaped."
"But he'll kill me!"
"You have the license to Appearate..."
An idea popped into my mind. "That's it! I tell him and then Appearate out of here. But where do I go? I can't go directly to Hogwarts, I need to lie some fake tracks...."
"I don't know."
I bite my lip. "Wish me luck. I'm going now."
Goyle awkwardly pats my shoulder. "You don't need it, but good luck."
I breathe in, and walk up to Voldemort.
"My Lord... The Mudblood has escaped." Before he could respond, I concentrate on the Forbidden Forest, and Appearate.
I land hard on my bottom, in the middle of the Forest. The sky was a dark gray, helping set the dark and mysterious mood. Looking up, I could see the tips of the Hogwarts castle. Remembering my time here from when I was a First, I wanted to get out of there.
I Apearate to a few other places, so that I have a complete false track before going to Hogwarts. True, I don't have the Trace on me, so the odds of Voldemort following me are slim, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Once in the castle I break into a run, determined to find Hermione and the others. They'll be in the Room of Requirement. They must be. Where else would they be?
I walk to the entrance and think of my need to help Hermione and the D.A. Sure enough, a door appears. I open it and walk in.
Gasps spread the room, and people draw their wands. "It's Draco!" Someone screamed. Really, I'm not an ax murderer.
"What?" She stares at me, hatred instead of warmth in her eyes.
"Can we talk? Alone?" I asked, my eyes darting around the crowded room.
"What makes you think I would talk to you? Alone?"
She must be acting. She must. "Hermione! What's wrong with you?" I take a step toward her.
She steps away from me, draws out her wand, and points it at me. "I know what you did." She says, tears in her eyes.
"I didn't do anything! Hermione, please!"
Cho looks at Hermione. "Want me to take care of him?"
"I got this. But thanks, Cho. Draco, you don't want to make me use this."
"I know. But Hermione, please! Talk to me!" I beg.
Hermione whispered two words under her breath, and before I knew it, the world goes dark.