I couldn't believe the turn of events of the last two hours. I see Draco, Neville shows up and rescues me, and just as I think everything is going great, Harry dies. Oh, and Ginny and Ron are Death Eaters. They are with the inhuman... thing that killed Harry and kidnapped and tortured me twice, and Draco... Draco! We didn't get Draco! "Neville?"
"Ready to tell me what happened?"
"No. I don't know if I ever will be. It's just all to much. But.."
"We left Malfoy."
Suddenly, I'm mad. "Clearly you know! Why can't you see?! He's doing what Snape did; he's actually on our side! I get you don't like Malfoy. I know you think he's that evil Death Eater! But he's not! Okay? He's not! Besides, he went through torture also because he stood up for me! He didn't have to have the Crutacius Curse put on him numerous times, but he went through it! For me! Also, he knows where and what the last Horcrux is. We need Malfoy!"
"Hermione! Please, calm down."
"I can't," I whisper, sitting down on a rock, my tears finally flowing.
"Do you just want to Appearate now and go home?"
I nod. "Ready?" He looks at me, kindness and sympathy in his eyes, and grabs my arm.
"On three. One, two, th-"
I turn and see Draco, running towards us. Neville sneers. "Malfoy."
"I wish I could come with, but I have to stay here."
"No you don't. He'll kill you once he realizes I'm gone."
"I know." He sighs.
"Do you have to stay here?" I ask, stepping towards him.
"Yes. Listen, in three days he's going to destroy Hogwarts. It's going to be a war. Before then, though, if you want any chance of beating him, go to the Lestrange's vault and kill the cat. That's the final Horcrux. Good luck, Hermione. See you in three days. I love you."
"Good luck, Draco. I love you too."
We then parted ways, myself and Neville one direction, Draco in another.
Telling the D.A. was the worst part. There was a wide range of reactions- from sobs to screaming, with overwhelming agony in their heart that showed in their collapsed state and watering eyes- based on how well they knew Harry. As a group, we decided to change the name to D.H.A- Dumbledore and Harry's Army.
As painful as it was, I took the role of leader, in Harry's stead. "Guys?" They all stopped their talk and looked at me, but the tears kept flowing. "Look, we don't have time to mourn Harry now. As I said, Voldemort is going to strike in less than seventy-two hours here, at Hogwarts. We need to be ready. Myself, George, and Neville will go and destroy the Horcrux. Luna, Cho, you take the rest of the D.H.A. and get as many people ready as possible. Tell McGonagall, the other professors, and the Headmaster to alert the school. Then recruit as many as possible. And remember to check for the Dark Marks."
"But, Hermione, how will we break into the vault?"
I think for a minute, then answer. "George and myself will take the Polyjuice Potion to disguise ourselves as Ron and Ginny, and Neville will hide under the Cloak. You do have some hair, right, George?" He nods, his jaw set but his face place and solemn.
I sigh nervously. "Alright. Let's get started."
Are you guys enjoying this so far? I don't know how long it'll take me to post again, school starts in five days and I have so much to do to get ready... I'll write whenever possible though. Thanks again (and again and again) for so many reads!
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