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Starting Over by Lily_James4ever
Chapter 5 : Daniel Martin
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Chapter 5: Daniel Martin

He was pacing in his office at the muggle camp, trying to figure out why Hermione had not responded to his letter yet. He had planned on Hermione coming to work at Camp Shadow Rock, and he really wanted to have her come and work with him. In the back of his mind, he knew there was a posibility that she may have found out who he was, but that possibility was very small.  He knew who she was, of course. she was the best friend of the Boy Who Lived, more importantly, the man who hated him. That simple fact made things even more complicated. He may be Daniel Martin now, but when she sees him she will know who he is in an instant. His white-blonde hair wasn’t very common, and he didn’t look much different than he did back in sixth year when she last saw him. He was a little taller, he didn’t slick back his hair anymore, and his features had become that of a grown man, but he still looked the same. Daniel Martin was none other than Draco Malfoy.

Not the same Draco Malfoy from Hogwarts, though, that’s for sure. After the mission where he had tried to kill Dumbledore, he was done with Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and most of all his father. He didn't like having no control over his own life, so he ran away, not knowing where he was going to end up. On his travels he came to a muggle camp, Camp Shadow Rock. 

When Draco first walked into Tony’s office, he was 17 years old and looking for a job and a place to stay. It was the summer after the sixth year fiasco, and Tony welcomed Draco with open arms. Draco spent his first two summers working as a C.I.T. (counselor- in- training), then the next two years working as a counselor. Then Tony asked Draco if he would consider running C.S.R., because Tony felt like it was time for him to go off and do other things. Draco accepted Tony’s request, and for the past two years Tony had been alongside Draco teaching him everything he knew, but this year, Draco was on his own. Draco was pretty sure he could handle it, but he still called in some familliar faces to help him along. 

He asked four of his friends that he had been C.I.T.s with- Jessica, Sarah, Josh, and Mark- if they would come to be counselors this summer. They has not worked at camp in a few years, but they all accepted, of course. They recommended that he ask one more person, a person who they knew knew more about C.S.R. than anyone else, Hermione Granger. He was quite suprised that she went to this particular camp, and he was skeptical that she would accept his offer. Hopefully, the fake name would be enough for her to come, and then he could talk her into staying once she got here. The only problem was she hadn’t responded to his letter yet. Then, suddenly, an owl flew past the window of Draco’s office.

“I’ll be damned. The brightest witch of our age used an owl to deliver a letter to a muggle camp. She has obviously been spending too much time with Weasley.” Draco said to himself. He was happy to see that she had responded, but he was a little anxious about what she would say. He went outside and picked up the letter that the owl had dropped off. It read:

Dear Daniel,

It would be my pleasure to come back to C.S.R. and be a counselor! I’m really excited about coming back, and I just have a favor to ask; would it be all right if I came a little early? Maybe sometime around June 27th? It would be really great to get reacquainted with the camp, as I’m sure many things have changed. Just give me a call on the second phone number in the directory. I can’t wait to meet the man who took over after Tony! Hope to see you soon,


Hermione Granger

“She accepted.” Draco said to himself in disbelief. He went to the camp directory files to find her number. He dialed the second number in the directory, just as she had said. He was hoping that she wouldn’t recognize his voice.

“Hello, this is Daniel Martin is Hermione there?” 

“Yes dear, she is here ass a matter of fact. I’ll go get her, hold on.”
On the other end Draco heard some talking ‘Ginny dear, can you get Hermione, she has a felly tone call!’ ‘Felly tone?’ He thought. ‘This phone must be in a wizarding household. Could Ginny be Ginny Weasley? Those blood traitors have a phone?’ His thoughts were interrupted by Mrs. Weasley. 

“She’ll be here in a moment dear. You know, it’s been a long time since anyone has called our house. Oh look, here she is.” Hermione took the phone from Mrs. Weasley. 

“Daniel! I’m so glad you called! So what do you say about me coming early?” 

“It’s perfectly fine. Staff members are required to come a day early anyway, so why not come three
days early?” 

“Thanks you so much! That means I’ll see you tomorrow, probably noon-ish. Is that okay?” 

“That great, Hermione. I’ll see you then.”
Her name sounded foreign to him as he had always called her Granger or mudblood. 

Okay, Bye!” 

Draco heard a click on the other line, signaling she had hung up.

The Next Day, June 27th.

Hermione woke up to the familiar orange glow of Ron’s room at about 7:00 the next day to finish packing all of her things. At 11 o’clock, Hermione was still looking for one more thing.

“GIN! HAVE YOU SEEN MY SWIM SUIT?” Hermione yelled down the stairs.

“LOOK IN HARRY AND MY ROOM!” Ginny yelled to Hermione. Hermione went into their room and saw the swim suit on the clothes basket in their room.

“Thanks Ginny!” Hermione said dragging her bags into the kitchen. “I’m finally done.”

“Yeah, and with about 45 minutes until 12.” Harry said giving the boys their sandwiches and sippy cups.

“What? I have to leave now! I’m apparating to a secluded place nearby the camp, but then I have like a 25 minute walk!” said an exasperated Hermione. Suddenly, a spitting noise came from where the twins were sitting. James had taken a sip of his juice and spit it out at Ron. Ron just giggled and then spit some of his juice back at James.

“Why did you do that James? That was very naughty! You keep on this way you’ll turn out like your uncles Fred and George.” Said Ginny. “Now you two need another bath.”

“Let’s hold off on the bath so I can say good-bye!” said Hermione. She went over and gave each of the boys a kiss on the forehead. “Bye boys! I’ll be back soon!”

“Bye aunty Hermy!” said James.

“We miss you!” said Ron reaching his arms out for a hug. Hermione smiled and gave him a hug.

“I’ll miss you too Ronnie.” Then she went to say good-bye to Harry, Ginny, and Molly. “I’ll tell you when family visits are, okay?” she said, giving each of them a hug. Then she shrank her bags, put them in her pocket, and apparated.

She began her walk, and continued walking to camp for about 25 minutes. When she came to a huge wooden sign that read “CAMP SHADOW ROCK,” she knew she had reached her destination. Quickly, she enlarged her bags, making sure there was no one around to see her. She felt as if she were home, and it was exactly as she left it. All of the cabins still looked the same, with the exception of what looked like 2 new cabins, the mess hall was still the same, and the lake was still as beautiful as ever. She made her way over to what used to be Tony’s office and quarters, but now the sign on the door read “Daniel Martin” instead of “Tony Simon”. She knocked on the door and waited for it to open. When the door opened, she wished it hadn’t. She knew Daniel Martin wasn’t really who he said he was. She knew it was Draco Malfoy who was staring back at her. She stepped back and only said two words before she fainted. 

“Bloody Hell.”

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