Chapter 3 : An Encounter with Ms. Granger
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He thought her dead years ago when he couldn’t find her but then this summer Blaise had found Hermione bracelet, yet there was no trace of her. All of a sudden Maddie, his daughter was telling him that his wife was alive and working at Hogwarts.
He didn’t know what to do.
Chapter III: An Encounter with Ms. Granger
“Dear staff and students, I’m proud to present our new staff to all new and old students, Mr. Flickwick, as our charms teacher, Mr. Jaggard, our Defense Against the Dark Arts, and finally our new comer, Ms. Granger our Transfiguration Professor. We all wish you a wonderful year. I’m sure we’d all like to return to our dormitories and sleep. Good night.” Headmaster Dumbledore announced at the ending of the feast.
The students proceeded to follow their fellow prefects to their dormitories once the feast was over. Madison being sorted into Ravenclaw followed Jamie Renders into their common room. She was shocked for the most part about the ceremony mostly. Ms. Granger? She was sure her mother’s surname was Granger but it just couldn’t be her? She was dead!
She didn’t want to put up anymore thoughts into her head for fear of getting hurt again and her dad wasn’t there to help her this time. Once she heard the news, she immediately wanted to write to him, but she was growing up and needed to make decisions for herself. Madison couldn’t always rely on her father, whereas he wasn’t at Hogwarts to protect her, he was still her confinement when things got rough. She wanted to do this on her own, to get the answers for herself without having to tell her father anything. She had never lied to her father and wasn’t about to either, she just needed time. She proceeded to get to bed as quickly as possible and settled into some dreamless sleep to prepare for tomorrow’s lessons.
Only it seemed that was more than likely to happen, since her friends were more then happy to continue to chat about what would happen in Hogwarts this year. Especially since Ms. Granger was there. They had heard of her as being part of the golden trio some years ago. But not many people actually knew that Maddie’s mother was teaching at their school. Maddie was slightly angered by her mother- which she still couldn’t believe at the moment. If she cared at all why hadn’t she come and seen her? That was the bigger question pondering Madison’s mind. She had every reason to be mad at her, she left her, she left her dad, and there was no simple explanation. It made no sense, but then again her disappearance was a mystery altogether.
She really needed her sleep for she’d be getting her schedule first thing in the morning. She hoped she had her mother’s lesson first so she’d be able to talk to her. She hopped into bed, closing the curtains around her so she wouldn’t be disturbed by her housemates, and drifted off into a dreamless sleep.
The morning passed before Maddie even realized it. “Maddie wake up! Come on we’re going to be late if you don’t wake up right now!” Maddie heard the distinct voice of one of her friends- Veronica Nigles; another second year Ravenclaw.
Maddie grumbled to get out of bed, she wasn’t in the mood. Everyone knew that Madison wasn’t a force to be reckoned with when in the morning. She wasn’t a morning person. “I’m coming, I’m coming.” She grumbled.
Second year girls were preparing for the first day of lessons at Hogwarts- they were all about gossip these days even if they were sorted into Ravenclaw. Madison made her way to her dresser to get dressed in her muggle clothes and put her school robes overtop. By the time she made her way to the washroom, there was only five minutes left of breakfast. She quickly made her way to the Great Hall and shoved her food down her throat without cautiously choking. She finally recognized Professor Flitwick- Head of Ravenclaw house pass by with class schedules.
“Ah, here we are Ms. Malfoy, you’re schedule. Looks like you’re one of the lucky people to be having the first class with Ms. Granger.” He commented lightly.
Maddie almost seemed nervous now, she had hoped she’d have Transfiguration, but now she wasn’t so sure about this. What would she say to her? Should she wait till after class to speak to her? And even if she did have the guts to talk to her, she had a feeling the conversation wouldn’t exactly be pleasant either.
“Thank you Professor.” She replied taking her schedule from his hand, as he nodded and proceeded to hand out the rest of the schedules to his students.
As soon as she stuffed her schedule in her bag after looking at it twice to make sure she had transfiguration first- she did. Her next class of the day to her uttermost dislike was Potions with Professor Snape, one of the worst teachers to ever work at Hogwarts. She couldn’t think of any other student that liked Snape. Her father had told her of his Hogwarts days as a student, and was surprised to find out that her father was one of the star pupils in Snape’s eyes. Of course Snape wasn’t going to give any sympathy or compassion towards any of his students especially to her, knowing of her parentage. Not as if it mattered during this time anymore. Her two best friends were in different houses so it made it hard to hang out all the time, but they made the time as much as they could. Riley was sorted into Slytherin whereas Logan was sorted into Gryffindor.
She raced towards the halls that would lead her to her first class of the day. There awaited most of her class and she caught up with her friend Veronica.
“Aren’t you excited Maddie?”
She paused for a moment wondering whether she should voice the truth. “Umm, I guess so.”
“Looks like you made it to class just in time then?”
“Yeah, thanks for waking me up.”
“No problem, but next time try and wake up earlier and we wouldn’t be having these problems every morning.”
“I’m sorry, I’ll try.”
The door proceeded to open automatically and the class followed into the classroom. Ms. Granger was seated at her desk, looking over her class schedule. The first class of the day; Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs.
“Good Morning class, please do take a seat. I’d like to start by introducing myself and getting to know each and everyone better. My name is Hermione Granger and I’ll be your new Transfiguration teacher, also knowing that Professor McGonagall had been your teacher previously, some of my tactics of teaching will be different.”
The class proceeded with the basic transfiguration lesson, going over the school curriculum; everyone was expected to learn this year. Madison wasn’t particularly listening to what was going on around her. She kept looking at her teacher, seeing the similarities within herself and the teacher. Was she her mother? Would she remember her?
“Miss Malfoy, is there something wrong?”
Madison broke out of her daze once she heard her name being called. She noticed the class was staring at her, and Ms. Granger had a look of concern on her face. Once she realized that she was being spoken too, she answered quickly. “No Professor, nothing is wrong.”
The look of concern was quickly wiped off the face of the Professor. “Well then, I suggest you start paying attention in this class. Sooner or later, you’ll need these lessons for when you’re out getting your own jobs, and second year transfiguration is required.”
Madison didn’t like trouble and she didn’t need it especially her first day back at Hogwarts. Not only would her father be furious with her, for getting into trouble, but the fact that she was a Ravenclaw and was supposed to be paying attention to her lessons. “Yes Professor,” she said. Madison was convinced that this was her mother, it had to be. Her mother loved her studies and her books. She didn’t like the fact that her Uncle Harry and Uncle Ron never cared about their studies, and the fact that they barely passed their N.E.W.T.S. was an obvious struggling attempt. Madison knew she wanted to make her mother proud, she guessed that’s why she was sorted into Ravenclaw and not Gryffindor. She had always looked up to her mother for advice, but ever since that day she couldn’t even talk to her father. It was too painful.
Before she realized it, the class was over, and Veronica was pulling Madison along so they wouldn’t be late for Potions. Professor Snape wasn’t a person to be reckoned with. Madison knew she’d have to talk to Ms. Granger sooner or later; it was only a matter of time.
A week had passed since Madison had found out her transfiguration teacher was her long lost mother. She’d sent a letter to her father, letting him know everything that had happened so far. She wasn’t sure how he would take the news. She hadn’t had a chance to talk to her teacher yet, and was starting to get anxious. She missed her mother terribly and the fact that it had been 7 years since she’d last seen her, she recognized her face immediately. Nothing much had changed in her appearance, just older, and a few wrinkles- but just as beautiful. She realized she had a free period on Fridays when she checked her schedule. She hoped she would be able to talk to Ms. Granger, it was her only hope. To have the family she always wanted. Would her mother accept her? Had she changed too much since the last time she’d seen her? These questions kept pondering her mind, the more questions she had the more confused she became.
Lunch had just finished momentarily, and Madison decided to head to the Transfiguration classroom hoping Ms. Granger did not have a class at that moment, because it would have been slightly embarrassing to ask her if she was her mother. She knocked on the door, and the door opened automatically. Ms. Granger was in fact sitting at her desk, correcting papers. She looked up from her work and noticed that one of her students waiting at the door.
“Take a seat, Miss Malfoy.”
Madison walked forward and into the classroom and took a seat at the very front. She was level headed with her teacher. Ms. Granger put her quill down, forgetting about grading papers for that moment. “Now Miss Malfoy, what is it that you wished to speak to me about?”
“It’s kind of personal Professor but I have some questions for you.”
“Alright, I’ll answer as best as I can.”
“Mu- I mean Professor, aren’t you married.”
“Married? No I believe you’re mistaken Miss Malfoy. I haven’t been married for over seven years now. My relationship with my ex-husband wasn’t exactly pleasant to say the least, and things just weren’t working out. So I ended it.”
Madison was confused, her mother had ended her marriage with her father and her father had never told her. She wondered if the marriage ended badly because of her. She hoped desperately, that things would work out perfectly. She didn’t want to have false hope, but this new information wasn’t helping the slightest bit.
“I-I don’t understand, you and my dad we’re happy together.” She couldn’t help but blurt out.
Ms. Granger seemed to have a look of surprise on her face but was quickly gone within an instant. “Miss Malfoy, I don’t suggest you ask these questions anymore.”
“But- you’re my mother! You abandoned me!” Madison shouted. She was angry. How could her mother do this to her?
Her Professor took a moment to reply, and Madison was becoming nervous within the silence of the classroom. “I realized that, and I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused you. I shouldn’t have left like I did. I figured it would be better if I left with the problems, your father and I- I were having.”
“What kind of problems?”
“Financial, work; we fought a lot Maddie, things just weren’t working out.”
“You called me Maddie.” She whispered. It had been a long time to hear her mother say her name. It was somewhat refreshing and maybe it was a start to a new found relationship she’d hope to have with her mother.
“Yes I know, I know it must have been hard for you for the past seven years and if there was anything I could do, I would. But I can’t change the past,” she paused. “I won’t regret leaving, because it was the best decision that I ever made. But just because I left, didn’t mean I didn’t love you.”
“You don’t know how I felt at all! I was angry, I thought you were dead! How would you feel if your mother left you and you thought she was dead? I was five years old Mum!” Madison let her tears fall down her face, she was so angry at her. “How could you do this to me? How could you do this to dad?”
“I’m sure he’s fine, I’m more worried about you.”
“He’s been miserable, did you know that? He thought you were dead. He never sleeps, he keeps to himself and he never talks to me anymore. He involves himself in his work. Do you think I wanted this? Why didn’t you write? Why didn’t you at least let me know that you were alive?”
Her professor/mother paused for a moment, not sure how to answer these questions. “I did what I had to do, I know this is hard for you, and I realize you’re too young to understand my reasons. But I had to leave, it was better for you and your father whether you realize it or not.”
“If you’re not married anymore, then why does dad still where his wedding band. Why would he think that you’re still married?”
“Because technically we’re still married, but in my mind we’ve divorced those seven years ago. But now that I’m back, we can spend more time together. We can get to know each other, I know I’ve missed a lot from your life but I was hoping we can continue where we left off.”
“Why should we? You’ve seem to make it pretty clear that you didn’t want me in your life, your own daughter!”
“What am I to do Madison? I can’t pretend that I don’t love you, that you were the only person that I thought about day and night. I’ve missed you, whether you believe it or not, I do.”
The tears stopped, “I’ve missed you too.” Her mother wrapped her into a hug, clinging to her daughter, knowing she had her back in her life.
Author’s Notes: I’m so sorry for the long wait, I had no idea it would take this long to write this, but it’s finally finished, and I hope you like it.
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