Chapter 35 : Hermione's plan
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The next morning Harry waited in the common room for Jenny. He had gone to breakfast and had quickly eaten. He had also gotten bits of food that he knew Jenny liked. He wanted to talk to her about her boggart the previous night. Slowly she wandered down the stairs from the girl’s dormitories slowly. She stifled a yawn and on seeing Harry, made a beeline for him. She dropped her bag and plopped herself next to Harry. As usual her hair was perfect, she smelled how Harry loved her to smell and her face just made Harry light up.
“Morning.” He said. He gave her a gentle kiss on the cheek, a smile started to emerge on Jenny’s face.
“Hi.” Jenny said with a smile. Harry gave her the food he had wrapped up in a few napkins.
“You look amazing” Harry said with a smile. Jenny obviously didn’t think she did and she gave Harry a long look “Here, I got this for you.” Harry said as she started to eat. She gave him a grateful smile.
“Thank you so much. I really didn’t want to go to the great hall today.” Jenny said. Harry smiled and brushed a lock of her hair out of the way.
“Jenny, I wanted to ask you about something.” Harry said. Jenny’s eating slowed down.
“I think I know what it’s about” she said quietly.
“I wanted to ask about your boggart.” Harry said quietly so no one else could hear. Jenny bit her lip and looked at Harry.
“Not here.” Jenny said.
“I just wanted to know what it was about?” Harry asked.
“Please, don’t get me to tell you here. It’s a bit…I don’t really want everyone to know.” Jenny said. Harry nodded and pulled Jenny towards him as she finished eating. When Jenny had finished she glanced around and pulled Harry to his feet.
“We have about five minutes before lessons” she said, “Come with me.” She picked up her bag and made to leave the common room. She led Harry out into the shining morning. They were really cutting it with a few minutes until lessons. Jenny turned around and looked at Harry.
“Harry, can you promise me something?” Jenny asked
“Of course.” He said.
“Don’t turn evil or do what Voldemort wants. That’s what my Boggart was about. My worst fear is that you would become evil and turn against me.” Jenny said. She was looking at the grass at her feet how the light breeze made the grass dance. Harry put a hand under Jenny’s chin and raised her face to look at him.
“I won’t turn evil.” He said confidently. “And I will never ever turn against you.” Jenny smiled slightly at this assurance. “Because, I think I love you.” Harry said. Surprise flicked through Jenny’s face for a few moments before she smiled and she put her arms around Harry and held him tightly.
* * * *
“No, Dobby don’t do anything stupid.” Hermione whispered.
“Why?” Dobby asked. “All I is asking is to pretend to help he-who-must-not-be-named.” Dobby looked up at Hermione thoughtfully. Hermione looked at the house elf for a while.
“No, There’s a chance that Malfoy could recognise you, we can’t do that. He knows that you’re close to Harry.” Hermione said urgently. Harry was standing on the stairs to his dormitory. He couldn’t sleep and he was going to wander to the Kitchens or maybe just sit and stare at the fire for a while but he had heard Hermione talking to Dobby. They had been talking for about ten minutes now. There was a small popand another voice was added to the conversation.
“So-ling has said that they will help also though I do not think her master will be very happy.” Same Shoner’s voice.
“Who is So-ling again?” Hermione asked.
“It is the Chang house elf. I also met Castra and he said that Bones, Crabbe, Lowe and Benson have agreed to help us.” Harry scowled He knew that Crabbe was a deatheater, Bones, he could only presume was Susan Bones. The other two were complete blanks in his mind. But then how was he supposed to know every single deatheater. Hermione wrote the names down on some parchment.
“I think we have a good list of elves willing to help but I don’t think it’s enough to be honest. We need to have elves almost everywhere. Voldemort doesn’t have an elf by any chance?” Hermione asked the two house elves. Dobby squeaked slightly at Voldemorts name. Harry started to feel very worried what was Hermione up to?
“Ok, maybe he doesn’t. Where is Castra?” Hermione asked curiously.
“We may be breaking the codes of the house elf, miss, but we still belong to our families. We must do as they say, still.” Said Shoner said. “Only my master is not seeming to have a job for me so I will work for you untils I am needed.”
“That is why you should be free Shoner.” Dobby said. Shoner squealed in fear.
“I is never wanting to be free!” Shoner said slightly offended. To Harry’s surprise Hermione sternly told Dobby to be quiet.
“Ok, so do you know where Castra is?” Hermione asked.
“He is delivering letters to Mr. Black.” Shoner said in disgust. “From April miss. He thinks that they are in love again.” Harry took this in. Over the past few days every time Jenny came back from visiting April or going to practice the piano, she had complained non-stop about how she didn’t want her parents to get back together because she really didn’t like Sirius. As far as Jenny was concerned Sirius could go to hell. Harry was desperately trying to change her view but it just made her more angry.
“So have we got any extra news?” Hermione asked.
“Not anything new miss.” Dobby said. “I think Jasper might be having some news.”
“And Jasper is…”
“He is Avery house elf miss” Shoner told her.
“Oh, right, well what does he have to say?”
“I do not know miss. All I is knowing is that it has something with-” Dobby lowered his voice, “he-who-must-not-be-named might be recruiting Vampires, miss.” Harry could stay quiet much longer, he had to talk to Hermione at some point. She had been a lot more withdrawn since her parent’s death but how could she keep this kind of thing from him?
“Do you think I could speak to-”
“Hermione, what are you doing?” Harry asked coming down the stairs. Hermione started in surprise and stood up.
“Harry.” She said uncertainly. Shoner and Dobby stood either side of Hermione. A large woolly hat with a large bobble on the top.
“What are you doing? Are you recruiting House elves?” Harry asked slightly annoyed. He looked at his house elf. “Aren’t you supposed to be at the order?” Shoner nodded and disappeared.
“Harry, don’t treat him like that. Shoner has been working really hard recently,” Hermione said angrily. “He’s been helping me-”
“What are you doing Hermione?” Harry asked softly.
“I’m-” Hermione hesitated slightly. She looked at Harry and frowned “I’m getting spies. Just because the Adults won’t let us help with the order, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do anything. I got the idea during the Christmas Holidays. Who would suspect their house elves?”
“But House elves can’t give away their secrets.” Harry said.
“To a witch or a wizard, and they can’t speak bad of their family but if they speak to Dobby or another house elf then they aren’t speaking to a witch or a wizard. And they’re not speaking bad, they’re just informing the house elf of what is happening in their family.” Hermione said. “And Dobby or Shoner tells me what’s happening because Dobby is free and you’ve told Shoner to do as I ask him to so I find out any way!” Harry looked at Hermione in disbelief. Hermione squirmed slightly.
“I must be attending the kitchens miss.” Dobby said
“Ok, tell me if you have any more information.” Hermione said. Dobby bowed and disappeared.
“Are you kidding me? That’s ridiculous Hermione.” Harry said.
“No it’s not. You won’t believe how much information I’ve found out since Christmas and I have over half the main family house elves spying for me. I have Avery, Rookwood, Crabbe, Goyle, we’re trying to find out if Voldemort has a house elf and if Malfoy has another one.”
“You are going to get yourself killed by doing this.” Harry said.
“No I’m not. I’m getting this information while I’m in the common room so I’m not out there fighting.” Hermione said, “I think it’s a good idea and I thought you would think it was a good idea as well. Especially how you didn’t like SPEW so now I’m encouraging the house elves to work.” Hermione said. She sounded a little upset at this and bent over to pick up the bits of parchment on the table. She looked at one and handed it to Harry.
“Here, you might want to read this.” Hermione said as Harry took it. “I got it from Goyle’s house elf.” Hermione left Harry looking slightly surprised as Hermione ran to her room quite upset. Harry suddenly felt really bad. Hermione’s idea was a really good idea, no it was brilliant, who would see their house elves as Spies, and house elves could pretty much do anything in a house, see and hear everything that goes on. Harry looked at the parchment and read the first line. It was Hermione’s neat handwriting and it was very slightly slanted like she was writing it quickly.
Malfoy’s second child- heir to Malfoy fortune, Draco pissed off.
Name is unknown, rarely seen out of house, goes to Durmstrang (write to Vicktor).
Harry heir of Gryffindor, unsure if true, just a rumour.
Must ask Harry or talk to Dumbledore.
Harry looked at it. So what if Malfoy had a second child, as for the Gryffindor heir, that was old newss but Harry hadn’t told any of his friends, not even Jenny. And Harry could trust Jenny with anything, he was pretty sure that he was in love with Jenny though she was a bit annoyed with him for trying to support April and Sirius’ growing relationship. Harry rolled up the parchment and heade to his room. He suddenly felt very tired and he had a quidditch match the next day.
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