Chapter 1 : Painful Goodbyes
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(Hermione, Ron, Harry, Ginny, and students all get off the Hogwarts Express after Dumbledore’s funeral.)
Hermione quietly walked off of the beautiful Hogwarts Express with Harry and Ron on her tail. Their pace was slow and grieving. No one knew if they were ever going to be on that train again. The thought of never returning to Hogwarts and never seeing Dumbledore from this moment on was nearly too much to bear.
No one spoke on the train home. It was a heavy silence that spoke their feelings and the heaviness of their hearts. Tears had been shed and friendships lost in those few hours. The trio would not speak of the horror and danger of the mission they know rests ahead.
Harry, Ron, and Ginny all gave Hermione saddened smiles as they walked to meet Mrs. Weasley. No words would be spoken and no one would say good-bye.
Hermione turned to walk towards her parents, but could not get herself to walk the distance. Quickly, she turned back around and ran for the others.
“WAIT!” She shouted as she made her way to them. They turned around and looked at her, slightly startled.
They had not spoken on the train and did not expect to talk now. Hermione ran to the three and hugged them all at once. Finally catching on, they returned the hug. It was tight and loving and showed that they understood each other. It was a group hug that said more then their hearts knew.
Slowly, they pulled away and Hermione was wiping the fresh tears from her face, “As soon as I talk to my parents, Harry,” she said a little above a whisper, “I’ll be there, right by your side, as we search for the Horcruxes! I promise you!”
Harry just stared at the ground and said nothing. His appearance looking well past his age of 16. He nodded his head and turned away. Ron smiled lightly at Hermione and followed.
Ginny had tears falling down her pale face as she hugged Hermione again, “I can’t lose him, Mione!” she said sobbing, “I waited for him for years, and now he’s going on the most dangerous mission imaginable. I can’t take losing him!”
“I know, Gin… I know…” was the response Hermione gave Ginny while rubbing her back.
Hermione did not know the pain that Ginny was going through. She had never been in love herself. Sure she has had an infatuation with Ron for the last two years, but she did not have the same response to it as Ginny had. She knew, though, that she probably would if Ron ever got the courage to ask her to be his girlfriend.
“All, I can say, Ginny, is that you need to remember that Harry will have me, Ron, and the rest of the Order to back him up throughout this whole ordeal. I will be there to help bring him home. He will come home, Gin. He has too many people waiting for him otherwise…”
She felt Ginny make an attempt to nod her head in understanding. Ginny was her best friend and to see her in such bad shape was a sharp stab in the heart. She could never lose Ginny in the war. Nor could she lose either Harry or Ron. They just meant way too much to her. Without them… she didn’t even want to think about that because it wasn’t going to happen! It just couldn’t.
Soon, Ginny pulled away and quickly jogged to her mum. Hermione watched them leave, her heart full of sadness before walking to her parents. When they saw her tear stained face, concern filtered through their eyes. As if they knew what was happening.
But, they can never know. They live in the muggle world where they do not bare this horrible burden. They didn’t have to worry about losing friends in the constant battling. All they had to worry about was whether or not Hermione was coming home.
‘They have no idea what’s happening…’ thought Hermione miserably as they walked to their suburban, ‘No idea at all…’
((AN: YEA, YEA I KNOW… AND NO THIS IS NO WHERE NEAR WHAT THE STORY IS GOING TO BE ABOUT… IT’S JUST A LITTLE BIT OF A VIEW AS TO WHAT THEY ARE ALL FEELING… THE STORY GETS A LOT BETTER I PROMISE… I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE ANYTHING AWAY… PLEAZ REVIEW!!