Time Passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise.
-Stephanie Meyer, New Moon
Chapter 15: The Trial Begins
After the day was finished, Hermione went back to Draco’s cabin for the night. The only thing she could think about was Draco and his trial. His trial was to be held in a day’s time. All day Hermione had walked around faking smiles and happiness, telling everyone Draco had a family emergency. No one suspected anything was wrong; Hermione was an impeccably good actress when she wanted to be.
On the inside, Hermione was in pieces. She felt more lonely then she had ever been, yet she was surrounded by her friends. She sat on the couch in Draco’s living room staring blankly at the wall. Since Draco had gone, she felt like a piece of her was missing. She thought maybe she was worrying too much, and that’s what was making her feel so terrible, but she had seen what happened to Death Eaters. They got the Dementor’s kiss. Hermione involuntarily shuddered at the thought. She had seen Death Eaters get the kiss before, and it still gave her nightmares.
Her mind got away from the thought of Dementors and desperately tried to cling to the idea that after Saturday, Draco would be a free man, and they could be together. Hermione got up from the couch and went over to the bed. She lay down without even changing her clothes. She stared at the ceiling for a while, but then closed her eyes, hoping to go to sleep. For the second night in a row, she couldn’t sleep due to the thoughts that would not cease to flow through her mind.
The next day, Friday, Hermione went through her usual routine during the day. Her friends watched as she grew more and more despondent. Her four friends knew that she was worried about the trial, and they were going to do everything they could to help Draco; he was their friend, too. They were all a bit surprised when Hermione got a tad bit happier toward the end of Dinner. After everyone had finished eating, Hermione stood up to give her usual little speech before the camp game. Tonight it was kickball.
“Now before I send you all off to go and play kickball,” many of the campers cheered. “I have a very exciting announcement. Some of you may remember back when we used to have talent shows on Fridays. We will be going back to that tradition. Next Friday, we will hold a talent show before our end of the week party. All of the acts must be submitted to me my Monday morning. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have. Now get out of here and go play some kickball.” Hermione finished with a sight smile on her face. She had always loved the talent show. It was always great to see what other people would come up with.
All of the campers were conversing excitedly with their friends. They seemed to be ecstatic about the show. Hermione knew it was going to be a hit. After an exciting game of kickball, Hermione took Mark, Josh, Sarah, and Jessie back to her cabin to tell them what was going on tomorrow for the trial. When they got inside, they all sat on the couch.
“Tomorrow we’re going to sneak away from the village and catch the Knight bus to the Ministry of Magic. Ben and Callie know we’re leaving, but not where we’re going. They’re going to cover for us. I'm so glad you guys are coming with me.” Hermione said to her friends.
“No problem, Jay. We would do anything for you. Besides, Daniel is our friend, too. It’s not like we would let him rot in jail.” Mark said matter-of-factly.
“Well, I think we’re going to go and eat lunch at that pizza place first. It’s close to the edge of town. Once we get to the Ministry, Harry is going to meet us in the Atrium at one o’clock. Draco’s trial starts at two. Everyone got it?” They all nodded.
“Thanks again guys.” Hermione said smiling and giving them all hugs before they headed off to their cabins. Hermione quickly changed her clothes and went to try and sleep earlier. She wanted to be as well rested as she could for the trial tomorrow. She closed her eyes and tried to keep her mind from wandering. After about an hour, she finally fell asleep.
She woke up early the next morning so she could gather everything that she would need for the trial. She had her wand, but she also dug up some wizard money for the Knight bus. Hermione also had to print out some old payroll files from the computer. They would probably help a lot in the trial. They proved that Draco worked all year round at C.S.R.
At eleven o’clock, Hermione met with the staff and counselors that were going to the village that day. From the basketball court, they all piled into the bus that was taking them into town. They arrived at the village at about 11:30. They showed the campers where to meet up later, and then everyone went their separate ways. The five friends went and ate lunch at the pizza parlor, and then quickly started their walk towards the outskirts of the town. When they were far enough away, Hermione raised her wand and muttered, Lumos, to summon the Knight bus.
In less than a minute’s time, a huge purple three decker bus pulled up in front of them. Mark, Josh, Sarah, and Jessie’s jaws all dropped at the sight of the bus. Then the conductor, who Hermione recognized as Stan Shunpike, leapt out of the bus.
“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board, and we can take you anywhere you want to go. My name’s Stan Shunpike and I’ll be your conductor this afternoon.” Stan said. Hermione held up her wand hand and climbed aboard. She then motioned for the rest of them to follow.
“That’ll be ‘bout a galleon for the lot o’ ya.” Stan told Hermione. She went in her pocket and handed him a gold galleon.
“Now where are you all ‘eaded off to?” he asked.
“The Ministry of Magic visitor’s entrance.” Hermione told him.
“Didcha ‘ear that Ern?” Stan yelled.
“Yeah.” Ernie said putting the bus into gear.
“You lot better take a seat.” Stan told them. About a second after they sat down, the bus shot off with an explosion, speeding through the muggle traffic. The 5 of them were clinging to their seats for the entire ride. Hermione thought that Jess and Sarah looked extremely pale, like they were about to be sick. Mark and Josh didn’t look much better. When they arrived, Mark, Josh, Jess, and Sarah sprang out of their seats and fled off the bus.
“Good luck in there you lot. It’s bound to be crazy with the Malfoy trial and all.” Hermione nodded nervously and hopped out of the bus. She led her four friends to the telephone booth. They looked at her oddly, but then they all piled in with Hermione. Hermione picked up the phone and dialed 6-2-4-4-2. A female voice answered.
“Welcome to the Ministry of Magic. Please state your name and business.”
“Hermione Granger, witness for Draco Malfoy’s trial, escorting Sarah Thomas, Mark Green, Joshua Krantz, and Jessica Foreman, also witnesses for Draco Malfoy’s trial.” Hermione said into the speaker.
“Thank you.” Said the voice. “Visitors, please take the badge and pin it to the front of your robes.”
All the badges read the same thing; their name and then Trial Witness underneath. As they landed inside the Ministry the woman said, “Please remember to submit you wand for registration at the far end of the atrium. Have a nice ay.”
The door opened and they all exited the phone booth. They were lots of people crowding the atrium. They all pushed through the croud and went to the far end of the Atrium to register Hermione’s wand. After they had done that, they still had about 10 minutes until Harry was supposed to meet them, so they waited in the atrium for Harry. At exactly one, Harry came to lead them to the courtroom. He gave Hermione a hug and acknowledged her friends with a nod.
“Hey everyone. His trial is being held in the old courtroom where they held my hearing. He’s being tried by the whole Wizengamot. I think the interrogator is Susan Bones.” Harry told them on the way down to the courtroom.
“Taking after her aunt is she?” Hermione asked when they got on the lift.
“Yeah, she’s head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement as well.” The conversation was interrupted when they arrived on the 6th floor and the doors opened.
“HERMIONE!” squealed a dark skinned woman as she got on the lift. Another younger dark skinned girl followed her on.
“SOLOME!” Hermione screamed giving her a hug. “Hey, Eden!” Hermione said waving to the younger girl.
“Everyone, this is Solome. She is a healer that I trained under during my Healer training. This is her sister Eden. They moved her from Ethiopia about 6 years ago.” Hermione told them.
“So what brings you all to the Ministry? I haven’t seen you around in ages! I’m only here because Eden needed to take her apparition test. It was the worst day to come though. There are tons of people hanging around waiting for news about the Malfoy trial.” Solome said.
“Well, that’s why we’re all here. We’re witnesses in his defense.” Hermione told her.
“Well, good luck with that. I think this is your stop isn’t it?” Solome pointed out. Harry nodded and led them out.
“I hope to see you again soon, Hermione! St. Mungo’s misses you!” Hermione smiled at Solome before she exited the lift.
The 6 of them made their made their way down the long dark corridor that lead to the courtroom. When they reached the large wooden doors, Harry pushed them open, allowing them all to enter. In the center of the room sat Draco chained to a chair. There were five chairs around his, obviously for his witnesses. Mark, Josh, Jess, and Sarah were amazed by the huge courtroom and all of the people in the plum-colored robes surrounding them. They nervously left Hermione’s side and went over to Draco. Mark and Josh both smiled at Draco and squeezed his shoulder before sitting down. Sarah and Jess, both a little teary-eyed at the sight of him chained to a chair, came over and each gave him a kiss on the cheek before sitting down.
Hermione was the last to move from her spot by the door. She was so excited to see him, but seeing him chained to that chair made her a sad and scared for Draco. She walked over to his chair, tears forming in her eyes. As soon as he saw her his eyes lit up and he smiled at her. When he saw her tears his smile faltered.
“I’m fine.” He whispered to her, smiling a little. She smiled as she locked eyes with him. She put her hands on his cheeks and gave him a quick kiss on the lips. She pulled away and put her forehead to his and gazed into his eyes.
“I love you.” She whispered.
“I love you too.” He whispered back. Hermione jumped when she heard the gavel hit the desk. She quickly sat down beside him. Hermione quickly looked around the courtroom and noticed they weren’t alone. Behind them sat witched and wizards not wearing the plum-colored robes. Hermione’s eyes flew immediately to a group of people with red hair. The Weasleys. Hermione’s face fell. This is not how she wanted them to find out. Her thoughts were interrupted by a calm, wise voice she recognized.
“Witnesses now present, we will begin,” Remus said in a booming voice.
Hermione took a deep breath. ‘Here we go.’
PLEASE DON'T HURT ME! *hides from angry readers* I wanted to split up the whole trial deal. Sorry about the cliffe, I know I've been pretty evil lately :]
Some characters in this chapter are real people, like Solome, who is actually my best friend. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't be posting anything!