"Hermione, where the bloody hell have you been? I was just about to go get Harry and gather up some other Aurors and go searching for you. Do you have any idea what time it is? It's twelve thirty in the morning," Ron shouted as Hermione entered her brightly lit home.
After she had left Draco at the bar, she ran to the restricted section of the library and rushed to the section of the library where she remembered she had left the book on memories. She had hid it in her seventh year, when she put it back, behind two books on dark magic, hoping no one would discover the book or get rid of it, just in case. She found the book, shrunk it and hid it in her coat pocket, before rushing out of the library and to Hogsmeade to apparate home. She noticed that her small, two bedroom home had a light on in every window. She realized that Ron must have been worried sick about her since she hadn't even sent him a patronus telling him she was going to be home late. She had lost track of time while she was with Draco. He had a tendency to make her forget about everything else.
"I'm so sorry, Ron. I was talking to Jane and then I traveled to the library, where I lost track of the time. I'm so sorry." Hermione gave Ron a tight hug and a peck on the check to make up for making him so worried. She didn't want to lie to Ron since they had a very open relationship and it was bad enough that she was falling back in love with Draco. She didn't want to make it any more painful for him.
"You had me scared to death. I figured you were at Hogwarts but when it got to be around eleven, I realized something was up since all the students should be in bed, and you couldn't have possibly been talking to Jane and if you had gone somewhere else, you would've sent me a patronus informing me. Where have you been!?" Ron gave her a skeptical look as he crossed his arms and tapped his toes, impatiently.
"Now look, before you go and blow this all out of proportion, hear me out, please," she pleaded. Ron raised his eyebrows but let her continue. "Yes, to answer your unspoken question, I was with Draco. However, here's the story. After I was in the library, I had a huge headache and needed a drink to help get rid of it. I was planning on sending you a patronus charm, telling you I was going to be late but as I was getting a drink, he walked in and sat down and we discussed Jane for only about twenty minutes before I said goodnight and told him that I needed to get home to you." She figured bending the truth only slightly wouldn't hurt anyone.
"Alright. Just, please Hermione, don't do that again! You had me scared to death! I love you and I thought something horrible had happened to you. I care for you." Ron pulled her into a tight embrace and lightly stroked her hair. She gave him a lighthearted smile.
Hermione was happy that he was so concerned for her but on the other hand, it made her decision about what to do with Draco even harder. She loved both men, there was no doubt about that. However, she had loved Draco first and they had loved each other more. But, Hermione didn't want to hurt Ron, again. When she dated Draco the first time in their seventh year, Ron almost 'Avada Kedavraed' Draco on the spot. It took her and Ginny weeks before he finally cooled down. Hermione didn't know what would happen if Ron found out they were going out, once again. Ron loved her, it was very obvious. He was also very protective of her, more so than Harry, and he was already very protective. Ron sometimes smothered her but it was just the way he was brought up. His mother smothered all her children, and so, he did the same to Hermione.
"Hermione, it's really late. I'm going to head to bed. Are you coming," Ron asked as he grabbed Hermione's hand.
"I will be up in a little while. I need to do some more work for the office. I know, I read and work too much but it's what helps to put the food on the table and it pays for this small house. Goodnight," Hermione gave him another quick kiss on the check but Ron grabbed her waist and pulled her into a passionate kiss. Hermione kissed him back, but with not as much love and heat as she had done with Draco, so many years ago. Hermione, after she ran out of breath, pulled away, gasping. Ron seemed satisfied and headed upstairs. "Goodnight, 'Mione. I love you and I'll see tomorrow morning. By the way, I'm going to be cooking a special breakfast tomorrow, so don't head off to the office to get extra work done. Besides, tomorrow is Sunday and you should take a day off."
Hermione always loved Ron's cooking. She smiled at the thought of him making her a special meal. "Alright, fine. You win, I won't go to work tomorrow. Hey, what's for breakfast?"
Ron smirked as he was planning on keeping his surprise breakfast, just that. A surprise. "You'll just have to wait and see. It's a secret."
"Oh, Ron." Hermione laughed lightly before squeezing his hand and then heading over to the couch to start reading 'The Daily Prophet'. Once Ron was fully up the stairs and in their bedroom, with the door shut, Hermione reached into her pocket and took the memory book out and grew it back to normal size.
The book was rather old. It had a black leather binding that was falling off and the pages were a musty yellow, spotted with mold. It was called 'Memory Charms: All the Secrets You Need to Know'. In this book was the spell that Hermione had used twelve years ago and it also contained the spell she needed to help Draco regain all his lost memories back. There was also an explanation for why Draco experienced a memory when he touched the ring.
When one performs the enchantment 'Obstruere memoria', the memory of the victim is tampered with. That person will no longer be allowed to remember memories from a certain period of time, one that the performer of the spell must be thinking of as they perform the spell.
Then, to remove the enchantment, one must say 'Patefacere memoria' to reveal the memories. However, the incantation will only reveal one memory at a time. The memory can last as long as a second, to as long as a year. While the victim's memory is being restored, they will be sucked inside their own mind to experience the memory, as if in a Pensieve. Time passes much more slowly outside of that person's mind. While performing the spell, it would be wise to perform the charm no more than twice in twenty four hours, so the victim will not be overwhelmed with fatigue.
Also, in special circumstances, certain memories may be brought back to the victims. However, this can only happen if the performer and the victim held something of importance, together, when the first spell of altering the memories was performed. If the performer and victim were to touch such an item again, before the enchantment has been lifted, there is the chance that a powerful memory could be returned to the victim. There are only two know cases of this ever happening.
Hermione's jaw dropped as she read about the last bit of information. She had no idea about that part of the spell. She had remembered reading something like that but since it had been so rare, she hadn't given it much thought. She had to admit, the memory of their first kiss was pretty powerful. The scent of his breath, the soft brush of his lips on hers, the passion and heat that filled her as he kissed her passionately and lovingly that night, was so romantic and by far the best feeling she had ever experienced. This kisses following that night were filled with compassion, but none were as strong as that first kiss.
She looked up at the clock on the wall in the living room as it struck two o' clock in the morning. Ron had probably fallen asleep by now but she figured she should probably go up to bed. It was late, she felt tired and she knew that she better sleep since tomorrow she was going to visit Draco, secretly again, and tell him all that she read. Besides, she had to get a good night's sleep so she wouldn't be cranky when Ron brought her the special breakfast he promised her.
a/n: Sorry about the wait guys. I've been wicked busy with my term paper and all kinds of other school work. I have a vacation next week so hopefully, I will get some more chapters up. This story still has quite a way to go! I want to thank all the readers so far and all the reviewers! I love the feedback and it helps me write so keep them coming! Thanks!
BTW: The memory spells I used Latin from school but I don't think they are absolutley correct. I know the memory spell is 'Obliviate' but that's not the spell I need so I had to make up one.
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