A/N: This is my first fanfic so I hope that it's to your liking and if its not, well, you don't have to read it :) but thank you for taking the time to anyway!
Disclaimer: As much as I wish I did, I do not own the characters or anything that you recognize. The plot is pretty much the only thing I do own.
A teenage woman stepped into the train station. Yes, that's right, a teenage woman. I say teenage because she is only 17 years old, but I say woman because everything that she has gone through in the 17 short years she has been alive has made her wise beyond her years. On top of all of the adventures and battles that Hermione Granger has gone through with her two best friends Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, she has now had to go through the worst trial of her life and she can't even share it with them. She has never kept a secret from them before but she has also never been one to pawn her problems off on others.
The war between Harry and Voldemort had finally arrived at the end of their 6th year. It only lasted three days but the death toll was insurmountable and the pain and torment that Voldemort and his Death Eaters caused throughout the years could never be forgotten. Harry, of course, defeated Voldemort and was finally starting to gain a happy and normal-as-can-be life. He now lived with Remus and Tonks Lupin and their son Teddy. They all lived at Grimmauld Place since there were plenty of rooms to spare. Over the summer, they had remodeled the house as best they could and managed to get almost all of the dark magic items out. With a new paint job and new furniture the place was completely unrecognizable. Hermione was suppose to stay there after she brought her parents home from Australia but her plans had changed.
The Weasleys would still come and go out of Grimmauld Place as they had an open-ended invitation to come over whenever they wished. They were still having a hard time adjusting to the loss of Fred, especially George, but they had each other and the rest of the Order to help them get through this rough time. Both Ron and Harry kept up their letters to Hermione during the summer, especially when she didn't visit them. She wrote back as often as she could but they didn't hear from her as much as they had wanted to.
Hermione shook her head to quit thinking about the summer. She had done a pretty good job at keeping her emotions in check. The moment she started to think of what happened after the war and over the summer, she would push it to the back of her mind and busy herself with reading. How she loved to read. Reading was her escape, it always had been. Everyone though it was a weird obsession but for her, it was how she coped with the problems that seemed to consistently pop up into her life.
As she stepped through the barrier and onto Platform 9 3/4, the happiness she once knew to associate with the hustle and bustle of families and the glorious red steam engine was no longer there. Inside she felt absolutely nothing, but on the outside she had a smile from ear to ear. She levitated her trunk to the luggage compartment and as she was about to step on the train she heard her name being yelled from behind her.
She turned around and all she could see was a flurry of red racing towards her.
She was engulfed in a hug before she could even respond. Between laughing and gasping for air she greeted her friends Ron, Ginny and Harry.
"Hey guys! Ugh...ok, enough, I can't breathe!" she screamed.
They finally let go and Ginny started with the barrage of questions Hermione knew would come. "Hermione I missed you so much! I was so upset when you wrote to say that you wouldn't be joining us over the summer. How have you been? What kept you? Did you get to do anything over the summer? How are your parents?"
Laughing, Hermione responded, "Ginny breathe. Umm let me see. I am sorry that I upset you but I had some things that I needed to take care of. I've been fine. I did get to read the new books the professors assigned us for this year. And my parents are doing as good as can be expected." Her throat tightened at the mention of her parents but she was sure that her voice didn't reflect the sudden constriction. She didn't like lying to her friends but this was something that she wasn't ready to speak of yet.
Harry asked, "What was it that you needed to take care of? You didn't mention anything in your letters."
"Oh well you know that I had to catch up with my parents and had to know what they did while they were in Australia. I had missed them so much that I thought that I should spend as much time with them as I could."
Harry could sense that something wasn't quite right with Hermione but knew her well enough that she would tell them if something was really wrong. Wouldn't she?
They were walking through the train looking for an empty compartment when a foot shot out in front of Hermione. She caught herself right before face planting onto the ground. Draco Malfoy stepped out of the compartment as Hermione was fixing her robes.
"Have a nice trip mudblood?"
"Really ferret? The war is over and you are still calling me that despicable name? Grow up!"
"Tsk tsk Granger. What's got your knickers in a twist?"
Hermione's face was getting as red as Ron's hair, "You, you arrogant arse! Get out of my way before I hex you so far into the future you will meet your rodent grandchildren."
Draco looked behind Hermione and saw that Harry, Ron and Ginny all had their wands raised and people's heads were starting to poke out of the other compartments to see what was going on.
Draco smirked, "Now now Granger, you wouldn't want to threaten the new Head Boy, now would you? That would be starting the year off horribly if your house started in the negative points now wouldn't it?"
Hermione gasped, "You...you are Head Boy?"
"Way to state the obvious Granger."
Hermione moaned, "This is not going to be a good year."
"What are you talking about Hermione?" Ron spoke up this time.
"Well I was going to tell you guys once we found a compartment, but I made Head Girl." Hermione grimaced at the thought of having to deal with Malfoy all year. She looked up at Malfoy, considering he was a whole head taller than her, and couldn't figure out the expression that was on his face. Was there a hint of happiness in his eyes? Ha! Yeah right...the only thing he would be happy about would be finding new ways to humiliate me all year long.
"Well, well, well. It looks like this year will be interesting after all," with that said Malfoy spun on his heel and headed back into the compartment. Before closing the door, he stuck his head back out and said, "See you next fall Granger." He slammed the door in their faces and laughter could be heard from behind the closed doors.
"What the bloody hell does he mean?" asked Ron. "He's going to see you once we get to school, why did he say next fall?"
Ginny grimaced at Ron, "Ron you can be such an idiot at times. He was talking about the next time Hermione will fall." Hermione shot her a glare and she corrected herself, "Would fall, well trip actually by Malfoy. That's what I meant." Ginny blushed from Hermione's glare. Ron was blushing as well once he realized how silly his question had been.
"It's alright," Hermione said. "I'm sure that won't be the last time that I have to deal with Malfoy anyway. He will probably try and trip me again."
"Well don't you worry Hermione, if Malfoy tries anything we'll take care of him for you." Ron said trying to regain his composure. Harry was nodding in agreement.
"Thanks Ron, but I can take care of myself. Besides you won't be able to help much since you probably won't be around for most of his tormenting."
"What are you talking about?" Harry and Ron asked simultaneously.
"Ugh...you two should really read Hogwarts, A History some time." Hermione was getting flustered now, especially when they rolled their eyes at what she said. She tried to calm down because she knew it wasn't them she was really mad at, she was just getting a little anxious since she was around so many people after being by herself all summer. "Well if you did then you would know that the Head Boy and Girl share a common room. So I won't be staying in Gryffindor Tower this year with you lot."
"What! That sucks!" said Ron. Even Ginny looked disappointed at this bit of news.
"Well," said Harry, "You will know where to find us if you ever need to talk."
Hermione froze. She could sense a deeper meaning in Harry's words and knew that he thought something was wrong. Yet knowing him he probably figured that she will tell them when she is ready. She relaxed a bit as that eased her mind. At least he won't push me into telling them. They finally found a compartment to themselves and spent the rest of the train ride catching up on what they all did during the summer. Hermione looked out the window and watched as the scenery flew by. This was going to be a long year.
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