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Chapter 3 : Chapter 2: Missing
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Harry sighed as he glanced at the note he had left for Hermione.
I am so sorry to have to do this to you, but my priority has to be killing Voldemort. I have to go away for a few months on my own to ensure I can make Voldemort mortal, I'm not going to say exactly what I'm going to do, in case this falls into the wrong hands, but your a smart girl, so I'm sure you know what I have to do.
Anyway I'm blabbing now. I want you to know that I didn't leave you because I wanted to, but because I had to. I also need you to know that I love you, I always will.... I just hope that someday you can forgive me.
He felt awful, leaving her with just a note, but there was no other choice. Just three days ago, he had told Dumbledore that he was going to go on the mission with him and Dumbledore had give him a detailed plan of their mission, which Harry had now memorised. The clock chimed twelve signalling to Harry, that it was time for him to go.
He grabbed his broom and cloak and descended the stairs, he put his cloak on and walked up to the owlery. He give the letter to Hedwig, with strict instructions to give it to Hermione in the morning. He then silently crept into the grounds and into the forbidden forest, where he mounted his broom. He gave one last look to the castle, fearing that he may never see it again, he kicked off from the ground and flew into the starry night.
The next morning Hermione woke with a yawn, she had a strange dream last night, but now that she was awake, she couldn't remember it. Sighing she showered and dressed, picked up her books and went down for breakfast. She sat beside Ron and Ginny and instantly realised that something was wrong.
"Where's Harry?" She asked, remembering that she hadn't seen him since the previous night.
"Dunno, his bed was empty when I woke this morning" Ron answered.
"What?" Ginny and Hermione both exclaimed. They looked at each other and then back at Ron.
"His bed was made when I got up" he said looking at Hermione. Just then Hedwig arrived in front of Hermione, dropped a letter and then flew off. Ginny and Ron both watched Hedwig, then Hermione as she looked at the letter in front of her.
She knew the writing, but was scared to open it. A million thoughts were running through her mind, as her trembling fingers opened the letter. She slowly slid the letter out of the envelope. She opened it and read it slowly.
Ginny and Ron watched her with worried expressions, as her face went from a puzzled expression, to a frown, to a disbelief. They watched as the tears flowed thick and fast down her face and on to the parchment.
"What is it Hermione?" Ginny asked softly.
"He...He has run away, to...to try and kill Voldemort" she managed to choke out, her sobs becoming more hysterical. Most of the hall including the staff table stopped what they were doing to watch what was going on.
"Dumbledore" Hermione suddenly blurted out, and ran out of the hall, with Ron and Ginny following behind.
"Hermione, where are you going?" Ginny shouted.
"Harry and Dumbledore have been working closely together for the past two years, he's been grooming Harry for this exact event, he's been training him up to fight Voldemort and they have been planing on going on a trip, to destroy objects called Horcruxes, but something must've happened for Harry to go of on his own." She panted as she raced towards Dumbledore's office.
"OK, for now I'm going to pretend to know what a Horcrux is, but you have got to explain later" Ginny said panting as she and Ron struggled to keep up with him.
They arrived moments later at Dumbledore's office, Hermione shouted the password at the stone gargoyle and rushed up the steps two at a time, battering the solid oak door, when she reached the top.
The door swung open to reveal a large empty room, the three stepped in and had a look around the empty room.
"Dumbledore!" Hermione screamed, making Ron and Ginny cover her ears.
"That's Professor Dumbledore, Mrs Granger." The three swung around to see Dumbledore standing at the top of the stairs leading up to his privet room.
"Where's Harry?" She snapped, forgetting the politeness she usually had for the Professors.
"Mrs Granger dear, this is a large castle, despite what you may have heard, I can not keep track of every single student." He replied.
"No, he has ran away, he sent me this letter this morning." She said waving the letter in his face "I know all about the meetings, not every single detail but I know what you were achieving, just please tell me where he is." She pleaded.
"Mrs Granger, I assure you I have no idea where Harry is, but I will make every effort to find him. Now, Mr and Miss Weasley, would you be so kind to escort Mrs Granger back to you common room and I will send Madame Pomfrey down to give her the calming draught."
They walked silently back to their common room, where they found Madame Pomfrey waiting, she gave Hermione the calming draught and went on her way. Once she was gone Hermione pulled out her parchment and began scribbling down something.
"What are you writing?" Ron asked.
"A letter to James, I'm guessing Dumbledore won't have told him and I know Dumbledore isn't telling the truth. James has always had some power over Dumbledore, so if I can get James here, tell him what I know, then James can go to Dumbledore and get him to tell the truth.” She explained in a rush as she furiously scribbled on the parchment
"Listen Hermione, we all love and care for Harry, but why is this so important to you?" Ginny asked.
"Because... Because I love Harry, he's my world, and I'm not going to let him leave me... Like my dad did." She whispered, before going back to her letter. Ginny gave her a sympathetic hug and a small kiss on her head.
They heard a tap tap on the window and turned to see Hedwig, Hermione opened the window and let the beautiful snowy owl in. Hedwig flew around the room once before landing on the table and sticking her leg out.
"That owl is freakishly smart." Ron said in awe. Hermione quickly tied the letter to Hedwig's leg, the owl gave a hoot of happiness and flew off into the sunset.
James walked into his kitchen to find Harry's owl Hedwig sitting on his window sill, he gladly opened it, the owl dropped a letter on the counter and then flew to the water dish that was always left out for her.
James looked at the letter in confusion, it wasn't Harry's writing, but Hermione's, something must be wrong, he frantically tore open the envelope and pulled out the letter.
Harry is missing, he's ran away to find these Horcruxes, they are objects with Voldemort's soul in them, he has to destroy them in order to make Voldemort mortal. I've already been to Dumbledore, but he made up this story that he doesn't know where he is, I need your help, can you come into the Gryffindor tower at midnight tonight? I will tell you everything I know
James' heart was pounding and his head was spinning, Harry was missing, and worse still Dumbledore knew where he was, there was only one thing for it and he was going to need back up.
"Sirius!" He bellowed.
"Hermione your going to wear that carpet thin." Ginny said to her anxious friend.
"Where is he?" She snapped.
"Hermione it's five to twelve, he'll be here." Ron said exasperated.
"I'm here." James said from behind them, scaring the three students.
"How did you..?" Ron asked.
"No time to explain." Sirius said. "Tell us what happened Hermione." He said. Both him and James looked tired, James his red rims around his eyes and he looked panicked.
"Harry gave me a letter, telling me in so many words that he has gone alone to hunt for these Horcruxes, I don't know why but..."
"But what?" James asked.
"Him and Dumbledore, were planing on taking a trip together." She whispered.
"What?" James bellowed. Hermione cowered back in surprise.
"James." Sirius said in warning. "Go on Hermione." He added.
"A couple of days ago, I saw Harry reading some documents, he wouldn't let me see them, but I think they were plans for the trip, so Dumbledore knows exactly where Harry is, the only thing I don't know is why Harry went on his own." She sobbed.
"OK, thanks Hermione, leave it to us for the mean time, we'll come back to you." Sirius said, and led a fuming James to the door.
"James?" She said, he turned around slowly. "I'm sorry I never told you sooner, Harry made me swear not to, he told me that he would tell you himself, but I thought Harry would be safe with Dumbledore. You know I never wanted Harry to get hurt, I love him." She muttered in a pleading voice.
"I know." He replied and stormed out of the tower.
Minutes later James was pounding on Dumbledore's door. They waited only a few seconds before a disgruntled Professor answered the door.
"Ah James, I was wondering when I might see you." He said and opened the door.
"Where's my son?" He snapped.
"James I know how distraught you must be but..."
"Don't mess with me!" James snapped.
"James, you know Harry's safety is my number one priority, I am doing everything I can."
"Stop lying to me, if you cared about your great grandson as much as I do, you would tell me where he is!" James bellowed.
A.N HAHA a cliffie, I am terribly sorry about the supremely long wait, but my life has been kind of hectic the last few months. Please review and let me know what you think.
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