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Chapter 5 : Chapter 4: Retaliation
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Harry woke feeling irritated and tired, now that he thought about it, didn't his dad know how important doing this mission was to him? He got up, showered and went down to the common room, waiting for his arrival was Hermione and Ron, they looked tired and Hermione looked extremely angry, she glanced at him and realised that he too was annoyed, she gave him a look as if to say 'What have you got to be annoyed about?' She stood from the chair and Ron followed suit, giving Harry a sympathetic look as he followed Hermione, knowing that he too was supposed to follow he did, only for the simple fact of not wanting to receive a howler from his father.
Harry sat grumpily on the hospital bed, patiently waiting on Madame Pomfrey to finish assessing him. He looked around him whilst he waited and noticed that his father was standing outside, with an anxious look upon his face.
"You are free to go Mr Potter." Pomfrey said as she wrote down notes. "You have a minor chill, but that's nothing some nice, hot soup won't cure." Harry smiled and thanked Madame Pomfrey for her help and walked out the door, not even bothering to talk to Hermione or Ron.
"Everything OK?" James asked, noticing that his son looked a little peeved.
"Fine, she said I have a minor chill, but that it's nothing some soup won't cure." He replied not even looking at his father.
"Harry?" James said, Ron and Hermione sensed the tension that was about to appear between father and son, so they made a swift exit. "Look at me" James said sternly and he did. "I am your father, I will do absolutely anything to make sure that you stay alive and safe, even if that means stopping an important kill Voldemort mission, I don't regret coming to find you and I will not apologise, got that?"
"Fine." Harry snapped and walked away, he heard his father swear loudly before slowly following him. He followed him until he got to the Gryffindor tower and he turned a different direction and left.
Harry angrily slumped onto his bed, this mission was something of up most importance and he had to do it, the only thing was he was going to have to come up with a new plan, so his father wouldn't follow him again, so he brought out the plans that Dumbledore had given him. He went over every detail for hours, thinking of how he could do everything differently it took him a while but eventually he thought of a plan, it wasn't a very good plan, but a plan none the less. He was going to do everything on the list, but in a jumbled order from what was written, he had also planned to camp at least two miles from each destination and hide under strong wards and protection charms...it wasn't a very brilliant plan, but it was all he had. It was going to take weeks to read up on and practice the spells, but it needed to be done, Harry just hoped that in that time he could convince Hermione and his dad that he wasn't going to run away again
It had been a month since Harry's disappearance and things were still tense between the pair, Harry had convinced Hermione and his dad that he wasn't going to do it again, but Hermione still hadn't forgiven him for running of, so they still weren't speaking to each other. However, they were still together.
Today Hermione was sitting in Madame Pomfrey's office, she was panicking and had been crying, she realised a week ago that she had missed a menstrual cycle and hoped that it was down to the stress of Harry's disappearance, rather than the fact that they stupidly had unprotected sex. She had been waiting for ten minutes for Madame Pomfrey to get everything set up and with each ticking minute of the clock, she felt sicker and sicker.
"You may come through now Miss Granger." Pomfrey called, Hermione swallowed hard and slowly got up, her legs shaking with every small step she took. "I want you to know that whatever happens in here stays in here, I have a strict patient confidentiality code."
"Thanks." Hermione replied weakly and sat upon the bed, Pomfrey instructed her to lie down and she did so with no complaints. Pomfrey took out her wand and performed a spell on Hermione's stomach, a smoky mist appeared and went red, which caused Pomfrey to have a concerned look upon her face, sighing she did another spell, this time the smoky mist turned a dark blue. "I'm sorry Miss Granger but that means that you are indeed pregnant."
"Oh, no, no, no..." She repeated over and over again, trying to make it untrue.
"No guesses of who the father is." Pomfrey said knowingly.
"I'm not ready to tell him yet." Hermione said in a pleading manor.
"I won't tell young Mr Potter yet, but you will have to soon." Pomfrey said and left her alone to her thoughts.
This was it, time for Harry to yet again attempt to go on this mission alone, it was 11:55 and like last time he was planing to leave at midnight, he was pacing the empty common room waiting on the clock slowly stroke midnight, his insides were shaking and his palms were sweaty. He was giving up the relationship he had with the love of his life, and the best father, son relationship that anyone could have, all for the cause of defeating Voldemort, was he crazy? Yes. Did he have to do it? Unfortunately. He was momentarily distracted from watching the clock when he heard one of the dormitory stairs creaking beneath someone foot, he turned and his breath caught in his throat at the sight, Hermione was standing on the bottom step, her hair cascading down her pale face, and the moonlight shining upon her.
"What are you doing Harry?" She asked suspiciously, looking at him with the same anger she possessed weeks ago.
"I couldn't sleep." He replied lying easily. "You?" He countered.
"Same." She replied honestly, and he felt his annoyance slip away. "I've got something to tell you Harry.” She said nervously, she sat down on the couch closest to her, and Harry followed suit, with a worried expression upon his face. Hermione took a deep breath and looked into Harry's eyes, they were so full of concern, so full of love, she found herself missing him a lot, so instead of telling him that he was about to be a father, she choose to revel in this rare moment. "I love you and I have missed you very much." She said in a rush. Harry breathed a sigh of relief and smiled.
"I love you too, and I have missed you too." He replied, he reached over and gave her a soft kiss, then he pulled her into a long over due hug.
An hour later and Hermione had went to bed, slightly happier, but now it was time for Harry to go, and he felt sick. He had spent the best hour of his life sitting cuddling Hermione, and now he was going to leave her, but he had to, otherwise the whole world would be doomed and he could end up loosing everyone he loves forever. So it was with a very heavy heart that Harry put on his invisibility cloak and walked out the door.
The next morning Hermione woke with an uneasy feeling in her stomach, she sat up and rubbed her tummy, she looked at the clock and saw that it was 7:30, she sighed and picked up her toiletry bag, heading for the bathroom to be sick and then take a shower. Ten minutes later Hermione felt refreshed, but still had that uneasy, knotted feeling in her stomach, so after running to the bathroom to throw up again, she re-appeared five minutes later. With a heavy sigh she picked up her books and headed down to the common room and there they were, Ron, Ginny and all of the seventh year Gryffindor boys looking at her with pity upon their faces.
"He has gone again, hasn't he? She asked, well it was more than a statement rather than a question. They all looked at her and nodded their heads, pity still in their eyes. She dropped her books and cried in pain, she dropped to her knees, holding on to the rug as she continued to cry out in pain, worried Ginny went over to her and hugged her close, whilst Ron went to get Dumbledore and Neville went to get Madame Pomfrey.
James sat alone in his kitchen, he still hadn't properly patched things up with Harry and he was becoming increasingly depressed as a result, he got up to go to write Harry a letter when Fawkes, Dumbledore's bird, swooped in and dropped a letter onto his kitchen table before swooping off again. James' heart skipped a beat and his throat tightened, he knew the letter was about Harry and he felt sick, he didn't want to open it, he didn't want to know that Harry had done something else, or worse that something bad had happened to him. But he had to, so with trembling fingers, he opened the letter and read it contents.
I am sorry to say, but Harry has run off again, I promise you that I don't know where to this time, I have been looking for him, but I can not find him...I'm sorry but I need you at Hogwarts as soon as possible, we need to alert the Ministry to find him, plus Hermione has fallen quite ill she needs someone.
Without thinking James put his fist through the partition wall that separated his kitchen and dinning room, sore he removed his hand turned slid down the wall, he sat their, crying for a few hours until Sirius found him.
A.N. Another chapter finished, sorry it took so long to update... What did you think of it? Where you expecting him to run off again? Please let me know what you think by reviewing in that little box below.
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