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Chapter 10 : Chapter 9: Safety is Key
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Harry’s heart pounded as he rushed to find Hermione, he raced through the corridors without his invisibility cloak, a mistake that he would later pay for. He was so worried about the safety of Hermione and his son that he forgot to lift his cloak. Now though, as he neared the Gryffindor common room, his mistake became apparent.
“There’s Harry” A few people shouted out. He had been running so fast that no one had recognised him until he had slowed down that is. Unfortunately for him, Malfoy and his goonies, Crabbe and Goyle were there. Immediately Harry and Malfoy’s wands were drawn and a fierce battle was under way. Crabbe and Goyle soon departed, presumably to tell Voldemort that Harry was back at Hogwarts. Malfoy had been given some training, which became apparent when he tried to use the cruciatus curse on Harry. Harry had been hit and went down; he writhed about in agony for a few minutes before the curse was lifted. He could tell that someone had hit Malfoy due to the loud ouch that had come from him. Harry lifted his head to see that Ron had intervened; he gave a grateful nod to his best friend as he stretched out his hand to help Harry up.
“Where’s Hermione?” He asked once inside the safety of the common room. Ron pointed the stairs and Harry immediately sprinted up them. He used the human levitation charm that Dumbledore had taught him to get to the girls rooms, not bothering to knock he burst in. Luckily for him Hermione was the only one in her room.
“Harry, what’s going on?” She asked clearly shocked.
“You need to leave.” He said bluntly, clearly out of breath.
“It’s no longer safe for you and our son here.”
“Harry slow down; since when has Hogwarts not been safe?”
“Malfoy seen me, I came here without my cloak. Hermione, Voldemort will try to kill you, since you were once my girlfriend. He will kill you to get back at me and I dread to think what he’d do to our baby.”
“But Harry, I’m safe here.” She protested. He had somehow managed to pack all of her things and was now levitating them down the stairs. He had forgotten about the charm set upon the girl’s stairs and ended up sliding down them as a result. Once he got to the bottom he found his dad and Sirius there with confused and worried expressions upon their faces. “Harry, you know I am fine here. I have you protecting us.”
“No.” He yelled, stunning her into silence. “I can no longer protect you.”
“Harry, what’s going on?” She asked suddenly very suspicious.
“I can no longer protect you both because Nagini isn’t the last Horcrux, I am.”
“No, you can’t be.” She whispered shakily.
“It happened when he attacked me when I was one. My mother’s love protected me and acted as a shield; the curse rebounded and hit him. Since he was nothing but a shattered soul, the curse destroyed his body but not him. His soul was split again, part went with him and part fled into the nearest living thing, me. The only way to defeat him is by destroying the Horcruxes, this time when he hit’s me with the killing curse nothing will be protecting me and I’ll die.”
“No you can’t” She screamed. She was terrified and her body was shuddering with her heart breaking sobs.
“There must be another way.” Sirius pleaded. James was standing beside him, his colour had drained from his face and he was sobbing heavily.
“There is no other way.” Harry snapped. “The only way to kill Voldemort is by destroying the Horcruxes, they only way to destroying a living Horcrux is by killing it, you know that.” He replied angrily.
“What about your son?” James asked him still sobbing.
“He is the exact reason I’m doing this. If I don’t die then they do.”
“Who kills Voldemort then?” Ron asked.
“Whoever gets to him first.” He replied pointing to his dad and Sirius. “I doubt that they will let him get away with killing me.”
“You’re my only son, I can’t lose you. What will I do without you?” James wept.
“You’ll look after my son.”
“I won’t do it” Hermione said stubbornly.
“You have no choice. You stay he’ll torture our son to death, and then he’ll torture you. I have arranged with Dumbledore to have a port-key take you to my house where there is a very secure underground shelter, with food, water and a bed. You will stay there until my dad comes to get you.” Harry said sternly. He levitated Hermione’s things and walked to Dumbledore’s office, leaving the others trail behind him unwillingly.
“All ready to go?” Dumbledore asked when they had traipsed into his office. Harry nodded and set Hermione’s things down. He looked at her expectantly and she stepped forward.
“I can’t go, knowing this is the last time I will ever see you.” She wept and Harry hugged her close. James, Sirius and Dumbledore all stepped out of the room to give them a moment to say goodbye.
“You have to.” Harry said stubbornly.
“How can I raise him without you?”
“You’ll do brilliantly.”
“You know he does somersault’s every time you are near?” She smiled a sad smile and he nodded. “I can’t let you go, I know I’m the one who ended things but I love you so much Harry, you can’t die.”
“Please don’t do this.” He wept.
“I need you, please.” She begged, she grabbed onto his shirt and sobbed. He wrapped his arms around her and held her for a moment.
“I love you too, so very much, both of you.” He said and he kissed her stomach, then her lips. “That’s why I have to do this.” He said he gently pushed her off and shoved the activated port-key into her hand.
“Harry, No!” She screamed. This made Sirius, James and Dumbledore rush in, just as she was disappearing.
“Harry?” His dad whispered as he stood staring at the spot she had been in moments ago.
“He’s coming” Harry stated matter of fact.
“How do you know?” James asked him worried.
“He has just shown me that he's here.” Harry said, his eyes unfocused. James went to ask Harry what he meant but was cut of by a loud explosion that rocked the room in which they were standing.
A.N I know that this is very short, but it’s the build up to the next, hopefully much longer chapter. Please read and review.
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