A/N This chapter is for Kraut. Another one of my awesome supporters, whos always there to encourage me. Thanks Kraut!
That night I could not sleep. I tossed, then turned as I thought of my past, present, and future. So very painfully strong were the memories. Some good, yetvunfortunately the worse the memory, the more vivid it was to me. Being tortured by Bellatrix. Ron leaving after that awful fight with Harry while searching for Horcruxes. When Harry and I were chased in the forest by werwolf Remus. Dumbledore's cold and limp body at the foot of the Astronomy Tower. The rows of bodies after the war including those of Fred, Remus, and Tonks. It was just too much. I wanted out of this mess. Too much pain. Too much grief.
I eventually fell into a fitful sleep as dreams finally overcame me......
Hermione was suddenly racing through the Department of Mysteries with Death Eaters in tow, spells exploding, just missing her shoulder, as she quicken her pace. Hermione turned slightly to see who it was pursuing after her immediately cursing as she turning right, then left, trying to lose them - Bellatrix Lestrange and Lucius Malfoy.
Frantic to get away from the murdering lunatics, she turned another corner and sighed with relief seeing a huge midnight black door.
When she was only feet away from the door, Bellatrix started laughing as she screamed, "Not running away are you Mudblood? I'm not finished with you!"
Ignoring Bella, Hermione hurried through the mysterious door and fell down, down, down....
When she hit the ground, Hermione found herself in Malfoy Manor being tortured by Bellatrix. "WHAT ELSE DID YOU TAKE?!?!" She screamed, "TELL ME MUDBLOOD! CRUCIO! CRUCIO!"
"I DIDNT TAKE ANYTHING FROM YOUR VALT! PLEASE!" The girl sobbed out as Bellatrix hit her with curse after painful curse.
"YOU ARE LYING TO ME MUDBLOOD! CRUCIO! CRUCIO!!!"
"No!" She whispered. The pain was too much, darkness overtook her.....
Waking once again from the blackness, she found herself in Ron's bedroom.
"RON! WHY can't YOU understand? Fred is GONE and there's NOTHING you can do about it!" She had screamed at him, "WHY can't you see that I wanted you! NEEDED you Ron!"
Hermione found herself in Ron's bedroom with Ron just standing there, staring at her. "Hermione, you don't understand -"
"No Ron! YOU'RE the one who doesn't understand. I love you! LOVED you. Why can't you see that? I've wanted you since third year! But now you're being a BLOODY THICK GIT!"
She looked into his eyes, the look in then was so depressing, it seemed as though a dementor lived within him, as though all the happiness had left the world and there was nothing he could do about it. Looking deeper into those sad, sad eyes Hermione felt herself falling into that terrible sadness as the word again went black.
Opening her eyes Hermione found herself standing at the foot of the Astromomy Tower, she starting to cry silently when she noticed the crumpled and broken body of the greatest headmaster Hogwarts had ever seen - Albus Dumbledore. There was complete silence throughout the crowd of Students and Teachers. They couldn't believe that Dumbledore could be - could be....gone.
After what seemed like hours, though it was truly only a few minutes, she heard the voice of Hagrid crying out something she couldn't understand.
All of a sudden the world started spinning like a port-key and she blacked out again wanting this horrible nightmare to end......
"ARESTO MOMENTA!" Hermione woke finding herself screaming the spell moments before she and her friends hit the ground. Looking around, she found Harry, Ron, Ginny, Neville, and Luna at her side.
The next few minuets were a blur to Hermione as the Death Eaters swooped down to attack. One seized her arm, while he used the other to threateningly poke his wand to her slim neck as he whispered, "No running away now Mudblood. We wouldn't want my wand to accidentally slip and shoot a spell now would we? That would be tragic."
She whimpered, struggling to free herself of the man's firm grip as he shoved his wand farther into her neck.
Hermione wanted to scream when Harry handed the Prophecy to that git Lucius Malfoy. 'Why!' she wanted to yell but no words came out as the death eater was holding her mouth clamp tightly shut.
"There's nothing you can do Mudblood." the Death Eater threateningly whispered into her ear. "The Dark Lord will take over and kill ever single one of your kind. Filth and Blood Traitors alike. Starting with your little friend Harry Potter." and with a final cackle he added, "And there's NOTHING you can do!"
Time seem to fly as she watched the order members suddenly appear. Mad-Eye, Lupin, Tonks, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley, and many others she didn't recognize from the Order.
The man holding her captive instantly disapperated, dropping Hermione to the cold stone floor.
A voice cried out, "HERMIONE!" but in the confusion she couldn't tell who it was. Hermione ran though the many rooms trying to find Harry.
Door after door she opened held horrors she couldn't bear: row after of bodies after The Battle of Hogwarts, Being chased by Werewolf Lupin in the Forbidden Forest, Dumbledore's Funeral, Ron screaming at her, Umbridge's horrible torturing detentions, Standing by the black lake with the Dementors sucking her as well as Harry and Sirius' souls, seeing Harry's what was believed to be dead body hanging so pale and limp in Hagrid's arms, it was too much for the poor girl, she ran down the hall screaming and crying.
After what seem like years, Hermione made it the room with the arch. She froze seeing Harry and Sirius battling Death Eaters. Harry disarmed and stunned one, while Sirius dealt with the other as he yelled his last words, "Nice one James!"
'No!' she wanted to scream as Bellatrix shot that awful poison green spell, hitting him straight in the heart. It was all too fast, all too sudden. With a small smile he fell through the mysterious vail, gone forever. The last thing Hermione saw before the black overcame her once again was Bellatrix walking backwards grinning as she cackled and yelled, "I KILLED SIRIUS BLACK! I KILLED SIRIUS BLACK! HAHAHA!"
I woke the next morning with a terrified scream and salty tears running down my face, scaring all the girls in my dorm room. With every girl staring at my tear streaked face, I ran to the loo slamming the door behind me and sliding down against it sobbing my eyes out. I was so scared, so confused, so tired. I wanted out. Some way to forget all the memories that were locked up inside....
After getting ready, I hurried down to the common room where I had promised Harry and Ginny I would meet them so that we could walk down to breakfast.
I found them standing by the portrait hole, talking quietly and as I quickly noticed holding hands.
"Morning 'Mione" Ginny said cheerfully as I approached the two.
"Hey Ginny, Harry, do you think you have time for me to show you something before we go down?" I asked quietly.
"Uh, sure Hermione." Harry slowly replied quite dazedly, which I instantly realized to mean they must have been passionately snogging only minutes before I had come down to the empty common room.
Ginny looked at me perplexedly as I strode over to the bronze lamp in the corner of the room and without a word, I tickled the small canine and saw, to my amazement what I had missed the times before; the drawing of the dog scampered over to an artistically drawn "M", I had never seen before and disappeared behind it, as the doorknob once again slid out of the wall.
I turned finding Harry and Ginny only inches away holding their breaths as I stretched out my hand to slowly turn the knob and open the seamless door in the wall.
Behind me, I heard Harry and Ginny attempt to say something as they entered the room, still speechless.
"Hermione. How? What?" Harry spit out, not sure what to say as the emotions started breaking open the gates and barriers he had mentally created after the war had ended.
"It was your Dad, Si-Sirius, an-and Lup-Lupin's secret Hi-Hideout Harry." I choked out as the tears came slowly flowing down my blotchy cheeks.
"I don't understand Hermione. How?" He blurted out trying to hold himself together as he looked though the messy desk crammed with plans for pranks. Driving teachers loopy, taunting Slitherins, Making Lily fall for James, etc.
"Do you remember that book I found in the Library the other day? The one the Marauders wrote? Well it has all their secrets, including how to get into this very room."
Poor Ginny who was long forgotten by Harry, stood staring at me amazed at how I knew this place was here.
I beckoned them both over to the couches as I pulled out The Marauders Guide.......
After quickly explaining about the book and what I had read Ginny looked up and asked, "So what's the incantation?"
"I don't know, after the chapter cut off, it was already past curfew and I had to get to bed."
"Well?" Harry inquired, "Let's find out!"
Chapter Twenty-three: Sirius' Time Tricks Continued!
"Wow sorry that was, interesting. Sirius here and I'm not allowed to tell what happened earlier (The other Marauders forbade it). This won't be a long entry seeing as it's a full moon tonight and Remus needs us in an hour." Sirius had scribbled furiously.
"Sirius the incantation! Remember!" James wrote back, clearly in a hurry.
"Oh right. Well pull out your wand, whoever this person reading this is and pull your wand forward slowly while yelling the incantation, Maecenas tempus......."
I quickly pulled out my wand without even thinking about what I was doing and suddenly I found myself screaming, "MAECENAS TEMPUS!" and the world started spinning out of control and the world went black, surrounding Harry, Ginny, and myself......
A/N Hahaha! I just love driving y'all crazy with these mean cliffhangers! =)
So WHAT Distraced the Marauders? WHERE are Hermione, Harry, and Ginny going? WILL Hermione ever be able to control her grief?
Many questions will be answered in Chapter Six!
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