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Hermione had leapt out of the way of the green flash of light that had been directed towards her. She retaliated with her own curse, well aimed into the small group of death eaters. She could see harry battling two men on her right, and Draco face to face with his father on the left. The meant Bellatrix and a remaining death eater were standing right in front of her, wands raised and sneering.
“Filthy mudblood, you’re no match for us…give up, and we might spare your boyfriend…” Bellatrix said, approaching Hermione.
Hermione’s eyes flashed, and she sent two well-aimed curses back at them, but the death eaters blocked them too easily…They shrieked and sent another killing curse towards her, which missed Hermione by a hair. Bellatrix laughed, and gestured for the other death eater to finish her, while she watched Lucius and Draco’s battle…Behind her, father and son were staring warily at each other.
Hermione stood her ground and gritted her teeth as the other death eater smiled grotesquely at her. He raised his wand and the duel began…Flashes of white light and jets of red and green illuminated the space between the two opponents. The death eater fought hard, wand slashing furiously, but couldn’t match the skilled standard of Hermione Granger. The death eater Harry was wrestling further along was also no match for him…
“Draco…son…you would be foolish enough to attack your own father?” Lucius whispered maliciously. He and Draco had their wands pointed at the other, and they were sizing each other up, and watching the other warily. Draco did not want to hurt his father, but he had nearly killed Hermione…
“My father would not have taken the girl I love from his son. You are not my father.”
Lucius screamed a curse at his son, and Draco cried ‘Expelliarmus’ back at him. Green and red clashed in mid-air; Harry saw them from the corner of his eye, and he had a fleeting sense of De-ja-vu of him and Voldemort’s duel in his fourth year…
As the jets of light met in mid-air, they battled furiously, until a loud bang emitted from the Malfoys’ wands. There was a momentary flash of gold, and the spells were sent flying back to the wizard who had cast it... Draco felt his wand spinning out of his hand as his disarming spell hit him in the chest, and as he looked back, he saw his father lying sprawled on the ground, clearly killed by his own curse. Breathing heavily, he heard a saw a death eater fall to the fall in front of Hermione. Harry had also managed to stun one of his death eaters.
Bellatrix Lestrange raised her wand with a twisted smile, pointing it at Draco, not sparing a glance at her dead brother-in-law. She cackled her mad, insane laughter and sent the killing curse towards Draco. It would have made contact, if Draco had not yelped and thrown himself out of the way. Hermione screamed and ran forwards; sending two non-verbal spells at Bellatrix. Whirling around, Bellatrix shrieked as the spells missed inches from her body. She snarled and sent back a few of her own, and Hermione’s second battle began.
“Filthy mudblood! How dare you!” She bawled, sending a shower of colours flying back at her. Draco was wandless, so all he could do was watch in fear for his girlfriend’s life. He need not have worried, however; it became clear in a few moments that Hermione was fully accomplished and very skilled in defensive spells. Her movements were…graceful, even, and she duelled with skill and strategy. She slashed and twirled her wand, matching Bellatrix’s dance. They sent spells firing towards one another, both aiming to kill now. Hermione had a ferocious look in her eyes as she was desperately trying to overpower the woman who had tortured her endlessly…She even managed to get in a few taunts, hoping to distract the woman duelling her.
“Come one now Bellatrix…I thought you were good at duelling? Surely you can do better…”
Bellatrix was fighting at her extreme hardest, a dangerous sneer on her face. Her extreme black curls danced as they were illuminated by the red and green spells Hermione had sent her way. Bellatrix was shocked that a muggleborn witch could duel like this, though she hid it well. She was a mudblood, she was no match for her skills in the dark arts…But Hermione had just performed a complicated twist with her wand, which caught Bellatrix off guard. She staggered, her wand flying out of her hand, and Hermione slashed her wand again. Bellatrix toppled backwards, her limp body collapsing to the ground next to Lucius Malfoy, her eyes closed.
Hermione stood there, clutching her own wand and breathing heavily, as she stared at her opponent’s empty shell. Her eyes slowly lost the fire and she look around. Harry was still battling a death eater, but he looked fine, and she knew he could manage. Hermione’s eyes wandered to Draco, and saw he was looking rather shocked and lost.
Hermione rushed over to Draco, and held him in her arms, murmuring softly to his ear. They both watched as Harry sent the remaining death eater flying, writhing in the air and colliding mundanely with the stone wall behind him. Harry Potter rushed over to where Draco and Hermione sat (in each other’s arms). Draco gently pulled Hermione to her feet, both of them still shaking, and Draco turned to Harry.
“Thanks for helping Harry…” He croaked, smiling faintly at his former arch enemy. Harry nodded in response, and turned to Hermione, looking concerned.
“Hermione…are you alright?” Hermione nodded and pulled Harry into a hug with Draco, sobbing quietly into their shoulders. Slowly, she released the boys and held out her hand. They took it and suddenly, the three of them were in Hogsmeade.
Night was falling, and they had to hurry to reach the castle before curfew. As Harry had expected, Ginny, Ron and Blaise were standing right inside the entrance hall, and they bombarded him with questions and demands.
“What in the name of Merlin happened?”
“He comes barging in the hall, and drags you out…”
“Yea Hermione, I think we’d all like to know. What the hell happened?” Harry asked Hermione warily.
“Uhm…well, me, Draco and Blaise were eating lunch, and I forgot my revision notes, so I went to go get them before our next exam. I bumped into Lucius and Bellatrix, and I think he stunned me. I can’t be sure, I think I blacked out. And I don’t know what happened after…but I woke up in the dungeons of Malfoy Manor, and Bellatrix-”Hermione stopped abruptly, and Draco gave her a small squeeze.
Draco had been very silent ever since they got back, something which Hermione noticed. After all her friends had made sure she was alright, she quickly excused her and Draco, and they left for their common room.
“Draco, it’s not your fault. He tried to kill you, and it rebounded. You didn’t kill him, love” Hermione said gently, holding his hand. He remained silent, but finally looked up at her.
“How is it that you always know what’s troubling me?” He smiled faintly, squeezing her hand tightly. Hermione laughed softly, and leaned in to kiss him on the lips. She smiled and snuggled next to him on the sofa. They sat in silence, each glad to have the other beside them, until Hermione suddenly jumped up, looking horrified.
“We didn’t do our charms tests! Oh no…I’m going to see McGonagall…” Hermione groaned, before grabbing Draco’s hand and towing him out of the room. Draco was laughing at Hermione’s anxiety, but he couldn’t help wondering what was going to happen to their test results…
Hermione was running as fast as she could to the Gryffindor Head of house’s office. Out of breath, she prayed that Professor McGonagall would be inside. Thankfully, the old woman was sitting stiffly in her chair.
“Ahh…Miss Granger…Mr Malfoy. Mr Malfoy, I was just writing your detention letters for you and Mr Potter.” Draco wrinkled his nose but didn’t say anything. Professor McGonagall turned to Hermione. “What is it that was troubling you Miss Granger?”
“Uhm, well, you see, we didn’t exactly get to do our charms NEWTS this afternoon…I was just wondering what will be happening to our results?” Hermione breathed, staring at the professor.
The older woman smiled grimly back. “Yes, you three did not do your exams, so Professor Flitwick will use your performance in class this year to determine your NEWTS results.”
Hermione relaxed, breathing slowly out, and she thanked the Professor, before walking out of the classroom with Draco. “Draco…should we get something to eat? We didn’t have dinner…”
Draco nodded, and the two of them walked down to the kitchens, where hordes of bustling house elves greeted them cheerfully and asked them what they want.
“Uhm…do you have any chicken and bread? I think we’d also like some fruit and pumpkin juice…thank you” Draco told the waist-sized creatures. They beamed and bowed, backing away and preparing the meal. In a blink of an eye, three house elves skidded up to Hermione, and pressed a large cloth bundle into her hands. “Enjoy miss! Goodbye sir!” They squeaked, as Draco reached for the door. Hermione smiled and they returned to the heads’ common room.
Draco and Hermione sat in silence, eating the delicious dinner prepared for them by the house elves. Hermione realised that she was starving, and so was Draco. They dug in, and found that the plates of food and goblets of juice kept refilling themselves.
After they were full, Hermione and Draco lay on the floor by the fire, leaning against the soft fluffy cushions. Hermione turned to look at her boyfriend, and she whispered, “Thank you for coming for me today…”
Draco looked at her, and they stared into each other’s eyes. “You knew I would come.” He replied simply, kissing her gently. Hermione smiled and rested her head on his chest, listening to his heartbeat and feeling his chest rise and fall with the breaths he took.
Slowly, the couple both fell asleep, falling into dreamless sleep. They were both so tired, and there was nothing to be worried about now. The remaining death eaters were dead. There was no threat to Draco and Hermione’s relationship...They were safe.
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