Chapter 11 : The Suspect
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“Four... is that good?” Hermione asked him, while rising to her feet, with everyone following her moves.
“Yes, it's very good. You guys can relax. Let me go look it up and study up on it and I will let you know what I find. Be back in a few minutes.” He said and walked back into the room, hearing a few exhales, and low laughing before sitting back at his desk. He finished his juice before opening the book of his variables, and his large text about the different poisons. After finding the name from the variables chart, he searched it up in the book.
'Est accipientis de Vitas; know in the English language as The Taker of Lives, is one of the most dangerous, and difficult poisons known to man. First created back in 1820 by a mad scientist, who was also a very dark wizard, named Thackeray Hayworth. He created the poison to spread trepidation amongst the town people who had tortured him for killing their family members. In the darkest of the times, he poisoned five women, ten men, and seven children with the poison.'
“Wow, what a whack job.” Josh mumbled to himself. He read the rest on the subject, and finally came to the cure that they would need.
Harry was walking back to Hermione, Ginny and Draco, feeling livid. He couldn't believe this. Hermione was going to feel so guilty. Of course, it wasn't even her fault, but he knew her better then most people, except maybe Draco. He had double checked, and made sure that they were right before he wanted to give the facts to Hermione. The facts were right, and Luna did amazing work. Thanks to her, they just may have the right lead to getting the answers that they need. He wondered how she was going to take it. He knew that he wanted to wait as long as he could, and he had. Now that they knew that Alexz should be okay, he needed to tell the, now.
“Harry.” He stopped and turned to see Ginny. He smiled at her and walked to her, pulling her into a hug.
“What's up Gin? After Josh went into Aly's room, you vanished. I looked for you, but I had a call from work about a case. Are you alright sweetie?” He asked when he saw the look on her face. He couldn't put his finger on it, but she had a look between shock and happy.
“You sure? You have this... look on your face.”
“I have something that I need to tell you.” She said and his mind went blank.
“When we found out that Aly was going to be okay, I took a little walk. I had an idea, and I wanted to find out something. So I went and did it, and I am glad that I did.”
“Okay, but what is going on?” He asked and she smiled at him.
“We are having a boy.”
“Looks like you are going to get what you wanted.”
“What?” Hermione asked Draco.
“You said that you wanted Aly to get better, and she will be soon. And you also said something about getting on with the other aspects of your life.” He said and she nodded. She turned and walked to the chairs and sat down, with him following behind her.
“So much has happened in the last day. I mean, first day at my job, Aly's first day at school, seeing you. Then the accident with Aly... it's a lot to take in. I feel like my head will explode.” She said with a sigh, leaning her head against the wall behind her. “And poor Aly... the pain she must feel.” Hermione said in a low voice, and Draco looked at her.
“What?” She lifted her head before answering.
“Don't you know? Poisons like this can hurt the person poisoned. She must feel so scared, and hurt so much.” She said, looking at him. “What?” She asked, seeing him starring at her.
“You knew that?”
“Of course I did... I'm Hermione, remember.”
“I know, but Josh told me, and he was almost in tears for Aly. How are you not?” he asked and she looked down.
“I feel numb. I mean, I know I am sad, and happy, and very angry, but when she gets her sure, and wakes up, the pain will be much less than what she feels.” She said and he nodded. “Why didn't you tell me what Josh told you?”
“I'm sorry... I just didn't’t want to make your pain worse. I told myself that is her condition got worse, that I would tell you straight away. But, when her condition got worse, all I thought was that I had to hold you, so that you know I was there. I felt like I had to hold you to earth, or you were just going to go away from me.” He said and she looked at him. He looked so said. More sad then just for lying to her.
“I'm not going anywhere. Not now, or ever again. I am home here, and in your arms.” She said, and he grabbed her hand.
“I missed you.” He smiled at her.
“I missed you.” She said, and he kissed her on the top of her head. That's when her train of thought kicked back into gear. 'I need to tell him, and I should right now. It's the perfect time. But, I still have that fear that if I do, he will get angry and leave me, and Aly, for good.' She thought, leaning her head back against the wall. 'I know, when Aly is cured, and we leave the hospital, we will go to my house, and I will tell him there. That way, she will be safe and home, and we will be alone and able to talk without anyone there.' she thought. Satisfied with that, she shut her eyes for a minute. What bothered her the most was not knowing who had done this to Aly to begin with.
“Hermione, dear.” Hermione heard and opened her eyes to see Molly there.
“Molly, what are you doing here?” Hermione asked, getting out of her seat to hug the woman that was her second mother.
“Ginny dropped off Lily and Teddy last night, and said she was coming here. Arthur is with them now, and I wanted to come and see what happened. I hadn't heard any word.” Molly explained and Hermione felt horrible for not telling her.
“Mum, what are you doing here?” They turned their heads to see Harry and Ginny walking around the corner to them. “Oh gosh, Mum, I forgot to come back. I am so sorry.” Ginny started to ramble before Mrs. Weasley cut her off.
“It is alright Ginny, I am here now to find out what is going on. Seeing that you all are alright, I am more calm then I was a few minutes ago. The kids are with your father. Hello Harry, Draco.” She said to the men standing in the same area as her.
“Hello Mrs. Weasley.” Both Harry and Draco said back. Draco had always liked Mrs. Weasley, and told her so when he and Hermione's relationship had gotten serious. Ended up that Molly thought of him as a son, which was funny, since she has so many to begin with, plus now Harry.
“So, someone tell me what happened.” She said taking a seat, and everyone sat along with her.
“Well, before we get into that, and I am sorry again Mione, but I have a small announcement to make.” Ginny said and Harry grabbed her hand.
“It's fine Ginny.” Hermione said, giving her friend a smile.
“Right, well, I am pregnant.” Ginny said, and her mother engulfed her in a hug.
“That is wonderful Ginny.” Molly said before pulling out of the hug.
“It's a boy.” Harry said, and Hermione's jaw dropped. They wanted a boy so bad. And now they were going to have him. Even though they have Teddy, they still wanted their own son.
“Congratulations guys. I am so happy for you.” Hermione said getting out of her seat, and hugging her friends. When she was done, Molly hugged Ginny again while Draco 'bro' hugged Harry.
“Good for you mate. I know how much you have wanted one.”
“Thanks mate.” Harry said back to his friend. 'What is Hermione going to do now? She needs to tell him. He has been here ever since the accident happened. Doesn't’t that prove that he wants to be here? Maybe she will tell him soon, so that they can both get what they have wanted for years.' He thought, before smiling at his friend. Everyone sat back down in their seats.
“Alright now, tell me what happened.” Molly said. After about fifteen minutes of getting the short and to the point version of the story, Molly was livid. “Well do we know who did it yet?” She asked.
“No.” Hermione, Ginny and Draco all answered. At this, Harry stood out of his seat to face all of them.
“Well, actually, we might.” Harry said and everyone looked at him.
“What?!” they all asked at the same time.
“When were you going to tell me?” Hermione asked.
“Well, I had gotten back a few minutes ago, and ran into Ginny, where she gave me the news of our son, and then I headed here to tell you, but Molly was here, so I waited. I have only known of the possible suspect for a few minutes.” He explained and Hermione nodded.
“Okay, well then, who do you suspect?”
“Aly's teacher.” Harry said and Hermione paled.
“You mean the teacher that is teaching Aly because I took the job for Draco?” She asked, and Harry nodded. He knew that she was going to do this.
“It is not your fault, okay. How were you suppose to know that she was a bitch?” Harry asked and she nodded.
“What do we do?” Hermione asked, standing up.
“We punch her in her face, give her warts, I hex her with a bat bogey hex, and then send her on her way to Azkaban.” Ginny said, coming to stand by her friend, just as Draco and Molly did.
“Ginny.” Molly said and Ginny shrugged.
“I like Ginny's plan.” Draco added.
“Why?” Hermione asked and everyone went quiet.
“What?” Harry asked.
“Why Aly?” Hermione asked and harry sighed.
“That's what we cant figure out.” Harry said and Hermione started thinking, trying to put the pieces together. But nothing fit. Hermione did not know this women, at all. And of course, neither did Aly.
“What is her name, the teacher?” Draco asked.
“Julia Jacobs.” Harry said and Draco went stiff, and Hermione felt it.
“What is it Draco?” She asked him, but Draco was looking at the floor.
“Julia, married to Thomas Jacobs, her maiden name Julia Hargrove?” Draco asked and Harry was dumbstruck.
“How did you know?” Harry asked.
“It's my fault.” Draco said and looked up. “It's my fault that this happened to Alexz.” He said and ran a hand through his hair.
“What? What do you mean it's your fault?” Harry asked, as Hermione asked the same question. Draco looked at Hermione and sighed.
“About two years after you left, I met Julia, and we went out on a few dates, but nothing else. One day she came over as I got an owl with a message saying that there was still no sign of you. She was always jealous and suspicious, and finally I told her that I couldn't be with her because... - - “ He stopped talking, and Hermione took a step closer to him.
“Because of what?”
“I told her that I couldn't be with her because I still loved you. The thing is, when we went on our first date, she started getting clingy-ish. I let it go, because I wasn't’t really paying attention. But on the third date, the third one, she was talking about out futures... children, wedding... the works. And I realized, that I never had those thought with anyone, but you. Even at a young age. She found out that I was still looking for you, and got mad. She tried intercepting letters, and burning the leads I did get. So I made her leave, and ignored her until she got the hint that it was never going to happen.”
“Crazy girl alert.” Ginny said and Draco looked at her.
“You have no idea.”
“I still don’t see how this is your fault.” Harry said.
“It's simple... I broke up with her because of Hermione, and the fact that she was crazy, but mostly because of Hermione. Hermione comes back, and Aly is in Julia's class. What better way to hurt me? Hurt the person I love, which would indeed hurt me, and it almost killed me. Her plan worked.”
“Well the rest of it won't. Josh will have the cure soon, and we are going to get her, now.” Harry said before apparating away on the spot. Hermione looked at Draco and opened her mouth to say something, when Harry arrived back with Blaise Zabini, George and Fred, and Oliver Wood. Harry motioned for Luna to come over, and she joined the rest of her team. “Okay, here is the plan. Luna, you are to not let anyone in at all, unless it is Josh or Dr. Simmons only. And when we leave, let Josh know.” He said and Luna nodded, going back to her post. “You three are coming with Hermione, Draco and I. We are going to the school to get this witch.”
“I am going too.” Ginny said, and Hermione grabbed her hand, showing Harry that she wanted Ginny there too.”
“Okay. George and Fred, I need you to entertain, and ask the kids questions, especially the ones in Aly's class.”
“It'll be - -” Fred began.
“Our pleasure.” George finished.
“Blaise, you will be in the interview room with me, and Mione, you and Draco will be behind the two way glass that we are going to set up, that way we can get the positive ID from both of you, and you can hear what happens. Oliver, you will be escorting the teachers for interviews.”
“Right.” Oliver said.
“Alright, Ginny, with me. Mione and Draco, you go together, and the rest of my team go however you want.” Harry said, and the group said goodbye to Molly, and promised to let her know what happened when it was over. After Molly flooed home, everyone apparated to the school. It was time for the truth.
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