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Chapter 4 : Tense Emotions, Raging Hormones, and two Horcruxes
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"My lord what brings you hear...We weren't expecting you back for a while" Bellatrix questioned and Voldemort stared at her impassively as he laced his fingers together.
"It has come to my attention that you attacked the Granger girl...Is that true" Voldemort responded not wanting to reveal to the woman that Hermione was his daughter.
"I only wanted to help you isolate the Potter boy my lord" Bellatrix stated and Voldemort tensed as he continued to stare at the woman before him. He then turned towards Narcissa and Lucius.
"It has also come to my attention that young Master Draco has gained his Veela inheritance...Is that true" Voldemort replied and Lucius nodded as he took a step towards his master.
"Yes my lord it's true" Lucius said and Voldemort felt his scalp bristle in anger as the mans son's words reverberated through his mind.
"How long ago" Voldemort questioned and Narcissa hesitantly stepped forward as her hands began trembling.
"About three weeks ago...That's why you haven't seen him...It took me a while to get him under control" Narcissa responded and Voldemort nodded as he looked the woman up and down. He felt rage boil in his blood when he saw the remaining coloring of a bruise covering her jaw and Draco's words once again reverberated through his mind.
"Dear Cissa would you mind accompanying Vivian to the garden while I have a word with your husband and your sister" Voldemort questioned and Narcissa shook her head as she hurriedly walked over to Vivian. The two women exited the drawing room and Voldemort turned his attention to the two deatheaters before him.
"Have we done something to offend my lord" Lucius questioned and Voldemort glared at him as he pulled his wand from within his robes.
"Tell me Lucius do you know whether your son has found his mate" Voldemort beckoned and Lucius shook his head as he laced his fingers together.
"No my lord I would know if he had" Lucius responded and Voldemort turned towards Bellatrix.
"Bellatrix do you know who Draco's mate is...Choose your words carefully because I'm not in a very forgiving mood right now" Voldemort demanded and Bellatrix flinched as she took a step foward.
"Yes my lord I know who his mate its...It's the Granger girl...He followed me when I went to dispose of her and he immediately became possessive over her" Bellatrix replied and Lucius angrily turned towards his sister-in-law.
"Why am I just now hearing about this...How can my son's mate be a filthy mudblood...You should have disposed of her right then" Lucius stated angrily and Voldemort gripped his wand angrily. He cast a silencing spell on the room and aimed his wand at Malfoy Senior causing him to turn around.
"Have care with what you say Lucius for you know what happens when I'm angry" Voldemort hissed angrily and Lucius's eyes widened in shock as he stumbled backwards.
"How have I offended my lord" Lucius questioned and Voldemort sneered as he took a step forward.
"I will not hear you speak of your son's mate in that manner again or you will face my wrath is that understood" Voldemort responded and Lucius nodded as his hands began trembling.
"Yes my lord" Lucius said and Voldemort aimed his wand at Bellatrix as he turned towards her.
"Lucius leave" Voldemort ordered and Lucius quickly left the drawing room shutting the door behind him.
"How did I offend my lord" Bellatrix questioned and Voldemort glared at her as he took a step towards her.
"CRUCIO" Voldemort hissed and Bellatrix screeched as she fell to the floor writhing in pain. Voldemort held the curse for several minutes before releasing it.
"M-My lord why" Bellatrix stammered as she looked up at the man standing before her. She didn't understand why he was punishing her.
"Do not go behind my back again or you will get far worse...The girl is off limits is that understood...She's important to me" Voldemort snarled and Bellatrix trembled before her master.
"M-My lord" Bellatrix stammered and Voldemort exited the room without another word unaware of the fact that the woman had disappariated the minute he left.
Rage boiled in Bellatrix's blood as she landed in the forest where she had found the girl once before. She could see that the girl was too important to the Dark lord and for that reason alone she knew the girl had to die. The girl would only make the Dark lord weak and Bellatrix just couldn't let that happen. She pulled her wand from within her robes. She cast a locating spell for her nephew and soon felt a tug in her gut. Bellatrix disappariated and landed at the mouth of a cave two seconds later. Her rage boiled hotter as she entered the cave. She would kill the girl and she didn't care if she was Draco's mate.
Hermione sighed softly as sleep began to drift away from her. Her eyes fluttered open and she smiled when she saw the muscular chest beneath her head. She leaned up and felt her breath catch in her throat when she saw ice grayish/blue eyes staring back at her.
"How long have you been awake" Hermione questioned and Draco smiled as he ran his fingers through her hair.
"Only a few minutes...You look so peaceful when you're sleeping" Draco responded and Hermione smiled as she looked into his eyes.
"You should probably get back before your father notices that you're gone" Hermione stated and Draco ran his thumb across her bottom lip as he pulled himself into a sitting position.
"I don't care if he notices...I'm not ready to leave you yet" Draco whispered and he captured her lips in a heated passionate kiss. Hermione moaned softly and closed her eyes as she straddled him. She tangled her fingers in his hair and pressed her soft body against his as he flicked his tongue across her bottom lip. He groaned softly and wrapped his arms around her as he probed her mouth with his tongue. Flames of desire began to lick at her skin and she panted heavily as he moved his lips to her neck. He flicked his tongue across her skin and she moaned softly as her whole body began tingling.
"Oh Draco please don't stop" Hermione panted and before she knew it she was on the mattress with him hovering over her.
"You are so beautiful Hermione" Draco whispered huskily as he began placing small intimate kisses across her collarbone. He slid his hand beneath her t-shirt and cupped one of her breasts as he claimed her lips once again. She moaned softly and brough her leg up between his thighs as she slid her hand beneath his shirt. The feel of his skin beneath hers send tendrils of desire up her spine and she panted heavily as he once again moved his lips to her neck. He slid his hand inside her pants and she gasped as he began to tease her with his fingers.
"Draco" Hermione panted and Draco groaned as he began nippling gently at her earlobe. He continued to tease her with his fingers and felt himself becoming more aroused when she continued writhing beneath him. He was about to claim her lips once again when he suddenly got the sense that they were being watched. Draco's body tensed and he moved away from his mate leaving her confused. He rose from the bed and walked to the mouth of the tent. He slightly pulled it to the side and felt rage boil in his blood when he saw his aunt outside the protection border.
"Hermione you need to get out of here...Pack up the tent and disappariate from within the protection border" Draco stated and Hermione became confused as she pulled herself out of bed.
"What's wrong" Hermione questioned and Draco took a deep breath as he continued watching his aunt. He knew she was waiting for his mate to walk past the protection border.
"My aunt is at the mouth of the cave waiting to attack you the minute you walk past the protection border...If you leave now she will never know you were here" Draco responded as he turned towards his mate.
"What about you" Hermione questioned as her heart started pounding rapidly within her chest.
"I'll distract her...She probably found us by casting a protection spell on me...Hermione love please be careful...I don't think I could bare it if something were to happen to you" Draco replied as he pulled his mate into his arms. Hermione looked into his eyes and placed her hands on his chest.
"You be careful" Hermione whispered and Draco ran his fingers through her hair as he looked into her eyes.
"I will I promise...You have to leave now" Draco replied as he gently pulled from the tent. Hermione packed up the tent and shrunk it before putting it into her purse.
"When will I see you again" Hermione questioned and Draco took a deep breath as he closed his eyes.
"I don't know...With my aunt trying to hurt you it will be too risky...Even though I want to stay by your side it will be safer if I stay away for awhile" Draco responded and Hermione nodded as her hands began trembling.
"Ok I'll wait for you" Hermione whispered and Draco held her close as he claimed her lips in a passionate kiss.
"No matter what happens between now and the next time we see each other you'll always have my heart" Draco whispered back and Hermione nodded knowing he was talking about the chance of him not being her mate. She stepped away from him and looked into his eyes as she disappariated. She landed on a windy cliffside two seconds later and summoned her tent. Hermione erected it with a flick of her wrist and cast the usual protection barriers on it. She then cast an an anti-locating spell on it making it unplottable by anyone other than Draco or her father if he for some reason decided to make an appearance. Hermione entered the tent and sat down on her bed with millions of thoughts treading through her mind. She was tired of having to move locations and decided to keep the tent based on the cliffside now that it was unplottable. She sighed and curled up beneath her covers as she drifted off to a restless sleep.
3 weeks later...
Hermione took a deep breath and paced back and forth within the tent. It's been three weeks since she began staying on the cliffside and she can't get the scent of apples out of her nostrils. She ran her fingers through her hair and forced herself to ignore the scent. She was about to walk over to her bed when images suddenly began to flutter through her mind. Hermione closed her eyes and suddenly found herself standing outside a vault in Gringotts. She looked at the name beside the vault and saw that it was Bellatrix's vault. She touched the door and suddenly found herself inside. Hermione looked around and suddenly saw a tiny goblet that had belonged to Helga Hufflepuff. She removed her hand from the door and before she knew it she found herself standing in a dimly lit room. She felt her breath catch in her throat when she saw her father sitting in a chair with his snake Nagini curled up at his feet. Hermione looked at the snake and saw that it was glowing faintly. She knew then that the snake was a Horcrux.
Hermione shook her head and blinked as she found herself back in her tent. She took a deep breath and walked out into the cool night air. She ran her fingers through her hair and suddenly felt her stomach growl. It had been days since she last ate and she was losing weight. Hermione shook her head once more and disappariated landing in front of Gringgotts Bank two seconds later. She cast an invisibility spell on herself and entered the bank unaware of the fact that she had been spotted by Harry and Ron who were making their way to the bank. Hermione walked past the many goblins and climbed into one of the carts. She pulled a lever and it began moving just as Harry and Ron burst through the door. After several minutes of riding she came to a waterfall. She removed her wand and waved it at the waterfall causing it to split in two so that she could pass. Once she was through it became whole once more. When Hermione finally reached her destination she entered a chamber with a Dragon nestled on the floor. She stepped forward and revealed herself as the Dragon lifted it's head. She was unaware of the fact that Harry and Ron were watching from the shadows.
"Will you let me pass...There's something within one of the vaults that I must get as soon as possible...If you let me pass I'll free you" Hermione said and the Dragon bowed it's head as it moved aside. Hermione walked past it and stepped up to the vault she had seen in her vision. She pressed her hand against it and it clicked open. She then stepped into the vault and looked up at the spot where she knew the goblet rested. Hermione climbed up the shelves and grabbed the goblet off the shelf. Once it was in her possession she jumped back down to the floor and quickly exited the vault. She walked back into the Dragon's chamber and placed the goblet on the floor still unaware of the fact that her friends were watching from the shadows. Hermione knelt down on the floor and gently ran her fingers across it. Less than a minute later the goblet began glowing and before she knew it she was staring up at the younger version of her father.
"It seems you're doing well aside from the weight loss...When was the last time you ate" The younger Voldemort stated and Hermione took a deep breath as she ran her fingers through her hair.
"It's been a few days...I have a question for you" Hermione responded and her father knelt down before her.
"Ask me anything" The younger Voldemort said and Hermione laced her fingers together as she stared at him.
"I know that Nagini is one of the Horcruxes but what are the last two" Hermione questioned and her father sighed as he ran his fingers through his hair.
"Well one of the last two is the lost Diadem of Ravenclaw and I'm not sure you'll want to know the last one" The younger Voldemort responded and Hermione sighed as she shook her head.
"I need to know...Please" Hermione pleaded and her father took a deep breath as he rested his hands on his knees.
"Mya the last Horcrux is one that I never meant to make...The last Horcrux is your friend Potter" The younger Voldemort replied and Hermione felt her hands begin to tremble as she stared at him.
"Will I be able to do to him what I've done with the others" Hermione questioned and her father shook his head sadly.
"No sweetheart...He's different...The only way to destroy the Horcrux I placed within him is to kill him" The younger Voldemort stated and Hermione shook her head as she fought the tears that threatened to fall from her eyes. She rose to her feet and her chest started heaving.
"Isn't there another way...He's my best friend...H-He's like a brother to me" Hermione pleaded and her father sighed sadly as he rose to his feet.
"Mya I wish there was another way but there isn't...Human horcruxes are different than inanimate ones or animals" The younger Voldemort replied and Hermione shook her head as the tears fell freely from her eyes.
"I can't lose him daddy I can't" Hermione cried and her father tucked a curl behind her ear.
"Then give him a reason to come back...Show him that there's a brighter future worth coming back for" The younger Voldemort responded and Hermione wrapped her arms around herself as the tears kept falling. She couldn't stop the chilling fear that was creeping up her spine.
"What happens when the parts of your soul are restored" Hermione questioned and her father wiped her tears away with his thumb.
"Don't worry about that right now...For now just focus on finding the other Horcruxes" The younger Voldemort said and fresh tears fell from Hermione's eyes as she watched him fade away. She grabbed the Goblet with a trembling hand and shrunk it before putting it in her pocket. The next thing she knew she could feel a nudge on her shoulder. Hermione looked over and saw the Dragon beside her.
"Don't worry I'll keep my promise" Hermione whispered and she vanished the chains with a flick of her wrist. before disappariating. She landed near her cliffside two seconds later and was about to walk towards it when she suddenly felt somebody standing behind her. She slowly turned around and saw Finir Greyback standing behind her with several of the snatchers she'd seen over the past three weeks.
"Well hello there little pretty you'll fetch a fine price" Greyback stated and Hermione felt her heart start pounding rapidly within her chest. She stepped back and was about to disappariate when two snatchers grabbed her arms. Before she knew it she had been appariated in front of a large gate. Hermione looked up and tensed when she saw that she had been brought to Malfoy Manor. Her heart started pounding even more rapidly and she silently hoped that Draco wasn't at the manner and that he had gotten out with his mother. Hermione struggled to get away from the snatchers and Greyback sneered as he smacked her across the face. She tensed and glared at him as anger began to course through her veins.
"I hope you're ready to die because you'll be begging for it soon" Hermione snarled as the gates opened and the snatchers dragged her up the long driveway. When they reached the manor they shoved her up onto the porch and Greyback pushed the front door open. He dragged Hermione through the door and she suddenly felt the hair on the back of her neck stand up. She knew then that her father was currently in the maner.
"Come on little pretty lets see what the Dark Lord wants to do with you" Greyback taunted as he dragged her to the drawing room where Bellatrix and Lucius Malfoy currently resided. He pulled the door open and shoved Hermione inside so hard she fell to her knees. She closed her eyes and was about to pull herself to her feet when the sweet aroma of green apples suddenly accosted her. She tensed and panted heavily as she clenched her fists.
"What is the meaning of this interuption" Came an angry voice and Hermione tensed when she heard her Lucius Malfoy's voice.
"We've captured the mudblood" Greyback responded and Hermione closed her eyes as her blood began to boil with rage. Her eyes flew open and her whole body began trembling as her Veela began to emerge. She suddenly felt a pair of eyes on her and she looked up to find Bellatrix staring at her.
"Everyone out NOW...I want to be alone with her" Bellatrix ordered and Hermione panted heavily as her canines formed in her mouth. She tensed and watched as Lucius exited the room with Greyback and the snatchers. Once they were alone Bellatrix aimed her wand at Hermione.
"Go ahead give me your best shot you murderous raving bitch" Hermione snarled as her nails became claws and her eyes turned midnight black.
"CRUCIO" Bellatrix screetched and Hermione let out a blood curdling scream as she writhed on the floor. Her whole body suddenly felt as if it were being piereced by thousands of tiny daggers. When the pain subsided she panted heavily and pulled herself to her knees.
"Is that the best you've got" Hermione panted and Bellatrix screeched as she gripped her wand. She was about to cast the killing curse when the door suddenly flung open and Narcissa entered the drawing room.
"Bellatrix stop it this instant...The Dark Lord is here and he requests that the girl be brought to the ballroom" Narcissa stated and Hermione felt a feeling of dreading knowing that Draco hadn't been able to get out. She panted heavily and her whole body trembled as Bellatrix jerked her to her feet.
"Come on you filthy mudblood" Bellatrix hissed and Hermione clenched her fists as her blood began to boil even hotter with rage. Ten minutes later she was shoved to her knees in the drawing room. She suddenly felt every muscle in her body tense when the aroma of green apples became even stronger.
"Tell me how is it that you manage to capture the brightest witch of this generation" Came a voice and Hermione tensed when she heard her fathers voice. It took every ounce of her willpower not to look up at him.
"We ambushed her my lord...The little mudblood never even had a chance" Greyback responded and a feral snarl escaped Hermione's throat as she looked up at the werewolf standing next to her.
"You only found me because somebody told you where I was you arrogant dog" Hermione snarled and she suddenly felt a sharp kick in the back. She groaned and suddenly heard a low feral snarl and knew that Draco was in the room. It took every ounce of her will power not to look at him.
"Bellatrix watch yourself" Voldemort demanded icily and Hermione tensed as she forced herself not to look up at him.
"I was merely showing her that a lowly mudblood like herself shouldn't backtalk her superiors my lord" Bellatrix responded and Hermione clenched her fists as another feral snarl erupted from her throat. She slowly rose to her feet and turned towards the woman as her whole body trembled with rage.
"You're pissing me off and I'm not pretty when someone pisses me off" Hermione snarled and she shoved the woman with her palm sending her flying into the wall across the room.
"You filthy mudblood how dare you put your hands on me" Bellatrix screeched and Hermione growled as she took a step towards the woman. The next thing she knew she could feel a hand grip her arm. She whirled around and saw Greyback standing behind her. She grabbed his throat and had him pinned against the wall a second later. Hermione gripped his throat and panted heavily as her rage consumed her.
"That's three times you've but your hands on me without my permission you son of a bitch" Hermione snarled and she shoved his head against the wall creating a hole in the stone. The next thing she knew she was jerked away from him by two of the snatchers.
"What should we do with her my lord" One of the snatchers questioned and Hermione slowly looked up at her father to find an amused smirk on his face.
"Let the girl go...Everyone with the exception of Draco leave at once" Voldemort responded and the deatheaters quickly dispersed leaving Hermione alone with her father, a dark haired woman, and Draco. She turned towards Draco and felt her heart start pounding rapidly within her chest when she saw that his eyes were as black as hers. Her hands began trembling and before she knew it she was in his arms. The aroma of green apples accosted her once more and she gasped as her skin began tingling.
"Don't you ever scare me like that again" Draco whispered and Hermione closed her eyes as she inhaled his scent. She was about to respond when her father spoke up.
"Now that the others have gone Draco get her out of here" Voldemort ordered and Hermione tensed as she pulled away.
"Wait there's something I have to do" Hermione responded and Draco held her hand as he looked into her eyes.
"Come on love we have to go" Draco stated and Hermione shook her head as she stepped away from him.
"Nagini come to me" Hermione ordered in parsletongue and her fathers snake began slithering towards her.
"Go ahead my lady...Do what you must" Nagini hissed and Hermione knelt down beside her. She placed her fingertips on the snakes head and the snake began glowing. When the glowing dissipated Hermione looked up at her father and saw that he was smiling. She then rose to her feet and stepped into Draco's arms as they disappariated. Two seconds later she found herself standing near her cliffside. Hermione led her mate to her tent and pulled him inside. The minute they were inside Draco pulled her into his arms. Hermione smiled and inhaled deeply allowing the scent of green apples to fill her nostrils.
"It's you" Hermione whispered and Draco pulled away with a confused expression on his face.
"What do you mean" Draco questioned softly and Hermione placed her hands on his chest as her eyes slowly faded back to their acid green color.
"I've been smelling green apples for the past three weeks...Draco it's you" Hermione responded and Draco gasped as he looked into her eyes.
"Are you saying what I think you're saying" Draco questioned and Hermione nodded as she looked into his eyes.
"Yes my love...You're my mate" Hermione replied and Draco groaned as he claimed her lips in a heated kiss. She moaned softly and tangled her fingers in his hair as he lifted her into his arms. Before she knew it she could feel the soft mattress of her bed against her back.
"I need you...Let me make you my own" Draco whispered huskily as he broke the kiss and looked into his mates eyes.
"Take me my darling...I'm yours" Hermione whispered back and Draco groaned as he kissed her hungrily. They began undressing each other and within minutes were lying naked in each others arms. Draco kissed his way down his mates body and flicked his tongue across her inner thigh before sinking his canines into her delicate skin. She gasped and arched her back as a wave of intense pleasure swept over her. She clutched the sheets and panted heavily as he kissed his way back up her body.
"Make me yours" Draco whispered huskily as he sat up pulling his mate up along with him. Hermione straddled him and tangled her fingers in his hair. She flicked her tongue across the skin of his shoulder and sank her canines into his skin. He groaned and held her close as they became one for the first time. Hermione flicked her tongue across his shoulder and dug her nails into his back as their bodies rocked in sync with each other. They made love passionately through the night and fell asleep in each others arms knowing that they were mates for the rest of eternity.
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