Chapter 1 : Caught Red Handed
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The year after the war, Hermione returned to Hogwarts with Ginny's seventh year class to finish her schooling. She was the only one from the Golden Trio and also one just a few of her seventh year classmates who did. She did not regret it at all and passed her N.E.W.T.S with flying colors, was Head Girl, and graduated with honors and a job offer to the Ministry for the Department of the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures which is where she gladly started to work there part-time just once or twice a week.
Ron and Harry were both offered a job at the Ministry right after the war without N.E.W.T.S and Molly Weasley fought with all her power to convince Harry and Ron to go back to school with Hermione, and they ignored her pleas to finish school and Harry went into the Auror Department right away. Ron waited awhile to enter the Ministry and helped George (who is now married to Angelina Johnson and is doing a bit better after Fred's unfortunate death) with Weasley Wizard Wheezes but then decided to go his own way and follow his best friend Harry Potter into the Auror career path. Harry became Head of Auror office just eight months after he started to the surprise of many elder Aurors because he was so young. He was one of the best Aurors and some even compared him to having as much skill as Alastor Moody to which Harry does not agree.
Kingsley Shacklebolt is now the Minister of Magic and is the best one there has ever been yet.
Harry and Ginny got married at the Borrow the summer right after the war in the same place where Bill and Fleur got married before the war, right in the backyard. Hermione and Ron got engaged the summer after Hermione graduated from Hogwarts. Harry and Ginny live in a beautiful country home just half an hour out of London and Ron and Hermione now lived in an apartment in downtown London.
They have now been engaged a year... and this is where their story continues....
Hermione opened her chocolate brown eyes, gazing at the blurry alarm clock.
Her fiance of a year, Ron was supposed to be home two hours ago, she grabbed her cell phone and checked for any sign of him. Nothing...
It was two in the morning, and he was supposed to be home at midnight. She knew sometimes closing at the office as an Auror took awhile but not this long.
This was the second time this week and the third time this month that he came home late!
Finally after Hermione drifted back off to sleep at three-thirty she woke up again with a start to find Ron sneaking into bed...
"RONALD! WHAT THE HELL?!" Ron jumped at her response and then sat beside her in bed grabbing her hand which she rejected.
"Sorry 'Mione! I had to close up the office alone again tonight... and uhh... uhm... I couldn't find the key and then the alarms wouldn't go on right. Just a shitty bloody hell of a night baby!"
"Ron, you had the same problem on Monday night, no one has offered to help you out?" Hermione asked, sitting straight up in bed and looking him in the eyes.
He then looked away and down at his lap. "I am a little clumsy at these things, you know that," Ron said, removing his clothes and getting into bed with her.
This was not Ron, he was never late by two or more hours, he never turns off his phone at night like he did just as he got into bed, and he never hesitates when telling Hermione what happened at work.
Something fishy was going on..
The next morning, Hermione awoke and Ron was already gone. They have been fighting lately but not badly, there was no reason for this odd behavior.
Feeling down about the whole incident last night, Hermione phoned Ginny and asked if Harry and Ginny wanted to meet her in Hogsmead at The Pub. Ginny agreed of course and Hermione quickly put her bushy hair in a elegant bun and walked out the door.
Hermione entered The Pub and Ginny waved her over. "You look sad Hermione, what's up?" Harry asked as Hermione sat down.
"Well, Ronald has been acting weird, have you noticed?" Hermione asked them, hoping for an answer that could comfort her.
"Yes." Harry said, "He hasn't really been talking to me much, seems to be busy at work training the new employee."
"And who's that?" Hermione sneered and glared at Harry.
"Lavender Brown, we hired her last week, and he has been training her, she is most likely going to be his assitant," Then Harry paused, "has he not mentioned this to you?"
Hermione looked at Ginny and frowned, "No! He hasn't in fact told me he hired his ex-girlfriend onto the Auror Department!" Hermione almost felt as if she could cry, how could he keep this from her knowing how she felt about Lavender? "Harry, you're head of the department, can't you do something about her being there? You should know I don't want her near "won-won"!" She said angrily quoting with her fingers Lavender's nickname for Ron. "She makes me want to vomit!"
"I'm sorry... I was for sure he told you. I mean, she was the best fit for Ron's assistant postion and she was really good at her interview and we don't discriminate employees just for being ex-girlfriends! We decided today she most likely will be Ron's assistant because of her skill in paperwork and amazing skill in spells we use within the Auror Department and you know how Ron is, he needs assistance. Ron, Neville, and I all interviewed her and all agreed she should be hired on, I'm sorry if this upsets you. Maybe he meant to tell you but just has been too busy and hasn't." Harry said, grinning at Hermione, shrugging and feeling threatened by the daggers of her eyes seering through his.
"How could I be so stupid?!" Hermione said loudly, basically throwing her butterbeer back on the wooden table they sat at.
"Calm down! Stop acting like a jealous person! Ron loves you 'Mione! All he ever talks about is you when he visits home!" Ginny said, trying to comfort her.
"Ginny, how would you feel if Harry hired Cho to be his possible assitant and he has been coming home two to three hours late and saying the same excuse?!" Hermione asked, tears started coming to her eyes now.
Ginny shut up after that and Hermione took this as her queue to leave and stormed out the door with Ginny and Harry gazing in shock at her, not believing what they just heard.
Hermione felt in her heart something was wrong, something she didn't know and had to find out. Something that would change alot of feelings and possibly even change her life.
The house felt cold and empty as Hermione entered it. She slowly walked to their room and put down the picture of Ron and herself happily kissing on her nightstand.
She put on her nightgown and slid into bed, twirling her wand in her hand thinking of what painful spells she could use on Ron if she did in fact find out he was cheating, even saying them for practice in her head.
By midnight, she was crying from thinking about the possibility and fell asleep.
Ron once again snuck into bed, this time he managed to be home at two. He kissed Hermione on the cheek and rolled over.
As soon as Hermione heard him snoring, she whispered, "Accio cell phone," and then snuck into the hall bathroom with the phone in hand.
Her heart sank as she turned it on, did she really want to know? She rather know than be lied to.
The home screen came on, and the messages seemed to be flashing at her. She hesitated to open it. Her heart was beating out of her chest.
Her heart then seemed to stop as she saw her suspisions were true when she opened the inbox...she couldn't believe what she just saw...
Lavender to Ron: Sweety, are you sure you don't want to leave her first? I mean, I am not one to ruin relationships but if this is what you want! I certainly do!
Ron to Lavender: No. What the snitch doesn't know won't hurt her. I'm so sick of her picky shit and she just acts like a know it all and I hate feeling stupid. She's not like that all the time, but lately it has gotten worse and I should be treated better than that!
Ron to Lavender: I didn't hesitate to hire you baby, I mean now we can see each other occasionally alone at work after hours and no one will know. I am excited to take our relationship to another level. After all it has been three months. But I can't stay late much, Hermione will start to suspect something.
Lavender to Ron: I agree, I am sick of sneaking everywhere now we can just meet in one place, at work in your office. About time after three months! When are you going to leave her Ron?
Ron to Lavender: Soon enough. Promise. It's hard you know, after loving someone for so long even if you have grown to really dislike them and not be around them to just leave them.
Lavender to Ron: You still love her, that bothers me. But... I think that will fade with me, I will show you how a woman should love a man.
Ron to Lavender: Okay, we will see(: Supply room? Tomorrow? One p.m.? Show me how you can love a man, Hermione has been avoiding me in bed for months....
Lavender to Ron: Agreed, see you there won-won and you better not tell Harry anything about us! He will tell Hermione!!