Chapter 1 : Caught Red Handed
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It is two years after the wizarding war and Lord Voldemort's death. All the Death Eaters besides Narcissa (because she saved Harry's life) and Draco Malfoy are currently incarcerated in Azkaban prison for life. Being set free, Draco Malfoy is nearly taken into custody with the rest. Harry Potter saves him by a thread by telling the wizarding court he is innocent and was forced to perform the doings of Voldemort by his father, Lucius. He is let off with three years of probation and sent into training to work for the Ministry.
The year following the war, Hermione Granger returned to Hogwarts with Ginny Weasley's seventh year class to finish her schooling. She is the only one from their group of friends and one of just a few of her seventh year classmates who decided to come back and finish. Hermione didn't regret her decision at all as she passed her N.E.W.T.S with flying colors, was Head Girl, graduated with honors, and had a job offer to the Ministry for the Department of the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures by the time she graduated. Ron and Harry were both offered a job at the Ministry right after the war without N.E.W.T.S. Molly Weasley fought with all her power to convince Harry and Ron to go back to school with Hermione but they declined to listen to her opinion.
Ron did not go straight into the Auror field but 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. After figuring out the store is not where he wants to be the rest of his life, he then decides to go his own way and follow his best friend Harry Potter into the Auror career path.
Harry is a very talented Auror since he knew most of the spell-work he needs for the career already and has advance skill in catching dark wizards. He is now considered as one of the best Aurors. Some even compare him to having as much skill as Alastor Moody to which Harry does not agree.
To no one's surprise, Kingsley Shacklebolt was elected as the next Minister of Magic and is the best one there has ever been yet.
After a year of engagement, Harry and Ginny got married at The Burrow the summer right after the war in the backyard. They now live in a beautiful country home just a half hour out of London.
Hermione and Ron also found love for each other after the kiss in the Chamber of Secrets and got engaged the summer after Hermione graduated from Hogwarts. They now live in a Muggle apartment complex in downtown London.
It has now officially been a year since Ron and Hermione got engaged and this is where their story continues...
Hermione opens her chocolate brown eyes and gazes at the blurry alarm clock located on her night stand beside their king-sized bed. Ron was supposed to be home two hours ago at midnight and it is currently two in the morning. Hermione knows that sometimes closing at the office as an Auror takes a while but never this long, and it is now the second time this week that he has came home late!
Finally, after Hermione drifts back off to sleep it is three-thirty when she wakes up again with a start to find Ron sneaking into their shared bed. His red hair is tousled and he wears a sheepish look on his face, almost as if he hoped she wouldn't stir.
"RONALD! WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU WERE DOING?!"
Ron jumps at her response, giving up on sneaking slowly into bed, settles to lay down, and looks obviously guilty as he does so.
"Sorry Hermione, I had to close up the office alone again tonight... and uhh... I couldn't find the key and then the guard's alarms wouldn't go on right. Just a shitty bloody hell of a night. I tried to get home earlier, I did! I promise you!"
"Ron you had the same problem on Monday night. Honestly, has no one offered to help you out? Have you not talked to Harry?" Hermione asks sternly, sitting straight up in bed and looking him in the eyes for any sign of a lie.
"I am a little clumsy at these things. You know that, love." Ron replies nervously. But Hermione knows that this is not Ron. He is never late by two or more hours and he never hesitates when telling Hermione what happened at work. Something fishy is going on...
The next morning, Hermione awakes and Ron is already gone. They have been fighting lately but not intensely. There is no reason for this unusual behavior from him and she knows when he is acting different than normal, having known him for all of his adolescent life.
Feeling down about the whole incident last night, Hermione calls Ginny to ask if Harry and Ginny want to meet her in Hogsmead at The Pub. Ginny agrees of course so Hermione quickly styles her bushy hair into an elegant bun and walks quickly out the door to the taxis on street level.
When Hermione arrives at Hogsmeade and enters The Pub, Ginny waves her over enthusiastically. This is the second time they have visited the new place and so far they are quite impressed with the service.
"You look sad Hermione, what's up?" Harry asks his best friend as she sits down. He can tell she is not acting herself.
"Well Ronald has been acting weird, have either of you noticed?" Hermione inquires them, hoping for an answer that can somehow comfort her so she can quit this anxiety over nothing.
"Yes." Harry replies with a tight frown. "He hasn't really been talking to me much because he seems to be busy at work training the new employee."
"And who might that be?" Hermione haughtily questions, glaring at Harry.
"Lavender Brown. We hired her last week and Ron has been training her since then. She is most likely going to be his assistant." Then Harry pauses with a puzzled look on his face, "has he not mentioned this to you?"
Hermione shakes her head and scowls. "No! He hasn't in fact told me he hired his ex-girlfriend onto the Auror Department! In fact we haven't been talking lately at all come to think of it!"
How can Ron keep this from me knowing how I felt about Lavender? Hermione asks herself mentally.
"Harry, you're pretty close with the 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 muses angrily quoting with her fingers Lavender's nickname for Ron. "She makes me want to vomit!"
Ginny giggles awkwardly across the table from her, feeling the same way.
"I'm sorry. I was sure he would have told you. I mean, she was the best fit for Ron's assistant position because she was really good at her interview. We don't discriminate employees just for being ex-girlfriends, Hermione, as you should know! We decided a week ago that 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. You know how Ron is; he needs assistance most of the time. The head, Arnold, and I interviewed her and agreed she would be the best fit for what we are looking for the position. I'm sorry if this upsets you. Maybe he meant to tell you but just has been too busy and hasn't?" Harry explains while noticing Hermione's daggers of eyes piercing him again. Luckily she soon pulls her gaze back to the butterbeer and doesn’t take out her wand like Harry fears she would.
"How could I be so stupid? I am supposedly the brightest with of our age!" Hermione bellows loudly, throwing her butterbeer back on the wooden table they sit at and making a table full of elderly wizards look alarmingly their way.
"Calm down! Stop acting like a jealous teenager, you are being a little immature. Ron loves you, Hermione! All he ever talks about is you when he visits home!" Ginny cuts in, trying to comfort her friend but at the same time annoyed with her carrying on.
"Ginny, how would you feel if Harry hired Cho to be his possible assistant and he had been coming home two to three hours late saying the same excuse every single time?!" Hermione asks irritably as her hands tremble against the cold glass she was holding. She is irritated that they are treating her like she is mad for worrying about this.
Ginny decides to close her mouth after that and Hermione takes this as her queue to leave. She pushes her drink away and storms out the clinging restaurant door to apparate.
Ginny and Harry watch her leave, not believing what they just heard. There is a possibility Ron and Hermione's relationship is in danger and that shocks them after all the time they spent finding out that they wanted to actually be together.
But Hermione feels in her heart something is wrong, something she doesn't know and has to find out. Something that will change a lot of feelings and possibly even change her life.
The house feels cold and empty as Hermione enters it. She slowly walks into their room and puts down the picture of Ron and herself happily kissing on her nightstand.
She then proceeds to slowly put on her nightgown and slide into bed, twirling her wand in her hands thinking of what painful spells she can use on Ron if she does in fact find out he was cheating. By midnight she is crying from thinking about the possibility of his betrayal and falls asleep.
Not to her surprise, Ron once again sneaks into bed a little late but this time manages to be home at two. He kisses Hermione on the cheek lightly and rolls over to instantly fall asleep as usual.
As soon as Hermione hears him loudly snoring beside her she decides what she needs to do... she needs to go through Ron's owl mail so she can find the answer. She realizes that she sounds immature about this whole thing, but the constant feeling that Ron is betraying her trust has been nagging her ever since last night.
Slipping almost as slow as a snail out of bed, she walks out of the bedroom after turning around to make sure he is still fast asleep. Hermione then walks to their linen closet in the entrance hall where she knows Ron stores all his mail and after digging around she finds a dusty pile hiding under a leather jacket of his.
Grabbing them with trembling hands, she walks into the bathroom to privately go through them. She feels quite bad for not trusting him and having to go through his mail but there is an urgency there that she can't ignore. He's hiding something and she is going to find out what... And sure enough there is a letter from none other than Lavender Brown sitting three letters into the pile. It seems to stare Hermione in the face intimidatingly.
Her heart palpitates as she opens the seal which is unwrapped already so obviously it was read:
I am thrilled that they are considering me as your assistant. I am honored to be a part of the Auror Department and excited to spend more time with you! The sneaking around has got to end so we can actually be a real couple. I just hope you end things with Hermione soon like you so desperately want to. I mean who would want to be with know-it-all Granger anyway? She has been so shady since the war but hasn't she always been like that? Cocky, I think would be a more fitting word.
Anyway, since we have been seeing each-other for three months now I think it is time to consider leaving her. You told me the other day that you don't love her so why suffer when you have me to come to? I can't really deal with sharing you any longer.
I hope that they hire me for sure and I can't wait to heat up those supply rooms with our hot lovin' ;) The other night was amazing by the way.
P.S. Don't tell Harry about us because Hermione is sure to find out with how nosy she is about your business!
A/N: Hello fans!
I just wanted to give you a little insight on this story. I started publishing it in March of 2013 so it is over two years old!!! Can you believe it?
It was my first fanfic and I KNOW that it has quite a few spelling, grammar, cannon, and ect. errors but I am currently working to re-edit all of them. It will be the same story of course but there may be new things and changes added here and there and definently some more details.
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