Chapter 2 : Reunited
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Hermione descended the stairs and saw her mom about to answer the door. Liz looked at Hermione and smiled, “Do you want to answer it?”
Hermione nodded and Liz stepped away and put a reassuring hand on her daughter’s shoulder as Hermione hesitantly opened the door. She saw her real family standing there and so many emotions came rushing forward; excitement, awe, confusion, sadness, wonder and even a little anger. A part of her was extremely pissed that her parents could turn her over to complete strangers with no qualms. She knew that was not the case, but she still couldn’t help the feeling. The Zabinis, her real family, were standing in front of her. Rachel was the epitome of regal perfection; She had long raven black hair, hypnotic dark blue eyes, and perfectly tan skin that would have taken Hermione two straight weeks in a tanning bed to achieve; now Hermione saw where Blaise got his features. Felix had the same tan skin, but his hair was a bit lighter, more of a mahogany brown, and he had piercing crystal blue eyes. Hermione’s eyes went from one Zabini to the next for what seemed like ages, before she realized that she was staring. She blinked several times to regain focus. Rachel and Felix were both smiling and crying and Blaise was looking at Hermione like he was just as gobsmacked with all this as she was.
“Please-” Hermione’s voice cracked and she cleared her throat, “Please come in.” They all came in and Liz greeted Rachel with tears and a hug and a hug for Felix as well. Lewis hugged Rachel and shook Felix’s hand. Rachel put her hand on Blaise’s back and introduced him to Liz and Lewis. Liz pulled him into a hug and Blaise awkwardly accepted it, while Lewis shook his hand. Liz led everyone into the family room where she had tea waiting. They all took their seats, the tea was served and then they all just sat in an awkward silence for a few minutes.
Rachel couldn’t stand it anymore, so she set down her tea and looked at Hermione, “You must have a million questions for us.”
Hermione set down her tea also, “My parents explained it pretty well I think. This Acey character, do you know what he had planned to do with me?”
“No, he never told us. It may have been easier to accept your fate if we had known that you had been promised to a good family, like the Grangers, but we knew that Acey was not a good man; he was a murdering psychopath and I would have died before handing you over to that monster. When I found out that I was pregnant, we thought that it was just Blaise. We were both so happy and so scared when you came along three minutes later. We were completely unprepared for you, but luckily we had made plans for any and every possible situation. Minutes after you were born, Felix put a charm on you to replace all of my psychical features with Mrs. Granger’s and then he obliviated the medi-witch that had delivered you. I kissed you goodbye and Felix left to take you to your new home.”
When Rachel had finished, she was crying again, as was Hermione. She could see that Rachel cared for her very much and that it had torn her up to have to let Hermione go.
“Acey is really dead, then?” She asked.
“Oh, yes; I personally saw his body so that there would be no doubt.” Felix said.
“We understand that this must be hard for you to take all in one day.”
Hermione stood up, “I just need a moment; I’ll be right back.”
She quickly excused herself and went to sit outside on her porch swing. She was trying to get herself together when she heard the screen door slam shut. She saw Blaise standing there and he smiled slightly, “Can I join you?”
Hermione nodded and scooted over so he could sit. They just sat and looked at the trees blowing in the breeze.
“I can’t imagine that this is easy for you either; finding out after all these years that you have a sister.”
“A twin sister, no less.” Blaise agreed.
“In a million years, would you ever suspect that the Mudblood Hermione Granger was your twin?”
“Don’t call yourself that.” Blaise scolded.
Hermione smiled, “What; Mudblood or Granger?”
“I was referring to Mudblood; I’ve never liked that name.”
“Are you sure you belong in Slytherin?”
“Not all of us are like Draco.”
“I know, which is why I find it so hard to believe that he’s your best friend. You were always decent to me.”
“Draco is a good person; he just grew up with a shitty father. He’s changed since Lucius was sent to Azkaban.”
“Well, that’s good. I can’t imagine how he will react when he finds out who I really am. People will find out eventually, you know. I’m afraid of how they will react.”
“Well, not to be a snob or anything, but I think that people will react positively when they find out that you are a Zabini.”
“Most will I’m sure, but jealousy is bound to rear it’s ugly head eventually.”
“Oh, I’m sure.”
“Well, it’s not fair. I didn’t ask for any of this; none of us did!”
“Life isn’t fair, it would seem. You know, I always knew that there was something that was being kept from me. Mom and dad always seemed depressed on the holidays and more so on my birthday.”
“When is your birthday, or rather, our birthday?”
“My parents told me mine was September nineteenth; it would make sense that they didn’t want you linked to me.”
“They just wanted to protect you.”
“I know. I do want to be a part of your family, but I don’t want to have to give up the family that I’ve know my whole life.”
“Mom and dad would never ask you to do that, Hermione. They told me that if you chose not to accept us, they would understand. They realize that this must be very hard for you.”
“And you; would you understand if I didn’t want to be a part of your family?”
“I would understand; I can’t say that I would like it, but I would get it.”
“Do you want me to be a part of your life?”
“I was pissed at my parents when I found all this out. I was mad because I was so sure that there was something else they could have done other than take you away from us. I was also very mad at you for abandoning me; there have been so many times in my life where I could have used a sibling. Of course, I soon realized that I was being ridiculous; you were just as innocent in all this as I was and my parents did the only thing that they could to guarantee that you would be safe. I do want you to be a part of my life; a part of our lives.”
“That’s what I want too.”
Blaise smiled, “Good.”
“I wonder how much we look alike. Your mom, our mom, God, that’s just so weird to say. Our mom said her features were replaced with my mom’s features. I have her hair, eyes, and nose. I’m not going to look anything like myself anymore.”
“You have dad’s cheekbones and his eye shape.”
“Yes; you won’t lose yourself.”
Blaise stood up and held out his hand. Hermione took it and he helped her up and continued holding her hand as they went back inside. They had no idea how much they had helped each other to accept the situation, but in that moment, they had bonded in a way. Of course, it would take time for them to get to the real sibling relationship that they both wanted, but they had made a good start. They went back to the family room and Hermione walked over to Rachel and held out her hand. Rachel stood up and Hermione immediately hugged her. Rachel made a happy sort of crying noise and wrapped her arms around her daughter and then Hermione was crying as well. Felix stood up and hugged Hermione as well and Blaise just stood to the side and watched with a smile on his face. After buckets of tears had been shed by parents and daughter, they broke apart and Hermione went over and hugged her adoptive parents. More tears were shed and when they were all thoroughly cried out, Hemione collected herself and looked at everyone.
“I want all of you to be a part of my life. I need to be true to myself and since I am truly a Zabini, then I should live my life as one; but, I also have spent my entire life as a Granger and I could never give that up either. Does that make sense?”
“Of course, honey.” Liz said.
Everyone else nodded, so she continued, “I think I should live by my true identity and appearance and what have you, but I still want you guys to be a part of my life.” She turned to the Grangers as she said this.
Rachel smiled, “I’m so happy to hear you say that darling. We would never ask you to give up the life that you’ve always known and you can spend your time as you choose.”
Hermione turned to Rachel, “I could spend part of the holidays with you since we’ll be going back to school in a few days and we won’t really hae a chance before then.”
Liz looked at her husband and he smiled in agreement, “Honey, if you’d like, you can spend the next few days with the Zabinis before you go back to school.”
Hermione looked at Rachel and she smiled, “We would love that.”
She looked at Blaise and he nodded.
“I’d like that.” Rachel grinned and hugged Hermione again.
Blaise had been watching Hermione and he could tell that there was something she wanted to say, but was afraid. She’d open her mouth to speak, but then closed it. She did this several times. “What is is, Hermione?”
Hermione gave him a questioning look, “There’s something you want to say, but you’re afraid.”
Hermione blushed, “Not afraid, just...embarrassed.”
“You can say anything that’s on your mind, sweetheart.” Felix said.
“Well, I’m sort of dying to know what I really look like.”
Felix smiled and stepped forward, “I can help you with that.” He pulled his wand out and pointed it at Hermione, “I put the charm on you, and I’m the only one that can take it off.” He muttered a few words and Hermione could immediately feel things changing. She watched the looks on everyone’s faces as they watch her transformation. When it was complete, they were all speechless.
“Do I look alright?” Hermione asked.
Blaise smiled, “You are definitely a Zabini.”
Rachel was crying again, “You are so beautiful.”
Liz was also crying, “You really are, Hermione.”
“I’ll be right back.” Hermione darted upstairs to her room to check herself out in her floor length mirror.
She saw her reflection and gasped; her once untameable muddy brown hair was now the same beautiful black as Blaise and Rachel and it flowed a bit passed her shoulders in smooth, beautiful waves. Her eyes had been changed from a honey brown to the gorgeous indigo that she had always admired on Blaise. Her nose was now a bit smaller and more petite, if that even made any sense. Her skin was now a flawless tan and she had more of an hourglass shape to her figure and her breasts had enlarged by at least one cup. They weren’t kidding when they said that Rachel’s psychical features had been replaced with Liz’s. Hermione had always thought that Liz was attractive, but Rachel was downright gorgeous and now Hermione was too. For the first time in her life, Hermione felt beautiful. Blaise was right, she still had the same eye shape and cheekbones, so she still resembled the old Hermione; she really hadn’t lost herself. More than pleased with her new look, Hermione smiled and practically skipped down the stairs to rejoin the group.
Everyone was looking at her expectantly and she blushed again, “It’s going to take some time to get used to, but I love it. Who knew that I could look so pretty?”
“You’ve always been beautiful.” Liz and Rachel said together.
“Well, this is quite different from what I’m used to. How am I going to explain all of this to my friends?”
“Well, I think all the guys at school will be rather accepting.” Blaise said with a smirk.
Hermione blushed again and Rachel smiled and hugged her, “Well, we are going to let you have some time with your parents before you come to our house.” She took a piece of paper out of her purse and handed it to Hermione, “This is the address. Do you have your apparating license?”
Hermione nodded and Rachel grinned, “Of course you do. Well, you just come on over when you’re ready.”
Hermione smiled, “Ok, I will.”
The adults exchanged hugs and handshakes again, Hermione hugged her newfound parents, and Blaise gave her hand a squeeze and winked at her. Hermione said goodbye to them and they disappeared out the front door.
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