Chapter 1: Prologue Part 1
Summary: Hermione's secret is discovered by The Order of the Phoenix. Before Harry is rescued, she needs to be first. But from who? With the help of Sirius she learns to put the past behind her, and with the help of two Weasleys, they show her a happy future. But Hermione isn't who she thinks she is, what she discovers will change her life for good.
Disclaimer: All original characters and canon events belong to J.K. Rowling. Non-canon events are my own ideas. I am not making any profit from posting this fanfic.
This is my fourth story written and I am still working on my writing style. I am rubbish at editing, so there will likely be a few errors, but I will go back over it and fix up anything that I miss, like I always do. I hope you enjoy the next instalment to my growing fanfics.
Trigger Warning - There are no graphical scenes of rape or abuse but things are implied.
12 Grimmauld Place – Tuesday 11th July 1995
The newly reinstated Order of the Phoenix had a new headquarters. Below the first floor was the basement and the first floor contained the kitchen and pantry, the main living room, the large and dark library and a study. The second floor contained a bathroom and four bedrooms. The third floor contained a bathroom, four bedrooms, a living room and a study. The fourth floor contained four bedrooms and a bathroom, the fifth floor contained a bathroom and four bedrooms and the attic was above that, which is where Buckbeak the hippogriff was kept. A few of the bedrooms had ensuite bathrooms.
The house was remarkably larger than it appeared on the outside thanks to magic. And it was the childhood home of Sirius Black. It was a cold and dark place with peeling and mouldy wall paper, dark rooms, house elves and animal heads on pikes on walls and every room was disgustingly decorated and covered in dust and filth. Everyone hated going there but it was the safest place for headquarters with the wards and the house being under the Fidelius charm for extra security. The house contained many painful memories and hardly and good ones for Sirius Black and he thought it would make his mother roll in her grave to have blood traitors, werewolves and half-bloods in her house. The house where she pushed her supremacy bullshit onto Sirius as a child. He thought it rather poetic that her home was converted into a safe haven for those fighting for the light.
Voldemort was back and the war had begun, but the Ministry refused to acknowledge the truth and remained blind to the true happenings in the wizarding world. Sirius Black was a free man, his previous convictions over turned and his status regained and he was ready for a fight. He was ready to finish what he started all those years ago. And his first order of business, to avenge James and Lily's deaths, which would not be pleasant for a certain rat.
The status of war had Molly and Arthur Weasley moving their family into Grimmauld Place along with Sirius Black, taking precautions for the safety of their family.
It was early evening -four o'clock- and that found members of The Order of the Phoenix sat around a large wooden table in the kitchen. Those present included Molly and Arthur Weasley, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebot, Alastor Moody, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore was leading the charge as usual. They were many members of The Order, some had not survived the first war and some weren't deemed relevant to attend the meeting. This meeting was for the key players in The Order, the highest rankers.
They were currently discussing the situation of the wizarding world, discussing battle plans and missions when something strange happened.
An alarm started going off, the sound filling the entire house. The occupants of the kitchen jumped in shock, but Dumbledore had a look of worry on his face and he immediately stood up. When he did the others followed suit.
"What is it?" Remus asked.
"What's happening?" Mrs Weasley asked looking fearful.
"A few weeks ago when the students returned home, I placed a series of wards around the homes of half-bloods and muggleborns that live in the muggle world" they looked at him confused. "If this alarm has been activated it means that one of my pupils is in danger"
"Harry?" Sirius said quickly.
Dumbledore flicked his wand and the address appeared in front of him.
"No, Miss Granger" Mrs Weasley gasped and clung to her husband. "I must get there immediately" Dumbledore went to leave when Sirius and Remus followed him.
"We're coming too" Remus spoke.
"We owe a lot to the little witch" Sirius said fondly. "And if she needs us then we're going to be there" Dumbledore gave a nod.
They quickly left the kitchen and the Weasley children where stood on the staircase.
"What's going on?" Ron yelled over the alarm that seemed to be getting louder. Mrs Weasley started crying.
"It's nothing children, go back to bed. The alarm will stop shortly and everything will be alright" they stayed rooted in place and the looks on their faces told they were not going to move from the spot they stood on. "Now children, we have no idea what we may find and you do not need to witness what it may be"
"What's happening?" Fred shouted.
"What are you on about?" George yelled.
"BACK TO YOUR ROOMS NOW" Mrs Weasley shrieked and that had them running up the stairs and back into their rooms. "I hope they get there in time" she cried into her husband's chest.
"I'm sure they will Mollywobbles, I'm sure they will" he spoke, but he wasn't sure if he was trying to convince her or himself.
Dumbledore, Remus and Sirius landed with pops of the telltale sign of apparition and they rushed from the alleyway down the street until they reached the Granger house. They stopped; it was still light out being it summer so they had to be careful in case muggles witnessed anything. But when they reached the house there were no signs of a break in. There were no loud noises and there was no dark mark above the house. Everything seemed fine.
"Nothing's wrong" Remus spoke confused.
"No, the alarm went off for a reason" Dumbledore spoke. He stepped forward and tried the door but it was locked so he slyly used an unlocking charm.
When they entered the house they rushed down the hallway and into the living room. They found Mrs Granger laughing madly with two glasses in her hands. Sirius and Remus both had enhanced senses of smell and they knew it was muggle alcohol and Mrs Granger was beyond drunk.
They heard a blood curding scream for upstairs.
"NO, NO, PLEASE DON'T! NO!"
Remus and Sirius immediately ran for the stairs leaving Dumbledore behind. They followed the sounds of the cries and screams and when they reached a locked bedroom door, Sirius kicked it open so forcefully that it fell off its hinges and landed on the floor. That's when they saw Hermione laid on the bed sobbing and a man laid on top of her. Sirius saw red, dropped his wand and ran forward.
He pulled him off Hermione and onto the floor and he started punching him in his face. Hermione sat up and sobbed. Suddenly water started pouring in the room, lightning flashed and thunder roared. They were all being soaked from head to toe and they couldn't hear themselves think over the loud roar of the thunder clashes. Sirius stopped punching the man on the floor and looked over at Hermione. She was readjusting her summer dress and she had a split lip, blood was pouring out of her nose, she had a black eye and she was cradling her right arm to her chest. He could see bruises in the shape of hand marks on her arms and legs and she had bruises on her wrists, he snapped.
He turned back to the man on the floor and continued to punch him wherever he could until he passed out.
"Sirius" Remus called from Hermione's bedside. "SIRIUS!" he stopped punching the man. "That's enough; we need to see to Hermione"
That broke him out of it and he rushed to the bed and pulled Hermione against him as she sobbed and he held her as tightly as he could without hurting her further. The rain stopped pouring and the lightning and thunder stopped.
Everything in the room was soaked and Remus and Sirius looked at each other before looking at Hermione and back to each other once more.
"Accidental magic maybe?" Remus said quietly.
"That was not accidental magic" Sirius hissed. "That was something else entirely" and he looked down at the sobbing witch he held against his chest and he shook his head. Remus used his wand to dry everything in the room, including them. "We don't tell anyone about this"
Remus nodded in agreement. "This is a job for the muggle police, they will see that Hermione gets justice for this" Remus spoke softly. "We can't heal her injuries, the muggle justice system will need to see it as evidence, but for precautions we should document her injuries" Remus pointed his wand. "Accio camera" a muggle camera flew into the room and he caught it.
Dumbledore entered the room at that point, his eyes filled with sadness at the scene in front of him. "Are you well my dear?" he said.
Sirius glared at him. "Of course she isn't Albus" Sirius snapped. Dumbledore didn't take it to heart.
"The muggle police have been informed and are currently on route. I will heal Mr Granger's injuries. Sirius, Remus, please take Miss Granger into another room and document her injuries"
Sirius carefully lifted Hermione into his arms and they left the room and entered the guest bedroom. Sirius put her on the bed and Remus started taking photos of the injuries he could see.
"Do you have injuries anywhere else Hermione?" Remus asked kindly and she nodded. "Do you need me to get you a pair of shorts?" she nodded again. Remus accioed a pair from her room and seeing that it would be difficult for her to put them on herself he used magic.
Sirius stood up and supported her. She was still sobbing and with her uninjured arm she lifted her dress to show her stomach. What they saw made both men want to rush into the other room and Crucio the unconscious man on the floor. Almost her entire stomach was covered in bruises of different colours showing some were old and others more recent. They were blue, purple, yellow, orange and green.
One look from Remus had Sirius pinned to the ground. Hermione turned and showed them her back and she had similar bruises.
"We're finished for now Hermione" Remus said and he put the camera down and Sirius sat on the bed with Hermione cradled gently against his chest and he rocked them back and forth comfortingly.
His heart went out to the little witch in his arms. He was abused by his parents except they preferred to use the Cruciatus, if it was used correctly no marks were left behind, you only felt the pain and he certainly had never been sexually abused, he was lucky his parents drew the line at that. He owed his life to Hermione, she was the reason he was no longer a fugitive. She put together a tight knit case for him and the Ministry never stood a chance. When he was on the run the previous year she had covertly sent him packages of food and blankets, he was alive, free and healthy because of her. She had looked after him, a complete stranger. The same for Remus; she anonymously sent him baskets of chocolate during the week of the full moon -but they knew it was her- and she kept his secret. She cared for everyone, and now he vowed to take care of her.
Dumbledore appeared in the door way. He handed Sirius his wand and he transfigured his robes into a muggle suit. Sirius was wearing a black t-shirt, black jeans and black hiking boots and Remus was wearing a white shirt, brown tie and brown suit pants and shoes so they both passed for muggle. Sirius put a glamour charm over himself to hide his blood covered and swollen hands. They put their wands out of sight.
"The muggle policemen have just arrived outside of the house. Miss Granger has no other living relatives and we need to find someone who will take parental guardianship, otherwise she will be placed into a muggle foster home"
"I'll do it" Sirius said instantly. Dumbledore's eyes twinkled knowingly.
"I thought that may be the case. I have called in a favour and a half-blood lawyer who practices in the muggle world will be arriving shortly. I have healed Mr Granger's injuries except two. Sirius, you pulled Mr Granger off Hermione, broke his nose and then knocked him unconscious" Sirius gritted his teeth but nodded. Dumbledore handed Hermione a piece of paper that had the address to Grimmauld Place on and she read it through her sobs and Remus took it from her and stuffed it into his pocket and it would be discarded of later.
Dumbledore went down stairs to coordinate with the police and Remus and Sirius stayed with Hermione.
Ten minutes later Dumbledore accompanied several members of the police force up the stairs. Some went into Hermione's room to arrest Mr Granger and two came into the guest room. One male and one female. Their eyes hardened when they saw Hermione sobbing into Sirius' chest and they saw her injuries.
Remus stood up and handed the camera to the policemen. "We've documented her injuries" the policeman blinked and then thanked him.
"We need to take a statement" he informed them. "Since Miss Granger is underage there must be a family member present"
"I'll stay" Sirius spoke.
"Are you a family member Mr..."
"Black, Sirius Black" their eyes widened and they recognised him as the former fugitive that had been found to be innocent. "We're not related by blood, but we're family"
"I'm afraid that doesn't consent you to be..."
"Yes, it does" a man in his thirties stepped into the room. He was wearing a grey muggle suit with a black tie and shoes and carrying a brief case. He handed the policeman a letter. "I am Miss Granger's lawyer, Henry Farrow. Mr Black is now Miss Granger's legal guardian, it's signed by Judge Mullins himself" the policeman looked at the letter and nodded.
"Mr Black, you may be present, I think it will be easier if we take the statement here"
"She is right handed and has a broken right arm" Remus spoke up.
"Miss Granger may tell us what happened and my colleague will write the statement for her. Afterwards she will be taken to the hospital for medical care. We will also need statements from the three of you, and you will need to testify in court"
"Couldn't keep us away" Remus spoke.
"As a special request Judge Mullins has agreed to have the trail a week from today given the circumstances and for the safety of my client" they nodded.
"Miss Granger, are you up to telling us what happened?" the female officer asked softly. "There is an ambulance waiting to take you to the hospital once we are finished" Hermione nodded.
After thirty minutes of Hermione giving her statement through sobs and ten minutes of Sirius giving his statement, he carried Hermione down the stairs and to the ambulance. A crowd of nosey neighbours had gathered and murmurs and whispered picked up when they saw Hermione being brought out of the house and into the ambulance.
Sirius accompanied her to the hospital. All they could do for Hermione was attend to her broken arm. They took her for several scans and it revealed she had two broken ribs which had to heal by themselves along with her bruises and cuts. They weighed her and took her clothing for evidence, took more photos and carried out a sexual assault test. Her lawyer had found them at the hospital and brought Hermione some sleep clothes. A nurse helped her to dress and she was given some pain medication that put her to sleep. Sirius refused to let her stay overnight in hospital and instead apparated them straight to Grimmauld Place.
12 Grimmauld Place
He shuffled Hermione in his arms and opened the door. The sounds of him entering the house attracted everyone and they rushed out from the living room where they had been waiting and they stood in the hallway as Sirius kicked the door shut.
They gasped when they saw Hermione and the women had tears in their eyes. Hermione was asleep in a pair of pink sleep shorts and a white t-shirt in Sirius' arms. They could see the bruises on her and some blood stained her face where it hadn't been washed off entirely. She had her arm in a splint and it was in a sling.
"Hermione! What happened?" Mrs Weasley asked quickly.
"It wasn't Death Eaters" Sirius said coldly.
"Who was it then? Why was the alarm tripped?" Tonks asked confused.
He ignored the question. "We got there just in time. Her injuries aren't allowed to be healed. There is a muggle trial next week. She has bruising also covering her stomach and back, two broken ribs as well as a broken arm. She is also underweight. I'm her legal guardian now" Mrs Weasley looked like she wanted to argue. "No, Molly, I am her legal guardian" he said before heading towards the stair case.
Unknown to them, two red headed twins were hid on the second floor landing and had listened to the conversation. When they heard foot falls approaching they apparated into their bedroom on the third floor.
They sat at the end of their beds and looked at each other in shock.
"Merlin, Granger" they both said quietly.
"We don't know what happened, but she didn't deserve this" George spoke.
"No, she didn't" Fred agreed. "You heard Sirius, there's a trial next week"
"We're of age now, we can use magic to follow them and find out what's going on" they nodded to each other.
Sirius climbed the stairs and walked into one of the second floor bedrooms that had already been cleaned. It was free of dust and grime. The walls were a pale yellow, the queen sized bed was against the back wall and the bedding white. There was light wooden flooring and white furniture in the form of a bedside table and a chest of drawers. There was a walk in closet, a bay window and an ensuite bathroom.
He put Hermione into bed and covered her with the blanket. He had a feeling he should stay and so he changed into Padfoot, jumped on the bed and curled up at the end of the bed.
Two hours later Remus came up to the room with food. Sirius changed back and took the food from Remus but he stayed on the bed whilst he ate.
"When you left Albus and I gave our statements. Mr and Mrs Granger were both taken into custody and charged with physical and sexual abuse; seems Mrs Granger knew about the abuse and sometimes participated in the physical abuse" Sirius gripped his fork tightly and the handle bent. "The trial is next Tuesday at ten o'clock. Albus, myself, you and Hermione have to be in attendance. He is also bringing along Minerva to speak out on Hermione's judge of character. No doubt Molly and Arthur will wish to attend. Dumbledore has called a meeting in a few days time so we may discuss what is to be said. We need a cover story as to why we were there in the first place, and we obviously can't reveal anything about magic, Hogwarts or her classes. On the statement I am still Professor Lupin, it explains why I was there too" Remus spoke and Sirius nodded. Remus looked at Hermione. "How's she been?"
"The occasional whimper or mumbled word, but other than that she's been okay. Whatever they gave her was strong enough to knock her out" Remus nodded.
"NO, PLEASE DON'T! I'LL BE GOOD, I PROMISE!"
Padfoot startled awake as he saw Hermione thrashing around in her sleep and crying. He quickly changed into Sirius and pulled her to him. He whispered in her ear and rocked her until she calmed down. He was glad he had put silencing wards around the room otherwise the whole house would've woken up. He changed into Padfoot and Hermione clung to him in her sleep for the rest of the night.
The next day Hermione didn't leave the room. Remus brought up breakfast and a cup of coffee for Sirius and a bowl of cut up fruit and orange juice for Hermione. He used the password he knew Sirius had put on the door so only he and Remus could get into the room.
Ginny, Ron and the twins all emerged from their rooms at the same time and they made their way to the staircase. They watched as Remus whispered a password and entered the room, opening it enough to enter, but not far enough for the four teens to look in. When he did open the door, they heard a loud sobbing and the twins looked at each other sadly.
"I wonder who is in there" Ginny said.
"Yeah" Ron agreed, but the twins knew. "I wonder what happened after that alarm stopped" Ron mused and they all made their way down to breakfast.
Lunch was the same. Remus taking food up to Sirius and Hermione, the door opening and the teens hearing sobs. The same with dinner. Sirius hadn't come out of the room since the evening before and neither had Hermione.
The rest of the week followed in the same manner. No one had seen or spoken to Sirius in the past six days except for Remus. Hermione stopped spending the day crying after the third day at Grimmauld. Sirius explained where she was and they talked about many things. Eventually he got her to open up to him about her parents and he had locked himself in the ensuite bathroom for two hours to help calm himself down. He told her about his parents and they formed a bond. He had managed to make her laugh a few times when he talked about his Marauder years and it warmed his heart to hear the sound. She had started eating the food Remus brought up for them after some encouragement and her quantity of food intake increased and she seemed to be slowly putting weight back on, thanks to the nutrition potion they put into her pumpkin juice. She would have nightmares every night and Sirius would talk to her until she calmed down and then change into Padfoot and lay next to her until the morning. Ron and Ginny were still clueless as to who was in the room, but Fred and George knew.
It was now the day before the trial. Remus had been back to the Granger house to pack up Hermione's belongings and he brought them back to Grimmauld. Seeing Hermione didn't have much clothing Sirius gave Mrs Weasley his vault number and told her to buy anything Hermione would like at Diagon Alley and he had Tonks do the same for the muggle world since she had visited many times before.
"Hermione, where's Crookshanks?" Remus asked softly. "I couldn't find him when I went to collect your belongings"
Hermione started crying. "He killed him. Crookshanks tried to protect me and he killed him, I buried him in the back garden by the tree and that earned me a beating"
Sirius growled, he liked Crookshanks, he was his friend and he helped him when he had escaped from Azkaban.
"I'm sorry" Remus said quietly.
"You should get some sleep Kitten, the trial's in the morning" Hermione nodded and crawled into bed.