Disclaimer: I own nothing. The ideas are mine, but the characters belong to J.K. Rowling. I'm just playing with them. I'll return them as soon as I'm done.
Summery: Hermione heads into her 7th year with hopes, dreams and finds she has feelings for someone she can't get rid of. Does she really want too and how will he react if and when she tells him. (This is going to be a Hermione/Sirius story and relationship. If that offends you please don't read. I personally like them together.)Chapter 1: Return to Hogwarts
She placed the last of her folded robes in the trunk and looked around the soft yellow bedroom to make sure everything she needed was packed for the upcoming school year. It was hard to believe she was about to enter her 7th and final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It seemed like just a few days ago she received her letter and boarded the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾. That day she met Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, who become her two closest friends. So many things had happened to them since that wonderful day 6 years ago. She'd met some interesting people along the way and made some good friends. Sitting on the side of her bed she thought about those who had become so important to her. She knew this year she would be seeing some of those she hadn't seen in so long. She'd spent two weeks this summer in the Burrow's visiting the Weasley's. They were a large family; Molly and Arthur had 6 sons and 1 daughter all with the same red hair and fair complexion. They didn't have a lot of money but they knew how to give and receive love. She always had a wonderful time when she visited them. This time was different though, it was great visiting and all the children were home, even Bill and Charlie, but it still seemed something was missing. That something was Harry. All the other times she'd taken holiday in the Burrow's; Harry had been there too. This time he was not spending his summer break at the Burrows nor was he at the Dursley's; he was on holiday in the Greek Islands with his Godfather.
Hermione thought back to how all of this came about, or rather how it was still a mystery how all this came about. The year after the battle with Voldemort, the same battle that Sirius Black, the for mentioned godfather fell through the veil, was kind of a blur for all of them. Everyone spent that summer thinking Sirius was dead and morning the loss of a wonderful man not to mention friend. Harry, who had been granted permission from his Aunt and Uncle, Ron, and herself, spent part of that summer at 12 Grimmauld Place, with Remus. Remus Lupin was keeping the house together so that the Order of the Phoenix would still have a place to meet and plan. They found comfort in being together and being in Sirius' home. When Hermione, Harry and Ron, returned to Hogwarts, things seemed to get a little better. They finally accepted their loss and decided Sirius wouldn't want them to let his death get them down. Two months into their 6th year Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster and Professor McGonagall, deputy headmistress and head of Gryffindor House, in which Harry, Ron and Hermione were assigned, woke them in the middle of the night to take them to Grimmauld place. This was very strange. The last time they had been taken way in the middle of the night, was when Arthur Weasley had been seriously injured. When they arrived at the Black home not only the Weasley's but also Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, greeted them. This made them more than a little nervous. The group learned that night that the ministry had found Peter Pettigrew and Sirius' name had been cleared. Also that night they were informed that Sirius Black was not dead. He had fallen through the veil, but had been rescued by the Ministry Defense and Rescue teams. He'd spent the last few months under ministry control, helping them find Pettigrew and rounding up known Death Eaters. Fudge promised that Sirius would contact Harry as soon as possible. They then were taken back to Hogwarts, still dazed and more than a little confused. A few days later Harry received his first of many letters. Sirius couldn't tell him much about where he was or what he was doing but promised in each letter that by summer break he would be back and he would take Harry wherever he wanted to go. No going back to the Dursley's. Sirius also sent regular owls to Ron and Hermione. True to his word, the day school was out, Sirius meet the Hogwarts Express back at Platform 9 ¾, King's Crossing, London. Still unable to explain much to the trio, he thanked them for their support, promised to stay in touch with Ron and Hermione and whisked Harry away.
Hermione was brought out of her thoughts when her mum knocked on the door to see if she needed any help to finish packing. Assuring Mrs. Granger, she would be ready, she thought about how Sirius looked that day 3 months ago. He was thin, too thin, he looked as bad if not worse than the day she'd met him in their 3rd year at the Shrieking Shack. She hoped the trip with Harry had done him some good that he'd rested and taken care of himself. She knew he'd take care of Harry, but sometimes, well most of the time he put others before himself. She couldn't believe the man she knew was the same selfish person so many talked about. She couldn't wait to get to Hogwart's to see him. Hermione knew she'd see Harry in Diagon Alley, when they met there tomorrow, but Sirius, he was the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor and had to be at school early. Every time Hermione thought about the reunions she was going to have in a few hours, she smiled. Once more she came back to the here and now, closed her trunk and hopped into bed.
Hermione woke feeling wonderful, even though she hadn't slept. Too much to be excited about! In just a couple hours she'd be meeting her friends in Diagon Alley. Looking at the clock she realizing that she hadn't been up this early since this same time last year, but she knew to make the train on time they would have to leave soon. Stretching, she got up, made the bed, showered and dressed for the day. She checked over the room once again and headed down the stairs taking them two at a time. She found her parents already in the kitchen making what would be her last breakfast in the muggle world for a while. After eating, and helping clean the dishes, Hermione was happily on her way.
Hermione became impatient when her parents wouldn't keep up with her upon arriving in Diagon Alley. She excitedly exclaimed, "Mum, Dad, hurry, won't you?"
Mrs. Granger knew what this day meant to her daughter and smiled at her. "We're coming, honey." Then laughing a little bit she said, "Go on. We'll meet you there." Not having to be told twice, Hermione started running towards Flourish and Blotts. There she found Ron and Ginny along with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley waiting for her. They all started talking at once, excitedly saying how great it was to see each other. When the excitement of the Grangers arrival died down. Hermione asked, "Where's Harry? Is he not here yet?"
"Of course he's here. Do you think he'd miss the train? He just ran over to Madam Million's to pick something up for Sirius. A gift I think." Ron answered. "He'll be right back."
Just as Ron finished his sentence, Harry Potter came running up the sidewalk. "Hermione, Hermione!" He yelled stopping in time to hug her tightly. "It's excellent to see you."
Hermione smiled as she got her first real look at him. He was taller and a little heavier than she remembered. Not fat heavier, but muscle maybe. He had a wonderful tan and his hair seemed just a little longer than before. Harry's eyes also sparkled with a light she didn't remember ever seeing. "It's good to see you as well." She stated. "We did miss you in the Burrows, but you do look rested and wonderful. Did you enjoy your summer with Sirius?"
"It was the best…" Harry started, but as the adults hurried them into the waiting cars in order to make Kings Cross Station on time he whispered, "I'll tell you about it on the train."
At precisely 11 o'clock the Hogwarts Express pulled out of the station. Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Harry sat together in a compartment. Ron and Hermione were notified earlier that summer that they were Head Boy and Head Girl, but they didn't really need to do anything until they arrived at school.
"Harry…" Hermione began, "How is Sirius and what was your summer like with him?"
The biggest and brightest smile formed on Harry's face. "Sirius is good..." Before he could say any more Ginny spoke up and said. "You should see him! You won't even recognize him."
"What do you mean, I won't recognize him?" Hermione asked mystified.
"Never mind her." Ron said. "You'll know him. He looks like Sirius. Now can we let Harry tell us about Greece and his holiday? I've been waiting for two days to get the low down."
Everyone sat back in their seats and Harry began. "As you know Sirius was at the train when we arrived last spring. We headed to the Ministry of Magic so he could finish a few things, then we went to Surrey so he could talk to the Dursley's."
"On my!" Exclaimed Hermione. "How did that go?"
"It was all right. Sirius just told them that he was my legal guardian now that his name had been cleared and I would be spending the summer holidays with him. That he would see I returned to school and from now on all vacations would be spent with him at his home unless I wanted to visit the Dursley's. And we all know that won't happen. He thanked them for taking care of me all these years. Uncle Vernon was nice to him. I don't know if he was afraid of Sirius or if he was just glad to be getting rid of me. We left Privet Dr. and headed for Greece. Sirius said we would go wherever I would like to go, so I chose Greece. I'd never been there and wanted to go someplace warm and away from everything and everyone that could hurt him. He's been through so much, we all have. I only wish I could have taken you with me." Harry said looking around at his closest friends. "In Greece we spent a lot of time at the beach. Some of the most beautiful resorts we stayed in were on beaches. We did a lot of Island hopping the first couple months. Then the last month we spent most of the time seeing the sights in Athens. For about a few days we were within walking distance of the Acropolis and the Flea Market, the Agora & Keramikos, but after about a week we both wanted to get back to the beach. So we headed to Glyfada on the coast. We spent the remainder of the trip there. We would take side excursions and bounce over to this island or that for a day or two but mainly we stayed close to the resort." Harry looked up as the trolley lady made her appearance. Once everyone was settled in with his or her yummies, he continued. "I love Greece, but I think what made me really love it was Sirius. I finally felt like I was with family. I know he's not my dad, but it was sort of like having one. He told me about my Mum and Dad, things I don't think anyone else would or could tell me. I learn more about him than I ever thought I would have the chance to know. Remus came over and spent a couple weeks. They both along with some people we met there helped me celebrate my birthday with 2 parties, and several presents. We had a muggle birthday party and then a wizard one. For my first real holiday, I have to say it was bloody brilliant."
The rest of the train ride, they asked question and Harry answered them. Then he asked question about their summer holiday and they answered. Ginny asked if Harry had any pictures from his trip and he told her he did, but they were packed away and he would show them when they were in the common area after the feast. The four talked and enjoyed being together until the train pulled to a halt, where they could hear outside someone yelling, "First years this way." Finally they were home.
Stepping on to the platform, they all said hello to Hagrid, then found their way to the carriages that would take them to the castle. Like previous years, they immediately went into the great hall for the sorting ceremony, taking their seats at the Gryffindor table. After saying hello to all the housemates and friends, Hermione looked to the head table where the staff sat. She really wanted to see Sirius. Ginny's comment stuck in her mind and if she was honest with herself, which she sometimes tried not to be, she would have to admit she'd always has a crush on him. There was something in his eyes and the way, even when he was his angriest; he always protected Harry and his friends. She always saw a kindness and gentleness she didn't think anyone else saw.
Hermione watched as the staff began to take their places. Professor Snape took his seat, and then came Madam Pomfrey, Madam Pince, Professor Trelawney and Madam Hooch. Hagrid made his way to his chair followed by the rest of the staff. There were only three empty seats remaining. Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster came through the door on the left and took his seat. Everyone knew Professor McGonagall would be with the first years. Hermione began to wonder if something was wrong, where was the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor? Just then the door that Dumbledore had just come threw opened again and out stepped Sirius. He leaned down whispered to the Headmaster, and then took the empty seat to the immediate left of the old wizard. Hermione just stared at him. Was that really Sirius Black? The Sirius Black? The Sirius Black she knew? It couldn't be. The Sirius Black she knew was too thin, he had stringy, messy long black hair, he looked old for his age, and his clothes just hung on him. His facial features were skeletal. This man was nothing like that. This man was tall, muscular, handsome, and very handsome. His face was perfect; his body was perfect. This man had a great tan; his hair was short and styled. This man looked 20 years younger. This man looked like he had just walked out of Wizards GQ magazine. This man was an Adonis. This man made Hermione's heart skip several beats. As she sat there and stared, Ginny elbowed her and said, "I told you. I told you, you wouldn't recognize him. He's gorgeous isn't he?"
Hermione couldn't say anything. She just sat there; she had stopped staring at Sirius and was looking at the table but seeing nothing. Her mind and emotions were everywhere. By this time, Harry and Ron had noticed she wasn't saying anything. Harry leaned across the table touched her hand and said. "Are you all right? Is something wrong? You look funny."
"No, I'm fine." She looked up at her friend across the table. "Harry is that really Sirius up there?"
Ron, Ginny, and Harry all began to laugh. "Seems everyone has that same reaction when they see him, Hermione."
Ron chimed in, "You should have seen Mum's face when he and Harry walked in to the Leaky Cauldron yesterday. She had to do a complete inspection and then she still didn't believe it was him until they started to argue."
Hermione continued to watch him as the sorting ceremony took place. Once in a while he would catch her looking. When he did he would just smile. He had a smile that cold melt anyone's heart. When the time came for Professor Dumbledore to introduce the staff, she paid close attention. Finally the headmaster said, "Now I'd like to introduce our newest addition to the Hogwarts staff. Please make him feel welcome. Our Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, Sirius Black." Sirius stood, bowed slightly, winked in the direction of the Gryffindor table and sat back down. Hermione heard the comments from some of the female students about how they couldn't wait to get to his class, and she felt a twinge of jealousy. She knew no matter how much of a relationship they might want with him, they would all be just students to him, she had more, she was his friend. She was dying to get to talk to him. The others had been at Diagon Alley the day before when he was there, but she missed it. She hoped she would have a chance to at least say hello before the night ended.
Before she knew it, the feast was over and everyone was directed to return to his or her respective common rooms. Hermione felt a little disappointed, but returned with the others. In the common room in Gryffindor Towers, Ron, Ginny, Harry and Hermione sat in a far corner talking as if they had never been away. Harry looked up as the portrait opened to admit Professor McGonagall and a guest. He smiled and waved the visitor over. The others looked around as the caller made his way to them. Seeing who it was Hermione stood up and threw her arms around him. She had waited too long to hug Harry's Godfather. As she held on tight, he picked her up and swung her around. Some of the other students laughed and commented, but she didn't seem to mind.
Sirius sat her back on her feet and said, "Hermione, how are you? It's been a while. You look radiant." He meant it too. She had changed over the summer herself. She was no longer the skinny little girl he remembered. She was a beautiful young woman now. He knew all the boys would be after her.
Motioning him to the chair nest to her, she answered. "I'm good, thank you. I must say you look wonderful."
"It's amazing what a little rest, some good company and 3 months in Greece will do for you." Sirius laughed. They talked for a few minutes, and then he got up to leave. The four walked him to the entrance, where he shook hands with Ron, kissed Ginny and Hermione on the cheek, and hugged Harry. Hermione watched as he walked through the opening and down the hall. She thought to herself before heading up to her dorm, this man looked different than the Sirius she knew, but that something special was still in his eye. That and his new sexy look made her heart beat a little faster.