Disclaimer: I own none of this. 'xept 4 the plot, and I am making no money..
Harry gazed at Ron.
"I dunno about this Ron - Hermione has never been gone this long -"
At that moment Prof. McGonagall entered the Gryffindor common room.
"Misters Potter, Weasly please follow me! We have located Miss Granger!"
Her clipped Scottish accent vibrated against the walls of the silent room. As soon as Harry and Ron were out of the room, the room erupted with noise and speculation.
The Professor lead them into the great hall where they waited for a few moments in silence. Then, the great doors burst open and Professor Snape Stormed in. He was carrying a limp body. Hermione. Harry and Ron gasped simultaneously.
"What the -"
Snape walked past them without so much as a glance in their direction. Instead he looked at Prof. McGonagall.
"She needs the hospital wing - Now!!"
"Of course, of course, may I inquire-"
"No you may not! And please fetch the Headmaster as well."
Snape said all this without even missing a beat in his stride.
"Professor Snape what -?"
This was all Snape hissed at the boys as they followed him to the infirmary. There he gently laid Hermione on one of the cots, as he yelled for Poppy. He looked down at Hermione once more and sighed slightly. Then, smoothing a stray curl away from her face, he stepped back and allowed the nurse to attend to her.
"What happened, Severus?"
"Death-Eaters" he answered shortly.
A sudden fatigue washed over him as he stepped outside the curtains, ushering the boys out in front of him. He nearly walked into Dumbledore as he did so. He looked up at the headmaster, and pain filled his eyes. He knew he would have to relive Hermione's nightmare, for him at least. He swallowed.
"Maybe if Misters Potter and Weasly, were not present Headmaster -"
He was cut short by the vehement exclamations of protest coming from both Harry and Ron. Dumbledore raised an eyebrow.
"They have as much right to know about what happened to their friend as the rest of us Severus!" the headmaster kindly admonished.
"And what if Miss Hermione does not want them to know?"
Dumbledore merely raised an eyebrow. Snape swallowed again. Then gritting his teeth, he sat down in an offered chair as he passed a weary hand over his exhausted face.
"Very well, but if they say a word or make any noise or become physically violent in any way I will insist on their removal."
His tale was pitiful. Hermione had been kidnapped by the Death-Eaters from Hogsmeade, and taken to a secret location. They had beater raped and tortured her. and then cast the killing curse on her. but she had survived. For the first time Snape looked at Albus. They looked each other in the eye and the realisation hit them. they had found her!
AN: only the prologue, and no I am not abandoning my other works, but I am suffering writers block on them. anyway, enjoy and R&R!