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Summary: Hermione finds out her entire life has been a lie during the summer before her 7th year. How is she going to react to the news once she finds out who her real father is? Will Hermione and her father get along? Read and find out.

The Family Ties that Bind

Chapter 1- Telling the Truth

Hermione Granger woke up earlier than usual. She sat up and stared out her window. The sun was just rising to the east. Hermione was an 18 year-old witch. She was only suppose to be 17, but due to her use of a time turner her third year she gained a year. She would be starting her 7th and final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hermione climbed out of bed and made her way to her bathroom for a nice hot shower. Downstairs her parents Victor and Helena were eating their breakfast. Helena was just sitting down when there was a knock on the back door. She turned found herself staring at her older brother.

"Severus? This is a surprise!" Helena said as she hugged her brother.

"I know. I just had to see her." Severus said.

"Severus, why in the bloody hell don't you just tell Hermione the truth?" Victor asked as he folded up the paper.

"Tell her what Victor? That her mother was murdered not four hours after having her by Lucius Malfoy and that I couldn't raise her because I was a spy? Is that what I'm suppose to tell my only daughter?" Severus said angrily.

"Look, she has a right to know the truth about who she is and where she comes from. And I don't know about Helena, but personally, I would rather be Hermione's uncle than her parent." Victor said.

Severus sighed and sat down next to his brother-in-law. Helena fixed him a cup of coffee then sat on the other side of Victor.

"The truth is I'm scared." Severus said.

"Scared? Of what?" Helena asked.

"That she'll hate me and want nothing to do with me." Severus answered.

"Oh Severus, Hermione won't hate you." Helena said.

"Helena, I abandoned her! Hell I've treated her like shit for the past 6 years while she was at Hogwarts. How could she not hate me for all the things I've said and done to her and her friends? You and Victor are more her parents than I am." Severus cried.

"Severus, it's not your fault about what happened to Jocelyn. I told you after she was murdered I didn't blame you for my sister's death. And as for Hermione, you did the only logical thing. Hermione is in danger. Especially if Voldemort finds out that she is yours and Jocelyn's daughter. You only cared about her protection. There is no fault in that." Victor said.

Severus looked over at Victor. He wore the same calming expression he wore the day Severus married his littler sister Jocelyn.

"Victor's right. I'm sure once Hermione has heard the truth, everything will be fine. And I think she needs to be told before she finds out in her own." Helena added.

"What do you mean?" Severus asked.

"Her 18th birthday is next week. The charms that we placed on her will wear off at midnight the day of her birthday." Helena answered.

"18? She's only 17!" Severus exclaimed.

"Wrong. She used a time turner her third year. That added a year to her life. She will turn 18 next week. On Thursday to be exact." Victor answered.

"Oh no. I hadn't planned on telling her till next year." Severus moaned as he buried his face in his hands.

"Mom! Dad! You downstairs?" Hermione called as she bean walking down the stairs.

"Shit! I have to go." Severus cursed as he jumped to his feet.

"No! You're staying here and telling her the truth. We're in the kitchen honey!" Helena called.

Severus was stuck. He knew if he tried to leave his sister would put a full body bind on him. He slowly sat back down. A few seconds later Hermione walked into the kitchen. She froze in shock at the sight of her Potions Professor sitting at the table with her parents.

"Pro...Professor Snape? What are you doing here? Has something happened? Are Harry and Ron okay?" Hermione asked in a worried voice.

"Everyone is fine. There's...I...sit down please." Severus stuttered as he gestured to the chair next to him.

Hermione slowly walked over and sat beside him. She looked at her parents who were staring intently at her and Professor Snape.

"Hermione, there's something very important I have to tell you." Severus said.

"W...what is it?" Hermione stuttered at the use of her real name.

"First off, you're not a muggle born. You're a pureblood. And second, Helena and Victor are in truth your Aunt and Uncle." Severus replied.

"What? Is this true?" Hermione exclaimed as she looked at her parents.

"Yes dear. We should have told you sooner. I'm sorry. We both are." Victor said.

"Then, who...who are my parents?" Hermione asked.

"I'm your father Hermione." Severus answered.

Hermione just looked at him in shock. Then her world went black.