Chapter 1: Alarm

Hermione was resting in the dormitories one morning after exams when Hedwig floated in through the open window, landing gently on her shoulder. She turned her head slowly.

"Hedwig!" she cried, stroking her snowy white plumage. "What's wrong? Is Harry in trouble?"

Hedwig hooted affirmatively, her amber eyes begging for Hermione's help.

"Do you know where he is?" Hermione asked.

Hedwig hooted again as Hermione stroked her. "Can you take me to him?" she questioned.

Hedwig clicked her beak, shifting restlessly.

"It's OK, Hedwig," Hermione soothed. "Just show me where Harry is, and we'll save him together."

Hedwig spread her wings with a new found confidence before flying out of the dormitory, Hermione at her heels.

They found Ron practicing Wizard's Chess in the Gryffindor common room. He glanced up when he saw them. "Hermione, what's wrong? Why are you following Hedwig?" he asked.

"Have you seen Harry?" Hermione questioned, panting a little.

Ron shook his head. "No, why?"

"Hedwig came through my window, and when I asked if he was in trouble, she hooted. She's taking me to him now. Are you coming with us?"

Ron nodded as he stood up. With that, they followed Hedwig out of the heavy oak doors, afraid of where they might find Harry.