A/N: Harry's misery at Privet Drive and the final battle are JKR's writing moment. Not mine. I won't even attempt them. Sorry for those of you who like amateurs writing those important scenes. I don't. ) Lo siento! Haha go me, using a small bit of the Spanish being drilled into my head lol.

Disclaimer: I own nothing but a few possible new characters and little bits and pieces of my own plot.

Chapter 1

The Aftermath

"Hermione!" A red haired seventeen-year-old called out the strange sounding name, his voice filled with grief and worry.

He passed at least a dozen people as he picked his way through the rubble, many of whom he didn't know, before finding her. She was leaning on the arm of an older man with gray hair and a pale but kind face.

"She's alright Ron. I think her ankle is twisted but she'll be fine." Remus Lupin quickly assured the red head.

"Oh thank God! 'Mione I was so worried. I was right beside you and the curses were—"

"Ron," Hermione interrupted him, "it's fine. I understand."

Ron opened his mouth, but Remus interrupted him.

"Come on. We need to get the two of you out of here."

"What? But, we haven't found Harry or Ginny or—" Ron began.

"Harry's probably at the Ministry, which is exactly where you two need to be." Remus said calmly.

"What about Ginny!" Ron said but Hermione cut him off.

"Why do we need to go to the Ministry?" Hermione asked, fixing Remus with a piercing stare.

Remus paused.

"I think it's for the best." He said finally, and with that they Apparated away.

Three loud CRACKS filled the air in the Ministry of Magic lobby as Hermione, Ron, and Remus Apparated into it. At once, three guards came over.

"Mr. Lupin? Ms. Granger? Mr. Weasley?"

They nodded.

"Come with us."

Looking mystified, the three followed the guards into the elevator and up to the second level and into the Auror headquarters. Kingsley Shacklebolt and Tonks were there waiting. Kingsley had a few cuts on his face and Tonks looked as if she'd run headfirst into a wall. A large bump sat on her forehead, but other than that she looked perfectly fine. Tonks beamed at them and stepped forward.

"I'm sorry about this, but I need to ask you a few questions."

"Um…okay." Ron said.

Tonks turned to Ron.

"What happened to a certain item of yours when you were three?"

Ron looked puzzled for a moment then comprehension dawned.

"Oh, well, Fred turned my uh my teddy into a spider."

Tonks gave him a brief smile before turning to Hermione.

"Ok then. What do you smell when you are around Amortentia?"

Hermione turned pink.

"Freshly mowed grass and new parchment." She muttered.

Beaming, Tonks turned to Remus.

"What is my name?"

"Nymphadora Tonks."

Tonks sighed.

"It's them Kinglsey."

"Good." Kinglsey said in his low voice.

"Where's Harry?" Hermione demanded.

"With Arthur. He should be back soon. I tell you Ron, I've got to hand it to your father. Ever since he was elected Minister, this place has had a complete turnaround."

"Erm…great. What about Mum or Ginny or the twins?"

"Your mother is at St. Mungo's as is Ginny. The twins are there as well."

"Oh good. Should've known Mum and Ginny couldn't keep away from that hospital. They're great mediwitches."

"Er..yeah. Well, let's uh go to St. Mungo's so we can meet up with them." Tonks said quickly.

"Great! C'mon, let's go." Ron said and Apparated.

"Wait!" Hermione grabbed Tonks before she disappeared. "There's something you aren't telling us, isn't there?"

"Let's go." Tonks said, avoiding Hermione's eyes, "They're waiting."

A/N: Ok. Wow. Well...there it is, my very first story that I've ever shared! Be kind! LoL. No, feel free to use constructive criticism to your heart's content. Please Review!