Changing Destinies

Disclaimer: I do NOT own any of the Harry Potter characters, as much as I wish that I do. A false truce is created to help Draco get in good graces with Hermione. But why would he even want to and how far will this 'truce' take their feelings? Whose side is Draco really on? And who's this new professor?

I'd be rich, lol. DM/HG, GW/HP. Set after sixth book. Hermione is head girl, Draco is the head boy.

Hermione laid in bed, thinking about everything that had taken place over the last several weeks: Dumbledore's death, Fleur and Bill's wedding, going to Privet Drive to collect Harry. Harry was now staying at the Burrow with the rest of the Weasley family. The wedding had been absolutely gorgeous, with Fleur wearing Mrs. Weasley's borrowed veil. Gabrielle and Ginny both wore lavender colored bridesmaid dresses. Hermione had asked Harry if he wouldn't mind that she went home for a few weeks before she went off on this mission with he and Ron. He had whole-heartedly agreed, saying that it would do all of them some good to relax after everything that had happened. So she had gone home to see her parents, not sure if it would be the last time she would ever see them. She looked at the clock on her nightstand, seeing that it was nine o' clock and got out of bed to get dressed.

After Hermione got out of the shower, she dressed and applied a small bit of makeup magically. She was seventeen now, and could legally do magic outside of Hogwarts. It was Ginny who had convinced Hermione to start wearing makeup. Hermione went downstairs to see her parents sitting at the breakfast table.

"Morning mum and dad," said Hermione.

"Morning Hermione," answered Mrs. Granger. "Hermione, a few owls came while you were getting dressed." She held a letter and a newspaper for Hermione to take. Hermione reached over to take them and saw that the top one was from Hogwarts, wondering what it was about. She opened the letter and began to read.

"Dear Ms. Hermione Granger,

I hope to find that you are quite well. I am writing this letter to inform you of a few matters.

The first matter is that Hogwarts will be open once again or another year. It took quite a bit of time for the Ministry of Magic and I to come to the mutual agreement that Hogwarts could still be a safe place, provided that the security is strengthened.

The second matter is that we are in need of a Head Girl and you are the most qualified for the position. Please let us know as to what your answer is. If you choose to accept this position, please be in the Heads' compartment of the train on September 1st at one P.M. to receive further instruction.

I look forward to seeing you again for another year.

Sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Headmistress of Hogwarts

Hermione sat in her seat in a sort of daze in her seat, shocked. She hadn't expected for Hogwarts to reopen; Dumbledore's death had been all over the Prophet, along with his funeral. Hermione wasn't sure as to what would happen with Harry's plans to search for the remaining Horcruxes; she wondered what she, Ron, and Harry were going to do. Ron, she imagined, would most likely be forced to go back to Hogwarts by Mrs. Weasley. Hermione could picture the two of them having a row about it already and giggled. She didn't know what she was going to do. She was torn between going back to school and going with Harry to search for the Horcruxes.

Her parents managed to get her out of her reverie. She handed them the letter from Hogwarts and burst out "I made Head Girl!" Hermione hugged both of her parents and felt so happy. She sat back down to read the Prophet. Along with various other articles, there was a large one talking about Sirius, saying that he was innocent and had not killed anybody, least of all Peter Pettigrew. The article went on to say that Pettigrew was very much alive, and that people should be watching out for him.

Somewhere in another part of England

Draco Malfoy finished reading two letters: the first one was from Hogwarts, telling him, that, despite the mishap that occurred in the last term, he had made Head Boy. Excellent. He had been wondering if he would make Head Boy, seeing as how he had tried to kill Dumbledore last year. He supposed that as Potter was the only one that had been a witness, and no one had known that Potter had been present, it made Draco technically innocent, or as innocent as a Malfoy could be anyway. He wondered who would be Head Girl. It would most likely be Granger, and if it was, it would be the worst year ever.

The second letter, however, seemed to make everything change. It was a letter from Draco's old Potions master, Professor Snape. The letter said that in order for the Dark Lord's faith to be restored in Draco, all Draco was to do was capture Granger and Weaselette. Getting Weaselette wouldn't be a problem, but Granger? She was smart, too smart, not to mention that she was always hanging around Potter and Weasel. He'd have to figure something else out. He didn't know how he felt at this point. Ever since he had met the Golden Trio, he had always wanted to be their downfall, the one to break up their clique, and now he could. On the other hand, he didn't want to become his father. He had no idea what he was going to do, and the start of his very last year at Hogwarts was looming.

The Department of Mysteries

In The Department of Mysteries, there is a black veil. If one should stand near the veil and listen, they will hear hundreds of thousands of voices, begging for help. All of a sudden, there was a great flash of light.