Chapter One

'No longer safe'

What was their first clue? Thought Harry bitterly as he lay on his bed in #12 Grimmuled Palace. It was the day after school signifying the end of their fourth year at Hogwarts. Apparently someone has sent the Dursley's a letter about the 3rd task, because that was one of the reasons that Petunia, Harry's former aunt, had for denouncing him. Since his mother's blood had disowned him the ward, which Harry hadn't even known about, to fell. Without missing a beat six people suddenly appeared in the living room and whisked Harry away explaining that they were members of the Order of the Phoenix.

Now the entire Order was downstairs discussing what was going to happen to him. Ron, Ginny, and the twins were attempting to eavesdrop on the meeting, Hermione was studding and Harry was just lying on his bed. Aside from his friends no one ask him how he was doing or what he wanted he didn't matter at all.

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It was five 'o' clock when Mrs. Weasley came to get him. She led him to the kitchen where everyone, including his friends were waiting.

"Harry, as you know you are no longer safe with your Aunt, staying at the burrow is too dangerous, and for reasons I can't tell you, you are not allowed to remain here," said Dumbledore before Harry interrupted him.

"So, I'm staying at Hogwarts?"

"No, no, my boy, of course not, ministry officials are constantly coming and going; it wouldn't be safe. There is only one place where you and your friends will be safe and out of the ministry's hands; therefore, we are moving you Miss Granger, and the two youngest Wesley's to a farm in Ireland.

"What?"

"Where?"

"That's not fair" erupted from all the children and the outraged shouts lasted until Mrs. Weasley shouted "SHUT UP!"

This of course silenced the entire room.

"Thank you Molly "continued Dumbledore, "now to answer some of your questions.

"Professor Snape's family home has been around for generations until professor Snape's mother only muggles have lived in it. If you want more details you will have to ask him. As some of you know Professor Snape was a Death Eater then turned and became a spy. However, other inside sources tell us that he has been discovered and has to go into hiding himself. He has agreed to let all of you stay for the summer."

The children were shocked into silence for a moment before Ginny ventured to speak in a tone so reminiscent of her mother on a rampage it sent chills up the spines of those present, "You mean to tell us that…"

"Stop right now Ginny before you say something you will regret. None of you have any say in this matter. We will not change our minds. This is for your protection. Now go pack your things you will be leaving in one hour," said Mr. Weasley in an unusually stern voice. Harry was so surprised he left with Ron without further complaint.

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One hour latter Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny were down stairs and in the kitchen again only this time only Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and Dumbledore were present. Goodbyes were said the Dumbledore produced a portkey the children took hold of it and were immediately whisked away.

They landed in a heap next to a dumpster behind a very large building.

"Well don't just lay there get up." All the children jumped when they heard there professor's voice.

They were about to get up, but stopped mid-way when they finally saw their professor. He was almost completely unrecognizable. He was leaning up against a run down looking blue truck that must have been as old as him. He was dressed in a worn out pair of blue-jeans and a white long sleeve button down shirt with the first few buttons undone displaying a firm upper chest.

Seeing the shocked look on the kids faces Snape couldn't stop the chuckle that escaped. This, of course, only caused the kid's mouths to drop open farther prompting the potion's master to laughing out loud. It was a short lived laugh though he didn't want to give the kids heart attacks.

"I am rather nice when I don't have to pretend to be a loyal Death Eater. Now get in the truck."

"Sir," Hermione was the first to find her voice, "I don't think we will all be able to fit in there."

Snape looked at her like she had lost here mind for a moment before smirking. He then walked over to her picked her up with ease, walked back to the truck and plopped her down in the back before lowering the tail-gate and looking expectantly at the others.

"Now for the last time get in."

After they were all seated he closed the tail-gate and said "You are to remain seated until we arrive, because if one of you falls out I'm not stopping." That said he climbed into the driver's seat, started the engine and took off.

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They had been driving for about 45 minutes before they saw any sing of life. As they entered a small town, a very small town from the looks of it, they pulled into a gas station.

The professor got out of the truck and began filling up the tank.

"You can stand up and stretch a bit if you like. It's a long ride I'm sure you a little stiff."

"You have no idea" scoffed Ron.

Snape looked at him slightly amused before replying. "You're right Mr. Weasley never in all the years I was growing up here did my parents ever throw me, my brother or sister in the back of this truck and take off to the nearest city."

Ron looked away, but his ears were defiantly turning red.

"I'm going inside to pay stay right where you are."

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After Snape had climbed into the truck they took off again, but it was only a ten minute drive before they stopped again. It was nearly eight 'o' clock, dark and the kids were hungry, but that was temporally forgotten as they looked around. All they could really see was a small house with a single light on the porch. There wasn't anything else in sight and everything looked absolutely serene. The professor let the tail-gate down for the kids then after they had jumped down closed the tail-gate and led them to the door.

"There are two extra bedrooms so you will have to share," said Snape as he led them inside through the living room and down a small hall way stopping ate the very last door on the left. "This is the bathroom you all will be sharing. This" he said pointing to the door across the hall "is Harry and Ron's room the next one down belongs to Ginny and Hermione. If you're wondering the last door is my room if you need something all I ask is that you knock. Now get unpacked dinner will be ready in half an hour."

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Half an hour latter four very tired looking kids stumbled into the kitchen. On the table was a steaming bowl of peas, hot rolls, and mashed potatoes. After instruction them to sit down the professor went to the oven and pulled out several steaks which he placed on plates and sat in front of each kid. The kids didn't even notice he did all this with out magic. After sitting down the professor picked up the bowl of peas and after serving himself passed it around the table. He then repeated this with the potatoes and rolls. They ate in silence and when everyone was finished the professor finally broke the silence.

"Now that everyone is finished I need to tell you a few things. To start I need to apologize. I've always treated you unfairly in class, but that will change now that I am no longer a spy. Now for this summer we will need a cover story to tell people. You will still go by your first names but your last names are Prince. Now since the majority of the people in this town know my family you are going to be cousins on my mother's side. Ron Ginny you may tell people you are brother and sister still and are first cousins with Harry and Hermione. Do you understand?"

"Yes, sir," replied everyone.

"Good. Now for a bit of an explanation. The reason your safe here in this town is because my maternal grandfather place a curse on it so that no magic can be preformed or even traced."

"Why?" ask Hermione.

"Because my mother was a witch from a pureblood family who married a muggle. My grandfather disapproved and cursed the whole town. The curse is impossible to break, so this is possibly the safest place on earth right now."

"We'll go over all the rules tomorrow, but I want to mention a few now. First you all will study for at least one hour everyday."

"But, that's not fair we have to study all year at school we shouldn't have to study during the summer too," complained Ron.

"One hour is not a long time, and this way you'll have to study less during the school year. Now let me finish before you start complaining.

"There are many things to do around here to make this place habitable, doing the dishes and such; therefore, each of you will have chores to do everyday and I expect them to be done. You will be in bed by nine every night, and while this seems early now after a few days you'll see that it really quite late. We will discuss the rules and the consequences for breaking them more tomorrow for now you all need to get to sleep. Goodnight."

"Goodnight."

"Goodnight, sir."

"Night."

"Whatever."

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A/N: So what do you think? Any good? Any suggestions? Please review.

Okay I just reposted this chapter with corrections to several typos and I clarified a few things, but there are no major changes for the original.