- It's All Because Of You -

CH 1. The Beginning

Hermione stared up at McGonagall. 'That's it…' Hermione thought to herself, 'She's completely gone mental. Does she really believe I'll be able to pull it off?'

McGonagall raised an eyebrow as she noticed the expressions on Hermione's face change, "Well… we will just have to see what Ronald and Harry have to say on this issue," she paused for a second and then raised her voice, "You may come in boys."

Behind the door to the spiraling staircase of Dumbledore's office you could hear a young, deep voice softly say, "Damn it Ronald, I told you to shut up, she's heard us!"

"Oh, get over it Harry, she said for us to go in. Come on."

There was a loud thud, and the door to the Headmasters office swung open. Harry was sprawled out on the floor, his glasses askew. And Ronald stood in the doorway, behind Harry, with a slight grin on his face. McGonagall laughed lightly, Hermione's jaw dropped. It had been days since she had even seen McGonagall crack a smile. "Well, then I guess you've overheard everything I've told Hermione."

Ron helped Harry stand back up as Harry fixed his glasses. Harry shook his head, "Not exactly. We just got to the door a moment ago. We heard you say something about Voldemort and then Hermione gasped. And… yeah, that's about it."

Ron nodded. Hermione rolled her eyes.

McGonagall sighed and sat down in Dumbledore's old chair. Many people have told McGonagall to change around Dumbledore's office, or to just get rid of it completely. But she refused each time. She hadn't changed one single item in his office since the night of his murder. Three chairs appeared in front of the desk, "Please, take a seat," the three teenagers did as they were told, "we've searched books, parchments, and more books from throughout time to find a way. A way to go back, and stop this deadly war, from the very beginning."

Harry and Ron exchanged glances before Harry asked, "Did you find a way?"

McGonagall nodded, "Yes, it's going to be difficult though. You see, once we send the person to do the job back in time, they won't be able to come back." She paused, "And Hermione's offered to do it for us..."

"WHAT?" Ron burst into a rage of anger. He stood up so fast it knocked over his chair. He grabbed Hermione's arm, as if doing so would stop her from going.

"Ronald," Hermione said softly, "I have no family left, you know my parents were murdered the other day. Your family, Harry, and you are all I have left. And I wouldn't be able to stand seeing any of you die. I wouldn't be able to take it. My parent's deaths were hard enough. I've offered to go back in time and try to stop Voldemort…" Hermione felt tears come to her eyes as she talked about her parents, and leaving the ones she loved most. Ron shook his head as he got down on his knees beside Hermione.

"And you won't ever come back?"

"Unless someone finds a way. But, yes, I probably won't ever come back."

"Well then, we're going with you." Harry said staring at Hermione intensely.

Hermione shook her head, "No. Harry you've all got to stay here for the war. They need you both. Anyway, it would be too risky if we all three tried to go. It's old magic, and the spell is very complex, we could all be torn to bits."

"But, how do we know you'll get back in time safe?" Ron asked, looking at McGonagall.

McGonagall shrugged, "We wouldn't be able to tell."

"How are you going to just stop the war?" Harry asked.

"Well," Hermione bit her lip, "We're going to try and send me back to when Voldemort was a baby, and I'll just kill him."

Hermione could feel herself start to fall apart. How exactly would she be able to kill a baby? This was most certainly going to be the hardest challenge of her life.

"What do you boys think?" McGonagall asked.

"I think," Ron, muttered sadly, "it's Hermione's choice."

Harry slowly nodded in agreement.

"It's settled then. We're sending her back in time tomorrow."

- It's All Because Of You -

Ehck, don't shoot me. It's my first Tom Riddle/Hermione Granger fanfiction ever, so yeah. Well, there's the first chapter for you. If you're confused about something, don't worry. It'll all make sense in the next chapter. I should have the next chapter up in the next few days or so, possibly sooner. Hope you liked it. D Oh, and I don't Harry Potter and all that blah blah blah stuff. And it's rated T for slight language and some other stuff. So, you've been warned. But, no worries… nothing real bad.