Hey. I don't own Harry Potter

Hermione Granger stretched with a loud yawn. She scratched her head and looked around. The sun was pouring in through her window. Smiling, she got out of bed and started getting ready. When she was finally done, she picked up potion books, hung her back pack on her shoulders and ran down the stairs. "Good morning, sunshine!" she heard a sarcastic voice call. Hermione groaned and looked at the head boy. "Aren't you going to stay a while?" Blaise Zabini asked, nudging Draco Malfoy next to him. "I made waffles." The blond burst into laughter as his best friend taunted the girl. She glared at them.

"What is he doing here? This is the head dorms"

"I was invited, Granger." Malfoy drawled. "Why don't you run along? I'm sure Weasel and Pothead is waiting for there little mudblood girlfriend." She didn't notice Blaise glare at Draco. Before either of them knew what was happening, Hermione drew her fist back and punched him. She turned on her heel and stomped out, listening to the way Draco squealed in pain. She giggled before running down the halls and into the Great Hall. Once she sat down, she realized what she had down. Harry, Ron, Neville, Seamus, Dean and Ginny looked at her oddly when she gasped, her hands covering her mouth.

"What's wrong, Hermione?" Neville asked.

"Uh…" She said, hesitating. Why did she do that?!

"Why did you do what?" Ron said a he took a bite of his bread. Hermione looked at him. "You just said 'why did I do that?!' What did you do?"

"Oh…I didn't know I said that out loud…" She told them.

"Well?" Harry said. "What happened?"

Hermione sighed. "This morning, Zabini decided to invite Malfoy into our dorms."

Ginny patted her back. "It must be so hard to have a Slytherin as a dorm mate"

She nodded. "Malfoy insulted me so I sort of hit him" She said, muffling the last part by putting a piece of toast in her mouth.

"What did you say?" Seamus asked.

She moaned in horror. "I punched his face." She told them. They fell into a roar of laughter, making everyone in the hall look at them.

"GRANGER!" They heard. They turned to the door. Draco and Blaise walked into the hall in anger. She noticed that Draco didn't fix his bloody nose to show that she really did hit him. She looked away as Harry, Dean, Seamus and Ron built a protective wall around her. "Move out of the way, idiots," Draco growled. Hermione stood with a deep breath and pushed her friends away, ready to face the consequences. Draco grabbed her arm with his free hand and pulled her up to the teachers table. The Gryffindors started screaming in outrage. He pushed her in front of his head of house. "Professor Snape, Granger punched me this morning, just because Blaise invited me into his dorms!" Draco told him.

"Hey wait a second, that's not what happened!" Hermione shouted. "They insulted me and my friends! Of course I was going to retaliate!"

"Well of course I insulted your friends by saying that you actually dated them" he sneered. She lunged for him but someone pulled her back quickly, holding onto her by her waist.

"Let me go!"

"Granger!" She stood still as she realized who was holding her. Snape leant down. "My office, Granger. Now!" She jumped out of his arms and ran out of the great hall in embarrassment. The Gryffindors were yelling her name, but she ignored them. She ran down to the dungeons and into Severus' office, slamming the door and throwing herself into a chair. A few minutes later, the door opened and closed again. Severus sat down and looked at her. "I spoke with Dumbledore and because it was an offense against a student in my house, he has given me the right to punish you." She glared at him.

Severus looked at the Granger House in shock. Above it was the horrid green light that formed itself into a snake and skull. He hadn't heard of this at the meeting! He raced in and looked around. "Miss Granger! Miss Granger, are you here?" He shouted. He looked into the living room and found Emma and John Granger on the floor, lifeless. He sighed and walked in. A whimper came from the side of the room and he turned towards it quickly. Severus bent down next to her. "Miss Granger?" He asked softly. She looked at him.

"You. You- you could have warned us! You could have said something!" Tears began pouring down her cheeks as she leaped forward and began pounding her fists into his chest. Severus sneered, but allowed her to anyway. "You're a terrible person! You're horrid! You did this on purpose!" He grabbed her hands and pulled her outside. "Let go! Let go of me!" He apperated away, to the closest he could get to Hogwarts. He started pulling her up, but she continued to protest.

"Hermione!" He shouted. She fell into silence at the call of her first name. "Hermione, listen to me. I didn't know any of this! I swear!" He told her firmly. She let out another whimper.

"My parents…" she whispered. "I want Harry. Ron. Gi-ginny, I need them!" she begged. Her knees grew week and he caught her before she could fell. Her body was shaking as she sobbed.

Severus shook his head sadly as he carried her up to the castle.

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Severus glanced at her sleeping body. "We can't leave her alone. She must be taken in by someone," Dumbledore said softly. "Particularly in the order, so we know they can be trusted." Molly stood quickly.

"Me! My family will take her in!" she cried. Arthur shook his head sadly.

"Molly, as much as I want to, we don't have enough money to raise her," He said. He watched his son walk stroke Hermione's hair sadly. Her legs were draped over Harry's lap and Ginny was holding her hand.

"I'd love to take her in," Remus said. "But the ministry wouldn't allow it, because of my lycanthropy."

"I'll do it." A dark voice told them. Everyone, including Dumbledore, looked at the man in shock.

"Severus…"

"I'll do it as long as she agrees" He said quietly.

"Why?" Tonks asked in shock.

He shrugged. "She isn't the annoying little girl I thought she was" before any of them could say anything, he stood and walked over to the girl in question. Her three friends watched him cautiously as he shook her gently. She woke and looked at him. "May I speak to you in private?" he whispered. She looked at her friends who frowned.

"What are you going to do to her?" Ron asked.

He sighed. "Nothing, I swear. I just want to talk." Hermione nodded.

"Hermione are you sure?"

She smiled sadly. "He saved my life, after all." She told them quietly.

"Severus! He called me a mudblood! He insulted my friends! I have no right to fight for myself?" she yelled in anger. The man sighed and rubbed his temples. After becoming her legal guardian, they formed a bond with each other, one of a brother and sister. They decided to keep it low, however, for the danger he could get in if he was discovered by Voldemort.

"Hermione, I'm not saying that you shouldn't have defended yourself, but punching another student? You're head girl! You could have given him detention!"

"That wouldn't have been satisfying enough," She pouted, crossing her arms over her chest. He smirked with a shake of his head. "What's my punishment, Sevvy?"

He glared at her. "You have not punishment, just tell everyone you do, and don't call me Sevvy. Go into the classroom now. It's time for potions, and for the love of god, act like you're angry at me." She sighed and left through the door that led to the classroom. They Slytherins were smirking at her. Hermione sat next to Ron.

"Hermione," Seamus whispered behind her. She turned and looked at him. "What did that greasy git do?" he asked furiously. She smiled sadly at him.

"Detention for a week," She said. She turned back, Harry and Ron smirking at her. Harry passed her her books and bag. She smiled at him thankfully.

"What really happened?" Harry asked her. She shrugged.

"He told me I should have just given Malfoy detention. He was angry, I could tell." As if on cue, Snape stormed in and looked at his students.

"Thanks to Miss Granger," He started. Everyone glared at her. "You will all learn how to make a NEWTS level potion." He waved his wand and the directions were on the board. "Begin." Everyone groaned and started their potions.


"I can't believe he did that!" Hermione shouted as Ginny followed her into the Head Dorms. "If he wasn't-"

"If he wasn't what, Granger?" Blaise drawled. Hermione glanced at Ginny. Ginny gave a frown and shrugged. Hermione ignored the boy and walked up the stairs. "Hermione, wait!" She heard. She turned and looked back at Blaise. "Look, I'm sorry, okay? I didn't want to get into a fight this morning. I was just teasing. I didn't know Draco would insult you." Hermione scoffed. "No, really! I swear!" He told her. She frowned. Ginny nudged her with a nod.

"Yea, okay, Zabini. You're forgiven." The boy grinned.

"Great! I'll see you later, Granger!" he called as he ran out. Malfoy was leaning on the wall with a scowl on his face.

"She forgave you? Already?!"

Zabini smirked. "Get ready to empty your pockets, Malfoy, because I'm going to get her in my bed by that dance, I swear it."

Draco rolled his eyes. "Yea, yea"

"I can't believe you, Draco!" Zabini said softly. "Insulting her this morning! You completely ruined my chances."

"You're the one who started teasing her! And what else was I going to do? Let you win the bet?" Blaise rolled his eyes.

"One of the rules was to not interfere."

"Well" Draco said cheekily. "I'm going to laugh when she turns you down."

Blaise glared ta him. "Don't worry. That's not going to happen"