As Hermione closed her trunk, she made a last pass with her eyes to make sure she had gathered her belongings. She was still in her 7th year, and leaving Hogwarts before graduation, much to her hearts dismay. She slumped back on her bed to reflect on the life she was leaving behind, a life and world she loved. So many things had happened over the last year; her parents were killed, Harry defeated Voldemort, Harry and Ginny finally gave their relationship another go and Ron had started dating Luna, everything was great... until last week.
Hermione had been sitting in the great hall, eating her breakfast while putting the finishing touches on an essay, when a brown owl swooped down and dropped a letter. She have the owl a piece of toast and smiled as it flew away happily. She opened the letter and quickly grew upset, the marriage law had passed and she was expected to marry a pure blood or half blood within the month and start producing babies within a year. She looked up and noticed almost every muggle born of age had received the same letter, and while some seemed happy, Hermione was livid.
She had left the great hall, letter in hand and went straight to Dumbledore's office, determined to find a way out of this atrocity, unfortunately for her, Dumbledore offered her a shoulder to cry on, but told her there was nothing he could do and she would simply have to marry or live as a muggle... she chose the latter.
Hermione had decided to donate many of her things that she would no longer need, like her cauldron and stirring rod, to the school in case a student needed it, after all, muggles didn't make potions. She had already donated everything except her potion supplies, wanting to save the potion masters snarky attitude for last.
She finally stood from her bed and gathered the last of her things to donate and made her way down to the dungeons. As she walked, she couldn't help but let the tears fall, her heart was breaking but she simply refused to marry and pop out kids because someone wanted her to, she wanted to marry for love, not law.
When she finally reached the potions classroom, she wiped her tears away and gave the door a stiff knock.
"Enter" she heard her potions masters voice bellow.
Hermione pushed the door open and came face to face with not only her potions professor, but Draco Malfoy as well, who she noticed looked like he was ready to kill someone.
"What can I do for you Miss Granger?" Snape asked.
"I just wanted to donate my cauldron and stirring rod as I will no longer be needing them." She said softly.
"What are you on about child?" Snape asked with a raised eyebrow, "The year is not even half over, I assure you we will be brewing in that time."
"I wont sir, I'm leaving the school tonight and will have no need for these things." She replied.
"Don't tell me your leaving because of the marriage law." He said as if he were offended, "If thats the case, I'm sure at least one wizard will petition for you so theres no need to worry about that."
Hermione scoffed and reached into her bag, pulling out a large stack of letters, "I can assure you I am not concerned about not having a wizard choose me, I have received over 130 petitions this week, they seem to be dying to get their hands on the mudblood, that helped Harry defeat Voldemort, many in fact are Slytherins from this year and the last five years."
Severus took the letters and instantly started to look at the names; Nott, Zabini, Goyle, and the the list went on.
"And in this stack, not one suits you?" Snape asked.
"Professor, sir, I am not willing to marry the first wizard to petition me so I can start popping out kids left and right. I have no desire to have children as of yet and certainly no desire to marry a wizard because some stupid law says I have too."
Snape sighed, knowing the most intelligent witch was leaving this world because she was being forced to take a husband, but at the same time, he understood where she was coming from.
"Very well Miss Granger, I accept your donation." he said almost in a defeated tone.
Hermione placed the cauldron on his desk and gave a smile, "Thank you sir, Thank you for teaching me everything you have about the art of potion making."
Severus gave a curt nod.
"Well, I'll let you get back to whatever I interrupted." Hermione walked from the desk and made her way to the door, turning one last time, "Good bye and good luck." she said as she nodded to Snape and Malfoy before leaving the room.
Hermione made her way back up to her room, Gave Harry and Ron a final hug, with them promising to visit her as often as possible, shrank her trunk and made her way down to the main gates, she still had to pull her money from Gringotts and have it exchanged for muggle currency then find a flat by the end of the day.
As she had almost reached the gate, she heard a voice calling behind her, she turned quickly to see Draco standing there with his truck. She raised and eyebrow, "Come to see me leave? I knew you wanted me out of this world, but I didn't expect get get a farewell." she said sarcastically.
Draco rolled his eyes, "Granger, I fought along side you, Potter and Weasley during the war, You know I have changed."
Hermione shrugged, " Well, what do you need then?" she asked
Draco smirked, "I'm going with you." He said simply
"And why in the hell are you going with me?" she asked confused.
"Granger, Granger, Granger" he said while shaking his head, "I thought it would be obvious to you, I am being forced to marry just as you are and like you, I would rather live as a muggle then have to marry some dimwit who only wants my name and money."
"Well, good luck with that." she said in a disbelieving voice, "But I must go now, I still need to get my money and find a flat."
"Good, where are we living?" he asked.
Hermione spun around in a flash, "WE? What are you on about?"
"Granger, I will not stay here to be a stud service for some witch, but I will admit that I have no idea how to live like a muggle and I need you to help me. It will only be until I get the hang of things then I will find a flat of my own."
"We'll kill each other!" she shouted, " We can hardly be in the same room with out trading insults, how in the hell do you expect to live together, even for a month?"
"Easy, we try to get along."
Hermione ran her hands over her face and sighed, "Fine, but while we live together, we split the cost of everything and as soon as you're custom to the muggle world, you find your own flat."
"sounds like a plan to me." Draco replied.
"Fine, lets go" she waved, feeling like she's just adopted and abandoned puppy.