Title: What A Nutter Of A World

Rating:R

Summary: Everyone knows that Snape is dead, Harry saw him die in the Shrieking Shack, but now there is a conspiracy theory going around that Snape is alive and well. Everyone believes it but Hermione Granger and she's determine to prove it. Lets see what happens when she finds out that it might be true and if it is, who saved his life and more over who's hiding him? Based on the WIKTT Conspiracy Theory Challenge.

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Chapter 1: The Evening Prophet

"I'm getting tired of Harry," Ron Weasley told Hermione Granger. "He casts spells better then me and gets higher grades. Heck, he's even thinking about working as Potions Master for a year as part of his training. Harry wouldn't of even gotten a O on his Potions N.E.W.T unless that retarded younger version of the greasy bastard hadn't left his stupid book. Gods, I'm glad that the man is dead and buried."

At that last remark Hermione slammed her book down.

"How dare you talk about Headmaster Snape like that," she hissed. "He helped Harry defeat Voldemort(Ron flinched) and your ranting and raving about not only a brave man but also your best friend. So what if he wants to work at Hogwarts as Potions Master. It's not like you get paid to train in the Auror Program."

"But it isn't natural!" Ron stated. "It's not bloody natural! That room should bring nothing but bad memories to Harry but, no, he has a stupid plaque placed next to the door that states who used this room. He told me yesterday that he thought it was a honor to be able to teach students in the same place that he learned everything that he knows."

Hermione glared at him, on the verge of losing his temper...again.

"And I tried to knock some sense into him, but, no, nothing works with him."

"Ron, shut it," Hermione said, putting her book away. "Harry thinks highly of his former Potions Master and so do I. If you can't get over your hate of the man then I'm leaving."

And she did just that, disappearing with a loud pop.

Hermione appeared in her parents home and went up to her room. Both her parents were still working and wasn't coming back until later. Hermione sat on her bed, thinking. What had she done to deserve a man that talked bad about someone that had done great things for the school. True, he had been horrible to the students as Headmaster but in the end he deserved the respect that came with the post. It also made Hermione smile in thinking that Harry was becoming Potions Master so that he could at least feel like he was working for his keep.

Of course Ron hadn't been the first person that Harry had told about his desire to be a Potions Master. He had told Hermione, first, because he knew that she would understand. She was delighted that not only would he be Potions Master but also Head of Slytherin house. The last part had taken some explaining on Headmaster Flitwick's part. He explained that Harry had asked to be head of Slytherin House to bring some honor back into the house. He had agreed, proving that you didn't need to be apart of the house to be its head.

Hermione, of course, was pulled out of her thoughts by a tapping on the window. She looked and saw a eagle owl tapping on her window. She went to open it and it flew in, landing on her chair. She took the scroll and opened it.

Dear Hermione,

I just wanted to inform you that Harry is going to be in Diagon Alley to get his new teaching robes today at five. Could you come and join him.

Sincerely,

Draco Malfoy.

Hermione frowned. This had been the first time that Draco had even written to her, must less not included an insult. However she decided to respond, wondering what Harry might want with her. She wrote her response and the eagle owl flew away.

Hermione appeared at five on the dot and saw not only Draco but Harry and Ginny. Hermione walked over to them and took her seat. Ginny grinned at her and she returned it, but Harry looked grave and Hermione wondered what had happened.

"Thanks for coming, Hermione," Ginny told her. "I believe that Draco's parents are around here somewhere."

Hermione was shocked by this. The last time that she had heard about Draco's parents, Lucius was given community service, not a return to Azkaban, because he hadn't killed anyone during the battle at Hogwarts.

"They've gone to get a book," Draco told her.

Ginny nodded but Harry spoke.

"Hermione, something came in with my early addition of the Evening Prophet," Harry said.

Hermione stared at him.

"What."

He took out a small sheet of paper and unfolded it. Once it had been unfolded Hermione was able to see what it was. In dead center was a photo of the former Headmaster and war hero, Severus Snape, and he looked as unapproachable as ever. However below it was something that made Hermione wish she hadn't answered Draco's summoning.

DEAD WAR HERO, SEVERUS SNAPE, IS ALIVE!

"What!" Hermione gasped.

Harry nodded.

"Of course we don't believe this to be true," Draco said. "I've asked father and he says that Severus couldn't of survived the bite of Tom Riddle's snake. However he thinks that if he is alive that he's using the skills that he gained from being a half-blood to live without magic."

"Also, I believe that there might be a feather of truth to this," Harry said. "His wand was never taken and I didn't see his body among those that had been buried."

"Have you talked to Headmaster Flitwick about it?" Hermione asked.

"Yes," Harry answered. "He thinks that if Severus is alive then he's hiding for a good reason. I managed to get his named cleared in the murder of Albus Dumbledore and everyone believes that he killed him on his orders to make that wand ineffective, but there are Death Eaters out there who might be looking for him and that's why he's in hiding."

Hermione considered this, but knew there was no way that this could be true.

"Look, Harry, I don't believe any of this," she told him. "Severus Snape is dead! And no amount of wanting him to be alive is going to change that."

"I know, Hermione," Ginny said. "But what if it's true?"

"It...isn't," Hermione said, through gritted teeth. "He died and I wish all of you would leave him alone."

And she got up and left, leaving everyone startled and confused.

Hermione didn't go home right away she decided to look around. How dare those three think that Severus Snape was alive. He died, she saw him die, and she was determine to prove that he was dead and gone. She leaned against the wall of the shop that she had bought Crookshanks. This made her want to cry. Crookshanks had died a few months ago and she hadn't even thought about buying a new cat. However, since she was here, she decided that it might be a good idea to see if they had anything new.

She turned and entered the shop.