Authors note: Sadly I own nothing of the Harry Potter realm… *sigh* All Contents, save the plot, belong to the lovely J.K. Rowling.
Hermione Granger was fast asleep when the sound of her front door being blasted open woke her. Jumping out of bed and grabbing her wand she cautiously went to her bedroom door and muffled a scream as she recognized a voice coming from her living room down stairs.
"Where is your girl Mr. and Mrs. Granger?" Lucius Malfoy sneered. "Dolohov, go find her."
There was a muffled agreement and she heard the sound of someone coming up the steps and she braced herself. Her door was flung open to reveal the Death Eater Antonin Dolohov. He muttered "Expelliarmus" and her wand flew out of her hand and into his. He crossed the room in two quick strides and grabbed her by the hair.
"Found her Lucius!" He yelled down to the living room.
"Good have her join the party" Lucius replied. Dolohov grabbed her around the waist and picked her up like a ragdoll. He walked in to the hallway and galloped down the stairs. The sight that greeted her in the living room made her gasp. Her parents were cowering in the far corner at wand point by Bellatrix Lestrange. A chair from the kitchen was placed in the middle of the living room facing away from her parents, in front of which stood Lucius, with a rope in his hands.
"Place her in the chair." Dolohov crossed the room and held a struggling Hermione on the chair while Lucius tightly wrapped the rope around her, effectively attaching her to the chair. The more she struggled the tighter the ropes became. She quickly realized this and stopped squirming.
"Now, Ms. Granger," Lucius began. "We're going to play a little game. You will tell us where the Order of the Phoenix is residing, or we will have to use other means of… let's say persuasion."
"Never!" Hermione spat up at him.
"Tisk, tisk this won't do. Bellatrix, if you would." She heard her mother gasp and then she was in her line of sight behind Lucius. "Now, you will tell us or poor mummy will suffer the consequences." Hermione said nothing and Lucius turned to her mother and shouted "Crucio" Her mother screamed out in pain and behind her, her father shouted "NO!" Tears rolled down Hermione's face and she quickly shut her eyes. Lucius turned to her again.
"How about now?"
"Fine! It's… It's in the forbidden forest." Lucius glared at her.
"Liar!" He turned to her mother again and muttered the unforgivable curse once more.
"NO! NO! It's in Hogwarts! The room of requirement!" Lucius turned to her again, lifting the curse on her mother.
"Do you really think that we can't tell when you're lying?" Lucius hissed.
"Don't tell them Sweetie!" Yelled her mother from the floor.
"CRUCIO!" Lucius yelled once again. After a few moments he sighed. "I can see this isn't working as well as I'd hoped. And I'm growing tired of this. Avada Kedavra!"
"NO!" Hermione and her father yelled as the light left her mother's blue eyes.
"Bellatrix, the other if you please." Her father stumbled in to her view sobbing.
"Hermione, don't tell them anything. No matter what. You can't let them win. Be strong!" Her father shouted, tears pouring down his face, before he was placed under the Cruciatus curse. Lucius lifted the spell and turned to Hermione.
"Let's see if this will work… Imperio" He said pointing his wand to Hermione. She fought the curse but was careful to make her face completely blank, hoping to fool them. "Tell me where the Order of the Pheonix is residing!"
Thinking quickly she said "The Shrieking Shack"
"You stupid Mudblood bitch! Crucio!" Her father screamed in pain and behind her Bellatrix began speaking.
"Lucius, this is getting nowhere! And the filthy muggles will soon wake to the screams. We need to finish this! NOW! The Dark Lord will not be pleased if we get caught." Lucius nodded silently
"Avada Kedavra" He said finally. He turned back to Hermione as she sobbed. "There is one last thing I need to do. The rest of you go. I can handle the girl myself." The Death Eathers Dissapparated one by one, leaving only Bellatrix.
"Be quick Lucius." And she Dissapparated as well.
"Since you refused to comply, you'll need to punished as well." He began taking his robes off. He walked over and untied her. She began crawling to her parents when she received a kick to her ribs. She distinctly heard a crack and knew that at least one of her ribs had broken.
Hermione woke to more voices that she didn't recognize.
"Ms. Granger, can you hear me?" A voice said softly. Hermione groaned and turned from the light that was being shined in her face. "She's alive!" More people surrounded her and began frantically asking questions. Ignoring them all she closed her eyes and assessed her injuries. She was extremely sore, that was for sure. She was positive she had a few broken bones and she could feel blood trickling between her legs. But nothing compared to the pain that she had when she realized her parents were dead. Blocking out the people yelling at her to stay still she got up on her hands and knees and crawled over to her parents, yelling at everyone to get away from them.
"Excuse me?!" Yelled a familiar voice from the doorway. "I need everyone out. NOW!" Everyone turned to stare at the strange woman in the door way. She was wearing a green robe of some sorts and had a stern expression on her lined face. She was glaring at everyone behind her spectacles and her hair was twisted into a tight bun on top of her head. The Sheriff approached her and inquired as to who she was. "I am Ms. Granger's caretaker from now on. Now everyone OUT!"
"I'm afraid that until you can prove that you're her family she will be…" he didn't get to finish his sentence as a man stepped in to the house and there was a blinding white light.
"Everyone will leave now. You never got here. You have no idea what happened here. Go back to your vehicles and leave." He said calmly, crossing the room to where Hermione was kneeled by her parents ignoring everyone around her. The paramedics and officers shuffled out of the house mindlessly and got into their vehicles as instructed pulling out of the driveway one at a time.
"I hardly think that was necessary Remus." The woman stated tersely. "I had it perfectly under control." She sniffed.
"Oh yes Minerva, I could tell." He said smirking. He bent down to touch Hermione's shoulder and she promptly broke down and clung to him. Minerva McGonagall calmly walked over to the bodies of her parents and waved her wand over their bodies, sending them to the Ministry of Magic, Muggle department, where Arthur Weasley was waiting to take care of them. Remus took Hermione over to the couch and got her to calm down. He tried asking her what had happened but she just buried her head in his chest and shook her head.
"Take her back to head quarters Remus, I will gather her things." Remus nodded and took his wand out, Dissapparating to Number 12 Grimmauld Place, with Hermione tucked in his arm.
Hermione woke to the sound of voices once more.
'This seems to be a regular occurance lately.' She thought opening her eyes. She recognized everyone in the room, but shrank back from them all, not wanting to deal with anyone right now.
"Hermione dear! You're awake!" Molly Weasley bustled around the bed to stand by her head, and reached out a hand to comfort the poor girl. Hermione flinched and Mrs. Weasley pulled back. Tears began running down Hermione's face and she flipped over on her stomach and buried her face in the pillow.
"Everyone out," Came Remus's voice from the door "She wants to be left alone right now."
Hermione turned slightly to see everyone leave, but when Remus made to leave as well she sat up and yelled "No!"
"Do you want me to stay?" Remus asked. Hermione nodded sinking back down to the bed. Remus shut the door and pulled up the armchair to her bed. "Will you tell me what happened Hermione?" She shook her head. He sighed. "Ok well whenever you're ready, we really need to know what happened. Can I get you anything?" Her stomach growled in response and Remus chuckled. "Ok, I'll be right back."
"No! Stay!" Hermione yelled shooting up in bed. Remus rubbed his chin and sat back down.
"Ok, I'll get Molly to bring something up. Expecto Patronum" he swished his wand and a brilliant figured emerged from his wand taking shape of a chocolate brown wolf. "Please ask Molly to bring up some food for Hermione." The wolf turned and disappeared through the wall. "Is there anything you want to talk about?" He asked turning to Hermione. She shook her head and layed back on the pillows. Remus sat back and studied Hermione as she closed her eyes. A few moments of silence later and Mrs. Weasley came in carrying a tray of food and a glass of pumkin juice.
"I brought some for you as well Remus." She set the food on the table beside Hermione's bed and Hermione shrunk back as she approached.
"Hermione, it's all right. She's not going to hurt you. Look she brought you food." He spoke softly as if to a child or frightened animal. Mrs. Weasley set the tray down, smiled softly to Hermione and left. She closed the door behind her and Remus once again studied Hermione. Her bushy brown hair had calmed quite a bit in the last year or so and it now fell to just past her shoulders in soft light brown curls, with highlights of dirty blonde. Her chocolate brown eyes were currently wide with fear and confusion. She had tear streaks running down her pale skin. With his increased senses due to his… condition, he could tell that she was afraid. Terrified even. She didn't want to be left alone, this much was obvious. And it seemed she didn't want anyone's company save for his. She slowly sat up and reached for the tray, grabbing a bowl a chicken noodle soup off of it, as Mrs. Weasley returned to the room. Hermione jumped and almost dropped her soup.
"I thought she might like some books and a dreamless sleeping potion for later." She handed the books and potion to Remus and left without a word. When she was gone again, Hermione began eating her soup. Remus sat quietly, just watching her eat. When she was finished she set the bowl down and wordlessly reached for the books Remus was still holding. He handed her the books and watched her pick one and set the rest next to the tray.
"You know… It's not good to hold everything in like this. You need to talk to someone." Hermione looked up at him and shook her head, a few tears rolling down her cheeks. He reached over and wiped them away, letting his hand linger on her cheek. He placed a finger below her chin and lifted her face so she would look at him. "You need to tell someone what happened so we can help fix the situation and send whoever did this to Azkaban. It was a wizard right?" She nodded. "More than one?" She nodded again. "Death Eaters?" She sobbed silently and reached for him. Taking that as a yes he slid in to the bed next to her and took the book from her hands setting it with the rest of them. He grabbed the dreamless sleep potion and handed it to her. "Take this and have a sleep." She shook her head violently and looked at fearfully, pleading. "I'll be right here when you wake up, I promise." She considered his words and finally took the vial from him and swallowed the potion. She handed him the vial and he set it on the bedside table. They laid down on the bed and she placed her head on his chest listening to his heartbeat. This seemed to calm her considerably and she slowly drifting off in to a dreamless sleep.