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A.N - Hello readers. I hope that you all enjoy this story. I will tell you now that there will be rape mentioned in a future chapter but I will make sure that the chapter is labeled clearly for those who would prefer to skip that part. As always I enjoy reviews and please do not be afraid to tell me the truth when you review. Enjoy.
"Hermione dear! If you want to get to the train on time, then we'll have to leave in about five minutes. Don't want to be late on the first day of your last school year!" Ann Granger yelled up to her daughter.
"Be down in a second mum!" Hermione called out the door of her bedroom before closing it. She turned around and walked over to her trunk to check it once more, making sure she was not forgetting anything in her excitement.
This was Hermione's seventh and final year at Hogwarts and she just new that it was going to be her best year ever. No worrying about trolls, basilisks, death eaters, and best of all no Voldemort. Thats right. Voldemort had finally been defeated at the end of their sixth year by Harry Potter. Voldemort had decided to try and take the school, giving Draco Malfoy the task of killing Dumbledore. Ha! Like that was ever likely! She thought. Unfortunately for him, he make a very vital mistake. He overestimated himself and underestimated Dumbledore. That night Voldemort accompanied his death eaters to the astronomy tower where they planned on watching the destruction of the school's beloved headmaster only to see the end of theirs. You see Voldemort didn't know that Dumbledore had found and destroyed each and every one of his horcruxes except for his beloved snake Nagini. He also didn't know that Harry was hidden, near by, under his invisibility cloak waiting for his moment to strike. He also didn't know that members of The Order and D.A were scattered through out, hidden and ready to fight. In the end Nagini was killed by Neville, Voldemort by Harry, and several death eaters by members of the order, while other death eaters were stunned and captured by members of the D.A.
Yes, everything was right in the world and Hermione was set on making this year her best ever. She had received her school letter informing her that she had been given the prestigious title of Head Girl this year, she planned on getting all "Exceeds Expectations " on her N.E.W.T.s, she didn't have to worry about Malfoy annoying her all year since he was not going to be back (after all he tried to kill the headmaster), and she and Ron would finally be together. This one she was most excited about. Hermione had not seen Ron or anyone all summer, since she had traveled the world with her parents, but at the end of last year she and Ron had expressed how they felt for each other and decided that they would wait until the beginning of the school year to start their relationship.
"Hermione! Time to go sweetheart!"Her mother bellowed from below. Hermione sighed and took one more quick look around her room to make sure she wasn't forgetting anything. Satisfied that she wasn't she closed her trunk and levitated it out of the room and down to the car. "Your last year. Can you believe it?" Hermione smiled at her mother.
"It seems like I just finished my first year, not like I'm starting my last. Its all gone by so quickly." Her mother hugged her and placed a kiss on her forehead.
"Your father and I are so proud of you sweetheart. You have been through, and conquered so much. I'm just happy that you get to have a normal year this year, or as normal a year as a witch can have at her magical school." Hermione laughed at her mother's words, knowing that her parents were just as happy about Voldemorts defeat as the wizarding world was.
"Time to go ladies." Her father said opening the doors for his wife and daughter, closing them after they got in. As they pulled away from her house Hermione couldn't help but get more and more excited about the year to come.
"Mione!" Hermione turned to the sound of her nick name being screamed across the platform. Running towards her, with her long red hair whipping behind her, was Ginny Weasley.
"Ginny!" Hermione smiled as the girls threw their arms around each other, in a big hug. "You look great Ginny!"
"So do you. I love your outfit." Hermione looked down at herself. She had bought a whole new wardrobe, and she was quite proud of her choices. She was wearing a white cotton tiered peasant skirt that landed just below her knees, an aqua, renaissance sequined, long sleeved top, and aqua, espadrille wedge sandals. Add her moonstone necklace and ring and she had the perfect first day outfit.
"I was about to say the same to you." She said taking in Ginny's raspberry colored skinny jeans, long sleeved black shirt, and black ankle boots. She looked very grown up. "So. How was your summer? Did you and Harry snog the whole time?"
"No, we did not snog the entire time. We had to come up for air after all." She laughed. "We had a wonderful time. Harry was invited to every party and ball that was held this summer, due to the whole defeating the dark lord thing. Unfortunately though we also had to deal with the press following us around, and being a bloody nuisance all the time." She shook her head in aggravation, before looking back up at Hermione. "What about you? How was your trip?"
"Oh it was just amazing Gin! We went to Australia, Paris, Italy, China, and America. I have so many pictures to show you and I may have picked you up a little something on my journey." Ginny squealed and clapped her hands together. "But you will have to wait until we get to school, just like Harry and Ron will also have to wait. Speaking of which. Where are Harry and Ron?" Hermione said looking around the platform.
"Harry went to get us a compartment and put our things in it." She stopped and looked around. "Where are your things Mione? Are you not sitting with us?"
"I've been made Head Girl this year Gin. My things were brought to the heads compartment. Professor McGonagall will be giving myself and the Head Boy our duties and then we have to meet with the prefects and patrol the train."
"Congratulations. Even though I'm sure it wasn't a surprise."
"Thanks Ginny. Now then, you said where Harry is but what about Ron."
"About Ron Hermione. I think there is something you should know. You see..."
Ginny was cut off by the sound of the first train whistle, informing the students to start getting on the train. Hermione looked over at the boarding students and then back at Ginny.
"I have to go to the heads compartment Gin, but I' ll try to find you guys after I get all my head duties taken care of." She hugged her once more and headed towards the train missing the sad look that passed over her friends face.
Hermione walked to the heads compartment, greeting the other students as she passed. When she reached it she could make out the outline of person sitting there. That must be the head boy she thought as she opened the door and entered.
"Hello, I'm..." Hermione stopped as she stared at the last person she expected to see. No possible way! She thought, rubbing her eyes in hopes that she was imagining the person in front of her. However when she looked again she could still see the silverish-blond hair and steel grey eyes of Draco Malfoy. What the bloody hell?
"See something you like Granger?" The sound of his voice shook her from her trance. She stepped back, pulling out her wand and pointing it at him.
"Malfoy! What do you think you are doing here?" She watched as he rolled his eyes at her and started to stand up. "Petrificus Totalus!" Draco 's arms and legs snapped together and he fell to the floor just as the door to the compartment slid open.
"Miss Granger! What have you done!" Hermione turned to see a horrified looking Professor McGonagall standing behind her. She quickly explained.
"Professor! It seems that Malfoy has snuck onto the train. I'm not sure what he is up to but I..."
"Miss Granger! You unhex him right now!" Hermione looked at the professor, quite confused.
"But professor, its Malfoy!" She protested.
"I know who it is Miss Granger and he, like you is supposed to be here." Hermione just stared at her. What does she mean he is supposed to be here? They can not really be letting him back into school. He tried to kill the headmaster! "I must say that I would expect this type of behavior from Mr. Weasley, or even Mr. Potter, but not you!" Hermione looked down ashamed. She had never been reprimanded by a professor before, except for Snape but he hated everyone, so he didn't count.
"Professor. Why would Professor Dumbledore allow Malfoy back after he tried to destroy him? It just doesn't make sense."
"What Professor Dumbledore does and doesn't do are not for you to decide. While I may not understand his reasoning all of the time I know better then to doubt him. However I must say that he may have made an error in judgment when choosing head girl this year, since she obviously does not like to follow her professor's instructions." Hermione let out a small gasp after hearing her professor's words. She quickly turned back towards Malfoy who was still stiff on the floor.
"Rennervate!" She said the counter curse and watched as Draco started to stand, rubbing the back of his head.
"What the hell, Granger!" Hermione ignored him and turned back to the professor.
"I'm sorry professor. I overreacted, though I'm sure you can understand my confusion, and wariness." Professor McGonagall nodded.
"I do understand Miss Granger, and I thank you for your apology, however I am not the one you need to be apologizing to." Hermione shuddered at the thought of having to apologize to Malfoy, but she knew she had no choice, if she wanted to get back on the professor's good side. She turned around and faced a smirking Malfoy.
"I am sorry Malfoy. I jumped to conclusions and made judgments that I shouldn't have and for that I apologize." He stared at her, his smirk still in place and shrugged.
"Well then, now that, that is taken care of, down to business." She motioned for them both to sit, before she followed. She flicked her wand and a pile of parchments appeared on her lap. "First of all, congratulations on being this years Head Boy and Girl. This here is a list of your duties." She handed them each a piece of parchment with their duties written on them. "As you know, you are in charge of the prefects. You will make sure that they know what their duties are and you will make their patrolling schedules. These folders contain the names of each prefect in that house, along with their house password, and a list of offenses and how many house points can be taken away for each offense. You are to give these folders to the prefects when you meet with them after this meeting." She hand the eight folders to her. Hermione looked down at the folders in her hand. Two of each folder was a different house color and had the house emblem on the front. The tab of the folder had the prefects name written on it. "Other then the prefects, you are also in charge of all social events that will be held this year, all with the approval of the headmaster, that is. You will see that you have the password for each house however you are not to enter a house other then your own unless it is absolutely necessary."
"Why do we have a different password for our private rooms, and why is it the same for both of us." Draco said looking, slightly confused. Hermione looked at her list. He was right.
Griffindor - Fortis Leo ( strong lion )
Hufflepuff – Fidelis Insigne ( faithful badge )
RavenClaw - Intelligent Aquila ( understanding eagle )
Slytherin - Dolosus Snake ( crafty snake )
Head Dormitory – Unwavering Unity
"Yes. That would be the password to your heads dormitory." Hermione looked up at her confused.
"But professor. The heads have always stayed in their house in their own private rooms."
"Correct Miss Granger but in those cases both heads were from the same house, so that was possible. You see there have only been two other instances where the Head Boy and Girl were from two different houses, however because of this a special heads dormitory was made. You and Mr. Malfoy will share your own private dormitory. You will each have your own bedroom, but will share a common room and bathroom."Both Hermione and Draco stared at her in horror as she stood up. "I will round up the prefects and send them to you. Now then. I suggest you have the older prefects start patrolling the train while you introduce the new prefects to their duties. I will see you at the feast." With that she turned and walked out of the compartment, sliding the door shut behind her.
"There is no way in bloody hell I am sharing anything with you Granger! Dumbledore has got to be out of his bloody mind." Draco sneered. Hermione narrowed her eyes at him.
"Shove off Malfoy! I hate to break it to you, but nobody cares about what you want. If this is what Dumbledore wants then we are going to have to deal with it. Now, if you don't mind, please shut up." Hermione looked down at the list of prefects, noticing two new names where Hers and Draco's would have been. "Looks like Blaise and Lavender were given our prefect spots." Draco rolled his eyes.
"Oh great. Those two will spend more time snogging then patrolling." Hermione looked at Draco shocked.
"Blaise and Lavender. Seriously? I never would ha..." She was cut off by Draco chuckling.
"I'm not talking about Blaise you twit. I'm talking about your favorite weasel." Hermione just stared at him, confused. Ron? Why would Malfoy think that about Ron and Lavender? Draco noticed the confusion and it hit him all at once. He smirked cruelly at her loving the fact that he was about to burst her little bubble. "They are a couple. Didn't you know?" Hermione shook her head.
"You are quite mistaken Malfoy. Ron and Lavender did have a thing earlier last year but they ended it." Draco leaned forward and smirked.
"Well, I hate to break this to you Granger, but they've been together at every party and social event thrown this past summer and they were very friendly." Hermione was about to argue with him and call him out on his lies when the door slid open and the prefects came walking in. Hermione could feel her eyes begin to water up as the last two prefects, Ron and Lavender, walked in hand in hand and sat together not even noticing her.
In just hours I have been reprimanded by a professor, had to apologized to a vile, little ferret, was told I have to live with said ferret for the whole year, and learned that the boy who held my heart threw it away for someone else. Hermione thought.
This was going to be the worst year ever!
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