Disclaimer: I don't own anything you recognize. I also borrowed a few characters from the awesome writer Karen Marie Moning. This story is for fun and fun only. Please don't sue.

Summery: Hermione Granger is a special witch indeed. When her family is threatened, the Order is called in. Through all the danger and chaos, can Hermione and Severus come together? R/R

Highland Rose

Chapter 1

"I wish you were coming to the Burrow." Ron said as he, Harry, Ginny and Hermione stood on Platform 9 ¾.

"I know, but this will be the first summer in a while that my parents and I will get to spend as a family." Hermione replied.

"You'll have to write and tell us about your trip." Ginny smiled.

"I will." Hermione agreed.

"Well, there's the Weasleys. See you in September." Harry said as he hugged Hermione.

Hermione returned the hug, as well as hugged Ron and Ginny. She turned and headed through the barrier. Waiting on the other side were her parents, Gwen and Drustan Granger.

"Hello honey." Drustan greeted as he tightly hugged Hermione.

"Hi daddy." Hermione said.

"Let's get home and get you packed. Our plane leaves tomorrow afternoon." Gwen replied with a smile.

Hermione nodded and followed her parents toward the exit. Fifteen minutes later, the Grangers were in their car heading home. As they drove through London, Hermione stared out her window, daydreaming about her summer with her parents in the Scottish Highlands.

Meanwhile, in a secluded location, Lord Voldemort was planning his next move. With him were his most trusted Death Eaters. The five Death Eaters stood before Voldemort's throne.

"Next month, my plan will go into action. Lucius, Bellatrix, McNair, and Dolohov, you four will go to the castle. Severus, you will go to that fool Dumbledore and mislead him." Voldemort instructed.

"My lord, why is this castle so important?" Bellatrix questioned.

"Granger castle is a strong hold of Druid magic. I can't control the powers within as long as that mudblood and her family live." Voldemort hissed.

"My lord, shouldn't Severus be joining us? After all, he's better at defensive magic than Dolohov." McNair asked.

"I need Severus here in case the Grangers fight back, and you are forced to retreat. If that happens, I will send Severus in alone. After all, the mudblood trusts him because he's a teacher." Voldemort answered.

Severus remained silent. A few minutes later they were released. Severus spun on his heel and left the room. He needed to get back to Hogwarts and tell Albus immediately. He reached the apparation point and was gone.

He reappeared just outside the gates of Hogwarts. He pushed open the gates and hurried to Albus's office. Ten minutes later he was pacing the office as he told Albus and Minerva about Voldemort's plan.

"Why Hermione?" Minerva asked.

"Hermione is no ordinary witch. She comes from a long line of powerful Druids. Their secrets are hidden within the walls of Granger castle." Albus answered.

"So what do we do?" Severus questioned.

"We will go and protect her and her family. I will have Remus, Sirius, and Kingsley join you, myself, Minerva and Tonks. We can not allow Voldemort to get his hands on the Druid magic of the Granger line." Albus answered firmly.

Severus nodded, turned around, and exited the office. He made his way down to the dungeons and his personal chambers. 'Now I have to spend the first month of MY summer babysitting the bloody know-it-all.' he thought frustrated as he entered his study. "Just fucking perfect." He grumbled.

He walked over to his liquor cabinet, grabbed a crystal tumbler, and a bottle of Fire Whiskey, and collapsed for his favorite chair. Pouring himself a glass he stared into the fireplace.

Back at the Granger home, Hermione had just finished packing. She was excited. It had been nearly six years since her and her parents had visited Scotland.

"You finished packing?" Drustan asked as he entered her room.

"Yes sir. Will Uncle Dageus be there?"

"Yes. He's looking foreword to seeing you. He said he got you a new horse. A black Andalusian." Drustan replied.

"I can't wait." She said.

"So, how was the school year honey?" He questioned as he sat on the edge of her bed.

"Well, about as normal as you can get. I mean come on dad, my best friends are Harry and Ron." She giggled.

"I get what you're saying. You three remind me of myself, Dageus, and our best friend Circien. We were always getting into some new scrape every other week." He chuckled.

"I wish I could have met Circien." She said.

"Me too. Oh well, come on, dinner's ready downstairs." He said with a sad smile.

The two exited the room and headed downstairs for dinner. Unaware of the danger that they would soon face. That night the Grangers laughed about old times at the castle and looking foreword to a few months away from the war against Voldemort.

"How is the Order fairing against Voldemort?" Drustan questioned.

"I think both sides are about even." Hermione answered.

"Drustan, why don't you and Dageus help the Order?" Gwen asked.

"It's not our fight lass. Believe me, Dageus and I want to, but unless Voldemort openly attacks our family, we can't get involved." He responded sadly.

"But he's attacked our daughter!" Gwen exclaimed.

"Not directly." He sighed.

"Daddy's right. All his attacks have been directed at Harry or the Order. I just happen to be at the wrong place and get caught in the middle of it." Hermione said.

Gwen just shook her head and finished her meal. Ever since Voldemort had fully returned, it was the same argument. Why Drustan and his twin brother, Dageus didn't use their Druid magic to help fight. After dinner, the family retreated to the living room. They had just started a movie, when the doorbell rang.

"I'll get it." Hermione said.

She got to her feet and headed for the front door. When she opened it, she got a bit of a shock. Standing on her front porch were Albus, Minerva, and Severus.

"Professors, what are you doing here?" She asked in confusion.

"Good evening Hermione. We need to speak with you and your parents. It's quite important." Albus answered.

Hermione stepped aside and let them inside. She led her professors into the living room. Gwen and Drustan greeted them.

"Hermione, come with me into the kitchen." Gwen said.

The two women hurried into the kitchen. Hermione began making the tea while Gwen began getting out some biscuits and such. Ten minutes later they returned to the living room.

"Now, what brings you three to our home Albus?" Drustan asked.

"Severus has found out some disturbing news. Next month Voldemort plans on attacking you and your family at Granger castle. He's after the Druid secrets within those walls." Albus explained.

"What do you wish us to do? I will not cancel our trip. This is the first time in years we've been able to be there at the same times as my brother Dageus." Drustan demanded.

"I assumed you would still want to go, so I've come up with a plan. Myself, Minerva, Severus, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and Nymphadora Tonks will join you. With your permission of course. We can help protect you and your family. As well as the Granger line." Albus answered.

"That would be fine." Gwen said.

"Wait, won't your cover be blown Professor Snape?" Hermione asked worriedly.

"Professor Snape will be hidden in the shadows during the fighting. I won't let anything happen to him or your family Hermione." Albus assured her.

"We will be flying to Scotland tomorrow afternoon. If you know where the castle is, you can meet us there. We should be arriving at the castle at around four in the afternoon." Drustan said.

"Very well. We shall see you tomorrow. Sorry if this is an inconvenience to you." Albus replied.

"It's no inconvenience. We appreciate you helping us. You are most welcome at Granger castle." Gwen insisted.

Drustan escorted the three professors to the door. A few moments later, he returned and stared at his wife and daughter.

"Take all your weapons. I will use Druidry to conceal them. Hermione, keep your wand on or near you at all times." He instructed.

Gwen and Hermione nodded and they all headed upstairs to gather their weapons and hide them in their luggage. As Hermione laid in bed, one thought ran through her mind.

'This will be on interesting vacation.'

T.B.C