Life is a Strange Thing Indeed

Disclaimer: I don't own any Harry Potter characters. Sure wish I did though. This story is for fun only.

Summary: It's been 6 years since Hermione Granger has seen her friends from Hogwarts or even set foot in England. Suddenly she finds herself being called back home by the one person who she tried so hard in vain to run away from and forget. Will her past feelings interfere with her sense of duty? Read and find out.

Prologue

Hermione Granger sat in her apartment in San Francisco, California. She rapidly typed on her lap top while she sipped her morning coffee. It was yet another mild, sunny, beautiful fall morning. She paused as she glanced at the calendar on the wall.

October 3rd. She sighed, saved her work, took her coffee mug and walked out onto her balcony.

'6 years. Can it be 6 years already? 6 years to the day that I...left?' she thought to herself.

*Left? Ran like a bat out of hell is more like it!* she argued with herself.

'Yes. I ran. Ran from my pain, my friends, the death, the destruction and more importantly him.' she replied in her mind.

Outwardly she sighed as she took a long sip from her mug. Hermione Granger, Gryffindor know-it-all and former Head Girl was no longer what she once was. Six years ago the war for the Wizarding world had come to an end. Right on the grounds of Hogwarts. After the fighting was over Voldemort was dead and gone, Harry barely alive, Ron dead, Neville badly wounded, Minerva McGonagall dead, along with many more of her friends and professors.

Albus Dumbledore had found her at the edge of the Forbidden Forest with a dislocated shoulder, several cuts and bruises and a mild concussion. She spend three days in the hospital wing. The first person she asked about when she came to was Severus Snape.

She and the Potions Master had been working together for the Order of the Phoenix for over a year. It had been the day before the battle that she had confessed that she loved him and he said the same. They had consummated their new found relationship that night. She was relieved to find that he was perfectly fine. Once released she rushed to see him.

Hermione shuttered as she recalled that fateful day 6 years ago when her world fell apart and she ran from the life that she knew and loved and became the woman she was now.

*Flashback- Hogwarts 6 years Earlier*

Hermione had just been cleared by Madame Pomphrey that morning. She quickly left the hospital wing and rushed to see Severus. She was so relieved to hear that he was safe. Once she reached his chambers she knocked.

"Enter!" she heard Severus yell.

She entered and found her love seated in a chair in front of the fireplace.

"Hello Severus." Hermione said.

"Miss Granger. I see you have made a full recovery." Severus replied.

"Yes. I was hoping you would have come to see me." she said as she walked over to him.

Severus rose to his feet and faced her.

"Miss Granger, I feel I should tell you the truth. I don't love you. I merely said those things that night out of pity. Not for you but for myself. I guess I was looking for something that night." Severus said in a serious tone.

"What? How can you stand here and tell me this. You told me that you would love me forever. How...how could you now take those words back?" she asked as tears filled her brown eyes.

"As I said I was looking for something. Call it a lapse in judgment on my part. I took advantage of a school girl's crush on her professor. I swear it won't happen again. Now, I have a lot of work to do. I believe you know the way out. Good day Miss Granger." Severus said as he walked over to his desk, sat down and began to grade the stack of essay sitting there.

"You bastard." Hermione said quietly.

"I said good day." Severus said for forcefully but did not look up at her.

"Fine. Good bye Professor Snape." Hermione spat out.

She turned on her heel and left slamming the door behind her.

*End Flashback*

Hermione had quickly packed her things and left Hogwarts that very day. Two days later she was seated on a plane bound for San Francisco. She quickly found her an apartment complex with other Witches and Wizards. She now ran a successful Apocrathy and also wrote an advice column for the local Wizarding newspaper there in San Francisco.

So far she was happy that, despite what she left behind, she had found a new life for herself. She re-entered her apartment and sat down in front of her lap top once more. An hour later she finished her column, saved it to a disk, and headed to get dressed for the day.

An hour and a half later she was in her car driving to the office of the newspaper to print off and turn in her column to her editor.

"Morning Hermione." Samuel Peterson greeted.

"Hey Sam. How was your weekend?" Hermione asked as they entered the elevator.

"It was all right. Yours?" Sam answered.

"I can't complain." Hermione replied.

"Hermione, when are you going to finally go out with me? It's not like we're getting engaged, it's just dinner and a movie." Sam asked.

Hermione sighed. For the past three years Sam had been begging her to go out with him. But a part of her wasn't over Severus Snape to finally agree to go out with the Wizard.

"Sam, we've been over this." she sighed.

"I think this is exactly what you need. It's time to move on Hermione. I know you were hurt in the past. It's time you just accepted that life can be a bitch. Move on and put whatever happened where it belongs, in the past." he said.

Hermione stared at him.

'He's right. I need to just move on and forget about Severus. It was obvious that he didn't care about me after all.' she thought to herself.

"You're right Sam. All right. I'll go out with you. How does tomorrow night sound?" she said.

"Sounds great. Pick you up at 7?" he asked.

"Fine. I'll see you at 7 then." she answered with a smile.

As Hermione walked into her office she felt happier than she had in years. She even whistled as she quickly went through her mail, printed off her column and walked to her editor's office.

"Ahh, you seem in a good mood this morning Hermione. What's the occasion?" Erin Jacobs asked as Hermione entered and sat in front of her.

"I'm finally moving on with my life. I'm going out with Sam tomorrow night." Hermione answered with a smile.

"It's about damn time girl. Sam is a wonderful guy. Not to mention very handsome." Erin said.

"Yeah. Anyway, here's my column for the paper. I have to run though and check up on the shop. I think your order of asphodel came in today." Hermione said.

"Great. If it did, would you mind bringing it by here? As you can see I'm swamped." Erin asked as she waved her hand over her cluttered desk.

"Sure. Well, I'll see you later." Hermione answered.

Hermione went about her day. After she dropped off Erin's order and chatting a bit with Sam she spent the rest of her day shopping for a new outfit for her date the next night. Meanwhile, in England a meeting was being held. Little did she know that her past was about to come a calling.

T.B.C