The Last Potter in England
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Something was wrong. She could feel it.
Hermione Granger was in the library studying for her 6th year potions, and knew that something was wrong. She looked around the library and noticed that nobody else had noticed anything different. Susan Bones and Justin Finch-Fletchley were still studying at the next table and giving shy glances at each other. Hannah Abbot and Neville Longbottom were doing the same at another table.
Surprisingly , or not, Luna Lovegood also looked like something was wrong. She looked over at Hermione and whispered, "Where is Harry...?"
Harry Potter was Hermione's very best friend and had been from the first year when he had heroically jumped on the back of a mountain troll to save her life. That single act had forever linked Harry and Hermione together. No, not in the magical bonding that happens between soul mates. This was a bonding of friendship that happens when two people have faced danger together and lived to tell the tale. From that point on, Hermione had always felt that no matter what happened, she would always be there for Harry.
However, that feeling had changed during the summer when Harry had sat her and Ron down and explained the Prophecy to them. She couldn't believe it. She had always known that Voldemort had had an unhealthy interest in Harry, but to actually have it stated that it was to come down between an evil wizard with over 50 years of experience on his side or a 16 year old boy, who tried to coast through his studies. She had been terrified of losing Harry and scared people don't react well.
She had decided at the end of 5th year that she wanted Harry to be her boyfriend. She knew that she had probably been in love with him since 3rd year when they had used the time-turner to save Sirius and Buckbeak and he had saved everyone from the Dementors. During 4th year, she had hoped that he would ask her to the Yule Ball, but that hadn't happened. At least she got to enjoy his gobsmacked look when he saw her in the dress she had worn. She figured that was at least a start and had planned some more, but Ron kept getting in the way. It was really annoying. She thought that he fancied her a little, but since they argued way too much and that was not the basis of any good relationship. Besides Harry, she couldn't think of a single thing they had in common. True, she had heard the saying that opposites attract, but she also knew that they didn't last. Simple attraction could only go so far in a relationship. Her Mother had shared that little bit of advice last summer. Probably to sway her from becoming attracted to Ron. And she had started to notice that Ron seemed to treat her a lot like Ginny. Like a sister. He was always arguing, ignoring her, or trying to be protective from other guys.
5th year had been a total disaster. First she had listened to Dumbledore to not contact Harry, because it could be intercepted. She had totally forgot about using regular mail or just calling him at home. I mean what were the chances that a Death Eater would know how to track anything non-magical? Practically Nil. Or she should have just visited him. The London area was big, but it wouldn't have been to hard to take some time to travel to Surrey and visit him. But no, she had to listen to the Headmaster and ignore him. Harry had been so furious with her and it had taken a long time to earn some of that trust back. Then later at school, there had been the Umbitch fiasco and Harry chasing a blubbering Cho. Which didn't end well and the result of that little romance was Harry getting even more shy around girls and wouldn't be interested trying to ask any girl out for a long time. So again, she waited. But then that Department of Ministries and finding out about the Prophecy happened and she got scared. Not scared of Harry, but for him. She didn't like being scared and reacted badly to it.
Instead of doing what her heart wanted and getting closer to Harry and possibly inviting him to her house for the summer, she ignored him...AGAIN! Her brain had decided that she needed to distance herself from Harry. It was the logical thing, so that if the worse if happened, it wouldn't hurt so much. At least, that is what her brain was saying. Her heart was saying something else, but she decided to ignore that. It was for the best. She would still be his friend, but would slowly move from being a best friend. Maybe even start hanging with Ron more. Make it look like she was interested in him romantically. When Harry started using the Half-Blood Prince's potion book, she quickly used that to her advantage to distance herself even more. She knew he wasn't cheating. Hell, almost all of her textbooks were written and scribbled on. She had been doing that since Primary school. It is what scholars do and she was a scholar.
Now, it was late November and she noticed that her plan seemed to be working. Maybe too well. Harry had almost completely distanced himself from her and Ron and seemed to be spending a lot of time by himself outside by the lake, Hedwig sitting sedately on his shoulder. She found herself spending very little time with him outside of class. It broke her heart to be away from him, but she steeled herself and kept telling herself, it was better this way.
But now as she sat in the Library studying, something had changed. She knew in her gut that something had happened to Harry and and the feeling was so strong, that without thinking about it bolted out of the library to the Gryffindor common room. Luna quickly gathered up their things and followed her. But before she was able to leave, Dobby had popped right next to her and handed her 5 envelopes. One had her name on it, the other had Hermione's. The others had Neville', Ron's and Ginny's.
"Miss Loveygood, Master Harry Potter Sir, kindly asks that you give the other letters to his Miss Grangy and other friends."
"I will Dobby and tell Harry to take care of himself and I will always be here for him when he needs me." Luna replied, her eyes glistening.
"I will Miss Loveygood." and Dobby quickly popped out of the library.
Hermione burst into the common room and saw Ron and Lavender sitting on the couch kissing each other. Hiding her nausea at seeing them together, Hermione quickly asked them.
"Ron, have you seen Harry?"
"No, I didn't see him at dinner. Besides I thought you were ignoring each other. Why the sudden interest?" Ron said with a perplexed look.
"I don't know what you are talking about," Hermione replied loftily. "I have not been ignoring Harry"
"Oh Pleeasse, Even I noticed that you two weren't getting along." Lavender drawled. "For someone that claims to be Harry's best friend, you sure have a funny way of showing it."
Just then Luna came in, followed by Neville. She had been able to hand him his letter in the library before coming to the common room and he immediately followed after her.
"Hermione.. Dobby told me to give this to you." Luna handed her one of the envelopes and then handed the other to Ron.
With trembling hands, Hermione took the envelope. Across the front, she could see her name printed on it in Harry's handwriting. Quickly, she opened the envelope and began to read the letter. Her face kept getting paler and paler and tears began to fall freely.
"Oh My God! What have I done?" She cried.
A/N Not sure if I should continue this or not. Please review and let me know what you think.