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Chapter 5 Taken In/Epilogue
Ron walked from behind Lucius Malfoy with his head down.
"No," Harry gasped, not wanting to believe it.
"You don't understand," Ron said, looking desperately at Hermione and Harry, wanting so badly for them to comprehend what was going on.
"Oh, I understand perfectly," Hermione said, putting her hands in her hips, which was something see rarely ever did.
"He was going to kill you," Ron cried out, and he was sure Lucius would kill him then and there, but he just stood there.
Hermione looked away for a second.
'Why should I believe you?" she finally asked Ron.
He had the answer ready and waiting to be said out loud.
"Because, Hermione, I love you," Ron said.
Hermione gave a small gasp, leaving her mouth slightly opened from the shock.
"Enough of this," Lucius said, almost in a hissing voice.
As Lucius raised his wand, something came up from behind him and disarmed him.
"Got you," a voice said from behind Ron.
Ron didn't resist. There was no way he'd win anyway.
"Professor Lupin…" Ron began as he turned to look at the person that had him.
"Ron?" Remus asked in shock, but he didn't loosen his grip.
"Remus, he's with them," Harry said before there was any more questioning.
Remus looked at Ron, his eyes sympathetic, and said, "Come with me."
"Hermione…" Ron started, hoping beyond hope she'd stop this.
She didn't look at him.
"Professor Lupin, I didn't want any of this," Ron said with his head down.
"I don't know how you were able to fool anyone, especially Harry, but you did," Remus replied.
"Please…" Ron began to beg before Remus turned and said, "You're going to Azkaban."
"Azkaban?" Ron asked in shock. "But you can't!" He was beginning to really panic now.
"Why?" Ron wanted to tell him so badly what was going on, but he just couldn't. "Unless you can somehow prove you're not a Death Eater."
Ron didn't say anything. He had to keep Hermione safe. Though he didn't know how safe she would be now.
"So, you're not even going to try?" Remus asked.
"You wouldn't believe me," Ron replied, not even looking at his former professor.
"Try me," Remus said.
Ron showed Remus his Dark Mark. Remus's eyes grew some at the sight.
"I did it because the Dark Lord was going to kill her," Ron said as he lowered his sleeve. "Hermione."
"Surprisingly, I believe you to a point," Remus said a calm voice, though he still wasn't about to let go of Ron.
"Really?" Ron asked, almost daring to smile.
"Yes," Remus nodded, "but if what you're saying is true, the safest place for you to be right now is Azkaban."
However, Ron didn't think that was true at all.
Remus had been visiting Ron a lot in Azkaban. On one of his visits, Ron asked for a piece of parchment and something to write with.
Dear Hermione and Harry,
I'm so sorry for what I've put you through. I want you to know that I never meant to hurt either of you. You both have been so great to me.
I also want you to know that by the time you read this, I'll be dead. I only wish I was able to tell you goodbye in person. I love you, Hermione. I always have and always will.
Ron took a deep breath and followed the parchment.
"Here you go," he said, handing it to Remus.
Remus stored it in his cloak and inquired, "Might I ask you when they should be given this?"
"You'll know when the time's right," Ron said.
Ron was surprised when Remus started to say, "Whatever you're planning to do…"
"You have nothing to worry about," Ron quickly replied. "I know what I have to do."
"I wish you nothing but the best," Remus said with a tiny smile.
Ron took a deep breath and told Remus, "Thank you."
Remus nodded and turned to walk away.
"Oh, and Remus…" Ron called out.
Remus turned and answered, "Yes?"
"You can't tell Hermione and Harry about this," Ron said.
"Of course," Remus replied.
And he turned back around and left.
Well that's the end of this part. Part seven, which is also the last, one in the series, will be posted soon.