Author's Note: Hey everyone! I'm reloading this story since it has now been beta'd. My Beta is none other than the great Angel JJK. Thanks for all your help Angle!
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Summary: Everything starts the last week of Hermione's 7th year. Both she and Snape find that out they have both misjudged each other. As the war draws to a close will romance blossom? Or will their pasts interfere? R/R
Hermione Granger was making her way down the hall. It was the last week of her 7th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She had just met with Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall. She was to become Madame Pomfrey's apprentice.
As she rounded a corner, Hermione crashed head first into someone. That someone was Professor Severus Snape, potions master of Hogwarts.
"Oh. Professor, I am so sorry." Hermione said as she helped Severus pick up his things.
"You need to pay more attention Miss Granger." Severus sneered harshly as he picked up his papers.
"Well, good evening professor." Hermione said as she grabbed her books and headed off.
"Bloody know it all." Severus mumbled as he continued on his way to his office.
Severus thought nothing more of his run in with Miss Granger. Not until dinner that night anyway.
"Oh. Severus. Good news." Albus said happily at dinner.
"What is it?" Severus asked as he read his Evening Prophet.
"Miss Granger will be joining the staff this summer as Poppy's apprentice." Albus answered with his trademark twinkling blue eyes.
"Great. 1/3 of the Golden Trio will stay and continue to be a thorn in my ass." Severus sighed.
"Severus, Hermione is a talented witch. She will make a wonderful addition here. What do you have against her?" Albus asked.
"She's a know-it-all Albus, and she's always getting into trouble with Potter and Weasley. Personally, I would rather her leave alongside Potter and the other Gryffindors." Severus answered harshly, already annoyed with Hermione's continuing presence.
Had Severus paid more attention at dinner, he would have noticed that Hermione was sitting by herself at the end of Gryffindor table reading. Twenty minutes later Severus sat in his study wearing a pair of muggle sweat pants and a loose shirt. He was nursing a crystal tumbler of fine Scotch. He pulled out his journal and opened it to his last entry. Right away he knew this journal was not his.
January 16, 2001
Tragedy struck my family yet again. Mom wrote today and told me Brendon is getting worse.
It had been 2 years since he had a relapse. Why did his cancer have to be inoperable? He's only 9 years-old for Merlin Sake! The doctors say he has less than 4 months to live.
First, grandma & grandpa and now my baby brother.
Severus sat there shocked.
'How can the girl not show any emotions? Maybe I've misjudged her.' Severus thought as he flipped through the journal.
February 5, 2001
They are gone, Mom, Dad, Brendon. Damn Voldemort! He sent those bastards to kill my family.
Dumbledore said that Professor Snape tried to get help sent for them as soon as possible. I'm sure he did.
To him all I'm just 1/3 of the Golden Trio, the resident know-it-all bookworm of Gryffindor and a lowly pathetic mudblood.
Luckily I'm of age. I am the last of the Grangers, my family line will end with me.
Severus flipped through the journal once more.
May 16, 2001
I wonder what those two will do without me next year? They say they are my friends. Ha! Bull shit. All Harry and Ron care about is using me instead of using their own brain.
Oh well. Next year things will change. It's time I stand on my own, without them. It's time for me to shed my skin and grow. I really hope that I get that apprenticeship with Madame Pomfrey.
Severus was shocked, all this time he thought he knew Hermione Granger, now realizing that he didn't know her at all. He quickly closed the book.
In the Head Girl chambers Hermione sat on her bed holding what looked like her journal. She quickly opened it to where her last entry should have been.
"What the hell?" she exclaimed.
She stared down at the tidy scroll of Severus Snape. She stared at notes, potions ingredients, theories and calculations.
"Hmm. Seems I grabbed Snape's journal by mistake. Oh well. I better take it back to him." she mused.
Hermione closed the journal, grabbed her wand and headed towards the dungeons.
June 1, 2001
It's over, the Golden Trio is officially over. Ron and Harry told me last night that I should forget about being a medi-witch and become an auror like them.
I told them that I was sticking by my choice, so then they then started yelling about how I was abandoning them, that they needed me to help Harry, to help him train and research a way to defeat Voldemort.
I can't believe them! I told them I was becoming a medi-witch regardless of what they think, it's my choice, my life.
We haven't spoken since, which is fine by me.
Severus couldn't believe what he'd just read. Without really thinking about it, he made a copy of her journal and cast a spell that added anything she'd write in the original copy. He had just put his copy away when there was a knock on his office door.
"Enter!" he yelled.
The door opened and in walked Hermione. "I'm sorry to disturb you sir. When we bumped into each other earlier, I believe we grabbed each other's journals. I just came to return yours." Hermione said as she handed him his journal.
"Thank you. This is yours I believe." Severus replied, handing over hers.
"Well then, good night sir." she said as she took her journal and turned to leave.
"Congratulations on your apprenticeship." he said to show his new attitude towards her.
"Thank you. I'm looking forward to working with Madame Pomfrey." she replied with a smile.
"I bet. Good night Miss Granger." he said.
"Night sir." Hermione said as she turned and left his office.
Severus sighed and leaning back in his chair, he thought he knew her. Seven years of having her in class hand-waving and know-it-all attitude and watching over her, Potter and Weasley, constantly getting into trouble.
'Merlin, I don't even know this girl. Well, woman is more accurate. She's much stronger than anyone knows. Perhaps she will be a good addition here after all.' Severus mused drifting off to sleep.
The final week of school past quickly. Hermione planned to go back to her flat to pack up her things and would then return to Hogwarts that following weekend. She rode the train back to London sitting in the head compartment alone.
All too soon the train reached King's Cross. She gathered her belongings and disembarked from the train groaning when she saw Harry and Ron waiting for her.
"Yes?" she asked.
"We just wanted to say bye. Maybe we'll see you around." Harry said.
"Maybe, enjoy your summer." she replied then walked away.
Finally she was doing what she wanted she was following her dreams and not those of others. Hermione Varia Granger had never felt as free as she did in that moment. She excitedly returned to her flat and began preparing for her new life.