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Chapter 1 The Escape

Harry and Hermione were in a compartment on the Hogwart's Express, heading for their final year at Hogwarts. For the first time since their first year, they weren't companied by Ron, who was currently in Azkaban.

"Hermione, are you going to be all right?" Harry asked, noticing she was hardly talking to him.

"No," Hermione snapped at him.

Harry looked down and muttered, "Sorry."

He hated seeing Hermione like this.

"Oh, I'm not mad at you," Hermione said with a sigh. Harry slowly looked back at her. "I'm mad at myself!"

"You shouldn't be," Harry told her.

"I actually fell in love with him," Hermione said, looking out the window now as she said this.

"If it makes you feel any better," Harry said, reaching out for her hand. "I let him make me believe he was different."

Hermione shook her hand and gave a shaky laugh.

"I let him kiss me," she said softly.

Harry then saw Draco walking past them. He out up and walked out to call him. Hermione soon followed.

"Oy! Malfoy." Harry called.

"Harry, don't…" Hermione started, trying to stop Harry, but the damage had already been done.

Draco turned and asked, "What do you want, Potter?"

Harry gave a smirk, which Hermione didn't like.

"Shouldn't you be in Azkaban with Ron?" he asked.

Hermione didn't know why, but she gave a small giggle.

"What's so funny, Mudblood?" Draco demanded.

"Don't call her that," Harry snapped, getting in front of Hermione.

"Fine," Draco said, and then he gave a small laugh.

"So are you laughing at then?" Hermione asked.

"I just think its funny how soon you gave up on him,' Draco said. "Especially you, Granger."

"What's that supposed to mean?" Hermione demanded.

"You'll find out in time," Draco said, turning around and walking away.

Harry sighed and guided Hermione back to their compartment.


Ron's hands were covering his face. He could feel the hair that had developed around his mouth. His hair now also reached his shoulders.

"Move away," a voice said.

Ron picked up hi hand and saw his old Potion's Professor standing on the other side of the bars.

"Professor Snape…" he began to say, but Snape put his hand up and said, "Stand aside, now!"

Ron did so and heard other bars, as well as his own, blast apart.

"Come quickly," Snape called, taking hold of Ron's arm.

"What's happening?" Ron asked as he got on the back of Snape's broom.

"What does it look like? It's a breakout," Snape said a bit bitterly.

"Right," Ron replied, feeing really dim-witted.

"There are things that I must tell you before I leave back to Hogwarts," Snape told Ron as they landed.

"Like what?" Ron asked.

"Firstly, I'm the headmaster of Hogwarts now. Secondly, Mr. Potter and Miss Granger boarded the train for Hogwarts, but never got there," Snape explained.

"What? Ron gasped, his eyes widening. "But how…"

"I have reason to believe they're in hiding," Snape said as others started to land.

"Good for them," Ron muttered so that no one else could hear.

"I need you to tell me what they're up to," Snape whispered as they approached a large manor.

"How can I?" Ron asked. "You know I won't be allowed."

"You'll be with others, of course," Snape told him.

"Oh, right," Ron replied.

"You'll see things the others won't because you know them the best," Snape said.

"How will I get the information to you?" Ron asked.

"I will make visits to you in your quarters here at Malfoy Manor," Snape explained.

Ron looked around in realization. He hadn't been to Draco's home in ages.

"This is where I'm going to be staying?" Ron asked in shock.

"The Burrow was raided a few weeks ago. You're family had to go into hiding," Snape said.

Ron took a deep breath as they entered the manor.


I hope you enjoy this last part in this series.