A/N: So… this is my first try at making a long story that is a DMHG fic. Not yet sure how long, but I'll try to update as soon as I can. Please review! I'd like to hear what you guys think. Thanks!
Disclaimer: I don't own anything. J.K Rowling owns Harry Potter and all its characters.
It was a beautiful day at Hogwarts. It was a month before they finally finished their seven years of schooling at Hogwarts. In one month, they would all be graduating, Hermione felt both happy and sad that they were almost done. She would miss the school and the professors and the classes, but it was finally time for her to go out into the real Wizarding World and put the things she learned into action. Besides, she was sure that they would be coming back quite frequently, what with the Order meetings and all.
They officially became part of the Order of the Phoenix during their midyear, and they have been training and practicing their defensive skills ever since. Hermione was assigned to do research work on the Horcruxes, while Ron and Harry were trained to fight.
Together with Draco Malfoy.
Yes, Draco Malfoy was part of the Order. Lucius Malfoy forced Draco to take the Dark Mark despite the protests of Narcissa. Narcissa did not believe and support of the Dark Lord, and did not want Draco to end up like his father. Draco and his mother learned that Snape was a spy for the Order and Snape convinced Draco to join the Light.
Dumbledore took them both in and the other members of the Orders accepted them, especially Tonks, being Draco's cousin. The only ones who were still doubtful of Draco's actions were Harry, Ron and Hermione. They did not understand how Dumbledore could be so forgiving; wondering if he forgot all those things Draco had done to them. They tried for so many times to catch him red handed, but soon learned that Draco and Narcissa not only drank Veritaserum during the interrogation of Dumbledore, but also took an Unbreakable Vow with Dumbledore.
Their progress on finding the Horcruxes went slowly. Yes, they knew what they were, but they did not know where they were. So far, they have found four: the diary-which was already destroyed by Harry on their second year-, the ring, the locket, and Ravenclaw's Diadem. Harry found it in the Room of Requirement and destroyed it with the sword of Gryffindor.
Hermione knew the other two: Hufflepuff's cup and Voldemort's snake, but could not figure out how to find the cup and kill Nangini, not to mention still not knowing the last Horcrux. She was usually seen pouring over books in the library, looking for possible things that were valuable to Voldemort or finding out the recent sightings of the cup.
Harry, Ron, Draco and the rest of the Aurors, on the other hand, started training for defense, since they all knew that Voldemort would not go down without a fight. They trained advanced defensive spells and even studied Dark spells that they thought would be used by the Death Eaters.
Narcissa and Draco gave valuable information about the recent actions of Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Draco showed them memories of Voldemort through the pensieve and gave them their current location. He also had to pretend to be a follower of Voldemort, which, I might add, was a very hard and dangerous job. He had to pretend that he actually wanted to be part of the Dark Lord's army and had to pretend that he too killed muggles and muggle-borns.
The four students were civil around each other, no longer hating each other but at the same time still not liking each other as well. Draco did not taunt and tease them anymore, and they eventually learned how to co-exist with each other without one of them wanting to kill the other.
Everything went smoothly for the rest of the year. Hermione was especially happy today because she found a lead on where Hufflepuff's cup was recently seen. She was happily eating her dinner, thinking about Dumbledore's reaction when he would learn about her news. Her thoughts were interrupted, however, when Harry went over to her.
"Hermione, Dumbledore wants us in his office. Right now." Harry said, slightly out of breath from running all the way to her. Hermione happily got up and dusted her robes. "Oh good," she said, as they started heading towards Dumbledore's office. "I have great news for him." Harry nodded absently and knocked as they reached the Headmaster's office.
They were greeted by Ron, Dumbledore, and Draco, who Hermione thought looked quite pale. Well, paler then the usual. "Good evening, Ms. Granger." Dumbledore greeted, "I apologize for the short notice."
"Oh that's alright, Headmaster, I was planning to see you. I have a lead on the recent sighting of the cup."
"Oh really? And where is that, if I may ask?"
"It was last found in Knockturn Alley, being traded by a couple of merchants coming from Romania. I'm afraid that's all I have. I will look in to it further, though. I thought I just wanted to let you know."
"Thank you Ms. Granger. That information is valuable indeed. However, that is not the reason I called all of you here tonight. I'm afraid Mr. Malfoy has some news for us." They all looked at Draco, who looked like he was going to vomit anytime soon.
"I think it would be easier if you all see this, instead of me telling it to you myself." And with that, Draco poured the vial of his memory into the pensieve and looked at Dumbledore.
"Very well, Mr. Malfoy. You may go in first, and we will follow."