Chapter 24: Hermione's a What?
Since Jane couldn't go into the Gryffindor Common room, she started to walk back to the grand staircases when she heard talking coming from the corridors. It started to get louder, and as it did, a light bulb lit up as Jane realized who the voices belonged to. She ran around the corner of the hallway and bumped right into Harry and Ron. All three of them fell down in a clumsy way. When Harry and Ron looked up to see who they ran into, they only caught a glimpse because Jane had scrambled up to them and was giving both of them a giant hug!
"Um, Jane you're …. uh . . . squeezing us a bit too hard," Harry said from under Jane's shoulder length dark red hair.
"Oh, sorry Harry," apologized Jane as she let go and stood up.
"Eegh!" shouted Ron.
"What?" Harry asked.
"You're sister's hair is in my mouth!" Ron said sounding disgusted.
Jane sheepishly grinned while she shrugged her shoulders, "Sorry?"
Ron looked at Harry who looked at Jane.
"What? I was excited to see you guys," Jane protested. "Weren't you?"
Neither said a word.
"You've got to be joking," Jane simply stated. "You didn't miss me?"
"No, no. We did miss you, at least I did," Harry explained.
Jane then turned her head and fixed her eyes upon Ron.
"What?!" Ron shouted.
"Never mind," Jane said dropping the topic. "Anyways, where's Hermione?"
Harry and Ron both looked at each other. Jane stared at both of them, waiting for an answer when she spotted a black leather-bound book with bright tan colored pages. Jane walked over to where the book lay open on its spine. Ron and Harry watched Jane walk over and pick up the book.
Jane flipped through the pages, except they all were blank. Nothing was written inside and nothing was on the dark black cover.
"Where did you get this book?" Jane asked still flipping the book in her hands. When Jane got no answer, she turned around and asked once again, "Where did you get this book and where is Hermione?"
"It's a long story," Ron said.
"I've got time," replied Jane.
"I know you do, but we can't tell it here," Harry said. "Let's go to the Gryffindor Common Room and we'll tell you there."
"Alright," Jane agreed as she handed over the book to Harry.
Harry, Ron, and Jane then preceded to go to the Gryffindor Common Room to chat about what Jane had missed while she was away on Winter Break.
Jane sat down upon a dark red chair next to the fireplace that was alight with bright orange and red flames glowing like fireworks in the dark night sky. Ron and Harry sat down on the sofa close by. No one else was in the common room. Everyone must all be either at dinner or off with their friends, thought Jane as she let her eyes wonder about the small cozy room.
"So," Jane said letting the silence sink in before going on. "What have I missed while I was on Winter Break?"
"Well, for starters, Malfoy isn't the heir of Slytherin," Ron blurted out.
"He isn't?" Jane asked, surprised that Ron had told her.
"No, he isn't. He has absolutely nothing to do with the Chamber of Secrets."
"Well, that's good to know, right?" Jane asked.
"Yes, it is," Harry butted in.
Jane nodded."Okay, then who is the heir of Slytherin?"
"We don't know; but we do know that 50 years ago when it was opened, a young girl died." Ron shrugged.
"And how did you find out that information?" Jane asked both Harry and Ron.
"Malfoy told us," Harry answered. "He said, it's been fifty years since the chamber has been opened. He wouldn't tell us who opened it, only that they were expelled. The last time the Chamber of Secrets was opened, a mudblood died."
Jane's eyes opened wide when she heard Harry say mudblood. "He said that?" she asked, still surprised.
Ron and Harry both nodded.
"And that's exactly what he said," added Ron.
Jane stared into the fire, not knowing what to say next.
"You okay Jane?" Harry asked, curiosity in his voice.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Just thinking," Jane told Harry. "So where is Hermione?"
"She was going to come with us, but she got turned into a cat when she drank the polyjuice potion," Ron explained.
"The hairs that she pulled off the Slytherin robes weren't human hairs. They were cat hairs, and so when she essentially drank the potion, she partially turned into a cat," explained Harry.
"The polyjuice potion is only for human transformation, not animals," Ron added.
"So, where is she now?" Jane wondered.
"She's in the Hospital Wing until she can stop coughing up hairballs," Ron said.
"Well, I hope she's okay," Jane said, her voice sounding a bit concerned.
"She will be," Harry said trying to reassure Jane.
There was a moment of silence except for the crackling of the fire that was starting to go out, it seemed like it was trying to hold onto its own life and stay alive for a few more minutes.
"I think I'll turn in for the night," Harry said breaking the silence. "Besides, I want to take a look at this diary that Ron and I found in the girls' lavatory."
"Girls' lavatory?" she asked with raised eyebrows.
"Yeah, on the first floor, near the Hospital Wing," Harry clarified.
"Oh, you mean the lavatory that no one goes into?"
Jane nodded her head, acknowledging Harry's answer. "Well, I better go to bed. I'm quite tired. See you guys in the morning."
"Night Jane," both Harry and Ron said as Jane headed to the girls' dormitory.
"Sleep well," shouted Harry.
"Thanks! You too Harry!" With that, Jane walked into the girls' dormitory.
Soon, Jane was inside her warm, cozy bed; cuddled up inside with three layers of blankets, including the quilt she had gotten for Christmas.
Jane slowly closed her eyes and started to dream about her parents, Lily and James, and the stories that Sarah had told. Finally, Jane fell into a deep, dark sleep, dreaming, about Lily and James.
AN: I don't own Harry Potter. The only characters I own are Jane, Sarah, and any other characters that I made up. (Last edited 3/21/17)