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A quiet pop further down the beach woke her. Reaching for her wand Hermione remembered she didn't have one. A light breeze blew through the window carrying with it the smell of the sea, the sand, and Dumbledore. Hermione eased her heart rate and checked on Fleur before heading downstairs. She found Severus snoring on one of the couches wand gripped tightly in his hand.
She set off to the kitchen to put some coffee on. She just placed the water on to boil when Dumbledore walked through the back door. His cheery good morning startled Severus in the other room. The two heard him hit the floor and curse before charging into the room wand drawn. Both Hermione and Dumbledore looked at him with amused smiles. He sent them a look that a year ago would have chilled Hermione's blood.
"Morning Severus, I see you were on guard duty" Dumbledore said taking a seat at the small table in the room.
"Yes, well someone had to be" the potions master sniped.
"Excuse me for spending the night watching my love." Hermione grumbled as she handed them each a cup.
"And how is Miss Delacour?" Dumbledore asked, his voice taking on a calm soothing tone.
"She looks good, but not great." Hermione took a breath and looked to the old man that always had the answers. He could see the pain and worry written clearly across her face.
"Whatever it is you need I will try my damnedest to get it Hermione."
"I need to get Fleur to France."
Dumbledore sat back in his chair. The girl needed to be safe and Hermione would see to that. The Order was stretched thin as it was and new recruits were being scared off by all the recent attacks by the Voldemort. They couldn't afford to lose Hermione.
"I will come back and fight" Hermione said to him. "You needn't worry about losing me. I will come back and fight, but first I need to make sure they are safe."
"How did you…"
"I can hear your thoughts as if you are shouting them in my ear."
Dumbledore and Severus sat back and looked at the girl in front of them. They could feel the magic that surrounded her, could practically touch it. "I have spoken with her mother. I told her Fleur had been injured but not to what extent. They are trying to get a visitation visa for her."
"They won't be able to" Severus told her. "She is a veela, she was bitten by Greyback, and she is pregnant. The ministry will not let her leave the country."
"I don't get it. I've bitten her before and nothing has happened" Hermione said, too tired and worried to be embarrassed by her words.
"It's not her they are worried about" Severus said taking a sip of his coffee.
"He is quite right Hermione. There will be no legal means by which you will be able to take her out of the country."
"You mean no magical means." Hermione looked over to Dumbledore and saw that twinkle in his eye.
"As far as I can remember the Ministry of Magic does not regulate muggle forms of travel." Hermione let out a sigh as a whole new world of options opened up to them.
"Tell me Miss Granger, do you know how to drive a muggle automobile?" Severus shuddered at the idea of Hermione driving, especially after seeing her fly.
"Yes I got my permit before we moved to headquarters."
"Good, then I will work on finding you an automobile."
Hermione swallowed a lumped that formed in her throat. "I know where to get one sir." Both men looked up at her. They could see the memories of her parents flooding her mind's eye. Of her father taking her out and teaching her how to drive. Dumbledore was reminded of his reason for this trip in the first place.
Her name had barely left his mouth but she was already up and out the kitchen. By the time her move registered to the men they could hear her bounding up the stairs. They rose to their feet and followed her.
Hermione ran down the hall and into the last room on the right. As she barged in she found Fleur stretching her sore arms above her head. The sight of her awake was enough to fill Hermione's eyes with tears. Hermione walked over and kneeled by the bed. Fleur's eyes fluttered open and quickly found hers, a soft smile formed on her lips.
"Good morning my love" Hermione whispered to her, brushing a stray hair from Fleur's face. Fleur smiled even wider at the contact and sighed when Hermione cupped her face.
"Wat 'appened moi amour? I do not remember much."
"You ran into the middle of a battle nearly four months pregnant is what happened."
Hermione had tried to keep the anger from her voice but she couldn't.
"Why are you mad at me? I only wanted to make sure you were safe" Fleur could feel a lump forming in her throat and tears well in her eyes.
Hermione felt like cursing herself watching Fleur's reaction. She leaned forward and kissed the veela soundly on the lips.
"I am so sorry Fleur, it's just…you were hurt. You were hurt and I couldn't stop it from happening. All this new power I have and I couldn't stop it from happening." The tears were falling freely down her face. All the pent up sorrow and self-hatred burst forth and the only thing she could do was hold Fleur and cry. Fleur held her as tightly as she could and waited for Hermione to calm herself. Finally Hermione pulled back and Fleur wiped away the last of her tears.
Cupping Hermione's face she waited for her mate to look at her. "It waz not your fault. I went knowing wat could 'appen. I know it wazn't zee wises decision but it waz mine. I will do everyzhing in my power to protect you, always."
"You don't need to protect me. I can do that. What I need is for you to protect this one" Hermione said placing a hand over Fleur's belly. "Please promise me you will never do anything like that again. I need to know you're safe and sound always. I know you want to fight, but you can't while you are with child. I spoke with your mother." Fleur looked up at Hermione in shock.
"I didn't tell her how bad you were hurt, only that you were. She told me what starts happening around this time during the pregnancy. You are going to lose almost all magical abilities and your body will become weaker. She told me what it was like for her and how it will be for you. Please, don't ever do that again. I can't lose you, I need you too much. I love you too much to be without you."
"I promise to be safe az long az you do zee same."
"Good." Fleur pulled Hermione to her and kissed her. "So you 'ave spoken to mama?"
"Yes. I have, but before we get into that I want Severus to check you real quick and make sure you are fine, okay?"
"Okay." Hermione smiled at her and kissed her one more time before going out into the hall and calling Severus. She found him and Dumbledore talking near the top of the stairs. When he left she turned to Dumbledore.
"So, how is everyone at headquarters?"
"They are fine, but they have a lot of questions."
"I figured they would."
"William informed them that Fleur is indeed pregnant. He told them that he is not her mate nor the father of the child. The limit on their marriage is up and he has officially inherited all the properties from both Molly and Arthur's families. He has told them that they will be happily divorced by the end of this year."
"He didn't tell them I was her mate did he?"
"No, he, I believe the term is, 'chickened out'."
"If I may, it is not William's secret to tell."
Hermione knew he was right; it had to be her to tell everyone. But that didn't mean she had to like it.
"Mother and baby are fine" Severus drawled from behind them. "Miss Delacour has a request of you." He said stepping aside to make room for Hermione to enter.
"Yes love what is it?"
"I am in need of clean clothes" Fleur told her. Hermione smiled and went over to one of the dressers. She opened the drawer to find it empty. "I took almost all of zem wit me to zee shack and 'eadquarters" she told Hermione.
Letting out a sigh Hermione turned to her. "Are you sure I can't just scourify those." She really didn't want to leave Fleur and she really didn't want to be at headquarters answering questions right now.
"Fine, I will be right back. Severus will be here if you need anything." With one last kiss she walked out of the room. "Severus I need to go get Fleur some clothes, please keep an eye on her." The potions master nodded at her.
"Are you going to headquarters?" Dumbledore asked. He needed to inform her of her parents.
"Yes, would you like to tag along?"
With a soft pop the two were gone. They reappeared in a back alley a few blocks from headquarters.
"Miss Granger, I must confess I went to speak with you this morning about something of great importance and got side tracked."
"That's fine Professor, what was it?"
"Perhaps we should wait until we are inside."
Hermione nodded her head in agreement as they rounded the final corner and crossing through the park. When the two walked in Hermione was bombarded with questions. Everyone wanted to know what had happened and where she had been. Tonks had whispered in her ear asking about Fleur. She gave the auror a smile and nod. William had told her Fleur was okay, but she needed to hear it from Hermione before relaxing.
Hermione turned at the sound of Ginny's voice. The girl was sitting on one of the couches in the living room. Hermione went to her and engulfed the smaller girl in a hug. She could feel tear forming in her eyes. She remembered walking in and finding Fenir with his mouth near the girl's neck, if they had waited like Severus wanted too she would have…
Hermione didn't even want to think on what would have happened she just hugged the girl closer to herself.
"Hermione what are you doing here?" Bill said as he made his way downstairs to see what all the commotion was about. His mind went to the worse case scenario. "Is Fleur alright? What happened?"
"Bill she's fine, calm down. I'm just here picking up some clothes for her" Hermione told him. Bill let out a sigh and sank down into a chair.
"Why are you taking care of Fleur?" Molly asked.
Hermione saw Bill tense. He looked to her with apologetic eyes. Hermione smiled at him and patted him on the shoulder telling him that it was okay. Looking around the room she saw everyone not named Remus, Tonks, and Albus waiting for answers. Remus and Tonks were waiting to see what she would do and Dumbledore sent her an encouraging nod. Hermione turned her attention back to Molly.
"Because Fleur is my mate."
The gasps of shock were defining to Hermione. Tonks walked over and stood by her side, followed by Remus.
Ginny finally recovered from her shock, "w-wa-wa…huh?"
Hermione turned back to her friend struggling with her voice.
"It's true Gin."
Ginny looked at Hermione wide-eyed and slack jawed, then to her brother and back again.
"I've known since the beginning" Bill said to her. "I support them and I'm happy for them."
"But you're married?"
"It was a lie, a mutual agreement between the two of us."
"Wait…so you're Fleur's mate?"
Hermione turned around and found Ron and Harry.
"I am hers and she is mine."
"I didn't even know werewolves could mate" Harry said.
"It's rare, but it does happen" Remus informed him.
Molly found her voice, "so it was you. All those times…it was you."
Hermione was confused by her words but Bill knew what she meant.
"Yeah mum. It was her."
"What about the baby?" Arthur asked. He had seen his family fighting for their lives more times than any parent should. He didn't know what he would have done if Molly had been attacked liked that, especially while caring one of his children.
"It's fine." Hermione told him, heartened by his concern.
"But you're her mate, how is she pregnant?" Ron asked face skewered into one of confusion.
"The baby is mine and I'm not saying anything past that." He nodded his head still confused. "If you'll excuse me, I need to gather some of her things and get back."
The group made a path for her and she was about to walk out when Ginny called to her. Turning around she saw the girl removing a necklace.
"This is Fleur's." She held her hand out with the ancient piece of jewelry coiled in her palm.
Hermione walked to her and closed her hand. "Fleur gave that to you, it's yours." Ginny shook her head and tears filled her eyes. "Ginny what's wrong?"
"I-it's just that…she gave it to me to protect me and she needed it more than I did." Tears began to fall and Hermione could feel the guilt radiating off the girl.
"Ginny, Fleur is fine, the baby is fine." She said pulling her into a warm hug. "She gave that to you because she knew you would need it more than her."
"No buts. She gave it to you so it's yours." Hermione pulled back and looked the girl in the eyes, "make sure you take care of it."
Ginny nodded her head and promised to wear it always. Hermione get up and headed for Fleur's room. When she got there she found Dumbledore waiting for her with a miniature Beauxbatons trunk in his hand.
"I'm sorry for making you wait Professor."
"No worry. I know you had a lot of things to clear up down there. Now that we are alone however I must spoke with you on a serious matter." Dumbledore waved his wand and the door behind Hermione shut and locked itself. "I think you may need to sit down Miss Granger." Everything about his stance told her everything was but she couldn't help the gnawing feeling in her heart.
"As you know Tom has increased his attacks on the wizarding community and the Order." He waited for her to nod before going on.
"Kingsley stopped by my office the other day and informed me that Emmeline had been killed." A gasp escaped but before Hermione could ask any questions Dumbledore went on. "I need you to know that everything is fine before I go on." He once again waited for her to nod. "I have sent someone to retrieve your parents. Emmeline was their secret keeper and she was tortured before her death. We don't know if she gave up any information but to be on the safe side I had them moved."
"France" he said with a twinkle in his eye.
Hermione watched him for a second before the realization hit her. "You want me to take them to the Delacour's don't you?"
"I think it would be for the best and put your mind at ease."
Hermione sat back in her chair and stared at him. He was, of course, right. It would be a relief knowing that the most loved people in her life were safe and sound and together. Of course for that to happen Hermione would have to happen Hermione would have to tell them the truth.
"Or was I wrong to think that this was a good idea?" Dumbledore asked taking in her reaction.
"N-no it's fine, it's just that…" Hermione paused to calm herself. "It's just that I'll be telling them what I did and that I was attacked and that I have a mate who's a girl and she's pregnant."
"Ah" was all Dumbledore could manage. He could see how that would be a lot for two non-magical folks to take in.
"They are safe though. You said they are."
"Yes, I can assure of that. Kingsley sent me a patronus this morning to let me they boarded safely" He told her hoping the words made sense to her. Judging by her reaction they did.
A knock on the door got their attention. Dumbledore waved his wand again and the door clicked open. Tonks walked in and shut the door behind her.
"I believe this belongs to you." She reached into her coat and pulled out Hermione's wand.
"One of the aurors found it and recognized it" she said hand the young witch back her wand. Dumbledore looked like he swallowed his tongue.
"How did you apparate?" He asked in shock.
"I just did." Hermione told him while tucking the piece of wood into her pocket. "I need to get back" she said standing up.
"Right." Dumbledore stood with her and the two walked back downstairs and out of number twelve Grimmauld Place.
When they arrived back at the cottage they found Severus checking up on Fleur once again.
"Will you tell 'im I am fine" she huffed. "'e 'as been pestering me since you left."
"He only wants to make sure you are doing okay sweetheart." Hermione took the mini chest from Dumbledore enlarged it.
Once Fleur was changed the four settled down for a quick lunch. The conversation was kept light. Mostly Hermione telling Fleur about everything that happened at Grimmauld place, and letting her know Ginny is doing fine. She told Fleur of the plan to get her out of the country via muggle means. She was against the idea at first but eventually caved knowing it was for the best. Hermione told her that her parents would be joining them as well. This caught Fleur off guard and she insisted she floo her mother. Dumbledore had not wanted her to on the off chance someone finding out. They agreed to send a charmed letter via floo that would only open for Apolline, the response did take long. The Delacours were more than willing to offer shelter to Hermione and her parents. Once that was settled Severus gave Fleur a few potions and told her to rest.
He returned downstairs with Hermione and Dumbledore.
"Miss Granger I believe we have some planning to do. Now I have a friend in France who is willing to help. She will be waiting for you in Calais at seven in the evening at the Brew de le sorciere. Do you think you can make it?"
"Yes. I will need to stop by my home to get the car, but Calais is only a two hour drive."
"Good. When you meet her she will give you a port key that will take you to Fleur's home."
"And my parents?"
"Will be waiting for you there."
"Right. Severus would mind coming with me to get the car."
"Why must I go?"
"Because I need help charming it."
Dumbledore smiled at them. "Do not worry, I will stay and watch over Miss Delacour."
With that they set off to Hermione's home.
"What the hell is that?"
"It's a car Severus."
"I know that, it's just…what kind?"
"What was that I didn't quite catch it?"
"A 1968 mini."
"Did they have to live up to the name?"
"Would you shut up and help me put some charms on this so we don't get pulled over."
"This shouldn't take long."
The two set about charming the car with every spell they could think of. Severus was trying to keep his mouth shut about the stupid automobile and focus on the work. He looked over to Hermione and found her attention split between the car and door leading into the house.
"It's empty. You made sure of that." He told her.
"I know it's just I grew up here and I don't know if it will still be here when this is all over."
"If Potter does his job then it will be."
The two finished their work and Hermione added a few spells she remembered from Mister Weasley before calling it done. The two apparated back to the cottage to find Fleur and Dumbledore speaking about the creature laws in England.
"I do not understand. France 'as no problem with couples like us, why does England?"
"Because the men that write the laws refuse to understand that which they are not."
"Zat is a stupid reason."
"Are you ready?" Hermione asked. Fleur smiled at her and nodded. "Are you sure?"
"Oui" she said and took Hermione's hand. The Hermione wrapped her arms around her love and they apparated back to her home.
"Wat iz zat?"
Severus couldn't help himself and burst out laughing. Dumbledore didn't even try and hide his amusement and to laughed at the car in front of them.
"It is a Mini and it's been charmed" Hermione said, trying to keep the embarrassment from her face. Fleur kissed her on the cheek and patted her shoulder, all the while shaking with laughter.
Hermione cast a tempus. It was nearing four o'clock and the drive was just over two hours from London, but given London traffic she thought it best to get a move on now.
"Well I think it's best if we get a move on." Hermione turned to Dumbledore and Severus.
"We will contact you in a week Miss Granger." Dumbledore told her with a smile.
"Be careful out there" Severus said.
The two men nodded their goodbyes and apparated away.
Hermione turned to Fleur and found the veela looking up at her.
"You are not telling me somezing."
"I will tell you everything when you are safe."
Hermione lead her around the car and opened the door for her. Once they were both in the car started with a tap of Hermione's wand and they were off. Most people didn't even notice the car gliding down the street such was the strength of the charms.
"You are going to come back and fight." Fleur's voice was thick as she forced the words out.
Hermione kept her eyes on the road ahead of her.
"I have to" she said. "I have to fight to make sure you two are safe." Hermione reached over and laid her hand over the Fleur's puffed abdomen. Fleur rested her hands above the Hermione's and watched the city pass them by.
"You will come back to us." Fleur said after moment. She turned to look at Hermione as they slowed for a light.
Hermione turned to look at her love. "Always."
So, part 2? Let me know if you want more. (I've kind of already started writing it just so you know.)