DISCLAIMER: The fabulous J.K Rowling owns anything and everything in this story apart from the plot. I am just borrowing her characters for a bit. I shall return them at a later date.
Author's note: This is my very first fanfic I've decided to publish. It's gone through 3 beta readers who were absolutely fantastic with putting up with me and such. So, I do hope my grammar and spelling isn't too atrocious. However, if it is, blame the betas! Except for not. Anyhow, as I was saying, this is my first fic I've published on any site EVER. So please be patient with me and don't eat me alive. Though I'd really appreciate any constructive criticism you may have for me. Having said that, here goes nothing….
"No Light, No Light"
Somewhere, in the depths of the heavy battle air, several people began to scream.
"HE'S ISN'T DEAD!"
Hermione Granger, who had been dueling Bellatrix Lestrange, quickly whipped around to find her friend was no longer laying motionless in Hagrid's arms, but had once again joined the fray. She had only a moment to rejoice before Bellatrix sent another jet of green light in her direction. Someone had come to her aide and deflected the spell so quickly she hadn't any time to notice who it had been. However, before Hermione could process another single thought, she was joined by Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood. Hermione refocused herself to the duel. Bellatrix was dueling to kill, and she wasn't about to give up. Hermione silently made a mental note to find out and thank whoever had cast the shield charm that had saved her from Bellatrix's curse, and dueled on.
Everything happened rapidly as Hermione tried to make sense of and evaluate her surroundings. Heavy smoke, people running, screaming, and dueling filled Hogwarts and the entirety of the grounds. Neville had just killed Nagini, Lord Voldemort's snake and the last horcrux. Mrs. Weasley arrived at the scene of the duel and pushed Hermione, Ginny, and Luna away, taking their place dueling a now cackling Bellatrix.
"NOT MY DAUGTHER, YOU BITCH" she bellowed.
The next thing Hermione knew, Mrs. Weasley sent a series of curses at Bellatrix Lestrange, the last being a quick jet of green light. She turned to hear Harry yell something to Voldemort. Green and red sparks united, and Voldemort fell lifelessly to the ground seconds later. Hermione sprinted towards Harry. People began to cheer. Death Eaters began to flee. She reached Harry and pulled him into a tight embrace. Ron joined them, and for a second, the trio felt safe for the first time in a long time. The three of them held onto each other, until more screaming broke out. A crowd of people began to gather at the edge of the Forbidden Forest, and the trio made their way down to see what the commotion was about. As they entered the crowd of witches and wizards, Hermione couldn't help but hear the whispers of conversation swarming around her.
"She wouldn't kill her own sister!"
"I thought that bat shit crazy lunatic was dead!"
"What is she going to do to her…?"
Ron reached the crowds edge first as his eyes widened and spoke quietly under his breath.
Hermione grabbed his hand as she caught up to him, and was completely taken aback by what she saw.
"YOU FLITHY BLOOD TRAITOR. HOW DARE YOU BESMIRCH THE BLACK FAMILY NAME." screeched Bellatrix Lestrange.
"YOU LIED TO THE DARK LORD. YOU BETRAYED US ALL. YOU KNEW POTTER WAS ALIVE. AVADA KEDAVRA."
Bellatrix had sent the killing curse at her youngest and only sister she had contact with, Narcissa Malfoy. Fear was etched all over Narcissa's face as the curse missed her by mere inches. Hermione could see it in her eyes. Narcissa than began to run, to flea into the forest. And Bellatrix, with a more unhinged look in her eye than usual, followed her.
The crowd seemed to disband, but the trio and a few others stayed behind.
"M-my curse. It didn't hit Lestrange…" muttered Mrs. Weasley, who was the first to speak.
"Narcissa… she saved my life. She told Voldemort and the Death Eaters I was dead when she knew I wasn't back in the forest. She asked me if Draco was alive. And then she saved Hermione too. We can let her die like that. It isn't fair." Harry spoke in a very seriously tone. However, his words confused Hermione. What was he talking about? How had Narcissa saved her? Narcissa had always been an ice queen, especially to Hermione. To anyone of Hermione's blood status, actually. The witch with the bluest eyes, and beautiful two toned, deep chocolate and blonde, hair was beautiful, rich, and of the purest blood. And Narcissa knew it. She was a member of the high society and was never seen socializing with those beneath her. Hermione and Narcissa Malfoy had not once had a pleasant encounter, so why would she save Hermione? She didn't even remember seeing her in the battle…
Ginny must have seen the confusion on Hermione's face, because she was next to speak. "It's true. I saw it. Bellatrix sent the killing curse straight at Hermione and Narcissa conjured a shield charm. It was right before Luna and I joined. Hermione didn't even see Bellatrix cast the curse at her. Narcissa saved her even before we could… We were trying to help…"
Hermione was very confused, but now a wave of panic and worry washed over her. The color drained from her face, and her palms became sweaty. She felt a knot rising in her throat. She remembered the terror she had seen in Narcissa's eyes. Narcissa, as well as all who witnessed, knew that Bellatrix was going to find and kill her. Yet, no one seemed to care. Hermione couldn't get it out of her head, what Narcissa had done for her and Harry. Even though she was supposed to loathe the trio. She was the mother of a boy who had taunted her every move during her days at Hogwarts. Yet, apparently she did not. Harry was right. If what he said was true, then Narcissa had saved two lives tonight. Possibly more. They owed their lives to her and returning the favor was going to happen sooner than she would have planned. Her mind was made up.
"The forest. We're going in. We've got to do something." Hermione spoke in a slightly shaking voice.
To Hermione's complete amazement, not a single person objected.
"Does everyone have wands?" Harry asked.
Neville, Luna, Ginny, Hermione, and Ron all nodded. No one objected to the mission.
"Alright. Ginny, you and Luna go back up to the castle and get Kingsley and gather more order members. We're going to need back up. Mrs. Weasley, see if you can't find Professor McGonagall and Madame Pomfrey." commanded Harry.
Ginny looked like she was going to protest for a moment, but Luna grabbed her arm and pulled her in the direction of the castle. Mrs. Weasley glanced over those who remained with a sad look in her eye, before turning away and following her daughter.
"We've got to get going." Hermione wasn't sure why she was so panicked. But she knew if they didn't act fast, Narcissa would be dead. The image of Narcissa's frightened eyes seemed to be burned into the young witch's mind. They had to catch up to Bellatrix before Bellatrix caught up to Narcissa.
As Ron, Harry, Neville, and Hermione were about to enter the woods, another voice behind them called out.
"I'm coming with you." spoke a very terrified Draco Malfoy.