"He wants me to drive a wedge between Potter and granger," Severus spoke, he stood in Dumbledores office. Albus was standing at his window looking out over the lake.

"From what I've been hearing they are doing a good enough job of it on their own," Albus said quietly.

"I've noticed," Severus replied and walked to the window.

"Severus, we need to find a balance between displaying your loyalty to Voldemort and keeping Harry from being so affected by it," Albus said and looked up to Severus.

"Of course," Severus told him. His thoughts were of Hermione not Harry. He couldn't think of her like that. The last few months he had come to think of her from an almost fatherly point of view. He wanted to protect her, not toy with her emotions.

"Are you alright Severus?" Albus asked. Severus met his eyes and nodded.

"Fine," he answered.

"We also need to be very careful of Miss Granger," Albus remarked.

"How so?" Severus asked.

"She's 3 and a half months along now yes?" Albus asked. Severus nodded.

"We need to plan ahead just in case something should happen around her due date, which should be two months before graduation," Albus said. Severus nodded again. He was so nervous about that, anything could go wrong.

"I guess all we can do is explore our options for now, enjoy your weekend Severus," Albus said, looking back out the window. Severus wasn't sure if he had missed part of the conversation he had been thinking elsewhere.

"Yes Albus," Severus replied and made his way out the door.


Hermione left the library, she had advanced charms in ten minutes. She hurried through the hall and rounded a corner only to see Draco and his mates sitting on a window sill to the courtyard outside the classroom.

"Oy. Watcher Granger!" Draco smirked at her and got to his feet. Hermione wrapped her arms around her stomach and put her head down.

"Bugger off Malfoy!" she grumbled. He reached out and grabbed her shoulder. He pushed her back against the wall.

"Come on now, why don't we pick up where we left off the other night?" Draco asked and leaned in close. He began to kiss her neck and Hermione got to her wand. He pointed it at his gut but she couldn't think of any spells, her mind couldn't think straight at all. She just wanted him to leave her alone to know what it felt like, the pain she went through, why she wanted to be left alone. She just desperately wanted someone other professor Snape to understand.

A light shot out from the wand Severus had given her and enveloped Draco. He gasped as he began to feel an overwhelming pain take over his body. He then felt everything that happened to her and felt her emotions, felt what it was like. He looked into her eyes and he couldn't bring himself to move or speak. Hermione felt his grip loosen and she slipped out from under him. She then ran for the classroom. Draco watched her go and held his chest.

"You alright? What'd she do to you?" Goyle asked coming up from behind him.

"I have no idea," Draco answered and walked over to the window sill. He had to sit down. Crabbe touch his shoulder to help him down and Draco jumped.

"Don't touch me!" He snapped and backed away from him.

"Sorry mate, maybe we should take you to Pomfrey, see what that filthy mudblood did to you!" Crabbe spat. Draco glared at him and stood up, grabbing him by the collar.

"Don't call h-," Draco started to snarl but he stopped.

"Maybe I should go to Madame Pomfrey," Draco breathed and tried to compose himself.


Ron sat down next to Hermione in the study hall.

"What are you doing here?" Hermione asked.

"I need a reason to spend time with one of me best mates?" Ron asked.

"You going to shock the world and study something?" Hermione asked. Ron shook his head and leaned back in his chair.

"Don't have that much time, I've got quidditch here soon," Ron told her. Hermione nodded.

"You saw me in here on the way to practice," Hermione interpreted.

"Yes," Ron admitted. Hermione laughed.

"Oy, there we go, it's good to see that smile," Ron said. Hermione shook her head.

"Just go to practice!" Hermione told him. Ron smiled at her and got up. He put a hand on her shoulder and patted it as he got up. Ron stood up and found Draco standing in the doorway glaring at Ron's hand on Hermione's shoulder.

"Problem Malfoy!?" Ron asked, standing in front of Hermione. Hermione drew in a sharp breath. Malfoy didn't say anything he sat down at an empty table and Ron continued out the door. Draco glared at him the whole way. Once Weasley was gone Draco turned his sights on Hermione. Hermione glanced back at him over her shoulder. She quickly gathered her things and left the hall. Draco wanted to follow her but he didn't. He really didn't know what to do.

He had gone to see Pomfrey and the mediwitch swore nothing was wrong with him. She ran every test should could on the Slytherin. She found absolutely nothing. Another moment passed and Draco's agitation returned and he got to his feet. He wanted answers from Granger.

Hermione headed down into the dungeons. She went down a set of stairs. At the bottom someone grabbed her arm from behind. Hermione gasped when she came face to face with Draco Malfoy. He seemed angry but when he saw the fear in her eyes he let go of her.

"Granger! What the hell did you do to me?" He demanded.

"What are you talking about?" Hermione asked and backed away from him.

"Yes, you do! You cursed me and now…I don't know but…" Draco could find the right words but he reached out and grabbed Hermione's arm as she continued to back away from him, and yanked her to him. Hermione instinctively put her arms over her head and shied away from him.

"No- I'm not going to hurt you…ugh you see! Normally I couldn't give two shits about your feelings, whether you were scared and now it bothers me!" Draco said and grabbed both of her arms very gently and pulled them down.

"What did you do to me?" Draco asked. Hermione looked him in the eyes and he didn't seem the same as he did before.

"I…I don't know," Hermione said.

"For the last two hours I have been so jumpy about everyone around me, just the thought of someone touching me makes my skin crawl, and I constantly feel like someone is watching me. It's driving me mad!" Draco said and let her go.

"And whatever that pain was you hit me with a first…It's gone but it's lingering there!" Draco growled at her and motioned to his head.

"It sounds to me like she gave you a taste of her pain, Mr. Malfoy," Severus said from behind Hermione. He came down the hallway.

"At first I thought I was going to have to separate the two of you again," Severus said as he stepped up next to Hermione. Draco didn't say anything.

"Feel enlightened Mr. Malfoy not many people can experience what it's like to be a victim without actually being one. The pain caused by attacking someone doesn't stop when the attack stops. It lingers, it can linger for a lifetime. Remember this before you make the decision to hurt someone. It's an understanding you may never have gotten otherwise. Now…I'm sure the both of you have classes to get to. The effects of the charm should wear off in a day or so," Severus told him. Draco nodded and turned from them.

They watched him go up the staircase and Severus turned to Hermione.

"What happened?" Severus asked.

"He cornered me earlier today and started touching me again. I got your wand and pointed it at him. I just wanted him to understand what he was doing, I didn't mean to hurt him," Hermione said to him.

"You didn't hurt him at all, you educated him," Severus said with a smirk and turned away from Hermione. Hermione went to follow him after a last glance up the stairs Draco had taken.


Sinfully short I apologize