Chapter 6

Weeks had passed since Sirius' first encounter with the redheadand her cousin, and for some reason he couldn't get her out of his mind. She was all he talked about and thought about. He was pretty sure that James was going to hex him if he'd mentioned her again. But, she was so feisty, and he liked that in a witch. He couldn't get her out of his mind, and it was driving him mad.

Sirius decided to take a trip to Diagon Alley fancying some fresh air, or maybe hoping to run into a certain redheaded witch. Sirius was lost in his thoughts walking down the cobblestoned streets when he glanced into Flourish and Blotts. Stopping in his tracks, Sirius gaped at what he saw. Collecting himself, Sirius strode into the bookstore, and walked right up to the woman that he'd seen from outside.

"Well, well, well. What do we have here?" he asked, noticing the witch in front of him start a bit from his voice. Sirius chuckled as she slowly turned around to face him. "I've been waiting for the day that I would see you again." He said with a smile when she finally faced him completely.

Hermione gazed at him. "How may I help you, sir?" she asked.

Sirius laughed. "Pretending not to remember me, huh? Well then, maybe you can help me by telling me where your cousin, the redhead, is. I'd like to…"

"Sirius, what are you doing here?" a voice called from across the store.

"Moony, long time no see, my dear friend." Sirius greeted his friend.

Remus chuckled, "Sirius, we saw each other yesterday. Or don't you remember? Getting old, I see. Well, I see you've met Hermione. She's new here and she's also Dumbledore's niece."

"Oh, we've met already. A few weeks ago I believe." Sirius said with a smirk.

"Really? She never mentioned meeting you." Remus replied.

Hermione snorted, "I never mentioned it because it wasn't important."

Remus chuckled, "Hermione, it's time for you to go to lunch. I'm sure your cousin will be here soon."

Upon hearing the word 'cousin' Sirius perked up. "Ahh, your cousin," he said with a smile. "I get to see her lovely face again."

Hermione scoffed and opened her mouth to reply, but was cut off by the tinkling of the bell over the door.

"Mione?" Ginny's voice called. "I was thinking maybe we could go to Muggle London for lunch today." Ginny continued, her voice getting louder as she got closer to where Hermione was standing. Rounding the corner, Ginny stopped in her tracks upon seeing who Hermione was with.

Sirius, grinning from ear to ear, was the first to speak. "Well, if it isn't Red. How have you been, dear? Have you missed me? I've sure missed you."

"This is the 'Red' you've been talking about? Merlin, if I'd known that…" Remus said, but stopped speaking when he noticed the look on Ginny's face. He couldn't tell if it was a look of hatred or a look of joy. He'd settled on hatred when the witch grabbed Hermione's are and dragged her out of the store without another word.

Sirius looked shocked, but within a few seconds he had a smirk on his face again. Turning to Remus, Sirius let out a bark of laughter, "Now I know why you like coming to work now."

"Oh shut it, Sirius." Remus said with a slight smile. He had to admit, ever since Hermione had started working at Flourish and Blotts, he's been looking forward to going to work more than ever.

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"Ginny, slow down!" Hermione called to her friend. She couldn't help but laugh at the entire situation.

"That insufferable git..." Hermione heard Ginny mumble when she caught up with her.

Hermione chuckled. "Now, now Ginny, that's not what you were saying the other day. What was it you said? Oh, I remember, 'His...'"

"Hermione Granger, if you finish that sentence I will hex you." Ginny said fiercely.

Hermione chuckled and shook her head as she kept pace with Ginny. "So, since we're going to Muggle London for lunch, do you mind if we stop somewhere first?" Hermione asked Ginny, already heading towards the clothing store. Ginny followed, her mood already perking up at the prospect of shopping.

"Mione, why are we shopping for clothes? Not that I care in the least, but you never want to go shopping." Ginny asked as Hermione browsed the store.

Hermione blushed, "I just thought that I would maybe pick out some new shirts, maybe a couple of skirts."

Ginny smirked, "Sure, Mione."

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Later that day, as Hermione and Ginny ate dinner, they received an owl from Dumbledore requesting that they visit Hogwarts the next day. They sent the owl back with a response saying that they would be there. As they were finishing their meal, Hermione felt the wards around the apartment begin to change. She stood and walked to the window and looked outside, but there was nothing there. As she was turning to leave, she spotted a hooded figure across the street. Something about that man was very familiar, but she couldn't put her finger on it. She locked eyes with the figure for a few seconds before he turned and walked away.

"Was there anything out there?" Ginny asked when Hermione returned.

"Just some creep. Though he did seem familiar, I just can't remember where from, though." Hermione answered as she sat down to finish eating. "Ginny, do you ever think about what theVenturer said? Like, what could he have meant by, 'You think you know what you need, but you have no idea.' What do I need? I'm pretty sure I'd know what I needed."

Ginny didn't answer right away. It was clear to Hermione that Ginny had thought about this, and it worried her too. "Mione, I don't think you should worry too much about what he said. I'm sure we'll figure out why we're here soon. Maybe that's what Dumbledore wants to talk to us about." She finished with a shrug.

"Maybe." Hermione agreed half-heartedly.


AN

wow, hi guys! How are you? It's been a while, hasn't it? wow, I'm really sorry it took so long to update, that's ridiculous and I'm really sorry. I actually forgot about this story, and my other one, until I got a review a few weeks ago. But I wanted to post something out here and I hope you all like it. If you don't, tell me what you don't like, and if you do, tell me what you do like. I know it's kind of short, but I'm pretty sure the next chapter will make up for it. Also, I know it here isn't much Hermione/ Remus interaction, but that'll change soon too. THanks to those who reviewed and followed, I really appreciate it =)

happy readings!

marque

ps this chapter is not beta'd at all, besides what Word showed me, so all mistakes are mine and I also don't own anything.