Recruit the Witch

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Hermione swirled her tea slowly, giving off the impression that she was avidly reading her newspaper. She was doing no such thing. For the last five days she had been tailed. Being the most gifted witch of her age and a top Auror had given her the ability to notice that the woman with curly red hair had been following her. She had been there every day either watching her leave her home, attend meals with Harry and Ron, or when she went out to the shops. Strangely enough it only happened when she was in Muggle London.

After a couple days of contemplation she knew that this game could not be prolonged any longer. This woman had not harmed her or approached her. And Hermione was quite frankly tired of it. If the woman would not approach her then she would make the first move. Hence why she was sitting in a Muggle café by Trafalgar Square.

Calling over the waitress she ordered a plate of scones for herself and for the woman. In a matter of minutes a plate was placed in front of her and then in front of the woman that was sitting across the café. Hermione watched as the woman looked up at the waitress surprised before locking eyes with her when the waitress pointed Hermione out as the purveyor of the scones.

Hermione smiled at her and motioned for her to join her at her table. Gripping her wand she placed it in her lap with the folded the newspaper over it. The woman grabbed the plate and made her way over to Hermione's table. The silence stretched on in between them when the woman sat herself down.

Adding more sugar to her tea Hermione watched the woman with unwavering eyes, "You have been following me."

The woman sighed, "How long have you known?"

"Five days," Hermione stirred her tea before tapping the spoon on the side of the cup, "Why?"

The woman seemed to sit up straighter in her seat, "Ms. Granger. My name is Natasha Romanoff. I have been following you for to propose a work placement."

Hermione raised an eyebrow and hid her surprise, "A work placement. Ms. Romanoff I am in no need of a new job."

"Please here me out."

The woman pulled out a folder from her jacket and placed it on the desk. Placing her hands on top of it she stared up at Hermione. To say she was curious was an understatement.

"You have five minutes."

Natasha nodded swiftly, "You are being approached under the joint permission of the Ministry of Magic and S.H.I.E.L.D. It has been agreed that you are the best candidate for a new team that is being constructed. Your addition will strengthen the ties of the Muggle community and the Magical community. You have been chosen personally by the Minister as the best choice."

To say Hermione was surprised was an understatement. Keeping her face blank she asked, "What kind of team?"

"A team of people with extraordinary abilities such as yours. You have passed the first test already today and we are ready to progress to the next stage."

"And if I refuse?"

The woman leaned back in her chair and smiled, "I have been told that you are the brightest witch of your age. That your skill in magic…especially wandless magic is something that no one in the last century has rivaled. And what's even bigger than your skill is your compassion and curiosity for the unknown. That is why you will not refuse."

Sliding the folder towards Hermione she smiled, "The Minister is expecting you this afternoon. He said that you would no doubt want to speak with him after looking over the proposal in the folder."

Hermione felt her feathers ruffled at the assumptions of this woman and the Minister, "Your five minutes are up."

Placing some money on the table she grabbed the folder and exited the café. She could feel the woman's eyes follow her until she disappeared around the corner of the café. Taking a quick glance around she entered an alley and apparated.

'Kingsley has some explaining to do.'

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