Hello, lovely readers! I'm back again! And with a new story! Hermione finds herself in charge of protecting a young man who is out of his time. Things get extremely complicated, though, when the Dark Lord, his Death Eaters, Dumbledore, and fate and love come into play. What is Hermione to do with not one, but two Snapes willing to lay their lives down for her, when it is her responsibility to watch over them and set everything straight again?
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters. If I did, Hermione would be back in the Marauder's era, living her happily-ever-after with our dear Professor Snape. But she didn't. So therefore, they aren't mine. :'(
Rated T for now, but I think the rating will go up for later chapters. I don't have a beta, so any and all mistakes are mine. If you see any that I should fix, let me know so that I can fix them!
I've talked much too much. Onward! Allons-y!
Would you mind coming into my office and having a word with me after breakfast this morning? There is something I would very much like to discuss with you. It's nothing too urgent, but seeing me sometime this week if you can't this morning is prudent.
Professor A. Dumbledore
Hermione Granger stared at the note and then back at Fawkes, who had been the one to bring her the note from her headmaster to her dorm room so early in the morning. She crawled out of bed with a huff and reached for some parchment and one of her new quills. She jotted down a brief response, telling Dumbledore yes, she could meet with him after breakfast.
She spent the next hour moving quietly around the room, trying not to wake the other seventh years, as she got herself ready for the day. As she did, she couldn't help but wonder what it was that the ancient professor wanted of her. It might have been because of her grades, but she couldn't imagine why. Perhaps he was letting her take her NEWTs early. She was, after all, not supposed to be a student at all. She was 19, and was only there to complete the seventh year of schooling that she, Harry, and Ron had skipped out on.
Hermione couldn't think of anything else that it could possibly have been, though. She wasn't Head Girl, she wasn't even a prefect. She had been doing some extra work with Professor McGonagall, but Dumbledore had suggested it and made all changes in the schedule or curriculum through McGonagall herself. Her parents were fine; she had received a letter from them just before the note from Dumbledore arrived. It might have been something about Harry or Ron, but seeing as though they were currently in Germany on a brief vacation before Auror training started, she doubted it.
After breakfast was over, she made her way up to his office. She gave the password, Snickers (the newest Muggle candy that Dumbledore had discovered and liked immensely), to the gargoyle and made her way up the stairs. The door was open, so she strode in without knocking.
Professor Snape was already sitting in one of the ancient chairs in front of the desk belonging to the even more ancient wizard. Hermione paused to nod her greeting to him. He glared at her and motioned for her to take the seat beside him.
"Miss Granger," Dumbledore said pleasantly, folding his hands on his desk. "It is so very nice to see you. Hogwarts is lucky to have you as a student for one last year. Everything is going well, I presume?"
"Yes, thank you," she said, nodding. "What did you need to see me for?"
"Lives are at stake, Miss Granger," Dumbledore said gravely. The usually light feeling in the room took a swift change.
"Lives are always at stake," Hermione replied.
"It saddens me to know that a brilliant witch of your age already understands the truth behind that statement," Dumbledore mused. "Miss Granger, we will have a visitor very soon. I need you to watch over him for me. Can you do that?"
"Someone of great importance. I'm afraid I can't tell you now; you will know soon enough."
"When will he be arriving?"
This time, it was Professor Snape who answered. "This Friday night. 11 o'clock at night just in front of the library," he said gruffly, not bothering to face her.
Hermione frowned. "And how do you know that, sir?"
"You'll know soon enough," he answered.
"That's enough, Severus," Dumbledore said. He turned to Hermione once again. "Hermione, I need you to be there when he arrives. Take him to the Room of Requirement, and then report straight back here. Severus and I will both be here to answer all of your questions. One other thing, Miss Granger, before I let you go to your classes. You will be dealing with the second most powerful wizard the world has ever known. If I were you, I'd treat him with at least a little bit of respect." The twinkle in Dumbledore's eyes made Hermione a bit nervous.
Snape, who suddenly burst into laughter in the chair beside her, wasn't helping the nervousness, either. "Respect!" he snorted. "Miss Granger, while respect is important, I don't really think that it's what he will need." Snape turned to face her. His eyes had lost their usual sharpness, replaced instead by immense sadness. Hermione was frozen in her seat, unsure of what to do or say. "Just treat him as you would your fellow Gryffindor, and you two will get along famously."
With that, Snape stood up and swept out of the room, his robes billowing behind him in their usual fashion.
Hermione looked back at Dumbledore. The glint was still in his eyes as he smiled at the retreating back of his Potions Professor. "I suggest that you get back to class, Miss Granger."
She rose to leave. As she was walking out of the door, Dumbledore's voice floated to her ears once more. "If anyone knows anything about this situation, Miss Granger, it is Severus. Treat the visitor well and don't be too hard on your professor, either. There is much, much more to that man than meets the eye."
A/N: Wow. If that's not a dead give-away, I don't know what is. :P
It was super short, I know. The chapters after this will all be longer than this, I promise. :) I will hopefully have the next chapter up in the next couple of days. It is in progress and nearly finished.
For those of you who are skeptical about the second chapter still being in progress, I have the entire story plotted out already. I know exactly how its going to end. Mua haha. I just need to write it all out. :P
SO! Please let me know if this seems like a story worth continuing!