A/N - Some background info on the story, while everything but the epilogue of the books happened I've kept two characters alive who died in the books, Crabbe and Fred.
Hermione Granger pulled off her healer robes and hung them up in her locker in the staff room at St Mungo's. Grabbing her jacket and bag from the locker and locking it, she left the staff room and headed towards the front exit. Despite working most of the night Hermione needed to get a few things from the shops before she returned home to go to sleep for a few hours.
As she left the wizarding hospital Hermione spoke to several staff members. Hermione was extremely popular among the staff as she was friendly and always willing to chat and offer advice if it was needed. After finally leaving work Hermione found herself in muggle London where she did her little bit of shopping before heading home.
Hermione lived in an expensive penthouse situated in an exclusive part of wizarding London. The penthouse was situated on the top floor of a magnificent block of flats that overlooked the River Thames. Hermione would never have been able to afford such an expensive place on her own but luckily her fiancé, Draco Malfoy, had a large inheritance and as managing director of his family's company he made plenty of money.
Hermione and Draco had been together for four years, after they both returned to Hogwarts after the war. Despite a prickly start they managed to put their differences behind them and became friends. Friendship slowly developed into a romance and by the time school was finished they were officially a couple. After school they both returned to their childhood homes as they began their careers, but slightly less than a year later they bought the penthouse and moved in together. After living together for nearly two years Draco had finally proposed six months ago and the couple were currently trying to agree on a wedding date and what sort of wedding they wanted.
Arriving home Hermione hung up her jacket in the hallway and put down her bag. It wasn't until Hermione was removing her shoes that she heard the noise of the television in the front room. Hermione frowned and pulled out her wand before she began to quietly make her way to the front room. Draco had left early yesterday morning to spend the weekend with his friends so the penthouse should have been empty.
Hermione peered round the doorway into the front room, breathing a sigh of relief when she spotted the familiar black head of her best friend, Harry Potter. Harry was the only one of their friends with a key to the penthouse but he rarely used it so Hermione was curious as to what had prompted her friend to turn up at her house on a Sunday morning.
"Harry, what are you doing here?" Hermione asked, getting her friends attention.
Harry whirled round in shock but smiled when he saw Hermione. "Sorry, Hermione. I had nowhere else to go."
"Have you and Ginny being fighting again?" Hermione asked, sitting down next to Harry on the sofa.
Harry and Ginny had been together since the end of the war but over the last year they had been fighting much more than usual. Harry never really spoke about what he and Ginny fought about so Hermione actually had no idea what sort of problems her friend was having in his relationship. Usually when the couple fought Harry would turn up at the penthouse and spend time with Hermione and Draco.
"It's all we do these days." Harry sighed.
"I'm sorry, Harry." Hermione said. "You know you can stay here if you need to."
"Thanks, Hermione." Harry said. It wasn't the first time he had stayed at Hermione's and he doubted it would be the last as long as his relationship with Ginny was as volatile.
"Do you want to talk about it?" Hermione asked, stifling a yawn.
"You look tired." Harry said, latching onto anything that would help him avoid talking about his problems with Ginny. "Have you been at work all night?"
"Yeah. There's a flu epidemic at work so I've been working a double shift." Hermione said.
"Why don't you go to bed for a few hours. We'll talk after you get up." Harry suggested. "I'll just watch TV and I'm sure Draco can keep me entertained whenever he shows up."
"Draco's away with his friends for the weekend." Hermione said.
Once a month Draco spent the weekend with his friends from school. The group of Slytherin's spent the weekend doing various activities, each month someone different picked the activity and the men participated in a variety of wizarding and muggle activities.
Harry made a face at the mention of Draco's friends. Harry knew that Draco had changed after the war and they had since struck up a friendship as a result of the blond's relationship with Hermione. Draco's friends however were a different story. Harry knew they had been unimpressed with Draco's relationship with Hermione and while they had now accepted her as part of Draco's life Harry suspected they still disapproved. Harry had also suspected that, unlike Draco, his former friends hadn't abandoned their old beliefs and that they still believed that purebloods were superior. Luckily Harry didn't see a lot of the Slytherin's, so for the most part he could ignore their presence.
"Are you sure you don't mind if I go to bed?" Hermione asked.
"No." Harry said with a smile. "You go and we'll talk when you get up."
"Thanks Harry." Hermione pecked Harry on the cheek and stood up. "Help yourself to something to eat, there's plenty of food in the fridge." She added before leaving the front room.
In the hallway Hermione picked up her bag before she headed for the large master suite. Shutting the bedroom door behind her Hermione sat down on the bed. Opening her bag Hermione fished around for what she had been buying before she returned home, a muggle pregnancy test.
Hermione had actually been putting off conducting the pregnancy test for several days. As a healer Hermione knew the symptoms she had been experiencing lately all pointed to her being pregnant but she was putting off taking the test as she tried to decide how she felt about becoming a parent. Hermione and Draco had talked about having kids but it was something that they had decided would be better happening in the future, once they had been married for a few years.
Deciding to get it over with Hermione went into the en-suite bathroom and took the test. Sitting waiting for the result of the pregnancy test Hermione tried to decide when she had fallen pregnant.
On a whole Hermione and Draco were pretty good at using a contraception charm but due to the fiery nature of their relationship they did occasionally slip up with protection. The contraception charm worked best before sex but it did still work after, with varying degrees of success. The longer after the event you waited to use the charm the less likely it was to work properly. On more than one occasion Hermione and Draco had only remembered to cast the charm a couple of hours after they had been together as they were rather distracted at the time.
The only real possibility for conception Hermione could think of happened a month and a half ago. Hermione and Draco had been having dinner with Draco's mother, Narcissa, and the older witch was telling Hermione and Draco what would happen at their wedding. At the time no wedding plans had been discussed and Hermione was not impressed with her future mother-in-law trying to take over. Hermione had subtly tried to explain to Narcissa that they had made no final decisions on the wedding and a lot of what she was suggesting wouldn't be happening as it was distinctly old fashioned. Eventually the two women had ended up arguing and dinner had ended early. When they arrived home Hermione and Draco had had a huge fight about events at Narcissa's house. As the argument had escalated they ended up tearing each other clothes off and shagging furiously on the kitchen table. Hermione couldn't remember either of them casting the contraceptive charm at the time or afterwards, as the moment they had finished Hermione had stalked into the bedroom and locked Draco out of the room for the night.
Satisfied she knew when the baby was conceived Hermione braced herself for confirmation she was actually pregnant. Hermione looked down at the muggle pregnancy test and wasn't the slightest bit surprised to see the result was positive, she was definitely pregnant. After doing a muggle pregnancy test Hermione decided to do a wizarding one. Hermione had decided to do both tests as she knew the more sophisticated muggle tests were more accurate than the wizarding test and could actually detect pregnancy earlier. Although if she was right about the time of conception a wizarding test would certainly pick up the pregnancy.
After confirming her pregnancy using magic Hermione cleared away the muggle pregnancy test and headed back into the bedroom. Hermione stripped off her clothes and pulled on a pair of light blue pyjama's. Hermione then cast a spell to block the bright sunlight coming in from the closed curtains before she crawled into bed. As she drifted off to sleep Hermione wondered about Draco's reaction to her news. Would he be happy about the prospect of being a father or would he be unimpressed with their carelessness?
Harry sat staring at the large flat screen television in Hermione and Draco's penthouse, not really paying attention to what was happening on the screen. Instead of paying attention to the cricket match he was watching Harry's mind was firmly on his relationship problems.
If Harry was being honest with himself his relationship with Ginny had been suffering ever since Ginny finished school. For the first year after the war, when Ginny had returned to school and Harry had begun Auror training, everything had been perfect between the newly re-united couple. Once Ginny finished school and the couple found themselves spending more time together the cracks started to appear. It soon became clear to Harry that Ginny hadn't quite forgiven him for ending their relationship after Dumbledore's death. Ginny also seemed to have become convinced that Harry would do the same again if he felt his job put her in danger. Despite Harry reassuring Ginny that wouldn't happen it was still a sore point between the couple.
Along with Ginny's insecurities came a jealous streak that Harry hadn't realised his girlfriend possessed. Ginny regularly accused Harry of flirting with other women, something Harry always venomously denied. In the last year it had gotten really bad and Ginny hated Harry speaking with any woman other than Hermione. Harry knew the only reason Ginny wasn't jealous of his friendship with Hermione was that Hermione was very happy with Draco. Ginny's jealously usually showed itself in full force whenever Harry attended one of her Quidditch matches. Ginny played professionally for The Holyhead Harpies, an all-female team, so Harry couldn't exactly avoid talking to other women. Harry had even started not attending matches but that just caused even more arguments.
It was actually Harry's no-show at Ginny's game the previous day that had led to their latest argument and resulted in Harry spending his Sunday at his best friend's house.
Harry shook his head to dislodge depressing thoughts of his relationship. He decided to forget all about his problems until Hermione woke up and he could speak to her. Getting up Harry went into the kitchen in search of a drink. Finding some beer in the fridge Harry helped himself to one and went back into the front room. Settling down on the sofa Harry turned his attention back to the cricket, while Quidditch was obviously his favourite sport Harry still enjoyed watching muggle sports and cricket was his favourite.
Several hours later Harry was still watching the match, totally engrossed as South Africa dominated England. Harry was so engrossed in the game that he almost didn't hear the front door. It was only as the knocking continued that Harry got up to answer the door, checking that the noise hadn't woken Hermione. When Hermione's bedroom door stayed shut Harry opened the front door to see who was making such a fuss.
Harry was shocked to see a flustered looking Theo Nott standing on the other side of the door. Before Harry could question why Theo wasn't with Draco and his friends, the Slytherin began to talk.
"There's been an accident. You have to get Hermione. I think Draco's dead."