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“Take him to the hospital wing, now!” Dumbledore yelled. Several people picked Harry’s limp form and hurried him to the hospital wing. “Minerva!”

“Yes.” She said watching as the others carried his body to the Hospital wing.

“I need you to get all the students into the great hall, quickly!”

“Yes Professor.” She said. “Come on, everyone to breakfast!” She shouted over the students and had the other teachers round them up and push them into the Great Hall where they sat down at their tables. Snape walked with Dumbledore to the hospital wing.

“Take this, find out what was in it.” Dumbledore said handing him the sphere. “Be careful and hurry back. Poppy will need to know what she’s dealing with.”

“Yes sir.” He hurried off in the direction of the dungeons to see what it was. Dumbledore hurried his way to the hospital wing. The whole DA was sitting around the closed off area where Harry was lying. Hermione and Ron stood up when they saw him approaching.

“Is he going to be all right?” Hermione asked worryingly.

“The answers to that will come soon enough.” Dumbledore said calmly. “Poppy.” Madam Pomfrey came out of the curtained area to see what Dumbledore wanted. “How is he?” He asked.

“I’m not sure. It seems like some sort of poison but I’m not sure.”

“Professor Snape is trying to find out what it is now.”

“Professor, he better find out fast. It’s spreading and I’m doing everything to slow the spread but it’s not stopping it. If it reaches his heart, there wont be a lot I can do for him.”

“I understand.” Dumbledore nodded. “Mr. Weasley.” He said turning his head to the redhead.

“Yes?” Ron said stepping forward.

“I need you to go down to the dungeons and bring Professor Snape back with you. And hurry.”

“Yes sir.”

“Can I see him?” Hermione said stepping forward.

“Not now.” Madam Pomfrey said. “No one is to go inside that curtained area until we can contain it. I need to find out what it is first.” She turned back to Dumbledore and they waited for Ron to come back with Snape.

*

“No, this can’t be right.” Snape said shaking his head looking down at the sphere.

“Professor?” Ron asked opening his dungeon door. “Professor Dumbledore wants you to come up to the Hospital Wing quickly.”

“Is it spreading?” Snape asked suddenly.

“Yes.” Ron said taken aback by the question.

“Come on, we’ve got to hurry!” Snape said fear washing over his face. He grabbed the sphere and together they ran to the hospital wing.

“Do you know what it is?” Dumbledore asked right away.

“Yes.” Then he looked around at the others. He clearly didn’t want to say what it was in front of everyone, especially Hermione who would know what it was instantly. Dumbledore saw the look on his face and nodded.

“You all could use some breakfast.” Dumbledore said. Hermione stood up angrily getting ready to protest until he put a hand up to stop her. “Please, all of you need to eat something. No use hanging around here. I will call upon you if anything changes.”

“Thank you.” Ron said before guiding Hermione out of the hospital wing after everyone else left.

“I can’t believe he wouldn’t tell us.” Hermione said as tears of anger fell down her cheeks.

“Hermione, it’s okay.” Ron said. “It’s something serious and they have a right to keep it away from us. Come on, you need to eat. We’ll visit him later.”

“Fine.” They walked to the Great Hall where everybody else was eating and whispering about what happened earlier. Everyone stared at Hermione as they walked in and she hid her face. She sat down in between Ron and Ginny.

“Are you okay?” Ginny asked quietly.

“No, I’m not okay! Do I look okay to you?” She snapped but her face softened quickly. “Ginny, I’m sorry. It’s just, I’m worried…”

“I know Hermione, we’re all worried. I know how you feel and I’m sorry but you don’t need to take your anger out on me. He’ll be okay, I know he will.” Ginny tried to smile. Hermione tried eating but she was too worried and sad. She picked at her food for a while and stayed quietly as everyone else was talking about what happened this morning.

By the afternoon, everyone in the school knew what Voldemort’s message said and every time Hermione passed, they stared at her. They knew he was after her family. She didn’t give it much thought; she just wanted Harry to be okay. Everyone was kept out of the Hospital wing all day. At dinner Dumbledore came down to join everyone. Everyone began whispering once again. Everyone was confused and yet frightened. They wanted to know how the Death Eaters got on the grounds.

“Quiet down everyone.” Dumbledore said standing up. “I realize this morning came as a shock to most of you and by now all the rumors and gossiping stories have come around. Yes Harry Potter is indeed in the Hospital wing. I cannot go into detail of what has happened to him and it would be much appreciated if there were no disturbances outside the hospital wing.”

“Do you know what happened to him?” A Ravenclaw yelled.

“Yes and we are containing it.”

“Is he going to die?” A first year Hufflepuff asked.

“No.” Dumbledore said. He looked deeply tired but spoke calmly. “Training will resume tomorrow so you will return to where you were yesterday.” Food appeared on the tables and everyone began eating forgetting their questions.

“We’ll visit him after dinner.” Ron said to Hermione. She looked up at him and smiled.

“Thanks.” She said and began eating her food. They finished 20 minutes later, Ron said goodbye to Luna and Ginny and they set off to the Hospital Wing. They knocked on the doors and Madam Pomfrey opened them.

“Yes?” She asked politely.

“We came to see Harry. Is it okay to see him?” Ron asked.

“You can let them in Poppy.” Dumbledore said from inside. He was sitting on a chair next to Harry’s bed. She nodded and stepped aside to let them in.

“Is it safe?” Hermione asked.

“Of course. It’s not contagious anymore.”

“Has it stopped spreading?” She asked fearfully. Dumbledore took a deep breath before he answered. “Yes.”

“How are we going to stop it form spreading? I thought you could contain it.”

“We are still trying to figure out what we can do to help him. I’m afraid there is nothing at the moment that we can do.”

“Well aren’t you trying to find some way to help him? You can’t just leave him like this.”

“Hermione, it’s okay. They’re doing everything they can.” Ron said rubbing her arms softly.

“How would you know?” She snapped angrily. “He’s dying, and if you don’t do anything to help him…”

“He is getting weaker. It is spreading and will soon take over his heart. We’re doing everything we can, Miss Granger, to help him. Professor Snape is already making potions for Harry here. Please, stay calm, he will be all right.” Dumbledore said calmly. He walked over to Madam Pomfrey leaving Ron and Hermione alone with Harry. Ron couldn’t help but overhear what Dumbledore was telling Madam Pomfrey. “If he does not fight this, we will lose him.” And then he turned and left the hospital wing. Ron was glad that Hermione had not heard this, if she had, she would be shouting again and crying. She held onto Harry’s hand and brushed away his hair. Dumbledore left after a few more minutes of talking to Madam Pomfrey. A while later the hospital wing doors opened and Ron looked to see who it was.

“What are you doing here?” Ron asked angrily getting up from his seat and moving towards him.

“I’ve come to look upon our hero. Isn’t that what you’re doing?” Matt asked.

“You aren’t welcome here.” Ron said standing his ground as Matt came closer towards him.

“Now, why would you say such a thing? I’ve just come to spend some time with…”

“Hermione, I know.” Ron said rudely. “She doesn’t want to see you.”

“How would you know? She may be dying for someone to hold her.” Mike grinned. “Now move aside.” He pushed on Ron’s shoulder and Ron swung his fist into Mike’s face. There was a loud sickening crunch and Ron came in contact with Mike’s nose.

“MR. WEASLEY!” Madam Pomfrey shouted coming out of her office. “OUT OF THIS HOSPITAL WING NOW!” Hermione also came out from Harry’s curtained area to see why she was yelling.

“But he was…”

“NO buts, out.” She pushed him once but he barely moved a foot. “Out!” She yelled louder. She pushed him all the way out of the doors and came back. “Here let me fix that.” She aimed her wand at Mike’s nose and his nose became straight. He wiped the remaining blood off on his robes.

“Thank you.” He smiled.

“Your welcome.” She smiled to him and then left towards her office.

“Why have you come?” Hermione asked crossing her arms over her chest.

“To see if you needed comfort of course.” He smirked coming closer towards her.

“Get away from me.” She said angrily backing up into Harry’s bed. He reached his hand out and brushed it against her arm. “Don’t touch me!” She said louder. She fell back onto Harry’s bed as she backed up farther trying to get away from Matt.

“Oh come on. Don’t be like that.” He said. She climbed over Harry’s bed before Matt was in front of her. She ran past the bed and him out of the hospital wing. She distantly heard Madam Pomfrey yelling, “No running!” Matt ran out after her and chased her down the hall.

“Come back here!” He yelled angrily. Hermione ran as fast as she could away from him.

“STOP running in the halls!” Professor McGonagall said as they raced past her. “Wait a second.” She said more to herself then to them. ‘That was Hermione and Matt, she didn’t look too happy.’

“Stop chasing after me!” She yelled back to him. She was running out of breath and she would soon stop. But she couldn’t, she had to keep going, until she ran into something. “Professor Lupin!” She said out of breath. Matt skidded to a stop a few feet away.

“Why have you been running in the halls?” He asked more to Matt.

“I needed to talk to her.” He said simply.

“Professor, he was chasing after me. He wouldn’t leave me alone.” Hermione said stepping behind Lupin. Sirius came out of the classroom to see what was going on.

“What’s going on?” Sirius asked looking from Hermione to Matt.

“Nothing.” Matt said quickly.

“Hermione, what happened?” Lupin asked.

“I was visiting Harry in the hospital wing with Ron. Matt came in and Ron punched him. Madam Pomfrey told Ron to leave and I was left alone with Matt. He came towards me when I asked him to stop and then I ran out here and he chased after me.” Hermione said.

“And why were you chasing after her?” Sirius asked.

“That’s none of your business.” He turned around and started to walk away.

“It’s all of our business. I’m a teacher and you will tell me.” Lupin said walking towards him. Matt kept walking and so Lupin followed him.

“Are you okay?” Sirius asked.

“Yeah I’m fine. Its just Harry never trusted him and I don’t think I do either. He’s always taunted Harry that he would take me.” Hermione said looking anywhere but at Sirius.

“What do you mean ‘take you’?”

“He would like to…to…” She couldn’t finish her sentence.

“Oh okay, I get it. You best be looking after yourself. Don’t go anywhere alone especially now that Harry isn’t here. Go with Ron wherever you can and don’t do anything by yourself until Harry gets better. You understand?”

“Yes.”

“Come on, I’ll take you back to the common room.”

“Thanks.” She smiled and then walked her to her common room.

“You best be watching out for Lily and James. They only just heard what happened.” Sirius warned her. “They may be on the rampage.”

“Thanks.” She said again. “I hope they’re all right.”

“Me too.” Sirius said. “I’ll tell Ron to come to the common room so you don’t have to stay there for the rest of the night.”

“Okay.” She said and she went inside leaving Sirius in the hallway. She heard something crash outside just as the portrait hole was about to close and then she saw it fling open.

“You think you could get away from me that easily?” Matt said with an angry face. Hermione screamed and then Harry’s parents came into the picture. Matt flung himself on her and she fell to the ground. She screamed again.

“James we’ve got to get help.” Lily said quietly. “Come on.” They hurried out of their portrait.

“What do you want?” She cried trying to push him off.

“You know what I want.” He said smirking.

“Why?” She cried again.

“Because you’re so beautiful. And when I want something, I’ve got have it. No matter what happens.” He grabbed her hands from hitting him and held them above her head. He then reached up her shirt and she screamed.

“Please!” She cried out. “Don’t do this!”

“Don’t worry. I’ll only be rough with you if you make me.” She struggled in place and tried to get her hands free from his grip. He bent down and kissed her hard on the lips. She kept her lips tightly closed and she was breathing fast. He broke away and left trails of kisses down her neck. He ripped her shirt apart and kissed her chest.

“STOP!” She screamed.

“No one can hear your screaming, doll.” She couldn’t believe she had stuck up for him at the beginning of the year. She was secretly scorning herself for her lack of judgment.

“GET OFF HER!” Ron yelled out of nowhere throwing Matt off her. Lupin, Sirius, Dumbledore, Ginny, and Luna had come into the room.

“Oh my gosh Hermione.” Ginny ran forward and wrapped her in a hug. “I’m so sorry.” Hermione couldn’t say anything or move. She was in shock. Before she knew it Lupin, Sirius, and Dumbledore had carried Matt out of the room.

“Hermione, are you okay?” Ron asked coming towards the three girls now. She looked at Ron and then hugged him tightly.

“Thank you so much Ron!” Hermione cried into his chest. “I can’t thank you enough.”

“It’s okay.” Ron said rubbing her back. “Come on, get a new shirt and we’ll go and visit Harry.” Hermione nodded, ran towards her room, pulled on a t-shirt, and all four went to see Harry. She practically ran towards Harry’s bed and grabbed his hand.

“Harry please, wake up. I need you now more then ever.” She said putting her head down on the bed and then closing her eyes. An hour later Hermione had fallen asleep and they left her alone. It was well into the night when she woke up again. It was dark and Hermione’s back was hurting from the way she was sitting. “Harry, I’m so scared.” She whispered. “I don’t know what I’d do without you. Please, pull through this. You’ve got to, for me. You mean so much to me and I don’t want you to go. Not yet, not ever.”

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