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a/n Thank you for all the reviews. I’m sorry it took so long to update, but I had a tad bit of writer’s block.

Hermione couldn’t believe her luck! Malfoy had just told her that they had passed the harbor! That meant that she was stuck on this bloody ship for a whole week! She lay face down on the hammock that had been put up for her use. It was just her luck wasn’t it? To be stuck on a ship with the amazing bouncing ferret, who she hadn’t seen in about two years. She had wished it had been longer.

A sudden tap at her window made her look up. Hedwig! When she opened the window a flash of white whirled into the room, hooting softly. Hermione put a finger to her lips and Hedwig stopped hooting. Carefully Hermione untied the letter attached to Hedwig’s leg and unrolled it.


If this letter reaches you, use the blank piece of paper and the quill I have placed inside the envelope for emergency uses. When your ship didn’t get back, we feared that the ship had sunk. Then we received word that there had been wizard pirates spotted in you area. I knew that you must have been taken
We hope that you are alright, and if you are in any trouble we will help. The pirate ship spotted was that of the dreaded Dragon, he is the most feared wizard pirate around. Be careful Hermione.


Hermione took out the quill and parchment and began to scrawl down a hasty answer.


My ship was taken by wizard pirates. They do not know what cargo I was carrying, and they sunk the ship. I have the information, but I can’t put it down onto this, incase the owl gets intercepted. I only hope that you receive this message.
We have been taken by the dreaded Dragon, but there is something you should know. The Dragon is an old ‘friend’ of ours, the one ad only Draco Malfoy. He has recognized me, but they lost their healer and I must heal for them until we get to the next harbor. Malfoy says that they will let us off, but I’m not sure. If I am not back within a week, please come look for me.


Hermione attached the letter to Hedwig and smiled as she flew out the window. The sea was calm and cool. Wind blew in the fragrance that Hermione had come to associate with the ocean. She loved it. The sea was where she belonged, not that confining land.

As Hermione closed the window the door burst open and Draco came into the room. Hermione scowled at him and he scowled back. His blond hair hung in his eyes a bit, like it had when they were at school. It was back in a small pony tail, just reaching to the base of his neck. His stormy eyes looked around the room and landed on Hermione.

“One of my men cut his hand while gutting some fish. We are in need of a healer,” his words were softer then his appearance.

“What if I had been changing?” Hermione asked angrily. “Don’t you think you should at least knock?” Draco scowled.

This was the problem with having a woman on board. First you had to knock, and then you would have to start washing up for dinner. Soon she would have you cleaning up the ship and laying out table clothes, everything nice neat and ordered. Draco hated order and neatness.

“Follow me,” he said, not unkindly and grabbed her arm and pulled her out of the room.

Hermione glared at the back of his head. Then sighing she remembered the promise she had made to herself. The words haunted her mind and she knew that she had to help. Finally they reached the healing room and Hermione got to work

“When did this happen?” Hermione asked inspecting the long gash across the sailor’s palm.

“Yesterday,” he said and Hermione looked at him square in the eyes.

“If you had left this another half an hour longer, you would never have been able to use this hand again. Next time come straight to me, you’re lucky. The infection wasn’t spreading as rapidly as it usually does.” At her words the sailor whitened and nodded. Hermione was sure he would never leave an injury until later again.

Slowly Hermione wrapped up his hand and prodded it with her wand. She looked at her handiwork for a few minutes before announcing that it would be healed within the day. He would have to keep the bandage on though. Hermione knew that muggle healing mixed with wizard healing was the best type of healing. She had learned that a long time ago, and was thankful for it.

“You don’t have to stay and watch,” Hermione said, turning around to see a scowling Draco.

“Yes I do, I don’t know if you are going to heal them or poison them. I want to be here at all times,” he said and pushed her out the door with a little more force then needed.

“Am I allowed to see my crew?” Hermione asked, after a few minutes of silence.

“No,” he said, not looking at her as he kept on walking.

“Why not? How do I know that they are being treated fairly? How do I know if they are even alive?” Hermione asked, causing Draco to stop turn around and look at her, as if he were seeing her for the first time.

“Is that what you think?” He asked, and Hermione was surprised by the uncertainty in his voice.

“What do you…?” But Hermione was cut off by one of Draco’s crew.

“Captain, a boat has been seen. It has a neutral flag,” the man said and Draco nodded.

“Get the men ready, tell the boarders to get into position,” Draco said and the man nodded and turned away. “I trust you know your way back to the healing room, I think that you will be needed in a moments time,” with that he disappeared and Hermione made her way back to the healing room confused. What had he meant?

a/n Ok, next chapter: you get to go with Draco on the raid; it will be some what violent, but very exciting. Hermione is going to have to do some more healing, and she learns things from the crew. And, someone important gets hurt….

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