Chapter One

Hi, it’s me Lauretta (as known as dracoslover1). Ok, this is my new story. It is in response to circiuspheonix’s ‘Returning from the Shadows’ challenge over in the forums. Ok, something you need to know about this story before you go and read it. The relationship that Severus and Hermione are going to have later in the story? It is when Hermione is graduated from Hogwarts and Severus is no longer her professor. So, it does not violate the ToS that we have here on HPFF. So, go and read the story and please remember to review at the end of the chapter so I know what you think.

“Can I have everyone’s attention please?” a gray haired elderly woman said as the people in the room were going around talking to each other as they were waiting for the event to start. The people settled down immediately and went to their seats. This woman was always able to quiet anyone down. This night was no different. It was the night of August 31st, 1997. The lady that stood at the podium continued to say once everyone sat down and were settled into his or her seats, “This has been a very interesting summer here at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When the board of governors decided that the school would remain open upon the request that the seventh years students complete their last year her over a one semester period, the teachers almost did not want to do it. But, we pushed through and we did teach these students. They all passed successfully, with the help of certain others,” she said while looking a bushy haired girl who brightened immediately as dark circles came to her cheeks, “and now our students are not only graduates but N.E.W.T students as well. They will all go into successful careers within the Ministry. According to my records on what students have told me, there will be three main groups that they will be going into. Some will be going into the Auror program and become some of our best fighters in the war that we are currently fighting. Some are going to be helping us on the battlefield by learning the arts of the Healers. The third group will be working in the Department of Magic, doing specific assignments only known to themselves and their partners with which they will be paired.”

The gray haired woman then turned glum. “When Professor Dumbledore passed away last June, I thought that everything was going to be bad. I was not prepared to be the Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I thought that I would just be the Transfiguration teacher for the rest of my life. The night that Albus died, I thought that my staff would be complete. I also thought that our Potions master, Severus Snape would not return to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.” The room stiffened immediately. “Severus had convinced Albus Dumbledore that he had returned to the right side, I would like all of you to know that Severus Snape has been terminated from his job. He no longer works here at the school. I, Minivera McGonagall, will not tolerate murders here at my school or at any other school in which I am over.” Sighs of relief could be over the entire hall. Minvera smiled across the hall. She said, “Now, let us commence with passing out these diplomas. Students, as I read your name, I would like you to come up on the right side of the stage, get your diplomas, and then exit off of the left side of the stage. This will be done in an orderly fashion and I will not have anyone acting like a bunch of babbling balloons running amuck,” she said sternly as she looked at a pair of male students. When they did not look at her, she folded her arms across her chest as a frown came across her face and said harshly, “I mean you Mr. Finigan and Mr. Thomas!” The two students jumped in their chairs, causing everyone to laugh. Minvera smiled behind her hand and started reading off the list of names. “Lavender Brown please come forward and graduate into the real world!”

July 30th, 1998

“Hermione, go and help Tonks out! Bellatrix is defeating her!” a deep male voice shouted at a bushy haired woman.

“What about you Severus?” the female shouted back at him., “What are you going to do?”

“I am going to go and kill Lucius,” he said grinning wickedly. “I have been waiting a long time to do it.”

“Have fun then!” she said before she sprinted off to help the pink haired woman.

“I don’t know why I should let you live you little tramp,” a black haired woman said as Hermione stopped a few feet from the pink haired woman that was named Tonks.

“You should let me live because I am your niece!” Tonks shouted at Bellatrix.

“Just because you are related to me by blood does not mean anything!” Bellatrix shouted. “You are filth because of your dirty blood. You are also filth because you choose to bed a werewolf! A half-breed! A part human! You were suppose to uphold the family honor and tradition that our family has. Instead, you followed your pathetic mother’s way and destroyed all decency that you had! You filthy and pathetic little Muggle-born!” Bellatrix shouted to Tonks.

Tonks staggered backwards at what her aunt just said. Hermione silently pulled out her wand as Bellatrix smirked at Tonk’s actions.

“Well, I guess that you must die, my pathetic little niece,” she said slyly.

Hermione then shouted “Avada Kavedra!” Bellatrix turned to look at her. Just as the green light hit her, she said “Oh!” before dropping to the ground, dead.

Tonks wobbled over to her friend and said, “Wotcher Hermione. Thanks so much for doing that. I don’t think that I could have killed her.”

“That is what friends are for,” Hermione said to Tonks hastily as she looked around. “Just thank me by helping me getting you to the hospital tent. Then I need to go and find Severus and help him out.”

“Hermione, he told you that he could never be with you,” Tonks said hastily as she put her arm over Hermione’s neck. Then they started to wobble over to the hospital tent.

“Yes he can be with me,” she said passionately. “He just does not want to admit it.”

“You know Severus,” Tonks said to her just before they entered the hospital tent that was now a few feet away. “He will never be with someone because he does not want to damage their future by being with him.”

“I just wish he knew…” Hermione started before she heard some screaming. “Can you make it to the hospital tent by yourself?” she asked Tonks quickly.

“I can make it,” Tonks reassured her. “Go and help Harry out.”

“Oh I will,” Hermione said with a grin. She ran towards the general direction where the screaming was coming from. When she reached the area, she saw Voldemort on the ground withering. Harry was standing upright, his wand pointing directly at Voldemort. Harry released the spell and Voldemort stood up slowly. With Voldemort’s wand hanging limply at his side, Harry shouted “Avada Kavedra.” A green light shot out and directly hit Voldemort in the chest. Everyone stopped to look at the two people. They watched as Voldemort disenagrated into ashes and vanished into thin air. There was instant cheering going on all around the battlefield. Death eaters that were still alive dropped their wands to the ground. There were only a couple of Death Eaters left anyways. Goyle and Crabbe Seniors were still alive as well of their sons. Macnair was also alive. All of the other Death Eaters were dead. Severus has blood all over the hem of his black robes. He had told Harry, Hermione and Ron that he was going to perform the same spell that Harry used on Draco in their sixth year in Lucius.

Severus rushed up to Harry and said, “Well done Potter. Your work on the field was exceptional today.” As he finished his comment, the air around them popped. Hermione immediately recognized them as Aurors that worked with Harry and Ron at the Ministry.

“Severus Tobias Snape, by order of the Minister of Magic, you are hereby charged with the murder of Albus Dumbledore and ordered to go to Azkaban,” the head of the Auror department stated loudly. He put shackles on Severus’s wrists and grabbed his arm.

“No!” Hermione shouted. She started running towards Severus. Before she could reach them, the two disapparted into thin air. “No,” she whispered passionately as she stopped in place and started to shake horribly.

Harry ran over to Hermione and held her close. Ron also came running over to his two friends were now sitting on the ground. He slid down on he ground. Because of the slick grass, he slid forward towards Harry and Hermione. He put his arms around Hermione and rested his head upon her head.

“Hermione, what is wrong?” Ron asked his love.

“They took him. They took him,” she sobbed into his shoulder.

“Hermione why the hell are you thinking of him?” he practically shouted. “He won’t love you the way that I can! He is way too old for you! Plus, he is a murderer. He killed Professor Dumbledore. Professor Dumbledore was your mentor. Severus Snape can give you nothing!” he finished yelling at her.

“He could take care of me,” Hermione whispered softly. “He could take care of me.”

“But I can take care of you as well,” Ron said passionately. “I will take you as my wife and make sure that you have everything that you need.”

“What?” Hermione whispered.

“Hermione Jane Granger, will you marry me?” Ron blurted out to her.

Oh, I wonder what her answer will be! Actually I know what it is since I am the author! Expect to see an update soon! Everything that you recognize belongs to JK Rowling. Everything else belongs to me.

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