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Author's Note - I don't own any of the characters you see in this chapter. It's all owned by J.K. Rowling. Except the plot :). I hope you enjoy!

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  Hermione took a deep breath and crossed the barrier to Platform 9 ¾. After a lot of deliberation she decided it would be the best for her to return to Hogwarts to finish her magical education. Thankfully Ron and Harry had made the same choice so she wouldn’t be alone. She was actually looking forward to being back at Hogwarts.

     She decided not to mingle in the archway for too long and tried looking for a familiar face. After just a few moments she spotted Mrs. Weasley and headed over.

“Hey Mrs. Weasley.” She said with a big hug.

“Oh, Hermione dear, how are you?”

“I’m alright. Is Ron and Harry already aboard the train?”

“Oh yes. They wanted to find a cart before they were all taken.”

“Alright, I’m going to go find them now. Bye, Mrs. Weasley.”

“Goodbye Hermione. Stay safe.”

     Hermione boarded the train and started on her search for them. As she walked down the corridor, the other students began to gawk at her. It’s not like I didn’t expect this, she told herself, I mean, I’m part of the Golden Trio. I’m bound to get a few stares. She headed toward the front of the train and quickly found the cart they were in.

     Looking though the glass pane, she spotted Neville with his arm around Ginny, sitting next to Ron. Luna sat next to Harry on the other side. Hermione stared shocked at Neville and Ginny. She looked nervously over at Harry who was staring determinedly out the window. It wasn’t till Hermione walked through the threshold that he looked away.

“Hey, Hermione! I was wondering when I would be seeing you. How was your summer?”

“Oh it was alright Harry, nothing special.  What about you?” asked Hermione while taking a seat next to Luna.

“It was alright.  I mostly stayed in Godric’s Hallow. I stayed in a room at a local inn. It was nice to be that close to my parents, you know?”

“That sounds lovely.” Hermione said. After that the cart was silent. Luna was reading her Quibbler and it looked like Harry was lost in his thoughts. Ron and Neville were playing a game of wizards chess, giving Hermione a chance to speak to Ginny.

“Hey Ginny. I have to use the ladies room. Would you mind walking with me?”

“No, not at all.” Ginny replied smiling. Hermione and Ginny started walking down the corridor. Once again the other students started to stare but Hermione was determined to ignore them.  

“Ok Ginny. Explain to me why you’re dating Neville and not Harry.”

“Well when Harry ended it with me at the end of my fifth year I was heartbroken. I knew it was because he wanted to be noble but it still hurt. Neville consoled me until the summer. We spent some time together at the wedding and kept up letters back and forth. Nothing really started till last year. Neville was there for me whenever I was feeling down and, I don’t know, it just happened. It was like, one day I woke up and realized that I cared deeply for Neville. I care for Harry but it’s different. I care for him like I care for Ron, nothing more.”

“I’m glad for you and Neville, Ginny. I just feel bad for Harry. I don’t know how long it will be until he realizes he’s lost you for good. He always expected you to be there after the war, waiting for him.”

“I know Hermione. It kills me to know that I hurt him, but I honestly can’t do anything about it.”

“Oh well. Only time will tell.” By the time they had finished their talk they were already back at their cart. Much to their displeasure, Malfoy and Zabini were in there also. Oh Merlin, trouble already and we aren’t even at Hogwarts. She entered the cart and went to sit next to Ron. As she passed Malfoy he directed his attention from Harry to her.

“Hey there, Granger. It’s a shame you decided to come back too. I was just informing Scar Head and The Weasel how enjoyable Hogwarts would have been without you three.” Malfoy drawled.

“Oh! What a coincidence Malfoy. I was just thinking the same thing about you. Except I have a feeling the entire school will be thinking the same thing as me. I find it hard to believe that you’ve given up your Deatheater ways just because Voldemort’s gone.”

“You know nothing about me Granger.” Malfoy spat as he took a step towards her.

“Come on Draco. Let’s head back to our end.” Zabini said while he put a hand on Draco’s shoulder. They stalked out and left Hermione sitting there fuming.

“How could McGonagall let him back in?!” she said exasperated.

“I don’t know Hermione. Let’s just forget about him for now,” said Ron as he put his arm around her. Forgetting about Malfoy would not be such an easy thing to do. He was the one person who seemed to know exactly how to get under her skin. He always has ever since their first year. She sighed and tried to calm down. She rested her head on Ron’s shoulder and it didn’t take long for her to doze off.

Author's Note - There you go, the first chapter of many more to come. I hope you've enjoyed it! Don't be afraid to leave a review on what you thought!!

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