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I hope this makes up for the previous late update! This one was much faster. i posted this on 17/9/12 and also, can you guys let me know what you think of the story.  Anyways, without furthur delay, here is chapter3

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 Every student in the great hall sat there staring at the headmistress walk away for what seemed like a few years before they all started realizing what they had gotten themselves into. The joyous reunion had turned into a terrifying nightmare. What’s worse was not that there was a killer out there in Hogwarts but that they were trapped. Nobody could get in and out of Hogwarts because of some new charm that the killer had cast. The only protection they had was each other and the teachers but the teachers were too busy figuring out a way to reverse the spell so they were left to fend for themselves.

Draco Malfoy was too occupied to think about an escape plan. He hadn’t seen Blaise for quite a while now and he was starting to get worried. He was worried. Draco Malfoy of all people in the world was showing emotions. His worry was not the kind of worry a child would have before getting his test back; it was the kind which a mother had if their child came home late. He was terrified for the second time in his life, the first time being the Wizarding war. He was currently walking around the Great Hall searching for Blaise when he ran into Ron Weasley. It was at this point of time that he forgot his rivalry towards Ron and started to interrogate him. It didn’t matter that he hated him. It made no difference to him; he just needed help to find Blaise, his one true friend. Draco Malfoy could also sometimes be as desperate as a girl who doesn’t have a date to the ball. The three people he knew could help were Harry, Ron and Hermione.





 

 





 

“Weasley, have you seen Blaise anywhere?”





 

 





 

“Sod off Malfoy!” this reply came as a reflex action from Ron.





 

 





 

Even after telling him to go away, Ron noticed that Draco was still standing in front of him. Ron looked at Draco in disgust and then in astonishment. Why would Draco Malfoy of all the people in the world ask him for help? Ron thought about if he should punch him in the face or try to take it calmly. For starters he had no idea where Blaise was and he also had no idea where Hermione was. So, he would just get rid of Malfoy. Wait, he had no idea where Hermione was! For all this time he thought that she was interrogating Draco but she wasn't with him and she was not in the Great hall either. This was when emotions started creating a whirlpool inside him. He was not calm. In fact, he was the opposite of calm right now, he was anything but calm. Sudden realization hit him and he started to freak out. He stood up instantly and he started to lose his cool.





 

 





 

He grabbed Draco’s shoulders and shook him and let all his panic out, his eyes wide open. “She’s not in the great hall! Zabini must be with her! He has to be with her! What if she’s in danger? Is he any good at magic?”





 

 





 

Draco was taken aback by Ron’s sudden outburst. Okay, so he had no idea where Blaise was. Draco thought about walking away but right now, that was not an option.  He looked at Ron and backed four metres. Yes, he was freaking out on the inside and yet he was capable of not showing it. Clearly things were not getting any better and clearly somebody was in a pickle. Draco took a deep breath and thought to himself, ‘Okay, calm down and put the pieces together.’ He moved his gaze from the Ron’s face to the Great hall and then to Ron’s face again.





 

 





 

“Weasley, Calm down! Who exactly is ‘her’?”





 

 





 

The reply came almost instantly. “Hermione, I thought she was with you but she isn’t! I have to go find her!”





 

 





 

Ron realized that Draco made not one comment about the way he had reacted. He didn’t even burst out laughing. Draco must be very desperate. Ron grabbed his wand and pulled it out of his cloak, ready to make a run for the great hall door but that was the time when Harry decided to make an entry. He knew what was coming next. Time would be wasted for sure. Malfoy and Harry, they never really got along well but then again neither did Draco and Ron. Before Harry could speak Ron decided to speak and cut it short.





 

 





 

“Okay Harry to make things clear; let’s not fight with Malfoy right now. Things are serious. Hermione and Zabini are both missing and there is no sign of them in the Great Hall. What’s worse is that Malfoy here has no idea where they could be either. Let’s leave the bickering for later and look for them. For all we know, they could be in danger.”





 

 





 

Harry opened his mouth to speak and closed it again. Then he looked at Ron. Ron





 

looked worn out. His face covered in sweat and all the happiness sucked out of his eyes. Then he shifted his gaze to Draco. Draco looked cold on the outside still but a part of him could tell that things were serious. Maybe the war had actually changed the Malfoy clan. It’s not like he was forgiving Draco or anything. They were just in need of more men and then harry thought ‘when in danger, always keep your enemies closer than your friends’. There were more things to worry about. First, the murder, then, the Marauder’s map stopped working and now this. Harry was sure he would explode soon.





 

 





 

Harry opened his mouth once again to speak and then he closed it again. He needed to explain a lot of things to Ron before they decided to do anything.





 

 





 

“Malfoy, give us a moment will you?” he said hoping his words would not fail him.





 

 





 

“No.” was an instant reply from Draco, arrogant as always.





 

 





 

“Great, then listen to what I’m saying and don’t you ‘dare’ say anything.” Harry emphasized on the ‘dare’.





 

 





 

“I’ll say whatever I want to.” Draco was not helping.





 

 





 

“This is it! I’ve had it. Malfoy, I don’t care that you’re here. You want to work with us then you will listen to what we have to say and you will do as we say or else you can go find someone else who will help you find Blaise.”





 

 





 

Ron was fuming. He wanted nothing more than to run out that door and find Hermione. Harry gave a death glare to Draco as he hadn't said anything after Harry throw words at him and then he continued.





 

 





 

“Okay hear me out now. Nobody interrupts me.” He looked at both Draco and Ron while saying that. “It’s clear that Hermione and Zabini are in Danger but it’s logically impossible to find them without the map. Okay so Malfoy, basically this map is a map which tells you where everybody is in Hogwarts but they can’t tell you anything about anybody once they are in the room of requirements. The problem now is that the map has stopped working and we can’t locate anybody anymore.”





 

 





 

Ron looked petrified. “What do you mean the map’s not working?”





 

 





 

Harry had feared this moment for ages. He never expected anything so unexpected to happen. Sirius or Remus never told him that the map could stop working and Ron was looking at Harry in hope that he would do something but there really was nothing harry could do. Harry took out the map from his cloak and handed it to Ron.





 

Ron snatched it from Harry hoping that it would work. “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” He yelled at the map. Unfortunately, nothing happened.





 

 





 

“No! No! No! This cannot be happening! This has to be some kind of dream!” Ron looked scared. He was riding an emotional roller coaster. He had no idea what to do.





 

 





 

He didn’t know what to feel. He could not just sit there and know that Hermione is in danger.





 

 





 

In all the hurry Ron and Harry forgot that Draco was standing right next to them. They both stopped and looked at Draco’s scared but still calm expression.





 

 





 

“What do you have to say about this, Malfoy?” both of them spat at him.





 

 





 

Draco was confused about the map. He had no idea how such a thing even existed but he was more scared. What is Blaise was already dead? All his life, Blaise had looked after him like a father but he was more a friend. He would check up on him. Blaise was a part of his soul now and with him gone, Draco would be half gone. No, he can’t let this happen. In fact, he won’t let this happen. He looked at Harry and Ron with determination and for once in his life, it didn’t matter that they were Gryffindor’s, it only mattered that their friends were safe.





 

 





 

“Freaking out won’t do us any good. Stay calm and we have to think of a plan. If we rush out of the great hall now, we’re throwing ourselves into a warzone and get killed. I’m sure that the killer has men and I’m sure that they are waiting for his signal. They could burst into the hall any moment and do over with us all. So, let’s sit down and think.”





 

 





 

Draco said very little but, he spoke very wisely. Harry and Ron were looking at Draco in shock. This was not the kind of shock you had when you see a camel waiting for you at home as a birthday present, it was the kind of shock you would get if you got good grades in an exam you did badly in. For once Harry and Ron had seen the change in Malfoy. He was indeed much wiser now.





 

 





 

They all looked around. Sobbing, screaming, praying and hoping was all they saw. Everybody was terrified. Nobody knew anything; they could be death within the hour. Who knew?





 

 





 

Draco, Harry and Ron sat down at the edge of the hall in a corner thinking of ways they could solve this mess. Running out of the great hall was no option and apparating was no option either. Silence was all that echoed between the three of them. Silent thoughts were being screamed as the tension was rising.





 

“It’s impossible to think of a plan which doesn’t involve a safe house!” Ron blurted out breaking the chain of thought Harry and Draco had.





 

 





 

“Shut your mouth, Weasley! Some of us are trying to think but, I think you may have a





 

point. We need to get access to a safe house.” Draco was not only smart but he also had access to a safe house but that was only if they could apparate.





 

 





 

All thoughts were broken by the headmistress speaking up. “Silence please!” she started but nobody cared to remain silent. “Silence!” she yelled and the whole room feel silent. “It’s been exactly 6 hours since the Hogwarts gates have been locked and the professors and I have come up with a solution to get out of Hogwarts but it’s not as easy as it may sound. First thing’s first, The great hall door has also been charmed so that only one of our own can enter and none of our own can exit but that will only stand true  for two hours. In exactly two hours, Hogwarts will have no anti-apparation spell but that will be open only for fifteen seconds. I will summon you all exactly a minute before the anti-appration spell sticks and then you will be free to apparate in those fifteen seconds. Any student who does not manage to get out in those seconds will be trapped in Hogwarts until we find another solution to get out. The professors and I will not be fleeing to help any other students that are left behind. Also, note that outside these wooden doors, is an army, an army of wizards. From the looks of them they seem to be Death Eaters. However, I am not entirely sure. I wish all the best to all of you; I will summon you all exactly a minute before the apparition spell hits and then be gone. Until further news, remain calm.” The headmistress walked away once again.





 

 





 

Before all the chatter began, Draco was the first to speak. “I’ve got it, when the spell hits everybody grab onto me and I will take you to a safe house but before going to the safe house we have to find Zabini and Granger and if we don’t find them we’ll have to leave without them, make a plan and come back to get them. Agreed?”





 

Ron and Harry seemed to ponder about it. Could they actually trust Draco? “Malfoy, in case your plan doesn’t work and, if we don’t manage to grab onto you on time. I’ll go to my safe house and we’ll have to figure something out. Good work.”





 

 





 

Harry Potter actually praised Draco Malfoy. He would have danced to this but now was not the correct place and neither was it the correct time.





 

 





 

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Time flew by and there was only ten minutes left before the apparition opened up. Harry, Ron and Draco were all pacing. There was no sign of Hermione or Blaise and all three of them were getting worked up.





 

 





 

“What if they don’t make it in time?” said Ron.





 

 





 

“Then, we come back for them with a plan and people,” replied Draco.





 

 





 

“Where’s Ginny?” said Harry out of the blue. He hadn’t seen her ever since the gates were locked from the inside.





 

 





 

“Don’t worry Harry she’s with Neville.” Ron said.





 

 





 

“I’ll just go and get her and take them to the safe house with us and if all else fails, to my safe house with me.” With that Harry rushed off to find Ginny and Neville.





 

 





 

Eight minutes left





 

 





 

“Great! Harry’s gone as well!” Ron was freaking out. He was hyperventilating and he was about to lose it.





 

 





 

Six minutes left





 

 





 

The Great Hall burst open and in came Hermione with no Blaise with her. Her clothes were torn and there were bloodstains all over her clothes. Her hair was a mess and her face and body covered with cuts and bruises. Every eye in the great hall was upon Hermione Jean Granger. She had made quite an entrance. The moment Ron saw her he rushed over to her to give her a hug but she pushed him back.





 

 





 

“Ron, does it look like I’m in the condition to embrace you right now?” She snapped.





 

 





 

“Right, sorry. You need to tell me exactly what happened.”





 

 





 

“There’s no time for that. The death eater’s know that we’re going to try and escape. This is in no way a good sign.”





 

 





 

“Brilliant.” Ron replied Sarcasm Dripping in every word he said.





 

 





 

Three minutes left





 

 





 

Hermione interrogated Ron about why Draco was working with them and was given an explanation, with interruptions from Draco-arrogant-Malfoy of course and there was still no sign of Harry.





 

 





 

One minute left





 

 





 

The headmaster walked up to the students and spoke “Students prepare to apparate.”





 

 





 

Ron, Hermione and Draco held hands waiting for the time to come and Draco waited for Harry to come but there was no sign of him so they were going to leave without him. Surprisingly, Draco made no comments about holding hands with a mudblood and a blood-traitor.





 

 





 

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It happened very fast. The doors of the Great Hall were pushed open and spells were being shot everywhere. Everybody was getting hit by stunning spells. The teachers and students were trying hard to fight back but there wasn’t much time left. What’s worse was that Ron had been hit by a stunning spell. He was thrown to the wall and by the time he would get back up, time would be up.





 

 





 

“Go!” Ron yelled.





 

 





 

10 seconds left





 

 





 

“Ron!” Hermione yelled still holding onto Draco.





 

 





 

“Are you mad woman?” Draco said trying hard to hold onto her.





 

 





 

“Let me go!” Hermione protested, trying to get rid of Draco’s grasp.





 

Draco flicked his wand and within a matter of seconds Draco and Hermione had left the Hogwarts grounds. 





 

 





 

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