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". . . Miss Hermione Granger!"
At the sound of her name being called, Hermione broke from her nervous reverie.
Chapter 1: Unexpected Events
4 MONTHS EARLIER
Hermione Granger entered her gloomy office and sat at her desk with a sigh. Her head throbbed and she felt drained from her extensive morning trial.
As a Ministry-appointed Defense Inquisitor, she was no stranger to long, stressful days in court. Having been a Defense Inquisitor for the Wizengamot for almost a year now, she'd seen her share of taxing trials. They always took a lot out of her, and today's had been no exception.
Chapter 2: A Decision
Hermione's low heels clacked behind her as she headed toward Kingsley's office. When she arrived, she was greeted by his secretary sitting behind a large mahogany desk.
"Miss Granger," the petite blond said, flashing a beaming smile. "How can I help you?"
Chapter 3: The Meeting
Draco Malfoy stared at the blank brick wall in front of him. Time had ceased to matter.
He'd only spent a few months in this gray, hopeless cell of Azkaban, but it felt like a lifetime.
Chapter 4: Dire Circumstances
An hour later, Draco sat in his cell, still fuming over the events of that afternoon.
Goody-goody Granger? That's the best the Ministry could come up with for my defense?
Draco knew the Ministry had been corrupt during his father's time, but it obviously hadn't changed. Now it was just corrupt in the opposite direction.
Chapter 5: A Mother's Love
Hermione was in her office filling out paperwork for the case she'd closed that morning. She rubbed her eyes wearily. As stressful as her morning in court had been, it was nothing compared to the afternoon she had.
What was she thinking? That she could actually represent Draco Malfoy? And defend him, no less? It was ridiculous.
She could just imagine Harry's and Ron's reactions.
Chapter 6: What Our Memories Allow
Hermione examined the flask in her hand, turning it over a few times. She was very curious what Narcissa Malfoy's memories held.
Memories played a very critical role in the world of magical law. Of course, there were certain precautions, rules, and considerations that came into play but, overall, memories could be very telling when trying to establish the innocence or guilt of an individual.
Chapter 7: Don't You Know?
Hermione barely slept at all that night, tossing and turning, reliving everything she'd seen in Narcissa Malfoy's memories. She wondered if Narcissa spent most of her nights as troubled as she was right now, haunted by those scenes from her past.
As Hermione drifted in and out of restless sleep, there was one overlying question nagging at her brain. Would she become Draco Malfoy's Defense Inquisitor?
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