Chapter 26

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J.K.Rowling owns everything! I just claim the plot.

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Harry Potter stumbled into his office at home absolutely exhausted. He and the rest of the aurors had spent the last 10 hours trying to track down Hermione, and no one had managed to find anything. All he wanted was to go to bed straight away, but he knew he had to fill out a basic report before he could do so – it was protocol to fill it out as soon as possible and he knew it would bug him all night if he didn't get it done sooner. He closed the door quietly and slowly behind him, so he wouldn't wake Ginny, and then he cast his tired eyes towards his desk only for him to jump to see an unamused Hermione sitting in his seat glaring at him.

"Hermione," He hissed after he'd whipped out his wand and pointed it at her menacingly, "What are you doing here? There's a manhunt out trying to catch you!"

"I'm well aware Harry." Hermione rolled her eyes. "I'm here because I want to talk to you about something I found whilst rummaging through your office that has caused me some concern." She waved her hand to lock the door non-verbally and cast a silencing spell so she wouldn't worry about anyone hearing them.

"What?" Harry asked, narrowing his eyes at her. "What could you have possibly have found that would cause you enough concern that you wanted to talk to me about it?"

Hermione flung the document at Harry knowing full well that he wouldn't let her see it again – no matter, she'd already memorised it and stored it in her almost photographic memory. "That." She hissed.

Harry's eyes widened as he tried desperately to grasp at an answer. "I- Hermione- I've- I just want to bring them back, I've lost so much in my life. I just-"

"Necromancy, Harry," She interrupted sharply, "Is dark magic."

"I know, I-"

"Did you think you'd be able to get away with it? That because you were the Chosen One and their precious saviour the Ministry would look past it? That maybe they wouldn't notice? James and Lily Potter are pretty damn famous, Harry, they'd be noticed!"

"NO! No," He repeated as he raked his hands through his hair, "I just-"

"Then what?!"

"LET ME SPEAK! I can't answer any of your blasted questions unless you stop interrupting me!" He paused trying to gather his thoughts. "I don't know what I was thinking, Hermione. I'm not sure if I'd go through with it or not. I found it about a year ago whilst I was on a raid of Lestrange Manor and I hid it before any of the other aurors noticed it. It was always just an option, a temptation that I hadn't acted on – and I wasn't sure if I'd ever act on it. Like you said it's dark magic."

Hermione's eyes remained on Harry's face and stayed there to the point where he started to feel rather uncomfortable. "Good." She said after three minutes of total silence. The moment she spoke, the document in Harry's hands was consumed in a blue flame, reducing it to ash and burning the tips of his fingers. "Only one of us is allowed to taint the Golden Trio name."

Harry stared at the pile of ash that had slipped through his fingers – the ends of them stinging ever so slightly. "No." He whispered, his voice broke a little as his eyes started to slowly fill with tears. "Do you know what you've just done?" His eyes still trailed on what had been the document.

"I saved you from the darkness, Harry." Hermione replied. "Like you said, it's a temptation, and everyone gives in to it eventually. You'll thank me when you realise that document would have landed you in Azkaban for life – Chosen One or not."

"Do you know who we could have brought back?" Harry cried, finally lifting his eyes to look at Hermione. "Remus! Tonks! Sirius! Fred! Dumbledore! Everyone we've lost to the war! Everyone both of us cared for!"

"No! You'd only bring back the people you cared about. What about my mother? I want her back but she was killed by your father, if we brought both of them back that would create a bit of a problem as I have a feeling she'll feel quite resentful – just as someone would and should. And what I about my father? Hmm? I cared for him. If you're really willing to bring back everyone we both care about, I insist he comes back too."

"I'll admit I would have put my foot down about your father, but I'm sure we would have found a way around any problems with your mother and my father." He rubbed his eyes tiredly. "We would have done it Hermione, but you just destroyed any chance we had!"

"At what cost Harry?" Hermione snapped. "You would have missed the life of the child growing in Ginny's belly because you'd be rotting in jail."

"What?" Harry blinked looking at her slightly befuddled.

"Your wife is pregnant." Hermione said simply. "Not very far along, mind you, she only just found out."

"How did-"

"I needed to pop to the loo while I was waiting for you and saw a positive pregnancy test in the bin." She paused before hastily adding, "I wasn't snooping through your rubbish I swear, there's no lid on that bin and I happen to be observant." She shook her head slightly, as if to remind herself that she was not here as a friend. "I'm slightly apologetic that it was me and not your wife who announced the news to you, but I cannot allow your father to come back into the realm of the living, it's much better for everyone if he remains dead. He's also the reason I'm an orphan, I can't allow the man a second chance." She explained through gritted teeth.

Harry's eyes hardened, remembering that she was on the opposite side and had a rather big grudge against his family. "And you're now the reason that my child will have no chance at meeting his paternal grandparents."

"But I'm the reason they'll have two parents instead of one... for a little while longer at least." Hermione smirked before she disapparated in a blink of an eye, leaving Harry standing there both absolutely ecstatic about the news of a child, and also terrified for his and Ginny's lives.

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I'm sorry it took so long to update! I was planning on posting this last week but I went on holiday and parents wouldn't let me bring my laptop... I find it so unbelievably irritating trying to write anything on a phone because the screen and keyboard is so frustrating small compared to the nice big screen of a computer.

I'll try and update this story soon but there is still a story I promised I'd update last week, and haven't updated since I think last year... although it could have been January so that update is long over due! Stay posted.

Let me know if there are any grammatical errors... I do detest them, but I'm afraid my dyslexia does mean my proof reading isn't as perfect as I want it to be. I try really hard to make sure there's nothing wrong but sometimes things slip through.

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