Hello! I have finally cranked out chapter two! It's really hard to get everything I want to happen set up, but the final product shall be worth it! I hope you all are as excited about this as I am :3
Hermione, Harry, Luna, Cho, Ginny, and Neville were all hanging out at the Leaky Cauldron for the monthly get-together of Dumbledore's Army. Even when they were missing people the group was still lively and happily chattering about what they were all up to now-a-days. "Well I have some big news guys." Neville said and all the conversation stopped. "Me and Hannah are getting married." He looked lovingly over at his fiancé as she walked out from behind the bar and the table burst into cheers.
The whole table turns to Hannah as she walks up to the group. "Well I'm guessing Neville spilt the beans?" She said with a laugh.
"Can we see the ring?" Ginny said with a squeal. The women all cooed over the pretty rock while the men congratulated Neville.
Luna just looked at everything with a smile on her face. "I'm glad that you were able to survive through the Nargles and Wrackspurts." She paused and looked thoughtful for a moment. "I wonder if I would be able to wear a Lion-Badger hat to the wedding."
Neville smiles at her. "That would be fine Luna and thank you all for your congratulations." And with that the conversation turned to the others around the table and the night finished smoothly.
That night Hermione was curled up on the couch of her flat when there was a tap on the window. She grumbled, but stood to let the owl in. The little owl dropped the small package and then stood on the windowsill. Hermione gave the owl a treat and opened the box. Inside was a small pure-white flower with six petals* and a white tulip. "Oh, how pretty!" The owl chose that moment to fly off. Hermione shut the window and went to put the flowers in a vase. As soon as she sat back down on her couch there was another tapping on her window. Hermione sighed and stood up to let yet another owl into her home. "Why am I so popular tonight?" She asked the eagle owl as it stood on the windowsill. "Ow!" The owl bit Hermione in the hand as she tried to take the letter off of its leg. "Nasty bugger" She griped as it looked meaningfully at the bowl of owl treats. "Oh you want a treat for that you little monster? Well you can have one after I get my letter!" The owl seemed to huff before it flew off. "Hey! I didn't get my letter yet you brute!" She called as she made a grab for the owl, but it evaded her and flew off into the night. Hermione shut the window and turned to her familiar. "I wonder who that was from Crooks." The cat just meowed and went into the bedroom. "Yes, sleep does sound nice Crooks. I'll be there in a minute." She picked up the book she had been attempting to read and placed it back on the bookshelf before she went to join Crookshanks in bed.
The next morning Hermione was woken up by Harry flooing into her flat. "Hermione! Hello! It's me, Harry!" He called as he walked in. Crookshanks leapt out of the bed and went to greet the man as Hermione rolled over and groaned. "Hey 'Mione Crooks looks like he wants to eat me. Have you fed your beast today?" At that the witch threw off her covers and padded out of her bedroom.
"Hey Harry." She said as her familiar waltzed after her. "Come-on Crookshanks lets get you some food before you nibble on Harry. Ginny wouldn't be too happy with you if you did that." The cat meowed and sat down next to his food bowl.
As Hermione fed Crookshanks Harry started speaking. "I thought we could go out today and talk about what department in the Ministry that you want to work in and then we can stop by and get all the paperwork squared away." He smiled at his almost-sister. "If everything goes quickly then we can go out for celebratory dinner tonight."
"Harry, I haven't even decided if I want to work at the Ministry or not." Hermione sighed. "I don't need to work with all of the money we got after the war ended."
Harry's mouth fell open. "Yeah, but I can't see you not working. You love to learn and challenge yourself. How could you just live like a pureblood for the rest of your life?"
"Harry James Potter just because someone is a pureblood doesn't mean they have loads of money and can afford to not work. Ron's a pureblood and his family isn't rich."
"Sorry 'Mione." Harry said, thoroughly chastised.
"It's okay. Just give me a chance to get dressed and then we can talk more." Hermione said as she walked towards her bedroom. A few minutes later Hermione walked back into the kitchen to see Crookshanks and Harry staring each other down. "Crooksy are you scaring poor Harry?" She crooned as she picked up the large beast.
"I'm not scared of Crookshanks!" He sputtered.
She placed her familiar back on the ground and wiped cat fur off of her jumper. "Well let's go to get some food." She said as she took Harry's hand and they Apparated to the Three Broomsticks.
They found seats and quickly ordered some food. "So how come you don't want to work for the Ministry?"
"I just don't see a position that I would enjoy."
"What about the Magical Creatures Department? You could work on passing Creature Rights Laws."
"Yes, but I'm not sure…" She trailed off and scanned the room when her someone-is-watching-me-sense kicked in. Hermione suddenly stilled as she made eye contact with Draco Malfoy, who was glaring at her from across the room. "Harry, why is Malfoy looking at me like I hexed his familiar?"
*The flower described is the Star of Bethlehem flower