"How do you know?" Hermione asked her, scared. "How can I trust you after all you've been up to? You did this," Hermione said, showing her the Mudblood mark.
"I know what I did, and I regret it every day since then, but I can't keep living in the past. I'm living in the present, and you should too," Delphini said, sharply. "If you don't want to believe me it's okay, but don't be selfish and think about the younger generation, about Potter and his family. Voldemort wants to kill them...kill them all," Hermione looked at the floor and then to her.
"Get Harry and the others…I'll see you at 10 pm in the Astronomy Tower," Hermione said, and Delphini gave her a shy smile.
"Lily," Severus said, hiding a smile. "I need to go to the Headmaster's office," Lily nodded but kept kissing him. "L-Lils, p-please," he said, between kisses.
"I give you 3 minutes to leave, if you don't it's your fault," she said, smiling and kissing him one last time. Severus smiled and stepped back.
"I'll see you around, Ms Evans," Lily chuckled and closed the door behind him. They have been so happy since Eleanor and Harry knew about them, they didn't need to play hide-and-seek to stay together anymore. Everything was perfect.
Months passed in a blink of an eye. Hermione and Harry forgave each other and the four of them hanged out like always. Ron was seeing Luna and he looked happy about it, Eleanor was feeling butterflies for Neville, Harry and Delphini had forgiven to each other as well, but they didn't use to talk that much, and Hermione kept playing hide-and-seek with Malfoy. They had complicated feelings for each other.
It was a sunny and warm Friday evening when they sat under a tree next to the lake. They had a Transfiguration test and they needed to study all night, so they could try and rest during the weekend.
"I insist that something is going on," Harry said, slowly. Hermione raised her gaze from her book and stared at him. "Don't look at me like that, Hermione, it's just a thought," Eleanor rolled her eyes.
"Yeah, everything is calm," Ron added, looking around. "Speaking of disgusting things," he said, looking back at his book. Hermione, Eleanor and Harry followed his gaze and found Draco Malfoy walking toward them. Hermione's heart stopped for some seconds.
"Granger,'' he said, while staring at the Gryffindor's faces with disgust. "Follow me." Hermione stared at him and chuckled
"My name is Hermione, and I'm sorry but I'm studying," Hermione said, ignoring him and getting back to Transfiguration. Draco blushed.
"Hermione," he said, biting his lips. "Can you follow me, please?" Hermione stared at him, and nodded. She stood up and was about to follow him when professor McGonagall appeared.
"The Headmaster wants to see you all," she said, coldly. All of them shared a look. "I trust you can find your way to his office, can't you?"
"Yes, professor, we can," Harry said, standing up and made his way back to the castle being followed by the others. He didn't stop glancing at Draco and Hermione, but he needed to focus on what truly mattered. "What does Dumbledore want? We haven't seen him in weeks."
"I don't know but we are about to find it out," Eleanor said, nervous. Hermione and Draco were walking behind them.
"What's going on?" Hermione asked him, in a whisper. Draco shook his head.
"I have no idea," he said, and Hermione rolled her eyes.
"Why did you want me to go with you? Do you need help with Astronomy again?" Draco shook his head again. "Then what is it?"
"I'll tell you once we're done with this," he said when they got to the Headmaster's office. Harry said the password and they got in. Dumbledore was reading a book.
"Thank you for coming," Dumbledore said, smiling. He put the book away and stared at them. The door knocked and Delphini got in. Harry tensed.
"You wanted to see me, Headmaster?" she said, agitated like if she had been running a marathon. Albus nodded.
"I need your help," he said, looking around worried. "All of your help," his eyes posed on Harry. He nodded. A big bang came out from the corridors and the sixth of them turned to the door. "That's the signal. I need you to get something for me, everything is inside this book," he hurried to grab the book he was reading seconds ago and gave it to Hermione. "And here is everything you will need," he gave Harry a box. Another bang came out.
"Professor, what's going on!?" Ron asked him, worried. Dumbledore got closer to them, holding a cup in his hands.
"Do you trust me?" he asked them, and for the very first time they noticed that he was scared. The guys nodded. "Do you trust each other as much as you trust me? Can you do me this favor?" he hurried to say. The door was being knocked. The guys stared at him and nodded.
"Hold this, all of you," Dumbledore said, and the sixth of them held the cup. Everything was shaking and that was when Hermione realized what was going on. It was a translator. They were being dragged to an adventure they had no idea of. "Good luck and don't come back until I say so," Dumbledore repeated once more before his face disappeared. Eleanor and the others looked around, they were still in Dumbledore's office, but everything was shaking and blurry. Eleanor's heart stopped when she saw Lily's and Severus' faces trough the blurry image.
"They're here," Eleanor got to listen her mother seconds before everything got black. Lily was bleeding.