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by Aaa
Rated: 13+ · Draft · Romance/Love · #2260017
WIP of the next Lillian Chapter, where Hermione meets old friends who feel betrayed.
Lillian and Draco decided to make the best use of the Holidays possible, the last thing they needed was to keep worrying over the Dark Lord's plan. "Shall we spend the day with friends, or alone?" She asked Draco. Either would help take her mind off everything that happened. "As much as I would love to spend the day alone with you, I think we both need our friends right now." Draco said with a sigh. One day, I'll take her across the world. No Dark Lord, no companions, no worries. He thought to himself

Before they could leave, Hermione called out to them. "Lillian, wait! I need to talk to you." She said, hurrying to catch up to her. "Look, I know things are tense and awkward, but I promise you, I am still the same person. I wish I could have told you, but everything went so fast, we never really had time to bond. And Draco.. given the reveal of my identity... I hope we are no longer enemies." Hermione finished awkwardly. The years of conflict between her and Draco would not heal in an instant.

Lillian thought about what Hermione said for some time, but eventually spoke up. "I understand, I hope we can still become good friends Hermione. Draco and I were planning a trip to Diagon Alley with friends, perhaps you'd like to join us. Just be careful, lots of people have grudges against us now." She said. For the first time since the invasion of Hogwarts, Lillian saw Hermione smile. She sent letters to Blaise, Theo and Daphne, asking them to meet the three of them at Diagon Alley, then using a Floo to transport themselves there.

As they entered, they found it quiet, almost depressing. Some shops had boarded up out of fear, some they knew had been raided by Death Eaters, others had been raided by the Ministry. Some shops were still open though, but Hermione looked horrified. "I thought it would be happier, more cheerful then this... ." She said, looking at what was once Florian Fortescue's ice cream store. "Father never said it was this empty, this depressing." Lillian thought she heard Hermione whisper to herself.

The only major places that were still running were Gringots and the Weasley Twin's Shop. They knew they wouldn't be welcome at the prank store, and perhaps even Gringots, but short of visiting Knockturn Alley there wasn't much else to see. Passing by the prank store, they saw a furious red headed woman, heading straight for them.

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Ginny had been warned by her brothers and friends not to confront Hermione, not to confront her old friend, but she was upset, and felt betrayed. The whole time Hermione had been the daughter of Voldemort. And Lillian had been working with her the whole time! This whole time she had been used, manipulated. Well, she wanted answers, and she planned to get them. "You, I want an explanation, now! Give me a good reason I shouldn't call the Aurors to have you all arrested!" She said, pointing the wand directly at Hermione.

"If you want to call the Aurors, do it. It'll just be another political arrest, that's all Scrimgeour does these days. The mere thought that one could be a Death Eater has neighbours, family and friends turning on each other, but all those who get arrested are nobodies or Scrimgeour's rivals." Hermione said, obviously upset about the wand in her face. "I don't have the time to give you an explanation on the streets. If you truly want one, I'll send you a letter. Now get that wand out of my face!"

Ginny stormed off afterwards, unable to think of anything else to say. Tears in her eye, she though of how her closest friend had hidden her identity, how she had been working for the enemy the whole time. Was their entire friendship a lie? She tried to think of the good times they had shared. Hermione had shown her many tips and tricks to make studying easier, and in return she had taught Hermione to loosen up, that sometimes it was fun to break the rules. What explanation could possibly be justified?

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Blaise, Theo and Daphne arrived to see Ginny leave. "This is... awkward. Guess I should apolpgise for how we treated you at school, don't really want your dad to find out. Sorry I kept out of your argument but I don't think Ginny wants to see me right now." Blaise said.

Draco greeted his friends with a hug. "Merlin it's good to see you all. I've been itching for a chance to leave Malfoy Manor for weeks. Father kept saying it was too dangerous to leave, but we have to face the world eventually, even if it looks like a warzone." He said, looking around. It really was a warzone; shops destroyed, ransacked and abandoned, what few shops remained had guards out the front of the store, patrolling and scrutinizing anyone wanting to enter.

Theo and Daphne also offered their apologies to Hermione, all were forgiven though, it seemed Hermione didn't hold any grudges. The group moved on, each deciding to look at various shops on their own. They all made note of where the others were going in case they ran into trouble. Draco, Blaise and Lillian went to look at the Qudditch Store, which was still running, while Daphne, Theo and Hermione went to look at one of the book stores still open.

The guards in front of the Qudditch store took note of them, but didn't stop them from going in. Inside where a number of students, all of them watching the three as they browsed, whispering among themselves. Lillian wondered what they were saying, but pretended not to notice, sticking close to Draco. Eventually Draco went to the counter, wanting to buy a Firebolt. "How much is the latest Firebolt model?" He asked. The shopkeeper, scared, tried to give it to Draco for free.

"No cost at all young Master, completely free! Just take it, please!". A few years ago Draco would have jumped at the chance. But now he just felt sick. Was this the world they had created? One where he didn't have to do anything and people lived in fear? "I'll pay for it. How much? Don't tell me it's free, I'll even walk to Gringotts with you to verify the purchase."
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