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Brink of a Nightmare UPDATE
by sarah (herminia)
at July 9th, 2007 (11:28 am)
optimistic

i'm feeling : optimistic
i'm listening to: "She Is," The Fray

Title: Year Seven: Brink of a Nightmare
Excerpt: THE KISS.
Author: Herminia
Rating: PG-13
Ships: Harry/Hermione! FINALLY!

X-posted to blueflame_hhr, delusionalfans, hhr_danemma, harryhermione, harmony_fiction and my personal journal.



Wow. How do I explain how we get from Hogwarts to this scene? In the original plot, when I still hoped to have the time and inspiration to write every word of it down, Hermione learned of her parents’ deaths shortly before Christmas and headed home before Harry and Ron knew of her plans. Harry tracks her down in the ruins of her parents’ house, arriving only minutes before a Death Eater ambush, which starts… now. I’m not totally enamored of the so-called “action” sequence (action-ish, more like), but… you’ll see.

* * * * *


“Look – Hermione, I swear, I’m going to get us out of here alive—”

In one swift movement, she pulled him around to face her. He’s all she has now—quite possibly all she’s ever had or ever will—and, someday, he will be taken away and she will having nothing at all. “In case you can’t keep your promise, Harry,” she whispered, her voice trembling with painful intensity.

And so she kissed him—a risky move and one they nearly paid for with their lives, for at that precise moment, a stray jet of green light darted between them, driving Hermione back and flattening Harry against the wall.

A crash of cascading silver and shattering glass rang in their ears as they struggled to gain their footing. Explosions of glowing embers danced in the stairwell. The door—blasted off its hinges—creaked and groaned wearily. But it was the voices in the entryway that sent a thrill of terror down Hermione’s spine:

“Go–go!”

“In here!”

“—thought I saw—”

It took Harry’s hiss in her ear to rope her in and send her reeling back into the present moment, to a wide-eyed awareness of the danger they were in and unlikely to escape with ease. “Go–Hermione! Jump!”

“No!”

“Look, this might be our only chance—”

My only chance, you mean?” she cries, correctly interpreting his intent to stay behind.

“Hermione, don’t—”

Hermione, don’t what? Don’t be dramatic? Don’t be ridiculous?” She gestured at the open window. “After you, Harry. I’m not going without you!!”

“HERMIONE!” By the wild look in his eyes, he had half a mind to shove her out the window headfirst, anything to spare her the line of fire they were sure to face if whatever—whoever—was downstairs decided to come up for a look around. She sidestepped him, drawing her wand as she did so, carefully evading his desperate attempts to reach her as she ducked into the shadows and inched towards the fray.

“Upstairs! Footsteps in the upstairs hall!”

There was nowhere to run.

* * * * *

[return to Grimmauld Place]

* * * * *


“You—!” Harry panted, turning on her the moment their feet hit solid ground, sheer fury radiating from every line of his face, “I told you – I told you to go back!”

“Well that was daft of you, wasn’t it?” Hermione shot back, dabbing at a wicked gash scrawled across her cheek. “As it just so happened you needed me there, Harry! I wasn’t going to leave you!”

“I – told – you — you promised me! You promised that if I told you to run you would run—”

At this, she laughed derisively, “And what gave you the slightest inkling that I’d not stray from that promise you forced me into?!”

Harry stopped, struck dumb.

“I’ve half a mind to smack you, Harry Potter,” she snapped. “Don’t give me that look--” she added waspishly, as Harry hurriedly rearranged his features into an unassuming look of what could best be described as bewilderment, “—I chose this path for myself, thank you very much, and I’d appreciate it if you didn’t try to put me off what I’ve sworn to do!”

“But that kiss! Hermione, that was the single most idiotic battle ploy I ever—”

“Isn’t that what love is? More than a little idiotic?!” she cried, near hysterics now, “I’ve loved you for years, Harry–years!–but I was too scared to say—” She reeled away from him, glowering at Mrs. Black’s portrait, which had begun screaming afresh to fill the silence.

“D’you mean that?” he asked slowly, closing the distance between them in a single stride.

She turned back to face him and he watched as her furious glare softened and a crooked grimace of a smile spread across her face. When she spoke, her voice wavered with something that sounded impossibly like laughter. “I don’t know, Harry. I'm out quite a lot of blood.”

He leaned closer, eyes searching her face for the answer, taking in the blood weeping from a gouge along her jaw standing in sharp contrast to her beguiling smile and her eyes, glimmering with anticipation.

“This’ll change everything—” she whispered hoarsely, correctly interpreting – as ever – his intentions as he leaned in close.

“Shouldn’t it?” he asked, and – as if seeking confirmation – he kissed her. A desperately passionate kiss backed by years of pain and fear, friendship and hope, and a love so elemental that it put everything else in his bleak, young life to shame… His hands flew up to frame her face, to bury themselves in her wildly disheveled hair. For the first time that winter, the bitter winds forgot to howl.

Somewhere beyond the cobwebbed windows and lank curtains, the sun was creeping up the eastern horizon. Dust motes danced in the air, catching the light that streamed through the window. Her eyes fluttered opened as the kiss broke, bright and brown, kindling.






Read? Review!

Also, any thoughts, theories, hopes and fears for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows you’d care to share? I’m finally getting appropriately psyched for the book, so I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Comments

Posted by: superbeffie (superbeffie)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Fangirl squee

*ahem*

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHH!! AAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

...

That is all, thank you.


Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Hermione - Emma // Jim!Face - Umm

Haha, that's how you're feeling about the HP&DH release or...? I've sorely missed your inner fangirl!

Posted by: superbeffie (superbeffie)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Bellatrix fun

No, that was about the kiss honey. MY fangirling may be slightly exascerbated by the impending release of DH, but alas...
I have been sorely absent from fangirling recently, eh? Maybe it's b/c you abandoned this story fo so long. After all, I came to LJ b/c our review conversations to this very story over on Portkey.

Posted by: calmacil_20 (calmacil_20)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
HP - H/Hr - Hug

That's amazing, Ace!

I think I see a little us =)

Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Hermione - Emma // Giddy

I'm sure if I've said something along these lines to you before... plus or minus the "I've half a mind to smack you"!

“I’ve half a mind to smack you, Harry Potter,” she snapped. “Don’t give me that look--” she added waspishly, as Harry hurriedly rearranged his features into an unassuming look of what could best be described as bewilderment, “—I chose this path for myself, thank you very much, and I’d appreciate it if you didn’t try to put me off what I’ve sworn to do!”

Posted by: calmacil_20 (calmacil_20)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Pirates - Will - Great

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
TO - Jim & Pam // Love Lines

Haha, I love you. Did you check out the pictures? Because I spent, like, a whole twenty minutes scanning them ;-)

Posted by: calmacil_20 (calmacil_20)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Audrey - Roman Holiday - Bashful

Why do you love me? Haha, I'm just checking them.

Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
GG - Rory // Donna Reed Night

Because I do.

So, like 'em at all?

Posted by: superbeffie (superbeffie)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
definition of delusional

Ok, I'm a little clamer now.

I, too, am getting really excited about the book. At some point this weekend I had an epiphany taht in less than 2 weeks I would have this book in my hands and I completely lost it. I'm hopeful. I don't know what else to call it. Before HBP I was SURE, and now that I have been burned once I am...
I still feel the same way I did then. I cannot believe that a relationship like Harry's and Hermione's was written by accident. Alchemy, canon evidence, it all points towards Harmony. But I am afraid. So I am having a 2 week long seizure basically. I won't be able to breathe properly until this is all over with. Then we'll know for sure, which is the most I can ask for at this point. Is my ship canon or not?

Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
HP - H/Hr // Amandioka's Art

It's so hard to believe that it's going to be All Over in just about two weeks! Keep your fingers crossed for an H/Hr friendly ending, eh?

Posted by: RedAngelTeflon (redangelteflon)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
link please?

Can you please give a link to past parts?
thanks!

Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: link please?
Hermione - Emma // Premiere Night

http://community.livejournal.com/blueflame_hhr/1097.html :-)

Posted by: RedAngelTeflon (redangelteflon)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: link please?

Thanks so much!

Posted by: RedAngelTeflon (redangelteflon)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: link please?

it says I'mnot authorized to view the pages :(
Can I be added to your Flist?

Posted by: tishannia (tishannia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)

*major squee-age* Oh my god. O:

The book will disappoint me now. I see it~! ♥

//heartbreak

Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Hermione - Emma // Premiere Night

I'm glad you liked it--sorry if it set you up for disappointment though! Let's keep on hoping JK Rowling delivers on the promising relationship she's written between these two characters.

Posted by: tishannia (tishannia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)

Heh, don't be silly! :3 I still hope -- but that's all it is, hope. XD HHr ftw!

Posted by: daphaaane envie (daphaaaneenvie)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)

Darn the next book.
If only Rowling would take great possibilities for the book, like your's, and squeeze it into the book rather than Hermione/Ron moments.

Long live H/Hr!!! :D

Posted by: sarah (herminia)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hermione - Emma // Giddy

Hey, she could still pull Harry and Hermione through, couldn't she? I'm not going to give in to a Ron/Hermione, Harry/Ginny ending until I've read the last page of this last book! :-)

Posted by: superbeffie (superbeffie)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Red Herrings

Word.

Posted by: tchau, brasil! olá, inglaterra! (rand0mica)
Posted at: July 10th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
h/hr

Oh wow.. *_*
I LOVES IT!
*off to read more*

:DD

Posted by: Rachie*Rae (superdramagal)
Posted at: July 10th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
delusional

Oh my gawd, that was gorgeous!

Seriously, absolute gorgeousness. --I've been kind of following this fic for a while now, and that was just...AMAZAZING!

*sigh*
You. Are. My. Hero.

Posted by: you could be my unintended love (sweet_iolanthe)
Posted at: July 10th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Harry and Hermione

omg! that was really fantastic. great work.

and a love so elemental that it put everything else in his bleak, young life to shame...
THAT was <3

Posted by: Kim, Meezer Queen and Equestrienne (meezergal)
Posted at: July 11th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Wow!!!
It's all in the subtext by venus_ice

That was excellent!!! I'm glad you started up this story again--please keep on with it!

I'm wavering between, "Yes, it'll be H/Hr--no, it won't" myself. I, like you, find it hard to believe JKR would set up such a lead-in to a wonderful love as H/Hr and then drop it flat. I mean, H/G was like someone coming in and whapping you over the head while you're asleep--"Where the heck did THAT come from?"--while we've had all the subtle clues about H/Hr as a strong, loving friendship that can turn into so much, much more. I'm a sorry fool. I have NO LIFE other than HP, horses, and other books! *rolls eyes at self*

Posted by: there goes the downpour (ohmygiddyaunt)
Posted at: July 12th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)

That was utterly lovely.
MORE MORE MORE

Posted by: Tiffany (lil_pixiedevil)
Posted at: July 17th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
H/Hr: Protector/Strength

Loved it :D

Posted by: Miss Firecracker (x_spikeaholic_x)
Posted at: August 1st, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
HHR So happy you're here

I loved it. Especially the use of Peyton lines from One Tree Hill lol. Gotta love those desperate kisses in life or death situations. :P Very cute.

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