Chapter 7 - Escaping
The couple was sitting on the floor of that room for minutes now, just enjoying each other's company. They knew they couldn't stay like that for much longer, but they were just trying to enjoy the little time they could have together.
"What are we going to do now?" Hermione asked, breaking the silence. "I'll help you escape. Then, when you're safe, I'll follow you." Bellatrix answered.
"But I still have to fight alongside Harry and Ron. I... can't be with you right now." The young girl replied hesitantly.
The older witch already expected that and smiled sadly at her companion.
"I know... I can't fight with you for your side, but I will protect you. I will hide and watch you." Bellatrix cupped the other girl's cheek with her hand. "I won't let anything happen to you."
"But... Will I be able to see you?" Hermione asked, already dreading the answer.
"You know it would be too dangerous, my love." She answered. "I can't risk anyone finding out about us, it would be a risk to your life."
Hermione smiled sadly. "Don't worry, I understand. Where will you hide?"
"I... Have a house that no one knows about. The fidelius charm will work well." She replied.
"And when the war ends, will I be able to visit you?" Hermione asked.
"After the war is over, you can even live with me." Bellatrix smiled thinking of that possibility.
At that moment, they heard a knock on the door.
"Hey! Bellatrix! What's taking so long? If the mudblood is not talking, kill her already!" They heard Lucius say.
Bellatrix got up and looked at Hermione seriously.
"Potter has an elf, doesn't he?" The older witch asked.
"Yes. Why?" Hermione asked, confused.
"I'll send you back downstairs and you tell Potter to summon his elf. He can take you all out of here." Bellatrix said.
"What will you do?" Hermione asked, worried.
"I will be okay, my love." Bellatrix replied. "Know that I will always be near you. And when the war is over, we will be together. It doesn't matter which side wins, I'll make sure you survive, Hermione."
"The Order will win, Bella." Hermione smiled. "I know we will win. And then we will be together."
Bellatrix only smiled at that. She wasn't that confident, knowing the power her Lord had. But she hoped her young love was right.
"Now, pretend to be knocked out so that I can take you to the cell." Bellatrix said.
Hermione did as she was asked and Bellatrix carefully put Hermione on her arms, kissing the girl softly one last time. She unlocked the door and got out. When she did, she saw total chaos.
The boys had escaped and were fighting Lucius and the others. When they saw Hermione passed out on Bellatrix's arms, they thought she was dead.
"Hermione! No!" Harry screamed, running towards his friend.
Harry grabbed Hermione and took her away from Bellatrix, that did nothing to try to stop him. Soon, Potter's elf took all of them and they all escaped.
Lucius was really mad they had lost the boy again and Greyback and his companions were angry. Bellatrix was just relieved Hermione got out of there. All she had to do was fake her own death and go to her house.
The next day, Bellatrix prepared a potion. It was a very simple one, but very dangerous too. It exploded if it was moved suddenly. She conjured a dead body and put it next to the potion. Then, staying a few steps away from the body, she cast a spell and the potion exploded, reducing the body to ashes. She heard footsteps coming to the room and she left quickly, apparating in front of her house.
She entered the place and looked around. It was really dusty. No one had been there for years. Quickly and efficiently, Bellatrix cast the fidelius charm. The house was now invisible to everyone.
Now she just had to wait for the final battle to begin.