It was the tapping at the window that woke him. At first he tried to ignore the constant rapping but soon it became too much and he had to haul himself out of the bed and open the window. The owl flew gracefully in and landed on the desk on the other side of the room. Draco slowly approached the owl and took the letter from it's beak. As per the norm he gave the owl a small treat, which it ate greedily then opened its wings and then flew back out into the night.
The letter was addressed to Hermione, but was the harm of reading it really? He slowly opened the letter and skimmed it's contents. He froze. This had to be a lie.
"Granger" he chocked out to the sleeping women on the bed, but he realised he had spoken it to quietly to have really had any effect. He walked around the bed and gently nudged her "Granger please wake up"
Her eyes fluttered open slowly
"What is it?" she grumbled still drowsy from sleep.
"You need to read this" he pressed the letter into her hand and she began to read
Please forgive us, for everything. It was never a choice for us, torture or be tortured. At least if we were doing the torturing we could control how bad it was. We will never escape what we have done, but please forgive us forever hurting you. You are like our sister. We love you. Please tell Ginny the same.
As you may no Harry and Ron tried to bring you to the headquarter's tonight. When they failed Harry finally snapped. Hermione the war starts tomorrow. They know where the death eaters are and they attack in the morning. Please be safe Hermione. Please don't fight.
Run while you can.
Yours Fred and George'
Hermione sat silently re-reading the sentence 'the war starts tomorrow'
"Draco, what are we going to do" fear laced her voice, she looked up however to find that Draco wasn't there.
She began to worry when 2 minutes later he reappeared with Blaise and Ginny behind him. Once Draco entered the room he walked purposefully up to Hermione, he took her into his arms and kissed her.
"I love you" he gently took the letter from her hands and took it to Blaise, who skimmed the letter and quietly swore.
"We have to take this to him don't we?" Blaise asked quietly
"Yes I think we do"
Blaise's eyes looked over at Ginny lovingly "We have to go to him. We have to have a plan" he explained, "I'll come back though, I love you" he kissed her softly and then left the room.
Draco looked at Hermione, smiled softly and whispered "I love you" before following Blaise out of the room.
"Do you think it's going to be okay?" Ginny asked quietly
"We have to hope for the best" and the two girls waited for their lovers to return safely to them
"My Lord" Draco and Blaise bowed low for the leader who sat poised in his throne
"Ahh Young Mr. Malfoy and Mr Zabini, why have you come this night to see your lord?"
"We have information about the coming war, my lord" Draco almost whispered
"Oh and what would that be?"
"Potter is to attack tomorrow"
"And how would you know this Mr. Malfoy?" the man in the throne chuckled darkly "Could it be Miss. Granger? Or Perhaps Miss. Weasley?" the two boys looked at their master in shock "I am not stupid my dear boys, I have known about the young girls placement in your household since they stepped inside. You should not keep such important details from your master"
"Our apologies my lord, we will not keep secrets from you again" Blaise bowed low at the mans feet
"see to it that you don't. As for the war, I knew of the attack, but I commend you for trying to tell me about it. Go back to your women, for tomorrow we go to war" the boys bowed and then all but ran from the room
a moment later they had apparate home and were holding the most important things in their lives close to their chests. Words of love were exchanged and then four bodies lay asleep in the Malfoy Manor.