Who: Hermione Granger, Katie Bell and Nikky
Where: Shrieking Shack
Summary: Hermione goes to looks for Katie and finds her in a bad way at the Shrieking Shack.
Watch For: A Hermione in full activist mode.
Once again Hermione found herself in front of an old wooden door, ready to lift the knocker. However, unlike Snape Manor, this was dilapidated and very much in need of repairs. What on Earth was she doing here?
After the frustrating and wearing meeting with Professor Snape and Hannah, she went looking for Katie to see if she could lead them to Blaise, who seemed to have completely disappeared. She had gone first to Flourish and Blotts; however a very worried Mr. Flourish had informed her he had not seen Katie in several days and was quite worried about her. He had been on the verge of going to the store where Katie worked to inquire after her when Hermione had come into the bookstore to ask for her.
However that had been another weary dead end. The surly shop owner had disclaimed any knowledge of Katie's whereabouts, and had threatened to sack her if she wasn't back at her job the next day.
They had walked out, only to be pulled aside by a young man. He'd whispered that Katie was probably at the Shrieking Shack in Hogsmeade. She had bade Mr. Flourish a hasty farewell and had Apparated to Hogsmeade, and here she was now.
She lifted the heavy knocker (which was falling off its rusted hinges) and it fell against the old wood, emitting a loud 'crack!'
She heard a shuffling sound from behind the door; she quietly checked to make sure her wand was at the ready. However, it was a house elf who finally opened the door, and she relaxed fractionally.
'Yes, Miss?' It squeaked.
She replied firmly, 'Hermione Granger here to see Katie Bell.' And the creature's bulbous eyes filled with tears.
'Miss is too good, Miss is! Mistress Katie needs Miss!' She opened the door wider so Hermione could slip in.
Just what was going on? Now thouroughly alarmed and at the alert, she followed the house elf down a hallway lined with peeling wallpaper and fading paint. They reached a large door which the creature opened.
'Miss Katie's got a visitor!'