Buffy was true to her word about delivering a copy of the Accords. It came, of course, at the worst possible moment. Hermione was just setting out supper when the doorbell rang for the second time that day. It spooked Ron who turned to his wife, "I thought your parents are on Holiday?"
"They are on Holiday. It must be Buffy's messenger with a copy of the Accords."
At the mention of Buffy, Rose's eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.
Hermione saw this and bit her lip nervously while Ron just looked confused.
"She was the woman who was passed out on our couch earlier." Hermione explained.
"I remember: the girl with the sword."
"Hardly a girl, more of a woman. She was about my age for heaven's sake." Hermione shook her head, she didn't know why she was arguing with Ron, force of habit, she guessed. She directed Ron and Rose to finish setting the table while she went to answer the door. Opening the door, she was surprised to find a teenage girl about fifteen years old with short purple hair. It reminded her a bit of Tonks and gave her a short bout of melancholy as she remembered the youthful Auror.
"Can I help you?" She asked the girl.
"Yea, are you Hermione Weasley?" she asked.
"Yes I am."
The girl reached into her shoulder bag and pulled out a rather large manuscript and handed it to Hermione "Miss Buffy instructed me to give this to you."
Hermione eyed the manuscript greedily; this was the Accords Buffy alluded to. She reached down take the manuscript from the girl. When she took possession she noticed a slight tingling sensation in her hands, like a static electric shock. She looked at the girl in surprise "What was that?"
The girl looked up at Hermione apologetically, "Sorry Mrs. Weasley I forgot that Miss Buffy gave me instructions to tell you."
"Did she write it down?"
"Um, yeah she did." The girl dug into her pocket and pulled out a crumpled piece of paper, handing it to Hermione.
Hermione smoothed out the paper and read it.
'Dear Hermione, if you are reading this then you have possession of the Accords. The slight electrical shock you received acknowledged your possession and thus no papers to sign (don't ya just love magic!). However, by accepting the Accords you cannot copy them. The resulting shock is a lot nastier than the one you received on possession. You can take all the notes you want but if you want someone else to view the Accords you must allow it orally first. Sorry for the precaution but the Accords are important to us. Although I'm not sure why you need them, you have them. I hope this helps you figure out the curse.
Buffy A. Summers-Miller
Chief of Field Operations, I C W'
Hermione finished reading the note and then stared at the girl. "Do you need anything else?"
The girl shook her head, "No Ma'am"
"Thank you for bringing this" she indicated the manuscript in her hands "and thank Miss Buffy too."
The girl gave her a bright smile, waved and took off like the wind leaving Hermione staring at the space the girl previously occupied.
Hermione returned to the dinner table with the treaty tucked under her arm. Ron noticed this and called her out,"Oi, Hermione, put that thing away and let's eat."
Hermione's face reddened, she was acting like she was a schoolgirl back at Hogwarts with a new magical puzzle to figure out. She took the treaty back to the study and locked it in her desk. Returning to the dinner table, she noticed that they had started eating without her. Exasperated, she put her hands on her hips and admonished her husband “Really Ronald, couldn't you wait?" Ron's face reddened, he started to apologize around the piece of beef in his mouth but Hermione stopped him. "At least try to set a good example for the children and not talk with your mouth full."
Ron swallowed, "Sorry, Hermione. It was just that I was starving."
Hermione just shook her head and sat down to eat. Usually, dinner conversation meant listening attentively to Ron's discourse on his work and then she would respond with stories about the children. Tonight, though, her mind was on the problem of Buffy Summers-Miller and the cursed sword. So much so that she didn't hear Ron calling out her name.
"Hermione, you haven't heard a word I've said."
Hermione cheeks burned, "Sorry, Ron. It's just I can't stop about that woman and her problem."
Ron frowned, "Should we really be talking about this in front of the kids?"
"Not that problem, Ron. The problem with the sword." Hermione replied.
Rose picked up on this conversation and thought that now would be a good time to tell Mummy and Daddy about the monster lady except that Hugo decided that this was also a good time to shoot peas at his sister.
Ron noticed his son shooting peas at Rose. He went over to stop him from shooting anymore but was too late to stop his first assault. He was amazed though at his daughter's reflexes as she caught the pea before it hit her face with her fingertips."That's some mad seeker skills you got there, Rose"
Rose smiled brightly at her father; her thoughts of the monster lady flew from her head,"Thanks Daddy. I'm going to be just like Uncle Harry."
When Rose mentioned Uncle Harry, Hermione's thoughts immediately returned to the cursed sword. After Ron sorted the children out and sat back down, she turned to him "I think we should talk to Harry and Bill about the sword."
Ron ignored her for while he took a bite of his food. She poked him.
"What? I’m starved."
"Don't act like that. You know what I mean."
Ron sighed. Hermione was right: Harry and Bill should look at the sword. He just didn't like being ignored by his wife whenever a puzzle presented itself to her. It wouldn't be so bad if it was just him, but she also seemed to neglect the children too. She should have been all over Hugo before he fired his first pea at his sister. The fact that she wasn't meant that her mind was otherwise occupied. It was also quite evident that something was bothering Rose. She had started to make the noise she usually made when she made a pronouncement when Hugo stopped her with his pea attack. He would get that from her later when he tucked her into bed. Now he needed to gather their things together so they can take them to the Shell Cottage. Hopefully, Hermione will have this thing sorted out quickly and their lives could return to normal. Ron went back and finished his meal, hoping that there wouldn't be any more interruptions. It was a dashed hope for as soon as he sat back to enjoy his pudding the fireplace roared to life and his sister and her family came through. Hermione rose to greet them but Ron did his best to ignore them and finish his pudding.
Ginny’s curiosity got the best of her. All through dinner, she kept on thinking about the strange woman passed out Hermione's couch. Who was she, what was she doing there and why was she passed out on Hermione's couch? She pestered Harry about it during supper but he didn't know anything about it. When the children had cleared out after eating, Ginny broached the subject again. "Do you think that woman was one of those Quidditch groupies and the reason she passed out was because Ron got her pregnant?"
Harry frowned, "I don't think Ron would do that. He is rather devoted to Hermione and his children."
Ginny put her hands on her hip, "I realize that now, but it doesn't explain that woman."
Harry sighed; he wasn't going to have peace until Ginny got to the bottom of this. She always seemed to be worried about Ron’s fidelity to Hermione. He didn’t think that he strayed since Sixth Year at Hogwarts but he was her brother. "Alright, let's pack up the kids and go over there now. I'm sure they're home."
A half hour later they were spinning through the Floo System towards Ron and Hermione's house. Upon arrival, they found the family just finishing their evening meal. Hermione rose to greet them with a pensive look on her face. "Don't unpack, I just need to collect a few things and then we are off to the Shell Cottage."
Ginny frowned, “Does this have anything to do with that woman I saw earlier?"
Hermione nodded, “It has everything to do with that woman. I'll explain everything when we get to Bill and Fleur's place."
This time it was Harry that frowned, “Do they know that you are coming over?”
“Of course not, but this is an emergency. I’m sure that they will understand.” Hermione replied.