Interesting; I enjoy seeing stories of Hermione when she just finds out she's a witch. I think you could have made it more, though. Twice, you say "it would explain some things," but you never elaborate with even a single example. And a parent saying "People won't call you a freak when odd things happen" is just harsh, no matter what -- especially when there's no background. We also see absolutely no emotional response from Hermione, and just a bit of surprise and nervousness from her parents, though canon has always maintained that Hermione was thrilled and her parents proud. A story needs some meat to it, you know?
I like this story, but there is still something lacking: What was there about Hermione that convinced her parents that she was a witch? What was there that made them, although reluctantly, decide to send her to an unknown wizarding school instead of one that they had already carefully selected?
This was well-written. I took it farther in my head and thought about the guilt any of the parents would have who sent their children to Hogwarts only to have their child killed in a war with Voldemort. It would be debilitating. But back to your story. I think that while it could be continued, it is very powerful as a one-shot.
Author's Response: Thanks, firewall. You know, that is a very interesting scenario: how Muggle parents would feel if their child was killed in the war. I'm trying to focus the muses elsewhere at the moment, so any more to this would have to wait a while. I have a Harry/Hermione story I'm trying to work through.
I really enjoyed the story. Please continue.
Author's Response: Thanks, Firemistress. Right now, I don't have much in the way of plans for continuing this, but we'll see what the muses have in store.