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"What!?!" Hermione and Harry said in unison, both had shocked looks on their faces. Molly looked at them skeptically and opened her mouth to say something when Ginny interrupted,

"Sorry mum, but we didn't say anything because Helena wanted to tell you herself," she said sweetly, "you understand that don't you?"

"Oh right, Of course," Molly said shaking her head, "I'm sorry, I'm just a little excited. I can't believe I'm going to be a grandma!" She was still beaming which made Hermione feel sick to her stomach. Technically, Molly was already a grandma, but thanks to Hermione, she had no idea.

Ginny could see Hermione was finding the news tough to bear and thought it a good time to initiate some damage control.

"Mum, I’m really sorry to do this to you but we have our final fitting appointment shortly and we need to leave now if we want to get there in time," Ginny began as she ushered her mother to the fireplace, "we'll stop by the burrow after to discuss the food ok,"

Molly nodded as she grabbed some floo powder, "ok sweetie, we'll see you later. It was good to see you again Hermione. Hopefully we'll catch up more later."

Hermione forced a smile, "ok Molly, see you then,"

"The Burrow!" Molly shouted as she disappeared behind the green flames.

"I'm so sorry!" Ginny said turning to Hermione who was still staring at the fireplace blankly, "she just turned up and told me just as you two walked in," she turned to Harry,

"did Helena say anything to you when she came round this morning about being pregnant?" she asked, Harry shook his head, "no, not that I remember." he answered.

"me neither," Ginny turned to Hermione reluctantly, "Did she say anything to you about it last night?"

"No," Hermione answered shaking her head slowly, "and why would she tell Molly we knew if she didn't tell us?"

"I don't know," Ginny said looking the clock on the mantle, "but we'll have to find out later. We really do need to leave now if we want to get to the fitting on time,"

Harry took this as his time to leave so excused himself and left the girls alone by the fireplace. Before Hermione stepped in she turned to Ginny, an apologetic look on her face.

"Gin, I'm sorry about yesterday," she said uncomfortably, "I shouldn't have yelled at you and Harry like that. I know none of it was your fault. I was being selfish and I just want you to know that it won't happen again."

Ginny laughed, "Forget about it," she said as she stepped into the fireplace next to Hermione, "anyone would have reacted the way you did. Honestly, it's fine," she smiled and held the floo powder between them, "ready?" she asked, Hermione nodded,

"Diagon Alley," Ginny shouted clearly and instantly they were engulfed in green flames.

*

"Luna!" Ginny called out to the young and very pregnant witch standing outside Madam Malkin's, "Sorry we're a little late, mum held us up,"

"That's ok, I just got here myself," Luna said happily, "Hello Hermione. It's good to see you again,"

"It's good to see you too Luna, how have you been?" Hermione asked as they followed Ginny into the store, "I see things are going well with Neville then?" she said as she nodded her head towards Luna's belly, "how far along are you now?

"Seven months," Luna replied, "I can't wait till it's finally over. I feel like a blimp,"

"yeah I know what you mean," Hermione said before she could stop herself, Luna looked at her in confusion, "really?" she asked eyeing Hermione suspiciously, "How do you-"

"Ok Luna, you're up first," Ginny interrupted handing Luna a dress robe, "Just try it on and we'll see what alterations need to be done, if any."

"Ok," Luna said merrily as she walked out back to the changing rooms. Hermione gave Ginny a thankful look, "that was close," Hermione said exhaling deeply, "I mean, I love Luna but I don't think I could cope with her knowing right now."

"Don’t worry, you won't have to hide it much longer," Ginny said as she handed Hermione another dress robe, "This is yours. Hopefully it doesn't need too much altering."

Hermione held it up, “where’s the rest of it?” she asked looking scandalised a the amount of material, or lack there of.

Ginny laughed, “Just try it on, I promise it will look great,” she ushered Hermione to the changing rooms out back quickly before she could argue anymore.

Hermione walked into the cubicle and hung the dress robe on the hook. After wasting about fifteen minutes trying to figure out which strap went where she finally managed to get it to stay on. It was awfully snug and fit much to tight around her chest and hips giving her way too much curve.

She shuffled awkwardly toward the cubicle curtain and poked her head out. She spotted Ginny sitting on a waiting chair reading an outdated copy of Witch Weekly.

"Ginny!" She said in a hushed whisper, "I'm having problems here!"

Ginny looked up from her magazine, "well, come out so I can have a look," she said simply,

Hermione looked embarrassed, “are you crazy,” she hissed madly, “I’m not coming out in this,”

Ginny shrugged as she lifted the magazine up in front of her face again, “ok then, so no need for alterations?” she said smirking

Hermione narrowed her eyes, “fine!” she said hotly as she adjusted her balance with the curtain. It took some effort but she managed to shuffle her way toward Ginny who found it all quite amusing.

“So what’s the problem?” Ginny shrugged nodding appreciatively,

Hermione looked outraged, “what do you mean what’s the problem?! Ginny I can hardly breathe let alone walk in this thing!!”

Ginny shook her head, “don’t worry we can fix that,” she rustled in a bag that was sitting by the chair and pulled out a pair of beautiful sleek heels, “here put these on,” she said as she handed them to Hermione.

“Wow, Gin these are fabulous,” Hermione said eyeing the shoes as if they were made of gold, “where did you get them from?”

“Well, marrying Harry Potter does have it’s perks,” she said smiling wickedly and wagging her eyebrows, Hermione giggled and stopped instantly when one of the shop attendants entered the room,

“Excuse me Miss Weasley,” she said kindly giving a little bow, “but you have a visitor out front,”

“Oh great, that’ll be Angelina with the jewellery. I’ll be right back,” she said to Hermione before she followed the attendant out to the front.

Hermione was still holding the shoes in her hand and admired their simple yet stunning design. She bent down to put one on but was restricted by the robe from bending any further than above her knee. She stood erect again and tried the other side but found she had the same problem.

Hermione looked around the room and spotted the couch, "maybe if I sit down", she thought to herself as she shuffled over toward it. Sadly the results were just as poor as she couldn’t bend low enough to sit. She stood up again, frustrated at her restricted movement, somehow she needed to loosen the robe a bit.

"Luna?" she called out, hoping the young witch was still in one of the changing stalls. Nothing. "Luna, are you in here?" she called again as she tried to maintained her balance. Still no answer. Hermione groaned in frustration "I'm going to kill Ginny" she mumbled as she struggled to make her way slowly across the room.

She walked across the room slowly in order to keep from falling. She stretched out her arm and gave a sigh of relief as she wrapped her fingers around the cubicle curtain. Just when she was thought she was home free she tripped over her jeans she had discarded on the floor and fell headfirst into the cubicle, pulling the curtain down with her. She let out a loud shriek as she landed hard on her backside, the shoes flying out of her hand and across the room.

"Hermione?" she froze as she heard the voice that sent chills down her spine. She felt the curtain being dragged off her and when her head finally popped out, she was face to face with Ron.

"What happened?" he asked, trying to hold his laughter back,

"I...I...fell," Hermione stuttered, slightly embarrassed. This is the second time in as many days Ron has seen her flat on her backside. She could feel her cheeks burning bright pink.

Ron held out his hand, "I can see that," he laughed as Hermione accepted his hand to help her up, "why on earth were you-" he suddenly went silent once Hermione was standing on her own. His eyes moved slowly from her bare toes right up to the loose strap on her dress that had obviously come undone when she fell.

"um, I think you broke the strap," he said, his voice cracking as she scratched the back of his head nervously.

"Oh no," Hermione gasped as she instinctively reached for the offending strap. Instantly she moved toward the mirror forgetting her inability to walk and almost lost her balance again when Ron quickly caught her mid-fall.

"Careful," he said softly in her ear as he helped her back up. His hands steady around her waist, "you don't want to cause more damage to that amazing dress,"

Hermione's became lightheaded. She was so close to him she could smell his cologne.

"thanks," she said breathlessly looking into his eyes. His arms sliding tighter around her waist.

"Don’t mention it," he said softly. Hermione could feel his breath on her face which sent slight shivers down her spine. They stared at each other silently, neither one wanting to break whatever kind of connection they were having. Hermione swallowed hard as she felt Ron's body move closer,

"H...Hermione I-"

"Ron! These are the wrong ones!" Ginny yelled as she stormed in with three small velvet boxes in her hands. Instantly both Ron and Hermione pushed away from each other causing Hermione to again fall flat on her backside.

"Damn it Ginny!" she said angrily as she slapped her hand hard on the ground, "I can't walk in this thing!"

Ron rushed to help her up again, "Hermione's right Gin," he said as he moved her over to the couch to sit down, "that's the second time she's fallen over in this thing. If you don't fix it, she'll never make it down the isle in one piece."
He looked sideways at Hermione and gave her a wink. Hermione blushed.

"Fine, I'll get Madam Malkin to alter it," Ginny said as she held out the velvet boxes, "Ron, take these back to mum and tell her I wanted the other necklaces, she'll know which ones."

Ron smiled and gave a little bow, "Yes your heiness" he mocked as he took the boxes and walked casually out the door.

Hermione buried her head in her hands, "Oh Ginny!" she screamed, half excited and half upset. Ginny immediatly went to her aid, "Hermione, what's wrong?" she asked, "Is the dress suffocating you?"

"No" she said shaking her head, "I think...I think we...we had a moment," she said in shock,

"Who? You and Ron?" Ginny asked, her eyes suddenly wide, "are you serious?! What happened?"

Hermione smiled, "I'll tell you the whole story," she said getting up from the couch, "once we've altered this dress, it's giving me a wedgie," they bothed laughed,

"What’s so funny?" Luna asked as she waddled slowly into the room. Her dress was a simple design and was no way as figure hugging as Hermione's.

"What is that?" Hermione said turning on Ginny in outrage and pointing at Luna's attire "Why does she get to wear that and I have to wear this thing I can hardly even walk in?"

Ginny folded her arms, "Luna is having a baby Hermione, it would look ridiculous if she wore that design so we altered it a little." she said simply, "now, I already agreed we'll alter the dress so would you take it off so Madam Malkin can have a look at it. I need to get it sorted today."

Hermione rolled her eyes and threw her hands up in the air, "fine! But I get to have the final say, seeing as though I am the one that has to wear it for the whole day." She stood up as dignified as she could without falling, "Accio wand," she summoned as her wand flew swiftly into her hand. She pointed it at her robe, "Engorgio" instantly the robe became loose enough for her to walk to the changing room, pick up her clothes and get changed.

After a bit of altering here and there, both Ginny and Hermione finally came to a decision on the dress robe design. Hermione stood and admired herself in the finished product. She thought about her so-called moment with Ron earlier. He had stuttered a few words before Ginny interrupted; did that mean he felt something like she did? Butterflies were fluttering around in her stomach as she looked at her reflection. Hopefully Ron would still think the dress was amazing after the minor alterations.

"Ready to go?" Ginny asked bringing Hermione out of her daydream. "Yeah ok," she answered glumly as walked to the cubicle and got changed. She joined Ginny out front and after saying goodbye to Luna they made their way to the burrow.

"Mum?" Ginny called out as they stepped out of the fireplace. "Mum, we're here!"

"Alright, alright. No need to yell," Molly walked over and kissed her daughter on the cheek, "hello dear," she took the robes from Hermione who had just stepped out of the fireplace and placed them on a neighbouring chair, "Hello Hermione dear," she said as she gave her a hug, "did the fitting go well?" she asked.

"Actually, the necklaces you sent Ron with were the wrong ones," Ginny said as she sat down on the couch, "did he tell you?"

"Yes, he did," Molly said walking over to the table and picking up three small velvet boxes similar to the ones Ginny had earlier that day, "I was about to send him along with these when Helena flooed and asked him to meet her urgently," Hermione's head jerked up as she suddenly became very interested in the conversation. She noticed Molly was gleaming as she handed the boxes to Ginny, "I think she's going to tell him about the baby, won't that be exciting!" Molly said clapping her hands together hopefully.

"Ron doesn't know?" Hermione said startled, she caught Ginny's eye and could tell she too was finding this new fact very odd. Molly shook her head, "Oh heavens no. Helena hasn't had time to tell him yet because he's been so busy," she looked at them curiously, "I thought you two knew that?"

"Oh yeah of course we did," Ginny lied, as she quickly narrowed her eyes at Hermione, "we just thought she would have told him by now, that's all." Hermione held her breath as she watched for Molly's reaction, luckily Ginny's ability to tell a good lie was still as sharp as ever as Molly accepted this as a good enough reason for Hermione's memory lapse.

After having lunch and answering many uncomfortable questions from Molly and Arthur about her job in France Hermione and Ginny left the burrow and made their way back home.

"Don't you think it's odd that Helena told Molly about being pregnant before she even told Ron?" Hermione asked Ginny as they sat at the dinner table going over final wedding arrangements, "I mean, it makes no sense?"

"What makes no sense is seating Neville with Fred and George," Ginny said as she tapped her wand on a piece of parchment that Hermione noticed was the seating plan, "heaven knows what those two will do to him if left unsupervised," she shook her head as she tapped the paper again, "I don't know what Harry was thinking!"

"Ginny!" Hermione said impatiently as she yanked the parchment out from under Ginny's nose, "are you listening to me? I think Helena's up to something."

Ginny rolled her eyes, "Hermione, I know you're desperate to find ways to hate Helena but couldn't it be possible that she just didn't want to tell Ron until she was ready?" she grabbed back the parchment and continued to go over it, "you of all people should know how hard it must be for her." she concluded.

Hermione frowned at this comment. Ginny was right, she could definitely understand what Helena was going through but she couldn't help but feel something about the whole situation didn't add up. One thing was for sure though; she was going to do all she could to find out why.


A/N: I felt like this story needed a little comic relief. Hopefully you all enjoyed it. I know JK Rowling squashed the whole Luna/Neville thing, but I still think they would make a cute couple so had to slip it in there! Thanks to all of you who have reviewed! Please, please continue to review/comment as they are what keep me writing :)

Also another huge thanks to Mandi for being the beta in this chapter again :) you're a star!!

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