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Chapter 3 The Secret

 When Harry woke up Ron was already downstairs. Harry got up and was changed his clothes when he heard a knock at the bedroom door.

“Just a second,” he called.

“Harry, its me Ginny. Come down stairs as soon as you are dressed.”

“Okay Ginny.”

Harry walked down the stairs and into the kitchen. He was surprised to find Luna and Neville sitting at the table with the Weasleys.
 
“Harry so good to see you,” Luna said in her usual dreamy voice.

“Uh… Hi Luna, nice to see you too, but what are you and Neville doing here?”

“I’m not sure. We got a letter saying to come here today. I thought it was you that sent it Harry," said Neville, looking confused.

“Oh. Is Hermione back yet?”

“No, she owled this morning said she was going to spend a few days with her parents and her little sister before she came back,” said Ron.

“Little sister? I thought Hermione was an only child,” said Luna still looking dreamy.

“Up until yesterday so did she.” 

***

Later that day more people started to arrive at the Burrow. No one knew what they were for. They all had received mysterious letters with no listed sender.  Lee Jordan, Lavender Brown, Hannah Abbot and Ernie Macmillan were the last to arrive. Harry noticed that all the mysterious guests were members of the D.A. He also noticed that Cho Chang wasn’t there.

“Okay, so, why are you here?” Harry asked the new arrivals.

“I thought you invited us here Harry. Didn’t you send a letter?” asked Ernie, looking confused.

“No I didn’t. You can go back into the garden, they’ve got a bit of a party started back there.”

“Okay Harry.”

The guests moved back into the garden just as Hermione apperated into the front yard of the Burrow.

“Hermione what are you doing back so soon? I thought you were staying with your parents for a few days.”

“Someone owled. Said it was urgent and I needed to come back.”

“Another mysterious owl. Someone invited most of the D.A. to the Burrow. No one knows why they are here.”

“Oh. That’s odd. Should I stay or go back? Probably stay, obviously someone wanted us here. What do you mean most of the DA?”

“I don’t think Cho was invited.”

Hermione smirked. They went back to the Garden to most of the D.A.

***

About an hour later professor McGonagall arrived. No one saw her enter the garden.

“Attention!”, said McGonagall, sticking her wand to her throat and magnifying her voice. “I am sure you are all wondering why you are here. First I would like to thank Molly for allowing us all to gather here.”

Arthur turned to his wife, “I thought you said you didn’t know why everybody was here.”

“Quiet Arthur.”

“I have some important announcements to make. All of you who fought at the Battle of Hogwarts will receive a special service to the school award. Hogwarts will re-open in the fall and all those who were in 7th year or were supposed to be (McGonagall looked at the trio) are encouraged and welcomed to come back to school to come back this year for a proper 7th year at Hogwarts. We have lost many students and friends in the war and all who died will receive Order of Merlin 3rd class’s. I would also like to inform you that all  of you will get full marks in all your classes for this year. With that being said let the party begin.” 

With the wave of her wand The wizarding wireless radio began playing and colourful lights strung themselves across the garden. 

***

Harry, Hermione, Neville, Luna, and Lee Jordan stayed the night after the party. Luna and Hermione slept in Ginny’s room and Harry and Neville slept in Ron’s room.

“Do you reckon you’ll be going back to school for a second 7th year Neville?” asked Ron sleepily. 

“I don’t know, maybe. Gram’s would probably be happy if I did. Didn’t really learn anything this year. What about you two?”

“I don’t know”, said Harry, “I might. I hadn’t really thought about it yet. Ginny will be a 7th year too. I will if you guys do.”

“I have too, mum said she would kill me If I didn’t, besides Hermione is going. I need to finish school before I can go into auror training. I reckon they would make an exception in your case Harry, being as you were the one to defeat you-kno- i mean, Voldemort.”

“I said if you go I’m going, besides you two did as much to defeat Voldemort as I did.”

“Harry,” said Ron staring at Harry blankly. “You died to kill him. None of us did that. You did it willingly you just gave yourself up to him.”

“Yeah, but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t. Besides, you both destroyed a horcrux, the snake, and the locket.”

“So you are both going back?” asked Neville, looking slightly confused.

“Yes!” they both said in unison.

Hermione entered the room followed by Ginny and Luna.

“What are you three doing in here?” asked Ron.

“We came to see our boyfriends,” replied Hermione, smiling sweetly.

“Wait your boyfriends? Luna and Neville?” asked Ron on the verge of laughter.

“Yeah, so?” replied Neville defensively.

“Nothing just… I didn‘t see that one coming,” said Ron, trying very hard not to burst out laughing.

“I think its sweet,” said Ginny, staring her brother in the eye.

“So do I,” said Hermione, in a dreamy voice worthy of Luna.

“Sorry, what were we talking about? I think a wrackspurt got me,” said Luna.

“Nothing Luna,” said Harry hastily.

“So, Neville your going back to Hogwarts for a second 7th year?” asked Luna

The boys stared at her.

“How did you know that?” asked Neville, looking confused.

“We can here everything through the walls,” explained Ginny cheerfully.

“How long have you been able to hear through the walls?” asked Ron, looking worried.

“Since we have lived here which would be forever,” Ginny smiled.

“So that’s how you always know everything?”

“I’m the youngest of 7, I have 6 older brothers. If our walls were not thin I would have never known anything.”

Ron just stared at her.

“We better be back to Ginny’s room before Ron passes out,” said Hermione, breaking the silence. 

Back in Ginny’s room the girls lay down on their cots having fits of laughter, even Luna, who was always rather serious even though none of her ideas were taken seriously.

“Did you see Ron’s face?” asked Hermione, snorting.

“Yes! Did you just see Hermione’s snort?”

“Ginny, it’s impossible to see a snort!’ cried Hermione

“No it’s not. My father hunts them in Australia,” said Luna seriously.

The two stared at her.

“Come on I was only joking. I know that’s impossible.”

They all burst out laughing and laughed themselves to sleep.

Later that night Hermione snuck into the boys room.

"Ron, wake up. I want to talk to you."

"Hermione, is that you?"

"Yes, come with me."

She took him down into the kitchen.

"Ron I want to ask you something."

"Okay, anything Hermione."

"Do you love me?"

Ron was taken slightly aback by the question. "Yes of course I do Hermione. I want us to get married. I need you in my life. I could never live without you."

"Ronald Billius Weasley, I love you too. Wait, did you just propose?"

"Maybe I did. What would your answer be?" he asked her playfully.

"It would be yes of course," she said, looking at his sparkling blue eyes. "But not yet, I want it to be after we have graduated okay?"

"Fine with me. It will be hard to wait, but I guess I can. I'll wait to propose properly then."

"Okay. I love you so much right now."

"Do you not always love me?"

"Of course I do. Sometimes I love you more than others though."

"Sure you do."

"Ronald!" Hermione said, playfully kissing him.

Just then Percy walked in.

"Er.. sorry, I was, er... water. I'll be going now." he said nervously, heading back upstairs.

"We should probably get back up to our rooms, shouldn't we?" Hermione asked Ron.

"Yeah, we are getting up early arn't we?"

They headed upstairs together holding hands.

***

George and Lee never came down for breakfast the next morning. However, the six seventh years came down bright and early before even Molly and Arthur were up, to owl Professor McGonagall of their intentions for the next school year. Harry had not gotten used to not having an owl. He missed Hedwig, but he would have to settle by using Ron’s little owl Pig for the letter.

“Is mum up yet?” asked Ginny sleepily.

“No,” said Hermione.

“She had better be up soon,” said Ron, “I’m starved.”

“Ronald,” said Hermione, kissing him on the cheek and thinking about last night.

“That stupid bird. I bet he can’t even find Hogwarts,” said Ron angrily.
 
“Come on Ron at least you have an owl,” said Ginny, staring at her brother.

“You have a point there Ginny. Harry have you thought about getting a new owl?” asked Ron, as he realised Pig out the window.

“Yes. I think I’ll get one soon,” said Harry, looking kind of sad.

Just then a owl flew in the window. The letter he was holding was addressed to Harry.

Dear Mr. Harry James Potter,
 I have what may be bad news. Prisoner Alecto Carrows has just been discovered to be pregnant in Askaban. We know that you were destroying his horcruxes. Do you know anything else about Voldemort that we didn‘t? We have suspicions, however we are not sure. Send word soon.

O.P. You can share this with your friends Harry but I suggest you limit it to a few people. There would be havoc at the ministry if word got out.
                                                                                        Sincerely,
                                                                                          Minister Kingsley Shacklebott


“Who is it from Harry?” asked Hermione, looking confused at the look on Harry’s face.

“The Minister of Magic,” said Harry, looking stunned.

“What does he want?” asked Ron, looking even more confused than Hermione.

“Read it” he said as he passed the envelope across the table to no one specifically.






A/N: Cliff Hanger!!! O.P. instead of P.S. because they don't use Postal Service. They use Owl Post, so anyone guess what I was writing about? It’s kind of obvious but confusing. I know I didn’t do a very good job, but I promise it will get better. I might do better next time if you review. (Hint Hint number 1) I might write more too. (Hint Hint number 2).Hope you are enjoying the story. I might do better if I knew you were. (Hint Hint number 3). I might not be able to update very soon. I am currently at war with Fluffy and Applesauce. Don’t ask. I will say that Fluffy is not my pet cat (or any animal for that matter as much as I would like to belive it. ;D) and applesauce is not a food ( I hate Applesauce the food and probably should wage war against it though. :P ) That might have been to much information but, oh well. Please Read and Review! Was there even a secret in the chapter? I know I didn't put the one I had planed on putting but I decided it could wait for the next chapter. You can decide which secret was the one in this chapter that the chapter name was about? Sorry this doesn’t make much since, but Oh well. Please Read and Review! Wait did I already say that?

                                                                                       ~Mira_Marauder~ aka: Mirna!!!

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