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Hey all! I am sorry for the delay. Been pretty busy with work and reading stories from the different authors here. But here it is, the next chapter to There's Time For Love --- hope you'll enjoy reading it.
JKR is the best!





“How about a game of Quidditch then? I have this excellent Firebolt that you could try out.” Harry suggested looking over to James.

“Firebolt?” James asked looking a little confused.

“Well, it’s the model of my broom…” Harry started before Ron cut him off.

“And it’s the fastest broom you’ll be able to find in the stores nowadays!” Ron exclaimed. “It’s a good use for Harry though because he’ll be able to catch the snitch faster for the Gryffindor team.”

“Snitch? You mean you’re a seeker?” James asked again, this time wearing a proud expression on his face. Harry beamed.

“Yeah! And also the youngest one in the century!” Ron said again.

“Brilliant! Harry’s seeker and I’m chaser, together, we’ll make an excellent team!” James slapped playfully on Harry’s back.

It was after breakfast and Harry and the rest of the boys were out sitting by the lake, enjoying the morning breeze. Although it was early winter, Harry still liked to spend his morning outdoor, much to Sirius’ strong protests. They were getting very bored at just sitting around and so, they started suggesting what activities they could do to fill up time.

“By the way, you’re the one who gave me the Firebolt.” Harry acknowledged Sirius. The illegal animagus just gave him a surprised stare causing Harry to chuckle a bit.

“All right then, let’s go and have some Quidditch!” James said as he stood up.

“Wait, um why don’t we um invite the girls along?” Harry muttered making the rest of the boys frowned.

“Pardon? Ask the girls along?” Sirius cried, laughing hysterically.

“Why are you laughing?” Ron said. He was really confused at Sirius’ behavior. “You’re mental.”

“Didn’t you hear what Harry just said? He wants to invite the girls to play Quidditch with us! Lily can’t even hold her broom properly, how do you expect her to fly and play Quidditch?” Sirius continued laughing, now holding on to his sides. “And I could see that Hermione and Ginny are just too sweet to even play!”

“Shut up Sirius!” Harry and Ron bellowed causing Sirius to shut up immediately.

“Ginny’s a great player! She’s my star Chaser in my Quidditch team!” Harry was so close to hex Sirius over to next week. He just can’t stand hearing Sirius looking down on girls, especially Ginny. Maybe that’s why he’s never married. Girls find him rubbish! Harry snorted.

“Yeah! My sister’s excellent in Quidditch,” Ron added. “But I can’t help agreeing with you on Hermione though.” Ron grinned.

“Okay! I’m sorry Harry. I shouldn’t have said that about your Ginny.” Sirius sneered. Harry who caught on this, just swallowed hard. He didn’t want Sirius to start teasing him again about Ginny.

“Right, let’s go then. We look for the girls first.” Harry started to walk up towards the castle, with James, Sirius, Remus and Ron following closely behind.

**

It was not that difficult to look for the girls as they were easily found inside the Gryffindor common room, doing their homework. The girls were easily persuaded to join in the game of Quidditch. Ginny was indeed very thrilled to go flying whereas Lily and Hermione were a drag. But alas, they relented and soon the flying and Quidditch begun.

James and Ginny were enjoying themselves as they started to pass the Quaffle to each other. Then, Sirius joined in by intercepting the Quaffle in between their passing. And soon, Ginny and James were flying after Sirius in trying to get the Quaffle back from him. Ron had already positioned himself at the goalposts as he was good at playing Keeper. He was getting ready for Sirius to throw the Quaffle in.

Hermione and Lily on the other hand, were still trying to mount on their brooms. Remus was instructing them on how to sit on the broom properly. Lily was constantly complaining on the broom’s uncomfortability in between her legs. At hearing this, Harry and Remus grinned and soon they were trying to shove off the dirty thoughts out of their heads. Hermione was just scowling maddeningly but shortly later, she was able to fly, alittle too clumsily, towards Ron who had just managed to block the Quaffle from entering one of the hoops.

“Nice save there Ron!” Hermione said, throwing a seductive smile at Ron.

“Yeah thanks Mione.” Ron replied somewhat proudly. Ron grinned as he caught Hermione blushing.

They kept on playing Quidditch for a while, throwing the Quaffles to and fro or into one of the hoops. Harry was having fun himself. He just enjoyed his moment of flying around the Quidditch pitch before diverting his attention towards a certain red headed girl. Ginny looked as if she was having fun herself, intercepting the Quaffle from James and Sirius and flying away from them as she laughed. Harry grinned stupidly. He thought Ginny looked incredibly cute when she laughed like that especially with that cheeky look she had given to James and Sirius. Harry found himself smiling even wider that he didn’t notice another red headed witch flying next to him.

“She’s adorable isn’t she?”

Harry spun around to see Lily looking over at Ginny as well. Harry bit his bottom lip and forced himself to look away from Ginny. He tried his best to look really confused at Lily’s question. “Huh?”

“Ginny, she’s adorably cute right?” Lily asked again. She gave Harry a knowing smile.

“What are you talking about?”

“Oh don’t pretend Harry. I know you like her.” Lily said raising her eye brows. “I’m your mother after all and I can see it in your eyes.”

“I really have no idea what you are talking about.” Harry looked away, avoiding Lily’s eyes. He flew away from Lily slowly but she was following him close behind.

“You are hiding something from me aren’t you?” Lily questioned eyeing Harry suspiciously.

“Lil um mum, can you please stop asking me questions which I have nothing to answer to? I have Quidditch to play!” Harry groaned, ignoring Lily for the second time.

“Oh well then, I shall stop. But what I can tell you is that, I might know how Ginny feels for you.” Lily grinned mischievously. “Alright, I’ll be off then!” Lily flew off leaving Harry stunned for a while before he himself followed Lily, wanting to know further. The suspense was killing him. Whatever Lily was trying to say made Harry curious especially if it was about Ginny Weasley.

“What do you mean about Ginny? Are you trying to say that she fancies me?” Harry asked, his voice a little too hopeful.

“No. I will not tell you anything.” Lily replied as she stuck out her tongue at her son. “Ginny’s my friend now and I won’t even breathe a word of her secret to you, even though you’re my son!”

“Mum! You can’t do this!” Harry cried still following Lily as she landed down on the Quidditch pitch. “I’m your son!”

“Yeah, I know that. But too bad, in this life time, I look more like your friend than your mother!” Lily laughed hard causing Harry to scowl. He was still dangling halfway atop his broom. “I’ll need to go to the washroom Harry. And I don’t think I wanna continue with Quidditch. I’ll see you back in the common room later!”

Harry sighed, looking over at his mother who was leaving the Quidditch grounds. He felt as if he was getting so close at knowing something about Ginny, but now, it was back to base one.

“Harry? What’s wrong? Where’s Lily going?” Ginny asked, flying next to Harry. Harry glanced at her, fighting with himself not to blush.

“Um she needs to go to the toilet.” Harry said, forcing himself not to give a second glance at Ginny.

“Oh… Um Harry, wanna fly around the castle?” Ginny asked suddenly.

“What?” Harry couldn’t believe it was Ginny inviting him for a fly! “Yeah! Sure!”

Ginny smiled causing Harry’s stomach to do a back flip. “Right, let’s see if you can catch me!”

Ginny caught Harry off guard by flying away from him so fast. Harry was stunned for a minute before he gave a chase. Harry grinned as he tried to catch on to her. Ginny looked over her shoulder and gave a grin as well which made Harry’s breathing unsteady. He was so amazed at how flawless Ginny’s smile had been and how her fiery red hair was dancing seductively behind her, with the wind blowing distractingly at it. Harry’s breath became even shallow as his eyes traveled down to her body, directly to her hips and bums. Merlin! Those must be a handful. No! Take that back, two handfuls! Harry thought slyly.

“Why Potter! Is that all you’ve got to catch me?” Suddenly, Ginny’s voice echoed through the wind, which made Harry came back to reality.

“Hey! They call me the youngest seeker of the century for nothing. I’ll get you soon!”

Ginny gave a chuckle which Harry thought were like music to his ears. “Yeah right! Bet you on it!”

Harry leaned forward on his Firebolt, increasing his speed. Harry noticed that they were now flying over Hagrid’s hut, but Harry didn’t even care to give a glance. He was so keen in catching the red headed girl in front of him. “Oh yeah? Don’t try to bet if you can’t win Ginny!”

“Try me! What do you want Potter if you manage to catch me?” Ginny asked as she turned a sharp right towards to castle.

A kiss from you? Harry thought, grinning. “Hm… I’ve never thought about this…” Harry lied. “Okay, what if you accompany me everywhere I go, for a whole month?”

“Pathetic Potter! That’s all you could think of?” Ginny glanced over her shoulder again with a sneer.

“Don’t think it’ll be easy Weasley!” Harry said as he increased his speed even more. “What about you? What do you want if I can’t catch you?”

“Your Firebolt for a whole month as well.”

“Alright.” Harry grinned. He knew that Ginny had been eyeing his broom for quite sometime now but he always forgotten to offer her to ride it. It’s not that Ginny’s broom was no good, it’s the Nimbus 2000 but it belonged to Ginny’s eldest brother, Bill. She was just borrowing it for a month.

Ginny was just an arm length away. Of course Ginny’s Nimbus 2000 could not match Harry’s Firebolt which was faster. With one swift move of his broom, he was already flying side by side with Ginny.

“Hello Ginevra!” Harry greeted coolly, giving her his charming smile which he copied from Sirius.

At that moment, Harry noticed that Ginny could not take her eyes of him. His stomach fluttered with butterfly at Ginny’s gaze. It was as if her eyes were stuck on him. Harry grinned but soon it faded as he just noticed that they so near to the Whomping Willow.

“Ginny! Look out!” Harry cried as he grabbed Ginny by her waist and swerved her away from the enchanted tree, towards the Astronomy Tower.

“Wow! Thanks Harry. I was a little distracted.” Ginny said as a blush crept up her neck.

“Nah it’s okay. I quite of enjoyed it.” Harry replied, before realizing what he just said.

“What?” Ginny looked a little surprised.

“Nothing. Um let’s just land here okay?” Harry reluctantly let go off Ginny’s waist and landed on the roof of the Astronomy Tower, Ginny directly beside him.

“So, you caught me huh?” Ginny asked as she twirled her hair into a bun using her wand to keep it in place.

“Oh yeah! It looks like it.” Harry tried to fight a grin as he ran his hand through his already messy black hair.

“Well, it won’t be that difficult to just accompany you for a month.”

“Oh really? We’ll see about that.” Harry raised his brows.

“Well well well, what do we have here? If it’s not Potter and the female Weasel!”

Harry and Ginny turned around to see Draco Malfoy sneering. Directly behind him, stood Pansy Parkinson, a Slytherin girl whom Ginny heartily dislike. Ginny gave a frustrating groan and immediately fold her arms across her chest, staring hard at Malfoy and Parkinson.

“Malfoy.” Harry greeted the Slytherin with disgust. “What are you doing here?”

“What am I doing here? What are you doing here? Romancing the Weasel?” Malfoy said as Pansy Parkinson gave a laugh.

“Shut up Malfoy. At least Harry’s romancing a weasel, unlike you romancing a slutty COW!” Ginny spat. Harry grinned.

“You!” Pansy marched forward towards Ginny drawing her wand but was blocked by Harry who also had his wand in hand.

“Back off Parkinson!” Harry barked causing the Slytherin girl to retreat behind Malfoy.

“Is that the way you treat a girl Potter? That’s pathetic!” Draco grimaced.

“Well, that’s the way I treat girls who would only date a prat like yourself!”

“Watch your tongue Potter! She’s my girlfriend and you’d better give her some respect!” Malfoy’s face was turning red from anger. A side of him Harry hadn’t seen before, especially when it comes with girls.

Looks like this bloke really loves the girl! Harry thought.

“If you want me to at least respect your girl, then you’d better respect mine! I won’t tolerate you calling her a Weasel every time you see her.” Harry stared hard at Malfoy, wanting him to understand what he had just said. Ginny on the other hand was getting rather speechless.

“Very well Potter.” Malfoy replied, anger gone from his face. Then, he held out a neatly folded parchment towards Harry. “Here. Dumbledore told me to pass this to you. I had it with me since after breakfast, but I couldn’t find you. And I was kinda busy here with Pansy doing uh stuff and heard you talking to the Wea… to to Weasley.”

Harry took a look at the parchment before accepting it. He slipped the parchment into his jeans pocket and decided to read it later in the common room.

“And what exactly were you doing with Pansy in the Astronomy Tower Malfoy?” Ginny asked suddenly, capturing Harry’s interest. She had a knowing smile playing on her pink lips. Harry frowned.

“Shut up Weasley!” Draco spat as he turned towards the exit door, pulling a very blushing Pansy Parkinson.

Harry stared hard, totally feeling confused. “What was that?” Harry asked glancing at Ginny.

“What’s what?” Ginny asked back.

“Did you just tease Malfoy and his girlfriend?”

“Well, it looks like it and I think he knows it!” Ginny said proudly.

“But why? Why must you tease him?” Harry scratched his head.

“Malfoy and Parkinson in the Astronomy Tower? Doing stuff? Together?” Ginny looked at Harry with her brows raised.

“I… I don’t get it.” Harry replied, looking so confused.

“What?! Merlin! You blokes are so back-dated sometimes!” Ginny sighed as she walked out of the door to exit the tower, with her broom clutched in her hand.

“Hey! What do you mean?” Harry followed Ginny from behind. She was laughing very hard at Harry’s confusion.

Merlin’s beard! He really has no idea! Ginny sighed.

“Well Harry, I don’t think I am the right person to be telling you this. Just ask Ron, maybe he knows.” Ginny suggested.

“Knows what? Is there something wrong with the Astronomy Tower that I don’t know about?”

Harry and Ginny were climbing halfway down the spiral staircase before Ginny stopped abruptly. She turned to face Harry, still having a sly smile on her lips. Harry shuddered as he looked at those pink juicy lips. Harry noticed that they were standing very close with each other. If he were to just purposely fall forward, Harry was sure his lips would hit hers!

“There’s nothing wrong with the Astronomy Tower Harry. Don’t worry.” Ginny said as she pat his right arm lightly. Harry froze as he felt a swooping sensation flow in his stomach. “Come on now! Lunch time!”

Harry felt Ginny pulling his hand towards the Great Hall. Harry sighed. He decided to let the matter regarding the Astronomy Tower rest, for now.
***

As Harry and Ginny entered the Great Hall, they noticed it was already full of students. They moved on quickly towards the Gryffindor table. They walked briefly pass Neville Longbottom, Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan and said a quick hello before easily spotting a mess of red hair sitting across a brunette further down the table.

“Where the bloody hell have you two been?” Ron asked in between stuffing his mouth with a bacon sandwich. Ginny and Harry sat opposite each other, Harry beside Ron and Ginny beside Hermione.

“Language Ron! There are first years surrounding us.” Hermione hissed.

Ron ignored her and muttered a quick sorry. Hermione helped Ginny scooped some chicken stew into a bowl while Harry helped himself to some treacle tarts, trying to ignore Ron’s question.

“Well? Where did you two go?” Hermione questioned this time, looking at Ginny and Harry with a slight frown.

“Um well, Harry and I decided to have a fly around in school. That’s where we’ve been!” Ginny replied, somewhat a little too reluctant.

“Oh… But still, you should have told us where you’re going, so we needn’t have to worry.” Hermione said, producing a fierce expression.

“Sorry.” Harry and Ginny muttered before giving sly looks at each other and grinned.

“Where’s my dad, Sirius and Remus?” Harry asked.

“We came across Dumbledore just now and he called the three of them to his office. I think he mentioned about Lily being inside his office already.” Hermione said.

Harry nodded. “Oh yes! Almost forgot!” Harry slipped his hands into his jeans pocket and pulled out Dumbledore’s message. “I received a message from Dumbledore. Malfoy passed it to me at the Astronomy Tower.”

“Astronomy Tower? Bloody hell! What were you and Malfoy doing up there?” Ron asked in horror.

“What? Ginny and I were there, when suddenly he came up with Pansy Parkinson to hand me this.” Harry waved the parchment in front of Ron’s face.

“You were there too Ginny?” Hermione looked at Ginny who was grinning and wiggling her brows. “And Malfoy’s there with Parkinson?”

“Don’t worry Hermione. Nothing happened. Harry and I just landed there.” Ginny explained, staring hard at Ron with piercing eyes as he looked as if he was about to scream his heart out. Ron caught her gaze and abruptly shut his mouth. “But I think, Malfoy and that Parkinson were doing something before we landed there.”

“Doing what? I didn’t see them doing anything.” Harry said a little too curiously.

Hermione and Ginny looked at each other, giggling madly. Harry looked over at Ron, and he was blushing madly.

“Oi! You guys know something that I don’t! Ron, you gotta tell me what it is. Ginny didn’t want to tell me either!”

“Alright mate, I’ll tell you later, tonight.” Ron murmured. Harry looked satisfied at Ron’s answer.

“Harry, hurry open up Dumbledore’s message! Maybe it’s something important!” Hermione exclaimed.

“Oh yeah!” Harry shrugged the parchment open.

Dear Harry,
I would like to invite you for lunch at my office
at one p.m. later.
You are allowed to bring a friend along.
See you soon!
       Yours sincerely,
       Albus Dumbledore 
       P.S. Get me Chocolate Frogs.
“Bloody hell! What time is it now?” Harry asked as he folded the parchment and stuffed it back into his pocket.

“One thirty. Why?” Hermione said as Harry stood up in a hurry.

“Merlin! I’m late!” Harry ran towards the doors of the Great Hall with his broom in hand. When he reached the large wooden door, he abruptly stopped and ran back at the other side of the Gryffindor table. He came up at his three friends who were still looking at him in confusion. Harry gave a grin as he grabbed Ginny by her arm.

“Let’s go Ginny. We’re very late!” Harry noticed Ron looking rather alarmed a Harry’s actions. “We’ll be back later. Don’t worry.”

“Where are we going?” Ginny found herself practically jogging at Harry’s side. “And why do I have to go to?”

Soon, they were out of the Great Hall and were climbing the steps towards the seventh floor corridor. They were panting hard, tired from all the running and climbing. Harry grinned mischievously when he saw the still confused look on Ginny’s face.

“You, my dear Ginevra, have you forgotten about our bet? The one that states that you have to accompany me wherever I go for a month?”

Ginny smacked her forehead lightly and sighed. “Gee… I’m sorry Harry. I must have forgotten.”

“Oh no worries Gin. I almost forgot about it myself.” Harry smiled as he led Ginny towards the spot in the seventh-floor corridor where a single gargoyle stood against the wall.

“Um are you supposed to meet Dumbledore or something?” Ginny asked as she eyed the gargoyle curiously.

“Yes. I am supposed to have lunch with him.” Harry explained.

“Well then, I don’t think I ought to be here then. He would surely have something very important to talk to you.” Ginny shrugged.

“Nah it’s okay. He told me to bring a friend anyway. And frankly, I’m glad we had that bet, so you could come with me.” Harry gave Ginny a wink which made her weak in the knees. “Chocolate Frogs.”

Soon, the two of them were standing directly in front of a door which led to Dumbledore’s office. Harry gave a knock on the brass knocker and waited patiently.

“I feel as if I’ve just came here.” Ginny mumbled causing Harry to chuckle slightly. Harry thought Ginny looked so cute with her lips pouting and her brows frowning.

“We were here this morning Ginny, with my dad and mum and Sirius and Remus?” Harry grinned.

“Oh right.” Ginny replied, a little too embarrassed.

Suddenly, the door was opened and revealed a very cheerful looking Dumbledore. “Harry!” Dumbledore exclaimed ushering Harry and Ginny into his office. “Glad you could make it. And Miss Weasley, I was just expecting you too to be Harry’s company.”
“Thanks Professor. But you see, it’s kind of a… you see… um…” Ginny stuttered.

“Um Sir, actually it was all a last minute plan to bring Ginny here.” Harry explained.

“Oh Harry. No worries about that. Let’s just say, I had a vision that you’ll be bringing her here with you.” Dumbledore said, with a knowing look. Ginny glanced sideways at Harry, who caught her eye, both blushing furiously.




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