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Harry was lying on his four-poster bed, munching on his sandwich brought to him by Kreacher. The stubborn house elf had now developed a lot of respect for the master whom he earlier hated so much. Harry has after all killed the Evil wizard who had killed kreacher’s master Regulus.

For Harry, The last few months had been hectic, especially the last few days. Too many people had died for him including Fred, Tonks, and Lupin. He will never be able to forget it. And when he looked back to those days, he found himself lucky to survive amongst all.

He stared out of his dormitory window as his thoughts got drifted towards Ginny. The lakeside was visible from here. He remembered the afternoons spent with her and how enjoyable they used to be. Ginny was always so lively. She used to drive away all his tensions. Everyday, Harry had waited eagerly for the moments he could spend with her because the happiness he used to find in her company was compared to no other things that could make him happy in this world. She was the best thing that had ever happened to him. She was just the type of girl for him. She was beautiful, lively, funny, and tough and never broke into tears over petty matters like Cho. But his cursed fate didn’t let this happiness to last forever. Following the death of dumbledore, his colorful days soon came to an end. He had no choice but to end his relationship with Ginny.


Now that the wizarding world was sighing in relief after he killed Voldemort, he thought over it. He had discovered the previous year how much he cared for her. He knew that he no longer just liked her. The way he now felt towards her is much more, very strong feeling…

There was a knock on the door & the sound of it broke his reverie. Half expecting it to be Ron, he called out, “Ron is that you?”

 

No answer


Feeling curious, He got up and opened the door only to find Ginny standing outside.

“Hey Ginny, what’s up?”

“Mind some company?” She asked.

“Yeah, come in”, he said and opened the door allowing her to come inside.


She entered the room and then sat on his bed. Harry closed the door and walked towards her. She looked devastated. Her robes were disheveled, torn and her eyes were still puffy red. She looked so miserable… the grief of losing a brother like Fred is not something she can overcome so quickly. Harry knew that amongst all her brothers Ginny liked Fred and George best. Now she has lost Fred. It’s a terrible loss. Time heals all wounds, but deep wounds take a lot of time to heal completely. Fred’s loss was same. Ginny needed someone right now to console her, to comfort her. Perhaps, this is why she came to him.

He sat beside her and took her hand in his. She melted under his touch. Very slowly she looked at him. Though her eyes were puffy and swollen but still they looked beautiful to him. Her forlorn state hadn’t damaged her beauty. He smiled at her. She smiled back but it was a forced smile. Harry pulled her towards him and hugged her very tightly. She laid her head over his chest and closed her eyes. It was clear, she was crying again.

. “Everything will be fine now Ginny, don’t worry, calm down”, he whispered in her ear and silently kissed her forehead. After sometime, Ginny regained her composure. She looked up straight at his face and spoke, “It’s not fair, you know”, she said. “I always tend to lose people whom I love the most. First you, she said reproachfully, Harry looked down guiltily. “Then Fred, Tonks , Lupin. Why Harry?”

It was a direct question, and she regretted asking it immediately. After all Harry had gone through a lot, much more than she had gone through.

“Duanno, but same here, he answered. I’ve gone through a lot too; people who cared for me gave their life to protect me. First my parents, then Sirius, Dumbledore, then the order members”, and then his eyes filled with tears. He said with much difficulty, “Severus snape”. Ginny’s jumped at the mention of this name. A silence followed. Neither of them spoke for some time. Then she said, “I couldn’t believe it at first you know when you said aloud, that Snape was Dumbledore’s man and that he loved your mum”, Ginny said, her eyes not meeting his.

“I was shocked too, when I found out”, he said slowly.



“How did you find out?”, she asked.

Harry waited for a few moments, deciding whether to tell her or not. He hadn’t planned on telling Ginny too what he had seen because she knew nothing about his mission. Still it was her love after all which had saved him. She had every right to know this and so he retold her about the horcruxes and what he saw in the pensieve.

Ginny was taken aback. “You were the last horcrux”, she exclaimed in horror, when Harry told her the story of how one by one Ron, Hermione and he had destroyed the third and fourth horcruxes, Neville having destroyed the fifth.

“Well yes, I survived when he aimed the killing curse at me and killed his own fragment of soul that had been living inside me”, he replied

She became unusually quite then. No one spoke for a few moments. Then Ginny reached towards him. She was so close…her face was just a few inches away from his and this reminded him pleasantly, the last time they had kissed. Those memories seemed so far now. Her face was now just an inch away and then she kissed him softly on lips. “You went through a lot Harry, wish I could have stood by your side”.

He looked in her eyes and then cupped her cheeks. Looking in her chocolaty brown eyes he loved so much, he said, “I didn’t let you Ginny, it’s not your fault.” He said.

Why didn’t you let me? I wanted to help too, she said softly.

“I have told you before, I didn’t want to lose you too Ginny. Don’t you know how much I care for you? You were a major help to me, indirectly though, but still your love was the only thing that saved me. When Voldemort aimed his wand towards me I thought of no one but only you. This is why I survived because love was the only power, that could defeat Voldemort and I love you”. He finished breathing heavily. He didn’t want to tell Ginny about his feelings yet but it just escaped from his mouth.

“You love me?” there was an obvious surprise in her voice; of course she didn’t expect it.

“Yeah, I realized it last year whenever I felt your absence. During nights I used to keep looking your name in the marauders map hoping that you are safe in your dormitory and also hoping that you haven’t forgotten me and are ready to wait, give me some more time, one more chance so that….but he couldn’t complete the sentence because his lips got sealed by Ginny’s. Oh, how much he has waited for this moment. Her feel of lips, her looks and her love were the only things that saved him and killed the horcrux inside him.

“I Love You Too Harry, I love you too”, she spoke at last after breaking their never ending passionate kiss.

Harry grinned hearing this; he had guessed it too before she said it.

You know you’ll make a nice godmother to teddy, he said looking at her.

“Meaning”, Ginny eyed him scornfully.

Well I mean, if we, err…if we ever get married & become a couple. He said in a hesitated tone.

Ginny’s eyes enlarged. “You think we’ll become?”

It’s a different story if you dump me Ginevra but I’ll be glad to have a wife like you. I know that you are the one for me”, Harry said reasonably.

Ginny felt so overwhelmed by his words. She knew that it’s too early to think of marriage now. After all, they are still teenagers, but Harry’s word has touched her heart.

She pulled him into another passionate kiss before saying, “I will never dump you Harry potter. You are the only person for whom I’ve felt so deeply. I love you with all my heart”.

After that, they just laid their forehead against each other, each one thinking of another.

 

Over and over I look in your eyes
You are all I desire
You have captured me
I want to hold you I want to be close to you
I never want to let go
I wish that this night would never end
I need to know

Could I hold you for a lifetime
Could I look into your eyes
Could I have this night to share this night together
Could I hold you close beside me
Could I hold you for all time
Could I could I have this kiss forever
Could I could I have this kiss forever, forever









MEANWHILE…


Ron and hermione were sitting together under a tree by the lakeside. Both were staring at the lake lost in their own thoughts. Occasionally Ron looked sideways at Hermione but she was too absorbed in her thoughts to notice him staring at her.

“I need to go”, she said at once.

“Where”, Ron said, bewildered.

Umm … to bring my parents back, Ron, remember, I obliviated their memory and sent them to Australia.

“Oh.” he sighed in relief.

“So, are you going there alone?” he asked.

“Yeah, who else will come with me?” she asked casually.

“In case you have forgotten, I’m still living Hermione, so I can come with you”, he said in an exasperated voice.

Hermione turned her head at once towards Ron. She was overwhelmed as well as taken aback. Ron has earlier never fancied visiting the muggle world but he’s willing to go now for her sake, just to be sure that she is safe there. “He surely feels something for me then, it can’t be just friendship”, she thought in her mind.

“Hey, Hermione are you ok?” Ron asked in a worried tone.

“Why do you want to come with me Ron, you have earlier never fancied a visit to the muggle world”, she asked him straightaway.

“You are my best friend. I want to make sure that you are safe on your way. So why won’t I come with you?” He replied, hiding the actual reason.

“Is this the only reason Ron”? She asked feeling a little hurt.

“What do you mean Hermione”, Ron asked now feeling totally alarmed, his heart hammering on his chest.

She took a deep breath and then said, “When I kissed you on that night, you kissed me back. Was it just occurred in the heat of moment or was it because you really felt something for me Ron”?

Ron looked away from her, then after some time he finally said,” I kissed you back because I was waiting for this kiss ever since the end of our 4th year. I kissed you because I know that I… he hesitated- that I love you hermione. I couldn’t stop myself anymore.”

Hermione was never so surprised before. Ron has liked her ever since 4th year and she was totally oblivious! Damn it…she muttered under her breath. “But then why he dated Lavender?” she thought back.

“Well, why didn’t you tell me before then”? Why did you date lavender last year, she asked him reproachfully.

“I feared your temper and at the same time I wanted to make you jealous”.

“Jealous!” she was aghast

“Yeah”

“Why? You should have told me straightaway Ron, you didn’t need to use lavender.”

“Well, if you say so then I must say too that I was angry over the fact that you have kissed Krum”. Ron retorted.


WHAT…!

She didn’t know Ron knew this. She had never told Harry or Ron about her relationship with Viktor.

“I suppose Ginny told you this”, she asked after a long pause.

“Well, yes, right after I saw her snogging Dean”.

“Ron, he was my boyfriend at that time, we were a couple. I had got every right to kiss him and so had he!”

“Why didn’t you tell us then about him? Why you did all these in sly”?

Hermione felt, her temper rising. It wasn’t just his business, whom she dated earlier and why.

“I didn’t do it in sly. Everyone included Harry had figured it out, I thought you’d find out eventually. As I’ve told you before, just because you didn’t notice that I’m a girl didn’t mean that no one had noticed.

Ron looked away from her again. He had realized his mistake now.

Hermione took a deep breath. She wanted to clear up all his suspicions and knew that she have to be more patient with someone so stubborn like Ron. She reached towards him and held up his hand. Ron looked at her, apparently surprised. Looking in his deep blue eyes, she said, “You and Harry are my best friends but that doesn’t mean that I would just walk in between you two and declare that, “hey guys I’ve got a boyfriend!” I can discuss these things with Ginny but not with you and Harry”.

Ron stared at her apologetically, “I shouldn’t have behaved like that, she’s right”, he thought in his mind.

“I’m sorry, hermione. I was git, a real git to behave like that, I know. I just got so pissed off when I heard about you and Krum. I was blinded by jealousy. I’ve always taken you as granted and this was my biggest fault. I forgot in this way that you have feelings too. I’m very selfish hermione. I don’t deserve you. Perhaps you should just go back to Krum. He respects you very much. He’ll always keep you happy”. He finished in a very grave voice.

God, he has got it wrong again, he’s such a fathead, she thought hearing his words.

Ron, she started, “Viktor and me ended things ages before. We agreed that while we can be friends, we couldn’t be a couple. Being so far apart, we just don’t have time for each other.” As for you, I don’t think that you are selfish, you just are very short tempered and that’s all. If you were selfish you couldn’t have asked me to stay behind while you enter the shrieking shack”. She finished

“Still, I’m sorry for being such a git. I know I shouldn’t have done what I did last year. I promise you, I won’t be the same from now on. Just forgive me this time, Hermione please….” He pleaded.

She smiled at him and then said, “Its all right Ron, I’ve already forgiven you. You don’t need to apologize again. Just try to be a little patient from next time okay ?”

Feeling very delighted by her words, he nodded in response. They sat there for sometime, quite and just enjoying the view, each one’s mind on another.

Suddenly a question he has longed to ask her ages ago popped in his mind.

“Hermione…”

umm….

“What did you smell in slughorn’s first class beside parchment and grass”? Ron asked in a whispered voice.


Hermione blushed heavily, she decided on whether to tell him or not. Finally she said, “I smelt your hair Ron, I’ve liked your hair since the time we first met on train”.

Ron gave her a sly grin and she grinned back.

“I smelt the perfume and the shampoo you use”. He said back.

She blushed again.

“So do you love me too?” he asked very hopefully.

She nodded her head in response, “Yes, I love you Ron”.

Ron’s heart roared happily. He didn’t wait anymore. He pulled her towards him and kissed her passionately while she kissed back.

Together they got lost in the world of tranquil happiness.


Could I hold you for a lifetime
Could I look into your eyes
Could I have this night to share this night together
Could I hold you close beside me
Could I hold you for all time
Could I could I have this kiss forever
Could I could I have this kiss forever, forever

I don`t want any night to go by
Without you by my side
I just want all my days
Spent being next to you
Lived for just loving you
And dear, oh by the way

Could I hold you for a lifetime
Could I look into your eyes
Could I have this night to share this night together
Could I hold you close beside me
Could I hold you for all time
Could I could I have this kiss forever
Could I could I have this kiss forever, forever

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