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Harry wrapped his arm around Ginny’s shoulder as he helped her walk up the stairs.

“Honestly Harry, I can walk up a stairs by myself. I’m not about to break in half or anything.” Ginny stated, a hint of annoyance in her voice.

He smiled slightly, loosening his grip. “It’s my job to worry.”

“But you don’t need to worry right now.” she replied, and for the most part it was true. Though the spell had left Ginny very weak, she’d made an almost full recovery at home.

They walked up to the entrance to the Gryffindor common room. “Mistletoe” Harry said to the Fat Lady’s portrait. As Christmas was fast approaching they had changed the password to something a little more seasonal.

Harry helped Ginny in through the portrait hole and they walked inside in darkness.

“It’s chilly in here. I wonder why no one has lit the fire.” Ginny thought aloud.

Suddenly light filled the room and the majority of the house filled the room. “Suprize!” a few people yelled, but not all of them, leading Ginny to wonder whether or not there had been some miscommunication about the whole thing.

“Wow!” she said, covering her face to hide her slight embarrassment about the whole thing. “Is this all for me?”

“Of course it is!” Hermione yelled, running up to Ginny and giving her a light hug. “Harry and I planned it.” She said, seeming slightly proud of herself.

Ginny shot Harry a glance that would cause anyone to wonder what she was thinking. “Thanks so much for everything.” she said out into the room, wishing she could just curl up on the couch by the fireplace.

Someone turned on some music and the attention seemed to fade from Ginny as people began to talk amongst themselves.  Ginny grabbed Harry’s arm and drug him over to the corner and looked at him, a look of slight annoyance on her face. “Why did you throw me a welcome back party? You know I don’t like a fuss made about me.” she said, not taking her eyes off of him.

He sighed, looking away, out into the group of happy Gryffindors. “Hogwarts was attacked. People need something to cheer up about. Hermione and I just gave them the opportunity.” he answered, his voice oddly strained.

“Oh,” Ginny began, feeling a little bit foolish. “Well, I really don’t feel like going to a party right now.” She whispered. “It’s been a rather long day for me.”

“I don’t think there’d be anyone in your dormitory if you want to go to bed. I’m sure they aren’t partying up there.” he said with a slight smile.

“I have a better idea.” Ginny replied, a somewhat mischievous grin on her face. She grabbed his hand. “Follow me.” she said and led him up to the boy’s dormitories.

She walked into what she knew was Harry’s dorm and was pleased to find the place was empty. Looking around for a moment, she figured out which bed was his. She sat down on it and patted the spot beside her. “This is much quieter.” 

“It is.” Harry agreed, sitting down beside her.

“I’m so glad to be back here.” she said, stretching out and laying back so that she was comfortable.

“And I’m glad you’re back.” he agreed, leaning back so that his face was right beside Ginny’s.

She reached for his hand and held it in hers. “It’s so much nicer up here. Much more private. I haven’t had you alone for more than fifteen minutes in the past month you know.”

Harry nodded. “I’ve missed our alone time, but for some reason I don’t think we’re going to get that much more of it here unless we sneak off.”

Smiling, Ginny leaned over and kissed his lips softly. “We have some alone time right now don’t we?”

Harry kissed her back, wanting the kiss to last longer, maybe forever if it were possible. “Yes, but someone could come up here any minute.” he replied, staring into her now chocolate eyes.

“That’s a risk I am willing to take.” she replied, wrapping herself around him. Ginny went back to kissing him, more passionately, more forcefully than before.

Harry was a little worried that it might wear her out, but he didn’t say anything out of not wanting to upset her. He hadn’t been able to kiss her like this in so long. “I love you.” he whispered, pulling her closer.

The door flung open and both Ginny and Harry blushed to see Neville standing there. “Uh, sorry, I was just… Yeah, I’ll see you two later?” Neville sputtered out, obviously more embarrassed than the two who had gotten caught snogging.

Ginny couldn’t help but laugh. “That was a little awkward.” she giggled, laying back out on the bed in a way that was much less promiscuous.

“Just a little.” Harry agreed, sitting up.

“I’m so tired.” she said, yawning partially out of show. “I don’t feel like braving the crowd in the common room. Do you think I could sleep with you tonight?” she asked, knowing his answer before she asked.

“That’s fine.” He replied, smiling.

“Can I barrow a shirt to sleep in? This isn’t that comfortable.” she asked, looking at him with puppy dog eyes.

“Of course. Let me get you one.” Harry said, and started digging in his dresser. After a second he pulled out an overlarge Chuddly Cannon’s jersey. “Here you are love.” he said, handing her the orange shirt that nearly matched her hair.

Ginny stood up and began to take her jeans off, smiling slightly as Harry turned the other way. “You can look you know. It’s not as if you’ve never seen my bare skin before.” she giggled slightly.

Harry turned around, feeling like he’d been somewhat silly. He watched as she pulled her shirt off, revealing the scar that made a t across her stomach. Though it was completely healed now, it still looked incredibly painful. He hated having to remember what had happened, and that scar would always be a reminder for both of them. “I’m so sorry.” he whispered, almost on the verge of crying.

“Harry,” Ginny began, as she pulled his shirt over her head. “do not be sorry about it. You didn’t do anything.” she said, knowing he was talking about her being attacked. “I’m fine now. It’s over.” she added, sitting down and wrapping him in a hug.

“I thought I was going to lose you.” He said, holding her tight.

“But you didn’t baby. I’m here. Almost as good as ever. In some ways better than ever.” she replied, pulling back and giving him a peck on the lips. “We’re getting married.”

“We are.” he agreed, smiling at her. “I’m gonna change okay love?”

“Alright.” Ginny replied as Harry took everything off but his boxers.

He climbed back into bed. “I can sleep on the floor if you want.” he offered, hoping that there would be enough room for both of them.

“Goodness Harry, don’t be silly.” she said, pulling the blanked over both of them.

Harry wrapped his arm around her, kissing her cheek. “I love you Ginny.”

“I love you too Harry.” she replied, and closed her eyes soon to be over-taken by sleep.

***

Luna walked along the edge of the lake by herself, gazing out across it, wondering if she’d see the giant squid. She narrowed her eyes as she thought she saw something on the other side of the lake. It appeared to be the figure of a girl about her age, but she didn’t recognize the person. Suddenly the girl on the opposite side of the lake seemed to notice her. In a matter of minutes she was standing next to Luna. It seemed as though she’d walked across the surface of the lake.

“Hello.” Luna said, in her usual dreamy voice. She looked at the girl carefully, noticing the girl’s long black hair that matched the colour of her eyes.

The other girl did not respond, but withdrew her wand from her robe. “Crucio!” she yelled, causing Luna to fall to the ground, writhing in pain. She let her have a moment to breathe and Luna went for her wand.

“Stupify!” the girl yelled before Luna even had a chance. Smiling maliciously, she put her wand away and withdrew a long dagger. She stabbed Luna in the stomach and cut off a large chunk of her hair. “They’ll find you soon.” she said, though there was no real reason to.

“May as well give you something to not remember. It’s not like you’re going to die while stupefied.” she stated aloud, and proceeded to stab her twice more before performing a memory-wiping spell.

***
“Have you seen Luna around anywhere?” Neville asked Ron worriedly.

“Can’t say I have.” He replied, wondering why Neville seemed so worried.

“She was suppose to meet me by the lake this morning and never showed up. I haven’t seen her all day.” He said, starting to become increasingly worried.

“What’s wrong?” Ginny asked, walking up to the two talking with Harry by her side.

“Luna’s missing.” Neville replied, looking like he was about to cry.

“Have you gone to McGonagall?” asked Harry.

“No.” Neville replied, wondering why he hadn’t done that in the first place.

“Go search the grounds. Ron get Hermione. Ginny stay with Neville. I’ll be there soon.” Harry said, and turned around to go find the Headmistress.

Neville and Ginny took off towards the grounds.

“What do you think Harry think happened to her?” Neville asked, nearly jumbling his words.

“I don’t know Neville.” she replied, biting her bottom lip for a moment. “I’m sure he is just being his over-heroic self.”

Neville nodded as they hurried out to the lake.

“Have you looked all around out by the lake?” she asked.

“Most of the way. After a while I decided that she wasn’t going to show up.” he said, wishing he’d looked all the way.

“Lets go this way.” she said, taking off at a hurried pace, noticing her brother and Hermione walking down from the castle.

“Alright.” Neville replied, walking closely behind her.

They walked on for about 100 meters before either of them said anything. “We have to slow down. I’m running out of energy.” said Ginny, her arms wrapped around her stomach. She was weaker than she’d originally realized.

“Ginny, I think you should stop for a minute. You look pale. I’m going to go just a ways farther okay? I think I see something.” Said Neville, rushing forward. After just a few seconds he was at what he thought he’d seen. Looking down, a knot tied in his stomach. There was blood on the ground and a trail that led off into the forest. “Merlin.” He said out loud, before hurrying off into the forest, praying that he wouldn’t find what he thought he would.

“What?” Ginny asked, but by the time the word had left her mouth Neville had ran off into the forest. Standing back up, she took off after him, at a much slower pace.

“Go stand just outside the trees Neville. They need to be able to see where we are.” Ginny said, determined to keep her calm.

Neville nodded as a tear streamed down his cheek. He ran out of the forest.

Ginny kneeled over Luna’s body. “Episkey” she said, running her wand over the wound’s on Luna’s body. “Episkey.” She repeated again, with more confidence, causing the wound’s to heal, leaving three puffy deep red lines in their place.

She quickly preformed the counter spell for stupefy, deciding that that was the reason she wasn’t moving. “Ennervate” she whispered.

“Wh- What happened?” Luna asked, looking up at Ginny with an ever-surprising calm look on her face.

“I’m not sure. But we’ll figure it out okay Luna?”

Neville, followed shortly by Ron and Hermione walked up beside the two. Neville’s mind flooded with relief as he saw that Luna was alright. He sat down beside her in the dirt and held her close. “You scared me.”

“I’m sorry.” Luna replied, closing her eyes. “Must have been a Nundu got me.”

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