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“Gwen is coming home tomorrow!” Sirius said excitedly at breakfast the next morning.

“Is she doing better?” Harry asked.

“Very much. She’s finally eating and able to walk. Soon she’ll have enough energy to do magic again.

“That’s good to hear. Have we heard anything about Kate?” Harry asked.

“No sign of her. Kingsley has been looking for her nonstop. We’re all worried about her. We don’t even know if she is still alive. Jesse has been helping as well; looking at all the old spots Voldemort has been but hasn’t found anything.” Sirius said sitting down across from Harry.

“Is that why we haven’t seen or heard from her in a while?” Hermione asked taking a seat next to Harry.

“Yeah, she’s been helping as much as possible. Barely taking a break. Lupin has been worried about her.” Sirius said with a smile. “Lupin has been keeping in touch with her though. I wonder when they’ll get together.”

“What?” Hermione said choking on her drink. “They fancy each other?”

“Yeah for a while now. Didn’t he tell you about the story?” He said turning towards Harry for the last part.

“About him biting her and looks after her now?” Harry asked.

“Yup, that’s the story. Our Lupin has finally found someone.” Sirius laughed. They ate breakfast talking about Lupin and other things but Harry couldn’t keep his eyes off of Hermione. She looked different somehow. The same soft curls, chocolate eyes, soft skin as always but something was different. “Harry?” Ron asked. Harry snapped his focus to Ron who was now sitting next to Lupin.

“Yes?” He asked.

Ron smiled and said, “Ginny wants to talk to you.” He said nodding his head next to him.

“Oh sorry Ginny, I wasn’t really listening.” He said as Hermione snickered with his response and began talking to Ron.

“Draco is coming here tomorrow.” Ginny whispered as they entered the hallway.

“What?” Harry asked loudly. “Why is he coming here? I still don’t trust him and I certainly don’t want him in this house.” He said lowering is voice

“He needs our help.” Ginny said trying to knock some sense into him. “He went to Dumbledore for help. He doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps. Can’t you just try to trust him?”

“I’ll try.” Harry said. “You’re gunna have a harder time with Ron though.”

“He’s going to have a fit when mum tells him he’s coming over.”

“WHAT?” An angry voice came from the kitchen.

“Well I guess he just found out.” Harry laughed and followed Ginny into the kitchen.

“Harry!” Ron said when he walked into the room. “Did you know about this?”

“Ginny just told me.” Harry said sitting back down.

“And you don’t care? I wouldn’t want that grease ball in my house.” Ron said leaving the room with a huff.

“Now this is my house, I’ve already agreed to his staying. Dumbledore came to me asking if he could stay here. I don’t care to have him in my house either, but he needs a place to stay.” Sirius said standing up.

“Ron, you better stop this nonsense. He’s coming whether you like it or not. He’s coming tomorrow afternoon.” Mrs. Weasley said. “After all, he just lost his mother so I hope you all won’t be too hard on him.”

Everyone settled back down. Ron went to his room in a huff and slammed the door. Mrs. Weasley walked away in a fit at how immature he was acting. Hermione was about to get up but then turned towards Harry.

“Could I talk to you later tonight?” She asked.

“Yeah of course. What’s wrong?

“It’s nothing. I just need to talk.” She looked sad and stood up before tears formed in her eyes.

“Of course.” She left the room.

“Are you two still having problems?” Sirius asked.

“She wants to take it slow. She doesn’t want to get hurt again.”

“Well I suppose that is for the better. But she’ll come along.” He smiled. Just then someone came into the hallway with a loud crash. Everybody quickly gathered around and saw Lupin come in with Jesse in his arms. His long black coat looked dirty with mud and her clothes were torn.

“Remus, what happened?” Sirius said instantly going to help him.

“We were attacked. I got her out of there as quickly as I could.” He said.

“By who?” They carried her upstairs before Lupin answered. “Who attacked you?”

“Lucius Malfoy with a few other death eaters I didn’t see.” He said angrily setting her down on the bed.

“That rat!” Sirius said angrily. “His son is coming here tomorrow.”

“Draco?” Lupin asked surprised. “Why would he be coming here?”

“His mother was murdered. He went to Dumbledore and asked for help. This is the safest place for him.”

“How did the other’s react?” He asked like they weren’t even there.

“Ron is mad but we are fine with it.” Ginny said scaring Lupin a little bit.

“Sirius, send for Madam Pomfrey. Jesse needs a little bit of healing.” Lupin said looking down at her on the bed. Sirius nodded and pushed everybody out of the room to leave them alone.

That day, Lupin spent mostly in Jesse’s room. Sirius sat alone thinking of Gwen. Harry tried talking to Ron would end up being yelled at so he left him alone. Hermione locked herself in her bedroom as well only letting Ginny into the room.
It was only Harry, Ginny, Mrs. Weasley, Mr. Weasley, and Sirius at dinner that night.

“So you guys never told me exactly why Gwen was put into St. Mungo’s.” Harry asked trying to strike up a conversation as Ginny was talking to her parents.

“She wouldn’t eat anymore and was sleeping most of the day. At night she would have nightmares and only woke up for minutes at a time. We decided to take her there so that she had a chance of living. It was her decision to go. She didn’t want to loose her life and risk not being able to be with you.” Sirius said. “There are great healers there, and she’s doing so much better.”

“I’m glad. She shouldn’t be in so much pain.” He said thinking of spending time with Gwen. “I can’t wait until I can talk to her.”

“I bet you can’t. She’ll be happy to see you again.” Sirius paused and then spoke up again. “Gwen won’t be happy to see Jesse here.”

“Why?”

“Because they are just two different people with two different opinions. And just the fact that Jesse is too young for Remus.”

“I’ve realized that too. They better work out their differences or who knows whats going to happen during this war. Everybody has got to work together or we’re going to have chaos.”

“I know. Lupin and I are going to try to talk to them when they’re both feeling a little bit better. But until then, we’re going to have to keep them separated.”

“Good.”

“What are you boys talking about?” Tonks asked sitting down next to Sirius as Hermione sat next to Harry.

“Nothing important.” Sirius said. Then Sirius overheard something Ginny whispered. “What’s wrong with her?” Sirius asked her.

“What?” Ginny asked surprised by his question. “Oh, Hermione. Well I don’t really know. I mean, I was talking to her in her room and she kept spacing out in the middle of saying something. She’s been crying a lot. I hope she’ll be all right about her father. I mean there is a chance that he'll live through this. It must be really hard for her.” Ginny replied.

That night came as quick as Harry wanted it to. “Hermione?” Harry called out hoping she would answer sometime.

“She’s outside Harry.” Ron called from downstairs after getting something to eat. “She told me to come and get you. Cheer her up okay? She looks really sad.”

“I plan to. I just hope she’ll be okay.” He said walking slowly down the stairs as Ron patted him on the back. He walked outside and saw her lying on the ground with a blanket. “What are you doing down there?” He asked.

“Looking up at the stars. They look beautiful tonight.” She said. “Come join me.” She patted down on the blanket-covered grass and he lied down next to her. She quickly cuddled up next to him and wrapped him up in the blanket with her. “Oh look, a shooting star. Did you see it?” She said smiling.

“Beautiful.” He said looking at her.

“I know you’re probably wondering what I needed to talk to you about.” She said sitting up. Harry sat up as well so he could face her. “It’s so hard. My family getting attacked and then you get hurt. I’m surrounded by so much happiness when so much bad has happened to me." He wrapped her up in a hug thinking it was the thing she needed. She started crying into his chest.

“It’s okay.” Harry whispered.

“No, it’s not. It’s not okay.” She said pulling back with a look of disgust written all over her face.

“Hermione, I’ve lost both my parents. I know how you feel. It’s going to be okay, he'll pull through this, I promise."

“It’s not okay. He’s coming after you Harry. I go to sleep every night and I dream about you. I dream that you’re going to die.” She started crying even harder as he wrapped his arms around her once again. He couldn’t say anything. He knew he wasn’t ready to fight Voldemort, not now. He wasn’t ready.

“I can’t stand to lose you again.” She said getting closer to him and lifting her head from his chest. He looked down at her and wiped her tears away.

“You’re not going to lose me.” He said caressing her cheek. She looked at his lips and then his eyes. She closed her eyes as their lips met. Ron watched from his window and smiled to himself and then got into bed to go to sleep.

“Come on, it’s a little chilly now. We should go inside.” Harry said helping her up and grabbing the blankets.

“Can I sleep with you tonight?” She asked.

“If you don’t mind Ron’s snoring.” He laughed.

“I don’t mind.” They walked inside and up to his room. They went inside and found Ron still awake.

“Goodnight you guys.” He said closing his eyes and sliding the blankets up over him.

“Goodnight Ron.” Hermione said slipping beside Harry in his bed. A few seconds later, Ron was snoring. “Wow, how can you stand that?”

“You get used to it.” Harry said smiling and sliding the blankets over them. “You feeling better?” He whispered.

“A little.” She smiled sweetly and cuddled up next to him with her hands pushed against his chest. He wrapped his arms around her. “You always make me feel so safe.” She said.

“I’ll always keep you safe.” He brushed a strand of hair behind her ear and looked down at her. “Sleep tight.” He kissed her forehead and closed his eyes.

“Do you love me?” She asked still looking up at him.

“I’ll always love you.” He said opening his eyes for a second to look at her and give her a quick kiss. She smiled and closed her eyes. “Goodnight.”

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