Harry walked over to where Ginny stood staring at him, and grinned as he stuck out his arm and asked, “May I escort you to breakfast Miss Weasley?”

Ginny grinned back and put her arm though Harry’s as she said, “I would be delighted Mr. Potter.”

Harry escorted Ginny to the table and held her hand to assist her as she sat down on the bench before he asked, “May I join you, Miss Weasley.”

“Only on one condition, Mr. Potter,” Ginny responded. “You have to drop the formality and just call me Ginny.”

“As you wish,” Harry said with a slight bow.

“Any pet names you may think of may be used as will as well,” Ginny said with a smile. “Now sit down Harry so we can eat.”

Harry sat next to Ginny as Hermione and Ron sat across from them and giggled quietly.

“I’m sorry, Harry,” Ron said with a smile. “You must have gone nutters to have agreed to something like this.”

“Oh, Ron,” Hermione said. “It’s only the most romantic thing a man could do for the person he loves. You really have to trust that person to do it though. I have to admit that. What made you think of doing this Harry?”

“Actually, I didn’t know anything about wizard courting until I talked to Professor Dumbledore yesterday,” Harry said. “I told him that I was planning to ask Ginny’s parents for permission to marry her, and I asked him if he had any advice as to how I should go about it. He told me that it was a custom that not many people followed any more to ask the parents before they asked the woman. He started telling me about how things used to be done, and explained about the whole courting procedure. It was perfect for me. It was exactly what I wanted to say. From the day she came to pick me up at the Dursley’s, I knew that I would give her anything she wanted if I could. This is my chance to prove that I mean it.”

“You are a fool, Harry,” Ginny said, “a big lovely fool. You didn’t need to do this to prove your love to me. I felt it the first time we touched this summer.”

“So did I,” Harry said. “I just want you to know everything about me that you want before you make a decision about our future.”

A light went on inside of Ginny’s head and she smiled as she said, “I don’t believe it. You did this so I would have access to all of your secrets. You knew that I would ask about all of the things you keep hidden from us. Are you really ready to spill everything?"

“I’ll tell you anything you want to know,” Harry said. “I’m ready to do anything you ask of me.”

“I’ll keep that in mind,” Ginny said as she squeezed Harry’s hand. “Actually, there is one thing that I’d like for you to agree to do for me right now.”

“Name it,” Harry said.

“Start teaching the D.A. again,” Ginny said. “Tuesday’s were for third, fourth and fifth years if memory serves me correctly. You can start tonight.”

“Consider it done,” Harry said as he bit off a bit of his bacon. “Hermione, I trust I can leave it to you to let everyone know that the old schedule is back on.”

“Sure,” Hermione said. “I’d say there will be quite a few people who take you up on the classes now, Harry. Maybe even more than before as people start to realize how soon the O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. tests are coming up.”

“I’ll be ready for it,” Harry said. “We’re going to need all of the help we can get fighting the death eaters. I think it’s about time to turn this club into a real army. We’ll be dueling tonight, so I could use all of your help with it.”

“You can count on us, Harry,” Ron said. “Word has gotten around about what you did in your dueling test the other day. I don’t know if you’ll have much luck making the sixth and seventh years wait until Sunday for their lesson.”

“Just let them know that the Sunday class will be a double one to get them caught up on where they need to be,” Harry said.

“Just don’t forget about your tutorials on Sunday, Harry,” Hermione said.

“I haven’t forgotten,” Harry said. “There’s plenty of time for both. I owe it to them, Hermione. I should have been teaching that class all year long, but I seem to have had one thing or another that took me away from Hogwarts. Now that I’m here, I plan on using what time I have left to prepare them for what is coming.”

Throughout breakfast, word spread beyond the boundaries of the Gryffindor table of the situation Ginny and Harry were in. It didn’t take long for Ginny, who wasn’t as used to the stares as Harry, to want to leave the Great Hall.

“I had better be running along to class,” Ginny said. “I’ve got double transfiguration this morning.”

“Would you mind if I walked you to class?” Harry asked. “I could carry your books for you if you wanted.”

Ginny smiled and said, “This is going to take some getting used to, Harry. I’m not used to someone following my every command. I would be very pleased to have you walk me to class. On the way there, I have a couple of questions you can answer for me.”

“Anything you say, Ginny,” Harry said as he stood and took Ginny’s books and began to walk away with her. “What would you like to know first?”

Ron and Hermione had to laugh as they watched Harry and Ginny walk away. They both had the feeling that Ginny would soon learn more about Harry and his secrets than they could imagine. They were still laughing when Neville and Luna sat down where Harry and Ginny had been.

“Is it true what they’re saying about Harry and Ginny?” Neville asked. “Has Harry really agreed to do anything she asks him to?”

“Yes,” Hermione said. “It’s true.”

“I always knew he was brave,” Neville said, “but I never thought he was that brave.”

“So you’re saying that you wouldn’t have that much trust in me then?” Luna asked.

“Uh…” Neville stammered. “No. I mean yes. I mean… I would trust you is what I mean.”

“It’s okay, Neville,” Luna said with a smile. “I love you anyway.”

Neville blushed deeply and said, “I love you too. It’s just that my Gran would freak if I did something like that. I don’t have any secrets from you anyway. I’ve told you things I’ve never told anyone before.”

“I may have to have a talk with Harry about this,” Ron said with a grin. “He’s making the rest of us look bad. Every girl in the school is going to be asking their boyfriends if they would do it for them. Now how is a guy supposed to answer a question like that?”

“At least you don’t have to worry, Ron,” Hermione said. “You’re already getting married.”

Ron’s grin turned into a wide smile as he said, “I couldn’t be happier about it either.”

Professor McGonagall walked into the Great Hall, and walked quickly to where the four Gryffindors sat laughing. Hermione saw her coming and had a sudden fear that something had happened, and she was looking for Harry.

“Mr. Longbottom,” McGonagall began, “the Headmaster needs to speak with you in his office right away.”

Neville swallowed hard, trying to think of what he could have done as he asked, “W… W… Would it be alright if Luna came with me?”

McGonagall looked as if she was about to say no, but she stopped herself and said, “Perhaps it would be a good idea if Miss Lovegood accompanies you after all.”

“I’ll be late to transfiguration if I do, Professor,” Luna said. “It’s my first class today.”

“I think you should plan to miss all of your classes today,” McGonagall said. “I will inform your other teachers about your absence.”

Ron and Hermione sat there and watched until Neville and Luna had followed Professor McGonagall out of the Great Hall.

“That was strange,” Ron said. “I wonder what that was about.”

“There’s only one thing it could be,” Hermione said, the sadness evident in her voice. “He can’t be in trouble for anything. If he were, Professor McGonagall never would have allowed Luna to go with him. Did you see her reaction when he asked if Luna could go with him? She was about to say no, and then she thought better of it. Why else would they be gone for the entire day? It’s Neville’s grandmother. Something must have happened to her.”

“I hope you’re wrong, Hermione,” Ron said. “I don’t know if Neville could take something like that even if Luna was at his side.”

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