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Chapter 2: The Last Dance
‘Now the bride and groom would please like anyone else in love to come join them on their first dance.’ The announcer started up the music and couples. Harry stood up from our table and offered his hand to Luna, who took it with a blush.
Edmund smiled and stood up as well, ‘May I have this dance malady?’
I smiled and took his hand, ‘You may.’
We walked over to the dance floor and began to sway to the music. It was soft and slow, a perfect first dance.
‘This is a nice song.’ I said, leaning my head against his shoulder and closing my eyes..
‘It is.’ Edmund said, resting his head atop mine.
Times like theses where the world seemed to stop and it was only you and the other person where what seemed to make life worth living. But eventually fancy scripted The End would come the page and it would be over.
I closed my eyes and held tighter to Edmund, not wanting this to end.
A few tears budded in the corner of my eyes, I knew it was going to end – and the pain was going to go deeper with each time I had to stay good bye.
I opened my eyes slightly look around at those around me. Danger was all around us but in this one moment there was only love. Couples where close to each other – whispering nonsense that only made sense to the two of them, stolen kisses here and there and smiles.
They didn’t have to be separated from the one they loved when I had to be.
I couldn’t leave Harry alone right now, he needed me. I had to put what I wanted aside.
I looked over to him and Luna, nothing was official but everyone knew they were meant to be. Harry was playing it safe when it came to Luna; he knew we would have to leave soon to get the other Horcruxes, maybe even die to keep everyone safe.
But he knew how to enjoy the moment with Luna; he knew it would be up soon. Maybe for good. But taking a look at the boy you knew his heart belonged to the young witch, as did hers to him. And the other thing was, Luna understood what he had to do, and she was just living in the moment like he was. Neither of them knowing what could happen tomorrow.
I looked back up at Edmund, I knew what was to come as well but I didn’t want just this moment, I wanted a life time.
‘Hermione, what’s wrong?’ Edmund said, pulling back a bit to look at me with concerned eyes.
Tears started to fall as I blinked, I loved Edmund, so much, but I couldn’t take him down this path with me – especially if it meant he could be hurt. I didn’t want him hurt, I wanted him safe, and I needed my focus to finish my mission with Harry.
And I didn’t think I could handle another good bye.
‘I—can we ge-get away from all of this for a bit?’ I said, quietly to Edmund.
‘Sure, yeah.’ Edmund grabbed his jacket and was walked over to the porch, ‘Here.’ Edmund swung his jacket over my shoulders as we took a seat on the swing.
I smiled and pulled it closer around me.
‘So what is up Hermione?’ He asked again, wrapping one of his arms around me.
I didn’t want to cry, but I couldn’t hold the tears back, ‘I…I think we need to say good bye.’
Edmund shook his head slightly, confused, ‘What—what do you mean?’
I took a small breath, ‘Edmund it hurts, it really hurts when you leave. And—and I don’t think I can do this any more.’
‘Oh…’ Edmund shifted awkwardly, but didn’t take his arm away.
I sniffed, ‘Can you say anything more then that? Doesn’t it hurt you?’
‘Of course it does.’ Edmund moved his arm and took both of my hands into his, ‘But seeing you makes it worth it.’
I tried to smile through the tears, ‘War is coming. Families are going to be ripped apart, people will be killed – and…and Harry needs me. He needs me to focus and if I’m worried about you then I can’t help him.’
‘So what do you want? Do you want to break up?’ Edmund’s voice was hurt, but he kept his demeanor in a calm control.
‘I’m saying I want you safe. You should go back to your family, stay there then—then maybe if this is all over…’ My voice cracked and all I could do was stare down at our entwined hands.
‘Hermione, together we can do anything. We don’t need to—’
I pulled my hands back and stood up, ‘It hurts, it hurts so much when you leave. I—I can’t do that anymore. I-I know its selfish but-but, I don’t know. I can’t, I just—just can’t. I need this to be over. I don’t want a moment with you I want a full story.’ I turned to look back at him with my arms crossed. He was looking down at his hands, not knowing what to say.
‘I see.’ Was the only thing he could say? He stood up but kept his eyes down.
‘Edmund…’ I covered my face with my hands, trying to get myself to breathe.
‘Hermione, I love you. I love you, that’s never going to change. But if you want some time.’ He came over and took my hands, my eyes slowly lifted up to meet his, ‘Then that’s what you need. I want to be with you for a long, long time but if you can’t right now then I’ll wait.’
I shook my head, my mouth slightly open, ‘Edmund, that’s not fair to you.’
‘It’s what I want.’ His eyes where hard and determined, I couldn’t help but smile slightly, ‘I’m giving you what you want, just please, give me this. Let me wait, give me something to wait for.’
I laughed slightly, causing him to raise his eyebrows slightly, ‘We sound like those romance novels my Mum reads.’
Edmund’s smile broke across his face, ‘Then that’s what we are, as long as I’m with you I don’t care what we sound like.’
‘Shouldn’t I be the one begging for you to come back too? Isn’t that how those books usual work?’ I said, squeezing his hands slightly.
‘Oh well.’ Edmund said, smiling before he pulled me into a hug.
A crash sounded behind us and both of us turned to look. People where running in all different directions, most Apparating away.
‘Oh no.’ I covered my mouth.
‘What is it?’ Edmund said, coming to stand next to me, his stance protective.
‘They are here. I have to find Harry.’ I started to take off his jacket and hand it back when he shook his head and pushed it back to me.
‘Keep it, next time we are together you can return it.’ Edmund smiled and wrapped his hand behind my neck, ‘Come back to me safe my love.’ He kissed me on the forehead and nodded for me to go.
I smiled one last time and took off towards the tent, my wand at the ready.
‘Harry? Oh Harry where are you?’ I dodged people here and there until I finally spotted him, ‘Harry!’
Harry turned around and took of towards me, ‘I sent Luna with George, he said he’d take Edmund and her to safety for us to leave.’
I nodded and reached for Harry’s hand, ‘Ready?’
He nodded and with a turn we where gone.
Author's Note - so this isn't one of my bests in my books, if you like it tell me if you don't help me to improve it!! thanx for reading guys and hope you are finding it slightly enjoyable (and yes I know, lots and lots of fluff!!) = )