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Chapter 22: Here We Come
chapter twenty-two: here we come
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I straightened the hat on my head and smiled at my reflection in the mirror. Tonight, I would be graduating from Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and wizardry.After tonight, I would be entering the real world.
Then the smile on my face dropped a little, I would be entering the real world without Natalie by my side. I still couldn't believe that she thought the answer to all this was to run away to America and never see me again. My heart ached just at the thought of never seeing her again. Was it wrong that I still loved her? Even though she had played me and betrayed me?
Was it wrong that I wished that she and I were still together? Was that weak of me?
Harry came up behind me and put a hand on my shoulder.
"Ready to do this thing?" He said, smiling at me, but I could see that he too was a little nervous about this whole thing.
"Of course." I said casting a grin at him. "Where's Hermione?" I asked, looking around for my other best friend.
Harry rolled his eyes. "Going over her speech, again. I swear she's practiced that thing a million times. But you know Hermione, she's got to have it perfect."
I grinned back at Harry and we looked around our dormitory for the last time. The room that had been my home for the last seven years. It seemed so strange to think that I would never sleep in that bed again. All of our trunks were packed for the last time and the room was bare. I looked around at Seamus, Dean, Neville, and Harry, the boys who had been my brothers for the last seven years and we all smiled at each other in a sad sorta way. I think that we all realized that this was the last time that we would really be all together like this. That after we left here tonight, things might change between us. We all just kinda stepped forward at the same time and had a big group hug.
Then, all together, we walked down the steps into the common room for the last time. All the younger classmen looked at us, and smiled. I don't think they really realized what it would be like for them in years to come, when it was their turn to leave. Ginny got up from the couch and hugged me and Harry, tears sparkling in her eyes. She smiled at us. "You're gonna be great."
Hermione walked down from the girl's dormitory with teary eyed Lavender and Parvati. She looked a little nervous, but she smiled reassuringly at us as she came down the stairs. She, Harry and Ginny started talking about her speech, but I was distracted by who was coming down the stairs now.
Natalie looked gorgeous and she smiled slightly at me as she descended the stairs. I wanted to run up to her and grab her, and kiss her and tell her that I still loved her, and please please don't go to America and leave me here alone.
But I couldn't, part of me was still angry at her and I didn't know how to say the words that I felt right now. She looked over at me, and then started talking to Seamus. I turned away and saw that Harry was looking at me. He gave me this weird look, part almost pity, and then he turned back to Ginny.
The Gryffindors were pretty quiet as we walked down to the Great Hall for the last time. We all just kept looking at each other, probably trying to memorize everyone's faces in case we never saw each other again. The other classes were all waiting in front of the Great Hall doors.
Draco Malfoy walked over to us. He shook my hand. "How's it going Weasely?" He asked, ignoring Hermione and Harry but not being his normal jackass self to them.
"I'm okay Malfoy." I answered. "And yourself?" I couldn't help but smile as I thought back to all the times when me and Malfoy had fought and now, here we were, talking like friends.
"Fabulous, listen Weasely, how's that little problem of yours coming along? FIxed yet?" He looked over at Natalie, like I didn't know who he was talking about.
"I don't think that it's gonna be fixed Malfoy." I stated, trying not to look over at Natalie.
"And why the hell not?" Malfoy demanded, not being at all quiet.
"Quiet down Malfoy, you're too old to be fighting with Weasely." McGonagall scolded walking into the hall. I grinned at Malfoy, who was scowling. He actually hadn't been fighting with me for once in his life and he still got in trouble for it.
The doors opened and we all filed into the Great Hall. I was struck with the irony of how much this was like first year when we had filed in here to get sorted.
"My students." Dumbledore said standing up. "And my friends. What wonderful years we have had together. How sad I am to see you go, but how happy I am at the same time. It is time for you to leave here, it is time for you to move on with your life. And I hope that we have done everything we could to make that path easier for you." He smiled at all of us in
Then Hermione gave her speech, and she was brilliant like we all knew she would be. She smiled at me and Harry as we stood up clapping for her.
We all walked up one by one and received our diplomas. I shook Dumbledore's hand and he smiled at me. "I am very proud of you, Ron Weasely." He said and then he let go of my hand and I walked back down.
After the ceremony there was a little feast. I was talking wtih Hermione about, what else, her new job, when Harry and Malfoy came up behind me. It was still weird to see those two together, as friends.
"Ron, we've gotta talk to you." Harry said. "We think that you're making a mistake."
"We think you're out of your damn mind." Mafloy said, and Harry scowled at him. "So if you're not going to fix this, then we're going to fix it for you." He announced.
"What are you talking about?" I asked, looking between him and Harry.
They both smiled and stepped aside, Natalie was standing there, and she smiled shyly up at me.
"Ron, if you let her go, you're gonna regret it for the rest of your life. So please, talk to her." Harry said, and then he took Hermione's arm and they walked away.
Me and Natalie just stared at each other, and then I smiled at her. "They're right, you know." I said, surprising both me and her. "If I let you go, I would regret it."
Natalie smiled shakily at me. "What are you saying Ron?"
"Don't go Nat, please, stay here with me." I begged grabbing onto her hands.
Tears pooled in Nat's eyes and then she jumped on me, and we were laughing and she was crying all at the same time.
I kissed her cheeks, and kissed her lips, and she whispered. "I'm sorry Ron."
"I know Nat, it doesn't matter anymore." I said grabbing her face and holding it in between my hands."None of that matters anymore."
I kissed her on the lips. "I love you Nat."
"I love you too Ron."
"Well, well, well," A familar voice drawled from behind us. "look who's back together."
I grinned at Malfoy. "I suppose you think this is all your doing." I guessed, wrapping my arm around Nat's waist.
"it is." Malfoy said arrogantly. "I'm a genius."
"It was my idea Malfoy." Harry protested, walking up with Ginny by the hand.
Malfoy rolled his eyes, but he was smiling. I just started laughing, and I looked around at all my friends,and my sister, and Natalie, standing next to me, and I saw how happy we all were. How happy I was.
As I looked down into Natalie's shining eyes, I realized that with her, I would never be second best, and I have to say that I liked it better that way.
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