Chapter 4 : Lunchtime
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“Hi Cho. Can I see you over there for a moment?” Harry said pulling her away without waiting for a response.
“Uh.. okay.. See you girls later.” Cho said with a wide smile.
Hermione and Ginny exchanged the universal look between girls of ‘whatever’. Ginny took full advantage of the situation and turned to Hermione and said, “Remember what we were talking about earlier? Well, I’ve been watching and observing and he definitely still likes you! Although maybe not just likes, maybe more. He always stares at you when he’s talking to both of us.”
Ginny waited for a response but Hermione was caught in deep thought so she added one more comment, “And I figured something else out too” with her eyebrows arched high.
Hermione looked at her and couldn’t help but laugh, “What is it this time oh wise one.”
“I’m being serious.” Ginny said.
“Okay, okay. What is it?” Hermione said.
“You like him just as much and he knows it!” Ginny said.
“What! There’s no way he knows that” Hermione said putting her head in her hands turning bright red.
“Oh yes he does. Well, you don’t really keep it a secret. The way you look at him when he talks to you and the way you held onto his hand for that little bit extra earlier.” Ginny said smiling.
“Really, I have to stop doing that. I can’t look at him like that if he has a girlfriend, one of which doesn’t care too much for me at the moment.” Hermione said into her hands.
Ginny patted her on the back and said, “Yeah, we’ll have to do something about Cho. Her green-eyed monster is definitely coming out strong.” Ginny said.
Hermione and Ginny looked over at Harry and Cho who were huddled into the corner by the front door obviously having a heated discussion.
“Look, I think you should go.” Harry whispered loudly.
“And why should I, so you can sit here and talk to your precious Hermione? Yeah, like I’m going to let that happen.” Cho said back.
“What do you think; I’m on date or something. Please, have a little bit more respect for me than that. I’m here with Ginny and Hermione.” Harry added looking around to make sure that no one was watching them.
“I know you would never cheat on me, okay. But, I don’t trust you around her.” Cho said with her arms crossed.
“Don’t trust me. Well, before this gets any uglier, you need to leave. Now.” Harry said.
“I didn’t mean it that way. I trust you.” Cho said clutching his hands.
“I’m going back over to the table to finish my lunch with my two friends in which I haven’t seen in years. We’ll talk later on.” Harry said letting her hands drop and then heading towards the table.
On the way back to the table, Harry caught Hermione’s eyes on him and he immediately felt better. Hermione was such a great friend of his and he cherishes her friendship. He never wanted to do anything to jeopardize that.
Cho was furious that he would just turn and walk away on their conversation and go and be with her. She wanted to do something to show Hermione that Harry was hers so she ran up behind Harry just as he was about a foot away from the booth. She jumped on his back and he turned around and she lunged at him with a huge kiss and a bug hug.
“Bye darling. Have a good lunch with your friends. Bye girls.” Cho said with an even bigger grin than before.
Hermione wanted to sink underneath the table and Ginny was already rolling her eyes. As soon as Cho was out of earshot, Ginny looked at Harry with a motherly look and said, “What in the world do you see in that girl?”
Hermione kicked Ginny under the table.
“Ouch” Harry said.
“Oh, sorry. I was just stretching” Hermione quickly said and then wished she was invisible.
Ginny laughed knowing that was meant for her.
“So” clearing her throat, Ginny said waiting for Harry to respond.
Harry took a deep breath and then said, “Um, to be honest, at this exact moment, I don’t know. I don’t understand women at all. First, she’s being bossy and rude and then she’s hugging and kissing me.”
Ginny turned to Hermione and said, “Guys just don’t get it, do they.”
Hermione wanted to die. How in the world did she get sucked into a conversation about Cho and Harry and whether or not he likes her? She wanted to run and hide. She managed to say, “Uh, well, I’m sure that she likes you an awful lot.”
“I guess” Harry said. “Too bad I can’t find someone who is nice and sweet and who likes me for me and not the attention that comes along with my name.” Harry said stirring his tea by circling his finger over the cup.
Ginny rose to the occasion and began, “As a matter of fact…
Hermione waved her finger and Ginny couldn’t speak. Hermione gave her a look and then let Ginny speak again. Before Harry even realized what he just missed, the waitress came up to the table.
“Are you three ready to order dears?” the waitress came up and said.
“I’m sorry; I have to get back to my tutoring. I have a young 1st year coming to meet me in about 10 minutes.” Hermione said walking out of the pub looking back and waving to the two of them.
Harry and Ginny gave the waitress their orders and when the waitress left, Harry remembered what he was going to say, “So, what were you going to say? As a matter of fact what?”
Ginny smiled and said, “I’m sure that one day you’ll find someone for you who is more than you ever thought could be. Who knows, maybe someone you know quite well.”
“You really think so” Harry said.
“Yes, in fact I know there is.” Ginny said and then adding without skipping a beat, “So, when are you going to open your eyes and realize what’s in front of you”.
“What” Harry said taking what Ginny was saying completely wrong. He didn’t know if he liked where this was going. Was Ginny telling him that she liked him? What?
“Come on now, you have to know” Ginny said.
“Have to know what?” Harry said scooting back into his seat as far back as he could.
“Don’t be foolish, you know who likes you. You can’t tell me that you don’t know who has liked you for years.” Ginny said.
“Uh, look, I don’t know how to tell you this Ginny. Um. Um.. I have to go. I got to go meet up with Ron at the Ministry. It was great seeing you and everything and please give my best to Neville. Bye. Thanks for lunch. I’ll grab my lunch to-go on the way out.” Harry said as he bolted to the counter and then leaving without looking back.
He thought to himself, ‘my Merlin, Ginny likes me again’. No way. She’s definitely gone mad.
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