Chapter 17 : Ginny Tells All
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“Um, yeah, I’m fine. Can I come in?” Ginny said nervously.
“Of course”, Hermione said and then added, “What’s wrong?”
“I don’t know how to tell you this.” Ginny said.
“Just tell me” Hermione said worried.
“What’s going on?” Harry said coming into the room.
“Harry, you’re here.” Ginny said.
“Are you okay?” Harry asked knowing that something was wrong.
Hermione and Harry both exchanged a look of concern and then Harry came over to sit by Hermione and they both looked at Ginny who was now crying.
“You can tell us.” Hermione said reaching for Ginny’s hand.
Ginny looked up at her best friend and then over at Harry and then buried her face into her hands again crying. “I just can’t be the one to tell you”.
“Whatever it is, we can handle it.” Harry said.
Harry and Hermione sat patiently and waited for the worst. Hermione clutched Harry’s hand for she had no idea what Ginny was going to say. Harry was just as concerned.
“It’s not Ron, is it?” Harry finally asked wanting to make sure that he was okay.
“No. This is about you.” Ginny said looking at Harry and then Hermione.
“Tell us” Hermione insisted.
“Well, I ran into Cho in town at the potions shop.” Ginny started.
“This is what you had to tell us, something about Cho.” Harry said. “I really don’t care about her or anything that she has done now.”
“Well, you might.” Ginny said.
“Ginny, please, just tell us whatever it is. Something has made you upset, what is it?” Hermione said getting a little impatient.
“Okay. Cho was getting a certain kind of potion there for her.” Ginny said slowly.
Hermione’s eyebrows raised and said, “What kind?”
“A father-tell potion” Ginny said getting teary again.
Hermione sat back and wondered if she heard right. She let go of Harry’s hand and stood up. Harry who was wondering what a ‘father-tell potion’ was.
“What is a father-tell potion?” asked Harry not sure if he wanted to know.
“It’s a potion that a woman takes when she’s pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is!” Hermione yelled.
“What!” Harry said stunned. “How can that be?”
“I don’t know, Harry, let’s think about it for a minute, how does one become pregnant?” Hermione said angrily.
“Hermione, calm down, I can’t think with you yelling.” Harry said standing up and pacing.
“Are you sure, Ginny?” Harry asked.
Ginny nodded instead of speaking for she felt like she already said too much.
“I can’t believe this. So, why does Cho not know?” Hermione asked Ginny and then answered her own question and said, “Oh. You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Ginny nodded and then said, “I’m sorry”.
“I have to get out of here. I can’t be around you right now.” Hermione said towards Harry.
“Wait, you don’t even know if it’s mine. You can’t just leave.” Harry said.
“I really don’t care right now whose baby it is. All I know is that there is a 50% chance that my fiancé is a father right this moment. Do you know how that feels? No, wait, you don’t. So, don’t tell me to just wait. I need some fresh air. You coming, Ginny?” Hermione said in a cold tone towards Harry.
Harry understood and couldn’t say anything in his defense. He should have been more careful. He couldn’t believe that he might be a father. He felt that it was most likely his, but, he didn’t know. Harry watched Hermione leave in tears followed by Ginny who didn’t know what to say. Harry sat on the couch and put his head into the palms of his hands. “What the bloody hell am I going to do now?” he said aloud.
Hermione walked fast while Ginny tried to keep up. “Wait.” Ginny said towards Hermione.
“I can’t believe this. I can’t believe it.” Hermione said stopping and then collapsing on the ground next to the sidewalk.
“Let’s go to my house. You can stay as long as you like.” said Ginny helping Hermione up.
“Why did this have to happen?” Hermione said through tears.
“I don’t know. But, I do know that Harry loves you and you love him. It’s going to be okay. Everything will work out, you’ll see.” Ginny said.
“How do you know that? I wanted to give Harry his first child and now I may not be able too.” Hermione said.
“We don’t even know if it’s Harry’s.” Ginny said.
“Are you sure it was Cho?” Hermione asked Ginny.
“Yes. I don’t know when Cho plans on talking to Harry or Ron, but, I wanted to tell you. I’m sorry if I picked a lousy time. I didn’t know what to do and I knew that I needed to tell you. I didn’t know that Harry was going to be there.” Ginny rambled on.
“I’m glad you told me. I’m glad it was you and not Cho.” Hermione said.
“What am I going to do if it’s Harry’s?” Hermione said.
“I don’t know. But, do you still love him?” Ginny asked.
“Of course I do.” Hermione said.
“Well, so does Harry. So, what does it matter? You are engaged now. You are both going to be married.” Ginny said.
“But” Hermione said.
“But what?” Ginny said after a long pause.
“But, if Cho has Harry’s baby, that baby will be apart of his life and he will want his child to be with him all the time.” Hermione said.
“So” Ginny said.
“How can I ever love a child that was Harry’s and Cho’s.” Hermione said and then quickly added, “That makes me a horrible person, doesn’t it.”
“No, you’re just upset right now.” Ginny said. “If it does turn out to be Harry’s, you will find a way in your heart to love that child because it is Harry’s child.”
“No, I won’t. If that child is Harry’s, he’ll have to be with Cho, not me. He won’t want that child to not have a father and a mother in their life” Hermione said.
“The child will have a father and a mother. He doesn’t have to be married to Cho or with Cho in order to be the father.” Ginny said and then was cut off by someone unexpected.
“What the bloody hell are you talking about?” Cho said.
“Get away from me now” Hermione said with a glare.
“Don’t talk to me that way.” Cho said.
“Look, I told Hermione and Harry about what you got at the Potions Shop.” Ginny said stepping back from Cho.
“What! It’s my place to tell Harry. I don’t even know who the father is. Where is Harry? I need to talk to him right away.” Cho said.
“You probably do need to talk to him.” Hermione said softly.
Hermione closed her eyes and then opened them. Ginny and Cho looked puzzled and then Ginny asked, “What was that?”
“I told Harry to come meet me here. He’ll be out in a minute.” Hermione said.
“Uh.” Cho said.
“Harry and I can talk in our minds. We learned it while we were, oh, it doesn’t matter. Here he comes now.” Hermione said.
Harry was thrilled to go see Hermione, but, his world suddenly crumbled when he saw Cho standing there along side her. He braced himself for the worst and walked up to them.
“We need to talk.” Cho said.
“I know” Harry said.
“Let’s go.” Cho said walking down the street.
Harry looked over at Hermione who was looking at the ground. He closed his eyes and whispered in her mind, ‘You know I love you’. She looked up and told him back, ‘I know. I love you too’.
Harry turned and walked towards Cho was standing and waiting impatiently for him.
“Come on, we have to go see Ron.” Cho said. “I want to get this over with.”
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