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Chapter 2 : A Gallon Of Ice Cream Is Hardly A Suitable Bed-Mate
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Ginny was roused out of a deep sleep by the rise and fall of angry voices coming from behind the curtain to her left. It took her a few moments to collect her thoughts and remember what had happened to her. Then it hit her, she was pregnant with Harry’s child, and apparently her mother had found out. She was pulled away from her thoughts as the voices rose louder.
“She’s just a child Arthur, how in the world could she have let this happen?” Ginny cringed as she recognized her mother’s furious voice.
“Molly, just calm down, there is nothing we do about the past now. I am as disappointed in Ginny as you are; but regardless of how upset we are, she’s still our daughter. Besides, by acting this way we are becoming the biggest hypocrites in the world. Don’t you forget that we ourselves engaged in some activities while we were in school.” Ginny groaned inwardly at the horrible images that were now flooding her brain.
“I just can’t believe this is happening. She was supposed to do wonderful things, have an incredible life, and now she’s ruined her life.” Molly sobbed, and Ginny felt her own throat grow tight.
“Did having Bill ruin your life Molly?” Arthur asked shakily.
“Having Bill was completely different. I was already out of school. I wasn’t a seventh year trying to figure out how I was going to graduate.” Molly answered stiffly.
“This is true, but you did give up having a career, you gave up all your dreams to raise our family. Do you regret that? Did it ruin your life? Would you have been happier without it?” Arthur asked.
“Arthur, I love you, and our family. I would never and could never regret our life together. I may have given up my ambitions of becoming an Auror, but in its place I was blessed with a dream I never knew I had; becoming a mother and wife.” Molly answered emotionally. Ginny who had been listening silently finally let the tears fall. A small sniffle caught the attention of Molly and Arthur, who quickly made their way to Ginny’s bedside.
“I’m so sorry.” Ginny wailed as Molly sat on the bed and gathered her into a hug.
“I’m not going to give you the impression that we aren’t angry and disappointed Ginevra; but right now we need to focus on how we are going to handle this situation.” Arthur said as he grabbed one of Ginny’s hands.
“I think it would be best if you moved back home, and I could teach you everything you need to know for your N.E.W.T.S. at the end of the year.” Molly suggested. Ginny could feel herself tensing up at the very thought of an entire year with only her mother for company. It had been horrible the first year Ron went to Hogwarts and she was stuck at home, Ginny couldn’t possibly live through another year like that. Luckily Ginny was saved from making a reply, as Ron. Hermione, and Headmaster McGonagall made their way towards Ginny’s bed.
“Actually Molly that will not be necessary, Hermione and I have come up with an alternate plan, one that probably is more beneficial.” Headmaster McGonagall said, and Ginny breathed in a sigh of relief.
“Mrs. Weasley, I was thinking that it might be best if Ginny moved into the apartment below ours. I could teach Ginny everything she needs to know since I took the test last year. We always wanted Ginny to live near us, and this would be the perfect solution.” Hermione rationalized.
“But your going to be too busy with you schedule Hermione. Your day is already completely full with classes for becoming a healer.” Arthur protested.
“Actually, the first year of Healer schooling is mostly learning from the course textbook, nothing hands on. I spent a lot of last year looking over the books while we were searching for the last few Horocruxes, and earlier this week I took the first year exam and passed. The next stage in my training is to work with a long-term patient. Ginny fits all of the requirements, so essentially we will be helping each other in our schooling.” Hermione explained with a smile.
“Of course all of Ginny’s regular teacher’s will drop by once a week to conduct a test, and make sure she is on schedule with all of her classes. I really do feel this is the best solution.” said Headmaster McGonagall.
“I suppose that would be acceptable, but at the first sign of trouble you are packing up and moving home.” Molly noted as she looked sternly at Ginny.
“Agreed,” Ginny remarked and heaved a sigh of relief.
At least I‘m not going to be alone, she thought to herself.
Shortly thereafter Madam Pomfrey discharged Ginny from the hospital. Hermione and Ginny headed up to the Gryffindor dorms where they gathered Ginny’s things. Ginny explained to her friends that there was a family emergency and she was going to finish her schooling at home. After many tearful goodbyes Hermione and Ginny made their way down to the lawn where Ron was waiting for them.
As Ginny took one last look at Hogwarts her eyes filled with tears, she couldn’t believe that things were ending this way. Thousands of memories began to flood her mind; her first day at Hogwarts, her first quid ditch match, attending the Yuletide ball, and so many other little things she had achieved at Hogwarts.
As she turned her back to the school the tears began to fall, and with each tear Ginny felt her happiness fading away. She wasn’t just saying goodbye to Hogwarts, she was saying goodbye to the only man she could ever love. It was here, in this place that they had some of their best moments, and once again she was overtaken by the memories; Harry saving her in the chamber of secrets, their first kiss in front of the entire common room, the simple but sweet moments they spent studying together, and the most amazing night of her life.
She felt completely numb as Ron enclosed her in a brotherly hug, she wept in his shoulder her entire body shaking with sobs of fear, pain, and hopelessness. They stood there for a long time before Ginny pulled herself together and climbed into the carriage. As they pulled away Ginny took one last look at Hogwarts and gave a bitter smile, things were never going to be the same.
Ginny was sitting on her bed looking at a picture on the wall when her doorbell rang. As she made her way to the front door she thought about the last few days. After they left Hogwarts, Hermione and Ron had taken her back to their apartment where she had stayed the night.
The next day Hermione and Ginny headed downstairs where Ginny’s apartment was, and started setting things up. They had spent the better part of two days cleaning and decorating the apartment. Ginny was happy with the way her apartment had turned out; it was smaller than Hermione and Ron’s but very cozy. She wasn’t surprised to open the door and see Hermione waiting to come in.
“Hermione, how many times do I have to tell you. You don’t have to ring the bell, just come on in!” Ginny said exasperatedly. Hermione gave a sheepish grin as she entered the apartment and gave Ginny a warm hug.
“I’m sorry, it just seems so rude to barge in. Anyway, I came to see how you were feeling, are you sure you're up for tonight?” Hermione asked concerned. Ginny was planning on having dinner with Harry that night and telling him she couldn’t see him any more.
“I don’t really have a choice, either I tell him now or I take him to dinner in a month and the secret’s out.” Ginny blurted out with a forced grin.
“Well, I thought you might want some help in any case.” Hermione answered.
“It’s not like it matters how I look,” Ginny exclaimed. “I’m going to be a complete mess by the time I get home anyways.”
“I really think Ron and I should come, for moral support.” Hermione suggested.
“Sure, you guys can come, and be on my side. Then Harry will hate you both as well, and he will not have any friends. Great plan Hermione!” Ginny replied sarcastically. Noticing Hermione’s shocked face she sighed. “I’m so sorry Hermione, my hormones are out of control. I’ve been having the worst mood swings.”
“Really, I hadn’t noticed!” Hermione giggled. “Like yesterday when you cried for half an hour because the slippers you bought yesterday didn’t match your pajamas.”
“Hey! That was a very emotional moment.” Ginny retorted. They took one look at each other and began laughing. After they had managed to gain control they quickly made Ginny presentable, and she headed off to meet Harry.
Ginny had waiting at the table for five minutes when Harry strolled up and joined her. As he sat down he leaned across the table and gave her a quick kiss. It wasn’t filled with passion and sparks, more of a simple kiss; like something he would do everyday for the rest of their lives. Ginny knew she would treasure that kiss for the rest of her life. As he settled down across from her he shot her one of his signature grins, and Ginny almost reconsidered her decision.
“Ginny you look fantastic!” Harry exclaimed as he grabbed one of her hands.
“I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt Harry.” Ginny replied with a smile.
“I don’t care what you’re wearing. You will always be the most beautiful woman in the world.” Harry said, and Ginny adverted her eyes.
“Listen Harry there is something I have to say to you.” Ginny started.
“Great, I have something I want to say to you as well Ginny.” Harry interrupted. “I have known you for years, first as my best friends little sister, and recently as the woman of my dreams. You mean so much to me Ginny, and I’ve worried everyday I was gone about your safety; I don’t want to have to ever worry again. The last couple of months I have been working on getting a job, and today I finally found out that I landed one.”
“Harry, I’m so happy for you!” Ginny shouted. “What are you going to be doing?”
“I got a job as a seeker for Puddlemere United, so I’ll be working with Wood again. So I’ll be doing a lot of international traveling, which is what I wanted to talk to you about.” Harry said.
“Actually Harry I don’t think we need to talk about anything. I think it would be best for us both in light of recent events to not see each other anymore. I have school to finish up, and you are going to be quite busy with your new job.” Ginny announced.
“Well, I was going to suggest something different,” Harry confessed with a frown.
“I don’t think there is any need to do anymore discussing, I’ve felt this way for awhile. It makes perfect sense to split up while we both still respect each other,” Ginny lied.
“Wait, Ginny if something’s been bothering you we can fix it, just tell me the problem. I don’t want to lose you, you were the only thing that got me through that final battle. The thought that one day we could have a life together. Please, don’t do this.” Harry pleaded.
“I’m sorry Harry, I don’t want to be a part of this anymore. I think it would be best if we didn’t see each other anymore, at all. You're welcome to still visit my family, and Hermione and Ron will always be your best friends. Let’s just remember the good times; life goes on, people change. Just don’t come looking for me Harry, I’ve made up my mind, and there is nothing you can say or do will change my decision. Goodbye.” Ginny whispered as she grabbed her coat.
She leaned across the table and gave him one last kiss on the cheek, as she headed for the door the tears began to fall again. It was all over, she had just thrown away any chance of happily ever after.
Ginny wasn’t quite sure how she made it back to her apartment, she had been in a complete daze the entire way home. In fact as she sat on her couch with a giant bowl of ice cream she couldn’t remember buying, she wasn’t sure how she was going to make it through the next few days.
She was very aware that she had put herself in this position with her decision not to tell Harry, but that didn’t make it hurt any less. She was started by a large noise, and watched in amazement as Tonks and Hermione appeared in her fireplace. They were holding bags and sleeping bags, and were clearly dressed in pajamas.
“What are you two doing here?” Ginny questioned as she shoved another spoonful of chocolate ice cream in her mouth.
“We are here for support, because that is what friends do.” Hermione replied as she wrestled the bowl of ice cream away from Ginny. “You can’t drown your sorrows in ice cream, so you get to talk to us instead.”
“Now why don’t you scoot over and we’ll sit here and make you feel better.” Tonks said with a giant grin.
“Fine, but nothing you can say is going to make me feel better.” Ginny growled.
“That maybe true, but at least you will not feel like your all alone. We will always be here for you Ginny, no matter what happens.” Hermione said as she gave Ginny a giant hug. “Now why don’t you tell us exactly what happened.”
Tonks made her way to the kitchen and whipped up three bowls of chocolate ice cream. The only thing that had cheered her up when she was depressed about Remus was girl talk with Molly, and chocolate ice cream. Hermione had informed Tonks of the recent events right after they had discovered Ginny was pregnant.
Hermione had needed some advice, and Tonks had taken on the role of a big sister to both the girls. Hermione had sworn Tonks to secrecy, and although Tonks felt guilty about lying to Remus, she didn’t have a choice. She headed back into the living room with the ice cream, not quite believing that Ginny would soon be a single mother.
As she handed out the ice cream she moved the conversation away from the current situation trying desperately to get Ginny’s mind on something else. Soon the girls were in deep conversation and Hermione and Tonks were breathing sighs of relief, Ginny was going to be okay.
Harry was still sitting in the restaurant completely stunned. He wasn’t sure how long ago Ginny had left, hours he would guess. He had been looking forward to this night for ages, his whole life to be honest. Right after he received Ginny’s owl he decided to go shopping for a present for her. He felt guilty about having to leave her so suddenly after their night together. A blush crept up his cheeks as he thought about that wonderful night, the night he thought they would be together forever. She had completely side swiped him tonight, he couldn’t believe she didn’t want to be with him anymore.
Maybe something had happened after that night together, he had noticed she hadn’t been writing, but he had foolishly assumed she was busy with school. Perhaps she had felt pressured by him that night and now regretted her decision.
It didn’t really matter now anyway, she didn’t ever want to see him again. Harry had definitely had some horrible days in his relatively short life, but in his opinion this one was the worst. At least his parents, Sirius, and Dumbledore hadn’t wanted to leave him.
A raw and bitter laugh escaped his throat as he downed what must have been his fifth firewhiskey. It was all so ironic, they had both came to that restaurant with completely different agendas on their mind. His eyes began to burn as he reached into his pocket and withdrew a small jewelry box; he opened it and looked at the simple but beautiful engagement ring.
A/N: Hope everybody enjoyed the latest chapter, sorry it has taken me so long to get it posted. Thanks again for reading, any and all reviews would be greatly appreciated.
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