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Chapter 1 : Letting Her Go
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Dedication: I want to dedicate this to all the hard-working girls over at SAYS, and especially to Juls and Scriblerian, who said they would read this.
By Dolly Parton
If I should stay
Well I would only be in your way
And so I'll go, and yet I know
That I'll think of you each step of my way
And I will always love you
I will always love you
In the midst of champagne glasses, flowers, and a rather large wedding cake; stood Bill Weasley completely lost in his thoughts as he stared at the scene in front of him. He had been dreading this moment for years and still couldn’t believe it was finally happening; his little Ginny was all grown up and starting her own life. He could still remember the day she had come home and told the family she was marrying Harry, that was the day he’d realized he wasn’t his sister’s hero anymore. That memory was permanently etched in his mind; as everyone else had started celebrating he had sat there completely stunned. In his mind she was still the little girl who wanted him to fix all her problems, the sister that needed him for protection; he wasn’t ready for her to not need him anymore. His thoughts were interrupted when Ginny ran into the kitchen and threw herself at him, almost knocking him over as she pulled him into a hug.
“Bill, I’ve been waiting for you upstairs, what have you been doing down here all alone?” Ginny asked as she stepped away and gave him an inquisitive look. “Come on, I have so much to do, and I need your help.”
“Just thinking about how much I‘m going to miss my sister,” Bill whispered to himself as he was dragged away from the kitchen by Ginny.
As Bill entered Ginny’s room he felt his heart break a little, his mother was inside sitting on Ginny’s bed weeping, his father was looking lovingly at his daughter tears in his eyes. He felt his throat tighten as he caught site of the wedding dress laid lovingly across the spare bed, and his grandmother’s pearls on the nightstand. This is really happening, he thought to himself as he went and sat next to his mother, grasping her hand in a supportive hold. Part of him wanted to demand that she not marry Harry, he wanted to grab her and run far away from the Potter boy who was stealing his sister. The selfish part of him wanted her to always be the same girl who came to him crying when Fred and George would play a prank on her. He would have voiced his opinions if Ginny hadn’t looked his way, happiness dancing in her eyes, and a permanent smile glued to her face. He felt all of his protests and unhappy thoughts stop as he watched her. She was in love, and although he was going to miss her, he couldn’t stop her from becoming a woman.
Bill walked around for the rest of the day in an inner struggle with himself, he knew he should be happy for his sister, but he couldn’t get rid of this awful feeling. He had always felt it was his job to be her main protector; she was the baby of the family, and his responsibility. Unfortunately the time had come for him to step aside, and let Harry take his place. He was sitting in the living room with Charlie when his mother came downstairs to get him, Ginny needed him. Tears filled his eyes as he wondered if this was going to be the last time she truly needed him. Bill approached the door to her room, and knocked gently, he was surprised when the door flung open and he saw a tear-stained Ginny. The older brother in him took control as he strolled into the room and gave her a hug.
“What happened? Did Harry cancel the wedding? Did he cheat on you? We’ll go beat him up for you Ginny, just say the word,” Bill stated.
“Bill, Harry is perfect, I love him so much and I can’t wait to be Mrs. Harry Potter. I just can’t believe that tonight I’m getting married. I just feel so emotional when I think about moving out of this house forever. It’s like saying goodbye to my childhood, saying goodbye to my brothers; I love you all so much, and I don’t want things to change. Am I doing the right thing Bill? Do you think I’m really ready?” Ginny asked tears streaming down her face. Bill felt his heart lurch, this was his chance; he could do the right thing and say what she needed to hear, or say what he wanted to all day.
“Ginny, you are ready, and we will always be there for you. It doesn’t matter if you are married and live somewhere else, you will always be our little sister. You are just feeling nervous right now, Fleur felt the same way on our wedding day. You have to do this Ginny, you love him and it’s all you’ve ever wanted,” Bill answered.
He kissed her forehead and walked out of the room. Once outside he leaned against the wall and let out a heavy sigh. He had done the right thing, she was all grown-up and he needed to let her go. In his heart she would always be that girl, and right now she needed his blessing. After taking a moment to gather his emotions he headed downstairs, as much as it had hurt him, he did the right thing, because he loved her.
That's all I have and all I'm taking with me
Good-bye, oh please don't cry
But I will always love you
I will always love you
As Bill took his seat with Fleur in the front row he felt his heart lurch, in front of him stood the young man waiting to take Ginny away forever. Harry was standing next to his best man, Ron, with a look of calm determination in his eyes. Bill knew that Harry would do everything he could to give Ginny a wonderful life, and he felt better as Harry looked over and gave him a nod. An unspoken vow was made in that moment, he was telling Bill that nothing would happen to Ginny as long as they were together. It was only a few moments before that familiar song began to play, and suddenly there she was heading down the aisle. On her father’s arm, her ginger-hair looking brighter than ever against her white dress, but nothing could outshine the smile on her face. As Bill watched Harry walk forward and grab her hand he was flooded with memories from the past, one memory in particular struck him.
It had been one of those days, they seemed to happen quite frequently at the Burrow, and Bill would never understand how his mother managed to make it through the day. He had just returned from his last year at Hogwarts, and was spending his summer at home before heading off to learn about curse-breaking in Egypt.
The day had started off with Fred and George pulling their usual crap and pulling pranks on Ron while he was in the bathroom. Then Percy had started a fight when he had told Charlie to stop being so loud, as he was working on his summer course-work. Charlie who hadn’t been making any noise fired back by making as much racket as he could and calling Percy a pompous git. Bill had spent the morning sitting back as everyone else angered his mother, everyone with the exception of Ginny, who had left early that morning to play with the grandson of one of their father’s colleagues.
Bill was in the kitchen listening to the feud between Percy and Charlie escalate above him when he heard the squeak of the front door opening. Confused he headed towards the entrance, he knew his father and Ginny weren’t supposed to be home until later, so who was here? The sound of sniffling caught his attention and he was surprised when he traced the sound to underneath his father’s desk. Arthur never really used the desk, but every time Molly suggested throwing it out he would cause a big scene, telling her that he needed the desk, even though they all knew he hadn’t used it in years.
Deciding that he had no other option Bill crawled down on his knees and peeked under the desk. There was the culprit, his messy-haired, tear-stained, dirt-covered little sister; crying as if the world was going to end tonight. At a loss for a better plan Bill crawled underneath the desk and joined her. His legs were scrunched up, and his neck was bent at an odd angle, but he couldn’t think of anything more important that being with his sister.
“Are you going to tell me what happened?” Bill asked in his best big brother voice.
“I hate boys! He was mean to me, so I asked his mommy to bring me home. Boys are just rude and gross!” she whimpered. With a small laugh Bill pulled her closer to him, and looked her in the eyes.
“Someday you’ll feel differently,” Bill stated with confidence.
“No I will not, because I’ll never find a boy as great as you,” Ginny said with certainty. “You’ll always be my hero Bill.”
Bill was pulled away from his thoughts as the ceremony began, and Ginny looked over at him with tears in her eyes. He watched smiling as Ginny and Harry, in front of their family and friends, took the ultimate leap. As the couple made their way down the aisle together she looked over at him again. She silently mouthed ‘thank you’, and Bill knew that he had made the most important move he ever would as a big brother.
And I hope life will treat you kind
And I hope that you have all
That you ever dreamed of
Oh I do wish you joy and I wish you happiness
But above all of this, I wish you love
I love you, I will always love you
As Bill sat at his table watching everyone dance at the reception he was mentally preparing himself for what he was about to do. A smile played on his lips as he watched his family dancing, his parents were dancing together, their love for each other still evident after all these years. All of his brother’s were dancing were their wives, and Ginny and Harry hadn’t left each other’s arms since the reception had started. Fleur was out dancing with their daughter who had felt left out of the dancing, and Bill was more than happy to let his wife take over for the time being. Deciding that there was no time like the present Bill made his move as the song came to an end. He quickly made his way to the stage with a glass of champagne in his hand. Everyone looked at him with surprise as he reached the microphone.
“I know that we’ve already done the toasts, and we’ve heard from the maid of honor, and the best man; but I also have a few words I’d like to say. First of all, congratulations to the happy couple, I don’t know anyone who deserves this kind of happiness more that you two. I wish you many years of love and good health. May you have a beautiful life together, and I hope that your life is filled with happiness,” Bill began as everyone grabbed a glass of champagne and sat at their seats. “My gorgeous little sister has loved you for as long as I can remember Harry, and I couldn’t be more pleased with her choice in a life partner. I hope that you can fulfill all of her childhood dreams, and I hope that she can give you the family that you deserve. It wasn’t easy for me to relinquish the responsibility to someone else today, I wanted to be my little sister’s only hero forever. Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that the position has been filled by you for more years than I care to count. You’ve always been there for her Harry, and I can’t thank you enough. To the happy couple, treat each other well, and here’s to many more years together!”
As Bill made his way off the stage and back to his beaming wife and daughter, Ginny grabbed him and pulled him aside. She pulled him into a hug, gave him a kiss on the cheek, and walked away. Watching her walk away was the hardest moment of Bill’s life, she was all grown up, and she didn’t need him to save the day anymore.
I will always, always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
Shortly after Bill gave his speech Harry and Ginny had left, they were heading off to Paris for their honeymoon. It had been Ginny’s idea to enjoy a muggle honeymoon, she wanted Harry to experience everything that he hadn’t had a chance to do as a child. Molly had practically had to tear Arthur away from the couple, he kept requesting that they keep a journal of all the muggle things they saw and did and explain it all to him when they returned. The party had begun to wind down and most of the guests had already left. The band was beginning to play their last song when he felt a tug on his pants leg.
“Daddy, will you please dance with me?” his stunning little girl pleaded with a lopsided grin.
“Anything for my little princess,” he said as he pulled her into his arms and headed for the dance floor. As he began dancing he caught his wife’s gaze, she was smiling and had tears in her eyes.
“Daddy, even though you aren’t Aunt Ginny’s hero anymore, you’ll always be mine,” she said as she kissed him on the cheek. Bill felt his heart melt as he looked down at his daughter, she was the best thing in his life. He thought about the future, thinking how in twenty years he would be giving away his own daughter. He wasn’t sure he could do this again, watching her walk away, knowing someone else had taken his place.
After the dance finished he headed over to his father who was sitting at the table looking ahead blankly. He sat down beside Arthur and was about to start speaking when he was cut off.
“I wondered how long it would take before you came and talked to me,” Arthur said as he gave his son a knowing smile.
“Dad, how did you do it? Wasn’t it hard to let her go knowing you weren’t the only man in your little girls life anymore? Was it heartbreaking knowing that she would never quite look at you in the same way ever again?” Bill asked, still surprised that his father had been expecting these questions.
“Bill, it’s going to be the hardest moment of your life. It’s all of those things and so much more, walking her down the aisle was the most bittersweet moment of my life. I was so proud and happy for her, and I was also so sad to see her all grown up.” Arthur replied as tears filled his eyes.
“Then why do it Dad? Is it worth it in the end?” Bill questioned scared of the answer.
“Son, it’s worth it and many more, today was the proudest moment of my life. Watching my little girl marry the man she’s loved for years, there’s no better feeling,” Arthur said, and gave him a sad smile. “You do it because you love her, because you want her to have her happily ever after.”
Bill walked away his father’s words still echoing in his mind. As he looked at his baby girl he remembered his father’s words, you do it because you love her. That’s enough of a reason, Bill thought as he joined his family, it’s enough.
A/N: Hope everyone enjoyed the bit of fluffiness, please leave a review they are always appreciated.
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