"I'm not sure about this Ginny," Harry murmured as he shuffled around on his chair.
"Harry, what is there to worry about?" Ginny sighed as she put her arm around her husband. She put her hand to her swollen belly as the unborn baby kicked.
They were sitting in the Great Hall at their old school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The four house tables had been pushed to the side and there was a banner hanging behind the teachers table: WELCOME 10 YEAR REUNION.
"I... just don't like crowded rooms, you know that." sighed Harry. "It's the perfect place for an attack."
"Oh Harry, I swear you're turning into like what old Mad-Eye was like," laughed Ginny.
"Those days are over. YOU know that."
"They will never be completely over..." Harry whispered as the doors opened from the Entrance Hall. Many people slowly started to enter, each wearing name tags on their robes. Some people nodded at him, some ignored him. Some old fellows of his, however, greeted him and Ginny warmly.
Harry's spirits rose at the sight of Ron and Hermione, his bestest friends in the world. Clinging on to Ron's hand was a small red-headed girl named Winifred, or Fred for short. She was their only child as it was very difficult for Hermione to conceive.
"Hey mate," Ron grinned at Harry as Hermione and Ginny embraced each other. "I see you got dragged along to this thing by the missus as well."
"Yeah," laughed Harry. "Women, who needs them?" Ginny punched him on the arm.
"Watch your tongue, or I'll curse it!" she warned.
People started to sit in a circle in the Hall. Harry recognised his old Transfiguration teacher, Professor McGonagall, now headmistress of Hogwarts stand up. An old habit fell across the hall as silence fell immediately.
"Welcome, old students," McGonogall said. "Now, before we allow you to socialise in a manner which I certainly remember my old Gryffindors doing, in other words, LOUD, let us take a moment to remember those who couldn't, but should, be here tonight. Your old fellows who died in the great battle of ten years ago.
Now, all I have to say is, enjoy!"
Food filled the tables around the room and people laughed and went to fill up on the excellent food and drink that they remembered.
"Come on, lets go find out what's been up with people then," Ginny pushed Harry off his seat. "And I personally give you permission to hex anybody who thinks I'm just fat instead of carrying your child."
Harry laughed and put his arm around Ginny's waist.
"Ginny!" cried out who Harry vaguely recognised as Colin Creevey, who used to worship Harry and was Ginny's Charms buddy.
"Colin! I... I heard about Dennis. I'm so sorry. How's he doing?" Ginny asked.
"Ah, not too bad," Colin replied. "He's saying his name alright now, although he's still terrified if you show him a mirror."
Colin's brother Dennis had been cornered by Death Eaters and had been trapped in a mirror for a year. He lost all ability of speech.
"But I haven't heard anything about you!" Colin cried. "You must tell me everything!"
Ginny went pale. The past was such a horrible topic to discuss. But tonight was the night to remember.
"Well, after the battle, Harry and I got back together and we got married. We... we had a baby boy, named Brian, after Dumbledore's middle name of course, but... he died four years ago. He was murdered by an old Death Eater, who Harry (who is an auror, so he has the power to do so) tracked down and killed. It was... horrible. We couldn't see the point of living. We decided not to have any more children. But one expired condom charm later, we found we were pregnant again, and we decided that it was meant to be."
She stopped here for a while, remembering her son, and thinking about her new child.
"How awful," Colin whispered. "My thoughts are with you, and with Harry of course. May your new child know nothing of those terrible times."
Harry nodded to him thankfully. Not wanting to carry on this conversation, he gestured towards Ron in a vague sort of way, and steered his silent wife away. I knew this was a bad idea, he thought venemously. And what was Ginny doing, bringing Brian up so casually, so suddenly without any warning! He hated not having warnings. She knew that.
"Are you going to tell people?" he asked her.
"About what?" she replied.
"Yes, it's time to talk. It's been ten years for Heaven's sake,"
Harry remained silent.
People kept asking Ginny what had come of her life. She replied with the usual things: she was now a member of The Department of Suspicious Charmed Objects, she was pregnant, she was with Harry... and also the harder things to talk about: Brian, her brother, her part in the battle... It was especially hard to talk about how she had killed Draco Malfoy, Harry's old rival from school. She had performed her usual Bat Bogey hex, with drastic results. In her overeagerness, she had conjured venomous bat bogeys which had instantly poisoned and killed him. If only she could take back time...
"Ginny, look who's coming over!" Harry exclaimed.
Ginny turned and saw her old friend, Luna Lovegood glide along towards her. She still wore the old Butterbeer cork necklace around her very pale neck.
"Ginevra, Harry, how wonderful it is to see you," she sang. Harry and Ginny exchanged glances. Luna's tale would certainly be interesting.
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