“So, what are your plans?” Remus asked as he saw Harry packing some clothes.
“Well, I thought I’d stay at the burrow today. Tomorrow I’m to visit Jen before heading to see Kei for a day or two, then I’m off to the fashion show that Rena’s in and for the last day, relaxing here. Maybe that day you and I could talk.” Harry said, and the last bit sounded hopeful.
Remus nodded. “Great. I’ll take you to lunch where you father always took Sirius and I when we were in school.” He said.
Harry smiled. “Great.” He said brightly. “Tell Tonks I’m sorry I missed her this morning please?”
“I’ll tell her.” Remus said. “Be careful, and keep your mirror with you for emergencies.”
“Okay Remus.” Harry said before giving him a friendly hug. Then he smiled. “Well, my vacation begins. Bye Remus.”
“Bye Harry.” Remus said just before Harry apparated away.
Harry saw the burrow and smiled. He loved this place almost as much as Hogwarts. As Harry thought of all the good times he’d had in this house his smile broadened. He walked to the door cheerfully with his bag slung over his shoulder. He knocked on the door gently and waited for it to open.
“Hey mate! How are you doing?” Ron asked as he opened the door and gave him a once over.
“I’m doing okay.” Harry answered. “It’s the first day since school that I haven’t been up before the sun.”
“Bloody hell.” Ron said as he moved so Harry could enter. “They’ve been working you hard then.”
Harry shook his head. “I haven’t had one job yet.” He said. “I’ve been helping the centaurs build their village.”
“Wicked.” Ron said. “I bet it’s gone fast doing it with magic.”
Harry shook his head. “It isn’t being done with magic.” He said. “Bane said he doesn’t want them to become dependent on magic because he worries his people would become dependent on wizards and he doesn’t want that.”
“So you’ve been doing it the muggle way?” Ron asked. “Isn’t that hard?”
Harry smiled. “It’s not too bad. Centaurs work fast and they don’t ask for much of a house. It’s not like ours. We’ve built six so far, and even Remus helps. He’s helping now.” He found he was led to Fred and George’s room. “What are we doing here?”
“You said you were going to stay tonight.” Ron said and pointed to the door. “They moved out at the beginning of summer. They have a place in Diagon Alley now so Mum said you could sleep in there.”
“Oh.” Harry said and went into the room and put his bag by the bed.
“Harry, I didn’t know they were going to put me up as your trainee.” Ron said. “I just wanted to see what it was like to be an auror. If you don’t like it I’ll ask to be switched to someone else.”
Harry smiled. “You’ll come to my house on the first of August.” He said. “Your training starts then. But don’t think I’ll be easy on you.”
Ron smiled. “I’ll be ready.”
“You’d better be.” Harry said. “Because if your not I’ll get you in so much trouble for joining unprepared you’ll be in detention till you graduate.”
Ron was shocked. “Whoa.” He said.
Harry smiled. “I’ll keep you alive, but you have to learn what I can teach. Okay?”
Ron nodded. “Okay Harry.”
“Good.” Harry said, still smiling. “But for now I have five days off, and eight till your training. So let’s enjoy what we have of a vacation. How are things going here?”
“First let’s get some lunch and tell Mum you’re here.” Ron said. “It’s been okay here. Ginny’s in the training program too. She’s up with Tonks. It’s just us two, Mum and Dad here now. It’s a bit more difficult for degnoming the garden but that’s about all. Me and Ginny work at Fred and George’s shop most of the time. She’s there today, but they said I could have today off since you were coming over. They asked you to come and see them later.”
“How is the shop?” Harry asked.
“It’s brilliant.” Ron said. “It’s been packed all summer. Fred and George had to hire even more people for the one in Diagon Alley. The Hogsmeade store is doing good, better than Zonko’s, but not as good as the shop in Diagon Alley.”
“Wicked.” Harry said. “I’m glad the shop’s doing well.”
Ron nodded. “They have a room in the back that no one can enter though.” He said. “They told us that’s where your auror stuff is. All the stuff you recommended became necessary for aurors to have. They want you to hurry up and test their ultimate decoy out because that’s a huge seller for the joke item.”
“Really?” Harry asked. “What’s it look like as a joke?”
Ron laughed. “Anything really. They have cats, owls, rats, toads, children, and adult versions. They all have different limits. Toads only have ten croaks and then they explode. It’s brilliant. Nothing like the one we saw at school though.”
Harry smiled. “That’s a good thing though.” He said. “It means it’s not well known.”
“RON!” Mrs. Weasley screamed as she came out of the kitchen and was right in front of them. “Oh, sorry dears! Glad to see you’re here already Harry. I was worried you’d be late. It’s time for lunch now. Come along.”
As they sat down to lunch Harry smiled again. “Thank you for inviting me Mrs. Weasley.”
“I’m glad you could come dear.” Mrs. Weasley said. “Are you sure you can’t stay any longer than a day? We’d love to have you.”
Harry shook his head. “Unfortunately, I made a lot of plans for five days. Everyone wants to show me something of their lives, and I promised to spend some time with Remus as well.” He said.
“Oh, well that’s okay dear. But do visit more often now that you can.” Mrs. Weasley said.
“I will. I’ve just been busy lately.” Harry said seriously.
“He’s helping the centaurs build their village the muggle way.” Ron said.
“Well dear, that explains your growth.” Mrs. Weasley said.
“What do you mean Mrs. Weasley?” Harry asked.
“Well I thought you’d just grown a bit since your clothes seem a bit tight, but if your working the muggle way you’re just getting stronger.” Mrs. Weasley said. “I must say I’m quite pleased you don’t look as skinny as you did last year.”
“Thank you Mrs. Weasley.” Harry said. “Training has helped quite a bit too.”
“Oh, well of course that does help.” Mrs. Weasley said before casting a worried glance at Ron, then turning back to Harry. “You will take care of him, won’t you?”
Harry nodded. “Yes I will. But if it’s okay I’d like him to come and stay with me for the month.”
“Why dear?” Mrs. Weasley asked.
Harry smiled. “He’ll need to be taught some things that could take quite a while. One thing is to get used to being woke up at very odd times. I wouldn’t want to wake you all just to train him.”
Mrs. Weasley looked nervous. “Is your house safe dear?”
Harry nodded. “Remus and Tonks are there most times. I’m there. Kei will be there with his brothers, and then there are the centaurs who offered to make sure no intruders came through the woods.”
Ron looked hopeful. “Can I Mum?” He asked.
“Well, you are of age now.” Mrs. Weasley said. “Though I do want to keep you protected. I suppose I have to loosen my grip on you a bit. You can go, but if you step out of line or don’t listen when Harry tells you something I’ll have you right back here in a flash, mind you.”
“Thank you Mum!” Ron said with a smile.
“I’ll take him to Diagon Alley Mrs. Weasley.” Harry said. “I’ll also make sure he gets everything he needs.”
“Thank you Harry dear.” Mrs. Weasley said and smiled at him. “Look at you, all grown up now. All my children have grown so much.”
Ron smiled at Harry. “She’s been getting this way since Ginny and I started working in the twins’ shop.”
Harry smiled at Mrs. Weasley. “But look at how well they’ve grown up.” He said. “They are kind, considerate, helping, loyal, and full of bravery and courage. Most important is they are full of love. Not many people grow that well.”
Mrs. Weasley smiled and hugged Harry in her usual bone-crushing fashion. “Thank you Harry. You are a dear.” Then she went and sat down again. “I’m proud of them, and you Harry.”
“Thank you Mrs. Weasley.” Harry said.
“Harry, what do you think I should work on before I get to your house?” Ron asked.
“Exercise.” Harry answered. “Lots of exercise. Strong body, stronger magic. Strong mind, stronger magic. Strong body and strong mind, much stronger magic. You get my point?”
Ron nodded. “I’ve got to get tutored.” He said with a grin.
Harry laughed. “No, not really. You’re smart when you need to be Ron. You just don’t like to study. I’m going to teach you to meditate. That will give you a strong mind, and maybe a bit of discipline for work.”
“Maybe I’m a lost cause on studying, but I’ll try.” Ron said.
“Well, if it isn’t our investor himself.” George said as Harry and Ron walked into the store.
“We’ve got loads to show you, but take a look around first.” Fred said.
Harry nodded and looked around the shop. He was amazed at all the new jokes they’d put out. He couldn’t figure out how they managed all this and still made new stuff for the aurors at the same time. He’d never been more amazed with Fred and George than he was then. When he’d seen the entire store he found them showing off a few jokes to the younger children. Harry laughed as the children ran to the register with jokes in hand.
“You’re brilliant you know.” Harry said as he walked up to them.
“Have to be in this line of work.” Fred said.
“It’s a tough market. We always try to be one step ahead of the competition.” George added.
“They beat Zonko’s in sales since they’ve been back.” Ron said proudly.
“Was there ever a doubt we wouldn’t Ron?” Fred asked.
“Not from me.” Harry said. “Your jokes are great.”
“All because of you Harry.” George said. “Without you we would still be making everything ourselves instead of having many people making them for us.”
“Now we’ve much to show you.” Fred said. “Wait here Ron.”
“Can he come with us this time?” Harry asked. “He’s going to be my trainee, so he should know about the stuff just in case he has to come on an assignment.”
George nodded quickly. “If that’s the case come on Ron.” He said.
They followed Fred and George to a room that had the word ‘Restricted’ taking up the entire door. When they were led in Harry looked around amazed. Not at the products but at the sheer size of the room. It was awesome in it’s size. Fred and George led Harry and Ron to a place with a desk and two chairs.
“This is where we develop all those products you use.” George said.
“And I take it you have new things to show.” Harry said with a smile.
Fred grinned. “Of course we do.” He said. “Do you remember the darkness powder?”
“Yeah, brilliant unless a hand of glory comes into play.” Harry said.
“Well, we made our own version.” George said. “We’re working to make stuff to see through it as well. But we know you have a way of seeing through this stuff anyway. It might be useful for you.”
“We call it midnight madness.” Fred said before showing Harry an extendable ear. “We also improved these. Many people think they’re great for spying but who knows how much they can actually help now that the listening part has a chameleon charm on it.”
“Wicked.” Harry said. “I’d like to have a few of those. They’d be great for information gathering.”
“We’ll send some to you.” George said. “Be sure to tell Kingsley.” Then he picked up a golf ball sized box. “You will have to see this to believe it.” Then he threw the box on the floor.
Suddenly Harry felt as if he were in the middle of the worst explosion in the world. He could feel the floor shake and saw a blinding light and a billowing blanket of smoke floated through the room. When it was all over Harry was shocked to see the room in perfect order. Then he laughed.
“I see you’ve worked out the bug.” Harry said.
George nodded. “It works perfectly now.”
“now these are fun.” Fred said as he held a hand full of what looked like poker chips. “We call them obsolete obstacles. Throw one on the floor and something comes up for you to hide behind. The harder you throw it, the bigger the obstacle. We actually once made a whole wall. It was a rather fun day.”
“I’d like a lot of those.” Harry said. “Never can tell when you’d need some.”
“Very true.” Fred said. “Which is why we made them. We also made an Inferi shield, but it’s still malfunctioning.”
“What’s the malfunction?” Harry asked.
“It works too well.” George said. “Inferi are repelled and killed by fire. In theory the shield bursts into flames on one side and burns or repels the Inferi.”
“What happens?” Harry asked curiously.
Fred showed them a bandaged arm. “The cooling charm we put on it doesn’t work well enough, or the fire is just too hot.”
“How bad is your arm?” Harry asked.
“They said it should be like new in a few days.” Fred told him.
Harry shook his head. “Take off the bandage.”
“But-“ Fred started.
“Take it off.” Harry said. “I’ll help.” Fred nodded and took the bandage off with a wince. Harry pointed his wand at Fred’s arm. “Usta Envinyata!”
Fred looked at his arm shocked as he saw it heal and return to normal before his eyes. “Can you teach me that spell? It would be a great help with trying that shield.”
Harry nodded. “Just point your wand at the injury and say the incantation. Usta Envinyata.” He said.
“Usta Envinyata.” Fred said.
“Perfect.” Harry said.
“Thanks for that Harry.” George said. “We can try the new charms again now. You’ve no idea how much that helps.”
“You help me more than you can mention with the stuff you make. It’s the least I can do.” Harry replied.
“Thanks Harry.” Fred said. “The rest of the stuff is still way too experimental to show right now, but what do you think?”
“I want them all.” Harry said. “They’d help us tremendously.”
“Well, come see us when your vacation’s over and we’ll send some to the manor.” George told him.
“Thanks.” Harry said.
“How are things around the manor?” George asked.
“Slow.” Harry told him honestly. “I help out the centaurs all day and relax at night.”
“Sounds like a charmed life.” Fred said. “I’m sure you’ve glossed over the bad stuff though.”
“Nothing bad lately.” Harry said. “No dreams, no nightmares, no work, nothing. It’s all been downhill so far.”
“Well, congratulations.” George said. “It’s about time you had a proper rest.”
“I know.” Harry said. “Have you heard from Katie?”
George got quiet. Fred looked uncomfortable. “I see you don’t read the prophet either.”
“What happened?” Harry asked.
“Don’t ask mate.” Ron said. “It’s better if you don’t know.”
Harry nodded sadly. “I see.” He said. “That bad?”
Fred nodded. “Real bad.”
Harry sighed. “I hoped she’d have snapped out of it when she said she’d gotten booted from auror academy.” He said. “I guess not.”
Fred patted his shoulder. “It’s not your fault.”
“I know.” Harry said and looked at Fred. “But she was great.”
“We know.” George said. “Look, go out, have fun, and get your mind off of that.”
“Okay George.” Harry said before turning to Ron. “You’ve gotta keep what you’ve seen secret.”
“I know Harry.” Ron said as they walked out of the room. “Thanks for getting them to let me in there.”
“No problem, but it wasn’t a joke. You will need to see that stuff.” Harry said as they left the shop. “I’ll show you the stuff we already use when you start training.”
“Harry, what does a trainee do exactly?” Ron asked.
“I have no idea.” Harry answered honestly. “I’m just going to teach you how to stay alive as long as possible.”
Ron looked nervous. “How dangerous is being an auror?”
“Don’t worry.” Harry said. “I haven’t died yet and Voldemort is actively trying to kill me.”
“I still don’t know how you managed to fight like you did in the forest.” Ron said seriously.
“Like I said before; lots of training.” Harry answered. “Six months worth to be exact. And all so rushed it was like two years worth at least.”
“Wicked.” Ron said with a grin. “So what do you want to do? I’ve seen a lot more of Diagon Alley than I have before since working here.”
“I need to get some good clothes for that fashion show.” Harry said. “Otherwise Rena will make me shop again.”
Ron laughed. “Like she’d let you get away with not shopping anyway.” He said. “But I know a good shop for it anyway.”
“Shopping now, are you Ron?” Harry asked with a grin.
Ron laughed. “Mum asked me to take Ginny one day when she was busy.” He said. “Ginny is so angry that Mum lets me get away with so much now.”
“But you’re seventeen now.” Harry said. “Ginny had to know it would happen.”
“You don’t understand.” Ron said. “Ginny is barely allowed to do anything anymore.”
“What do you mean?” Harry asked.
“Well, Mum heard about the training program for aurors, and then she heard Ginny was involved.” Ron said. “Then she found out Ginny agreed without telling her and it got really bad. Ginny just got to start working last week. She is still trying to convince Mum to let her go to that fashion show. Mum’s set against it right now, but I’m going cause I promised Rena or, actually, Hermione promised for both of us.”
“I’m going just to keep my word.” Harry said. “I would rather go to a quidditch game with Remus.”
“Me too mate.” Ron said. “The last one was great wasn’t it?”
“Brilliant.” Harry said with a smile. “That’s the only way to watch quidditch.”
“I definitely agree.” Ron said. “I’d be happy for life if I could afford those tickets every year.”
Harry smiled. “They weren’t that expensive. You could get a good ten years worth from the money you get for the Order of Merlin.”
Ron laughed. “Or I could buy a house.” He said.
Harry laughed. “Good point.”
“So what are you doing after you leave here?” Ron asked.
“I’m going to Jen’s for a little while, then I’m heading out to see Kei.” Harry said. “He told me he wants me to see Japan as it should be seen.”
“What does that mean?” Ron asked.
“No idea.” Harry answered. “It’s all he told me.”
“Sounds interesting though.” Ron said and nodding to a shop. “That’s the place.”
“Thanks mate.” Harry replied before they walked into the store.
Harry looked around confused. The clothes were not what he was used to seeing wizards wear. Looking at some of them he was shocked at the prices he saw and walked right out of the store. Ron walked out with him and gave him a confused look.
“I thought you wanted clothes?” Ron asked.
“I need to go to Gringotts.” Harry said. “I’ve got enough with me now for maybe a shirt in there.”
Ron nodded. “I said the same thing about prices to Ginny. She just said I had no idea what fashion really was.”
“I think Rena’s had a bad influence on her.” Harry said.
Harry and Ron walked back into the burrow shortly after five and Harry put his bags away. He’d been complaining since he left the shop that the clothes cost way too much. He’d spent nearly one hundred fifty galleons on the clothes, and fifty more for the shoes the sales lady convinced him he needed to accent the clothes properly. He sighed and thought himself a fool before heading downstairs for dinner.
He smiled as he got to the end of the stairs. He saw that the family still got together for dinner at times. He saw Fred and George, Percy, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny along with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley. Harry stopped when he saw Ginny. He’d told no one of what he’d thought about her since the day they came back from school. He knew he’d have to talk to her eventually but knew this wasn’t the time or place to do it. Just as this thought came up Hermione ran over and hugged him.
“Hi Harry.” Hermione said.
Harry smiled and hugged her. “Hello Hermione. How are you?”
“I’m good.” Hermione said. “I’m sorry I didn’t come earlier, but I’ve been helping my parents at work this summer.”
“It’s all right Hermione.” Harry said. “There was no rush but it’s good to see you.”
“All right!” Ron exclaimed. “Us Weasleys are a hungry family, and food is just waiting for us when you two sit down.”
Harry laughed and sat down across from Ron and Ginny between Fred and Percy. “Well, now I’m not holding anyone up.” He said to Ron before looking towards Ginny. “Hey Gin.”
“Hi Harry.” Ginny replied. “How’s your summer going?”
“A lot better now that I’m back around everyone.” Harry said. “How’s yours?”
“Boring.” Ginny said. “I work, and then I come home. Never a chance to have fun.”
“You should have thought of that before you sent off your acceptance to that program without speaking to your father and I!” Mrs. Weasley exclaimed. “You should thank your brothers for asking me to let you work in their shop or you’d not even leave then.”
“Thanks guys.” Ginny said softly.
“No need Gin.” Fred said. “You’ve been thanking us for a week now.”
“Mrs. Weasley, is Ginny in trouble this summer?” Harry asked.
“You can bet she is.” Mrs. Weasley said angrily. “She agreed to join a training program for aurors, the same one Ron is in mind you, and without even asking if she could! If not for Tonks being unable to reject the acceptance she wouldn’t be doing that either!”
Harry nodded thoughtfully. “Well that puts me in a tough spot then.” He said with a frown.
“Why dear?” Mrs. Weasley asked. “You didn’t do anything wrong.”
“Well, the thing is that Rena told me I was supposed to be there as a celebrity guest or something since Rena’s friend needed the publicity to launch her clothing line, and that I simply had to have a date. Since I don’t have anyone I’m with, I was going to ask you if I could escort Ginny there.” Harry said flawlessly with a sad look in his eyes. “I guess I’ll have to owl someone though. It’s no bother I guess.”
Mrs. Weasley looked torn. She looked at Mr. Weasley who only shrugged as if to say ‘it’s up to you’. She looked at Harry. “Would you bring her right back as soon as the show’s over?”
“Straight away.” Harry nodded. “I wouldn’t even go myself but Rena begged me to.”
Mrs. Weasley sighed before looking at Ginny. “You’d better thank the stars Harry asked this. You may take her if she still wants to go Harry. But have her back right after.”
“Thank you Mrs. Weasley.” Harry said with a smile before looking at Ginny. “Would you like to go?”
“Yes Harry.” Ginny said with a grin. “I’d love to.” Then she shook her head. “Thank you.”
“What are you- ow!” Ron said and then glared at Hermione who shook her head.
“What Ron?” Harry asked.
“What are you going to wear?” Ron asked, seeming to quickly change the subject with a wink at Harry. “Aren’t you supposed to be all classy or fashionable? You don’t seem to have that kind of stuff.”
“I guess I’ll figure something out.” Harry said with a confused look.
“There’s this great shop in Diagon Alley Harry.” Ginny said. “They have great clothes. I’m sure you could find something there if you went. I know your leaving tomorrow but you might be able to find something if you went early.”
“Definitely mate.” Fred said. “I’ll go too. I can’t have an investor looking pitiful at something as publicized as that. Maybe something with the stores name on it. No use only helping one friend out with that many cameras right Harry?”
Harry laughed. “Okay, tomorrow before I go to Jen’s we’ll go Fred.” He said.
“Don’t worry Harry.” Fred said with a grin. “I won’t let you look too horrid.”
“Okay Ron, why am I in Diagon Alley preparing to spend more money than yesterday with Fred?” Harry asked as he stood in the shop.
“I’m not going to a clothing shop.” Fred said with a laugh. “Not my style.”
“Than what is going on?” Harry asked.
“Ginny can’t use magic and she tends to walk around when she works.” Fred said. “We let her do it of course. But if for one walk she’s protected we’d feel a bit better about it.”
“I see.” Harry nodded. “Okay then. Does she know this or am I actually going to have to go shopping again?”
“Go again.” Ron said. “I bet Ginny knows more than that silly witch at the store anyway.”
Harry nodded. “I better go to Gringotts again.” He said. “Tell Ginny I’ll be back.”
Harry walked to Gringotts slowly, letting his mind float around the idea of Ginny again. This had happened a lot the past few weeks. He thought of the way she told him she loved him then just walked away. He smiled slightly at that. He knew it had to be something Jen or Rena suggested but knew it must have worked if it was supposed to leave him thinking of her often.
Harry wouldn’t lie to himself and say he hadn’t looked at Ginny that way. Since he returned from the founders’ time he’d had a new outlook on everything. When he first saw Ginny when he came back he thought she was beautiful but couldn’t bring himself to act on it. He laughed at himself now. He wasn’t afraid of fighting but he was horrified that Ginny might reject him.
Things with Katie sort of happened in an awkward fashion and moved quickly. When Ginny kissed him he understood why she acted like she had the whole year. She’d been hurt that he hadn’t thought of her when the first idea of a date came up. He had really, though he never let the thought fully form because he felt Katie was the one who would say yes. Had he known then how Ginny felt he had to admit he would have asked her instead.
Before his mind wrapped around the idea of it all he was outside of Gringotts with a bag full of galleons. Realizing this he immediately started back towards Weasley Wizard Wheezes. He stopped letting his mind wander too, knowing it was something he needed to speak about rather than think about. He walked into the shop and smiled as he saw Ginny come from around the counter as Ron nodded towards Harry.
“Take care of her.” Ron said before he grinned. “No funny business or I’ll break your legs, auror or not.”
“Ron!” Ginny exclaimed. “Shut it or I’ll hex you!”
“Sorry Gin, but I am your big brother after all.” Ron replied. “Have fun.”
“Bye Ron.” Ginny said. “And thanks!”
“Anytime.” Ron replied before Ginny grabbed Harry’s arm and walked out of the store with him before talking to him. “Good morning Harry.”
“Good morning Gin.” Harry replied. “Sorry for asking you to the show in a horrid way.”
“That was a horrid way of asking.” Ginny said with a nod.
“I just knew that your Mum wouldn’t let you go unless I seemed in a tough spot.” Harry said.
“Wait, you knew I was in trouble?” Ginny asked curiously.
Harry smiled. “Of course. Ron told me.” He said.
“So you just asked me cause I was in trouble.” Ginny said softly.
“I asked you cause I’d like to see you away from the burrow.” Harry said. “But to the fashion show? Yeah, that was mainly because of your punishment.”
“I understand Harry.” Ginny said sadly then her eyes opened wide. “What did you say?”
“I would like to see you away from the burrow you mean?” Harry asked.
“You- you would?” Ginny asked.
Harry shook his head. “You should have said something sooner Ginny.” He said.
Ginny stood perfectly still for a minute before continuing to walk. “We’ve got to find you some proper clothes to be a celebrity guest.”
“I’m not.” Harry told her. “I’m just as important as everyone else.”
“You mean all of that was to get me to go to the show?” Ginny asked.
“Yup.” Harry said then looked down. “But clothes?”
Ginny smiled. “I’ll find something great for you Harry. Don’t worry.”
“I meant do you have something that won’t make me look horrid.” Harry replied.
“I honestly have nothing for such an occasion.” Ginny said sadly. “And I’m not allowed near my vault again until it’s time for Hogwarts shopping. I’ll just borrow something from someone.”
Harry nodded. “At your wish.” He said.
“What?” Ginny asked.
Harry shook his head. “Sorry, I’ve been mostly surrounded by centaurs lately.”
Ginny smiled. “Are you really helping them build their village the muggle way?”
Harry nodded. “It’s how Bane wanted to do it. I’m grateful he lets me help though.”
Ginny looked at him curiously. “Did you really fight werewolves with their ancestors?”
“Yeah, but there weren’t many.” Harry said. “There were only four of them. They kept sleeping close to the centaur village the day of the full moon. So a few warriors, Angierian, and I went and hunted them down and killed them just as they were about to change.”
“Wow.” Ginny said in awe. “They said you were one of the only humans ever to help them, and certainly the last.”
Harry nodded. “They don’t trust many humans enough to speak of their problems.” He said.
They didn’t speak for a minute or two after that. It seemed the conversation just ended for a moment. Both looked thoughtful. Finally Ginny spoke. “Do you and Tonks work together often?”
Harry shrugged. “Depends on what you mean.” He said. “She’s my boss. She gives me orders, backup, and all the information she has for us. But we’ve only worked together during the attack on the school and that whole imposter problem.”
Ginny sighed. “I see.” She said.
“But there is something she might have to attend for work.” Harry said with a half smile. “I’ll talk to her about it if you want.”
“What is it?” Ginny asked.
“Merely improving human and centaur relations.” Harry answered. “You’ll know if you can go.”
Ginny nodded. “It’s so unfair of Mum to do this to me.” She said angrily. “She knew I wanted to be an auror last year and she said it was a great choice. That letter said it would help me get accepted into auror school to go through this trainee program, at least it would if I passed it. Of course I said I wanted to go without telling her. She wouldn’t have let me go anyway.”
Harry nodded. “She’s worried about you.” He told her. “Her little girl is growing up and soon will be an adult. That’s got to be a trying time for her. She’s had children in the house for quite some time now.”
Ginny nodded. “But she just acts worse than before. Ron can come and go as he pleases and she says nothing cause he’s of age. But I did one thing, to help my future at that, and she acts like I broke the law or something.”
Harry put his arm around her and squeezed her shoulder. “She loves you, and worries you’ll get hurt. She made me promise not to let Ron get hurt.” He said before dropping his arm back to his side.
Ginny smiled. “At least you and my brothers try to help me out as much as possible.” She said. “Fred and George let me walk around Diagon Alley for an hour or two a day. Ron normally takes up for me at the shop except for yesterday cause you were here. Ron stays late if my friends are here talking to me. And you, you just convinced her to let me go to the fashion show that I wanted to go to since I heard of it without batting an eye. I’m lucky to have you all.”
“I’m always here if you need me Gin.” Harry said. “I’m only a letter away, and you have a phoenix.”
Ginny brightened immediately. “Thanks Harry. That means a lot to me.”
Harry nodded. “You know Ron is coming to my house for his training right?”
Ginny sighed. “He told me.” She said. “I wish Tonks would be that cool.”
Harry laughed. “Well, we’ll see what we can do.” He said.
Ginny shook her head then straightened. “We need to get you clothes.” She said. “This way.” She led him to a shop a few yards from where Ron took him yesterday. “This place has just what you’ll need.”
“Why don’t we look around.” Harry said. “Maybe I’ll get some ideas for what to get you for Christmas.”
Ginny laughed. “All of this stuff is great really.” She said. “But we can if you want to.”
They walked through the store. Ginny tried on a dress that she said she’d love to get before leading Harry to clothes he’d never have bought for himself. For an hour Ginny began thrusting clothes at Harry until she found something she said was him. Harry took the clothes and, before paying, asked a few questions of the sales lady. With a nod he paid and left the store with Ginny.
“So, will I look the part of someone who belongs there?” Harry asked her.
“You might have to take to the runway with those on.” Ginny said with a smile. “You need to shop for clothes again Harry. The shirts you’ve been wearing are too tight around the shoulders and chest.”
“Just last year I was told to buy things a bit tight around the shoulders and chest.” Harry said with a sigh.
“I heard, but the problem with that is if you work out even a little the clothes get too tight.” Ginny said with a knowledgeable expression.
“Fine, next time you can take me shopping.” Harry said. “As long as I don’t have to buy new things every few months I will do anything.”
“You have a deal Harry.” Ginny said with a smile.
A/N: Sorry this chapter took so long. Unfortunately my beta reader refuses to read my stories so I have to read each chapter twice to make sure I wrote everything right. Please forgive me for taking so long. I hope to have chapter three up today too, but it might not come till tomorrow. Thanks to all who've reviewed this story and the first one, and thanks to all those who review in the future. Thanks for reading also.
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