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Chapter 6 : A troubled Ron and a trip down memory lane
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Opening her eyes; she looked at Harry who was peacefully sleeping beside her before getting up and opening the window.
A willow tree had been placed right underneath the window and it had grown to about the same size of the house.
In the tree sat the robin; its nest full of baby robins which were chirping for food.
Ginny smiled to herself before remembering that she was in her new house and that Ron and Hermione was upstairs, sleeping in their loft conversion.
Putting on her dressing gown and fluffy slippers; she tiptoed towards the door of the bedroom, so as not to disturb Harry.
On the landing, Ginny paused to look into James’ room to find him sleeping peacefully in his new bed.
Closing the door behind her, Ginny slowly descended the stairs towards the kitchen.
She was surprised to see Ron sitting up at the breakfast bar; hugging a mug of tea, while staring into space.
“Never thought I would see you up this early.”
Ron turned to face her, sad smile on his face.
Ginny joined him up at the breakfast bar and poured herself a cup of coffee.
Ron stared down at the mug for a few minutes before answering her.
“I don’t know if I can come and live here with you and Harry.”
“Why not, Harry’s your best friend and when you were in school you used to plan what you and Harry would do in the future together.”
“Don’t you think I know that? I mean, of course I would love to live here with you and him but...”
“Well…Hermione might be having twins.”
Ginny smiled and clapped her hands together.
“That’s great! Another two Weasleys in the family, isn’t it?”
Ginny’s tone changed when she saw Ron’s expression.
“Yeah it is, except that this house won’t be big enough for my family and yours. I know mum and dad managed with the burrow but that’s different, you and Harry are likely to have more children and so are me and Hermione… it’ll be too much to handle.”
Ron looked back down at his now empty mug, but he looked back up when he felt Ginny’s hand reach out and grab his.
“Ron, me and Harry will understand if you don’t want to live here, I guess that we’ll have put up with you and Hermione living far away.”
“But that’s the problem!”
He got up and walked over to the kitchen counter; his back towards Ginny.
She slowly got up and went to put her arm around him.
“Why is that the problem?”
He sighed and turned to face her; his hazel eyes brimming with tears.
“Me and Hermione can’t live there anymore. She doesn’t know that I haven’t been paying the bills for the house because…because…I can’t. My business got shut down a few months ago and ever since then I have been lying to her. I’ve looked for jobs, but I couldn’t afford the house anymore…We’re being thrown out in a week; I can’t bring up my own family…I’m a failure.”
Ginny hugged him tightly before looking at him deep in the eyes.
“Listen to me, you’re not a failure; you built your own business from scratch and helped me out when I needed it most. Now it’s my turn to help you. I’m going to give you enough money to buy a new house; somewhere around here if possible.”
Ron started to shake his head but was stopped abruptly by the tone of Ginny’s voice.
“Look, I don’t care if you don’t want to accept my money because you’re going to! I will not see my brother on the streets with his pregnant wife; if it matters that much to you, then I won’t tell Hermione and Harry anything. I’ll help you find a job and you will be able to pay me back when you have enough money; understand?!”
Ron nodded, his voice lost in his throat.
Croakily, he managed to say a small “Thank you.”
Afterwards, he fell to the floor with Ginny’s arms wrapped around him.
The Weasley and the Potter family went to the park for a picnic.
Ginny and Hermione had spent the morning preparing the food, while Harry and Ron had gone out for a couple of fire whiskeys.
As soon as they arrived at the park; James had fled from the group towards the climbing frame.
“James be careful!”
Ginny shouted towards his son but sighed when he carried on towards the climbing frame without giving her an answer.
“I swear, when he starts Hogwarts, he’ll be just like you Harry.”
Harry chuckled and grabbed Ginny around the waist.
“Well, let’s hope he finds someone like you to spend the rest of his life with.”
Ginny smiled and kissed him lightly on the lips before walking over to the picnic blanket and helping Hermione with the food.
Harry joined Ron who was watching James from the chestnut tree they had decided to sit under.
“I bet you can’t wait to have one of your own.”
Ron turned to look at Harry with a smile on his face.
“I had always felt like James’ father while you were away, but now you’re here I’m missing all the excitement.”
“Sorry mate didn’t mean to steal him from ya!”
Ron joined in with the laughter.
“No worries I’ll have two of my own soon so it doesn’t really matter.”
Harry agreed with a nod.
“Do you ever miss Hogwarts?”
“All the time, especially with all the adventures we had together.”
“Yeah I know what you mean, sometimes I dream of us back at Hogwarts; figuring out a way to save the day and defeating Voldermort.”
“Yeah me too, can you believe how many injuries we had after every year?”
Harry laughed again.
“I know, I swear I had hurt myself more times than I did when I was home with Dudley.”
“Have you seen your aunt and uncle since coming back?”
“Yeah, I visited Dudley at his new house; he got married and has two kids of his own.”
“That fat pig got married?!”
“Yep, I visited my uncle Vernon and aunt Petunia they seemed civil towards me but I guess they wanted me out of the house as soon as possible.”
Harry nodded in agreement before turning back round to look at Hermione and Ginny.
“You know something mate; I think we’re the two luckiest men alive.”
“I agree, come on let’s go and eat food.”
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