Ginny and Luna sat together on a long burgundy couch in the Room of Requirement, having just finished playing a rousing game of exploding snaps, they where now trying to figure out what to do next.
"Well we can read some back issues of my dad’s magazine," Luna said softly "there is the most interesting article in edition number three hundred and forty seven about the mysterious Zendy Goat and its magical healing eggs."
Ginny’s brows rose. "Uhh, that's ok... I think that we should save that for Christmas, you know give me something to look forward to."
She slowly turned her head away from the other girl and expelled a long breath. Turning back a moment later Ginny tapped her finger against her chin as she tried to think up something they could do to pass the time.
Due to the fact that it was only a few weeks until everyone had to start cramming for either O.W.L.s or N.E.W.T.s Dumbledore had given all the students an extra free period twice a week. It was great not to have to be in class, but it was hard to think of things you could do when you were still restricted to the school grounds. Still stumped Ginny let out a sigh and turned her head to see what the boys were doing, hoping they would provide some inspiration.
Ron and Harry were deeply engaged in a game of wizard's chess with Neville leaning over Harry's shoulder giving him pointers every now and again. Ginny noticed that even though the pointers appeared to be hurting him more than helping him, Harry was still taking them, and it was probably so that Neville wouldn't feel left out.
'He's so sweet,' she thought to herself 'Cho was an idiot not to snatch hi-'
Ginny froze; her mouth wide open, quickly snapping it shut she turned to Luna with a wide grin.
"I know how we can pass time," she said excitedly, clapping her hands together and leaning forward.
"How?" Luna asked curiously, looking up from her writing and tilting her head a bit.
"We can make a list of all the possible boyfriend, girlfriend combinations at Hogwarts." she said grabbing a quill and parchment. "It'll be great, not to mention fun, who knows later maybe we can even post it in the common rooms or something once we're done."
Luna shrugged and nodded. "I guess we can give it a try, but you doknow in issue four hundred and eighty three of the Quibbler my dad talks about-"
"That's nice," Ginny said cutting her off; tapping her quill against her cheek, she then looked a Luna "where should we start?"
A small snort came from just to her left, turning her head she looked at Hermione who was curled up in an armchair looking at her over the top of a heavy text.
"You should start by studying," the dark haired girl said with a disapproving look.
"Pish, posh," Ginny said waiving her away "study, shmudy there's plenty of time for that later."
Hermione frowned "Your O.W.L.s are almost upon you Ginny, you really should pick up your study regimen and take them seriously. They could shape your whole academic and post academic career."
Ginny gave her an annoyed expression then after rolling her eyes she looked back at Luna.
"So ANYWAY," she said loudly, giving a small smile when she saw Hermione glare out of the corner of her eye. "Ok... umm, I know how about Seamus Finnegan and... Katie Bell!"
Luna looked thoughtful "I can see that. What about Cho Chang and Oliver Wood,"
Ginny shook her head, making a face "Nah, he can do better, she can have Goyle," she said leaning forward and adding Cho and Goyle to her list.
"What about Colin Creevy and Alicia Spinnet?"
Luna shrugged, "I don't really know Alicia too well, but Colin's sweet. What about Ernie Macmillan and Hanna Abbott?
Ginny nodded, licking chocolate off her fingers and adding them to the list. "They would make a good couple and not to mention they're already close. How about Flem Delacour and Viktor Krum?"
"Wait, isn't Fluerwith your brother?" Luna asked, her brows furrowed.
"Yeah, but he can do better too," Ginny said with a laugh.
They continued to make matches and mismatches for about twenty minutes with Ginny adding all of the possible combinations to her list, but after awhile they started to take a slightly strange twist.
"Oh, oh, I know," said Ginny, biting into a chocolate frog. "How about Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson?"
"I can see it," Luna said smiling and giving an enthusiastic nod. "Ok, how about... Dumbledore and McGonagall?"
"Ohhh, ohhhh... Luna," Ginny wined, dropping her frog and holding her stomach "we're trying to make couples here, not make me sick." She then proceeded to make a gagging motion.
"Well you’re both making me sick," said Hermione from her chair "I mean come on, you guys have been at this for over twenty minutes, and I'm trying to read here."
"Well excuuuuuuuuuuse us," said Ginny "we'll try to keep it down."
She stuck her tongue out at the older girl who had since returned to her book and then leaned forward toward Luna continuing in a whisper.
"How about... Filch and Ms. Norris?" she asked with a wicked grin.
"GINNY!" Luna screamed "That's just disgusting!"
"What!" Ginny cried defensively; laughing "He loves that cat more than any woman!"
As Ginny continued to laugh she heard a loud thump, she and Luna looked over just in time to see Hermione slam her book down on the table. Giving them an evil glare she stormed away from the plush chair and went to join Harry, Ron and Neville on the other side of the room, grabbing a new book along the way.
"My, do you think we upset her?" Luna asked looking worried.
"Nah," said Ginny while adding Filch and Norris to her parchment "she's just wound up too tight."
"Maybe she needs some goose berries, by dad says that they are good for the cleansing of the soul."
Ginny gave the other girl and incredulous expression. "No... what she needs is a boyfriend," she said with an impish smile "that'll loosen her up."
Luna looked curiously at Hermione who was now chastising Ron for the violent way in which his chess piece had just attacked Harry's.
"For Merlin's sake it's just a game Hermione!" Ron exclaimed giving her an annoyed look.
"Games are for children Ronald," she responded in a stern tone.
"And what do you think I am?" he replied making a face similar to the one his sister does. "Defiantly not an adult that's for sure, because if I were I wouldn't be stuck in school all day listening to your constant nagging."
Hermione 'humphed' and gave him a death glare. She then quickly stood and turned walking back over to her original chair by Ginny and making sure to hit Ron in the back of the head with her book as she passed him.
"Stupid, lousy, no good, immature, idiotic little boy," she grumbled as she resumed her previous seat. "Still a child, darn right he's still a child, I don't think he'll ever grow up..."
Ginny turned her head and looked a Luna with a slightly evil smile as Hermione continued to gripe under her breath, wagging her eyebrows she turned back to her dark haired friend.
"So, Herms..." She said leaning forward.
Hermione directed her steely gaze at the red headed girl. "My name is Hermione... pronounced Her-my-nee, get it? Not Herms, Mymy, Moine or anything like that just Hermione."
Luna and Ginny shared a look before looking back at the fuming brunette and nodding in agreement.
"So Hermione, when are you going to stop playing hard to get and just ask him out already?"
Hermione froze eyes wide. "Who?"
Ginny rolled her eyes. "Like you don't know..." when her friend continued to give her a blank look she sighed and continued. “I thought you were smarter than this…my brother, duh."
"But I don't like your brother like that," Hermione frowned "I don't like any of your brothers like that."
"Suuuure," Ginny said rolling her eyes again.
Her frown deepened. "Ginny, I'm serious, I don't see Ron as more than a friend... and to be honest sometime he pushes that too."
"Oh come off it Hermione," Ginny said in a whisper leaning forward. "Everyoneknows that you and my brother have a thing for each other, it's written all over your faces."
Hermione 'humphed' again "There is nothing on my face written or otherwise."
"Puuuulease, the sexual tension between you two is so thick you can cut it with a knife." Ginny said leaning back and crossing her arms over her chest a smirk settled firmly upon her features.
Hermione's face turned a dull red. "Now you listen to me Ginevra Weasley, I am notinterested in your brother nor have I ever been. I do nothave," she leaned forward and whispered "sexual tension" before leaning back, "of any kind with him or anyone else insideor outsideof this school, because unlike somepeople I focus on learning while I'm at school and noton boys. Perhaps if you would do the same you wouldn't have failed your last Charms test." She finished with a glower. Standing up she grabbed her book and walked to the door, calling out over her shoulder. "I'm heading back to the Gryffindor common room; maybe there I can find some peace and quiet."
With that she left the Room of Requirement, slamming the door behind herself.
Luna looked at Ginny. "Maybe you shouldn't have pushed," she said softly picking up the list and looking at it.
Ginny gave her an annoyed look. "Of course I should have, because I'm right she does to have it for Ron, I'm not daft it's obvious."
Luna looked up at the girl next to her. "I don't know, she seemed pretty convincing to me, besides I’ve never seen them do more than fight… well, that and ignore one another."
"Oh, please... it’s all just a form of fore play,” she gave the girl next to her an exasperated look. “She was just buffering the truth; everyone knows they're hot for each other. Like I said earlier you could cut their sexual tension with a kni-" Ginny froze as wicked smile slowly formed on her face.
Without anther word she hopped up and ran to the bookshelf in the corner upon reaching it she began to scan the titles before her. After a moment of grumbling, she let out an excited squeak and pulled one of the books from the shelf. After rapidly flipping through it she snapped it shut and walked back over, plopping down in the oversized armchair that Hermione had just vacated.
"Luna you don't mind if you have to entertain yourself for a while do you? I have something I need to do, and I need to do it before breakfast tomorrow.” Ginny said barley sparing the other girl a glance.
Luna gave a worried look, "Ginny, what are you planning?"
“Just make sure that you're in the Great Hall tomorrow morning Luna, I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss this," the other girl responded.
"Ginny, what are you planning?" Luna inquired again her voice laced with apprehension.
"Oh nothing," said the other girl another impish smile crossing her features "just a little test."
With that said she directed her attention back at the book, and began furiously taking notes. For the next two hours no one heard a peep from Ginevra Weasly, not a word, only the sound of a quill scratching.
The next morning found Ginny sitting in the Great Hall at the Gryffindor table. Ron was sitting just to her right eating breakfast with Hermione to the right of him and Harry just in front of him. Ginny was very excited and it took all of her strength to try to suppress the giddy smile that wanted to show on her face. Turning slightly she gave a discreet thumbs up to Luna who had just walked into the Great Hall and was headed towards the Ravenclaw table. The other girl responded with a small waive.
Ginny stifled a yawn and blinked a few times to try to combat her exhaustion as she waited for the action to begin. She had been up very late last taking countless notes and performing numerous practice spells before she felt she had it, but now she knew it would work. What is it you ask? Well it’s the perfect plan and the perfect test. You see she created a spell that would prove once and for all that Hermione was in love with or at least had a big crush on her brother.
After hours of studying which, by the way is more time than she had ever put in for her classes, Ginny had created a 'True Love Tattle' spell. It was a spell that would reveal who ever Hermione thought was her true love or in the very least if she has a crush on the guy. After perfecting her spell with the help of several books from the Room of Requirement, she had snuck up to Hermione's room and pulled a single hair from the girls head. Saying the incantation she then tied the hair to the bottom of Ron's knife. The way it would work is that once Ron picks it up to use it for his breakfast, the knife would glow a pale red if Hermione has a crush on him. However if she felt he was her true love then the knife would began to glow a pale gold and a small wind would began to blow.
Ginny rubbed her hands together, she couldn't wait. She cast a glace over her shoulder at Luna, who after much harassment and general annoyment with random Quibbler creature facts, had finally gotten her to tell her the plan late last night. Luna had even looked impressed or at least she did after asking Ginny fourteen times if she was sure that it would work.
Looking back at her brother Ginny rolled her eyes and gave a frustrated groan as he totally ignored the knife, instead using his fingers to rip the toast and then dipping it into the jam. Getting impatient and tired of waiting on him to pick up the desired object, she decided to egg him on.
"Geez Ron, haven't you learned not to eat like a pig yet? I mean mum and dad did show us how to use silverware," she slapped him on the back. "Have some pride man, some dignity... or at least leave some for the rest of the family."
Ron turned his head and glared at her, giving an innocent shrug Ginny turned back to her breakfast as though she hadn’t said anything. Waiting to see if he would take the bait her eyes wondered to Harry, who quirked a smile and winked at her, his green eyes dancing in amusement. Looking back at her brother she almost groaned aloud as he tore another piece of toast and dipped it into the jam again, he then turned to looked at her and without breaking eye contact slowly chewed... with his mouth open.
"Disgusting Ronald," she heard Hermione say from the other side of him, Harry just laughed.
"Hey Ron," Harry said "since you're not using it, do you think I could have your knife I dropped mine."
Ron finally closed his full mouth, just in time to prevent a piece of soggy toast from hitting the table. Nodding his head he looked around for a second before locating the knife. Finally noticing it next to his plate he picked it up and... nothing, that's right absolutely nothing.
"Wha-" Ginny said aloud as her mouth fell open leaving her looking like a fish.
Ron and Harry gave her a strange look.
'But I was so sure...' she thought to herself, her brows furrowing 'maybe the spell didn't work right I cou-‘ Ginny was snapped out of her stupor by Ron waving his hand in front of her face.
"Ginny…are you in there? Are you ok?"
She glared at him for a second before knocking his hand away. "Yes, I’m fine."
After giving her brother one last glower she turned around she gave a look to the Ravenclaw table where Luna was sitting. The blond just gave Ginny a small shrug before turning back to her large plate of kippers.
Ginny sighed and frowned, facing forward again she poked at her eggs, 'What had gone wrong?’
This question was annoying her to no end, she hated not knowing because that meant she couldn’t fix it. Giving another, louder, sigh she looked up and noticed that Ron, Neville, Harry and Hermione were all looking at her strangely.
"Are you ok?" Harry asked a bit hesitantly.
"Like I said before, I'm fine."
They shared another look before Ron shrugged, then grabbing the knife again he handed it over to Harry. As the other boy took the knife from Ron’s grasp, he simultaneously grabbed a piece of toast off of the big platter in front of him. However before he could get any butter or jam he felt something weird.
Ginny watched in disbelief as the butter knife began to glow a deep gold followed a second or so later by a light wind that whipped Harry’s dark hair around his face. It only lasted for about a moment before it died down, so it wasn’t overly noticeable. In fact only the other Gryffindor’s who where at their end of the table and kids at the other tables who happened to be looking at Harry noticed what had occurred.
For his part Harry immediately dropped the knife, looking giving it an accessing look; he then shared another look with Ron.
"What the bloody hell was that?" Ron asked a piece of toast hanging limply out of the corner of his mouth.
Harry looked at the knife and then back at Ron. "I don't know," he said, before picking up a fork and poking the knife with it.
They both turned to Hermione expectantly, but she looked just as confused as them. Her eyes squinted as she stood from her seat and leaned over the table to have a closer look. Seeing nothing out of the ordinary she gave them a small shrug, then resuming her previous position, she went back to her eggs.
"Maybe you won something," offered Neville.
"Well that's not fair," Ron huffed grabbing the knife again. "It was my knife, how come Harry won something and I didn't, it's just typical that you would be chosen..."
"Ron, I'm sure I wasn't chosen for anything," Harry said with a sigh. "Neville was just making a suggestion. I’m sure it was nothing, you know this is a magical school perhaps it was just some randomly enchanted piece of silverware."
"Fine," Ron grumbled "but if you did get chosen for something I think it’s only fair I get at least half- since it was my knife."
Harry rolled his eyes. "Fine."
Ginny chose that moment to slip from the table, hurrying out of the Great Hall she turned to her right towards Gryffindor tower. As she rounded the corner she noticed Luna standing against the wall.
"I saw what happened, now what?" the other girl asked as she approached.
"I don't know... I really wasn't expecting that," Ginny said with a sigh.
"Well when it was Ron you were going to try to get them together..." Luna offered.
"Yeah, but that was Ron, this is Harry..." Ginny broke off, biting her lip.
'Why do I care, it’s not like I want Harry… do I?’ she sighed ‘Of course I do, I have since I first met him. But do I have the feelings that Hermione seems to? I mean I only have a crush on him- sure it’s a really strong crush and I had always hoped it would develop into more, but... with her it is more. When he picked up the knife the true love spell activated… I mean wow.”
Realizing that she was wool gathering she looked at Luna to see if she had noticed. The other girl was now leaning against the wall patiently waiting for her to finish with her thoughts with an understanding smile on her face.
Taking a deep breath she thought about it for a moment longer before giving a grin and a wink to the other girl. "Well who am I to get in the way of true love, I'll put together a plan."
Later that night Ginny walked into the Room of Requirement to find Luna, Neville, Fred, George, Lee and Ron waiting for her.
"What's this about?" Ron demanded as soon as she got through the door. "I get a note summoning me to the room of requirements less than an hour before curfew... and it says not to tell Harry or Hermione."
"Yeah," said George rubbing his hands together "what's the big secret, do we get to hex someone?"
"Is it Harry and Hermione?" Fred added. "If so I don't know if I could do it... to Harry."
Most of the people in the room began to laugh, knowing at one point or another they all probably wanted to put at least a small hex on Hermione. After having a good chuckle herself, Ginny quieted everyone down.
"Well actually it’s about Harry and Hermione," she put up a hand before George could speak "and it's not a hex- it's something a bit more... delicate than that. And the reason you’re here is because I need all of your help to pull it off."
She then proceeded to tell them about the Hermione, Ron theory she had had; slapping the latter on his head when he snorted. A few minutes later, after finishing the explanation of what she had done and why she done it. Ginny then told them about the spell, how it worked and what it did. It didn't take long for everyone to put two and two together, since they had all been in the Great Hall that morning.
"Blimey, Harry?" Lee said looking thoughtful "I never would have considered him… I always thought that she and Ron had a thing."
"I can see it," Fred said "I mean Harry's a pretty bright bloke-"
"-and they do spend a lot of time together." George added.
"So do we!" said Ron indignantly "But of course she wants Harry everybody always wants Harry!" He finished angrily, throwing himself down onto the couch.
"No they don't," Luna said softly, Ron's eyes flew to hers.
"Oh, quit your whining," said Fred.
"Yeah, before we change your name to Ron-da." George added with a grin.
"So how can we get those two together?" Ginny asked taking a seat.
"We can try setting them up on a blind date?" Luna offered.
"Really…and where would they go- the Great Hall?" Fred asked. "How about locking them together in a closet for a couple of hours?"
"Or a bedroom," George added, wagging his eyebrows suggestively.
Ron glared at them both. "Do you even know if Harry likes her back?" he asked crossly.
Everyone turned to look at him.
"I mean, thanks to your stupid test everyone knows Hermione has a thing for him, but as anyone ever asked Harry how he feels about her?" After receiving six blank looks he smirked.
"So, now what?" Neville asked after a couple of minutes.
Everyone was quiet for a while trying to think up the next step, after about five minutes Ginny’s face lit up.
"What’s good for the tadpole is good for the frog," she said with a grin.
"What?" they responded simultaneously, looking at her as though she were daft.
She rolled her eyes. "I think it's time for Harry to take a little test of his own," at the blank gazes she received from everyone but Luna, Ginny rolled her eyes and leant forward to tell them her plan.
A.N. So what is what’s good for the tadpole good for the frog? Come back and find out, next chapter will be posted soon. I haven’t decided if this will be two or three parts but I’ll let you know next time. Thanks for reading and please review!