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One off's that never made it. by merlinsaprentice1
Chapter 21 : I don't want to miss a thing
 
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Disclaimer. As usual I don’t own Harry Potter, or any of the characters, things, or animals, that are mentioned in the Harry Potter books, I do how ever own the plot in this little venture into the Potter verse.
The song isn’t mine either that honour goes to Aerosmith.

A/Note this is the first time I have used a song in a story but this song by Aerosmith has been drifting around in my head for a few days now, so as I take a break for a day or two from my normal stories I jotted this down. Hope you like it.
The song is by Aerosmith - I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing. I recommend listening to it if you haven't heard it before.



Hermione Granger lay back on the recliner by the pool, her mum dad and Harry had gone back down to the cabin, while she had decided to stay and do a little sunbathing while the ship was still south of the equator.

For eighteen months she and Harry, thanks to Harry’s funding, had searched all around Australia for her parents. They had finally found them just south of lake Eyre in a place called Marree. Hermione had restored their memory and the last month they had spent together having a holiday.
All four of them enjoying finally the freedom that the end of the war brought with it.

Taking a cruise ship back to England had been Harry’s idea. A way to totally unwind he had said when he walked into the hotel room they shared and waved the four tickets in the air.
And now they were all four of them really enjoying the cruise, mum and dad were acting like two teenagers while Harry had spent nearly all his time with Hermione.

Hermione was just drifting into sleep when a shadow crossed her face. Lifting her eye lids just a tiny fraction to see who it was she could see Harry sitting down on the chair in front of her. She still had her eye lids barely open enjoying the view that Harry had become over the past year.
The thought that she did not really want to go back to Ron entered her mind, but then she told herself she had made the promise that as soon as they had found her parents she would go back to him.
As she watched Harry she thought about Ron. His replies to their mail had got fewer and farther in between, and when he did reply it had become simple and short notes rather than actual letters. He had also stopped signing his name with love and she wondered hopefully if he had changed his mind.

She had just allowed her eyes to close that fraction when she heard someone quietly begin singing, it was one of the new songs they had heard on the radio and whoever was singing it had a beautiful singing voice.
She lay there listening as the singer began the third verse just humming quietly, opening her eyes just a fraction once again, she stared through her eyelashes amazed to see that the singer was Harry.

Hermione listened carefully to the words as Harry sang the song again, he was brushing a few strands of her hair gently from her face as he looked down at her, his quiet singing stirring something in side her.

Harry began the song once more.

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
Far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Well, every moment spent with you
Is a moment I treasure

I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
I'd still miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing

Lying close to you
Feeling your heart beating
And I'm wondering what you're dreaming
Wondering if it's me you're seeing
Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we're together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever



As Hermione listened to the beautiful singing voice she never knew Harry had tears began to leak from her eyes, reaching up she caught hold of his hand as he stroked her cheek.
Harry stopped his singing instantly and moved back in his chair.

“Don’t stop my love, that was beautiful,” Hermione said opening her eyes to look at him.

Harry gave a huge grin when she called him my love, he knew she had not realised what she said but he still enjoyed the idea she could actually love him, he began once more to sing to the woman he loved more than life it self.

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
Far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Well, every moment spent with you
Is a moment I treasure

I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
I'd still miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing


When Harry finished singing Hermione gave a sigh, she loved to hear him sing, she wondered why she had never heard him sing before, they had been best friends since they were both eleven years old, and now in their twentieth year she was still learning new things about him.

“You know Harry with a voice like that you should be with a girl and singing to her,” she said.

“Well if you can find me a girl, then she has to be extra special, she has to be a girl that looks just like you, like you she has to be beautiful with sunlight in her hair, and like you she has to have the light of the brightest stars up in the skies in her eyes, like you she has to be so clever, loyal, and brave, her name has to be Hermione for no one else would do,” Harry said as he blushed.

Hermione sat up and stared at him, and for the first time ever she was totally dumbstruck. Harry chuckled as he looked at her “At last I know the words to silence the most beautiful voice in the world.”

It was then that Hermione’s mum joined them, she looked at her daughter and then at Harry “Harry did you put a spell on her,” she asked taking another look at her daughter.

Hermione was sitting up staring at Harry, her mouth hung open and her eyes seemed glazed over. Helen waved her hand in front of her daughter’s eyes.

“Harry that was so romantic,” Hermione finally managed to say.

“What did he do?” Helen wanted to know, she had already seen the way Harry looked at Hermione and she knew exactly what it meant.

Hermione turned to her mum, “Harry said, and I quote ‘Well if you can find me a girl, then she has to be extra special, she has to be a girl that looks just like you, like you she has to be beautiful with sunlight in her hair, and like you she has to have the light of the brightest stars up in the skies in her eyes, like you she has to be so clever, loyal, and brave, her name has to be Hermione for no one else would do,” Hermione said quoting exactly what he had said word for word.

“Oh Harry that really is romantic,” Helen said smiling at him.

“You should have heard him singing to me mum, he’s brilliant, he has one of the nicest singing voices I ever heard,” Hermione said gushing as what Harry had said and done began to paint a clear picture in her mind. Harry loved her, she knew that now, he just hadn’t said so in those words.

“Are you going to sing something for me Harry sweet,” Helen asked as she sat down next to Hermione.

Harry blushed and refused to sing until Hermione pleaded with him, taking a deep breath he stood up and stroking Hermione’s hair he began to sing once again.

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
Far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Well, every moment spent with you
Is a moment I treasure

I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
I'd still miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing

Lying close to you
Feeling your heart beating
And I'm wondering what you're dreaming
Wondering if it's me you're seeing
Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we're together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
Far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Well, every moment spent with you
Is a moment I treasure

I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing
'Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
I'd still miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing


When Harry finished singing he looked around at the crowd that had gathered and were clapping hard for him, his face turned red and he would have run for it had Hermione not stood and wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him.

As the kiss deepened and Hermione’s knees gave way, Harry held her up, his hands firmly around her waist holding her close.
“This cruise was the best thing I ever thought of,” He said as they stopped to breathe before kissing again.





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