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The Years After the War by GinnyPotter1986
Chapter 2 : Going Home!
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CH. 2 Going Home!
The sun was already up, when the two couples awoke the next morning. Harry could not remember the last time he had slept so soundly. He rubbed his eyes to wipe all the sleep from them, and then he put his glasses on. He looked around and he could not help, but to grin to him self.

Ginny was curled up in a ball, lying facing him. Ron and Hermione were on the couch. Ron was behind Hermione with his arm wrapped around her waist. Harry was so happy to be alive. He had the woman of his dreams lying beside of him, and he had his two best friends not even a foot away from him.

Harry bent down and brushed his lips across Ginny’s. He grinned when she opened her eyes and looked up at him. She smiled back at him. She brought her arms up and wrapped them around his neck as she brought his head down for a good morning kiss.

“Good morning, Harry. How did you sleep last night?”

“I slept very comfortably for the first time in seven years. However, I have to admit, it helped having a beautiful woman in the bed with me,” he said with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes.

“Wow. Was she anyone I know? I will have to tell her that you are not available any longer, because as of last year, you are all mine. I am not willing to share,” Ginny had the same mischievous look on her face, as she tried to look as if she were jealous of someone.

“Ginny, honey. Do you see any one, besides you, in the bed with me at this time?”

“No. I was just making sure. You know, I love looking at your eyes. They look like two emeralds that see right into my soul.”

With that, Harry kissed her again. As he was doing this, he could not help, but to feel like he was being watched. He looked up to find Hermione watching them. She had a smile on her face. Ron was still asleep. His mouth was open and he was snoring loud enough to wake the dead.

“Hermione, how can you stand having him snore in your ear like that?” Ginny asked.

Hermione shrugged. She raised her wand, pointing it at Ron; she performed the silencing spell. She then looked at Harry and Ginny and grinned. She put her finger to her mouth and motioned them to be quiet and watch. As Harry and Ginny watched, she quietly got up. Turning towards Ron, she conjured a live rooster, and sat it near Ron’s head. She stepped back, took the silencing charm off Ron, and touched the rooster on the back.

Startled, the rooster began crowing. This scared the living daylights out of Ron, who jumped like he had been shot, and landed in a heap on the floor. He looked up at Hermione, Ginny, and Harry. All of who were rolling in the floor with laughter. He gave them all a dirty look and began to get up.

“I swear to Merlin, when I figure out who did this, I am going to put a tickling hex on her that will keep tickling her until she pisses on herself!”

“What ever do you mean, Ronald? We haven’t touched you,” Hermione tried very hard, but was unsuccessful at not giggling at Ron’s bemused look. She knew that if she did not run in the next few minutes, he would do just as he had promised.

“You wicked witch! You just wait until I get my hands on you! You are going to be very sorry for waking me up like that!” With that, Ron began chasing Hermione around the Common Room. Harry and Ginny just sat and laughed at the comical couple.

Finally, Ron caught Hermione around the waist, and he swung her around. They landed on the couch with Hermione squealing and laughing at the same time. After they calmed down, Ron kissed her to let her know that all was forgiven now. Harry and Ginny were still laughing at them. Both couples were happy.

Harry looked at Ginny and motioned towards the stairs. She nodded. They got up and made their way up the steps to Harry’s room. Once there, he locked the door. Then, he turned to face her with a smile on his face. She looked at him with a smile on her face, too.

“I love you, Harry James Potter. I always have and I always will.”

“I love you, too, Ginevra Molly Weasley. I know it took me a long time to realize it. I am sorry for that. However, I am going to make you a promise right now. I will never again leave like I did this year. I just hope you have forgiven me for all of this mess.”

“Harry, I forgave you a long time ago. I will love you no matter what happens. I just want to be with you. I hope that someday you will make me your wife, and we have a house full of kids. I want us to be together for the rest of our lives.”

“Uh, exactly how many kids are we talking about here?”

“Two, maybe more.”

“Okay. I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page,” Harry said and Ginny giggled.

“I want us to have so many kids that when we are old and gray, people will think we are still young.”

“Okay. We need a change of subject here,” Harry half-laughed.

“Why? Is it making you uncomfortable, Harry?”

“It isn’t that. It is just that if we do not get off the subject, I am afraid that I will end up getting you pregnant, and not that I do not want kids, I do. Just not right now, okay?”

“Oh, okay.”

Harry and Ginny lay cuddled up on Harry’s bed. For a long time, neither of them said anything. Before they knew it, both of them were sound asleep.

In the Common Room, Ron and Hermione were beginning to wonder what was taking Harry and Ginny so long. They decided to go and look for the couple who had disappeared.

“Where do you think they went to, Hermione?”

“I have a feeling they are back in Harry’s room.”

“Eww! Gross! I do not need the mental picture of my best friend with my sister!”

“Well, you did ask,” Hermione giggled at him.

Later that day, the quartet was standing in the middle of the Common Room, waiting for Kreacher, whom Harry had just called. All of a sudden, Kreacher appeared with a loud CRACK! He bowed to Harry and Harry’s friends.

“What does Master need of Kreacher at this time?”

“Kreacher, can you apparate us to the Burrow?”

“Ofcourse, Master. Kreacher can do anything Master wishes.” With that, the quartet shrunk all of their belongings and placed them in Hermione’s little expandable purse. They all then joined hands with one another. Harry had Ginny by one hand and Kreacher by the other. Ron had Ginny’s other hand and Hermione’s in his free hand. Hermione had a grip on Kreacher’s free hand. All of them closed their eyes and concentrated. The next thing they know, they were standing in the middle of the kitchen of the Burrow.

All was deathly silent for a few moments. Then, all of a sudden, Molly Weasley came into the kitchen and grabbed all four of them into a big hug.

“Oh, my dears! You are all home, safe and sound!” She said, with tears flooding down her face.

“Mum, we can not breathe!” Ron said, gasping for breath.

“Oh, I am sorry.” Mrs. Weasley let them go.

The four of them stood there for a minute, trying to get their breath. When they were finally able to breathe, they all sat down at the table. Mrs. Weasley, they noticed, had begun to fix them something to eat.

“Mum,” said Ron. “Do you by any chance have any butterbeer? I mean, we do need a pick-me-up after what we have just been through.”

Harry noticed that as Ron was saying this, he looked at them and winked. The girls grinned at him and Harry did all he could not to laugh aloud. He could not believe that Ron had the nerve to ask his mother a question like that.

“No, Ron, I don’t. However, I did get the recipe from Madame Rosmerta, so it should not be too hard to make.”

“Brilliant!” The quartet yelled, and Mrs. Weasley just smiled at them. Before long, Mrs. Weasley had all of their favorite foods, and a gallon of Butterbeer on the kitchen table.

“Wow, Mum! This is even better than Madame Rosmerta’s ever tasted!” Ginny exclaimed, and the others agreed with her with nods of their heads. Mrs. Weasley seemed very pleased as she blushed the way only the Weasley family could. Harry could not get over how much Ginny looked like her mother.

After a while, the two couples decided they wanted to go and lie down for a while. When they got upstairs, they decided that after everyone was in bed, then Harry would sneak down to Ginny’s room, and Hermione would sneak up to Ron’s room. It was around midnight when the sneaking began. Ginny was waiting for Harry, when he came through the door.

“Hello, Gorgeous,” Harry breathed when he looked at her.

“Hello. Are you as nervous as I am?”

“Why are you nervous?”

“Well, for one thing, we are in my parents home, and for another thing,” she paused. “I guess I am just nervous because we are in my parents home.”

“That is understandable. If you do not want to do any thing, we won’t.”

“Okay.” The couple lay down and in minutes was asleep.


Recipe for Butterbeer:
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons hot chocolate powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce butterscotch schnapps, for the adult version or butterscotch syrup, for the kid friendly version

Melt butter and honey together. Next, add milk, sugar, vanilla, and butterscotch schnapps. Microwave or heat on stovetop until it reaches the desired temperature. Mix in hot chocolate powder and cinnamon. Enjoy!

*This is where the recipe was found: Dobby and Winky's Butterbeer created by Erin_1984. This is the only name I could find. Sorry.

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