Chapter 7 : Dinner and Rain
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“Ron’s first attack.” He said seriously.
Her face grew scared, “Oh no. What happened?” She asked. He described it to her and Mrs. Weasley.
Mrs. Weasley put a hand to her mouth when he finished and gasped. “Oh no, that’s horrible!” She said.
“It was rather scary.” Harry admitted.
“What’ll we do?” Ginny asked, “I mean we can’t have him attacking people.”
“Yeah, I see your point.” Harry said. “But the truth is I’ve got no idea.”
“We’ll just have to keep people out of his room.” Mrs. Weasley said. “Ginny you go get Hermione out.” Ginny ran out of the room. “And Harry you can get the table set, set it for,” She paused and counted on her fingers, “set it for forty.” Then looking at the table she said, “Actually bring it outside, and then multiply it, same with the chairs.”
“Forty!” He exclaimed, “Why forty?”
“I’m having the whole family over for dinner tonight.” She said.
“Alright.” He said. He walked to the table, “Reducio.” He said pointing his wand at it, it shrunk to a doll sized table and he carried it outside. He set it on the ground, “Engorgio.” He made the table normal size again, “Germinio.” He said, another table appeared next to the first one, he moved it so it was end-to-end with the first one. He repeated this until there was enough for forty people. Then he did the same with the chairs, then the plates goblets and silver wear.
He walked back inside and saw Ginny and Hermione in the sitting room on the couch, Hermione was crying. Mrs. Weasley looked out the window, “Good job Harry. Thank you.”
“Yeah, no problem.” He said and walked into the sitting room.
“Hey Harry.” Ginny said quietly. She nodded in Hermione’s direction and mouthed, “She wants to be up there.” She pointed to where Ron’s room was above their heads.
Harry sat down across from them. “Hermione it’ll be alright.” He said.
She sniffed, “Thanks Harry.” She said smiling, “But I just don’t know.”
“Ginny and I are prepared to do what ever it takes to find a cure for Ron.” He told her. “But right now we had better be ready for dinner.”
“What do you mean?” Ginny asked.
“Your mum is having your whole family over.” He said.
“Oh no, Harry you better brace yourself. You’re gonna be a big deal there.” Ginny warned him.
“Oh great.” He said.
“They all know we’re friendly with you but they’ve never seen you so they’ll be excited.” Ginny said.
“Do they know about you and Harry?” Hermione asked.
“I don’t think so, but they’ll probably figure it out.” Ginny moaned. “Oh and you’ll probably be really popular among the girls Harry. Me and my girl cousins always used to fight over who would marry you when we grew up.”
“Oh no, maybe I’ll just hide.” He said.
“Don’t worry I’ll protect you.” Ginny said.
“Me too, I mean what are sisters for.” Hermione said.
“Thanks you two.” He said. Hermione and Ginny hugged him. They sat and talked for another hour.
“Harry, go try to get you hair to lie down.” Mrs. Weasley said ten minutes before people were supposed to show up.
He walked up to the bathroom and got a comb. He turned on the faucet and got his hair wet. Then he ran the comb through his hair, he tried and tried but it would not lay down so he found Ginny in her room brushing her hair. “Oh hello Harry.” She said when she saw him through her mirror.
“Hey, can you get my hair to lay down?” He asked her.
“I can try. Just a minute.” She said. She ran her brush through her hair several more times until it was silky smooth. “Okay, sit down.” She told him. He sat on her bed. She walked over to him and tried some spells on his hair. “Give me that comb.” She said.
“Here you go.” He handed it to her.
“Thank you.” She combed through it several times, then she tried more spells.
She tried until Mrs. Weasley came in, “Alright that’s enough, I guess it’ll have to do.” Mrs. Weasley sighed.
“Oh well, I kind of like it messy.” Ginny said.
Harry smiled, “Thanks.” Mrs. Weasley left and Harry and Ginny followed her hand-in-hand. Harry’s eyes widened when he saw the already large mass of people outside. “Oh wow!” He exclaimed.
“Yeah, I know.” She said. “Come on, I’ll introduce you to one of my favorite aunts and some cousins!” She pulled him into the crowd. “She should be here, she’s always early.” They pushed through until they came to a red haired woman who was probably in her twenties, she was slim and tall. Harry thought she looked rather like an older Ginny. “Aunt Stephanie!” Ginny said.
“Ginny!” Stephanie said, she hugged Ginny, “Oh it’s been to long, I haven’t seen you since before you went to Hogwarts! Oh you look so grown up! Oh my!” She hugged Ginny again.
“Yes I know I’ve missed you!” Ginny said.
“Yes I was so sorry when I heard about Ronald!” Stephanie said, “But I am happy to see you, although next time I hope it’ll be under happier circumstances.”
“Yes well, we’re going to get the cure as fast as possible.” Ginny said.
“Oh are you going to go find it. Oh my you’re getting so brave!” Stephanie said admiringly. “Well I suppose you should be after the war. Oh speaking of the war, could you introduce me to Harry Potter?”
“Thanks. And yes actually that’s why I came over here.” Ginny said. For the first time Stephanie seemed to notice Harry, her mouth fell open. “Aunt Stephanie this is Harry Potter, Harry this is my aunt Stephanie, she’s dad’s youngest sister.” Ginny made the introductions.
“Pleased to meet you.” Stephanie said, “I never thought I would.”
“Hello.” Harry said.
“So Ginny your family does know him.” Stephanie said, “I always thought it was a rumor.”
“Yes, he met Ron first and they’re best friends, then he met the rest of the family including me and, well, our relationship has grown ever since.” Ginny told her aunt.
“You mean your family’s relation ship has grown with him or yours personally?” Stephanie asked eye brows raised.
“Well both really.” Ginny replied blushing slightly.
“Oh I see.” Stephanie said trying to hide her amusement but failing miserably. “Wow my little niece is getting so grown up!”
“Well you didn’t expect me to stay so young forever did you?” Ginny said, she sounded a little bit annoyed.
“I’m sorry it’s just it never hit me that you’d get a boyfriend.” Stephanie said, “Okay how long have you two been together?”
“Well we went out for a while in my fifth year then he went off to fight Voldemort then after the war we got back together.” Ginny explained.
“I see, well that’s just wonderful!” Stephanie said.
Harry was feeling very uncomfortable by now, “Well Ginny, sorry to break this up but weren’t you going to introduce me to some more people?” Harry asked.
“Oh right I’ll be right there. You go over by the house, I saw the next person I wanted to introduce you to over there.” Ginny told him.
“Okay.” He said. He pushed through the crowd and came out by the Burrow. He waited for Ginny for awhile and then when she did not appear he started looking around suddenly someone came up behind him.
“Hello.” It was a girl’s voice.
He turned around, “Oh hello.” He said to another red haired Weasley.
“I’m Elizabeth.” She said. She looked a little older that Ginny.
“I’m-” Harry started to say.
“Oh I know who you are. You’re Harry Potter.” Elizabeth said.
“Uh yeah I am.” Harry said.
“I know a lot about you, I’m a big fan.” She said batting her eyelashes at him. He was starting to get worried.
“Elizabeth!” Ginny said walking up to them.
“Oh, hi Ginny.” Said Elizabeth she did not sound happy.
“What’re you doing?” Ginny asked.
“I was just saying hi to him.” Elizabeth said jerking her head at Harry.
“Well stop being so sweet about it to my boyfriend!” Ginny said smirking.
“What- he- boyfriend!” Elizabeth said faltering.
“Yes boyfriend!” Ginny said. Elizabeth grew red faced, turned and stalked away. Ginny smiled. “We’ve never got along very well.” She said. “She and I fought all the time about you.”
Harry smiled, “Well sorry for the trouble.” Harry said.
“Are you kidding? Now I’ve got something to brag about to her.” Ginny said.
“How do you mean?” Harry asked.
“Well her family always had more money than us so she used to laugh at me and brag all the time.” Ginny said. “But now look she gets to be jealous of me!”
“You’re welcome, I guess.” Harry said.
Ginny smiled, “C’mon I want to introduce you to one of my other cousins!” Harry followed her toward a boy that looked about two years older than Harry.
“Hey, Ginny!” The boy said.
“Hi Ben!” Ginny said. “How’re you?”
“I’m great. Well except for Ron.” Ben said.
“Ben there is someone I’d like you to meet.” Ginny said, “Ben this is Harry Potter.”
“Blimey!” Ben said. “I have always been a huge fan!”
“Uh, thanks.” Harry said shaking Ben’s hand.
“Wow I never thought I’d meet you!” Ben continued, “Oh by the way, don’t let Elizabeth see you.” Ben told Harry.
“She already did.” Harry said.
“Uh oh.” Ben said. Harry decided he liked Ben. “How’d you like her?” Ben asked.
“Well I didn’t like her as much as Ginny but I suppose maybe if I got to know her that I might think she was alright.” Harry replied.
“Yeah maybe bu- wait did you say you like Ginny?” Ben asked.
“Yes we’re going out.” Ginny said.
“Oh my, I never believed you when you said he’d like you one day!” Ben said to Ginny. “Well listen I hope I’ll see you later but right now I’ve got to go.” Ben said and with a wave he left.
“Okay,” Ginny said, “one more person that you’ve got to meet.” Ginny said. This time they pushed through almost the entire crowd before Ginny found the person she was looking for. They walked up behind a girl who looked about the same age as Ginny. Harry lagged behind so Ginny walked back to him. “Come on, I promise she’s not going to go after you.” Ginny said soothingly. She took his hand and they walked up to the girl. “Hey Susan.” Ginny tapped the girl on the shoulder.
Susan wheeled around, “Ginny? Is that you? Wow you look so much older than last time.”
“You too.” Ginny said, “Hey I want you to meet someone. This is Harry Potter.”
“What! You’re kidding!” Susan said.
“Nope he’s right here.” Ginny said.
“Hello!” Susan said, and then she noticed Ginny holding Harry’s hand, “No way! Seriously!”
“Yep!” Ginny said.
“Wow it’s a pleasure to meet you Harry.” Susan said.
“Uh, yeah you too.” Harry said.
“Elizabeth found him.” Ginny explained Harry’s lack of talking.
“Ah, I see.” Susan said. “Don’t worry I’m not like her.”
“That’s what I said.” Ginny said.
“Alright everyone, we are going to start eating please find a spot at the table.” Mrs. Weasley’s magnified voice said.
“Come on.” Susan said to the two of them. They found a spot at the long tables Ginny sat with her aunt Stephanie on her left, Harry on her right and Susan across from her. On Harry’s right was Ben. Harry looked down the table and saw Mr. and Mrs. Weasley sitting next to each other, then looked up the table and saw Elizabeth glaring towards Ginny who didn’t noticed as she was telling Stephanie, Ben and Susan about going to America.
“Wow!” Ben said. “I’ve never been to America!”
“Well, I just hope it doesn’t take long!” Ginny said.
“So you’re going too Harry?” Stephanie asked.
“Yes, but I agree with Ginny, I don’t want it to take long.” Harry replied.
“Well I hope it won’t, I mean I’ve not seen Ron for a long time, I’d hate never to see him again!” Ben said.
Stephanie seemed to be thinking hard, “So is it just you two going?” She asked.
“Well no we have a friend that is coming too.” Ginny said.
“Oh I see.” Stephanie said still thinking.
Most people had finished eating by now so Mrs. Weasley stood up. “Thank you all for coming now some of you may know this but my daughter Ginny and our dear friend Harry Potter will be going to America soon to find Ron’s cure. So if anyone would like to make a donation of muggle money they do need some so if you want to just come give it to me, Arthur, Ginny or Harry. Thank you.” Mrs. Weasley finished and sat back down.
“I gotta go get another drink.” Ben said.
“I’ll come too.” Susan said. They got up and walked away.
“Ginny,” Said Stephanie, “I’d like to come with you. I’ve been to America so I’d be able to help in that way and I’ve got some money.”
“No! We can’t have you do that!” Ginny said.
“Please I really want to help!” Stephanie said.
Ginny sighed, “Well alright if you’re sure.”
“I am.” Stephanie said.
“Okay.” Ginny said. “Harry, looks like we’ve got another member for our team.”
“I’ll go tell William tomorrow.” Harry said.
“And I’d better fill you in we had a planning session today.” Ginny said. Harry got up and walked toward the drinks. Ben and Susan were still there in a deep discussion.
“Harry.” Ben said when Harry walked up to them. “Me and Susan were just talking and we decided we’d each like to give some money.”
“Oh guys that’s great!” Harry said.
“We’d each like to give two hundred pounds.” Susan said.
“What!” Said Harry, “No, no, we can’t accept that!”
“You don’t have a choice!” Ben said.
“Oh alright.” Harry said.
“We don’t have it at the moment though so we’ll just send it to you by owl.” Susan said.
“Okay I’ll watch out for it.” Harry said.
“Thank you.” Ben said.
“No, thank you.” Said Harry shaking their hands. He got a drink and then walked back over to Ginny and Stephanie.
“So William is going to find a ship for us to sail on and we’ll leave as soon as possible.” Ginny was just finishing when Harry walked up. “Oh hello again Harry I just finished telling Aunt Stephanie about the meeting.”
“Good so now everyone is up to date, well except William doesn’t know your coming yet.” He nodded at Stephanie.
“Alright, good.” Ginny said.
“Well contact me when you’re going to meet again or when we find a ship.” Stephanie said.
“Okay. See you Aunt Stephanie.” Ginny said hugging her aunt.
“Good bye Ginny, see ya Harry.” Stephanie said.
“Bye.” Harry said. Stephanie waved and walked away. “Guess what.” Harry said.
“What?” Ginny asked.
“Ben and Susan just donated two hundred pounds each!” Harry said.
“Oh good!” Ginny exclaimed.
“I know. They said they’d send it by owl soon.” Harry told her.
“Okay then we’ll watch for it.” Ginny said.
Harry nodded, “Yes, and hopefully others will have donated some too.” He felt something wet hit his hand he looked up at the sky. It had become a dark gray in the last few minutes. “Oh no.” He said.
“What?” Ginny asked.
“I think it’s about to rain!” He said. And sure enough, no sooner had he finished speaking than rain started dumping out of the sky.
“Everyone get inside!” Mr. Weasley yelled. Those who were left started running toward the house. Harry pulled out his wand as did Mr. Weasley. Harry started helping Mr. Weasley vanish the extra tables then he shrunk the last table and chairs then carried them inside. By the time he and Mr. Weasley got to the house they were drenched Harry’s shirt was sticking to his back and his hair was plastered to his head, he followed Mr. Weasley inside where Mrs. Weasley and Ginny had towels to dry off with.
“Well that was unexpected.” Mrs. Weasley said. Harry wiped of the table and chairs with the rest of his towel and put them back in the kitchen and made them their regular size again. Now Mrs. Weasley and Ginny took out their wands, Mr. Weasley finished drying Mr. Weasley off while Ginny finished drying Harry off with their wands. “Thank you, you two. I didn’t know what to do if that table got ruined.” Mrs. Weasley said.
“It’s was nothing.” Harry said.
The four of them went into the sitting room where everyone else was. Harry sat down next to Ginny on the sofa. He looked around the room, and thought about how he would feel if Ginny had this sickness and died. He wouldn’t be able to handle it, he knew it. “What are you thinking about?” Ginny asked.
“I was just thinking how Hermione must feel. I know if it were you I would be so worried then if you died I don’t think I’d be able to live.” He told her.
“Well I know I wouldn’t be able to live if you died.” Ginny said. “I know because when I saw you dead at the battle of Hogwarts I wanted to die right then. I thought about attacking Voldemort or something so he’d kill me but before I decided the battle started again.”
“Well I’m not dead and I’m not planning on dying any time soon so you don’t have to worry.” Harry said. Ginny smiled at him. Before Bill left Harry walked over to him, “Hi Bill.” He said.
“Hey Harry.” Bill shook Harry’s hand.
“Hey I was just wondering, do you still have the tent we borrowed from you while we stayed at shell cottage?” He asked.
“Yes I believe so. Do you want to borrow it again?” Bill asked.
“Yes we’d like to take it to America.” Harry said.
“Okay I’ll get it to you soon.” Bill said.
“Thanks, I really appreciate it.” Harry said. After the last of the Weasley relatives had left Harry and Ginny both headed upstairs to their rooms to go to bed. Harry fell asleep fast even with the thunder cracking and lighting flashing outside and didn’t wake up all night.
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