Viktor came over and sat in George’s empty seat, looking at Hermione. The conversation that Fred and Hermione were having suddenly ended and they sat in an awkward silence for a few minutes, until George came back.
“Hi Viktor, you are kind of sitting in my seat.” Said George awkwardly.
“Just a minute, I'm talking to Hermione.” He replied, still not taking his eyes off Hermione.
“No you’re not. You haven’t said anything since you came over.” Said Fred angrily.
“Well I do not want to talk in front of you” said Viktor, finally taking his eyes off Hermione and looking back and forth between Fred and George.
“Fred, George, do you mind? I’ll catch up with you later” said Hermione finally.
“I am not going to leave you alone to get back with together with Viktor here.” Fred exaggerated.
“Fred please” said Hermione who, like George, was quite shocked at how Fred was acting.
“No!” Fred yelled back at her. She looked hurt and Fred felt bad.
“Come on bro, let’s go over to Honeydukes.” Said George, pushing Fred away from Viktor and Hermione and to the door.
When they were finally outside and in the fresh air, Fred calmed down pretty quickly. They made their way towards the Sweet Shop near the end of the street.
“What was with you back there?” asked George when he sensed that Fred was calm.
“Nothing. I just don’t want Hermione to get hurt again, that’s all.” Said Fred, still unsure himself why he had gone off.
Hermione is just a friend. She is my sister and brother’s best friend, she spends every summer at our place and I think of her as another sister, just like I think Harry as another brother, not that I need another one.
No time for jokes Fred, this is serious.
I told you Hermione is like a sister, nothing more. Fred thought. The voices in his head having a conversation.
“I gathered that. I don’t want her getting hurt either but I didn’t carry on about it.” Said George. He didn’t know what was going through his twins mind and neither did his twin.
They reached Honeydukes, where they found Harry and Ginny. They were both loaded up with two bags, full of sweets, each.
“I know winter is coming, but I don’t think Hogwarts is going to run out of food” said George sarcastically as Harry and Ginny were trying to manoeuvre their way out of the crowded shop.
“It was her idea.” Came Harry’s voice from under the floating bags on the left.
“Was not Harry and you know it.” Came the voice of Ginny from the right lot of floating sweets.
“Ginny, I thought you had to be back with Hermione three quarters of an hour ago?” said Fred.
“Crap I totally forgot! Was she angry at me for ditching her?” she asked.
“No, not really.” Replied Fred.
“Harry, do you mind? I should really go back to her before she is angry. I’ll see you back at the common room.” Said Ginny and she piled her bags on top of the ones Harry was already carrying.
“Do I have a choice?” he asked under the great pile of sweets.
Ginny ran off in the direction off the pub. George was busy helping Harry with the bags, so Fred jogged off after his sister, unsure why he wanted to go back to Hermione..
“Ginny wait!” he yelled, just as she reached the door.
She didn’t hear him and opened the door and walked in. When he reached her, she was standing, one hand on the open door, staring, with her mouth slightly ajar, at Hermione and Viktor, kissing.
This told Fred all he needed to know.
As soon as George and Fred had left, Viktor felt more comfortable around Hermione. He took Fred’s seat, which was across from Hermione, and looked into her eyes with, what Hermione thought, was sorrow and a will to prove himself to her.
Hermione was still shocked at the way Fred had acted.
He is like my brother. He was just protecting me, that’s all. Nothing more.
Hermione was taken from her thinking time, when Viktor started apologising for what he had done to Hermione at the Yule Ball. She put her hands up, indicating to him to stop.
“Viktor, I’m sorry, but sorry just doesn’t cut it. We have been together for three months and in that time I have never once given you any indication that I wasn’t interested in you, or that I was interested in someone else, especially Ron. I thought you trusted me, thought you knew me better than that.” She said, as she looked at him with eyes that she soon felt like would fill with tears.
“I know. But I want to try again, start everything over. I over reacted.” Said Viktor
Hermione thought this over. She still had feelings for Viktor, but didn’t want to have her heart broken again.
“Viktor, I really want to be with you, but I don’t want to get my heart broken” said Hermione, sympathy in her voice.
“I understand Hermione, but I really want us to sort this out”
“I know you do Viktor, I can see it in your eyes, but I can’t.” Hermione said looking away, hoping it would make Viktor disappear.
“Would you go out with me now?” Viktor asked as he came closer to Hermione’s turned face.
She turned back to him to reply, but was cut short as his lips landed onto hers.
Fred turned and exited the Three Broomsticks just as Harry and George caught up with them.
George saw a look of hurt on Fred’s face.
“What’s up mate? Hermione go off at Ginny?” he asked
“No.” Said Fred, staring off into space, trying to work out what had happed.
“Hermione is back with Viktor” said Fred as he walked off leaving George staring after him.
“Wait, what?” called George as he caught up to Fred.
“Hermione. Back. Viktor. Kissing.” Murmured Fred, still not sure what was going on.
“Okay. I get that, but why are you so upset about it. I mean, if Hermione is happy with Viktor, then we should be happy for her.” Said George, finally getting his head around everything.
They walked in silence until they reached the gates of Hogwarts.
“I think I like Hermione.” Fred whispered.
“Well I’m glad you do, she is pretty much our sister” said George, with a hint of sarcasm in his voice.
“No George, you’re not listening to me. I think I like Hermione.” Fred said as he stopped and turned to his twin.
“Your joking right?!” said George, finally working out what Fred meant, “Hermione is like our sister!”
“I know, I know. But I have just been feeling differently towards her lately.” Replied Fred, feeling embarrassed at the information that he had just told his brother.