Chapter 4 : Hurting Inside
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“So you mean Hermione is back together with Viktor?” came Harry’s voice from beneath a pile of bags.
“I’ve told you already, they are back together! Oh, hi George!” said Ginny in an angry tone until she saw George.
“Hi guys.” Said George, turning back to the fire.
“Did Fred tell you about Hermione?” asked Harry as he dumped the bags and sat down next to Ginny.
“Yeah,” replied George, “but that’s not all he told me” he murmured.
“What?” asked Harry.
“Okay, you have to promise not to say anything to Fred.” Said George, moving closer on his seat to Harry and Ginny.
“Promise” they said in unison.
“Okay, so when I caught up to Fred he told me about how Hermione was kissing Viktor and they were back together. He seem pissed. I asked why but he didn’t reply. When we got back here and he said, get this, he said he likes Hermione.” George finished with a satisfied look on his.
Unfortunately, Harry and Ginny didn’t get what he meant.
Well, I suppose I didn’t get what Fred meant when he told me.
“George, we know Fred likes Hermione. He is like a brother to her.” Said Ginny as though George was stupid.
“Yes I know that, but what I mean is that Fred likes Hermione.” Said Fred, as though it was obvious all along.
Well it is obvious.
George sat and waited for a reply, but it never came. Ginny and Harry were sitting with shocked looks on their faces.
George opened his mouth, about to speak, when the portrait swung open. Neville and Luna stepped through, carrying a couple of bags from Zonko’s and Honeydukes.
“Hi guys!” said Neville.
No one replied.
“What’s going on?” asked Luna at their silence and expressions.
“George was just telling us that Fred likes Hermione,” said Harry, still with a shocked look on his face and staring into space.
“Wait, what?” said Neville, the same shocked look resting on his face.
“Fred likes Hermione. I don’t see what the big deal is,” said Fred. He was starting to get annoyed with everyone being so shocked by this insignificant news.
“George it is a big deal. Firstly, Fred was head over heels in love with Angelina. It’s only been a day and he is already having feelings for Hermione. Secondly, Hermione is like a sister to us,” said Ginny.
“Look guys, I don’t want you to make a big deal out of it when Fred is around. I wasn’t meant to tell you and let’s face it, if he got embarrassed with me knowing, imagine how he is going to feel with you guys knowing,” said George.
The conversation moved on and they began talking about what they had done in Hogsmead.
Luna and Neville had spent their time shopping at Honeydukes and Zonko’s, then got some coffee at Madam Puddifoot’s and then went to the Shrieking Shack.
Harry and Ginny on the other hand spent the entire time wandering the streets carrying their many bags from Honeydukes.
During this conversation, Ron and Lavender came back. They had spent their Hogsmead time in the Three Broomsticks.
Snogging no doubt thought Fred.
They all filled Lavender and Ron in about Fred liking Hermione and continued on the topic until they heard movement coming from upstairs in the dorms.
Fred came wandering downstairs five minutes later. The entire group of friends looked up at him. All Fred could do was give a death stare to his twin and sit down.
They sat in an awkward silence.
I cannot believe that George told them!
Hermione and Viktor made their way back to the castle, hand in hand. Hermione had a big bright smile on her face and jumped in excitement when anyone would point at them and smile, and even when someone came up to them and congratulated them on getting back together.
They slowly made their way up to Gryffindor common room, taking their time because Hermione knew Fred would be there and was sure he would be angry.
I wonder why Fred is angry with me? What could I have done? Thought Hermione
When Hermione and Viktor reached the portrait, Fred came out.
“Fred?” asked Hermione.
Fred ignored her and kept walking.
“Don’t ignore Hermione like that!” Viktor yelled after him.
Fred, who was already angry, turned around with rage painted over his face.
“Don’t tell me what to do Viktor! You don’t own me!” he yelled and stormed off.
Hermione stood there in shock. She quickly said goodbye to Viktor and climbed through the portrait hole. When she got in, she saw everyone sitting around the fire, looking in shock at her.
“What on earth was that?” asked George
“I have no idea”, said Hermione, staring at the portrait hole.
Fred wandered through the castle until the moon was casting tall shadows from the high windows. He wasn’t exactly sure about when he should head back to Gryffindor Tower, or what would be awaiting him.
He felt bad about yelling at Viktor, not because he thought he hurt Viktor’s feelings, he thought it was great if he hurt his feelings, but because he thought he hurt Hermione.
Fred, slowly making his way back to the common room, thought of what he would say to Hermione if she asked why he had lost it like he had. But everything he thought of sounded like a lie, which it was.
Before Fred knew it, he was back at the portrait hole. He gave the Fat Lady the password.
“Incorrect” said the Fat Lady as she began to go back to sleep.
“What?!” exclaimed Fred. He didn’t think he had been away long enough for Dumbledore to change the password.
“I’m sorry, but the password was changed about ten minutes ago, around the same time you should have been in bed” said the Fat Lady, raising an eyebrow.
“Well now what am I meant to do?” Fred questioned, knowing that no one was going to come out until morning.
“You will just have to sleep in the corridor, now please be quiet so I can get back to sleep.” Said the Fat Lady and she moved out of the portrait.
Not knowing what to do know, Fred sat down next the portrait and curled up in attempt to fall asleep.
This day just keeps getting better and better, he thought sarcastically.
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