Chapter 5 : The Morning After
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As he made his way down the stairs, he thought of what he would tell everyone when they asked where he had been all night and what Hermione would say. When he reached the hall, he sat down at the Gryffindor table. Toast, cereal, and other breakfast foods appeared around him and he dug in.
An hour later, the Gryffindor table, and the Great Hall, was almost completely full with students eating breakfast. Fred sat and watched everyone scoffing down food like there was no tomorrow. The only people who hadn’t come down for breakfast yet were Hermione and Krum. This was not helping Fred’s mood.
“Cheer up mate, they are probably still sleeping. They were still up when we went to bed at 2 o’clock.” said George
“Speaking of being up late, where were you?” asked Ron.
“Password changed just before I got back. Had to sleep in the corridor.” Replied Fred.
“Comfy,” said Harry, chewing on a piece of toast, “the new password is Butterbeer by the way.
“I’ll see you guys later then,” said Fred as he got up.
Fred wandered back to Gryffindor Tower, greeting the Fat Lady with the password. He climbed through the portrait hole and headed across the room to the staircase.
“Hi Fred” came a voice behind him.
He turned around to see Hermione curled up on the sofa with a sleeping Viktor. It looked like they had fallen asleep there.
“Err, hi… Hermione” said Fred awkwardly. He slowly walked over and leaned against the sofa opposite Hermione. They sat like in silence for a few moments.
“Fred, have I done something to upset you?” Hermione asked, breaking the silence.
“What? No! You would never be able to upset me. No matter how hard you try,” he said, smiling.
“Then what is wrong? You have been acting weird since yesterday afternoon”
Fred looked into Hermione’s eyes. She moved her head slightly and he could see her eyes sparkle in the light.
“What?” she asked, realising that Fred had been looking at her for a little over a minute.
Fred shook himself out of the trance that she had put him in, “Oh, nothing. Look I have to go get changed, I, err, had to sleep out in the corridor and only just found out the password”
He got up and began climbing up the stairs. All Hermione could do was stare after him. She suddenly felt slightly differently towards him.
Back in the Great Hall, George, Ginny, Harry, Ron, Lavender, Neville and Luna were discussing how they were going to help cheer up Fred.
“It’s weird, I never thought I would have to cheer up a Weasley Twin,” said Harry.
“Yeah, it’s a rare thing” said George.
“Come on guys, stop joking around, this is serious.” Said Ginny, worried about her brother.
“Well what can we do? The only way to make him happy in the long run is if we get Hermione to willingly go out with him” Said Lavender.
Ginny suddenly jumped up.
“What?” asked Harry, who jumped at the sudden movement and speed of his girlfriend.
“I’ll explain later” she said as she ran out of the Great Hall.
Ginny made her way up the stairs two at a time. She had a brilliant idea and was hoping that it would all fall into place.
She reached the portrait hall, gave the Fat Lady the password and climbed through. Hermione was curled up on the sofa reading a book, Viktor sat across from her reading a Quidditch magazine.
“Hey Hermione” said Ginny, plonking herself down next to her.
“Hi Gin” replied Hermione, not looking up from her book.
Viktor cleared his throat.
“Oh, hi Viktor” said Ginny awkwardly and grudgingly.
“Ginny” he replied, going back to his magazine.
“So Hermione, I was wondering if you wanted to spend some time together, since I abandoned you yesterday”
“Sounds good,” replied Hermione, closing her book and sitting up and turning to Ginny, “what did you have in mind?”
“Well I was thinking we could just go and relax by the lake” said Ginny, hoping that Hermione would agree and ditch Viktor for a few hours.
“Ok, let me just get some shoes,” Hermione said as she got up and headed up to her dormitory.
Ginny sat and waited for Hermione to return. Viktor closed his magazine and stared at Ginny.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“What do you mean?”
“What are you doing with Hermione?”
“Are you serious? I am going to be spending a few hours with my best friend. Is that alright with you?” She said, almost angrily. She couldn’t believe that he was asking such a crazy question.
“Yes, but you are Ron’s brother. You are trying to get Hermione to change her mind about going out with me.” Viktor replied, matter-of-factly.
“Seriously? That is what you think I am doing? You are mad! I don’t see why Hermione forgave you and agreed to go back out with you. You are a complete jerk!” she almost yelled, getting up.
Ginny walked over to Krum, slapped him across the face and walked out of the common room to wait for Hermione outside.
Back inside the common room, Hermione can running back down the stairs at the sound of Ginny’s yells and slap. She walked out to see Viktor standing furiously with a red mark on his cheek.
“What happened?” Hermione asked worryingly.
“That friend of yours just slapped me across the face!” Viktor yelled at Hermione as he pointed to the portrait hole.
“Ginny slapped you? Why?”
“She just doesn’t like me” Viktor lied.
Ginny, who had been listening on the other side of the door barged in.
“You bloody deserved that slap!”
Hermione jumped between her boyfriend and best friend.
“What on earth is going on here?” came a voice from behind them.
Fred, Harry, Ron and Lavender had just returned to the common room to see Ginny trying to attack Viktor.
“Stay out of this!” Ginny yelled at Harry, causing him to stop in his tracks.
“Ginny, why did you slap Viktor!” Hermione said, almost yelling herself.
“I slapped the jerk because he thought the reason we were going to be spending time together was because I was trying to get you to go out with Ron.” Said Ginny, slightly calming down.
Ginny walked back to Harry, seeing the tears filling Hermione’s eyes. She knew that Hermione was going to really give it to Krum, and she didn’t want to stand in the way.
“I cannot believe this. I have told you heaps of times that I am not interested in Ron! Yes, we used to date, but we are just close friends. I just don’t understand why you would think that I am interested in a guy, who not only is like my brother, but is also TAKEN. YOU ARE SUCH A SELF CENTERED JERK! I CANNOT BELIVE THAT I BELIVED YOU YESTERDAY! CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I TOLD YOU I LOVE YOU! CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I WASTED MY TIME ON SOMEONE WHO WOULDN’T TRUST ME! I JUST WISH I HAD NEVER MET YOU!” Hermione screamed before running up to her dorm.
Everyone just stood there staring. Viktor awkwardly walked out of the common room, leaving Ginny, Harry, Fred, Ron and Lavender standing there awestruck. No one moved.
A few moments later, when everyone seemed to regain the power to speak and move, Fred was the one who sped off up to Hermione. All the others could do was smile. It was about time someone started confessing their feelings.
AN: Thankyou to all those who have reviewed the story. Please keep reviewing! This chapter sets up the next chapter, and the next one is going to be long, there is so much I have to get through. Will post next chapter as soon I have finished it!
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