Chapter 7 : Brewing Trouble
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Ginny’s suspicions of foul play intensified when she finally spotted him conversing in rather close quarters with the Slytherin girl in the library.
Harry leaned closer to the young Slytherin pointing to a specific section of the text she was reading. “That’s it right there.”
“Oh…I see… I don’t know how I could have missed that one.”
Ginny’s face turned as red as her hair. How could he be helping that bloody Slytherin! He was supposed to be helping her! It wasn’t fair. It’s not like she could go up to him and smack him upside the head.
Furious, she stormed back to the common room and found Hermione studying. She reported what she saw and then went to question Ron about Harry like she had done ever since the first time he’d cancelled on her.
“Look, Ginny, I have no idea what’s going on with Harry, all right? Maybe if you’d quit stalking him—”
And once again, Ron’s comments left her in tears.
Things only got worse for Ginny. She would see them holding hands as he walked her to her classes and whispering to each other intimately after class. The only time he wasn’t with her was meal times since they sat at different tables, but he was always in a rush to meet up with Laura. Ginny was beginning to greatly dislike the name Laura…
She caught Harry by the arm as he got up from the supper table. “Where are you going?” she asked as if she hadn’t a clue.
“Library… Have a Potions quiz tomorrow…don’t want to fail it.” He turned to leave.
“I see,” she said, but he had already disappeared. She couldn’t help but follow him. She was worried about him. It just wasn’t right. She didn’t think of it as stalking, it was more the concern of a friend not lusting over someone she hardly knew. She knew Harry and he wasn’t acting like normal. She had seen the way he fancied Cho and this definitely wasn’t how he was acting with Marwood. This was something different, but not different in a good way.
When she first entered the library, she didn’t find them sitting at their usual table. Casually, she started looking around through bookshelves, pretending that she was looking for a book. She heard a girl’s voice whispering, “You’re everything to me Harry. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“You have me now. You don’t have to be afraid of them. I won’t ever let them hurt you again.”
“I was so scared, Harry…so alone…”
“But you’re not alone anymore, Laura…”
Ginny couldn’t hear the rest of what Marwood said, but she had a feeling it was lost in the meeting of their lips, a thought that Ginny cursed. She didn’t want to look. She wanted out.
Ginny left the library as quickly as she had entered, sprinting down the hall and searching for Hermione. Ron wouldn’t listen to her. He wouldn’t care. He wouldn’t understand and he’d think it was some fancy of his ‘little baby sister’. Hermione would be just as concerned as she was, wouldn’t she?
Finally the information sank in. Hermione was shocked beyond belief that Harry and that Slytherin girl actually fancied each other. Things were looking bad.
Hermione sat in the Gryffindor common room with Lavender and Ginny talking about her concerns for Harry. Ginny listened intently to Hermione’s concerns, very worried about Harry and hoping that Lavender would know what to do.
“It’s not like I think she has him under some sort of love spell or anything. I mean, she’s only a first-year student. She wouldn’t have the capacity to do so. I just am worried that he’s with a Slytherin,” Hermione insisted.
“True,” Lavender commented, reclining onto the couch, “but wasn’t she placed in the wrong house or something? That’s what Parvati told me.”
“No one’s put in the wrong house! That’s preposterous!” Hermione exclaimed.
“I don’t know Hermione.” Lavender shrugged.
“That’s beside the point anyway. What I wanted to ask you was about the line between friends and dating.”
“All right,” Lavender nodded, smiling.
Ron entered the portrait hole just as Hermione began whispering, “I was wondering if you spend a lot of time with a bloke…the difference between dating him and just being friends with him is whether or not you’re snogging him?”
Ron nearly had a heart attack.
“I guess so,” Lavender admitted, “You do spend a lot of time with someone if you fancy them…” Lavender wondered if they were still talking about Harry spending so much time with Marwood or if Hermione fancied someone.
Hermione huffed, crossing her arms. “Well I have no idea what I should do about it!”
“Maybe you shouldn’t do anything, just wait and see what happens,” Lavender suggested.
Ron started to head back through the portrait hole when he was spotted by Ginny. “Ron! Hey, can you help me with Transfiguration? You said you had all the notes from last year.”
“Oh, um, hey, Ginny, yeah I do. I’ll go get them. It’ll just be a minute.” He rushed up the stairs without glancing where Hermione still sat talking to Lavender.
A/N: Thanks to everyone for reading my first Harry Potter fic!
bumpersticker86- I need to find that catalogue… I love Ron when he’s crushing over Hermione and blushing. You want to write a song ficlet for him to sing for Hermione? hehe…I love Hamlet! Maybe I should do a Harry/Hamlet ficlet….
Tifa Redfield, CurlsofGold, ses, Sphinx Face, Malfoys-Girl, JenR, Ashley- Thanks so much for all of your kind words!!
What will happen next? Will there be more Slytherin/Gryffindor angst? Will Hermione devote her life to singing karaoke in order to get Draco out of her head? Will Ron be turned into a newt? Will Ginny express her love for Harry?
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