Chapter 7 : A Big Question
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I’m not going to lie, the couch was kinda uncomfortable. But when you think about it, it was so worth the discomfort; I had a beautiful girl in my bed. Sure I wasn’t there with her, but she was still there.
I lay awake staring at the ceiling. I was wired despite it being so late; it had to be at least 2am. Penny was probably sound asleep, lucky her ha ha.
I sat up and swung my feet over the couch and put my head in my hands. Well I decided if I was awake I might as well do something productive. Quietly I washed the dinner dishes and did a bit of dusting. I’ll vacuum in the morning, I didn’t dare wake Penny. When I was done I sat back on the couch, now what?
“Dudley? What are you doing?”
I nearly jumped out of my skin.
“Penny! I was just um... what are you wearing?”
It was a stupid question really; I knew exactly what she was wearing... my shirt and nothing else as far as I could tell.
“Oh... sorry I hope you don’t mind. I didn’t wanna sleep in my clothes.”
“Oh no... Not at all help yourself. What’s mine is yours...” Especially when you look that good... Just saying.
“I couldn’t sleep. Do you mind?” She asked gesturing to the couch.
“Be my guest” I replied moving over.
“This isn’t working” She laughed. “What do we do?”
“I don’t know... I’ve exhausted all my options” She looked around the apartment and smiled.
“I see... So what are you and Harry doing tomorrow? Well today I guess”
“I don’t know really know, I guess I’ll find out when we get back to the burrow...”
“Burrow?” She asked quizzically, raising an eyebrow. Oh shit...
“No what’s the burrow?” Come on big D think... fast!
“Umm... it’s err and inside joke.”
“Inside joke? What kind of inside joke?”
“Well you see... Ginny has a lot of siblings... So yeah... Rabbits... burrow... get it?” I said hopefully.... this was never going to work.
“Ha ha does her father know you call it that?” She laughed. “And don’t rabbits live in warrens?”
“He kinda came up with it... I think. Warren... burrow same thing different name right?”
“I guess.” She replied snuggling into me. “I’d really like to meet the rest of Ginny’s family. She’s lovely. Your cousin and her really suit each other.”
“Um... yeah. Maybe one day.”
“Can I come with you tomorrow?! Oh please Dudley please! I’ll ask dad to give us a ride he won’t mind.” She begged getting up on her knees. Crap... how am I supposed to say no to that?
“I err... I dunno Penny... It’s quite a way from here. And I’d kinda have to ask first.”
“Oh...” She replied glumly.
“Oh please don’t pout.” I sighed.
“Dudley... Can I ask you something?”
“You just did” I smiled. She slapped my arm.
“Are you trying to hide something from me?” She asked cautiously.
“No... Why would you think that” Liar, liar, pants on fire.
“I dunno, it’s just a feeling I’ve got. Like when Pete... it doesn’t matter.” She said getting up. “Good night” she left and went back into my room without another word.
“I’m sorry” I whispered and went to sleep myself.
When I woke she’d already gone.
Have a good day with Harry. I’ll miss you. Remember... call me.
Love Penny xx
I showered and dressed waiting for Harry to arrive. I felt horrible, not just because of the lack of a good nights’ sleep. I felt guilty, I had lied to Penny.
“Morning Dudley!” Harry said cheerfully as he apparated into the room. “Merlin... you look horrible.”
“I feel it” I grumbled.
“What happened?” He asked, his eyes full of concern.
“I lied to her. I had to. To protect the wizarding world; to protect you. She knows something is up Harry”
“I’m sorry D.” He replied sadly. “I’m sure it will all work out.”
“Yea... me too”
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get Dudley out of his funk. While the rest of the Weasley’s prepared to return to Hogwarts over the next few days, Dudley just did what he was asked to do in silence.
“Mr Weasley... I’m concerned about Dudley” I confessed.
“I am too Harry. So what exactly brought this on?” He asked.
“Penny, she knows something is going on that she doesn’t know about. Dudley lied to cover it up. Now he’s feeling guilty and sorry for himself.”
“I see. I remember the first time and only time might I add... that I lied to Molly. It almost killed me.”
“What did you lie about Mr Weasley? If you don’t mind me asking.”
“Ha ha I’d gone over to her house to ask her father for her hand in marriage. When she found out I was there she asked what I was doing. I had to lie through my teeth and say I was there talking to her father about a job coming up at the ministry.” He smiled lost in his memories.
“What did he say? Mrs Weasley’s father?” I asked.
“Mr Prewett? At first he was sceptical; we were young when we got married. I must have been what? Just over 17? But after I talked to him he settled into the idea. He just wanted the best for his little girl. That’s all any father wants.”
“Do you think I could ever be the best for Ginny?” I asked nervously. Mr Weasley raised an eyebrow in surprise.
“Harry James Potter... Are you asking what I think you’re asking?” The older Weasley said.
“Yes Mr Weasley Sir, would you um... would you give me your blessing to ask Ginny to marry me? Not ... not yet of course. After Hogwarts... I was thinking maybe at the end of graduation?”
“Harry my son, I couldn’t be happier. Of course you have my blessing.” He replied with a smile, Giving me a one armed, manly hug.
“Harry, I see the way you look at her. The respect... the love in your eyes. You remind me of your father at his age, staring at your mother. If anyone deserves my daughter, it’s you. I wouldn’t have it any other way.... Now.... What are we going to do about Mr Dursley hmmm?”
“I was thinking maybe we could have a little word with Kingsley...”
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