Chapter 30 : Chapter 30
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Hermione woke the next day and began to dress and pack her school bag for the day which was difficult as she tried to be silent to avoid disturbing Parvati and Lavender. It was only six am but Hermione didn’t feel like sleeping any longer than she had and so she headed down to breakfast.
The Great Hall was quiet and relatively empty so she ate and left quickly heading straight for the Owlery. As she stepped in Hedwig fluttered down to greet her and Hermione patted her affectionately.
“Take this to George Weasley,” she said softly. Hedwig tweeted and flew away.
George dressed slowly wondering what Hermione was. He missed her already and he wasn’t sure if it was just because he knew she was so far away and that he wouldn’t see her for ages but it felt like he had a constant piercing feeling in his chest. There was a tap at the window and he opened it slowly allowing Hedwig to fly in. Fred had come in to see if he was ready and Hedwig hovered between them. She turned her head between the two and tweeted irritably before landing on the bed.
George took the letter off her leg and told her to wait so he could send his response.
I miss you already. I feel so alone here, Harry and Ginny might as well be a couple, Ron and Lavender are the same, Dean and Parvati, Seamus fancies Katie Bell, Neville and Luna etc! I hope your well and send my love to Fred and your parents,
Love always, Hermione xxx
George frowned and looked at the letter again before grabbing a quill and parchment.
I miss you too. I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling alone but do tell Potter to keep his hands off my sister otherwise there will be trouble for him. Finnigan fancies Katie? Wow... how’d you get that out of him? Poor Neville I don’t expect he has a clue what Luna goes on about half the time and I can’t blame the bloke. Just don’t worry ‘Mione you’re loved and adored by all and you will never be alone, I’m always just an owl away. Send my love to everyone there and keep some for yourself too! Try and have fun and don’t miss me too much because we’ll be together again soon, I promise.
All my love now and forever, George xxx
George sighed and put down his quill.
“Just miss her is all,” George told him.
“I know you do,” Fred said understandingly.
There was another tap at the window and Fred approached it curiously and allowed an owl to enter. It perched beside Hedwig who tweeted softly. George removed the letter which was addressed to him.
“Another one?” Fred asked.
“It’s from Gin,” George explained which only caused Fred to raise a sceptical eyebrow at him.
“She said she’d keep me up to date with what Hermione’s doing as long as I kept her up to date with what I’m doing,” he shrugged.
“So you’ve got a spy?” Fred asked.
“Yes,” George confirmed. “Go open up the shop I’ll be down in a minute.”
“Okay,” Fred said as he left.
We got to Hogwarts safe and sound. Hermione seems a bit lonely and I reckon she’s missing you because everyone else has got a partner or love interest close by and you’re across the country. So what I’m getting at she might end up with a boyfriend because she’s missing that kind of company. Apart from that nothing major going on here what about with you guys? Take care and say hi to mum, dad and Fred.
With love, Ginny x
George groaned. She was right, Hermione had admitted she was lonely because everyone else there had a sort of partner and obviously that would make her want one.
Glad you’re all alright and I hope you’re having fun. You’re right she wrote to me and told me she was lonely in that respect, there’s nothing I can do to stop her getting a boyfriend except keep in close contact. So what’s with you and Potter? Tell him to watch his back but I am happy for you Gin. Nothing going on here really. Hope all is well there and that you guys are all being safe and careful. Keep an eye on Harry because danger seems to like him! Look after yourself.
Take care, George x
George gave each owl a letter and sent them off. Meanwhile downstairs Fred was writing his own letter.
Hope you’re well and that you’re having fun which you probably are as being a nerd you like to learn for some strange reason! Anyways I’m writing to let you know my twin and sister are in cahoots and keeping tabs on your activities. They seem to be making sure you’re not getting involved with another guy and it’s quite comical. My proposition is that we do the same but instead I will monitor George’s activities and inform you of anything suspicious. What do you think? Well have a think on it and get back to me. Say hi to everyone from me.
Take care, Fred x
He called their owl that they’d bought only the day before and named 'Bob' for no reason other than that they found it funny.
“Take this to Hermione,” he told him and sent the owl away.
After lessons were finished Hermione found herself back in the Common room talking to Harry, Ginny and Ron. Three owls flew in from the open window that was allowing a summer breeze to float in.
Two landed beside Hermione and one beside Ginny.
“Hedwig?” Harry asked looking extremely confused.
“Oh yeah I borrowed her earlier Harry,” Hermione told him as she perched on his lap and nipped at his hand fondly.
“Oh,” Harry said.
“Two letters?” Ron asked. “George and...?”
“I’m not sure it looks like Fred’s writing,” Hermione said as she looked at the envelope.
She patted the owls softly. “That one’s not a Hogwarts owl it hasn’t got a tag,” Harry said as he looked at the three owls.
Hermione opened the first letter from George and smiled before tucking it into her robe pocket. She then read the mystery letter and it was indeed from Fred, she laughed as she read it and glanced at Ginny who had read her letter quickly before stuffing it into her pocket.
Hermione smiled. ‘Monitoring my activities,’ she thought. ‘I’ll just have to monitor his too then.’
The days turned into weeks and weeks into months in a blur of letters as Hermione wrote to both Fred and George, Fred wrote to Hermione, Ginny wrote to George and George wrote to Hermione and Ginny.
The days had taken them to a meeting for the Slug Club in which every member sat and chatted quietly with those nearest them.
“So Hermione tell me do you have a boyfriend?” Cormac McLaggen asked. He had flirted with her continuously and Hermione was getting fed up.
“No but I have told you that ten times already Cormac,” she replied bitterly.
“Sorry I just keep forgetting or thinking I’ve missed heard, I mean a beautiful girl like you without a boyfriend is a hard concept,” he said.
Hermione cringed. There was something about him that set her teeth on edge. “Thanks,” she said through gritted teeth. He winked at her and she felt she was going to be sick.
Ginny watched with wide eyes misinterpreting the encounter completely. She saw Cormac’s shameless flirting as just that but Hermione’s sickly reaction as one of nerves rather than anything else. ‘George. She loves George’ she thought to herself though after that exchange she wasn’t entirely convinced.
Ginny had since brushed this off but when Slughorn had announced his party for which they were all required to bring a guest she was instantly worried. Not for herself as Harry had asked her the second they found out and of course she’d said yes but for Hermione. George wasn’t here so who would she go with.
As they walked back to the common room Ginny began to suggest boys who Hermione could go with.
“Dating Parvati I wouldn’t want to make it awkward for him,” Hermione answered.
“He’s actually starting to talk to Katie I don’t want to mess that up.”
“Neville?” Ginny suggested with a tone of frustration.
“Luna,” Hermione said.
“There must be someone!” Ginny exclaimed.
“Someone doesn’t come here anymore,” Hermione said resentfully.
“I’m sorry,” Ginny said quietly.
“It’s fine, but I’m going to be the only one there without a date,” Hermione said.
“Hey Hermione,” Cormac called and Hermione shuddered.
“Cormac,” she greeted not stopping walking and entering the Common room quickly.
She sat with Ginny hoping he’d leave it there but he didn’t.
“So I was wondering if you’d come to Slughorn’s party with me?” he said quickly.
“She’s not inter-...” Ginny began.
“Yeah sure, no one else is going to ask me,” she shrugged.
“I don’t see why, you’re gorgeous,” he said with a smirk.
“Thanks, I'll see you later,” Hermione said as she left for her room.
“Why would you do that?” Ginny demanded.
“What?” Hermione asked.
“Cormac McLaggen he’s the biggest jerk on the planet, might as well be Malfoy,” Ginny said angrily.
“Well Malfoy didn’t ask me, did he? George isn’t here Ginny, would you like me to be the only person going alone?” Hermione questioned.
“No I-I it’s not that I want you to be alone it’s just that George and you are - and then why should you have to settle for less?”
“I haven’t got another option,” Hermione hissed. “And he’s nice enough– I mean he compliments me all the time and so why not make a guy happy, right?”
“Compliments you all the time? Hermione he’s a flirt it means nothing to him!” Ginny snapped.
“Oh really?” Hermione said her voice cracking slightly from hurt. “He’s a flirt so it means nothing, right? I mean it’s not possible he likes me is it because I’m not nice or pretty or anything am I? You know how insecure I am, you know I’m in love with a guy whose hundreds of miles from here and what you don’t want me to be happy for one night? You are a horrible friend, you know that?”
“No Hermione...” Ginny began.
“No Ginny, I can’t believe you,” Hermione said angrily as she left the dorm heading for the only place she ever found sanctuary.
“Everything quite alright dear?” asked Madam Pince who wore a frown looking at Hermione’s tear stained face.
“Fine thanks,” she lied and the elder witch nodded at her.
Hermione sat in the back of the library in her usual corner and sighed deeply. She didn’t fancy Cormac and she didn’t see why Ginny was making such a big deal out of it. If George was here she wouldn’t have had this problem she would have asked him, he would have gone with her and she wouldn’t be sat here alone and angry at Ginny. It all came back to George.
She spent the evening in the library but she didn’t read she just sat there and kept to herself staying quiet and losing herself in thoughts.
She returned to the Common room to find it empty except for Harry who had been watching the portrait hole patiently.
“There you are, for God’s sake where have you been?” Harry asked with an exasperated tone.
“In the library not that anybody cared to look,” she said bitterly.
“Hey I didn’t do anything to you so I’d prefer if you didn’t take it out on me,” he said whilst holding his arms above his head in surrender. Hermione collapsed on the chair beside him.
“I know, I’m sorry,” she sighed.
“It’s okay but seriously what’s up? Ginny’s in a mood you disappeared for five hours, care to explain?”
“What your girlfriend didn’t tell you?” Hermione asked sourly.
“Again I did nothing to you and she’s not my girlfriend...yet,” Harry said.
“Yet, huh? When are you going to ask her?” Hermione asked excitedly.
“Slughorn’s party but that’s not important right now,” Harry said. “What happened?”
“Cormac asked me to Slughorn’s party and I said yes. She was angry at me and told me I should have said no but Harry I didn’t want to be the only one alone, it would have been pathetic and pitiful. She then said he was just a flirt and he wasn’t actually interested in me. So I asked her if it was that hard to believe a guy could be attracted to me and told her she was a horrible friend,” Hermione explained.
“Okay so she was wrong. Fair enough but we know how much she likes being wrong...” Harry said.
“I’m not apologising,” Hermione said defensively.
“And you shouldn’t have to but take it from someone who knows what it’s like to fall out with your best friend, I mean obviously you and me - well mostly you and Ron have had arguments but it’s different there are things you talk about with Ginny that you can’t necessarily talk about with Ron or me. Remember fourth year me and Ron didn’t speak for weeks maybe months - I don’t know - but it’s the same as you and Ginny there were things I could tell Ron I couldn’t tell you as easily and that time killed me. What I’m saying is when it came down to it and he was there and he was ready to apologise I didn’t want to hear it, I’m not saying it’s the same for you but think about it,” Harry said.
“I know and you’re right but it was like an accusation like I’d done something wrong but I hadn’t. It’s like she thought I was actually interested in Cormac which I’m not and if anyone should understand how I feel about George I expected it to be her. I’ve shared my thoughts and feelings with her. Does she think I would forget George like that? Does she think I’m that type of person?” Hermione questioned allowing tears to run down her face.
“Of course not, like you said she’s one of your best friends but nobody’s perfect she made a mistake, a big mistake but like I said in fourth year so did Ron and if someone is that important to you and plays such a big part in your life then you have to make an allowance,” Harry said.
“I know,” she sighed. “Maybe it was just a combination of things. I mean I miss George so much it hurts, all this stuff with the war, school work and then maybe the thing was Ginny just tipped the scale.”
“I know how you feel, I’ve got such a bad feeling about Malfoy, all the stuff with Dumbledore and what he’s been showing me, trying to get the memory from Slughorn, school work and it’s going to sound stupid but I- I miss Sirius,” he said his voice breaking and silent tears running down his face.
“It doesn’t sound stupid Harry,” Hermione told him softly and leant into his side wrapping her arms around him. She began to cry though she couldn’t pinpoint exactly what was causing the tears.
“All my life bad things have happened to me but they just make me appreciate good things more,” he told her.
“Like?” Hermione asked wondering if it could cheer them both up.
“Like Hogwarts, like you, like Ron, like all of you who I’ve met here and have become the family that I never had.”
“You’re the brother I never had, you know?” Hermione told him. “I hope you know that through everything that is coming, through the light and the dark I am here for you and I will be just a step behind you all the time, whenever you need me Harry.”
“I know and I don’t doubt it for a second but it’s not in my intentions to risk your life again Hermione,” he told her.
“Harry I’d give my life for you happily and you cannot change that,” she said. He smiled slightly as she rested her head on his shoulder.
Ginny came down the stairs from the Girls’ dormitory silently she stopped halfway and watched them and existing anger and new jealousy exploded inside of her, she ran up the stairs picked up a quill and began to write.
I hate to tell you this but Hermione is moving on, she is going to Slughorn’s party with Cormac McLaggen and seems quite excited. I tried to talk her out of it but she was adamant that she’s going with him. Really if she just didn’t want to go alone she could have asked Neville, Dean, Seamus or even Ron so there’s no excuse or explanation. I don’t know what’s going on with her I don’t think she was ever as serious about you as she made out because she’s just moved on so quickly. I’m sorry. Hope all is well.
With love, Ginny x
The next morning she didn’t think twice about sending the letter but after it was gone the reality of what she’d done hit her and she was guilty immediately. But guilt wouldn’t make Hermione forgive her and guilt couldn’t change what she’d done but it made her feel sick. Yet she could agree she deserved to feel that way and Hermione was right. She was a horrible friend.
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