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Ginny walked to breakfast feeling ill, the guilt consumed her and she was far from proud of her actions. She walked though she was not entirely conscious of her movements as her feet carried her along the well known route to the Great Hall. Along the way she smacked straight into someone.
“I’m so sorry,” she said looking across at the person on the floor. She got to her feet and realised she’d walked straight into Hermione.
“Ginny! There you are, listen I’m sorry I’ve just had so much on my mind recently and it was just too much and I flipped out when I should have been more rational. I don’t want to argue with you because you are such an important role in my life and I want to be clear when I say I’m serious about your brother. I love him and he is the only guy I dream of being with and the Cormac thing we’re just going to the party together he doesn’t mean anything to me but it’s just because he asked and I didn’t want to go alone. Ginny, I really am sorry. You’re like a sister to me and I wouldn’t want to jeopardise that,” Hermione said.
“Hermione it’s fine you have nothing to apologise for. I was out of order, I had no right to act how I did and I’m sorry. You’re like a sister to me too,” she said with a smile though the sickening feeling in her stomach wouldn’t end.
“Have you been to breakfast yet?” Hermione asked.
“Yeah,” she lied suddenly not feeling hungry but more like she was going to vomit.
“Okay, I’ll catch you later then?” Hermione asked unsurely.
“Definitely,” Ginny said with a forced smile as she waved goodbye and took off in the other direction.
“Gin, you okay?” Harry stopped her in the corridor.
“Fine,” she lied.
“Have you seen ‘Mione?” Harry asked.
“Yeah, we made up it’s fine,” she answered quickly.
“Good, you coming to breakfast?” he asked.
“No I already ate,” she lied again.
“You must’ve been up early.”
“I was,” she said adding a quick ‘bye’ before skipping off.
“Bye,” he called after her.
“What the bloody hell happened?” Ron demanded.
“What do you mean?” Harry asked.
“Ginny just ran past me crying,” Ron said.
“She was smiling and skipping a minute ago,” Harry said looking confused.
They reached the Great Hall and sat down with Hermione. As the owls entered with the post, one landed in front of Hermione and she untied the letter allowing it to leave. She opened the letter curiously and read.
Isn’t it interesting how you can pick and chose what is important enough to write about in your letters and expect that I wouldn’t find out? You know how stupid I feel knowing that you are dating some random guy? I’m actually disgusted, I trusted you, I thought you understood but I was wrong. I thought I knew you but clearly I don’t because the Hermione I knew wouldn’t do something like that. I don’t know what’s happened but I don’t like it. If you write back I want the truth and if you can’t give it to me then don’t bother writing back at all because I don’t care.
Hermione felt someone had just taken a needle and stabbed her a million times across every inch of her body. She burst into tears, crumpled the letter and dropped it to the floor. She ran from the Great Hall as fast as her feet could move and collapsed in the Gryffindor common room on the sofa.
“Hermione, what’s wrong?” Ginny asked worriedly.
“What’s wrong?” Hermione shrieked. “How dare you? You’re right I had nothing to apologise for. You did. I didn’t think you’d sink so low as to ruin my relationship with your brother. I love him and- and you can’t imagine what he said in that letter, I don’t think anything could have hurt me more. You are truly the worst friend I’ve ever known. You are a horrible person and you don’t deserve anything you have- not in the slightest!”
Ron and Harry stood in the portrait hole watching with wide eyes and mouths hanging open.
“I’m sorry I was just angry and upset and jealous and so I-I...” Ginny began.
“Save it Ginny, I don’t want to hear it,” she hissed.
“You did this?” Harry asked Ginny waving Hermione’s crumpled letter and giving it to her to read.
“Yes she did,” Hermione spat.
“I didn’t think he’d react like this,” Ginny said.
“Oh and that fixes everything doesn’t it? You didn’t think this would happen? Well isn’t that comforting?” she said sarcastically.
Ginny began to cry. “I’m sorry,” she pleaded.
“Sorry isn’t going to fix this!” Hermione screamed. “You make me sick. And you know what I don’t know if that hurts you but George said I disgust him, does that make you happy? Does it make you happy to know your scheme worked? Does it make you proud that you’ve broken my heart? I hope it was worth it...I hope whatever strange kick you got out of this was worth losing me as a friend I really do.”
Hermione ran to her dorm and locked the door collapsing on her bed in tears.
“Ginny?” Ron asked expectantly.
“What?” she asked.
“Why?” Harry asked. “She was one of your best friends. Why would you-. No how could you?”
“I didn’t mean it I was angry and upset and jealous and I just I couldn’t...” Ginny trailed off.
“Angry?” Ron asked.
“Hermione and I had an argument!”
“Upset?” Ron asked again.
“Hermione and I had an argument!” Ginny repeated irritably.
“Jealous?” Ron asked.
“Hermione is pretty, she’s smart, she has tons of guys who fancy her, she has friends who would die for her and loads of them and yesterday I-I- she was talking to Harry and I-I’ve never talked to him like that or had a moment like that with him and it made me angry and jealous and I couldn’t take it...” Ginny said blushing furiously and looked at the floor avoiding eye contact.
Ron looked around awkwardly, “I’ll let you take this one Harry!” he said in an unusually high-pitched voice before running out.
Harry sighed and stepped forward, he placed a finger under her chin and tilted her head up.
“You have no reason to be jealous of anyone Ginny, you’re beautiful, you’re intelligent and you’re adored by many,” he said softly forcing her to meet his eyes. “I do love Hermione, Ginny,” he admitted to her and she looked down immediately.
“But,” he added gently. “I love her as a sister.”
Ginny looked up at him again. “So in other words she was right and I’ve been a horrible person?”
“Even if I was in love Hermione that would still be the case,” Harry told her seriously.
Ginny groaned. “Why? Why am I so stupid?”
“I don’t actually know,” Harry chuckled and Ginny laughed slightly.
Meanwhile Hermione opened the window to allow in an owl. She took off the letter and began to read.
What the hell?! George has not come out of his room and I’m sure he was crying. I don’t believe a word of that letter because I know you Hermione but I need to know what my sister is playing at because that’s out of order. I don’t know if maybe you’ve fallen out with her but it’s still no excuse. Hermione you’re like a sister to me and I trust that you wouldn’t mess with George’s affections like that but I do need to know what’s happened and what’s going on. Please don’t hurt him Hermione. I’m sending the letter Ginny sent to George with this as I’m sure you’d want to read what she’s written. I’m counting on you to respond ASAP.
Love Fred x
Hermione read Ginny’s letter slowly letting the words sink in.
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
Hermione wrote back to Fred quickly.
Thanks for having faith in me and I really appreciate it. Ginny and I had an argument the other day because Cormac McLaggen asked me to Slughorn’s party and I said yes. It didn’t mean anything but everyone else had a date and I didn’t want to be the pitiful one sat in the corner alone. I love George and nothing will change that and it really hurts me that he didn’t have the same trust in me that you did. Also I know Ginny said I could go with Neville, Dean, Seamus or Ron but to be fair they all have girlfriends or crushes they’re getting closer too and I don’t want to risk that or make it awkward for them. I’m going to write to George in a minute and I only hope he’ll be as understanding as you. I wouldn’t dream of hurting George and there isn’t anyone else I can picture myself with! I hope your well. Love always,
Hermione sighed deeply she was fuming and she needed to confront Ginny and let it all out instead of bottling it all up and then from there they could work on apologies and mending their friendship. However if George did not forgive her she could never forgive Ginny. So first she would write to George then she would find Ginny.
I know what Ginny wrote to you and I have to admit that I’m hurt that you would believe her and not have trust in me. However I understand she is your sister and therefore you have a right to take her word over mine. I want to tell you that out of everyone of you all you are the one who knows me the best, the one who knows how I feel, what my fears are, what my goals are and everything else. I don’t want you to doubt how much I value you as a friend and major piece of my life. It is true that I am going to Slughorn’s party with Cormac McLaggen but I want to be crystal clear when I say I do not have feelings for him but he asked me and I said yes because there was no one else for me to go with. Like I said Ron is with Lavender, Neville and Luna, Seamus and Katie Bell (well they’re not together but I’ve noticed some flirting), Dean and Parvati and I didn’t want to make it awkward for any of them. George you mean everything to me and I hope that your perception of me hasn’t changed just because of Ginny’s spiteful words. We had an argument but I didn’t ever think she’d sink so low, I know she was just really upset and so I’m prepared to forgive her but I can’t say it didn’t deeply offend me. Anyway I hope this letter has cleared things up. We have a trip to Hogsmeade next weekend if you can get away from work to meet me because I think it would be good for us to talk this out face to face. All my love always,
She read the letter over and happy with her words sent his and Fred’s letters with the owl that had stayed and waited for her response.
She walked down into the Common room where Harry sat talking to Ron, Seamus and Dean.
“Ginny?” she asked.
“Her room,” Harry answered.
“Thanks,” she said.
She knocked on the door.
“Get lost! I know I’m a terrible person I’ve been told about five times by five different people it’s fine I get the message now leave whoever you are!”
Hermione pulled out her wand and unlocked the door, she pushed it open angrily and stepped into the room. She glared at Ginny and it was filled with complete disgust and disappointment.
“Ugh it’s you,” she groaned.
“Yeah. That’s right it’s me,” Hermione said sitting down on one of the beds. “I can’t believe you sent this,” she shook her head and threw the letter at Ginny after scrunching it into a ball.
“I-I was wrong! I was stupid and I was...” Ginny began.
“Reckless, horrible, spiteful...?” Hermione helped.
“Yes,” Ginny sighed.
“And you were malicious, careless, hateful, inconsiderate...?” Hermione began again and Ginny opened her mouth to respond. “And,” Hermione continued. “I forgive you!”
“Ye...” Ginny stopped and looked at her with a bewildered expression. “You what?!”
“I forgive you.”
“Yes...unless this causes a problem between George and I, if that were to happen a may never forgive you,” she admitted.
Ginny began to cry. “I am so, so sorry Hermione, I don’t know why you’re forgiving me but I promise you won’t regret it.
“I’m forgiving you because you’re too important to me for me not to,” she said.
“I’m sorry, I really am. I didn’t intend to risk or jeopardise your relationship with George and if I have I won’t be able to live with myself,” she said honestly.
“Did you write to George?” Ginny asked.
“Did you write to George?” Hermione asked in return venomously even though she had just forgiven her she couldn’t help the anger.
“To explain...?” Ginny asked unsurely.
“No,” Ginny admitted whilst looking at her feet.
“Why the hell not? You made this mess and if you were really sorry you should be fixing this,” Hermione said.
“I thought you forgave me...” Ginny began.
“Don’t you dare try and make me out as the bad guy here!” Hermione yelled. “I forgave you because I thought you felt genuinely guilty about what you’d done but I’m now angry because you’re clearly not which I can tell because you have made no attempt whatsoever to make amends!”
“What do you want me to say to him? It’s okay I was lying you can get back to caring and loving more for her than you do for your own sister?” she screamed shrilly.
“Ginny,” Hermione said softly. “You don’t really think that, do you?"
“Of course I do. Anything about you he loves, you have these moments and he shows you the other side of him, the side of him that he hasn’t trusted his own sister enough to meet!”
“Have you ever thought that he didn’t show you that side of him because he wants to be someone you can respect and look up to when things are wrong? Have you ever thought that maybe he puts up that brave front for your sake and for everyone else’s sake too? Did you ever think he only shows say Fred and I that side of him because he doesn’t want anyone to think less of him?”
“No...” Ginny said.
“Well that’s the truth. Listen I’m going to go because this is just emotionally exhausting for me now. If you chose to do the right thing and write to George then I appreciate it and if you chose not to I hope you understand that I can’t forgive you,” Hermione said seriously. “You are my sister as far as I’m concerned and I love you but this is your decision now.”
With that said Hermione left the room in tears and with a deep sigh and shaky breath she returned to her room.
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