Chapter 32 : Chapter 32
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I’m sorry. It was a lie and I’m ashamed. Hermione is going to the party with Cormac but because he asked not because she actually likes him. I was so angry at her after we’d had an argument and to be honest I was a bit jealous and upset too and so I was prepared to do anything to make her hurt the way I was at the time. I was wrong and as she told me I was a horrible person and a horrible friend. George you are my brother and I love you and I’m so sorry I hurt you as I am sorry for hurting Hermione. I would never do anything to jeopardise your relationship with her because I understand how serious you are about her and I apologise as I acted upon spite rather than being rational. I hope you can forgive me as Hermione has on the grounds I try and fix this and that you aren’t angry at her. Lots of love,
Ginny sighed and sent off the letter before leaving in search of Hermione. She went down into the Common room first and found neither Ron or Harry could look at her for longer than a few seconds before turning away and going silent.
“What’s going on why can’t you even look at me?” she demanded.
“What you did to Hermione and George was out of order Ginny,” Ron said to her seriously.
“If you’re looking for her she’s in our room crying her eyes out,” Lavender said from Ron’s other side.
“She wouldn’t even talk to us,” Parvati said from across the Common room.
“Are you all angry at me too then?” she asked as she looked around.
“We’re not angry but until you’ve set things straight you can’t blame us for being disappointed in you,” Harry said.
“Great, you know when you need your friends the most and that’s when they don’t want to be there for you? That’s when you realise they aren’t actually you friends and they don’t actually care!” Ginny said.
“You know when a friend trusts you with something and you use it to make them miserable? That’s when you know you’re not a true friend,” Ron shot back.
“If you notice we’re not with Hermione right now, mostly because it’s the girls’ dorm but this is your mess therefore it’s up to you to fix it,” Harry said.
“I’m going to find her now but thanks guys, and I’m sorry I’ve been a bit harsh recently,” Ginny called and disappeared up the stairs.
Ginny faltered as she saw Hermione hugging her knees to her chest and sobbing loudly.
“Hermione I-I wrote to him...” she began.
“Has he written back?” she asked immediately.
“Not yet but I’m sure he will soon,” she said and sat beside her.
“I’m sorry,” Ginny said softly.
“It’s okay, you were angry it’s fair,” Hermione said.
“It’s not okay and I can’t express in words how sorry I am,” Ginny told her seriously.
“I know Ginny,” she sighed heavily.
"I really hope you and George can be stronger from this. I want you to be together because I know how special he is to you and how special you are to him and I hate myself for doing this because I risked that and it kills me inside. You're two people I love and appreciate most in my life and I truly regret hurting you," she said sincerely.
"Thanks Gin, I forgive you," she whispered her response and hugged the younger witch.
There was a tap at the window and Hermione leapt from her bed and allowed the owl in. She took her letter from its leg and threw the one addressed to Ginny to her. Hermione tore the envelope open in desperation.
I'm sorry. You're right and I know you too well to have ever thought you would do something like that. I'm ashamed to admit I believed Ginny and I'm truly sorry. You're so important to me Hermione and that was the only reason I was so angry and irrational. I feel so stupid because I would never want you to doubt how special you are to me and I hope you can forgive me for not understanding. Ginny is completely out of order and I'm sorry for that too. You will always be perfect in my eyes Hermione and one letter is not going to change that and I'm sorry that I almost let it. I'd love to see you next weekend, let me know a time and place to meet you. All my love now and forever,
Hermione cried tears of happiness and relief as she rummaged for some parchment and a quill. "We're okay," Hermione smiled as she looked at Ginny. But Ginny was crying as she read her letter.
How dare you? I hope you know you were completely out-of-order to do that and I hope you feel horrible for it. You are my sister Ginny, I love you with all my heart and I can't express in words how much it hurts that you'd try and do this to me. You know how I feel, you know she makes me happy and the fact that you pulled a stunt like this to try and destroy that happiness kills me inside. I'm your brother and I expect that you love me too and yet after this I'm not too sure. Ginny, I understand that we all have our moments that we're not proud of and we all have faults but this is just another level and I am really disappointed in you. I wonder if this is my fault though. I know sometimes it may seem that I care more for Hermione than I do for you but I want to apologise for that. I love you so much and you are my sister and my friend and I expect you to already know how much I love you so I don't always feel a need to make sure I remind you of that love. Then with Hermione I need to convince her of my feelings so I feel a greater need to remind her which is why sometimes you may feel I pay more attention to her. I want to be clear when I say you are just as important to me Ginny and I don't want you to feel any less special than you should and I really appreciate the role you play in my life. I forgive you for what you did and I hope we can go back to normal now. I love you and never forget it,
"Hey what's wrong?" Hermione asked softly.
"He forgives me," Ginny said and cried even harder.
"Well that's good isn't it?" Hermione asked.
"No it's amazing and I-I can't believe it!" she exclaimed.
Hermione smiled. "You weren't that happy when I forgave you," she teased.
"Because you're a rational, reasonable person! I expected George to hate me for the rest of his life!"
"He would never hate you Gin. He loves you and never forget it," she said gently.
"Funny that was the last line of his letter," Ginny laughed. "You guys are freakily alike."
"Funny that's what Fred said to me before they left," Hermione smiled as she recalled the time.
"We should really write back," Ginny said as she glanced at the owl that hadn't budged and was now staring at them expectantly.
Thanks for understanding! I'm so glad we're okay again because if we weren't I may have died. How about midday and we can meet in the Three Broomsticks? Sound good? I cannot wait to see you I feel like it's been forever! Hope everything's going well with the shop and I will see you soon! Send my love to your parents and Fred. Love and miss you always,
Hermione attached the letter to the owl’s leg and the owl turned purposefully to Ginny who attached her letter too. It then took off through the open window.
The week passed quickly from then and Hermione's excitement to see George after four months was unbelievable and she was literally buzzing with eagerness. She dressed at seven am and ran down into the Common room.
"Hermione?" Harry asked as she bounded down the stairs.
"Hello Harry!" she chimed cheerfully.
"You alright?" he asked looking at her with an bemused expression.
"Never better," she beamed jumping into the seat beside him. "You?"
"Okay," he mumbled.
"What's wrong? You should be happy. This is yours and Ginny's first date as a couple!" Hermione said.
"I am but I'm worried that by dating her I am..."
"Risking her life," Hermione interrupted.
"Don't pretend it isn't true!" he hissed.
"Harry, I don't know what you want me to say..."
"I don't want you to say anything. I want you to go back to being all excited about seeing George today," Harry chuckled.
Hermione faltered slightly. "I'm not that excited about seeing George...I-I'm just a generally happy person"
"Okay 'Mione whatever you say," he grinned. "There's nothing wrong with being excited about it."
"I know it just all seems a bit pathetic doesn't it? I'm so excited yet I can't admit how I feel," she mumbled.
"It's not pathetic Hermione, it just shows how much you really care for him," Harry reassured her.
"I suppose," Hermione said thoughtfully. "Breakfast?"
"Sure let's go," he said.
After breakfast they relaxed for a little while in the Common room before they left for the village at 11:30. They got there by ten to twelve with faces red from cold and snow settled in their hair.
Harry and Ginny broke off from the group shortly followed by Dean and Parvati, Luna and Neville and then Seamus who catching a glimpse of Katie called out to her and ran off to join her. This left Hermione alone and she headed for the Three Broom Sticks the welcoming warmth washing over her.
Her eyes scanned the tables and booths for George and finally her eyes fell upon him. He saw her over the crowds and broke into a grin as he waved to her enthusiastically. Hermione could no longer hold it in, the excitement overwhelmed her and she ran to him practically bursting with eagerness.
George stood as she reached him and hugged her tightly into him, picking her off the ground and spinning her around.
"Four months is too long," he breathed.
"Mmm..." Hermione agreed.
"I missed you more than it's healthy to miss someone," he admitted.
"I missed you too," she sighed as he released her. She sat opposite him and he slid her a mug of butterbeer as he took a sip of his own.
"How's it been?" he asked.
"Amazing, the lessons are great obviously but it would be better if you and Fred were still there."
"Obviously," he grinned.
"How's the store going?"
"Brilliant. Hermione I actually can't believe how successful it is.”
"I always knew it would be, I could never expect anything less from you," she smiled.
"Hey the job offer is still there if you want it," George told her.
"Who knows? Maybe one day," she agreed.
"Listen the thing with Ginny- I-I'm really sorry and I should have had more faith in you..." George began before Hermione interrupted him.
"It's fine George. I understand and it's okay- I honestly don't mind," she brushed the subject off but George wasn't having it.
He held one of her hands and looked at her seriously. "You may not mind but I feel terrible. I admire every aspect of you Hermione and I take pride in how well I know you and I don't know how I let one letter fool me. I care too much for you to have believed those words and I'm truly sorry for it. You're so important to me and I feel stupid because I knew you weren't that type of person but the side of me that was so hurt by the contents of that letter it over-powered my rational side that knew it wasn't true. That's not an excuse though and I should have had some sense and considered the letter first but I didn't and I can't express how sorry I am for that."
"Thank you George and I forgive you because we all make mistakes and I understand what you did and why you did it and I appreciate your apology."
"You know I'd never do anything to hurt you?" George asked.
"Of course George, I trust that you would never intentionally hurt me just as I wouldn't intentionally hurt you," Hermione told him.
"Does that mean I've ever unintentionally hurt you?" he asked her seriously, searching deep in her eyes for an answer.
"No..." she began.
"You're lying to me Hermione. Have I ever unintentionally hurt you?" he repeated.
"Yes but it doesn't matter because it only hurts because I care so much for you," she explained and to her surprise he left it there and just nodded.
"Oh before I forget I have to invite you for Christmas holidays and I know they start next week and it's late notice but we'd all want you with us! ," he said to her cheerfully.
"I'd love to come for Christmas!" she beamed. "But I have to check with my parents first."
"Cool," he grinned. A comfortable silence fell over them and they watched each other for a while. Intense gazes fixed upon each other.
"George I don't want to go back," she whispered softly. "Not without you."
"I don't want to be without you either," he smiled. "But I can't go back into the school and you wouldn't be you if you left."
Hermione sighed. "I miss you all the time. Even if I'm focused in class subconsciously I'm wondering what you're doing, what you're thinking..."
"I can guarantee what I'm thinking will always be about you," he promised.
She laughed slightly. "Do you know that feeling, like when you're swimming and you need to keep swimming because if you stop you drown but you feel like you can't keep swimming much longer?"
"Yeah," George nodded.
"That's how I feel when I'm not with you especially with everything going on at the moment," she said to him gently.
"Then stop swimming and float," he grinned.
"I know I'm supposed to be smart but I don't understand what you mean by that, though it sounded very deep, intelligent and poetic," she smiled.
"It means that you need to stop focusing on the negative and just relax and enjoy where you are in life. You can't swim away from a problem Hermione, so float and let it pass you. Then when the water is clear and you've regained your energy start swimming again," he told her holding her eye.
She stared at him in awe. "You are the most- I mean- I just...how do you think of this stuff? It's truly amazing. I mean that was beautiful and creative and... You are so-so..."
"Amazing? Intelligent? Helpful?" George suggested.
"Usually I would choose now to comment on your ego but you're right! You're amazing, intelligent, helpful and just- there's not even a word for how-how wow you are," she laughed.
George blushed but grinned all the same. "You're not half bad yourself Granger!"
"I'll take that as a compliment shall I?" she asked.
"Would I ever insult you?" he answered her with a question and she smiled. "Then again there's nothing to insult is there? The true picture of perfection!" he grinned.
"I think we've had this conversation and I explained that you're the prefect one-not me!"
"Hey I know I'm brilliant and all but I'm nothing compared to you," he said sincerely.
"You're a very convincing liar," she laughed.
"Hi Hermione," a voice said.
"Hi," she muttered looking at George with a sense of frustration.
"Who's this?" George asked holding back a laugh at the look of distaste on Hermione's face who looked tempted to tell him to piss off.
"This is Cormac McLaggen," Hermione told him.
"I'm George," he grinned shaking Cormac's hand.
"Are you two dating?" he asked abruptly.
Hermione blushed slightly. "No..."
"Oh right so would you like to..." Cormac began.
"Watch your back mate," George warned.
"But you said you're not dati-..." Cormac was interrupted as a mug of butterbeer was spilt over his back.
"I meant literally watch your back," George said unable to hold back a grin. Hermione shook with silent laughter beside him.
Cormac turned quickly looking for who had done it.
"I'm so sorry!" Colin Creevey said a look of pure and utter horror on his face.
"You stupid little idiot! Do your eyes not work? Can you not see me right here? Look at the mess you've made! Just wait I am going to..."
"Shut up!" Hermione warned him darkly. "It was an accident and he apologised- now drop it! Don't you dare talk to him like that! And by the way the answer is no- I don't want to go out with you."
"What? I mean you came with me to Slughorn's party stop playing hard to get."
"I went with you because I didn't want to go alone but you're a jerk and well there's someone else," she told him and blushed slightly as she glanced at George.
"Him?" Cormac demanded looking at George furiously. "Oh come on what's so great about him?"
"He happens to be an amazing guy whose caring, considerate, smart, funny and you- no matter how hard you may try will never be half of the man he is!...And I never specified who 'someone else' is so lay off!" she screamed.
"Fine then," he shrugged. He stormed out of the pub still covered in butterbeer.
"Thanks Hermione," Colin said with a smile as he left to rejoin his friends.
"Thank you Hermione," George grinned. Hermione raised a curious eyebrow at him. "For all the stuff you said about me."
"It was the truth," Hermione shrugged and looked down to avoid his eye.
"I really appreciate it," he smiled.
Hermione nodded. They spent the rest of the afternoon together and it past quickly.
George glanced at his watch. "It's half past five- you need to be back at the castle by six."
"I know, I should go," she agreed and they left the pub entering the snowy streets of Hogsmeade. Upon stepping out they spotted Harry, Ginny, Ron, Lavender, Neville and Luna.
"George!" Ginny exclaimed running to hug her brother.
"Hey Gin, you alright?" he asked with a grin and she nodded happily.
"Alright, mate?" George asked as he shook Harry's hand enthusiastically.
"Good thanks, you?"
Ron and Lavender had continued walking as if not noticing them and George could already tell Ron was trying to get away from him. He grinned mischievously.
"Ronniekins!" he shouted running after him and engulfing him in a hug.
"Get off," he protested.
"Mum said to make sure you had your teddy because we know you have nightmares without it," George said keeping a straight face.
Ron looked mortified. "That's not true..."
"Oh and is this your girlfriend?" George continued. "It's nice to meet you! You know he's never had a girlfriend? Thought he never would to be honest..."
"Shut up!" Ron yelled.
"Well are you going to introduce us?" George asked.
"Lavender this is my elder brother George- George this is my girlfriend Lavender..."
"Ron you idiot! I've been in the same house as her since you guys started- I do know who she is!" George laughed.
"You're such a windup..." Ron said whilst shaking his head.
"We need to get back up to the castle," said Dean who had just joined them accompanied by Parvati.
"Yeah we do," Hermione nodded.
"Bye then," George smiled as he hugged her.
"I'll see you over Christmas I hope," she said.
"If not I will come and visit you for a change," he grinned.
"I'd like that," Hermione said.
"Find out and let me know," George told her and she nodded.
"See you in a week or so then!" she smiled and released him.
They all said goodbye to George and set off for the castle.
"Wait Hermione I..." the words caught in his throat refusing to leave his mouth.
Hermione turned and smiled at him. She waved at him and mouthed the words 'don't worry'.
Later that day Hermione received a letter from her parents saying that they would have family visiting from Canada and so she would have to be home for the holidays. Hermione felt a mix of emotions upon this news. The first was disappointment that she couldn't be with the Weasley's and Harry for Christmas and the other was excitement to see her family. Her aunt and uncle would be visiting and her cousin who was her age and as much as Hermione was excited to see them part of her wished she could have spent the time with George and the rest of the Weasleys.
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