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Hermione couldn't believe it, fresh cuts, new bruises, old wounds, fading scars and yet there they were in the middle of Hogsmeade observing Hogwarts castle from the distance. It was either very late at night or very early in the morning but which it was could not be determined. This was it. The last horcrux was supposedly in the castle and here they were, so close yet so far. What they'd been through in the last twenty four hours was unimaginable. She couldn't believe that only the day before she'd been with George, securely wrapped in his arms and now an alarm was sounding and dementors were sweeping down every alley way.
They were ushered into the Hog's Head quickly and after a short while spent there they were lead to the Room of Requirement. Hermione was struggling to breathe. It was all happening so fast, too fast.
"Hermione," Ginny yelled over the crowd.
"Gin," she breathed looking over at her unable to stop the tears seeing the cuts and bruises covering her.
"Hermione," Ginny repeated as she reached her and pulled her into a hug. "I missed you."
"Forget that. Turn around," Hermione told her with a weak smile.
Ginny gave her a quizzical look but did as she was told but didn't see anything, instead felt a pair of soft lips on her own. She gasped, her eyes catching his green ones.
"Ginny, I love you," he whispered to her.
"Oh Harry," she said with a watery smile. "I love you too," she told him pressing her lips against his. Hermione smiled at the pair.
"Hermione," Seamus greeted her.
"Seamus," she said hugging him tightly. "I've missed you."
"You too," he told her. "Have you seen or heard from Dean at all?"
Hermione smiled and she saw the worry in Seamus' face fade as she did. "We left him at Bill Weasley's yesterday."
"Oh good," Seamus said in relief. "How was he?"
"He's been better but he's okay."
"Listen 'Mione, Luna's just got her and she’s going to take me to the Ravenclaw common room to see about the Diadem. I need the cloak," Harry said.
"Yeah sure," Hermione nodded pulling it out of the bag and handing it to him. "Be careful."
"You too," he said before turning and leaving.
"Neville?" Hermione said turning to him.
"When you said you called the DA with the coins and they were to inform the Order..." she began.
"Yeah...?" he urged her on.
"What exactly did you mean?" she finished.
"Well they're on their way," Neville told her then glanced round. "Scratch that they're here..."
"Ginny, Ron, Hermione!" the twins yelled upon seeing them and ran to them.
They all found themselves trapped in a group hug. Hermione clung to George, she couldn't help it. He'd been positively distraught when she'd left just the day before and it had ripped her apart.
"Hermione," he breathed as they pulled away from the rest of the group.
"Oh George," she murmured hugging him tightly.
"I honestly didn't think you'd ever come back," he told her with sad eyes. "How could you do something so stupid and reckless?" he screamed at her though there was still a soft element to his voice.
"I had to..." she frowned looking up at him.
"But as Bellatrix, Hermione? You could've been killed by one of our own," George said.
"There was no other way. There are some risks you just have to take," Hermione explained.
"I think you've taken too many risks," he said turning from her ever so slightly.
"George," she hissed at him. "Do you think I enjoy being in life threatening situations? I do this because I owe it to this new world which has taken me in and shown me sides of myself I'd never have discovered otherwise. I do it because if it means that you, and everyone else I care about, can live happy, full lives then it's worth it," Hermione told him. "So don't you dare tell me I've taken too many risks because until all of this is over I haven't done enough."
George opened his mouth to respond but no words came to mind. "I-I didn't mean it like that..."
"I know. I'm sorry. I just- I don't know I'm stressed at the moment, I’m scared, I’m both physically and mentally exhausted. I mean this is where we can end the war or the war can end us..."
George gave her a weak smile, "we can do this."
"Can we?" Hermione asked uncertainly.
"Together," George told her.
"I haven't forgotten our deal by the way," Hermione smiled at him but he just looked at her curiously. "I'm back now..."
George's entire face lit up as he remembered. "And I'll never let you go again," he grinned and hugged her tightly again.
"I never want you to," Hermione said still smiling.
"Well since you're never going to leave again and if I don't do this now I might never get to," George began before drawing in a deep breath. "Hermione, there is something I've been meaning to tell you for a while now and um- well- I'm just going to say it because I want you to know it and hear it from me rather than someone else..."
"Hermione," Ron yelled over the noise. "Hermione I've got an idea!"
"Ron," George groaned as he approached.
"George I'm sorry. We'll only be a minute but it's life or death important so..."
"Alright," George sighed stepping back to talk to his twin. They were talking for a while though his concentration was fixed on Ron and Hermione who were talking quickly but quietly.
"Ron that's brilliant!" she exclaimed suddenly. "Let's go then."
"Let's go," Ron agreed and they turned fighting through the crowd to the exit.
Hermione looked back at George and mouthed the word 'sorry' before disappearing.
“Brilliant,” George said sarcastically turning to his twin. “Just brilliant this is. She’s gone off to do something and the war’s about to start. I’m never going to get the chance to tell her,” George said realisation crushing the last surviving strands of hope he’d clung to in the past few months. “I’m never going to get to tell her,” he repeated slower this time and his voice trembled slightly.
“George,” Fred said sympathetically reaching out to rest a comforting hand on his twins shoulder.
George shrugged it off quickly. “What have I done Fred? What have I ever done in my life to deserve this?” he yelled.
“George stop!” Fred shouted. “This has nothing to do with you, okay? You did not deserve this, do you understand? Listen okay good things happen to good people you just have to live with it and try and make the best out of the worst situations.”
“Okay,” George sighed suddenly calm. “Okay,” he repeated. “Thanks Fred I don’t know what I’d do without you. I’m going to go find her.”
“Whoa my twin that you are not going to do,” Fred said quickly grabbing his arm.
“What?” George asked. “Why not?”
“Because this stuff is about to kick off and we have to do our part,” Fred told him. “George I’m sorry, there is no one that wants you to be happy more than me but you can’t go now. You have no idea where she is and it’s too dangerous.”
“I hate it when you’re right about things that I really wish you weren’t right about,” George admitted.
“I’m sorry,” Fred told him.
“Fred, George you boys are on the Astronomy Tower with myself and Remus,” Shacklebolt said as he approached them and they nodded their response. Kingsley bumped past Fred accidentally and knocked something from Fred’s jacket pocket.
George stooped and picked it up and was about to hand it to his twin when he froze. “What’s this?”
“Huh?” Fred asked. “Crap. Um... it’s nothing here hand it over,” Fred said quickly.
“No it’s addressed to me,” George said moving the envelope away from his twin who attempted to reach for it.
“Yeah you would think that, wouldn’t you? Since it says ‘George Weasley’ on it in big clear letters but I um... it’s actually a... see what it is- nope...okay well...nah I’ve got nothing,” Fred sighed unable to form a convincing lie.
“It’s Hermione’s writing,” George noted. “Fred what is this?”
“George, you can’t...” Fred began pleadingly.
“I really do not think now is a good time to tell me what I can or can’t do, okay? This letter is clearly meant for me and by all means I intend on reading it now,” George told his twin.
Slowly George broke the seal on the envelope and removed the sheet of parchment.
If you’re reading this I’m afraid things have gone terribly wrong and I am truly sorry. On the bright side if you’re reading this then I’m happy because it means you survived the war which is more than I could ever ask for. Please don’t be sad or feel guilty I’m in a better place now and we’ll be together again one day. There’s nothing you could have done to stop this and you need to remember that this was sadly but acceptably inevitable. I’m so sorry I can’t be there with you right now but I’ll be waiting for you don’t forget that.
The main point to this letter is that it gives me the opportunity to tell something which I am truly sorry I never had the chance or courage to do before this and I sincerely regret not doing it whilst we were together. George Weasley you are an amazing boy, or man I suppose. It has been my upmost honour merely knowing a person like you and to be your friend made me the luckiest girl in the world and I wouldn’t trade a moment of our time together for anything, except to be there with you again. You are funny, smart, caring, honest, handsome and fascinating all elements of your personality that I love about you which brings me to the point.
George I love you.
I have loved you for a very long time and I will love you until the end of all eternity. You are my entire world George and I thank you for everything you have ever given, taught or shared with me. I owe you for anything and everything I have achieved in these last few years and could not have done any of it without you. Never forget how much you mean to me.
George I know this will be a hard time for you and I’d expect nothing less than that after this tragedy but after you have mourned I want you to be happy again. Don’t live in misery for the remainder of your life. George you have always been a joyful person don’t let my death change that. You have to move on, okay? Don’t feel guilty for it. This is what I want for you. I want you to live in happiness.
I wish nothing but good things for you George and hope you can live a happy life. I love you with all my heart and I will see you again, never give up that hope. My dying regret will always be never telling you my feelings in person but at least you know which is what I wanted the most.
All my love always, Hermione xxx
George released a strangled breath he hadn’t realised he’d been holding. Tears filled his eyes and he blinked them away quickly. “She loved me...”
“Loves you George,” Fred corrected him. “Present tense.”
“Right because she’s not dead,” George realised aloud. “She gave you this to give to me in case... whoa...”
“So you’re okay?” Fred asked relief washing over his features.
“She loves me Fred,” George said as if it were the most obvious fact in the world. “I’m not okay Fred I’m brilliant! I’m amazing! I’m spectacular! Jesus I feel like I could take on You-Know-Who himself!”
“Alright let’s not get carried away now,” Fred said warily eyeing his twin as if he were about to run straight out of the room. But still he couldn’t help but smile. George hadn’t been so happy for months if not years.
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