Chapter 44 : Chapter 44
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Everyone over age was told they had an option to help fight or seek safety somewhere else. Anyone underage was to be relocated to a safer place for the time being. People were being designated areas which they should protect...they couldn't believe how quickly it was happening.
"Harry, any chance you know where Ron and Hermione went?" George asked him. 3
"They're not here?" Harry asked in surprise as his eyes scanned the room. "I'm really sorry I haven't got a clue."
"Great," George said fear beginning to nag at him.
"They'll be fine George," Fred told him. "Let's get out into the castle. We need to prepare."
George nodded slowly and turned to say goodbye to Harry to find he'd left again.
"I love you mate," Fred said breaking the silence as they walked.
"You too. You'll always be my best friend. No matter what happens today," George told him both of them blinking back tears.
"I'm sorry you haven't told her yet," Fred said sympathetically.
"I'm just hoping I'll still have the chance by the time this night's over."
"You will George."
Hours later Hermione, Harry and Ron collapsed outside the Room of Requirement alongside Malfoy and Goyle who both looked petrified. They looked at the trio in fear.
"Go," Hermione hissed at them and they did as they were told.
"Come on the snake, it's the last one," Harry said as they pulled themselves to their feet and took off stunning death eater after death eater as they did.
Then Percy, Fred and George came into view. They were battling several death eaters. They could see what was happening. The beginning of an explosion rippled around them.
"Protego," Hermione's voice echoed as she cast the charm protecting herself and her friends from the explosion. The force of the explosion filtered through as nothing but a strong breeze and they stood purposefully watching as debris covered the death eaters.
"Hermione!" five voices screamed as they smiled at her.
“Without a doubt one of us would've been dead if it wasn't for you," Fred said looking at her with a sense of admiration.
"Quick thinking..." she shrugged.
"We have to get a move on..." Harry said anxiously.
"Be careful," Fred said stepping forward and hugging Hermione. Screams, curses and explosions shook the castle and right next to them people were duelling yet they all felt so separate from everyone else as they said what could be goodbyes.
"You too," Hermione said crying softly as she hugged him tightly. She pulled away slowly allowing Ron to hug his brother.
Harry was just finishing up a short conversation with George and as he moved away she threw herself at George who pulled her closer.
"You're finally back. I can't lose you now. Just please be careful," he choked out as he cried openly.
"You're not going to lose me," she assured him.
"Hermione..." he began.
"Hermione we have to go!" Harry yelled as he and Ron began to take on a fresh batch of death eaters.
"I have to go. I'm sorry," she said giving him a final hug and she started towards Harry and Ron.
"Wait Hermione!" George called.
She turned back to him, opened her mouth to respond but didn't get the chance as a pair of soft lips came crashing down onto her own. There was a sense of desperation as he gripped the sides of her jacket to pull her closer. She kissed back gently. There was so much to be said in just that one kiss. So much unspoken passion and love and this kiss was explaining it all. Neither had experienced anything like it as their lips moved against each other and the war and devastation around them faded. When they finally pulled apart their eyes were locked on each other.
"I love you," George told her softly tears streaming down his face.
Hermione gasped and tears flowed from her eyes. "I love you too...with all my heart." She stretched up and pressed her lips against his softly. This kiss barely lasted a second but as they broke apart they smiled at each other.
"Be careful," she whispered to him. He squeezed her hands reassuringly before he released them and turned to her two closest friends and they left at a sprint, disappearing from sight quickly.
George smiled after her. "Nice one mate," Fred grinned at him. "It's about time."
"Let's do this," George said to his twin and they turned towards where others were duelling and joined the fight.
Hermione smiled as she ran with Harry and Ron overtaking them both and reaching the Womping willow long before either of the others. She had new spirit. She felt more alive than she had in a long time.
What happened inside the Shrieking Shack proved to dampen her mood but there was still hope inside her that hadn't been there before. Then as Voldemort called back his Death Eaters putting the war on pause for an hour they found themselves in the Great Hall and everything started to crumble.
Hermione gasped and sunk to her knees at the entrance of the Great Hall. Ron crouched beside her, putting a comforting arm around her though Harry turned and left quickly.
"Tonks and Lupin,” she murmured. “What about Teddy? How can they both be gone...?" she asked through sobs.
"No..." Ron gasped suddenly.
Hermione looked up to see Ron entirely frozen. "Ron, what's wrong?"
L-Lavender," he murmured tears falling heavily from his eyes and he ran towards Parvati. "Parvati..."
"She's gone Ron...so quick..." she sobbed.
"No..." he said shaking his head as if refusing to believe it. "No..."
"Ron," Bill called as he ran towards his brother. "Ron I'm so sorry."
Ron nodded trying to swallow the lump in his throat as he hugged his brother tightly. "Is everyone okay?"
"Yeah we're all here Ron," he told him leading him towards their family.
"Colin..." Hermione murmured. "He was so young..."
"I can't believe it either," said a voice beside her.
She turned quickly, "George," she whispered.
"Oh Hermione," he said softly wrapping his arms around her in a tight embrace. She cried on his shoulder feeling completely exhausted. Physically, mentally and emotionally.
"How is everyone?"
"A bit shaken up," he replied taking her by the hand and bringing her back to where their friends and family were stood.
"Hermione dear," Molly said smiling weakly upon seeing her.
"Mrs. Weasley," she said quietly hugging the elder witch and bursting into tears once more.
"Shush, shush," Molly said comfortingly. "You're alright."
"Thank you so much Mrs. Weasley. You've been here for me when my own parents couldn't be and I appreciate it. I think of you as another mother in my life and I'm so thankful to have you."
"Don't be silly dear, it's been my absolute pleasure meeting someone like you and I regard you as a daughter. I'm so proud of all you've accomplished and everything you've done to stand up for what you believe in. It's been a privilege having you as part of the family," she told her.
"Thank you," Hermione smiled.
She turned back to George who once more wrapped his arms around her and then kissed the top of her head gently.
After a little while she pulled away, "I'm going to check on Ron."
"No, let me go," George told her.
"I'll talk to him," Fred said.
"Maybe I should go," Charlie said.
"No I'll go, I'm the eldest," Bill said.
"Oh just leave him," Molly said. "He needs space and time."
"No Mum he needs comfort," Fred told her.
"Okay I'm his sister, I'm a girl and I'm going to talk to him," said Ginny defiantly and she left with that.
"She really is something else," George chuckled.
"Isn't she?" Fred agreed. "Wait who let her out of the Room of Requirement?"
"Well she's here now. She won't let us send her back," Arthur Weasley sighed.
The group of them sat huddled in a corner speaking quietly, crying and comforting each other.
"What happens next?" Hermione asked.
"The fighting starts again and then..." Fred began.
"...Nobody knows," George finished.
But the hour of peace they'd been promised came and went and still they stood at various positions throughout the castle and nothing stirred in the distance.
"You know what this means don't you...?" George said to Hermione, Fred, Lee and Angelina where they stood at the entrance of the Great Hall.
"No," Hermione choked. "No...He wouldn't have...please God...no, Harry's stronger and smarter than that. He wouldn't give in so easy..."
They looked solemnly into the distance waiting for the first strike of an attack.
"Why is nothing happening?" Lee asked nervously.
"No..." Hermione murmured shaking her head. "They must just be...planning..."
George nodded beside her but allowed her hand to slip from his own. He was no longer focusing on her. He was looking at the blurry yet somewhat distinguishable crowd moving slowly into focus.
"Get ready," he said raising his wand. No sooner had these words left his mouth had the magically magnified voice once more echoed throughout the school grounds.
They had been told to go out and see what had become of their hero. What did that mean? Hermione knew. It wasn't hard to tell. Yet she tried desperately to feign optimism as the remaining fighters rushed into the entrance of the Great Hall which was still crumbling and smoking.
Their story was a lie and it was widely known. Harry wouldn't abandon them but that wasn't the point. The point was that Harry was dead. Painful as it was, it was the truth. The devastating, heartbreaking, irreversible truth.
Screaming, crying, yelling and then Neville. His memorable, inspirational speech lifted every spirit of those who stood so defiantly behind him and then, amongst the chaos of the sorting hat being set on fire and placed upon Neville's head, his discovery of the sword of Gryffindor in the hat which he then used to kill Nagini and then war being declared for a second time, Harry's body disappeared.
The battle kicked off again.
Hermione could barely comprehend what was happening around her as she fired jinx after curse after hex at the hooded figures around her. It was only a little while into this fresh battle when her heart stopped beating for a full minute. She'd lost too much already to lose the only sister she'd ever had.
"Ginny!" she screamed as the younger witch, accompanied by Luna took on Bellatrix.
Hermione ran to her side quickly joining the duel.
"The Mudblood's back I see!" Bellatrix cackled wickedly. "How are those scars? Why don't we give you a few new ones?"
"No," two identical voices roared from behind them.
"Oh no, two more blood traitors! Whatever am I going to do?"
"These two blood traitors," Fred spat trying not to lose concentration.
"Are going to be the end of you," George finished and yelled loudly as he saw Ginny fly backwards out of the corner of his eye and then heard Hermione's strong but shaky voice.
Hermione screamed a spell as loud as her voice would allow pointing her wand towards Ginny's airborne body and running to her aid.
"This," George screamed. "Is for Dobby." He aimed a curse at her which she deflected easily though suddenly seemed panicked.
"This is for Sirius," Fred shouted following his twins lead.
"For my sister! You will never hurt her again!"
"For Hermione! You'll pay for what you did to her!" George yelled casting a full body-bind.
"And this," Fred and George said in unison closing in on her. "...Is Neville's job. Not ours."
"Neville!" Fred called him and he came running.
"This is for my parents," Neville said in a dark voice barely recognisable as his own but before he could cast the spell a scream followed by a jet of green light hit Bellatrix's already frozen body and life left her.
They turned quickly. It was Neville's gran.
It was at that moment that the entire planet stopped spinning. Harry and Voldemort stood in the centre of, what had been, the Great Hall.
The moment played out in slow motion: a jet of red light and a jet of green light battling for power and then a blinding flash and then...screams and cheers filled the school grounds.
"We did it!" Hermione yelled and ran forward, with Ginny, towards Harry who was being hugged and congratulated and thanked. She launched herself into his arms. "It's over!"
Harry nodded smiling, "finally!"
There was a long period of time where everyone was so happy and excited and when it finally died down, the reality of what had happened that evening came crashing down. Hermione stood with the Weasleys and Harry.
"Yes George?" she asked looking up at him suddenly feeling nervous.
"Do you want to...?" he shook his head towards the exit.
"Yeah," she nodded quickly following him outside. They walked for a little while in silence and eventually he stopped them.
"Hermione earlier..." George began. He could feel himself shaking. He'd kissed her, told her he loved her and yet he was anxious to do it again?
“Was the most amazing, perfect, brilliant moment since the beginning of all time?” Hermione supplied.
“Well if you thought that about the war then I’m a bit worried about what’s going on in that head of yours,” he teased.
“Oh shut up,” she said and rolled her eyes. “You know what I was talking about.”
“No I don’t. I think you need to remind me,” he smirked.
“Well it went something like this...” she murmured and stretched up to press her lips to his.
George smiled against her lips and slowly pulled away from her.
"George Weasley, I love you with all my heart," she told him gently. "I am so thankful to have you in my life...you mean the world to me."
"I have waited so long to hear you say that," he grinned at her. "I love you Hermione."
"I think we've been building up to this moment for a while, huh?" she asked.
"And it was more than I ever dreamed it would be," he told her honestly.
"George," she smiled. "I don't think you understand how happy you've made me."
"Yes I do," he told her stooping to kiss her again.
"Come on we should get back to the others," she told him and they walked back together each unable to stop smiling.
"Everyone alright?" George asked.
They all nodded slowly smiling ever so slightly.
"Hermione?" Fred said.
"Yeah, Fred?" she asked.
"Remember he'll always have been my George first, okay?" he grinned.
"Did I say I wouldn't share?" Hermione laughed.
"All I can say is it's about time," he smiled and hugged her then his twin.
"It was about time a long time ago! Now it's finally!" Ginny said making everyone laugh.
"Professor McGonagall!" Hermione called out to her the elder witch hurried over to them.
"How can I help?" she asked.
"No there's nothing Professor. I was going to ask how we can help."
"Go home, all of you. Rest and come back tomorrow and we'll see what we can do to fix up this mess," she told them all.
"No Minerva we can't leave, not when the school is like this!" Molly protested.
"I'm going to my chamber. Stay here and kick around rocks if you wish," McGonagall shrugged.
"Maybe we should stay in the Gryffindor tower for the night? Get up in the morning and see what we can do?" Arthur suggested.
"That's a good idea Arthur. You're all more than welcome to do so," she told them. "All wounded have been taken to St. Mungos and all death eaters are secured in Azkaban and the deceased are..."
"Dead," Ron said bluntly.
"Yes," McGonagall sighed. "Thank you for your input Mr. Weasley."
They all walked slowly back to Gryffindor common room in a grave, sorrowful march and once they got there they found that it wasn't only them who had decided to stay overnight.
"There they are," said Dean looking up as they entered.
"The reason we all aren't dead," Seamus grinned at them.
"Oh yeah how lucky none of us are dead," Parvati hissed at him leaping to her feet in tears and running out of the portrait hole.
"Come on Parv' he didn't mean it like that!" Dean called making to chase after her.
"Leave it," Padma told him with a sigh. "I'll go check on her. Don't worry about it Seamus it's not your fault she's just a bit upset."
Ron glared suddenly at Seamus.
"Listen Ron, mate I didn't mean it like that," Seamus said quickly. "You know I loved Lavender-" Ron looked ready to jump on him. "As a sister! Only as a sister!" Seamus told him. "But I-"
"But she didn't mean as much as everyone else. Is that it, Seamus?" Ron demanded.
"No Ron..." Seamus said shaking his head furiously.
"Ron..." Dean began.
"Ron, stop," Hermione told him softly resting a hand on his shoulder and the slight pressure caused him to drop to his knees in tears. Hermione jumped back in surprise. Ron had never been an emotional person and seeing him in his current state shocked her. Molly was at the side of her youngest son in moments with an arm around him, murmuring words of comfort and Bill crouched at his other side. Arthur summoned blankets, sheets and pillows and created several rows of makeshift beds. Molly pushed Ron into one of them gently and pulled the cover up over his trembling body summoning a sleeping draught and tipping the vial slightly so a few drops poured into his mouth. Ron coughed for a moment before his body relaxed and he fell into a deep sleep.
"Ron..." Hermione murmured tears leaking from the corner of her eyes. "I feel so bad for him..."
George slipped an arm around her pulling her close. "I know. Me too. I could've been me tonight...mourning the loss of the girl I loved...." he mumbled quietly.
"George," she whispered softly hugging him. "I am so lucky to have you."
"I love you so much Hermione...I can't believe I waited so long to tell you. Anything could've happened to either one of us and if you never knew I just don't know what I would've done," George told her.
"George I love you too but you don't need to worry about 'ifs' because we're both here and we're together," she told him.
"Can I ask you a question?" he asked her .
"Do I have the option to not answer?"
"No," he told her.
"Okay go on anyways," she said.
"How long have you felt this way about me?" he asked.
"A very long time," she said honestly. "Since my fifth- maybe fourth year."
"Why didn't you say something?" he asked.
"Well at first I was scared you didn't feel the same and then it was just impractical-" She was cut off as he kissed her.
"What was that for?" she asked breathlessly.
"That was the answer I was hoping for," he smiled.
"Because if you'd asked me the same question it's the answer I would've given," he told her.
She smiled at him as he took her hand lacing his fingers through her own.
"Aw look at the happy couple! Aren't they sweet?" Lee joked.
"I know right?" Fred joined in. "Only took about five years to tell each other!"
"Oh shut it, you two had it easy with your girlfriends!" George laughed.
"That's it all of you! It's time to rest," Molly said.
"Sounds good to me," Fred said yawning and wincing slightly as he stretched his aching body.
"Boys on that side, girls over here!" Mrs. Weasley instructed.
"Mum," George groaned. "Nobody's going to try anything with everyone here."
"He has a point dear," Arthur said.
"Yes yes very well. But if anybody does try anything this war won't be the worst experience of your life."
Hermione fell heavily onto one of the make shift beds on the floor dragging the cover up over her body struggling to keep her eyes open. She felt someone lift the side of the cover and slip in beside her radiating a familiar warmth.
"Hello," she murmured.
"Just sleep 'Mione," George told her softly. "You need it."
"Thank you George," she said rolling over to face him.
"For what?" he asked.
"Loving me," she said gently as his arms wrapped around her.
He kissed her slowly, "How could I not? You mean everything to me Hermione. You've made my life complete. You're the only girl for me; you always have been and you always will be."
Hermione smiled at him her eyes finally shutting as she fell asleep the traces of the smile still gracing her face. George moved closer into her finally allowing his body to relax as he rested his forehead against her own before he too fell asleep.
Finally things were looking up for them. Grey clouds were fading to blue skies, ice was thawing into warm water, darkness was becoming light and their impossible love was now more than possible. If anything, by this point, it was impossible to stop.
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Okay guys here's the deal! This is the last chapter of A Building Love! And that's final you can't persuade me to continue because it's just over now! However I had always planned on continuing the story through their relationship and the stages they are yet to go through so here is my promise to you...I WILL DO A SEQUEL WITHOUT FAIL! You can hold me to that now! It's right there in words so I can't deny it! But before the sequel there is a story I want to write which will also be a George/Hermione and I haven't finalised a title yet but just look at the author if it's weasleytwinlover2011 then it's me! The title will probably be something along the lines of 'More than Friendship' but I can't swear to that.
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