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Chapter 15 : Today is the Day
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Molly Weasley was grumbling to herself. All her plans for her children had backfired. She was at a loss for what to do.
"Shhhhhh" she heard someone tell her.
"Shush yourself" she replied unable to share in her children's happiness. Her plans to break up Harry Potter and her daughter Ginny, and Hermione Granger and her son Ron had failed. Even worse they found out. They maneuvered her into publically agreeing the four should be together. And blocked every attempt to divide them since. 'Well at least I can manage things behind the scenes' she hoped provided they allow her to come over. Somehow the floo prevented her from going to either of their homes and Hogwarts. So she could not just 'stop in' as her Mother used to do with her and Arthur. She forgot how irritated she used to get when her Grandmother or Mother made unannounced visits usually finding something to be critical about. Blinded by her belief that she knew best she ignored everyone else's thoughts or feelings. Only she was right, everyone else was wrong if they did not agree with her.
Everyone was seated inside a magical tent, the same one used for the Wedding of Bill and Fleur. Standing in front at the altar were Kingsley and Elizabeth Shacklebolt. They would be overseeing the magical blessing. Three days ago they returned from their long overdue honeymoon. '20 years Overdue' they joked. Arthur was Kingsley's best man. Molly was invited and sat quietly in the back by herself. The table her children were at was full each bringing a date. Even her son Charlie, who was there with Hestia Jones. And Percy who had Audrey Williams another Ministry employee with him.
"I always knew that Potter would marry our Ginevra" Aunt Muriel screeched.
"Yes Muriel" Molly stated for the 25th time in the last hour. That was her punishment. She could be there as long as she stayed with Arthur's Aunt Muriel. And to keep her mouth shut. No 'talks', no 'stories' with anyone. If any guests come to the Wedding Party and says she is causing any trouble she has to go.
She turned around to see Augusta Longbottom and Hannah Abbott sitting directly behind her. She smiled knowing they wanted to sit there to monitor her. The music changed and Luna Lovegood walked up as their maid of honor. Behind her was Kreacher. He was in charge of the rings since Neville was too nervous. He was also there to remove her without hesitation at the slightest sign of trouble.
The Wedding March began and everyone stood to see Hermione and her father walk up the aisle. "She's so pretty" Molly said out loud as Hermione passed receiving a smile in return. Hermione and Ginny had done their hair just like Hermione's was for the Yule Ball. Richard Granger placed Hermione's hand on Ron's, and walked away to sit with his wife.
The song began again, and Molly saw her daughter and Arthur pass. Ginny was stunning. She could see why Harry loved her so much. So much that he willingly walked to his death so she and everyone else could live. It was that moment which helped Molly to finally realize that not only was this meant to be, that she was truly happy for all four of them.
"I really am sorry for all the problems I have caused" she whispered to herself. "I only hope they forgive me and let me be a part of their lives. I don't want to miss it because of how I hurt them. Please???" she pleaded looking up in the sky.
Augusta Longbottom was watching Molly closely listening to every word. What she saw was genuine remorse on her part and made an executive decision. She waved her wand altering what Kingsley was going to say. Elizabeth glanced down and nodded agreeing with her. She nodded to Ginny who started to cry herself, thankful that her mother learned before it was too late.
"My friends, we are gathered here today ... " Kingsley began.
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"And do you, Harry James Potter, take Ginevra Molly Weasley to be your wife?" Kingsley asked.
"Yes I do" he replied.
"And do you, Ginevra Molly Weasley take Harry James Potter to be your Husband?" Elizabeth asked Ginny.
Ginny looked to see her parents holding hands both nodding their head in agreement. "Absolutely, positively I do" she answered.
"Then by the authority of the Ministry" Kingsley stated.
"We pronounce you husband and wife" Elizabeth finished. "You may kiss your brides."
Hermione and Ron, and Ginny and Harry, had their first kiss as married couples. The four shared a hug whispering between them.
"Harry are you sure?" people heard Ron ask.
"Yes. We discussed it. I think the time is right" Hermione told them.
"OK then. Mom? Dad? How would you like to celebrate with us by renewing your vows?" Ginny wondered.
Both Arthur and Molly were touched by this. So were all the people in attendance moved by their willingness to move forward with their lives. "Children we would be honored" Arthur replied for himself and his wife who was unable to speak. He and his wife slowly walked to the front, and turned and faced one another.
"Fellow Witches and Wizards, we are gathered here today for the renewal of vows by Arthur and Molly Weasley. Arthur, do you promise to honor and love this woman?" Kingsley asked.
"I do." He responded.
"And do you Molly promise to honor and love this man?" Elizabeth asked her.
"I will" she replied.
"Then with the permission of your children" Kingsley joked getting a laugh from everyone. He saw all her children had crowded around their parents, including 3 month old Victoire Weasley, being held by her proud father Bill.
"We again pronounce you husband and wife" Elizabeth added.
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