" Harry" whispered a gentle voice in Harry's ear. It was a voice he recognised immediately it was also a voice he had craved to hear during his hunt for the horcruxes.
"Ginny" Harry muttered back there was so much tenderness and love in his voice that Ginny turned a shade of red that clashed horribly with her hair. She perched herself on the end of Harry's bed.
"Get dressed anyway you have to come and see everyone" Ginny said returning to her normal pale shade "by everyone I mean Mum, Dad, Bill, Fleur, Charlie, George, Ron and Hermione". Ginny looked as though she was ablout to burst into tears which was very rare for Ginny, Then Harry remembered the reason for her sadness, there was a name missing from her list, Fred, had been killed during the final battle, along with Tonks, Lupin, Colin Creevey and about sixty others, Harry sat up in his bed, and wrapped his arms around the girl he loved, he pressed his face into her flowery scented hair and took a deep breath. Ginny moved her head and pressed her lips against Harry's it was exactly how he remembered, it was bliss it was what he had been desperate to feel all year.
When Harry arrived in the common room half an hour later Mrs. Weasley grabbed him and hugged him tighter that ever before, she loosened her grip on him after Ron muttered something about him not being able to breathe, it was then she started to sob on his shoulder "Oh Harry dear, we've been so worried about you, and our little Freddie-he-was-only-n-n-ninet-te-en.." the rest of the sentence was drowned out by her sobs.
Mr. Weasley put and arm around his wifes waist and escorted her over to the sofa in front of the fireplace, tears of his own streaming down his face. Harry looked around at his friends, fresh tears were now rising in Hermione and Ron's eyes it was only then that he noticed that they were holding hands, he smiled at them tears building in his own eyes again, he looked over to George who was for the first time Harry had seen him sobbing silentley into a tissue, it was strange looking at George without Fred stood beside, and them both cracking jokes on how George's ears didn't match.
Harry then saw Bill with his arms around Fleur who had her face buried into his chest he too had tears trickilng down his face, Charlie who Harry had only seen on rare occasions was just stood there his face in a shape of grief and shock and relief all at the same time, it was also Charlie who was the first one to speak to Harry after Mrs.Weasley.
" Thank you, Harry-" his voice broke "if you'll excuse me" and he strode out of the common room.
Percy was the next Harry saw, Percy merely nodded and walked over and sat down next to his mother and stared into the now blazing fire.
Ginny was the last person Harry looked at, he watched her play absent-mindedly with a strand of her red hair. He walked towards her, when she saw him approaching she quickly wiped away the tears that were rolling down her pink cheeks, when he reached her he took her hand and kissed her forehead.
" It's okay to cry, Ginny, I want you to know one thing-"
" I Love you Harry" Ginny muttered her brown eyes that were filled with tears were also filled with emotion.
" I love you too" he stared at her for a moment, he had never really appreciated how beautiful she was. Harry took her hand and together they wandered over to Ron and Hermione who were still stood in silence holding hands.
When Harry and Ginny reached the pair Hermione broke her grip on Ron's hand and flung her arms aroung Harry. When she released him she hugged Ginny, Ron was then hugging Harry and Ginny.
They were stood back in their couples they crossed the room to join Mr and Mrs. Weasley, as they did Harry noticed Ginny's hair seemed to bounce against her shoulders. Harry sat down in the armchair opposite the sofa that Mr and Mrs. Weasley were sat on, Harry noticed that Percy had left and Bill had took his place next to his mother and Fleur had settled herself at his feet.
Ginny sat on Harry's knee, turned her head and winked at him then turned back to face her parents again.
When Mr and Mrs. Weasley saw how Ginny and Harry were sat they exchanged a glance and smiled.
After a while of just sitting and watching each other they all decided that it was a good idea to escape the common room as more and more people were filing into the room after breakfast, most of them climbed the stairs, some just collapsed on the floor to tired and full of grief to attempt climbing the stairs.
As the group descended the stairs they passed more and more people every person seemed to have tear tracks etched upon their faces when they arrived in the great hall the tables were back to normal they found themselves seats next to Luna, Neville, Seamus and Dean who were sat in silence just watching their food.
They all looked up when the group arrived at the table, but only Luna spoke.
" Good Morning" but her voice wasn't the same dreamy whisper as it normally was, it somehow seemed low and depressed, but that was understandable after the previous evenings events. when they had all sat down and took a piece of toast that none of them ate they got up and left now accompanied by Luna and Neville who suprisingly were holding hands.
Ginny took Harry's hand and Ron put his arm around Hermiones shoulders as the six that had originally fought at the ministry walked towards the lake, Mr and Mrs Weasler had gone to Freds body to see if thats where Charlie and Percy had gone and Fleur and Bill had started a conversation with Professor McGonagall about whether the school would open again next year or wait a few years while the magical world fixed itself once more.
The six found themselves settled under a big beech tree where Harry,Ron and Hermione spent all there free time when the weather was good, for a while they just sat and looked at their surroundings, when Hermione finally spoke.
"You know, I'll miss this place it's so peace-"
" Wait a minute Hermione, your not coming back to get you NEWTS?" Ginny questioned" You are aren't you Harry"
" Ginny, I'm not coming back, I think I've learnt enough to cope woth the world, and I don't think I'll need to know the theory of charms to get me through life I mean my life is already sat all around me, it's you guys I don't need a peice of paper to tell me I'm a good wizard because if I wasn't I wouldn't be sat here with you five would I it would just be you five still trying to fight to free everyone to stop Voldermort - oh really Ron he's dead how bad can saying his name now stop being so ridiculous"
" Harry, you want to be an auror,you can't do that without your NEWTS" pointed out Hermione
" Hermione no offence but Harry just killed You Kn- FINE! Voldermort I don't think he needs any results for people to know he would make a good auror" said Ron very smuggly convinced that he had made a great argument.
When they all arrived back up to the castle Neville and Luna went to talk to Professor Sprout, Hermione and Ron went to find Mr and Mrs. Weasley, Harry set off to follow them when Ginny's grip became tighter on his hand, his other hand jumped immediatley for his wand, after all all his life a tighter grip have meant danger, but when he turned round it was just him and Ginny in the entrance hall, his right hand dropped off his wand and straight away went to Ginny's pale face, she leaned her face into it naturally and Harry stroked her hair with his left hand. Ginny closed her eyes for a moment, when she opened them again she moved away from Harry's hands turned and stalked away.
When Harry joined Ron and Hermionein the great hall the looked behind him waiting for Ginny to come, but she never did, they looked at Harry but all he could do was shrug his shouders.
About an hour later the three took the fimiliar path upto the common room to find Ginny sat next to the fireplace on her own crying, Hermione pushed Harry forwards. " Ginny-"
" You know what, Harry, I want you to come back and do your exams, because I am going to be selfish I wouldn't be able to enjoy my last year here if you weren't here because we would constantly be writing and I'd failbecause you would be all I could think about,but if you were here-"
" Okay Ginny I love you more than anything, but I have to look after Teddy and I'll get a job and get a house and you can move in when you leave, and when you arrive at Kings Cross at the end of every term I'll be there on the platform, if you write to tell me when your hogsmede visits are I'll apparate there and meet you at the three broomsticks" Harry was comforting Ginny in the best way he could.
Ginny was leaning against Harry's shoulder when she spoke again " Okay, that sounds like a plan besides I think I'd get fed up of you after a while" she lifted her head and gave a heartbreaking smile to Harry and leaned back against him.
It was almost midnight when Mr and Mrs Weasley returned to the common room by which time Harry and Ginny had shifted to the couch and fell asleep and Ron and hermione were sat at a table playing a game of wizards chess, Ron was letting Hermione win and kept saying everytime she knocked on of his peices of the board " I guess I've lost my touch"
It was a month after the final battle and Harry was helping Ginny pack her trunk to leave to spend one last summer at the burrow after that he would be getting a job somewhere in diagon alley or maybe the ministry, Hermione had gone to sign up to coming back after the summer while Ron went to see Hagrid as he was still asleep when Harry and Hermione had gone.
While Ginny went to say goodbye to Pavarti and Padmil, Harry went on one last walk around the school and its grounds. He went to see Moaning Myrtle, he went down to the potions classroom, he strolled across the vegetable patch and walked around the quidditch stadium. Maybe Professor Mcgonagall would let him come and watch Ginny playing quidditch, he knew she had a spot on the team because it was only the day before when she was asked to be Gryffindor's team captain.
He then took one last wander into the depths of the forbidden forest, it was then at that point that Harry understood what Albus Dumbledore had said to him that the cave had known magic, Harry realised this was were he had stood just over month ago preparing to die to protect Ron to protect Hermione and to protect to Neville, Luna, Dean and Seamus to protect the Weasleys but most of all to protect his Ginny the girl he had fallen in love with. It was here were he felt dark magic the most, it was this particular spot where Harry felt like he would have to defend himself any moment and it was this spot where Harry felt the most scared and alone.
Ginny had hold of Harry's hand again " Are you sure your ready to leave this behind, your first real home?"
" It doesn't matter whether I am or not I would have to leave at some point." Harry turned to look at her " and I'll never have left really there will always be a little bit of me here"
Ginny looked confused "What do you mean?"
Harry grinned down at her "Well, because I won't need it anymore, I have left you my Firebolt under your bed, so you can always take a little peice of me onto the quidditch pitch, and I've also left you the snitch I caught in my very first quidditch match, and make sure you take a picture of Malfoy's face when he spots you on the Firebolt"
Ginny stood on her tip-toes and wrapped her arms aroung Harry's neck, he wrapped his arms around her waist and lifted her into an embrace, and than Ginny was kissing him as though they were about to say goodbye, but when they released each other after several wolf whistles from passers by and complaints from Ron, she whispred in his ear "I love you"
When they arrived back at Kings Cross, after what had been a very eventful journey the Weasley family passed through the barrier, Ginny had Harry in tow and Ron once again had his arm around Hermione's shoulders, and Luna and Neville just behind them.
"Harry, Harry" Hermione murmured "Oh for goodness sake will you two stop snogging for one minute" Harry and Ginny broke apart and Hermione continued" Look Harry isn't that your aunt and uncle and cousin!"
" Merlins beard it is!"
" I see your cousins tongue has shrunk again then" George joked for the first time since the battle. All the Weasleys laughed remembering the time when they had burst into the Dursleys sitting room, where Fred and George gave Dudley a Ton-Tongue Toffee and Dudleys tongue grew about four foot long before they allowed Mr. Weasley to put him right.
Harry approached the his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and his cousin Dudley, Ginny refusing to let go of Harry's hand walked along side him with a dazzling smile upon her face, Harry found it hard not to stare at her.
" His name is Harry" Ginny glared feircly at Uncle Vernon while Harry fought down a laugh, he put his arm around her waist afraid that she might attack his Uncle if he didn't.
" And who do you think you are?" Aunt Petunia said stiffly looking down her nose at Ginny, Harry felt a rush of hatred towards his Aunt Petunia.
" I don't think, I know who I am. My name is Ginny Weasley, I am Harry's girlfriend and I don't think you should refer to anyone as boy, especially not Harry, who just saved the entire wizarding world form Lord Voldermort, therefore he saved the entire the muggle world too, because Lord Voldermort would have enslaved you all, most likely killed you three because you are related to Harry"
" Well Harry" Uncle Vernon swallowed as though he had just uttered a disgusting word, this didn't go unnoticed my Ginny who's and flickered incredibly close to her wand which was in her back pocket, Harry tightened his grip again and muttered "Calm down" in Ginny's ear, at this Ginny relaxed but Harry kept a firm grip.
" Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia" He nodded to them both, then risked letting go of Ginny with one hand put it in Dudleys direction "Dudley, how are you?"
Dudley took Harry's had and shook it "I'm okay, and thank you, for saving my life, twice, but I have to ask, Harry how on earth did you get a girl like that, shes gorgeous"
" Yeah, and all mine, goodbye Dudley" Harry turned away from the Dursleys grinning pleased that this time he wouldn't have to return to number four Privet Drive ever again. He kissed the top of Ginny's head breathing in the scent of her long red hair and walked towards his real family, the Weasleys.