Disclaimer: All characters belong to
J.K.Rowling, however the plot is mine…all mine…mwahahaha!
to Ozma for beta-reading this. You were excellent!
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said Ron furiously, “I don’t hate all cats, just that ruddy git you call
your pet. And anyway, how could you defend something that just bloodied up my
arm with its claws? You’re nuts, you are!”
scared him!” defended Hermione. “He’s not used to people dancing maniacally
around the room, shouting loudly, who then manage to collapse right on top of
him, though you could see he was on that chair-"
drowned out her cries by shouting, “The Cannons just won their first game in a
century! How did you think I’d react? Say, ‘oh goody’, and sit down and
play another game of chess like Vicky probably does after he’s won a
match for Bulgaria-"
that’s it, isn’t it? Everything always comes back to Viktor-"
tuned out the argument, as he tended to do, and twisted the dial on the wizard
radio back and forth. They had just been listening to the Quidditch game
between the Chudley Cannons, Ron’s favourite team, and the Worcestershire
Wombats on the WWN, the Wizarding Wireless Network, and it had proved to be
quite an exciting match. The Cannons’ Seeker had caught the Snitch after four
hours and twelve minutes, boosting their total number of points to 170, which
just beat the Wombats’ total of 160.
felt a thump beside him and turned to see that Ginny had flung herself into the
space next to him on the old sofa. She grinned at him and rolled her eyes
towards the bickering pair. “It’s getting rather boring now, always ending up
about Krum. I think they need a new programme, don’t you?”
returned the grin half-heartedly. “Yeah, I just wish they’d shut up for two
seconds. It’s really getting on my nerves.”
that could be arranged…but I don’t reckon Mum’d be too pleased if I hexed my
brother to stop him shouting, not to mention what Hermione would do to me if I
grinned again; Hermione was certainly not the witch to be on the wrong end of a
wand to. However she did have to pause in her activities occasionally when she
got a pain in her side, a remnant of the battle against Death Eaters she was in
the month before-
was my fault, thought Harry miserably, if I hadn’t been so stupid
as to insist on going to the Department of Mysteries then she wouldn’t have
been hurt, and Sirius…Sirius would still be alive.
Harry shook his head; he did not want to dwell on those thoughts now. He
became aware that Ginny was saying something,
said Harry. “Sorry, I was, umm,” he searched hurriedly for an excuse,
“listening to the radio?”
you just turned off the radio a minute ago when you were fiddling with the
was a pause.
are you ok?” asked Ginny, “For a moment, you seemed miles away.”
I’m fine. So, what were you saying?”
Ginny gave him a look (scarily like one her Mother would
give), which clearly said, I don’t believe you for a second, but repeated her
question anyway. “D’you want to practise some Seeker skills out in the garden?
You’ll need to regain your position on the team from me, you know, and I won’t
give it up until I’m positive that you can thrash Slytherin.”
“Yeah, ok, that would be great,” replied Harry, getting
up, and with a last exasperated look at Hermione-
“He’s a cat, Ron, how could he be out to get you?”
“He’s a bloody menace, that’s what he is!”
-he followed Ginny out of the Weasleys’ living room and
into the kitchen, where his Firebolt was. Harry was staying at the Weasleys’
for a few days before they all went to Number 12 Grimmauld Place together.
Apparently the Order of the Phoenix was presently holding too many secret
meetings at the house for them to be able to stay there at the moment. Or at
least, that was the excuse Mr. Weasley was giving them.
Harry had stayed the first four weeks of the holiday with
the Dursleys, something he hated, though the occasional visit to Mrs Figg’s
meant he retained a firm hold on the wizarding world, without his Aunt and
Uncle’s knowledge, unlike the previous summer.
But none of that mattered at the moment, because now he
was just going to play some Quidditch with Ginny, and he couldn’t find anything
wrong with that if he tried.
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One hour later, a very tired and sweaty Harry made his way
back to the living room, his Firebolt over his shoulder. When he was about four
feet away from the door however, he paused, hearing familiar voices inside.
With no wish to witness the continuation of the fight between his two best
friends, he turned round, only to walk straight into Ginny, who had come in
behind him. She evidently had no desire to interrupt Ron and Hermione either as
she also turned to go back into the garden, but at that moment they both heard
a loud crash, followed by furious cursing.
With a slight frown, Ginny quickly moved towards the door
and gently pushed it, so it swung inwards to reveal the scene in the living
Ron presumably had been hit by a rather good vanishing
curse, which would explain the disappearance of his nose. He was lying flat on
his back in the middle of a pile of cookery books, which had fallen from the bookcase
he’d just crashed into.
Hermione seemed to be in shock, frozen in the duelling
position. However as they watched, she lowered her wand, leaned forwards and
hesitantly offered Ron her hand. “Oh, I’m so sorry. I must have put a
bit too much force into that one. Are you alright?”
“Yeah, just about,” muttered Ron, rubbing his head where
he’d bumped it. “Er, d’you think I could have my nose back? I might need it.”
“Oh, yes, of course.” Hermione quickly performed the
countercurse and stepped backwards, realising as she did so that she was still
holding Ron’s other hand. She quickly dropped it as if it had burned her and
proceeded to stare fixedly at ‘So You Want to Cook Like a Celebrity – 10
Easy Steps to Producing Culinary Delights Worthy of Magical Me’ by
In the awkward silence that followed, Ron seemed to make
up his mind about something because he cleared his throat and said, “Umm,
Hermione? Look, I need to say something, which I probably should have said a
long time ago, but anyway…”
There was another pause, in which Harry glanced at Ginny
to see what she made of this, only to find her staring at the scene with an
almost hungry expression on her face, whispering, “Go on, tell her, tell
Thoroughly bemused, Harry turned back to Ron and Hermione.
Ron took a deep breath, opened his mouth…and said nothing. Apparently his nerve
had failed him. He looked up at Hermione, shook his head slightly and then
said, “Right. What I wanted to say is that, is that, umm…well-"
Behind Harry, Ginny was hitting her head against the
kitchen wall, but, though this was causing several items to rattle ominously on
their shelves, neither Ron nor Hermione were taking any notice of anything but
“Ok, well, you see, the thing is…that actually, I really…I
Harry found himself inching closer to the door, aware that
he was about to witness a monumental event.
“I really like…”
There was a very long pause.
“No! You stupid git! You were supposed to say ‘you’!”
whispered Ginny furiously in Harry’s ear.
Ron, due to the very confused and slightly disappointed
look on Hermione’s face, felt the need to elaborate.
“Look. What I meant was, I know it seems like sometimes we
fight a lot and we don’t get on, and sometimes I don’t approve of everything he
does, and how he acts and the things he believes in,” Ron paused for breath,
and continued at a slower pace, “but I know he’s brilliant, really, even if a
little mental, and, though it doesn’t always look it, I do really, really,
like…him,” he finished, looking straight into Hermione’s eyes.
“Really?” breathed Hermione.
“Yeah,” said Ron, his voice breaking slightly.
Harry got the distinct impression that neither of them was
talking about the cat anymore.
He felt Ginny nudge him and together they closed the door
quietly and made their way back into the garden. Ginny was smiling and, as soon
as they were out of earshot of the Burrow, she whooped for joy. Harry grinned,
really grinned, for the first time in months and mounted his broom again,
watching Ginny’s hair glow brightly in the sunlight as she flew. He smiled to
He felt confident
in the fact that there would not be as much bickering in the days to come, and
for the first time since Voldemort’s return the previous year, he felt at peace
with the world.
Life in the next few months would be hard, but maybe, just
maybe, it would get better soon.
He knew that he would be just fine.
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