Why? – Ginny’s Tale.
A companion piece to Why? – Harry’s Tale.
These are JK Rowling’s children. They are only in my care for this story, and
I’ll have to give them back soon.
what was Harry thinking down by the lake the day Dumbledore was entombed? How
did his decision to stop seeing Ginny affect both of them? A
what-may-have-happened-next. Possibly rated PG, but not really, for insinuating
things that are not described in the text
A/N – I
completely forgot to thank Sveltskye for beta-ing the last two chapters :-$
Thanks for everything, I owe you a beer J.
Meantime, thanks to PirateQueen for agreeing to take me on and beta the rest of
Chapter 2 – Sounds
darkness, a door opening…
flash past, concerned voices…
lights, “Come on, don’t give up”…
wakes up, Mrs Weasley…”
long term damage…”
safe. They need to get to…”
damage. I’ll leave you…”
hand covering mine…
“Ginny, are you
ok? Do you remember who I am?”
“Hi Mum.” My
voice sounded raspy and weak, and I was unbelievably thirsty. “C’n have s’m
watr?” My mind felt fuzzy, and I felt as if I was seeing and hearing through a
layer of felt. I must have said something right though, as Mum handed me a
glass of cold water, and promptly broke down.
We’ve been so worried! Your father has taken the last three days off work so he
can be here through the nights with you, the twins are actually quiet, and Ron
and Hermione have been flitting back and forwards between your beds so often
I’m surprised if there isn’t a path worn by now. What were you trying to do? I
was just coming up to bring you some breakfast and I heard you fall over, and
then I had to get you down to the fireplace, and the Healers were worried that
you might have permanent damage… What did you think you were doing?” she
sounded angry, but I knew she was just worried. I tried to answer,
“I was… I don’t
remember. I was lying on my bed. I remember a hopeless sort of feeling, but I
can’t remember why. Mum,” I said, suddenly realising something, “Why am I in
“You cast a spell
on yourself. The Healers say we can’t tell you about it though. They say it
might cause some kind of psychic shock.” There was a low, musical chime.
“Ginny, that means visiting time is over. Now you’re awake and stable, they
won’t let us stay. Try and get some rest, the whole family will be here
tomorrow. Everyone’s been so worried.” It was as if she had charmed me with her
voice. The moment she stopped talking, my eyelids began to droop, and the world
receded into the soft stillness of sleep.
When I awoke, I
felt better than I had for a long time. I hadn’t been sleeping well for the
last week or so, though I couldn’t remember why. I sat up in my bed and looked
around, noting immediately that I was not alone. I could hear faint snoring
coming from the other side of a privacy curtain, obviously dividing my bed from
that of whoever I was sharing the room with. Curious, I peered around the edge
of the curtain. Amidst the twisted bedding, I could just see a shock of
extremely untidy black hair.
“Ahh, feeling a
little better I see, Miss Weasley?” I started violently and whipped around to
look towards the door. A middle aged Healer was
standing in the doorway, a slight smile on her face. “I’m Healer Costello,” she
went on. “I treated you and Mr Potter there. A most unusual case. Individuals
try this sort of thing occasionally of course, but this is the first time two
people have tried it at the exact same time. I should explain. Miss Weasley,
you and Mr Potter there attempted the same spell on yourselves at the same
time. The nature of this spell is multi-way, affecting the caster, the
recipient, and the object or person who is the ‘subject’ of the spell. As you
cast it on yourself, there is the problem of power feedback looping as you are
both the caster and the recipient. This
generally causes unconsciousness and a few days of headaches; a single day here
for observation and then you would have been back at home. However, as you were
the ‘subject’ of Mr Potter’s cast, and he the subject of yours, a second
feedback loop was created. You two are officially the first case in the world
of double-feedback spell backfire.”
dumbfounded for a short time, while the Healer fussed around me with her wand,
performing complex little motions and examining the strange patterns of light
that glowed in the wake of its passing.
“What spell was
it?” I asked.
“I’m afraid I
can’t tell you. It would risk a shock that your system just couldn’t cope with right
“What do you
mean?” I braced myself for what I knew wouldn’t be good news
said. It’s never good when Healers suddenly start using first names, and
certainly not when they’re using their best ‘kind and gentle’ voice. “There is
a complication in your situation. As I said, in single-person cases of this
type of thing, the first feedback loop burns out as you lose consciousness –
you are no longer able to tap your power when unconscious, so it just peters
out. You two are different though; there is a second loop, and it is stable.
You see, the end of the loop that is anchored to you is feeding off Mr Potter’s
power, and vice versa. There is no easy way to say this, but we are unable to
break the loop. If we attempt to do so, all the power stored there will be
instantly passed to one or other of you. Imagine, one person trying to contain
all the magic of two! The very best we could hope for is that that person would
lose both their magic and their mind. The worst? Have you ever heard of a
Muggle device called an H-bomb?” She gave a shudder at this point, and looked
away from me. I had a feeling that worse was about to come. And I knew what
that was, even before she went on. “You have probably worked this out by now. All
your power is going into that feedback loop. You won’t be able to perform magic
of your own until we can find a way to break it. It’s a small comfort I know,
but things like brooms and the Floo network will still work; things that use
their own stored power. I’m sorry…” she moved to leave.
when can I go home?” I was fighting to digest all this information, and through
it all was an overwhelming desire to be back at home. I couldn’t shake the
feeling that maybe it would just all be better then.
“In a day or two
I should think. There are a few more things I would like to try before I let
you go. I believe your family were going to come to see you in an hour or two.
Meanwhile, why not get to know Mr Potter again, I see he’s awake.” She came
back towards the beds and drew the curtain back to reveal a thinnish, lanky
teenage boy with startlingly green eyes and a shock of black hair that was
sticking up all over his head. He had a razor-thin lightning shaped scar on his
“Hi,” I said.
“I’m Ginny Weasley…”
A/N :- Well,
that should hopefully have cleared it up. It was indeed an Obliviate spell that
they cast. I was originally hit with the idea to write this as one of them
attempting the Avada Kedavra on themselves, but not having the will to make it
work. I didn’t, and chose this route for two reasons, first because I thought
the Quill would probably reject it, and second if anyone has been touched with
suicide (as I have) directly or indirectly, it may awaken bad memories. I
apologise to anyone if you thought that’s what the spell used was, and have
been adversely affected by it. Thanks to everyone who reviewed, especially the
few that said it stunk and actually told me why!
A couple of
people reviewed Elements and asked when I will finish it. I stopped writing it
due to the new canon blowing it totally out of the water. However, niggling
little baby Plot Bunnies have invaded my hindbrain and are multiplying fast – I
may be able to re-write the bits I have to comply with Canon and twist it round
so that it works. After this is finished, of course!
I’ve decided to try and answer everyone’s reviews at the end of the chapters.
The answers for reviews of both Tales will be at the end of Ginny’s Tale.
Katja – I
can’t really say, as it’s central to the plot, but it’s not lost. Just wait for
the last chapter J
Kaeli Karali –
good guess. I will keep writing, and I’m just as interested as you to see where
this story goes – I currently have no idea :-P
Jenny – look
at my forum location – Harry needs a good, solid hoof to the gonads for
splitting up with Ginny. I was bouncing all over the house when they hooked up
and then… GRRR! And good guess, it was.
Umm… not sure how to reply to that, but thanks for reviewing nonetheless
Gijane – Don’t
think I’m going to let any Americanisation slip just because you’re buttering
me up :-P Thanks for reviewing
There should be a satisfying conclusion (siriusly, that’s the only bit I know,
how I’m going to end it!) I fear it will be one of those sickeningly sweet
nearly-sue moments however… :-S. I was dead proud of that line with the traces
of fire. Come to think of it, the line you didn’t like is a little disturbing I
suppose, but I was drawing on my own experiences of heartbreak to write the
first chapters, and that’s pretty much exactly how I felt. Not sure if it
crosses the gender divide and sits well with Ginny, but it’s there now J Thanks for an excellent and concise review.
Jeda – Yep,
you got it in one J. You telling me there’s not a bittersweet
memory you’d erase if you could? Lord knows I’ve got loads! Worry not, all will
work out in the end.
Hannah – Pessimistic?
Me? Never :-O All will be well, just you wait.
Ach, you caught me! I’ve actually never seen the film, but when I decided to
abandon the attempted Avada Kedavra plotline, I remembered what my mum had told
me about the film, liked it, and adopted it. I’m hoping it will be different
enough (especially if you include the magic theory I used in this chapter) to
keep people interested! Mate of mine (Thanks Moulder!) told me a poem quote
that I’m going to use as chapter titles later
Thanks, I hope it will be. Yep, Obliviate and as I said to Meredith, it’s kind
of eternal sunshine
– a) Correct, Obliviate isn’t unforgivable, but I never said it was, only that
neither Harry nor Ginny expected to have to use it. I think to them it must
seem pretty nasty – it’s like a violation after all, messing around with
someone’s memories. B) Not sure what you mean here. I have kinda wild ideas on
magical theory (probably brought on by reading farrrrr too much fantasy) which
might cause crossed wires, which leads to C) I have considered this problem,
and kind of dealt with it with my wild magical theory on feedback loops up
there. Trust me, there is a way to reverse It (in my little miniverse anyway).
You must take into account that Ron’s wand was broken at the time, and wouldn’t
be doing what it was supposed to anyway – Voldemort reversed a memory charm,
did he not? By forcing it, he broke Bertha. This will not be forced to break.
Trust me, wait and see…
Thank you for your opinion. You may be interested to know that Sveltskye warned
me about exactly the same thing, in the same way (“this is your story, but I
think…”). All I can say is the same as I said to her – I am drawing on my own
experiences of heartbreak. I, like Ginny, am a strong person (in spirit at
least :-P), yet affairs of the heart can, do and have cut me to the quick,
leaving me debilitated for weeks. I hope you read this message, and thanks for
being the first person to tell me why they don’t like one of my fics J Seriously, that’s a good thing; more people please
tell me where I’m going wrong so I can start going right!
Lindsay – Glad
you like it. See above for Eternal Sunshine references J
– Soon enough for you? :-P Glad you’re liking it so far!
note was kind of insurance; I didn’t want anyone thinking it was Avada Kedavra.
Alas… Anyway, good guess. Hope you liked what came next J
felic :-P) Felicis – nothing I need to say, you worked it all out J I was trying to leave the last chapter as a “could
they really have done an Unforgivable” but I put the author note in at the last
moment just to play it safe – I don’t want a Darker_Ragegate type situation…
glad to see we’re on the same wavelength!
Emily – It
will a little, as I’ve said, but different enough (I hope) to keep everyone
– This little Plot Bunny has attached it’s self firmly to my cerebral cortex,
and it’s not letting go. I only abandoned Elements due to new Canon, and I may
have a way to revive it once this is finished (following on from it in fact…).
I was going for exactly that response as I wrote the first chapters – it was
designed to shock but provoke deep thought. I feel much better now that it has
had the desired effect!
Meggs – Aaah,
you’re not the first to say that. Indeed, Sveltskye said so when she beta’d
chapter 1. Rest assured, however strong in mind or will someone is, everyone’s
vulnerable to heartbreak. I hope Ginny’s better for you in this one, and she’ll
not be that way again. Promise J. Thanks
for telling me why you didn’t like it
Emerika – Well
guessed. I hope this is soon enough! And I apologise for the semi-cliffie that
is the end of these chapters. And “Gah” is a pretty good description,
especially when applied to Harry’s behaviour at the end of HBP!
from Harry’s Tale
Anna – If I’ve
released Harry’s at the same time, then right now :-P Otherwise, I’ve decided
to switch to alternating between Harry and Ginny to make the dialogue easier
(otherwise I’m going to end up repeating large lumps of dialogue in both
stories.) I may keep as it is, and do at the same time, keeping them different
by staying in first person and showing the thoughts of each.
Night – We kind of sorted this on MSN. Harry wouldn’t use Avada Kedavra, even
over love (not sure about that “simply” there at all – there is no greater
force than love, it can drive one to all sorts of strange things). Hopefully
this chapter (Or Harry’s chapter) will sort that, as will the answers to the
James – Good
guess, but that’s all I can say without giving the plot away J. First person to comment on the twinned fics aspect,
glad you found it interesting. Updates will be soon, but will get slower as the
year progresses and I get snowed under with work
(again!) – Thanks for reviewing both. I was struck with that little comparison
during a particularly irritating dry spell, and the rest of the plan, as well
as half the second chapter just fell out of my head from that moment J
Thanks for all the praise :-D. Next chapters are here already, see?
(again!) – Ahh, wait and see dear Merry, wait and see. They are … well, I can’t
St. Margarets – I feel all special! Glad my
reviews meant that much to you J. Thanks
for a wonderfully concise (and flattering!!) review.
(again!) – thanks for another review J not much to reply to this one though!