~ Chapter 2 ~
Hermione hummed to herself as she got ready for her
with David Sloane. It would just be a nice dinner at a nice
and then he would take her home- two hours of torture, at the most-
why was she humming? Probably because it felt so good to be going
with someone, even if that someone wasnt Ron. She had
stop thinking like that- they were over. They had split up for good
ago. After that fight, there was no going back, was there? She shook
head, as though to rid herself of those thoughts and pulled on her
She remembered the day shed been given them
"Hermione! Congratulations, that was a wonderful
Molly Weasley hurried up to her, a small package clasped in her
"Thanks! I thought Harry did very well, too. I
believe were all Hogwarts graduates now!"
"Dont I know it! It seems like just yesterday
I was sending Ron and Harry onto the Hogwarts Express for the first
I feel like Im losing three babies." She began to tear
"Dont cry, Mrs. Weasley!" Hermione exclaimed,
the older woman, "Youre not losing any of us. Ron, Harry, and
will always be best friends, and well be coming to the Burrow
visits at all hours of the day and night- just you wait and see!"
earned her a smile. Molly dried her eyes and said, "Oh. I almost
your graduation present." She held out the neatly wrapped box, which
took and opened. Inside was a pair of mother-of-pearl earrings that
about one inch below the clasp and sparkled when the light hit them.
were given to me by my grandmother on my graduation day. I have a
from my mother for Ginny when she graduates, but I wanted my other
to have something special, too." At that Hermione burst into tears.
Mrs. Weasley. Thank you so much. Ill cherish them
And she had. They had always been her favorite
and she always wore them on special occasions, but tonight she felt
twinge of guilt as she put them in. It felt wrong to wear Rons
earrings on her date with another man. But then, she rationalized,
wasnt a real date- it was more of a pity dinner. She stepped
and surveyed her appearance in the mirror. Not bad- the blue/gray
fell to just above her knees and complemented the earrings
Just then the doorbell rang. Hermione walked into her hall and
open the door, expecting to see
well, certainly not expecting
see Harry and Ginny standing there.
"Hey Mione! You look great." Harry kissed her
" Now, thats the only thing I like better
muggle clothes than ours." Ginny observed, "You can tell
something under them! I mean how stupid would short robes look?"
just gazed at them, feeling slightly dazed.
"What are you guys doing here?"
"Well, tonights the date with ol whatshisname,
boring muggle accountant, right?" She rolled her eyes and
"Well, I have to make sure hes not an
dont I? That and I want to see him. And Ginnys going to
"Were going to watch movies and eat popcorn
you get back! Its my last night in London, doesnt that
like fun?" She went off into the kitchen, apparently to make the
Hermione had been about to respond that theyd only have time
one movie if she had anything to say about it, when the doorbell
again. This time Harry pulled open the door to reveal a thirtyish,
short, man, only slightly taller than Hermiones 5 feet 8
with flaming red hair. He looked a little flustered to find an extra
of the flat where he was supposed to pick up his date. "My
is David Sloane. Im here to pick up Hermione Granger. Does she
"She does indeed. Im Harry Potter." Harry
charmingly, but as the man had to crane his neck to really see it,
just seemed to make him more nervous.
" Mione!" Harry called over his shoulder into
bedroom, where Hermione had disappeared to in search of her coat.
here!" She hurried out, shoving her arm into one of the sleeves of a
jacket and pecked Harry on the cheek.
"Thanks. Bye Ginny!" she called
"See you!" came the answer, out of the
As they walked down the hall, all Hermione could
was Why did he have to have red hair? and At least
short- Rons anything but short.
They climbed into his car and were driving down the
when David finally spoke, "I have a cousin called Ginny. Well,
cousin really, but I dont know anyone called Harry."
"Mmmm?" Hermione said, disinterestedly, until she
shed completely forgotten about introductions- for all poor
knew, she and Harry could be sleeping together. "Well, Harry and I
been best friends since we were eleven." And Ron, she thought, but
mention him, "Hes really like a big brother to me. And Ginny,
a good friend of both of us. She was a year younger in
"Well, let me tell you a little about myself." David
as he pulled into the car park of the restaurant, and recounted the
boring tale about accounting that Hermione had heard since her
with Percy last week It wasnt until they had ordered and been
that he started in on the topic of family. "Well as I told you, I
a second cousin named Ginny. Shes part of a large family on my
side, and theyre really my only relatives. My parents are both
I havent got any other family. I havent
seen them for about twenty or so years, when Ginny was a baby. They
down in Cornwall. Between you and I, theyre a bit strange." It
this comment that caught Hermiones attention.
"Why dont you tell me about them?" She
in what she hoped was a silky voice. Scooping up a bit of her
on a fork. (Dessert had been served by now.)
"Well," David agreed, since she finally seemed
in something hed said, "They have seven kids, Arthur and Molly
Hermione choked on the cake.
"I know! Seven!" David said, clearly misreading what
happened, but Hermione shook her head.
"David. I think Im going to be sick. No
nothing you did- I just shouldnt have had dessert. Would you
take me home?"
If there was one thing David seemed practiced at it
ending a date abruptly. He summoned the maitre-d, paid the
pulled the car around, and had Hermione home within twenty minutes.
helped her upstairs and turned her over to a clearly shocked Harry,
he would call, and left.
"What on earth happened?" Harry asked as Ginny went
get a cold compress. When she returned with it, it was to Ginny that
spoke. "Ginny, you dont happen to have a muggle cousin, do
"Well, yeah, now that you mention it. David Sloane-
" Her eyes grew wide with understanding. "Oh my God!
" Harry, whod already understood from the
the words David Sloane left Ginnys mouth, seemed
think the whole thing was hysterical.
"You mean you actually went on a date with Ron and
muggle cousin without even knowing it?"
"Well, I did know it in the end They have
kids, Arthur and Molly do.- I almost choked to death on my
Harry burst out laughing, as did Ginny.
"No wonder the poor guy has such trouble on dates if
he can think of to talk about is us!" She said, cracking up. Even
smiled at that, and pretty soon the three friends were in hysterics
what Hermione would later fondly call the blind date from