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“Come on, Ginny, we need your help,” George pleaded
Passing the Torch
this belongs to J.K. Rowling, except for the idea, which came out of my twisted
Author’s note:This takes place on Halloween in Harry’s fifth year.A hearty thank-you goes to my ROX’n beta, ElanorGamgee!
“Come on, Ginny, we need your
help,” George pleaded.
“Are you mad?After what you two did to him this
summer?He’d skin me alive and
he’d never speak to me again!”
“Come on…you know he
likes Hermione…wouldn’t you love to see those two kiss and make up?” Fred said,
hurrying to keep up with her as she walked quickly away.
“Of course, but I don’t
think this is the way to do it…”
“Ginny…please?It’s our last
chance to really get one over on him before we leave Hogwarts…”George looked at her with pleading eyes.
Ginny paused and seemed to
reconsider.“It won’t be anything really
bad, will it?Nothing that’ll get
“Would we ever intentionally hurt Ron, Ginny?”Fred said innocently.
Her eyes narrowed as she
looked at them.“Oh…all right, but if it
goes wrong, it’s on your heads.And only because it’s your last year.”
The twins slung their arms
around their little sister.“Oh, darling
Ginny, what would we ever do without you…?”
On Halloween morning, Harry
sat at breakfast, once again between his feuding friends.“Would you tell Miss Know-It-All to pass the
salt, please,” Ron said to Harry.
Hermione snapped, “Tell that
git I can hear him just fine, and here’s the salt!”
Harry said nothing, and just
rolled his eyes.He really hated it when
they fought.He didn’t even know
what it was about this time.
“Hey, you lot.How is Halloween so far?”Ginny sat down across from them nonchalantly.
Harry sighed.“Oh, just wonderful, with these two
Ginny laughed and
accidentally knocked her wand into Ron’s plate.“Oh, I’m sorry, Ron…”
“Putting your elbow into the
butter dish again, Gin?” Ron said in annoyance.
Ginny’s eyes narrowed slightly,
but she said nothing.
Harry shook his head.Ron is sure in a foul mood, he thought. Hope it breaks up by tonight.He looked over at Ginny, who was biting her
tongue to keep from laughing, and looking at Ron.Harry looked at him, and his eyes widened.
wrong, Ron?You look a little blue,”
Ginny said, unable to keep the smile off her face.
swore loudly and looked at his reflection in his spoon.His hair was a brilliant bright blue.“GINNY!” he bellowed.She took off out of the Great Hall, and he ran
rounded a corner and waited for Ron, and then she grabbed him and pulled him
into the hall.
the hell did you do to my hair?”
a little spell,” she grinned.“But
here’s the best part.In order for it to
go back to normal, you have to kiss the one you love before .”
turned red and groaned.“Why did you do
this to me?”
look at me,” she whispered.She winked
at him.“If you want to know specifics,
look in Hogwarts, A History, chapter one, page
sixteen.”She kept her voice very low,
but she had used the code word for ‘Fred and George are up to something’.Raising her voice again, she said, “You’d
best find Hermione and start apologizing, Ron.”She winked once more and ran away.
hurried to the library.Page Sixteen of Hogwarts,
A History contained a note from Ginny.
Sorry about the hair, Fred
and George put me up to it.If you want
to get them really, really good, here’s my plan…
shut the book and grinned.Sometimes,
Ginny is just too cool…
and George were getting ready for the Halloween Feast and talking about their
latest practical joke.“I wonder if
he’ll actually do it,” George said.
do it.And Ginny is just too good at
this.Why didn’t we use her more
were too busy putting one over on her,” George replied.
yeah…that’s true,” Fred said, and they laughed.
then, the door to their dormitory banged open.Ginny, flushed and crying, wailed at them, “It’s all
your fault!It’s all gone wrong
and I told you he’d hate me forever!”
calm down…what’s happened?”Fred said.
was so angry with Ron, she hit him.Hard.He’s got a
broken nose, and he won’t go see Madam Pomfrey, and now they’re all mad
at me, and it’s all your fault!”She burst into tears again and ran out of the
and George looked at each other.“Do you
think it’s for real?” Fred said nervously.
don’t think Ginny’s that good an actress.”George looked rather pale and sick.“I think we’d better see if we can smooth
they passed to go to the fifth years’ dormitory, they could hear Hermione’s
voice yelling.“I’M SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR
BEST FRIEND!HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?”
cursed and they went into the fifth years’ dormitory.Ron was lying on his bed, looking like Death
had paid a visit but didn’t think he looked good enough to take away.Blood covered his front and both eyes were bruised.Harry was saying, “I don’t know what has
gotten into those girls today…” as he held a cold washcloth to Ron’s nose.“Ron, you should really go to see Madam
Pomfrey, she can have your nose fixed up in no time.”
cursed and said, “No way in hell am I leaving this room until I stop looking
like I went ten rounds with an evil Bludger.”He sounded like he was in agony.
and George looked at each other, their eyes wide.None of their pranks had ever gone this
wrong…“Hey, don’t blame Ginny…it was all our fault.”Fred
swallowed hard.He felt sick.
Ron,” George said.“We put her up to
it.It was all our
two did this to me?”
it was all us.Really.”
you come a little closer, I need to tell you
and George leaned close to Ron and he whispered, very quietly, “We…got…you.”
burst into laughter, along with Harry, Ginny, and Hermione, who had come to
hear the big confession.The twins
looked at each other as comprehension dawned.“Wow,” they said together.
of warms your heart, doesn’t it, George?” Fred said, drying an imaginary tear.
taught them so well…” George laughed and shook Ron’s hand.
don’t congratulate me…it was mostly Ginny’s plan.”Ron, still with blue hair, grinned over at
his little sister.
Ginny, you’re a good actress,” George said admiringly.
grinned.“Never let it be said that we
could dish it out, but not take it.”
hear.At last we can retire, knowing
Hogwarts is in good hands!”
Halloween Feast was great fun that year, as Fred and George regaled Harry, Ron,
Hermione, and Ginny with tales of their escapades.They’d managed to clean up Ron, but he still
had blue hair, and all through dinner he kept stealing glances at Hermione, who
blushed and couldn’t stop smiling.Ginny
caught Harry’s eye and motioned with her eyes at her brother and Hermione,
grinning.Harry smiled back.
Hermione mentioned having to study, Ron (not so subtly) mentioned being
tired.Fred and George didn’t comment,
figuring their brother had earned the right to be left alone for a little
Ron, there’s no one back there.”
just a little paranoid right now.”He
grinned sheepishly at her.“But I am
sorry about being such a prat this morning.Just grumpy, I suppose.”He
shifted his weight, looking embarrassed. “You don’t have to if you don’t want,
Hermione…but I really don’t want to end up with blue hair the rest of my life.”
wouldn’t if I didn’t want to.”She
leaned against the wall and put her arms around his neck.
blinked at her.“Really?”
“Truly.You’d just have to suffer with
blue hair.”She smiled at him and pulled
him a little closer. Goodness, but his eyes are really blue up this close.
little bolder now, Ron put his arms around her and leaned closer.“You really…”
shut up and kiss me.”A moment later,
Hermione was wondering if her knees would hold her up.I’m supposed to do something now…Dazedly, she remembered.Her left hand tangled in the hair at the back
of his neck and the forefinger of her right hand made a beckoning gesture.She could barely feel the wand bump against
her fingers as Ginny turned his hair back to its brilliant red.
sneaked back to the Great Hall.Fred and
George looked up, and they hooked pinkies with her.“Mischief managed, Sis?”
aye, captains.”She grinned and sat down
beside Harry, looking very satisfied, indeed.
remind me, please, never to get on your bad side.”He smiled at her crookedly.
smiled at him, and suddenly, Harry felt warmth spread from his belly through
his whole body.She raised one eyebrow
at him and said, “As if you could ever get on my bad side.”She took a goblet of pumpkin juice.“To Fred and George Weasley…Long may you joke.”
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