A/N: This chapter was written for the lovely Bex, aka DobbyRocksSocks! She was in charge of the Ultimate OTP Competition. I came up with this story/collection during that competition. It seemed fitting to write my favorite Fremione scenes for her birthday! Happy birthday love! I hope you enjoy this. This chapter is mostly canon. I know it can annoying to follow the books in fanfiction, but I've been looking forward to writing this chapter for so long. I added my own parts too. Disclaimer: If you recognize anything, they belong to JK Rowling.
Fred was helping a customer find an item one day when George came up to his side suddenly after finishing a sale. "Your girlfriend is here," he muttered into his ear, jabbing him in the side and pointing at the door. "And so are Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Mum."
Fred gave his twin a look when he jabbed him, but then he realized what he said. "Hermione's here? With Harry and Ron? Bloody hell… what do I do? George, we've never been around each other with them around. Ron wanted to kill me just for returning her book that one time, and I was just flirting with her then. I wasn't serious."
George rolled his eyes at him. "You aren't afraid of Ron, are you? Just relax, mate! Be yourself. Ron is our brother. Harry gave us money for the joke shop. They aren't going to kill you here if you happen to slip. Hermione might though," George added as a last thought.
Fred grimaced at those words. He hadn't thought of that until then, and the thought made him even more nervous. George started steering him toward them. "Go on," he said in an encouraging tone. He nodded and took a deep breath as he followed his twin. George was right. He had nothing to be afraid of here.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione were looking around as they got closer. Fred overheard Hermione read something out loud. "Patented Daydream Charms…"He watched as she got closer and held his breath as she read the information on the back of the box.
"One simple incantation and you will enter a top-quality, highly realistic, thirty minute dadream, easy to fit into the average school lesson and virtually undetectable (side effects include vacant expression and minor drooling). Not for sale to under- sixteens.' You know," she said, looking impressed as she looked up at Harry. "That really is extraordinary magic!"
Fred's heart soared as he finally made his way behind her. He had been hoping for a positive comment from her when she first picked up the box. "For that, Hermione, you can have one for free."
He beamed as Hermione jumped and they turned around to look at him. "How are you, Harry?" He shook hands with him and glanced quizzically at Hermione when he saw that she was sporting a black eye. "And what's happened to your eye, Hermione?" Fred asked, titling his head in concern.
"Your punching telescope," she answered ruefully, giving him a quick look.
"Oh, blimey, I forgot about those," Fred said, as he carefully started rummaging around his robes for the antidote. "Here-"
He pulled a tub out of his pocket and handed it to her. "Just dab it on, that bruise'll be gone within the hour," Fred said. "We had to find a decent bruise remover. We're testing most of our products on ourselves.
Hermione gave him a skeptical look that he knew all too well. "It is safe, isn't it?" she asked him.
A grin spread across Fred's face as he heard those familiar words. She had said those words the last time they were together about his cooking. "'Course it is," he said gently, meeting her eyes meaningfully.
Ginny was giving Fred a suspicious look, so he reluctantly turned away and looked at Harry for a distraction. "Come on, Harry, I'll give you a tour," Fred said quickly, glad that he had thought of something to escape his sister's questioning gaze. He stole one last glance at Hermione before leading Harry away, but she was busy dabbing her black eye with the paste.
They ran into George a few moments into the tour, and the two started explaining to Harry about their new Defense Against the Dark Arts line. Verity found them awhile later, and George told Harry to help himself to anything with no charge.
"You don't pay here," Fred said firmly, waving Harry's money away. The twins didn't want Harry to pay since he helped them get started in the first place.
George hurried away to help the customer Verity told them about, so Harry and Fred went to find Hermione and Ginny again. "Haven't you girls found our special WonderWitch products yet?" he asked them. A small smile appeared on Hermione's lips. Harry and Ginny missed it, but Fred caught it before it went away. "Follow me, ladies," he said, glad that he thought of another excuse to be around Hermione for a moment longer.
"There you go," he said proudly, waving his arms at the display. "Best range of love potions you'll find anywhere."
"Do they work?" His sister asked him curiously, narrowing her eyes at him.
"Certainly they work, for up to twenty-four hours at a time, depending on the weight of the boy in question-" Hermione smirked as she picked one of the bottles up as George appeared at his side again.
"And the attractiveness of the girl," George finished for him. "But we're not selling them to our sister. Not when she's already got about five boys on the go from what we've heard."
The three of them continued their argument until Ron showed up, and Ginny turned on him. Their mother showed up moments later and scolded Ron for something.
Fred used this moment to grab Hermione's hand and pull her a few aisles away from them. He gave her a quick kiss on the lips and pulled away quickly. "Hi," he murmured quietly.
"Hi," she answered, smiling up at him. "You started that argument on purpose, didn't you?" she asked him, her eyes twinkling.
Fred shrugged. "I had to kiss you at least once," he admitted honestly, giving her an amused look.
Hermione blushed and started to squirm away. "I should go back before they notice that I'm gone," she said sadly.
"Wait," he said quickly, placing a hand on her shoulder. Hermione gave him a questioning look, and he tried to think of what to say next. His expression turned serious as he gave her a hug. "Promise me you'll be careful. I don't want to come close to losing you again," he whispered into her ear.
Hermione ran a hand through his hair quietly and kissed his cheek. "I'll try," she said moments later. "You be careful too."
Fred nodded as he looked down at the Patened Daydream Charms box. "Let me know if you daydream about me," he said, winking at her.
"Oh, you!" Hermione said, slapping him with the box lightly.
Fred held up his hands in protest and laughed. "You know you want to," he teased. "Who wouldn't want to daydream about me for thirty minutes?"
The two were laughing softly together when Harry found them suddenly. Fred and Hermione immediately stepped away from each other with wide eyes. Harry glanced at them back and forth before looking at Hermione, looking frantic "Hermione, I need to show you and Ron something. Come on," Harry said, grabbing her hand as he pulled her away.
"Thanks for everything, Fred. We'll be right back…If Mrs. Weasley asks about us, can you cover for us?" Hermione asked him quickly.
Fred's eyes narrowed as Harry gave Hermione an impatient look. "Yeah, I'll tell her that she overlooked you," he said slowly, though he couldn't help but feel uneasy. He was already lying to everybody about their relationship. He didn't want to lie about something else too. He also felt worried about what they were up to this time as they disappeared. He sighed as he turned to find the rest of his family. Fred couldn't shake the feeling that something bad was going to happen away.
He must've returned to them with a serious look on his face, because George gave him a questioning look. This caused the rest of the family to look at him as well. "Is everything ok, Fred?" George asked him curiously.
Fred shook his head quickly. He gave George a look that he hoped said that he would talk to him about it later. "I'll tell you later. It's private business stuff," he added for his mother and Ginny's sake. George narrowed his eyes suspiciously, but he dropped the subject as he moved on to show them something else in the shop.
A/N: Thanks for reading! Please leave a review. This was written for the Procrastination Competition, the Disney Character Challenge with Happy/Fred as my prompt, and the Birthday Fic Exchange.