A/N: Chapter 3. Hope you enjoy.
Hermione arrived a few days later with a trunk full of cloths and a huge grin on her face. She instantly gave Ron a huge hug and then latched onto Harry as well, getting startled when he spun her around with a smile.
"Wow, Harry!" Hermione exclaimed, placing her hands on his chest and looking at him with wide eyes. "What happened? You actually have some muscles!"
Ron immediately laughed and Harry flushed, pulling back and smoothing out his shirt. "Working out, that's all." He told her indignantly. Ron was still laughing. "At least my chest developed when I grew up, unlike yours which is still flat as a table!"
Hermione gasped and chased him around the Burrow while Ron fell to his knees, now red in the face and gasping for air. Ginny came down the stairs a moment later and spied her brother. "What's so funny?" She asked him curiously. At that moment, Harry came back into the living room and hid behind her, even though she only came to his chin.
"Harry James Potter, you get out from behind Ginny this instant and take your hexing like a man!" Hermione scolded, circling them. Harry had his hands on Ginny's shoulders and turned so Ginny was always facing Hermione.
"Um, guys?" Ginny asked, blushing and wondering what was going on. "Harry, mind not using me for a shield?"
"Nope." Harry replied, smirking and keeping her there for his protection. "Hermione wants to kill me."
"Because he doesn't know what to say to a friend who hasn't seen him in three months, that's why." Hermione told her friend indignantly.
"What did he say?" Ginny asked, eyeing Hermione's wand.
"Something about Hermione's lack of feminine areas." Ron gasped out between laughter.
Hermione squeaked and Ginny turned on Harry. "You didn't!" She demanded.
"You see, Hermione," Harry grinned and turned Ginny back around. "These are what a girl should have!"
Ginny went instantly red, frozen for the moment. Harry used this time to scramble to the door and grab his firebolt, dashing outside and taking off.
"Harry James Potter!" Ginny cried, running after him, grabbing her broom. "Come back here this instant!" she promptly took after him.
Hermione walked up to Ron and patted him on the shoulder while he tried to control his laughter. "They a couple yet?"
"Not yet." Ron managed out, standing correctly and taking a steadying breath. "You should see it, they dance around each other so bad it's disgusting."
"Aww." She poked his side. "Your just in the 'I'm her older brother, I don't want to see that' phase, that's all."
Ron smirked a little. "Yeah, I guess your right. I'm just glad that Ginny still has the thing for Harry. She dated a few times, and I realized just how bad every other guy out there was."
"That bad, huh?"
"I threatened Paul with his life when he took her out." Ron grinned at the memory. "Harry is the only person that I'm not nervous about. I know he'll treat her right."
Hermione smiled happily and clasp her hands behind her back. "You're such a good friend…. Now, am I going to get to see our house soon or what?" She had jumped at the chance to live with them.
Ron grabbed his broom and tossed Hermione's to her. "Come on."
Harry landed in his usual place and waited for Ginny to follow. She didn't disappoint him, and landed a few feet to his left. Harry smiled and waved, but Ginny stormed over to him, red in the face, and looked up at him.
"Harry, that was embarrassing!" She told him.
He only smiled and patted her head. "There there, it's only Hermione."
"Yeah, but still…"
Harry took her broom and hid it behind a tree. "It's okay." He informed her right before taking her hand and leading her in the general direction of his house to be. "Besides, I tease Hermione like that all the time. Ron too. It's so funny to see her face."
Ginny sniffed. "I just don't like you talking about other girl's breast, that's all."
"That's not the point, its--"She suddenly realized what she said and yanked her hand from Harry's and crossed them over her chest.
Harry instead put his arm around her and continued to lead her. "Don't worry, I don't look at other girls."
Ginny turned to look up at him, but found his gaze fixed a little up ahead and more to the sky than necessary. "Good." She said after a while and put her arm around his waist, knowing it was a flirting manor.
"Hey Rick!" Harry called after a moment, leaving Ginny's side and walking up into the frame of the house. It was going up rather fast.
"Hey Harry!" Jack greeted, walking on the board above Harry's head. "Rick is off getting some more supplies. We're a few days ahead of schedule now."
"Hey, great!" Harry grinned. Ginny came up behind him and looked around. Despite her designing the layout, this was the first time that Harry ever took her here.
"Hey, who's the girl?" Gary asked, pausing from sawing a piece of wood.
"Everyone, this is Ginny." Harry introduced. "Ginny, this is Jack, Gary." He looked above them to a person doing the roof layout. " Ian and Tony are up there." He then pointed to the side of the house. "kJ is over there, he's new." kJ greeted her with a smile and nod. "And Rick is away it seems."
"Hi everyone!" Ginny greeted, waving and smiling.
"Hey, she's cute." Gary said to Harry, patting him on the back. "Way to go!"
"Um guys, I'm right here." She told them, sniffing.
"She the one living with you?" Jack asked, looking down.
"No, that's Hermione." Harry corrected him. "Her and Ron should be here soon."
"We're already here." Ron greeted, walking up. "Hey guys."
There was a collective greeting for Ron and a few wolf whistles for Hermione, who blushed and crossed her hands over her chest after seeing a smirking Harry.
"Hermione, I need to talk to you." Harry asked, looking down a little bit.
"Yes?" Hermione looked at her friend. She was sitting under a tree reading a book. A smile came to her face when she saw that he wasn't wearing a shirt and was a little dirty from working. "A working man, how sexy." She cooed at him, trying not to laugh.
"Oh shush." Harry sat by her and inspected the ground beneath him.
"You needed to talk to me?"
Hermione closed her book and turned so she was facing him. "What is it, Harry?"
He knew that voice. It was the 'I'm here to help you, no matter what' voice that she had. Harry thanked the stars that he had such a caring friend. "Well," he began. "It's this… girl…"
Harry cursed those very stars and muttered something about how dumb divination really was. " Yeah."
She smiled. "You two dance around each other, you know."
"And I only got here this morning." She reminded him. "What can I help you with?"
"Well," It was always easy to talk to her for some reason. "I want to ask her out, but I'm not sure how to do it."
Hermione's face broke into the biggest grin he had ever seen. A moment later, he was enveloped in a hug. "Oh Harry, I'm so happy for you!" She exclaimed, laughing happily. "Ginny'll be thrilled!"
Harry awkwardly hugged her back and smiled himself. "Yes, well, it's good to know that you think she'll answer positively."
"Oh you know she will." Hermione teased him. " But you got to do it right, so she'll always remember it."
"How do I do that?"
"Well," Hermione bit her thumbnail in thought. "She does like cute things." She mused. "Maybe get her a charm bracelet."
"Yeah, the muggle kind." Hermione nodded. "I can go shopping with you when you're off from work. It'll mean more if you enchant it yourself."
"Okay… Sounds like a plan then." He stood. "I better get back to work. I'll see you at the Burrow around eight then?"
"Sure." Hermione smiled a girlish smile up at him and her eyes twinkled with happiness. "See you then."
Harry turned and gave her a two finger wave over his shoulder. "Tonight then."
Harry looked around the muggle store with little interest. It was one of the teenage girl stores. He couldn't really remember what the name of this particular one was, but some girls across the store were giggling at him and whispering things to each other that only made them giggle more. Harry leaned over to Hermione and whispered into her ear so only she could hear him. "Those girls are making fun of me. Can we leave yet?"
"They're talking about how cute you are." Hermione replied, winking at him. "That's the 'He's cute' giggle. And no, we can't leave until I see a good bracelet Ginny would like." Harry groaned, but turned his attention to scanning the store while she shopped.
"Go talk to him."
"No, you talk to him!"
Harry sighed. They were forgetting to whisper now. He leaned back on the counter. "Hermione… They are talking about coming over here…."
"Scared?" Hermione walked over to him and placed her arm around his waist, but still faced the opposite direction so she could look into the glass counter Harry was leaning on. Instantly the girls shot Hermione a nasty look and retreated to another part of the store.
"Hey, that's a spiffy trick." Harry mused.
"Yeah, wear this as a thank you." Hermione placed something on his head, making him look up to try and see it. After realizing how pointless that maneuver was, he turned to find a mirror. Hermione was giggling like crazy for some reason. He scanned some more while Hermione dug in her purse. "Harry?" He turned to her, but was blinded by a flash.
"Ack." He rubbed his eyes. "Warn me before you take a picture."
"Sure, sure. Hey! This one is great!"
"Which one?" Harry leaned over her shoulder. "The silver one?" She hummed in a positive manor and caught the clerk's eye, who came over to her.
"May I help you?" The girl was obviously trying to keep a smile from her face after seeing Harry.
"Yeah, I'd like to get this." Harry pointed at the bracelet.
"For your girlfriend?" She asked, getting it from behind the counter and showing him it up close.
"Hopefully. I haven't asked her yet." Harry admitted, looking it over. "Hermione, shouldn't something be on it?"
Hermione sighed. "Honestly, Harry. Yes, they are right over there. I already picked one out." She held up a little silver heart charm. "Buy this one too."
"If you say so." Harry turned back to the clerk, who promptly wiped a smile from her face. Her eyes still laughed at him, however. "That too."
"Yes sir." She took both items and went to ring them up, giggling.
Harry blinked and looked behind the register to see a mirror. Curiously he walked over to it. His eyes went wide at the black headband Hermione had put on him. It came complete with black furred cat ears with bright neon pink insides. Quickly he ripped it from his head. "Hermione!" He scolded. "Give me that camera!"
Harry still refused to meet Hermione's eyes as they strolled through the muggle outlet mall holding hands in a friendly manner. Every few moments Hermione would sneak a glance up at him and stifle a giggle. Finally after the fourth time, Harry sighed.
"Herms." He pleaded. "Can we just forget about the entire thing and you give me the camera?"
"Not a chance." She grinned. "I'm getting it developed the muggle way so you'll always have that cute little confused look on your face. Of course, doubles for Ginny."
"Sweet Merlin, no!" Harry moved in front of her and grabbed both her shoulders. "Please! I'll do anything!"
Hermione considered it. "Buy me some ice cream and a dozen roses for Ginny and I'll think about it."
"Put the roses in a vase in Ginny's room. When she sees them and goes over to them and reads the card, you come up behind her, put your arms through hers and open the box with the bracelet. When she sees it, ask her to be your girlfriend. She'll love it."
"… And the ice cream?"
"Oh, that's just a bonus for me."
"… I hate you."
She took his hand and led him into the ice cream store. "I know."
"Double chocolate chip cookie dough." Hermione smiled, almost drooling at the ice cream.
"Butter Pecan." Harry added, taking out his wallet. "In a waffle cone."
"Ooh, mine too!"
Harry smirked to himself. True, the wizarding world was grand, but not even a nice cold butter bear helped out on warm nights like muggle ice cream. He paid for the two and they sat in a booth, Harry leaning back and putting his arms out on the top of the booth with his cone to his lips when he wanted a bite. Hermione sat up straight with her legs crossed, licking hers happily. After catching Harry bite his, Hermione's eye went wide. "Harry?"
"Hmm?" He pulled a piece of waffle cone from his lips with a quick lick.
"You're supposed to lick ice cream."
"No you're not."
"Yes, you are." She insisted, licking hers to prove her point.
"Are not." Harry bit into his calmly, making Hermione wince.
"Doesn't that…. Your teeth, I mean, it's cold!"
Harry shrugged and bit again. "Doesn't both me." She eyed him skeptically, but he shrugged it off. "Anyway, you're going to distract Ginny while I sneak up to your room and set every thing up?"
She nodded, licking before answering. "Yeah, I'll tell her about the muggle stores we went to. I should hold her attention for a few minutes before asking her to go up to our room and bring me something."
"Sounds like a plan. Flower store next then."
"Yes?" They paused on the door to the burrow.
"Thanks for helping me out. It means a lot to me." He grinned lightly. "I'll remember this for a long time."
"Hey, if I can make you and Ginny happy, I'll do anything. I love both of you a lot, you know."
"Yeah, I know. It's friends like you that make me glad to be alive. When you land a boyfriend, I'll help out if you need it."
"Thankies. Now, you ready?"
Harry paused, licking his lips. "Can I have those picture you got developed?"
"No, I lied, I'm showing her!"
"Hermione!" Harry hissed, but she opened the door anyway.
"Ginny!" She called, getting her attention. She must have been on the couch. "I have a lot of things I want to tell you!"
"Hey Hermione." Ginny smiled. "What is it?"
"Oh, look there!" Hermione pointed to the fireplace.
"Huh?" Ginny turned.
Harry quickly scrambled into the room to the stairs with the vase of roses in one hand and the black velvet box in the other. Molly saw him and beamed at him brightly as he ran past her and up the stairs.
"There's nothing there." Ginny said after a while, taking her eyes to the stairs, only seeing Harry's shoe leave her sight.
"I must be seeing things." Hermione was beaming now. "Anyway, let me tell you something!"
Harry sat the roses on Ginny's bedside dresser and fixed them quickly to look the best. He then sat the simple card on them and walked across the room to stand behind the open door. The candlelight was just perfect. Now all he had to do was wait for Ginny to come in.
He didn't have to wait long. He heard Hermione, rather loudly, ask Ginny to get something from her dresser for her. Ginny replied, and Hermione asked her again, still kind of loud. Harry smiled as he pictured Ginny giving Hermione a confused look. Only a few short moments later, Ginny walked into her room and gasped.
Harry held his breath as she walked to the roses, not seeing him behind the door. Slowly he walked behind he and paused while she read the card. He could almost hear her gasp at the short message. Gently he took a step forward and slid his arms under hers and brought the box into her vision. "Ginny." He whispered against her ear, opening it and revealing the small silver bracelet and the heart charm on it. "Be my girlfriend?"
Ginny turned around in his arms slowly and hugged him. "Yes." She breathed against him, pulling him closer. "Silly boy, yes, of course…"
The kiss made her melt into him. Her fingers went slack and the small card fell from her hand and fluttered to the floor slowly. It landed without a sound so all the world could read the simple three words.
I love you.
A/N: There you go. Enjoy it? I hope so. I fulfilled everything I wanted to already with this 'fic, but there are still places I could take it. Like the pair moving into their house, and living. Does anyone want a sequel? If enough people ask for one, I'll gladly do it for you. Just thinking about it, I'm sure it would be almost as long as this one (which wasn't truly that long). Well, if you want a sequel, feel free to ask for it in a review (I do read them). It was nice writing this one for you guys.
Oh, and the bit about Harry actually biting into an ice cream cone? I do that. The conversation between Harry and Hermione there was actually a repeat of me and my last girlfriend Melinda. She freaked when I did it. Still, I stand firm in the opinion that you bite ice cream. Just thought I'd share that ^.~