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You're Not Alone

I sit there, blankly staring out into the darkness ahead of me, I wonder briefly what the time is and glance over to the dusty, old grandfather clock across the room. Nearly 2 A.M, no-one in their right mind would be up at this time of night, no-one will notice I've gone. And let's face it, even if they did notice, I'd be deluding myself if I thought anyone would actually care where I was. After all it's not like I really fit in that well, no-one wants to get to know me...asides from her.

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I look over at the clock again, it's nearly quarter to 4, I better think about heading back up to the dorm soon. But I just can't find the strength to get up and prepare myself for another day of unrequited emotions, I don't want to go through it anymore but I can't find the strength to end it all. I can't even do what's right and take my miserable form off this planet, I'd be doing everyone a favour.

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It's now half past 4 and still I haven't moved, I don't want to, I can't, not again. I can't go up to her again and pretend everything is all right, because it's not. What am I supposed to tell her? I suppose I could try the truth for a change....no it's better this way if I hide it deep inside, better for everyone.

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I am so damn pathetic! I can't even drag myself upstairs for fear of bumping into her, it's now 10 past 5. I've gotta go soon or someone will come in and find me, the last thing I need is barrage of questions. I get up and brush off the dust I've collected from sitting on the floor. My legs have cramped up and, to say the least, walking is becoming a challenge. Maybe they'll give way on the steps and I'll fall and break my neck.

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I make it as far as the common room before I stop, she's there, sat at the table, studying as usual, it's a wonder she hasn't burnt herself out yet. I watch her as she gets up and starts to pace, I've never seen her down here this early before. I continue to watch as she mumbles something to herself, before I can process what she said, she reaches out and grabs her books. She throws them across the room with such force and anger I jump. Then she crumples to the floor. I can't just stand here and watch my best friend be miserable can I? That would be selfish, even for me.

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She doesn't even look up as I approach her, I crouch down in front of her and reach out to place one hand on her shoulder. She leans into my touch and I pull her into my arms. We stay there for god knows how long as she cries into my shoulder and I whisper comforting words to her, what else am I supposed to do?

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I walk into the dining room and my eyes scan the room for her, I spent the remainder of the morning until breakfast holding onto her as she sobbed. She looks up as my eyes reach hers and she smiles at me. Despite the fact my legs feel like jelly I walk over to her and sit on the chair beside her.

"Feeling better?", I ask, she nods carefully before looking at me.

"What were you doing up so early?", she queries, cocking her head on one side and looking at me. I shrug, trying to think of a way out of the question.

"You were hiding in the library weren't you?", she asks, I look up sharply, how does she know that?

"I've seen you in there so many times, I never really knew why you were there and.....I still don't actually but I just want you to know something, whatever's wrong.......you're not alone. I'll be here for you when you're ready to talk", she offers, I watch the whirlwind of emotions in her eyes.

"Only if you tell me what's bugging you when you're ready", I reply, she nods and gives me a gentle smile. It's like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I have something to smile about again.

"Hey Ginny! You okay?", Ron calls as he jumps into the chair beside me.

"Yep, I'm fine", I grin looking across at Hermione and giving her a grateful smile. She lowers her eyes and I'm sure I see shame flash briefly across her face. But that's soon lost as Harry joins us at the table, wish I could read minds.

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