Isn't it interesting that no matter how much you try to avoid someone, the more you see them? Well that's exactly what's happening with Ron and me. I didn't stay outside long after Ron left; I decided that I needed to sort things out with him. I headed straight to the common room thinking he would be there, which he wasn't. I sat down on the couch by the fire, thinking about where I would look next and just as I thought about checking the library, long shot I know, I heard a voice behind me.


It was just the one word but I was amazed at how he could make all his feelings show through it.

"Ron. We need to talk."

"Hmm Yes I know we do. I've been thinking about it. Look, I say we just don't tell Harry about it. I mean he'd never forgive either of us. I don't want to loose my best friend and I know you won't want to loose your boyfriend. I've seen the way you look at him. I know you love him and there's no way I'm going to come between you. I feel so awful 'Mione."

I looked at him, not knowing what to really say. I hadn't seen Ron so calm in ages. He certainly didn't usually talk to me like this. I voiced the one thing that I absolutely had to know.

"Do you regret it?"

Silence. He ran a hand through his hair and brought it down over his face, exasperated.

"No. Yes, I don't know. Yes because your Harry's girlfriend and I know we shouldn't have done that, no way no how. But no because I have wanted to do that for as long as I can remember."

"Since before Harry and I started dating?"

He frowned at me then answered.

"Yes, of course. I just didn't know how to tell you. Then you two confessed how you felt about each other and I knew I couldn't do anything about it."

"If you couldn't do anything about it, then what happened back there?"

"Temporary lapse of who you were, see I thought you were Fleur and I-"

"Don't give me that. I know you well enough to know that you knew who you were kissing."

"Ok ok. What I want to know is, why don't you look remotely upset about cheating on Harry?"

I opened my mouth to explain but somebody beat me too it.

"She didn't. Hermione's not my girlfriend. I don't love her and she certainly doesn't love me."

It was Harry. I knew that voice anywhere, I didn't even have to turn around.

"What? But you guys are-"

"Best friends, nothing more, nothing less."

I looked at the expression on Ron's face. It was one of utmost confusion. Somehow I thought if we explained it all to him he would blow up.

"Ron, I think you should sit down, we've got a lot to explain to you, and you're probably not going to like it."

The look on his face showed that I was right, however he sat down on the couch and I sat next to him and Harry sat across from us smiling slightly. I didn't want to be the one to tell Ron about our little rendezvous but Harry didn't look like he was about to say anything to I launched into a little speech that I had been preparing since moments after the kiss.

"Ok Ron, first of all I want you to know that it seemed like the perfect plan to begin with. You understand that? And also that Harry and I are your best friends so you can't hate us. Ok so maybe you can but I beg you to please don't. Anyway, what's going on is that-"

The rest of what I said is all a blur. I just explained everything best I could. Even about how I felt about him, right in front of Harry, do you know how embarrassing it is to explain to the boy that you love how you feel when he happens to be your best friend and your other best friend is sitting there listening?! I can tell you now, if you can avoid the situation, do it!

I finished off my speech and closed my eyes, waiting for the blow to come. The first thing that happened was that Harry got up and left, excusing himself, telling Ron that he could yell at him later, because he was sure that we had things to talk about. I didn't dare open my eyes, even after I knew Harry had gone. The moment I was dreading came soon enough though.

"Hermione, look at me. Please just look at me."

He asked me so quietly that I wasn't even sure he had said anything at all. Even so I cracked open one eyelid at a time, finding that Ron had moved closer to me without me noticing. Looking at his face I saw a mixture or emotions. Hurt was the most prominent one. I drew in a deep breath and when I let it out I burst into tears.

"Ron I'm so sorry! I'll understand if you never want to talk to me ever again. I've been so awful to you. I'm a horrible friend."

And a really loud crier. I felt so stupid blubbering like an idiot in front of the boy that I loved and the boy who was also likely at any moment to chew my head off and spit it out.

"Hey Hermione.shhhh. It's ok. I'm not going to yell if that's what your worried about."

Damn that soft gentle voice of his. Suddenly I felt warmth spread throughout my body. I opened my eyes again and looked down, Ron had placed his hands on my arms gently. I have never known him to be so gentle.

"Why aren't you going to yell? Harry and I treated you like a fool."

"Well yes, that is true but the more I think about it, the more I realise it was my on fault. If I had just owned up to my own feelings, it would never have happened. It's actually kind of funny now you think about it. Actually, I'm kind of flattered that you went to that much trouble for me."

I couldn't believe my ears. He wasn't angry. He had to be! At least a little. I feel a little guilty, for some reason I think it would be better if he would just yell and scream at me. This is not how I expected it to go at all.

"So Hermione, did you mean what you said about your feelings for me?"

He asked, a slight smirk on his face. He knew I did. He just wanted me to say it again. I smiled as he wiped the remnants of my tears away. I gasped a little with shock and he smiled wider.

"Hey, what you asked me earlier, about regretting the kiss? I can definitely say "no" now and mean it. Now that I know you aren't in love with our best friend."

I heard the creak of the dormitory bottom stairs and moth Ron and I looked over and noticed Harry standing there.

"What's going on, I haven't heard any yelling, is everything alright down here?"

He asked, genuine concern in his voice.

"Ha ha," Ron said smiling all the same. "Ok Harry, it's your turn to be interrogated." Ron said smiling manically.

"Me? Ok well I'd just like to point out that your little girlfriend here roped me into this against my own will."

He said crossing his arms across his chest and nodding. I laughed at him and Ron raised an eyebrow. Harry sat down across from us again and looked at us seriously.

"So Hermione, was it worth all the heartache and tears?" Harry asked me.

"Oh yeah, I think so. I mean, he admitted his feelings! That's all I wanted and I got all that and more." I said looking at Ron.

"Hang on a minute! I haven't asked you out or anything you know!"

"No, but you will."

I said to him coolly and rose from my seat next to him on the couch and headed up the stairs to my dormitory with an equally cool look on my face. I was dying to laugh and as soon as I got to my bed, I flopped down on it and burst into laughter. Ironic isn't it? Twenty minutes ago I had being crying my eyes out, now I was laughing for all I was worth.

I hoped to god that Harry and/or Ron wouldn't come after me. Judging by the looks on their faces when I left, I didn't think I'd be seeing either of them up here. I lay on my bed, adopting my new habit of staring at the ceiling when I heard a swish of wings fly through the window of my room. I got up and relieved a handsome looking owl of its burden. I fed it an owl treat from my pocket that I had there for Pig, Ron's owl. I was intrigued as to whom the letter could be from, as I didn't recognise the owl. I shrugged to myself and opened the letter. On it was written a single sentence. I smiled as my eyes read the words.

"You know Hermione, I think you were right all along, it was the perfect plan."


Ohhh! I like the way that ended!!!!! Sometimes I surprise myself! Lol Yeah. Isn't it great? I was going to have this chapter as a fight between Ron and Hermione but it didn't work that way. This chapter just wrote it's self. I realise that there is a lot of un answered things in there. But I've decided that it's better that way. Well I hope you all enjoyed it. I had fun writing it. I know it's not perfect, it probably needs a lot of work but when I look back to all the other stories I've written, this one is definitely the best one. Well I'm going to ask one more time.Review please everyone. Especially those who have already done so, I'd love to know what you thought of the end.

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