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OK, I wasn't going to write any more fanfiction until next Year, but I'm going crazy. I need my creative outlet! What can I say, I have no willpower?Chapter 1: You Don't See Me
* * * * * * * * * * * *This is the place where I sit
This is the part where I love you too much
This is as hard as it gets
'Cos I'm getting tired of pretending I'm tough
I'm here if you want me
I'm yours, you can hold me
I'm empty and aching
And tumbling and breaking
Cos you can't see me
And you don't need me
And you don't love me
The way I wish you wouldThe way I know you could
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You Don't See Me – Josie and the Pussycats."VIRGINIA WEASLEY, WHERE ARE YOU?" Screamed Molly Weasley's head from the fireplace. Ginny burst into the living room of her flat and dropped in front of the fire.
"Mum, what's wrong?" she panted desperately.
"What's wrong? You were supposed to be at the Headquarters an hour ago!"
"What?" Then a feeling of sinking horror overcame her. "Uh oh…"
"You had better be here in five minutes or I will make you wish you had never been born, young lady!"
"Just be here!" her mother snapped before disappearing with a pop.
Ginny ran into her bedroom and started to pull on her best green dress. How could she have forgotten? It was the day of the party! Ron and Harry were graduating from Auror Academy today.
She started to throw shoes out of the bottom of her wardrobe, desperately seeking the green heels. Where the hell were they? She found them and started to pull them on.
Ginny Weasley was now 22 years of age. She had her own flat in Hogsmeade and owned a clothes shop under the flat. She loved designing robes but she found that it didn't leave her a lot of spare time.
Harry and Ron had spent the last four years training to become Aurors. Hermione had become the Defence against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. She and Ron were engaged and their wedding was three months away.
The Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix were being used that day as the party venue. Surprise party. Ron and Harry thought that they had an urgent meeting. Ginny started to put on some mascara and lip-gloss. As she finished the application she brushed her hair out and let it fall in bright red waves down her back. Glancing in the mirror, she was rather pleased at the result. Although her freckles stood out brightly, something that annoyed her no end, there was no denying that she was a very pretty person. She didn't dwell on this though. When you were running one of the most popular clothing businesses in England, you had no time.
Ginny looked at her watch and apparated to 12 Grimmauld Place. There was a spell on it so that only authorised people could apparate into it. She arrived in the kitchen and Mrs Weasley ran towards her.
"Start arranging food. Come on, they'll be here in half an hour!"
"Ginny!" Hermione Granger flew across the kitchen to hug her.
"Ginny, where have you been?"
"I completely forgot. I've been so busy lately!" Ginny said, smiling at her friend.
"Well, you're here now at least. Come on."
The years had not changed Hermione. Her hair remained bushy, her temper quick and her love of books more intense. As she and Ginny put plates of food onto the long table several people came in. Fred and George, sporting luminescent robes entered first, followed by Bill, Charlie and Arthur. Arthur kissed Ginny's cheek.
"How are you, darling?"
"Fine, Dad. Are you OK? You look so peaky."
"A few late nights. You-Know-Who was spotted in Berkshire last weekend."
Lord Voldemort's reign was far from over. Despite their best efforts, he was still as strong as he had been several years ago. But they had managed to catch several Deatheaters, including, much to Arthur's delight, Lucius Malfoy. Bill hugged his little sister.
"Don't worry, Ginny. It's a happy day today. Let's just enjoy ourselves."
"We will." Ginny promised him. She hadn't seen Ron and Harry in over a year. Charlie ruffled her hair and she pushed his hand away, smoothing her red locks down again. Remus Lupin and Mundungus Fletcher arrived, and a few minutes after, Percy Weasley entered with Tonks. Soon, every member of the Order was assembled in the kitchen.
"Shh! They're here!" Hermione hissed. She ran out of the kitchen to open the front door for them. Everyone ducked under the table or behind doors. They heard Harry and Ron talking.
"What's the emergency? Mad-Eye insisted we come straight away!"
"SURPRISE!" They all screamed. Harry and Ron froze at the sight of their friends jumping out from behind furniture, Tonks spilling a bowl as she went.
Within two minutes everyone was congratulating the pair and hugs were exchanged all around. Ginny pulled out her wand and swept away the mess that Tonks had left. Hermione was kissing Ron and hugging him. He looked rather pleased.
As they started to eat, Ginny found herself talking to Remus Lupin.
"How is the shop doing? Well, I hear."
"It is doing well. People have started coming from all over the country and I've been offered the chance to branch out and make more shops all over the country." Ginny said, pleased. She had started designing robes as a hobby, making them for her family and friends. Fred and George had funded her to open a proper shop. She had several sewing witches and five shop assistants.
Ginny excused herself to get a drink from the table. As she poured the butterbeer into a glass she found herself face to face with Harry.
He was much taller than her now. His messy black hair stuck up all over the place and his green eyes twinkled behind the lenses of his glasses.
"Hi Ginny." He said. She smiled, hoping she wouldn't blush. She had stopped having that crush on him a long time ago. But she had never stopped caring for him. And seeing him, after so long… well, she was surprised her heart hadn't burst right out of her chest, it was beating so hard!
"Hello Harry. Congratulations!" she said, standing on tiptoe to kiss his cheek. He grinned.
"Thanks. Wasn't expecting a party though!"
"Well, you see, that's why it's called a surprise party. If you knew about it, the word 'surprise' wouldn't really apply anymore." She explained with a tone one would use to tell a child that 1 and 1 made 2.
"Sarcasm queen." Harry joked. Ginny laughed. She tucked her hair behind one ear and asked,
"So, what are you going to do now?"
"Have a drink."
"Don't be an idiot."
"Hey, he has worked long and hard to achieve the status of idiot. Don't make fun of him!" Ron said, poking Ginny in the side. She jumped and elbowed him.
"Hey Ginny." He said, hugging her. She hugged him tightly.
"Well done, Ron. You did really well." She said. Ron grinned broadly.
"Thanks Gin. It's great isn't it?"
"What's the first thing you're going to do as Aurors?"
"We're going out with some of the older Aurors. Doing some field work. It'll be interesting."
"And, of course, we're going to get Draco Malfoy." Harry said.
Although Lucius Malfoy was now in Azkaban, there had never been any proof to send Draco to the wizarding prison as well. Something that Ron and Harry were very bitter about.
"You'll get him sooner or later." Hermione said. Ron wrapped an arm around her and said,
"Hopefully sooner." Ginny nodded and asked,
"Where are you going to live?"
"Well, Ron and I have bought a flat in Diagon Alley." Said Hermione. Ron went slightly red, looking pleased. Harry said,
"I'll probably stay here. Sirius left it to me, but it's still the Headquarters. There's plenty of room."
They fell into relaxed and lazy conversation about old friends, new times and enjoyed each others company. As the clock in the hall struck 11 at night Ginny found that 10 hours had passed. It seemed like so much less. Several people had to go, including Bill. Ginny have him one last hug and said,
"Say hi to Fleur for me."
"Will do." Fleur and Bill, now happily married, were expecting their first child. Fleur had been busy that day. Bill said,
"Feel free to come and visit. Don't wait for months before owling."
Ginny was feeling tired by this time. She made her goodbyes, then went to bid farewell to the trio. Ron and Hermione were talking about the wedding. Ginny hugged them both, and then turned to Harry. He smiled.
"It was great seeing you, Ginny."
"Same here. Come to the shop soon, OK? I'm making Hermione's wedding dress, and the bridesmaids' dresses. I can make you and Ron some outfits."
"That'd be great. Let's meet for lunch."
Ginny felt herself going pink. She nodded and Harry said,
"I'll send Hedwig with details. We don't know what Mad-eye's going to make us do yet."
She turned away and Harry said,
"Oh, I like your dress, by the way."
"Thanks." She smiled.
When she arrived back at the flat she collapsed on the sofa. Stop it, she told herself. He's just being friendly. He's never going to see you as more than his best friends little sister. Get over this silly crush and get on with life. He just doesn't see you like that.
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End of the first chapter. It's mostly just building up the plot. I hate writing first chapters!
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