Harry ran down the corridor, unsure of where he was headed. All Harry knew was that his aunt was dead and it was all his fault. Everything was ALWAYS his fault. He tripped over his own feet and landed hard upon the cold stone floor. He lay there in tears without feeling. Meanwhile, Ginny was jumping up from her spot at the Gryffindor table. Dumbledore let her go and watched as her red hair disappeared from view. Ron's hands shook with panic.

"Hermione, should we go!? What do we do Hermione?! Oh god, what do we do?" he asked her as if the world had just crumbled beneath him.

"Relax Ron, it's ok. I think we need to give Harry some time alone," Hermione answered as she rubbed his back with her hand. Apparently Dumbledore agreed with the bushy-haired girl. He quickly mumbled a spell and locked the doors of the Great Hall to stop the students from leaving. A loud "awww" resounded through the room, but Ginny was already running as fast as she could to reach Harry. As she turned a corner she noticed he was lying in the middle of the floor, his body shaking. She wasn't even sure what was going on. Everything was a mess and all she could do was follow him.

"Harry!? Harry, what's happened? Are you alright?" Ginny asked softly, but urgently. She gasped as he turned to look at her; he was crying. Ginny had seen him upset before and she had seen him with a tear or two, but she had never seen Harry in a state like he was now. He was truely crying and she didn't know why. Harry gulped and pulled himself up into a sitting position with his back against the wall for support. He shook his head in response to Ginny's question and wiped his eyes with the back of his sleeve.

"It's all my fault, Ginny. I'm so sorry. It's all my fault," he said quietly in between tears. Ginny furrowed her eyebrows in confusion and touched his arm.

"No, Harry. You haven't done anything to hurt anyone. What happened?" she asked again, sitting down beside him.

" I thought terrible things Ginny! I thought terrible things and she did have to take me! She didn't have to take me Ginny, but she did and I hated her! I hated her Ginny and she kept me!" Harry rambled, throwing his glasses to the ground with force. They shattered in front of themnd bent out of shape. Ginny stared at them a moment with sadness in her eyes. She turned back to Harry and took a deep breath.

"It's ok Harry. Do you mean your aunt? She's always been mean to you. Not buying you proper clothes and keeping you all locked up. I'd hate her too," Ginny reassured him, but Harry groaned.

"You don't get it Ginny! I hated her, but I didn't mean for this to happen! I didn't want for her to.... I didn't want... oh Ginny! She's dead and it's all my fault!" he screamed out in pain and threw his head back. Ginny exhaled slowly and sat in silence. What was she supposed to say? She didn't know his aunt was dead. How could she have known?

"Harry.. what makes you think it was your fault?" Ginny asked as calmly as possible. Harry pulled at his hair and gritted his teeth.

"It's this stupid.. it's just.... IT'S ALL VOLDEMORT'S FAULT! WHY COULDN'T HE JUST LEAVE HER ALONE!!? WHY IS ALL OF THIS HAPPENING TO ME?! I JUST WANT EVERYTHING TO END!" Harry shouted and slammed his fist hard onto the floor. Ginny inched only slightly closer to Harry. She wasn't sure how he would react to anything she said, but she knew nothing. Sirius.... his parents...and now this? Why was Harry being punished like this? What did he do to deserve this twisted fate? How do you comfort someone when you have no clue what's going on? But it seemed to Ginny that Harry really wasn't so sure of what was going on himself.

"Harry, how did your aunt... you know?" Ginny asked, her hands shaking with nerves.

"Death eaters.. got her..." Harry replied with a distant look in his eyes. He pulled his knees up to his chest and wrapped himself into a ball. Everything hurt.

"I'm sorry Harry. I'm sorry it had to be her. I know she meant something to you. She was a big part of your life. Things are going to be this way, but times will be better Harry. You, and me, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Mum and Dad, Fred and George, Dumbledore, Lupin, everyone! We are all going to stop him Harry and he won't hurt anyone else. I promise you." Ginny said as she took his hand. Harry shook his head.

"You don't understand Ginny. I think... I think I want to tell you something..." Harry said after he had calmed himself a bit. Ginny rubbed his arm and leaned her head against his shoulder. Harry wrapped his arm around her waist and let out a deep sigh.

"Anything, Harry. You can tell me anything." Ginny stated without moving. Harry was silent for awhile, figuring out how to tell her so many things.

"Do you remember the Department of Mysteries? The glass ball..... it had.. my name on it.. and...his?" Harry asked her. Ginny nodded in response and squeezed his hand.

"Well," Harry continued, "I know what it was... what it meant."

"But Harry, it broke..." Ginny said lifting her head up quickly. Harry shook his head.

"I know, but Dumbledore knew it was.... well, Ginny... it was a prophecy.." Harry started. It was then that he told Ginny everything. He told her about Dumbledore's spell to protect him at the Dursleys. He told Ginny about the prophecy made about him and Voldemort. He told her everything... or almost everything that is.

" Harry.. I don't know what to say. Are you, ok with all of this?" Ginny asked him.

"No. I don't want it to be me, but I really have no choice. I'm just alone... and, I have to follow through with... everything," Harry answered with a sigh. Ginny shook her head frantically.

"No! Harry you're never alone! I can't believe you'd think a prophecy would keep the ones who love you away from you! Harry, I can't promise you that no one else will leave you, but I can promise you I won't," Ginny responded with a tear. ' Oh great Potter, you've made her cry!' Harry thought to himself. He hung his head in shame, afraid to look at her. He knew what he had to say. He had to say it before it was too late.

"Ginny? There's... there's one more thing..." Harry mumbled. Ginny's heart beat faster and she held her breath. Harry's life couldn't possibly be more burdened than it already was! How could she have not seen it? How come she didn't know?

"What... what is it, Harry?" she stammered. His hands began to shake again, and his cheeks became a shade darker than they had been before. She looked into his eyes and saw a combination of fear, sadness, and something.... else.

"I think.. well I think that maybe I..." Harry stammered himself. Ginny shivered with nerves and took his hand in hers, urging him to continue.

"I think I'm in love with you," Harry said quickly, looking away as fast as he could. Ginny's hand went numb in his. Her eyes widened three times larger and her heart skipped a beat. He couldn't have possibly just said that. She was getting carried away with things. There was no way that she heard... that she heard...well, that! But when she noticed Harry was waiting patiently for her to say something, she knew that what enveloped her was real.

"Harry.. I..love you too..." she said as best she could. Harry let out a sigh of relief and hugged her tightly.

"What do I do now?" Harry asked, still trembling and slightly laughing from his nerves at the same time. He had never been in this situation before, not even with Cho. Ginny smiled a little and opened her mouth, but nothing came out.

"I don't... I don't...know. I guess you could.... I don't..." Ginny rambled, but Harry silenced her as he leaned forward. His lips touched hers only for a moment, but he did it. He kissed Ginny Weasley and it was everything he had hoped it would be.

Ginny stared in shock at Harry's face. He kissed her! He had kissed....her! There was no way she could believe that after so many years of admiring him, that he finally liked her too. It just seemed too surreal. He didn't even like her! He LOVED her! It was just too much.

"Harry, that isn't just grief..talking... is it?" Ginny asked, regretting it the moment it came out of her mouth. Luckily, Harry quickly kissed her again as an answer. Now he had kissed Ginny twice! His stomach was flopping around all over itself. It was hard to desribe just what he was feeling... everything was one big blur, and all he could see was the girl beside him. She stood up and brushed off her robes, never taking her eyes off him. Harry smiled contently at her as he stood up himself. They both looked at the shattered glasses that remained on the floor.

"Oculus repairo" Harry mumbled, pointing his wand at the crumpled spectacles. They straightened themselves out and the glass quickly fit itself together again.

"Do you think you can face the others?" Ginny asked as he adjusted his glasses to his face. He scratched his head and shrugged at her.

"Well, if everything that just happened... really happened, well.... then I think I can do anything," he said taking her hand. She laughed and leaned against him as they walked side by side to the Gryffindor common room.

"Are you my boyfriend?" Ginny asked him in a whisper as they walked. Harry kissed the top of her head and pulled her in closer to him.

"I hope so Ginny. I really really hope so..."

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Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna sat together in a compartment on the Hogwarts Express. The year was now over and it was time finally for the trip home. Well, for some it was a trip home, but for others it was off to wherever they could stay out of harm's way. Ron and Ginny weren't allowed to return to the burrow, but were instead staying in spare rooms above Fred and George's joke shop in Diagon Alley. Harry, of course, would be staying at the Headquarters of the Order of the Pheonix until the next school year rolled around. Thuis would be Ron, Harry, and Hermione's last year at Hogwarts together, but sitting together on the train they thought nothing of it, but instead discussed the Gryffindor win of the house cup.

"Gryffindor is unbeatable! We always win!" Ron said a bit loudly for the small space they were crammed into. Hermione shook her head.

"Don't get arrogant Ron. I don't think I can take anymore of this." Hermione said rolling her eyes and crossing her legs. Ginny chuckled and tucked her hair behind her ears.

"Well what do you want to talk about then? I hear we may still not have a defense against the dark arts teacher next year. No one wants the position. That is... no one besides Snape," Ginny commented with a snort.

"I don't blame them! After the reputation it has now.... I don't really expect anybody to fill the position," Ron said absent-mindedly while cracking his knuckles. Hermione winced and slapped his hand lightly.

"I don't see why that's a problem. Harry can teach us all the important stuff," Neville added in quietly. Harry blushed a little and Ron perked up.

"You know, I was thinking the same thing Neville. I bet Harry could do a better job than old Snapey-poo could. It doesn't make much sense to let a dark wizard teach DEFENSE against the dark arts now does it?" Ron asked no one in particular. Luna's head snapped up from the issue of the quibbler she was reading and her eyes quickly darted toward Ron.

" I heard Snape doesn't actually know anything about potions, but after he got kicked out of the ballet group he was with, he didn't have anywhere else to go. You know, he probably wants to teach the defense class because of that time he was attacked by a mob of rioting muggles who didn't like his Nutcracker performance," Luna stated matter-of-factly. Hermione shook her head sadly and Neville laughed.

"I didn't know Snape liked ballet! My grandma likes ballet. I think knowing Snape does too makes me feel a little better.." Neville said with a cheesy smile. Luna nodded feverishly. Ginny held back a laugh by biting her lip.

"What are you going on about? What's a nutcracker performance?" Ron asked a moment later. Hermione sighed and linked her arm with his.

"Nothing honey, don't worry about it,"Hermione answered simply. Ginny nudged Harry softly with her elbow.

"They have petnames?" she asked him with a smirk. Harry rolled his eyes and sighed.

"Oh c'mon, you don't have a problem with that do you pumpkin?" he joked with her. Ginny laughed and moved in a little closer to him.

"No, it's not a problem snuggle-bunny," she answered. Harry cringed and shook his head. Hermione shot them a death stare and jiggled her leg impatiently.

" What's the matter Hermione? What's so important you have to...jiggle your leg.. like that?" Ron asked her. She sighed and blew a piece of hair out of her face.

"It's just every second the train goes along, the closer we are to having to leave each other.... and I don't want to see all of you go," Hermione replied sadly. Harry frowned and looked up at the ceiling of the compartment.

"Yeah, I don't want to go back to... well.. you know," Harry said softly. Ginny squeezed his hand and looked down at her feet. She didn't want to leave anyone either, especially Harry.

" Well Ginny and I will have each other, and you can bet I'll owl you every minute I'm awake Hermione," Ron comforted.

"What about Harry!? He can't get an owl everyday! He'll just be stuck in that dreadful.. place!" Ginny shouted in frustration. Ron shrugged sadly and let his cheeks grow hot and red in color.

" Don't worry, I'll be alright. I have Remus.. and I'm sure they'll keep me busy with something. They have to let me know more about what's going on now that.. well.. I know about.. things..." Harry reassured. Ginny let a tear fall down her face, but nodded in agreement and calmed herself. The night Ginny had comforted Harry, he had decided to also tell Ron and Hermione about the prophecy. Their reaction was surprisingly calm and they asked a lot of questions about it. Neville and Luna had no clue about what he was saying, but they weren't showing any interest in the conversation anyway. Neville coughed to get attention. The four turned to look at him and he smiled sheepishly.

"Um.. we're here," he told them. Luna's face brightened and she quickly stood up.

"Great! My father is actually going to be here! He said I can go with him to search for the relich-mites in Ireland this summer! And, he's going to tell me all about how he found out that Gringotts is not just a bank, but a quality broom shop as well!" Luna said excitedly and grabbed her things. Neville smiled and did the same.

"That sounds great Luna! I wish I could go with you, but I have to stay with my grandma. She gets worried when I go to new places. You should have seen her when I got my Hogwarts letter!" Neville explained and followed her out of the compartment. Hermione's heart stopped and she looked at Ron sadly.

"Do I really have to go?" she asked him, knowing the answer. Ron kissed the top of her head.

"Yeah, but like I said... everyday an owl. Well, everyday I can. Enjoy France with your parents, ok?" Ron told her. She smiled and nodded. Ron sighed and hugged Harry close.

" I'm gonna miss you mate, and don't think I won't be worrying about you constantly," Ron told him. Harry laughed and patted his back.

"Yeah, well I'll worry for you too. I mean, the whole summer with Fred and George?" Harry answered with a sly smile. Ron winced and shook his head.

"Don't remind me. Bye Harry," he said walking off the train and toward the platform. Hermione sighed and hugged Harry as well.

"Don't think I won't try and write you. Don't do anything stupid, and please try and smile once ina while," Hermione pleaded with him. Harry nodded and pulled away from her.

"I'm gonna miss you Hermione. See you next year," he said simply and watched her walk away. She trudged slowly up to Ron and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned to see her with a tear in her eye and her lips quivering. He enveloped her in another hug and kissed her quickly on the lips.

"I love you Hermione," he whispered in her ear. She smiled and gripped onto his robes tighter.

"I love you too, Ron. See you soon," she whispered back. Fred and George waved frantically at Ron, making a scene.

"Ronnie-kins!" Fred shouted happily. Ron's eyes widened and he hung his head in embarassment.

"Oh look Fred, our dear boy has come back to us! A man he is now, wouldn't you say?" Geroge asked. Fred nodded vigorously and grinned.

"Oh yes! Very much so! I just can't wait to hear about his year!" Fred said excitedly, clapping his hands together. Ron rolled his eyes and dragged his trunk along behind him.

"Where's sweet Virginia? Can't leave without her!" George pointed out. Fred stopped and looked around spaztically.

"I don't see her anywhere George! What if she got lost on the train?!" Fred pretended to panic. Ron shook his head and whipped around to stare at his two brothers.

"Guys, she's saying good-bye to someone. Give her a second..." Ron answered. They sighed and nodded in agreement, disappointed Ron was ruining their fun. Ginny stared at Harry without anything to say. Before she could talk to him alone, Bonnie bursted into the compartment they were in.

"Oh Ginny! All summer with the twins! I just heard!" she said dramatically. Ginny sighed and shrugged before giving her friend a long hug.

" Have a good summer ok? I'll make sure to owl you!" Ginny told her. Bonnie noticed Harry standing quietly to the side and laughed.

"I'm sorry...yeah... owl me. That sounds great... have a good summer Cap'n!" she said happily to Ginny and then to Harry. Harry laughed and gave a slight tilt of his head in response. Bonnie skipped off and disappeared into the crowd on the platform.

"Think of me..." Ginny said softly. Harry scratched his head and looked down at his feet.

"Yeah, of course." he responded. Ginny sighed and gave him a hug. Harry held her tightly and rested his head on top of hers for a moment. As they pulled apart he kissed her cheek and smiled.

"I love you," Harry said quietly. Ginny sighed and grinned widely.

"I love you too.." she replied and grabbed her things. Harry watched her walk away sadly and grabbed his things as well. He walked slowly across the platform watching Hogwarts students reunite with their family members. It felt weird knowing that the Dursley's weren't going to be there for him. Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon wouldn't be mumbling to each other with Dudley trudging behind them, ready to start in on Harry as soon as they got to the car. It felt weird that he wouldn't be dreaming of staying with Sirius when he was older, but instead there was only the knowledge of his being alone. He looked up to see Remus leaning up against the wall, his eyes tired and his posture slumped. He smiled a bit at the picture of the man standing there waiting for him. He looked just as Harry had remembered he did, but a little shorter? Maybe it was the way he was hunching that made it seem that way. Harry waved at Remus and gave him an akward hug when he reached him.

" How've you been, Harry?" he asked with a small smile. Harry sighed and messed his hair a bit.

"Eh... I've been better, but... I guess things could be worse," Harry answered and garbbed his trunk again. Remus laughed and shook his head.

" Well good for you Harry. That's the attitude I like to see. Ready to go?" he asked. Harry felt a bit more content as he looked up at the last (loyal) maurader.

"Yup."

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3 WEEKS LATER......

Ginny fumbled around with a few items on shelves in Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes. It was another boring summer day spent with the twins and Ron. Every once in awhile their mum and dad, Charlie, or Bill would stop in, but it was usually just for a quick check-up and new orders for the twins to follow. Ron was miserable without Hermione and could hardly be talked to without something setting him off. Fred and George were especially good at this Ginny had noticed. She smiled as she saw a pack of canary cremes. One of the first great triumphs of Fred and George.

"Oi Gin! Get moving on restocking those ton-tongue toffees! Can't you see we're jam packed with business!?" George called out to her, interrupting her thoughts. She looked around the empty store and raised an eyebrow at him questioningly.

"Don't give us that attitude or you're fired young lady!" Fred scolded, pointing his finger at her. She rolled her eyes at him and placed a pack of the toffee on a nearby shelf.

"I don't even get paid...being a Weasley..." she mumbled to herself. Fred and George disappeared into a back room and Ginny wandered idly around. She quickly looked up as she heard the main door of the shop open. A man in a dark green cloak walked in sliently and slowly. He was completely covered, with his hood up and his face in shadow. She watched him suspiciously out of the corner of her eye. ' Should I go get the twins??' she thought to herself as he picked something up and quickly placed it back in its spot. He seemed to be browsing, but there was something strange about him. No one like that had ever come into the joke shop before. She reached for her wand in her robes as the figure started walking toward her. 'Oh god.. oh god...' she thought to herself. She nervously twisted her hand around in her pocket as he came closer. When he was a few steps away from her, she finally whipped out her wand and pointed it straight at the man's chest. She gritted her teeth and stood her ground firmly.

"If you've come here looking for trouble, I'd suggest you rethink your decision..." she said calmly. Fred and George appeared from the backroom at her statement.

"It's a joke shop Gin, of course he's come here looking for......trouble..." Fred said, trailing off as he saw what was happening.

"Well, i can take my business elsewhere. I figured I'd be treated a little better by my girlfriend and her brothers..." he said throwing back his hood. Harry's face shone brightly down at her and she dropped her wand to the floor.

"Harry? What are you doing....why are you dressed.... DON'T SCARE ME LIKE THAT!!!" Ginny screamed, fuming. George put his hand to his temple and steadied himself with the other hand.

"Wait a sec.... did he say girlfriend. Why are we always told everything last?" he asked Fred. Fred shrugged and watched them carefully. Harry waved at them and looked back down at Ginny.

"Well, I'm here because Remus decided it would be good for me to get out of there. I was kind of going a bit crazy. I have to dress like this so people don't bother me. I mean.... I can't have someone recognizing me. And sorry for scaring you," Harry told her honestly. She sighed and hugged him tightly.

"It's so good to see you! can you stay?" Ginny asked him. Harry frowned slightly and shook his head 'no'.

"I can only visit for an hour or so, but it's worth it." Harry explained. She nodded, still holding onto him.

"I guess you must have been missing me then, huh?" Ginny asked him jokingly. He laughed and scratched his head.

"Eh...yeah. It's kind of odd not seeing red all over the place...." Harry answered with a smile. Ginny shrugged and looked up into his eyes.

"I've always kind of prefered green myself..." she said happily and crinkled up her nose. Harry leaned down and kissed her while Fred and George cheered.

"Well this is what I needed to brighten my day, how about you Fred?" George stated with a grin. Fred shurgged and clapped his hands.

"Yeah, I guess so. Never saw it coming, but it's interesting anyway... our little sister..." he said and pretended to wipe away tear. Ron walked into the room a minute later to find his sister and best friend kissing and his brothers clapping. He sighed and shook his head.

"How come I always miss everything?" Ron asked over the noise.

"It's because you're a Weasley. Learn to deal with it." Fred replied.

"All day every day....." George said with a wink.

"Happily ever after.." Ginny added.

And for them, just maybe it would be.

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A/N: I can't believe it's over! My first ever Harry Potter fan fiction!! Thank you sooo much to those of you who reviewed, and those of you who haven't... please do! I'd really like to know what you think. I hope everyone enjoyed this story as much as I did. It actually didn't turn out so bad. It could have been better I'll admit, but hey! A good first attempt and I can't wait to write the next one! harry and Ginny fianlly! Oh I'm so happy. I think I was sad to see it end. *sniffle* I have to thank all those other fanfiction.net authors for giving me some inspiration and actually getting me interested in writing Harry Potter stories. It's truely a GREAT stress reliever and I think something I really enjoy doing. So, thank you all for taking the time to read THE COLOR OF RED. If you liked it, please be on the look-out for my next one! If you have a story you'd like ME to read, leave a review and I'll DEFINATELY check it out. If my computer lets me that is. It's being crappy lately. :( Anyway, that's all from me! Happy reading to everyone! much love from me.

- Erin "the unlucky magician"