AN: It's been a very long time since I updated this story… oops! I went and reread the whole thing and I cringed at every misspelled word… I guess that's what happens when you have a story you started when you were 13 and you are still working on it when you are in your 20's… So here is to better chapters to come!!! Please Read and Review… Remember, if I feel the love from your reviews, I'll be way more likely to update again!


Chapter: 34

Ginny felt as if she had been crushed by a stampede of angry hippogriffs. Not only did her entire body ache painfully, but, her skin felt like she had 2nd degree burns all over. She had been aware and lucid during the last few moments of the battle and she vaguely recalled the journey from Hogsmead to Hogwarts but after that, everything went black. She didn't regret joining the fight but she was annoyed that she had once again found herself in the hospital wing. She knew she was feeling restless and what she really wanted to do was go flying. Some how she doubted Madame Pomfrey would allow her to do that.

Ginny sighed and tried to stretch but gave up when her body screamed out in protest. She was bored and she was in pain. She needed something to take her mind off of the whole mess she was in. She started humming a song to herself. There was a soft rustle close to the door but Ginny kept on humming. Her eyes were closed and her lips curved into a smile.

"Hello boys," she said calmly.

There was a flurry of sound and movement; Sirius and James appeared out of thin air, smiling sheepishly. Sirius scuffed his shoe as James approached Ginny's bed. He gently took her hand.

"Hey," he whispered. "How are you feeling? You look better…"

"Yeah, at least I'm awake now… but honestly, I sort of wish I was still asleep… then I wouldn't feel so awful…" Ginny managed to get out, through the pain. James looked down at their intertwined hands then up at Ginny.

"Would you like me to put you to sleep again?" He asked softly. She nodded meekly in response. James sighed then added, "I will put you to sleep again if you promise me something first."

"Go on," said Ginny. James gave her his signature smile.

"You need to promise me that you will get better very soon so you can go to the Winter Ball with me. And you also need to promise that you will come to my family New Years Ball. I want you to meet my parents for the first time as my girlfriend."

Ginny couldn't keep the smile from taking over her face. She nodded her head as best as she could.

"I promise," she replied. By the door, Sirius had a huge grin on his face.

"Alright then. Now that that's taken care of…"James said as he pulled out his wand. He gave Ginny a quick kiss. "So are you thinking a day, maybe two, before you will be out of here?" He asked.

"Let's say three days…" Ginny said trying to stretch out her pained limbs. James nodded solemnly.

"Sounds good. Ready?"


James moved his wand and mumbled the spell. Ginny's eyes fluttered then closed. Her breath became deep and full with heavy sleep. James planted a kiss on her forehead. Sirius moved closer towards the bed.

"Looks like you did a good job. You want to wait a few more moments before we leave?" Sirius asked James.

"Yeah, if you don't mind…"James replied.

"Not at all. I'm just going to sit over here," he pointed to a chair by the door.

Later, as the boys headed back from the hospital wing, a thought struck James.

"Sirius, who are you planning on taking to the Winter Ball?"

Sirius got really quiet and didn't respond for a short while. He then cleared his throat.

"I really want to take Pet but I'm not sure…"he trailed off. "We've been fighting a lot lately and I really just want to have a good time at the ball… you know? Without any real fuss or drama," Sirius finished, rather lamely.

James looked at his friend, quizzically.

"What do you argue about?"

"I don't even know… stupid stuff! She says I need to grow up! I think it really bothers her that I'm not close to my family… I mean, she knows why I'm not but she is really close to her whole family and I think it upsets her on some level that I'm not… that I can't be…" Sirius said throwing his hands up to emphasize his point.

James was quiet for a moment then said, "Doesn't she realize that family is what you make it? I mean look at Ginny. Both her parents are dead and her younger brothers too. Yet, her older brother and wife have taken in and adopted her. True, you may not get along with your real family but you are the best brother I could have ever hoped for and my parents love you like a son. You do have a family who loves you…" Sirius smiled at his best friend.

"You're right. I do. I'm not incapable of being close to my family… it's just a different kind of family," he said while getting up from the chair. "Hey, I'll see you later, at dinner in the Great Hall. I'm going to go find Pet."

"Alright then," laughed James. He sat back in his chair and looked down at the sleeping Ginny. He couldn't help but think it so unfair and rather odd how often Ginny found herself in the hospital wing. He hoped this trend would stop after this visit. Though to be honest some of the others who were hurt in the battle had far worse injuries then some Ginny. At least Ginny had all her limbs and was able to wake-up.

A lump went to his throat as he thought about all the ways Ginny could have been more hurt. He never ever wanted that to happen to his Ginny. He leaned forward and pressed a kiss to her forehead. Then his lips brushed her ear, as he whispered a quiet promise, which was only meant for her to hear. As he stood up to leave, in her sleep, Ginny's had a slight smile on her lips. He grabbed his invisibility cloak and left the hospital wing.

In her magic induced sleep, pleasant dreams greeted Ginny. They healed and refreshed her body and soul. She knew that when she woke up, she would be ready for whatever came her way, the good and the bad. Her mind remembered some of the bad but she rejoiced at the good that was waiting for her. A voice drifted in through her hazy dreams. "I promise that the next time you are in the hospital, it will only be for something that is good. I'm gonna do my damndest to keep the bad at bay!" Ginny loved her James.