Thanks, Mate

Chapter one; First Day Jitters?

AN: I know, one too many fics! Oh well, it's fun!

Disclaimer: ain't mine

Time Period - the beginning of year 6 - (HBP alternative)

"You sure you're alright, Mione?" Ron asked Hermione gently as he escorted her off the Hogwarts Express train.

She waved it away. "I'm fine. I just don't think my breakfast went well with all the motion on the train." Hermione sighed.

"If you like, Hermione," Harry started as he left the train, Ginny trailing behind. "I'm sure Ginny can lead you over to the bathroom. So you can freshen up."

Ginny nodded. "Sure, I will." She said with a yawn, having been rudely awakened by Hermione's sickening experience. Hermione nodded, and the two girls left.

"Oh, don't worry, girls. We'll take care of your luggage for ya." Harry muttered to Ron sarcastically. Ron snorted, going back on the train to retrieve both his and Hermione's trunks, Harry close behind to in turn retrieve his own and Ginny's.

"I just still can't believe she actually vomited." Harry said, a bit disgusted as he used his wand to clean up the few remaining spots. "She could usually stomach something like this." He then sighed as he grabbed Hedwig's cage in one hand, Ginny's trunk in the other. Since his trunk was bigger, he'd just transport it.

Ron shrugged his shoulders. "I don't think she's gotten much sleep. And that plus the lack of breakfast she had wasn't at all good with that motion, mind you."

"I don't doubt it for a second." Harry said as he summoned his trunk down the train's stairs. "All done? I'm starving."

Ron nodded and followed him into the Great Hall. "I'm just glad I don't have to help direct all those first years again like last year. I swear, they're bloody devils."

Ron blinked as he sat down next to Hermione, who was already eating like ruddy hell. Ginny, who didn't find this particularly interesting, held onto Harry's arm as he sat down, laying her head on him as she had on the train. "Itold you that you'd be tired in the morning. This is what happens when you pack everything you own at the last minute." Harry whispered. Seeming not to care about his opinion on the matter, she groaned and appeared to fall asleep. He sighed and lovingly wiped the hair away from her face and held her hand. Even if he had told her so, it was utterly impossible for him to scold that adorable face.

Ron turned to Harry and whispered over his practically unconscious sister. "Ya know what, I've noticed something."

Harry rolled his eyes, a bit irritated that Ginny was weighting his arm down so much that he couldn't use his knife right. "Enlighten me, Ron."

"I think Hermione's lost her mind. Look how much she's eating." So Harry did; considering the fact that he had been deprived of food all morning, and having Ginny on his arm made it impossible to transfer dishes effectively, the amount of food Hermione was taking in seemed like nothing.

"You're one to talk; you had a full breakfast." Harry retorted. "The rest of us just jumped in the car and left."

"That's what happens when you oversleep, mate." Ron informed him sarcastically, earning a dirty look from Harry.

Sighing,Harry tried one more time at buttering his bagel smoothly before gently transferring Ginny, who groaned at her sudden change in comfort. "Sorry, love," he whispered, "But I've got to eat sometime before dinner." and he lay her head down on his leg instead, leaving his arm free. He smiled gleefully at the release of his arm, and started to eat normally (or normally as possible with ravenous hunger looming over him).

After they had all finished eating and the sorting ceremony had concluded, they all made their way to their common room; Ginny was still fast asleep, so Harry had to carry her there.

"Look at that, lads. Potter's got himself another girlfriend." Malfoy laughed, Crabbe and Goyle following suite. "And it's a Weasley, I see. Such an excellent choice." he added sarcastically, earning another round of laughs from his lackeys.

Harry smirked. "Jealous, Malfoy? Seeing as you've never managed to get a girl, it only seems logical." Ron snickered, Hermione trying her hardest to suppress her laughter.

Although he looked embarrassed, Malfoy only raised an eyebrow. "Think you're funny, Potter, do you? Maybe you have a knack for dodging curses, as well?" he taunted with a sneer, retrieving his wand from his robes.

Harry clicked his tongue as he shook his head. "Wouldn't do that if I were you. Ginny doesn't like being awaken so many times in one day; you'll find she's quite hostile towards those who dare to wake her. Although, if you'd like to see for yourself, I urge you to carry on."

Knowing Malfoy wouldn't protest, Harry walked passed him, Ron and Hermione in tow. Hermione paused for a moment in front of Malfoy to say with pure sarcasm: "Gosh, did Harry hurt your feelings?" She shrugged her shoulders innocently and left, leaving Malfoy with the task of stifling the urge to jinx her.

"Really, love. I wouldn't have done that if I were you. He could really hurt you if he wanted." Ron said, concerned.

Hermione rolled her eyes. "Please, Ron; I can take care of myself."

Ron blushed and shrugged his shoulders. "Oh, Well then. . . just be careful." he added quietly.

Hermione smiled and leaned her head on him, kissing his cheek. "Don't worry. I'll be careful."

Harry yawned as he followed Ron into the common room, seeming to catch Ginny's sleeping bug. "I think I'll take a nap. . . the train ride made me a bit tired." Ginny subconsciously groaned in agreement.

Hermione turned to Ron as Harry walked to the boy's dormitories. "I think I'll go down to the library for a bit. . . I've got an errand to run. But I'll be back soon, alright?" Hermione gently kissed Ron's cheek before getting an answer, and left the common room, leaving Ron to sit by the fire.

"Hey! Weasley!" Ron jumped, completely startled by Lee Jordan's sudden appearance.

He sighed. "What the hell are you doing, jumping at me like that!"

Lee chuckled. "Touchy, touchy. Whatcha been up to for the past two months?" he asked, taking a seat across from him.

Ron shrugged. "Nothing really, I guess. You?"

"Same. Although I've noticed you got yourself a girl, for once." he teased.

Ron laughed. "Yeah."

"Hermione Granger, eh? Not bad, not bad." Lee pondered.

Ron raised an eyebrow. "Got a problem, mate?"

He laughed in response. "Just upset there's no one else to choose from." and with that, the two tumbled into hysteric laughter.

hope ya liked it! That's just a short introduction into the rest of the chapters, and since the next one is basically halfway finished, it'll be up when I get some reviews! please review!


formatting updated July 26, 2006