Note: This chapter is for Pink Gecko, and dedicated to Lourdes.

A/N: She has NOT fallen off the face of the Earth! Hello all of you amazing and lovely reviewers and readers, I have returned and am indeed alive, surprising as it may be. First off I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart at the many months in which I have left all of you hanging- I'm sure a lot of you thought you'd never get another update and I am really, really sorry. I hate it when authors do this so I understand if you hate me with the fire of a thousand suns.

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Here is chapter 14 of Happily Ever After, which will be updated after this next month, because I am truly swamped! Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

Also, to Josephine Sawyer, if you are still reading this- I'm sorry I didn't send this to you but I thought everyone has waited long enough. However, I will send the next chapter to you if you are still up to beta-ing! I will completely understand if you aren't, though.

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Also- MAJOR FLUFF WARNING. I really hope you don't drown in the sap, guys. This is definitely not one of my best chapters, but I hope it tides you over until the next update. mwa

Chapter 14-


"Bloody hell!" Harry yelled as he shot up from a peaceful slumber. He jumped out of bed still in his boxers and ran towards the banging in the kitchen.

There was Ron, lying under a heap of pots and pans that were still clattering around the kitchen. Harry's heart was thundering in his chest as he calmed himself, rolling his eyes as a frying pan hit Ron on the head.

"Honestly, Ron, you should know not to Apparate straight onto the pot rack by now!" Harry pulled Ron out of the mess. He scowled.

"I didn't mean to land on the rack! I was going to Apparate over there! Why me?" Ron clutched his aching head. "Do a bloke a favour and get me an ice compress, eh?"

Harry accioed some clothes and an ice compress onto Ron's head.

"What are you doing here so early anyway, mate?" Harry asked as he pulled on a jumper and some track pants.

"Hermione told me to come over and see how you were after last night..." He trailed off evasively.

Harry raised an eyebrow.

"Why, was something supposed to happen to me last night? Where'd you go anyway, me and Ginny looked for you. Lex left with that Italo chap and we couldn't find you anywhere."

Ron winced as the ice compress slid onto his neck. "I went home...the ball was bloody boring without Hermione, you know...anyway, what happened between you and Gin? I know you've realized that Hermione was playing Cupid and everything, so its all your bloody fault I had a horrible time last night."

Harry grinned and Ron noticed the light in Harry's eyes and the jaunty, carefree way he moved. He hadn't seen Harry this unguardedly happy since...since before Ginny left.

"Harry, mate, are you glowing?" Ron stared incredulously, "What in hell happened last night?"

Harry flushed and laughed.

Ron suddenly turned beet red.

"You don't and Ginny didn' know..." He stammered.

Harry's mouth dropped and he burst out laughing. "No, no, Ron, don't worry, I didn't shag your sister last night."

Ron paled and heaved a sigh of relief. "Thank god. I mean, I know you have but it still gives me the creeps. Ah! Change the subject, change the subject!"

Harry shook his head in exasperation and sat down across from Ron. "Ron, there's something I need to tell you..."

"WHAT!" Hermione shouted in astonishment. She stared at Ginny, eyes as round as saucers. She had come over early in the morning as planned, to talk about the Ball, and Hermione had gotten the shock of her life.

"Let me get this straight. Last night, after an evening of glittering, candlelit tenderness and romance, long talks in sculpted gardens, etc, Harry asked you to marry him?"

Ginny smiled giddily and nodded, too happy to speak.

Hermione fanned herself with her hand.

"I knew that my plan would work, but I didn't know this would happen! Gin, are you sure about this? I mean, a week ago you didn't want to date him, let alone marry him..."

"I know, I know Hermione, but...I don't know. He told me about the years I was away...he told me he still loved me. And I still love him. There isn't any point in our staying away from each other anymore. We're going to start again, and I feel...I feel so happy, Mione." She smiled helplessly, a little sadly for all the time she and Harry has lost, but still happy.

Hermione's eyes shone and she hugged Ginny happily.

"Well, at least now Harry will be my brother...and the kids will be so happy. Have you told them yet?"

Ginny shook her head. "We're going to tell them over lunch, and then we're going to tell Mum and Dad at dinner. You'll be there, right?"

Hermione grinned and stood up to put her plate in the sink.

"I wouldn't miss it for the world."

Harry collapsed onto the sofa. It had been quite a feat to pound the fact that he and Ginny were engaged into Ron's head. At first he simply hadn't believed it. Then he'd gotten angry and threatened to pound Harry if he ever heard her.

Then Ron had just been confused.

He supposed it was justified. He and Ginny hadn't been on the best terms, only trading Jem and Rilla back and forth, at least in Ron's eyes.

Harry sighed, the giddy happiness making him feel more alive than in years. Finally, finally Ginny was going to be his, and he'd never let her go or leave her again.

Just then the object of his affections popped into the room.

Harry opened his eyes to look at the vision in front of him. There she was, her chocolate eyes dancing with mirth, her mouth quirked in a warm smile, her red hair like burning fire glinting in the sun...and she was his...

"Gin," He whispered.

He pulled her onto the couch, holding her as if she was the most precious thing on earth.

"Harry," Ginny breathed as she looking into his eyes. And all she saw was love.

Their lips met, a soft, tender, loving kiss, and then Harry deepened it to something more, a passionate promise.

Ginny pulled away and laughed, her skin still tinged with a blush. Harry thought he had never seen anything more beautiful.

"Did you tell Hermione?" He asked, his arms still around her waist possessively.

Ginny nodded. "Ron came in a little later, and said you told him. He looked positively shocked. So did Hermione actually."

Harry tilted his head back.

"They probably couldn't believe you had agreed to marry an insensitive womanizer like Harry Potter."

"Well," Ginny said stoutly, "I love my insensitive womanizer. So there." She kissed his neck.

"I love you too Ginny...more than you'll ever know."

A/N: I'm sure you really don't want to know the details of the intense snogging session that followed, so, moving on...dinner.

Harry smoothed his hair down nervously, for the seven hundredth time. He rolled up the sleeves of his dress shirt and glanced in the mirror for the last time, nervous green eyes staring back at him.

He wasn't sure how the Weasleys were going to react to their engagement. Would they be happy? Enraged? Annoyed? Stunned? Confused?

They had told Jem and Rilla at lunch, and the twins had been overjoyed. They hadn't known exactly what was meant, but they knew that all four of them would be living together, and they would have both an indulgent father to spoil them and a loving mother to whip them into shape.

There was another reason Harry was nervous. He had been Ron's best friend for years, and felt like a part of the family. He knew the Weasleys thought of him as another son, too. marrying Ginny, he would really be, in blood and law, a Weasley, a part of the family he had envied Ron for for so many years...and if they didn't accept him...

Harry shook his head, glancing at his watch. Ten to six. It was time to go. With one last deep breath and nervous pat, he Apparated to the Burrow.

"Hullo, Harry!" Fred called, "Oy, everyone, Harry's here."

Harry hugged Mrs. Weasley and shook Mr. Weasley's hand. He hadn't felt so awkward with them since his first year at Hogwarts.

"So Harry, I've just heard an incredible thing! Did you know muggles have these things called blight bulls? A friend at the ministry had some and he showed it to me...they run on that elektrickity thing, and they make light! No candles, no was, just a little glass ball. Ah, muggles are brilliant, are they not?"

Harry smilingly corrected Mr. Weasley and they talked as Mrs. Weasley and Penelope set the table.

Soon Ginny arrived. Harry exchanged a look with her and she nodded, smiling slightly as the twins jumped on their father.

The entire clan sat down to dinner, twelve people talking and laughing and passing food. Harry usually loved these family dinners, but today he was oblivious, waiting for the right moment.

As soon as there was a lull in the conversation, Harry spoke up.

"Everyone," He said quietly, "I have an announcement I want to make...about Ginny and me."

Ginny stood next to him, her hand squeezing his reassuringly.

"Yesterday, I asked Ginny to marry me, and she accepted. We're engaged."

Harry let out a long sigh of relief. Then he noticed the dropped jaws and stunned faces.

Ginny growled in frustration.

"Come on, guys, is it really such a shock? Mum? Dad?"

Mrs. Weasley cleared her throat weakly.

"Isn't this a bit...sudden, dear?"

Ginny sat down with a thud.

"Sudden? I've been in love with Harry for well over five years and had two children with him...and our getting engaged is sudden? Listen guys, I know that its a bit unexpected, but I love him! And he loves me! And I think its about time that we finally did what we were going to do if I hadn't ever left."

The jaws had snapped shut at Ginny's outburst, and now everyone was looking at Harry.

It was Fred and George who broke the silence.

"Well Harry," Fred began.

"And Gin-Gin," George added.

"All we can say is"

"We're planning the wedding!"

And the chaos broke out, as Bill and Charlie thumped Harry on the back, Mrs. Weasley burst into tears and hugged Ginny to her, and Ron and Hermione sat there smiling at it all.

"Listen mate," Bill hissed into Harry's ear when Ginny's attention was diverted, "You hurt her one more time and I will personally get a goblin to curse you for the rest of your life."

"And I'll get a dragon to rip you to shreds, bit by bit," Charlie added.

Harry smiled uncertainly until they laughed at him, poking fun at an Auror who was afraid of his brother-in-laws to be.

"Brother in laws can be a hell of a lot more dangerous than Dark wizards sometimes," thought Harry.

Suffice it to say that the rest of dinner was a joyous occasion as the family was finally all completely together. Harry and Ginny were finally getting married, and although everyone felt the air of completeness that finally filled the house, nobody said anything.

And so, Harry and Ginny and Rilla and Jem were finally on their way to happiness, after four long years of separation.

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