A/N Ok people, last chapter, I'm really sad about it! But life goes on, and there will be a sequel, it will be better than this one I think, I have loads of plans for it! But anyways, on with the show and thanks for reading it! (Those of you who did that is…) And I'll see you again soon!
Ron and Hermione were snuggled up on the sofa in front of the fire that night after getting back from Hogsmede. Everyone in the Common room was looking at them hugging and kissing, this sure was today's news! 'And about time too', is what most of the onlookers thought, Ron and Hermione had always meant to be together, it just seemed, right.
"Harry! Ginny!" Ron shouted as they entered the happy scene through the portrait door. "Where have you been?" The two turned red immediately, "On second thoughts, don't tell me!" Ron said sarcastically. Ginny however gave Hermione the happiest look she had ever given, and Hermione knew just what they had done that night.
Harry and Ginny sat down together, looking suspiciously at Ron and Hermione, who started to kiss at that very moment.
"Good for you," Harry said to them both, and all four of them smiled.
They sat there for a few hours until the Common room became almost empty, and then they all decided to go to bed.
"Goodnight Harry," Ginny said softly, giving him a swift kiss on the lips.
"Honestly people! There's no need to be so close!" Ron exclaimed, and then gave Hermione a kiss as well. All four of them laughed as they walked their separate ways to bed.
"Now now, this won't do at all," Said a weedy, snake like voice, "I told you that we're getting them next month, and that's what I meant. When your Lord gives you an order you follow it!" He said to the small man who was kneeling at the foot of him. "I expect you do better next time, Wormtail. And, fortunate as you are, here is your chance," Wormtail looked up at his master expectantly, "Go to the school, and get her, that girl he is in love with, kidnap her, and bring her to me." Wormtail nodded obediently and stood up. "Bring her to me Wormtail, this is your last chance, bring me Ginny Weasley!"
"No!" Harry sat bolt upright in his bed, "No!"
"Harry? Mate, what's up?" Ron croaked as he turned a bedside light on. It was the middle of the night, and Harry had woken up all the boys in the dormitory.
"Ginny…" Harry said, sweating.
"What? What's wrong with her?" Ron jumped out of his bed.
"Ginny!" Harry had come to his senses, it wasn't a dream, he saw it in his sleep, and Voldermort was after Ginny. He leapt out of his bed and ran full pelt out of the room, knocking Ron over in the process.
He ran down the stairs and across the common room, but to his dismay, when he tried to get back up the stairs to the girls' dormitories, the stairs turned into a slide and he fell back down. He carried on trying, running as hard as he could, and with bare feet he had a good grip. Finally he made it to the top and burst into the room.
"Ginny!" He shouted.
"What are you doing in here?!"
All the girls shouting at him wasn't going to help him find Ginny in the dark.
"Where's Ginny?" He shouted louder than all of them put together.
"I'm here," Came a meek voice from the corner of the room.
"Oh Ginny!" Harry followed the voice to the other end of the room and fell into her arms.
Someone turned a light on and he saw her, not hurt, looking as beautiful as ever.
"Are you ok?" He asked breathlessly.
"I'm fine Harry, what's wrong?" She asked worried.
"Harry, are you ok?" Hermione came up behind him.
"We need to go downstairs," He said and walked off, pulling Ginny behind him who was not arguing. Hermione followed and they saw Ron standing at the bottom of the stairs.
"What's wrong mate? Ginny are you ok? Hermione, what's going on?" He asked, totally bemused as they all were.
Harry went and sat on the sofa opposite the fire and examined Ginny, she was fine by the looks of things, but he knew it wasn't a dream, Voldemort had used it as a way of getting Harry to go to him, he was sure of it.
"Harry, please tell us what's going on," Ginny asked calmly.
"Voldemort's coming after you," He said simply.
All three shuddered at the name.
"What?" Ginny said, shocked. "Why would he be after me? And how do you know this?"
"I saw it in my sleep, and no it wasn't a dream," He added when he saw Hermione about to say it. "And he's after you to get to me, I know it!"
"Harry, I'm sure it was just a dream, we've been together a lot lately, and your life has been ruled by him, so it completely explains it," Ginny said rationally.
"No!" He shouted.
"Harry calm down," Hermione said, "We're not saying your wrong as such, just a little… Unexplained…" She trailed off when she realised what she was saying was nonsense.
"No! You don't understand!" He shouted again, he hated it when no one believed him when it came to the affairs of Voldemort. "My scar has been killing me recently, he's getting stronger, he wants to fight me."
"Your scar?" Ron exclaimed. "Why didn't you tell us?"
"Well," Harry looked around sheepishly, "We were all getting along so well, life was finally back to normal, I didn't want to ruin it."
"You should have told us," Ginny said, "We need to see Dumbledore about this."
"Not now," Hermione said, "Why don't we all go back to bed and see him in the morning?"
"Because Wormtail is coming to get Ginny tonight!" Harry shouted.
"Harry, it was a dream, like Ginny said, she's on your mind a lot, and because of your scar hurting You-know-who is as well. Your brain just put two and two together, that's all!" Hermione reasoned.
"I don't believe you," He replied stonily.
"Mate, please, lets just go to bed, talk about it in the morning," Ron pleaded.
"Fine, but Ginny's coming to bed with me so I can protect her!" He said.
"I can't do that!" Ginny said.
"Its either that or we sleep on the sofa, I'm not leaving you."
"Ok, I'll come with you," Ginny sighed, "Ron, are you ok with that?"
Ron looked disgusted but saw no other way out of it so he nodded.
The four of them went back to bed. And Harry put his arms around Ginny, who to be honest, was grateful, she didn't believe it was real, but it still unnerved her a lot, hearing that the darkest Lord ever was after her, again.
Harry awoke the next morning to find Ginny still in his arms.
After uneasy dreams of Ginny getting pulled away from him, he woke up many times in the night, but when he felt her warmth still against her, he fell back to sleep, knowing she was ok.
The four of them went downstairs and got breakfast together, in an awkward silence, especially from Hermione, she knew Harry would be mad at her for not believing him when he said what he saw was real.
His mind was calming down when it got to half way through the peaceful Sunday however, so he wasn't so tetchy with them. And before he knew it the three of them were out in the snow making snow angels (literally, they were flying around everywhere).
Their nice day got interrupted however, when Seamus Finnegan came up to them and told Harry that Dumbledore needed to see him. Harry looked at Ron, Hermione and Ginny nervously, and they all walked to his office.
"I'd better go in alone," Harry said next to the stone gargoyle. "I'll see you guys later."
"Jelly bean," He said to the gargoyle which jumped aside.
And with that he disappeared up the staircase that led to the Headmaster's office.
He knocked three times solidly on the office door, and heard a faint, "Come in," From behind it.
"Harry, glad you could join me so quickly, how are you?" Dumbledore asked him politely.
Even though he was being polite, Harry could see the tiredness in his eyes. He was pale and his eyes were red. His long locks of silver beard were untidy and his hat was askew.
"I'm ok thank you Sir," Harry replied, sitting on the chair opposite the Headmasters.
"I have had a long night Harry, so I must apologise in advance if I get a tad, tetchy," He finished off with a look at Harry, as Harry always got angry in this office.
After Harry's nod, Dumbledore went on. "I'm afraid I have bad news to report Harry. As I am aware you learnt last night, Voldemort plans to take the world by storm again in the next coming month. In which case, the wizarding and muggle world alike need you," He finished looking expectantly at Harry as if he was going to jump up and say 'Ok! Let me at him, I'm on the case!", well, that wasn't going to happen.
"How do you know I saw it?" He asked.
"Harry, this is my school, I like to explore the corridors at night and visit my old friends in portraits, I can also hear shouting from the local Common rooms," Dumbledore tried at a small smile, as did Harry, but nothing much came from either of them. "Now Harry, are you willing to help? Or must I find the Horcruxes by my self?"
"The what's?" Harry asked, he'd never heard that word before.
"I have no time to explain in full detail right now, but we need to destroy them to kill Voldemort," Dumbledore said. Harry still had no idea what these things were, but he knew Dumbledore was trustworthy, and he knew he'd explain it later. "I'll ask again Harry, will you come with me?" He persisted.
"How long for? Will be back in time for dinner?" Harry asked.
Dumbledore chuckled to himself, "I'd be careful Harry, you might start to sound like your dear cousin," Harry blushed slightly, "And I'm afraid, it is impossible to say how long it will take to find them, but I'm sure it will take longer than today."
"Oh, so, I won't come back for a while?" Harry considered.
"Days, weeks, months, but I should doubt it will take years, and I should hope not as well," Dumbledore answered.
"You want me to help you find them?" Harry asked.
"Indeed, very much. I need a strong body at my side through the whole thing, and who better to do it that 'the Chosen One'?" Harry tried at a smile, but it came out more like a wince.
"I'll definitely come, if its going to help me to kill Voldemort," Harry said defiantly.
"Good, then we must be off now, Harry," Dumbledore said picking up his wand and walking towards the door.
"Won't we need anything?" Harry asked, thinking that if he was going to be away for a long while, he'd need at least a tooth brush!
"Anything we need we shall get from our wands, so I'd remember that if I were you," Dumbledore said without a hint at a smile, although Harry found it quite funny.
And so, Harry and the headmaster walked out of the office, out of the building, to see Ron, Hermione and Ginny stare at them both.
"Sir, may I…" Harry didn't need to finish,
"I would expect you to Harry," Dumbledore said and stopped walking.
Harry ran over to his two best friends and girlfriend.
"Where are you going?" Hermione asked eagerly.
"Away, to find some Horcroaks or something like that," Harry replied looking at Ginny.
"Away? For how long?" Ron asked.
"Days, weeks, months, as long as it takes to kill Voldemort," Harry said, never taking his eyes off Ginny, who fell to the floor in tears.
"Harry, you can't go!" She screamed so loud it echoed around the grounds. Harry nervously looked round to Dumbledore, but he seemed to be very interested in the blooming leaves of a lilac tree.
He smiled to himself and turned back to Ginny, "He needs me, I have to go."
"Please Harry, please!" Ginny called out.
"If you're not going to be supportive then I'll just go," Harry turned away from her, "Goodbye Ron," He gave him a manly hug, "Bye Hermione," He gave her a hug as well.
"Take care of yourself Harry," She kissed him on the cheek.
One last look at Ginny and he turned and walked back towards Dumbledore.
He heard the sobs from behind him but he wasn't going to stop, she should be supportive and encouraging, rather than acting like he was on a one way trip to death.
Harry turned around just in time to catch Ginny as she jumped into his arms. They stood for several moments locked in a kiss, until they both remembered that their headmaster was behind them.
"Take care Harry, I'll see you soon, won't I?" Ginny said trying to be cheerful.
"Of course you will, I'll be back before you know it!" Harry reassured her, but he didn't really have a clue when he'd be back, if he got back at all. He put the thoughts to the back of his mind.
"Harry, I do hate to interrupt but we ought to be going," Dumbledore said from behind him.
Harry nodded, gave Ginny a kiss, and said "Bye Gin, I love you."
"I love you too," She replied, still sobbing.
Harry walked back to Dumbledore, who was still examining the growth of a lilac tree.
"It's good you have such good friends," He said to Harry, who was shaking violently.
"Yeah, I know…" He said.
And so they left the grounds of Hogwarts, all on foot. Harry looked back every now and then, every time seeing Hogwarts getting smaller and smaller, and with it, his life… He saw it flash before his eyes every time he looked back. He saw Voldemort in another person in his first year, he saw saving Ginny from a giant snake in his second year, he saw meeting his now deceased Godfather in his third, he saw Cedric Diggory get murdered, a newly reformed Voldemort and his ghostly parents in his fourth year, and he saw his Godfather die in his fifth year at that school. Most of those years were taken up by death; all of them were taken up by heartbreak. Well, he vowed to himself then and there, that no one special to him was going to die or get killed this time, he'd find what he needed to kill Voldemort, and he'd find him and kill him before he could get to any of his friends again. And that's a vow that he was never going to break. He looked up at Dumbledore, who trudged through the still thick snow. Dumbledore wasn't going to kill Voldemort, he would do it, will the hate and anger that bubbled inside of him, all for one creature.
A/N There we go, I hoped you enjoyed that chapter… It's over sniff sniff… But it's so not cos I'll start a sequel lol so look out for it!!! I'll be off now, until next time!! Thanks for reading please review!!