I Miss You

Chapter 18

For all I've been blessed with in my life
There was an emptiness in me
I was imprisoned by the power of gold
With one kind touch you sent me free
Let the world stop turning
Let the sun stop burning
Let them tell me love is not worth going through
If it all falls apart
I will know deep in my heart
The only dream that mattered had come true
In this life I was loved by you

For every mountain I have climbed
Every raging river crossed
You were the treasure that I longed to find
Without your love I would be lost
Let the world stop turning
Let the sun stop burning
Let them tell me love is not worth going through
If it falls apart
I will know deep in my heart
The only dream that mattered had come true
In this life I was loved by you

I know that I will live forever
But forever I'll love you
Let the world stop turning
Let the sun stop burning
Tell me love's not going through
If it all falls apart I will know deep in my heart
The only dream that mattered had come true
In this life I was loved by you

-In This Life: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

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"Do you really want to do this?" Harry asked her softly.

"Yes, Harry, I'm sure. This is such a wonderful opportunity for me… Besides," she added, not sounding very convincing, "it's not like we'll never see each other again."

But both of them had a gut feeling that perhaps this was the end.

They were standing in Heathrow Airport, and Hermione was waiting to board her plane to America. She had accepted her scholarship to Smithson's MediWitches Preparatory Academy, and would be gone for a year. Ron couldn't make it, and he had stopped by Harry's flat- where Hermione was almost constantly- to say goodbye about a week ago.

"Right," Harry said nervously. "Sounds like they're calling for you to board. Look," he said to her, cupping one hand under her chin and looking into her eyes, "just promise me that you'll write as much as you can, okay?" 'Now, you bastard, tell her now that you're madly infatuated with her!' his subconscious screamed at him.

Hermione cast her eyes to the ground for a moment, and then nodded very slightly. "I should probably go now. They're calling for me to board…" She gave him a smile and a hug, and turned to walk down the gangway. She was almost to the line when she stopped, turned around, and walked back to Harry.

She stood on her tiptoes, placed her hands on his cheeks, and kissed him quickly on the lips. Then she whispered to him, "I love you." She turned and headed back towards the terminal.

Harry stood, shocked, touching his fingers to his lips. Hermione was in line and he was still frozen. When she had handed in her ticket and was walking through the tunnel to board, he unfroze. Now was his chance. "Hermione. HERMIONE," he yelled at her, but she didn't turn.

Harry stayed at the airport long after her plane had left, leaning his forehead against the glass. How was he going to go on after this? Something had just clicked. Something… something that told him, "You're in love, you nimwit, now why don't you go and do something about it?"

He sighed, stood up, and headed back to his flat.

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Hermione sat in her coach class seat, forehead against the plastic of the window and tears running down her cheeks.

"Something wrong, dear?" asked the kind-looking elderly woman sitting next to her. "You look rather sad… and, well, you're crying."

Hermione sniffled and shook her head. "No, I'm only leaving for an exchange trip for a year, but it's still so hard to leave all my friends behind."

"There, there, honey," the woman said, patting her on the shoulder. "I'm sure they'll see you again when you've all finished with your schooling. I'm Linda, by the way," she said, holding out her hand.

"I'm… Rebekah," Hermione said, shaking Linda's hand. "Lovely to meet you."

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Author's Note: Okay, this is the end of this story! But don't worry, there will be a sequel. Look for it this coming Monday- I already have the first couple of chapters written. It's going to be called "In This Life." So watch for it. Aaaand. It picks up after he graduates from Hogwarts and such. LET ME KNOW HOW YOU LIKED THE STORY!

--Sara

Chibi-Suiko: Things really never do go right for Harry, do they? :)

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