Author's Notes: Thank you to everyone who reviewed Chapter 14. Caryn, thanks for your awesome review, those were great compliments!! Ry, Zuerlein2001, Sweet-single, thanks for your patience! Hakkai-Gojyo-Goku-San, Harry will stay with Susan for a little bit longer until I pair him with someone new (in my two newest and yet to be posted stories) Regarding the two students who are having a baby: well, I didn't pick anyone really by name, except I thought they'd be a Hufflepuff girl and a Slytherin boy. Hope they makes sense...if you think of the house characteristics. :-) Thanks also to Honeyduked, Sarahamanda, MoonyPadfootJr, HecateDeMort and Assur for your continued support. I can't believe it's been so long since I started posting my stories!
I'm anxious to get started posting my two new Harry stories so…I'm just going to post this and then work on the graduation party which will wrap this story up. I really did like continuing to write Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Draco being at school, but I've got other ideas now so…I hope you enjoy these scenes. The last two have been written for a long time just waiting patiently for me to get to them.
Valentine's, Spring Break, and Studying for NEWTS
Valentine's Day in Harry's final year dawned with a bright sun and blue skies. Harry knew his day had been planned out by Susan, starting with breakfast in the Great Hall, followed by studying, then walking, hand-in-hand of course, to Hogsmeade to have lunch at Madam Puddifoot's. Then, after dinner, they were going to go to the Astronomy Tower to kiss. As he sat up and put his glasses on, he noticed Ron's bed was empty. Feeling panicked – Ron never got up before he did – he was about to wake Neville when Ron came back into the room.
Harry stared. Ron was already fully dressed.
"Uh. Nothing." Harry swung his legs over the side of his bed and stood up. "You're up early, that's all. It is Saturday."
"It's Valentine's Day," Ron said. "It's our first, so I wanted to make it special."
"Dangerous to set a high standard, mate." Harry laughed.
"Yeah, well." Ron shrugged. "I'm going to breakfast, see you there."
Harry got dressed slowly and met Susan outside the Ravenclaw dorms.
"Where's Ron?" She asked, more out of politeness than actual curiosity.
"He's already having breakfast."
"What? Really?" She looked astonished.
"Yeah, you're telling me."
"Well, ready for our day?" She tossed her hair over her shoulder in the way Ginny liked to mimic. Harry smiled, reminding himself that he would be getting to second base tonight if he behaved well.
Well, mate," Ron collapsed on one of the couches in the common room, "Best Valentine's Day ever."
"Really?" Harry looked up from Quidditch Monthly. Susan had returned to her dorms in plenty of time for curfew.
"Really." Hermione sat down next Harry. "I have to say, Ronald, I really never expected you to go through all that trouble."
"What'd you two do? I didn't see you in Hogsmeade."
"Ronald got us permission to go to the British Museum." Hermione sat up straight, her eyes sparkling with excitement. "Did you know there's a whole Wizarding section?"
Harry shook his head.
"Well, it's…it's amazing." Hermione slumped back against the cushions with a sigh of contentment. "Then we came back and had dinner at the Three Broomsticks."
"Wow." Harry said, noticing suddenly Ron's robe was buttoned up wrong and Hermione's hair was fluffier than normal. He grinned at his two best friends. "That's great."
"Yes. Yes, it was." Hermione stood and yawned, "I'm off to bed. Don't forget we're studying for NEWTS tomorrow."
"Yes, Hermione." Ron and Harry chorused. Hermione smiled at Harry, then bent to give Ron a soft kiss.
"Thank you for the lovely day."
"Thank you," Ron answered, looking a bit dazed. Hermione almost skipped up the stairs to the girls dorms.
"You got permission go to the British Museum?"
"Yeah." Ron shrugged, "I know my girl. She wouldn't have been impressed by Madam Puddifoot's."
"If I could, I'd give you house points for brilliance." Harry grinned.
"Hey, could I give myself house points?" Ron asked.
"Probably not. But I bet if you ask Hermione she'd give you some."
"Jack and Corbin are having sex all the time now."
"That's wonderful." Remus said, walking up the stairs to their bedroom, absent-mindedly rubbing his sore back. He needed to owl Clara tomorrow about their weekend plans, and there was that project to finish for work. He'd have to talk to Aspasia about the changes in the timeline.
"Tessen said he and I have forgotten what that's like – because we're old married men."
"Right." Remus agreed, not really listening. "Harry and Draco, I don't care if it is your Easter Break, you need to be in bed before midnight!" He yelled up the stairs and waited until he heard their answer.
Remus walked into their bedroom counting the moments until he could lay down on their nice, warm, soft bed.
"I gave Harry and Draco a huge bottle of fire whiskey and told them to drink up, that's all right, isn't it?"
"Sure." Remus tugged off his clothes and climbed into bed, not bothering with pajamas, sighing with contentment and exhaustion as his head hit the pillow.
"Could I get a magic eye?"
"What? NO!" Remus's eyes snapped open to look at Cassius.
"Worth a try – you weren't listening to me." Cassius was standing against the door, his arms crossed over his chest.
"I was." Remus protested weakly, knowing that he hadn't really been.
"So…we're not an old married couple who never has sex, are we?"
"We had sex yesterday morning in the shower, or have you forgotten?"
"But before that it'd been a long time."
"Come to bed." Remus said softly. Cassius shut the door and walked over to the bed slowly.
"We don't have sex as much as we used to." Cassius pulled off his clothes and climbed under the covers.
"We have two teenagers and the equivalent of your parents living with us. I think it's understandable if we don't have sex as much as we used to."
Cassius was quiet, a faint scowl on his face.
"Of course, I want to have sex with you all the time." Remus said lightly, snuggling down further under the covers.
"Of course." Remus nodded, tangling his hand in Cassius's hair and pulling him closer so that they were nose to nose. He kissed Cassius gently. "Don't forget Harry's going with you to work tomorrow. So don't leave without him."
"I won't. So…you wouldn't want to have sex now, would you?"
"Oh, Cassie," Remus yawned. "I'm so tired. How about a cuddle?"
"It's not the same thing."
Remus had his eyes closed for all of five seconds before he opened them again.
"Cassius Malfoy Lupin, what is wrong?"
"It's just…there are werewolf couples who don't love each other anymore, they just continue to have sex so they won't get sick and sometimes they even bring another person into the relationship just to keep it interesting. They have emotional affairs with other people."
"You haven't wanted to have sex with me in ages."
"Since yesterday," Remus pointed out dryly.
"But before that it'd been over a week! And you only had sex with me yesterday because we were going to pick up Harry and Draco at the station and…and you haven't bitten me in a long time either."
"And jus who am I having this alleged emotional affair with?"
Remus looked closely at Cassius then sighed. "This is why I don't like you doing research. You find out about all these other people who have nothing to do with us and it makes you crazy!"
"But you haven't had sex with me." Cassius's voice was one step away from a pout.
"I am not having an affair, emotional or otherwise, with Clara or anyone. I love you. I want to have sex with you. It's just…I've been tired. Work has been tiring. The potion helps but I still get tired easily. And the full moon is in a couple days."
"I know that."
"You…it's just…you used to get jealous about Corbin and now you don't."
"You want me to be jealous?"
"No! I mean, not really, there's no reason for you to be jealous anyway, it's just…when you got jealous…I liked it."
"I've been trying to not show I'm jealous. You know how I don't like for the wolf to control my behavior."
"I know, it's just…you have been jealous?"
"Yes. I get jealous about Corbin, even thought it was a long time ago, even though we weren't involved and you weren't my mate, even though he's perfectly happy with Jack and they're engaged. It all still makes me jealous."
"Bitey jealous?" Cassius asked quietly.
"Very." Remus whispered against Cassius's mouth.
"Oh." Cassius shivered
"How about tomorrow at lunch…I'll meet you here…and I'll let you have your way with me."
"Mmm. That's definitely not what 'old married couples' do, right?"
"Definitely not." Cassius agreed.
"And I'll even send you an interoffice memo so you don't forget." Remus smiled.
"Oh, pumpkin, can you believe we're graduating in a month? It's amazing." Susan wiggled closer to Harry as they sat in the Great Hall.
"Oh, it is. Isn't it, pickle?" Ginny asked sweetly, batting her eyelashes at Draco. Draco's mouth twitched as Harry glared at the two of them. Susan didn't seem to notice.
"I don't know," Harry said slowly, turning back to his girlfriend, "I'm ready to be done with all the studying."
Hermione sniffled. "I can't believe seven years is almost over." Ron watched her with concern. Hermione still hadn't fully recovered from the stress of the NEWTS.
"It's not like we all still won't be friends," Ron said, putting his arm around Hermione and kissing her cheek tenderly.
"But we won't be together every day," Hermione's eyes started to well up with tears, "It'll be different, Ronald."
"Most of you will be working at the Ministry, you can still have lunch together every day," Ginny pointed out quickly.
"And Draco could meet us there too, Saint Mungo's isn't too far away," Harry patted Hermione's shoulder.
"True." Hermione gave him a watery smile.
"Well, I can't wait to graduate." Susan said, tossing her hair over her shoulder. "I'll have my own flat." She looked at Harry pointedly.
"Yeah." Harry blushed.
"I have rounds." Draco stood, smoothing down his robes, "I'll walk you back to Gryffindor Tower, turnip, if you're ready."
Ginny stood with a grin. "Of course, pickle." She started gathering her books.
"Pumpkin, why don't you walk me back to the Ravenclaw dorms?" Susan said, her hand stroking Harry's thigh.
"Okay." Harry said, his voice cracking. He stood and they walked quickly out of the hall.
"Hermione, what do you think of us having nicknames too?" Ron said with a grin, twining a lock of Hermione's hair around his finger.
"Really, don't you think Susan will notice if we all have vegetable nicknames?" Hermione giggled. "She is in Ravenclaw after all."
"She hasn't commented about Draco and Ginny. I think it'd be funny. I could call you peapod."
"I could call you…rutabaga," Hermione laughed.
"Asparagus." Ron rubbed his nose against Hermione's with a smile.
"Carrot." Hermione grinned. "I think I will, actually." She tangled her hands in Ron's hair.
"Cabbage." Ron whispered, love sparkling in his eyes as he gazed at Hermione.
"Come on, pickle, it's getting too lovey-dovey in here for us." Ginny laughed. "See you tomorrow."
"Good Night," Draco said. Hermione and Ron waved in answer as they started kissing. A few steps away from the table, Ginny felt Draco's hand slide into hers. She squeezed it. "I'm sure Susan's really very nice."
"Sure," Ginny agreed half-heartedly. "She just tries to hog Harry all to herself and she's snotty about being in Ravenclaw and she's gets….gooey-eyed at Harry."
"You don't mind when Ron and Hermione get gooey-eyed."
"Of course," Draco said calmly as he stopped and looked up and down the corridor.
"What?" Ginny asked, looking up and down the corridor too, unsure of what Draco was looking for.
"Just wanted to make sure no one saw us getting gooey-eyed." Draco said teasingly, backing Ginny up against the stone wall.
"We don't get gooey-eyed." Ginny said defensively.
"Of course not." Draco agreed softly, arching his eyebrow. Ginny flung her arms around Draco and started kissing him.
"Fine, you've made your point." She grumbled as they started back down the hallway ten minutes later.
"Thank you." Draco said haughtily as he smoothed his hair and tucked his shirt back in.
"At least we keep our cool around other people, that's all I'm saying." Ginny looked down and noticed her blouse was buttoned incorrectly. She swore softly and buttoned her robe up over it.
"Absolutely, no one's cooler."
"Absolutely." Ginny said firmly.
"Good night, baby girl." Draco whispered against Ginny's lips as they stopped in front of the Fat Lady.
"Night, Draco." Ginny kissed him lightly before giving the Fat Lady the password and slipping into Gryffindor tower.