Ch 20- Bye-bye Baby
A/N: Ahh! This is the last chapter! I can't believe I wrote all this. I am going to tell you, I had a really hard time coming up with an ending for this story and I am still not 100 happy with it, so bare with me! Well...last chapter…here it goes…
Summer sunlight drifted into the girls' dormitory and Hermione's eyelids fluttered open. It was the last day of school before summer let out and as their last day, they had no classes. Hermione yawned and stretched and slowly rolled out of bed. She made her bed as she did every morning, being the perfectionist she was and carefully set her Teddy on top of her pillow.
Having taken a shower the night before, she brushed her hair and pulled the sides back into two clips. She pulled on a pair of jean shorts and belt, as it was eighty degrees outside. Then she put on a white tank under a navy blue tee with sleeves that rested on her shoulders with the word "Brilliant" written across it- a gift from Ginny.
Hermione laughed quietly as she looked over at Ginny. Her head was where her feet should be and vice versa and she was falling halfway off the bed. Hermione walked over to her bed and pondered for a moment trying to remember where Ginny was ticklish the most. Aha, she thought to herself, her feet. Hermione barely touched Ginny's feet before she screamed and fell the rest of the way off the bed taking the bedspread with her. Hermione snorted at the disgruntled Ginny.
Ginny blew a strand of her straight ginger hair from her face and glared at Hermione.
"Sorry, Gin!" Hermione said in between laughter, "But, It was just so…" Hermione laughed again, "tempting!" Ginny didn't look amused. "Oh come on Gin get up, it's the last day, actually, isn't not even a whole day, we're getting on the train at four today!"
"Yeah, I suppose you're right…" Ginny sighed.
"Well, I'm going downstairs, I'll meet you later at breakfast?" Ginny nodded.
Hermione then trotted downstairs to find a Harry, but no Ron.
"Where's Ron?" she asked.
"Good morning to you too Hermione! I slept well how 'bout you?" Harry joked sarcastically. Hermione laughed.
"Sorry Harry," then she cooed, "Did you sleep alright?"
"Very well thank you!" Then he laughed seeing the anticipated look on Hermione. "He's down at the Quidditch pitch, said he wanted to fly once more here before we have to go home."
"Thanks Harry!" Hermione said, then sprinted out the portrait hole. As she was running through the hallway, Colin waved and she turned , but continued running backwards to wave back.
"What?" Hermione asked stopping her jog. Colin searched in his bag for a moment or two before pulling out a paper and handed it to her.
It wasn't a paper at all actually, it was a photo. Of her and Ron. Ron had his arms around her waist, and hers around his neck as he spun around in circles in front of the lake about a month ago. It was a beautiful picture. They were both laughing blissfully and Colin had captured it perfectly. Hermione smiled wider as she watched the photograph Ron kiss her chastely on the lips.
"Oh Colin it's wonderful!" she exclaimed, giving him a small hug. "Thank you!" Colin smiled proudly. Then Hermione, remembering where she was going asked, "Are you going to the common room?" Colin nodded. "Do you think you can take this with you and give it to Ginny and tell her to set it on my dresser?" she asked indicating her picture.
"Sure," Colin said, "I got one of her and Harry too!" he said. Hermione smiled.
"Thanks again Colin! Bye!" she said handing him the picture and resuming her run towards the oak doors.
She pushed them open and had to squint because of the bright sunlight. Then she headed towards the Quidditch pitch. She walked to the edge of the pitch and looked up, squinting with a hand up attempting to shield her eyes from the sun. She spotted him some fifty feet above her and called to him.
"Hey! Lover boy!" she teased. Ron smiled and descended down to the ground in front of her. "You're up early." She said as he took her hand in the opposite one holding his broom. They had made it a ritual to go for a walk every morning they didn't have class.
"Yeah, well, last day and all." He replied. She nodded.
"I can't believe this year is already over!" she said.
"Yeah, I know, only one more year after this! Hold up a second." He said as he began unlocking the several locks on the broom shed. He set his broom inside and closed the door, re-bolting it.
They continued their walk to the same thick oak tree they had had a picnic underneath earlier in the year…the same day they got together. As they reached it, Hermione traced the familiar carving of R.W. + H.G. with a large heart around it that Ron had carved a month ago. Ron smiled at her and she smiled back. Hermione looked at the carving again.
"Hey," Ron said nudging her arm with his.
"What?" she asked smiling, seeing the mischievous glint in his eyes.
"You're it!" he said and then sprinted in the direction of the castle. Hermione shrieked and ran after him.
The rest of the day went on as normal, most of it spent outside in the summer Sun. Before they knew it, it was four o'clock and they were boarding the Hogwarts Express. Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione all sat in one compartment and played games and chatted. Currently though, Harry was asleep with his head against the window, and Ginny asleep with her head against his arm. Hermione smiled at them over the top of her book and then looked at the sleeping Ron in her lap. She smiled again. This had been the best year yet. She abysmally twirled his red hair in her fingers as she read her book.
Soon the train came to a stop and they were forced to get off. After they retrieved their trunks, it was time to say goodbye. Hermione saw her mother and father a little ways away and waved. They waved back and she held up a finger, signaling that she would be there in a minute after saying goodbye. Hermione's mom smiled and nodded. Hermione had owled her during school telling her that she and Ron were dating.
Hermione turned to Ron and looked up at him.
"I'm gonna miss you a lot." She told him sincerely.
"I'm gonna miss you a lot too." He said truthfully. Hermione looked thoughtful for a moment.
"You have a telephone right?" she asked him.
"Yeah, why?" he asked bemused.
"Well, here." She said taking a pen out of her pocket and taking his hand. "That's my phone number. It's a lot faster than owling and you can hear each other. Just dial it and ask for Hermione. And what ever you do don't yell into it!" she said. He laughed.
"I think I learned that the hard way."
"Yes," Hermione giggled, "That, you did." She took both his hands and he intertwined their fingers. "Arguhh, I don't wanna leave!" she complained.
"Me either." He said.
"You better call me ever single day, you hear?" she asked.
"Ah, I don't think I'll be able to do that…"
"Why not?" Hermione asked worriedly.
"Because," said Ron smiling, "I'll have to call you twice everyday." Hermione tried to glare but failed.
"You prat!" she said playfully smacking his arm.
"Yes, yes I'm a prat, and yet you still love me!"
"Yes, I do." Hermione said. Ron leaned down and captured her lips in his. She slowly moved her hands around his neck as his snaked around her waist. They stood like this for several seconds before Hermione remembered her parents were still watching and gently pulled away. She looked up into Ron's ocean blue eyes.
"I love you." He said.
"I love you too." She said. She then tightened her grip on his neck, hugging him tightly. He hugged her back just as tightly, lifting her feet off the ground a couple of inches because of their height difference. After another moment or two, he set her down.
"Bye." She said quietly.
"Bye." He said.
Hermione wheeled her trunk to where her mother and father were standing and gave them both hugs hello. As they walked towards their car, Hermione looked over her shoulder and waved goodbye to Ron again. He smiled and waved back.
"He's cute." Hermione's mom said to her. Hermione blushed.
"Is he good kisser?" Her mom teased nudging her.
"Mu-um!" he said embarrassed.
"What it's just a question!" she replied. Hermione play glared.
"Well, if you must know, yes, he's a very good kisser." A moments' pause.
"He loves you doesn't he? I can see it in his eyes."
"Yeah…he does." Hermione answered.
"Do you love him?" Her mom asked. Hermione nodded blushing furiously.
Finally, they reached their car.
"You should have him over for a while this summer!" Hermione's dad inquired.
"Really?" she asked excitedly.
"Sure, why not?" Her dad replied. Hermione grinned and got into the car. As they pulled away, all Hermione could think was that this year had been the best year in her entire life…and she was sure it was Ron's too.
A/N: Ahh! Oh my goodness, I can't believe it's all over! Thank you SO, SO, SO, SO, SO much to all of you that reviewed! F it weren't for you guys, I wouldn't have been able to write this. I'll post a thank you note to all of those who reviewed, so if you have been reading and haven't reviewed, make yourself known so I can personally thank you! For those of you who are wondering, I do plan on writing more R/Hr fics in the future. I'm thinking of a few One-Shot's, but I'll probably write another long fic sooner or later! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO READ! PLEASE REVIEW!