My Heart Belongs To You…Again
Chapter Twenty-Three: The Granger Family Reunion
The Granger Family reunion finally arrived, and as Harry and Hermione stood in the driveway of her parent's house, Hermione grabbed Harry's hand and faced him. "Are you absolutely sure you want to meet the all of the Granger's? It's going to be a very weird day, I promise."
Harry laughed and kissed her. "If I love your weirdness so much, why shouldn't I meet the people who made you that way?" Hermione glared at him, but Harry just kissed her again. "Oh yeah, by the way…no magic today right?" Hermione nodded. Harry smiled and started pulling her up the driveway. "Well come on already!" Hermione laughed and quickened her pace to match his.
"Hermione!" A herd of little kids came running up and all crowded around a smiling Hermione, exchanging hugs and kisses. After everyone got a hug, they all stared at Harry. A little boy looked at Hermione. "Who is he?"
Hermione smiled and grabbed Harry's hand. "This is Harry."
The girls all giggled. "Is he your boooooooyfriend?" They made sure to put a large emphasis on 'boyfriend' causing Harry to laugh. Hermione just rolled her eyes.
"Yes girls he is." They all giggled again as the boys just stared at them. They all looked back at Harry, staring hard at what Harry knew was his scar.
One little girl spoke very cautiously. "Not to be nosy, but what's that on your head?" Harry laughed; even Muggles noticed his scar quickly. He kneeled down in front of them and moved his hair.
All the kids gasped and many uttered a 'wow'. "I was in accident when I was just a baby and I got this."
"It's exactly like a thunder bolt." One of the older girls rolled her eyes.
"It's a lightning bolt stupid."
The boys all stared at her. "No, it's a thunder bolt, you dork!"
The girls all stared back. "No, thunder's the noise you retard!"
"So it's actually a lightning bolt!"
"So what? Nerd!"
Hermione stepped in. "Enough!" They all stopped suddenly and completely forgot they were arguing. "Thank-you. Now, does anyone know where Aunt Lynn and Uncle John are?"
The oldest of the group, a boy who was no older than 12, pointed around the house. "All the adults are back there."
Hermione smiled and took Harry's hand. "Thanks Nick. Have fun you guys." The kids all took off, running around and just being completely like kids. Harry and Hermione headed off to the backyard. Hermione turned to look at Harry once they reached the door, but he just grinned. She sighed and slid the open, bracing herself as all the Grangers turned to them.
"Hermione!" She smiled and hugged her mom back, pulling away and giving her dad a kiss on the cheek. Other relatives ran up and they all exchanged hugs and such. She made her way back over and grabbed Harry's hand.
"Everybody, this is Harry Potter." Harry smiled and waved, hoping everyone would approve of him being with Hermione. She introduced everyone as Harry tried to remember the right name with the right face: John and Lynn, her parents, John's brother Mark and his wife Laura, his other brother Scott and his wife Nancy, his infamous brother Mike and his fiancée Sheryl, and his sister Missy, then Lynn's sister Deb with her husband Dave and her other sister Dianne and her husband Ed. Hermione also mentioned which kids belonged to whom but Harry didn't even attempt to remember that.
After Harry had been introduced, John came over and threw his arm around Harry's shoulder. "Now make sure you remember who's who, there'll be a quiz later on."
Everyone laughed and continued having fun. Lynn ran inside and got Harry and Hermione drinks while Hermione pulled Harry aside. "Doing ok so far? Don't worry about remembering everyone."
Harry laughed. "I've got most of the names with the faces but I didn't even attempt to remember kids. Hope that's extra credit on the quiz." Hermione smiled and he leaned over, giving her a kiss on the cheek. "Don't worry about me, they seem absolutely wonderful." Hermione turned and started walking back to the party when Harry grabbed her arm. "What do I tell them my job is?"
Hermione smiled again, "Mom told everyone you're in charge of a police force in London. They're pretty much the Muggle equivalent to Aurors." Harry nodded and they headed back to join the fun.
"So how long have you and Hermione been together Harry?" Harry was sitting with the guys while Hermione and the other girls talked about Mike and Sheryl's wedding. Harry turned his attention away from Hermione and looked over at Mark. "If you don't mind me asking."
"Um…" Harry tried to figure out exactly how long but quickly gave up. "About 4 months. We've known each other since we were eleven though. We went to school together."
John laughed. "They were best friends all throughout school. Hermione would come home over breaks and the first thing she'd do was write Harry. Then pretty much every story she told us had him in it somehow."
Harry smiled, glad to hear that Hermione enjoyed having him in school with her as much as he enjoyed having her. Mike sighed. "Women…you meet one at a bar, play some pool, buy some drinks, next thing you know you're getting married!" He threw his hands in the air for dramatic effect. "I never thought I'd end up with you poor married souls, but here I am. Watch yourself Harry."
Harry laughed along with the others until John stood up. He walked over and casually leaned down next to Harry. "Can I have a word with you for just a minute?"
Harry nodded and followed John inside, taking a seat and trying hard not to be nervous. John must've noticed and laughed. "You're not in trouble Harry stay calm." He sat across from Harry and smiled. "Lynn and I always knew you were going to be a big thing in Hermione's life, but we also knew that was a very good thing." He looked over at a picture and Harry smiled. Hermione was about four and easily the cutest thing he'd ever seen. John looked back at Harry and smiled as he saw him staring at the picture. "You guys have any plans for the future yet?"
Harry turned and looked back at him. "Not yet. We're just enjoying where we are right now but…" He chuckled to himself. "I don't know. I honestly can't imagine my life without her and I don't want to. I just adore spending my time with her and I love being with her almost as much as I love her." As it flew out of his mouth without any resistance at all, he wasn't sure how John would take that bit of information.
To Harry's great relief, John's smile just grew. He slapped his knee and stood up, Harry standing also. John grasped his shoulder and headed back outside. "Just promise me you'll always take care of her. I can't imagine anyone better for her."
Harry stared at John and smiled. "Thank you." Hermione noticed them and walked over, hugging Harry.
"You boys behaving?" Harry smiled.
"Yes ma'am!" John laughed and headed over to his wife. Hermione looked up at Harry and kissed his chin.
"What'd you and Dad talk about?" Harry laughed and kissed her nose, holding her tighter.
"Nothing you need to worry about." The herd of kids came running into the backyard, spotting Harry and Hermione and grinning. Harry moved away from Hermione. "They're back!" He let out a battle cry and ran at the kids as they turned as one big group and ran in the opposite direction, yelling and screaming. Hermione and the others just laughed, their laughter growing louder as the kids turned on Harry and tackled him to the ground. Hermione leaned up against the house and watched, in her opinion, the most adorable guy in the world is just that: adorable.
Harry finally managed to stand up again and headed back over to the adults. He laughed and stood by Hermione, sighing. "Sorry they all attacked me earlier and I said I'd get them back."
Hermione laughed. "Sweetheart, I think you failed." Everyone laughed and Harry just rolled his eyes, chuckling.
Mike stormed up and looked Harry straight in the eye. "Alright Harry I've got one question...do you think it would be awesome if I got Japan tattooed on my butt if I was born in Japan?"
Harry just stared right back. "I think it'd be awesome. Hell, I'd probably cut holes in my pants so people could see it all the time."
Mike jumped and hugged Harry. He pulled away and shook his head. "I love this guy!" The rest of the family just rolled their eyes, completely used to Mike by now. Laura smiled.
"Well, I don't quite agree with the pants idea, but I must say that Harry definitely fits in with this bunch." Everyone laughed and nodded. Hermione just smiled, but Harry beamed. He chuckled lightly.
"Should I consider that a compliment or should I run away?" Everyone burst out laughing, not quite sure what the answer was.
The evening was growing darker and darker, and the reunion was slowly coming to an end. Harry and Hermione said good-bye, everyone inviting Harry back to the next one. Lynn grabbed Harry and threw him into a big hug. John smiled and embraced him, something that made Harry just smile. "Welcome to the family Harry." Hermione watched from afar, the biggest smile of the evening on her face. She hugged her parents, grabbed Harry's hand, and headed out of the door.
They walked down the driveway in silence until Hermione looked over at Harry; he was looking at the ground, thinking to himself. Before she could make sure he was ok, Harry grabbed her and hugged her tightly. Hermione just held him back, knowing she'd find out what was wrong, but also knowing it wasn't the time to ask. They just held each other for the longest time, Harry needing it and Hermione giving it.
Harry finally sighed and pulled away, just staring at her. "Thank-you."
Hermione looked at him, completely puzzled. "For what sweetie?"
Harry ran a hand through his hair. "For this. For letting me experience something a normal family does for once in my life."
Hermione just stood rooted where she was until the reality of what Harry said finally hit her. Harry had never had a family reunion. He'd never gotten to spend time with any sort of family that was actually his. He'd never even had his own family. "Harry I'm sorry if this-"
Harry looked up, his eyes piercing her own. "Don't apologize for it. It's not your fault I never had this, and if anything you make it easier to be ok with. You've got a great family and you have no idea how much it means to me that you shared them with me today."
Hermione smiled and hugged him again, holding him just as tight as before. "Well, they all think you're part of the family now." She pulled away and kissed his forehead. "Sorry you got a weird one." Harry finally laughed, a deep laugh that Hermione knew came from deep inside him.
Harry just shook his head and leaned over, kissing her lips which as much love and appreciation as he could. He pulled away and rested his forehead against hers, whispering to her with his eyes close. "Move in with me."
Hermione opened her eyes and stared at his face. "What?" He finally opened his eyes and wrapped his arms around her waist.
"Move in with me. Live with me. Be there next to me when I wake up, spend the day with me, and fall asleep next to me every night."
Hermione smiled. "Don't we already do that?" Harry chuckled.
"Do it officially. Move in with me. Please." Hermione smiled and kissed him.
"Only if you help me pack."
Author's Note: I'm so sorry this has taken so long. I just stared high school a few weeks ago and it's been very different. I'll try my very best to make the updates more frequent! Hope you liked it…I hate to say it, but this story is coming to an end. There's lots more to come…it's just getting there. Not quite sure how many more chapters, but don't worry they'll be quite a few. Thanks for reading, hope it was up to par!
By the way…my family is really like that. We should all be put away for mental problems.