Chapter 7 - When Pigs Fly
"What? You told her that?" Hermione exclaimed standing up from the seat she'd had recently taken on the bench. Harry had met up with Ron and Hermione as promised and when they had asked were Ginny was, he'd told the whole story.
"Well, yea. I didn't think she would take it the way she did. I mean…she got rather mad." Harry frowned. "She screamed for a bit and then Bat Bogey hexed me, before running from the Three Broomsticks."
"Was she crying?" Hermione asked, pacing fast. Ron glanced at Harry, his eyes glaring. Harry knew the look meant she better not…or else.
"I don't think so." He really hoped not. He was already feeling bad enough about her taking it the wrong way, he wasn't really sure he could handle tears. Especially from Ginny. "I couldn't really tell. I hope not." His face showed that he really did and Ron calmed slightly.
"We both hope not. I really don't fancy punching my best mate's face in the ground." Ron smiled as he bit into a chocolate frog.
"Guys, focus. Harry really did something bad now. We have to help-" Hermione continued pacing.
"I was wondering Ron." Harry took a seat in the spot Hermione had jumped up from.
"What's that?" Ron raised his eyebrow in question.
"-Harry fix things. Ginny isn't going to be happy when we find her…wherever she went and-"
"Why you were acting so calm about me and Ginny. You know…relationship wise."
"Oh, well, Hermione warned me a while back that the two of you might start to date. So I had a while to get used to it. Besides, Hermione threatened to never snog me again if I said anything to you." Ron smiled and shrugged. "I am alright with it though. Just…don't let me see you two snogging. It would be weird."
"Alright." Harry agreed with a laugh.
"-when we do find her she most likely won't be willing to talk to us. Besides that I-" Hermione glanced up from her pacing and saw the two of them laughing. "Hey! Are you two even listening?"
"Er…" Ron and Harry looked at her sheepishly. "No…"
"That's it Harry! I am done trying to help you." She huffed and grabbed her small Honeydukes bag. "You're on your own."
"Wait! I don't need-" Harry jumped up as Hermione began to stomp off. Ron sighed from his seat on the bench as he opened another chocolate frog.
"Good job, mate. Not only did you make Ginny mad, you made Hermione mad." Ron stopped unwrapping the frog and looked up at Harry, his eyes wide. "Oh no."
"What?" Harry asked, as he glanced up from the direction Hermione had stomped off in to Ron.
"This means no snogging…"
The next day, Harry sat in one of the Gryffindor common room chairs, trying to enjoy his Saturday afternoon by reading a nice book, when Hermione came barging into the common room, her face set in a terrible frown.
"Harry." She sat in the chair next to him. Harry looked up from his book with a smile, which faded at his friends frown. "I've got just back from the library. Would you like to know who I was sitting in there with?"
"Ginny! A very, if I do say so myself, calm Ginny."
"Okay…" Harry looked puzzled, so Hermione sighed.
"I don't get it. I just…" She broke off and shook her head.
"Hermione…what don't you get?"
"Yesterday, you and Ginny got in this big fight. Now, today, Ginny is calm and you are just sitting here. And I know the reason the two of you are like this isn't because you apologized. I asked Ginny. So now none of it makes any sense." She looked at Harry and he smiled, a little unsure of what to say.
"Well…the reason I haven't apologized is I never planned to in the first place." Hermione gaped at him. "I didn't even do anything. I was just trying to tell her that I liked her…I just chose the wrong words." He shrugged. "I never saw anything I needed to apologize for."
"But…you said…to her…I…" She stared at him and Harry couldn't help but think it was only time he'd seen her struggle for words.
"I know and I felt bad at first…and I thought about it and came to the solution that this disagreement is entirely her fault." Harry started to read his book again.
"I see…" Hermione mumbled and moved slightly in her chair. "So what if Ginny doesn't…come to her senses and see that you didn't mean it that way?"
"I think she will Hermione. You said she was calm when you talked to her."
"Can I read my book now?" He asked with a smile.
"All right." She agreed. Harry half expected her to leave, but then scratched that out when thinking about the bombshell he'd just dropped on her.
A few minutes after Hermione and Harry had their talk, Ginny entered the common room. She searched furtively for Harry and smiled slightly when she found him. She almost felt like chickening out.
But she wouldn't.
She knew that she had over reacted to Harry's statement and felt a tad bit stupid now. All right, she felt really stupid. She still wasn't sure what he meant by what he'd said, but she was in the mood to find out.
And she wouldn't let herself not do it.
When she had run from Hogsmeade, she'd done so in anger. She couldn't believe he had said that he was putting his lessons to good use, couldn't believe that he was using her for practice. She'd taken a lone carriage back to the castle and then took a walk around the lake.
Where she had taken time to think. About anything really. But, mostly Harry.
That's when she'd realized that Harry couldn't have meant what he said the way she'd taken it. It wasn't something he would say…or do. Besides…he had that cute shocked look on his face when she'd exploded. She'd noticed it at the time, she was just to fumed to consider anything.
After walking around the lake once (it was a big lake) she'd headed up the Gryffindor tower. Harry had been in the common room with Ron and she'd slipped up to her dorm unnoticed. Not without shooting Harry multiple looks of course.
In her dorm that night, she'd been annoyed and bothered by the other girls, who all ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the fact that she'd gone to Hogsmeade with the Harry Potter. They where all really lucky to not have gotten Bat-Bogeyed.
Then the topic had changed from her going with Harry to her running out on Harry. This was the point when she had faked a really big yawn and closed the curtain around her bed. When, in fact, she wasn't all that tired.
After sleeping on the situation, she'd been okay with everything in the morning. Everything seemed fine to her now and she felt the needed to apologize for running out on Harry, and for possibly embarrassing him. Also…she'd decided to tell him about her feelings. Enough jumping over them or dodging to the side. It was time.
That's why she was standing in the common room now. Just standing there. As it wasn't very exciting, Ginny moved from the common room over to where Hermione and Harry were sitting.
When she sat down in the chair across from them and said 'Hello', Hermione jumped and Harry merely glanced up and nodded, then went back to his book. Ginny frowned and decided to focus on Hermione's reaction first.
"What's wrong Hermione?" She asked with a smile. Hermione looked at her and shook her head. Ginny glanced from Hermione to Harry and back pointedly. Hermione smiled wide and stood up.
"Well, good luck to the both of you." Hermione said in a tone of finality.
"Bye 'Mione." Ginny muttered.
"See ya." Harry didn't even bother to glance up from his book.
"So Harry. How are you today?" Ginny asked after Hermione had disappeared up the girls' staircase. Harry glanced up at her and shut his book.
"I'm good. You?"
"Alright." She smiled. They stared at each other for a few minutes and then Ginny looked away to glance around the common room. It was actually really full…nowhere she wanted to confess her undying love for Harry.
"Harry, do you want to go for a walk?" She asked him. He gave her a puzzled look, but nodded.
"Sure." They stood together and Harry summoned his bag from other side of the couch. When he had his bag in his hands, he paused, shrugged and smiled charmingly at her. Her heart thumped. "Summoning is really convenient, huh?"
She laughed. "Yea." She watched him place his book inside the bag and then banish it to his dorm room. They then left the common room together. The walk from Gryffindor tower to the Entrance Hall, seemed short, even though the two of them were silent.
When Harry held the Entrance Hall doors open for her she had to smile. She walked out into the air and shivered slightly.
"It's getting close to Halloween." Harry informed her of the obvious. "The weather is going to get colder soon."
"Yea, but…I don't mind the cold." She smiled. "When I first started going out with Michael Corner…he said the same thing. I was nosy and asked him why. He said…'the cold is fun when you have someone to warm you.'" She laughed and Harry looked over at her. "I realize he was making a pass at me. But…it was kind of cute."
"Corner is a prat." Harry inputted.
"Yea." She agreed. They fell silent again, and Ginny decided it was time to tell Harry what she came to say. "So, I guess you're wondering why I wanted to take a walk…"
"Well, I assumed it was because I am such a handsome guy. After being seen with me for a day at Hogsmeade, you couldn't help but want to do it more. You like the attention." He joked. Ginny rolled her eyes.
"Now you're being pompous. It is about Hogsmeade. I'm sorry for running out on you yesterday." She shrugged. "I really took your words the wrong way and I apologize."
"Oh. So…" He glanced over at her. "You know what I meant then?"
"No." She looked over at him and then back ahead of her. They were getting close to Hagrid's hut. "What did you mean?" She asked hopefully. Harry just smiled and shook his head.
"You know…" She began after a few seconds of silence. "I really miss our lessons. It's only been a week or so but, I really miss having them. It was fun."
"Yea." Harry agreed. "I enjoyed watching you stand on your head. My second favorite part." He laughed.
"Second favorite?" She inquired.
"That's right." Harry shook a little hair out of his face.
"Then what was your first?" She sighed when Harry once again smiled and shook his head.
"Nope." Because she knew she wouldn't get anything out of him, she reluctantly let the subject drop. She looked around and was amazed at how close they were to Hagrid's hut. "So, you know Hagrid is raising a load of pigs now?"
"Pigs? Really?" Harry laughed when she nodded. "Wow." They walked over and leaned against the short brown fence Hagrid set up for the pigs and watched the pink creatures run around, all the while trying to ignore the smell.
Harry laughed softly and Ginny glanced over.
"Do you remember that day…" He thought back. "Our last lesson together, you were off in a daze and then you mumbled something about if pigs could fly?"
Ginny smiled. "Yea. You told me that 'they can if you charm them to.'" They both laughed.
"So, Gin, will you tell me what would happen for you if pigs could fly?" Harry smiled and Ginny flushed as she thought back.
"C'mon." He pleaded. She considered it. If she told him what she'd been thinking, then it would accomplish her other mission. The telling Harry she liked him that is. Also…maybe she could get something out of it.
"All right. But on two conditions." She told him.
"You have to tell me why you said that in The Three Broomsticks and what you favorite thing about our lessons was." Ginny smiled.
"Two for One?" Harry raised an eyebrow. "That's not very fair." Ginny shrugged.
"So…take it or leave it."
"All right." He gave in with a sigh. "But you have to say first."
"So, what were you thinking when you said 'and pigs could fly'?" Harry asked his voice sounding excited.
"I was thinking that if pigs could fly…" She paused for effect. "Then you would enjoy me jumping your bones."
"…jumping my bones?" He repeated.
"And snogging you senseless." She added smiling to herself. She glanced at Harry who was staring at her oddly. He laughed slightly and turned around. He placed his elbows on the fence and looked at her sideways.
"Let me get this out quickly. My favorite thing about the lessons was being with you. I said that at Hogsmeade because it's the truth. I made up the whole teach me how to win over the girl I fancy lessons so I could use whatever you taught me on you." He smiled happily and then looked at the pigs.
Ginny's eyes got really wide, and she gaped at him. Harry pulled his wand out and aimed towards one of the pigs. He muttered something quickly under his breath. Ginny watched as the pig sprouted wings and began to lift from the ground. Harry looked at her with a satisfied smile.
"All right…" He cracked his knuckles, moved his neck around as if to remove cricks and took in a breath. "Let's snog."
If Ginny had been any less shocked than she was, she definitely would have burst out laughing. Harry looked like he was preparing for a fight. When she didn't agree to jump at his snogging invitation, he tilted his head to the side and smiled.
"I was kidding. How about I walk away and you think about everything I just said." He tapped her gently on the cheek with his hand and then turned on his heel.
Stupid Harry. Stupid, Stupid Harry.
Had he really just told her let's snog. Gee, he was an idiot. He squeezed his eyes shut and opened them again. Hoping to find himself in a dream and that it had all been fake. He looked around and sighed. With a glance up at the sky he knew it was real. That bloody pig was still flying around having the time of its life.
Looking up at the pig, Harry couldn't help but wonder what was going through Ginny's mind right now. She'd told him she'd wanted to…jump his bones and he'd taken her up on the offer…
She'd seemed much too surprised about his offer for Harry's liking. Maybe it would have been easier on her if he hadn't said all that stuff beforehand. The whole her being his favorite thing about the lessons…couldn't have helped the situation at all.
He definitely should have waited, then they could have gotten right to the snogging and saved the rest for later…
Sounded brilliant to him.
Also…maybe he shouldn't have cracked his knuckles…or moved his head. Too distracting. He possibly lost all her attention by doing that and now she was standing in some sort of daze behind him, not possibly knowing what was happening in the slightest.
Or maybe she did and Harry had just-
A low murmuring from behind him distracted him from his thoughts, and he turned his head to the side to look back. Before he had a chance to make out anything, he felt like something was…pulling at him.
In a whoosh of wind Harry flew backwards, landing on his backside in front of Ginny's feet. He glanced up slightly confused. Ginny smiled down at him, as she slipped her wand back into her robes.
"What just happened?" Harry asked, still not clear on what she had just done.
"I was just putting my lessons to good use." Ginny's smile got wider as Harry seemed to take in what she was saying.
"You summoned me?" He asked already knowing the answer.
"Yes. You seemed to owe me something…" She glanced up at the sky. Harry followed her gaze and let out a laugh as the pig oinked in joy. Harry stood up and straightened his robes. He cupped her cheek in his palm and smiled.
"I guess it's time to pay up." Harry tucked her hair behind her ear and leaned his head down to hers. Ginny's eyelid's slipped closed as Harry's lips brushed hers. Before they parted Ginny laughed slightly and Harry pulled away and gave her a semi-glare.
"I'm sorry." She muttered. "It's just all really amusing."
"What's all really amusing?" Harry asked slightly annoyed…he really just wanted to get to the snogging.
"Well, our lessons. I made mine to get to you and…then I thought it would all backfire when you asked me to teach you how to win over the girl, which was, in fact, me." She laughed softly. "I find it funny."
"How do you think I felt when you started to date Dustin?" Harry backfired, trying to find the humor in it. And to get his mind out of the snogging gutter.
"Oh." Harry repeated and then lowered his head…only to be interrupted when Ginny, once again, began speaking.
"But, you never acted jealous. You always seemed calm and collected when he was around." Ginny pondered.
"Okay," He pulled away slightly and grabbed her arms. "Remember the times I would go to the class before you?" She nodded. "That was why, I was so jealous I could barely contain myself." He smiled hard and then once again tried to kiss her.
"So if you liked me since the beginning of our lessons, when we had the touchy-feely lesson, you didn't take my hand when we were walking or when we were sitting at the table." Ginny gave him a confused look, and Harry stepped away from her, glaring towards the grass.
"You didn't respond, as you said the girl would. So, I didn't take your hand."
"I did too." Ginny started again and Harry sighed. "I responded and you didn't take my hand. I felt stupid."
"No, no. You never responded and then at the table, I didn't think you wanted me to." He shrugged and tried one last time to kiss her.
"I don't get-"
"That's it!" Harry pulled away and stomped his foot. "I give up!" he turned on his heel and began marching back to the castle. Ginny stood shocked for a moment and then ran after him.
"What…Where are you going?" She asked as she tried to keep up with his fast strides.
"To bed." He barked.
"It's…three in the afternoon." She informed him with a laugh.
"I do not care." This was when Ginny realized something was wrong. She grabbed Harry's sleeve and pulled him to a stop.
"What's your problem?"
"I don't have one." Harry fumed. "Well, besides the fact that I just tried to snog you three times and each time you interrupted me." He focused his eyes above her head. "You had to ask so many questions. Blah, blah who cares? All I really want right now is a good snog. We can have all the questions later. In fact! We'll play twenty questions! You can have a blast. But, no you had to keep on asking and-"
Harry's words were cut off as Ginny stood on her tiptoes and…well…snogged him.
"Oooh. They are going at it now." Ron exclaimed. "I mean, really going at it. Ginny just jumped on him and they are kissing like there is no tomorrow…" Ron pulled the omnioculars away from his eyes and grinned at Hermione. "Wanna see?" He asked. Hermione glared at him.
"You know I don't. Spying is rude…especially on your best friend and little sister." Hermione scolded.
"But it's fun. You should really have a look. I mean, you did practically help get them together…" His grin was much too like Fred and George's, and Hermione knew she was going to get suckered into it. "Don't you want to see your results?"
"Well…since you put it that way…" Hermione quickly closed her Arithmancy book and jumped out of her seat. Ron handed the omnioculars to her without hesitation.
"You see them?" Ron asked with a grin.
"Yea…they are really going at it." Hermione muttered. They fell silent as Ron watched Hermione watch Harry and Ginny.
"Say…'Mione." Ron said after a few moments.
"Wait a minute, I'm watching this…"
"Well, I was wondering," He continued without hesitation. "…you wanna snog?"
Hermione glanced up from the omnioculars with a smile.
"You'd never believe that I was thinking the same thing."
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