Hanging By A Moment
By Duck Goddess
Disclaimer: I don't own anything but the plot and Leah Campbell.
Thanks to all the people who reviewed Things I'll Never Say!
basketball15 – Yes, as in Michelle Branch. So damn depressed…LOL –sobs-. Okay, on with the story!
NikkiEvans – Thanks! Cool, people liked my story…
MaybeIShouldQuit – Thanks! I should warn you, my sequel goes on and on as well. Good luck with your fic!
moony's number 1 – LOL. I was scared it would be too cliché and OOC. Actually, it is. Ah, screw it. Yes, that is the end. They train together in this one. LOL, yeah, finally, after all the traumas and dilemmas.
Lilac Alyssa Halliwell – Thanks. I like your penname.
eatingmania – Gag? Excuse me? There is NOTHING wrong with a bit of fluff now and then –fangirl squeals-. Ahem. Anyways, I won't call you over the summer unless it's organizing some movie thing or whatever. I'll be at my mum's office in August.
Starriecat – Yeah, Draco is so damn OOC in this story. He's too…nice in my opinion. Oh, well. Everyone's OOC in the fan fiction world. Thanks!
A/N: This is the sequel to Things I'll Never Say. It'll have more to do with the war and stuff. Hopefully, the people who liked Things I'll Never Say will like this! It's very, very short – only 6 chapters long. It's more of a lead-in story to the next fic.
Ginny Weasley walked along the corridors of Hogwarts with Harry's invisibility cloak wrapped around her and the Marauders' Map in her hands. Harry had told her about his precious possessions as payback for helping him get over Sirius in the summer after fourth year. She felt a feeling of excitement as she got closer to her destination.
Ginny walked along the blank wall opposite Barnabus the Barmy's tapestry. She walked along it three times and finally a wooden door appeared. Ginny turned the knob and silently sneaked inside. There he was, sitting on a sofa, reading a book on defence. Typical, Ginny thought as she rolled her eyes.
She took off her invisibility cloak and tucked the Map in the pocket of her robe. He looked up and smiled.
"Finally," Draco said, as Ginny walked over to sit with him.
"Sorry I'm late," Ginny said, "Harry didn't want to leave his dorm. So when are you starting training?"
"I'm starting training in two days. Dumbledore said that I was training with someone else but I don't know who," Draco said. He wondered endlessly about who would have enough skills to train to fight in the war. It better be someone good, like me, Draco thought.
"Draco," Ginny started saying, "How much longer do we have to keep this a secret? I mean, it's hard enough hiding it from Harry and Hermione but Ron's my BROTHER. However oblivious he may be, I can sense that he knows something about us." Draco immediately remembered the night when he first kissed Ginny – when Ron confronted him about his feelings for her.
"Your brother knows that I like you. He was there when we kissed," Draco confessed.
"WHAT?" Ginny shrieked, jumping up from the sofa.
"Calm down, he doesn't know that we're going out," Draco snapped.
"Didn't he try to hex you or anything?" Ginny asked, trying to stay calm.
"No. I think he believes in the phrase 'words speak louder than actions'", Draco said, remembering the volume of Ron's voice.
"That's so not like Ron. He normally loses his temper and just uses the Jelly-Legs Jinx. Or he duels Muggle-ly," Ginny said, recalling all the boys who arrived at the Hospital Wing who needed help because of a certain hot-tempered Weasley. But weren't all Weasleys hot-tempered? Ginny shook her head.
"Anyways, back to the subject. I can't keep this from my family and Harry and Hermione. I need to tell them sometime," Ginny said.
"Don't worry. Maybe after I join the Order they'll have a better impression of me and accept me in a better way. You can't forget that I'm a Malfoy," Draco said softly. People still thought of him as Lucius' son, not Draco himself.
Ginny checked her watch. It was already 11:00. She had to get back to Gryffindor Tower before curfew.
"I'd better get going," Ginny said as she released herself from Draco.
"Aww…" Draco pouted, "Can't you stay for a bit longer?"
"I can't. You know that. If the Gryffindors and Slytherins find us, you know how much trouble that would cause. We're already targets. I don't want that to get worse," Ginny said.
She kissed him softly on the lips. Draco tried to continue the kiss but Ginny broke away.
"I'll see you tomorrow. When you start training, I'll stay longer, alright?"
"Okay. I look forward to the 'Congratulations for starting training' present!" Draco said. Ginny smiled and left without another word.
Draco walked back to the dungeons, feeling happier than ever. He was starting training soon and he could finally spend time alone with Ginny that was longer than five minutes.
But what Ginny didn't know was that it was the Death Eater meeting today; most of the sixth and seventh year Slytherins were gone. But for some reason, he felt like someone was there, watching his every move. He shook his head. He was going paranoid.
Draco said the password and walked in to find an empty common room. He turned and walked up to the dormitory to find Blaise sitting on his bed.
"The Death Eater meeting's over already? Who died?" Draco asked coldly.
"I wouldn't know if anyone died or not. I didn't go."
"You didn't go? How come?" Draco asked.
"My father's dead. I found out just now. So I don't need to go," Blaise said calmly.
"Wait, your father DIED? Did Voldemort kill him?"
"I think so. I don't really care anyways. Now, I don't have to go to any meetings at all. I don't have to be a Death Eater," Blaise said, grinning.
"That's…good!" Draco said.
"I know you're starting training to fight in the war," Blaise said. Draco gaped at him. Blaise was certainly smarter than he looked.
"How?" Draco finally asked.
"I saw your letter from Dumbledore. You should really be more careful about where you put your stuff," Blaise said, smirking.
Draco looked away. How could he be so careless? If someone like Nott found it, Draco would probably be at Voldemort's knees right now. Idiot! Draco said to himself.
"So what are you going to do? You're not a Death Eater," Draco said.
"I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to sit on my arse and twiddle my thumbs," Blaise said simply.
Ginny stepped through the Portrait Hole and into the Common Room to find Harry staring at the fire. She quickly stuffed the Invisibility Cloak and Marauders' Map into her robe and tried to look innocent.
"Hi Harry," she said. He looked up and smiled but his eyes were dark.
"Hi Ginny," he said and went back to staring at the flames crackling in the fireplace.
"What's wrong?" Ginny asked as she sat down next to him.
"I just got a letter from Dumbledore. He's asking to me to train to fight in the war," Harry said grimly.
Ginny froze. Harry and Draco were training TOGETHER? Oh crap. Draco HATES Harry. Even more so ever since that damn date.
"Do you want to talk about it?" she asked cautiously.
"No, not really," Harry said and he stared at her. Ginny could feel his glowing, green eyes searching through her and she started to feel uncomfortable.
"Harry," she said, "Don't do that."
"I'm sorry," he said as he looked away, blushing, "So, where did you go?"
"Oh, I just went to the Library to catch up on some stuff. No biggie," Ginny said casually.
"Oh, right," Harry said, seeming to be relieved.
"I think I'm going to go up to the dorm. Goodnight," she said and she went up the stairs. Thank Merlin. I'll return his things tomorrow. Not now. God, I can still feel his eyes on me. Look away, goddammit!
Ginny got up to the dorm and shut the door quickly. That was too risky. What if it was Ron that was down there? She looked around and saw that Leah was still awake.
"How come you're still awake?" Ginny asked.
"You went to see Malfoy, didn't you?" Leah said bluntly.
"No shit, Sherlock. Why do you ask?"
"I don't know. I just have a bad feeling about this. I don't know if you should trust him this much, that's all," she said.
"Leah," Ginny said gently, "I know you have my best interests at heart but Draco's changed. I know you think that he's still that pratty bastard but he's not."
"You're my best friend. I'm just saying you should be careful. He IS the son of a Death Eater. His dad's a close follower of You-Know-Who. I don't know if I should think that this has something to do with my gut feeling. I feel like something bad has happened," Leah said.
Ginny stared at her. Leah was not herself today. Normally, she was optimistic and had a witty comeback to everything. But she could see that this was worrying her.
"Don't worry. I can take care of myself. I didn't learn the Bat Bogey Hex for nothing," Ginny said, winking. Normally, Leah would laugh at this comment but today, she still had that worried look on her face.
"I'm starting to think that the Death Eaters are going to hurt muggleborns. Colin's one and Hermione's one. I'm scared," Leah confessed, her voice shaking.
"Oh, Leah," Ginny said, wrapping her arms around her. Inside, Ginny was scared too. She didn't know that the war could affect eternally-happy Leah like this.
Well, her father WAS the newly appointed head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and her mother WAS an Unspeakable. Also, her boyfriend WAS a muggleborn, after all.
"Don't worry. The Order will fight them. My parents, Bill, Charlie, Fred and George are in the Order. I can promise you that things will be okay," Ginny soothed. But she just realized how scared she was as well. More than half her family is in the Order, even though Fred and George only made tea at the meetings. She just realized how much danger they were in.
Harry watched Ginny run up the stairs to the Girls' Dormitory. He sighed. He wished he could make his feelings for her go away, but he couldn't. Harry knew things wouldn't be the same for them after he confessed his feelings for her. He kept imagining what it would have been like for them if Ginny did like him. They would be so happy…
Don't think about that, Potter, Harry thought, don't think about what could have been. Just think about the present and the future. Think about how the hell you can fulfill the damn prophecy. Dumbledore said so himself. He's getting closer. You HAVE to fight him soon.
But who am I training with? Dumbledore mentioned someone would accompany me…is it Ron or Hermione? Is it Ginny? NO! It can't be Ginny. Could it? Harry snapped out of his thoughts. The fire was out and the Common Room was pitch black.
"Lumos," Harry said and he went to his dorm. He went to bed but didn't go to sleep. Instead, he tossed and turned, trying to rid himself of his feelings. She said we can only be friends. There's no point. She'll never like you. If only Ginny could fall in love with Harry overnight. If only love could vanish overnight.
A/N: That's the first chapter! So what do you think? Is it as good/bad as the first one? Or is it just plain weird?
P.S. Tell me if Leah's kind of different from the Leah in Things I'll Never Say! 'Cause I think she's kind of weird in this chapter. I'm not promising any happy endings for this story! Sorry!
Originally written: June 2005