Author note: Here you go, sorry it took so long. Thanks for the reviews. Oh and to everyone who pointed out my Snape vs. Snap problem, I'm sorry. My computer was auto correcting it every time I wrote his name, and I was only catching it half the time. I will go back and fix them sometime.
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Chapter Seven: The Spy
As Ginny and Harry walked down the street of Hogsmeade village Harry noticed Ginny had been quiet since they left the common room. She was also shivering.
"A little cold" Harry asked
"I wanted to wear jeans and a sweater but Hermione wouldn't let me." Ginny sulked.
Harry thought Ginny looked cute when she pouted. He chuckled at her and took off his own cloak and put it on her. She looked up and smiled, and suddenly Harry found it very hard to breath. Harry had to force himself to look away from her before he began to stair. What was happening to him? He didn't understand where these feeling were coming from. Ginny was one of his closest friends, nothing more, right?
Just then a breeze blew by, playing with her hair. Her sent filled his nostrils. 'Why did girls have to smell so good?' He mused.
"So, any ideas on what we should get Margaret." Harry asked.
"Not really, you?" She answered.
"No idea." He said. They continued in uncomfortable silence. Harry didn't understand it. Why was he so uncomfortable around her now? Usually they both talked a mile a minute when they were together. It was so frustrating. Ginny was one of his best friends, someone he could tell anything to, or talk about anything with. Why were they both acting like this?
Harry couldn't take it any more. "Ginny, we need to talk." He finally blurted out.
"Thank Merlin, I thought we were going to spend the whole day like this." Ginny said in a relieved voice. They found a bench and sat down.
"Why is this so uncomfortable? We spend tons of time together like this. Why is this so hard?" Harry found himself asking.
"It's all Lavenders fault! She put the idea that this was a date into our and everyone else's heads and now we don't know how to act around each other!" Ginny said with a frustrated sigh.
"But we don't want it to be a date… do we?" asked Harry
"No, we don't. We are two friends who are spending our Hogsmeade trip looking for Christmas presents for our… daughter…" The two looked at one another as Ginny finished her statement. Harry couldn't help it. He burst out laughing at what had to be the strangest statement he had ever heard. Soon Ginny joined him, and they had to hold on to each other so they wouldn't fall off the bench.
That seemed to be all they needed. From that moment on the uncomfortable feelings vanished and the two friends had a great time. They bought things for Margaret in every store they stooped at. They found her a warm pink cloak with white mittens. They bought her all kinds of clothing, (both knowing how much they hated getting hand-me-downs) and toys. Harry found a toy broom that only flew a few feet above the ground. Ginny found hair ribbons and clips.
"I know the perfect gift you can get her Harry!" Ginny said excitedly as they left a store with even more shopping bags.
"Better then all this?" Harry asked with a laugh.
"Yup! You should get her an ID bracelet. My father got one for me when I was little and I sill treasure it." Said Ginny.
"A what?" asked Harry.
"An ID bracelet. It's a bracelet that has a name engraved in it. Dad had my pet name engraved in mine." Ginny explained.
"Okay sounds good. Where do we find one?" Harry asked.
"There is a little shop around the corner that sells jewelry. We should be able to find one there." Ginny led the way to a small shop. It had all kinds of jewelry displayed in the window, some with stones Harry had never seen before. As the two stepped inside they were greeted by a kind looking old man.
"Can I help you?" He asked.
"Yes we are looking for an ID bracelet. Something that will fit a five year old girl." Said Ginny.
"We have some lovely ones over here if you will just follow me." The man led them to a display case that had about fifteen or twenty ID bracelets in it. Some were gold, some silver, some had gems, and some where in different shapes. Harry was instantly drawn to one in particular. It was silver and the ID plate was in the shape of a heart. On either side of the heart were three glass beads, two pale pink ones with a baby blue in the middle.
"Ginny, what do you think of this one? …. Ginny?" When she didn't answer Harry looked over at her and saw she wasn't even looking at the bracelets. She was starring at a necklace in the next case. Harry moved closer to see what had caught her eye. There lying on a black velvet pillow was a gold necklace. It had an extremely delicate, fine chain. The pendent was a simple gold heart. Inside the heart were two emeralds and a small tear drop diamond hanging from the inside point of the heart and between and below the two emeralds.
"It's beautiful. The green reminds me of her eyes." Ginny said wistfully. Harry didn't need to ask who she was talking about, because Margaret's eyes were the first thing he had thought of too when he saw the stones. "But we are not her for me, we are here for an ID bracelet. Now show me which one you liked Harry." Ginny said as she reluctantly pulled her eyes away from the necklace. They decided on the bracelet and chose "Maggie May" as the name to engrave on it.
"Ginny, why don't you look around while I finish up here." Harry said.
"Okay, but don't take too long, we have to meet Ron and Hermione soon." Ginny reminded him.
Once she was out of earshot Harry turned back to the sales man. "I was wondering if I could also see the necklace she was looking at." Harry politely asked.
"Why of course Sir." He said with a twinkle in his eye. Harry knew this was the gift for Ginny. He had been racking his brain for a Christmas gift for Ginny for days and had come up with nothing, but this was perfect. Harry arranged for the necklace to be sent to Mrs. Weasley at the Burrow with a note from Harry explaining. The ID bracelet was wrapped up and Harry paid the man.
As Harry started picking up the rest of his bags and packages Ginny garbed his arm and pulled him out of the store.
"We are late, we should have been at the Three Broomsticks five minutes ago.
Harry and Ginny ran down the street as fast as they could. It wasn't easy with all the shopping bags they had to carry. As they stepped into the Three Broomsticks they looked around for their friends. They spotted them, but they weren't alone. Sitting with them was none other then Remus Lupin.
"Hello Harry, Ginny." He said with a kind smile.
"Hello Professor" they both chimed.
"How many times must I remind you children that I am no longer your professor. Please call me Moony, or Remus."
"Harry! How much did you buy!" Ron asked finally noticing how many bags Harry and Ginny each had.
"Almost all of it is for Margaret too." Ginny said with a laugh.
"You are going to spoil her Harry." Hermione scolded him.
"I hope so." Replied Harry with a smile.
"Here, let me see if I can help you with some of those." Said Remus as he pulled out his wand and shrunk Harry and Ginny's packages so they all fit into one shopping bag.
"Thanks Remus. My arms were beginning to hurt." Ginny laughed.
As the friends talked Harry started to get a funny feeling, The feeling of being watched. He looked around but saw nothing.
"Harry, what's wrong?" Ginny asked.
"Is it your scar?" Hermione asked.
"No, I just got the strangest feeling of being watched." Harry answered.
Remus took a slow sweep of the room with his sharper wolf eyes. Then Harry watched as Remus sniffed the air and a very canine way. "I smell a rat." He said with a gleam in his eye. "A very familiar rat."
At once Harry was on his guard scanning the floor. It wasn't Harry who spotted him first but Ron.
"Remus, He's creeping under the bar stools on the far end of the bar. If you have good aim you could stun him from here before he even knows we have spotted him. Then we can sneak him up to the castle without anyone here paying us any attention." Ron whispered.
"Good idea Ron." Complemented Remus. Remus, lifted his wand under the table so it wouldn't be noticed and whispered "Stupefy."
They all watched as the spell flew just above the flood and hit the rat dead on. Lucky for them no one else seemed to have noticed the light of the spell.
"I'll get him." Ginny said as she slid out of her chair. As he walked across the bar she pulled on her cloak and pulled out her gloves and held them in her hand. She walked over to the stool the rat has fallen under. A girl who looked to be Ginny's age occupied the stool. Ginny strolled up to the girl and greeted her, they obviously knew one another. They chatted for a few minuets until Ginny "accidentally" dropped her gloves. As she bent over to get them she also scooped up the rat and hid him and her gloves in her cloak. She said her good buys and walked back to the group.
"Very clever Ginny." Remus said with a bright smile, taking the rat from her. "Hello Wormtail , long time no see. Let's get him back to the castle and to Dumbledore."
After dropping off Wormtail with Dumbledore, Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione went back to their common room. When they saw it was packed with first and second years and realizing they couldn't talk there we went up to the room of requirements. This time the room was furnished very much like the common room, with large comfy chairs and a large fireplace.
"What do you think they will do with him?" Asked Ginny.
"He will probably end up in Azkaban. I mean once they question him there is no way he can get out of it. Most likely they will use Veritaserum to get the truth out of him." Answered Hermione.
" Do you think that they will clear Sirius' name?" Harry asked in a small voice.
" If Dumbledore has any say in it they will!" Ron said.
" That would make for a very Happy Christmas." Ginny said with a smile.