Author's note: So this is the long awaited epilogue. I'm soooo sorry about not updating for this whole time! I really thought I updated on but I guess I didn't. I hope someone is still reading this story. I want to thank Beatrice and ambush for being such great helps with this whole story!
Ginny woke up, slowly opening her eyes, and stretched out her body. She got out of bed and went to the bathroom to brush her teeth and smiled when she remembered what today was.
"I can't believe I finally have a date with Harry Potter," she thought, "Years ago I would've just died if he even looked my way but now, because I act like myself around him, he likes me!"
After brushing her teeth, she began humming a cheerful tune and decided to get ready for the wonderful day that lay ahead.
Harry walked into the Great Hall for breakfast and saw his two best friends talking. He also observed Draco and Pansy smirking at him, reminding him that he would have to do his dare soon. Pansy looked hairier than the last time he'd seen her, if that was possible. Harry figured that she must have had physical contact with Malfoy again. He briefly wondered how dense she was but judging by the amount of extra hair, he already knew the answer.
He took his usual seat at the Gryffindor table next to Ron, who was seated across from Hermione, and stared at the porridge in front of him. He looked at the Head Table and saw that most of the teachers were present. He hoped desperately that Snape wouldn't show up so that he would be exempt from the dare. However, luck wasn't on his side since Professor Snape walked in and took a seat between Professors Sprout and Sinistra.
Ron and Hermione gave Harry expectant looks.
"I would do my dare but . . . but . . . Ginny isn't here," Harry mumbled lamely.
That excuse sounded weak even to Harry's ears but they decided to wait a couple of minutes for Ginny to arrive.
Ginny entered the Great Hall, sat at the table next to Hermione and smiled shyly at Harry. Everyone exchanged greetings and Harry realized that he had no more excuses.
"Fine, I'll do my dare now," he said before taking a deep breath and standing up from the table.
He could see Pansy nudging Malfoy and, unnoticed by everyone, a beam of light hit Harry in the back. It seemed like all eyes were on him as he stepped in front of Professor Snape at the teachers' table.
"What do you want Potter?" Snape inquired with a look of disdain on his face.
Harry screwed up his eyes and pulled the thong out of his pocket.
"I was wondering if you were missing this?"
As Harry held up the juicy thong, he realized that his voice was amplified and the whole hall heard his question. For the first time in Harry's life, Professor Severus Snape was speechless. As he glared at Harry, his face became even paler (if that was possible). When Harry looked around to see who cast the Sonorus Charm on him, his eyes automatically landed on the Slytherin table. Malfoy had a smug look on his face and it was obvious that he was the one who cast the voice amplifying spell. As the enemies locked eyes, Harry's anger got the better of him and the result was a bowl of oatmeal being directed toward the Slytherin table. Malfoy moved out of the way just in time for the bowl to land on Goyle's head who was unfortunately sitting next to him.
Harry cast the counter curse (Quietus) and by that time the hall became motionless. No one knew that Harry had performed the accidental magic. The only thing the Slytherin's knew was that one of their own had been attacked so action needed to be taken. Millicent Bulstrode took a cupcake and hurled it at the Gryffindor table. That started the food fiasco.
"Food fight!" shouted a random Ravenclaw.
The houses of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff were nowhere to be seen, as students and teachers alike were pelting each other with food. During the commotion, Professor Dumbledore announced that the carriages to Hogsmeade were outside but he was promptly silenced with some scrambled egg to the face.
Somehow, through the flying food, Harry managed to grab Ginny's hand and escape to the awaiting carriages.
"Where do you want to go?" asked Harry as they hopped out of the carriage.
"Oh, there's a really nice place just up here, haven't you ever been to Madam Puddifoot's?" she asked with a mischievous look on her face.
Harry's eyes widened, distress was written all over his face. Ginny burst out laughing.
"I'm just kidding," she said, "I remembered that Madam Puddifoot's was where you had that 'wonderful' date with Cho last year."
Harry looked relieved since he really didn't want a repeat of his disastrous date with Cho.
"Where do you really want to go?" Harry asked.
"We could go to Fred and George's store, walk around a little and then meet up with Ron and Hermione in The Three Broomsticks like we said we would last night."
He took Ginny's hand again and they walked together to Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes.
After briefly visiting the store, the pair walked around the village, enjoying each other's company. As they walked, they passed landmarks such as The Shrieking Shack, Zonko's and the Hog's Head. They were walking near a pond when Ginny suddenly stopped. She let go of Harry's hand and looked away.
"What's wrong?" Harry asked with a quizzical look on his face, "Aren't you having a good time?"
"It's not that. I've been having a wonderful time with you. I just want to know what happens now."
Harry ran his fingers through his already untidy black hair and sighed.
"I really want to be with you, especially as we don't know what tomorrow will bring," Harry started off, reminding Ginny of their situation with Voldemort, "Ginevra Weasley, will you do me the honor of being my girlfriend?" He asked, gathering up all his courage.
Ginny scowled at the use of her given name but kissed Harry deeply as her response.
"How will we tell your brother— Ron, I mean? He wasn't too pleased when he found out about you going out with Dean or Michael," Harry asked her anxiously.
"I don't think us dating will be a problem. In fact, I have the feeling that he will take this news very well. He's always considered you family."
Harry breathed a sigh of relief.
"What time is it?" he asked.
"It's almost three o'clock. We should probably make our way to the Three Broomsticks to meet the others."
Harry and Ginny scanned The Three Broomsticks for their friends, and spotted Ron's signature red hair near the back of the building. Ron's back was to them while they could see Hermione's face. They walked to the back but stopped behind a column when they overheard their friends arguing.
"I don't understand what the big deal is Ron. Why can't we just tell Harry about us?"
"He has so much to deal with because of You-Know-Who's return. I don't know if he could deal with his best friends getting together all of a sudden."
"All of a sudden? This could have happened years ago if you had just taken a hint! Sometimes I swear you really do have the emotional range of a teaspoon. Anyway, nothing is going to change among the three of us so Harry shouldn't have to worry about anything."
When the pair began raising their voices, Harry and Ginny decided to show themselves.
"I guess we don't have to worry about telling Harry." Hermione pointed out, nodding towards Harry and Ginny.
Ron turned around to see what she was talking about.
"I appreciate that you want to look out for me but its okay. Actually, it's about time! Everyone's been wondering when you two would get together. I also think this is probably a good time to tell you that Ginny and I are a couple now." Harry said, directing the comment toward Ron to gauge his reaction.
Ron smiled and patted Harry on the back.
"Thanks mate. You take good care of my baby sister or else you'll have A LOT of angry brothers on your back," Ron replied half-jokingly.
The girls smiled at Ron's "joke" while Harry wasn't sure whether to laugh or be very afraid.
"So what are we going to do for the rest of the trip?" Ron asked.
Harry recognized the mischievous glint in Ginny's eyes, and wondered what she could possibly be thinking.
"I have an idea," Ginny replied, grinning, "Harry, truth or dare?"
"No! I'm NEVER playing that game again in my life. You find out some crazy things about people that are better left unknown." Harry's comment made everyone shiver because they thought about the draw full of Professor Snape's thongs.
"On the other hand, some good consequences can come from it that are unexpected to say the least," Hermione added, smiling up at Ron.
The newly formed couples locked eyes with each other and silently agreed that maybe truth or dare wasn't such a bad game after all.