You Set Me Free
By Duck Goddess
Disclaimer: I don't own anything but the plot and Leah Campbell.
Thanks to everyone who reviewed Hanging By A Moment!
superspunky7 – The day I received your review was the day I finished reading Half-Blood Prince. I was crying so hard but your review had me smiling again. Thanks for writing such a good review!
eatingmania – Um, sure, "I'm your brother" is really funny…I was kind of hoping it would turn out to be a touching, brother/sister scene but I guess not…HARRY AND GINNY ARE CANON HARRY AND GINNY ARE CANON! WOOHOO!
NikkiEvans – I really don't know what everyone has against Harry and Ginny. They're my favourite ship! Thanks for saying my trilogy doesn't suck!
basketball15 – Huh? You always confuse me with what you write in your reviews…
blackfox360 – LOL. Thanks for the tip on the verbs.
A/N: This is the sequel to Things I'll Never Say and Hanging By A Moment. This is the last story in the Things I'll Never Say universe. This was written before HBP came out so it's kind of AU.
Harry, Ron and Hermione sat in the Heads' dorm, pondering about the attack.
"It was because of me," Harry said bitterly, "I nearly got your family killed."
Ron and Hermione exchanged glances.
"I'm going to go to Hogsmeade first. I'll meet you guys later," Harry said quietly and left the dorm.
"When do you think he'll stop feeling guilty?" Hermione asked.
"I dunno. It's a part of him," Ron said, wrapping his arm around her. She sighed.
"I wish he'd stop. I mean, your family would die for him…they joined the Order, after all," Hermione said sadly.
Ron never thought about the fact that his family would be willing to die for Harry. It seemed, well, frightening.
"Mmm, I guess. Hey, would you be willing to die for him?" Ron asked.
"I don't know. I'll know the answer when the time comes," Hermione said serenely, "Would you?"
"Yeah. I would," Ron said boldly, "Hey, why did you say that you loved me before I left?"
"Well, it seemed like the right thing to say. I do love you," she said softly.
"I love you too," Ron said, grinning. They had a snogging session for a bit before they realized they had to go meet Harry in Hogsmeade.
Harry walked quietly to the carriages and stepped alone into one. He stared out the window and sighed. The Weasleys could have died because of him. Again. They had been in countless battles – especially Ginny and Ron, who were always by his side.
Ginny, he thought sadly. He remembered what Hermione said a week ago – how Ginny might still have feelings for him. It was nearly too good to be true if Ginny still liked him. They could finally be together even if Harry was about to get killed by Voldemort.
He could see them now: walking around, holding hands, laughing; getting engaged and married and having kids.
Harry kept on daydreaming until he realized that Ginny was right in front of him. Did she still have feelings for him?
But Hermione said that she gave up on me two years ago.
Gave up, not get over. Hermione's right.
What should I do?
I don't know.
Ginny, Leah and Colin walked along the streets of Hogsmeade, talking about what happened a week ago. Ginny's family was found in the dungeon of Malfoy Manor, bound and gagged. She sighed.
Things had gotten so complicated lately. Harry and Draco were training together, she and Draco got into that horrible fight and she was nearly captured by Death Eaters.
"Hey, Gin," Leah said softly. Ginny turned around. Draco Malfoy was at Madam Puddifoot's with Pansy Parkinson. He had given up on trying to gain Ginny's forgiveness which was unlike him – Malfoys were usually very persistent.
Ginny immediately averted her eyes. They were chatting happily and holding hands. How come we can't be like that? Ginny thought sadly.
Your families hate each other, remember? Also, the Death Eaters would probably try to kill you.
God, I miss him so much…
He's a bastard, Gin. If he wants to go out with other people, fine! He obviously doesn't have any taste…I mean, Madam Puddifoot's? Get over him!
"Er…Ginny?" Colin said, waving his hand in front of her face.
"Thinking about Malfoy?" Leah asked.
"No. Why would I? He's a git," Ginny said boldly. Leah rolled her eyes.
"Ginny, why don't you try dating some other people? Malfoy's obviously done it," Colin said.
"I guess I could…" Ginny said skeptically.
"GINNY!" a voice called behind her. She spun around. Harry was running towards her. Leah and Colin smiled and left them alone.
"Hey, Harry, what's up?" Ginny asked him.
"We have to get out of here!" he said hysterically.
"Something bad is going to happen here but I'm not sure what. I could feel Voldemort's anticipation and excitement," Harry said.
"But nothing's happened," Ginny reasoned.
Suddenly, there were screams everywhere as Death Eaters Apparated in.
"Shit!" Ginny swore. She got her wand out and looked at Harry. He had already joined Draco's side and they were shooting spells and charms.
Draco sat at Madam Puddifoot's, bored with Pansy's drabbles and giggles. Well, Ginny giggled but her giggle wasn't annoying, unlike his current date's.
"Yeah, anyways, so I poked my mascara in her face! She so deserved it!" Pansy said, not knowing that Draco was currently staring out the window.
Draco was transfixed by the way Ginny talked with her friends. She seemed so carefree and happy. I could be with her right now if I didn't mess things up, he thought bitterly. There was no point in trying to make her happy. Ginny wouldn't be happy with him.
He saw her looking and immediately grabbed Pansy's hand. She smiled at him and giggled in that very annoying way. Draco inwardly shuddered. What was he thinking when he agreed to go on a date with her?
He felt a flare of jealousy when he saw Harry running towards her. McClaggan trained Draco and Harry like hell, ever since he heard about the attack on the Weasleys
He frowned. He wasn't sure if he and Harry were friends or not. They were too mature for childish taunting and got along alright but they weren't exactly best friends.
Suddenly, he saw black, hooded figures Apparate in and swore. Always stick with each other, McClaggan's voice said. He stood up.
"Draco, where are you going?" Pansy asked ignorantly.
"Sorry, I have to go," Draco said hastily and ran out of the shop.
"Stupefy!" Ginny called, pointing the nearest Death Eater. Ginny suddenly froze. Where were Colin and Leah?
"LEAH! COLIN!" she screamed. There was no answer – only people shouting incantations and people falling.
"Petrificus Totalus!" she cried to another Death Eater and sprinted off. She suddenly tripped over something soft and fell, face-first. Ginny looked up to find someone standing over her.
"Well, you certainly look familiar," he sneered.
Ginny looked around. Where the bloody hell was her wand?
"You can't escape, Weasley. You don't have a wand," he said, smirking coldly.
"Oh yeah?" Ginny kicked him in the shins and punched him in the gut. He doubled over and his mask came off. It was Dolohov.
"Accio wand!" Ginny cried and her wand came zooming towards her.
"Stupefy!" she said and Dolohov became unconscious. She looked around her. Most of the people were either dead or stunned. She saw four figures in the distance and ran towards them. Please let them be Leah and Colin, Ginny thought desperately.
It was Harry, Draco, Ron and Hermione. Ginny stopped running and bit her lip. She wasn't sure if she was ready to face Draco yet. Oh, screw it.
"Oh, Ginny, I'm so glad you're okay!" Ron said and hugged her. So did Harry. Hermione soon joined in. She could feel Draco's stare and hugged them tighter.
"Thanks for your concern, guys," Ginny said gratefully.
"I'm your brother. Of course I'm concerned about you," Ron said. She rolled her eyes, remembering all the boys he sent to the Hospital Wing because they talked to her. Sometimes he was a bit TOO concerned about her.
"Ginny, I know where Leah is," Hermione said, "She's over there."
Ginny looked over Harry's shoulder and froze. It was Leah's body. She immediately ran over to her. She was stunned.
"Ennervate," Ginny muttered. Leah's eyes opened and sat up in horror.
"Colin's gone," she said. Oh shit, Ginny thought.
A/N: Please review! Remember, it's pre-HBP!
Originally written: July 2005