The Long Night
"So that's what you did to that contract, I can not believe you Ginny!" Harry said with a huge grin.
"Are you really surprised that I would do such a thing?" Ginny asked laughing back.
Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione were now hanging out in S.P.E.W.'s office. Ginny and Hermione were now being interrogated by Harry and Ron about the meeting with Lavender. Harry was finding the whole situation amusing while Ron was watching Hermione with awe.
"I can't believe you got her to sign that, so…so that means I'm free of her?" Ron asked.
"It's a magical contract; she can't do anything to change it!" Hermione beamed while she handed it to Ron.
"Are you sure because you…" Ron started.
"Ron, calm down, she can't do anything! Trust me!" Hermione said.
Ron ran over, wrapped his arms around Hermione and kissed her heavily. Ginny giggled and Harry looked horrified. "Well, I think we should leave you two alone." Harry said as he grabbed Ginny's hand and started pulling her to the door.
"Hey you two, we should go out and celebrate!" Ginny called, resisting Harry's pulling.
Hermione looked around Ron and said, "Sounds like fun…how about we meet at the Three Broomsticks around eight?"
"Sounds fine, come on Ginny!" Harry said, pulling even harder on Ginny's wrist. "Let's go."
Once Harry and Ginny were gone, Ron returned his attention to Hermione who was smiling happily. "I still can't believe it you know, your way to clever for your own good." Ron said.
"I know I am, but I couldn't go around dating a married man, that and she really ticked me off with that E.N.U. thing…" Hermione said. "I just need to ask you one thing."
Ron walked over to Hermione's desk and leaned against it, "Oh yeah…what's that?"
Hermione walked over, wrapped her arms around him and said, "Are you hiding anything else from me? Because if you are, now would be a good time to tell me."
Ron grinned and kissed her on the nose, "I promise you I'm not hiding anything else from you now or ever again. After seeing what you did to Lavender I'm not messing with you anymore."
"Ok, because if I find out you are, a very specific body part of yours is going to match Lavender's purple skin, and I won't use magic to do it." Hermione said, smiling.
Ron's eyes grew three times bigger as he struggled for words, "I um…um…I mean, yeah I won't hide anything from you."
Hermione smiled knowingly and crossed the room towards the windows. "It all feels so strange you know."
Ron walked over to her and looked out the window with her. "What feels strange?"
"Well, I mean think about it…every things done. No more problems, nothing to worry about. Harry and Ginny are happy, were happy. You and Harry will be aurors soon, I Ginny and I have S.P.E.W to run, plus we now have an office in Hogsmead. I have gotten so used to having something to worry about, something to plan, and something blocking my path. And now I don't…what am I supposed to do?" Hermione finished looking sadly out the window.
Ron took Hermione's hand, "I don't think you will have to worry. Something always comes up, I mean were friends with Harry, something is bound to happen isn't it?"
Hermione smiled, "Yeah, I guess your right. I'll just put all my energy into work until something else comes along."
"Are you two ready to go yet?" Ron called as he paced Hermione and Ginny's apartment for the fifth time.
Hermione called from her bedroom. "Be out in a second."
"Ha, maybe in a few hours more like it." Harry said sarcastically. "So where are we going anyways?"
Ron turned to look at Harry as he sat on the back of the couch. "Look Harry, can I tell you something?"
Harry, who was levitating one of Crookshanks toys with his wand turned to look at Ron, causing the fake mouse to drop to the floor. "What's up?"
"Well, I um….I just wanted to know how you…what I mean to say is that…"
"Ron what are you on about?" Harry asked.
"Look, I just…are you okay with me and Hermione?" Ron finished lamely.
"Yeah, If I wasn't I would have told you. I think its great that you two are together, I'm happy for you."
"So, if we were to get more serious or something you would be fine with it?"
Harry smiled at Ron for a second, "Are you going to ask Hermione to…"
"Were ready!" Ginny said brightly as she came out of Hermione's room and interrupted Harry.
"Smashing, let's go then!" Harry said as he walked over to Ginny. "You look wonderful, I feel underdressed."
Ron and Harry were each sporting their green Ministry robes while Hermione and Ginny decided to put on lovely dresses. Ginny spun around in front of Harry to show off her flowing dress with small blue flowers on it and matching blue shoes. Hermione followed suite to show off her solid pink dress that almost reached the ground. Ron beamed as Hermione conjured up a matching pink flower to put in her hair.
"You look beautiful Hermione, like a rose." Ron said practically drooling.
Hermione blushed slightly. "Thank you Ron, are we ready to go?"
Harry smiled and said, "Ginny, Hermione…grab a hold of our arms we have a surprise for you."
Hermione and Ginny did as told, and Ron and Harry spun on the spot to wisk them all away. When the spinning stopped and they all found their footing the four of them looked around the room before them. It was a large circular room with shiny wood floors, at least a dozen windows and the walls were painted dark red. At least ten desks followed along the wall, forming a circle. In the middle was a large round table with velvet covered arm chairs around it. The ceiling rose up to form a cone shape and it had been enchanted to have white fluffy clouds floating across it.
Hermione saw that there was a large elegant looking door on one side of the room. A large pane of glass had the words S.P.E.W. written and just below it, written in curly letters were, President: Hermione Granger then Vice President: Ginny Weasley. Hermione walked around the circular pathway that was formed by the desks, running her fingers along the tops of each desk.She stopped, leaned against one of the desks and put her head in her hands.
"Hermione, don't you like it?" Ron asked as he walked over to her. "Ginny said you had always wanted an office like this."
Hermione looked up, tears running down her cheeks. "It's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!"
Ron smiled, "Oh good, Harry and I came down here and did this today. Your benefactor, Mr. Stewart he donated the gold for it and told us it was to be used for this office only. Ginny painted the words on the door but we wouldn't let her inside, and Harry enchanted the ceiling!"
Hermione looked up at each of them, tears still splashing down her front. "So this was Lavender's office, what did it look like before?"
"Absolutely dreadful!" Ron proclaimed happily.
Hermione beamed at him, "Oh Ron, you're too good to me, thank you…thank you for everything."
Ginny suddenly spoke up, "Oh look Hermione, this is your desk…you have a name plate. Oh and look I have one two!" Ginny walked over and sat down at her desk. "Oh, the chairs are so soft."
Harry walked over to the middle table and waved his wand, suddenly a large meal appeared on the table along with four plate and four glasses of wine. "Come on guys; let's have dinner in your new office!"
"Wait, I have one more thing for Hermione." Ron said as he started to fish for something in his inside robe pocket. He pulled out a small blue ring box and held it in his hand.
Hermione, who saw the small box, gasped and started to cry even more. She couldn't help but smile as Ron got down onto one knee.
"Hermione, you and I have been through more than most people ever will and it's only made us stronger. I can even remember life without you in it and I don't want to. I have loved since the moment I saw you brewing polyjuice potion in the girl's lavatory. I need you with me, I want to be with you forever and there is only one way to make sure of that. Hermione, will you marry me?"
Ron opened the box to reveal a small diamond ring, whose shine seemed to light up the whole room. Hermione held out a shaky hand and Ron put the ring on her finger.
"Yes Ron, I will" Hermione said happily.
From the other side of the room Ginny shrieked loudly. "Oh my gosh! Hermione you're going to be my sister!" Ginny ran to Hermione and hugged her tightly.
Harry walked over and shook Ron's hand happily. "Cheers mate!" Ron suddenly wrapped his arms around Harry and hugged him tightly.
Hermione, who was still leaning against the desk stood up. "Oh this is all too much, let's just eat shall we?"
The four of them sat and ate dinner. Ginny continued to admire Hermione's ring and talk about how great it was going to be being sisters. Ron and Harry were discussing the latest Quidditch match. Ron would lean over and kiss Hermione softy on the cheek each time she looked at her new ring. And every time they got back on the topic of a wedding Ginny would sigh loudly and look in Harry's direction. Harry would blush violently each time then return to his potatoes.
After all food was eaten and all conversations were exhausted, Hermione reached over and put her hand on top of Ron's, "You know, I couldn't ask for better friends, I love you guys."
All of them raised their glasses to each other.
Hermione took a sip and said, "Thank you guys, thank you for everything."