A/n: This takes place a month after the first half of "Secret Pasts, Secret Lives" ends, it's Harry, Ron and Hermione's 7th year.
Over the summer, only one meeting with The Order had been held so far, and Catherine wasn't art of it. This was because she and Charlie had been out for dinner. Since Cate had arrived at Grimmauld Place, Charlie and she were with each other a lot more, while their relationship increased. At the moment, the couple was alone in the house, curled up on the couch watching another movie. Charlie sat upright on the couch, Catherine in his arms, their hands entwined.
The man shifted slightly so he was able to kiss his girlfriend's head lightly. Cate looked up at him, smiling.
"I still can't believe that it's only been a bit over a month." She stated quietly.
"It is really weird." He replied, "It feels like it's been a lot longer than that."
"Well, we did know each other for nearly a year before hand."
"True." The room was then wrapped in a comfortable silence as the movie played on. Nearly a half hour later, the movie had been forgotten, Charlie and Catherine's lips were pushed up gently against each others. In the distance, the young man heard the front door opening, and the couple flew apart.
"Hello?" Molly Weasley's voice called out.
"Hi." They called back in unison. Molly then appeared in the sitting room's doorway just a moment later.
"How are you two managing?"
"Pretty good." Charlie replied, "Food's been scarce, but we've been managing."
"You need to stop eating out so much. I mean, yes, getting outside is a great thing, however, when it's just for food, it's not that good."
"Mum, we're fine." Charlie laughed softly, getting up from the couch.
"Well I've brought you some meals anyway." She smiled, holding up two brown grocery bags, then headed into the kitchen
Catherine got up and followed her, to help with putting everything away. Molly had brought them quite a bit, including two already prepared meals.
"Molly, this is wonderful." She exclaimed.
"Oh, it's nothing." The woman waved it off, "From what I've been told, you two have been out at least once a day, if not more." She raised an eyebrow.
"There's not much to do around here, and hey, we're not that good at cooking." Molly laughed heartily.
"Cate dear, I wasn't suggesting anything. I merely didn't want you to spend all your money so you wouldn't starve." Catharine giggled, her cheeks flushing slightly.
"Right." Charlie re-entered the room at that moment.
"Mum, this is fantastic, thank-you so much."
"No problem." She sighed happily, satisfied at her work. "Well, I'd better be off now." The woman quickly hugged them both and gave each a kiss on the cheek before leaving.
After the door closed, Catherine and Charlie turned to each other and burst out laughing. They had nearly been caught by Molly, and then the secret had almost gotten out.
"That was close." Charlie said as he gasped for breath.
"It was." Cate sat as Charlie followed her into the sitting room. "Do you think we should tell them soon?" She asked, 'them' being their families, and Harry and Hermione.
"Nah." The young man replied, dropping down onto the couch beside Catherine. He pulled the young woman toward him, kissing her cheek softly. Cate smiled brightly, she couldn't remember the last time she was this happy. Suddenly, Charlie began tickling her sides insanely, the eighteen-year-old double over in laughter, collapsing under her boyfriend.
This stopped as Catherine felt the warmth of his body against hers. She looked up into his eyes, gazing softly. The young man leaned himself down, brushing his lips against hers, they remained locked in the embrace for a longer time than usual. However, they were once again interrupted, but, they were also caught.
"Nice to see that you're getting along." Tonks greeted, she stood in the sitting room doorway. Charlie and Catherine jumped, tearing apart as fast as they could, both of their cheeks flushing.
"Umm . . . Hi." Charlie greeted awkwardly. Tonks laughed, flashing a bright smile.
"Don't worry, I won't tell a soul." The couple's tension immediately dropped.
"Thank-you." Charlie breathed, "I don't think Mum would mind or anything, it's just that she would freak out. She's been waiting for one of us to get married, she'll start planning as soon as she finds out one of us is dating." Tonks laughed again.
"I believe that." She leaned against the doorframe. "Your dad sent me over. He said you two might need some company, but by the looks of things, you're doing fine." She smiled, "I'll head on upstairs now." The woman then left. Charlie leaned over, kissing Cate passionately.
"I'm going to head up now too."
"Sounds good." The young woman replied, standing up with him.