It had been a long road to victory, but it had finally come. Harry Potter stood on the battlefield not believing what had happened. He had won. Voldemort was gone. It had happened so fast in Harry's mind. One minute he had been connected to Voldemort's wand and the next Voldemort was gone. Dead. Harry hadn't even said a curse or spell, but he was dead all the same. He stood in shock for a moment and then thought of something- or someone.
Was she alright? Was she hurt? And even though Harry tried to keep this thought from his mind…was she dead? No. She couldn't be dead. She can't be dead. She just can't be. Then he thought of Ron and Hermione. Were they okay? Were they hurt? Were they dead? What about Lupin? And Tonks? McGonagall? Fred? George? Bill? Charlie? Was anyone Harry loved alright? They have to be. Harry finally gave into the weakness he felt and fell to the ground. Just before he blacked out, he could have sworn he saw someone with long, flaming red hair running towards him.
When Harry woke up, he wasn't sure where he was. He couldn't figure out why everything was so blurry, but then he realized that someone had removed his glasses. He felt around him and finally felt his glasses on a table that seemed to be beside his bed. When everything came into focus, Harry realized that he must be at St. Mungo's. How did I get here? Where is everyone? Was it all a dream? It couldn't have been a dream. Voldemort was finally gone. But at what cost? Who else was gone?
While Harry was thinking over everything, trying to separate dream from reality, someone came bursting through the door.
Harry was taken by surprise. It took him a minute, but then realized who it was. Please don't let this be a dream! He jumped out of his bed and ran towards the figure.
"Ginny! Are you alright? Are you hurt? Is everything okay? Please tell me you're alright! I've never been so scared. Not even when I was facing Voldemort. Not knowing about you… wondering if you had…" Harry couldn't go on. He couldn't think about that.
"I'm alright Harry. And you thought that you were scared? HA! It was probably nothing compared to what I was feeling! I saw you collapse on the field! You kept mumbling about something red… what on earth were you thinking about? Then you have been out of it for almost a week! A whole week Harry! I barely even got hurt, so I was therefore more worried!" Ginny said this all in a bit of a rant. She was squeezing Harry's hand so tight that she was starting to cut off circulation, but he didn't care. As long as she was holding his hand, he knew that she was alright.
Ginny was looking at him intently. Harry could see a week's worth of unshed tears forming in her eyes. Harry stared back. He temporarily forgot about everything else. He just wanted to look at her for the rest of his life, glad that he was getting the chance. After what seemed like an eternity, Ginny broke the silence.
"Harry," she began, "Now that you've defeated him for what seems to be the last time, does this mean that we can be together again?" She looked at him nervously, as if afraid of rejection. Harry smiled. Then he swooped her up in his arms and kissed her firmly and passionately on the lips.
"Does that answer your question?" he asked her. Ginny laughed and kissed him again. Harry knew right then that this was the girl that he would be with for the rest of his life. And then an idea came to Harry. I can do it now, there's nothing to stop me.
He slowly pulled his lips away from Ginny's and looked her in the eye. Harry knew that this was something that he would either love or hate doing.
"Ginny, I love you so much," he started, but then Ginny cut him off.
"You love me? Oh Harry! I've waited for you to say that for so long! I love you too." Ginny was about to kiss him again, but he stopped her.
"Are you going to let me finish or not Ms. Weasley?" Harry asked her jokingly.
Ginny looked at him suspiciously, but then said, "You can continue."
Harry rolled his eyes. "Anyway, like I was saying before I was rather pleasantly interrupted, I love you with all my heart and I'm not afraid to show it anymore. We can be completely safe now." With this said, Harry dropped to one knee. Ginny's eyes got so wide that Harry was scared that they would rip.
Harry took Ginny's hand in his own and he took a steadying breath. When he finally let that breath out, he said four words that would change his life forever.
"Will you marry me?"