Homebound

Hermionie Granger stood in the girls' dormitory and looked around. It was the end of her sixth year at Hogwarts. She was going to be staying at the Burrow with the Weasley's along with Harry for the summer and was overjoyed.

She finished packing her things and was going down to the Gryffindor Common Room, but she decided to go check on Ginny first. She walked into the fifth year's dormitory, but no one was there.

"Oh well," Hermionie thought. "She must already be down in the Common Room." She walked down the stairs to find Ginny and Harry snuggling in a lounge chair and Ron glaring angrily at Harry. He still hadn't got used to the fact that Ginny and Harry were going out. Seamus and Neville were talking quietly amongst themselves; occasionally sniggering at the look on Ron's face. As soon as Hermionie walked through the door, Ron gazed up at her with a loving look in his eyes and gave a small smile. Ronald Weasley had developed a desire to be around Hermionie lately, but didn't want her to know; yet.

"You guys better hurry up before we miss the train!" exclaimed Hermionie.

Ron got up and put an arm around her shoulder and said in a calming voice: There's no need to fret. We'll make it in plenty of time. Would you like me to carry your trunk for you?"

"Erm…Ok?" she said, looking at him questioningly. She slipped out from under his arm and walked over to where Harry and Ginny were sitting.

"Ginny, may I talk to you for a moment alone, please?" she asked.

Ginny got up from the chair and walked to the side with Hermionie. "Do you have any idea what that was about?" A broad smile spread over her face, but only giggled.

"Well, we best be off then," said Ron, still looking at her lovingly. She nodded and with Ginny giggling behind her, they all made their way down to the horseless carriages, which would take them to the train. As they made their way into the train, Ron made sure to get a seat next to Hermionie. Harry and Ginny settled in next to each other across from them. As the train left, Hermionie yawned and decided that she would take a nap for awhile.

Hermionie opened her eyes and looked up. To her surprise, she had been sleeping on Ron for the train ride. He smiled warmly down at her. "Have a good rest then?" he asked her. Ginny looked over at her and gave her a mischievous smile. Hermionie nodded at Ron as she sat up.

"We're almost to the station, we should probably get our trunks down now," stated Ron. They all mumbled in agreement. Hermionie reached up to grab her trunk, but Ron stopped her. He got both their trunks, while still looking into her eyes. She shyly turned away. The train arrived at its destination and stopped. They all took their trunks off the train and headed towards a mass of fire-red hair.

"Harry! Hermionie!" Mrs. Weasley exclaimed and embraced them both in a hug. She then continued to her children and they were soon leaving with their trolleys to the car and all piled in.

"Thank you so much for letting me stay the summer with you, Mrs. Weasley," said Hermionie gratefully, after they had taken off.

"Yeah, thanks Mrs. Weasley," said Harry.

"You are very welcome. We are all so happy to have you with us," Mrs. Weasley said, contentedly.

When they arrived home, Ron led Harry and Hermionie up to his room. There were two extra mattresses on the floor, which appeared to be where they would be residing for the summer.

After talking for awhile, they heard Mrs. Weasley call up the stairs to come down, dinner was ready.