Sorry I haven't updated sooner, my sister is getting married this week and my cousin is staying with us along with thirteen-month-old twins so my life has been INSANE. Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone for the reviews. I know this one is a little shorter then usual but I hope you enjoy it. More is coming soon. (I hope)
Hermione spent all day at school wondering if she could make it threw the day. She was longing to see Fred again. However she knew that there was no point in leaving class early. It wasn't as if he could close the shop until after six anyway. She wanted to see him. She wanted to kiss him and love him again. She wanted to fall asleep in his arms again. At around noon she went to have lunch at a local coffee shop that served lots of soups. She walked inside and found an old familiar face reading an upside down addition of the quibbler.
"Luna." She smiled. She then took an empty seat next to Luna. "I haven't seen you in years."
"I got an invitation to Harry and Ginny's wedding, but I couldn't make it." Luna explained "I sent them a gift."
"It's ok." Hermione grinned. "How are you?"
"I'm ok, you know it's been an interesting year. My dad died and I took over the quibbler." Luna explained
"Oh I'm sorry to hear that."
"It's ok. He was getting older." Luna said but Hermione could see a loneliness in her eyes.
"Why didn't you make it to the wedding?" Hermione asked
"I was abroad reporting on a story."
"Oh." Hermione smiled Luna still seemed as strange as ever.
"I was surprised that you and Ron didn't get married before Harry and Ginny, I always thought it would be the other way around."
"Actually Ron and I aren't together anymore." Hermione explained. "I'm dating his brother Fred."
"Fred Weasley, as in Weasley's Wizard Wheezes?"
"Yeah, I know it's a little odd, but it works for us."
"So what happened with you and Ron?" Luna asked seeming to have a strange interest in Ron. Hermione explained all about Lavender and Ron. Luna smiled as Hermione explained how she'd just gotten together with Fred.
"So Ron's not seeing anyone then?" Luna said Hermione grinned.
"No, but I wouldn't be surprised if Lavender takes him back."
"Oh." Luna said almost disappointed.
"I'm going to go order a bowl of soup." Hermione said "I only have about twenty minutes until I start my next class."
"What are you studying?"
"Healing." Hermione paused "I've just started my third year."
"I'm a journalism major, not that I need it since I inherited a paper, but it's still nice to have." Luna explained. At this, Hermione finally went up to the counter and ordered a bowl of classic chicken noodle soup. As soon as they got her soup she walked back over to Luna's table and sat down. Luna smiled.
"I have a question." Hermione smiled.
"What?" Luna said strangely.
"We all get together once a month and have dinner, it's kind of a ritual we have. It's usually me, Ginny, Harry, Fred, George, Katie Bell, sometimes Ron and Lavender, and occasionally Neville. We're doing it next Sunday after Harry and Ginny get back from their honeymoon, I was wondering if you'd like to come."
"I'll check my calender." Luna smiled
"Well, if you decide to come, we meet at the joke shop at 5:30 and then go out, it's fun."
"I'll see if I can make it." Luna promised.
"Ok." Hermione said she had just finished her soup. "I really need to get going. It was nice seeing you Luna."
At five-thirty Hermione could no longer stand to wait to see Fred. She packed herself a small bag and apparated to the front door of the joke shop. She looked into the window and saw that Fred and George seemed to be the only people in the store and they were both looking rather bored. Fred saw her through the window and gave a big smile.
"Hermione." He said instantly. He seemed as if he'd been anticipating her return as much as she had. He walked up to her and kissed her firmly on the lips. George looked as if he might vomit.
"Do you have to snog right in front of me? I don't snog Katie in front of you."
"Yes you do." Hermione insisted. She didn't loosen her grip on Fred.
"She's right mate you do." Fred explained "All the time."
"I don't mean to." George explained
"George and Katie have decided they want to get married next month." Fred said.
"Really, I figured you'd be engaged for a little while at least, why the hurry?" Hermione asked. George smiled.
"Katie's pregnant." Fred said. George looked as if he may hit him.
"Congratulations." Hermione said hugging George now.
"I'm excited, but mum and dad will flip a lid if they find out she was pregnant before we got married." George explained
"Come on, the two of you have been living together for almost two months. Do you think Arthur and Molly are that naive?"
"I would just prefer it if they didn't find out until after the wedding." George explained. "I just found out this morning actually."
"I'm happy for you." Hermione said "Fred and I promise we won't tell anyone right?"
"Yeah." Fred said. "You can get out of here early if you'd like, I think I'll just close its not as if we've had a very busy day, and no ones coming so you might as well go spend time with Katie."
"You just want to spend time alone with Hermione." George explained but he smiled as he said it. "But I'll still take you up on that offer."
"Good." Fred said "We close in 25 minutes anyway."
"I guess I'll see you tomorrow then Hermione, take good care of my brother ok?"
"I wouldn't do anything different." Hermione said at this George was gone with that same familiar pop. Hermione turned around and looked at Fred. He had just turned the sign and was looking at her strangely. Hermione walked up and started kissing him.
"Did you want to get some dinner or something?" Fred asked Hermione grinned.
"I'm not really hungry." She explained. She wrapped her arms around his neck.
"So what do you want to do?" She kissed him again. She'd vowed to herself after breaking up with Ron that she wouldn't make love to someone again, until she was sure she would marry them. She wasn't sure that she would marry Fred, but she realized her vow was impossible to keep. She loved Fred, and she wanted to show him how much she loved him. She led him up the stairs. Then into his bedroom she climbed onto his bed and she gestured 'come here' with her hand. He looked at her strangely before climbing on the bed and joining her. Hermione had begun to tug at his shirt when he spoke.
"Hermione, I don't think we should do this."
"Why?" Hermione asked. Fred could hear a hint of fear in her voice.
"I love you." He said. Hermione smiled. "I've never actually been with a woman that I loved before."
"The only person I've ever been with is Ron." Hermione explained Fred smiled.
"I want the first time that we're together to be special, something that neither one of us ever forgets, I don't want it to be something that we regret."
"I would never regret being with you Fred." Hermione explained. She started to kiss him again.
"You don't know that, and I think that we should wait." Fred kissed her gently now.
"How many girls can actually say that their boyfriend was the one that stopped them. It's always the other way around." Hermione smiled now. She'd lied early she hadn't eaten anything but that bowl of soup at noon and she realized she was hungry. Her stomach growled. "I'm starving."
"I thought you weren't hungry." Fred smiled
"I lied." Hermione said.
"Come on, let's go get some food." Fred put out a hand to lift her off the bed.
"Just how do we have to wait before we can make love?" Hermione asked
"Until it's special." Fred smiled. "Right now let's just focus of food."
"Fine." Hermione said and she let him lead her back down the stairs and out to Diagon Alley. She smiled. She and Fred must be rubbing off on each other. For first time Hermione had wanted to do the wrong thing and Fred had stopped her. She decided that's what love was all about.