In the Gryffindor common room…

Hermione, Ron and Harry sat in the sofa all huddled up together whispering in hushed voices.

"I still can't believe that Gin-bug would do that." Ron said.

"Yeah, I did not know that she was like that. I mean, the Ginny I know would never sink that low." Harry said.

Hermione looked thoughtful.

"I don't know, you guys. Ginny really did seem happy. Think about it, when has she ever been given exactly what she wants?" Hermione said kindly.

Ron thought about it.

"Well, she did look happy—"

"How can you say that? Of course she's unhappy. And she does not know what she wants. I know what she wants!" yelled Harry as he stood up.

Hermione and Ron looked startled.

"H-harry? Calm down…" Hermione said quietly.

Harry turned red.

"I will NOT calm down until I see that Ginny is safely here with ME and NOT with bloody Malfoy!!!" Harry shouted some more.

"HARRY! This is what she wants, ok? Let my sister be—"

"NO! I will not! This is not what she wants. She wants me! She just hasn't realized it yet." Harry said.

Ron opened his mouth to say something but Harry beat him to it.

"Listen here, she wants me I know it—"

Ron turned red and stood up.

"No you listen here, Harry. You can help me defend my sister from people, fine. You can take my family's attention away from me, whatever. You can shout at me, sure. But what you cannot do is make my sister unhappy or shout at Hermione. Hermione is MY future girl friend and Ginny is MY sister. If anyone messes with them, they mess with me and right now, Potter you are messing with me, so back off!"

Ron yelled turning redder by the second. By the time he finished he was as red as the decorations in the common room.

Harry sat down and kept quiet. Eventually, Ron's breathing evened out and he sat back down.

No one spoke during those five minutes. Thankfully, no one else was there to witness the Trio's embarrassing display. They were still all outside gossiping about the hottest news: Draco and Ginny.

"I-I'm sorry, Ron. I just guess that I just can't get over the fact that you're sister does not like me anymore, especially since I was starting to like her." Harry said.

Hermione sighed. Finally she'd say something.

"Look, Harry, I know that it's hard to get used to these things but you just have to. Sometimes you don't realize that you have something great until it's gone." Hermione said.

"Yeah, I know but I always wanted to have a special place in Ginny's heart and I want her to have a special place in mine." Harry said.

Hermione smiled. But it was Ron who answered this time.

"Harry, you'll always have a special place in her heart, whether she fancies you or not. Ginny loves you like a brother. She looks up to you."

Whoa. That was a cool thing for Ron to say. It might have even been the deepest.

Hermione smiled at Ron, proudly.

"I guess you're right. I guess that I was so shocked or scared or something that I thought I liked her. That's…weird. Yeah, she'll always be a sister to me." Harry sighed.

"There, that's our Harry." Hermione said and Ron ruffled his already messy hair.

"Hey! You guys don't have to act as my parents. That's just odd." Harry said in embarrassment.

"Aww, is ickle Harrykins embarrassed by mummy and daddy?" Ron teased as he pinched Harry's cheeks, pretty off-character if you ask me.

"That's it! I'm sick of you guys doing this to me. And P.S. Ron, that's your nickname." Harry said with a slight smile and headed to the boy's quarters.

Ron and Hermione shared a short laugh then shut up.

"Uh, Ron, when you said 'Future Girlfriend'—"

"Yeah, I meant it so will you??" asked Ron.

Hermione smiled.


By the stairs…

Harry could hear Ron and Hermione talking and smiled. Finally. Then after thinking about everyone pairing up, Harry suddenly felt like he did when he was with the Dursleys—lonely.