Some months later...
Everything had gone perfectly. The wedding had been brilliant, the entire Weasley family and almost all of the Order had attended, and the bride and groom couldn't have been happier. Today gave the phrase "Their special day" a whole new meaning. Ginny had gone around to everyone she could find and went on about being Mrs. Potter, and Harry had a permanent goofy grin attached to his face the whole afternoon.
But none of that mattered now as the newlyweds lay in bed after a long day, both still glowing in happiness. Harry had his arms wrapped around his new wife as she snuggled her back into his chest, both of them still nude from post-marital activities. Ginny loved the feel of his body wrapped around hers like this, with nothing between them, and Harry had confessed rather reluctantly that he enjoyed it too. She could feel his gentle breath on his neck, but neither of them was anywhere close to sleep - they didn't want the day to end. Ginny smiled to herself and brought his hand up to her lips to kiss his knuckles gently before whispering in a honey-sweet tone.
It took him a moment to answer, but she finally felt his chest vibrate gently as he replied. "Yes, my love?"
She giggled softly, rolling her eyes to her self. "Since when have you called me that?"
Harry rubbed his nose into her neck from side to side. "I don't know, it just sounded nice."
They both knew that Harry didn't have a romantic bone in his body - at least, not in the conventional sense. He showed her how much he loved her in all sorts of different ways, but it almost never seemed to happen with roses, candlelight dinners, and affectionate nicknames. At least, not on a regular basis. Not that she minded; it was quite the opposite. She found his expression of love to be perfect for her - he did the romantic things every once in a while to make her feel special, but she never felt as though it was overbearing. No, he just showed his love for her in small ways every day, and that was perfect.
Now, however, she had a surprise for him that would be a constant reminder every minute of how much she loved him. She kissed his hand again, smiling and letting her eyes fall shut as her lips formed the words she'd been thinking about since they'd slipped into bed together.
"I've got a present for you, lover-boy." She giggled again, giddy both from the wedding and her surprise. She felt his body curl into her in interest, and she leaned her head back to let his tongue have its way with her neck.
"And what might that be, sweetums?"
That was too much. Ginny burst out laughing, her shoulders rubbing against his chest even as she felt his mirth coming from behind her. "Where did you ever learn that?"
Harry took a moment to calm his laughter. "I heard my aunt call Dudley that all the time. I think it irritated him more than anything."
Ginny grinned at the thought, and then turned over to look into his eyes and take a long whiff of his manly scent. It grounded her enough to keep her from giggling again, but there was still a sparkle in her eyes and a soft smile on her lips as she guided his hand down to her stomach.
"Not what, but who, my love."
She'd never seen his eyes so big. His jaw opened and closed twice, and his gaze traveled down to her stomach before returning to his face and searching for her sudden laughter that would spoil the joke, but there was none.
"Are...are you sure?"
Ginny smiled and brushed his lips softly, the tip of her nose nudging his. "I'm sure, Harry. It was meant to be."
Harry took a moment to regain his train of thought. There was only one night this could have happened, and that was their engagement night. Ginny had convinced him to leave off the Contraceptive Charm for one night, saying that if it was meant to be, it would happen, and if it wasn't, it wouldn't. He'd never in his wildest dreams thought it would actually happen, but now that it had, he felt as though he'd been waiting for it his entire life.
"I...I don't know what to say."
Ginny might have been concerned at this comment, but his joy was apparent in his eyes. She could see his heart dancing at the news even though his brain was telling him that he wouldn't be a good father and that he was way too young. "Harry, you'll be a wonderful father. We are a little young, but we are definitely old enough to handle this."
He nodded mutely, taking another moment to collect his thoughts before he leaned into another kiss, this one lasting quite a bit longer as she poured reassurance into him. She'd had a bit longer to think about this and decide that they were ready, and despite her being only nineteen, they were ready to settle down and have a family. It was the one thing both of them wanted above all other, and even though Harry (and truth be told, Ginny too) was scared to death of the idea, they would make it work.
"We're...we're going to have a baby..." It came off his tongue as if he was speaking a foreign language. He still looked rather shell-shocked, but at least he wasn't in denial. Ginny grinned and shook her head, the sparkle in her eyes dancing like mad.
"Not quite true."
Harry blinked, obviously not comprehending. "But you just said..."
Ginny shook her head, drawing a deep breath as she pressed his hand to her stomach. "Harry, we're not having a baby. We're having twins."
A/N: Okay, a short little epilogue to tie things up and set for a sequel should I decide to write it. I hope you all have enjoyed this story as much as I have, and I do hope everyone who has read it (whether you've reviewed before or not) will let me know how they liked it and critique if you so desire. This was my first fanfic and will always hold a special place in my heart, but it's time to move on to other things and put the lessons I've learned in writing this to work.
Wow...this is weird. I just realized when I post this, I'll be adding the complete tag to it. This feels amazing.
I would be remiss if I didn't thank a few people who helped this happen. Greg, thanks for your input and insight on some of the final chapters – without you this could have been a disaster from 18 on. I'd also like to thank my consistent reviewers – ya'll along with my passion for writing is what made this story go. I would put your names here, but I'm deathly afraid of missing someone and that just wouldn't be right.
As for my next project, I'm going to commit canoncide and go to an AU universe after Chamber of Secrets. It's going to be another HarryGinny fic, but with one difference – Ginny doesn't get over her first year as well as JKR writes, and what happens when she turns to Harry for help and the two become magically bonded due to their growing relationship? It's going to be an exploration into their relationship at Hogwarts and how they could have come together if they'd only known each other earlier.
Anyway, you should see that no later than two weeks from today, though I'm working to get it out as soon as possible. If you want an alert when I put it up, you can either put me on author alert here, or you can friend me on LiveJournal (link is in profile). Until then, happy reading and may your days be blessed by Felix Felicis!