It's three years after the war. Ron gets an amazing job offer that means lots of travel and moving around, but…what about Hermione? Please R&R!
Prologue: The Wedding
Ron stood behind Harry as Hermione, dressed in a beautiful light blue dress, much like her Yule Ball robes from so long ago, walked down the aisle and stepped to the side. Next came Bill and Fleur's adorable little girl, Evangeline, a clear showing of Fleur's taste for fancy names. She had been blessed with most of her mother's beauty, but had bright red hair nonetheless. She walked gracefully, dropping flower petals on her way.
And then, there she was. Ron smiled upon his little sister with pride and affection as she stood holding on to her father's arm at the end of the aisle. She grinned nervously at Ron before turning her attention to Harry.
He looked back at her in awe. She looked incredible, almost angelic, in her white silk dress, with the sheer lace sleeves extending to her wrist, the long train in the back, and the veil draping from a small diamond tiara set in her dark auburn hair.
As Ron watched his sister walk down the aisle and saw his best friend waiting to start his life with her, he thought about how much their love had gone through to get there…
The war had lasted another year and a half after Dumbledore's death. Both sides had suffered losses. The order had mourned the deaths of Kingsley Shacklebolt and Viktor Krum, who had both fought valiantly for their side. Fred had been sent to St. Mungo's for serious injuries, but he had fully recovered. Today, he sat smiling in the front row next to Angelina, who was cradling their newborn baby in her arms.
At the end of a long, bloody battle, Snape, Bellatrix, and Lucius Malfoy, as well as many others, had been destroyed. Those remaining fled. Finally, it was down to just Harry and Voldemort. No one knew exactly what happed, for Harry hadn't wanted to talk about it, but somehow, Harry had come out victorious.
Over the next three years, Harry and Ron completed their Auror training, Ginny had become a healer at St. Mungo's, and Hermione had recently accepted a position teaching Transfiguration at the newly reopened Hogwarts. She and Ron had spent this entire time together, after having finally realized their feelings for each other.
Arthur Weasely let go of his daughter's arm and Harry took her hand. Remus Lupin, being a Ministry official, was there to perform the ceremony. He smiled affectionately at the young couple who had been through so much so early in life.
"It took a long time to get to this point, but we're finally here," he said after Harry and Ginny exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony.
"Well," said Ron at the reception, "congratulations. You'd better take good care of her. After all," he said with a wink, "she is my favorite sister."
Harry laughed. "Don't worry. I will."
Ron and Hermione left to let the other guests give their well wishes to the happy couple. They sat down at a table and Hermione said, "I'm really excited to start teaching. You know McGonagall made me head of Gryffindor."
"Really? Hermione that's great!" exclaimed Ron. "Listen," he continued in a more solemn tone, "I got offered this job. I'd be finding and arresting the remaining Death Eaters. They're pretty scattered, so it would mean almost constant travel. I wouldn't have any really permanent address. It's an amazing opportunity, but…"
"Ron, I understand completely," Hermione said. "This is the kind of shot you've been waiting for ever since you finished training. You can't pass this up."
"So…you think I should take it?"
"You have to. I'll miss you, but this kind of chance could lead to so many wonderful options later."
At that time, the bride and groom got up for their first dance as husband and wife. Harry and Ginny looked so in love. They looked into each other's eyes, smiling as if they were the only two people in the world.
After watching them for a few moments, some other couples got up to join them. Ron held out his hand to Hermione. She took it, and they walked out onto the floor. She wrapped her arms around his neck and laid her head against his chest, aware that this could be their last dance for a long while.
A/N: I know the ending is kind of sad, but it will get better and will focus more on Ron and Hermione later. I promise! Please review and please keep reading. I'll update as soon as possible!