A/N: AU Hermione's sixth year, Ginny's fifth. Basically the title says all. This is how Hermione and Ginny's relationship started with just one kiss.
Disclaimer: Sadly I am not J.K. Rowling. Even more unfortunately that means that I do not own these characters. However if I did, I'm not sure if you would see them ever again. I'd be too busy using them for my own enjoyment.
It Started With Just One Kiss
Chapter One: Intoxication
Hermione raised her eyebrows and looked over at Ginny as the boys attempted to show how manly they were by wrestling with each other. Both girls laughed as Harry elbowed Ron in the nose.
"Ow, what the bloody hell was that for mate?" Ron yelled as his hands rushed up to his face.
"Sorry Ron, but you started it."
"Yeah but I was just messing around." Hermione laughed at the sound of Ron's voice which now sounded as if he had a very bad cold.
"Well we'll leave you two boys to your...fun," Ginny said dragging Hermione up the grounds to the castle.
"That was disturbing," Hermione said as they headed up to the Gryffindor common room. Ginny laughed and agreed.
"Yeah but seeing Ron get elbowed in the nose was hilarious. He had it coming." The two collapsed on the couch in front of the fire and laughed as they recalled seeing Ron's face.
"So are you going to go to the party on Friday?" Ginny asked curiously.
"You mean Dean and Seamus' party?" Ginny nodded in response to Hermione's question. "I don't know... I'll probably have some homework that I could do..."
"Hermione..." Ginny began. "You need to get out of those books. You should come, I'm going, and it'll be fun."
"I'll think about it." Ginny smiled knowing that she would get Hermione to agree to it eventually. The two girls sat and talk, as best friends often do, for a while. Thursday afternoon, Hermione, Ginny, Ron and Harry were sitting at lunch. Ron was stuffing his face as usual, Harry was going over Quidditch plays, Ginny was talking excitedly about the next Hogsmead trip and Hermione was attempting to write an essay. She pulled a large book out of her bag and ruffled through the pages, obviously searching for something.
"Dammit," she said under her breath. Ginny raised an eyebrow and looked at her friend curiously.
"Did I just hear you correctly Hermione? Did you just say dammit?" Hermione finally tore her eyes from the book and looked up at Ginny who was now smirking.
"Well I can't find the bloody passage. I swear it was in this book. Unless..." Ginny grinned. Hermione hardly ever swore. Ginny found it quite funny actually.
"It must be in the other book. Ugh...I returned that one this morning."
"We can run up there and get it if you want to." Hermione looked at the time.
"I don't have time right now..."
"What about your time-turner?" Ginny asked.
"I had to give it back. McGonagall said I was usuing it for personal stuff too often," Hermione said with a smirk.
"Hermione! Who knew you were so rebellious?"
"Do you think maybe you could run up and get it for me?" Ginny grinned.
"If you come to the party tomorrow." Hermione opened her mouth to protest, but stopped. She really needed the book and with her schedule she wouldn't be able to go to the library until after dinner. If Ginny got it for her, she could bring to her after the next class, and a small part of her wanted to go to the party. She sighed in defeat.
"Fine, I'll go." Ginny smirked as Hermione wrote down the name of the book and handed it to the Weasley on the way out of the Great Hall. Ginny took the piece of paper and hugged Hermione.
"Hermione, you are going to have so much fun that you won't even think about your schoolwork." Hermione smiled lightly and headed off to class. Even though she didn't show it, she was excited to go to the party.
The next night Hermione was wondering what she had gotten herself into when they got to the party. She knew that as a prefect, she should not be taking part in a party that could get them all in trouble or even expelled but the danger of it all made her slightly giddy. Several students were already drunk and both Hermione and Ginny laughed as they watched the students stumble throughtout the room created from the Room of Requirement.
"Let's go get something to drink," Ginny said, dragging Hermione over towards one of the large tables that was covered in snacks and drinks. Hermione poured herself a glass of punch but before she could take a sip Ginny stopped her.
"Hermione, you do realize that there's alcohol in there don't you?" Hermione nodded and took a sip anyways.
"I'm feeling bold tonight Ginny. I'm up for new things." Ginny just smiled and shrugged as she too poured a glass of punch. They walked around and talked to some of their friends, and when they saw Ron dancing to the music they all laughed.
"I am not related to him," Ginny said sternly. "I must have been adopted." Hermione laughed and took some of Ginny's hair in her hand.
"I think this says otherwise Gin." Ginny smiled despite her defeat. Some older student came over and threw his arms around both girls' shoulders.
"Hellooo ladies," he slurred. Ginny rolled her eyes and looked over at Hermione. "So who's up for a good snog?" The guy continued, still slurring.
"I'll kiss Hermione just to get you to leave us alone," Ginny said moving away from him. Both Hermione's and the guy's heads shot towards the redhead.
"Seriously?" he asked. Ginny, not wanting to do anything to make Hermione uncomfortable, looked over at her friend who, surprisingly, had a sly smile on her face. Hermione figured that it was just her buzz due to the alcohol, but kissing Ginny seemed intriuging at the moment.
"How much money do you have?" Ginny asked. Hey she might be taking advantage of the guy's intoxication level but she didn't care. He patted his pockets and looked up sadly.
"None. I left my wallet in my room."
"Sorry, no deal." The guy walked away clearly upset but Hermione wasn't paying attention to him. She looked over at Ginny who was now extremely interested in her drink.
"Would you have done it?" Hermione asked causing the redhead to look up. Ginny shrugged her shoulders.
"Yeah, I guess," she said quietly. "But not if you didn't want to," she added quickly.
"I think it would have been funny. Right now I'd probably think anything was funny but...you get the point." Ginny smiled. She wasn't sure if it was because Hermione was slightly tipsy or the fact that she wasn't appauled at the idea of kissing Ginny. She figured it was a little bit of both. She had known for a while now that she was gay, but hadn't told anyone. She hadn't even thought about Hermione in that way because they were best friends but now her mind was drifting off on its own. Hermione downed the rest of her drink, hoping that the alcohol would drive away the tingling feeling in her stomach. When her cup was empty, she held it up to Ginny and smiled.
"It's gone. I'm gonna go get some more." Ginny nodded and took another sip of her own drink.
Later that night, Hermione stumbled into her room and tripped, falling onto the floor laughing hysterically. Ginny couldn't help but laugh a little at the scene in front of her. Hermione was completely trashed. She tried to stand up but just stumbled back onto the floor. Ginny walked over and helped her up, leading her over to the bed.
"Come on, let's get you into some pajamas," Ginny said. Hermione started tugging at her clothes and finally collapsed on the bed wearing just a tank top and panties.
"You know what I really want Ginny? Some chocolate frogs. Doesn't that sound good?"
"Or some Bertie Bott's Every Favor Beans."
"You mean flavor," Ginny corrected her.
"What?" Ginny tried not tried not to laugh but couldn't help it.
"Nothing. You don't even like them."
"But I might like them now..."
"I don't think so," Ginny said as she walked over to the dresser and conjured up a glass of water. Carrying it over to the bed, she told Hermione to sit up, which she did with some difficulty.
"Here, drink this. It'll make you feel better," Ginny said handing the glass to her friend.
"But I feel great already Gin," Hermione slurred but took the glass and drank anyways. Ginny smiled and tucked a strand of curly hair behind Hermione's ear. Ginny took the glass when she was done and set it down. Hermione reached her hand up and cupped Ginny's cheek as she gazed into the redhead's eyes.
"I love you Ginny." Ginny smiled and helped Hermione lay down in the large bed.
"I love you too Hermione," Ginny said as Hermione closed her eyes. She didn't know why, but she suddenly felt the urge to kiss Hermione. The brunette was so drunk that she wouldn't even remember it. Ginny shrugged off the thought, knowing it would be wrong in so many ways. She started to get up but stopped abruptly when she felt Hermione's hand grasp her wrist. She turned back towards the brunette and saw that her eyes were open, despite the exhaustion that was tugging at her body.
"Stay with me Ginny," Hermione said quietly. Ginny nodded and started over towards the couch but again was stopped, this time when Hermione spoke.
"No. Here," the older girl said, patting the bed next to her. "I just don't want to be alone," Ginny nodded, noticing the nervousness in her friends voice. She didn't know where it was coming from but she agreed anyways. Hermione curled against her, and Ginny looked up at the ceiling.
"Gin," Hermione mumbled. "The room's moving."
"Yes. Now go to sleep."
"It's going in circles."
"I know Hermione."
"Why is it doing that?"
"It'll go away."
"I promise." A few minutes later Ginny heard Hermione's deep rhythmic breathing and knew that she had fallen asleep. She smiled as she breathed in the scent of Hermione's hair before nodding off to a peaceful sleep.
The next morning Hermione woke up and saw the back of Ginny's head in her face. She groaned as she vaguely remembered the night before. Bits and pieces of the party replayed in her head. The noise caused the redhead to stir, and turn over looking into her friends eyes.
"Hey...you're alive," Ginny said quietly. "How are you feeling?" Hermione rubbed her eyes, trying to scrub aways the tiredness.
"Fine, why?" Ginny looked shocked.
"You drank so much last night...and you feel fine?"
"I'm kind of thirsty but other than that I'm fine."
"That is so not fair." Ginny moved onto her back and looked up at the ceiling, pulling a throw pillow out from underneath her. "You have too many pillows. How can you sleep with this many pillows?" Hermione smiled and took the pillow, pulling it against her chest.
"I like them. They keep me company when I get lonely at night. I don't like sleeping in an empty bed." Ginny laughed lightly.
"Well just think, last night you had a real person to keep you company."
"And you're much more interesting. You talk and everything."
"I never shut up."
"Yes you do."
"Not according to Ron."
"Ron doesn't know what he's talking about but I know something that would make you shut up." Ginny turned her head and looked at Hermione who had propped herself up on her arms.
"Yeah, what?" Hermione simply leaned down and covered Ginny's lips with her own.
And Hermione had been right, it did shut Ginny up.
A/N: Some of you may be wondering where you have seen this before. Any one ever read The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson? I loved the way she wrote Mel and Avery's first kiss so I kind of used the idea. Anyways review review review!!!
P.S. who else is extremely excited about this weekend???!!!!!!!