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"Relax, Ron," Ginny said coolly, "he just tripped."
"Sorry," Harry chuckled untangling his legs from Ginny's.
"It's fine," she laughed.
"Yeah, it's all fine for you," Ron said sarcastically.
"Oh, come off it, Ron. Don't act so innocent," Ginny replied pushing Harry to his feet and standing up herself.
Ron looked stupidly at Ginny while Harry sniggered.
"What?" Ron asked with a hollow voice.
"We're not stupid," she said straightening her sweater.
Harry couldn't contain his grin.
"You don't think we know why all of that yelling finally stopped?" Ginny said sarcastically.
Ron's face turned a scarlet to rival the color of his hair. He opened his mouth to reply when Hermione walked into the room and interrupted him.
"What's going on in here?" she asked curiously.
"We should be asking you the same thing," Ginny replied, eyebrows raised.
Hermione's face flushed at Ginny's statement. Neither Ron nor Hermione could respond to this and resolved to look anywhere but at Ginny. Ginny, satisfied that she had embarrassed her brother sufficiently, resumed her previous spot on the couch. Harry, feeling awkward, decided to sit down next to her.
"So you lot have finally gotten things sorted out then?" Ginny asked casually.
"Yes!" Hermione replied almost too quickly, eager to change the topic.
"And?" Ginny pressed. Harry thought she had done a perfect job acting like she had known nothing.
"Well," Hermione began, flushing darker still, "we've decided that Ron's going to come with me to Australia to free my parents."
"So you two are finally together?" Ginny asked, eyeing both of them.
Hermione opened her mouth to respond, but it was not she who answered.
"Yes," Ron responded confidently, looking Ginny directly in the eye.
"Well it's about time," Harry said leaning back and placing his hands behind his head.
"Like we'd bloody well need you approval anyway," Ron replied sarcastically.
At this comment the room went silent. Harry, Hermione, and Ginny all stared at Ron, mouths open and eyebrows through the roof.
"What?" Ron questioned innocently.
"I'm not really sure," Hermione began, "I know how to respond to that."
"Well he's a filthy hypocrite is what," Ginny said with a hint of annoyance.
"Well obviously," Hermione replied in a similar tone.
"I don't really know what you guys are talking about," Ron said stupidly.
He was again met with dumbstruck expressions by all.
"Well, I'm off to bed," Harry said suddenly standing up, jumping at the opportunity to avoid a touchy subject.
Ginny opened her mouth in protest, but Hermione recognized this and immediately responded.
"I'm pretty tired too," she said forcing a yawn.
Ginny threw daggers at Hermione through her eyes. She was ready for another go at her brother.
"I could probably sleep too," Ron said dully glancing out the window to the pitch black sky.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione made their way over to the stairs, all eager to avoid any further problems with the youngest Weasley. Once they had started up the stairs, Harry heard Ginny begin to follow them, mumbling under her breath. They dropped Hermione off at Ginny's room and continued to Ron's room. When they arrived in Ron's room, Ron dropped onto his bed and stared at the ceiling while Harry sat on the camp bed that was set up for him. It was apparent that neither was ready for sleep.
As Harry sat there, the realization hit him that Ron and Hermione would be going to Australia without him. This immediately dampened his spirits.
"So when are you leaving?" Harry asked in what he hoped sounded like a cheerful tone. Unfortunately, this did not go unnoticed by Ron.
"Tuesday," Ron responded coming out of his daydream. He sat up and looked at Harry. "What's up?"
"Nothing," Harry said too quickly, glancing at Ron and quickly looking away.
"I know it's not nothing," said Ron.
Harry looked back at Ron and then looked away again.
"It's just…I dunno, weird I guess," Harry began deliberately.
Ron watched Harry, still clueless as to what he was talking about.
"This is the first time that we're not doing something, us three," Harry said cautiously.
"Oh," Ron said awkwardly. He paused. "Well, you won't be entirely alone. Ginny's not coming either."
"Oh," Harry replied. He shifted uncomfortably. "How long will you be gone?"
"I dunno really," Ron said. "It depends on how long it takes to locate her parents, modify their memories, and then return by muggle fashion. I would say that it will probably take a month."
"Oh," Harry said.
"You probably wouldn't want to come anyway; it's not going to be fun or anything," Ron assured him.
"I know. It's just, weird to think about all of these changes," Harry explained.
"Yeah, definitely," Ron replied in an entirely different tone.
Harry had no response to Ron's reaction and remained silent. He couldn't explain to Ron his fears of what a month alone with his sister while Hermione and he were out on another adventure. Before he could draw any conclusions, Harry drifted off into much needed sleep.
A/N: I know this is a short chapter, but I'm trying to keep this story alive and this seemed like the most appropriate place to cut the story for now.