Most of the Order members who had assembled to escort Harry from Privet Drive stood in the kitchen of the Burrow chatting or grabbing a last minute bite before they left on the assignment. The room was so crowded with bodies, however, Hermione simply stood outside the door leaning against the wall in the hallway. Across from her leaned Fred. He gave her a wink when he noticed her looking at him.

"You nervous, Granger?" he asked.

"No," she lied. "Are you?"

"A little."

Hermione gaped at him. She never expected Fred to be nervous about anything, and even if he was nervous she figured he would not admit it. "Really?"

He nodded slowly. "But you know, a good luck kiss would probably make me feel a whole lot better," he smirked.

Hermione rolled her eyes and shook her head slightly. "Would you like me to call your mother over here? I'm sure she'd be delighted to kiss you farewell."

Fred pouted slightly. "Luv, don't be like that. I just figured that this might be my last opportunity to kiss the brightest witch of her generation. Any day now, Ron's going to pull his head out of his arse and before I can say 'Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes' backwards, three times fast, while standing on my head, you'll be his girl and I'll have lost my only chance for a kiss."

Flattered, Hermione looked into the kitchen and saw that Ron was bent over a map, studying it intently with Tonks. Turning back to Fred, she reached across the hall, grabbed him by his t-shirt, and pulled his face down to hers. "It would be a real tragedy if I had to admit to my children later in life, how I was within mere inches of snogging you and let the chance slip through my fingers," she teased. Standing on her tiptoes, Hermione pressed her lips to Fred's for several seconds.

When she released him, they both returned to leaning against their respective walls, slightly out of breath.

"So if Ron doesn't pull his head out of his arse soon, do you think we could do that again?" Fred asked, sounding hopeful.

Hermione giggled, no longer nervous about the upcoming mission. "Stranger things have happen," she flirted, deciding for the first time since fifth year that maybe it wouldn't be so bad if her and Ron never became a couple.

The End

Notes: All the characters belong to JKR.