Title: An Unexpected Task
By: mandy-jg
Rating: K
Pairing: Fred/Hermione
A/N: SPOILERS FOR DEATHLY HALLOWS. Fred, he didn't die. Simple as that.

An Unexpected Task

"You know when I agreed to do this," he panted, tugging on his shirt collar. "I didn't realise it would be so bloody hot!"

"Likely, you just wanted to see the girls in their bathing suits."

The grimace turned to a leer as he took in the sights, "well they sure don't make them like this in England."

She turned slightly, and raised an eyebrow.

"Not that they make them wrong back home," he said quickly. "They just don't walk around in bikinis either..." his voice trailing off as he discovered the meter maids.

"Focus Fred, we won't be going till tomorrow anyway. Plenty of time to check out the sights."

"All right, so where are they?"

Looking at the map in her hand, "well the locating charm said they were here on the promenade. They haven't moved since we've been walking, so I imagine they are in a coffee shop of some kind."

"So one of the many... there seem to be dozens of them."

"Let's just make our way down," she starting walking slowly. Stopping to look in the gift shops, taking her time looking into each cafe they passed.

"Hermione?"

"Yes?" She stopped completely.

"You do want to find them, don't you?"

"Of course!"

"Then why are you dawdling? I thought I'd be running to keep up with you."

"It's just, it's going to be awkward."

"What do you mean?"

"Lets start with the memory modification, that's not something they'd think I would do. Add in the explanation as to why I did it, and why I didn't tell them any of what had been happening in the Wizarding world since the end of third year," she finished with a grimace.

"You didn't tell them anything?"

She nodded slowly.

"So they had no idea that there was a very bad Wizard loose, or that you were very nearly killed?" She nodded again, closing her eyes. "And what about Dumbledore? Did you tell them about that?"

"No, they wouldn't have understood how important it was that I stay by Harry's side. There was too much to explain, it was just easier, not to."

"Well m'dear, you have a lot of explaining to do."

Sighing deeply, "definitely."

Putting a arm around her shoulder, he started leading her down the mall. "It'll be fine, they might be mad at first, but they are alive, you are alive. It worked out in the long run."

"Thanks Fred," she said quietly. "For coming with me as well, I really appreciate it."

"Of course, anything for you."

"A trip to the Australia, just a perk?"

"Absolutely," he said in a no-nosense tone. He smiled as he scanned the crowd, it grew as he spotted the tell-tale brown hair. Accompanied by the pink spreading across smiling faces, that spoke only of pale skin, still not used to the scorching sun. "There we go," he said stopping and pointing slightly inside.

Hermione tensed beside him, then squared her shoulders. She didn't speak as she walked ahead of him, ready to introduce Mr and Mrs Wilkins to the daughter they never knew they had.

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