What's the test you ask? Well all I can tell you that you need a crazy red head with wacky spell, a couple of unsuspecting friends, a lot of plans… and a butter knife. But what happens when the wind blows in an unexpected direction?
Ginny and Luna sat together on a long burgundy couch in the room of requirements, having just finished playing a rousing game of exploding snaps, they where now trying to figure out what to do next.
"Well we can read some back issues of my dad's magazine," Luna said softly "there is the most interesting article in edition number three hundred and forty seven about the mysterious Zendy Goat and its magical healing eggs."
Ginny's brows rose. "Uhh, that's ok... I think that we should save that for Christmas, you know give me something to look forward to."
She slowly turned her head away from the other girl, expelling a long breath, then turning back she tapped her finger against her chin as she tried to think up something they could do to pass time. Due to the fact that it was only a few weeks until everyone had to start cramming for O.W.L.S. or N.E.W.T.S. Dumbledore had given all the students an extra free period twice a week. It was great not to have to be in class, but it was hard to think of things you could do when you were still restricted to the school grounds. Still stumped Ginny let out a sigh and turned her head to see what the boys were doing, hoping they would provide some inspiration.
Ron and Harry were deeply engaged in a game of wizard's chess with Neville leaning over Harry's shoulder giving him pointers every now and again. Ginny noticed that even though the pointers appeared to be hurting him more than helping him, Harry still seemed taking them and it was probably so that Neville wouldn't feel left out.
'He's so sweet,' she thought to herself 'Cho was an idiot not to snatch hi...'
Ginny froze; her mouth wide open, quickly snapping it shut she turned to Luna with a wide grin.
"I know how we can pass time," she said excitedly, clapping her hands together and leaning forward.
"How?" Luna asked curiously, looking up from her writing and tilting her head a bit.
"We can make a list of all the possible boyfriend, girlfriend combinations at Hogwarts." she said grabbing a quill and parchment. "It'll be great, not to mention fun, who knows later maybe we can even post it in the common rooms or something."
Luna shrugged and nodded. "I guess we can give it a try but, you do know in issued four hundred and eighty three of the Quibbler my dad talks about,"
"That's nice," Ginny said cutting her off; tapping her quill against her cheek, she then looked a Luna "where should we start?"
A small snort came from just to her left, turning her head she looked at Hermione who was curled up in an armchair looking at her over the top of a heavy text.
"You should start by studying," the dark haired girl said with a disapproving look.
"Pish, posh," Ginny said waiving her away "study, shmudy there's plenty of time for that later."
Hermione frowned "Your O.W.L.S. are almost upon you Ginny, you really should pick up your study regimen and take them seriously, they could shape your whole academic and post academic career."
Ginny gave her an annoyed expression, then rolling her eyes she looked back at Luna.
"So ANYWAY," she said loudly, giving a small smile when she saw Hermione glare out of the corner of her eye. "I know... umm, I know how about Seamus Finnegan and Katie Bell."
Luna looked thoughtful "I can see that, what about Cho Chang and Oliver Wood,"
Ginny shook her head, making a face "Nah, he can do better, she can have Goyle."
"What about Colin Creevy and Alicia Spinnet?"
Luna shrugged, "I don't really know Alicia to well, but Colin's sweet. What about Ernie Macmillan and Hanna Abbott?
Ginny nodded, licking chocolate off her fingers and adding it to the list. "They would make a good couple and not to mention their already close. How about Flem Delacour and Viktor Krum?"
"Wait, isn't Fluer with your brother?" Luna asked, her brows furrowed.
"Yeah, but he can do better too," Ginny said with a laugh.
They continued to make matches and mismatches for about twenty minutes with Ginny adding all of the possible combinations to her list, but after awhile they started to take a slightly strange twist.
"Oh, oh, I know," said Ginny, biting into a chocolate frog. "How about Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson?"
"I can see it," Luna said smiling and giving an enthusiastic nod. "Ok, how about... Dumbledore and McGonagall?"
"Oh, oh... Luna," Ginny wined, dropping her frog and holding her stomach "we're trying to make couples here, not make me sick." She then proceeded to make a gagging motion.
"Well you're both making me sick," said Hermione from her chair "I mean come on, you guys have been at this for over twenty minutes, and I'm trying to read here."
"Well excuuuuuuuuuuse us," said Ginny "we'll try to keep it down."
She stuck her tongue out at the older girl who had since returned to her book and then leaned forward toward Luna continuing in a whisper.
"How about... Filch and Ms. Norris?" she asked with a wicked grin.
"GINNY!" Luna screamed "That's just disgusting!"
"What!" Ginny cried defensively; laughing "He loves that cat more than any woman!"
As Ginny continued to laugh she heard a loud thump, she and Luna looked over just in time to see Hermione slam her book down on the table. Giving them an evil glare she stormed away from the plush chair and went to join Harry, Ron and Neville on the other side of the room, grabbing a new book along the way.
"My, do you think we upset her?" Luna asked looking worried.
"Nah," said Ginny while adding Filch and Norris to her parchment "she's just wound up too tight."
"Maybe she needs some goose berries, by dad says that they are good for the cleansing of the soul."
Ginny gave the other girl and incredulous expression. "No... what she needs is a boyfriend," she said with an impish smile "that'll loosen her up."
Luna looked curiously at Hermione who was now chastising Ron for the violent way in which his chess piece had just attacked Harry's.
"For Merlin's sake it's just a game Hermione!" Ron exclaimed getting annoyed.
"Games are for children Ronald." She said in a stern tone.
"And what do you think I am?" he said making a face similar to the one his sister does. "Defiantly not an adult that's for sure, because if I were I wouldn't be stuck in school all day listening to your constant nagging."
Hermione 'humphed' giving him a death glare she stood quickly, and making sure to hit Ron in the back of the head with her book as she passed, she turned and walked back over to her original chair by Ginny and Luna.
"Stupid, lousy, no good, immature, idiotic little boy," she grumbled as she resumed her previous seat. "Still a child, darn right he's still a child, I don't think he'll ever grow up..."
Ginny turned her head and looked a Luna with a slightly evil smile as Hermione continued to gripe under her breath, wagging her eyebrows she turned back to her dark haired friend.
"So, Herms..." She said leaning forward.
Hermione directed her steely gaze at the red headed girl. "My name is Hermione... pronounced Her-my-nee, get it? Not Herms, Mymy, Moine or anything like that just Hermione."
Luna and Ginny shared a look before looking back at Hermione and nodding in agreement.
"So Hermione, when are you going to stop playing hard to get and just ask him out already?"
Hermione froze eyes wide. "Who?"
Ginny rolled her eyes. "Like you don't know..." when her friend continued to give her a blank look she sighed and continued. "I thought you were smarter than this…My brother, duh."
"But I don't like your brother like that," Hermione frowned "I don't like any of your brothers like that."
"Suuuure," Ginny said rolling her eyes again.
Her frown deepened. "Ginny, I'm serious, I don't see Ron as more than a friend... and to be honest sometime he pushes that too."
"Oh come off it Hermione," Ginny said in a whisper leaning forward. "Everyone knows that you and my brother have a thing for each other, it's written all over your face."
Hermione 'humphed' again "There is nothing on my face, written or otherwise."
"Puuuulease, the sexual tension between you two is so thick you can cut it with a knife." Ginny said leaning back and crossing her arms over her chest a smirk settled firmly upon her features.
Hermione's face turned a dull red. "Now you listen to me Ginevra Weasley, I am not interested in your brother nor have I ever been. I do not have," she leaned forward and whispered "sexual tension" before leaning back, "of any kind with him or anyone else inside or outside of this school, because unlike some people I focus on learning while I'm at school and not on boys. Perhaps if you would do the same you wouldn't have failed your last Charms test." She finished with a frown, standing up she grabbed her book and walked to the door, calling out over her shoulder. "I'm heading back to the Gryffindor common room; maybe there I can find some peace and quiet."
With that she left the room of requirements, slamming the door behind herself.
Luna looked at Ginny. "Maybe you shouldn't have pushed," she said softly picking up the list and looking at it.
Ginny gave her an annoyed look. "Of course I should have, because I'm right she does to have it for Ron, I'm not daft it's obvious."
Luna looked up at the girl next to her. "I don't know, she seemed pretty convincing to me, besides I've never seen them do more than fight… well, that and ignore one another."
"Oh, please... it's all just a form of fore play," she gave the girl next to her an exasperated look. "She was just buffering the truth; everyone knows that you could cut their sexual tension with a kn..." Ginny froze, a wicked smile crossing her features.
Without anther word she hopped up running to the bookshelf in the corner, she began to scan the titles. After a moment of grumbling, she let out an excited squeak and pulled one of the books from the self, flipping through it really quickly she snapped it shut. Walking back over, Ginny plopped down in the oversized armchair that Hermione had just vacated.
"Luna you don't mind if you have to entertain yourself for a while do you? I have something I need to do, and I need to do it before breakfast tomorrow." She gave a pointed look. "Just make sure that you're in the Great Hall tomorrow morning Luna, I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss this."
Luna gave a worried look, "Ginny, what are you planning?"
"Oh nothing," said the other girl another impish smile crossing her features "just a little test."
With that said she directed her attention back at the book, and began furiously taking notes. For the next two hours no one heard a peep from Ginevra Weasly, not a word, only the sound of a quill scratching.
The next morning found Ginny sitting in the Great Hall at the Gryffindor breakfast table. Ron was sitting just to her right eating breakfast with Hermione to the right of him, and Harry sitting in front of him. She was using all of her strength to try to suppress the giddy smile that wanted to show on her features due to her excitement. Turning slightly she gave the thumbs up to Luna who had just walked into the Great Hall and was headed towards the Hufflepuff table, who responded with a small waive.
Stifling a yawn and blinking a few times to try to combat her exhaustion, Ginny waited for the action to begin. She had been up very late last night working on her spell, she had taken countless notes and tried countless practice times before she got it right, but now she knew she had it. What is it you ask? Well it's the perfect plan and the perfect test, you see she created a spell that would prove once and for all that Hermione was in love with or at least had a crush on her brother. After hours of studying, which by the way is more time than she puts in for her classes, she had created a 'True Love Tattle' spell it would reveal who ever Hermione thought was her true love or the guy that she was at least crushing on. After perfecting her spell with the help of the book from the room of requirements, she had snuck up to Hermione's room and pulled a single hair from the girls head. Saying the incantation she then tied the hair to the bottom of Ron's knife; once he picked it up to use it for his breakfast if it was just a crush the knife would glow a pale red, however if it was true love the knife would began to glow a pale gold, then a small wind would began to blow.
Ginny rubbed her hands together, she couldn't wait. She cast a glace over her shoulder at Luna, who after much harassment and general annoyment with random Quibbler creature facts, had finally gotten Ginny to tell her the plan late last night. Luna had even looked more than a little impressed; well, at least she did after asking Ginny fourteen times if she was sure that it would work.
Looking back at her brother Ginny rolled her eyes as he totally ignored the knife, using his fingers to rip the toast and then dipping it into the jam. Getting impatient with waiting on him to pick up the desired object, she decided to egg him on.
"Geez Ron, haven't you learned not to eat like a pig yet? I mean mum and dad did show us how to use silverware," she slapped him on the back. "Have some pride man, some dignity... or at least leave some for the rest of the family."
Ron turned his head and glared at her, giving an innocent shrug Ginny turned back to her breakfast as though she hadn't said anything. Waiting to see if he would take the bait her eyes wondered to Harry, who quirked a smile and winked at her, his green eyes dancing in amusement. Looking back at her brother she almost groaned aloud as he tore another piece of toast and dipped it into the jam again, then he turned to looked at her and without breaking eye contact as he slowly chewed... with his mouth open.
"Disgusting Ronald," she heard Hermione say from the other side of him, Harry just laughed.
"Hey, Ron" Harry said "since you're not using it, do you think I could have your knife?"
Mouth full, Ron finally closed it and nodded his head then, looking around for a second he located the knife and picked it up, and... nothing, that's right absolutely nothing.
"Wha..." Ginny said aloud her mouth open and gaping like a fish.
Ron and Harry gave her a strange look.
'But I was so sure...' she thought to herself , her brows furrowing 'maybe the spell didn't work right I cou..." she was snapped out of her stupor by Ron waving his hand in her face.
"Ginny, you in there?"
She glared at him for a second before knocking his hand away. "Yes and I'm fine."
Turning around she gave a look to the Hufflepuff table where Luna was watching what was going on, the blond gave Ginny a small shrug before turning to resume her talk with the girl next to her.
Ginny turned back frowning, 'What had gone wrong?"
Looking up she noticed that now Ron, Neville, Harry and Hermione were all looking at her strangely.
"Are you ok?" Harry asked a bit hesitantly.
"Like I said before, I'm fine."
They shared another look before Ron shrugged; grabbing the knife again he handed it over to Harry. As he took the knife from Ron's grasp, Harry simultaneously grabbed a piece of toast off of the big platter in front of him, but before he could get any butter or jam he felt something weird.
Ginny watched in shock and disbelief as the butter knife began to glow a deep gold, a second or so later wind began to blow, whipping Harry's dark hair around his face. It only lasted for about a moment so before it died down, so it wasn't overly noticeable. In fact only the other Gryffindor's who where at their end of the table and kids at the other tables who happened to be looking at Harry noticed what occurred.
For his part Harry immediately dropped the knife, looking giving it an accessing look; he then shared another look with Ron.
"What the bloody hell was that?" Ron asked a piece of toast hanging limply out of the corner of his mouth.
Harry looked at the knife and then back at Ron. "I don't know," he said, before picking up a fork and poking the knife with it.
They then both turned to Hermione expectantly, but she looked just as confused as them, her eyes squinted as she stood leaning over the table to have a closer look. Seeing nothing out of the ordinary she gave them a small shrug and then resuming her seat, she went back to her eggs.
"Maybe you won something," offered Neville.
"Well that's not fair," Ron huffed grabbing the knife again. "It was my knife, how come Harry won something and I didn't, it's just typical that you would be chosen..."
"Ron, I'm sure I wasn't chosen for anything," Harry said with a sigh. "Neville was just making a suggestion, I'm sure it was nothing, you know this is a magical school perhaps it was just some randomly enchanted piece of silverware."
"Fine," Ron grumbled "but if you did get chosen for something I think its only right it get at least half, since it was my knife."
Harry rolled his eyes. "Fine."
Ginny chose that moment to slip from the table, hurrying out of the Great Hall she saw she turned to her right towards Gryffindor tower. Getting just outside she noticed Luna leaning up against the wall.
"I saw what happened, now what?" the other girl said as she approached.
"I don't know... I really wasn't expecting that," Ginny said with a sigh.
"Well when it was Ron you were going to try to get them together..." Luna offered.
"Yeah, but that was Ron, this is Harry..." Ginny broke off, biting her lip.
'Why do I care, it's not like I want Harry… do I?' she sighed 'Of course I do, but I have the feelings that Hermione seems to... I mean only I have a crush on him, sure it's a really strong crush and I had always hoped it would develop into more, but... with her it is more… when he picked up the knife the true love spell activated… I mean wow."
She looked at Luna for a second who was patiently waiting for her to finish with her thoughts, an understanding smile on her face.
Taking a deep breath she gave a grin and then winked at the other girl. "Well who am I to get in the way of true love, I'll put together a plan."
Later that night Ginny walked into the room of requirements to find Luna, Neville, Fred, George, Lee and Ron waiting for her.
"What's this about?" Ron demanded as soon as she got through the door. "I get a note summing me to the room of requirements, less than an hour before curfew... and it says not to tell Harry and Hermione."
"Yeah," said George rubbing his hands together "what's the big secret, do we get to hex someone?"
"Is it Harry and Hermione," Fred added "If so I don't know if I could do it... to Harry."
Most of the people in the room began to laugh, knowing at one point or another they all probably wanted to put at least a little hex on Hermione. After having a good laugh herself, Ginny shushed everyone down.
"Well actually it is about Harry and Hermione," she put up a hand before George could speak "and it's not a hex... it's something a bit more... delicate than that, and I need all of your help to pull it off."
She then proceeded to tell them about the Hermione, Ron theory she had had; slapping the latter on his head when he snorted. A few minutes later, after finishing the explanation for what she why she did what she did, she told them about the spell, how it worked and what it did. It didn't take long for everyone to put two and two together, since they were all in the Great Hall this morning."
"Blimey, Harry?" Lee said looking thoughtful "I never would have considered him… I always thought that she and Ron and a thing."
"I can see it," Fred said "I mean Harry's a pretty bright bloke."
"And they do spend a lot of time together." George added.
"So do we!" said Ron indignantly "But of course she wants Harry, everybody always wants Harry!" He said angrily, throwing himself down onto the couch.
"No they don't," Luna said softly, Ron's eyes flew to hers.
"Oh, quit your winning," said Fred.
"Yeah, before we change your name to Ronda." George added with a grin.
"So how can we get those two together?" Ginny asked taking a seat.
"We can try setting them up on a blind date?" Luna offered.
"To and where would they go; the Great Hall?" Fred asked. "How about locking them together in a closet for a couple of hours?"
"Or a bedroom," George added, wagging his eyebrows suggestively.
Ron glared at them both. "Do you even know if Harry likes her back?" he asked angrily.
Everyone turned to look at him.
"I mean, thanks to your stupid test you know Hermione has a thing for him, but as anyone ever asked Harry how he felt?" After receiving six blank looks he smiled.
"So, now what?" Neville asked.
Everyone was quiet for a while trying to think up the next step, after about five minutes of silence Ginny's face lit up.
"What's good for the tadpole is good for the frog," she said with a smile.
"What?" they responded, looking at her as though she were daft.
She rolled her eyes. "I think it's time for Harry to take a little test of his own," at the blank gazes she received from everyone but Luna, Ginny rolled her eyes and leant forward to tell them her plan.
A.N. Well that's part one, part two will either be up already or up soon. Thanks for checking the story out and PLEASE review, I want to know what you think. Thanks