Takeoffs and Landings by WeasleyForMe

Hermione finds out there has been an addition to the O.W.L. exams... a mandatory flying test. The only trouble is Hermione doesn't know how to fly! George agrees to give her lessons. Will she learn how to fly, or will she fall hard for George Weasley? Hermione/George

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Chapter One

Hermione was a nervous wreck. There were only a few more weeks before the fifth year students had to sit for their O.W.L. exams. Hermione had been making outlines and rereading all of her texts almost nonstop. She was a top student, and she decided she would sit for seven exams at the end of the month. This added a lot of extra pressure to her already busy schedule. As if that wasn't bad enough, she had just received terrible news from her two closest friends.

"Hermione, did you know that they added a mandatory flying exam to the O.W.L.s this year?" Harry cautiously asked his friend one afternoon.

Hermione's face immediately turned a sickly white color.

Ron carefully added, "It's true. We just heard about it from McGonagall. You need to be able to maneuver a broom around an obstacle course. Plus it's timed."

This was the worst news she could imagine hearing right now. A mandatory flying exam as a part of the O.W.L.s? Hermione had never learned how to properly sit on a broom, let alone fly one! She was doomed.

"I am doomed," she mumbled. "I can't fly. I couldn't even learn how to when I tried! I'm going to fail. I'll fail at life. Nobody will give me a job. Why in the name of Merlin is this now mandatory?!"

Hermione's voice was rising higher and higher.

"I'll ace all of my other exams, but I'll fail at flying," she continued. "Fail! What am I supposed to do? Help me!" She was pale as she looked from one friend to the other with wild eyes.

Ron and Harry just looked at each other. "Well, we'd like to help you, 'Mione, but we haven't started studying for our own O.W.L.s yet," Harry said as gently as he could. "We need to learn charms, potions and transfiguration."

"Yeah, we're really sorry. Maybe someone else can help you?" suggested Ron.

Hermione glared at the two of them then stormed out of the common room and down to the library. Some best friends they were.


Hermione was able to find a guide to O.W.L. examinations in the library and checked under the newest additions. Sure enough, the new testing program for this year included a basic flying course. Hermione let her head fall into her hands. This day couldn't get any worse. She sat in the library for awhile trying to think of a plan. Finally she pried herself out of her seat and began walking.

"Ok, who else knows how to fly?" Hermione asked herself out loud as she walked back to Gryffindor tower. "I've got Ginny, Angelina, Fred and George. Maybe someone will have mercy and teach me."

Hermione decided she'd ask Ginny first.

"Sorry, Hermione, I can't teach you," Ginny answered. "I lost all broom privileges last week when I turned Malfoy into a goat. You know I'd help you if I could." Truth be told, Hermione was rather proud of Ginny's revenge against Malfoy…too proud to be upset.

A slightly less hopeful Hermione decided she would ask Angelina next.

"I'd like to help you out, Hermione," Angelina told her, "But I really need to spend the time studying for my N.E.W.T.s. Ask Fred and George. They don't study."

That left Hermione with only two options… options she really didn't want.

She took a deep breath and went to locate the twins. This wasn't a difficult task, as they were making a monstrous amount of noise in the common room. They were "practicing" a volume enhancement charm designed for witches and wizards who were hard of hearing. The volume of everything they said was amplified to annoying proportions.

When they saw her coming, they said, rather loudly, "Hello Hermione!"

Everyone in the room turned to look at her as her entrance was obnoxiously announced.

"Hey, can I talk to you in private?" she asked.

"Of course," said Fred's horribly loud voice. "But what kind of private conversation do you want to have with us? Have you come to ask for a snog? We'd be much obliged."

Hermione blushed and scowled. "Would you please stop using that charm? People can hear you. And I doubt Angelina would appreciate you announcing your intentions to snog other girls, Fred."

George's laughter boomed through the room before he cancelled the volumizer charms.

"I guess you're right… don't want to upset the misses," Fred replied in his normal voice with a grin.

"What do you need, Hermione?" George asked in a normal tone.

"Well, this is kind of embarrassing. You see, I just found out today that there has been a mandatory addition to the O.W.L. exams this year. We need to maneuver a broom through an obstacle course. And… I don't know how to fly," she whispered.

"What?" asked a very shocked Fred. "Something exists that you don't know how to do? I would never have believed it."

Hermione rolled her eyes and mumbled, "I knew this was going to be a bad idea."

George asked, "What does this have to do with us?"

This set Hermione off again as she quickly said, "I have no idea how to fly, and since it's mandatory, I have to do it, or else none of my other test scores will count! I don't know what else to do at this point, but I need someone to teach me how to fly. I didn't want to bother the two of you, and I already asked Ginny and Angelina, but they can't help me. I guess what I really mean to ask is…can either of you teach me how to fly in three weeks?" She finished her speech with a hopeful expression as she glanced between Fred and George.

There was no response right away. Hermione just knew they were both going to turn her down. She could tell by the look on Fred's face as he began to answer her.

"Well, Hermione, I'd like to help you, but you see," Fred began, until he was cut off.

"I'll do it," said George.

Hermione and Fred both turned to him and asked, "You will?"

"Yes," said George, calmly. "I'll help you learn how to fly in three weeks."

"Are you serious? I'll owe you something huge, I swear! This means so much to me!" Hermione exclaimed.

"You don't have to owe me anything," George replied.

"Of course I do!" she insisted.

"Well you won't do the only thing I want from you, so don't worry about it," George told her with a wink.

Hermione's eyes narrowed as she asked, "George Weasley, what kind of girl do you think I am?"

Fred absolutely cracked up at this comment.

George just grinned as he said, "Get your mind out of the gutter, Granger. I merely meant that you won't drink polyjuice potion and take my exams for me, since that's all I'd want you to do. You're definitely notthat kind of girl."

"Oh," said a very embarrassed Hermione. "Well, ok. Uh, when should we start flying?"

"What's wrong with tonight?" asked George with a smile.


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