"Harry, wake up," hissed Ginny, in his ear. He didn't respond. She poked him in the ribs and he groaned and sat up in bed, rubbing his eyes.
"What time is it?" he asked groggily.
"Four in the morning, we have four hours before anyone else will be up. We can begin to map the castle and then head down to the great hall for breakfast," she said, as she pulled on her plain black Hogwarts robes and a thick winter cloak.
"Ok, I'm getting up," replied Harry who was still half asleep, as he pulled on a long warm cloak over his boxers and t-shirt.
Ginny raised an eyebrow, but let it go, putting her quills, parchment and wand in her pockets then grabbing Harry's hand and dragging him quickly, but silently down the stairs of the boys dormitory, through the common room and out into the drafty stone corridors of the magnificent castle.
"What you like to do milady?" Harry asked teasingly, playfully pushing her against the cold stonewall and kissing her.
Ginny giggled, and reluctantly pushed her husband away, "not now, we have important things to accomplish this morning, and that is mapping the castle not making babies!"
"Fine," sighed Harry, taking the quill and parchment that Ginny was holding out to him, "I'll map all the rooms on the left, and you map all the rooms on the right and then we will join them together."
"Don't forget to check paintings and statues for a magical signature to see if they are secret rooms and passages," said Ginny wisely.
"Yes Mrs. Potter," Harry teased, "ow!" he cried, as Ginny's elbow made it's way swiftly to ram into his ribs, and not gently either.
The next four hours Harry and Ginny carefully mapped all the bathrooms, classrooms and corridors. They marked where the secret passageways and hallways were so they could come back another morning and figure out how to get past the portraits and statues that keep them hidden from the staff and students that occupy Hogwarts.
Tired and cold from walking around the breezy castle Harry and Ginny were both drawn to the smell of breakfast flowing in the air currents from the great hall.
Harry and Ginny entered the nearly empty hall, they were among the first at breakfast and not surprisingly, glad of it. After the constant whispering yesterday at their arrival, some peace and quiet went a long way to restoring their states of mind.
Harry dished up a large helping of bacon and eggs on Ginny's plate, before serving himself.
"At least the food isn't half bad," commented Harry.
"Mmmmmmmmmmm," agreed Ginny.
"How long do you think it will be before Dumbledore lures us to his office?" asked Harry.
"I don't know, but I'm not looking forward to it. Bet you five galleons he'll try to break into our minds," said Ginny with a smirk.
"I don't want to lose five galleons!" replied Harry as he laughed.
So long as they were left alone things might not be too bad, thought the young Potters. But like most good things do, their happiness came to an abrupt end. Ginny and Harry watched as a tawny owl, carrying a slip of parchment, came gliding in towards them.
Ginny untied the note and read it
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Potter,
I would be delighted to meet with you for some tea and biscuits.
Please meet me in my office immediately after breakfast this morning,
P.S. I do enjoy sugar quills
Harry sighed loudly, "so much for being left alone for some peace and quiet."
"Come on lets just get this over with."
Hand in hand, the young couple walked out of the great hall and up the corridor to where the headmaster's office was. They stood in front of the ugly stone gargoyle and said the password, "sugar quills," it jumped aside, revealing a short spiral staircase. They reached the top and knocked on the dark oak door.
"Come in Mr. And Mrs. Potter," came an old voice.
Harry and Ginny rolled their eyes and entered the dimly lit office of the headmaster.
"Ah, Mr. And Mrs. Potter, thank you for gracing me with your presence this fine morning," said Dumbledore, his eyes twinkling in a grandfatherly fashion that Harry and Ginny found quite distasteful.
"You're most welcome Professor," replied Ginny formally, with a tight-lipped smile, that did not even come close to reaching her eyes.
"Lemon drop?" asked Dumbledore innocently.
'They're spiked. It's truth serum no doubt,' said Ginny to Harry through their mind link.
'I know, thanks for the warning though,' replied Harry as he politely declined Dumbledore's lemon drops.
"Now, how are you finding Hogwarts?" asked Dumbledore, beating around the bush.
"Its lovely thank you," said Ginny, 'not nearly as pretty as the Golden Phoenix,' she thought to Harry.
'I know,' said Harry wistfully.
"I'm afraid you must tell me who kidnapped you all those years ago for custody reasons so that you can both be returned to your families," said a twinkling Dumbledore.
A look of horror passed across Harry and Ginny's faces, before their calm, neutral expressions could be replaced.
'Just go along with it, we won't let the old fool dictate our lives. You'll go back in your own time,' said Harry to Ginny.
'And you? When will you go back to your family?' she asked.
'Don't hold your breath,' he replied, squeezing her hand gently.
"There will be no need for any of that," said Harry.
"I thought the main thing was that we're back now and we'll make contact with our families in our own time. Now if you'll excuse us, we're late for potions," said Ginny as she hauled Harry up with her hidden, but very toned muscles, and led him out of Dumbledore's office before either man could protest.
AN: Any ideas about the what should happen next please tell me or if you have any ideas about this chapter I'll repost it coz I know it kind of sucks big time.
I decided to continue with the story and not put it up for adoption, sorry this chapter is so short and thanks to all the reviewers!!
All suggestions are welcome!!