Harry opened his eyes and moaned groggily as his hand automatically reached for his bedside table, searching for his glasses. Someone handed them to him and he gratefully put them on, muttering his thanks. He sat up and hissed in pain, he was so stiff!
Looking around he could see Mr and Mrs Weasley seated by his bed, along with Ron, Ginny and Hermione. Judging by the room he was in he was in a bed at St Mungos. (sp) and he briefly wondered why before the events of the previous night came crashing back to him.
"How are you feeling Harry dear?" asked Mrs Weasley, but there was a hurt and confused edge to her voice. "I-I'm fine thanks Mu-Mrs Weasley." Mrs Weasley beamed at almost being called mum before her face sank back into it's expression of confusion. Looking around for a second time Harry noticed that Mr Weasley looked torn between glaring sharply at Harry or looking concerned so he eventually settled for frowning at Harry's bed as though it had committed some terrible crime against him. 'No, that's me.' Harry reminded himself grimacing.
He moved his gaze to Ron who sat with one arm curled protectively around Ginny's shoulders, and glaring at Harry but his face showed concern also. Ginny herself was smiling weakly at him, and gave him a little wave but her hand faltered under Ron's disbelieving look that he turned on her. Hermione looked sympathetically at him, but when Ron's head turned towards her slightly she ducked her head and stared at her shoes.
They hah obviously found out.
"I'm sorry." He whispered, unsure that anyone in the room would even be able to hear him. Mrs Weasley just gripped his hand tightly as a few stray tears slid down her cheeks, Mr Weasley finally looked at Harry and he squirmed uncomfortably feeling like a naughty child under a disappointed parents gaze, Ron's glare softened slightly but did he didn't talk or move, Ginny said "I know, Harry, I know." Hermione just nodded quickly keeping her eyes trained on her shoes.
Just then the door banged open, and Bill, Charlie and the twins came in carrying food for their family, distributed it and then plopped into more chairs. Seeing Harry awake they glared at him, and Harry just ducked his head meekly.
Finally Charlie, always the first one to lose his temper blew up.
"HOW COULD YOU!" He roared, startling everyone in the room and causing a very nervous Hermione to squeak and run from the room, he looked after her in bewilderment and then continued. "SHE WAS JUST AN INNOCENT 17 YEAR OLD AND YOU HURT HER. YOU HAD ALREADY BASICALLY TOLD HER THAT SHE MEANT NOTHING TO YOU BY ALL THE DIFFERENT WHORES THAT YOU KEPT PERMANENTLY BY YOUR SIDE AND THEN WHEN SHE WAS FINALLY GETTING OVER IT YOU GO AND T-TOUCH MY BABY SISTER WHEN SHE HAD NO CHOISE. YOU HAD HER PINNED AGAINST A FUCKING TREE!"
Harry had tears sliding down his face as he looked around at the only family he had ever known and knew that he had hurt each one of them. He was shocked beyond words when Ginny stood, her face red with anger.
"Everybody Harry has said he was sorry, yes he behaved badly but he truly is sorry and it's not like he actually raped me! He was drunk and he made a bad decision, end of story. Yes he hurt me but he has been trying to make it to me for months now. He gave up alcohol even before Hermione cast a charm making all alcohol he had access to turn to orange juice. He got rid of that ditz he was seeing and have you seen him with another one since, no! He wrote to me and apologised, and accepted my idea of starting over no matter how silly it might have sounded."
Ginny was puffing but she continued, "he also went out and bought me an owl, simply because he wanted me to be happy. He endured Hermione's wrath and even so helped her while Ron was behaving like an immature ass. Then last night, he goes to his door and YOU FOUR BEAT HIM UP. CHARLIE, YOU ARE ALWAYS TOO QUICK TO LOOSE YOUR TEMPER AND YOU HAD TO LAND THE FIRST PUNCH, THEN BILL, WHEN HE ALREADY HAD BRUISES ALL OVER HIM YOU BROKE HIS NOSE, GEORGE YOU THEN THOUGHT IT FITTING TO BEND HIS ARM TILL IT BROKE, BUT YOU DIDN'T STOP THERE YOU EVEN DISLOCATED IT. AND FRED, EVEN THOUGH HE MUST HAVE LOOKED TERRIBLE YOU STILL JUMPED ONTO HIS LEG AND BROKE IT SO BADLY THE BONE PIERCED THE SKIN! I AM SO ASHAMED. I HAVE ALMOST FORGIVEN HARRY, YES HE IS STILL ON THIN ICE BUT I TRUST HIM AGAIN. IF I CAN, THE VICTIM I THINK THAT YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO AS WELL, AS HIM FAMILY."
There was a timid knock at the door and Percy poked his nose in, "uh Ginny," he called, and was greeted with a glare, "could you please keep it down a bit I'm working on a very important pa- never mind" he trailed off as Ginny growled and took a menacing step towards him and disappeared back behind the door with a yelp.
Mrs Weasley pulled Harry into such a tight hug that he was sure he had broken more bones. "Oh Harry dear, I forgive you I'm so sorry for what my boys did to you last night. Don't worry they will have a little 'chat' with their father this evening." Mr Weasley nodded gravely, "Yes of course, and I forgive you to but Harry if this ever happens again you will not be welcome here again. Don't you dare miss a single counselling session or you too will be having a little discussion with me."
Ron crossed the room quickly, "I'm so sorry for being mad mate, seeing you last night I swear I wanted to kill your attackers, but when we found it was them mum wouldn't let me."
Harry laughed as Ginny hugged him before heading off to find wherever Hermione had disappeared to. They could hear her yelling at Percy all the way down the hall.
Bill apologised profusely to Harry, and Charlie mumbled an apology, but a sharp whack across the head from his father had him hurriedly hugging Harry and promising him that he was one of his favourite little brothers. Fred and George ginned sheepishly,
"we are really-"
"sorry you know."
'we hope you-"
"feel beter soon"
"I don't think-
"mum and dad are"
"too pleased.. You're-"
"a good little"
"bro!" they said the last word in unison and managed to amaze Harry with their uncanny ability to finish each others sentences.
Harry nooded accepting everyone's apologies before slipping into sleep once more, a whole lot more peaceful than he had been for months.
A/N: Hey, wow that was quick huh. Haha nah I had it written before I put the last one up. Oh well. Reviewwwww!"