Chapter Seven
Halloween was always celebrated accordingly at Hogwarts with festivities to involve all the students. The First Years who'd never been to a Hogwarts Halloween celebration were easily scared by the older students who were spreading rumours about zombies, ghouls and skeletons making an appearance.

"Last year one almost got me, I'm lucky to still be here," a second year Hufflepuff insisted as Ron and Neville walked past on their way to Defence Against the Dark Arts. Later in the common room they walked past the board and noticed a bright orange flyer.

"Create a Halloween costume to enter in Hogwarts' competition for a chance to win a hundred galleons prize money," Ron read out. There were already several Gryffindors hard at work on costumes at the table which looked interesting.

"Are you guys going to enter?" Hermione asked as she arrived from Ancient Runes, shoving her textbooks into her bag.

"I don't know, maybe," Neville said vaguely. He was distracted all the time now when he wasn't with Luna.

"Just go and find Luna," Ron said, shoving his friend towards the portrait hole. Neville lumbered out of the portrait hole while Ron and Hermione took a seat in one of the armchairs. Hermione pulled out one of her books to read while Ron attempted his Transfiguration introduction.

The transfiguration of amphibians can prove more difficult than mammal transformations owing to the

Hermione looked up from Ancient Runes textbook and saw that Ron was having difficulty with his essay. Ron chewed on his quill until he caught his girlfriend staring at his progress.

"Do you want some help?" she offered.

"No, I'm fine," Ron insisted, opening his Transfiguration book to the chapter on amphibian transformations. He scanned the page but couldn't make sense of the words enough to write his introduction.

Hermione took the parchment and quill from him and was scribbling across the page quicker than Ron could read what she wrote. He didn't care too much what it said because it left him more time to start his Charms essay.

When charming objects it is essential to take into consideration the

Ron was working on his essays well into the night but Hermione was happy to keep him company. Her rune translation only took her ten minutes and she had no other work left to do so she gave Ron pointers here and there, correcting his essays as soon as he was done.

There were many other things Ron would rather be doing with Hermione but he had a pile of homework to get through and there were some things he had to look up in the library. Hermione offered to come with him but they ended up getting distracted along the way. Ron couldn't contain himself anymore and threw himself at Hermione.

"Don't you need to look up something in the library?" Hermione said between kisses. Ron had her up against the wall, all thoughts of the book he had to borrow gone from his mind.

"I can do that tomorrow," Ron said dismissively but Hermione pulled away.

"What?" Ron asked, confused.

"Let's not do this right now," Hermione said, straightening her top. She patted her hair down and looked at Ron, who was disappointed.

"Are you alright?" Hermione asked.

"Yeah, I'm fine," Ron said, walking towards the library. Hermione was hurrying to keep up but Ron kept walking faster. He was confused. He thought Hermione liked him but sometimes girls were so confusing.

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Neville found Luna doing her Muggle Studies homework in the library. Her silvery blonde hair was falling into her eyes and Neville was anxious to push it back behind her ear for her. He didn't want to disturb her though because she looked so beautiful. He could sit here watching her all day but he would rather be sitting next to her.

Luna grinned when he sat down in the chair next to her and dropped her quill. Neville picked up the nearest book which happened to be about why Muggles need electricity and pretended to read. Luna finally reached across and closed the book for him.

She pulled him towards her by his red and gold tie and kissed him. He knocked the book to the floor with his arm and kissed her back when Madam Pince cleared her through. Neville and Luna sheepishly broke apart as she picked the book up off the floor and waved it in their faces.

"Please take better care of library books," she hissed and Neville nodded. Madam Pince disappeared, clutching the book to her chest. Luna quickly packed up her things and dragged Neville out of the library. She couldn't even wait until she got back to her common room before she pulled him towards her.

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The next day both Ron and Hermione had their essays ready to hand into Professor McGonagall, unlike Neville and Luna who were madly trying to finish theirs before she came around to collect them.

Ron, Neville, Luna and Hermione took their lunch outside to eat on the grass. Hermione had her nose buried in a book as usual while Ron sucked on his sugar quill. Neville and Luna didn't seem to mind that they were there as they kissed but Ron was quickly getting irritated. He wished Hermione would just get over her issues already.

Ron stood up and headed back to the castle, Hermione following closely behind him.

"Are you alright Ron?" she asked worriedly.

"I'm fine, I just have to go to the library," Ron replied. Ron rarely went to the library voluntarily so it wasn't a surprise that Hermione continued to follow him. She dropped her book but didn't bother to pick it up.

"Talk to me Ron. What is the matter?" she cried exasperatedly.

"Nothing," Ron said feebly, but his defence was weakening. Any second he was going to blow up and he really didn't want to yell at Hermione, especially in front of the entire school. He quickened his pace and for once she didn't follow him. He spun around to see her crouched down, picking up her book but looking to be on the verge of tears.

He hastened to rush back to her and crouched down next to her.

"What's wrong?" he asked concernedly but she silenced his worries with her lips. All the confusion Ron had been feeling over the last few hours vanished at her touch and he kissed her back eagerly. She broke apart and he groaned but she held him with her eyes. She picked up her book and pulled him into the castle.

Once they were back to the common room which was fortunately empty she pulled him back into a kiss but he wanted to go further. He pulled her upstairs to his dormitory while still kissing her, knocking her book out of her hand.

Hermione was beautiful as she giggled, almost falling over herself in Ron's hurry to get her into the room. He wanted to do this now and he wasn't going to talk himself out of it. He locked the door with his wand and pulled Hermione closer.

She was happy to oblige and surprised Ron with her fierceness. She'd been holding out on him and he was only too happy to see this side of her. She was all his.

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