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Scrooged 4.

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Harry James Potter awoke early on the day of Dumbledore's funeral with the pleasant feeling of a female lying in his bed with him, he could feel the weight of her head on his chest as well as the comfort of her leg that lay atop of his and wrapped around him was the warm body and soft skinned arms of someone who smelt vaguely of vanilla.

There was only one woman who Harry knew who always smelt that good, the woman he loved, but who had made it clear she wanted nothing to do with him. Slowly and carefully he reached over for his glasses, slipping them on his face he found himself looking into the beautiful brown eyes of Hermione Granger.

Ever the gentleman Harry looked at her for a few seconds before his brain let him know that this was not some wonderful dream. With a rather weak yell Harry threw himself from the bed, landing in a heap on the floor. As he lay there trying to work out if he was going crazy Hermione's face appeared over the edge of the bed.

"Hermione! Your in my bed!!!" Harry exclaimed rather futilely.

"I know Harry, now come back to bed, we need to talk. I've been waiting ages for you to wake up," Hermione said smiling at him.

"What time is it?" Harry asked as he picked himself off the floor.

Hermione sat cross legged on his bed and told him it was around five am, "I'm sorry if I frightened you Harry, I was just so tired I only lay down for a minute or two, I must have fallen asleep," she explained as he sat down next to her.

"So what on earth did you want to talk to me about this early in the morning?" Harry asked sounding a little irritated.

"I wanted to apologise and ask your forgiveness for the way I treated you this year, I've been a fool Harry. I fell in love with you…" she said as Harry cut her off.

"You could have fooled me, I thought you hated me," Harry said rather hotly.

"I know and I'm sorry, I was frightened of being in love with you, I was scared I would lose you, terrified you would die and leave me alone. I know it was stupid to try to deny it, idiotic to try to fall for Ron, I know now that I can't make my heart love someone just because my head thinks it logical. I feel so foolish, in trying not to lose you I drove you away, I tried to bury my love for you, the only result I got from that was exactly the opposite to what I wanted, I suddenly realised I was losing you the way things were going, please Harry give me a chance to put things right between us." Hermione said as she pleaded with her eyes.

"I'll never understand women," Harry said as he lay down with a gasp of exasperation.

Hermione followed his action and lay down next to him, her eyes fixed on his, slowly Harry turned onto his side so that he was face to face with her, then very slowly he leant forward and kissed her gently.

"I've waited years to do that," he said as he lay back down on his back.

Hermione cuddled into his side and rested her head on his chest, "I don't think Ginny, Ron, or Mrs Weasley, are going to be very happy with me, all three of them will accuse me of being a scarlet woman but I don't care as long as I can be with you Harry," she said as she looked up at his face.

Harry smiled at her before he agreed "I think we should get some sleep," he said as he slipped his arm under her head and wrapped it around her shoulders pulling her closer to him. They fell back asleep on top of the bedcover together both with a smile on their face.

Hermione said a quiet thank you to her sister, Dumbledore and Harry's mum Lily. Her heart knew they had been trying to help her and Harry for without each other neither of them were complete.

It was a few hours later when they woke up, both of them startled until they remembered the talk earlier, it was Harry who pointed out that Hermione was in his room and she would have to go down stairs before she could go up to the girls dorm to dress for the day. She was still in her nightgown.

"I don't care what anyone says, I don't care if the whole world finds out I'm in love with you Harry," Hermione said as she watched him take off his pyjama top.

"I need to go for a shower, are you going to wait here for me, or are you going to face that world alone," Harry chuckled.

"I'll wait here love so we can face them together, I know it's not your fault I slept on your bed, but it would be nice to have some support facing the Weasleys," Hermione replied also with a small chuckle.

Once they arrived in the common room they both wondered why they had been worried about Ron as he was too busy wrapped around Lavender to notice them, Ginny was no where to be seen, only Neville and Dean gave them inquisitive looks, Hermione made her way up to the sixth year girls dorm where she found Ginny waiting for her.

"So you finally realised then?" Ginny said before Hermione even knew she was there.

"Yes I found out how stupid I was being, I'm sorry Gin, I really am but I love him even though I didn't want too." Hermione answered quietly.

"Well at least I got to live my dream for a couple of weeks, but I tell you now Hermione, if you hurt him again I shall be coming after you and I will take him from you," Ginny said sadly.

"Are you okay Gin, I mean I was expecting you to be mad at me," Hermione said as she pulled her clean clothes out of her trunk.

"I… I had… I had a feeling it would end today, I knew he was going to finish with me, I could tell." Ginny said as she let a few tears fall. "So no I'm not mad, well not at you, maybe at Ron the fool, he just doesn't know what he has missed out on eh?"

"I really am sorry Gin," Hermione said feeling sad for her best female friend.

"Well as long as he marries my big sister we get to keep him around a while longer," Ginny said with a sad smile.

"So are we still friends then?" Hermione asked.

"No not friends, more like sisters eh?" Ginny said as she threw a pillow at Hermione "And you are the big sis."

Hermione gave Ginny a hug which Ginny returned "I just want to make him happy," Hermione told the younger one.

"Well that's what I want, I want him to be happy, god knows he hasn't had much of a life," Ginny said making her way to the door "see you at the service eh?"

Hermione got showered and changed and wondered at how well Ginny had taken it all, but then she remembered what Ginny had said while Hermione had been with Lily and she smiled at the bravery of the young girl who saw her as a big sister. Now all she had to do was face Ron.

Down stairs in the common room Ron was still to busy with Lavender sitting in his lap trying to talk him into taking her back as his girlfriend in between trying to suck his insides out through his mouth.

As they all took their seats for Dumbledore's funeral service Harry sat with Hermione on one side of him in tears while Ginny was in the same condition on his other side, wrapping an arm around each of them Harry, Hermione, and Ginny cried with each other for their friend tutor and mentor.

They all knew there was still a lot to do before the war was over, all they could hope for was to be among the survivors.

Ron sat on the other side of the aisle was surprised to see his best mate with his sister crying on one shoulder and Hermione crying on the other while Harry himself stood up straight with tears running down his cheeks.

"They should be together," he said to himself as he looked at his two best friends 'we have quite a lot to do before Harry finally gets rid of Voldemort.' There was no doubt in Ron Weasleys mind that Harry James Potter was going to be the victor of this war they were in, he had learned his lesson well, no set back ever stopped Harry from doing what was right, and with Hermione they had the brains to beat anyone they came up against.