Ginny awoke quite early the next morning. She was surprisingly awake, and hopped out of bed and crossed the dormitory into the girls' showers. Everyone else in the dormitory was still sleeping- it wasn't even seven o'clock yet. Ginny stripped off her pajamas, and turned on the shower, letting the hot steam roll over her, feeling herself grow drowsy again...
About forty minutes later, Ginny hopped out of the shower and wrapped a tower firmly around herself. The long shower had turned her fair skin red from the scalding water, but she had relaxed. Stepping outside of the showers, she walked almost straight into Hermione.
"Morning, Ginny," Hermione said, smiling.
"Morning!" Ginny moved to pass Hermione in the doorway and let her into the bathrooms.
"Gin- guess what happened last night when I was in the common room?"
"Uh," Ginny said, hitching up her towel. "You studied...?"
"No!Well, yes, I did, but that's not all." She gave Ginny a very Hermione-ish look. "Something else happened. Something much better."
Ginny just shrugged. "What?!"
"Something- or rather, someone surprised me."
Ginny just cocked one eyebrow.
"It had to do with someone... invisible..." Hermione smirked.
Hermione just looked at her, as though it was the most obvious thing in the world.
Ginny just reached out her hands and shook Hermione's shoulders. "Hermione Granger, if you don't tell me what the bloody hell you're talking about, I think I might just-"
"Harry showed up!"
Ginny's face turned to shock. "What?!"
"Harry's here! He came last night to visit! But you were asleep."
"Well where is he?" Ginny suddenly felt scared that Harry had already left after finding that she was boring enough to be asleep on Friday night.
Hermione shrugged. "He's got the weekend off, and he's staying here. I expect he's staying in the Head Boy's room."
At that, Ginny turned around and ran right out of the girls showers and into the girls dormitory hallways, passing Hermione's Head Girl room and towards the stairs into the common room, which she had to pass through to get to the boys dormitories, before she felt a hand on her shoulder. She turned and saw Hermione, breathing hard from chasing her.
"Um, Gin? You might want to put some clothes on."
Ginny blushed, looking down at her towel-clad body, before turning and running back into her room, dressing as fast as she could.
Two and a half minutes later, she was running through the common room without a second look into it. Harry looked up from the couch to see a mane of red hair disappearing into the boys' dormitories. What is she doing? he wondered, and turned to follow.
Ginny arrived at the Head Boy's room, and knocked on the door once, hard, and waited for about a second before knocking again. Finally, she called into the room, waited once more, and opened the door to an empty room.
"Harry?" she called weakly. He was gone.
Disappointed, she turned around and closed the door, looking at the floor. He could be anywhere... how would she find him?
She looked up and saw Harry for the first time in almost a month, and felt her heart lurch. She threw herself into his arms, kissing him on the cheek and holding him as tightly as she could...!
"Harry! I've missed you so much!"
Harry set her down and pulled her tightly to him, and kissed her on the mouth for a long time. When the two finally came up for air, they were both breathing heavily.
"Nice to see you, Ginny." He smiled at her and his eyes, green as potion bottles, twinkled down at her, smiling at his understatement.
"Nice to see you, too."
They spent the day lounging around in the common room and going for walks around the grounds. As promised, Ginny brought Harry to Hagrid's hut, where he was greeted with a bone-crushing hug that rivaled all others he had received from the large, hairy man.
At dinner, Harry was bombarded by a large crowd of people surrounding he, Ginny, Hermione, and Luna, who all wanted to speak to him. After everyone was neglecting their food and coming over to where he was sitting, Professor McGonagal stood up.
"If everyone will please sit down and give our guest some space, please." She eyed the Great Hall carefully, with a sharp stare. "Now."
Everyone instantly scurried back to their seats.
"I've forgotten how much that woman can do," Harry marveled.
After dinner, he and Ginny went for another walk about the castle, waiting until they only had a few minutes for Ginny to get back into the common room before she could get into trouble for being out after curfew; that way the common room would be more cleared out when they finally got back.
They sat on the velvet red couch cuddled up close together for most of the night, kissing softly and talking about all they had been up to for the past month. Harry was glad to hear that Hogwarts was back to normal, and that Ginny's year had been safe, productive and so far, boring.
"What I wouldn't give to have a normal year at Hogwarts," Harry said, rolling his eyes. It was now late, and the common room was deserted except for them two.
"Well," Ginny said, leaning closer into him and kissing him on the lips, "You could always come back, and take some classes with me..."
Harry smiled at the thought, knowing that it would be something he would love. But...
"Sorry, Gin. Duty calls."
"Not tonight," she said, and he smiled and pulled her to him, feeling her soft body meld against his own... For the next few minutes, Harry remembered why exactly he had to take time off from work.
"Harry," Ginny said, pulling away, her lips red and a gleam in her eye. "Imagine if you were back here... we could sit out here every night like this."
He didn't let himself think about it, or he would regret his decision to work instead of going back to school.
"I'll be back here as soon as I can," he promised. They held each other and kissed a bit more, before Harry heard the clock strike three. It was time for bed, and they regretfully said goodnight (though not before each of them contemplated not saying goodnight at all, and rather spending it in Harry's private room. But neither voiced this, and they both knew they weren't ready for that yet... though they might still want it anyway). They parted ways, but went to bed happy.
It had been a very good surprise, thought Ginny.
They spent Sunday much as they had on Saturday, accept maybe a bit more tired from staying up so late the night before. They had risen early so as to spend as much time together as they could. They met each other less than five hours later in the common room, and walked down to breakfast together, hands clasped.
At night on Sunday, Ginny was walking Harry back to McGonagall's office, holding his hand. Right before they reached the last corridor until her doorway, she stopped walking and pulled him towards her, pressing her hands against his lower back and reaching up on her tiptoes to kiss him passionately. He responded in kind, tangling his hand in her long hair and pulling her in even closer.
All too soon, though, she broke away. "I know you have to go," she said, looking down sadly. "I'm really going to miss you."
"Me, too, Gin. I won't go this long without seeing you again, I promise. I'll be back- I don't think I can last this long again. I'll crack!"
She smiled, and kissed him one more time, softly and sweetly. "Bye, Harry."
"Bye, Gin. I'll write you soon, okay?"
She nodded, and he turned away, going to floo himself home. He was thirty feet away when she called out. "I love you, Harry!"
He turned around so he was walking backwards, a brilliant smile on his face. He stopped walking, and ran back towards her, taking her in his arms and kissing her, spinning her around, his hands gripping her waist and making her feel like they were the only real things in the world. When he finally set her down, she felt like not only was her body spinning, but her mind as well.
"I love you too, Ginny."
With that, she smiled brightly. She would be okay. She shoved him a little in the direction of McGonagall's office.
"Now get outta here."
He smiled. "See you soon, Gin."
"See you, Harry."