Disclaimer: I do NOT own the Harry Potter series. That credit goes to the brilliant mind of J.K. Rowling. Go Jo! I also do not own some of the material used. Again that belongs to Jo and Warner Brothers.
AN 1: The storyline is different from the book. Harry hasn't really met Cho before. Cedric is also still alive.
Chapter 1 I Saw an Angel
A smile crept up on Harry Potter's face as Hedwig nibbled at his finger. He, Ron, and Hermione were starting their sixth year at Hogwarts. It had been the first time he had really smiled in quite some time. His Godfather, Sirius Black, had been killed two months ago.
"Harry, come on," a sweet voice he had come to recognize easily now called.
He still had a smile on his face as he joined Ron's sister, Ginny.
"What are you all smiles about?" Ginny asked.
"I'm just thankful to have you, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of your family in my life. I don't know what I would do without you all," Harry said.
Ginny smiled and patter his shoulder. Harry knew about Ginny's crush on him, but she seemed to have given up on trying. He shook off these thoughts, not knowing how he even began thinking them. Harry and Ginny caught up with Ron and Hermione on the train.
"So, you think this Slughorn person's going to be a good Professor?" Ron asked as Harry and Ginny sat opposite him and Hermione.
Ron's eyes went to the ground as Harry and Ginny glanced at each other.
"He seemed well enough," Harry said.
During the summer, Professor Dumbledore had taken Harry to an old friend to try to convince him to return to Hogwarts to teach.
"He taught when my mum and dad were at Hogwarts," Harry told them.
"Really?" Hermione asked.
Ginny's eyes were now on the ground. She didn't really know why she had followed Harry into the compartment.
"Yeah, he said my mum was a great student," Harry said, letting himself smile again.
"That must have made you feel real proud," Ron said.
Ginny finally looked over at the three of them.
"It did," Harry smiled.
The four of them turned as the compartment door opened.
"Um… Harry Potter?" the girl asked.
Harry caught his breath, not knowing he had stopped. She had a couple of friends with her, who were giggling. He wondered what his face looked like to them now. His eyes moved from her perfectly straight black hair to the envelope that was in her hand.
"That's me," Harry said, his voice a little cracked.
She smiled and handed him the envelope.
"This is for you," the girl said.
Harry smiled as he looked down at it. Ron was trying not to laugh.
"Thanks," he said.
Hermione kicked Ron's foot when the girl left. Harry looked up at the compartment door.
"What the bloody hell was that for?" Ron asked, leaning down to rub his foot.
Hermione rolled her eyes, not even bothering to answer.
"Hello?" Ginny asked.
Harry's eyes still hadn't left the compartment door.
"Hey," Ron shouted
Harry shook his head and turned towards Ron.
"Sorry," he apologized.
Ginny glanced over at Harry, who was now reading the letter. She hadn't noticed he was opening it while talking to Ron.
"What's the letter say?" she asked.
"Professor Slughorn wants to see me in his compartment," Harry said.
Ron laughed as Harry glanced towards the compartment door again.
"You're crushing on Cho Chang," he said.
Harry ignored him as Hermione cleared her throat.
"Maybe you should see what Slughorn wants," Hermione said.
Harry sighed and looked back down at the letter.
"Yeah, I suppose I better," he said.
Ron started laughing again as the door closed.
"Stop that, Ron," Hermione said.
She smacked him on the shoulder when he didn't stop.
"Yes, please do, Ron," Ginny begged.
Ron rolled his eyes at his sister.
"Oh, come on. You saw the look on his face."
Hermione shook her head and turned to look out the window.
"Ginny, you're not," Ron laughed.
Hermione gave a frustrated sigh and turn around to find Ginny turned back from staring at the compartment door.
"I'm not what?" Ginny asked.
"I thought you had gotten over Harry," Ron said.
Ginny felt her cheek getting warm as she looked out the window.
"I ha… have," she protested, making sure not to look back at her brother.
"By the way you were looking out that door, I beg to differ," Ron said.
I needed a break from "Permanent".