I know I haven't finished my other story yet, but this one popped into my head and I had to start writing it before I forgot what it was going to be about. Hope you enjoy it! Please review!

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Going Back

Harry sat on a small hill overlooking the burrow. Ginny was sitting next to him, her head resting on his chest and their hands intertwined. It was so peaceful here. Looking out over the landscape, with The Burrow in its center you would never have guessed that a war had been fought in this country only a few months ago. So many people had died, and even more were injured, but life seemed to be going on. Whatever controlled the flow of time had no respect for all the friends and family that were lost.

The early morning sun was just visible on the edge of the horizon, framing the person walking up the hill in a halo of light. Ginny saw her first and sat up.

"We're ready to go." Hermione said softly as the reached the couple sitting in the grass.

"I wonder what Hogwarts will be like without Dumbledore and death eaters." Ginny said, lost in thought. Harry felt empty. How could Hogwarts still be Hogwarts without Dumbledore?

"It was nice of them to let us come back to redo our seventh year." Hermione said brightly.

"Hermione, how can we redo a year at school if we never even showed up for it the first time?"

"You know what I mean. Come on, Mrs. Weasley say we need to go or we're going to miss the train." Harry got up and Ginny followed suit. The three of them slowly made their way down the hill.

Harry didn't really want to go back to Hogwarts, it would just remind him of the death and destruction created by the war, but Hermione and Ginny had convinced him and Ron to come back, even if it was just to keep the two girls company.

When they got to the car the whole Weasley family was crammed into it (except Fred, but no one wanted to think about that). For some reason Mrs. Weasley thought that everyone should be present to see Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny off to school.

It was a long and uncomfortable ride to the station. By the time they got there everyone's tempers were running short.

They passed through the gate in twos. Harry and Ginny went through last. The moment Harry got onto the platform he was ambushed by half a dozen screaming girls. He had not been expecting this. It took him a full ten minutes to extract himself from the girls and a join a very angry looking Ginny.

"This year is going to be a night mare." Harry said dully as he took her hand and they walked over to the rest of the family. It took forever to get on the train, Mrs. Weasley insisted on giving them multiple hugs and making sure they had everything they needed, but finally they were sitting in their own compartment and speeding away from the station. Soon Neville and Luna joined them in their compartment.

The six sat silently, once in a while one of them would start up a conversation that would last a few minutes, but it would soon fall quiet again.

It was getting dark and Ginny was asleep with her head on Harry's shoulder. According to Hermione they should be arriving any minute, but it was too dark to see anything.

Suddenly the train slammed to a halt and the lights in the train went out. Harry heard a few people scream. Ginny was woken up by the noise and jumped up, standing on Harry's foot in the process.

"Sorry." She whispered apologetically.

"Ouch." Harry heard someone say.

"Ron, sit down." Hermione said irritated. "Not on top of me!"


"Ronald." Said Luna calmly "I don't mean to bother you, but you're standing on my foot."

"Ronald come here." Hermione said frustrated, and it sounded like she pulled him down onto his seat. Suddenly the lights came back on and the train started moving.

"What happened?" Neville wondered.

"Dunno" Ron replied. Ginny got up and tried to look out the window.

"I can't see anything, it's too dark."

"I'm sure they'll let us know when we get to the castle." Harry said.

It had only been a few minutes when the train came to a stop again and they heard people starting to move around the corridors.

"It sounds like we're here, let's go." The six of them pushed their way out of the compartment and off the train. Harry looked around, hoping to see the large form of Hagrid rising above the crowd, but he was disappointed.

Harry, Hermione, Ron and Ginny shared a carriage with two second years they didn't recognize, and Neville and Luna went in another. As much as Harry dreaded going back to Hogwarts after all that had happened there, he had to admit that riding up to the towering castle in the thestral drawn carriages was as impressive as it had always been.

When the carriages stopped they waited for Neville and Luna to join them, then made their way up the stairs and into the castle. All of them were silent, remembering the previous times they walked into the school. When they were first years and terrified of the sorting to come, when Harry and Ron missed the train and arrived late after crashing a flying car into the whomping willow, after Harry had fainted on the train due to Dementors.

As they were entering the great hall, Harry saw a flash of red ahead of him. It was a girl with hair the exact color of Ginny's talking animatedly to her friends. Halfway through the doors she turned around to say something to someone walking behind her and Harry caught a glimpse of her eyes. They were a bright green, exactly the same color as his.