The Start of A Journey
Things slowly got back to normal after the defeat of Voldemort, and the clear up operation was well underway. Poppy Pomfrey, assisted by several teams from St Mungos helped to save the lives of those who had been injured, though some had died anyway as the result of attacks from Voldemort's forces. Harry and Hermione sat in the common room of Gryffindor tower and wondered what to do next. The Hogwarts express would be coming soon to take the surviving students away from the castle, so everyone was resting from the battle. Harry and Hermione decided that they would be returning to Hogwarts next term in order to complete their educations, but Hermione knew this wasn't bothering Harry.
"What's wrong?" she asked him, "And don't even bother to say nothing is wrong because I know there is" and Harry sighed before turning to look at her.
"I don't want to go on the Hogwarts Express" he told her.
"Why?" enquired a puzzled Hermione.
"I fancy doing something different" Harry replied, "And not using the Floo or by Apperatting either" and Hermione frowned.
"I was thinking more of driving down there to Grimmauld Place" Harry said. "I have a drivers licence, and all we have to do is get the camper van sorted" and Hermione asked Harry to repeat the whole process again to ensure that she didn't miss anything or misunderstand a single point.
"So it's just us two then?" she asked.
"Of course… unless you want to invite Ron along for the ride" Harry said teasing Hermione gently.
"No flaming way" the bushy haired teen spat out.
"I knew you would say that, so I asked around to see if anyone was interested" Harry told his companion, and he pulled out a piece of parchment with some names on it.
"Lets see…" she muttered to herself, "Dean, Seamus, Parvati, Lavender, Luna and Neville. Neville?" she asked Harry.
"He was the first person I asked" Harry said, and at that point, those people on the list came down from their respective dorms. "And here comes our brave explorers" he added, and they all had their trunks packed and ready to go. Luna had been with Lavender and Parvati which explained why she was in Gryffindor.
"All set" Dean said.
"But where do we get a camper van from?" asked Hermione , now totally confused at Harry's actions.
"We un-shrink it" he explained, and by use of the Marauders Map, they made their way down to the main doors which allowed them to get outside with little difficulty. Harry took the shrunken camper van out and returned it to normal. A very modern looking camper van sat gleaming in the sunlight, and those people on the clean up operations looked on in amazement as all eight of them loaded the trunks into the vehicle and then climbed in themselves.
"This is bizarre" Hermione said.
"I'm the expert in bizarre things" Luna said, "And this doesn't even qualify as odd" and the other burst into laughter at Hermione's expression. Lavender closed the door as Seamus and Luna looked over the fridge which was fully stocked with snacks and food, Hermione looked over the bedrooms while Harry and Dean went into the front seats.
"You want to drive?" Harry offered to his housemate.
"Let's face it Harry" Dean said back, "Who is more likely to be pulled over? Me or you?" and Harry had to admit that Dean had a point. He started the engine and the van moved off, while Parvati threw a letter out of a window.
Do not worry – we are perfectly alright!
We decided to do our own celebrating, and have chosen to drive down to London on a Road Trip. Please do not bother looking for us, as the camper van is under an Anti-Tracking charm. We will lift it when we get near to London. See you all in a week!
Harry, Hermione, Dean, Seamus, Lavender, Parvati, Neville, Luna.
The Happy Campers
Once clear of the castle and Hogsmeade, Harry made for the nearest main road before heading towards Glasgow. They would park somewhere in the countryside overnight, and start driving again when they felt like it the following morning. It was agreed by all that it was one of the best times they had ever had, though the muggleborns and muggle raised amongst the group had to teach Luna a few things about muggle camper vans, and she seemed to pick it up quite well. Harry drove for around an hour or so before pulling up in the countryside deep in the woods. The camper van had been charmed to pass through small spaces – much like the Knight Bus was. Once safely parked, Dean and Neville set up the barbeque while Lavender and Hermione pulled steaks out of the freezer to cook. Parvati was helping Luna get plates out as Harry and Seamus got the drinks.
"This is nuts" Hermione said, "We've just defeated Voldemort and we go off camping?" and Harry laughed.
"Would you rather have stayed and faced the press?" he asked her.
"Perhaps this does have its merits" the girl admitted tucking into her steak.
"This is nice" admitted Lavender, "Open air eating, under the stars and with good food and company"
"I wouldn't give this up for anything" Dean said contentedly.
"It is quite agreeable" Luna said.
"I'm just glad that we got away from Hogwarts" Neville said, putting his steak down on the plate. "I couldn't have stayed much longer with all that death hanging around" and the others understood what he meant by that. The crackle of the barbecue was all that sounded in the woods until Seamus spoke.
"What we could do with now is some beers to wash this down with" he joked, and Harry turned to him and smiled.
"Funny you should mention that" and Harry clicked his fingers and a crate of beer came floating out of the camper and landed next to where they had sat. "That do you?" he asked, and laughter filled the area around the teens.
"I'll have a little bit" Luna said, "I don't want to go too drunk" and Harry poured her some into a quickly transformed goblet. Harry passed round a can to everyone else and they toasted the fallen from the battle before making a start. It seemed to be an unspoken idea to get completely drunk before going to bed and awaiting the hangovers in the morning.
"HOLD EVERYTHING!" Seamus said loudly, "As much as I'm enjoying the beer and steak session, do we not have any Guinness?" he asked, and Lavender went into the van to emerge seconds later with a small supply of the black stuff. She handed it over to the Irish boy before finishing off her steak. Parvati had already completed hers, and was now making moves on a second one – this surprising Harry somewhat as she and Lavender had always been worried about their weight.
"You going to drink all of those by yourself?" Neville asked dubiously, and Dean suddenly knew what his friend was going to.
"You're not going to do what I think are you?" he asked, and Seamus nodded at him with vigour.
"I am going to teach you English heathens how the Irish drink" and proceeded to share out the Guinness in equal measures. At 9:00 pm they started drinking it, and by 10:30 PM they had got completely drunk and had started singing very rude and obscene Irish drinking songs taught by Seamus. At the end of the currant song, Hermione looked like she was thinking of something, then she stood up and started to sing very loudly and very drunkenly.
was a man from Nantucket
Whose dick was so long he could suck it.
While wiping his chin,
He said with a grin,
If my ear were a pussy, I would fuck it.
Harry, Dean, and Neville spluttered the last bit of beer as Hermione finished her ballad with gestures to graphically show what the gentleman from Nantucket would have done. Lavender, Parvati and Luna fell about laughing at the sight of Hermione Granger getting drunk and swearing like a trooper. As Harry was the most sober, a spectacular achievement in itself, he summoned the magical camera and took a few pictures of Hermione singing, dancing and swaying. Harry put out the barbecue and they all stood up and they all started to sing a song that Luna picked up on very quickly. A deep breath was taken by all before they started one last chorus.
me the way to go home
I'm tired and I want to go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
And or it's gone straight to my head
Where ever I may roam
On land or sea or foam
You will always hear me singing this song
Show me the way to go home
All in all this had been one of Harry's better days.
Alright then, I've actually told you all a big fib. I was actually working on this as there is nothing to show what Happens after the battle except to say that Harry went to sleep… big deal that! In this fic, we see sides of people not seen before and the gand have lots of humour and antics along the way back home to London. In case you have not yet realised it, this is definatly NOT canon so be warned my loyal and faithful crew!
The songs mentioned in the chapter are real drinking songs.
This is a departure from my other fics which have all been Sirius…sorry… serious ones, although I may have done a humour filled chapter every so often when I felt like it. Here we have a complete fanfic of it, so please tell me if you liked it as I will be doing more