Chapter 5 : On Board The Hogwarts Express
Pat. Pat. Pat.
Ginny looked up to see Harry there, at the Yule Ball. Now she was wondering how the hell she got into the Yule Ball. Wasn't that two years ago? But it seemed to be happening now. She could see Hermione dancing with Viktor Krum, Ron sulking in the corner and Neville getting something to drink. She looked up at Harry and blushed. Wait, wasn't she over that crush already? What the hell is going on?
"Yes?" she asked Harry, blushing fiercely.
"Dance with me?" was all he said. He held out a hand to her and kneeled on one knee. She couldn't help it - he looked so handsome, with his black tuxedo and tie. She nodded, still blushing, and took his hand. He led her to the middle of the dance floor and put one hand on her hip and took her other hand. She placed her hand on his shoulder and looked at the other dancers. They all looked so tall, at least sixteen to seventeen year-olds. Ginny looked up at Harry to find he was looking at her. She blushed and turned away.
It was half-past midnight. Harry and Ginny swayed to the sweet, slow music. Perfect. Harry lead them through the music, and soon after Ginny saw a few couples kissing. She suddenly felt very nervous.
And that moment was coming. Harry looked down at her with his bright, green eyes. He tilted her chin up and lowered his face down to hers. She closed her eyes and felt his lips touch hers...
"Ginny?" Hermione's voice seemed to come from far away. Ginny awoke with a start. "Why do you always wake up late?" Hermione asked, shaking her head. She pulled Ginny out of bed and looked at her. "Shower," she said firmly. "And come out here. I'll pick out something nice to wear for Dean. No buts. Everything you need is in the bathroom, wash your hair! Go!" she urged.
Ginny skipped out of the room. She was going back to Hogwarts! She went into the bathroom and brushed her teeth. There was a noise in the shower, like someone was already showering. But Hermione said that she prepared everything. She might have turned on the shower to let the water run. Then Ginny washed her face.
Ginny realised that she forgot her bathrobe. She went back to her room to fetch it. Then she opened the shower curtains and put her hand under the running water to check if it was already warm.
"GINNY! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?"
Ron, completely naked and trying to conceal himself, swore at Ginny. Ginny squealed and blushed deep red. She hurried out of the bathroom and closed the door.
"Now what?" asked an irritated Hermione as Ginny rushed back into her room and shut the door.
"Ron's in there," she said and Hermione looked at Ginny before bursting into fits of laughter.
After showering, Ginny wore the clothes Hermione picked out for her. She owed the bushy-haired girl - Hermione had bought her loads of brand new clothes from a Muggle clothing store called Forever 21 for her birthday. The clothes were very stylish and cute. She made Hermione promise to her to buy more clothes from Forever 21 for her many birthdays to come.
The four teenagers got into the Ministry car with their parents. Harry and Hermione were still laughing at Ron and Ginny about the earlier incident. Ron would blush deep red whenever it was mentioned. Ginny would laugh nervously whenever Ron looked at her with an expression of pure hatred.
Ginny also thought about her dream. She wasn't still crushing on Harry, was she? Oh, she was hopeless. But still, she was going to see Dean! She couldn't wait.
They reached Kings Cross station and hurried to Platform Nine and Three Quarters. Ginny ran through the wall and inhaled the smoke coming out of the Hogwarts Express. She coughed and waited for her parents, Harry, Ron and Hermione. The whistle blowed on the Hogwarts Express.
"Hurry!" cried Mum. She rushed Ginny, Hermione and Ron onto the train. "Oh, Merlin, where's Harry?" she exclaimed.
It seemed that Dad was having a word with Harry. "Hurry!" cried Mum.
Harry and Dad were deep in conversation that they didn't hear Mum's scream. Dad looked at Harry seriously, and said something to him. Harry nodded and replied with a puzzled expression on his face.
"Bloody hell," said Ron. "Mum is going to blow up when she reaches them. She's scary," he added.
"I've seen you naked, thats scary," muttered Ginny, and Ron turned deep red again.
"If you tell anyone, I'll - I'll - ," threatened Ron.
"You'll what?" sneered Ginny. "I don't have to be scared of you, what about a scary spider, huh Ron?"
Ron screamed and ran around in circles. "Where? WHERE? Bloody hell, tell me!" he screeched only to find Hermione and Ginny rolling around, laughing. He swore and walked away.
Soon, as Ron predicted, they heard Mum's scream and Harry rushed over to catch the train. "Jump!" shouted Hermione, and held out her hand. Harry jumped and caught Hermione's hand, but was in danger of falling. The train was going faster and faster, and someone was telling them to close the door. Harry was slipping off.
"HELP ME, YOU MORONS!" she screamed. Ron and Ginny went over and pulled.
Suddenly, Ron seemed to pull harder on Ginny's hand and Harry and was pulled back onto the train. Ginny flicked her wand and caused the door to close. Then they all lay on the floor, panting.
"That was close," choked Neville. He was also panting. Luna was also lying on the floor, unconscious.
"I accidentally hit her," Neville explained. "She hit her head, but I hope its not that bad."
Ginny rushed over to Luna, pointed her wand to her and said, "Ennervate." Luna stirred, and sat up, rubbing her head.
"Are you alright?" panted Harry.
"Yes," said Luna. Surprisingly, she stood up. But she fell down again and was caught by Ginny. Ginny then exclaimed. She pulled out a bottle of her mother's potion. "Drink this," she said and gave it to Luna.
Luna drank it in one gulp and sighed. "Thank you," she said.
Ginny smiled and stood up. She pulled Luna up along with her and put her hand on Luna's shoulder. "You'll be fine," she reassured her.
Harry then tapped her on the shoulder. She felt a Dejavu as she asked Harry, "Yes?"
"Fancy finding a compartment?" he asked.
Ginny smiled apologetically to Harry and said, "I'm sorry, Harry. I said I'd meet Dean."
His face fell, but he said, "Oh, OK. See you," he said.
She apologized again and walked down the train to Dean's compartment. He was there alone, waiting for her. He looked up as she slid open the door and closed it shut again.
Dean stood up and walked to her. He pulled out some flowers from his pocket and said, "You look great," giving the flowers to her.
She inhaled the smell of the flowers. "Mmm," she sighed. "Lilies. My favourite." She remembered again why those were her favourite. They reminded her of Harry. She sighed.
Dean looked her full in the face, and said, "I missed you."
Ginny replied, "I missed you too." She clicked her tongue impatiently. "Look Thomas, I waited all summer to snog you and this is what you do," she said crossly. "Starting a conversation that will never end." She moved closer to him and wrapped her arms around his neck. "A conversation that will lead to nowhere, unless one of us makes a move."
Dean caught on and kissed her. She kissed him back, and threw the flowers carelessly onto one of the seats. Then suddenly, they were interrupted by a rude voice.
"Look, am I going to stare at you doing this all day?" spat Zacharias Smith.
Ginny broke the kiss and faced Zacharias. "Shut up," she spat back.
"You can't tell me to shut up."
"Um, I think I just did. Oh, and here it comes again, shut up!"
Zacharias pulled out his wand. "You asked for it, Weasley!" he said, and pointed it at her.
Ginny hexed him with a bat-bogey hex. He screamed and ran away. Ginny harrumphed and marched back into the compartment.
"Excuse me," said a voice.
Ginny turned around to see the new Professor, Horace Slughorn staring at her. Ginny felt scared. Had she earned detention?
"That was a superbly performed spell," he praised her, and she gasped in shock.
"Erm, thank you?" she half-asked.
"You're welcome!" boomed Slughorn, and introduced himself. "Oh, Miss Weasley? Please come for a quick tea at compartment C in about an hour's time. See you there!" he said, and rushed off.
"That was weird," said Ginny.
Dean nodded and said, "Anyway, you have an hour. Come on." Dean pulled her back into the compartment and closed the blinds. "Where were we?" he said softly. Ginny squealed as he lifted her off her feet and into his arms. "I think I remember now."
Ginny nodded and kissed him. He responded to her kiss with full enthusiasm and eventually laid her on the seat of the compartment. He leaned on top of her without breaking the kiss. Ginny gasped for breath between kisses.
Dean was also glad to be with Ginny again. She was the best thing about Hogwarts, well now at least. And Ginny wasn't like other girls. She didn't just date a guy and then think he wants to have a more.. physical relationship with her when he asks her out again. Then, as Dean didn't anticipate, Ginny pulled of her cardigan and threw it on the floor.
Dean chuckled against her lips. "Want to do something a little more interesting, hmm?"
She stopped against his lips and pulled back for a while, stroking his cheek. "No, Dean," she said firmly. "It's quite hot in here. And not in the way you mean," she added when he started to chuckle. "I'm fifteen. No."
He sighed, and straightened up. He didn't want to push her.
She sat up too, brushing through her hair with her fingers. "I think that went a little too far."
Dean crossed his arms. "No, it really didn't."
She sighed. "Please? I don't want to argue. You want that, go find someone else to do it with, but not me."
Dean shook his head, and reasoned that she wouldn't budge. So they started off a conversation of how they had spent their summers. However, whenever Dean touched Ginny, she would awkwardly move away, or shake her head. They spent the rest of the trip just talking.
Edited version of this chapter. I'm sorry about the… inappropriateness that was in it before, but now it's nice and clean. It must have slipped my mind that she's only fifteen.