Hey guys! Hey guys! I MADE IT!
For this last chapter, shoutouts go to EVERYONE who's reviewed, added this story to favourites or to alerts. You guys mean the world to me, you really do! For the laster chapter, I want to thank Sugarplumjellygum, Elise Suzanne, SilverLily1, Morgana Potter Lupin, yellow 14, centralbulldogs, Laurel Tree, purelywhite-nami, xxxBekaForEvaxxx, ctc, Atayla, ForbiddenLove7, Senorita Sassybuns, S0phfiest, 91698padfoot, werewolfatemyphoenix, glowyrm, LittleEmily, IwishIwasanOscarMyerWiener, NinjaDinosaurGirl, original509 and Sapphire Rosethorn.
Cookies go to xxxBekaForEvaxxx, who is officially my longest-standing reviewer - she's been reading since chapter 4! Thanks for putting up with me for so long!
Someone commented that they thought Ginny and Harry had hit the sack ages ago. They have slept together before, but not since Ginny left. Sorry that wasn't clear.
Someone else was disappointed that there was no table dancing (sorry - great idea though!). Yet another person thought that they should have done it on the table. I admit, that thought crossed my mind back when I was first planning this story, but I didn't remember when I finally got to this chapter ... may have been a bit too naughty though ;)
I'm sure I'll have lots more to say at the end of this chapter, so onward for now!
Saturday morning finds Harry and Ginny indulging in a leisurely breakfast, lazing about and talking about nothing and everything.
"I can't believe Ron and Hermione are engaged," says Ginny.
She cocks her head and looks closely at him. "What?"
"Nothing," says Harry, a little too quickly. She does not let him off that easily.
"Is there something the matter, Harry?"
"No, of course not," he protests. "It's just—"
He sighs. "I had a dream last night.
Her stomach drops. "Oh, Harry! I didn't realise—"
"No," he says. "It wasn't a nightmare."
"Then what was it?"
Harry looks her in the eye. "It was about you. Well, about us."
"Tell me about it," she breathes, eyes shining.
And so he describes this dream to her, the first happy dream he's had in four years. He describes how the two of them sat at a table in a rambling garden, by the house that was all their own. He tells her how a wedding ring sparkled on her finger in the sunlight. He tells her how she glowed, and how he couldn't stop smiling with pride and happiness and a million other feelings that threatened to explode as he caressed her gently swollen belly.
For the first time, Harry is not afraid of what the future might bring. For the first time, all he feels is hope, and joy, and love for the woman across the table from him, and he knows she can feel it too.
I've been planning this chapter since the very beginning, so to finally have it written and published feels totally amazing. I've been writing this story since I was preparing for my year 12 exams more than a year ago. Now, fifty chapters later, I'm preparing to move 3000km for university (I'm doing music - very exciting!).
I never really thought anyone would like this story, let alone that I'd get seven hundred reviews for it ... you guys are absolutely incredible and I can't thank you enough. I've had people compare me to JK Rowling (which is the biggest compliment an HP fanfic writer can get!), people ask me to introduce them to a man like Harry (I wish I could!), people say I've made them cry and people say they've read the whole thing in one hit. For something that was originally a writing exercise, to try and make my writing less wordy, those things totally blow my mind.
I've probably think of a whole lot more things I wanted to say once I've published this, but I think I'll leave it there...
Regarding the sequel, I'm still working it all out, but it won't be the same as this one. It might be some 'missing moments' or a few extra episodes, but it will not be a straight continuation. If you'd like to know when it comes out, add me to your author alerts, and you'll get a lovely informative email when I publish it!
I think that is everything I have to say. Thank you again for being such loyal readers! Hey guys! I actually finished a multi-chapter fic! I'm so proud of myself! :) =