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Chapter 6 His Destiny/ Epilogue

Harry and Hermione had also been in the hospital wing with Ron as well. Luna, Neville, and Ginny had all minor injuries. Ginny had yelled at Ron because she had broken her ankle getting him to Snape's office.

"Oh, Hermione…" Ron started when he really regained his strength.

"You don't have to say anything, Ron," she said as she lied in bed.

"If I hadn't been such a bloody git, you wouldn't be in here," he told her. "I could've protected you."

"It would've happened either way I think," Hermione said, trying sit up.

Ron glanced over at Harry's bed and was glad that he was asleep.

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Ron was holding onto Hermione's hand, not ever wanting to let it go, as they and Harry boarded the train to go back home.

When Ron spotted Draco, he turned to Hermione and Harry and asked, "Do you mind if I have a chat with Draco? I'm not sure how long it'll take."

Ron kissed Hermione on the cheek as she and Harry nodded.

"Draco, can I talk to you?" Ron asked when he caught up with him.

"I was just about to come and get you actually," he said

"Really?" Ron asked as they entered an empty compartment.

Ron got an ugly feeling at the pit of his stomach as Draco gave him a look that could only mean one thing.

"No," he gasped.

There was no way it could be true.

"I wish I could tell you I'm sorry," Draco said, causing Ron's head to fell.

"We're only sixteen," Ron almost whispered.

"The earlier the better my father says." Draco said.

Ron sighed, feeling sorry for Draco to some degree. His father had been caught at the Ministry that night and was now in Azkaban.

"And my father actually agreed to this?" Ron asked, trying to change the subject.

"He never really had the choice," Draco explained, and Ron understood this.

"And what if I refuse to get it?" Ron asked, not wanting to say the word out loud.

Draco gave a little laugh and replied, "You're not really expecting me to answer that, are you?"

Ron sighed and said, "Hermione and Harry are going to want nothing to do with me anymore."

He looked up and saw Draco looking at him like he'd never looked at him before.

"This is your destiny," Draco said.

Ron nodded and left the compartment to rejoin Hermione and Harry.

AN:

Well, this is it for this part. The sixth part of this will be up soon.