A/N: During 6th year, why Harry and Ginny really broke up.
Song: Take A Bow
Pairing: Harry and Ginny
Warnings: Ginny Bashing
Harry stared into the dying embers of the fire in the Gryffindor Common Room, wondering what Ginny could possibly be doing outside the dorms at midnight. Or, rather, who Ginny could be doing. He sighed and rubbed a hand down his face. He hated to doubt her, she was his girlfriend after all, but he wasn't stupid.
He turned to see The Fat Lady in the usually empty portrait above the fireplace. "Yes?"
"She's on her way."
"Alright. Thanks for everything."
"No problem sweetie."
Interestingly enough, it had been The Fat Lady to tell him of Ginny's indiscretions. Usually she didn't interfere, but with Harry she'd felt he'd been through enough and decided to take action. Not Hermione, who had confronted Ginny outside the portrait hole a week ago. Not Ron, his best friend who had warned Ginny to be more discrete as they left the dorms yesterday.
Harry stood, stretching as he went. He left the common rooms and stood just outside the portrait hole. He didn't want to have this confrontation where everyone could hear them and might come downstairs to investigate. So he chose to have it in the hallway where he hopefully wouldn't be bothering anyone. He'd spoken to all of the portraits in the surrounding area and they'd all told him they didn't mind. They'd seen the same things The Fat Lady had, and most wanted to watch Harry stick it to her.
They didn't have long to wait. Harry hadn't been standing there a full minute when she came skipping (literally) around the corner.
She stopped abruptly, almost tripping over her robes. "Oh." She said nervously, pushing some of her slightly damp hair behind her ear. Her hand slid down to her neck, as if to hide a hickey, "Hey Harry, didn't see you there." She was trying to be calm, but it wasn't working. Her hands were shaking. "Were we supposed to meet?"
"No, I was waiting for you. Though with your schedule being as full as it has been recently, all those different appointments with all those different guys so close together, I can see how you might've gotten confused."
She bit her lip, her eyes filling with tears. "I'm sorry." She whispered. "It was just a few times, I swear! I don't know what came over me."
Harry snorted. "You look so dumb right now. Standing outside Godric's house, trying to apologize. You're so ugly when you cry. Please." He lifted a hand palm flat toward her, when he saw her open her mouth. This was his time to speak.
"Just cut it out. Don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not." He snapped bitingly. "The truth is you're only sorry you got caught. But you put on quite a show, really had me going." He said sarcastically. "But now it's time to go, curtain's finally closing. That was quite a show, very entertaining. It's over now. Go on and take a bow."
He reached behind him and grabbed a trunk that had been leaning against the wall next to the portrait. Dobby had been furious when he learned Ginny had cheated on his dear Master Harry and hadn't hesitated to help him in his plan to banish her from the tower. He tossed it at her feet and waved a hand at it.
"Grab your clothes and get gone. Before the lights all come on." He jerked his head indicating the hallway that a teacher could come down at any moment.
Ginny clasped her hands together. "Please Harry, stop this! Forgive me. They meant nothing. You're the one I love plea-"
Harry cut her off. "You're always saying stuff like that, 'Boy I love you, you're the one.'" Harry scoffed. "This just looks like a rerun. Please, what else is on?"
She shot him a confused look, what's a rerun? and knelt beside her trunk. "Is this all my stuff?"
"Everything Dobby could find."
"I don't understand. Why?"
"You aren't allowed back into the Gryffindor dorms.
"What! You can't do that!"
"Oh yes I can. I am the heir of Godric himself. Plus, The Fat Lady doesn't like you and refuses to let you in anymore."
"That's right dearie. After all this poor lad has gone through for this school, including saving your life!" The Fat Lady shook her head. "You don't deserve to be in Gryffindor."
"Dumbledore won't allow this!" Ginny shrieked.
"Dumbledore cannot go against me." The Fat Lady said softly. "Even he cannot get into these rooms unless I allow it. This duty was given to me by Godric himself. I am second only to the Sorting Hat."
"Bu-but, th-then where I am supposed to go?" Ginny stuttered, fear growing.
Harry shrugged, "Go back to whoever's bed you just hopped out of."
Ginny grasped her trunk and stood. "You haven't heard the last of this! I'll tell Dumbledore in the morning and he'll get you! He'll expel you Harry and have The Fat Lady removed! She was taken down in third year, it can happen again!"
"They were able to take me down because I allowed it." The Fat Lady said smugly, raising an eyebrow condescendingly.
"Dumbledore can't expel me. Savior of the wizarding world and all that rot. How will I ever defeat Voldemort and save all of you without my full education?"
Ginny shrieked and turned about sharply to leave. Harry called out to her, "Oh, I almost forgot. The award for best liar goes to you! For making me believe that you could be faithful to me. How 'bout a round of applause?" He asked of the portraits. The ones still awake clapped lightly.
"See there?" Harry smirked. "A standing ovation. You put on quite a show, really had us going. But now it's time to go, curtain's finally closing. Very entertaining, but it's over now. Go on and take a bow."
Harry bowed mockingly. He turned his back on Ginny and The Fat Lady swung open silently. Without looking at her, he finished, "It's over now."
The Fat Lady swung shut with a loud snap. Ginny stood, staring at her for quite a time, tears streaming down her face. She couldn't believe this had happened. She'd been so careful…
The Fat Lady glared at her. "Didn't you hear the boy? It's over. Now shoo!"
Ginny left quickly.
The next morning, very few people noted the odd sight of Ginny entering the common room with Ernie Macmillan from Hufflepuff. Most everyone, however, noticed that Harry was sitting as far away from Hermione and Ron as possible while being at the same table. In their normal place sitting across from him, were Neville and Luna. A few months later there was a new "Golden Trio". Ginny had been expelled for being a slut. Well, that wasn't the official charge, of course, but its close enough.
Hermione and Ron faded into the background. No one really cared about them now that they weren't friends with Harry. A fact that made Ron rather resentful, but there wasn't really anything he could do about it. Everyone had pretty much sided with Harry (he was the savior after all) and Hermione was really the only friend he had left. Hermione didn't like it either, but she had her books so got over it quickly.
As for our favorite hero, there have been a few juicy rumors floating around about him being seen holding hands with Dean Thomas. But I don't know, I'm not really the gossiping type…
A/N: For those of you who might bitch (FirstLaugh-LastTears warned me this might happen *glares at readers suspiciously*) Harry grew up with muggles so of course he knows what reruns are.