1 September 1998—Platform 9¾
"What d'you reckon they're talking about?" Harry asked, frowning over at Ron and Hermione, who seemed to be deep in conversation. He had just gotten Ginny's trunk safely on the Hogwarts Express, and it was nearly time for the train to leave. Arnold the Pygmy Puff was humming happily on Ginny's shoulder.
"Dunno," Ginny said, shrugging. Arnold squeaked in distress, and Ginny patted him gently. "You know them, they're immensely complex." She rolled her eyes, and Harry chuckled, slipping his arms around her waist.
"Good thing we're not like that," he said, leaning in to kiss her.
"Mhmm," Ginny mumbled affirmatively, smiling against his lips. The train whistle blew, and Ginny pulled back, scowling. "Damn it," she muttered, looking rather sadly at Harry, linking her hands behind his neck. If he didn't know her better, Harry could have sworn that Ginny's chin trembled for a moment.
"Ron's right," Harry said, trying to make her feel better, though he himself was rather downcast as well.
"When has that ever happened?" Ginny asked, laughing good-naturedly. Then she tossed her hair back, fixing Harry with her sharp stare. Arnold purred happily, nuzzling against her neck. "I know. Christmas is only a few weeks off."
Harry nodded and smiled, reaching out one finger to pat Arnold. "I'll try to stay in one piece for you till then."
"Don't you joke about that, Harry Potter," Ginny said, raising her finger warningly.
"I know," Harry told her. He kissed her one last time. "Come on, you're going to miss the train." He took Ginny's hand and together they ran for the carriage door, Arnold squeaking all the way.
Ginny leaned out the door of the carriage, speaking quickly to Harry. "Give Teddy a kiss for me, and tell Mum I'll write when we're there safely. I love you," she said, smiling at him.
"I love you too," Harry told her, his voice filled with bravado. He felt like a child. He didn't want Ginny to leave. "And I will. Have a great term."
"Harry—" Ginny stepped off the train as the whistle blew for the third and final time. Ginny threw her arms around Harry's neck and caught him up in an incredible kiss. After several moments, during which Harry thought he might have heard a catcall or two from some of his former classmates (Dean Thomas and Neville Longbottom were hanging out a window further along the train), Harry and Ginny broke apart, both smiling dazedly.
"So you don't forget me," Ginny told him.
"Right," Harry answered, grinning at her.
And with that, she climbed on the Hogwarts Express, leaving Harry on the platform to chase after it with Ron, just as Ginny had, all those years ago.
So...I present a sister piece to "Honestly, Ronald." Thirty-five stories about Harry and Ginny, throughout the years! :) I'm so excited to do this. This is for KeepDreamingLily's 30 Harry Potter Prompts Challenge. I've got thirty-one stories already written, so I'll be taking exactly FOUR recommendations on chapters (wedding, "I love you," etc, are already in here). Harry James Potter plus Ginevra Molly Weasley is thirty-five chapters. :) SO MUCH LOVE! Thank you for reading.