Harry and Ginny: A Love Story
Chapter 32: Magical Education
Harry and Ginny headed out back and away from the Burrow. Under Arwain's instruction they headed down to the small stream that threaded its way through the edge of the Burrow's property.
"Right, now" said Arwain. "First off I want you to search the stream bed and find four quartz rocks and they should all be about the same size. Somewhere about the size of an egg if you can."
"What will we be needing them for?" Ginny asked as she and Harry began their search.
"I'll tell you when you find them," Arwain said lightly.
After about 15 minutes Harry and Ginny had found 4 stones that were all about the same size, though they were larger than eggs. More about the size of Ginny's fist.
"Will these do?" Harry asked.
"Those will do splendidly," Arwain replied. "Even better than what I asked for."
She then instructed Harry and Ginny to lay them out in a big square, about 50 feet on a side. Once they were in place she had them stand in the centre, take out their wands and join hands. Though they found it a bit awkward as they were both right handed, they managed.
"Now face opposite sides of the square," she instructed the pair.
Once they had she said "The spell I'm going to have you cast is velieris veneficus and the wand movement is a clockwise circle finished with a jab through the centre. The circle should be about one foot in diameter."
"But won't we get caught for doing under-age magic?" Ginny asked apprehensively.
"No, that's what the stones are for. I'm having you create a warded area for you to practice in," Arwain explained. "Though gem stones would be better to create stronger and more permanent wards, the quartz crystals will be fine for our purposes."
Harry and Ginny did as instructed, casting the spell. It caused the stones on their sides to glow brightly.
"Now turn 90 degrees and cast the spell once more," Arwain instructed.
Harry and Ginny did so and the stones glowed much more brightly and then fade down after flashing.
"Well done," Arwain said, complimenting them. "I knew you two were powerful and wouldn't have any problem accomplishing that spell."
For the next hour Arwain instructed them in all manner of spells. Starting off with simple stunners and blocking spells.
"Stupefy" Harry cast.
"Protego" Ginny countered.
"Well done!" Arwain said in satisfaction. "You two are picking this up quite quickly."
Harry and Ginny blushed at the praise
"Next we'll work on Diffindo and Confringo, the severing charm and the blasting hex," Arwain stated.
Harry and Ginny worked diligently, casting both spells at nearby tree stumps that were within their warded area. It took a little work but soon they both could cast the spells correctly.
Ginny could feel Harry's approval on how well she was doing. At first she had been a little afraid that with her being a year younger and a year behind in school that she wouldn't be as adept as he was.
"Ginny, you are amazing," Harry said with a smile.
Blushing at his praise, Ginny could feel his approval through their bond. "Thanks," she said softly.
Harry came over and took her in a deep embrace. Ginny was almost overwhelmed by the warmth and love she felt coming from Harry.
"Well, I think that's enough for now," Arwain said in satisfaction. When Harry and Ginny started to protest she added, "It's almost lunch time and we don't want anyone coming down here looking for you."
Reluctantly they agreed with her.
"Do we need to do anything with the wards?" Harry asked.
"No, though since we are only using the quartz, you will need to reinforce the wards every time you come down here to practice," Arwain explained.
Nodding in understanding, Harry and Ginny headed off to lunch and as they did so they felt Arwain retreat from their minds.
XX HP + GW XX
Sirius walked out of Gringott's a very happy man. It hadn't taken very long to get things straightened out with the Goblins. They had been most helpful, and it was with great satisfaction that he was exiting the bank.
Not only had the Goblins been taking very good care of his estate, they were able to take care of transferring the balance of his shopping spree to Bryan MacTavish.
He was just walking down the steps when he heard someone call his name.
"Sirius, you old dog! It's great to see you."
Sirius smiled, recognizing the voice immediately. Turning, he took in the sight of his old friend.
"Mooney, how good to see you," he replied, walking quickly over to the man.
Remus held out his hand for Sirius to shake, but he ignored it and took Remus into a huge hug, slapping him on the back soundly.
Stepping back, Sirius was saddened by the shabby look of his friend's attire. The life of a werewolf was obviously even harder now than it had been back before everything had happened.
"I was so happy to read about your being cleared," Remus said happily, though his smile didn't quite reach his eyes.
Sirius smiled at his friend's enthusiasm.
"Are you hungry? I was just about to go have some lunch," Sirius said. "Join me and we can catch up on what's been happening in your life."
Remus hesitated for a moment but then nodded and gave Sirius a smile, "That would be wonderful," he said softly.
The two men made the walk to the Leaky Cauldron in a very short time. Since it was still a little before noon they were able to get a small private parlour.
After placing and receiving their orders they settled into eating their lunch and catching up.
Sirius gave Remus the once over and shook his head sadly. "Remus, how have things been?" he asked tactfully.
Remus sighed and gave a wan smile. "I'll admit that the past few years have been rather trying, but things are looking up at the moment."
"Really?" Sirius asked sceptically.
Remus gave a hearty laugh. "Yes, really," he answered with a grin. "I'll have you know that I recently acquired a very prestigious job."
Sirius raised an eyebrow, eyeing his old friend. "And what job would that be?" he asked dubiously.
"You're looking at the new Defensive Against the Dark Arts Professor for Hogwarts," Remus replied, his grin widening.
Sirius momentarily gave him a shocked look, then he shook his head sadly though he did have a slight smile on his face. "You've turned into one of Them!" he cried softly.
With a shrug, Remus gave a low laugh. "I'm sure James is turning over in his grave, but I'm also sure that Lily heartily approves. Besides, I really needed the money."
Sirius' smile warmed. "I'm happy for you, old friend. Just know that if you ever need it, you'll always have a place to stay with me."
"I'll keep that in mind," Remus replied with a chuckle.
When Sirius gave him a questioning look, Remus added, "There's the rumour floating around that the job is cursed. The position hasn't had the same teacher two years in a row for many years."
Sirius couldn't help but give a low chuckle, prompting Remus to shoot a questioning look back at him.
"Just be careful, I wouldn't want anything like what has happened to the last two teachers happen to you," Sirius replied.
"What do you know that I don't?" Remus asked with a grin.
"Well from what I heard, the last one was a complete fraud who ended up with his mind Obliviated and the one before that was inhabited by old Voldy himself and ended up dead," replied Sirius, his face breaking out into a grin.
"Well, Albus certainly never mentioned that when he offered me the job," Remus said, grinning back. "Where may I ask did you acquire your information?"
Sirius sighed wanly, "From hearing about all the Harry has been having to deal with," he said softly.
Remus gave him a shocked look. "You mean James' and Lily's Harry?" he asked incredulously.
"Yeah, the one in the same," Sirius replied with a sad look.
"You've seen him?" Remus asked, in shock.
"Yeah I have," said Sirius, his look softening as the memories of meeting Harry filled him.
"I tired to see him for several years after that dreadful night but Albus said he'd be safer if everyone stayed away from him," Remus said sadly.
Sirius had to squelch down the anger that rose within him. "Listen Remus, I think there's some things you should know."
For the next hour and a half, Sirius told Remus everything that he had learned about Harry, his up-bringing and the actions on one Albus Dumbledore.
It was a much changed man who finally parted from Sirius once they were done. Remus having vowed to help keep a watch on Harry and Ginny during the coming school year.
Sirius smiled as he watched is old friend depart, vowing to talk to Minerva and the Weasleys about adding Remus to the group who were gathered around Harry and Ginny knowing he would make an excellent addition.
XX HP + GW XX
Hermione came down the stairs and took in the group around the kitchen table. The three that caught her attention the most were Harry and Ginny, and Ron.
Ron was once more looking rather morose but Hermione couldn't tell if it was because of Harry and Ginny or the Twins who were looking at him with a kind of smug superiority.
The more she looked the more she thought it was probably the Twins who were the cause and she had to roll her eyes wondering what they had done to Ron this time.
Leaving that puzzle for the moment, she turned her attention to the other pair who had gotten her attention. While she couldn't place what it was, she knew there was something different going on with them. They had an air of suppressed excitement about them that they couldn't quite hide.
She was getting use to their non-verbal communication though the concept still boggled her mind. The idea of direct mind to mind communication both awed her and left her a bit envious.
Hermione joined the group around the table and helped herself to a sandwich and some crisps. She had to stifle a chuckle when George caught her eye and winked at her, though she couldn't help but smile.
Turning her attention back on Harry and Ginny, she watched them out of the corner of her eye, not wanting to be to obvious.
Ginny noticed Hermione's actions and she gave a deep sigh. "Harry, Hermione's giving us that look again, even though she's trying hard not to be obvious about it."
Harry glanced over at Hermione and noticed her shifting her eyes away from him and Ginny when she noticed Harry looking her way. "Yeah, I see her," he replied.
"Somehow I think it's going to be hard to slip away this afternoon to do some more training," Ginny sent.
"Oh, bother," Harry sent as he frowned. "I was looking forward to practising some more."
Ginny couldn't help herself as a small giggle escaped and she was pleased when she saw how Harry's lips twisted as he tried hard not to laugh too.
"So was I," Ginny sent. "Maybe we can Stun her as a way of practising," she added with a smirk.
"As much as I'd like to give that a try, I think it would kind of spoil our desire to keep it secret," Harry sent back, barely keeping his composure.
"Well if we can't practise for the moment, how about we head upstairs and spend some time cuddling," Ginny responded, her eyes glowing with desire.
Harry's eyes flashed back at her and he quickly finished the last couple of crisps on his plate. Rising quickly he grabbed Ginny's hand and pulled her up the stairs.
XX HP + GW XX
Hermione watched as Harry and Ginny headed up the stairs. The more she watched them the more she want to find out about the Bond the two shared. In some ways she felt so jealous of the two. She then swore to herself that she'd buckle down and finish reading the book she had on Bonding.
She glanced over at Ron and shook her head as he stuffed another large bite of his fifth sandwich into his mouth. Still chewing the monstrous bite, he stuffed some crisps in also and took a huge gulp of his pumpkin juice.
Shaking her head in disgust as she rolled her eyes at Ron's crude display of manners, she noticed Mrs. Weasley's eyes glance at her before turning her attention to her youngest son.
"Ronald Bilius Weasley! Where are your manners?" she said shrilly. "I know for a fact you've been taught better than that," she added, a look of deep displeasure on her face.
Ron looked at his mother in total bewilderment. "Whah?" he asked, pieces of food dropping out of his still full mouth.
Mrs. Weasley pulled her wand out of her apron pocket and banished the food remaining on his plate along with the mouthful he hadn't swallowed yet. "If you're going to eat like an animal perhaps it would be better if I fed you out in the yard with the chickens," she said hotly.
Ron's eyes flitted to Hermione who was trying her hardest to not make eye contact with him. Out of the corner of her eyes she saw him blush deeply, his face, neck and ears turning a deep red.
When she saw his attention turn back to his mother, she rose quickly and made her way into the parlour where she grabbed the ancient tome on Bonds and began to read where she had left off, trying her hardest not to listen to the berating Ron was receiving.
Sighing deeply she tried not to think about Ron's growing short-comings compared to the other Weasley males that she knew.
XX HP + GW XX
Harry and Ginny ended up in Ginny's room and without a moments hesitation both were cuddled up on her bed.
Harry took his wand and aimed it at the door, "Colloportus" he cast softly.
They heard an odd squelching sound and the door glowed briefly.
"There," Harry sent. "That should give us a little privacy."
Ginny's eyes flashed with her desire, though she had a wry grin on her face. "And why would we be needing some privacy?" she asked huskily.
"Because there are some things I've been wanting to try," Harry replied, giving her a smile.
"Like what?" Ginny asked, her "voice" trembling in anticipation.
Instead of answering, Harry began to lightly kiss all around Ginny's face and neck, slowly working his way down her body.
Ginny's breath began to come faster and in short gasps as the feelings of what Harry was doing to her began to overwhelm her. She momentarily wondered what had happened to her clothing as Harry's kisses worked further and further down her trembling body but that thought soon flew from her mind as the sensations that she felt banished all other thoughts.
Harry soon reached his goal and Ginny couldn't believe what she was feeling. He was making her feel so wonderful and she thought she'd explode from the wonderful, overwhelming sensations that were rocketing through her.
Suddenly she felt she was flying and a million fireworks were ricocheting through her mind. All coherent thought left her as she was overtaken by the pure pleasure that she was feeling. Time lost all meaning to her as she slowly came down off the pinnacle that Harry had taken her to.
"Sweet Merlin, Harry," Ginny sent after her breathing had returned to something closer to normal. "Where did you learn that?"
Harry made his way back up and laid next to her, a smug grin gracing his face. "I found a book hidden in my room. I guess Bill left it there," he replied.
Ginny smiled at him, "I'd love to read it sometime," she sent, a grin forming on her face.
Though the Bond Ginny felt the tension in Harry and she let her hand slide down across his stomach until she found what she was seeking. Slowly she returned the pleasure that he had given her. She didn't even take the time to wonder where Harry's clothing had gotten to.
She marvelled at the feelings that she was getting through the Bond from Harry as he experienced his own rising pleasure and she couldn't stop a similar smug grin from forming as she gave as good as she had got.
As Harry's breathing returned to normal, they cuddled together, bodies intertwined as they slowly drifted off to sleep, both satisfied from their new found experience of pleasing one another.
XX HP + GW XX
Tonks looked around the table at the people assembled there. She had been surprised a little at them meeting in the back room of the Hogs Head but with Aberforth being included she figured that it was for his convenience.
She knew everyone there except the new man who was talking with Sirius. The casual manner and the laughs they were sharing indicated that he must be a friend of her cousin.
Minerva was trying to get things organized but not exceedingly so, sharing looks and smiles with Aberforth. Tonks shook her head trying hard to reconcile the Minerva she was seeing with the stern taskmaster she remembered from her Hogwarts days.
As hard as she tried not to, she found her attention drifting back to the newcomer. There was just something about him that drew her attention to him.
She heard Sirius tease the man about his new robes but they obviously weren't brand new so that she figured they must be second-hand. Not that it made any difference to her in the slightest, she knew all to well about the necessities of being frugal now that she had moved out of her parents house and was living on her own.
Minerva finally spoke up. "Welcome everyone. First off I'd like to introduce the newest member of our group, Remus Lupin, a very good friend of Sirius and also of James and Lily."
As Remus looked around at everyone as he was introduced Tonks found her eyes lock with his and she couldn't help but smile at him. She felt a visceral pull and she realized that he must have felt something too as his eyes widened slightly at her.
Tonks thought it had gone unnoticed by anyone until Sirius gave Remus a poke in the side, leaned over and whispered something in his ear. Remus gave him a sharp look, breaking eye contact with her.
Bewildered, Tonks couldn't explain the feeling of loss she felt when his eyes left hers. She watched as with a frown, Remus whispered something back to Sirius who just laughed and said something in reply. Remus rolled his eyes and shook his head at whatever Sirius had said.
Sighing, Tonks wished she was sitting closer so that she could have heard the exchange. With one last glance at Remus, she turned her attention back to Minerva and tried to catch up with what she was saying. Though she promised herself that she'd have to get to know Remus better.
XX HP + GW XX
Arwain chuckled at Harry and Ginny's frustration. Hermione hadn't let them get more than ten feet from her without her following them. They had finally taken refuge in Harry's room, telling their bushy-haired friend they were going to take a nap.
"Since we can't spend this afternoon out practising spells, why don't we concentrate on learning about wards," their guide prompted.
Harry and Ginny were instantly intrigued and sat up straighter and for the remainder of the afternoon they learned about all manner of wards. From simple notice-me-not spells to more complex ones including anti-apparation and anti-portkey spells to the ultimate Fidelius Charm.
"I really wish we could practice these," Ginny sighed in frustration.
"Well, I really didn't want to do this so soon, but do you think you could sneak your mother's wand for a short while?" Arwain asked.
Ginny's eyes took on a mischievous look and with a glance at Harry she said "I'll be right back."
A little more than five minutes later, Ginny returned with a smug look on her face. She reached into her pocket and produced Molly's wand.
"It took me a little while to locate it. Mum is always leaving it laying around somewhere. I'll just need to get it back soon so she doesn't miss it."
"This won't take long," Arwain said. "What I'm going to have you do is remove the Trace from both of your wands. The spell is Auferio and the wand movement is a short jab followed by a quick comma like action."
Ginny quickly took out her wand and with a steadying breath she cast the spell. "Auferio." A small beam of white light flew out and struck her wand which glowed blue for a moment.
"Wonderful," Arwain exclaimed. "Now let Harry do his."
Without realizing what he was doing Harry cast the spell, but instead of vocalizing the spell he used his mind-speak. "Auferio," he cast. Just like Ginny's his wand glowed blue.
"Well that's interesting," Arwain said with a touch of humour.
"What?" asked Harry, a look of concentration on his face.
"Harry!" Ginny said in surprise. "You didn't say the spell out loud," she explained.
"I think this means that you'll both be very adept at non-verbal spell casting," Arwain said with a grin.
Harry's and Ginny's eyes lit up. "That's bloody brilliant," Harry exclaimed.
"Yes it is," Arwain replied. "We'll explore this more but I think it would be wise to get your mum's wand returned before she misses it."
Ginny glanced at the clock, "Well it will soon be time for dinner. Perhaps Harry and I should spend some time downstairs so we're not missed so much."
"Good idea," Arwain responded. "We'll work some more this evening before you go to sleep." And with that, she withdrew from their minds.
Harry and Ginny descended into the kitchen and replaced Molly's wand. It was most fortuitous they did so because Molly came into the kitchen moments later and when she saw her wand on the counter she said, "There it is, I was afraid I'd have to cook muggle style if I couldn't find it."
Harry and Ginny shared grins and decided to help set the table, pleasing Molly greatly as she didn't even need to ask.
XX HP + GW XX
A/N: A bit shorter than usual, but at least it's an update.
Real life continues to throw things my way, I'm just happy to be able to continue to write. Several weeks ago, I went into a diabetic coma and almost died. I was given a 50/50 chance when they rushed me to the ER. Obviously I pulled through.
As always, reviews are most welcome.