Spring had sprung, but it certainly did not improve the mood of the Weasley home.
"Anything today, Mum?" Ginny asked as her mother combed through the Daily Prophet, useless though it was.
"No, they're still listed as missing," Molly said, the bags beneath her eyes looking heavier by the day. Ginny poured herself some coffee from the pot in the kitchen and then looked over her mother's shoulder at the Prophet.
Harry's face stared back at her three times on the two pages facing her alone. Seriously, having your boyfriend break up with you was hard enough, especially when you were still in love with him. But a massive man hunt going on for him, your brother, and your best friend only made it worse, especially when pictures of him popped up everywhere. Talk about a constant reminder.
"Anyone we know missing?" Ginny asked, trying not to seem so caught up.
"Not today," Molly said, just as Arthur and the twins strolled through the door.
Molly got up and loaded some plates with breakfast for them. They've been out with the Order all night.
They all sat down at the Burrow table and talked, Arthur and the twins filling Molly and Ginny in on what had been going on. Ginny's interest was scarcely held; it seemed at the beginning of the war that so much progress was happening. They were all fighting against Voldemort, and they would surely win. They had Dumbledore, and he was teaching Harry all he could, and together they would be safe. But with Dumbledore gone and Harry nowhere to be found, it seemed like there was no progress being made at all.
"Huh?" she asked, looking up at four faces staring at her.
"We asked if you'd heard anything from Neville," Arthur said kindly.
"Yes, a bit," she said, pushing away her reverie. "I mean, he can't send many owls for fear they'd be intercepted. But he told me that if the DA did anything then he'd let me know."
"Ginny..." Molly warned. "We don't want you fighting. We pulled you out of Hogwarts for a reason."
"Oh, please Mum," Fred said. "Ginny can more than take care of herself."
"Yeah," George said. "Just ask the boys at Hogwarts... She's dated half of them-"
"We're just saying that you're not a kid," Fred said. "Mum and Dad shouldn't worry about you- if the DA is doing something, we'll take you.
"You most certainly will not-" Molly interrupted.
"Mum, by the time Harry and Ron and Hermione show up again, I might be of age, in which case you can't stop me!"
"Oh dear," Molly said. She shook her head. When she spoke next she sounded tearful. "Do you think they'll come back?"
"Harry will come back," Ginny said confidently. "I know he will."
"Oh do you?" Molly snapped.
Ginny didn't take offence; she knew her mother was only worried and had a very short fuse.
"I'm only saying, if we can't trust him, who can we trust?"
"Ginny, you know we love Harry, but he's only a kid. Hermione, too; she may be clever, but they're all so young." Arthur shook his head.
Ginny noticed her father did not mention Ron.
"And if Vol- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named wants to kill Harry, I don't know what we can do-"
"I don't want to talk about this anymore," Ginny said abruptly, standing up. "Thanks for breakfast, mum, but I'm not very hungry."
They watched Ginny leave, and heard her ascend the stairs. Mrs. Weasley sighed.
"This has been very hard on her," she said. "Having her brother and her friends missing... It's hard on all of us."
"Mum," Fred said, looking at George. "I mean, I think she really doesn't want to hear us talking about Harry dying."
"Of course not, Fred, none of us do."
"Well, no, but it's different," George said. "Didn't anyone tell you? Harry and Ginny were dating last year, right before he left."
From what the twins could see, it was obvious their parents did not know. Their eyes widened.
"Really?" Arthur asked.
"But they barely spoke when he was hear for Bill's wedding."
"Yeah. I mean, I don't know the whole story, but I heard her and Ron talking about it a bit. I think Harry broke up with her at the end of the year last year," Fred explained.
"Why didn't we know about this? I would have loved to know-" Molly began.
"That's probably why Ginny didn't tell you. Ron told us they got in a huge fight last year because he was always sticking his nose in her business. Mind you, I was glad, because he'd tell us everything! But Ginny got really mad, and didn't tell him. We only figured it out through some strategic use of Extendable Ears."
"Harry broke up with her?" Arthur asked, astonished, and to be honest, angry. "Why?"
"Something about this mission he's on for Dumbledore."
Molly sighed. "I thought she'd only had a crush on him back when she was a girl... I had no idea."
"I know. I was happy about it, considering he's better than those gits she was dating before. And Harry knows not to cross any of the Weasley brothers."
"Right," George agreed with his twin.
His mother rolled her eyes, and got up, clearing the dished. "Arthur, are Remus and Tonks and Teddy coming to dinner tonight?"