This will be the last chapter! There was originally going o be an epilogue, but I loved the way this chapter came out, and decided to just end it here! Thanks for everyone who has been reading and reviewing! I appreciate it!


Chapter 25

The hall became silent.

Hermione stumbled backwards, the sword slipping from her hand. It fell to the ground with a clang. She had killed him…

Looking up, her eyes met Harry's.

And before she knew what was happening, he was stumbling towards her. His body slammed into hers, his arms tightening around her. She felt his body shudder and knew he was crying.

"Harry, it's over," she whispered, stroking his messy black hair.

"Thank you," he whispered. She had killed Voldemort, when he had only aimed to disarm. Harry knew he didn't have it in him to kill, but that was all right.

"I did my job," she whispered into his ear, "just like you did yours."

Harry pulled away, his green eyes brimming with tears. Reaching up, he quickly wiped them away. Grabbing her hand, he raised it high in the air. "It's over!" he cried out.

The cheers erupted as everyone began to scream and shout at once.

Harry pulled Hermione in for another hug, squeezing him tightly. The two of them felt another body slam into them. Turning her head, she saw Ron had joined their hug.

She felt the tears well up in her eyes. "I'm so proud of you both," she sobbed, squeezing them tighter.

The three of them stood there in the rubble, each hugging and crying. They had done it. After so many years of fighting for peace, they had finally achieved it. "Harry, you're finally free," she whispered, smiling for him.

Harry laughed. "Don't worry Hermione, trouble always finds me. I'm sure something will happen sooner or later."

Hermione gave him a small punch. "Don't say things like that Harry!"

He shrugged. "You know it's true."

She simply sighed, shaking her head.

"But when it does happen, we'll be there for you mate," Ron said, clapping Harry on the shoulder.

Hermione smiled at her boys. She loved them both dearly, and was so happy they both made it out alive.

"Harry!" a voice cried.

Turning, the Trio saw Ginny running towards them, tears pouring down her face. She tackled Harry into a hug, the force of it knocking them to the ground.

Hermione beamed. They would finally get to be together, without the worry of death.

"Can I talk to you for a moment?" Ron asked, shoving his hands into his pockets.

Hermione nodded. The two of them stepped away from Harry and Ginny, as the two were now on the ground snogging.

"Yes Ron?" she asked, looking at him expectedly.

He took a deep breath. "I'm okay with you and Charlie."

Hermione arched her eyebrow. She wasn't really expecting that. "Are you serious?"

Ron nodded. "I am. He loves you Hermione, even I can see that. I guess before I was just so caught up in what I thought I felt, that I didn't even realize how you felt. And I'm sorry for that."

Hermione reached out and squeezed his hand. "Ron, I appreciate this so much."

Ron grinned. "Still best friends?" he asked, looking at her nervously.

Hermione chuckled. "Always!" she cried, pulling Ron in for a tight hug. She was glad he was being mature about this, because she didn't want to lose her best friend.

Pulling away, Hermione saw Charlie watching the two of them nervously. She waved him over.

Ron took a deep breath. Turning to Charlie, he began to small speech. "Just know this Charlie; if you hurt her in any way, I will skin you alive, brother or not."

Charlie nodded. Reaching out, he grasped Hermione's hand. "Don't worry, I have no intention of ever hurting her."

"Yeah, well, if you do, just know you'll have to answer to me. And Harry. And Ginny, and probably a lot of other people too."

Charlie let out a laugh. "Got it."

Ron sighed. "But I can see the two of you are meant for each other, so I give you my blessing." He clapped them both on the back. "I'll leave you two alone; I need to go pull Harry off my little sister." He smiled at them before walking away.

Charlie chuckled. "Ron just gave us his blessing."

Hermione laughed, allowing Charlie to pull her into his arms. "Yeah, and that was mighty mature of him, so don't poke fun."

"I would never," Charlie said, a mischievous glint in his eyes.

She let out a sigh, resting her head on his chest. "It's all over."

Charlie tightened his arms around her. "What happens next?"

"Well, I know I need to return with the Elves. It's time they had a leader again," Hermione said softly.

Charlie tucked a loose curl behind her ear. "Okay, then we'll go."

Hermione pulled back, a smile on her face. "You'll come with me?"

Charlie chuckled. "Of course I will. Merlin Hermione, we're bonded. I'm not going to let you out of my sight!"

"I can't believe you'd give up your life to come with me," she said softly. Charlie really was the most amazing man she had ever met.

"I'd give up anything and everything for you Hermione," he said softly, before tilting her head up so he could kiss her. The kiss was soft and gentle, full of the love the two of them shared.

Hermione pulled back when she heard Hemera approaching. "Are you all right?" she asked, turning to her dragon.

Hemera nodded. "I received a few scratches, but nothing too bad. Most of the Death Eaters are now dead."

Hermione wrapped her arms around Hemera's neck. "I'm so proud of you," she whispered, tears rolling down her face once more.

"I'm proud of you little one. You've finally done it, fulfilling your destiny. You truly are a Rider."

Hermione smiled. "Thank you Hemera." She turned back to Charlie. "So what now?"

"Well, we need to stay in England for a little bit, for Fred's funeral, maybe help with the castle a bit. And then me and you are off to start our new life together."

Hermione smiled. "Thank you Charlie, for everything."

Charlie smiled. "Thank you Hermione." He pulled her in for a tight hug. "I love you so much," he whispered, before capturing her lips with his.

The two of them stood there, wrapped in each others embrace.

Who knew what the future would hold, but they would face it together.


Well, this was it. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR READING, REVIEWING, AND FAVORITING THIS STORY. Seriously, I don't know where I'd be without any of you. I love you all, and just thank you so much for taking this journey with me. You are all amazing, and I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you again!