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Chapter Four – You'll Be There Of Course
Harry sat on his bed bouncing the little boy on his knee. "How are you doing today Teddy?" He asked the boy whose hair matched Harry's green eyes.
"He's been really hyper this morning, I think it's because he realized that we were coming to see you again." Hermione said from beside him.
"Beeboaops." The baby giggled, reaching out and trying to pull Harry's glasses off of his face.
Harry reached down and tickled the little boy's belly. "Nope. Those are mine."
Harry looked up at Ron and Hermione. "How have you two been?" He asked, before looking back down at the smiling Teddy.
There was a fair bit of humor in Ron's voice when he answered. "…We've got your room finished. We took some pictures from Grimmauld place and put them on the wall in there." Ron laughed when Harry gave him a horrified look. "NO. We took some pictures from Sirius's room and stuck them on the wall in yours."
Harry's face fell. "But he had put them up with an unbreakable sticking charm."
Hermione gave Ron a sad look before turning to their friend. "There was. We used accio for pictures and a couple of your mum and dad flew out from the bottom drawer of the dresser."
Harry nodded, and upon hearing footsteps approaching the door tensed and looked up. Healer Kaylee walked in and Harry relaxed, returning her bright hello. "How are you doing today Mr. Potter?"
He gave her a grin. "Better. This little man here is my god son."
She looked at his hair and raised an eyebrow. "Is he a metamorphagus?"
Harry nodded. "You here to cast the vital charms again?" He asked quietly, looking over at his fallen girlfriend. 'Ex-Girlfriend, you dumped her you dolt'.
She smiled at him, "Yes and no."
"What?" Ron asked from beside Harry.
She grinned, "The ministry and the hospital board have finally agreed that we can use the Legilimency monitor on her to see what we can do to bring her back."
Harry's face felt like it split open with the size of the smile on his face. "That's fantastic. When are they going to do it?"
"We're going to do the preliminary charms today to make sure she's susceptible to it, and then if all of the spells come out positive then we'll use the legilimency monitor on her as soon as we get our hands on one." She said, happy that he was so excited. "Oh and Mr. Potter, Dr. Lamb would like to see you."
Harry sighed and pressed a kiss to Teddy's cheek. "I'll see you later little guy." He handed the little baby over to Hermione and stood up. "I'll see you guys tomorrow."
"See you." Called Ron and Hermione as Harry walked out of the ward. Harry walked happily down the halls of the hospital, shocking the witches and wizards who hadn't seen him move for three months.
He knocked lightly on the wood of the door when he arrived outside of Dr. Lambs office. "Come in."
"Hello!" He said brightly when he walked in.
She smiled at him. "So Mr. Potter, how are you doing today?"
"Fantastic. Hermione and Ron brought Teddy along again. And Healer Kaylee said that they are finally going to allow the usage of the Legilimency monitor on Ginny, which made my day even better because we'll finally know how to bring her back." He said this all in a bit of a rush before he saw the proud look on her face.
"Mr. Potter, I have some exciting news for you." She said, pausing letting this sink in. "Due to your monumental progress the last two weeks, I've consulted with the healers that are in charge of that ward, and it has been a unanimous decision that you are free to go."
Harry froze, and his eyes widened. "What?"
"You can go home now. Ms. Granger told me that she and her fiancé have a room for you in their flat. You can go live with them."
"But. What about Ginny. I don't want her waking up alone."
Dr. Lamb sighed. "May I call you Harry?" He nodded, so she continued. "You must know that we've got monitoring charms all over the wards in this hospital. For the patients who are in a coma, there are charms over them that will alert the healers at the first sign of awareness."
"Did I have charms like that placed over me?" He asked softly, deep in thought.
She shook her head. "No Mr. Potter, you didn't. You weren't in a coma, you were just completely unresponsive."
"Will I get my wand back?" He asked, even softer than before.
"Not yet. I want to see you back here in a week and we'll discuss it then."
He looked up at her and narrowed his eyes slightly. "I'm not going to try and kill myself again with the possibility of Ginny awakening being so close."
"I know that Mr. Potter, but this is standard procedure for every patient who is admitted because of attempted suicide."
Harry sighed. "So I'm free to go?"
She nodded. "Yes, you are."
He stood up and walked out of the room, calling out a soft goodbye over his shoulder. He walked back to the ward in a daze, not noticing the redheads standing outside of the entrance. Hermione put her hands on his shoulders and stopped him. "Harry, what's wrong?"
"I'm scared." He whispered.
The Weasleys fell silent at the two words and listened attentively. "What are you scared of?"
"The doctor said that I'm free to go, but I'm scared that I'll leave, and that Ginny will wake up alone and afraid. I don't want that to happen."
"Harry." She sighed. "That's not going to happen. They expect things to move very swiftly with her recovery after the legilimency monitor is used on her. So it may only be a few days before she wakes up."
Harry looked devastated. "But she could still wake up alone." The chosen one froze. "What if she's disappointed in me because of the way that I've been acting these last couple of months?"
Ron snorted and Harry looked towards him. "Harry, she's been in love with you since she was eleven years old. It would take more than an attempt at suicide to take you from her." He chuckled. "What was that poem that she sent you second year?"
Hermione smiled. "His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad." She giggled.
Fred and George started laughing. "We sent that." They said together. "Gin had written that at the bottom of a piece of parchment that we borrowed to write mum a letter with, and we gave it to the little dwarf things."
"You should have seen Harry's face when that thing started talking." Draco said lightly, as he walked towards them with a tray of food in his hands.
Harry blushed. "Shut up."
"So Mr. Potter. I hear this is the last meal that I'm going to be bringing you."
Harry sighed. "I've heard this too, but I don't know. I don't want her to wake up alone."
Draco held the tray out for him. "I understand that. When my sister was born my mother was unconscious for almost a week, because of all of the difficulties she had during the pregnancy. I wanted to stay by her side but father kicked me out and warded the room she was in so that I couldn't enter." He got a far off look in his eyes. "There was this odd little house elf that snuck me cookies when my father beat me. He brought me some cookies because of Lizzie's birth, and he took me in to see her every day until she woke up."
Harry snorted. "Sounds like something Dobby would do."
Draco's eyes met his. "You knew Dobby?"
Harry, Ron, and Hermione all three blushed. Harry spoke quietly and took the tray. "I'm the one that freed him at the end of second year. Your father had given Ginny a diary that was actually a horcrux, and it possessed her. I killed the horcrux and after I left Dumbledore's office I put my sock in it before giving it back to your father. It was dirty and he gave it to Dobby. I motioned for Dobby to open it and he did. Then when Lucius tried to kill me Dobby blasted him down a staircase with his magic."
Draco's lips twitched. "You freed Dobby with a sock?"
Harry grinned. "Dobby loved socks after that. Except he thought they were supposed to come mismatched." The door behind him opened and he turned so fast that he almost upset the food on his tray. "Is she okay?" he asked, before anybody even stepped out. Healer Kaylee stepped out followed by a male Healer.
"This is Healer Michaels." Kaylee introduced him, "He'll explain everything to you."
He smiled. "Hello everybody. We just performed the preliminary charms on Miss Weasley, and she should be susceptible to the monitor."
Harrys face lit up, "Brilliant."
"After that, depending on what ails her, she could wake up within a couple of days." His eyes lowered and he saw the tray of food that was in Harry's hands. "Mr. Potter, you should eat your food before it gets cold."
Harry looked down and got a surprised look on his face. "Oh. I'd completely forgotten about that." He turned back towards the doctor. "But she's going to be okay?" He asked, desperation so audible in the hero's voice that it made the everybody within earshot sad.
Healer Michaels reached out his hand and put it on Harry's shoulder. "Yes Mr. Potter. She should be okay, in fact, if everything goes alright, she'll be better than okay."
Harry looked at Healer Kaylee. "Would it upset you too badly if I sat on my bed to eat my food? That way I can spend as much time as possible with her before I have to leave."
She gave him a soft smile, "Of course. And I have to do a final check on you before you're released anyways, it will be so much easier." Harry gave her an appreciative smile before walking into the room, and leaving the Weasley's to question the healers about their daughter, or sister.
The Chosen One made short work of his lunch before walking over to Ginny's bed and picking up her hand. "I don't know how to word this in a way that doesn't sound like I'm leaving you again. I'm being released from the hospital, because I've done so well these last two weeks since I 'woke up' to use the doctor's figure of speech." He reached a hand out to touch her cheek. "I'll be back every day to visit you until you're awake my love, and then every day after that until you're released. If you want me to that is. If you wake up and are too angry at me for what I did then I'll understand. I would be disappointed in me too if I were you." Harry sighed. "It's going to be hard that you won't be the first person I see when I wake up. I don't know if I'm going to be able to handle it Gin. I know that you may see me as a strong and brave person, but I'm nothing without you." He leaned forward and placed a kiss on her forehead, and brushed the few strands of hair that had strayed across her face due to the draft of the room away, before standing up fully. "I love you Ginevra Molly Weasley." He started to walk away, and tore his eyes away from the door knob when he stopped in front of the door long enough to look at her one last time over his shoulder. He hadn't noticed the extendable ears that had been under the door when he spoke to Ginny.
He opened the door and was met with an sad Healer Kaylee. "Are you okay ?"
Harry gave her a questioning glance, "what do you mean?"
A hand touched his face and he looked to the side to see Hermione. "Are you okay?" She said holding her hand out and showing him the wetness that covered it.
His hand flew up to his face and he noticed the fallen tears for the first time. "Oh." He looked at the faces around him and grinned sheepishly, "that was unexpected."
There was hesitant laughter from the assembled people as Healer Kaylee stepped forward. She held up her wand. "If I may?" He nodded and she waved her wand, and muttered a few spells, making him glow different colors. When she was done she grinned at him. "You're free to go ."
He gave her a grateful hug. "Thank you." He said softly as he released her. "You'll take care of her?"
Ron snorted. "She's a healer Harry, that's what they do."
Harry looked around and frowned when he didn't see the silver blonde hair he was looking for. "Where did Draco go?" He asked worriedly, shooting Bill a pointed look.
"Mr. Malfoy had to go back to the kitchens. He said to tell you that if you ever needed a chocolate frog that you know where he is."
Harry nodded his head. "Thank you." He turned to Hermione and Ron. "We ready to go then?" He asked.
She grinned at him and pulled out the beaded bag that she had taken on their hunt. She sunk her elbow in it before pulling out a rucksack. "Here you go. I figured you might like to change into clothes of your own."
Harry, however, was frozen. He opened the top of the bag and saw the photo album that Hagrid had given him at the end of his first year at Hogwarts. He reached his hand out and let his fingers run over the faces of his parents. His eyes flashed to Hermione's. "Thank you! I had worried that this would have been lost, what with everything that happened." He gently moved the book aside and pulled out some clothes. Looking up at Healer Kaylee he asked softly, "could you possibly unlock the bathroom for me?"
She smiled. "I already did."
He nodded at her before rushing into the bathroom to get away from the stares he had been getting from his friends. He could ignore the pitying looks that others gave him, but not from the people who had stood beside him since they had met. He changed quickly, and just as swiftly walked out of the ward, forcing himself not to go over and stare at Ginny. "I'm ready." He said, as he exited the rather large room that had been his home for the last three months.
Molly stood up and pulled him into a tight hug. "We're having dinner at the burrow tomorrow afternoon. You'll be there of course."
Harry's eyes flickered to the door of the room. "As long as I can visit Ginny beforehand."
Hermione stepped up and took his elbow. "Of course we can Harry."
The Weasley's all stood and seemed to subconsciously make a protective circle around Harry and Hermione, who they were all pleased to find was pregnant, as they started to walk through the corridors until they reached the bank of elevators. Harry glanced around at the large entry room and saw the receptionist give him an odd look. About halfway down to the first floor the elevator came to a shuddering halt. Harry started to worry. "Hermione, do you have my mokeskin pouch?"
"Yes," she whispered, pulling it out as the lights turned off. There was a click when Ron pulled out his deluminator, before light flooded the small room.
Harry pulled the string of the pouch over his neck and opened it up, and pulled out the last wand that Ron had gotten from the snatchers and pointed it at the doors before the elevator started moving again. "Harry. What are you doing?" Hermione asked.
"Humor me. The elevator mysteriously stops shortly after we've entered; coincidentally just long enough for the receptionist on the floor we have just left to floo the press."
"Then you should put the wand away. They'd only try to make you out to be crazy again mate." Ron said from his other side reaching his hand out to lower the arm.
Harry's eyes narrowed before he dropped the wand on the ground and crossed his arms. "They've been trying to make me out to be crazy since my second bloody year at Hogwarts. It's not like all of them didn't see me try to off myself, and I'm sure that the use of polyjuice potion certainly did not stop them from knowing that I've been here, whether or not they've kept it quiet." Harry closed his eyes. "You seem to have forgotten that 'patients' at St. Mungos get mail, and/or newspaper subscriptions, so I know what they have been saying about me."
"Harry," Hermione said softly, before leaning down to pick up the wand, and putting it in her bag.
He ran a hand through his messy hair and sighed. "I'm sorry. I understand why I'm not supposed to have a wand, but at the same time, if I can't fight back when they attack me, trying to get a piece of 'the chosen one' then it's not just me that are going to get hurt. I'm sorry for snapping at you, truly, but I just-." The elevator stopped and in the second that it took for the machine to ding and the doors open Harry whispered. "Worry."
The moment the doors opened they were greeted by a cacophony of noise as the reporters shouted out questions. "Mr. Potter, is it true that you killed yourself because of the curse that you used on the true love of your life Bellatrix Lestrange, turned out to be lethal instead of a spell to put her in a coma." The Weasley's formed their protective circle around Harry and Hermione again before they started shoving their way through the crowd. " , how do you feel about the fact that charges were brought up against you for your use of Unforgivable curses?" Rita Skeeter's voice called out over the shouting, and Harry froze, nearly causing the Weasley behind him to collide with his prone body.
He ignored the frantic whispering of Hermione, about leaving it be, as he searched the familiar blonde head out in the crowd. When his eyes met hers, he started walking forward, and lightly pushed two of the Weasley's aside before he stood in front of her and pointed into her face. "Before I answer your question, and I guarantee that I will answer it I have a few things to say myself. You and nearly everybody else in this room have dragged my name through the dirt since it became common knowledge that I am in fact a Parselmouth. You have called me insane, delusional, insinuated that I would sleep with my best friend just to piss off Viktor Krum." The room was in absolute silence as he spoke, aside from the arrival of several aurors who the receptionist in the main room had called to help the Weasleys. "I wish I could say that you were all there, and that you saw first hand what happened at Hogwarts nearly four months ago, but I am going to take a wild guess that none of you were. First you are in absolute utter denial of the fact that Voldemort had returned, and then you were too cowardly to fight for the rights of everybody who isn't from an incestuous family." His eyes narrowed on Rita's cold blue ones. "What do I think about the charges that were almost brought against me because I used an imperious curse so that I could get into Gringotts to get an object, that if it hadn't been destroyed would have ensured the fact that Voldemort would have been able to rise from the near dead again? What do I think about the charges that were from using a Crucio on somebody who not only spat on a woman more courageous than many, but threatened the lives of all of the students that were housed in Ravenclaw tower the night before the battle? I think that if people what to throw me in jail, or flush my name down the toilet again for something that they were too fucking scared to do themselves then they can go right ahead."
Every single eye in the room was on him as he continued to speak. "And the thing about the stupid bitch that you gave the honor of speaking her whole name, even though you did not extend me the same courtesy is completely bullocks. I knew exactly what the curse that I used on her would do, because I had accidentally used it on someone before I knew what it did. I cursed her because she cast the curse that forced as you put it, 'the true love of my life' into a coma, I feared that she was dead so I got the revenge that she deserved after hurting so many innocent people, not excluding my Godfather Sirius Black."
Harry turned and walked towards his family, and took Hermione's arm and started leading her towards the apparition point. Just before they apparated away Hermione said firmly, "well, you handled that much better than I thought you would."
He shot her a playful grin. "There is a time to be sane, and a time to be mental, but it's up to the person, to make it coincidental."
The Weasley's started laughing and stated to say good bye to each other. Mrs. Weasley once again pulled him into a tight hug, and said, "I'll see you tomorrow dear."
"See you later Mrs. Weasley."
"Call me Molly dear."
"Later Molly." He said, as Hermione and Ron took his arms and spun him away from the hospital.
So, what do you think? This is 8 pages and nearly four thousand words long, so I hope that you're not too upset on how long it took to update. I know some parts are weird, and for that I apologize.