A/N—Each chapter of this story (7 total) will have a different pairing, with each pairing listed in the summary. I suppose that makes this a collection of oneshots, then.
Disclaimer—I got the idea for this story from some random place on the internet that I will never be able to find again no matter how hard I try. The idea came from the relationship descriptions which can be found at the beginning of each chapter, although I have rewritten them here in my own words. I think.
The "I like him, he likes her" Relationship—when the person you love is in love with someone else.
Ginny Weasley had been interested in Harry Potter from the first moment she met him. Growing up in a house with six older brothers, this quiet boy who was so polite and nervous when he asked her mother how to get onto Platform 9 ¾ was an enigma. Boys weren't always loud and obnoxious gits? Ginny was quite sure that she fell in love from the very beginning; it really meant very little to her later on when she found out that the dark-haired boy with glasses was the Harry Potter.
She had noticed him as a person before she ever knew he was famous.
And then she actually spent time with him just before she began her own first year at Hogwarts, and her crush only intensified. Harry Potter was all sorts of wonderful, there was no other way about it.
He didn't quite feel the same way, though. Ginny knew he only saw her as Ron's little sister. And she knew that he knew that she had a crush on him; it was rather difficult for her to act like a normal human being around him, after all, no matter how hard she tried.
But Ginny was determined.
She would make sure that Harry one day felt the same way about her that she felt about him…somehow. It was going to be difficult. After all, Harry was a boy. And boys could be a bit daft about things when it came to liking girls. But one day Harry would see that Ginny was more than his best friend's little sister, she was sure of it.
And then he discovered Cho Chang.
Even without her rather (admittedly) obsessive behavior about Harry, Ginny had a keen eye for Quidditch. She saw the way Harry reacted to the older girl when Gryffindor played Ravenclaw during Harry's third year. And she also saw the way the Chang girl was so obviously flirting with Harry in midair, attempting to distract him. Harry was quickly infatuated, though Ginny thought that perhaps she was the only person besides him who saw it. However, that could have just been because she paid an unhealthy amount of attention to him.
The next year was even worse, in Ginny's opinion. Because with the new school year came the Triwizard Tournament. And with the Triwizard Tournament came the Yule Ball.
She did her best not to show it, but Ginny was elated when Harry relayed the news that Cho had turned him down. Even if it clearly showed Ginny that Harry was far from over Cho Chang, she couldn't be happier that the older girl was obviously getting along quite well with Cedric Diggory.
Then came the worst part of it all: Ron suggested that Harry take Ginny to the ball. Ron suggested that his best friend take his baby sister as a date. To the Yule Ball. It was quite possibly the best moment of Ginny's young life. Except that it wasn't. Because Ginny already had a date. Ginny couldn't help but internally curse herself for wanting to go the Ball so badly that she had been too nice to turn Neville down. And then she had cursed her idiot brother for not coming up with his beyond brilliant idea sooner, just for good measure.
Things could have been so different if Ginny had been able to go with Harry. Because, in the end, Harry Potter was still infatuated with Cho Chang, and Ginny Weasley was still just Ron's little sister.
Ginny was just about ready to give up on Harry Potter, no matter how much she fancied herself in love with the boy—no, he was practically a young man, now. But that didn't change the fact that he still wanted Cho and not Ginny. And so Ginny decided to follow Hermione's advice and try to become actual friends with Harry, rather than the tagalong little sister he probably viewed her as.
And being friends with Harry…well, it was nice. While there would always be that glimmer of hope that Harry would one day give up on Cho, Ginny attempted to move on with her life. Although he wasn't Harry, dating Michael Corner was rather nice. She was especially glad to be firmly in her own relationship when she heard from Hermione about Harry's encounter with Cho under the mistletoe after a D.A. meeting in the middle of his fifth year. And then again when she heard that the pair was apparently going to be spending Valentine's Day together. And even though Ginny was, by this point, quite happy with her own relationship, she couldn't help the feeling of glee that arose in her when she found out that things hadn't gone quite so well between Harry and Cho.
It was even greater when Marietta Edgecombe, Cho's best friend, ratted out the entire D.A. to Umbridge. It was definitely quite safe to say that Harry was now completely over the Ravenclaw seeker.
Harry still didn't seem to notice Ginny, though.
Although Ginny almost always encountered Harry and Ron together, it was only her brother who seemed to have a visible reaction to her latest boyfriend, Dean Thomas. Ginny reasoned to herself that Harry was likely just attempting to stay out of the drama that was the Weasley family interacting with each other.
Miraculously, a thought of Harry didn't even cross her mind for some time after she broke up with Dean. Harry will always be Ginny's first love, without a doubt. But she has long-since accepted that he will never feel the same, and is now living her own life for herself.
Which is why she is beyond shocked and amazed when Harry's reaction to learning that Gryffindor has won the Quidditch Cup is to kiss her. In front of the entirety of Gryffindor House. And her brother.
But Ginny couldn't have been happier. She had always loved Harry, and now she finally knew that he felt the same way about her. Finally. Having to see him obsess over Cho for all those years was worth the wait.
And even though they hadn't dated for very long at all before he breaks up with her, Ginny knows that he still loves her and only her. She can accept that he wants her to be safe as he goes off to fight evil yet again, even if she doesn't like it.
Ginny is content with having to wait for Harry once again because this time he is waiting for her as well.