AN: Hey everyone I'm back! Sorry that this took so long to get out but I kinda went on a Norman Reedus thing and worked on some Walking Dead/ Boondock Saints stuff. Also I went on vaction (which included a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) so that took up some of my time as well. Also a kick in the butt from The-Sexiest-Bookworm made me get going on this. Please enjoy and REVIEW! I always love hearing from you guys!
The air on the roof was cold, but it didn't bug Hermione. After her encounter with Fred on the bench outside the wedding she needed a new place to go. Somewhere where no one would find her. Somewhere that she could get fresh air and sort out the million and one thoughts that were running through her head.
She let out a shaky breath as more tears dripped down her face and onto her white bridesmaid dress. She wiped at her eyes, smearing her makeup, but it didn't matter anymore anyways. She was through trying to impress anyone. Anyone here at least.
"Hermione," a voice asked from the open window.
Hermione looked behind her to see Ginny emerging from the window. "Hey Gin," she said, her voice weak and scratchy from crying. "What's up?"
Ginny took one look at Hermione before sitting down next to her, then smacking her in the back of the head.
"Ow! Ginny! What the heck was that for?" Hermione asked rubbing the now sore spot on the back of her head.
"To try and knock some sense into you," Ginny replied with a smirk. "You let one person ruin your whole night. I always thought that you were stronger than that."
"Weasley men do have a way of ruining some of the best nights of your life," Hermione replied thinking about the night of the Yule ball, when Ron had some not so nice words to her. She had sat and cried on the stairs for a while after that.
"So what? You had a bad night. Who cares? It's not like it's in front of the whole school or something," Ginny told her.
"You're right Gin. I'm just glad to get back to school tomorrow so that I can get away from him," Hermione replied. Not to mention start her plans of revenge. "You're still willing to help me with what we talked about in the summer right?"
Ginny smiled. "Of course. I'm there for you a hundred and one percent."
"Good because if I'm going to pull this off, it will take some work."
"What are you think oh brightest witch of our age?" Ginny asked a coy smile tugging at her lips.
Hermione and Ginny spent the rest of the night planning sweet, sweet revenge.
"Hermione! Ginny! Get up before we're late!" A shrill voice called into the room the two girls shared. They both groaned.
Suddenly both girls were sitting up and soaking wet. Bill was standing in the middle of the room with a smirk on his face. "Sorry girls. Mum made me do it," he told them before leaving the room and laughing.
"I hate that woman sometimes," Ginny said as she shook her head, making water fly all over the room.
"What time is it?" Hermione asked looking around for a clock.
"Time for you two to get moving before we miss the train!" Harry yelled as he walked by their room.
"Bloody hell I forgot!" Ginny said scrambling out of bed. "We leave for school today!" Hermione jumped out of her bed as well and started to move around the room. She was glad that she had packed her trunk at the beginning of the week.
She threw some last minute items into her trunk before slamming it closed. She grabbed her muggle clothes that she would wear to the station and put them on.
"Ginny let's go!" Hermione yelled at her best friend.
Ginny looked up at Hermione from where she was putting on her own clothes. "You're really wearing that to the station?" Ginny asked.
"What else would you expect me to wear? I don't have the need to give anyone a heart attack today."
"But maybe Fred would notice," Ginny said wagging her eyebrows. Hermione sent her the death glare. "Or maybe not. You never know until you try." Hermione rolled her eyes as she walked out of her room, struggling with her trunk.
"Here let me help you," a familiar voice said. Hermione looked to see Fred standing there, still in his pajamas.
"No thanks," Hermione nearly growled. If she wanted to show Fred that she could move on then that's exactly what she was going to do.
"Come on Mione," Fred tried again. "Let me help you."
"Listen Fred. I'm moving on. I suggest that you do the same."
Fred took a step back. He had never heard Hermione talk like that before. It was startling to him. He had never expected her to say something like that in that tone.
"Hey Hermione," Bill said coming up the stairs, not noticing the tension between his brother and his unofficial little sister. "Need some help?"
Hermione smiled, "That would be great Bill." Fred watched as his older brother helped moved Hermione's trunk down the many flights of stairs of the Burrow.
"Everything alright Fred?" George asked his twin, coming out of their room.
Fred shook his head trying to clear it before answering his brother. "I have a feeling that Hermione hates me."
"Don't worry dear brother of mine. She knows the truth. That's all that matters."
"There's a whole lot more to it though Forge. There's a whole lot more to it," Fred said shaking his head again. That's when Ginny came out of the girl's room.
"Well are two just going to stand there and watch me or help me get this stupid thing downstairs?" she asked the twins, kicking her trunk for emphasis.
"Of course," George said moving to help his little sister.
Once everyone's trunks were downstairs, everyone started to say their goodbyes. Some tears were shed but everyone seemed at peace. Everyone besides Fred that was. Fred didn't want Hermione to go. He didn't want to leave things the way they were.
Right as they were about to go Fred pulled the girl he still loved off to the side. He pulled her away from the kitchen and into the living room where they couldn't be heard.
"Hermione. I have to tell you this before you go, or I may never get the chance to say it. I love you. I've never stopped loving you." Fred looked deep into her brown eyes trying to get his point across.
Hermione looked at the boy that deep down she knew that she still loved him. Tears formed in her eyes and said, "I can't talk about this now Fred." She looked away from those blue eyes that haunted her dreams for the past months.
"No Hermione. Please just listen to me. I know that you won't believe me but I've always loved you. I've loved you since that day when I dropped you in the lake. I've loved you until this day. Through everything we've gone through to get here. I love you."
Tears silently fell down Hermione's face. "I love you too Fred. I've never stopped. But like I said last night, it just won't work. Not now, maybe not ever."
Fred let go of Hermione's arms in defeat. He refused to look at her as he stalked away. He could a hear a mumbled "I'm sorry." as he walked away from the girl of his dreams.
"Are you alright Mione?" Ginny asked as they sat in an empty compartment on the train that would take them back to school.
"I'm fine," Hermione said with a fake smile.
"No you're not," Harry told her. Hermione looked into his green eyes and knew that she couldn't lie to her best friends.
Hermione let out a sigh and said, "Right before we left Fred told me he loved me. He said that he had never stopped loving me. I told him the same thing because it's true. I still love him. But then I told him that it just wouldn't work. He didn't say a word after that. He just up and left."
"That's why you were crying as we left," Harry said, everything clicking in his mind.
Hermione nodded and Ginny asked, "Then how come you lied to everyone?"
"I didn't want everyone to know. I figured that someone would have blown it out of proportion and gone after Fred, which is what I didn't want. I figured that I could handle all of my emotions on my own."
"Hermione are you really that thick?" Ginny asked. "You know that you can tell us anything and we won't judge you."
She smiled and nodded, "I know. Fred is just such a touchy topic now."
"I know. Everything will be alright though," Ginny said getting up and sitting next to the older witch and putting an arm around her shoulders.
"We're here for you Hermione, no matter what," Harry agreed. He copied Ginny and put his arm around Hermione.
"Thanks guys," Hermione said with a smile. She felt a lot better but Fred still kept coming to the front of her mind. She just couldn't get him out.
"It'll be weird going back to school without Ron and the twins," Ginny said after a moment or two of silence.
"Yeah," Hermione agreed.
All too soon the three arrived at Hogwarts and got off the train. They rode up to the castle in silence. Once inside it seemed like everywhere Hermione looked, something reminded her of her ex boyfriend. From different corners, with stolen kisses, to the day they made their escape.
The feeling of loss and longing made tears spring to Hermione's eyes. 'Come on Hermione, Ginny's right. You're stronger than this. You can do this,' she thought, blinking her tears away.
She stood a little taller with her head held high. She took a deep breath think she could this before bumping into someone.
AN: So what do you think? Let me know! Also I don't know how often I will be updating seeing as I have about five stories that I'm working on right now and every activtiy that I'm in at school is starting to pick up. I'll try to do at least once every two weeks, but please don't be mad if I don't update in a while!