Once Upon A Time: A Hogwarts Valentine
Disclaimer: I do not claim to own Harry Potter or anything to do with it. I only own what I come up with myself
See end of chapter for Authors Note
Edited and Revised By: TheFifthCharmedOne
Chapter 6: The Truth Is Revealed
"Okay, we all know where we're going, right?" asked Hermione. They all rushed into the Entrance Hall as she said this.
"Fred, George, you guys hit the Greenhouses. Ronald, you take the Quidditch Pitch and I'll take the Owlery."
"Yeah, 'Mione we know okay?" said Ron, becoming irritated. (He always hated when Hermione acted like the boss, it reminded him of Percy.) "But how will we let each other know if we found her?" he asked. He didn't even want to mention the possibility that they wouldn't find her.
"Fire off black sparks if you didn't and green if you did okay?" Hermione instructed after a few minutes of thinking.
Harry heard this as the love potion took hold again making him stare at Hermione. Luckily he remained in control of his mouth and held his tongue.
"All right, let's go." Fred said to his brother. George nodded and they left. Unnoticed by the others, Harry slipped out as well.
Hermione walked up the slightly steep hill that led to Hogwarts Owlery. As she reached the door she thought to herself, Hmm, maybe I could owl a quick letter to my parents about... No Hermione you're here to look for Ginny not tell your parents about your latest good grade... focus! Hermione said to herself, and with that she opened the door.
Instantly she was hit with a mixed scent of owl droppings and the smell you get when you walk onto a farm.
"Ginny, Ginny, are you in here?" Hermione called out as she ascended up into the owlery.
Hermione only realized she walked straight past Hedwig when the bird nipped her finger angrily before ruffling its feathers and flying out into the grounds.
"Temperamental bird, just like her master on a normal day," Hermione grumbled while continuing up the flight of stairs, massaging her now sore finger. But today isn't normal, she reminded herself.
"Ginny!" she called out again reached the top of the owlery. Realizing that she was not there she sighed sadly and went downstairs.
Upon reaching the door, Hermione withdrew her wand and with a flick of her wrist she pointed the wand into the air and sent black sparks high up where they were easily identifiable against the twilight sky.
Harry wandered through the covered bridge making his way to the grounds on his search for Ginny. He saw the black sparks coming from the Owlery and he knew that Hermione hadn't found their friend.
"If I keep the Cloak on they'll never even see me," Harry said to himself.
Fred and George walked through the first floor on the way to the Herbology Greenhouses.
"Ginny, where are you?" the twins called together. The only sound they heard back was the snapping of the venomous tatantula and their own echoes. They went into each greenhouse and they found no sign of their sister. George looked up at the serpentine dragons the acted like guards on the greenhouses, he sighed and started to get really worried. What if they never found her? This would be their fault, the prank had been their idea. Fred shared his brother's morose thoughts and shot off black sparks with a flick of his wrist.
Ginny leaned against a tree in a clearing just inside the entrance to the Forbidden Forest. Tears continued to slide down her face, she had given up on wiping them away. She felt another strange liquid and put her hand to it. When she pulled her hand away, she saw blood. That's right, she thought. When I was running, I felt and landed on my face. The salty tears stung against her dirty face and heartbroken eyes. She put her hand over her chest, and though her heart was still there physically, she felt as someone had thrown a rock and it had pierced directly through the center of her chest. She slid down against a random tree and continued to cry. Why.. Why can't he see! Ginny said to herself before burying her head in her knees.
Harry crept up beside Hagrid's hut and did his best to be silent. Once he reached the back he glanced in the window. Fang, Hagrid's huge but easily frightened dog was lying beside the fire and Hagrid was dosing in the chair. But no Ginny. he thought. For some reason, he was actually able to think clearly, the love potion only seemed to affect him when he was in the presence of a girl. Not necessarily a pretty girl, but a girl. Taking advantage of this moment of clear thinking, he exclaimed,
"Alohomora." Ron whispered, opening the door to the Gryffindor locker room.
"Gin, you in here?" He called but getting nothing back. Well she's not here better check the pitch to be sure.
"Bloody hell, checking all of the stands will take forever!" Ron groaned. Then he saw a lone broom standing by the entrance to the stands. Though he had no idea why a broom was out here and not in the locker room, he figured he'd be able to see better from above anyway.
"Nothing," Ron said after flying around three times. Well, better let the others know. He pulled out his wand and sent black sparks up to the sky before returning to the ground again
Harry was hit floral scent which he decided to follow. It soon lead him to a clearing where a red- headed girl sat there, heartbroken and in tears. She had her arms around herself, as though she was trying to stop the pain. Harry felt his heart break as he looked at her despondent form. Then she started to speak.
Ginny decided that she didn't care if anybody heard her confession. Slytherins could ridicule her all they wanted, she was beyond caring anymore. So she held her head up and spoke her heart.
"Harry James Potter..." she paused, feeling the anger and pain from the years of unrequited love. "I love you. I always have, and I don't think I'll ever stop. You've always been around, even before you met Ron. You're famous, and I suppose that's where it all began. But then I met you, and I realized that what I felt was much more than just a simple crush. Those feelings only became stronger when you saved me from Tom Riddle and the basilisk. You used to like Cho. Who was there for you in the Battle at the Ministry? Me. Who was there for you when Cho broke up with you? Me. Who's been there this whole bloody time? ME! You've always considered me as Ron's little sister, nothing more, nothing less. That always hurt, and if you're wondering why I never told you any of this it was because I always knew you never felt the same way. I just wish you could see, and even understand. If you understand, you could at least still be my friend. That would be enough. But for the love of Merlin, why do you have to be so oblivious?"She didn't even bother to whisper, nobody would find her here. What was the point? She was alone...
Her question was answered by the almost silent sound of fabric hitting the leaves of the ground and a voice saying her name.
"Ginny," said Harry.
A/N: Well here it is chapter 6. Looks like Harry just heard everything. Sorry for the delay. Writer's block sucks. I'll try and update soon. And I'll finish the author note on that as my laptop is about to die and I don't want to lose the chapter. Please review and let me know what you think.