"Can't Take It"

Ginny pushed her hair angrily from her face and refused to meet his eyes.

"Ginny..." Harry began. "Please don't be this way?"

You speak to me

She spun angrily to face him. "What way? Is this not how a girl's supposed to behave when her boyfriend's cheating on her with her best friend? Am I supposed to just lay down and take it?" She snarled.

Luna smiled her dreamy smile and for once in her life, Ginny longed to slap her friend. "Ginny, don't blame Harry."

I know this will be temporary

Ginny turned to her. "Why not? Did you seduce him with your feminine wiles?"

Luna smiled again. "No, you did this all your self."

You ask to leave,

Ginny recoiled as if struck. "What?" She whispered.

"Luna's right Gin. You... you're never home!" Harry announced.

"What does that-" Ginny began only to be cut off.

"You're constantly at work or helping other out. Don't get me wrong! I think it's great, but, Gin, when is there ever time for us?"

But I can tell you that I've had enough

Ginny felt herself go pale. "Why didn't you say anything?"

"I did, Gin. I said plenty. But there was always someone else to save and you never heard."

Ginny felt her knees shaking and sat down. Harry looked down on her with pity. She wanted to slap the look right off his face. Stupid prick. Did he think she needed his pity? She helped hundreds every week with her job. Who was he to judge her?

"We'll leave now, Gin."

I can't take it
This welcome is gone

Ginny looked up, meeting his eyes. "You do that Potter. You run away like a damned coward. Don't ever come around again."

I've waited long enough to make it

Harry flinched but kept her eyes. "You'd like that wouldn't you? For me to run away. Then you can have your tryst with Malfoy and live forever in your fairy land."

Ginny lept to her feet. "Is that what you think? You stupid bloody...cow!"

Harry stood firm. "Com'on Gin. I've seen the way you look at him, we all have!"

"I helped him! Which is a damn sight better than you've ever done!"

"Because you wanted him in the sack!"

"Because he NEEDED it! And because it's my job!"

Harry gave a sharp bark of laughter. "Malfoy? Need any one's help? That's a good one, Gin."

Ginny narrowed her eyes. "Fine, Potter. Let's haul your mum in and rape her before your eyes. See how well balanced you turn out."

And if you're so strong

Harry went still. Ginny knew she had probably gone too far but she was damned if she would recant this. She spun from him and marched into their apartment. Harry followed her.

"What are you doing?" He asked as she pulled out her trunk.

She glared at him. "I'm going to stay with my Mum for a couple of days. I'll be back for the rest of this."

You might as well just do it alone

She finished packing and stormed from the building.

And I'll watch you go

Ginny rubbed her head as she poured over the psychology book. The fight from yesterday was still fresh in her mind and no matter how she tried to distract herself, questions kept coming up.

Step up to me
I know that you've got something buried

Was Harry right? Did she spend too much time with her work? She shook her head.

"Miss Weasley?"

She looked up sharply as her Secretary, Alice Cooper poked her head in.


"Sorry to bother you, but your two o'clock, Mike Hanover is here."

Ginny smiled. "Thanks. Tell him I'll be right in."

I'll set you free

Mike had fought in the War. Like many he suffered survivors guilt. Ginny too had had the guilt and had gotten over it when she set up as a phsycologist. Now she helped others get over it.

She smiled at him as he lay on her couch.

"Hi, Ginnsy!" He gushed. It was no secret he had a minor crush on her.

She sat down opposite him. "What shall we discuss today, Mike?"

You set conditions, but I've had enough

As Mike gushed on Ginny listened stoicly. She loved her job. Because she made a difference.

I can't take it
This welcome is gone

Ginny glanced up from her paper work at the knock on her door. She smiled as Draco Malfoy sauntered in.

I've waited long enough to make it

"I hope I'm not interrupting."

Draco was Ginny's star patient. After three months of rehab, he was practically a new man. He was her proof that she could do anything.

"Not at all." She said, clearing space for the bag he held. He was working at a restaurant now as a chef and he always spent his lunch break with her.

"What did you bring me this time?" She asked, leaning forward.

And if you're so strong

He smacked her nose playfully. "Patience is a virtue."

She rubbed the appendage with a look of fiegned hurt. He laughed and leaned forward to kiss it.

"That better?"

You might as well just do it alone

Ginny smiled but she heard Harry's words again. It was ridiculous. Draco was just being himself. He didn't mean it.

Did he?

And I'll watch you go

Ginny pushed back her hair and knelt to retrieve the mail from where it had fallen. It was three months since her break up with Harry and she had her own small town house now with a garage. The house was far enough from the maddening crowd that she felt save letting magic keep the place tidy. She was considering opening her own business, maybe even over the garage but she wasn't sure just yet.

Come back home, won't you come back home?

She shuffled through the junk mail until a plain white envelope caught her eye. She turned it over. It was simply addressed to her. She frowned and flipped it open.

You step in line, you got a lot to prove

She pulled out the white card and felt her breath catch. It was a wedding invitation.

It comes and goes
Yeah, it comes and goes

Her fingers shook as she flipped the invitation open.

It was to Harry and Luna's wedding.

A step in time, yeah it's a lot to move

Ginny felt her knees go weak and the world spun as she fell to her knees, clinging hopelessly to the marble counter top of her kitchen isle.

I know this will be temporary

Draco hummed tunelessly as he approached Ginny's front door. He had decided to surprise her with a home cooked dinner. He knew he was falling and he couldn't care less. The girl was just so addicting. His fix. At work sometimes he caught himself altering a dish because Ginny would like it better this way. When he first started therapy he hadn't wanted anything to do with the bloody girl.

But after a few sessions he began to find himself making progress. It wasn't long before he looked forward to their weekly meetings and it wasn't long before he got the job.

I know this will be temporary

He started coming to see her more not long after that. He couldn't get enough. He had surprised her with lunch one day and started to continue to do so after. She always praised his cooking even when he knew it was sub par but he loved just hearing those words come out of her mouth.

I know this will be, but I've had enough

Draco knocked again.

From somewhere inside he heard a muffled. "Go Away."

He was not to be detered. "Ginny? It's me. Draco."

There was a pause. Then again: "Go away."

I can't take it

Draco was not good with defeat. He frowned and knocked again. Ginny replied again. Her voice was louder and this time he caught the un mistakable sound of crying.

This welcome is gone and

Draco barely hesitated. He stepped back and kicked the door soundly open. The frame shattered and he marched in, grocery bag balanced on his hip.

Ginny was kneeling on her kitchen floor, her eyes red from crying.

I've waited long enough to make it

Draco set the bag on the counter and gathered her in his arms. She turned into him and wrapped her own around his neck.

And if you're so strong
You might as well just do it alone

Draco glanced around the kitchen for a reason as to why she was so distraught. He found it on the floor. He flipped the card open and set his jaw at the words there.

And I'll watch you go

"That Prick." He muttered. "I'll kill him."

He started to set Ginny aside but she stopped him.

"No. Please. Stay." She whispered.

Draco could no more deny her than stop the sun. He took her again in his arms and held her. Right where he always wanted to be.

I can't take it
This welcome is gone and
I've waited long enough to make it
and if you're so strong
you might as well just do it alone
And I'll watch you go