Disclaimer: I don't own any of it! But you know that so I'm moving on.

Summary: Harry just told Hermione he loved her. what's gonna happen now?

A/N: OMG! I got like so many reviews and I only knew two or three! YaY! Lol. Here's 2 the : U were my 1st reviewer. All I can say is THANK U SO MUCH! Lady Ella: thanks sooo much for reviewing and I totally agree with u, Harry and Hermione do rock! Lol! Tash: I'm glad u enjoyed it. Thanks a bunch! DarkMarker: OMG! I started getting teary I'd by the time I read yours. Im so glad ya'll like it! Zulu: strawberries are good, but if u tickle me I'll have to hurt u. lol! TigerLily: I never thought this story was cool. Thanks! Evil666: ur name freaks me out but ur review was great. Thanks a million. Thefly: I can't say thank u enough and as u can c I'm running outta things 2 say. Madabouterangelharrypotter: Nice name. It took me a minute to get it though. I was like "abouter?" is that a word? Haha. U know all I've ever wanted to do with my life is make people smile and laugh and do such things. That's why sum day I'm gonna have my own sitcom. Sum day that is. N E wayz, point is, glad my story made u smile! Jen: JEN! Lol! I had no idea u were gonna read it. Was it my profile? I'm sorry but I was desperate. Lol! N E wayz. thanks so much for reading! Clavel: I based Harry on like how I pictured him and Ron in book four. So very naïve and stupid. Haha. Well they were! Haha. Thanks 4 reviewing! I appreciate it soooo much! Lauriena: O God, not u. HAHA! Just playing! They actually liked it dani! High five! YaY! Haha Thanks for all the "fluffy" support! SleepieCareBear: I left u in suspense. YaY! Lol! Alexis: it's me alexis! Haha! Emma: This was never meant to be a long story but I had to cut it in two. I hope u like the outcome.~~~ k, N E wayz. thank u thank u thank u! I seriously didn't expect that many reviews. I didn't think anyone would even read this piece of fluff. Hmm.. maybe I should write more of it. Haha. Too bad I start high school in like, less than 24 hours. But u never know. All I really wanted to say was thank u and this story only has two chapters, very short but I knew I had to leave you hanging. Sorry! But I'm so glad u r enjoying it. It means so much and has seriously made my week. Heck, my summer! Not even, it's made my year man! Haha. Well.. I gotta think bout that again. It's been a long year. So umm.. I guess you really want to get going so. here is chapter two of "I Love You Came Too Late."

WaRnInG: Beware. some language not appropriate for children. But I just had to use it! Haha! Enjoy!

I Love You Came Too Late

Chapter Two

"What?"

"Let me explain," Harry pleaded.

"Please do," Hermione said coldly, staring out at the water.

"Well you see," Harry began, "you know that saying, you never really know what you have until it's gone? Well, that describes the way I feel pretty well. On the day of our graduation I did love you Hermione, I always had. But I didn't know if I was fully in love with you. That's why I couldn't say it. And the moment you left me I knew I lost the best thing that ever happened to me. And I knew then that I was in love with you, ever since that kiss in the rain I had been. I just never knew it."

"Then why didn't you come after me?" Hermione asked, looking into Harry's eyes, tears forming in her own.

"I didn't know you wanted me to."

"I see," she muttered, closing her eyes and letting the tears pour.

"Hermione, please say something," Harry begged her, gently wiping the tears from her cheek.

"I loved you ever since the day I met you," she barely whispered. "I always thought you felt the same way. I knew you cared about me. I prayed that you loved me. And I waited for you, five years after graduation in fact. I waited for the day that you would come to me and tell me you felt the same way. But I couldn't wait any longer. Twelve fucking years I waited Harry!" she shouted that last part at him and began to sob furiously. Harry wrapped her in his arms and she cried on his shoulder. "Three words Harry," Hermione managed through her heavy sobs, "that's all I wanted to hear."

"I love you, I do," Harry whispered into her hair, holding her tightly, "I'll say it for the rest of my life to make it up to you. I'm so sorry, baby, I love you!"

"No, don't," Hermione said as she calmed down. She backed away from Harry. "Don't say it."

"Please Hermi! I love you!" Harry said, taking her hand. He stopped abruptly and looked down. His mouth opened but he couldn't say anything.

"I couldn't wait forever you know," Hermione sniffed, taking her left hand away from Harry's.

"When?" Harry mumbled, not looking at her.

"He proposed two days ago actually," Hermione said quietly, fumbling with the ring on her finger, "before I came back to work."

"Do you love him?"

"Of course I do."

"Do you still love me?"

"Harry, I didn't know you were coming back until yesterday."

"If you did, would you have still said yes?"

"Harry, I, I moved on," Hermione stammered.

"Answer my question, please."

"Probably not," she mumbled, staring at her shoes. Tears began to flow down her face again but she ignored them.

"Then you still love me!" Harry said triumphantly. "Admit it, Hermione, you love me."

"Harry don't make me," she pleaded with him, "please don't make me."

"Do you love me?" Harry asked her again, going on one knee and taking her hands.

"Harry don't do this."

"I will make you the happiest women in the entire world Hermione," he said to her gently, "do you love me?"

"I can't," she whispered, "I'm engaged to someone else."

"But you still love me," Harry said, desire in his eyes, "or else you would have said yes anyway. Please Hermione, I love you with all my heart and soul. You feel the same, don't you?"

"Not like I used to," Hermione muttered, bowing her head sadly.

Harry was silent for a moment, taking in her words.

"I guess I'm too late then," Harry breathed, trying to hold back the tears that wanted to flow. He stood up and began to walk away. He stopped and looked back at a withering Hermione. "You've always made the right decisions Hermione. I hope you did this time. May you two live a happy life together, but I'll be damned if I stay around to watch."

"Harry, don't do this," Hermione pleaded with him, reaching out to hug him. "You're my dearest friend, you are. If you only came sooner. I'm so sorry."

Harry pushed her away.

"So am I."

* * * * *

"Harry, Harry wake up."

"Huh?" Harry opened his eyes into the smiling face of Hermione.

"Where am I? And why are you wearing that uniform?"

"Are you alright Harry? You're in the common room. And last time I checked, this uniform is part of the Hogwarts dress code."

Harry sat up and looked around. He most certainly was in the Gryffindor common room. He looked at Hermione, kneeling before him, and then at himself. They were seventeen again, and still students at Hogwarts.

"You missed dinner," Hermione said gently, "are you feeling alright?" She took his hand and rubbed it softly. They were still a couple, he could tell by the way she looked at him.

"I love you," Harry said quickly.

"I beg your pardon," Hermione said, taken aback.

"Please tell me I'm not too late," Harry whispered, kneeling next to her and taking her other hand. "I love you Hermione. I'm in love with you. I don't want to lose you again."

"Harry you haven't lost me," Hermione whispered softly, "you never will. I love you too."

"So, we're alright?" Harry asked nervously, taking Hermione's face in his hands. "We're together? We always will be?"

Hermione laughed.

"I'm game if you are."

Harry kissed her softly and then looked into her deep brown eyes.

"I'm not too late then," he muttered, thinking about his dream.

"No," she whispered, "your timing is absolutely perfect."

Harry smiled and kissed her again. She kissed him back, but this time with more passion than any of the other kisses Harry could remember. They stayed like that for a while, on the floor, in front of the fire, kissing, with more love than ever before. They could care less if anyone saw them. They were in love, and there was no greater feeling in the world.

*Fin*

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

A/N: That's it! That's the end! Go home! But review first! Lol! I hope you all liked it sooo much. Ur first reviews were awesome! If u liked my story, I got more. well, sortta. I have an original novel I wrote called "60 Beads," a poem I wrote called "Defeat," and a lil short story I entered in a Chicken Soup For The Soul contest called "Gifts and Blessings." Be a friend and read and review! Haha. I plan to write nothing but Harry Potter fics now so if that's what u want, someday u will get them. But in the mean time, read my very good friend's story. Her name: lauriena. Her story: lauriena ((though title is subject to change.. haha. Dani's a tard! Haha. Jk!)) Ok anyways. thank you for everything! And happy school year! ((though I'm not sure many of you wanted to hear that. Haha)) God Bless! ~MaRiAn the LiBrArIaN