Harry and Ginny were back in their spot on the grass in the garden, finally doing their homework, although Ginny was struggling with her potions essay Snape set the class. She'd never been good at potions and because of Fred and George she wasn't a student Snape particularly liked and he always made sure to remind her of that. She glanced in Harry's direction, a little put out to see that he was whizzing through his essays. Not that she was annoyed with Harry; but that she knew she needed to keep up with her school work otherwise she wouldn't be allowed to play Quidditch even if she made the team. They continued doing their work in silence, everything was nice and peaceful; you could hear the water flowing through the river and every so often the splashing of water making contact with the rocks.
"I like you" Harry suddenly blurted out. Ginny stared at him.
"Before, you asked me what was happening between us and I don't think my answer was very clear. I like you, I really like you. I don't know if you feel the same way but I just wanted to tell you that I've enjoyed spending the summer with you, getting to know you more and both of us embarrassing ourselves on numerous occasions". He paused to let his words sink in. "The truth is I've been wanting to ask you out for a while now and I was preparing myself for the summer to ask you out"
"Then why don't you?" Ginny asked before she could stop herself.
"Okay, Ginny…Erm, will you go out with me?" she paused for dramatic effect, then…
"No" she said. Harry's face fell.
"Oh, ok" was all he said, Ginny waited a moment then burst out laughing.
"Of course I will", she was saying through fits of laughter "I've been waiting for you to ask me for a long time, like literally a long, long, long, long…" Harry cut her off.
"Okay I get it, I'm an idiot"
"Yep, but you're my idiot" everything went unnaturally quiet as Ginny realized what she'd just said.
"Harry I'm sorry I didn't mean to make you feel uncomfortable"
"Which part are you sorry about? The part where you agreed that I'm an idiot or the part where you said I was yours?" Ginny thought for a moment, what was the right answer?
"Well…the part that you didn't like me saying" 'good answer Gin' she thought to herself.
"So the idiot part" Harry said, a grin spreading across his face. Ginny melted at his words and the stupidly adorable grin on his face. She wished she could freeze this moment right here, it really couldn't get any better than this could it? She really wished she owned a pensieve so she could store all of these memories, she wouldn't mind listening to Harry's confession a few more times.
"So how about we go to Diagon alley together, just the two of us. We'll be going with everyone else but maybe we could sneak away at some point"
"Yeah that sounds good. But what if we can't, you know how my mum is, she likes to know where everyone is"
"I'm sure we can figure something out. Though, Diagon alley doesn't have to be our first date" Ginny looked confused.
"I'm not following"
"Well we have right now don't we? It's not exactly a date but we're together just the two of us for a few more hours" Harry gently placed his hand on Ginny's, stroking the back of her hand with his thumb. It sent shivers up her spine reminding her that it wasn't just a simple school girl crush anymore. She closed her eyes and sighed with content.
"So what do you want to do?" Harry asked cheerfully, clearly satisfied with her reaction to his touch.
"Hey this was your idea, you're supposed to decide what we do" Harry arched an eyebrow.
"Ginny I'm a guy, do you really want me to decide what we do?" she opened her eyes and stared at him.
"Well if you were to decide what would you choose?"
"Actually… I kind of enjoyed kissing you last night so I'd want to do that some more" he said sheepishly. Ginny smiled.
"Why didn't you say so in the first place?" Harry laughed then tucked some loose strands of hair behind her ear, his thumb traced her jawline slowly coming to her lips. He was going painfully slowly, she knew he was teasing her and while she was still nervous when near him, she also didn't have any patience.
"If you don't kiss me soon I'm going to stand up and walk away" Harry gave her a playful pout but caved and leaned in. He placed his lips on hers, closing his eyes with the contact. He deepened the kiss moving his hand from her cheek and wrapping his arms around her waist, she moved closer to him and put her arms around his neck playing with the back of his hair. They continued like this for a few more minutes then Harry pulled Ginny up onto his lap. Ginny pulled away a little so she could speak.
"Harry I don't think this is a good idea"
"Why…not?" he said with each kiss, he stopped. "Are you not comfortable with this?" Ginny's eyes widened a fraction.
"No Harry it's nothing like that, I just meant what if someone comes home and sees us like this?"
"Oh. Well I don't think they'll be coming back soon. Ginny you will let me know if you're not comfortable with something, right?"
"Actually I think if I weren't comfortable with something you were doing I'd probably use the bat bogey hex on you first…then I'd let you know"
"That's fine by me" he said then pulled her closer and was about to kiss her when he toppled backwards onto his back taking Ginny with him, they both lay there side by side, laughing.
Meanwhile back at the house…
The fireplace erupted into luminous green flames and a second later a red haired boy tumbled out and crashed onto the living room carpet. Ron lay there sprawled out with soot clinging to his clothes and hair, he let out a cough causing a cloud of smoke to drift up into the air and disperse, then stood up and straightened himself. Immediately he began searching the house for Harry and Ginny, he'd abandoned everyone else back at the Leaky cauldron as soon as his mother had told them that Ginny was staying home with Harry alone. First he tried the kitchen, once satisfied they weren't in there he made his way upstairs and proceeded to his and Harry's room. He stopped at the door then pushed on the door handle and was surprised when it wouldn't open, he began banging on the door whilst shouting lucid threats at Harry.
"Harry you'd better open this door right now, I swear if my sister's in there with you I'm going to make you 'the boy who lived then was killed by his best friend for messing around with his little sister'". He kept this up for a few more minutes and finally with much force the door was pried open. He entered the room to find it empty, confused at why and how the door was locked when no one was inside he left the room and continued searching.