Chapter 1 – A Request
Ginny felt numb. The past 24 hours at Hogwarts had been horrific. Death Eaters had invaded the school. She and the rest of Dumbledore's Army had helped to fight them off, but their namesake was gone. Albus Dumbledore was dead at the hands of someone who had once been one of their teachers. Severus Snape had never been popular, but no one would have guessed he would be a murderer. Dumbledore had trusted him when others wouldn't and now the whole school would suffer from that mistake of judgement. Harry had returned to the Gryffindor common room in the early hours of the morning. He had been pleased to see his friends unharmed and he had given Ginny a brief hug, but nothing else. She ached to be held, but the dark shadows that had replaced Harry's beautiful eyes seemed to have nothing left to give. It was now the day after and the school was preparing for Dumbledore's funeral. The school year was over early and Ginny had no idea what the future held. With nothing else to do, she decided to take a walk and get some fresh air.
As she approached the courtyard, Ginny heard Hermione's voice. Her best friend was muttering in a broken, hushed whisper and Ginny moved closer to hear what was being said. Hermione was sitting with Harry and Ron and they were huddled close in a distant corner of the side nave of the courtyard. Ginny was not normally one to invade a person's privacy, but Harry had barely talked to her and Ginny desperately needed direction. She and Harry had finally gotten together just a couple months before and now she wondered what their future held. Determined to hear what was being whispered in grave tones, Ginny cast a disillusionment charm on herself and crept forward. The charm wouldn't make her invisible, but it would conceal her well enough if she kept close to the bushes. She moved closer and paused when she was able to hear. Unfortunately, someone had cast muffliato and Ginny was only able to hear about every third word. Whoever had cast the charm hadn't done well, probably Ron, or she wouldn't have even heard that much. Still, she soon had enough of an idea about what was being discussed. It seemed that Harry, Hermione and Ron had some quest they had to pursue. Ginny heard her name and then all was silent. She could see Harry gulp and then she heard a single word: break. Ginny gasped, unable to believe what she was hearing. Was Harry going to break up with her? Unable to take any more, Ginny carefully backed up and made her way back inside the castle.
That night Ginny laid in bed, unable to sleep. Tomorrow the funeral for Dumbledore was to be held in the afternoon. Two hours later the Hogwarts Express would take all the students home. As dreadful as the end of term had turned out, the only person Ginny could think about was Harry. She hadn't heard all of the conversation. Could he really be planning on breaking up with her? Why? Ginny drew the curtains around her bed and pressed her face to her pillow as she let a few small sobs escape. Eventually she settled, but her mind refused to rest. If Harry was going to start some crazy quest, what would happen? What if he broke up with Ginny and never returned? The thought was horrible and Ginny began to shake, pulling her blankets up tight in an effort to control the chill travelling through her that had nothing to do with weather. She had loved Harry since she was ten. Now, they were finally together and the two months had been a dream. As Ginny thought about losing Harry, she realized how much she loved him. They had both confessed their love just a couple of weeks before. They had been together for over a month before they admitted it on a beautiful Saturday afternoon by the lake. They had snogged forever and Harry had started to lose control as his hands wandered. Ginny had been ready to take the relationship further, but Harry had pulled back. Now, as Ginny lay in bed with the prospect of losing Harry hanging in front of her, she suddenly realized that if he was going to go get himself killed on some fool quest that she wanted one last time with him. As Ginny lay plotting, something occurred to her and she climbed out of bed silently and retrieved her study planner from her book bag. Lighting her wand, she checked her calendar and everything else coalesced in her head.
The following day dawned beautiful and the somber castle awoke to greet a day in which its inhabitants would say goodbye to the man who had given them so much. As the appointed hour drew close, everyone filed down to the edge of the lake. Everyone wore their dress robes and never had the student body of Hogwarts been so silent. Harry took Ginny's hand and his touch delighted her more than it should have on this day. Ron took Hermione's hand and neither commented on it. They weren't a couple, or at least not acknowledged, but everyone who knew them knew it was only a matter of time. The two couples made their way to chairs set up by the lake and sat as the small, tufty-haired wizard at the front began the ceremony. After his first words, Hagrid made his way up the aisle carrying the wrapped body that seemed so small in his massive arms. Placing him on the bier, Hagrid retreated to Madam Maxine's side. Ginny heard little of what was said. She came out of her fog briefly when the merpeople and centaurs paid their respects. Then the wizard waved his wand and a flare of bright white lights wrapped Dumbledore's body. When the lights settled, a white tomb stood on the edge of the lake and everyone rose to begin leaving. Students were heading back to the castle for last minute preparations before leaving. As he stood, Harry took Ginny's hand and said "Ginny, we need to talk."
Ginny's heart seized as she nodded and followed Harry. They walked in silence for a few minutes before stopping in a small glade on the far side of the lake. Harry turned and looked into Ginny's eyes as he took a breath and began to speak the words she dreaded.
"Ginny, I have to do something very difficult now. Please let me finish what I have to say before you reply. As you know, before his death, Dumbledore and I were working on several tasks. Those tasks were the first steps that we needed to take to destroy Voldemort. I can't give you details, but I can tell you there is a lot more to be done. After my birthday and Bill and Fleur's wedding, I will be leaving with Ron and Hermione to complete what Dumbledore and I started. If we are successful, Voldemort will finally be truly dead. My only concern in doing this is for those I leave behind. Anyone attached to me will be a target for Death Eaters. You are the most important person in my life and I cannot risk you. I love you Ginny, but I have to end our relationship now."
Ginny gasped. She had known what was coming, but to hear Harry say it felt like her heart was being ripped out. Holding back tears, Ginny braced herself to respond to Harry and set her plan in motion.
"Harry, I guess I understand. I'd be stupid to not realize that you, Hermione and Ron have been up to something. You know I love you. I would do anything for you. Can't you take me with you?"
"No Ginny, you're underage. You'll still have the trace on you. Not to mention your mother would forbid it. And, I know you will hate to hear this, but I'd be happier to know you are safe at home."
Ginny finally broke a bit and let out a small strangled sob that came out as a gasp. "Okay Harry, you know I hate it, but if you have to go I have one last thing to ask of you. Will you grant me one last request?"
"Of course Ginny, if it's in my power."
"Make love to me Harry. Here. Now. We're alone. Just give me that last memory and I'll let you go."
"Wha..What! I don't know that right now is the time."
"Fine, then tell me you don't love me and leave me now. Or make love to me. It's the only thing I ask."
"Gods! Of course I love you. I just told you that. Are you really sure?"
Harry looked at her and marveled at how beautiful she was, even as the pain darkened her eyes. He couldn't believe her request, but he also didn't feel he could deny her. Even if his brain said otherwise, his heart and other parts of him were pushing aside his logic. Reaching out, Harry pulled Ginny to him and began to kiss her fervently. Ginny melted against him as they snogged. Harry still seemed a bit timid, so Ginny began to guide his hands inside her robes. Gradually he began to undress her, trailing kisses along her neck and nibbling at her ear. Ginny was on fire for him and began to disrobe Harry as well. Soon they stood naked in the late afternoon sun. They each stepped back briefly to admire each other. Then Harry took Ginny by the hand and guided her to the ground. They lay down on the soft grass and began snogging again. Ginny broke the snog briefly and grabbed her wand. She quickly cast a nonverbal charm and Harry smiled. With the contraception charm done, Harry worked his hand down between Ginny's legs as she squirmed and began to beg for him. Reaching out, Ginny grabbed Harry's throbbing erection and began to stroke him. The sensation propelled Harry onward as he found Ginny's clit and began to rub it. Suddenly, Ginny yelped and arched her back as she climaxed from his finger work. They continued snogging for a few more minutes and Ginny kept stroking him when Harry suddenly pulled back.
"Ginny, you need to stop or I'm going to cum too soon. I want this to be the best possible for you."
Ginny desisted her hand work and looked into Harry's green eyes. "I'm ready now, make me yours Harry."
Harry groaned and lined up to enter her. He kissed her once more before pushing in. Ginny gasped and Harry tried to take it slow. Soon he reached resistance and looked up at Ginny. She gave him a small nod and Harry pushed forward, rupturing her. Ginny squeaked and Harry stopped for a minute. When Ginny began moving into him again, Harry began slowly thrusting into her. He was trying to be careful and not hurt her more, but maintaining the slow speed was driving Harry mad.
"Unnh, Harry. Faster. Please. Close. You feel amazing. "
Harry took the encouragement and picked up his speed. He was sure she must be hurting, but Ginny had her head thrown back, quickly approaching her climax. Suddenly she thrusted up into Harry and let out a strangled scream as she climaxed. Feeling Ginny's walls clamp down on his cock was all Harry needed as he released a hot stream into her. Ginny held onto him as long as she could before he slowly slipped out and rolled off to her side. They lay there for a couple of minutes before Harry broke the silence.
"That was amazing Ginny. You know I don't want to leave, but I have no choice. I guess we better clean up and get back to the castle. The train will be leaving before long."
Ginny sighed, rolled to her side and kissed Harry briefly. "I guess I understand Harry. Even if I hate it. Thank you for granting my request."
With one final kiss, they rose and began cleaning and dressing. Their walk back to the castle was silent as each submerged in their own thoughts. The Hogwarts Express left an hour later. When it arrived in London, Harry turned to say goodbye to the Weasleys as his eyes lingered on Ginny. Then he turned around and made his way to where his aunt and uncle were waiting.