Anjali Roongta would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Perfect Girl is Gone

By Anjali Roongta

Fantasy / Romance

The Perfect Girl is Gone

The moon shone like a pale coin somebody had lost, bathing the garden in silver light as she sat on the swing, writing. With every page Hermione filled of the journal she held in her lap, another part of her life was left behind, and another tear wet her cheek

The story she told in her journal would haunt her forever. She was no longer the perfect girl she had once been.

Ron watched her from the window of Shell Cottage, aching to take her in his arms. But he knew she needed time to heal, and after all the time he had wasted during their years of friendship and the War, not willing to listen, he was finally ready to give her what she needed.

So he merely watched as day after day went by. Hermione went through the motions of eating, bathing and sleeping; but it was only the act of writing that seemed to bring life to her eyes, even if that life came in the shape of tears. Sometimes Ron stood by her, making her smile as he wiped away her tears. He knew that she found a peace in written words that even his arms would be unable to provide her.

The War had changed them both, but of the three of them Hermione was the one seemed to have born the worst of it. Yet she still looked beautiful to him, Still Ron sometimes felt that he couldn't't wait to get her back, because even if the coldness in her eyes didn't't bother him, her pain did—and all he wanted was for her to be warm, warm and filled with light like she used to be, not lost like this. He wanted her back.

All was recorded by her steady hand: the blood of the cuts made by Bellatrix, the overwhelming fear that they might die before completing their mission, the deep grief of losing her parents, and the heavy weight of the world's losses. She could still remember the feel of the cold knife blade on her skin, the tears clouding her vision as she fought Death Eaters, feeling as if she had lost an entire world when she learnt that her parents could not be traced—hadn't she had fought enough? She ached for books that were but a hand away and most of all she felt the need to breathe, to fill her lungs with fresh air at last. That was why they had come to Shell Cottage as soon as all the fighting had been over. Ron had said it would help.

Hermione knew that despite Ron's patience, his concern was growing day by day. And as she woke up and watched him sleeping beside her, curled into his blanket, her heart swelled with love.,He was a beacon of hope, but she could not reach him, just like she could not reach her books or the part of her that had once known what it was like to be happy—what it was like to be good. She had always been the backbone of the trio, the level-headed one who knew the answers to everything, but now she was rotting from inside out. The perfect girl was gone.

She desperately wanted to float away, away from the good and the bad, from both those she loved and those she despised, to be free of it all.

When Ron finally found her than night, she was too far gone, but she was too numb to react to his horror as the knife made the final cut and the blood seeped out of her body as Ron lifted her into his arm.

Recovering was painful, for the two of them and for everyone around them, but though it took years, she was now strong enough. She finished writing their story; it was a long one, full with dark memories, but it was also full of hope. And soon after, Ron asked her to a ball, on the anniversary of their victory over the Dark Lord.

Dressed in a white ball gown, Hermione entered The Ministry, the heels on her feet clicking and her face radiant. They danced, and then he took her outside to the balcony.

"I've changed," she said finally, and though she had been smiling, her smile was different, and as she looked at him seriously Ron saw that she was right. She would never be the person he had known for seven years—the War had changed too many things. "The perfect girl—the one who knew all the answers, and could solve any problem—that perfect girl is gone."

But as she looked away with tears in her eyes, prepared for his terrible realization, he let out a low laugh. "I know, Hermione," he said simply, and met her eyes. "Everything's different now. But I love this girl even more, because she's strong."

And as hope returned to her eyes, he covered her lips with his and they stood there surrounded by lights, under the stars. When they parted, he slowly slipped a silver necklace around her neck. It gleamed there as the symbol of a love which no one could break.

They danced to a beat that was softer than the heavens itself, her hand in his, twirling around in the moonlight, falling once again in love. And they didn't even notice when in their dancing she knocked down the glass she had been holding and it smashed to the floor, because the world around them didn't matter, and neither did the past. War had changed many things, but it hadn't changed their love.

They left the ball smiling, and while the people around them just saw their two War heroes in love, she knew it was much more than that.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Anjali Roongta
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

SandraHan1: This story is very descriptive, with vivid scenes from the very beginning, which made for a good scene setting. I love the symbolism in names, such as “Naysayers”, “Hadd”, etc . The story itself is revolutionary, intriguing, emotional and exciting. I was very pleased to see that there is a happy ...

Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...

Bad: The Setting was a perfect the characters and their chemistry between them, and the fact that they are relatable. The story also has some sick plot twists, which I never saw coming.The POV of the story was used in the story, if you read the story you could imagine the thought of ever characters.Th...

Katherine Drotar: Loved your story. it gripped me right from the first page and I couldn't put it down. You are a very talented writer. your main character was strong while still being emotional. The only hard part I found was the repetition of the story from 2 different points. (it made me want to skip ahead) I u...

gdholt: A very believable story and an emotional read.. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a great book. Keep on writing.

Antionette Betancourt: I started this book on wattpad, and i was left on a cliff hanger. You have nonidea the dread i felt that i wouldnt be able to read the ending.

Dr.Strangelove: not the ending I expected.

More Recommendations

N_F_G: This story was fantastic! It was really enjoyable, and the characters and locations felt real to me as I read the story! Celeste was an amazing character, who survived all her struggles, and I felt the author did an excellent job writing about suicide and self harm- in a sensitive, authentic mann...

NancyRichFoster: This second book of the Anmah Series was as awesome as the first story, I disagree with spare runner. The names were ordinary names with different spellings, which I for one loved. I am now going to read the third book in this amazingly awesome story!

Wendi Getz: Very powerful and moving story! A great read, especially for young women. I loved how it pulled the reader down the slippery slope that is domestic abuse and gave us an inside view of how easy it is to end up in that situation.

Lauren Kabanyana: It's simply amazing, the story is touching and has you captivated while reading! I loved it! Would read it over and over again. I applaud the way this book was able to evoke a mixture of feelings. I felt everything the two main characters felt from the start to end, i would recommend this novel t...

nehmeyasmin: It was the most heart warming but heart breaking story ever and I want the next part right away. It kept me hooked until the end even though there were a couple mistakes it was truly amazing. I think this book could go far if it wanted to

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.