Sitting Here in Front of Me

 

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Chapter 1 - The Not So Prestigious Event Of Hogwarts

Fred was sitting alone on the window sill of the sixth year’s dorm of Gryffindor tower. He sat staring down at the grounds of Hogwarts. The moon was shining brightly and was casting large black shadows of the trees from the Forbidden Forest. It looked so peaceful.

 

It had been hard on Fred since Angelina had dumped him at the Yule Ball, especially since it was in front of everyone who had attended. He still had no idea why. He thought he had been really caring and loving towards her. He was obviously wrong. Then again, he hadn’t had much time to think of reasons, as he had been in his dorm some six minutes. Yes, the Yule Ball was still taking place six floors below him in the Great Hall.

 

The door to the dorm suddenly creaked open. Fred slowly turned his head to see George looking at him sympathetically. He knew that he could rely on George to understand.

 

George walked over and sat on the other end of the window sill and looked down at the Forbidden Forest.

 

“Anything interesting happened tonight?” He asked.

 

Fred knew he meant about the break-up, but made out it was about the forest. “Nothing much. Although I just saw Hagrid leave the castle with Madam Maxime.”

 

“Nice” Replied George.

 

They sat in silence for several minutes, looking at the ever darkening grounds outside. They could hear other Gryffindors’ coming back from the Yule Ball.

 

Fred turned to look at the clock beside his bed. It read 11:30. That would be right. He thought. I spend the most prestigious night of my Hogwarts schooling in my dorm, with my twin. Just great.

 

George couldn’t take the silence anymore. “Look bro, I’m really sorry about what happened with you and Angelina. I’m here for you, you know that?”

 

Fred looked up at his twin. He could always rely on George whenever he needed someone to talk to. Not because he was his twin, or his brother, but because he could feel and understand how Fred was feeling.

 

“Yeah, I know George. Thanks. I’m just still trying to work out why this all happened and why she had to do it in front of everyone.”

 

“Don’t worry about it mate, I’m sure Angelina is feeling the same way. Who would want to dump someone like you?” Smiled George.

 

Fred couldn’t help but smile. George always knew what to say to make him smile.

 

“You know what George, I think you’re right.” He got up and walked to the door, leaving George sitting on the window sill staring after him.

 

“Hey, where do you think you’re going?” He asked.

 

“Going to find someone to test our Wrist Cracking Wiz Fizz out on” Replied Fred as he picked up a suitcase with the initials WWW on it.

 

“Good idea Fred. I’ll join you.”

 

Fred and George walked down the staircase to the common room. Not many people had come back from the Yule Ball yet, but there were plenty of first and second year students to try out their new product on.

 

~*~

 

“Hermione, what happened? What’s wrong?” Ginny had just caught up with Hermione as she stopped in front of the fat lady.

 

“Pumpkin Pasty” Hermione told the fat lady. The portrait swung open and she climbed through, completely ignoring Ginny. She walked past Fred and George on her way to the staircase. Unknowing to her, but to George and Ginny, Fred checked her out. Ginny stopped, stared at him for a split second, and then kept following Hermione.

 

When Ginny reached Hermione’s dorm, she found her lying on her bed, the moonlight shining through the window cast over Hermione’s face and showed Ginny the tears starting to flow from her eyes.

 

“Hermione, what’s wrong? Why are you crying?” Ginny asked as she walked over and sat down on her bed.

 

“It’s Viktor; he thinks I have a thing for Ron. I told him that nothing was going on. The worst part was that he has been insisting this for weeks, so I began to yell.  He looked quiet hurt from what I said. I think he thought I was breaking up with him or something. Anyway, I just told him to leave me alone for a bit. I started to walk off and that’s when he got up and ran in front of me. He thought I was going to see Ron, which is impossible because he was still on the dance floor with Lavender and you and Harry. I told him I felt nothing for Ron, that we were just friends. He didn’t believe me and then started confessing his love for me; he was carrying on like a jerk. I kept telling him Ron was a friend. That’s when I slapped him, told him to stay away from me, and walked off.”

 

“So then why are you crying? You dumped him”

 

“I don’t know Gin, it happened so fast. Maybe I just feel bad for the way I ended it.”

 

Ginny looked at her best friend. She could understand how Hermione could feel that way. “Look, tomorrow is a Hogsmead visit, why don’t we leave Harry and Ron to themselves, and just go have a girl’s day out. What do you think?”

 

“That’s sounds like a great idea Gin.” Hermione thought she could do with a day out with her best friend. It had been a while since they had spent time together, just the two of them. They had both been off with Harry and Viktor, and had only ever really chatted at breakfast, lunch and dinner. It wasn’t that bad. Hermione had had a lot of fun with Viktor. He was really interesting and really understood her. Now she thought he was the biggest jerk in the world.

 

“Hey, why don’t you get changed and come down to the common room with me. I saw Fred and George experimenting on the first and second years and I’m sure that Harry and Ron would be back from the Yule Ball by now.” Said Ginny.

 

“Good idea. I’ll see you down there in five minutes” Hermione went and changed out of her dress. What a waste. She thought. My parents send me a beautiful and expensive dress and Im only in it for three hours. She changed into some trackies and a jumper and walked down the staircase to the common room. She looked around. It was getting quiet crowded now that most of the Gryffindors were back from the Yule Ball. She scanned the room a few times before seeing Ginny sitting with Fred, George, Harry, Ron and Lavender. She had grown to like Lavender since she had starting dating Ron. Hermione walked over and sat down next to Ginny.

 

“Hi Hermione, Ginny told us what happened. I hope you’re alright.” Said Harry.

 

“Me too. If Viktor ever does that to you again, I will hex him back to Durmstrang” Said Ron. He had always been protective of Hermione since they broke up two years ago.

 

“Thanks guys. I’ll be alright.” Replied Hermione. She didn’t really like being in the spotlight for too long. She was so used to Harry being the one who got hurt. “I saw what happened between you and Angelina Fred. I hope you’re alright”

 

“As they say, ‘there are plenty of fish in the sea’.” Replied Fred. They sat and chatted for a few hours. It was 1:00 when Harry and Ron thought they would go to bed. Ginny and Lavender weren’t far behind them. It wasn’t long before it was just Hermione and Fred left sitting in front of a dying fire.

 

Hermione could feel Fred’s eyes on her, but when she looked up he looked into the fire.

 

“Look at us. We have come back from the most prestigious night in our Hogwarts schooling and instead of spending it with Angelina or Viktor; we spend it with each other.” Hermione said as she too looked into the fire.

 

“What’s wrong with me?” asked Fred sarcastically. He looked at Hermione and smiled, she smiled back.

 

“You know what I mean Fred” She smiled.

 

“Yes, but that doesn’t answer my question, does it?”

 

“Well there is nothing wrong with you Fred Weasley.” She smiled. He smiled back at her. “I’m off to bed. See you in the morning Fred.” She got up and started walking back to the staircase.

 

“Night Hermione.” Said Fred as he watched her climb the staircase to her dorm. For some reason, Fred Weasley couldn’t take his eyes off Hermione Granger. 

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Chapter Two - Hogsmead

Hermione awoke the next day to sun streaming through the curtains onto her. She got out of bed to find the dorm empty. Everyone had obviously gone down to breakfast to get ready to go to Hogsmead. She dressed and walked down the staircase, through the portrait hole and down the six floors to the Great Hall for breakfast.

 

When she walked in she scanned the long table that was Gryffindor’s, trying to find Harry, Ron and Ginny. She spotted them in an instant, sitting with Lavender, Neville and Luna. She walked up to them and sat herself down next to Luna and grabbed herself two slices of toast.

 

“Why didn’t you wake me up Lav?” she asked.

 

“You looked really peaceful and after last night, I just thought you could use the sleep.” Lavender replied.

 

“Well thank you. So what are we all going to do in Hogsmead today?” she asked everyone.

 

“Well you and I are going to be having some fun” said Ginny.

 

“Don’t you two go and have too much fun. Mum wouldn’t be pleased with an owl saying that you and Hermione trashed Hogsmead.” Came the voice of George. He and Fred sat down and grabbed some eggs and sausages. Hermione was glad that she wasn’t the last Gryffindor to eat breakfast.

 

“Who said the letter would be saying that me and Hermione trashed Hogsmead?” said Ginny with a smile.

 

“Oh very funny Ginny. Just because everyone, especially mum, thinks it’s going to be us, doesn’t mean it ever will be.” Said Fred.

 

“I never said that it would be saying that you would. Besides there won’t even be a letter to mum saying that one of her children had trashed Hogsmead.” Finished Ginny.

 

“We will see about that.” Said Ron. The twins and Ginny all looked at Ron with shocked faces, although you could see the laughter coming through.

 

“What?” asked Ron stupidly.

 

“We never said anything, little bro.” Said George, trying not to laugh at Ron.

 

They chatted away for several minutes, with the topic of Ron’s foretold misbehaviour, coming up twice.

 

Hermione had been listening to Ginny, Luna and Lavender’s conversation, only putting in her opinion every so often, when she felt a pair of eyes on her. She knew it couldn’t have been the three boys that sat across from their girlfriends because they were all talking about how the Quidditch was going.

 

It must be the twins. She thought.

 

She was right.

 

~*~

 

Fred was staring at Hermione. The sounds around him had dulled so dramatically that it was almost as though he had gone deaf.

 

Hermione looks really pretty today. He thought.

 

“Fred?”

 

Fred quickly turned to see who had called him.

 

It was George.

 

“You call?” he asked, the picture of Hermione still in his head.

 

“Yes. Like three times. I was wondering if you wanted to go see Zonko. Tell him about our new products and check up on the stock.”

 

“Oh, yeah, sure. I suppose we better. We mustn’t be doing too well. Zonko hasn’t sent us an owl saying he was out.”

 

“Yeah...” George said, wondering off into thought.

 

Ten minutes later, Fred, George, Hermione, Harry, Ron, Lavender, Neville, Ginny and Luna, were making their way down to the Hogwarts gates and over to Hogsmead.

 

When they reached the start of the main street, Fred watched as Hermione walked off to Honeydukes Sweet Shop with Ginny.

 

Why cant I get her out of my head?

 

Fred and George then split away from the group, heading towards the joke shop. As soon as they entered, Zonko walked over to them.

 

“Ahh, I’ve been waiting for you boys to come in. You will be very pleased to know that I sold out your products just last week,” Smiled Zonko, “customers have come back many times buying them.”

 

“I can just hear the Galleons filling my vault at Gringotts now.” Said Fred.

 

“Our vault Fred, our volt.” Said George, emphasising that they shared the money.

 

“Whatever, I can just hear it” said Fred smiling into space.

 

“You said you sold out last week?” George asked Zonko, ignoring his day dreaming double.

 

“Yes, last week. Why do you ask?”

 

“Well we thought that sales had done pretty bad because we hadn’t got and owl from you telling us you wanted more supplies.” Said George.

 

“Oh, right. Well I was going to send you a request for more, but I didn’t want to interfere with your school work.” Replied Zonko.

 

George held back a laugh.

 

“Zonko, mate,” he said as he put his arm around the mans shoulders, “We make gag products, do you think we care a lot about our grades. We are only staying so we can do our O.W.Ls.”

 

Fred, George and Zonko talked over another deal. Five minutes later they were walking back out onto the street, their pockets three times a heavy as they were went they entered.

 

They made their way back down the street and went into the Three Broomstick.

 

“I’ll find a table, you get the Butterbeer.” Said Fred.

 

He scanned the pub, looking for a spare table, or even the others. With a jolt of, something, Fred saw Hermione sitting in the corner by herself. He walked over to her.

 

“Thought you and Ginny were having a girls day out?” he asked when he reached her.

 

“We were, she and Harry went to buy something. She said she was coming back in five minutes, it has now been fifteen,” she said, looking at her watch, “how did it go with Zonko?”

 

“Yeah, pretty good. Our products have been sold out for a week. So can George and I keep you company while my ill-mannered sister is away?” he asked in a sort of posh way.

 

“Sure.”

 

They sat in silence for a few minutes, until George came over with the Butterbeer.

 

“Well it’s about time” said Fred as George placed his glass on the table and sat down.  

 

“So Hermione, how has the girls day out been, I see my sister has left you, for Harry no doubt.” George asked, ignoring Fred’s comment. He was ignoring his twin a lot today.

 

“Yeah it’s been alright. I don’t think Ginny really thought it through though. She rushed everything to go hang with Harry. Oh well.” She said, taking a sip of her Butterbeer.

 

“Typical” said Fred.

 

They sat and talked and laughed for half an hour until George said he needed to go to the bathroom.

 

Hermione and Fred continued to talk and laugh. Until, none other than Viktor Krum, came strolling over.

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Chapter Three - Things Just Don't Stay Set in Concrete

Viktor came over and sat in George’s empty seat, looking at Hermione. The conversation that Fred and Hermione were having suddenly ended and they sat in an awkward silence for a few minutes, until George came back.

 

“Hi Viktor, you are kind of sitting in my seat.” Said George awkwardly.

 

“Just a minute, I talking to Hermione.” He replied, still not taking his eyes off Hermione.

 

“No you’re not. You haven’t said anything since you came over.” Said Fred angrily.

 

“Well I do not want to talk in front of you” said Viktor, finally taking his eyes off Hermione and looking back and forth between Fred and George.

 

“Fred, George, do you mind? I’ll catch up with you later” said Hermione finally.

 

“I am not going to leave you alone to get back with together with Viktor here.” Fred exaggerated.

 

“Fred please” said Hermione who, like George, was quite shocked at how Fred was acting.

 

“No!” Fred yelled back at her. She looked hurt and Fred felt bad.

 

“Come on bro, let’s go over to Honeydukes.” Said George, pushing Fred away from Viktor and Hermione and to the door.

 

When they were finally outside and in the fresh air, Fred calmed down pretty quickly. They made their way towards the Sweet Shop near the end of the street.

 

“What was with you back there?” asked George when he sensed that Fred was calm.

 

“Nothing. I just don’t want Hermione to get hurt again, that’s all.” Said Fred, still unsure himself why he had gone off.

 

Hermione is just a friend. She is my sister and brothers best friend, she spends every summer at our place and I think of her as another sister, just like I think Harry as another brother, not that I need another one.

 

No time for jokes Fred, this is serious.

 

I told you Hermione is like a sister, nothing more. Fred thought. The voices in his head having a conversation.

 

“I gathered that. I don’t want her getting hurt either but I didn’t carry on about it.” Said George. He didn’t know what was going through his twins mind and neither did his twin.

 

They reached Honeydukes, where they found Harry and Ginny. They were both loaded up with two bags, full of sweets, each.

 

“I know winter is coming, but I don’t think Hogwarts is going to run out of food” said George sarcastically as Harry and Ginny were trying to manoeuvre their way out of the crowded shop.

 

“It was her idea.” Came Harry’s voice from under the floating bags on the left.

 

“Was not Harry and you know it.” Came the voice of Ginny from the right lot of floating sweets.

 

“Ginny, I thought you had to be back with Hermione three quarters of an hour ago?” said Fred.

 

“Crap I totally forgot! Was she angry at me for ditching her?” she asked.

 

“No, not really.” Replied Fred.

 

“Harry, do you mind? I should really go back to her before she is angry. I’ll see you back at the common room.” Said Ginny and she piled her bags on top of the ones Harry was already carrying.

 

“Do I have a choice?” he asked under the great pile of sweets.

 

Ginny ran off in the direction off the pub. George was busy helping Harry with the bags, so Fred jogged off after his sister, unsure why he wanted to go back to Hermione.

 

“Ginny wait!” he yelled, just as she reached the door.

 

She didn’t hear him and opened the door and walked in. When he reached her, she was standing, one hand on the open door, staring, with her mouth slightly ajar, at Hermione and Viktor, kissing.

 

This told Fred all he needed to know.

 

~*~

 

As soon as George and Fred had left, Viktor felt more comfortable around Hermione. He took Fred’s seat, which was across from Hermione, and looked into her eyes with, what Hermione thought, was sorrow and a will to prove himself to her.

 

Hermione was still shocked at the way Fred had acted.

 

He is like my brother. He was just protecting me, thats all. Nothing more.   

 

Hermione was taken from her thinking time, when Viktor started apologising for what he had done to Hermione at the Yule Ball. She put her hands up, indicating to him to stop.

 

“Viktor, I’m sorry, but sorry just doesn’t cut it. We have been together for three months and in that time I have never once given you any indication that I wasn’t interested in you, or that I was interested in someone else, especially Ron. I thought you trusted me, thought you knew me better than that.” She said, as she looked at him with eyes that she soon felt like would fill with tears.

 

“I know. But I want to try again, start everything over. I over reacted.” Said Viktor

 

Hermione thought this over. She still had feelings for Viktor, but didn’t want to have her heart broken again.

 

“Viktor, I really want to be with you, but I don’t want to get my heart broken” said Hermione, sympathy in her voice.

 

“I understand Hermione, but I really want us to sort this out”

 

“I know you do Viktor, I can see it in your eyes, but I can’t.” Hermione said looking away, hoping it would make Viktor disappear.

 

“Would you go out with me now?” Viktor asked as he came closer to Hermione’s turned face.

 

She turned back to him to reply, but was cut short as his lips landed onto hers.

 

~*~

 

Fred turned and exited the Three Broomsticks just as Harry and George caught up with them.

 

George saw a look of hurt on Fred’s face.

 

“What’s up mate? Hermione go off at Ginny?” he asked

 

“No.” Said Fred, staring off into space, trying to work out what had happed.

 

“Then what?”

 

“Hermione is back with Viktor” said Fred as he walked off leaving George staring after him.

 

“Wait, What?” called George as he caught up to Fred.

 

“Hermione. Back. Viktor. Kissing.” Murmured Fred, still not sure what was going on.

 

“Okay. I get that, but why are you so upset about it. I mean, if Hermione is happy with Viktor, then we should be happy for her.” Said George, finally getting his head around everything.

 

They walked in silence until they reached the gates of Hogwarts.

 

“I think I like Hermione.” Fred whispered.

 

“Well I’m glad you do, she is pretty much our sister” said George, with a hint of sarcasm in his voice.

 

“No George, you’re not listening to me. I think I like Hermione.” Fred said as he stopped and turned to his twin.

 

“Your joking right?!” said George, finally working out what Fred meant, “Hermione is like our sister!”

 

“I know, I know. But I have just been feeling differently towards her lately.” Replied Fred, feeling embarrassed at the information that he had just told his brother. 

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Chapter Four - Hurting Inside

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Chapter Five - The Morning After

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Chapter Six – Fred and Hermione

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Chapter Seven – Fred and Angelina

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