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Harry Potter And The Twists Of Fate
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Category: Alternate Universe
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fluff, Humor
Warnings: Extreme Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Story is Complete
Summary: What if the fates let Harry's parents live that night he got his scar, plus gave him a younger sister and become friends with the Weasleys, especially Ron earlier. What would be different?
Hitcount: Story Total: 220743; Chapter Total: 7878
Chapter 29: Family time
The next morning, Harry came down into the Common Room to find Ginny again waiting for him. This time, he smiled and said “Good morning, Gin,” before giving her a kiss on the cheek then he sat beside her.
She smiled back at him, “Any dreams last night?”
Harry looked down at his feet as he blushed, “Yeah, all of you and none of Voldemort.”
“Good,” she said, giving him a quick kiss on the lips. She took his hand in hers and pulled him up as she stood, “Let’s get some breakfast.”
They walked down to the Great Hall holding hands. It felt strange but Harry was elated to be doing that. It’ll take some getting used to but I like it.
Ginny smiled at him, apparently picking up his thought. “Definitely, but I like it, too.”
They entered the Hall, still holding hands, went up to the lone table, and sat side by side, a little closer to each other than usual.
Harry glanced quickly around the table to gauge the reactions of the various people seated there.
Ron was busy eating, so it seemed he hadn’t noticed their entrance. Rose had a smirk on her face as she ate her cereal. Ti just smiled. Remus and Dumbledore didn’t say anything though they both had a twinkle in their eyes and a smile on their faces. Disturbingly, the twins grinned and wagged their eyebrows.
Not good. Harry thought.
“Don’t worry about it, Harry. I’ll talk to them.” Ginny said in his mind.
“Okay. At least they’re not glaring at me. I wonder when Ron will notice we’re friendlier than usual.”
Ginny snorted. Ron didn’t notice. “It may take a while. He’s pretty thick when it comes to certain things.”
“Maybe I should tell him before the rest of the school comes back.”
“It’s up to you, Harry. I don’t care if he knows or not. It’s none of his business.”
“Well, I don’t want to antagonize my best friend, but I guess we can wait a few days.”
They finished breakfast quietly. After that, they all went outside to play in the snow that had fallen the night before. Harry and Ginny stayed near each other.
When Ron had gone to use the bathroom, the twins came up to Harry and Ginny and slipped their arms around them, sly grins on their faces.
“Well, well, Harry, sis,” Fred said.
“We noticed that…,” said George.
“…the two of you were…” Fred continued.
“…holding hands on the way….” George said.
“…into the Great Hall. So…” Fred said.
“….is there something we….” George said.
“…should know…..” Fred said.
“…about you two?” George asked.
Ginny glared at the two while Harry just turned red.
“Oh, we see,” Fred said, and he began to sing, “Harry and Ginny sitting in a tree”
“K-I-S-S-I-N-G,” George continued, “then comes…”
Ginny pulled her wand out, “Continue with that song, Gred and Forge, and you’ll be wearing bat bogeys for the rest of the day.”
The twins gulped and held their hands up in supplication.
“Temper, temper, Ginny,” Fred said, “Don’t take offense.”
“Yeah,” George said, “We’re actually glad you and our esteemed leader have gotten together.”
“Right,” Fred said, “We’re happy for you. The one you have to worry about is Ron.”
At the mention of his best friend, Harry’s face fell.
Ginny saw the look on his face and gently touched his arm with her hand, “Hey, don’t worry about it, Harry. Ron knows I’ll hex him into next week if he says anything bad.”
“And I’ll help her,” Rose said, coming up behind them, causing all of them to jump. She placed her arms around Harry and Ginny, “I’m glad you guys have paired up. I’ve always wanted to have Ginny as a sister. Now, she’ll be my sister-in-law.”
Harry blushed, “Er, I don’t think we’re at that point yet, sis.”
“Right,” Rose said, a smirk on her face, “You just keep thinking that.”
The twins and Rose then left the two alone.
Ginny turned to Harry with a questioning look “Oh, and what was that you said last night about us being together forever, Harry?”
“They don’t have to know that, yet, Gin. After all, we’re only twelve and thirteen. It’ll be years before we can get married.”
Ginny looked at Harry with a smile. “At least you’re thinking about it.”
Harry grinned but didn’t answer her, verbally or mentally.
Ron soon joined them and they all got into a snowball fight. The day passed pleasantly for all.
The next morning, they were all eating breakfast when a familiar eagle owl came swooping in and dropped an envelope in Rose’s lap before landing in front of Harry.
“Hey, Artemis,” Harry said, feeding her a piece of bacon, “So, how’s Mum?”
Rose opened the envelope and scanned the letter within. “No way!” she suddenly cried, “Harry! Mum’s having twins!”
“What?” Harry said, “How’d she found out?”
“She went to St. Mungo’s for a check-up yesterday with Dad,” Rose said, reading the letter slowly, “The medi-witch did a spell and said there are two babies, a boy and a girl.” She looked up at Harry, “Isn’t that great?”
Harry grinned, “Yeah, brilliant. We’ll have a new brother and sister. That evens out the sexes in the family.”
The others offered their best wishes. Ginny smiled at Harry, sending him her feelings of happiness and joy for his family’s new members. Then she and Rose went off saying they were going to research baby names. Harry shook his head, thinking that his parents would already be doing that.
The five younger Gryffindors spent the next few days divided between finishing their holiday homework and having fun.
Hermione arrived back during lunch on the last day of December, much to the delight of her friends.
“I’m really sorry,” she said as she sat down at the table, “I really wanted to come back right after Christmas day but I had to help my Mum. She’s only five months pregnant but she’s already having difficulty. It’s too bad I’m at school here as she needs help around the house.”
“That’s okay, Hermione,” Harry said, “Your Mum needed you. At least you’re here now. And speaking of expecting mums, mine just told me she’s expecting twins.” He then grinned.
“That’s great, Harry,” Hermione said, hugging him, “I’m happy for you and Rose.” Then she noticed that Harry and Ginny were seated quite close to each other. She glanced at Rose, an eyebrow raised. Rose merely nodded her head once. Hermione smiled and started to eat.
That night, the group went by floo to Potter Manor to spend New Year’s Eve there.
Lily was banned by her healers from travelling due to her condition so Molly graciously acceded to having the celebration at the Potter home.
Rose, Ginny and Hermione hovered around Lily for most of the eveniong, going over name suggestions for the babies.
The babies were quite active tonight and James couldn’t help but place his hand over Lily’s swollen abdomen, trying to feel his new children moving.
Harry and Rose did it too, pleased whenever they felt the slightest movement from one of their new siblings.
As midnight neared, they all went into the gardens to enjoy some fireworks Sirius and James had prepared. Ginny made her way to Harry’s side, capturing his hand in hers.
At the stroke of midnight, as the fireworks started, Harry looked Ginny in the eyes and said, “Happy New Year, love.” Then he kissed, hoping the others were too busy enjoying the fireworks to notice this. Unfortunately, he was wrong.
“Oi! What the hell are you doing kissing my sister, Potter?” they heard Ron bellow a second after they had kissed.
They turned to face him, Harry looking nervous and Ginny looking furious.
“I said,” Ron shouted, his face turning as red as his hair, “what were you doing kissing my sister, Potter, and on the lips?”
It was Ginny who answered Ron, “Why do you think, Ron? Why do you think he’d kiss me on the lips?” She had her arms planted on her hips, making her look very much like her mother, “It’s because we like each other, very much.”
“But, but, you’re only twelve. You can’t be with boys like that,” Ron said, sputtering.
By now, the rest of the people who were in the Potter garden were gathering around them, including both sets of parents.
“Only twelve, Ron?” Ginny said, still glaring at her brother, “That’s one year older than when you went with Harry, Hermione and Neville to save the Stone. That’s one year older than I was when I was possessed by Riddle. And it’s the same age you and Harry were when you went to save me in the Chamber. So, don’t use it as a reason I can’t be with Harry.” She then grabbed Harry’s hand and dragged him away.
Ron just stood there, a stunned look on his face. Hermione and Rose shook their heads and gave him looks of pity. Ti just looked embarrassed while the twins wore huge grins on their faces. Sirius and Remus were also grinning. Both sets of parents, on the other hand, had bewildered looks.
Finally, James turned to Lily and asked, “When did Ginny start to channel you and Molly?” That earned him a punch on the arm from his wife and glares from Molly and Rose.
Ginny, meanwhile, pulled Harry into the house where they ended up in the living room. Once there, Ginny dropped Harry’s hand and stood in front of the fireplace, her back to Harry and her arms crossed in front of her chest.
Harry could feel the anger and hurt whirling through her. He could hear her thoughts as she fumed.
That git. How could he do that? How dare he! I’m older than twelve after what Tom did to me.
Harry stepped up behind Ginny and slowly touched her shoulder, “Hey,” he said, in what he hoped was a soothing tone.
She suddenly turned around and threw her arms around him, “I’m sorry, Harry,” she said, her voice muffled as she had her head pressed against his chest, “I didn’t mean to blurt out our relationship for everyone to hear like that.”
Harry placed his arms around her, attempting to comfort her, “Er, that’s okay, Gin. The twins and Rose already knew. Our parents would have figured it out eventually. Though I dread having to talk to Ron after tonight, what you did out there was brilliant.”
She looked up at him (it wasn’t that far up as Harry was only a couple of inches taller than Ginny right now), “Really?”
“Oh, yeah,” Harry said, smiling now, “It really shut him up and you know how hard that is to do.”
“It really did, didn’t it,” Ginny said, giggling, “I wish we could have taken a picture of that.” She then gave him a peck on the lips as she pulled him over to one of the couches.
She made Harry sit down then sat in his lap, her head on his shoulder and her arms encircling him.
Harry gently wrapped his arms around her and leaned his cheek against hers.
As they cuddled, they felt a warm feeling of contentment settle over them.
“I could get used to this,” Harry said, enjoying the feel of Ginny in his arms.
“You’d better,” Ginny said, smiling, “I intend to do this as often as we can and for a very long time to come, at least forever.”
Harry smiled but didn’t answer her verbally. He let her feel his feelings of happiness and contentment. Soon, they drifted off to sleep.
Hours later, Harry’s mind slowly woke up. He felt a weight on his chest and shoulders and couldn’t feel his legs. He blearily opened his eyes and saw a sea of red hair resting on his shoulder. Then the redhead moved and looked at him with her gorgeous brown eyes.
“Good morning,” she said to him in his mind, still groggy with sleep.
“Good morning,” he answered her mentally, a smile forming on his face.
“Are we still on the couch?”
“I think so.”
“What time is it?”
“I think it’s probably midmorning. The sun’s coming through the windows.“
She looked up, alarm on her face, “You mean we slept her all night?” she asked in a whisper.
“I think so,” he answered, also in a whisper, “Otherwise, we wouldn’t be sitting together this way.”
She buried her head in his chest, embarrassment radiating from her. “Oh my god! I bet everyone saw us this way, even our parents.”
“I guess so. We’re out in the open, in front of the fireplace. It’s kinda hard to have missed seeing us as they came in.”
“Oh god, I won’t be able to face my parents, or yours.”
Harry gently tilted her head upwards to look at him, “Hey, I don’t think we have much to worry about. I don’t think our parents would have let us sleep on in this position if it wasn’t okay with them.”
“You think so, Harry,” Ginny said, softly.
“Yeah, I think so,” Harry said then he pecked her on the lips.
“Ew, okay,” Ginny said, “Morning breath, not very nice. Come on, I think we’d better get up before anyone else does and get cleaned up.” She got off Harry and stretched.
Harry flexed his legs, wincing as blood flow returned to them. Then he got up and took her hand. “Come on, I think you were supposed to share Rose’s room with Hermione.
He led the way up the stairs to the second floor. When they got to the door to Rose’s room, he wrapped his arms around Ginny again and gave her a hug, which she returned.
“I’ll see you in a while,” he said, giving her a peck on the cheek. He let go and walked to his room.
He slowly opened the door and peeked in. Ron and Ti were asleep side by side in his bed. He smiled, hoping his best friend was really getting along with the younger boy.
He went to his drawers, looking for clothes to change into.
“Harry?” he heard Ron say softly.
Harry turned around.
Ron was now sitting up on one side of the bed, looking at him warily. “Um, Harry, about last night, I-I’m sorry for blowing up like that. But I’m not sorry for the reason I did.”
Harry frowned, “You don’t approve of me dating Ginny?”
“Er, not exactly, Harry,” Ron said, running his hand through his hair, “I just thought it was too early for her to be doing that.”
“You know what Ginny thinks of that, don’t you?” Harry asked.
Ron sighed, “Yeah, I do. I heard what she said last night,’ He sighed again, “Well, I had a long while to think about that. I guess she isn’t young and innocent anymore. I can’t imagine what it was like to be possessed by You-know-who. I guess she kinda grew up too fast.”
“Yeah, Ron, she did,” Harry said. He now stood before him, a bit nervous. “Did you see us in the living room last night.”
Ron ran his hand through his hair again, “Yeah, we all did.” He looked sheepishly at Harry. “Look, I wanted to wake you two, but Dad told me not too. Mum wasn’t too happy about that but your Mum said she’d have one of your house elves look in on you. So, we all just went up to our rooms.”
“Oh,” Harry said. He sat down beside Ron and regarded him for a moment. Then he said, “I love her, Ron. Don’t ask me how I know, but I do. I care about her a lot. I’m not going to hurt her.”
Ron looked at Harry then sighed, “All right, mate. I guess that’s as good as I’ll get. Heck, I’ve known you all my life. It might as well be you who gets stuck with her for the rest of her life.” Then Ron grinned, “That’ll make you more than an honorary brother.”
Harry blushed, “Not for a few more years, Ron, but, eventually, yeah.”
Ron then stuck out his hand, “Good luck. You do know you’re stuck with her temper, right?”
Harry laughed as he shook Ron’s hand, “Yeah, I do, but that’s one of the things I like about her.”
Ron shook his head, bewildered, “You’re getting mental, mate. Now go on, and take a shower. I want to get some more sleep, that is, if I can sleep over Ti’s snores. Blimey, how can a tyke like him have such a loud snore?”
Harry grinned, “Apparently Ron, you haven’t heard yourself. You were that small once and that loud. In fact, you still are.” Harry laughed softly as he ducked a pillow Ron had thrown at him.
As he headed for the bathroom, Harry was glad Ron had accepted his budding relationship with Ginny. Now, he just had to see what the reaction of the rest of the school would be.
Later, as Harry came out of the bathroom, clean and dressed, he found his father waiting for him.
“Son, I think we need to talk,” James said, placing his hand on Harry’s shoulder.
Harry gulped and allowed his father to guide him into the master bedroom.
Once they were seated on the bed, James eyed Harry critically then he said, “So, you and Ginny, huh? When did this happen?”
“Er, just a couple of days after Christmas, Dad,” Harry said, “We got to talking and it came out we have feelings for each other. We, er, kissed and, um, I asked her to be my girlfriend.”
James shook his head, “What is it with Potters and redheads? At least you’ve gotten her this early. It was only in sixth year that I got your Mum to let me take her on a date. Now, do you need ‘the talk’?”
Harry paled and his eyes bulged out, “Dad! We haven’t done anything yet but kiss. What happened last night was the first time. I, uh, I don’t think we’re ready to anything more yet.”
James wiped his hand across his brow, “That’s good, Harry. I was afraid that you two had already done some ‘experimenting’. I know it’s hard to resist your hormones when you’re a teenager. Maybe we can postpone that talk for another time, maybe this summer. Now, you let me know if you get any ‘urges’, okay?”
Harry felt his cheeks warm, “Uh, sure, Dad. I’ll, uh, owl you.” With that, Harry got up and practically ran from the room. That was certainly the most uncomfortable conversation he’d ever had with his father. Luckily, it seemed Ginny hadn’t been aware of it.
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