When Holly Apparated on Fred and George’s doorstep a few moments later, she quickly wiped a tear from her eye and walked inside the twins’ flat. She was immediately greeted with a loud barking from the other room. Holly quietly whistled and the barking suddenly stopped. Holly heard the sound of pounding dog feet and braced herself for the attack.
Gryphon bounded around the corner and jumped up at Holly, his front feet resting on she shoulders.
“Hey boy! Have you been a good watch dog for the Weasleys?” Holly said laughing at the dog.
Holly heard footsteps coming up the stairs to the flat and turned excitedly. She paused, suddenly remembering not to assume someone hadn’t disguised themselves to look like the twins. She quickly used the camouflage spell on herself and stepped into a dark corner of the room, waiting for whoever was about to enter the room. The figures of two tall red-haired twins entered the flat and Holly held her breath.
“Hey Gryph, why so excited?” Fred asked the still hyper Boxador.
“Fred, the alarm was tripped. Do you think it could be…” George looked at his twin in silent communication. Before Holly could act, she felt a warm light travel the length of her body; George had cast the spell Homenum Revelio spell on her.
The twins drew their wands, “Alright whoever you are, you’d better reveal yourself to us very soon” Fred said threateningly.
Holly silently raised her wand and made the quill on the desk beside her start to write on a piece of scrap parchment. The twins noticed this and cautiously walked towards the desk.
Fred read what was written on the parchment aloud, “George, when we were in the garden, what did you tell me you were most scared to lose?” Fred turned to George who had turned a brilliant scarlet red. George muttered under his breath.
“I’m sorry what was that?” Holly wrote on the parchment which Fred promptly read aloud.
“I said I was scared to lose Fred” George said, blushing again, “Don’t smirk at me like that you git” George retorted to Fred whose face had turned gleeful. The scratching of the quill brought both twins attention back to the task at hand.
This time George read the writing aloud, “Fred, what was the first thing you told me you were going to do when the war was over?” George looked expectantly at his brother.
Fred swore out loud, “Bitch.” He took a deep breath then said, “I said I was going to propose to Angelina.” George let out a roaring laugh at Fred’s words. Holly laughed along with him and waved off her camouflage spell.
“Holly!” The twins ran to her and gave her a massive twin hug. When they released, the twins blurted out a million questions.
“Are you ok? What happened?”
“We came home from work to see Gryph here sleeping on our bed!”
“The note didn’t explain much!”
“We were worried something had happened to you”
“We expected some information but HOURS went by with nothing!”
Holly laughed and held up her hand, “Alright, ALRIGHT. I’m sorry I didn’t explain much.”
“At all” George interjected Holly silenced him with a look.
“Fine, at all. I didn’t have much information to go on either.” Holly proceeded to tell the twins what had happened in the forest and Malfoy Manor.
Fred let out a low whistle when she had finished her story, “You’re all lucky to have made it out alive. Do you know what happened to Harry and them?”
Holly sighed, “No, from what I gather they disappeared somehow and got away. I didn’t see much of them after the chandelier fell. Hermione looked pretty bad; I hope they’re all ok.”
George poured them all a glass of Butterbeer. Fred relaxed on the couch, sipping his Butterbeer thoughtfully, “Hey George, do you think they’d hit up Bill and Fleur’s?”
“They might, I’ll send Bill a Patronus now and ask” George replied, drawing his wand to send the message. When he was done he turned to Holly with sudden irritancy in his eyes.
“Oi, what was that act before, making us exploit ourselves and such?”
Holly burst out laughing, “I had to make sure you guys were actually you didn’t I?”
“Yeah but did it have to be so personal?” George replied.
“What? You didn’t want me to know I was the thing you treasured most Georgie?” Fred teased his twin.
“Hey, you are never living the wishful marriage proposal down” George replied. The trio looked at each other then burst out laughing. Holly couldn’t remember the last time she had laughed for so long. Soon tears were running down her face and her abs felt like she had done 50 crunches.
Suddenly a Patronus appeared in the flat. Holly recognized the voice as Bill’s as he told the group Harry and company had arrived at their house a few hours ago. As the Patronus vanished, Holly stood up.
“Where are you going?” Fred asked bewildered.
“I can’t stay here,” Holly said smiling at the twins, “I’m putting you both in danger, remember?”
“But-“ Holly held up her hand, cutting Fred off, “No but’s”
Geroge suddnely lit up like he had a plan, “Just because you’re leaving, doesn’t mean we can’t come with you. You wouldn’t be able to find the house anyways.|
Holly opened her mouth to retort back then closed it again; she failed to find anything to say back.
Fred jumped up clapping his hands, “Righto, let’s get going then”
Holly, Gryphon and George followed Fred out to the front steps of their flat.
“Hang on tight everyone!” Fred said. He twisted and everyone grabbed onto him tightly as they disappeared from Diagon Alley.