17. The indirect message
Harry had been hanging out with Neville ever since the fight with Ron. Ron had been spending his time with Hermione and Ginny.
Hermione, Ginny and Ron approached the edge of the black lake where Harry and Neville were sat. Harry got up and walked towards Hermione. She was arguing with Ron about something " why don't you talk to him yourself." "go" "fine". Hermione went up to Harry "Ronald would like me to tell you that Seamus was told by Dean who was told by Pavarti that Hagrids looking for you" "Is that right, well, what?" replied a slightly confused Harry. "Dean was told by Pavarti oh don't ask me to repeat it again. Hagrids look for you" said Hermione. "Well you can tell Ronald" harry began "I'm not an owl" yelled Hermione. She was sick of them fighting and using her to have a go at each other. As she stalked away with Ginny, Ron remained for a second and then followed them.
"Ronald why can't you just make up with Harry." Hermione asked as a owl flew up to her. It dropped a letter into her open hands. "Why should I make up with him? He won't tell me how he did it and besides maybe he should apologise first!" replied Ron who was now walking ahead of them. "Who's the letter from 'Mione" "I think its from Charlie and any ways Ron please just make up with him I've had enough of you too fighting." she replied. Ron went to snatch the letter from Hermiones hands but Ginny stopped him "ah ah ah that's their private letter Ron. Maybe he is telling her a secret or asking her out either way it doesn't matter as you can't see it." chuckled Ginny. Ron walked off in a huff probably to go find Seamus and Dean as he was getting sick of the girls.
I am coming to Hogwarts to bring the dragons for the triwizard tournament. I would have told you sooner but you weren't allowed to know about the tournament happening. Whilst I am at Hogwarts I will have some free time so I wondered if you would want to go to Hogsmeade with me. Its nice to have someone to talk to who isn't my family but is still mature enough to understand me. I hope to see you soon. I am arriving later today and will come to the Gryffindor common room to talk to you all for a bit.
Hermione smiled to herself and handed Ginny the letter. "I thought you said Charlie didn't fancy you but going to Hogsmeade is the utlimate Hogwarts date. You are so going to fall in love with him. But be careful he loves dragons more than he does women." Ginny said as she finished reading the letter. "Well we shall see" said Hermione with a small smile on her face.
When Charlie walked through the portrait hole that evening he was greeted by all of his siblings and Harry and Hermione. He hugged his little sister and said hello to his brothers and Harry. He got to Hermione who he grabbed into a hug and kissed on the lips. She stood frozen to the stop staring at Charlie. He looked into her eyes and gave her a look that said do you want to make them jealous or what. She snapped out of it and kissed him back. They all sat down around the fire and chatted. Charlie couldn't say why he was at Hogwarts so he told them that he was asked to come and help as a foreign consult with the tournament. He shared a knowledgeable look with Hermione.
That evening just after Charlie had left to go back to the quarters for visiting dignitary's, Harry left to go see Hagrid. Hermione knew what he was about to see. She had seen it earlier as Charlie took her there before he went up to the common room. After a disgruntled Ron sat and stared at Hermione for another hour, she decided to go upstairs to bed.