The students were noisily gathered on the platform of the Hogsmeade Train Station. The school year had finally ended and they were going home for the summer.
Dawn, Draco, and Harry were saying their goodbyes now because they weren’t leaving Hogwarts until the next day.
“Make sure you practice,” Dawn told Neville as she gave him a big hug. “I want you to be able to kick my butt when you get back.”
“I doubt I’ll be able to do that,” he said with a light blush. But with a sly wink he added, “But I’m sure I’ll be able to kick Draco’s arse.”
“I heard that!” Draco called from where he was saying bye to a few of his fellow Slytherins. After the arrest of several death eaters from the attack, a couple of Slytherin students stepped forward stating they didn’t want to follow Voldemort. The fact that Draco was able to defy his father and stay alive gave them enough courage to do the same. Many of them were staying with relatives rather than their parents.
Before long the infamous six were the only ones left on the platform. Tears welled up in Dawn’s eyes as she hugged Ginny. “Don’t forget you promised to bring the entire Weasley family for a visit.”
“I still say you don’t know what you’re getting into by inviting the whole clan.”
Dawn laughed as she pulled back to look her best friend in the eye. “You’re forgetting that I grew up with the scoobies on a hellmouth. I can handle anything. Besides I would love to meet your older brothers and parents.”
“Ok,” Ginny said with a roll of her eyes. “You asked for it.” The redhead turned her attention to Draco. She quickly pulled him into her arms. “Take care of her and yourself.”
“Always,” he whispered in her ear as he squeezed her tight. “See you soon.”
“Definitely.” He smiled as he turned to say goodbye to Hermione. Ginny drew in a shaky breath as she looked up at Harry. Before she could say anything he wrapped his arms around her.
“Don’t cry, Gin. If you cry I don’t think I’ll be able to let go,” he whispered hoarsely as he buried his face in her hair. He was ecstatic about spending the summer with Remus and Sirius, but he knew he would miss her terribly.
“Promise you’ll come to the Burrow,” came her muffled voice from his shoulder.
“Wouldn’t miss it. Write me?”
“Everyday.” She sniffled softly and reluctantly pulled away. She knew if she didn’t let go then, she never would.
“Only one more year,” Ron said as the friends gathered in a circle.
“Yeah,” Hermione said sadly.
“Here’s hoping there won’t be any trouble next year for once,” Ron said lightly.
Dawn groaned and shot him a look. “You realize you just jinxed us.”