Fanfic: Secrets We Keep by Kylo_Ken (Read for Free, 1,332,114 Clicks)

Description: “I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before I feel worthy of anything.”

Characters: No Archive Warnings ApplyHermione Granger/Ginny Weasley Hermione Granger & Ron WeasleyHermione Granger Ginny Weasley Theodore Nott Blaise Zabini Luna Lovegood Pansy Parkinson Draco MalfoyPining Secret Crush Hogwarts Eighth Year Post-Break Up Unrequited Love Sexual Tension Hogwarts Era Past Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley Past Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley Bisexual Ginny Weasley Good Slytherins Gryffindor & Slytherin Inter-House Friendships Minor Draco Malfoy/Pansy Parkinson Minor Luna Lovegood/Blaise Zabini

Summary: Summary:

“I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before I feel worthy of anything.””Maybe not now, but you will,” Ginny whispered back before leaning her head against Hermione’s shoulder closing the gap between the two.?Ginny has always looked up to the Golden Girl of the Golden Trio, but when that adoration turns into something more, Ginny is suddenly presented with the opportunity to pursue the girl of her dreams when her brother breaks her heart. Will the crush develop into something more or will Ginny be left pining after Hermione for the remainder of their final year?

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Chapter 1: The Break Up

Chapter Text
Hermione threw her head against her headboard, a loud groan escaping her as she re-read the letter in her hands. The owl had arrived over an hour ago, but Hermione found herself still planted to this spot, her position unmoving, and the words remaining unreadable through the growing tears clouding her eyes.”Hermione,
This is probably a bad way to go about this. Harry told me to just floo over, that McGonagall wouldn’t mind, but I just couldn’t. I hope you’ll forgive me for this, at least some day, but I’m breaking up with you. Between auror training, and you being back at Hogwarts, it just won’t work. I don’t want to spend all my weekends trying to plan time in Hogsmeade, and waiting for you to finish your year is just too unbearable. I think it’s for the best anyway. We never really worked together, maybe it was the war or even Harry that kept us together. I don’t really know. Anyway, I hope you’re alright. Sorry, ‘Mione.

-Ron

P.S. I think it be best if you didn’t spend Christmas at the Burrow, it’ll be too hard for Mum.”
Hermione stared at the letter, willing its contents to make sense to her. How could Ron do this? They had spent years together, they were best friends, and for him to end their relationship through a letter was heart wrenching. It was so short. So… detached. She knew the long distance was difficult, she had struggled to convince Ron to come out to Hogsmeade most weekends, he was usually so exhausted from training that she forgave him for the lack of communication. But she wrote to him three times a week, and willed herself not to get upset when she received a response only every other week.?She knew that he and Harry were drowning. But Hermione still received letters from Harry twice a week, especially after he and Ginny had broken up, and she just struggled to understand why her own boyfriend couldn’t be bothered to write her as well.She had always kept her expectations of Ron low, but she loved him, and she believed he loved her, so when the letter arrived, it took her by surprise, ripping her heart in half before she finally became eerily indifferent.?And that’s how Ginny found her, sitting on her bed, staring at the letter in her hands, with a blank expression on her face.”Hermione?” Ginny asked from the doorway, her knuckles white as she gripped the door.Hermione lifted her eyes from the letter, and turned toward the witch, her eyes glossy as she peered at her friend. Hermione lifted waved the letter in her hand, directing Ginny’s attention to the parchment.Ginny moved from the door, closing it quietly before crossing the room toward Hermione’s bed. She sat down across from her, and grabbed the letter from her hand. Hermione watched as Ginny skimmed the short letter, her eyes flashing at her, a fierce look in the redhead’s eyes.?”That git! I’m sorry, Hermione. My brother’s an absolute arse, and completely idiotic,” she said, her eyes furiously rereading the letter.?Hermione winced at the reminder of Ron, her heart squeezing as she recalled the letter.?”It’s fine, Ginny, he’s right, we don’t work,” Hermione said quietly, and she tried to will the tears to remain down as she spoke.”He is not right. You spent so much time and effort into that idiot, and for what? For him to break up with you! You’re too good for him, you always have been.””Thanks, Ginny,” Hermione said, a small smile crossing her lips at the kind words of her friend. “I just- I don’t know who I am without Ron and Harry. It’s always been the three of us, what do I do now that it’s not?”Hermione’s greatest fear finally surfacing. She was the Golden Girl of the Golden Trio, who was she without them? They had been her only friends for her first few years at Hogwarts, Harry had become like a brother to her, and with the loss of her paren’t memory during the war, she had grown to become a member of the Weasley family, letting them fill the void of her parents.”Leviosa,” Ginny aimed at the letter, and the girls watched as it levitated next to the bed for a few moments. Ginny let out a soft sigh, “C’mon Hermione,” she finally said, nodding her head towards the letter.Hermione stared at the letter before her, the letter that represented the entirety of her relationship with Ron.?”Incendio,” she mumbled quietly, and the girls watched as the letter burst into flames, pieces of ash and burning parchment falling to the ground next to them.Hermione felt the bed shift, and a warm arm wrap around her shoulders. Ginny gently tugged her toward her chest, letting her other arm pull Hermione into a hug. As the arms tightened around her, Hermione felt the pain in her chest crack, and the tears finally fell. She nuzzled her face into Ginny’s hair, the tears coming harder as Ginny rubbed Hermione’s back, small circles as the sobs wrecked her body.”It’ll be okay Hermione, you’ve always been the strongest witch I know,” she whispered against the curly hair.”I don’t know if I can be strong anymore, I’m afraid to be alone, I’m afraid that I’m nothing without the boys,” Hermione whispered back, clutching to Ginny like a lifeline.?”I’ll spend however long it takes making sure you know your worth. You’re worth the world,” Ginny said kindly, and Hermione felt a gentle kiss against the top of her head, her stomach leaping in response.?Unsure of where the reaction came from, she pulled away from Ginny, and anxiously glanced at her friend. Ginny had a nervous smile on her face, but reached up and brushed a tear from Hermione’s face, catching it on her finger tip before bringing it to her mouth. Hermione watched as Ginny slipped the tip of her finger into her mouth, the sadness disappearing within.A pool of warmth flooded Hermione’s chest, and she couldn’t decide where the tension had come from. She reached for Ginny’s hand and held it within her own, letting her thumb draw small circles on the back of it.?”Put your money where your mouth is. I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before I feel worthy of anything.””Maybe not now, but you will,” Ginny whispered back before leaning her head against Hermione’s shoulder closing the gap between the two.

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