Summary: This fic is a series of missing moments from the time H/R&H were at Shell Cottage, beginning immediately after they Disapparated from Malfoy Manor. JKR shows us what was going on with Harry, but this is my version of what could have happened with Ron and Hermione after one of the most emotional/disturbing events in the entire series.
UPDATED June 2010 When I first wrote this fic, I didn't know what a beta reader was, and frankly, it showed. Thanks so much to Natalie for helping me polish this up and make it more readable. Thanks also to both Julia and Carole, whose helpful comments in the review section allowed me to make some much-needed corrections during the rewrite. I would love to know what you think ~ reviews are very much appreciated!
This was nominated in the 2010 Quicksilver Quill Awards for Best Canon Romance.
This is one of the loveliest stories I have read on this site. Beautifully done!
Author's Response: Ooh, what a nice thing to say--thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Summary: At the age of twenty, Ron Weasley has a good career, a wonderful girlfriend and a flat of his own. But when he wakes up one morning, shortly before his twenty-first birthday, nothing can quite dispel the gloomy cloud that's been stalking him.
Could a long lunch in the Leaky Cauldron rid him of this malaise?
This story has been written as a twenty-first birthday present for Hannah/Bob (coolh5000) who is one of the most wonderful people in the world.
Thank you to Natalie for beta'ing, Kara for the line about the Knight bus and Julia for the 'firecrotch'. (I hope you like Ron's revenge for the slur)
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. She has the talent; I have the temerity to nick her characters.
Wow, well done! This was beautifully written, and I really liked how it explored the relationship between Ron and George. Haven't we all had those moments when we just can't stand the thought of carrying on, even at a job we once loved? Very relatable, and a nice cameo appearance from Hermione at the end.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I'm pleased you liked the story and the relationship between Ron and George. I couldn;t not have Hermione in it because she's so important to him. ~Carole~
Summary: The last time Harry had ever seen his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and cousin Dudley had been during their uncomfortable parting, shortly before his seventeenth birthday. But surely, after sixteen solid years of sharing the same home, four people can't just forget each other.
Nicely done. I had always wondered what happened with the Dursleys after the war, and I would like to think Harry and Dudley could come to some sort of peace. This was a sweet story.
Summary: The day after the Battle of Hogwarts, Hermione ties up a few thousand loose ends. She and Ron have a much-needed bath. And the world resumes turning on its wobbly axis.
Beautiful story! Every detail was perfect. Thank you for sharing.