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And So It Goes
By MeddlesomeMuggle

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Category: Post-OotP
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Story is Complete
Rating: G
Reviews: 2
Summary: Songfic based on Billy Joel's "And so it goes." Harry's feelings for Ginny during his 6th year. Includes parts of HBP
Hitcount: Story Total: 2458

Disclaimer: Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R. Note the opinions in this story are my own and in no way represent the owners of this site. This story subject to copyright law under transformative use. No compensation is made for this work.

Author's Notes:
My first fanfic, so I'm sorry if it's not that good. I heard this song and thought of Harry and Ginny, so I thought I'd write about it.

And FYI the Harry Potter universe belongs to the great and mighty JK Rowling, not me!


In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

The Hogwarts Castle was still and quiet. The only sounds to be heard were the crickets outside, singing their songs in the darkness of the calm spring night, and of course the occasional crashing sound of peeves dropping something. However, inside a certain Gryffindor Tower, there was the famous Harry Potter, quite oblivious to the night music, laying on his bed, deep in thought.

His thoughts centered on his disastrous relationship with Cho Chang the year before. Although he knew it wasn’t meant to be, and was glad it was over, he couldn’t help but feel a pang of regret. It had been his first real relationship, and it left him with a sad feeling inside; a wounded heart some would say. However this did not come from breaking up with her, but from the fact that he yet again, he had no one he could love and be loved in return.

And that’s when Harry Potter’s thoughts shifted to that special red-head he was so fond of.

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

He remembered all the nights they had shared together at the burrow, late at night, on that old porch swing. He always spoke to her cautiously, not wanting to open up completely; afraid of really trusting somebody. That was okay with Ginny though. She talked enough for both of them, explaining all her childhood memories, and hopes for the future. She never pretended to be someone she wasn’t, and he admired her for that.

He also enjoyed listening to her voice, and for the most part remained silent as she spoke, soaking in her words.

And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

Although, he looked forward to these nights with Ginny, in a way he also dreaded them. Every night he was growing more and more fond of her, but he knew too well she already had a boyfriend. They had talked about Dean, or at least she had, thereby making him acutely aware of their relationship. However as his feelings for this red-head grew, the more he felt hope swell inside his chest when she complained about her boyfriend. But then he always reminded himself that it would be too good to be true if they broke up. He had a feeling the famous Harry Potter was destined to be alone for life.

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

When school came around he spent less and less time with her. And even though he knew she was starting her OWLs year, and had homework and friends, he couldn’t help but feel deserted by her.

Maybe he was too quiet? Ginny was an outgoing girl, and maybe wanted someone who she could have an actually conversation with. Perhaps if he had spoken more in their nightly “talks” she would have made more of an effort to hang out with him. He had to admit he missed her, and found himself alone a lot more as Ron was all over Lavender, and Hermione was absolutely furious with Ron. And even though Ginny and Dean were still going strong, he couldn’t help but wish they would break up, so he could have his chance with Ginny, and he wouldn’t mind if she broke his heart, because she was worth it.

And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well for all I've seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

As much as he wanted to spend time with her, he tended to avoid her when she was with Dean. He disliked having to see them all lovey-dovey. However when he was able to get her without her boyfriend, he took advantage of it, and as they spent time together he became aware of his opening up to Ginny.

They had become somewhat close, and he felt she was the only one who really knew the real Harry Potter. Nevertheless she still had a boyfriend… but Harry tended to close his eyes to that, figuratively and literally, especially when the couple was in the common room together.

So I would choose to be with you
That's if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

Then the unbelievable happened. Ginny and Dean broke up, an act which made Harry ecstatic with joy.

In the times following this he and Ginny hung out more and he tried to show in a subtle way that he liked her. He often stared at her and didn’t look away when she looked up. But this only caused her to blush and look away, something he hadn’t seen her do for a long while. It seemed that she didn’t feel the same way about him as he did about her. Yet he wished he could be with that beautiful funny red-head. Nevertheless if she didn’t want to be with him, he supposed he could deal with it… if that’s what she wanted.

So as the sun rose, so did he and got ready for his detention with Snape. Today was the Quidditch house cup, and he had to miss it. And even though that bugged him, he didn’t really pay attention to that particular feeling. Instead he focused more on how he might be able to get Ginny Weasley to like him.

Maybe he could tell her tonight after the game…maybe.

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows.
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