Rating: NC-17 (some chapters)
Warning: Hermione makes a bad decision under stressful emotional circumstances. This decision has proved very unpopular with Ron/Hermione fans, but I am not writing a fluffy romance here. People screw up sometimes, even with regard to those they love. Especially teenagers.
Word Count: 17,383 overall
Genre: Romance, Humour, Drama, Angst, Introspection
Characters: Ron, Hermione, Neville, Harry, Ginny, Remus, Ernie, Luna, Peter, Madeleine (OC), Lucius, Narcissa, Voldemort, Draco, Travers
Pairings: Ron/Hermione, Harry/Ginny, Remus/Hermione, Ernie/Luna, Peter/Madeleine, Lucius/Narcissa (mentioned: Neville/Harry/Ginny, Remus/Sirius, Regulus/Severus, Ernie/Justin, Draco/Fenrir)
Synopsis: A look into what various characters are up to on the eve of the final battle. AU diverging from canon at the end of OotP.
Timeline: June 1998
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Please don't sue me.
Author's Note: The Night Before is a spinoff from The Power of Two, Ch. 11. Feedback is my drug of choice. Please report any errors or inconsistencies.
"Do we have to go through all the technical terminology?" Her tone now verged on impatience. "You know where babies come from, right?"
"Of course I do." His offended tone suggested that he did not see how this was relevant to the topic under discussion. "The man's potion goes in the woman's -- er -- cauldron, and they -- um -- stir it up and a new life starts."
Hermione could not decide whether to burst out laughing or give up and go back to bed. She stared at Ron in stunned amazement. "No! That's not -- it's because --" She shook her head. "Never mind. You just put this thing on and there's no baby, okay?"
(The Night Before)