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Third one written for the F Yeah H/H Fic Fest. 

Prompt: "Nothing is done entirely for nothing... Nothing is wasted. You are older, and you have made decisions, and you are not the [person] you were yesterday. Take what you have learned, and move on."
-Neil Gaiman
Rated: PG
 
Moving On

It was two months after the war ended before Hermione finally got up the courage to go to Australia after her parents.  She had been worrying over it ever since she first memory charmed them, although she did not talk about it much. 

She certainly had not discussed it with Ron during their ill-fated 3 week relationship.  Honestly, it took two and a half weeks longer to crash and burn than Harry had expected.  Their final fight was about what Hermione was going to do with her life. Ron expected her to marry him within a year and stay home with their many offspring.  She blew up at the thought that she would not be allowed to have a career.  She told him in no uncertain terms that although she did want to have children someday, she wanted to have a career of her own beforehand AND afterward.  That completely violated Ron's worldview. It was a month after the fight before they could even talk to each other again. 

That month was really long for Harry; even though the war with Voldemort was over, he did not feel like he could really relax until his friends' war ended as well. 

Hermione decided to go back to Hogwarts for a seventh year so she could sit her NEWTs after all the requisite classes. Harry pointed out that she could have passed them as it was, but she did not want to take the chance of doing anything less than her best on the tests.  Reluctantly, Harry agreed to join her at Hogwarts, but Ron insisted he did not need NEWTs for his chosen career; he had taken Fred's place (as much as he could) in helping George run WWW. 

Before the term started under new Headmistress McGonagall, Hermione decided it was time to see what could be done about her parents.  Harry insisted on accompanying her, not knowing what was in store for her but sensing that it would be good for her to have a friend along to lean on. 

They found Robert and Jane Granger living in Melbourne under the names Wendell and Monica Wilkins.  Hermione was clearly nervous about removing the spell.  It might not work correctly, and even if it did, she was afraid they would be angry with her for doing the spell in the first place. 

Still, she summoned her Gryffindor courage and did the reversal spell.  It worked correctly, but she had been correct to fear their anger.  They said they were disappointed in her for not trusting them.  She argued that their safety had been of paramount importance to her, and that she could not have gone off to help Harry without knowing they were out of harm's way.  Eventually Harry was able to diffuse the situation by explaining how vital Hermione had been on the quest and how much better things were back home now.  They were also pleased to hear that the pair was headed back to school; Hermione dropping out had shocked and further disappointed them. 

Hermione received a shock of her own when her parents told her, two days later, that they had decided not to return to England.  They found that they loved Australia, and although they hoped their relationship with their daughter would continue to improve, they wanted to stay.  She was a bit hurt by their decision, but tried not to let them see that. 

Back at their hotel room that night, she poured out her feelings to a very understanding Harry.  He held her while she cried, and eventually found himself kissing her in an effort to comfort and distract her.  It worked. 
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