He glanced up from where he had been toying with her hand. It practically made him ache, how thoroughly she believed in him. Even now in the glow of the fireplace, she held nothing but admiration and trust in her eyes. Harry carefully placed a kiss to her palm. [b "I can't lose, can I? Not if I have you with me."]
It was a peaceful few moments they had there, alone with only the crackling fire. Still, as relaxing as it was they had an early start the next day. [b "I think I've kept Cinderella to myself long enough. Come on, we'd best be off to bed."]
Given that he couldn't quite walk her to her door without going for an unwanted slide down the stone stairs, Harry made do with bidding her goodnight at the base of the girls' dormitory. [b "See you in a few hours,"] he grinned, forcing himself to walk away after only a brief kiss, lest he stand there and keep her awake all night.
In his own dorm, he wasn't surprised to find a scrap of parchment stuck to his bed that simply read [i Loverboy Sleeps Here], in Ron's scrawl. [b "Hilarious,"] Harry crumpled the page and chucked it at the boy's head, not missing the shaking of the blankets as Ron laughed to himself.
Both boys must have been exhausted because Neville was the one to force them up only five hours later. Even though he'd properly agreed to the plans, an early morning Harry Potter was groggy and unhappy to be getting up before the sun. [i "Why did we agree to do this so early?"] Ron grumbled as he pulled on a fresh uniform.
[i "Because if we did it during the day, it'd be hard to keep the room a secret if everyone is around to see us go inside,"] Neville answered.
Harry barely opened his eyes as he shuffled into his own clothes, listening to the two boys banter quietly to ensure Seamus and Dean weren't woken up. [b "Shh,"] he held a finger to his lips and then pointed at the door. [b "Too early for snark."]
The two managed to follow Neville down to the common room but promptly made the mistake of sitting on the plush sofa while they waited for Hermione. They fought for a moment over spreading out the invisibility cloak to cover them both but Harry and Ron were softly snoring seconds later. Neville rolled his eyes and kept watch on the map Harry had brought to use, ensuring that no one was making patrols down the corridors they'd need to take.