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December 15

Dear Hermione,

Merry Christmas! I am enclosing my photo for the International Quidditch Players charity calendar. I have the month of December. The St Nicholas hat is attractive, is it not? I purchased a calendar for you, in your name. It will arrive soon. We are raising money for youth brooms and flying lessons for children with lesser means. 

I read about your new program in the newspaper several months ago. It is very admirable you are bringing Muggle-born children into the British wizard world at a younger age. I know this bothered you when we met at Hogwarts—that you did not learn about your magic until your Hogwarts letter arrived. I am not surprised you created a program like this. You always want to make things better for other people.

Ever since I read the newspaper, I am thinking about how to start a program like this in Bulgaria. I discussed the idea with my friend in the Ministry. He is in the Education department, and thinks the idea has merit. He wants to speak to you about it. Would you consider meeting with him to explain your program? If you are interested, I will arrange introductions.

I know it has been many years since we last met in person, but I look forward to your Christmas card each year. I hope you and Ron are well. 

Happy holidays,
Viktor 


December 16

Dear Viktor,

Thank you for your Christmas card. Yes, I would love to meet your friend and talk about our Muggle-born integration program! It’s wonderful that you would think about trying to bring a program like that to Bulgaria. You’ve always had a big heart, it’s one of the many things I admire about you. 

Thank you for the calendar photo. You look quite dashing as St Nicholas. I look forward to the calendar; I’m sure December will be my favorite month. :)

Ron and I aren’t together anymore. We broke up this past summer. He’s a perfectly nice person, but we just weren’t a good fit for each other romantically. We’ve tried to remain friends. It’s awkward, but getting better. 

Please have your Ministry friend reach out to me to arrange a meeting about the integration program; I would love to talk to him. Thank you for thinking of it. 

Merry Christmas!

Love,
Hermione


December 17

Dear Hermione,

I am sorry to hear you have broken with Ron. I know that is hard after so many years together. 

My friend’s name is Aleksandar Vasilev. The first week of January is good for him to meet. Is it good for you? He thought to travel to London to discuss the program, but I thought can you travel to Bulgaria to meet with him? You can stay with me, and we can spend time in person together? I would like very much to see you again.  

Yours,
Viktor


December 18

Dear Viktor,

I’d be happy to come to Bulgaria to meet with your friend and stay with you while I’m there. It’s been years since we’ve seen each other, and it would be lovely to catch up. My work schedule is flexible in early January, so that would work perfectly.

I don’t have anything as glamorous as a charity calendar photo shoot, but here’s a recent photo of me from the Minister’s holiday ball. 

Please tell Aleksandar I’ll be anticipating his owl.

Yours,
Hermione


December 20

Dear Hermione,

Thank you for the photo. As always, you look enchanting.

Aleksandar said you will meet the first Friday in January. Can I take you to dinner the night prior? I would like you to stay for the weekend if you are amenable, to spend time together. It will be good to see you again after many years.

Yours,
Viktor


December 21

Dear Viktor,

Yes, I’d be happy to arrive the night before, and a long weekend sounds fun. I’d love to visit some castles again. I remember how much I enjoyed touring them when I visited you the summer after my fourth year. 

I’ll be happy to see you, too, Viktor. Merry Christmas.

Love, 
Hermione


January 4

Dear Viktor,

I plan to arrive at the international portkey center in Sofiya on Thursday at seven in the evening, your time. I can apparate to your house from there, unless you’d like to pick me up instead. 

Love,
Hermione


January 5

Dear Hermione,

I will pick you up. We can go to my home to leave your bags before dinner. Please dress warmly. The walk is short to the restaurant, but it is cold. We can apparate, but I want you to see the beauty of the Bulevard Magiya by walking. I am very happy to see you tomorrow.

Love, 
Viktor


January 10

Dear Viktor,

Thank you for the lovely weekend in Bulgaria. The castles were beautiful. So were you. I can’t stop thinking about your mouth on my skin. 

Aleksandar owled this morning and said your Ministry wants to hire me as a consultant to help develop their Muggle-born child integration program. I’ll be traveling to Sofiya often for the next several months while assisting with the project. I thought you might like to hear that. Can I assume I don’t need to book a hotel room while I’m there? Unless, of course, you’re traveling for Quidditch.

Love,
Hermione


January 11

Dear Hermione,

This is great news. I am very happy your talk with Aleksandar will lead to help for Muggle-born children in Bulgaria.

You were beautiful in my bed last weekend. There is no woman in the world who looks like you. But your intelligence and determination, your desire to make the world better, these are what make you truly beautiful. I am very happy also that my mouth captures your memories. 

There is no need for a hotel room. If I travel, you can stay here anyway—but you must pay me with pictures of you in my bed while I am gone. Pictures with no clothes, please. I will not say no to such a picture of you now, in your bed, until I can see you again. 

Love, 
Viktor


January 12

Dear Viktor,

I’ll send you a picture if you send me one first.

Love,
Hermione


January 13

Dear Hermione,

This is me, thinking of you.

Love,
Viktor


January 14

Dear Viktor,

This is me, after spending much too long looking at your picture. Merlin, I love magical photos. I can’t wait to see you again.

 

Love,
Hermione


January 15

Dear Hermione,

I will not wait until next week to see you again in Bulgaria. I will come to see you this weekend. If you have plans, cancel them.

Love,
Viktor


January 16

Dear Viktor,

Demanding now, aren’t we? 

I do have plans, and I can’t cancel them. My parents and I will be in Italy this weekend, but you’re welcome to join us. They’ll be happy to meet you after hearing me talk about you all these years. Let me know if I should tell them you’re coming. But, just a warning, they’ll think there’s something serious between us if I bring you along on our trip. Are you ready for that? And for paparazzi following us and showing us together in the tabloids?

Love,
Hermione


January 17 

Dear Hermione,

We are already in Bulgarian Sports Weekly for last weekend; I am surprised the pictures are not in your English news. I am accustomed to being followed. It is part of the job. I am happy to have our pictures together in the newspapers and am proud for people to see me with you.

About your parents. I am serious. It is good for your parents to know that. My enjoyment of you is not just physical pleasure. It is intelligence and emotion, too. I do not want to see another woman, now or ever. After these many years, I know what I want. I want you. You are kind, and you have compassion for creatures and people. You want to help make the world better. And you are beautiful. When I am with you, everything is brighter. Like I have removed my sunglasses.

I hope that is not too much for you, and maybe I should wait to tell you in person. If it is too much, I will try to be less serious. 

Love,
Viktor


January 18

Dear Viktor,

Your letter made me cry. Happy tears, don’t worry. You remove my sunglasses, too. I would be honored to introduce you to my parents this weekend. You are a gorgeous, brilliant, and wonderful man. I’m lucky you found me in the library all those years ago. 

Also, after you said our photo was in your Sports Weekly, I looked at ours. Yes, we’re in there, too. I get tired of having no privacy, but it doesn’t seem to bother you. Maybe I’ll get to that point someday. I suppose you don’t mind it as much because you knew what you were getting into when you chose your career? I never chose to be in a position where I would be famous. And frankly, I’m not famous for something I enjoy like you are; I’m famous for being a child soldier in a gruesome war. It doesn’t do to dwell on it, though. 

I clipped out the picture of us from the sports news, and I’m staring at it as I write this. Actually, now I’m staring at the picture you sent me earlier this week of you in bed. I’m all hot and bothered now, and I wish you were here.

Meet us at the portkey center in Siena on Friday at six. 

Love always,
Hermione 


January 22

Dear Hermione,

Thank you again for the wonderful weekend in Italy. May I have the address of your parents so I can send them a letter of thanks? I can not wait to see you Thursday when you come to meet with Aleksandar. Get some sleep before you come, because when you are here you will be awake all night with me between your legs. My Quidditch training is all for you, so I never get tired of, how do you say it? Making love? Of making love to you, moya lyubov*.

I love you,
Viktor


January 25

Dear Viktor,

My parents were thrilled to receive your owl and the tickets to your next Quidditch game. They said you are “a nice young man” who seems very devoted to me. But, I have to ask—are you sure you want us sitting in the players’ family box? I know you wouldn’t have given us the tickets if you weren’t, and I know you said you’re happy for the world to know we’re together, but I guess I just want to make sure you’re ready for the implications of having my parents and me in the family box. I know you don’t do things impulsively, so it’s probably silly of me to be asking you about something you must have thought through already, but I can’t help it…

I love you,
Hermione


January 26

Dear Hermione,

You know me well. I am happy for people to see you and your parents in the family box at my Quidditch game. I am aware of what it implies, and that is my intention. If you are comfortable with it. If not, I will try to understand. I love you. More than I have loved anyone. 

Love,
Viktor


January 27

Dear Viktor,

You made me cry happy tears again. I love you, too. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow. Until then, pull out the picture of me in bed and know that I’ll be doing that again tonight, thinking of you. 

Love,
Hermione


February 14

Dear Hermione,

Happy Valentine’s Day! I am sorry we can not be together today. I have never felt bothered by the annual Valentine’s Day game with the Romanian United team until now, when it is keeping me from you. 

I will make it up to you when you visit next. With my tongue, perhaps. That would be a good apology, yes? My tongue on your body in places that make you scream?

I love you,
Viktor


February 15

Dear Viktor,

Congratulations on your win in last night’s game against Romania. You’re on fire on the Quidditch pitch this season!

I spent last night in the bathtub with candles and a glass of wine, imagining your tongue on those places that make me scream. It was an excellent way to pass the evening without you, though it certainly would have been more enjoyable with you here. I wholeheartedly look forward to your apology when I see you. I might need more than one apology to forgive you, though…

Love,
Hermione


February 24

Dear Viktor,

Harry and Ginny are having a dinner party next weekend. Can you come to London and join me after your game in Germany? My friends are complaining that I’ve been out of town with you nearly every weekend. Ginny is sitting here as I write this, demanding that I tell you that you need to share. Also, she says she challenges you to a shoot out with her before dinner. She’s even asked the Harpies Keeper to guard the hoops.

Love,
Hermione


February 25

Dear Hermione,

I would very much like to go to a party with you and your friends. Thank you for inviting me. 

It will not be a fair match between Ginny and me! She is a professional Chaser and scores goals for her job. I focus only on the Snitch. Tell her I will accept her challenge only if we race for the Snitch after.

Love,
Viktor


February 26

Dear Viktor,

Ginny said you drive a hard bargain, but she accepts your Snitch challenge.

I received an owl from Aleksandar today asking me to spend next week in Sofiya. Your Wizengamot is voting on funding for the child integration program, and they’ve asked me to present at several preliminary committee meetings. I’m so excited to spend the entire week with you.

I love you,
Hermione


March 8

Dear Hermione,

I was invited to play in the European All Star Quidditch Match, and I will be in training camp in Poland for two weeks at the end of March. You can stay at my home, of course, when you need to. It is always an honor to be on the All Star team, but I wish it did not mean I have to spend two weeks without you. 

The game will be in Krakow on March 31. Will you do me the honor of attending? My parents will be there, too. I would like to introduce you again, as it has been many years since you met them. They will be happy to see you, because they hear me talk about you all the time.

I love you and wish you were here with me tonight and every night.

Love,
Viktor


March 9

Dear Viktor,

Congratulations on making the All Star team! I’m not surprised, with the season you’ve been having. I’d love to watch you play and meet your parents again. I’m so proud of you. 

I wish we were together every night, too. You’re always here in my heart, even when we’re apart.

I love you,
Hermione

P.S. Ginny says congratulations on making the All Star team, she thinks you wholly deserve it. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think you humbled her when you beat her in your shoot out last week. Ginny isn’t easily humbled. Nice work, love. :)


April 3

Dear Hermione,

I am out of my mind without you these several days, now that you have said yes. I hope you do not regret your answer now that you are home and not with me. I know maybe I asked too soon, after only three months together. 

Well, three months plus many, many years… 

But seeing you in Krakow, after our time apart while I prepared for the game, I could not wait any longer. Your answer makes me so happy, I can not express in English my happiness. Искам да извикам от покрива, че те обичам и ще прекарам остатъка от живота си с теб.** 

I spoke with Aleksandar today. Our Ministry will create an international floo connection so you do not need to portkey to Sofiya anymore. My manager will talk to your Ministry’s Games and Sports department tomorrow to request the floo connection for me. With your work at our Ministry, and my ability to floo from London for practice, we can split time between Sofiya and London as we said. 

I can not wait to live with you all the time, to see you every day, and to fall asleep with you in my arms every night.

I love you. You are my love, Hermione. Thank you for saying yes.

Love, 
Viktor


April 4

Dear Viktor,

Of course I don’t regret my answer! I love you, and now I get to spend the rest of my life with you. I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been showing off my ring all day; I get butterflies in my stomach every time I look at it and think of you. I feel like I’m in a dream, and I have to remind myself it’s real. I love you. I know I keep saying it, but I do. I love you so much.

The Department of Magical Games and Sports approved your international floo connection this afternoon. I suppose we can move our things into each other’s homes this weekend, but please come over tonight? I don’t want to wait until this weekend to start the rest of our lives together. I even bought some special black lace to show you tonight. I’ve been wearing it here at work all day, just for you.

Missing you already,
Hermione


April 4

Dear Hermione,

I look forward to seeing this black lace you are wearing. I will come to you tonight. It will be our first night of forever, moya lyubov*.  

I love you, now and always,
Viktor

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