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21 December 2005 @ 03:21 am
After the morning... Mac and Cheese... and Going to See Seamus  
Ginny appeared in her flat with a loud crack, and immediately fell to her knees, hyperventilating, tears streaming down her face. "Fuck," she said pitifully. "Fucking, fuck." She was at least relieved that she'd managed to hold off until she'd left Remus's. For a moment, she stared at her dangling shirt strap, transfixed as the morning replayed in her head. Letting her hair fall into her face, she choked on a sob as the scent of Harry filled her nostrils. She stood on wobbly legs and kicked the side of her chair angrily, ignoring the pain shooting into her bare toes. She deposited her things in the chair and peeled off her clothes, leaving them in a trail to the shower. She stood under cold water, numb and unblinking, silently chastising herself for making such a big deal of this.

Her mind wanted to work its way through the logic of the morning. But she shook her head, her mind was not allowed to do that. Harry Potter was back, and she got carried away in a completely unwelcome way. Well, not completely unwelcome, but unwelcome in the ways that could break her. She dried herself and dressed in a pair of denims and one of Ron's threadbare, child hood shirts. It was once dark blue, and the cotton was so well worn it bordered on sheer in the elbows and shoulders. Unbelievably soft, it was usually accompanied, on really bad days, by a glass of strawberry milk and bottomless plates of macaroni and cheese. Strawberry milk in hand, an owl she recognized as her mother's tapped on the glass. She opened the window and sighed, realizing at the thought of her Mum, that she'd utterly forgotten her manners. She found the alumni journal in the pile of things in her chair and scrawled notes to Remus, Tonks, and Hermione.

Ginny claimed her Macaroni and Cheese and settled in with the journal. Not only did it provide a good home for things she didn't want to think of but couldn't seem to keep out of her mind, but there was also harmless conversation happening inside it. Anything resembling normal, thoughtless social interaction was what she needed to keep her mind off of Harry. The journal was perfect. It meant that she didn't have to go outside and risk seeing anyone, and the Mac and Cheese was only a few feet away. After a small nap, a bit of conversation with Seamus and Stephen, two owls to Molly, both of which seemed to be a painful stretch of the imagination but she wasn't ready to talk about anything yet, Ginny stretched and braided her hair. She was thankful that she was communicating with her mother in writing, because she would've never gotten away with the lies in person.

She look around her flat and the mussed journal. Writing in it had helped a bit, but she needed to talk to a real person that didn't cause her any emotional tempests. Pulling on a loosely crocheted hat, she popped a sobering draught into her pocket and walked down Diagon Alley to the Leaky Cauldron. She felt a bit guilty about standing everyone else up, but she figured they didn't miss her.
 
 
 
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 21st, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
"Thanks Luna, you look lovely, as always," Ginny said, giving the other girl's arm a little squeeze. She smiled at Stephen, "Dangerous, and exciting. The man is just like his hair, but a bit smarter," she said. Recognizing one of the waiters who gave her a look, as she was not usually one to come in on her days off, she waved to him, pointed at the four of them, and mimed sitting down. He nodded and conjured a small table and four chairs in a cramped corner.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 21st, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
Luna smiled at Ginny's compliment, looking down at her clothes. Lovely? She was still in her work clothes from the night before, not having a chance to change into anything more comfortable before her shopping trip with Millicent earlier. She suddenly felt not herself. With a quick flick of her wand, she transfigured her outfit into something a bit more her. She nodded as the black blouse and skirt transformed into a pair of faded jeans and a loose fitting top.

"Lovely." She smiled as she took her seat.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
"Just only a little bit smarter."

He laughed, shaking his head.

"Oh, table."

Seamus leaned back slightly, and then moved forward, heading towards the table. He sat down in the cramped corner chair, deciding to be the nice one, since he had arrived at the table first.

"Oh, bloody hell..."

He muttered to himself about the shape of the chair.
Stephen Cornfoot: turtleneck.not_corny on December 22nd, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
"Problems, Finnigan?" Stephen smirked as Seamus, quite the gentleman, sat down. He, himself, was going to wait to sit down because he had to order drinks for everyone and it was only proper to let the ladies sit now. He was doing his best to ignore how easy it had been to get a table - conjure it, who was he kidding? What an obvious solution.

"First round's on me, what does everyone want?" he asked, head tilted to the side. He fussed with the hem of his t-shirt, waiting.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
"A pint of their best ale, mate!"

Seamus spoke up. Drinks? Free? A way to his heart, eh?
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
"I think it might be too early for firewhiskey. And I think I don't care," she told Stephen, grinning reaching out to give his arm a quick squeeze. She took a seat across from Seamus and grinned.

"So then, about these secrets, Finnigan. Would you like to get them off your chest all at once, or prolong my intrigue?"
__loony__luna__: Black & White Luna__loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
"Butterbeer...with the cork." She smiled at Stephen, not explaining the cork thing.

Turning to Seamus, she looked at him quizzically as she toosed her satchel on the floor next to her chair.

"You have secrets, Seamus? You don't seem the type." She winked at him playfully as she took a napkin and fiddled with it, creasing a fold here and tearing off a bit there.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
"No, they aren't that interesting."

He replied, looking over at Stephen as went to get drinks. Seamus sighed and smirked, leaning back in his chair and patted his stomach.

"Well, Gin, one I suppose would be that I haven't got shagged in a while, although, I know HARD to believe."
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 09:14 am (UTC)
"He's got loads, Luna. I'll bet he even has a secret identity in Russia, or somewhere."

Ginny laughed quietly, but couldn't find the right muscles in her face to smile.
"It is a bit," she said, wanting to stop thinking about shagging as soon as possible, images from her morning flashed behind her eyes and made her glad she wasn't trying to stand or walk.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
Luna continued to fold and shift the napkin in her hands, shifting her gaze form her little project to the two others sharing the table with her. She giggled at the thought of Seamus in Russia, covered in a thick fur coat and one of those hats with ear flaps.

Her brow rose as they talked about Seamus' shagging activities, or lack thereof. She chuckled and muttered to no one inparticular, "I find that hard to beileve."
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
"Well, its true."

He rubbed his stomach absently, thinking of his secrets. Seamus secrets were mostly the odd quirks he didn't bother pointing out about himself usually.

"My patronus is a block of cheese."

Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
For a moment Ginny regarded Seamus with a quizzical look.
She look at Luna, one eyebrow raised, then back at Seamus. Finding his features to betray no dishonesty she laughed in earnest, and buried her face in her hands.
She stood and wedged herself between Seamus and the wall so that she could give him an awkward hug.
"That should never be a secret. That is fantastic."

She looked at Luna as she sat back down, wondering what her patronus might be. Maybe a snorkak or a butterbeer cork?
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
"Cheese is very noble."

Luna didn't look at seamus or Ginny when she spoke, still folding away at her project (now having taken quite a few napkins). She smiled as she finished and placed a folded paper dragon on the table. Pulling her wand from behind her ear, she tapped the paper napkin figure, instantly turning it a red color and animating it. It flapped it's wings and spit out a tiny cone of flames from it's nostrils in Seamus' direction.

Luna smiled as she tucked her wand back behind her ear and leaned back in her chair.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
"Bloody hell."

He muttered, idly patting Ginny's arm. Seamus sighed, shaking his head. He wished that he could do something like that, but also, he was wondering why it had to happen at all. Luna was so odd, but a part of him knew that he could easily become a Luna if he didn't have his charm, so he sighed and shook his head, letting it go, for now.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
"Luna, that is wicked!" Ginny exclaimed reaching a tentative hand out to poke the paper dragon.

"It's almost as pointy as Seamus!"
__loony__luna__: odd__loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Luna looked up at Ginny, her eyes wide, "No, he's a good dragon. Not wicked at all. See?"

She reached for her wand again and tapped the dragon one last time. It spun around once before transforming into a large wedge of cheese on a plate. Luna slid the plate towards Seamus with the tip of her wand.

"Good dragons make good cheese. I think wicked dragons make porridge or...something."
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
Ignoring Luna's nonsense for a second (see how quickly he turns on her, eh?), Seamus went back and looked at Ginny, smirking.

"If you keep on saying I'm pointy, then I might be forced to go pointy in places only Stephen should be able to mak--hearsdfjm."

He blushed bright red and coughed, looking around and tapping his fingers on the table, hoping to Merlin Ginny was too distracted to notice what he just said.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
Ginny's eyebrows knit at the mention of porridge and cheese. If there were any two people in the world who could help her forget her morning, they were sitting at this table.

"You're right Luna, that is a good dragon. I think bad dragons make split pea soup." She wasn't really paying attention to what came out of her mouth as she listened to Seamus' threats to... get an erection? And what was this about Stephen.

She raised both eyebrows and placed her head in her hand, staring at Seamus before slowly looking over her shoulder to where Stephen stood.

"Believe me, I wouldn't want anyone to go pointy in anyway against their wishes," she said, torn between amusement and the distinct need to either stop thinking about erections or have another cold shower.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
Luna cocked her head at Seamus, pointing her wand and waving it slightly in the general direction of the part of Seamus' body she assumed they were talking about (assuming correctly, of course).

"You want Stephen to make you pointy. Hmmmm."

She pulled the plate of cheese over to her, since Seamus seemed not too interested in it, and cut off a piece for herself and taking a bite. Mmmmmm, cheddar.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
"No! Not at all!"

He huffed, grabbing some cheese for himself and just biting off the large round.

"Oh, tasty."

Seamus muttered dully, sighing a bit. There was no way he could convince Luna otherwise now. He just hoped she'd keep it secret. Not that it would really matter if she told, as he was pretty sure Stephen was straight and thought he was joking with him, but at the same time, he cared because he was just supposed to NOT care and he did and oh it was confusing. But the cheese was rather good, so he took another bite.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
Ginny shook her head and laughed into her hands. Leave it to Luna.

"Luna, are people always randomly saying 'leave it to you' love?" she asked, reaching over to break a hunk of cheese off. As she drew her hand back she patted Seamus's forearm.

"Shouldn't be too hard of a job, or well, hard but, not difficult," she said in a vague tone.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
"Not when they think I can hear them, no." Of course, it was one of those things that Luna had heard spoken numerous times in not so hushed whispers back in school. Along with things like, There goes Loony Lovegood. and Nutter. For some reason people acted as though being odd meant she couldn't hear very well.

She smiled at Ginny and then at Seamus, glad to see he was finally enjoying the cheese.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
"It's not a bad thing to say, is it?"

He asked over his round of cheese, which was so good he had not stopped eating it since he picked it up. The perfect combination between sharp and mild, salty and soft, Seamus was in love. With the cheese. He'd have to learn how to magic cheese like this ALL THE TIME and never eat anything else. But he didn't say this right now, as he was too busy eating his cheese, listening to the conversation AND staring at Stephen's arse, which just felt wrong to him at the moment, because well, he shouldn't be encouraging someone to change themselves for him.

No one had the right to do that! Seamus firmly believed this, of course. But still. GAH. He shook his head.

"So how do you make this perfect cheese, Luna?"

He decided to ask, because he was NOT going to angst. Not over anyone. No one was worth THAT grossness.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
"I think it's a compliment," Ginny said around her bite of cheese, and regarded Seamus he seemed very distracted, and thoughtful. The sooner the alcohol came the better, thinking tended to be contagious.

"Does it have to be a dragon first?" she added to Seamus's question.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
"I think so, don't know why they always whispered it. Like 'Loony', no one ever called me 'Loony' to my face...except Draco, Draco always called me 'Loony'...and knicked my stuff." Luna's eyes started fogging over as a grin curled at the corners of her mouth at the memory. She shook her head a bit at the talk of her dragon and stared at the plate of quickly disappearing cheese.


She nodded, "Good dragons make good cheese." Hadn't she said this already? Luna had her mother's knack for magic, but rarely identified with it. Of course, to Luna it was more about the unseen things, the nuances that characterized the magic itself...whether a paper dragon was good or wicked for example.

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