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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.
 
 
 
__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.

the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
"Yes, but I want this cheese more. You know, like in my house ALL THE TIME?"

Seamus asked, nibbling his cheese uncontrollably. The dragon, the cheese, gah. He needed ir whatever it was. It was important to him. It was cheese after all.

"In my belly, and all."

He snickered and then sighed, knowing Stephen would have been the only one to get that joke, since it was a muggle movie and all. Too bad.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
Ginny looked at her remaining bit of cheese afraid that it might be charmed by the way Seamus was acting.

"He, really, really, likes cheese, doesn't he?" she whispered to Luna.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)
In not so much of a whisper Luna answered Ginny.

"Yes, Seamus really likes cheese and Stephen."

Blurted out comments and arse staring had been noticed and noted by Luna.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
"Luna, don't say such things. A man could get in serious trouble with cheese this good."

He said, glaring at her slightly, his eyes begging her to shut up, but he highly doubted she would, as she was Luna, and did not understand subtlety.

"Besides, making others aware of their non-liking-men-sexuality is not my forte, I'm afraid."

Lies, all of them, but he did like to say things that were a load of bollocks 99.9% of the time.
Stephen Cornfoot: skeptical.not_corny on December 22nd, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Stephen was slowly beginning to realize how long he'd been gone. He had struck up a conversation with Tom and another patron at the bar, facing away from the table his friends were sitting at and even though their drinks were right in front of him, he was distracted. He excused himself and brought the drinks back, placing them on the table.

"Sorry about that, here you go." He had a feeling he was jumping into the middle of a conversation, which he always thought was awkward. "So, what'd I miss?"
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 22nd, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
Ginny smiled at Stephen and held her drink up to him in a little salute before downing half of it in one swallow.

"Mostly just a bit about dragons and some really good cheese." She winked at Luna and continued. "You know if you give this girl a napkin she as an absolute artiste!" She leaned back on the back two legs of her chair.
the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
"Cheese!"

He cheered, chugging his pint. He needed it. Also, he decided next round he was doing firewhiskey with Ginny.

Getting sloshed sounded lovely right about now. After he chugged his pint, Seamus went back to his cheese, nibbling on it. It was goooood.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 22nd, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Luna smiled at Stephen...or at her butterbeer, maybe both. She reached out and grabbed a couple more napkins, hurriedly folding them together before all the cheese was gone.

While she folded away, she muttered as almost an afterthought, "Oh, and Seamus wants you to make him pointy."

"There!" She placed her newest creation on the table, a little paper mouse. Tapping it once with her wand, it sprang to life and scurried over to the plate of cheese. It sat back on it's hind paper legs and nibbled on a crumb of cheddar.

the__shameless on December 22nd, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
"Hey, get yer paws off my cheese!"

He took the cheese and held it up high, close. Seamus was blushing furiously, but it was his cheese and there was something that he shouldn't be focusing on right now. He hoped Stephen's obliviousness would win through--pointy wasn't really meaning erection when it was taken out of context like that. Thank Merlin...
Stephen Cornfoot: skeptical.not_corny on December 22nd, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
Stephen also got a quick start on his pint, watching Luna fold up a napkin and create... a mouse. That was impressive. He almost didn't hear her comment about Seamus but he did... and didn't quite understand.

"Yeah, I definitely missed something," he said, opting to not question it. Seamus' blush was interesting, though.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 23rd, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
Ginny looked around the table, feeling a bit more herself with a bit of liquor to numb her oddness. She reached out to the mouse and scooped it up, petting it with her index finger.

"Luna, if I give you a table cloth do you think you could make me a date?" she asked, regarding Seamus's blush and the almost uncomfortable expression on Stephen's face.

"Seamus was just telling us all of his secrets. We had a deal, my hair for his deepest, darkest, untold truths." She felt a bit wicked as she pulled a stray hair off her shirt and placed neatly in front of Seamus.

"Truly all we learned is anyone with a talent for dairy has got the key to his soul. Which means my poor broken heart will just have to miss him, I can never get it passed curds and whey." She gave Seamus a wink, and took another sip of her drink.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 23rd, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Luna looked, with knitted brow, at Ginny, "I'm not sure a good paper date makes good cheese in the end." She wondered what a good date would make, never having really been on one herself. Or a wicked on for that matter. She was half tempted o find out, but table cloths were far too unruly for folding.

Smiling at Seamus, she teased him a bit, "Does my dragon have the key to your soul now, Seamus?"
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