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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 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?"
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
"No, no. Dragons aren't the way to my heart, I'm afraid. Gin has it right. Cheese is the way to make me fall in love with you."

He snickered, recovering quickly, more than likely because he had a pint of beer. He stood up quickly.

"Gonna go get another round. Anyone want something?"

Seamus asked, taking the cheese round with him. He didn't trust the mouse for a second.
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