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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.
 
 
 
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.
Stephen Cornfoot: ha ha.not_corny on December 23rd, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
"Any sort of cheese or is there a specific that will make you fall even faster?" Stephen asked, leaning forward onto the table. He hadn't quite finished off his pint but another round sounded good anyway.

"Get me something, I don't care what though, use your judgement." He knew that was probably not the best idea ever but it wouldn't kill him (hopefully). "It's unfortunate that not too many people have a talent in dairy. Many people appreciate it, but talent? I don't know."
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 23rd, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Ginny finished the rest of her shot, and turned it over on the table. "Cheers, Seamus."

"Maybe it's the type of thing you go to a special school for," she mused aloud. "Or, it's a gift that has to be passed down genetically. Was your Mum a cheese expert Luna?"

She turned her focus to the mouse that was washing it's napkin face with little napkin paws. "He needs a name, doesn't he? Maybe I'll call him Noodles." She favored Stephen with a cheeky glance out of the corner of her eye.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 23rd, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Luna had been too busy folding away to drink her butterbeer so it had remained, still full, on the table. She finally opened it, stashing the cork in her satchel, and taking a swig.

"I'm fine, still have this one to finish."

Had Ginny just mentioned her mother? And cheese? The thought made Luna's eyes cloud over in memory. Luna answered her without looking at her, in fact she wasn't looking at anyone...except maybe some bloke 3 blocks down and through the wall behind Ginny. Luna didn't remember cheese, but another memory filled her senses. The corner of her mouth curled up in a slight grin.

"She made the best snickerdoodles."
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
Seamus nodded to everyone and popped off to go get what they wanted. He got Gin another firewhiskey and he and Stephen a lovely vat of bubbling voldran--a very strong wizarding drink that had the consistancy of tapioca pudding, with the flavor of nutmeg. He smirked, paid, and walked back, setting two mugs eliciting steam in front of he and Stephen.

"Drink up."

He smirked, pushed Ginny's shot near her other overturned one and held his up.

"Cheers."

Seamus said, drinking a couple gulps. When he finished, he looked up and licked his top lip, steam having stuck to it.
Stephen Cornfootnot_corny on December 23rd, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
"Noodles is a charming name, Ginny." Stephen grinned at her and rolled his eyes in response to her comment - obviously teasing him about the name of his dog. He glanced at Luna and his smirk faded to an affectionate smile. He'd missed her.

When Seamus came back, Stephen's eyes widened in surprise. "I think someone plans on getting me sloshed," he said before attempting to make a start on his new drink. He had only just finished his other one, too.
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
"Maybe thats my plan, maybe its not. You'll just have to see."

He licked his lips, as Seamus loved nutmeg and sighed, looking between Luna and Ginny.

"So, what do you all think of this re-opening of Hogwarts? Stephen started going on about it to me already, and I can see his points, I'm just wondering if anyone else is all worked up over it like he is."

Seamus said, sipping his drink.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 23rd, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
"Thanks Seamus," Ginny said and giggled at his other choice of drinks. She'd been somewhat lost in thought and it was very upsetting, since when did she get all internalized and mopey? Well, enough was enough.

"I think it's a bit sad, you know. I don't think it will ever be the same. However, on the other hand, I think it is corking enough to sing about, Luna, feel up for a song?" she asked, sipping her shot.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 23rd, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Luna's gaze and interest refocused as they fell on Seamus.

"I think it's wonderful And a definite blow to the Ministry's plans. A long time coming, if you ask me."

Luna grabbed a few more napkins and began folding once again. She seemed to think best while keeping her hands occupied.

"A song, Ginny? Sure. Got one in mind?" Of course Luna had already started humming the ravenclaw Sorting Song, which had been nestled inthe back of her mind since the earlier odd duet with Stephen.
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
Seamus raised his mug.

"I'll join in if I know it!"

He replied, smirking rather ridiculously, as not only was his drink rather fast acting, he had gulped it down too. Seamus sighed and licked his lips, waving his drink in the air before he spilled a bit on his arm. Huffing, he put his drink down, licked his arm, and then went in for more cheese. Mmm...cheese.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 23rd, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
"Well, we'd all know the Hogwart's song. And it seems rather fitting for the occasion," Ginny suggested after running her tongue across her front teeth. She cleared her throat and took a deep breath.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 23rd, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
Luna beamed with excitement, setting her new paper project down and clapping repeatedly.

"I love the Hogwarts Song! I tried to get everyone to sing it last night at the reunion, but we only got through it once."

Luna drew in a deep breath and started singing. True, there are quite a few things that Luna Lovegood is secretly good at; dancing, origami, and perhaps a few undiscovered talents as well. However, singing is not one of them. Needless to say, as out of tune and off key she might have bellowed the words to the Hogwarts Song, her joy and happiness to be singing it could not be questioned.

"Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,
Teach us something, please..."
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
"Whether we be old and bald
Or young with scabby knees...!"

Seamus yelled, his tune a bit faster than Luna's. He always liked to rush through the song and then hear everyone else's, his favorite always have been Fred and George's funeral waltz.

Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 23rd, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
"Our heads could do with filling
With some interesting stuff,
For now they're bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff...!"

Ginny sung in a loud voice, doing her best to make the school song sound like a drinking song as she waved her glass along to the beat.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 23rd, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
"So teach us things worth knowing,
Bring back what we've forgot,
Just do your best, we'll do the rest,
And learn until our brains all rot."

Luna broke out in an uncontrollable fit of laughter immediately after the last note, practically falling off her chair. Given the fact that it was a Sunday afternoon and they were in the Leaky Cauldron, singing a silly song, people undoubtedly must have been thinking she was a complete drunkard. Nope, this was just Luna...completely sober, only drinking butterbeer Luna.
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
Seamus laughed, waving his drink around again and then sipped it up, finishing it quickly.

"Oh, mates...this is brilliant."

He said, shaking his head and smirking, laughing a bit.

Stephen Cornfoot: ha ha.not_corny on December 23rd, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
Stephen could only sit back and watch (and listen) as the others broke into song. To be honest, it was hilarious - so much so that he almost spit out his drink when they started, and so much so that he couldn't join in without laughing. He clapped along, though, feeling like he should contribute something if he wasn't singing.

"Beautiful, that was simply breathtaking, the best rendition I've ever heard!" He grinned, lifted his glass and (hesitantly) took another sip of the extremely strong drink.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 23rd, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
Ginny downed her shot as a finale to the song, and stood up.

"Who wants more?" she asked, walking over to the wireless and turning it on. "And then, who wants to dance?"
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 23rd, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
"Oooo, Ginny! I'm out. Get me another, please."

She was still recovering from her laughing fit, so she had missed the bit about the dancing.
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
"Another ones!"

He pointed to his drink, nodding. He wanted more and more and more. Getting pissed was vital.
Stephen Cornfoot: blush.not_corny on December 23rd, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
"Uh. I guess I'll have another even though..." Stephen glanced down at his drink, and then up at the rest, shrugging. "Even though I'm not done. Guess I'll just have to finish this one quickly." Or maybe he should slow down.

He arched a brow at Ginny, remembering her question about dancing. "Dancing? Here? In front of... everyone else?" He paused, contemplating it. "Not drunk enough."
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