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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 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."
Hannah Abbott_hannahabbott_ on December 23rd, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
Hannah walked nervously into the Leaky Cauldron and paused, looking around. She smiled when she finally spotted the group in the corner and made her way over to the table, conjuring a chair once she reached it.

She smiled at Seamus, "Well, I'm here, Non-BLONDE. Where shall I sit?"
the__shameless on December 23rd, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
"You should sit wherever!"

He cheered, smirking at her. Hair hair! Surrounded in hair! And cheese! And drinks! Life is like a box of chocolates!

Seamus was pissed. But thats okay.

__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 23rd, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Luna looked up and instantly recognized all the blondeness. And of course, Hannah had been in the DA. Luna remembered everyone from the DA, it was the closest she had felt to having friends in her whole life.

She had picked up her paper project again and wasn't quite finished with it yet, so she waved an elbow at Hannah and smiled widely.

"Hannah! You just missed the School Song! It was lovely!"
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 24th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
At the bar, Ginny had talked the bartender into a free round, but she was told to wait. She's covered his shift twice, so he owed her a favor, but the paying costumers came first.

After a bit of journaling to Hermione and Tonks, he was ready for her order. Being that she was back to thinking about 'thinky things,' it was hardly surprising that she didn't remember what anyone wanted.

"Alright then love, you owe me right?"
The man nodded, eyebrow raised, he knew Ginny. And he knew Ginny was quite pissed, especially for lunch time.
"I have no idea what I came here to get now, but see that table in the corner?" she pointed, "I need one of each of whatever we've already had, for each person there."

It took him a moment, but soon Ginny returned to the table with a tray burdened with five shots of firewhiskey, five butterbeers, five scary bubbly drinks, and five pints of ale. She recognized the blonde girl as some one she'd joked around with in school, she was in the DA, but for the life of her, Ginny couldn't remember her name. By way of greeting she drew up another chair and hefted a shot, "Cheers!" she said, and poured it into herself, before scrawling a distracted answer to Hermione. It seemed like this conversation was going to keep going, but she was sure she could multi-task. Poorly.

"No one's got a fag, have they?" she asked, looking around the room for anyone who might be smoking.
Stephen Cornfootnot_corny on December 24th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Even though he'd had quite a bit to drink already (certainly not pissed, his tolerance was a little higher than that), Stephen knew who Hannah was and greeted her cheerfully, with a big smile on his face. "Welcome! Sorry for the state of things, but we all need some fun now and then."

When Ginny returned, Stephen was in the middle of finishing up the drink Seamus got. He nearly choked on that when he saw how much Ginny brought back with her. "What the hell are you getting us into, Ginny?" He was glad he had eaten lunch. He clapped a hand on Seamus' shoulder. "Well, mate, you think you can handle all of this too?"
Hannah Abbott_hannahabbott_ on December 24th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Hannah rolled her eyes and smirked back at Seamus, "Terribly helpful. Thank you." She smiled at Luna as she moved her chair between the blonde and Seamus, "Sorry to have missed it. Do you mind, Luna?"

Her eyes widened slightly at the drink-laden tray Ginny brought back, "Wow. You weren't half joking about getting pissed, were you?"
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 24th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
Luna grabbed Stephen's arm and pulled herself and her chair closer to him to make room for Hannah, doing a double take at Ginny's tray of drinks galore when she approached the table.

"Ginny, I can't drink five butterbeers at once!"

She neglected to let go of Stephen's arm in all the shock.
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 24th, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
Ginny shrugged, only half following the conversation while writing in her journal. She tucked it between her legs when she was done, like some one might take it away and read things. Horrible things.

"I couldn't remember who wanted what, so this seemed like a good solution! Plus, it's a team effort, isn't it lads?"
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
"Of course it is!"

He turned to Stephen and shook his head.

"It's a team effort, and I can do it!"

He cheered, leaned over and kissed Stephen, went back to drinking his drink as he if did nothing wrong and then nibbled on his cheese. He was a bit too sloshed to think anything of it, actually, it was just a snog, and ANYWAYS, there were a whole lot of birds there, he might go and snog them soon too, if he felt like it. Which he wouldn't, at the moment, no, but he MIGHT, and thats what counted, right?

He was too involved with gulping another drink down to be too concerned, and to say that he even really noticed what he was doing would have meant that he noticed he had deviated from his routine of gulp-talk-gulp-stare-gulp-nibble-gulp, but still, he added another "gulp" in there and all was well, wasn't it?
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 24th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Luna caught the kiss that Seamus planted on Stephen and waited to see what the other man's reaction would be. Maybe Seamus would be getting his pointy wishes after all. Interesting.

Luna reached out for a drink, but the tray was on the other side of the table, in front of Ginny.

"Seamus, can you hand me a drink, please?"
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)

He waved, or pushed, or handed, whatever he did, there was NOW a drink in Luna's hand. Not butterbeer, mind you, but firewhiskey. He was too busy drinking large gulps from his third steamy drink to even pay attention to what Luna drank, nor did he care. Right now it was mostly just...drinking. And a little bit of Stephen and cheese thrown in on the side.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 24th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
Luna looked at the shot glass in her hand. It wasn't exactly the bottle of butterbeer she had been expecting. And there was no cork. It was far too small to quench any kind of thirst. What exactly was she supposed to do with this?

"What exactly am I supposed to do with this?"
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)

He encouraged, mimicking, well, REALLY drinking his drink, but doing it in a way that demonstrated to Luna the nuances of drinking that one learns when about, two, or younger perhaps, but that little detail is inconsquential. Besides, drinking was to be done!

"Drinky drinky!"
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 24th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Luna shrugged and sighed, Seamus said drink so...

Luna vowed never to listen to Seamus again. It took every ounce of strength she had to not spit whatever it was he had her drink across the table, but swallow it instead. And as soon as she did, she wished she had spit it out instead. He entire throat felt like it was ablaze, immediately sending her into a coughing fit.

"You...*cough*...don't like me...*wheeze*... very much, do...*hack*...you Seamus?"
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)

His bottom lip wibbled a bit. Luna didn't like him? Or wait, he didn't like her? Wait, not liking was happening? Why!?!


Seamus looked at her pitifully.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 24th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
Luna was surprised at Seamus' emotional? reaction. Luna's exposure to drunk people was pretty limited...to the luau the night before. And her mind had been a bit distracted with Draco's cake and the article. She had adored the drinks with tiny umbrellas, but this was the polar opposite.

"That was painful. Why would you give me something painful to drink?"
Stephen Cornfootnot_corny on December 24th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
Stephen had barely recovered from his shock after that kiss. He likely should have guessed something like that would happen, but even if he had anticipated it, it still would have been a surprise. He didn't mind Luna gripping his arm; in fact, it was sort of nice to be trusted. He used his free hand to drink from whatever was closest: that scary nutmeg-y drink.

"Because he wants everyone to be drunk, that's why. He's a horrid man, Luna, you better stick with me instead." Stephen smirked, eyes darting between Luna, Seamus, and the others as well, hoping Hannah felt welcomed. "I wouldn't give you something painful, love."
Ginny Weasleyginn_tonic on December 24th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ginny, handed Luna a butterbeer and patted her on the back, muttering, "Well done, then, well done."
She looked away from Stephen and tried not to stare at Seamus when he planted a kiss on the other man, but she had to laugh when Stephen's reaction seemed to be to come on to Luna. The three shots had started to hit her, and it was a lovely feeling. Her chest burned with the heat of the whiskey, and her skin felt a bit tingly. The solid meal in her stomach helped her avoid the usual turmoil firewhiskey could cause. She felt like she could breath fire. She really wanted to breath fire.
She excused herself and set about finding a cigarette to smoke outside while writing to Tonks. After all, you weren't being anti-social if you were talking to somebody, even if it involved writing, which wasn't altogether easy. It seemed like her brain worked at a far different pace than her fingers.
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Seamus wasn't THAT drunk. He did notice indeed that Stephen was hitting on someone else, mostly Luna. He huffed into his drink and almost followed Ginny outside for a fag, but wasn't that into smoking, really. Thought it made his teeth yellow, and he wanted his teeth quite white.


He hummed a random song, finishing his fourth nutmeg drink in relish.
Stephen Cornfootnot_corny on December 24th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
"Slow down, Seamus," Stephen said, glancing over at him as he finished up yet another drink. "I don't think any of us want to take care of you later." He would have completely denied hitting on Luna if anyone pointed it out. He was just being friendly! And drunk! He kept thinking about Seamus kissing him, too. That was strange. The whole day had been strange.

"Hell if I don't slow down, someone will have to take care of me," he mumbled, though he wasn't about to listen to himself at all.
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
"I can take care of myself...and Luna can take care of you!"

He said reproachfully, grunting into his drink before he huffed into his mug.


He whimpered, and nibbled on some more cheese.
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