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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 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)
"DRINKED!"

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)
"DRINK IT UP!"

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)
"Why?"

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

"What?"

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.

"Mmmmhmmmm...."

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.

"Cheese."

He whimpered, and nibbled on some more cheese.
Stephen Cornfoot: skeptical.not_corny on December 24th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
"I don't know about that, about either. I don't think Luna wants to take care of me." Maybe it was time to really slow down. Stephen picked up a butterbeer instead of something alcoholic, deciding to take his time with it.

He wondered why Seamus was being so huffy. He was so curious that he asked, before he had a chance to think it over. "Why so huffy? Is the cheese not up to your standards or what?"
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
Seamus shot him a look and leaned over to him, whispering in his ear.

"I'll take care of you, Stephen..."

Before he went back to his cheese, smirking more now, his lips tingling from when they ran over his earlobe. Being pissed was the only thing keeping him not so awkward right now, and he would be thankful for it, if he knew what was going on.
Stephen Cornfoot: blush.not_corny on December 24th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
That made Stephen shiver all up and down his spine. His skin were also tingling and he knew that it felt nice, but he wasn't sure why. He opened his mouth to reply, but.. nothing came out. Seamus was just playing with him, wasn't he? That was frustrating. He cleared his throat and blushed, fiercely. Knowing how bright it must be just made it worse.

"I'll hold you to that," he replied, finally, with a smile.
the__shameless on December 24th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
"I would hope so, pet."

He licked his lips and leaned up against him, snuggling and sighing, wrapping his arms around his waist. Apparently the blush and smile was an invitation for Seamus to grope and hug him. Hey, he was a touchy-feely bloke besides.
Hannah Abbott_hannahabbott_ on December 24th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
Hannah had long ago sat back to enjoy her pint and just observe. (Really it was often very preferable to joining in and saying something embarrassing, and she nearly always felt she'd embarrassed herself in social situations.) She'd smirked at Seamus's incredibly blatent flirting with Stephen but wondered at the other man's reaction. Not that there was anything wrong with Luna, of course, odd though she was, but it was strange. She raised an eyebrow as Seamus leaned in very, very close to Stephen to whisper to him and soon after snuggled into the other man. This could turn out to be quite entertaining.
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 25th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
Luna was catching up...to everything. It seems your first shot of firewhiskey has a tendancy to make everything go in slow motion and your brain to slow down even more than that. Of course, once it does, things kind of go into hyperspeed.

Being Luna's brain, once it did manage to come to grips with present time, it promptly catalogued what had happened:

1. Mad at Seamus...very mad. He's not a nice bloke for hurting our throat.

2. Stephen said to stick with him, he won't hurt us. We like Stephen, he's a nice bloke...not like Seamus. And he called us love. We liked that.

3. Ginny gave us butterbeer. We like Ginny too.

4. Stephen thinks we don't want to take care of him! We'd take care of him, he's so nice to us! And why didn't we notice how cute he was before? Because we don't normally notice those things. We know that's Seamus' fault too, somehow. We'll figure that out later.

5. Seamus is flirting with Stephen! He's going to take care of our Stephen! No no no no no. That's not right! Why isn't that right? We have no idea, but it's not.

It was right about then that hyperspeed kicked in. If Luna's brain knew a foreboding song, like the kind they play in horro movies before things go terribly wrong, it would have started playing it now.

Luna reached over and pried Seamus' fingers loose from Stephen's waist, smacking his hands back once they were free. She shook a finger at him, trying to focus on teh correct Seamus to scold. He seemed to have multiplied while she was busy thinking.

"I stick to Stephen, not horrid man Seamus." She promptly wrapped her arms around Stephen, where Seamus just was, and squeezed.
the__shameless on December 25th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Huffing, but too dignified to fight, he leaned back against his chair again and closed his eyes. Besides, snuggling Stephen had felt good, but he wasn't going to fight over him with Luna being extra scary like that. And also, if either of them had given him time to react, he would bet he would have pushed him away, so therefore, this just saved him the humiliation. Now Stephen had a girl around him and all things were right with the world, right?

Oh...spinny...
Stephen Cornfootnot_corny on December 25th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
Well this was a new development. Stephen hadn't pushed Seamus away, didn't even want to, but then Luna had replaced Seamus and he didn't understand when that happened or why. "Seamus isn't that horrid," Stephen said, feeling the need to defend the bloke for some reason. "I was just kidding, Luna, he's nice too."

If Luna wanted to cuddle up to him too, that was okay, he supposed. But he still wasn't used to two people wanting it at the same time and even sort of fighting over him? Was that what was going on? Strange. He reached out to pat Seamus on the back, a little concerned. "You okay over there?"
__loony__luna____loony__luna__ on December 25th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
"Mmmmm, OK." With Luna's brain being what it was at that moment, she was completely fine with taking Stephen's word for it that Seamus was nice after all. After all, Stephen was her new favorite person and he wouldn't lie to her.

Luna kept her head glued to Stephen's chest, but unhooked her arms from around his waist and flailed out for Seamus. Once her fingers made contact with his shirt, she grabbed and pulled.

"Come, stick to Stephen with me, Seamus. He's comfy."
the__shameless on December 25th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
"But you pushed me."

He sniffled pathetically, not liking that Luna, the loony bin, had pushed HIM away. How undignified and, well, strange. Seamus duly noted that perhaps giving her the fire whiskey was a baaaad, baaad thing. Not that he would have found it amusing had he not been more pissed. Satisfied, though, he snuggled back up against Stephen and even patted Luna's side, cuddling with her too.

"Not so spinny."

He murmured, breathing in the scent of the nice man he decided was very attractive quite some time ago, but he didn't remember now, nor did he care. He rubbed his nose into his neck and sighed a drunken sigh, feeling very happy at the turn of events. Had he been less pissed, he would have felt Stephen looked like a pimp with two very attractive people hanging off him like this, and would have laughed. But that was beyond him now, as all he was concentrating on was his smell and the way Luna's side felt against his fingers. Not too bad for a Sunday, eh?
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