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Harry/Luna ficlet - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Harry/Luna ficlet
Okay, I'm an H/Ger, but I love the idea of Harry dating Luna for at least a little while before we get to OBHWF. I just plain LURVE Luna.

Since we know Harry doesn't think about dates on his own, I figured I'd give him a reason. Anyway, about an hour in Notepad instead of straight into LJ.

I think I need a Luna icon. For those vaguely odd moods when I have perhaps imbibed an adult beverage or two.



Harry collapsed into Ron's room with a weary sigh. "He's making me do it," he said blandly. "I thought it was supposed to be Voldemort out to get me, not Dumbledore."

"It's a rough break, mate," Ron commiserated. "I'd tell him to sod off, if I were you."

"It's a good idea. But we have to make all these bloody contacts. I didn't think this job went with politics." Harry wrinkled his nose. "I have to go to this feast and dance business," he said. "And I have to have a date."

"Dumbledore told you to have a date?"

"No. That was Lupin's idea. Said I'd like it better with someone my own age. Then Dumbledore said it would look better, and next thing I know, I'm expected to have a date." He gritted his teeth. "I'm having real trust issues, here."

"Well... er... Ginny's still going with Dean and... er... " Ron glanced nervously at the ground, his eyes drifting back and forth across the laces of Harry's trainers.

"I wasn't going to ask Hermione," Harry assured him, not bothering with his usual pretense on the subject, the one where he pretended not to know that this was Ron's major concern. "D'you know how to reach Luna?"

Ron looked up very suddenly. "Er... Luna? Lovegood?"

"Yeah. She lives near you, doesn't she?"

"Yes, but... you were going to ask Luna?"

Harry shrugged. "It occurred to me."

"Luna Lovegood."

"Yes."

"Okay, mate. I guess... Why?"

"I don't know." But that wasn't true, not really. He took a deep breath and sat down on the edge of the camp bed that Mrs. Weasley had permanently installed in Ron's room for him. "It's just... five of you came with me to the Department of Mysteries. I know four of you, and I know why you came. But Luna? Why did she come? What makes Luna tick?" Hearing it aloud, he shook his head. "Excuse the pun."

"Right."

"I mean, haven't you wondered why she wears those corks for a necklace, or the radishes in her ears?"

"Not really."

He shrugged again. "I suppose it's just... if I really do need to take a date... maybe it would be a good chance to find out. About those sorts of things. I know, it's mad."

"Barking," Ron agreed, then appeared to rethink the situation. "I mean... er... well, if you fancy her... then... "

"Then I should ask?"

"Well, maybe. If it's not too complicated, mind. If you were, say, friends with Luna, and didn't want to risk it, you shouldn't. That would be a bad idea. But if you just want to get to know her and so on..."

"That's about the sum of it."

Ron shook his head. "Hermione's going to think you've cracked, mate."

"Probably. But I'll ask anyway. She'll probably say no. It's you she fancies."

"Right."

Harry didn't bother answering this.

********************


Luna blinked her large, protuding eyes, apparently not quite registering what Harry had said. "I'm sorry?" she asked.

"I know," Harry said. "It sounds dull. Bunch of bloody Ministry types dancing waltzes and eating bland food, probably. I guess you wouldn't want to go."

"I... er... did you ask me on a date?"

"Well... sort of. I mean, if that's... it could just be, well, going together. Doing me a favor so I would have someone to talk to. Without the date business. If you don't want... date business."

"Well, I... if you... perhaps I could... er, talk about what?"

"Well, for starters, I haven't the faintest idea what a Crumple-Horned Snorkack is, other than Hermione doesn't believe in them."

"I'm going to find one," Luna said, her mouth pursed in an oddly dignified--and rather cute--way. "Really, I am. I'm sure they exist."

"I didn't say I didn't believe. I just really don't know what they are. I reckon Hagrid would. You should talk to him."

She looked at him dubiously. "He doesn't seem to know much."

"He's getting better as a teacher. And he does know his creatures. If it's out there, he probably knows about it." He considered it. "He's probably had one for a pet."

"Right." She bit her lip. "You're not... fooling me? Are you?"

"What do you mean?"

"Nothing. I just... you're... well, you're... and I'm... Do you know who I am?"

"I'd like to find out."

"I'm Loony," she said apologetically. "If you go with me, they'll... be mean to you."

"As opposed to how kind and gentle they were last year? When you were the first person to stick by me, other than Ron and Hermione and Neville? I mean, even Ginny didn't say anything right out loud before you did."

"Ginny, right. She fancies you."

"She used to. She doesn't anymore."

Luna let out only a single bark of laughter, but it transformed her face. Whatever she was thinking apparently amused her greatly. "If you say so."

"And anyway, I know you fancy Ron... right?"

Her face turned as red as the radishes she wore on her earbobs. "I... well..."

"It's all right if you do."

"I reckon if he fancied me back, you wouldn't be asking." Harry didn't answer, and she raised an eyebrow. "Ravenclaws aren't stupid, you know."

"Well, maybe I fancy you," he said firmly. "And anyway, it... well, it wouldn't need to be about fancying. We could just talk. Get to know one another." Harry's heart was beating double-time. He wished she would just say no--or yes, whichever--and end the suspense. It wasn't fair for this to fall only to boys. "It's just a feast and a dance in Diagon Alley. That's all. Put on a pretty dress robe, sit there and be nice to a bunch of adults who'll keep bothering us."

"As appealing as that sounds..."

"Please, Luna."

She frowned at him. "You're really not playing a joke on me?"

"I'm really not."

She leaned in very close, and he could smell the kippers she'd had for breakfast on her breath. There was a small zit forming on her hairline. Her mouth was pretty and full, and her eyes an interestingly pale shade of blue. "You're not," she said. "You can tell, you know. If a person is lying, then it makes their inner humors change, and it shows in the face. My father did an article about that last year."

"Er... all right."

"I'll go then," she said confidently.

"Oh. Good."

Harry turned to head back out for the long walk back to the Burrow, but Luna caught his arm. He turned to find her looking at him oddly.

She bit her lip. "Harry, I don't suppose... if, er... well, if I did want date business..."

"Anything you'd like."

"Even a... " She shrugged, blushing. "You know."

Harry smiled, feeling nowhere near as nervous as he would later when he reconsidered all of this. He bent forward and kissed her briefly on the lips. They were dry and warm, and tasted like fish, which was infinitely better than tasting like tears. She blushed.

"I'll pick you up at five-thirty," he said. "And I'm sorry that it's going to be a dull evening."

"It won't be," Luna said. "At least I hope not."

Was going to add the meme from sunshyndaisies (ten movies seen over last two years that aren't SW, HP, or LotR), but I realized that my movie buddy has been out of town for over a year, and I haven't seen ten new movies in the last two years.

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myf From: myf Date: April 6th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That just ... made me laugh. I love Luna too, and I'd love to see her and Harry give it a chance.

I'm not sure she'd be so reluctant to believe Harry - she seems to take all the teasing and strange looks with a great deal of quiet confidence, so I could see her just agree to go with him straight off. I also suppose that if she really liked him, she might be more reluctant for this to be a prank. But if she prefers Ron... I have to admit I'm confused.

I loved her and Harry's conversation, especially about the Snorkacks. Wonderfully circular.

A couple of little things - there's a word left out in the first paragraph, (to be Voldemort), and I also noticed another typo but of course I lost it again. And sorry, but I can never ever imagine Harry telling Ron that he has "trust issues".

Thanks, Fern!
myf From: myf Date: April 6th, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Found it!

"Well... er... Ginny's still going with Dean and... er... " Ron glanced nervously at the ground, his eyes driftign back and forth across the laces of Harry's trainers.

Drifting, yeah? Teensy typo.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 6th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
On quite a bit of kosher wine, I'm happy that it's just that typo.

You're right--Luna might be a bit more confident than this. But I had to let her torture Harry for awhile.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 7th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I can never ever imagine Harry telling Ron that he has "trust issues"

True. Pure author intrusion.

Unless Hermione had been spouting another pop psych book to him very, very recently.
sarah531 From: sarah531 Date: April 7th, 2004 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I need a Luna icon.

Your wish is my command XD

sarah531 From: sarah531 Date: April 7th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
p.s -Loved the story. :D
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: April 7th, 2004 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
The 'what makes Luna tick' line had me laughing out loud. I didn't even see the pun at first and had to re-read it. Loved it. :~)
affabletoaster From: affabletoaster Date: April 7th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
*headdesk* I didn't even get it until now, and I read it twice. Ooh, I'm brilliant!
From: sunshyndaisies Date: April 7th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL I said "up to 10," so it's ok if you have fewer than 10 :). I actually don't have 10 movies in my own list! I've seen a lot of movies over the past two years, but the majority of them weren't list-worthy, that's for sure...
From: sunshyndaisies Date: April 7th, 2004 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
And btw, I loved the story--but then again, that's not a surprise, since I love everything you write :).
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 9th, 2004 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely, Fern. Hey, I think Luna is more likely to end up with Harry. At least, that way, the H/G vs. H/Hr war will end with a Truce.
verdenia From: verdenia Date: May 23rd, 2006 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay, Luna / Harry!

Not a pairing I read much, but I'm open to it, and I really like what you've done here. Very cool!
I had to re-read the pun to get it: awesome! lol.
Very cute conversations.
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