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Batch 19 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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Batch 19
(Sorry about the momentary lack of cut, if you happened to be checking your f-list at that moment!)

I would love to see Ron and Hermione's engagement, or something along those lines.
For harriet_wimsey

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"You will marry me, won't you?" Ron asked, apropos of nothing they'd been discussing before.

Hermione looked down at the basket of sundry kitchen goods she'd bought for her new flat. Ron was putting up a spice rack. Harry and Ginny had gone off somewhere, purportedly to look for supper, and Neville was outside by the door, trying to see if he could do anything with Hermione's window boxes. She frowned. "What?"

"Well... I guess I've been reckoning... as we've talked about it... but this is a nice flat, and I thought we'd have a house, and..."

"I'm living here for a year or two, Ron. Then I assumed--well, that you'd ask me properly."

"Oh."

"I'm not planning to say no," she said.

"Right, that's good." He went back to the spice rack for a few minutes. "Hermione?"

"What?"

"Will you marry me?"

"Yes. You've got that crooked."

"I do?"

"It's a bit lower on the left."

He fixed it and moved the screw up magically. "Do you want me to put the things in it yet?"

"I haven't decided how I want them. Mum likes to have everything alphabetical, but your mum's got them by how often she uses them, and I've got used to that. Except that I don't cook very much, so I don't know what I'll use most."

"Mum's teaching me to cook. I can do most of it."

Hermione shrugged and handed him the basket. "Do your worst, then. You know what you'll want."

He grinned and set to work. "So, we're engaged? I can tell people, 'yes, that's my fiancée, Hermione'?"

"Why not? Though I think most people we know would be surprised that this is the first time it's come up."

"Would you believe me if I said I'd forgotten that I hadn't asked?"

"Yes, I'd believe it."

He finished, then came into the parlor. "Did you, er, want more of a proposal? A dinner at some fancy place and a ring hidden in the pudding?"

"In the pudding?"

"I heard about some blokes that did that. I was afraid if I tried it, you'd swallow it and choke."

"Not an auspicious beginning," Hermione said, then shook her head. "In the pudding? Really?"

"So you're not sorry I didn't do that."

"Not at all."

"I could take you out somewhere, though. Have we ever been on a proper date?"

Hermione thought about it and laughed. "No, I don't think so. Perhaps we ought to try one."

"Pity there's not any sort of ball coming up. I promise, you wouldn't be a last resort."

"A ball!" Hermione said. "Viktor!"

"Hey! I don't know that I like Krum being mentioned in the course of this particular conversation."

"No, I got an owl from him yesterday. I nearly forgot. He's getting married. He's invited me, and asked if you'd like to come as well. There'll be dancing, and dress robes... it'll be quite ball-like."

"Krum included," Ron grumbled.

"Yes, Viktor and his new wife." She smiled. "Sofia in June should be lovely. After the wedding, we can visit the hot springs, and drink at a few mehani... it'll be a nice, long date."

"A date with hot springs," Ron mused. "You talked me into it."

"Good. Now, about our wedding, I thought I'd like to live on my own for two years--after that, perhaps a nice summer affair? I'd love to have it at the Burrow, but I saw what a drain that was on the family, so I'll look at other spots."

"What about Hogwarts? I reckon Hagrid would host it."

"Not Hogwarts, no." Hermione shuddered. "I'd rather not invite the Red Caps, thanks. I wonder if Harry would host it at Grimmauld Place?"

"You'd get married in that old manse?"

"Maybe. Or perhaps Andromeda would. Or we could just use a public hall. Unless you want to go to Australia and get married at my parents' place."

"Aren't they ever coming home?"

"They like it there, and it's no trouble to go there by a few hops with Apparition." She sighed. "I think we should have it here, though. Everyone we know is here."

"Well, two years is enough to find a place. We don't have to worry about it right off." He went to the window. "Hey, Longbottom!"

"What?" Neville called up.

"Hermione and I are engaged."

There was a pause. "Is that new?"

"Yes."

"Oh. Congratulations. Hermione, I can't do anything with this soil. I'm heading back up north to get some decent fertilizer."

Ron turned away from the window. "And on that note, what are we unpacking next?"




Harry and Lily bonding before she goes to school
for beceh

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For the first year after old Ollivander had died--the year James was to get his wand--his granddaughter Berit had seemed afraid to make any changes in the shop. By the time Al had come the next year, she'd wound up the courage to put in a new counter. In the two years since, Harry noticed, she'd apparently got a lot more comfortable. The dusty pillow in the front window had been replaced with a new blue velvet one with gold tassels, and the window itself, milky from age, had been replaced entirely. She'd added a skylight to the ceiling, which made the place much airier and better lit. She'd obviously done something with the stock shelves, but Harry didn't know the system well enough to know what it was. She'd also put several wands out on a long display table, and when Lily came in, she went through a systematic testing process with different materials before starting to "try on" particular wands that belonged to the material families that customers were most drawn to.

"Will I get to try holly and phoenix feather?" Lily asked.

Berit smiled. "Sorry, darling, you already did. That was the one you said was like pointing a twig."

"Oh. Well, what about ash and dragon heartstring?"

"That was the second one. I always try the parents' combinations first. Looks like you're going to be stubbornly unique."

Lily preened at this.

"Shall we try the rowan?"

"James's wand is rowan!" Lily said, horrified. "I wouldn't get along with James's, I'm sure."

"Well, let's give it a try anyway. He is your brother, dear..."

And of course, it was a rowan wand that chose her, though her core was a phoenix feather, rather than dragon heartstring like James's. She was so delighted with the explosion of sparks that she was willing to forgive its connection to such a dubious figure as her brother.

Once it was done, Harry gave her a choice between lunch and the rest of her shopping, and she chose lunch. She set her wand box on the table in front of them at the Leaky Cauldron, and looked at it with her eyes glowing. "I can't wait to use it!" she said. "I'm going to be good at Defense. And Charms. I'll make wonderful Charms."

"I'll bet you will," Harry said.

She picked up the box and hugged it to her. "I have a wand!"

Harry laughed. "It's a good feeling, isn't it?"

"Mm-hmm."

"What am I going to do with all three of you away at school?"

She rolled her eyes. "I bet you'll have lots of fun while we're just doing homeworks and detentions. Grown-ups get to do anything they want when there are no kids there."

"Anything we want, eh?"

"Well, that's what I heard Mum telling Aunt Hermione, anyway."

"Oh."

"When I get to school, I--"

"Aren't you Harry Potter?"

Lily stopped mid-sentence, looking mutinous, as a complete stranger approached the table eagerly, a camera hanging around her neck.

Harry stood and smiled coolly. "I am. This is my daughter, Lily. Was there something you needed?"

The woman--a tourist whose accent Harry didn't recognize--seemed oblivious to any awkwardness, and said, "I've just read everything about you! Could I get an autograph? You're much more handsome in person than in photographs."

The principled thing to do was refuse, but the principled thing generally ended up with tears and recriminations about how he was perfectly awful to people who just admired him, which would take more time than just signing the scroll she offered. He smiled and did so. She went off to her table and started showing it to her friends, who were now casting suspiciously ambitious glances in Harry's direction.

Harry raised an eyebrow. "Lily, I know you want to see Hannah and Neville, but how would you feel about lunch at the Willow instead?"

"Sounds good," she said with no hesitation, and stood up, still cradling her wand-box.

"Good. We'll drop by later to visit."

They got up quickly and made their way to the back of the pub, then went through the arch into Diagon Alley. The Gudgeons' restaurant, the Willow, was near Fortescue Park. Harry tried to remember what it had all looked like when Fortescue's was still there and the restaurant hadn't been built, but he couldn't bring up the image in his head.

"I used to come here for ice cream," he said. "To Fortescue's. He helped me with my History of Magic homework."

Lily looked up curiously. "You needed help?"

"Constantly." Harry smiled at her. "I'm sorry about the interruption."

She sat down on a bench. "It's all right. You're quite famous, I guess."

"I wish I weren't." Harry sat down beside her. "It's a right pain, if you'd like the truth of it."

"I know."

"It's not easy on you, either, is it?"

She shrugged. "It's all right. It's just the way it is, right? You did something important in the war, didn't you?"

"I suppose. Everyone did something important in the war, but yes... they all look at me as having won it."

"Well, that's good then," Lily said. "Losing it would have been very bad."

"I'd have preferred if we hadn't had to fight it at all."

Lily was unfazed by this. She just shrugged. "Daddy, what do you think we're meant for?"

"What?"

"James and Al and me. What are we supposed to do? Al and I were talking about it. We don't know."

"Well, you can do whatever you'd like." Harry frowned. "I don't want you thinking you need to be any particular sort of thing just because of something I did twenty years ago. What do you want to do?"

"What if I said I wanted to repair Floos?"

"I'd say we need people to do that."

"What if I wanted to become a singer?"

"I'd suggest you talk to Teddy's friend Don."

"What if I wanted to drive the Knight Bus?"

"I'd find out what O.W.L.s you need."

"What if I wanted to rob Gringotts?"

"I'd visit you every week in Azkaban."

She laughed.

Harry grinned back at her. "You said you wanted to do great Charms. Is that what you like?"

"They'll come in handy in my career as a bank robber."

"Ah. Well, you'll want to study up on Defense as well. Lots of hexes you'll need to know how to deal with."

"Right."

"And History of Magic wouldn't be a bad course, either, especially if the Wizengamot succeeds in getting rid of Binns. You'll want to know what might be in the vaults."

"Exactly. I think I probably ought to learn languages as well, in case there are foreign security incantations."

"Yes, Gobbledegook would serve you well in your chosen career."

"Just what I thought. And when I'm done being a bank robber, I shall become a pirate, like in James's stories. I'll sail the seven seas and find treasures, and have swordfights with redcoats."

"Let me know if you find some."

Lily stood up and hooked her arm through the arm of the statue of Florean Fortescue. "Or perhaps I'll open an ice cream shop like Mr. Fortescue's instead."

"If that's what you want."

"And then, I'll give everyone free ice cream and they'll decide to make me Minister of Magic."

"A solid political platform if I ever heard one."

"I could be a Curse-breaker, like Uncle Bill used to be."

"True."

"Or a Muggle taxi driver. Maybe I could become the Muggle Prime Minister..."

Harry got up and steered her toward The Willow, content to let her spin her future into the golden summer afternoon.


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beceh From: beceh Date: December 22nd, 2008 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. Loved both of them :-)

Especially the line:

"What if I wanted to rob Gringotts?"

"I'd visit you every week in Azkaban."


I love your Harry, he's such a great Dad :-)
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: December 22nd, 2008 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I ADORED the first piece. Wow. :D. (I'm usually not up when you put these up! :) ) It was so lovely and natural. "Oh, I forgot to propose to you, I should do that huh?" And Neville being all "Err... is that new? ... Ok, off to get dung." Yep. ADORABLE. :D.

And the Lily Harry scene was nice. Funny that everyone but his children knows what he did- which is a good thing, since they SHOULD just see him as their dad. Poor Harry though. Le Gahz. Well, it beats having everyone hate him...
stardust9121 From: stardust9121 Date: December 22nd, 2008 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
"Hermione and I are engaged."

There was a pause. "Is that new?"


lol!
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: December 22nd, 2008 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh grinning like anything now. I absolutely loved Lily's lists of possible future jobs and Harry's responses. And it does make the point that his kids can do absolutely anything and Harry would be there for them. Although I wonder if he told them that he actually robbed Gringotts once?

From: daphne_23 Date: December 22nd, 2008 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
The first piece was wonderful! You made me love Ron/Hermione. That's quite a feat :) And in a way, it followed on nicely from the more serious Hermione piece yesterday.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: December 22nd, 2008 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
♥ ♥ ♥

I love how Ron and Hermione's engagement is such a normal thing for them - nothing special, just another detail of their lives together. And Harry is just wonderful with Lily! It's so great (and so like him) that he wants his kids to be whatever they want to be, with no force dictating their futures like he had.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 22nd, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah. Well, you'll want to study up on Defense as well. Lots of hexes you'll need to know how to deal with."

"Right."


Haha, Harry knows a thing or two about robbing Gringotts.

I loved everything!
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: December 22nd, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh Ron/Hermione. So perfectly them. And Neville! That was priceless.
scopart From: scopart Date: December 22nd, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are two of my favorites so far!

While it still makes me a little nostalgic to read the trio growing up (engaged Ron and Hermione, dad Harry), you do write them flawlessly.
miss_daizy From: miss_daizy Date: December 22nd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
These were both great!
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: December 22nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA! Lovely, both of them.

The Ron/Hermione one cracked me up because it wasn't far off from my own engagement story. My now-husband and I started dating when I was 19, and I told him at some point that I wouldn't get married before I was 26 (...I don't know). By the time he proposed (when I was almost 25) we had been talking marriage for ages, and I thought it was just another "I'm feeling happy! Marry me some day!" thing. I totally ruined any romantic mood he was trying to set, kept discounting his talk about what a lovely night it was, etc., and he finally had to say "For real, this time," and pull out the ring before I had any clue that he was really and truly proposing.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: December 22nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Both of these are wonderfully sweet, I loved them both fiercely. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry got up and steered her toward The Willow, content to let her spin her future into the golden summer afternoon.

I could read your Potter family stories forever. These are lovely!

Thank you again for these! I know you've got quite a long list, I hope they never become a chore for you. Because you are brilliant.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 22nd, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hermione & Ron

...pitch-perfect!

"Unless you want to go to Australia and get married at my parents' place."
"Aren't they ever coming home?"
"They like it there..."


I worry about Hermione's parents. That's a neat and comfortable resolution!

And of course, who can get enough of Grownup!Harry and the Potterlings?
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: December 22nd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I love it! It sounds so very plausibly them. I've been reading and enjoying all of these ficlets, by the way, I just never seem to get around to commenting.
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: December 22nd, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry makes such a good Dad! I kind of wonder if there ever is a moment any of the three either wonder what exactly it really was that their dad did in the war, or if they ever do realize....what the actions were and/or that they were important...

Also, Lily should become a muggle politician. That would rock.

The engagement is sweet in that it is so everyday.
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darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: December 23rd, 2008 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Great stuff!
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: December 23rd, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Ron's proposal. It's just so cute :)
beceh From: beceh Date: August 18th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I read this again, I just love that proposal!!!!
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