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Batch 10: Canon Era (1) - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Batch 10: Canon Era (1)
i still read the fleur and gabrielle fic you wrote, it was so sweet! this time, Bill proposing marriage to Fleur, or viceversa. ;p for _^_fettucinilu
Fleur was sitting at her desk in the foreign accounts department at Gringott's, her head bent over a thick ledger. She had a loupe against her left eye, and was biting her lip as she tried to make out someone's handwriting. A goblin had lent her a green eye-shade, since the sun from this particular window tended to be strong in the afternoon, and it had pushed her hair up into a heart-shaped cowlick above her right ear.

"God, you're beautiful," he said.

The loupe dropped from her eye and she looked up with her mouth open in surprise. "Bill!" she said. "I thought you were taking a holiday!"

"I am. But I wanted to take you to dinner. It's nearly time, isn't it?"

"It needs to be exactly time," Fleur muttered. "Ze goblins do not like me."

"They don't like me, either. They don't actually like anyone much."

"They," Fleur said, deliberately making the "th" sound, which she found amusing for reasons Bill thought obscure (not that it had stopped him from laughing wildly while she ran around the kitchen, buzzing like a bee), "are talking about dropping certain 'foreign interests.'" She sighed and dropped her attempt at a decent English accent, her th's slipping easily into z's. "I do not think they mean accounts."

He dropped into a seat at the next desk. "Do they imagine you're distracting a Curse-Breaker?"

"I would hope that is not their imagination."

Bill grinned. "Well, I do have you to thank for that burn last week. I was thinking about things other than the curse on the vault."

"Whatever could they be?" She grinned wickedly.

"Well, there was a giant diamond," Bill said. "I saw it and I thought--"

Fleur stopped. "A diamond? Made you think...?"

Bill blinked, realizing what he'd said... and that he hadn't even considered not saying it, or thought anything odd when he'd glanced at the big rock in the Carrow vault and thought, Now, that would make a ring worthy of Fleur Delacour. It had been such a natural extension of his usual thoughts about her that it had seemed almost pedestrian, like seeing a nice restaurant and thinking he'd like to take her out to dinner, or seeing a show advertised and thinking he'd like to take her to it. "Well," he said. "That... well, it came out of nowhere, I suppose. Don't worry, I don't--" He frowned.

"You don't... what?"

"I was going to say 'I don't want to get married,' but that's not actually true. I want to get married. I want to marry you. I just didn't notice it. But don't worry, I know we haven't been together that long, and it's probably far too soon to think about--"



"Yes. Too soon or not too soon. I wish to marry you as well. I say yes." She blushed. "Oh--that is, if you're not... if you really want to."

"I do."

"Then we are..."

"Engaged," Bill said.

The word seemed to cut off further talk, which made sense. It had been a very unexpected turn in the conversation, and seemed very rapid. But Bill didn't want to take it back. He looked at Fleur and smiled.

She smiled back, then laughed. "I am happy," she said. "Very happy."

"Me, too. Though, Mum might take a few days to get used to it."

"I will win her over."

"Of course you will."

There was another lull, then Fleur said, "I do have to finish this..."

"Yes." Bill leaned over and kissed her cheek. "And I have to go buy you an obnoxiously large ring, if I can find one."

"No. A small one is better. We can save gold for a house." She smiled again.

"A small one, then," Bill said. "I'll pick you up in half an hour for dinner. Someplace nice."

"Every place will be nice tonight," Fleur said, and put the loupe back on her eye. She surveyed him--magnified by several degrees--then smiled slyly and said, "Or perhaps--you could cook at home."

please, please More Ginny/Neville friendship? Hogwarts years, maybe 5th or 6th year? for 8firetoad
"If he opens one more bloody door for me," Ginny hissed, glaring at the steps that went up to the boys' dormitories as though Dean Thomas might, at any moment, come down and open every door in Gryffindor Tower just to spite her, "I'll-- I'll-- I don't know what I'll do, but I can open my own doors. He knows I can open my own doors."

Neville shook his head. "He's just trying to be polite."

"By doing exactly what I ask him not to?"

"By doing what his mother taught him to do." Neville shrugged, and pulled a chair out for her at the table where he was sitting.

She gave it a frustrated glance, then sat down. "I can pull out chairs as well. I'm tired of people thinking I can't do anything. I can... what?"

Neville shrugged. "Nothing."

"No, say it. You were thinking something."

"You won't curse me into the end of next year?"

She narrowed her eyes. "Why?"

"Because you're being... silly."


"Well, you are. Your own mother taught your own brothers to do the same things, I'll wager. I know my Gran will wait outside in a blizzard until I open a door for her, if I forget. You're not really mad at Dean for opening the doors."

"Oh I'm not, am I?"

The look on her face was the sort that a lot of Gryffindor boys tended to run from with visions of Bat Bogeys dancing in their heads, but since the Yule Ball, Neville had spent enough time with Ginny Weasley to know she was actually cooling down now. "It's just a stupid little thing that we all have ingrained in our heads."

"Hmph." She thumbed through a book. "So what do yoU think I'm angry at? Ron being a snoop? Harry being... Harry?"

"I think you already said it," Neville said. "You think we don't think you can do anything. Which is ridiculous."

"Oh, thanks a lot!"

"It is. You're on the Quidditch team, you can hex anyone from anywhere, you're doing all right in your classes as far as I know--what do you think we think you can't do?"

She was quiet for a long time, then finally said, "Last year, when Dad got hurt, Harry was... I don't know if I can say what exactly he was upset about; that's his to say or not. But it was something that I could help with. Harry didn't think to ask me, even though he knew it better than anyone else. Ron and Hermione didn't think to ask me. They asked Fred and George if they could think of something to cheer him up, but they didn't ask me. It's like I'm wasn't even there."

"And you've been carrying that around since last winter?"

"It's just one example."

"Well, they don't ask me things like that, either. Harry even admitted it. Apparently, I was supposed to tell him all about the gillyweed fourth year, but he never thought to ask. That's why Dobby had to steal it. And Luna had to remind him that her mother was dead after Sirius died. I don't think it's about us exactly."

Ginny looked glumly at the table. "We should do something," she said.

"Like what?"

"I don't know. Track Death Eaters. Or... something. Let's get Luna and go."

It was a vague, nonsensical plan, but Neville didn't have a better one. He stood up and followed her to the portrait hole. He gestured toward it. "I'll even let you open the door."

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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oddly, the diamond search made me think that Bill should ask a Goblin to help him find something small yet high quality and tasteful. Unlikely as it seems at first, I would bet that, approached the right way, a Goblin asked for an opinion in an area of expertise will fall over himself to prove he can do it where cries for help just make him get out the ear plugs.

Oh, and lovely proposal.

For the second one, a problem I would say Harry has from the Dursleys is a firm belief that the people around him will be oblivious to big problems and he will have to fix them himself. Having to pretend the whole wizard thing doesn't even exist when he's back at Privet Drive doesn't help.

And good for Neville pointing out to Ginny that she doesn't have to wait for Harry (there's never a smiley for fiendish enjoyment when you need one . . . .)

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
why do you think harry would think "people around him will be oblivious to big problems"? i wouldn't think so since before fourth-fifth year he would think dumbledore to solve things, so that would count as big problems. wouldn't it be that people dont solve them fast enough so he has to do it?

just curious to understand what you mean

as for the ginny-neville story, and the comment on harry, that has always made me curious as well, I wouldn't call harry egocentric, but it surprises me that he doesn't stop and think of other people as the examples neville gives, when he does think about these things with ron or hermione, or sirius or dumbledore...

it also always puzzled me because if a much younger harry was able to think of others concerns, such as the snake want for brazil at 11, that he would be so... aloof to people at 15.

unless the whole voldemort- being the boy who lives really twisted him, which I think maybe the case. or perhaps the horcrux in him?


(i'm back to to read here after missing quite a few updates.)

~Alex Wells

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, anytime Harry tries to get someone to help with a big problem, they don't, and he has to handle it anyway. In book 1, he told McGonagall about someone going after the Stone, and she put him off, so he had to handle it himself. In book 2, he and Ron went to Lockhart - and ended up having to handle it themselves. In book 3, I'll grant he didn't have time when Ron was dragged into the tree, but then Dumbledore had him and Hermione handle saving Sirius themselves. In book 4, his name came out of the Goblet and Dumbledore basically said he'd have to cope with it himself. So by book 5, Harry's been shown that, even if people around him are not oblivious to the big problems, it is still his job to figure them out.

He gets help from Ron and Hermione since they've been with him from the beginning, with the troll, and because they insist. He's still not really used to having people who will stick with him and help him if he asks.

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
" He's still not really used to having people who will stick with him and help him if he asks."

hhmm.... interesting. I didn't thought of it that way. and it makes a lot of sense too.

~Alex Wells
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 4th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I suppose I shouldn't have called it something Harry _thinks_. It's more an unconscious reaction. Harry's used to being on his own enough and used to not having anyone he can discuss various things with that he often won't think of asking someone even when it's a perfectly logical and reasonable thing to do. He just assumes he's the only one who can deal with it. When someone points out to him that's what he's doing, he can usually adjust his thinking pretty quickly, but it's not the way he naturally thinks.

Just realized it may be a pity he didn't have a different position on the Quidditch team. The others encourage learning to work with other players on the team, learning to rely on them while still doing your part.

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

it was So cute! and Bill watching her, and him getting all tongue tied and blurting it all out by accident and Fleur being So happy!

and Fleur being naughty in the last sentence ;p

i like the clarification of fleur wanting a small ring, it makes her sound want to be normal, instead of this super gorgeous girl who always had fancy things

it was so cute, thanks!

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
you write the Best Neville/Ginny friendship stuff.

neville is just so canon and so understanding and like, seems to be the only few to take on ginny and her temper. (poor Dean, i think it was stupid she got mad at him for opening doors- for like the exact reason neville says)

like that neville noticed a lot of stuff too.

thanks so so much!

hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: January 3rd, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting thoughts about Ginny. The hold over of emotions from her reaction to Harry's possession-incident were insightful and unique in fic, I think.
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