Missing Moment - Match Recap and Corruption Talk by Forge2
Summary: Ginny and Harry return to the common room after walking around the grounds following their first kiss. Ron decides to have a few words with them.
Missing Moment - Match Recap and Corruption Talk by Forge2
Chapter 1: Chapter 1Author's Notes:
Late that evening, Harry and Ginny climbed back through the portrait hole with grins on their faces and hands intertwined. Harry's side hurt from laughing so hard and he couldn't remember ever feeling this optimistic. Any trepidation about whether her feelings for him remained had been put to rest, and he felt confident that she understood how he felt, too.
Ginny was his girlfriend. He was Ginny's boyfriend. The thought of it sent a jolt of electricity up his spine as he smiled sheepishly down at her. He bent over as they walked toward the fireplace at the other end of the common room and deposited a kiss on the top of her head. A floral scent wafted around him, and he knew the last few hours would provide plenty of fodder for an exceedingly strong Patronus.
Harry's attention snapped to his best friend, who looked to be a few moves away from checkmating a hapless Neville.
Ginny snickered and quietly whispered, "Told you he'd say something when we got back!"
Harry squeezed her hand and whispered back. "Just remember that you promised to have my back. Bat Bogey hex at the ready in case he punches me." His eyes met Ron's. "Oi! Weasley! What do you want?"
Ron had a stern look on his face, but the corners of his mouth betrayed him as they crept upwards. "Get over here! I seem to remember you promising that you'd play me in chess if we won the cup for you, but you disappeared in the middle of the party. So inconsiderate, mate!"
Harry let out a small sigh of relief. "My fault, Ron. Got caught up in the Gryffindor spirit and found a bit of courage."
Ginny and Harry plopped down on a couch near Ron and Neville. Ginny didn't sit in his lap, as she'd done for a while out by the lake, but she was still leaning up against his side with her leg touching his.
"Well, did my sister regale you with the story of our epic victory, or am I going to need to fill you in?" Ron's emphasis on the word "sister" was enough to make Harry chuckle.
"Actually, brother of mine, we didn't discuss the match much at all," she said with a gleam in her eye. "I did give him a rundown of how I snagged the Snitch, though."
"Why am I not surprised?" Ron rolled his eyes as he moved a rook to put Neville in check. "Well, she was rather spectacular, I'll give her that. With you out of the game and us needing to score a lot of goals before we caught the Snitch, I had Ginny fly with the Chasers so that it was four against three until we were ahead by enough. She scored fourteen of our goals, plus the 150 for catching the Snitch meant she accounted for nearly 300 points on her own!"
"Not on my own, Ron. Katie and Demelza both set me up with some incredible passes and Dean even made some plays to help out, too."
"Coote and Peakes were working like mad to keep the bludgers aimed toward Cho, and they did it beautifully. Nearly knocked her off her broom while she was making a dive for the Snitch around the two-hour mark. She was so busy dodging bludgers that she didn't even see when the Snitch hung out by my hoops for about three minutes early on."
"Bloody brilliant tactics, mate!" exclaimed Harry with real admiration. "You've got a real knack for this!"
Ron's cheeks went a bit pink as Neville moved his king out of harm's way, losing a bishop in the process. "You should have seen him up there, Harry! Definitely his best game as Keeper. They could barely get anything by him!"
Ginny was nodding her head, too. "By far the best I've ever seen him play. He had a couple of saves that were simply unbelievable. More than three hours in the air and only fourteen goals allowed. The stuff of legends. Probably better than any of Wood's performances I saw, and that's saying something."
"You think flattery is going to stop me from giving you a hard time about trying to corrupt my best mate?" He eyed both of them appraisingly. "Because it's kinda working. Feel free to say the part about me playing better than Wood around Charlie and the twins…"
Neville and Harry laughed as Ginny gave Ron a reproachful look. "No chance of me trying to butter you up, 'cause I've got plenty of dirt on you I can use and I know you're afraid of my hexing skills. As for corrupt Harry, how do you know he's not corrupting me?"
Ron let out a snort as he maneuvered a knight to checkmate Neville's beleaguered side. "I've known Harry a lot longer than you, Gin. He's hopeless when it comes to girls. Can't imagine what it is you see in him." Ron blocked an incoming pillow thrown by Harry. "Keeper skills, mate!"
"So you assume I'm going to corrupt sweet, innocent Harry?"
"Oh, absolutely," replied Ron gravely. "You've only been together a couple of hours, but apparently now he can kiss a girl without reducing her to tears."
Ginny let out a gasp that quickly morphed into a fit of laughter as Harry blushed deeply and covered his head with a blanket.
"Look, I'm happy for you both, I really am. Haven't seen either of you smile like this in a good, long while. But if you think being your brother and your best mate means I won't give you a hard time, you're sorely mistaken." Ron swept his chess pieces into their box before glaring at them both. "I'll take a rain check on the chess match, mate. As an older brother, I'm supposed to threaten to thrash you if you hurt my sister, but I can't help thinking that won't be necessary, yeah?"
"Too true," replied Harry. "And honestly, I'm more afraid of her than you anyway."
Ginny beamed as Neville nodded his agreement.
"And that's why you're good for each other," said Ron as he stood up and began walking to the dormitory, with Neville following. "Just keep that healthy fear of her and things'll be alright. 'Night!"
Harry and Ginny called out their goodnights to the two boys walking up the stairs. Harry looked around the common room and noticed that it was empty.
"Did your brother just leave us alone in the common room?"
A mischievous smirk was plastered across Ginny's face. "Maybe I won't end up having to hex him after all…"
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