Harry & Fleur
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Vertex - Harry Potter and Broken Wands
Chapter 4 - Innocent Love
God, this is the worst chapter I have ever written but it is an important part of the story. All I can say is that it will make more sense later on…
Now the R rating is mainly because of nudity and violence though in Chapter 9 (Feathers) and chapter 28 (Awkward) there is more then nudity.
Chapter 4 Innocent Love
"I should get down and help to prepare for dinner" Harry finally said "Especially as I skived off after lunch"
"I'll go too" Fleur said and stood up from the old bed she had been sitting on.
"Oh, you don't have too. You're a guest" He said.
"Don't be stupid Harry" She said.
They walked down to the kitchen together chatting happily. They were they first to arrive the kitchen.
"They'll be along any minute" Harry said looking at his watch.
They both sat down at the end of the long table.
"So you didn't even know that magic existed until you turned eleven" She asked him incredulously.
"Yeah, you can imagine my shock. I thought my parents were killed in a car crash and that I got my scar from that crash" He said and sighted, he usually didn't feel this sad when he talked about his parents but the fact that Fleur knew how he felt made his emotions to multiply. Fleur seemed to sense this because she hugged him.
"So I guess that you found out you were special in that age too?" He asked her.
"Yeah" Fleur said "When I started school some boys became very clumsy near me and worse. It's not so bad if you want attention and I do want that sometimes but when you don't feel like it, it's horrible. Mum had told me how it was to be a part veela but I never imagined it to be so bad. Mum's sister aunt Nancy teaches at Beauxbaton she helped me allot"
At that moment, the door to the kitchen opened, Bill and Ginny entered. Bill looked over at Fleur and then at Harry and then at both of them still clutching each other. Then he looked up at Harry again. Apparently, Bill was as hotheaded and quick to judge situations as Ron is because he turned around and walked out the door in a way that Harry thought only Ron was capable of. Ginny on the hand looked daggers at Fleur, and Harry was quite sure that veela powers or not Fleur couldn't match Ginny's furious expression. He was very glad that Ginny didn't look that way at him he was quite sure for a short moment that she had the power of a basilisk. Harry and Fleur suddenly realised that they still held each other and let go.
Ginny seemed a bit less angry at this, she turned and ran after Bill.
"Guess that settles it" Harry muttered.
"What?" Fleur snapped.
"Bill really likes you" Harry said.
He looked up at Fleur she seemed to be thinking along the same lines "What do I do?"
"I have no idea, it was just a hug" Harry said.
"Harry do you like me" She asked him.
"Yes I think so… I don't know… Maybe…It's odd" He said truthfully he couldn't make out his feeling for her at all.
Fleur nodded sadly.
"Look Fleur" Harry said trying to use logic "I think I really like you but it's not the same as with other girls" He thought of Cho and how he'd felt about her.
"Do you like me" Harry asked her and to his big surprise he didn't feel nervous at least not as nervous as he had imagined.
"Yeah I really do Harry, but I really like Bill too" She admitted.
"Harry what do I do, should I go after Bill?" She asked him urgently.
"I'm sorry Fleur but I don't know, it was just a hug" Harry replied thoughtfully, he didn't want Fleur to leave but he was not going to say that.
"I think I've hurt him" Fleur said looking very sad.
"Yeah" Harry agreed but when he saw that Fleur was very close to tears he added "But he's a Weasley they may seem thick but they will come around in the end"
"Are all Weasley's like that?" She asked him and before he could answer she said "I thought it just was Bill"
"Yeah, but I'm not to sure about Ginny I've never seen anybody look so furious" He admitted.
"Hungry are we" Mrs Weasley asked them as she entered the kitchen "I don't blame you. You are both thin as sticks. Why don't you start making a salad Fleur dear? Harry you can set the table so that it's done. It'll only be us and Arthur and Remus is coming back tonight"
"Nine plates" Harry said to himself, he doubted very much that Bill would come down for dinner if he anything like Ron and Ginny would probably keep him company.
After a few moments, Harry heard the door open. Mr Weasley and Remus entered the room. Arthur looked the same as always, Remus on the other hand looked even shabbier then usual, his clothes hang loosely around him as if he had lost loads of weight and his cloak wore even more patches then last time he'd seen him.
"I don't know Arthur most of the ministry agrees with Umbridge at that point" Remus said heavily. But then he looked over at Harry and smiled "Hello Harry"
"Hello" Harry replied.
"Ah, Harry good to see you" Mr Weasley said and smiled.
"You are early, this is Fleur Delacour" She gestured towards Fleur "Fleur, this is Remus Lupin and this is Arthur my husband"
They all greeted each other politely.
"Why don't the two of you get washed up dinner will be done in a few moments. Oh and get the children while you are at it" Mr Weasley said in a motherly bossy way. Remus and Mr Weasley obeyed.
After a few minutes, the dinner was ready and after another few minutes Ron and Hermione entered, followed by Remus and Mr Weasley.
"Bill said he wasn't hungry and Ginny said she felt ill" Mr Weasley said in a concerned voice.
"Oh, I'll go and make sure they are all right" Mrs Weasley said and made for the door.
"It can wait until after dinner dear" Mr Weasley said "They are both perfectly fine"
The food was delicious as usual when Mrs Weasley cooked.
"Had a good summer Harry?" Remus asked.
"Yeah great, I got good OWLs too so I'm going for Auror" Harry said proudly.
"That's great your mother would have been so proud of you" Remus said. Harry couldn't help to feel a bit disappointed he wanted his father to be proud too "James would have been proud too of course but he didn't put as much value in school work as Lily did"
Harry loved to hear about his parents even if the details were insignificant. Arthur turned over to him "You heard that Dolores Umbridge got three years in Azkaban?"
"Yeah, wish there still was dementors there though" Harry said grimly.
"Yes, well anyway we were hoping to get some of her laws regarding werewolf lifted. To do so we may need to prove that Dolores Umbridge were not only out of order when she sent the dementors after you but that she has been misusing her position at the ministry at several other incidents for personal beliefs" Mr Weasley explained.
Harry thought for a moment he had a vague scar on the back of his right hand, would it count as evidence he wondered. If it could help Remus and the other werewolves, it was worth a try.
"I still have a scar since my detentions" He said in a low voice, he regretted it the moment he said it, why couldn't he have waited until he was alone with Mr Weasley or Remus.
"You got a scar from her detentions?" Mrs Weasley shrieked.
"You can hardly see it" Harry said hastily.
"Harry, can I see it?" Remus asked sternly.
"Yeah" Harry said as he held out his hand and flexed it so that Remus would see it.
"I… must… not… tell… lies" Remus read.
"She used a Blood Quill on you" Mr Weasley asked him seriously.
"I don't know, when I wrote 'I must not tell lies' it appeared on my hand" Harry replied.
"WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ANYONE" Mrs Weasley yelled at him. He could see that Ron and Hermione where very interested in what they where eating and didn't look up.
"There, there Molly…" Mr Weasley said soothingly.
"I'll get her" Mrs Weasley said. Harry could see from where Ginny got her furious expression.
"When did you do these detentions?" Remus asked him.
"First two weeks of the terms and then the week after that interview" Harry replied looking down on his food.
"Harry Blood Quills were declared illegal by the ministry decades ago" Mr Weasley said "If you'd told anyone we could have help you"
"I didn't want her to win" Harry admitted.
"You didn't want her to win?" Mrs Weasley asked incredulously "YOU GOT A SCAR FOR LIFE!" She yelled and stood up.
"Molly please" Mr Weasley begged and she sat down again.
"Harry can any one verify this?" Remus asked him.
"Yeah, R…" He didn't want to bring Ron and Hermione in to this but in the short time it took for him to say 'Lee Jordon' Mrs Weasley stood up again.
"You knew about this Ronald Weasley" She asked.
"Yes" Ron confessed.
"I did too" Hermione chipped in not let Ron take all the blame.
"Why didn't you tell anyone? I thought you had some sense! I thought they made you two prefects for a reason! How could you not tell anyone! Minerva would have known what to do!" They are letting her get to them Harry thought the Twins had said that you had to ward her off early on or it would be much worse.
"I made them not to" Harry interrupted her.
Mrs Weasley looked lost for a short moment and Mr Weasley seized the opportunity and pushed her down back in her chair.
"Any one else knew about this?" Remus asked him.
"Yeah Lee Jordon got a detention with her too" Harry said.
"No matter what I do" Mrs Weasley said tears spilling out of her eyes. Mr Weasley hugged her "No matter what I do, something happens" she sobbed into Mr Weasley's shoulder.
"It's okay" Mr Weasley said softly.
"I'm sorry" Harry said he wasn't really sorry about the scar, he was sorry he told her this way.
"Oh, don't apologize Harry dear" Mrs Weasley said "It's not your fault, it's that Umbridge's fault"
Harry could feel Fleur's hand grab his under the table. She squeezed it gently to show support. Harry smiled slightly and squeezed back. He felt much calmer when he felt Fleur's soft warm hand. He found that when he squeezed it gently he could feel her blood throb; it was a very nice feeling.
"Harry I have to thank you, for believing in Fred and George they are doing so well. I never thought they would ever take any kind of responsibility and now they are responsible businessmen with their own little shop. I'm such a terrible mother I should have been the one to support their idea." Mrs Weasley said sniffing loudly between words.
"No your not, I think you are terrific" Harry disagreed aloud before he realized it. It felt very odd to admit in front of his best friend that he thinks his mother is terrific.
Mrs Weasley smiled at him.
"I'm so sorry dear what must you think of me causing a scene like this" Mrs Weasley said to Fleur.
"No don't" Said Fleur "I'm used to much worse, veela blood you know" She added and smiled slightly. Harry still held her hand and thought that veela blood can't possible be as bad as Fleur thinks it is.
"Oh" Mrs Weasley said and smiled.
They finished dinner and Harry helped to clear up with Ron who had problems not staring at Fleur when he thought she didn't see. It was even a bit extraordinary how much Fleur seemed to affect Ron especially as Ron hadn't seemed taken by Fleur at all a few hours earlier. Fleur and Hermione where still sitting at the table talking happily in French. Harry was quit sure Fleur was ignoring Ron the same way as he'd ignored Ginny when she put her sleeve in something or dropped something a couple of years ago.
"So what have you been up to all summer?" Harry asked Ron just as he glanced over at Fleur.
"What?" Ron asked.
"I asked what you have done over the summer" Harry asked again.
"What" Ron asked again.
"Get a grip Ron" Harry snapped at him "You're embarrassing yourself"
Ron blushed and finally managed to look away from her.
"What were you saying?" Ron asked him.
"I asked what you have done over the summer" Harry asked again.
"Oh, not much been trying to teach Hermione play chess but she just wont get it"
"Hey heard, you got auror grades" Harry exclaimed.
"Yeah, you too Hermione told me. Do you think it's worth it?" Ron asked.
"Course why wouldn't it?" Harry asked he knew Ron was joking in a serious sort of way.
"You do realize that Snape will kill us if we sign up for potions" Ron said "And if he doesn't, two years of potions more will definitely finish me off"
"I get your point but we can't very well let Hermione take potions all by herself can we?" said Harry.
"No I suppose, can you imagine the look on Snape's face though" Ron asked with a grin.
"We should borrow Colin's camera" Harry stated with an equally wide grin.
"Why should you borrow his camera" They heard Hermione's voice from behind them.
"Can you imagine Snape's face when the three of us turns up in potions?" Harry asked her. Ron didn't say anything because next to Hermione stood Fleur.
"Who's Snape" Fleur asked them she didn't seem to notice Ron at all Hermione however glared furiously at Ron.
"He's… he's" Ron stammered.
"Our Potion teacher" Harry finished for him Hermione glared even harder at Ron "He kind of hoped that I wouldn't take Potions"
"Yeah" Said Hermione loudly trying to take Ron's attention from Fleur.
Ron snapped back to life "Yeah" He agreed with Hermione and looked down at her. Harry could sense another Ron and Hermione roar coming up, normally he could break up their arguments but this time he doubted it. He knew he better get Fleur out of here before they started.
"Hey Fleur, would you hmm…" think, think Harry thought panicky a good reason "help me with my History of Magic essay"
"I'm not good in history of magic" Fleur admitted obviously she didn't see their argument coming.
Hermione did however "He hasn't done his Transfiguration essay either" she said very coolly to Fleur.
"Oh" Fleur said, she seemed to realize that she wasn't wanted and turned away and walked towards the door Harry followed her. The second before the door closed they could here Hermione's furious shriek "You are so tactless" Harry didn't want to know what Ron replied to her but he was sure what ever it was it would cause Hermione's fury to double at least.
"What was that all about" Fleur asked Harry as they walked up the stair towards their rooms.
"Didn't you see how Ron looked at you?" Harry asked.
"Yeah… oh… I see" She said and smiled. "Are they a couple?"
"No, but they do tend to get jealous anyway" Harry said.
"Oh, but that's stupid. If they like each other why don't they do something about it?" She asked him. Harry was very uncomfortable with the subject. If they became a couple, what would that make Harry?
"I don't know" Harry said sullenly.
"How long have they done this?" Fleur asked him eagerly.
"Since the Yule Ball when Hermione went with Victor" Harry said coolly.
"Are you jealous of Ron" Fleur asked carefully. Harry wasn't jealous of Ron; he liked Hermione but not that way.
"No" Harry said irritably and opened the door to his and Ron's room. Fleur hesitated on the doorstep as if she didn't know if she was allowed to follow him inside.
"Look I'm sorry if I said anything stupid" Fleur said awkwardly.
"No, it's just me come in and close the door" Harry replied.
"So care to tell me?" Fleur asked then added hastily "You don't have to we could just do you Transfiguration assay"
"Are you threatening me" Harry joked though he didn't really feel in the mood for jokes.
Fleur smiled politely.
"No, it's just they are my best friends and we…" He railed off. Fleur seemed to have gotten the point however.
"Don't take this the wrong way Harry but if they are happy together…" She trailed off, and left the last words unsaid Harry knew what they were 'You should be happy for them'.
"I know, but it isn't easy. Speaking of easy you really should go and talk to Bill" Harry said, he was sure off it now, and he was quite sure Fleur avoided the subject.
Fleur sighted "What do I tell him" She asked him worriedly. "What if he doesn't want to speak to me?"
"If he doesn't want to speak to you I herby give you the right to flame him" Harry said in a vain effort to chair her up.
Fleur sighted again.
"What if I don't love him" Fleur asked desperately "Harry what if I love you"
Harry froze he had not expected Fleur to say that. They were silent for a moment while they both gathered their thoughts and feeling. Harry couldn't help it he really liked Fleur, she was so much like himself she understood things no one ever understood before, and she was nice and intelligent and really, really beautiful and they way it felt to just hold her hand. If it felt that good just holding somebody's hand then it has to be love Harry realised. He knew he had to tell her otherwise she might just go on with Bill and forget all about him and he didn't want that. Surprisingly he found that he was not that nervous about admitting it.
"I think I might love you" They both said at the same moment. Had the situation not been so tense he would have found it funny that they both used the same words, now he hardly noticed it. He knew the at the moment that she was telling him the truth, but something was wrong he didn't feel any urge to kiss her. Was he just immature and was too young to enjoy a kiss he didn't know what to think. Did Fleur expect him to kiss her, would he hurt her if he didn't? Harry looked up at Fleur she looked up at him they looked at each other for a moment.
"You'll have to go and tell Bill something" Harry stated, trying to change the mood from kissing mood. God why did I have to say that Harry thought bitterly, even though it probably was the right thing to say, he didn't really want her to go to Bill.
"What should I tell him" Fleur asked now with a tingle of panic in her voice again.
"How close are you two?" Harry asked her seriously.
"We used to go out before everything happened" Fleur said carefully looking at Harry as if she expected him to be jealous or something or maybe it was a hint for him to kiss her Harry didn't.
"Do you love him?"
"Yeah but it's different, I mean I don't feel as close to him as to you but I" She blushed "want him"
Harry was silent, he couldn't think of anything to say millions of thought whirled through his head wasn't he good looking enough, or maybe too young, but she said she loved him, but Harry couldn't say he wanted her either, he didn't feel the urge to find out how it felt to kiss her or how her skin felt.
"I'm so sorry Harry I'm sorry I can't believe I just said that Harry, you are great looking and everything tall and handsome and green eyes" She said very quickly.
Harry found that he didn't need an apology so he interrupted her "Don't Fleur… I feel the same way, I mean I haven't even tried to kiss you" He grinned uncertainly in truth he'd never tried to kiss anyone, Cho had kissed him, he'd kissed her back of course but he would never dare to take the first step.
"Oh" Fleur said then she too grinned wickedly "You kiss loads of girls then?"
Harry blushed "Actually, no only one girl. But she actually kissed me" He confessed.
"I figured you don't strike me as the type who go around and kiss girls" Fleur said teasingly.
"Anyway, I really wanted to kiss her. I wondered what it felt like, how her lips and skin felt like." Harry said hoping to get his point across to Fleur. He wondered for a moment how he dared to speak of his feeling like this.
"Harry, I have to tell Bill something" Fleur said "Should I tell him that we might love each other or that we haven't done anything but hugging?"
"I don't know" Harry said "It all goes so fast, maybe it'll al be different by tomorrow, or next week"
Fleur smiled sadly "I don't think so"
"I don't think I will either, but for all I know it could be a love potion" Harry stated. It was really odd Harry thought he had always been terrified of admitting his emotions like this but Fleur somehow did not inspire that particular fear.
"Harry trust me if it were a love potion we wouldn't be talking" Fleur said grimly.
"How do you know?" Harry asked her.
"I'll tell you later" Fleur muttered.
They were silent for a moment.
"Tell Bill that we haven't done anything, that we're just friends and that we have a lot in common" Harry said.
"Harry, he'll hate me. I pushed him away when it happened and he was so nice to me and didn't push me to say anything. He was so patient and forgave me when I went all feathery on him and after all that I end up holding you, you haven't even seen my horrible side." She choked out and started to cry "He is so good to me" Harry put his arms around her.
"You love him too" He whispered to her.
"Yeah" She agreed still sobbing "It hurts so much"
"You'll have to tell him that" Harry whispered.
"Come on I'll walk you to his door" Harry said and stood up.
Fleur followed him when they were standing outside Bill's room Fleur hesitated.
"Harry I'm sorry" She whispered.
"I am sorry too, Fleur, good luck" He said and turned around.
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