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Chapter 4: Chapter 4: Longing The Warmth
More than Friends
Harry arrived at the Gryffindor common room and saw Ron dozing off in one of the squashy armchairs and Hermione perusing Hogwarts: A History again in an armchair near the fireplace. They were now in their pyjamas and were clearly ready to sleep.
"Hey Hermione." Harry grinned.
"Hi Harry." Hermione said with a yawn as she peered through her books and saw Harry smiling goofily and holding his hands. Harry pulled an armchair and sat down beside the brunette.
"So, Luna forgave you?" Hermione asked as she put down her book on her lap and looked at Harry.
"Yes she did Hermione." Harry beamed.
"Good for you Harry!" Hermione's lips curved upward and hugged Harry. "We were just so worried for you yesterday." She added in.
"I'm sorry for yesterday 'Mione. I also thank you and the others for helping me. I couldn't have done it without you guys." Harry returned the warm hug.
"Oh you're welcome Harry. What are friends for right?" Hermione mentioned as they pulled their hug away. She then took the book from her lap and continued reading. Harry's mind now wandered again to the time when they held hands. The smooth and supple hands of Luna were very different from Harry's rough and calloused hands. He could still remember the warmth and then the sudden shock of energy that went all throughout his body which he missed a lot. The silence except for Ron's snores lingered for about an hour until Hermione broke it. "Uhm, Harry, why are you still holding your hands?" Hermione asked.
"Huh, what?" Harry broke his train of thought.
"Your hands Harry" Hermione pointed to Harry's clasped hands. "Why are you still holding it? Is it stuck? Do you need me to help you?" Hermione extracted her wand from her pocket and pointed at his hands.
"Uhm, oh... No!" Harry looked at his clasped hands and realized that he was still holding it. Quickly, he took one hand away into his pocket and the other was now rubbing the back of his head.
"It's not stuck Hermione but thanks for the concern...I uhm...It was cold outside and my hands were freezing. I didn't notice that I was still holding it.....but I guess you noticed it before me. Thanks again." Harry lied. He was now tense for his bestfriend's reaction.
"Well...okay.... And you're welcome Harry." Hermione smiled and put her wand back again in her pocket. She was was skeptical about what was happening. She was on the verge of asking him another question but she just shrugged it off when she carefully thought of it again. Him and Luna, holding hands? Imposible.... But can it really happen? She thought.
"(Yawn), I'm going to bed now." Hermione mumbled as she stood up.
"Me too. (Yawn)" Harry said. He was relieved that she did not ask him more questions.
"Better wake Ron up." Hermione pointed with her thumb behind them.
"Okay" Harry quickly said. He stood up, stretched and walked off to where Ron was sleeping. "Ron, wake up. Ron, Ron wake up," Harry shook him and shook him but still, he wouldn't open his eyes. So, Harry had an idea. "RON!! WAKE UP!!!" He shouted in his ear and shook him violently.
"I didn't do it mum!! Fred and George ate it!! I uhm....oh." Ron quickly plead. When he got his mind screwed up again, he saw a satisfied Harry and a content Hermione looking at him.
"Finally, you woke up." Harry grinned.
"Sorry. Mum dream." Ron muttered.
"I'm going to bed now," Hermione said as she walked to the door of the girls dormitory. "Good night guys." With one last look, Hermione turned her head around, grinned, and walked away.
"So, did loo- I mean Luna forgive you?" Ron nudged Harry as he was fluffing up the pillows of the cushion and smiled his goofy smile.
"Yeah she did Ron." Harry beamed. The two went upstairs and went to their four poster bedroom. As Harry went inside the lavatory, Ron went to his bed and tucked himself and ready to sleep. After a few minutes, Harry went out and was now wearing a white shirt and red pyjamas. He put his wand and glasses on a side table near his bed and tucked himself.
"Good night mate. (Yawn)" Ron mumbled and was quickly off to sleep.
"G'night." Harry murmured and was off to sleep.
That morning, Harry was off in a good mood. He whistled with a happy tune as he was fixing his bed. His roommates especially noticed it. All of his roommates know about the little "love fight" of him and Luna from the other day. Actually, it was an understatement. Thanks to the breakfast event, almost all of students know about the fight.
"Loon- I mean Luna forgave him already?" Dean asked out of the blue while fixing his bed.
"(Yawn) Yes she did. Yesterday." Ron said matter-of-factly while stretching his hands. The three boys were now fixing their beds while Seamus was taking a bath. Neville already left to go to the Great Hall. After all their morning routines, each one started to descend to the Great Hall.
Harry reached the Great Hall and saw his friends already eating. He then saw a blond girl sitting beside Ginny clad in blue and gray. Luna, he thought. Harry quickly made his way to the table and sat beside his best friends adjacent the two fifth year girls.
"Hi Luna." Harry gave her a weak smile.
"Good morning Harry." Luna uttered with her signature dreamy voice.
"Why aren't you sitting at the Ravenclaw table?" Harry asked the blond girl eating pancakes.
"You don't want me in here? I'll just go back there if you want to..." Luna inquired as she stood up and carried her plate. Harry quickly stood up, took her plate and tugged Luna's arm.
"No,no. I want you here. I'm more than glad that you're here," Harry motioned for her to sit down again and set her plate down once again. "I'm just wondering why aren't you sitting there." Harry pointed with his thumb at the back and sat down again.
"It's because the others are taunting her there," Ginny chimed and continued talking." And some of the students that are in terms with Luna are not yet here in the great hall. That's why I asked her to sit here with us." She continued eating and the other two started eating again. While munching down on the food, he snuck a few secretive glances at Luna. Luna noticed him and she grinned. Embarrassed at what he was doing, he smiled awkwardly at her and suddenly found his plate very interesting.
"Hey Potter, you and loony already made up?" Malfoy jeered while his group of his friends snickered. They were on purposely passing the Gryffindor table just to annoy them.
"Yeah. So what Malfoy?" Harry said curtly.
"Aww, I was having fun with your little love fight Potter." Malfoy jeered.
"Well, your fun is all done Draco. If you want to have fun, you can hunt some nargles with me if you want. I would love to have a company with me at my trips." Luna said with her vague voice and look. The two were surprised and Malfoy was out of words and just went away.
"I never thought that you could say anything like that Luna." Harry smiled.
"Well, I was just telling the truth you know. Hunting nargles are really fun you know." Luna said matter-of-factly. The two just smiled at each other and started to chat.
In the Slytherin table, Malfoy was looking at them. He was really infuriated and surprised that Luna could talk back. Deep inside of him, there was a part of him that was hurt a bit by Luna's words and actions. So, he just shrugged the feelings off and eyed them menacingly and started munching on some toast.
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