Chapter 1 : Of Snugglebums and Flower Fields
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“Luna, are you okay?” I asked, picking a flower to start a chain. “You seemed a bit upset earlier and now I had to spend an hour looking for you, you weren’t in any of your usual places.”
“I fear I have been overcome by Snugglebums,” she said, her voice wrought with raw emotion and almost losing its dreamy quality.
Immediately I panic even though I don’t have a clue what Snugglebums are. I have never seen my friend afraid of anything. She never worries, never believes that anything but the best will happen.
“I knew I should have taken Snugglebum repellent with me when I went to the Astronomy Tower to look at the stars,” she cried, tears leaking out of her eyes and running down to fall on a pansy.
I feel my hands tremble as I thread some more flowers into the chain. I take a deep calming breath so that I can talk without the worry falling into my voice. It would not do to sound more worried than a normal friend would be.
“Luna, what exactly are Snugglebums and what do they do?” I asked once I felt that I could say something without sounding overly worried.
“They are invisible creatures that hang around places where romantic encounters happen often,” she said. “They make people have feelings for people that they shouldn’t.”
“Why do you think that you have been overcome by Snugglebums?” I ask painfully, not wanting her to be with anyone but me.
“I can’t tell you,” she said, looking away from me.
“Why not?” I ask, not bothering to hide the worry. “You know that you can tell me anything.”
I grab her hand but she pulls it out of my grip. I feel tears start to come to my eyes at the thought of her having something that she doesn’t feel comfortable in telling me and I have to wipe them away as I gaze at her.
“We are best friends, what is there that you can’t tell me?” I ask, wondering what there could be that she doesn’t want to tell me. We have always told each other everything, except for me not telling her about my real feelings for her but that would just ruin the friendship so I can’t tell her those.
“I just can’t okay,” she said, picking a rose and twirling it around in her fingers.
“Tell me Luna, please,” I said, a begging tone in my voice that I had never had to use with her to get her to tell me something.
She looked at me and I could tell from her look that she was battling internally. I allowed her to battle, threading one end of the chain with the other to make a ring, knowing that she wouldn’t be able to keep herself from telling me. I spun the circlet around in my hands for a few moments before Luna said anything more.
“Okay, before I tell you, you need to remember that I have been overtaken by Snugglebums,” she said, sounding slightly worried but desperate.
“I remember, I remember,” I said, pushing myself up so that I was in a sitting position. “Now just tell me.”
“I am having romantic feelings for somebody that I shouldn’t be,” she said, not looking at me. “There are so many reasons that I shouldn’t have feelings for them. It will totally ruin the relationship that I have with them and I know for sure that they don’t have the same feelings for me, they could never have the same feelings for me.”
“The relationship you already have with them?” I said in a questioning tone, trying not to let myself get my hopes up that she was actually talking about having feelings for me. “Do I know them? Who are they?”
“Are you sure that you want to know?” she asked, looking directly into my eyes from where she was looking at the flowers. “I mean absolutely sure that you want to know.”
“Yes, I want to know Luna,” I said, trying to convey the intensity of my feeling of wanting to know.
She hesitated for a moment but then she moved to sitting up like I was. She looked at me strangely for a moment before saying anything.
“It is you,” she said, looking me in the eye.
Different emotions overcame me, happiness and shock being the forefront of them. I couldn’t believe that I was actually hearing what I was hearing. I thought for a moment that I might be dreaming but I dismissed the thought telling myself that if I was imagining it, it was a good dream.
“I love you Padma Patil,” she said, obviously thinking that I was upset about the revelation.
I allowed the statement to sink in for a moment before I took the flower circlet out of my lap and placed it onto her head.
“I love you Luna Lovegood,” I said, straightening the flowers on her golden blonde head. “I have always loved you.”
I smiled and her face broke into one of the largest smiles I had ever seen on her face. I could practically feel the happiness radiating off of her and for one of the first times in my life, I felt like everything in my life was going right. I took her hand in mine and we laid down on in the flowers together, both of us content.
A/N- Happy Birthday Mon!! I hope that you enjoyed your Luna birthday present! Please leave a review everybody and thanks for reading!