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Chapter 15 : The name game
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As Louis steadied himself so as not to fall to the floor, he saw Steven had ran over to them and was being hugged by Lucy. Horatio jumped off of Louis, but not before placing a big sloppy kiss on his cheek. Louis let out a cry before pushing Horatio away and wiping his cheek with his hand, to see Horatio hugging Molly and Lucy.
“Do you need to do that all the time?” Louis asked his friend.
“And this beautiful guy here came top out of all of us,” Horatio said, grabbing for Steven and rubbing his knuckles on top of his head.
Horatio and Steven had been taken to Hogsmeade so that they could take their apparition tests, as Lucy, Molly and Louis would all be having their seventeenth birthdays after the date of the test they were unable to be tested today. All of them would have to take their test at the Ministry after their birthdays, something which Louis wasn’t too happy about but he could understand why the Ministry done it. He just hoped that he was able to remember everything when it was his time to take his test.
“I can’t believe that I am now legally allowed to apparate,” Horatio stated loudly as he let go of Steven and spun around happily holding his arms out.
“Just think, all we’ve got left is our exams and then we can begin our summer holidays, I can apparate to yours all the time.” Horatio said happily.
“I can’t wait,” Louis told them. “For the summer holidays I mean. Not for you apparating over all the time.”
“Don’t we know it; you’ve been going on about going home for ages now.” Horatio stated.
“I just want to see Freya,” Louis said with a shrug, “I miss her.”
Molly and Lucy both let out ‘Aww’s’ whilst Horatio just stared at Louis.
“So shall we all go and study?” Horatio suggested to them all after a few moments of staring at Louis.
“I can’t, I’ve got a Quidditch match in an hour,” Steven told them, pointing behind him at the crowds of people that were making their way out of the school and onto the grounds.
Horatio gave a frown, “Well, no one told us.”
“You wouldn’t go even if you did know,” Louis said with a laugh, Horatio agreed with him.
“I’m sorry Steven but we’ll be missing it, I want to get some studying in and to be honest, I don’t want to go.” Horatio told Steven who nodded.
“That’s cool, it’s not for everyone.” Steven said. He turned to Lucy, who was holding onto his arm and laughing at Horatio’s words. “Shall we get going Luce?” she gave him a nod and they both walked after the crowds of people.
“Are you not going to watch the match Molly?” Louis asked his cousin, who shook her head.
“No, I’m okay, I want to study. Besides, who cares if Gryffindor or Ravenclaw win the final?” Horatio said with a shrug. “Although, when did Hufflepuff go out?”
“First few matches,” Molly told him.
“Ugh, no wonder we don’t follow Quidditch. Our own team is shit.” Horatio muttered, shaking his head at the fact that his house’s team were that bad at Quidditch.
“They might not be.” Molly stated with a shrug.
“We’ll they’re not winning.”
“Shall we go and study? The library will be free so we could study in there.” Louis said, interrupting them both. He didn’t really want to get into the conversation of Quidditch, especially with Horatio, who could moan about the subject for what seemed like days, but would in fact only be hours.
Louis was right, the library was empty. Even the librarian was nowhere to be seen; she was either in the library somewhere or had gone to watch the game.
“This is creepy,” Horatio stated once they had sat down and brought their books out of the bags they had collected from their houses. “It’s too quiet for a library. I can hear myself think.”
“God help us,” Molly said with a smirk. Horatio looked up at her and gave a grin.
“That was uncalled for,” he told her with a grin.
Molly grabbed for her book and stuck her tongue out at him as she opened it.
“These exams need to hurry up and be over and done with; I can’t wait to go home for the summer.” Horatio stated, giving a sigh as he poked at the notes in front of him.
“Me neither, it’ll be nice to sleep in my own room without having to share with other people,” Molly said.
“But you’ll still have Lucy in your room all the time; she spends more time in your room than her own.” Louis stated, remembering all the times that he spent at his Uncle Percy’s house when he was younger and how they all played in Molly’s room; Louis had to admit that her toys were a lot better than Lucy’s.
“Yeah, but she’s like the other half of me, I’m used to her being around. I get lonely without her sometimes, which is why it’s great that we’re both in Gryffindor.” Molly told them, “Obviously I can’t take being with her all the time, but she’s my favourite person to be around most of the time.”
“The same cannot be said for me and my brother, the more time I spend away from him the better. My little sister on the other hand, I love, I would do anything for that girl. I wouldn’t do anything for my brother; we spend so much time fighting we don’t really have much time for anything else. My parents have to break up so many fights when we’re together.”
Horatio shook his head as he thought of his brother, who Louis knew was still sending Horatio letters, which Horatio had been reading before ripping it into pieces.
“Speaking of my mum, the thing I’m most excited about going home is her cooking,” Horatio told them, before letting out a groan and rubbing his stomach as he thought about food. “She cooks the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted.”
“You obviously haven’t tried Nana Weasley’s food,” Molly stated, flipping a page over in the book that she was reading.
“I have and I’m sad to say that it comes second to my mother’s food. The minute your Nana can make a Mousakka she might hit the top.”
“Who did your mum learn to cook Greek food from? Was it your dad?” Louis asked him, he had never really questioned where Horatio’s mother had learnt to cook from; he just ate whatever she served him. Horatio was right; his mother was a fantastic cook.
“Nah, my dad never really had the time to teach her.” Horatio gave a laugh.
“Is your mum not Greek then?” Molly asked, looking up at Horatio who shook his head. She knew that Horatio was half Greek, but she never asked whether that was from his mother or father's side of the family.
“Nope, my dad is. But my mother learnt how to cook Greek food when she married my dad all those years ago, my Yiayia and Pappou taught her.”
Molly looked at him blankly for a moment.
“That’s my Grandmother and Grandfather.” Horatio told her, realising that she didn’t know who he was talking about.
“I keep forgetting that you can speak another language,” Molly told him honestly.
“I keep forgetting that I can too, I don’t really use it unless I’m around my dad’s family,” Horatio said with a laugh. “But seriously, I think that my future wife needs to be able to cook. I get my best ideas when my stomach is full of amazing food.”
“You already know how to cook Horatio,” Louis stated, shaking his head at his friend.
“I know, but if my wife can cook that would be a bonus.”
“I can cook,” Molly stated without looking at him, still engrossed in the book she was holding.
“I think we’ve found my future wife Louis,” Horatio said with a grin. Molly glanced up at Horatio a faint blush creeping over her cheeks.
“What makes you think that I’ll say yes?” she teased him.
Horatio smirked. “Because I can be very persuasive,” he told her as he leant across the table getting closer to her.
“You do know that I’m sitting right here,” Louis stated, looking between the two. Molly gave a grin at Louis before looking back at her book, her blush deepening.
“It’s only a joke Louis,” Horatio said, leaning back and sitting on his chair normally. “You know that you’re my first choice in marriage.”
“I think I might have to pass on the wedding proposal Horatio.” Louis told him. Horatio gave a loud gasp that caused a few people to turn their heads to look at them.
“I can’t believe you just said that to my face.” Horatio told him loudly, Molly gave a giggle from behind her book.
“I’m sorry Horatio.”
“You better be,” Horatio warned him, picking up the book in front of him and slouching in his chair.
“Are you going to give me the silent treatment now?” Louis asked him.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Horatio muttered, flicking through the books pages.
Louis rolled his eyes as he suppressed a smile. “You’re a child do you know that?”
“It takes one to know one.” Horatio shot back childishly.
“I’m bored of studying,” Horatio stated, dropping his book on the table in front of him.
“We could always go and watch the Quidditch match,” Molly suggested.
“I’d rather study,” Horatio told her as he scrunched his nose up at the idea of going to the match.
“Well, what would you like to do instead?” Louis asked Horatio, who shrugged in response before looking around the library.
Horatio leant to his left and picked out a book from the bookshelf at what appeared to be random; he sat straight and began flicking through it. Molly and Louis went back to looking at their class notes; all three of them had their Potions exam and Charms exam the next day.
“Karen is a good name,” Horatio told them both.
“Are you going to change your name Horatio?” Louis asked, not looking up from his notes, he was trying to remember the ingredients needed for a Hiccoughing solution but it wasn’t going well, Horatio was distracting him. Molly gave a small chuckle at Louis’s comment, Horatio shook his head and gave a tut.
“Not for me, you losers, I was thinking of a name for your baby Louis.” Horatio told them, looking up for Louis’s reaction. Louis gave a small frown as he contemplated the name, he had tried to bring up the subject of naming their daughter in his letters to Freya but she either changed the subject or said she didn’t know.
“I’m not sure about that name, I’m not sure I can see my daughter being a Karen.” Louis told him honestly.
“Well, you need to come up with a name soon, and what better way to find one then to search through the library. There’s bound to be a name that you like, plus we need to take a break as I don’t think that my brain can take anymore studying.”
They spent the rest of their time at the library looking through books to try and find good girl names, this turned out to be more fun than Louis thought.
“What about Elliott?” Molly asked, looking down at the book in her hands; they had amassed quite a few books in the middle of the table in their search for names.
“Isn’t that a boy’s name?” Louis asked her. Molly shook her head at him.
“No it can be a girl’s name as well.” She told him.
“That’s a really nice boy’s name,” Horatio stated. “I can see myself naming my own kid that. Elliott Demarcus has a nice ring to it, I think. Don’t you even think about stealing it Louis or you
Molly, that’s my future kid’s name.”
“Don’t worry Horatio your name for your imaginary son is safe.” Louis said with a chuckle at his friend.
“How about... Grendaline,” Horatio suggested, Louis shook his head.
“No thank you,” he muttered scanning the page he was on, he didn’t know how many names he’d be able to get from The most ancient beasts and magical beings but he still continued to flip through the book.
“Samantha?” Molly suggested looking up them both, she had put the book she had been previously reading down in front of her and was looking at them both.
Louis looked up at her as he thought about the name, “Samantha Weasley, I like the sound of that.”
“Finally, we have a name!” Horatio cried, “Well done Molly. I thought we were going to skip right through dinner at this rate.”
“Dinner hasn’t even started yet Horatio,” Louis told him, before he looked at Molly. “Was that name in the book?”
“No,” Molly admitted as she began putting the books in front of her in the order they would need to go back on the shelves. “I was thinking about when I was younger and the name of a doll that I used to have, it was called Sammy.”
“You probably shouldn’t tell Freya that you want to name your child after a doll, but it’s a nice name.” Horatio stated, “Wouldn’t you want to call your own daughter that? Don’t let name stealer here get to it first.” He jerked his thumb at Louis, who was shaking his head and muttering that he wasn’t a name stealer.
“Well, I’m apparently having a son called Elliott so Louis can have the name Samantha, that’s if I am to be your wife.” Molly said with a small blush.
Horatio gave a grin as Molly pushed a pile of books towards each of the two boys as she grabbed her own pile to begin putting them back onto the shelves.
“I can see a lot of good dinners in my future Louis,” Horatio said with a wink as he stood up to put his own books away.
Louis shook his head at them both, wondering when they were going to actually get together instead of flirting all the time.
A/N: Translation time!
Yiayia – grandmother in Greek
Pappou – Grandfather in Greek
Mousakka – some sort of Eggplant and meat dish from Greece.
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