Chapter 1 : The Surprise
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“Teddy! Where are you taking me? This is getting ridiculous! I have tons of work to do,” Dominique grumbled, and her best friend laughed.
“Shut it, Dom. I know you have tons to do, precisely why I am going to give you a much needed break.”
She almost rolled her eyes at his unhelpful response and then made a face. With the blindfold covering her eyes, the action was not exactly easy.
“I still don’t see why the blindfold is necessary. I thought we were taking a portkey which means I won’t be seeing your ‘surprise place’ until I reach anyway.”
Teddy sighed exasperatedly. Dominique was not an easy person when it came to surprises, which didn’t really help the situation, as he loved to give them.
“That’s the point. I don’t want you to see the place right after we reach. It will spoil the…experience.”
He chuckled as she groaned. Sometimes, he still marveled at the way the two of them had come to be best friends. When Victoire had broken up with him three years ago, he had certainly not expected to show up drunk on the doorstep of his ex-girlfriend’s little sister. Of course, Dominique had not exactly been ‘little’ anymore – a fresh graduate from Hogwarts, she had already taken a job as a journalist at the Prophet and moved out from Shell’s Cottage. He smiled as he recalled how she had taken care of him that evening and cheered him up later; it had been the mark of the beginning of their friendship.
A poke in his ribs brought him back to reality.
“Ow, Dom!” He complained. “One would think that your aim would be off since you can’t see,” he said bitterly, rubbing his side.
“And one would think that you’d know I hate walking so much. Where’s the bloody portkey? Let’s go and get it done with.”
He responded with a grunt before looking around for it. They were on the hillside on the outskirts of the town he lived in where Harry had told him to find the portkey. Spotting a broken hairbrush lying near the bushes, he quickly summoned it with his wand.
“Here, I got it. Come on.” He grabbed her hand and placed it over the hairbrush with his own. “Any minute now…”
Dominique smiled despite herself. As much as she whined and complained about Teddy’s surprises, she always enjoyed them. It made her feel special, and though she’d never admit it to him, gave her butterflies in the stomach. It was childish and silly, and she felt like a little schoolgirl again whenever it happened, but it couldn’t be helped. Now, feeling his large and strong palm over hers, she experienced a familiar tingling and mentally berated herself. This was her best friend; she wasn’t allowed to feel this way about him, especially when he didn’t feel the same.
“It’s glowing now, be ready, Dom!” Teddy’s warning came a tad too late, as before she could compose herself, there was a jerk somewhere behind her navel and then she was flying through space.
As she felt her feet land on steady ground, she almost collapsed, her head spinning.
“Dom, are you okay?” Teddy asked anxiously, as he supported her to prevent her from falling to the ground. She had always been jealous at how unaffected he was from travelling on a portkey.
“Yeah, just give me a moment,” she mumbled, taking deep breaths to relax her tense body. Teddy rubbed her arm soothingly and she leaned in to his side involuntarily before realizing what she was doing and straightening up abruptly.
“I am feeling better now. Are you going to remove this wretched blindfold any time soon? My eyes are starting to hurt.” She pouted and heard him sigh.
“Hold on, we just need to walk a little bit further,” he murmured, taking her hand in his and guiding her forward. They walked on for a few more minutes, which felt like hours to Dominique, before Teddy announced that they had reached his ‘desired spot.’
“Finally!” She sighed with relief as he proceeded to untie her blindfold. She could smell something salty in the air, and listen to a gurgling sound that she thought must be caused by water waves. A cool breeze played around her and she could feel the calm and serenity in the atmosphere.
As the blindfold came off, she blinked repeatedly to adjust her vision. Teddy’s face came into view first, his charcoal black hair falling over his forehead and his brown eyes twinkling with anticipation. He cleared his throat.
“Well, here we are,” he murmured, stepping aside to allow her to observe her surroundings.
A small gasp escaped Dominique as she saw the scenery around her. The clear blue of an ocean stretched endlessly a few feet in front of her, the waves lapping at the shore. There were trees a few feet behind her, covering the entire land, the greenery thick and beautiful. Her heels were sinking into the soft sand beneath her feet, and she watched as the mild sunlight danced on the sand, making it sparkle. It was only Teddy and she, standing on the small stretch of sand between the woods and the sea, with no other sign of any human being in the area.
“Wow, this is nothing like the beach near Shell Cottage. Where are we, Teddy?” She whispered, afraid to speak loudly and break the tranquility of the atmosphere. She could hear the smile in his voice as he responded.
“We are on a small island in Langkawi, Malaysia.”
“Malaysia? Are we really so far away from home?” Her voice reflected her awe, as she looked around once more, absorbing the beauty of the place as much as she could.
“Yes, do you like it?” She jumped as she felt his breath near her ear; she hadn’t realized he was standing this close.
“Ye-es, I love it,” she murmured, slightly shakily, before turning around to face him. They were almost nose-to-nose now. “Thanks Teddy.”
He gave her a dazzling smile before putting his arms around her and pulling her into a hug. She closed her eyes in content.
“Well, I hope you can relax here now, away from all your stress,” he whispered as he waved his wand and a quilt spread out on the sand beside them, with a picnic laid out on it. She almost squealed in delight as she saw that he had gotten all her favorite dishes, and if that wasn’t enough, her favorite muggle novel as well.
“Shall we?” He gestured to the quilt, and she laughed, nodding.
Almost two hours later, Dominique was reading her novel while lying on her stomach comfortably in a tank top and shorts, having transfigured her jeans and jumper earlier after eating. Teddy watched her engrossed in her book, her hands cupping the sides of her face, and smiled as a feeling of warmth washed through him.
He loved to see her at ease, to enjoy a good book, to just relax and have no worries in the world. He always wanted to see that calm on her face that he was seeing now, and a sense of giddy happiness came over him knowing that it was he that had given her that soft smile playing on her lips. As he watched her red curls fanning her face and her eyes glinting with delight, he had a strong urge to take her in his arms and kiss her.
Taking a deep breath, he realized that it was time he did what he had actually brought her here for. It was now or never.
“Dominique?” He said tentatively.
“Hmm…?” She murmured, not looking up from her book.
“I-er…I need to talk to you.”
Her brows furrowed as she took in the serious tone in his voice, and carefully marking her page, she closed the book, and sat up to face him.
“What’s up, Teddy?”
He moved closer to her and took her hand in his. She looked at him, momentarily surprised, but to his relief, didn’t pull away.
“Well, I have wanted to tell you something for quite some time now, but I… I haven’t been able to.” He paused, and she nodded encouragingly, though her breath was caught in her throat.
“I-um…how do I say this? The thing is, I think I… I… oh, screw it!” He groaned, and before Dominique could respond, leaned forward and captured her lips in a kiss.
She was stilled into shock for half a second, but as Teddy started to pull away guiltily, an apology half formed on his lips, she put her arms around his neck and kissed him back passionately. She could feel him sigh in relief and happiness, and pure joy erupted in her heart. It was almost like a dream come true; she would have never thought that after dating someone like Victoire, he could have ever thought of her as more than a friend but apparently she had been wrong.
When Teddy finally pulled away, breathing heavily, he gave her a sheepish smile and she blushed, realizing that during their embrace she had somehow ended up on his lap.
“So, what is it that you were saying?” She murmured, looking up at him innocently. He rolled his eyes.
“Do I need to say it? Aren’t actions proof enough?” When she pouted and shook her head, he chuckled. “Here goes then… Dominique Weasley, the sole reason of me bringing you to this island was to confess to you that I may, no scratch that, I do like you as a lot more than a best friend, and would love to have you as my girlfriend.”
She giggled at his playful words and responded in a similar manner.
“Well, in that case I agree to be your girlfriend on the condition that you bring me to this wonderful island at least once every month.”
“Gladly!” He promised, and pulled her into a kiss once more. She smiled happily, knowing that this ‘picnic’ was something that she would cherish in her memory forever.
A/N: I know this is not a very good one-shot, not at all up to my usual standard, but it's only because I wrote it within a few hours, in between exam revision. It is for the House Cup 2013, where the requirement was to incorporate a 'travel' theme. I'll come back to this in the future and edit it, so feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, and opinions in the little review box below. Thank you.