Chapter 1 : Running into Weasley
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"Good morning, Louis!" I called after him.
He passed by me every morning, afternoon and evening while I was on my way to the Department for Improper Use of Magic and he was on his way to the Auror Offices. Sometimes we even bumped into each other on our way to look something up, or use the loo. Everytime I saw him I flirted, everytime he just waved and kept walking. After three months of blushing every time I saw Louis Weasley I decided it was time to get him to notice me.
It was all going to start today. I was determined in getting him to look at me and have a conversation that will last more than two minutes. I had made sure to take extra care with the way I dressed and to leave my hair down, rather than up in it's usual bun. I made my way to my desk and began sifting through the notes I had to write to misuse's of magic. I greeted my coworkers as they filed in and when our supervisor came out asking someone to run a note down to the Auror Office I was so quick to answer I nearly fell out of my chair.
I took the short walk to compose myself, stopping several times to peer into windows to check my reflection. Until I realized the people on the other side of the window were giving me strange looks. Some of the Auror's greeted me, and I ignored their gazes. I had tried dating a couple, but it never worked out. Mostly because all they did was talk about their day at work, and it put me to sleep.
I was so busy looking around for Louis that I wasn't paying attention to where I was walking and walked right into someone. I bent down to pick up the letter that had been in my hand and the person I had walked into bent down with me. His hand covered mine and I looked up into the blue eyes I daydreamed about.
"Louis, I'm so sorry, I wasn't paying attention." I was instantly blabbering and stuttering and all around failing at flirting with him. The italian accent I worked so hard to conceal was making an appearance. Compose yourself Rosalia.
He simply smiled and stood up, extending a hand to help me up as well.
"You're foreign?" He asked me, noticing my accent.
"Yes, I'm from Italy." I could feel the blush creeping into my cheeks just from talking to him.
"That's great, I've always wanted to see Italy." He was smiling at me. Was walking into him all that had to happen all along?
"It's lovely, it's worth a trip sometime." I tried to remember how to flirt, but everything I had practised on the walk over was gone.
"I'll have to look into it, sorry for walking into you." He waved at me and was off again.
I looked at my watch. It had probably been a one minute conversation. I let out an exasperated sigh and continued my walk to the Head Auror's Office. When I reached it I knocked on the door and upon hearing a muffled 'come in' opened the door slowly.
"Mr. Potter, I have a letter for you. A big breach in use of Magic." I extended my right hand to offer him the letter.
"Thank you...," He looked up at me and then frowned, "I'm sorry, I don't know your name."
"Rosalia Abbatiello, sir. I work in the Department for Improper Use of Magic." I stood up straight. I had never really been romanticized by the idea of Harry Potter, but I was standing in front of the man who saved the Wizarding World.
"Right, I've seen you around sometimes. Well, thank you, Rosalia." He took the letter, shook my hand and then looked back down at his paperwork. I let myself out.
I was on my way back, mumbling frustratedly to myself when I ran into Louis again. We apologized, he told me I should go try getting a wrap from a shop down the street at lunchtime. Then he waved and walked away. I sighed again.
Lunch came around and I made sure I was the first out of the office and waited casually for Louis to emerge. He never did. I slid down the wall and pulled a book out of the bag I had hastily grabbed. I sat reading against the wall for several minutes until people started coming back and then I made my way back to my desk.
I wasn't particularly paying attention for the rest of the day, just going through the everyday tasks of sending out letters to people who misused magic. So when my boss came out with another letter for the Auror's I was luck to be the first to jump up in response. I wasn't going to mess this time up.
I walked with determination this time. I didn't stop to check my reflection, or fix my robes. I even saw Louis down the hall and planned how fast I would have to walk to fall over if we collided. When we did collide, as planned, I tried to hide my smile when he bent down in horror realizing he had knocked me down unintentionally.
"Rosalia, I am so sorry! I didn't even see you!" He bent down to make sure I was okay and as I began to stand he practically picked me up himself.
"Don't worry about it Louis, I'm okay." I smiled at him as I dusted myself off. I hadn't exactly planned what to do after that.
We just kind of stood there awkwardly after that. I stared at him, he stared at me. I looked at my feet and he looked up at the ceiling.
"Well, I..." I trailed off and waved the letter I was given. He looked at it and blushed a little.
"Yeah, me too, I have..." He kind of trailed off and we were both walking away from each other.
I turned around to pay attention to where I was walking and couldn't help but hang my head a little. That did not go as planned.
"Rosalia!" He called after me. I turned around, I couldn't hide the smile on my face.
"Would you like to get some dinner with me after work?" He was blushing fiercly and I wanted to run up to him and hug him.
I nodded and waited for him to turn around and walk away before doing a little victory dance in the middle of the hallway. I got some weird looks. I didn't care.
a/n: Phew! So, this was for Prompt 2 for the House Cup and the prompt was "Write about overcoming adversity to remember that fear and darkness are short-lived." I had a bit of a different take on adversity, but I figured it comes to everyone in different ways, and I wanted to show a more cute and cheerful side to adversity.
Let me know what you think!
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