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Light a Lantern In My Heart by Hasane
Chapter 2 : { 2 }
 
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“So,” Al says, shifting on Scorpius’ bed to make himself more comfy, “when did you two get together?”

Scorpius absentmindedly looks up from his book. “Like, two years ago?” He turns to Halley curiously.

Halley nods. “Yeah, but we’ve known each other since we were kids, and that was because our parents were in the same circle back when they were in Hogwarts. Except for maybe Astoria.”

“Oh.” Uncomfortable again, Al opts to sit up, and Scorpius goes back to his book. “Um, I don’t mean any harm by this, but are you queer in any way?”

Al goes over the question again in his head, and realizes it’s kind of a dumb question. If all three of them were in a polyamorous relationship, why wouldn’t they be? Unless Al is severely lacking in his knowledge of identities?  

“How’s that harmful?” Halley asks, furrowing her eyebrows in confusion.

“I don’t know,” Al answers, shrugging, “but people these days are very… how do you say… prone to being offended.”

“Oh, that’s true,” Halley agrees. She grins and pats Al on the cheek. “But don’t worry, you can talk to us! Communication, you know, it bloody works. But, uh, yeah, I’m bi, and Scor over there is pan.”

Scorpius looks up, nods, and immediately goes back to reading.

Halley frowns at him, and says in a staged sort of way to Al, “You, know you really have to wrestle with him to get his attention. I don’t really mind, but sometimes I swear he’s a Ravenclaw.”

Al smiles, if a little fondly. “Yeah?”

Halley nods. “Yeah.” She crawls over to Scorpius, and grabs his book from his hands.

Scorpius face changes from content to indignant. “Hey!” he protests, reaching for the book, but Halley leans back farther and farther, refusing to give up. “Come on,” she whines, “join the conversation! You don’t always need to be reading!”

Scorpius is just as whiny, maturity be damned. “But – but! It’s really good! Please give it back to meee - oomph!” He leans too much and falls on top of Halley with a soft thud.

He groans and Halley works to push him off. “Get – off – me – you—” She lets out a noise of annoyance, and Al’s smile had long ago veered into laughter. Halley gives a sharp look to him and says, “Help me!”

Al shrugs indifferently, and made a move to seem as if he was going to pull Scorpius off of her, but really he just plucks the book out of her hands and inspects it. Scorpius looks at him hopefully and Halley gives a dramatic gasp. “Traitor!”

Al flashes a toothy smile, and singsongs, “Nothing I haven’t heard before!”

The book seems interesting, a little bit. Al doesn’t know that Scorpius is into the Grimm’s fairy tales.

He supposes they might be nice to read; if one likes their stories darker than usual.

“So, uh, mind giving the book back to me?”

Al glances at Scorpius, who’s now straddling Halley, and she is still struggling.

“I don’t know. I might need a little convincing…” Al smirks at him challengingly.

Scorpius’ eyes widen, and he blushes profusely.

The words ‘he’s so cute’ had crossed Al’s mind multiple times before, and it never stops being true. Al could never guess how such a sharp, angled, and unforgiving face could devolve into such a blushing mess.

“Uh...um…” Scorpius looks helplessly at Halley, but she’s wearing a face that usually meant she’s up to no good.

Halley finally gets Scorpius off with a forceful shove, and then gently (kind of) encourages him towards Al.

She pokes and prods him until he moves away, annoyed from being poked and prodded.

Al breaks into a grin at Scorpius’ utter shyness, and decides to give him a reprieve. “It’s okay, you don’t really have to do anything you don’t want to. I don’t know what you were thinking, but it definitely wasn’t what you were thinking.”

Scorpius let out a sigh, and he falls back on the bed. “Oh, thank god.”

Al laughs mirthfully, and he thinks he saw Halley staring at him in the corner of his eye. He wonders why for a moment, but put it out of his mind.

He slides off the bed, places the book on the nightstand, and sits on the edge of the bed. He leans over pecks Scorpius on the lips, a first for the both of them.

Scorpius, unsurprisingly, lets out a squeak.

Innocently, Al says, “That’s all you had to do.”

“R-really…”

“Yup.”

They both sat in comfortable silence but then Scorpius sat up suddenly, scaring Al.

Looking at Scorpius, he notices he had a sort of steely look on his face, which Al was weary of. He’s unsure of what Scorpius has in mind right now. Usually, he’s easy to read, but Scorpius’ face gave nothing away.

Waiting a little tensely, he is pulled forward by two hands on his face, and his lips met Scorpius’—a surprise for him. Al didn’t really think that Scorpius is all too comfortable kissing him right away, so he kisses back for a moment and pulls away.

Halley wolf whistles, saying, “I didn’t really think you’d kiss him so soon.”

“Well, I had to do it sometime…”

“Yeah, but like I think it would’ve been fine if you’d waited until you were ready.”

The both of them go off on a conversation on their own, and Al is content to let them do so and quietly observe.

It’s strange, he thinks, how much he likes the two. Al has always seen them in the hallways, walking together attached to each other at the hip, and if not, they caught up with each other, and talk to keep up. They are indeed the couple that everyone finds the tiniest bit annoying, but endearing all the same.

At one point, Al is fairly sure that he was a little bit jealous of them, for having had found who they love so early in their life. And now, he supposes, they’ve somehow decided to include him into their relationship (a wild card that Al hadn’t expected at all from such a tight knit relationship), and Al agreed.

He didn’t really expect to say yes. At first, he honestly didn’t know what to think. He thought it was joke, as his family is prone to playing those on him often for jest. Al thinks he said yes just to see what they would do, and found they were in fact being serious. He didn’t rescind his answer, just went along with it and see what would happen.

And now, Al looks at them, and realizes he hopes they last, even if only for a little bit. 



Huh, I got this chapter a week after the publication of the first. Wild. 


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