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Taking a Break from the Yule Ball
Outside the Yule Ball, 11:27pm
You had told Harry and Ron you were going to the toilets, but in actuality, you really needed some air. You kept glancing over at Neville and it was getting near unbearable to endure. Not only had he not really looked at you, he hadn’t looked away from Ginny. In fact, he’d seemed so invested in his conversation that you had to push back a grimace every now and again. You didn’t want to think about it though; it made your throat tight and your eyes sting. You swallowed the feeling down, hard. The castle grounds were very beautiful at night, and especially tonight as the rose bushes had been lit up, and the water in the stone fountain seemed to be glowing. It seemed as though there were real fairies with small lights surrounding the stone pillars just outside the main doors, but, beautiful as it was, you couldn’t help shivering as you leant against the cold stone. A beetle caught your eye - the light of the fountain shimmering off it’s back as it darted into the nearest rose bush.
‘You’re mental, it’s freezing out ‘ere.’ Came a small voice from behind.
‘It’s not that bad.’ You lied.
‘Oh, r-right.’ You turned, and Neville had his dress jacket hung over his arm. You retreated slightly at this.
‘Sorry,’ you added quickly. He shook his head, and offered a small grin. You returned.
‘Actually, it’s fucking freezing.’ You said straight faced, slowly breaking into a wide smile as Neville worked out whether you were joking or not. He outstretched his arm, the jacket hanging off it. Your stomach seemed to flip quite violently at this, and you felt yourself eagerly seizing the jacket. It was rather large on you; the sleeves probably a forearm too long, but you crossed your arms and wrapped the jacket around yourself. A small nod to Neville indicated your thanks. He was quite entranced by seeing you in his jacket, having to physically shake his head a little to wake up. But you didn’t understand; why was it only when you were alone that Neville showed any interest in you? Why was he so invested with Ginny in the Hall? Was he embarrassed to let other people know, was that why he hadn’t asked you?
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- mountain stream by inchadney from http://freesound.org +)
- Crimson & Clover muffled by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts via Na-Melena-Sahlin on tumblr +)
- Sniff by owlstorm from http://freesound.org +)
- Cheers and Applause by qubodup from http://freesound.org +)
- step on gravel by SpliceSound +)
- Another Crowd by unfa on http://freesound.org +)
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- Wind blows in leaves by www.soundsnap.com *)
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