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31 August 2015 @ 07:55 am
Fic: One Brave Chance  
Title: One Brave Chance
Characters/Pairing: Luna/Hermione, Hermione/Ron
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: femme
Word count: 672
Summary: Luna wins a bet, and she claims it in an unusual fashion.
A/N: Happy birthday, katmarajade! I know these two aren’t on your fave’s list, but I thought you might like my little bunny. Many thanks to helenarickman for the beta. You saved me some embarrassing repetitions! All mistakes left are mine.


“A kiss?” Hermione’s eyebrows lifted in surprise as she peered at her friend.

Luna met her gaze evenly even as she felt the urge to look away and take it back; maybe pretend those two words hadn’t slipped out when asked what she wanted for winning their bet. Hermione’s eyes darted to one side where Ron stood just out of Luna’s line of sight. The friends gathered frequently to visit and play games and catch up. This was one get together of many. Luna heard the fabric of his robes move as he shrugged.

“Go on, don’t mind me,” Ron said cheekily, his voice that of a bloke who wouldn’t precisely mind seeing his girl snog another bird. Luna heard a faint sound of surprise out of Harry, whom she was certain was accustomed to a more possessive Ron Weasley.

But of course, this was just her – just Loony Lovegood.

Hermione’s eyes came back to Luna’s, uncertain, but she said, “All right, then.”

Luna stepped forward and Hermione’s head tilted up from her position on the sofa. For a heartbeat, Luna considered just a gentle kiss on the cheek or forehead, but then she took a deep breath. Be brave, Luna reminded herself. Be as brave as Hermione would be, if their roles were reversed. She’d long wished to be as brave as her friend.

So she leaned down and gently pressed her lips to Hermione’s. Her hand curved around the other woman’s jaw, light and gentle. For a moment, Luna kept it simple, kept it chaste.

But if she were to get only one kiss, she was going to make it count – and Luna could only see getting this one chance. She knew Hermione would have no other intimacies for her, aside from perhaps an occasionally friendly buss on the cheek. She would never leave Ron, at least not for her. So she’d savor the one opportunity she did get.

Not pulling away, never quite parting so no one could claim she’d taken more than just the one, Luna let her lips roam experimentally over Hermione’s. She explored, tested, nibbled, and sought. She teased the other witch’s mouth open, slipping her tongue in languidly and sliding it along Hermione’s, slowly and carefully exploring even further.

Hermione participated hesitantly at first, then she pressed a little more firmly into Luna as the kiss lengthened. Brave as always. Luna gave it everything, focusing solely on Hermione, unmindful of everything and everyone except what pleasure she could give the other witch. Surroundings faded and melted away, becoming inconsequential, but then they slowly seeped back in as Luna slowly brought the long kiss to a close.

At some point she’d straddled Hermione on the sofa. Her knees bore her weight as she was careful to not intrude any more than this. Besides, even a year after the victory Hermione was still too thin. Her shoulder felt bird-wing sharp and fragile under Luna’s other hand.

Finally Luna’s lips eased away, and her thumb carefully swiped over Hermione’s cheek. Slowly dark brown eyes opened, dazed and a little confused as they met Luna’s.

“Bloody hell,” Ron swore somewhere in the background.

“Hush,” Luna chided softly. “This wasn’t for you, Ronald, so don’t get any ideas.”

Even as she scolded, she smiled tenderly at Hermione before sliding carefully back off her lap. She kept her hand on Hermione’s cheek until last, patting it gently and tucking a strand of hair back behind the older woman’s ear, setting her to rights. Everything about it spoke, “It was for you,” in answer to the unvoiced question in her friend’s eyes.

Luna let herself fade into the background of their gathering once again, making tea or handing out butterbeer. She was talented at it, and despite her brave display, people stopped looking at her rather quickly. Except every now and then, she felt the weight of a set of eyes, and occasionally she looked up into a smile on a usually solemn face.

That, Luna thought, would be enough for her.
 
 
 
dickgloucesterdickgloucester on August 31st, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
This is really lovely.
Gelseygelsey on September 1st, 2015 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!
dreamy_dragon73: Dragon Greendreamy_dragon73 on August 31st, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
This is lovely and bittersweet.
Gelseygelsey on September 1st, 2015 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
helenarickmanhelenarickman on September 1st, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
This is such a gentle, kind and loving story. I'm glad I could help!
Gelseygelsey on September 1st, 2015 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, I really appreciated the help.
katmarajade: lunakatmarajade on September 1st, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, bb! SQUEEEEEEE!!!! Thank you! This is lovely. Bittersweet and lovely and full of unrealized dreams. That was one hell of a kiss! I loved Luna not pulling away lest she be accused of stealing more than one kiss. I liked the way I could almost see Hermione's brain whirring before and after this, unsure what to make of it. And I sort of think this was probably one of the best kisses she ever got, which also confuses her. (Still reading this as strictly Hr/R endgame, but I think a Luna kiss is a whole different kettle of fish and softer than I imagine a volatile and passionate couple like R/Hr being, at least early on.) I also loved the ending! It kind of reminded me of the Love Actually storyline with the posterboard love confession, a single kiss, and the Enough. Enough now. (And I love that movie!)

I can definitely see how Luna would be drawn to Hermione. The cleverness, the difference in personality, wanting to draw out the smiles on a too-serious-after-the-war face. She's a beautiful human puzzle and I see that being a huge draw for Luna. Even if I don't really see those two working out as a long term couple. (I'm always open to reading them though!) Thanks for writing me something so sweet and full of depth and kissing and a pang of bittersweet. It was such a perfect gift!

Also, I'm sorry it took me so long to comment! I was pretty busy this weekend and didn't check my f-list very much, and for some reason, I did not get a notification that I'd been mentioned in a post like I usually do! So I am sorry for not being here to squee more promptly! Thank you, lovely. I'm so very grateful for this lovely gift, especially when I know your muse is being a bit stand-offish. I'm even more grateful to have you as a friend! *clings*
Gelseygelsey on September 1st, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
You're so very welcome! I was hoping you'd like it. I have other bunnies, but nothing as loud as this one was. No worries on not commenting right away -- I was late, and you are a very busy lady! I am very glad you enjoyed it. *hugs you tight* Happy birthday, my dear!

I don't see them working out long term, generally, but I see the fascination, and depending on how things went... I don't see her changing mid-stream, in this at least. But the kiss was likely one of the best she'd ever had, if only because it was solely dedicated to her, not to the giver, and I see Ron as a bit selfish.

I haven't seen Love Actually in many years. I need to rectify that...
Crystal O. Grapherthymidinekinase on August 13th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
So nice!