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17 February 2008 @ 11:16 pm
Ficlet: Yellow is the Colour of Caution  
Title: Yellow is the Colour of Caution
Prompt: Danger! 300 words. Hufflepuffs.

“So, mate, I heard your name got pulled from a certain cup.”

Cedric’s head whipped around – he’d thought he was alone in the common room. The pink-haired woman in one of the over-stuffed chairs grinned at him.

He recognized her – Nymphadora Tonks was a well-remembered name in Hufflepuff, and he’d been here during her last two years at Hogwarts. “What are you doing here?” he asked, taking a seat.

“Can’t tell ya, it’s top secret,” she said. “I’d get a right chewin’ out if someone found out I told, but you’ll see soon.”

“Last I heard, you were in Auror school.” Between his Ministry father and his well-connected mother, he often heard about Hogwarts’ alumni.

She beamed at him. “I’m out. Passed Stealth and Detection this summer. I’m on assignment here for a few days.”

Cedric tried not to laugh. Anyone who knew Tonks knew of her legendary clumsiness.

“Yeah, yeah, I know,” she said plaintively, her hair brightening with embarrassment.

“So why are you assigned here?”

“I’m here to—“ She caught herself and shook a finger at him. “Naughty. Your Slytherin mum is teaching you tricks again. She the one that gave you a taste for danger?”

“No more so than your Slytherin mum teaching you,” he replied, obviously amused as he tried to relax. The fast-approaching First Task weighed heavily upon him. “I’m just trying to live up to your reputation. First record-making detentions, then Auror school … have to keep the House pride up.”

She laughed at his mild joking. “Yellow is the colour of caution,” she said, rising from her chair. “Be careful, Cedric. Do try to stay out of danger. I’ll be cheering for you.”

Cedric thanked her and wondered what exactly he was going up against that needed an Auror to guard it.

A/N: Triwizard Tournament, pre-First Task. The time line mentioned in this is according to the HP Lexicon. Just a passing thought of something that could have happened. Prompts provided by seaislewitch because I was bored, in the mood to write, and had reached my limit on the current challenge at romancingwizard -- which is a totally awesome comm., if you didn’t know that already.

Want to give me prompts? I might or might not do them, but please leave some here for me!
Current Mood: boredbored
lilian_cho: Aziraphale also worshiped bookslilian_cho on February 18th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
- He is the famous author of Can't Remember.

- delusional

- twins
benebubenebu on February 18th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: Prompt:s
He is the famous author of Can't Remember

You wasted no time!

*looks at gelsey* I wonder if it will inspire you something?
lilian_cho: Aziraphale also worshiped bookslilian_cho on February 18th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
Re: Prompt:s
Oh I already gave that prompt over at wrisomifu too ;-)

Dunno if it will inspire anything to the members though.
benebubenebu on February 18th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Prompt:s
Ok, I went to see the comm you mention, and I'm now intrigued. Talk me about it when there is actually an entry I can see?
lilian_cho: Aziraphale also worshiped bookslilian_cho on February 18th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Prompt:s
I was v. lucky to join the comm. a few days before they close membership back in 2006. The majority of members are non-HP-ers, I think (I found out about the comm. from a HP/Smallville friend).

They might re-open membership for November 2008--will be sure to let you know if/when that happens!
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Prompt:s
I have no idea. Can't Remember, huh?
benebubenebu on February 18th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Prompt:s
Me neither. Well, someone will manage to write it someday, I'm sure.
lilian_cho: Penguin!Chiyo-chan from Azumanga Daiohlilian_cho on February 18th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Prompt:s
It's from our convo on Victor Hugo in which I said:

"Wait. He's the famous author of...can't remember."

lilian_cho: Lilian for melilian_cho on February 18th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like the drabble <3

The Tonks-Cedric interaction is just too cute ^_^
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Delayed Poet: Innocencedelayed_poet on February 18th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
Hehe, this was cute... I was so ready for him to plant a big, sloppy kiss on him, lol...

Prompts, let's see...

~What is it used for?

~Shooting star
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

*puts prompts in prompt pile* lol
benebubenebu on February 18th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely! I like the idea of the two most famous Hufflepuff discussing together like that. And Tonks' hair brightening when she is embarrassed... lovely.

And as for prompts - I'm in the mood for Padma fics at the moment. Could you tell me something about her that has nothing to do with books, or how pretty she is? Sure she's a pretty and bookish girl, but there must be more to her than just that?
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! I think the two of them would have gotten along smashingly.

Hmmm, Padma. I'll think of something, I'm sure. *plots*
benebu: Frenchbenebu on February 18th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
I've translated it into French. May I post it on a French comm? (Except that I will have questions for you before. I always have questions.)
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Translation
Certainly! Ask away.
benebu: todaybenebu on February 18th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
First, I'm not sure about what you mean by "record-making detention". Is it "such a large number of detentions that you still hold the record for Hufflepuff"?

And also, I was wondering if the 300 words exactly was something you aimed for, or just turned out to be the wordcount, without premeditation. If it's intentional, I'll try to aim for the same length.

*reads again* It was part of the prompt, wasn't it?
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions:
Yes, that's what I meant by it. She holds the record for Hufflepuff, I suspect. Charlie Weasley has absolutely nothing to do with it, LOL.

It was part of the prompt, or I might have expanded a little in a few places.
benebubenebu on February 18th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions:
Charlie/Tonks! Charlie/Tonks! Write some plz!

Ok, I'm going to cut cut cut then. See if I can manage to get it down to 300 words.
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions:
I wrote this drabble awihle back ...

Okies. Whatever works best for you :D
benebubenebu on February 18th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Did it!
It's there.
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Did it!
redvelvetcanopy: Maiden with Swordsredvelvetcanopy on February 18th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)

Yellow is the colour of caution, indeed. He should've paid more attention to that. But then, again, it's Voldemort and there's nothing he could have done.

Very nice!

Prompts: Sirius, grass stain, red nose
Gelseygelsey on February 18th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
He might should have been a bit more careful, though you're right, he couldn't have done much to prevent what happened.

Thanks! Glad you liked it.

Hmmm, what to do with those prompts ...
Sea Isle Witch: Smith - Zacharias  SIWseaislewitch on February 18th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, very good! I had no idea what you'd come up with, but you cleverly drew all the elements together, especially the House colour/danger relation. I like the idea of Tonks visiting Cedric and that you placed with during the Tri-wizard tournament.
Gelsey: hufflepuffs with spoonsgelsey on February 18th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I had no idea what I'd come up with either! It took me a fair amount of thinking (and a little research) to come up with it.

Badgers stick together :D

I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Tabbywhy_me_why_not on February 21st, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
ohh, I like that! There isn't enough Cedric-fic. There was a surge of it right after the GoF movie came out & then it fizzled out.