Why am I so Ugly?
Title: Why am I so ugly?
Prompt: Day 7 - Anything goes
Brief Summary: This takes place in the 6th year when Harry drinks the Felix Felicis potion and "make" Lavender broke up with Ron. He goes out for hours in his missing to pursuit Slughorn. Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione got some time alone.
Triggers: None (’cept Ron’s mouth)
Why am I so ugly?
(...) “Excellent,” he said. “Really excellent. Right... I’m going down to Hagrid’s.”
“What?” said Ron and Hermione together, looking aghast. “No, Harry — you’ve got to go and see Slughorn, remember?” said Hermione.
“No,” said Harry confidently. “I’m going to Hagrid’s, I’ve got a good feeling about going to Hagrid’s.”
“This is Felix Felicis, I suppose?” said Hermione anxiously, holding up the bottle to the light. (...)
“Trust me,” he said. “I know what I’m doing... or at least” — he strolled confidently to the door — “Felix does.”
He pulled the Invisibility Cloak over his head and set off down the stairs, Ron and Hermione hurrying along behind him. At the foot of the stairs, Harry slid through the open door.
“What were you doing up there with her?” shrieked Lavender Brown, staring right through Harry at Ron and Hermione emerging together from the boys’ dormitories. Harry heard Ron spluttering behind him as he darted across the room away from them.
Getting through the portrait hole was simple; as he approached it, Ginny and Dean came through it, and Harry was able to slip between them. As he did so, he brushed accidentally against Ginny.
“Don’t push me, please, Dean,” she said, sounding annoyed. “You’re always doing that, I can get through perfectly well on my own....”
The portrait swung closed behind Harry, but not before he had heard Dean make an angry retort. (...)
[Excerpt taken from the book "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"]
"What were you doing up there with her?"
Harry was so sick of how Ron was being such a coward in the terms of breaking up with Lavender that Felix did it herself. Lavender just started to yell at him, which Ron start to argue before storming off the common room.
Hermione just stayed there, kind of surprised that this was really happening. She waited for Lavender to get back to the Girls Dormitories before she tries to catch Ron in the corridor, but he quickly disappeared. As the general mood in the common room was pretty dangerous for her, she remembers that in her last prefect patrol, she put some things in her locker in the prefects’ bathroom. So, she decides to go there and get it.
The Prefects’ Bathroom was on the fifth floor, in the fourth door to the left of that statue of Boris the Bewildered. She entries and stands in front of one of the mirrors that sats above the sinks. The Prefects’ Bathroom was a huge lavatory with a massive bathtub, almost like a pool with numerous taps. The sinks were very large, with even enough space to sit on them.
Looking at herself in the mirror, Hermione couldn’t dominate her low self-esteem thoughts. She was a 17 years old girl, and the last time a man shows any interest in her felt like ages ago. Well, without counting bloody MacLaggen, but he shows himself for every living thing. A little light of hope started to grow on her chest. Now that Ron was single, would he try something with her? Or she will have to be the one to try it?
Without thinking too much about it, she started to take off her clothes to take a bath in the giant tub.
"Hum...Mione? Is that you?"
Scared to death, she quickly covers up, not that she was in a completely embarrassing position, ‘cause she just took off her sweater, but still… it was Ron. She just got so nervous whatever they have some private moment.
"Yes, it’s me." He opens the door and got to the locker next to her and started to look for something. "Are you alright?"
"Are you kidding me? Yes. Just got rid of Lav without having to do so."
"Well, that's mature."
"What? I mean, you know I just couldn’t do it myself. Stop looking at me like that. I like her and all, but not like that."
"I understand...hum...I'm glad that you are happy now."
"Oh...hum...thanks. Now we just have to worry about Harry and his mission. I really hope that Felix works on getting the memory out of Slughorn."
"Yeah, me too. There so much going on, I was preparing for a bath here. Do you care to join me? All prefects could fit on this tub, really."
His ears became so red that it was almost indistinguishable from his hair. That certainly sounds better in her head them out loud.
"Is just that the aura in the common room is pretty dense right now. But you don't have to, really. It was silly to ask."
"But I want to."
Before the shame could take the best off both of them, she goes to the mirror and makes a bun out of her hair. Ron was untying his shoelaces when he heard:
"God. Why I have to be so ugly? This shirt looks terrible on me. I'm going to transfigure this into a toy for Crookshanks later!"
"I beg your pardon?"
"Oh, it's nothing, Ron. I was just thinking out loud."
"No, I heard you. Do you really think that you're ugly? ‘Cause, that's bullshit."
"Well, when you spend your entire youth with Malfoy and Parkinson telling you look like a chipmunk, you started to believe them."
"What about the times that I told you how beautiful you are?"
"Hum...I just figured that you and Harry were being nice to me. Besides, I don't think it was too often, so..."
"No, stop it. I never said it to be nice! I truly mean it! And maybe I don't tell you all the time, but I sure think of it every day when I see you." his face was so red he looked like he had a fever.
Her feet were moving practically alone, getting herself closer to him. They were just staring at each other, not really knowing what to do next.
And then, someone walks into the bathroom and releases a big laugh.
"Ahh! Look what we have here! The mudblood and the blood-traitor! Did my eyes fool me, or did you two was about to..."
"Shut the fuck up, Malfoy! Why are you here anyway? Are you trying to cry in every bathroom in Hogwarts?"
Malfoy was so quick getting his wand that Ron probably was getting cursed if wasn't for Hermione stopping the spell.
"Please, Ron. Let's go. He’s not worth it."
Seeing themselves out of the bathroom, Ron’s expression reveals that he wore very angry and very concerned.
"Look, Mione. Maybe it's best if we go on to the Astronomy Tower. Remember how we could see Hagrid's hut perfectly when we are doing the OWLs? Ya know, for keeping an eye on Harry in case he seems to need us. Also, I bump into Dean before I was reading here. I think Ginny broke up with him. Maybe we should find her and cheer her up or something. Don't you think?"
"Hum...fine. That sounds the right thing to do right now..."
"Good. But listen, I don't want to hear you say that horse shit about being ugly ever again, okay? Or I will have to do something about you, young lady!"
"Well, in that case, maybe I'll say it again sometime."