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25 February 2008 @ 12:41 am
:: Nom. & Ficlet - Blood ::  
 As I've said, I've gearing up to be more active on LJ and so with that I've finally checked my hotmail email. Ta da! Squee-ing again to see an email for the R/Hr Awards Nomination!!!!! OMG - OMG - Oh - My - God!! Last year I was in total shock and this year (still in shock) I feel so utterly heartwarmed and honored to be nominated again. It validates it ya know, not just a fluke thing. To my surpise, I was nominated twice - He Wasn't got one for Best Alternative Universe and Self-Restraint got one for Best Ron Depiction (ah, in character nods are the best!). But I had to shoot back a reply today saying that Self-Restraint was written last year (when thanks to the awesome belovedgranger) it was bidding in the best kiss category. So voting isn't open yet but I just wanted to say a big, hearty THANK YOU to the person(s) who nominated me. Truly, I appreciate it. I wish I could buy you another one of the kickbutt snowballs I had yesterday! 

With all the good news and I didn't want to show up empty handed so I waited to post until I finished something that could be seen with human eyes. I've been working on a post DH piece for months and it's still not quite done yet cause it just keeps growing! So I flipped open my "scraps" file and rifled for something that I couldn't let go of and was able to finish in a timely manner.

Title: Blood
Author:  phnxfeather47   
Rating: PG13
Genre: Romance
Word Count: 774
AN: Centuries ago the lovely and uber talented  lillywmw   said that the point to a Body Heat sequel is that it's a challenge, which of course got me psyched because who doesn't love a challenge? Well a while after that I was painting my nails one night when I drop spilled on my make up mirror drying to look like blood. Suddendly I had an maybe idea. The plot never panned out to a full fledged fic, but it was something I never forgot or could let go of. So I DH-cannonized it and now it's a semi sequel as well as a semi missing moment from Shell Cottage. It's unbetaed so excuse any mistakes as they are all mine. But please enjoy (especially you, Lilly)!! 



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Blood
 
“Hermione, why are you varnishing your nails the colour of blood?”
 
You ask the question on reflex, without thinking per the usual. Yet the second after the words had left your mouth you knew she wouldn’t take them well, even if you hadn’t said them to be mean. You were only startled. Seeing Hermione with a bottle of nail varnish, much less using one, was a surprise in itself. Factor in that you hadn’t slept properly in days and that you are, for all extensive purposes, in the middle of nowhere, you’re sort of proud that your mouth hadn’t shot off uncensored sooner.
 
She however didn’t share your view… obviously. Her brown eyes tear away from her left hand and up to meet your blue ones. A small, pursed frown graces her lips in dissatisfaction.
 
“Don’t make fun,” she chides, pushing a damp piece of hair back behind her ear. “I finally feel clean for the first time in weeks and I wanted to do something for myself to feel pretty.”
 
She ducks her head then, and you can tell by the way a subtle blush settles in her features that she hadn’t meant to say that. To reveal that. However, you don’t know the she had managed to stop herself before saying that it’s dark red to blend in if her blood is ever spilled.
 
Her words echo in your head and you feel yourself blink, abruptly realizing for the first time that maybe everyone else doesn’t see her the way you do. Maybe other people don’t have the problem of staring a little too long at her dirt ridded face, knot filled hair, weary eyes, and tatter clothing. Hell, even the slow healing scar that now adorns the side of her neck (you still flinch when you think about what the bitch did to her) has an indefinable appeal to you.
 
You continue to stare and she continues to blush until you further realize that she normally doesn’t think of herself as pretty. It bothers deep in the pit of your stomach, more than you would like to admit.
 
Pretty was something you would always associate with her. You had been thinking that way for so long that it makes you wonder if she was the one who defined the word for you. It was hard for you to image when you considered her solely as a nightmare, not to say that she can’t still be a right nightmare sometimes. Now the difference is that you find it more endearing than annoying, usually. The fact that you would even use a word like endearing goes to show just how much she has influenced you.
 
Mind made up, your steps are slow as you move across the wet grass, the sunlight beaming against your back. You crouch down next to her, watching as she fiddles with the varnish for a moment and wondering if you make her nervous. Then your hand brushes against her jaw seconds before your lips brush against her skin as you impulsively kiss her. It’s near the mouth but not quite near enough. Never quite near enough. She smiles at you anyway. 
 
Now it’s your turn to blush, literally feeling the heat as it invades your ears and face. You’re embarrassed for being such a coward. Hadn’t you promise yourself, hadn’t you silently promised her that night last October when the nearly froze to death in North Wales that the next one would be on the lips?
 
“You don’t need that,” you say instead, your eyes riveted on her blood coloured toe nails.
 
Then, swiftly, you walk away. You pass Dean and Luna walking along the shore, pass Fleur as she tries to cram more food into Bill and Harry’s hands (it makes you wonder if at some point your Mum was ever as flighty as Fleur used to be). Hermione’s eyes suddenly pin you from across the crisp open air, and you know your words had sunk in. Everyone glances at both of you then, and Harry smirks at you with his month full of croque monsieur as you enter the house.
 
But, none of you would have guessed that this was the proverbial calm before the storm. None of you would have fathomed that in a few short hours there would be battle where a boy not even eighteen with a crooked scar across his forehead would vanquish the darkest wizard in history. Yet above all, you would have never of imagined, even in your most firewiskey induced dreams, that in just under a day you’d be snogging Hermione Granger because of a few house elves.


fin.

 
 
oh so: giddygiddy
listening to: nadda
 
 
 
The pen is the tongue of the mind.: r/hrmollywobbles867 on February 25th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Oh, that was lovely! My favorite line:

Pretty was something you would always associate with her. You had been thinking that way for so long that it makes you wonder if she was the one who defined the word for you.

I bet she feels the same way about him.
phnxfeather47: acpphnxfeather47 on February 26th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't take too much credit for that line. I've heard various versions of it in and out of HP fanfic as well as books. But I thank you anyway, and I most definately think Hermione feels the same!! :)
Lilly: Ask Melillywmw on February 25th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD!!Thank you so much for this wonderful surprise!!I love it!
How could Ron be more sweet than this?And he even though that she snogged him "only" because a few fouse elves!Adorable, dear!
You see, when you have an open imagination, what a simple bottle of nail vanish can do!

BTW, Congratulations for your nominations!
Lilly: RonDaddylillywmw on February 25th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Dear, I want to invite you to post this story in my community the_hp_love.Please think about it!!***
phnxfeather47phnxfeather47 on February 26th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
I'd be most honored, girlie! I just went to join up!!
phnxfeather47: acpphnxfeather47 on February 26th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Hee! I had forgotten who had prodded me into action and when I looked back and saw i was you I was so excited, haha. Thank ya for he sweet words! I'm so glad you liked it!
skdon on February 25th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, I discovered this little gem through Lilly's journal - I'm so glad she referenced it - a really lovely DH missing moment - one of the best I've read. And I absolutely love the last line! Perfect!
phnxfeather47phnxfeather47 on February 26th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Awww (hugs Lilly for referencing it!) I'm so so happy that you liked it!! The last line was actually an after thought. I was about to post and re-read it once again and thought the previous last line (Harry kicking voldy's butt) was a little too angsty to end on so I pegged the last bit to the end!! *smiles* that you appreciated the change!!
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phnxfeather47phnxfeather47 on February 26th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Yay! :) I feel all warm and gooey inside that you read and loved both stories!! Thank you!
songandsilence: rhrsongandsilence on February 26th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
SO lovely!! And very true to character. Good job!!!
phnxfeather47: drunkphnxfeather47 on February 26th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
IC comments always make me squee! Thanks so much and I'm estatic you think so!
dtrumpsdtrumps on February 26th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
are you from louisiana? i love your icon
dtrumps: soulmatesdtrumps on February 26th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
sweetness...lovely
phnxfeather47: drunkphnxfeather47 on February 27th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Hee, yes ma'am I am. Glad you appreciate the icon. It came from a disscussion a friend and I had during watch an LSU game. I also made a bleed purple and gold one and LSU: where the churches are placed in the between the soritity houses
dtrumps: jamdtrumps on February 27th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
well, nice to meet you...i'm more of a Ragin Cajun myself
phnxfeather47phnxfeather47 on February 28th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Nice to meetcha too!! :) a ULL alum?
dtrumpsdtrumps on February 28th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
yes! and I live & work in Lafayette...my husband went to LSU, but he really doesn't like them...don't ask me why
phnxfeather47: drunkphnxfeather47 on February 28th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
It's a love/hate relationship. I love "being a part" of LSU, cause it's a huge energtic boost when footballs doing well and campus is all excited and your teacher plays a fight song before a test and dresses up in uniform (like this morning... lol). The whole spirit of it is awesome. But there is a lot of authortative/running of LSU stuff that I absolutely hate. But anywhoo... I digress. :)
dtrumps: cuddle?dtrumps on February 28th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
yeah, i understand that. i think his problem is that it's too easy to root for them...he prefers the underdog, i think
violinfreckles on February 26th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
So sweet! If only real that happened in real life! Lol!
And congratulations! You totally deserve it!
phnxfeather47phnxfeather47 on February 27th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Squee! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! And... if only R/Hr or even Ron Weasley happened in real life, :)
kerosinkanister on February 27th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
Nice fic; I love how he tells she doesn't need it and her reaction. I also like seeing a bit more grownup Ron that's still very much Ron.
phnxfeather47phnxfeather47 on February 27th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! I love how all the characters (especially Harry, Nev, and Ron) came fully into their own in DH. One of the greatest things about HP is the way JKR slowly had the grow and evolve... it really fit because so many of her readers (myself included) were growing up and doing the same.
Spideyspidergirl30 on February 27th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
This is too sweet for words! Love it! :)
phnxfeather47: monphnxfeather47 on February 28th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! That means a lot because I always adore your stuff!
Spideyspidergirl30 on February 29th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! *grin*
Maudlin Romance (Jessi): pottermaudlin_romance on February 28th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Aw that is really cute! I really like the pace of it, and I like that he said you don't need it. Really cute!
phnxfeather47phnxfeather47 on February 28th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! And Hermione doesn't need it, hee.
aliaaerynaliaaeryn on August 14th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
lovely