Visible From Space (Response to a writing prompt found on Pinterest)

“I don’t give a damn.”

“You give so many damns they’re visible from space.”

“How would you know?  You always fell asleep in Astronomy class.  Vector was constantly waking you up.”

“Can I help it if a dark room always puts me right out?” Ron complained.  “Besides, you’re changing the subject.  You do give a damn, and you know it.”

“No, I don’t.  I wouldn’t give a damn if my life depended on it.”

“That’s the problem, isn’t it?  Your life doesn’t depend on it.  His does.”

“How do you reckon that?”

“Because you’re the only one who can save him, obviously.  So if you don’t give a damn, then no one else is going to either, and then he’s in real trouble.  And you do give a damn about that.  You can’t help yourself.  It’s your ‘saving people thing.’  If you couldn’t let him die in the Room of Requirement after his idiot friend used Fiendfyre to try to burn the castle down, you’re not going to be able to let him rot in Azkaban either, and you’re definitely not going to be able to let him be Kissed.”

“You obviously give a damn, too, or you wouldn’t be trying so hard to convince me to help, so why don’t you go speak for him?  I’m sure they’d listen to a war hero like you.”

“I may be a war hero, along with a lot of others, I might add, but you’re Harry Bloody Potter!  Everyone listens to you!  You’re the bloody Boy Who Lived, the Chosen One, the…”

“Alright, alright!  I get it!… Fine, I’ll go speak for the ungrateful bloody git, but I’d better not regret this…”

“You won’t…besides, you’d never forgive yourself if you could have spoken up for him and didn’t, and he wound up there…there are fates worse than death, Harry, you know that, and you wouldn’t want to see even Malfoy subjected to any of them.”

“Yeah, you’re right, of course…okay, let’s go.”  Harry grabbed his jacket and walked over to the Floo before he could change his mind.  Ron grinned behind his back, grabbed his jacket off his chair, and hurried after his best friend.

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