Real Treasure (Response to a dialogue prompt found on Pinterest)

“The real treasure was the memories we made along the way,” Harry said.

“I almost died!” Draco fumed.

“Ah, yes, that was my fondest memory,” Ron interjected dreamily.

“Shut it, Weasel!” Draco growled.

“Irritable little ferret tonight, aren’t we, Malfoy?”

“Alright, you two, behave!” Harry interrupted Draco’s tirade.  “Dray, you know he’s only doing it to wind you up, it’s how he relieves stress.  Ron, stop antagonising Draco, you know you don’t mean it and so do we, so quit acting like you do, you prat.”

Ron grinned at Harry, while Draco made faces at him behind Harry’s back, until Harry turned suddenly, catching him.

“Now, if you two children are done, we have some work to do.”

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Quality Time (original idea set in the HP universe)

Harry sighed as he sank back into his recliner.  It had been a long day, and he was looking forward to spending a few hours by himself, reading.  He had discovered a Muggle author named Terry Brooks, and was enjoying reading about Shannara.  There were many in the Wizarding world who would be shocked at the books in Harry’s library; they considered anything not written by someone in their world to not be worth their time.  Harry felt otherwise, he knew that some of the best authors of fiction were Muggles, and he suspected quite a few of them might even be Squibs, the way they wrote about magic.  It would be the ultimate prank on the world, to have magic written about in such a way that everyone would be fascinated by it and want to read everything they could on the subject, while at the same time believing that it wasn’t real even though they might wish it were.  The Marauders would laugh themselves silly at the thought.

Just as he was becoming immersed in his book, the door opened and his oldest son walked in.  “Dad, have you seen my Transfiguration book?  I still need to do my homework for Aunt Minnie, and I can’t find it anywhere.  Al swears he didn’t touch it, but I’ve looked everywhere else but his room, which he refused to let me search.”

Harry sighed.  His boys were finally at the stage where they were constantly pranking each other, and while most of the time their antics were hilarious, sometimes Harry wished they’d just leave each other alone for more than five minutes, so the rest of the house could have peace and quiet for a change.

“No, Jamie, I haven’t, but the last time Al took your school books he put them on the roof.  Have you checked there?”

“No, not yet.  I wanted to check with you and Mum first, hoping one of you had seen it inside.  It’s getting ready to storm, and I didn’t want to be on the roof when it hits.”  James looked put out at the thought of having to levitate himself onto the roof to look for his textbook yet again.

“And Mum or Lily haven’t seen it?”

“They both said no.”

“Alright, let me see if I can find it,” Harry replied.  His magical aura flared around him for a second as he concentrated, then he sighed in relief.  Sure enough, Al had levitated James’ book onto the roof again, right above the library.

“Yep, it’s up there again,” he told his son.  “It’s right above us.  I’ll go get it, while you stand right below so you can catch it when I levitate it over the side.”

“Okay, Dad,” James answered.  “Just wait till I get my hands on him,” he muttered.

“I have a better idea than you killing your brother,” Harry said mildly.  “Why don’t we come up with a prank that will teach him once and for all to leave your books alone?”

James grinned wickedly.  “That sounds like a great idea, Dad!”

Harry smiled to himself as he led the way out of the library.  One crisis dealt with, the aftermath would come much later.

Half an hour later, Harry was back in the library, trying to find where he’d left off reading.  Before he could get comfortable, Lily walked in.

“Daddy, Mummy says I have to ask you for permission to go with Auntie ’Mione and Uncle Ron this weekend.  They’re taking Rose and Hugo to something called a zoo, where Rose said there’s lots of animals.  Can I go with them, Daddy, please?”

“Sure, pumpkin.  Auntie ’Mione has been wanting to take Rose and Hugo to the zoo for a long time now.  They have all kinds of animals there that Wizarding kids never get to see, unless they come from the same countries as the animals.  You won’t see hippogriffs or nifflers or chimaera or occamies or diricawls, because this is a Muggle zoo.  You’ll see Bengal tigers, and lions, and seals and polar bears, maybe even a hippopotamus or an ostrich.  You’ll get to learn about all sorts of animals that we never see in our world, and some of them are really cool.  I’m partial to the lions myself, I wonder why that would be,” Harry said with a smile.  Lily just grinned; she knew the Gryffindor mascot was a lion.

“I like lions, too,” Lily said, then skipped off to tell her mum Dad said she could go and to ask to Floo Rose and give her the good news.

Harry smiled and shook his head; Hermione was in for an interesting weekend.

Next to interrupt Harry’s reading was Ginny, asking him if he’d seen her red jumper, as she was getting ready to go shopping and it was getting chilly outside.

“Yes, dear, it was on the cat last time I saw it,” Harry answered absently, and Ginny left in search of Fluffy, their gray kneazle kitten.  Harry was suddenly struck by the memory of Ginny and Molly having the exact same conversation the first time he visited the Burrow, and chuckled to himself as he settled back in his chair.  Maybe he’d finally get to finish the chapter he was reading before bedtime, if he didn’t get interrupted by any more family members.  “Quality time” in the Potter household seemed to be few and far between these days, and Harry cherished every moment to himself he could get.

A loud crash was heard overhead, from the direction of Al’s room.  “James!  You prat, I’m gonna get you!” Al yelled, and Harry started laughing, picturing the look on Al’s face after realising he’d been pranked by his older brother yet again.  So much for getting to finish his chapter…. Harry replaced his bookmark and set the book on the table by his chair, then stood up, preparing to separate his sons before they tried to kill each other.

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Part of My Charm (Response to a writing prompt found on Pinterest)

“I’m bitter and complicated.  It’s one of my charms.”

“I don’t think you know what that word means.  Or how to count.”

“Sod off, Potter!  You don’t want me to start listing what yours are,” Draco threatened.  Harry just grinned.

“Sexy, charming, gorgeous, great in bed…”

“No, those all describe me.  Irritating, gormless git, know-it-all, superiority complex…”

“No, those all describe you…well, except for the know-it-all part, the only person we know who acts like that is Hermione.”

“Good one, Potter.  She is such an insufferable know-it-all still, isn’t she?” Draco smirked.

“Oh yeah, tell me about it.  I love her like a sister, but she can be really irritating sometimes.  ‘No, Harry, that’s not how you do it…here, let me show you…’  Irritating, I tell you…do me a favour, love…never ask her for advice on our love life.”

“Deal.  That’s that last thing we need her interfering with…besides which, we don’t need the help, we’re doing just fine on our own.”

“Speaking of which… We still have a couple hours before Teddy comes over for the weekend…”

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Weekly Recap (Week of Sunday, 11 June through Saturday, 17 June 2017)

Yay, I finally got the last kitten named!  Akasha was the one that gave me the most trouble coming up with a name for her, but finally I have something to call her besides just “Sissy” (or “sillybutt cat” 😛 ).  Now if I could just get them all fixed, so I don’t have to listen to their caterwauling every month…

I found a few more writing prompts, so I’ve been busy writing my responses to a few of them, and am going to be working on some more this week, so that I have enough to finish out the month with, at least.

I managed to get one of my medicines refilled this week, the liquid albuterol for my nebulizer, but I’m almost out already, so I desperately need to get the last refill for it this week, hopefully today.  Then I’ll need to make an appointment so I can get a new prescription, otherwise I’m going to be in trouble when that last box runs out.  I absolutely cannot breathe without my nebulizer and my inhalers, which I also need to get renewed this week as my current one is almost completely empty (it’s been on “0” for days, but there’s always still enough medicine left over after that happens to get me through another few days before I have to get it refilled…unfortunately for me, that always happens two weeks before I can get the next refill).  This month I’m actually past the date where I can go get my next refill, but my insurance coverage has to kick in again before I can go pick it up, as I do not have the $60 plus it would cost to pay for it otherwise (with my insurance, it’s free).  So I really need the letter from my insurance to show up this week telling me that yes, I’m covered again, so I can go get the medicines I need just to be able to make it through the day.  It sucks not even being able to walk to the mailbox without becoming short of breath, but that’s what happens to me most days, especially with the weather aggravating my asthma.  It was supposed to rain just about every day this last week, but only rained a couple times, once it poured for a few hours and then stopped, the other times it would rain for a couple minutes and then stop, and of course then it would be twice as hot as before it started raining.  We desperately need the rain, too, the ground is way too dry, but every time it rains my asthma acts up ten times worse.  Of course, having it super hot and humid doesn’t help it either, and don’t even get me started on what winter weather does to me….I definitely live in the wrong state!

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On the Same Page (Response to writing prompt found on Pinterest)

“…just to make sure we’re all on the same page.”

“Page?  We’re not even in the same library!” Ron exclaimed, bewildered.

“Shut it, Ronald!  Maybe if you listened more closely instead of complaining all the time, you’d be better able to follow along with the conversation,” Hermione replied, annoyed.

“Hermione, no one could follow along with this conversation without a map and a Point Me spell, including Dumbledore,” Ron answered.

“He’s right, ’Mione,” Harry said cheerfully.  “I was listening, and I only understood about half of what you were saying.”

“Then you understood more than I did, mate,” Ron muttered.

“That’s because he at least listens, Ronald,” Hermione said scathingly.

“That’s because he’s interested enough in the subject to bother trying, even though it’s the most boring subject on the planet.”

“Arithmancy is not boring!”

“It is to someone who thinks the only subject worth discussing is why the Chudley Cannons can’t seem to win a match to save their lives,” Harry teased.

“Oi!  The Cannons aren’t that bad!” Ron protested.

“Ronald, the Cannons couldn’t do worse if Goyle were flying for them, and he’s rubbish on a broom,” Harry replied calmly.

“That’s because Goyle couldn’t find his own arse without a map, a Point Me spell, and clearly written directions using small words and illustrations,” Ron grumbled.

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Navigating

“No, no, you do not want me navigating, I’ll accidentally navigate us off a cliff.”

“Then you’d better sober up real quick, sweetheart, because you’re navigating, and that’s all there is to it.”

“Oh my gods, we’re all going to freaking die…”

“Quit your whining, grab the map, and get in the front seat.  We’re doing this!”

“Who do you think you are, one of the Blues Brothers?”

“How do you know about the Blues Brothers, Malfoy?”

“Because you have an extensive DVD collection, for someone who spends most of his time in the wizarding world, and because I get bored very easily while you’re at work,” Draco shot back.

“Yeah, well, you’re welcome to come with me anytime,” Harry offered.

“No thanks.  I still can’t walk into that building without getting nasty looks from people.  They may be well deserved, but for Merlin’s sake, it’s been ten years already, give it a rest!”

“We could figure something out.  I could always bring you with me in your Animagus form, I’m sure no one would mind me bringing my pet ferret to work for the day,” Harry suggested, grinning.

“Ha ha, very funny, Potter.  Sod off,” Draco replied, snapping his seat belt into place.

“Don’t trust my driving?”

“I trust your driving about as well as I trust Weasley to stay out of the refrigerator when he and Hermione visit.  Just drive, already.”

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My decision-making skills (Response to a writing prompt found on Pinterest)

“My decision making-skills closely resemble that of a squirrel when crossing the street.”

“Which is why Hermione asked me to come with you, because you’re rubbish at picking out Christmas presents, especially for her.  The kids don’t mind so much, they’re still at the stage where they love anything you give them, simply because it’s from you.  Give them about ten years, and they’ll bin everything you give them for the same reason,” Harry pointed out reasonably.

“Sod off, Potter.  Just wait until your kids get to that stage, then we’ll be the cool aunt and uncle who spoil their niece and nephews, and you’ll be the out of touch parents who are clueless on what their kids like,” Ron grumbled.

Harry just grinned, and kept searching through the clothing racks in the Muggle shop.  Christmas was only days away, and as usual, Ron had put everything off till the last minute, so once again Harry was in “saving people” mode…and for once couldn’t be happier about it.

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