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FIC: A War of Words (Multiple Couples) (1/2)

Title: A War of Words (1/2)
Author: gin_again
Characters: Neville/Hannah, Parvati/Pansy, Ernie/Padma, Seamus/Michael, one-sided Lavender/Michael
Prompt number: #9
Word Count: 12,171
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: language, implied M/M and F/F relationships
Summary: The members of Dumbledore’s Army spent two weeks hiding in the Room of Requirement before Harry arrived. These are their stories, as told by their own notes and letters.
Disclaimer: The world belongs to Rowling; I just play in it.
Author’s Notes: The idea for this story came from the brilliant novel Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty, and my over-zealous muse originally envisioned grand plans to turn all the notes and letters into images. But then I realized the story was over 12,000 words and my brain exploded. But I want to hugely thank M, who provided me with swift and excellent beta work when plans changed; all remaining errors are my own. And all the respect, admiration and love in the world to fiery_flamingo and leigh_adams, who were patient beyond words with me despite the mad extensions and plan changes. Best. Mods. Ever.


A War of Words - Part One

Friday, 17 April 1998


Dear Gran,
I got your owl. How dare they I can’t believe I’m glad you’re okay. If I’d known those bastards people would try to come after you… but I know you can handle your own. And I know you understand why I have to stand up to them. Things are only getting worse here. They nearly killed a boy last week for trying to help some first years. I don’t think I can ask anyone else to fight anymore, the Carrows are getting more careless and ruthless by the day and Snape doesn’t even bother to show his face at meals. I think he’s afraid someone might sling a hex at him. (And so he should be.) Still no news on Harry. This might be the last owl I get to send for awhile; one of the fifth years who’s got a sister in Slytherin told me she’s heard rumors they’re going to try to “do something about me” after lessons today. But don’t worry, Gran, I’ve been expecting it since I got your owl. I’ll take care – I always do. Stay safe, Gran.

Love,
Neville

p.s. Sorry about the ink blots, my quill’s gone bad.



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

2:15p. They made poor Michael go back to lessons today! He could barely stand, Terry and Anthony had to carry him in, isn’t that awful? But guess WHAT? They sat him next to me!! I promised him I’d take all his notes for him, since his hand’s still all bandaged and he told me that was sweet! (At least I think he said sweet, his bottom lip is still quite bloody and swollen, yuck.) Ooh, I hope he gets better soon, he is SO FIT when he’s not all… you know, bruised and hurt. Parvi sits next to him in Arithmancy, I made her promise to casually mention me and see what Michael says. I just hope she can understand him. She’ll probably forget anyway, she’s so off lately and she won’t tell me why, the cow. See if I share my Very Berry Quite Contrary lip gloss with her again. Damn, Charms is nearly over and I’ve got awful Muggle Studies after break. But at least I’ll get to see Michael again! ♥



Pugface,
I need to see you. Please.
- Glitter Lotus

Glitter Lotus,
That’s the stupidest code name I’ve ever heard. What’s the point of writing in code if you’re going to be obvious? I can meet you at break in our spot. And for Salazar’s sake, make sure your little blonde problem doesn’t follow you.
- Pugface



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

3:05p. Ugh, Erlack-to Carrow has Goyle up there practicing the Killing Curse on rats again, I hate that. But he’s left the Gryffindors alone so far, which scares me, because it always means he’s saving something awful for the end of the lesson. Parvati’s not answering my notes either. Her eyes and lips are all swollen like she’s been fighting and she won’t even look at me. I wonder if she ran into that Slytherin slag in the loo again? Honestly, I’m starting to think Pansy Parkinson stalks her just to be awful to her. But Parvi swears it’s nothing… not like the teachers could do anything about it anyway. Why won’t she stick up for herself though? It’s not like her. And where is Neville? Oh, I hope he’s not skipping lessons, the Carrows are already out for him, what’s he playing at? Honestly, WHAT IS WITH EVERYONE??



Susan,
Haven’t got a spare bottle of ink on you, have you? Mine’s nearly out and – bugger me, they’re sending us all out of lessons early! We’re to go straight to our Common rooms? Meet you there then I guess.
- Hannah



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

4:30p. Oh. My. Merlin. Romilda Vane just told me that Orla Quirke told her that a Slytherin boy called Graham Pritchard was bragging in the corridor that they tried to capture Neville! And then Seamus told me he’d heard from Anthony that they’d seen Neville running down the seventh floor corridor with Death Eaters chasing him! Ohh, I hope he’s okay!!



DA – Made it to the meeting place. Safe for all if they come for you. – NL




Ant,
Did you see the coins, mate? Maybe we should take Mike to hide with Neville, before they do him up worse. Poor sod can barely lift his wand, what’ll happen if the old hag calls him up in Dark Arts class to do a spell?
- Terry

Terry,
Mike’s not going to go for that, you know how he is. He’d rather be cursed again than let the Carrows think they’ve beaten him.
- Anthony

Ant,
Was afraid you’d say that. We’ve got to heal him up then, best we can, before the weekend’s out. Think Seamus can smuggle us some pain potions?
- Terry

Terry,
I’ve no doubt. That mad bastard could steal the grease right out of Snape’s hair if he had the mind. I’ll make up a list and have it passed along to Seamus through the usuals.
- Anthony



Theory of Elemental Charms
By Parvati Patil


Elemental charms involve the creation, elimination, or alteration of the four base elements: earth, fire, air and water. The charm work surrounding each element requires its own magical theory, though these theories can be combined and manipulated in order to create fused elemental spells. For example

Pugface,
I need to see you tonight. Please.
- Glitter Lotus

Glitter Lotus,
Merlin’s tits, you’re so bloody clingy lately. Fine. At the spot then. On your own head be it if the Carrows catch you out after curfew.
- Pugface



Seamus,
I’m coming with you on your rounds tonight. And don’t say you don’t know what I’m talking about, we all know about your smuggling. except Lavender, but she can be a bit I’ll meet you by the portrait hole at 9.
- Parvati
p.s. Don’t ask questions.

Parvati,
I have no idea what you’re Oh alright. But why do you Never mind. Cheers, see you then.
- Seamus



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

9:45p. Seamus left and Parvati went with him and Neville is in hiding and Dean’s run away and Harry and Ron and Hermione are Merlin-knows-where and I AM ALL ALONE. This is CRAP. Fine, I will work on a love note to send Michael tomorrow and they can all be lonely and jealous when I am happy and in love and snogging Michael. … You know, after his lips heal and all.



Seamus’s “Shopping” List


food for NL via HA @ kitchens, 7:12a Sat
pain potions for AG via MB @ Quidditch shed, 11:59a Sat
Properties of Moonstone/5th year Potions for EB via AG writing, @ library, 2:22p Sat
Fainting Fancies for LM via WWW @ owlery, 1:17a Sun
sleep draught for Rave firsties via PadP @ Rave common, 4:30p Sun
firewhisky for meself via Ab @ gates, 9:30p Sun



Saturday, 18 April 1998


Neville,
I hope you get this, you never answered my coin message. I’ve had Seamus nick some food for you, I’ve left it behind the tapestry of the drunken goblins near Professor McGonagall’s office. I think she might’ve seen me leave it, so you should be safe to get it. Take care, Neville. You’re very special to Just take care.

Love, Best luck, Hannah



Sue,
I dropped off some food for Neville. Do you think he’ll be okay?
- Hannah

Han,
He’ll be fine, it’s you that worries me.
- Sue

Sue,
What? Why?
- Hannah

Han,
You are such a girl’s blouse. Tell Neville you like him already.
- Sue

Sue,
I have no idea what you’re talking about.
- Hannah

Han,
Fine. Stroppy cow.
- Sue

Sue,
Fine. Scarlet woman.
- Hannah



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

8:30a. Parvi didn’t get back til past midnight last night! And she smelled like strange perfume too. I wonder if Seamus got more spliff in? Parvi said last time she wanted to try it, but Padma would have kittens if she found out. I think I’ve smelled that perfume before, but I just can’t remember where. Oh well. Time to start my lettre d’amour to Michael!

♥ Darling Michael,
There’s no need to play coy anymore, my fit little Ravenclaw. I see the looks you give me in lessons, the longing gazes as we pass in the corridors. Don’t worry, my love! I feel it too, this undeniable attraction between us. I won’t let us deny our love anymore! Others may scoff that ours is a simple wartime fling, but we will know the truth: our love is deep and pure! Write me, darling, and tell me all the ways you will snog me.
Your willing love slave, Lavender ♥



Terry,
Please pass along this note to Michael for me?
Hugs, Lavender

Mike,
Lavender Brown asked me to pass this to you, but I dropped it in the bacon at breakfast. Sorry mate.
- Terry

Terry,
What the hell? I think Lavender just called me a fat rocker, and that there’s an underwear attack in the morning. Is she mental?
- Mike

Mike,
Dunno. Probably.
- Terry



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

12:15p. Michael still hasn’t written me back! Playing hard to get, I see? Well, two can play that game! I overheard Seamus say he was meeting Anthony in the library this afternoon, and I just bet Michael will be there with him. So I’ll just have to gorgey myself up and bump right into them! Let him try and resist me in my black princess skirt and kitten heels!

12:20p. Parvi is still looking awful peaky, I’d best bring her with. Anthony’s nicely fit, after all, a bit of harmless flirting ought to cheer her up! Must convince her to have a shower though, that smell’s still on her skin, yuck.



Terry,
Oh bollocks. Lavender’s just walked in and she’s staring at me. Beware the underwear attacks!
- Mike

Mikey,
Duly noted.
- Terry



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

2:30p. I knew he’d be here! Managed to find a table two shelves over from him, but Parkinson and her nasty Slytherin slags are right near us. Oh well, c’est la vie, they cannot distract me from the looooove stare I’m about to give Michael. Oh bugger, Madam Pince has got her duster out again, I’d best pretend to study a little first.

Properties of the Two of Swords in Tarot Reading
By Lavender Brown


To understand the full implication of the Two of Swords during a tarot reading, the reader must first understand the meaning of Twos themselves. Related to the High Priestess, Twos often indicate duality, being stuck between two choices or attempting to balance two things at once. Keeping this in mind, the Two of Swords can be a distressing card to unveil. The receiver of the Two of Swords is likely playing the role of peacekeeper in a situation where tension is high and a lull in fighting is unlikely to last. The card’s recipient may also be in denial that they are not truly solving their problems by playing the middle ground, in which case the reader must remind the recipient that they cannot put off making a choice for long.

Mrs Lavender Corner ♥ Mr & Mrs Michael Corner ♥ Lavender Brown-Corner




Pugface,
You’re sitting two feet away from me and you won’t even look at me.
- Glitter Lotus

Lotus,
Well of course not, do you have any idea what hell I’d pay if I were seen glancing at you? Now stop mooning at me, Millicent’s noticed and she’s starting to crack her knuckles.
- Pugs

Pugs,
You promised me it wouldn’t matter what they thought, you promised Fine, whatever you like. Can I at least see you tonight?
- Lotus

Lotus,
For Merlin’s sake, again tonight? Just can’t get enough of me, can you?
- Pugs

Pugs,
Because I love Something like that.
- Lotus



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

3:15p. OH HONESTLY those Slytherin slags are being all loud and horrible and now Parvi wants to leave and Michael refuses to look at me and I swear I smell that perfume again, but I know Parvi took a shower and – ugh, fine, I’m leaving. I’m cold anyway.



Mr Zacharias Smith
The Bed Nearest the Lavatory
Hufflepuff Common Room
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Smith,
I would like to enquire about your notes from Friday’s History of Magic lesson. Unfortunately I was detained in Professor Sprout’s office following my Herbology lesson and was unable to join the History of Magic lesson before we were all redirected to our Common Room. Normally, I would apply directly to the professor for the notes, but as Professor Binns is non-corporeal, I am afraid he would be unable to assist me. If you are willing to allow me to borrow said notes, kindly return this missive via my owl.

Yours in friendship,
Ernest J. Macmillan

Ernie you ponce,
Did you seriously just send me a formal letter to ask for my History notes? Twat. You sat next to me at breakfast, you could’ve just asked me then. I’ll leave them on your bed – you know, the one that’s RIGHT NEXT TO MINE YOU WANKER.
- Zacharias

Smith,
No need for vulgarity. And my thanks for your notes.

Sincerely,
Ernie Macmillan



Sunday, 19 April 1998


To the Students of Gryffindor House


For those unaware, there has been a recent incidence of severe disobedience and blatant insolence from one of your number. This individual has since been apprehended and duly punished. As your Headmaster, I deem it important to impress upon all of you the gravity of this individual’s actions, and reiterate what will become of anyone who foolishly chooses to imitate this sort of behavior. Therefore, all Gryffindor first year students will be required to attend a detention session with Professors Carrow and Carrow. This detention is to be held Friday at 7:00PM in the dungeons. All other Gryffindors are to let this serve as a reminder that there are always consequences to your actions.

Signed,
Professor Severus Snape



To my fellow Gryffindors (and select DA members),
THIS IS SHITE. We can’t let this happen to our own; Neville would never stand for it, and neither will I. I don’t care if anyone’s with me, I’m not asking for help, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let our midgets be tortured by the Carrows and those filthy Slytherin tossers. I’ll have a plan by Wednesday evening; want in, you know where to find me.
- Seamus Finnigan

Oh Seamus, don’t! They nearly killed Michael last time and now Neville’s had to hide from them and it’d just be awful if you were hurt! – Lavender

I agree with Lavender, Seamus; you’re no good to us dead. – Anthony

Wait, what’s this rubbish about Neville being “apprehended and duly punished”? That lying old codger, trying to make us think they’ve beat us. Fuck that. I’m in, Finnigan. – Michael

Mikey, you twat, you’re the one that nearly died trying this last time, and Seamus, you’re off your hinge. You can’t sneak off with that many kids, even if they are midgets. Just let it be, and hope they go easy on the sprogs. – Terry

I know the Slytherins; their pleasure comes from our pain, be it physical, mental… emotional. They won’t go easy. Seamus, I’m in. – Parvati

Seamus, you’re not helping your cause by referring to your first years as “midgets.” Parvati, I need to talk to you. – Padma

I know emotions are running high, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, ladies and gentlemen. Perhaps we should all meet and discuss this? – Ernie

Maybe we should ask Neville? – Hannah



NL – 1st yr Gryffs going to be tortured. What should we do? – DA




Seamus
We know you’re busy planning a grand rebellion and all, but we need a favour. You’ve got to talk Michael out of fighting with you, for his own good.
- Anthony & Terry

Ant & Bootsy,
Sorry, mates, but the bloke’s made his choice. It’s not my call to stop anybody from fighting if they want. Anyway, if you want him out so badly, why don’t you lot talk to him, you’re his best mates.
- Seamus

Seamus,
We’ve tried, and he’s no longer speaking to us. We had hoped he might listen to you.
- Anthony

Ant,
Why would he listen to me? I barely know Corner.
- Seamus

Finn,
Well, as I seem to remember you two being partners all the time during DA meetings, I reckoned you’d be best mates by now.
- Terry

Bootsy,
That was Ginny Weasley; they were dating, you twat.
- Seamus

Finn,
Oh. Bollocks.
- Terry

Seamus,
Alright, you’ve got us. We’ve tried everyone else we could think of, other Ravenclaws, DA members, and he’s not having any of them. He even jinxed Zacharias Smith. though in retrospect it was probably a bad idea to send him, anyway So you’re sort of… you know. Our last resort. Sorry, mate.
- Anthony

Ant,
Ta, mate. Truly. On that note, I do believe I’m making Michael my co-captain for Friday’s assault.
- Seamus

Finn,
Fine then, you wanker, Mike’s your responsibility now. And since he’s being stubborn about taking those pain potions we had you smuggle in for him, then you can deal with that too. Cheers, Finn, we’re sure you’ll make a lovely couple.
- Terry



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

1:15p. Today is sooo crap. Everyone’s been mental since that note from Snape showed up. All the first years are hiding up in their dorms, I thought I heard them crying when I went by earlier. Poor little things, they must be so scared! Maybe Parvi and me can sneak down to the kitchens and bring them some biscuits? If I can get Parvi off her bed, that is, she’s just been sitting there in a strop all morning. Hmm. Maybe I’ll just sneak down alone.



Parvati,
I need to talk to you, bahen. I know something is bothering you.
- Padma

Pads,
Nothing’s bothering me. I’m fine.
- Parvati

Parvati,
Oh? So your sudden desire to take part in Seamus’s surely-dangerous and likely-suicidal plan is just a striking fancy then? And I never thought the day would come when I’d feel badly about this, but you’re not spending time with Lavender either. This isn’t like you, Vati. I’m just worried about you.
- Padma

Pads,
Lav and I are fine, I went with her just yesterday to stalk visit her crush. And with Seamus, we’re just taking care of our own, Padma. As a DA member, you should understand that. So stop worrying, I said I’m fine.
- Parvati

Parvati,
If that’s how you feel, then I’m joining with Seamus as well. Merlin knows you’ll need someone with a sense of logic to help plan this madness. And Vati… no matter what, you know I love you.
- Padma

Pads,
Oh arse, now I’m crying I love you too, bahen. ♥
- Parvati



Pugface,
I can’t do this You’re not being fair I don’t understand I just miss you. That’s all.
- Glitter Lotus



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

7:30p. Things are better now, I think. The first years really seemed to like their biscuits! One even told me I had beautiful hair! (I gave him an extra biscuit.) Even Parvi is talking, though she looks like she’s been crying (AGAIN?!), but she asked if I’d help her paint her nails and of course I said yes, because that’s what best mates are for! Now I just need to – OOH, my DA coin is burning! A message from Neville!!



DA – We fight. Always. – NL




Monday, 20 April 1998


Gryffindors and DA members,
I have a plan. The Battle of the Dungeons commences at 7:02PM this Friday. Summon your courage, my friends, for we FIGHT.
- Seamus Finnigan



Seamus’s “Shopping” List


dung bombs, Decoy Detonators, Instant Darkness Powder via WWW @ owlery, 2a Tues
cooking oil via house elves @ kitchens, 4:35p Tues
befuddlement draught brewing via PadP @ 2nd floor girls’ loo, 11:12a Wed
bubotuber puss via PM @ Greenhouse 4, 3:32p Wed



Ms Padma Patil
Seventh Year Ravenclaw Girls’ Dormitory
Ravenclaw Common Room
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Padma,
It has come to my attention that you have selected to participate in Seamus Finnigan’s so-called “Battle of the Dungeons.” I simply wished to register my surprise and concern at your decision. To my knowledge, you have always presented yourself as a clever and level-headed witch, not prone to the fits of rashness to which the sad majority of our school mates so often succumb. Therefore I feel it my duty, as your friend, to advise caution in your endeavors. Should you ever be in need of advice or aid, please do not hesitate to seek me out.

Yours in loyal friendship,
Ernest J. Macmillan

Ernie,
I quite appreciate your formal letter, though it was decidedly… unexpected. In future, please feel free to send casual notes to me as our peers do. For the sake of simplicity, of course. In regards to the rest of your letter, I deeply appreciate your concerns, but will not be swayed from my chosen path. Sometimes even the most level-headed amongst us must allow our hearts to lead, Ernie. I will keep in mind your very kind offer of aid, should I find myself in need.

Yours in equal amity, Padma



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

9:30a. I just heard Anthony saying that Seamus has made Michael co-captain of the Battle of the Dungeons. My future boyfriend is a sexy rebellion leader, how brill is that?? I’ll have to start planning outfits that are appropriate for the girlfriend of a rebellion leader – I’m thinking leather knee boots and faux diamond headband with my pink plaid sweetheart skirt. Glam yet tough, that will be my motto. Maybe I can start a fashion class for the other girlfriends of the rebellion as well!

9:45a. Speaking of fashion classes, someone should send Professor Sprout to one. That shapeless brown robe and dumpy hat combo is so naff, and don’t even get me started on her hair, my stylist back home would be in tears. Ugh, I’d better stop staring, it’s going to put me off lunch.



Mike,
Alright there, mate?
- Seamus

Seamus,
… Yeah, I’m alright. … Erm. Yourself?
- Michael

Mike,
Fit as a flobberworm in dragon dung, mate. You still on to help with the fight?
- Seamus

Seamus,
Oh! Hell yes, I’m still in. Just tell me what you need from me, I’m your bloke. Although I suppose I should warn you, Anthony and Terry are being complete twats at the moment and don’t want me to fight, so they may come bother you.
- Michael

Mike,
Yeah, they already have and I told them to sod off. It’s sorted.
- Seamus

Seamus,
You did? Um, yeah, wow. Thanks, mate, that’s really cool of you.
- Michael

Mike,
S’nothing. You’re my mate, you want to fight, that’s all there is. I do need you to do something though, before we fight.
- Seamus

Seamus,
Yeah, of course, mate, whatever you need.
- Mike

Mike,
Before the fight, you’ve got to take the pain potions, yeah? I know they taste like shite, but I’ve got to have you in ace shape for the fight, so you don’t get banged up worse. After all, we’ll be properly fucked if you can’t see out of either eye, yeah?
- Seamus

Seamus,
I see your point, mate, I do, but I just can’t. I hate taking those potions, they make me feel weak pissed. But I promise you, I can fight without them, I won’t let you down.
- Mike

Mike,
Okay, mate. I trust you.
- Seamus



Lotus,
Couldn’t do us a favour, could you, lovely? Millicent’s birthday is Wednesday, and Mother’s being a total bitch since I got that detention for sleeping in Divination last week. Honestly, what a joke, who cares about Divination anyway? But I want to give Millie a bit of fun, and I know that drunken arse Finnigan keeps a stock of firewhisky at all times. I’d love you forever if you could nick me a few bottles? Steal an extra and maybe we can share it later.
Yours, Pugs

Pugs,
Yes! Of course, I’ll get you whatever you like! Just tell me when to meet you. I can’t wait to share that bottle with you. I love you I’ll see you soon?
- Lotus



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

12:05p. Okay, that’s weird. Parvi’s singing a Celestina Warbeck song to her pudding. Parvi hates Celestina Warbeck. I wonder what’s gotten into her knickers? Well, whatever it is, she can keep it there, because she’s just promised to have a word with Michael about me when she sees him Arithmancy today! She is my bestest best girly-mate ever!!



Parvati,
I’ve been thinking about it, and we might want to consider going into hiding with Neville after the fight’s over Friday.
- Padma

Padma,
What? No! I can’t! She’s only just I might still have a chance with I mean, I just don’t think it’ll be necessary. Seamus isn’t giving us a very big part in the plan, I don’t think the Carrows will know we’ve been in on it.
- Parvati

Parvati,
It’s not the Carrows that worry me, it’s Snape. I believe he knows a lot more of what goes on around this school than he’s given credit for. I just want us to be safe.
- Padma

Pads,
Sod Snape, I doubt he can see much past that massive conk of his. Besides, if we hide, you’ll be giving up your studies, which I know you’d hate. And I’d feel like I was abandoning her the cause.
- Parvati

Parvati,
True, I would hate to give up my studies, but we’ve got to think about what’s best for us, and I can’t learn anything if I’m locked up in the dungeons for the rest of the year. Promise me you’ll at least think about it?
- Padma

Pads,
Oh, alright.
- Parvati



Michael,
So what do you think of Lavender?
- Parvati

Parvati,
Erm… she’s alright, I guess? I don’t know, why are you asking?
- Michael

Michael,
Because she’s got a massive crush on you and thinks you’re well fit.
- Parvati

Parvati,
Oh bollocks. Okay. Um. Well. Okay?
- Michael

Michael,
So should I tell her you’re interested then?
- Parvati

Parvati,
I… guess? I mean, yeah, why not. What harm can it do?
- Michael



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

2:30p. HE LOVES ME!!!!!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!! Just call me MRS MICHAEL CORNER!!



Tuesday, 21 April 1998


Pugs,
I’ve got the firewhisky. When can we meet?
- Lotus

Lotus,
You are too amazing! Can you make it to our spot before afternoon lessons? And then meet me at eight Wednesday night and I’ll give you a proper thank you.
Yours, Pugs

Pugs,
Anything for you.
Your, Lotus



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

2:10p. Isn’t it just the most perfect, lovely, wonderful day? I spent all night dreaming about my Michael, because he’s just so dreamy, after all! I wonder if he’ll give me a gift, now that we’re dating? A sort of ‘you’re so lovely and cute, Lavender, and I am glad to be dating you so here have this gift’ gift? Oh, no, silly me. He’s probably waiting to give me an even more special gift for our one-week anniversary! He’s just the sweetest, best boyfriend ever, my Michael. Parvi seems so happy, too! I wonder if she and Anthony got on better than I realized? Oh, that would be the best, then we could double date! Life is so lovely! Nothing could bother me today!

3:40p. I have FROG GUTS in my HAIR. I HATE those awful Carrows! My day is RUINED!!!



Smith,
I seem to be in a bit of a conundrum. It has come to my attention that you’re a handsome sort of fellow, a “man about town,” if you will, so perhaps you could help me. If a gentleman were to develop, let us say, certain affections for a particular young woman, how should that gentleman go about wooing her? Is there a certain procedure to this sort of thing, or do you just have your best go at it? I ask, of course, on behalf of a friend, not for myself. But your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yours in friendship,
Ernie Macmillan

Ernie,
You want love advice. From me. Three words: Not. Bloody. Likely. Figure it out on your own, Romeo.
- Zacharias



Hannah,
Are you still sneaking food to Neville, love? My dad’s just sent me some mince pies made by my Auntie Rosemary and you’re free to have them. Don’t worry, she’s quite a good cook, I just don’t like mince pies.
- Sue

Sue,
Thanks, that’d be lovely! I was going to sneak him a basket this afternoon, in fact, those will be great!
- Hannah

Hannah,
HA I knew it!
- Sue

Sue,
Oh dear Merlin. What are you on about now?
- Hannah

Hannah,
Oh, nothing much, just your EPIC SWEEPING LOVE for Neville Longbottom, is all.
- Sue

Sue,
I’m not talking to you anymore.
- Hannah



Michael,
This is getting silly. We’re your best mates, you prat, and you can’t go on ignoring us forever, we sleep in the same dormitory. Look, I’m sorry if Terry and I got a little over-zealous with the pain potions and about the fight Friday, but you know it’s only because we’re your mates and want what’s best for you. Come join us down in the common room. We’re working on Charms homework and eating Bertie Botts; I know that’s your favorite.
- Anthony

Michael,
So I’ve been thinking, now that we’re dating and all, we should probably start spending more time together. I know you’ve been busy with Seamus’s plan and all, and that’s very important for a rebellion leader like you. But as your girlfriend, I think it’s also important to spend some snogging time with me. (That is, if your lips are healed, of course. If not… erm, we’ll just wait then.) Oh, and just in case you want to get me a gift, my favorite color is pink and my favorite flavour is cherry. But you probably already knew that because you are the best boyfriend in the world! So let me know when I should meet you.
Love, Lavender

p.s. I am in the library and very alone right now, just so you know.

Michael,
Come on, mate. Don’t be a twat. Come down by the fire with us. I won’t even mention your new stalker girlfriend. (And yes, I’ve already heard about it. She’s telling everyone, you know.)
- Terry

Michael,
Lavender asked me to write you and see why you’re not answering her owls. She’s going a bit spare, you might want to at least write her back.
- Parvati

Michael,
Have you seen my Ancient Runes dictionary? I seem to remember loaning it to you.
- Padma



Seamus,
Want to meet up? I need to get away somewhere quiet for a bit and could use some of that infamous stock of firewhisky of yours. I’ll trade you a slightly-dirty rune dictionary.
- Mike

Mike,
No problem, mate. My stock’s run low again, I think those damn third years have been nicking my bottles, but I’ve still got a few. Meet me in the third floor corridor, I know a place no one will look for us.
- Seamus



Wednesday, 22 April 1998


Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

4:15p. Everyone’s so quiet today, it’s annoying. Parvi keep staring at her watch and smiling and talking about pugs. She told me she was a cat person! And I’m pretty sure Seamus is hung over, because he’s slept through three different classes now. And I’m starting to think Michael isn’t such a good boyfriend after all, he hasn’t written me a single note or given me even a tiny gift! Why did he even ask me out if he didn’t want to date me? Maybe he’s just nervous about the fight on Friday, I know I am. Oh well. Professor Trelawney had a vision today that I’d soon find myself in a new and exciting situation, so that’s good news, right?



Hannah,
I hope this makes it to you alright, the first year I finally got to take it seemed terrified to even be holding something with my writing on it. But I had to thank you for all the food you’ve been sending me, it’s really helped. I think I’ve finally got the Room figured out; I’ve got it so no supporters of Snape or the Carrows can get in or find it when I’m in here. To be honest, I haven’t left much, as I think they have an idea this is where I’m hiding. I hope you and the other DA members have been staying safe – well, as safe as possible with Seamus planning a massive fight, anyway. This may sound odd, but I’m glad you’re not involved, Hannah. You’ve always been so kind and gentle, the idea of you being hurt by the Carrows upsets me. Just remember, if you ever need to get someplace safe, the Room is always open to DA members. Stay safe, Hannah.
Your friend, Neville

p.s. There’s a letter to my Gran here as well, if you could please send it for me? I never got the chance before they came after me.



Hannah,
Why were you just snogging that piece of parchment?
- Sue

Sue,
I wasn’t snogging it. I was smelling it.
- Hannah

Hannah,
Whatever, weirdo. I’ll see you in Charms.
- Sue



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

7:15p. I’m really starting to get worried about Parvi. She’s just put on her best skirt and done a curling charm on her hair and now she’s humming Celestina Warbeck again. Professor Trelawney told me today that she’d had a vision of Parvi being turned to ice and shattered by a cold, dark-haired figure, but she said when she told Parvi, Parvi just laughed at her! That’s so unlike Parvi, she loves Professor Trelawney’s visions and – oh no, she’s leaving to sneak out! Oh Parvi, what’s happened to you?



Lotus,
Sorry, darling, change of plans. Millie wants to meet up early and she’s bringing some of the boys as well, so I won’t be able to see you tonight and we’re going to need that extra bottle you nicked.
-Pugs

Pugs,
You… what? But… but you said we’d… why are you doing this to me, Pansy?
- Lotus

Lotus,
Damn it, I told you not to use my name, what if someone sees this? And why are you over-reacting anyway, I just told you I can’t meet you tonight. It’s not like you’re my girlfriend and I’ve broken our date, honestly. We’ll just meet up again some other night.
- Pugs

Pugs,
When, Pansy, when? When you’re ignoring me in the corridors? Or when you’re shoving me into the stalls in the loo when you think no one’s looking? Or when it’s convenient to you to see your little Gryffindor secret? This is shit, Pansy, and you know it is. I thought…. I thought you loved me.
- Lotus

Lotus,
Loved you? Where in the hell did you get that idea? This is a just a bit of fun to get us through the year, I thought you knew that, idiot. And fucking hell, quit using my name! And stop whinging, I’m going to have enough of that on Friday from your first years.
- Pugs

Pugs,
That’s… that’s awful, how could you say that? How can you be so casual about everything? About stringing me along, about torturing children! You’re a terrible person, Pansy Parkinson. And I’ll use your name all I please, I’m not ashamed of us.
- Parvati

Lotus,
Oh, honestly, if you’re going to do your nut about every little thing. I can meet you for few minutes in our spot right now. I’ll kiss you and make everything better and then you can stop acting like a top notch bitch, alright?
- Pugs

Pansy,
Fuck off and find someone else to torment. I’m not your toy anymore
- Parvati



Padma,
I’ve thought about it, and you’re right. We’ll go into hiding after Friday. I’ll get my things ready tomorrow. Take care, bahen. I love you.
- Parvati



Thursday, 23 April 1998


My fellow Gryffindors,
Tomorrow it begins. If you’re not part of the fight, then stay clear of the dungeons after 6PM. If have you friends in other Houses you don’t want to see hurt, I’d advise you to tell them the same. Wish us luck, friends.
- Seamus Finnigan

Finn,
I’ve got your back, mate.
- Mike

Mike,
Ta, mate. You’re a true friend.
- Seamus

Mr Finnigan,
Please accept these chocolates as thanks for trying to help us. We stole them from Filch and there’s only one missing. You should probably eat them today in case something happens to you tomorrow.
From, the Gryffindor first years



Parvati,
I’ve packed everything I could in my school bag without it looking suspicious. I’ll meet you tomorrow behind the second floor tapestry at 7:15PM. Good luck, bahen.
- Padma

Padma,
Just remember the plan; if I’m not there by 7:20PM, you have to go on without me.
- Parvati

Parvati,
I understand. Just promise me I’ll see you in the Room tomorrow night.
- Padma

Pads,
I promise. Take care, sister.
- Parvati



Lavender’s Diary – KEEP OUT

1:20p. Now I’m really scared. Parvi spent all last night crying and today she has a look on her face like she’s out to hex someone. She told me her and Padma are going into hiding after the fight. She’s leaving me all alone, and I don’t know what I’m supposed to think, because she’s my best mate, and if I don’t have her… oh, rubbish, now I’m crying and my mascara is running! Stupid Death Eaters! Stupid war! Stupid You-Know-Who! Stupid… stupid EVERYTHING!!!



Mike,
I’m sorry I’ve been so crap to you, mate. Be careful tomorrow, okay?
- Terry

Michael,
I’m sorry as well. I’ve stuck a box of Bertie Botts in your knapsack. For luck.
- Anthony

Ant & Terry,
I’m sorry as well, mates. If I make it through tomorrow, we’ll have a proper boys’ night, I swear it. Firewhisky’s on me.
- Mike



Padma,
I understand you’re not to be dissuaded from your course, and I’m not about to try to do so. I only wanted to wish you the very best of luck, and though I know you need no reminder to be cautious, I implore you: take care, Padma. If you should have need of me, I’ll be avidly watching my coin all evening.
Yours in friendship, Ernie

Ernie,
You’re too kind, my friend. I’ll have you in my thoughts tomorrow.
- Padma



Ernie Macmillan’s To Do List


4:30PM : Library. Finish Ancient Runes translation.
5:00PM : Great Hall. Dinner.
5:45PM : Common Room. Begin Herbology essay.
6:15PM : Common Room. Practice Charms.
6:30PM : Common Room. Organize notes.
7:00PM : Common Room. Chess match with Zacharias.
8:00PM : Dormitory. Begin letter to Justin.
9:00PM : Dormitory. Contemplate Padma.
10:00PM : Dormitory. Sleep.



Mr Justin Finch-Fletchley
Safely Hidden
Undisclosed Location
Southern Europe

Justin,
I’ve no idea if this owl will actually find you, but I’m at a loss for someone to talk to, and you were always my greatest confidante. I am glad you’re safe and far gone from this horrific mockery of what was once Hogwarts. Were Dumbledore still alive, he would weep at what’s become of his school. There’s to be another battle tomorrow. A great and brave part of me wishes I were involved, fighting the good fight, but a greater and more cowardly part of me just wants to keep my nose down and avoid conflict. This would not be so hard, except now there’s another that occupies my thoughts, and it is her safety, not my own, that concerns me. She is calm and logical and careful, as I am, but she chooses to fight where I cannot, and I love and desire her all the more for it. I am at a true loss what to do. Please, my friend, if this owl should find you, send me your counsel and your wisdom, and above all, remain safe and alive.

Most loyally yours,
Ernie Macmillan


Part Two
Tags: *2011 fest, *fic, .femmeslash, .het, .slash, a: gin_again, p: ernie/padma, p: michael/lavender, p: michael/seamus, p: neville/hannah, p: pansy/parvati
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