only if you're up to it, im requesting "you don't want me" for four word prompts bc angST.
ask for angst, and angst you shall receive… but I do hope you like it! 💕
You Don’t Want Me
Ron had been hiding out in the shed a lot lately - the whole past week, actually. Anytime Hermione had gone looking for him, which was often, she found him organizing his dad’s collection of dead batteries and spark plugs or tidying the shelf full of burnt-out toasters. And today he was there again, still in his dress robes, playing idly with an old rotary phone.
“Thought you’d be here,” Hermione said as she walked in, attempting to send a friendly smile his way.
He shrugged, twirling the telephone cord around his finger.
It had only been a week, Hermione reminded herself. Just because it had been the longest week of her life, filled with mourning and rebuilding and (though it felt a bit trivial sometimes) reliving the memory of that brilliant, solitary kiss with Ron, didn’t mean that the wounds weren’t still fresh. She couldn’t expect Ron to snap back into his old self so quickly, but it still pained her to see him like this.
“I sort of wanted to talk to you about something,” Hermione began, making her way to him.
“I don’t want to go inside, all right? I can’t deal with it.”
“No, it’s not that.” She didn’t fancy spending much more time with the lingering funeral guests either. “Erm… I need to go to Australia soon. To find my parents and put their memories back.”
“Oh.” The plastic phone receiver fell from his hands with a clatter. “Right, of course. Well, I’m sure my dad knows someone at the Ministry who can set up a Portkey for you-”
“I don’t need help with that,” she replied. “Ron, I - I want you to come with me.”
But rather than heartily accept her invitation, as she’d been sure he would, Ron just studied her as though he hadn’t understood her words at all.
“No,” he said with a shake of his head, making her stomach plummet into her knees. “You don’t.”
“What are you talking about? I wouldn’t have just asked you if I didn’t.”
“You don’t want me,” he muttered in resignation. “Believe me, you don’t.”
For one wild moment, Hermione’s eyes flitted to his neck to see if she could detect the golden chain of that horrible locket, as she had done so many times that fall, before remembering that he’d demolished the thing himself months ago. So why, then, was he acting like someone was whispering all of his worst insecurities into his ear?
“I’m the guy who left,” he continued, his voice thick, eyes cast down to the dusty wooden table. “I’m the guy who was stuck in a bloody cellar while you were - and I know you only kissed me that time because you thought we’d be dead by dawn-”
“No, you don’t know that,” Hermione retorted, perhaps a bit forcefully. “Don’t tell me what I think or what I want, because you’re way off base.”
Ron lifted his eyes to meet hers. “What?”
“You came back,” she continued, her voice now gentle. “And you saved me, and…” It was time, Hermione decided, to lay it all out on the line. She was done now with the sidelong glances, the one-armed hugs, the occasional hand-holding. “And I do want you. More than that, I need you.”
Ron, at a loss for words, simply gazed at her, seeming torn between disbelief and joy.
And you’ve got to come to Australia,“ Hermione concluded with a definitive nod, “because I can’t do it without you.”
“Well, I’m sure you could-”
“Ron!” she cried in exasperation. “Will you go with me or not?”
His face cracked into a smile, his first in days, as he took a step and pulled her into his arms. As she hugged him tightly she felt him release a massive, quaking breath.
“Of course I will,” he sighed. “Of course. Only…”
“What?” Reluctantly, Hermione loosened her grip so she could look up at him.
“Well - is it okay if I kiss you?” he asked in a rush. “Because you started it last time…”
It took all of her willpower not to rise on tiptoe and press her lips to his, but she resisted, instead beaming at him as her heart pounded with anticipation.
“I don’t know what’s taking you so long.”
(so the angst had a happy ending… oops!)
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