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Who: Ron, Zach What: Getting Reacquainted? Where: Hekate's Girdle… - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
We all walk alone
Who: Ron, Zach
What: Getting Reacquainted?
Where: Hekate's Girdle
Status: Incomplete

Ron didn't like plumbing. Having spent the day double checking that the pipes in the east side of the castle were working, he just wanted to unwind for a while. Most of the work had involved looking at drawings of pipes and all those lines had just made him feel a little dizzy.

Deciding to grab something to eat in the Girdle before going up to his room, Ron slipped onto a stool at the bar, ordering his usual drink and a steak baguette. The barmaid passed him his drink and told him it would be about five minutes for his food. He smiled gratefully at him before looking around the bar to see if he could spot anyone he knew.

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freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 15th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach noticed that his drink was empty and decided to get another. His stomach rumbled, reminding him that he hadn't eaten yet.

As he got closer to the bar, he noticed a head of familiar red hair. It had to be one of the Weasleys. He decided to see if theother man wanted some company.

"Its been a while, Ron. Can I join you?"
From: a_roaring_lion Date: April 15th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron looked up hearing someone address him. "Smith," he said with a nod, remembering the man as a rather obnoxious Hufflepuff during their schooldays. Still, he struck Ron as slightly different now and he blushed slightly. "Or, er, Zach." He was using ROn's first name, so Ron decided he should probably do the same.

He gave a slight shrug. "Sure. Go ahead."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 23rd, 2006 03:41 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach's good mood dwindled a bit as he heard Ron's reply. Sighing softly, he sat down, ordered himself a steak sandwich, another drink and one for Ron.

"I hope you don't mind if I buy you a drink. I was looking for a friendly and familiar face to celebrate with. I was just hired to do the PR for the Hogwarts project. I'll be moving into the hotel soon and starting my interviews. Are you going to be teaching or involved? I'd love to get an interview with you. I've heard that you did some incredible work on the restoration."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: April 23rd, 2006 07:29 am (UTC) (Tags)
"Er, thanks. That's really nice of you," Ron said, looking at the rink that Zach had just brought him. Well, that was a turn up for the books. He flashed a slightly nervous smile.

"Well, I'm hoping to be involved," Ron admitted, "although I don't think that I'd make a particularly good teacher." He shrugged. "You can interview me if you want. I've always thought that the project needs more publicity."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 23rd, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach returned the smile, enjoying how sweet Ron looked. Nervous is definitely a good look on him.

"Not a problem, Ron. I'm hoping that we can form a relationship of sorts. I know that we really didn't get on at Hogwarts, but I'd like for that to change." His voice was warm with a hint of invitation.

His attention turned to the waitress as she brought back his sandwich. Taking a bite, his eyes closed in appreciation as he savored the taste of the steak and cheese on the warm bread.

After taking a sip of his drink, he continued. "I'd like to set up a formal time for that interview, Ron. I'm certain that Draco has a place for you on the Hogwarts staff." He smiled nervously, unsure at the reception his earlier comment would receive.
From: a_roaring_lion Date: April 24th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron coughed a little, sure that some of his drink had gone down the wrong way. had Zach just said what Ron thought he'd said? Or maybe he didn't mean it like that. He coughed again. "Er, yeah. That sounds good. I mean, we can't let old feelings or whatever get in the way anymore."

He nodded slowly, taking a sip of his drink. "Yeah, okay. A time for an interview. Did you have a date in mind?" Inwardly, Ron cringed at his use of the word date.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled and shook his head. "Ron, I would like to set up an interview with you. At your convenience, of course."

He realized he was going to have to be straightforward. "I'd also like to start over, Ron. Would you be interested in going on a date, with me?"
From: a_roaring_lion Date: April 25th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron actually managed to swallow his drink properly this time, a part of him vaguely proud that he didn't spit it everywhere and make a complete fool of himself. Only vaguely proud, though. The rest of his brain was re-checking what Zach had just said.

"A date?" he repeated. That was... very direct. "Um." Ron blushed a little. "I mean, um... okay."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 1st, 2006 12:48 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled reassuringly. "I'm glad that you feel that way, Ron." His fingers brushed Ron's for a moment. "Is there anywhere special that you'd like to go? I haven't been here in years and I don't know how much has changed..."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 1st, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron's breath caught in his chest as Zach's finger's brushed his. "Nowhere... um, nowhere comes to mind," Ron admitted. Part of him was wondering if this was all some big joke set up by the twins or something. Or Malfoy. Yeah, Malfoy rubbing it in his face that he was in a relationship and Ron wasn't.

Except the more Ron thought about that, the less likely it seemed. Malfoy didn't seem the type to do that. Not anymore. Besides, Hermione would probably kill him if he tried anything like that.

"I haven't exactly... haven't exactly been out on any dates recently. Not really sure of the best place to go."

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