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Moving into Hogwarts - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
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Moving into Hogwarts
Who: Ron, Charlie, Zach.
What: Moving into Hogwarts
When: The weekend
Where: Hogwarts
Status: Incomplete

Having signed his contract to become Hogwarts' new groundskeeper, Ron decided that it would probably be a good idea to move into Hogwarts. Although Hagrid's old hut was still standing, Ron had opted for quarters in the main castle. Besides, the hut was built for Hagrid rather than a normal-sized bloke.

He propped the door of his quarters open with one of his boxes to try and get some air circulating. The heat was unbearable and he'd already opened all the windows. Ron frowned and realised that no-one seemed to be around, so he tugged off his t-shirt. It wasn't much better, but it would do for now.

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second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie had remembered Molly mentioning that Ron was moving up to the castle this weekend and thought that it might be a goof time to see him.

"Knock, knock," he said tapping on the open door. He smothered a grin as Ron jumped a foot in the air.

"You're going to have to do something with your wards if you don't want to be surprised."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron scowled, his heart still beating a little fast from the surprise of his brother's arrival. "Haven't bloody unpacked yet. Of course I haven't set the wards up."

He looked at Charlie. "What brings you up here, then?"
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie gave him a wolfish grin as he strolled in. "Kitten said I was getting under her feet and her mum was due any minute. I decided to let them have some time together."

He looked at the untidy room. "Want a hand?"
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron grinned. "Um, yeah. That would be good." he nodded towards the door. "There should still be a couple of boxes outside the door. Can you bring them in?"

Looking around at the various boxes and bags, Ron frowned. "I didn't realise I had so much stuff until I had to pack it up."
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie laughed as he brought the last couple of boxes in. "ALways knew you had the packrat gene. I managed to escape that one."

He looked around for a clear spot to put the boxes and finally rested them on top of the sturdiest looking box. "I'm surprised Mum isn't here making sure you move properly."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"I should probably throw some of this stuff out, but I just can't bring myself to do it," Ron admitted. "I think a couple of these boxes are just old Martin Miggs comics." He shrugged.

"I'm kind of glad Mum's not here. She'd only be fussing. This is my place, so I can put things where I want." He used his wand to open a box marked 'kitchen stuff'. Obviously, Hogwarts would be providing meals, but his quarters also had a kitchenette. "Have you moved into your house yet?"
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie shrugged and started opening a box. "More or less. We're just moving the last bits in. The notice period is up on Wednesday, I think, so we should be settled in by next weekend."

He didn't touch the boxes marked comics - Charlie didn't think he wanted to face his brother's porn magazines.
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"Ah, so I expect things are a bit all over the place, then. No wonder Lavender's kicked you out." He grinned, putting some cutlery in a drawer and pulling a mug tree out of the box. He tried to remember where he had put the actual mugs, but was having a big of difficulty. They were somewhere.

"How's Rosie? Keeping you up at night?"
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie beamed when Ron mentioned Rosie. "She's sleeping pretty well actually. Eating a lot if you look at the size of her. Hollow thighs I think."

He pulled out the ketle and filled it up with water. He frowned. "Have you actually got any tea?"
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"Er, yeah, I should think so." Ron opened another box and rummaged around, eventually pulling out a smaller wooden box. He opened it, peering inside. "Yeah. There's a couple of teabags. I'll have to go shopping tomorrow." He frowned. "Milk. I know I've got some somewhere." ROn eventually found it, kept cool by a charm, and set it down on the side as Charlie sorted out the kettle.

"Sounds like she's got the appetite of a Weasley. If she keeps growing at this rate, she'll be up and about before you know it."
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie made the tea as he groaned. "She'll have bags of energy then. I have a funny feeling that youn't be able to turn your back on her for one minute once she's walking."

He handed Ron the bight orange mug and took a sip of his own tea. "I won't even ask about whether you have any biscuits. they're bound to be covered in fluff if you do."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron took the mug, smiling in thanks. "Nah, no biscuits." He patted his stomach. "Got to watch my waistline, you know," he teased.

Ron glanced around his quarters. "You... haven't seen Long have you?" He sighed. "Stupid ferret. Probably playing with my socks."
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie perched on the edge of the table and smirked. "You watching your waistline for anyone in particular or just for Long?"

He looked round and spotted Long poking his nose out of a box marked bathroom.
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"Alas, he's only interested in me for my socks," Ron said with a feigned sigh, leaning against the worktop.

A slight blush appeared on his cheeks, though. "Well," he said after a moment. "There is this one guy. I was at school with him. Met him in the hotel bar a few weeks ago and he was... kind of forward." Ron wrinkled his nose. "I think I said I'd go out with him."
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie nearly choked on his tea. "Sorry I didn't mean that the way it sounded. Umm." Charlie paused wondering how to put it delicately. He finally thought fuck it

"Are you going to go for or are you too chicken shit to ?"
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron scowled, mainly annoyed with himself for digging what seemed to be a rather embarrassing hole and partly because CHarlie insinuated that he was a coward.

"I dunno. Maybe. Haven't heard from him since and I'll be buggered if I make the next move." Ron groaned, covering his face with his hand. The tips of his ears turned red. "I really should have said something different then. Fuck. Um... any chance we could change the subject?"
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie swallowed a laugh and attempted to keep a straight face. "Only because I'm a lovely person."

He sipped his tea and asked "Have you had a chance to check up on the Forbidden Forest yet? It's mating season for the nymphs at the minute."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 28th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron shook his head. "No. Haven't been down there in ages. SHould probably check the Forest out though, soon. Suppose it'll be part of my job to keep the students away from the nastier aspects of the place." The colour of Ron's face hadn't quite returned to normal yet.

He sipped his tea. "I keep meaning to ask. Are you going to take the teaching job?"
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 28th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie sipped his tea thoughtfully. "Probably. If only if it means more regular hours. I;ll probably still some free lance consutancy work for the reserve and they'll need all the help thay can get in the summer."

He shrugged. "We'll see. Me and kitten are talking about it tonight anyway."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 29th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach had heard that Ron was moving in and decided to welcome him. He knocked on the door, feeling a bit nervous. This is ridiculous! I've been with countless people over the years. I can't keep feeling like a first year with my first crush around him! Get yourself together, Smith!

Shaking his head to clear it, he called out, "Ron, are you here? Its Zach. I was wondering if you could use some help or anything?"
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 29th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC) (Tags)
Hearing the knock, Ron glanced over to the door. When he realised that it was Zach, the colour crept back onto his cheeks and he shot Charlie a dark look in case his brother dared to say anything. He hadn't mentioned Zach's name, but Charlie was a smart one.

"Oh. Er, hi, Zach. Nice to see you again. I was just taking a break, actually." He aimed for a blase shrug, but didn't quite achieve it. "Come in, though." Ron gave a nod towards Charlie. "This is my brother, Charlie."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 30th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled as he entered the room. "Nice to meet you, Charlie. Is it alright for me to join you both? I could always come back another time."

"Congratulations on getting the groundskeeper job, Ron. I'd like to interview you, of course. I'll be sticking around after the PR job starts to wind down. I'll be the new Arithmancy teacher. I'm sorry that we didn't get to have our date yet, Ron. I've been looking forward to it."

He saw Ron's ferret peaking out from behind the sofa. "You have a ferret, too? Mine is named Lance."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 30th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"Er, no, that's no problem." Ron was sure that he was blushing and inwardly cursed his complexion.

"We'll have to sort that, um, date out at some point," Ron agreed with a short nod. So Zach was going to be teaching at Hogwarts, too? That could be... interesting.

He glanced over at Long. "You have a ferret?" he asked. "That's kind of, er, coincidental. His name's Long."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 30th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled as he noticed Ron's blush. It made him feel a bit better to know that Ron was nervous about the date too. "I'd really like that. I'm all moved in already and I'll be able to clear time whenever is convenient for you, Ron."

His shoulder brushed Ron's as he went over by Long and held his hand out so that the ferret could sniff him. "Lance has been my traveling companion for the past several years. I got him a bit after we graduated from Hogwarts."
second_of_seven From: second_of_seven Date: May 31st, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Charlie had watched their exchange in silent amusement. He finished his tea and set the mug down and decided to say soemthing before they did something that would embarrass everything.

"Nice to meet you Zach. Glad to see that there will be someone else around to keep an eye on my brother." He paused for a moment.

"As I seem to be getting in the way here of your catching up, I'll let you get on with it, shall I?"
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 31st, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron glared at his brother for a moment. He was going to 'let them get on with it'? Prat. "You do that. I'm sure you've got a wedding to plan or a nappy to change or something." Ron grinned, although inwardly part of him wished that Charlie would stay because he felt oddly nervous around Zach.

When Charlie left, Ron looked a little apprehensively at Zach. "So," he said finally. "You're going to be a professor. That sounds... like something I would be crap at doing."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 31st, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled at the exchange between Ron and Charlie. He had always wanted an older brother or younger one. It had been lonely growing up in that huge house, with just his parent and the house elves...

He was startled out of his thoughts by Ron's comment. Zach shrugged, "I've always been good at academic things, like writing and Arithmancy. Everyone has their own special talents. I remember you being good at Quiddich and being a good strategist."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: May 31st, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Ron frowned. "I suppose. At school, I think you... just kind of annoyed me." He shrugged apologetically. "Sorry. Anyway, if working on this project has taught me anything, it's that people can change a lot."

He looked around, it really hitting him that he was going to be working at Hogwarts. "And that I'm pretty good at fixing things. Couldn't really turn down the groundskeeper position. Not when I've put so much effort into this place."

Pausing, Ron asked, "Did you see it? Hogwarts, I mean. When it was a ruin." He shook his head, scarcely believing that it was only just over a year ago. "Such a fucking mess."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 31st, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach shrugged as he chuckled. "Believe me, I remember. Would it help to tell you that it was my way of coping with other things that were going on? I'm sorry that you got caught up in it. I remember wanting to impress you."

He sighed, feeling unsettled about the fact that he was going to be a teacher. "Draco mentioned all of the hard work you put into the restoration. It really looks wonderful." His hand rested on Ron's shoulder for a moment, before he moved it away.

"I came to see Hogwarts once, while I was working at my last job. The group had a tour stop close by and I couldn't stay away. I can't believe the miracle the crew did. It looks better than it did when we were here."
From: a_roaring_lion Date: June 1st, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC) (Tags)
He just had his hand on my shoulder, Ron thought a little blankly. He forced himself to concentrate on what Zach had just said.

"The group?" he asked. "Tour?" Ron frowned slightly. "So what did you used to do exactly?"
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: June 2nd, 2006 12:57 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled at Ron's confusion. "I forget that most people don't know what I did while I was out of the wizarding world. I worked in public relations for the Backsync Boys, a muggle pop group. I traveled all over the world with them up to when I came back recently. I did some freelance writing while I was still at Hogwarts and it caught their attention. I basically kept the sordid stories of their touring out of the public eye and had the time of my life."

He looked around the room, trying not to focus on the feelings that being near Ron gave him. "It was great fun for a long time. Then, I slowly realized I really wanted something more than the guys could give me. I wanted a relaionship and even a family, someday. So, Draco's job offer came at a really good time for me. I gave my notice and moved back here." Zach wished he wasn't so nervous about what Ron would say next.
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