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Simon Reed

They had decided to meet on the stands. 

 

He didn't remember who'd owl'ed who, but he did remember (thanks to the handy dandy calendar on his nightstand) that they had set a date to meet up on the weekend and catch up with one another. Simon had forgotten how easily the separation of houses made it to lose touch with somebody, even if they were in some of the same classes and had the same meal times... they had definitely lost a little bit of the closeness they had developed over the summer. Guess that sort of was bound  to happen, especially when they were no longer spending every waking minute together. The Ravenclaw had settled on a nice navy blue crew neck sweater and jeans, grabbing a nearby hoodie on the way out and tying the arms around his It was still pretty warm when the sun decided to grace them with an appearance, but if the wind picked up or they stayed outside long enough to watch the sunset, he was sure that one of them would benefit from an extra layer. One of them being, of course, Aurora. 

 

Simon took the steps two at a time, spotting the Slytherin completely immersed in a magazine or a book. He slowed down and crept up behind the girl as quietly as possibly, peering over her shoulder and noticing the familiar Witch Weekly logo on the page. His family had a subscription, if only to appease the four girls currently residing in the Reed residence. His brows furrowed, he hadn't pegged Aurora as the type to read trashy magazines, but then his eyes widened as he read the title of the particular article she was eyeing.

 

'101 Ways to Snog Better'

 

He plucked the magazine from above the petite girl and brought it to his face, "Hmm... is this why you brought me out here Ro? You sly minx." He teased, turning the pages this way and that so that he could take a better look at the diagrams. 

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Aurora Andrews

Aurora hadn't planned on arriving first, more often than not she was the one fashionably late. So, she had been more than pleased with herself for nabbing a copy of the Witch Weekly someone had left on the table earlier in the day. The redhead had long established that it was a silly magazine that she had no use for, mostly because more of the articles were beyond ridiculous. But things had changed when a girl wanted to read something while she ate her breakfast, or when curiosity convinced her to flip through the pages.

 

And as such, she hadn't thought of the consequences of awaiting Simon while reading the particular issue. Nor, getting caught with a magazine she was sure she had denounced more than once. But, 101 ways to snog better had been too.... intriguing(?) for the redhead to pass up. She'd only snogged one boy and couldn't exactly be sure of how there could be so many ways to improve. It wasn't as if she'd gotten any complaints.

 

So, unfortunately, Aurora had been a little preoccupied to notice the brunette creeping up on her.

 

"Please." Aurora rolled her eyes, as she stood up, doing everything in her power to get the magazine back in her hands and not his. "Like I'd have to bring you all the way out here for that." Aurora rested a hand on his chest as she smirked up at him, as she took another try for the magazine.

 

"Seriously, stop reading that."

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Simon Reed

He’d definitely caught her by surprise.

 

She looked slightly flustered, a small blush creeping on her features as she turned to face him. He stepped back as Aurora endearingly attempted to reach for the magazine though it was quite obvious by their height differences that any attempts at swiping it back were futile. He continued to skim the material from the corner of his eye, grinning from ear to ear, “That’s true… but I feel like a few of these might require a bit more privacy.” He quipped.

 

With one arm remaining in the air, he used the other to ground the Slytherin. Placing a hand on her shoulder to keep her from bouncing on the balls of her feet as he slid his hand against the column of her neck, capturing her attention before cupping her face and leaning forward to try something new. He applied a new maneuver previously seen on page 19, parting their mouths and deepening the kiss until they both sort of forgot about breathing.

 

The Ravenclaw pulled back, resting his forehead on hers and inhaling. “Might wanna keep this for later…” he finally breathed, eyes fluttering open feeling a little lightheaded as he brought his arm down, mindlessly rolling up the magazine in hand and sliding it into one of his back pockets. It probably looked ridiculous, but he didn’t really care. Aurora had seen him in one too many compromising positions to really judge him for it.  

 

“Aside from mastering all 101 ways to snog, I was thinking we could go for a broom ride around the castle grounds? We could also walk around the pitch or the lake, dunno. What do you want to do?”

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Aurora Andrews

Her face was red, and nothing she hated more than being betrayed by her own body. Aurora hadn't planned on being snuck up on, nor getting caught, so naturally, her flustered state had to be done outwardly for that stupidly cute boy of hers to notice. His further comments did nothing to quell the redness in her cheeks. But anything the redhead wanted to say after was quickly silenced by Simon, not that she had any complaints.

 

Ever.

 

It was ridiculous and stupidly cliche but Aurora felt like she was in some kind of romantic movie the way kissing him felt. The hand that had been resting on his chest, pulled him as close to her own body as much as possible. Had something even more spectacularly cliche happened and time had stopped?? Even when her eyes opened and Simon was back to his joking self, the redhead could barely focus on what was being said. But a part of he was fairly certain that if he were to ask her to murder someone at the moment, Aurora would have been easily persuaded.

 

Why wasn't snogging some more an option?

 

"Take me on a broom ride, Romeo." Not that she thought of him as Romeo as she fondly considered him an idiot but just this one time she could handle using it positively. All because of Simon of course. The redhead grinned rather slyly up at him.

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His face contorted into a look of distaste at being referred to as Romeo, brows scrunched together and newly reddened lips pursed. If he recalled correctly, Romeo and Juliet was one of Aurora's least favorite works by Shakespeare. A story about some teens around their ages 'falling in love' and then dying? He couldn't quite remember the story, all he really think of was the many times she'd called them blooming idiots. He couldn't quite take that as a compliment then, could he?

 

"I-I get the reference..." he trailed off, referring to all of the times he'd spent in the girls room looking through her bookshelf throughout their childhood and that fact that he'd known her for ages, "But I thought you thought that the story was a bit rubbish. Shouldn't you be calling me something a little more endearing?" he questioned before decidedly giving her a few suggestions that could be taken jokingly but that he would easily respond to, "Like, Mr. Darcy...or ha! This reminds me of the time I tried to come up with a nickname for you. D'you remember that? Feels like ages ago. Anyway, even ghoul is better than Romeo, no?  C'mon Juliet." he snorted, easily sliding his hand down to meet Aurora's and softly tugging on her arm to follow. They soon found their stride and themselves on the grounds headed towards the equipment shed.

 

He wished he owned his own broom, but there was no way in hell he'd ever save enough money for that... and even if he did, it wouldn't be worth it. It wasn't like he was amazing enough to go Pro in Quid. Besides, there were better things to spend money on. Like education or food. They would be okay on one of the schools brooms right? "So catch me up. What's new in your life and all that stuff... " he prodded as he worked on the sheds lock and retrieved the least damaged looking broom stored inside. It looked like it would fair well if they were to ride tandem. `

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Aurora Andrews

Aurora shook her head laughing at Simon's distaste for her choice in a nickname, after all, he was all too familiar with her feelings on the subject but she had enjoyed his reaction more than anything and the resulting comments that followed. Instead of interrupting, the redhead stood there enjoying his remarks about Mr. Darcy and the likes. The Slytherin wasn't even fazed by the fact that he had in return called her Juliet and let him pull her to their destination.

 

"Think it might be a bit odd if I go around calling you Mr. Darcy, yeah? Think of all the looks I'd get. But I'll admit I'd much rather be a Lizzie than a Juliet." Aurora mused on the idea of Lizzie and as a result the novel itself, knowing exactly what she would be re-reading before bed that evening. She didn't know whether she would be thanking Simon for the resulting lack of sleep that would inevitably follow when the redhead read.

 

"Me? I don't know what you think I get up to when I'm not with you." Aurora chuckled good-heartedly at the supreme lack of a life that she had outside of classes and time with Celeste and Simon. "I mean I've been reading a lot and Julian got me this book about dragons. Wasn't that was so sweet thinking of my interest and getting it for me, I've made it my mission to read all I can on the subject. It's very cool if you ever want to borrow the book. I did think about that opening for a junior assistant in the Hospital Wing but I think we both know I'm better with animals than people. It's definitely more of your thing anyway and I know you'll get it."

 

Aurora glanced over at Simon holding a broom in his hand.

 

"Oh well aren't you sweet, thanks, babe."

 

The redhead grabbed the broom, stepping up to press a chaste kiss to his cheek.

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"You already draw looks." He mumbled from within the musty smelling room. Simon meant it as a compliment. If it wasn't for her attention grabbing mane, it was definitely for her looks. The teen maneuvered around a few quidditch trunks, inactive bludgers and a few brooms before miraculously making it back outside without a scratch. Thankfully Aurora hadn't seemed to have heard him and had moved on to talking about herself. Broom loosely gripped in hand, he crossed his arms and leaned against the frame of the door. 

 

It wasn't often he got Aurora to talk about herself. They both seemed to have a lot of trouble talking about themselves to each other. They could go on for hours talking about jelly beans, or the weather... but Merlin help them if they were asked personal questions. All the knowledge he had managed to store away had taken years of listening, years of observation. He probably didn't know her best, but he knew her most out of anyone he knew. Thea aside. He lost control of himself as she mentioned Julian. Smile faltering, leaving a sour taste in his mouth. Why was he buying books for Aurora? Why did he know anything about her? 

 

He nodded along trying to regain his composure, yes he would read the book. He'd learn as much as he could about the subject just so that they could have discussions, so that she didn't feel the need to go to another... that's why they were talking right? He was failing at being a friend. When had she even started getting interested in dragons? "I think it's because you like that animals can't talk back." he snickered, wondering when he would hear back on the applications. "I hope I get it... think mum and dad would think it's cool." If they even noticed.

 

Simon briefly leaned into her lips before uttering, "Oi, that there's for the both of us, pumpkin."  as soon as it left his mouth it felt a bit foreign, silly even. That's what they were going for, no? Aurora was notorious for calling everyone babe, so it was hardly a shock to hear it directed towards him. He'd be lying if he didn't want his own special endearment, but as he'd previously mentioned, ghoul would suffice. He reached back for the broom handle, sharing a grip with the redhead. "I thought it'd be nice to go together. It'll be fun. C'mon, I'll even let you lead. If that's not trust, I don't know what is." he offered as he tugged on the broom, pulling it from Aurora's grasp.

 

He jogged off towards the grassy pitch and quickly straddled the broom, looking back at the Slytherin expectantly. "What are you waiting for? We're burning daylight. Sweets." he could be silly all day long. "Front or back?"

Edited by Simon Reed

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Aurora Andrews

Ruuuuuuude.

 

"Okay fine you might be technically right but I'll always choose animals versus people. I know they'll never break my heart." It was simply an off-hand comment that she'd only meant with the tiniest amount of conviction. If there was something the redhead never wanted to experience, it was definitely heartbreak. Even if her sources were the terrible reenactments in the films and television shows she sometimes watched with her mum. But Aurora also couldn't look at someone like Simon and see that in her future, how could she?

 

"Oh my god.... you are the worst at nicknames." Aurora shook her head, chuckling. 

 

Aurora instead watched as he snagged the broom from her grasp and moved away, admittedly she had been surprised at the idea of them riding together. She suspected the slight nerves that hit her came from the notion that she had never done that with anyone before, but a part of her also reminded her that it meant being in very close proximity with Simon. The redhead had to remind herself to stay cool and keep herself composed.

 

"Says the one with the long legs who basically sprinted away from me. I might have grown a little over time but I still have tiny legs, you ghoul."

 

She did everything in her power not to react to the latest attempt of sweets, the possibility of smothering that cute face was still a possibility on the table if he continued that way. A cute face she'd definitely missed if gone, so the redhead just shook her head as she finally came up to Simon. Aurora eyed him up for only a second, just to keep the suspense.

 

"Was that rhetorical? You had to know I was gonna pick front."

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"Tiny indeed... but luckily long legs aren't a requirement for riding a broom." he jokingly informed Aurora as he began scooting back towards the tail end of the broom. He wasn't quite sure how they were supposed to push off the ground together, but they'd figure it out soon enough. He tried not to chuckle as he lowered the broom low enough for Aurora to swing her leg over it in a ladylike manner, for good measure Simon turned to look towards the Quidditch stands to give her a moment of privacy as she adjusted and tucked her skirt around her legs to keep her decent during their ride. Perhaps he should have have mentioned his plans to give her a bit of an idea on what to plan for.... but he had given her the option of going on a walk instead. 

 

"All sorted up there?" he asked before receiving a soft blow from Rory's elbow to the chest. "I just didn't want to look at your knickers that's all. I'm trying to be a gentleman here." he answered in between bubbles of laughter, trying not to let the broom slide from his grip. "Alright, alright. I think our best bet will be to push off at the same time. On the count of three? One... two... three!" Simon counted them off, pushing as hard as he could off of the ground until they were both hovering a few feet above. Now came the tricky part. Balance. 

 

Simon didn't think they could really afford to have a whole lot of space in between them, seeing as the broom would either tip too far forward or way too far backwards ending in disaster. "Okay, umm... Keep leaning forward, I'm going to see if I can pull  you back a bit towards me." he muttered as he reached in front of Aurora to grip the broom handle with one hand, and the other arm wrapped around Aurora's mid-section. He slid her backwards until her back rested against his chest and he could nestle his head on her shoulder. "There we go. This should be comfortable." he giggled.

 

"Where to?" 

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Aurora Andrews

Her outfit while cute had definitely been a mistake after considering the fact that she would have to get on a broom without flashing Simon. But the redhead's intentions that day had been to look her best and impress that boy of hers. So naturally, her cool facade faded momentarily as she assessed the best method to get on, but faded quickly once she was settled and everything was adequately covered. The last thing she needed was the embarrassment of giving a show of her knickers - Simon Reed had absolutely no business in getting to see them (no matter how cute they were).

 

So the blow to his chest had been well deserved.

 

Once they were up in the air, she had truly forgotten how much she loved flying. It had felt like eons since she had last been on a broom, at least that was how it felt like to the redhead. Aurora had felt so in her zone that she'd nearly missed the boy behind her speaking in regards to their balance; alas a very good point to make in their situation. There would be nothing cute about it if they went and got themselves injured stupidly.

 

Still, the redhead hadn't been adequately prepared for finding Simon so closely pressed to her own body, and she whole-heartedly blamed her hormones for everything that followed. It wasn't as if she had never been this close him before, they'd snogged more times than she could keep track of and they'd hugged on many occasions and yet everything about this screamed differently.

 

"Anywhere as long we get to stay this close."

 

Aurora's eyes widened as soon as she realized the words hadn't been just inside her head.

 

Stupid hormones.

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Simon Reed

"Cheeky." he turned and simpered against the side of her neck before softly pressing his lips against it. Although he was not captaining this excursion, it seemed as though he would still need to navigate them around Hogwarts. He hummed a nameless tune as they hovered for a few seconds, contemplating a few routes before settling on a few lazy laps around the lake and perhaps even the castle itself before maybe running off to the kitchens for their ritualized hot cocoa tête-à-tête. "Alright then Andrews, not sure that we're quite ready to take things fast on this here broom, but maybe by the end of the night. Lets circle around the pitch and head towards the lake?" he finally suggested, he'd reveal his later plans on the way, though they would hardly come as a surprise. 

 

She responded by leaning them forward and prompting the broom to propel wherever they steered it. It took time for them to adjust to each other and create a balance in where they were able to shift their weight around, read each others cues and eventually fall into an easy conversation about nothing at all. 

 

In that moment they were seemingly happy. Blissfully unaware of what was to come their way in the upcoming weeks, what sort of obstacles and trials they would have to face.

 

Together and apart. 

 

fin?

Edited by Simon Reed

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