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Gifts

willow
Title: Gifts
Rating: PG
Pairing: Gen, canon ships implied
Genre: um...drama?
Word Count: 1,067
Lame Summary: Ron and Ginny discuss their Christmas gifts.

Written for kerosinkanister who asked for a post-DH story featuring Ron and Ginny at Christmastime. Happy Christmas, Dan!


The floorboards squeaked softly under her bare feet as Ginny made her way up the stairs to her brother’s attic bedroom. It was a path she had trod often as a little girl, wanting to spend time with Ron, especially after all the others had gone off to school.

His bedroom door was ajar and she hesitated for a moment, watching him through the gap. Ron was sitting on his bed, still in his pajamas, discarded gift wrapping strewn over his blankets. He didn’t hear her approach, as he was busy poring over a long sheet of parchment. She was surprised to see him reading so intently but Ginny deduced from his red ears and the pleased expression on his face that he must have had an owl from Hermione.

“Ron?” she called, smiling slightly as he jumped in surprise.

He turned his face toward her and scowled. “Can you knock? You scared the sh— Harry isn’t here. He already went downstairs.”

She rolled her eyes and pushed the door open. “That’s nice. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Christmas, but if it’s too much trouble.”

His eyes fell to the expensive racing broom clutched in her hand and he suddenly looked uncomfortable. “Sorry. It’s fine.”

“What are you reading?” she asked.

“Nothing,” he said, hastily rolling up the parchment.

She smirked knowingly. “Hermione coming this afternoon?”

“Yeah,” he said, a slight smile crossing his face.

“So what did she get you?” Ginny asked. She propped her broom against Ron’s bedside table and flopped down on his bed beside him, shifting aside his new maroon jumper to look at his gifts.

“You’re awfully nosy this morning,” he said, stowing his letter under his pillow.

“Ron!” Ginny exclaimed, holding up a set of bright orange Quidditch robes. “She didn’t!”

“She knew I’d always wanted a set of Cannons robes,” he said awkwardly.

“You had better have got her something good,” Ginny said. “Please tell me you didn’t get her another bottle of perfume like you did a few years back.”

“What was wrong with that perfume?” Ron asked angrily.

“It smelled like Aunt Muriel, that’s what was wrong with it,” she said.

He flushed. “I wanted to get her something—”

Ginny waved her hand dismissively. “I know why you did it, Ron. And trust me, she was pleased that you actually got her something other than Bertie Bott’s.” When she noticed Ron still looking a bit downtrodden, she added, “So what did you get her this year?”

“Er… she wanted a couple of books and—”

“Books? Oh, Ron, you got her books? Harry got her a book. You’re her boyfriend, you’re supposed to—”

“That’s not all I got her,” Ron interrupted, looking very cross. “I got her something else, too. A necklace.”

“A necklace?” Ginny said, stunned.

“Mum helped,” he said, blushing. “I wouldn’t have known…”

“She helped Harry too, didn’t she?” Ginny said, holding up her wrist adorned with a delicate gold bracelet.

Ron nodded and Ginny fought back a laugh at the idea of Ron and Harry going jewelry shopping with Mum. The only thing that held her back was that the look on his face was so earnest. Clearly they had really wanted to do something special.

“The shop’s doing well then?”

“You could say that,” he said.

“I heard George tell Dad last night that you’ve come up with a lot of really good ideas,” she said.

Ron shrugged.

“You and George must be making a lot of money, especially with that new shop you opened up in Hogsmeade.”

“What’s your point?”

“This is a nice broom, Ron,” she said, leaning over and pulling it onto her lap.

He glanced at it. “One of the best there is.”

“Expensive.”

“It’s not a Firebolt or anything.”

“Still,” she said. “It didn’t come cheap…Why did you get it for me?”

Ron flushed. “I wanted to.”

“You’ve always wanted a broom like this. Always. Now you actually have the Galleons to buy one and you’re still flying around on that old Cleansweep.”

“It’s a good broom,” Ron said indignantly.

Ginny nodded, knowing he was proud that he’d earned that broom by becoming a prefect. “True, but why did you buy this for me when you could have got one for yourself.”

“Kind of scummy to buy yourself a present on Christmas,” Ron said. “Sounds like something Malfoy would do.”

“Stop being thick, Ron,” she scolded.

Ron sighed. “Fine! You said you wanted to go out for the Harpies when you get out of school. You can’t go to tryouts on that Comet you’re flying now.”

“How did you—”

“Harry told me.”

She frowned. She had wanted to keep that information private for a while. Mum surely wouldn’t approve.

“I’m not telling Mum, if that’s what you’re worried about,” Ron said knowingly. “I just thought you’d have a better shot on that. And you need to get a feel for it before the end of season. Tryouts are in June, you know.”

“I don’t know what to say,” Ginny said thickly.

“You don’t have to say anything,” he said, his ears turning very red. “Just remember to get me some tickets whenever you play the Cannons.”

“Ron, there’s no guarantee I’ll make the team.”

“You’ll make it,” he said seriously.

Ginny looked at her brother as if seeing him for the first time. She knew he loved her, all her brothers did. None of them were very good at showing it, Ron least of all. Although, Ginny wasn’t one to cry, she felt a lump rise in her throat.

“Will you cheer for me?” she asked, hoping to lighten the mood.

Ron laughed. “Against the Cannons? Hell, no!”

She laughed, too, and threw her arms around him.

“C’mon, then,” he said, clumsily patting her on the back. “Mum ought to have breakfast ready by now, yeah?”

“I suppose so,” she said. She let go of Ron and bounded to her feet.

“Here,” he said, holding out her broom. “Don’t forget this.”

“I can’t wait to show Charlie,” Ginny said. “He’ll be so jealous.”

Ron laughed. “Let’s go before Harry eats all the bacon.”

“Before you do, you mean?”

“Something like that.”

“Wouldn’t want to deprive you of a meal. We all know how unpleasant you get,” she joked.

Ron rolled his eyes and made his way downstairs with Ginny close behind him.

Comments

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msmoocow
Nov. 27th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
EEK! SO cute!

I loved that their relationship is really easygoing--not bicker-y or schmoopy, but just right. And the image of Molly taking the boys shopping is just an outtake waiting to happen!

Damn, I need to work on mine...
willow_wand
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Thank you. I don't like in fic when there's too much animosity between Ron and Ginny. It seems Ron is always a git or a prat and she nearly always takes Hermione's side over his. They love each other, but yeah, they aren't schmoopy.
rose_starr
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
YAY!! Oh Jenn! That's just wonderful!!

What a great way to start!!
willow_wand
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks. I really liked writing this one!
sirius_thoughts
Nov. 27th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Great story Jenn!!! I so need this after the day I had! *hugs*
willow_wand
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad it made your day better! *hugs back*
amieam
Nov. 27th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
What a perfect way to start the morning! This was very sweet and just how I imagine Ron and Ginny can be.
willow_wand
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. :)
kerosinkanister
Nov. 28th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
What a great gift! I couldn't have asked for a nice Ron-Ginny moment. I think you really managed to get the caring side of their relationship without getting OOC or too mushy.

I particularly loved this bit:

Ginny looked at her brother as if seeing him for the first time. She knew he loved her, all her brothers did. None of them were very good at showing it, Ron least of all. Although, Ginny wasn’t one to cry, she felt a lump rise in her throat.

Awww, they love each other! *sniff* I guess I'm a bit of a softie tonight.
willow_wand
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm thrilled that you liked it. I was really hoping I struck the right balance with their relationship. This actually my favorite fic I've written in a while. So thanks for the prompt. I'm glad you enjoyed your gift.
spidergirl30
Nov. 30th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh Jenn! That's just so cute!

What a great way to spend my break after lunch!
Loved Ron and Ginny dialogue to pieces and the way they were so ic! :D
willow_wand
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it and thought it was IC. I really tried! :) Thanks for reading!
ginchy
Dec. 10th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
You have a gift, my friend. If you can make me like Ginny, well... you're a heck of a writer! ;)

I really like Ron\Ginny bro-sis friendship pieces, actually. And this one was wonderful!
willow_wand
Dec. 10th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Heh. I'm not a big fan of Ginny either. They do love each other, though. I'm sure she's not always rude to him. ;) Thanks for reading! I'm glad I made you like Ginny for a bit!
ex_rougered721
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
That was so sweet and well done. I enjoyed the way you got this dialogue to flow, and the way Ginny pulled the truth about why Ron bought her the broomstick - him still rooting for the Cannons made me chuckle!


Lovely job Willow!
willow_wand
Dec. 16th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I don't think anything would stop Ron from rooting for the Cannons. ;)

Thank you!
magglenagall
Dec. 20th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, Jenn, this is beautiful. I *love* scenes that show the sibling bond between Ron and Ginny, and you've done a wonderful job here. I like the balance between teasing and affection; Ginny is very well characterized here. Thanks so much for sharing!
willow_wand
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
I am very glad that you liked it. :) I was really hoping you would. Thank you for reading it! :) ♥
dransinha77
May. 27th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, Ron is just sweet to pieces!
And the bond between Ron and Ginny is wonderful!
Lovely story! :)
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