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08 May 2010 @ 11:52 pm

Title: Tea
Pairing: Ginny/Luna
Rating: PG
Word Count: 643
Summary: She always makes time for tea.
Note: This is for zofbadfaith and her love for tea.  :)


She always makes time for tea.

I noticed that long ago, before she had assumed a permanent occupation in my tiny little flat. No matter the day of the week, or the weather, or how much work she had to finish for tomorrow, she would always take twenty minutes at any given time to make herself tea. It often smelled of mints—she made her own tea out of little herbs and spices—but there was, on occasion, the times it almost smelled like a Muggle’s mixture. 

It lingers on her. The tips of her fingers were always a little red because while she was the most graceful thing when it came to crossing the living room, she couldn’t stop herself from burning little bits and pieces of her skin when she heated the water. She insists on doing everything by hand, something I admire (I had no patience for it). It leaves its mark on her.

I can’t remember more than a few times that she did not smell of tea herself.  It is rare that she does not; it only ever happens when she sprays some kind of perfume into her hair (which is actually rather a shame, because that musky scent that belongs to her scalp is intoxicating). It is, admittedly, one of my favourite things, to lean down and press a small kiss to the back of her neck and smell that smell in her hair with the pinch of tea that always stayed around.

I have woken in the middle of the night many times to nothing on my left side, to her empty space in the sheets. She would be in the kitchen with dim candles in crooks around the room, papers scattered on the counters and the table and the floor, a cup of warm tea between her palms. Her fingernails would scrape over the china that we had inherited from my mother, her lips pressing gently to sip at the only thing that seemed to keep her awake (except for me, but that was an altogether different story).

Once, and only once, I found her asleep in the kitchen. It was nearing three in the morning, and her tea was still warm when I covered my hand with hers. She did not wake instantly; but she’d always said my kisses did wonderful things to her, and the curve of her spine was always such an irresistible place for me. I pushed away the fabric of the long button up she was wearing (she only ever seemed to wear underwear and those button ups when she was home) so I could trace every vertebrae. She smiled a heavy lidded smile that greeted me happily. She wrapped her arms around my neck, buried her face in my collarbone, and said, “Take me to bed.”

That was the only time she had ever abandoned her tea.

I’ve never had a desire for it, the tea, but she makes me love it—not the taste, but the smell, the warmth, the comfort.  She makes me love the way she’ll sit on the sofa with me, her legs in my lap, and sip at her tea, tell me of fantastic creatures that she dreams to write of. She makes me love the way she sits and stares out the window and loses her conscious thought process for a few moments, her blonde hair spilling endlessly over her back, with a mug of her peppermint drug in her hand. She makes me love the way she stands in the kitchen and asks me to kiss the sore spots on her fingers after she burns them. She makes me love the way she smiles when I do.

Secretly, I don’t think I’ll ever like the way tea tastes. But it tastes quite lovely in her kisses, and that’s just fine by me.


Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Tunes: 'Don't Confess (This Thing That Breaks My Heart)' by Tegan & Sara
lash_laruelash_larue on May 9th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Such a very pretty story. A wonderful portrait of love.
zagury: Tattoozagury on May 13th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Simon: Ginny/Luna- our own sunlit days 2prunesquallormd on May 9th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Utterly adorable, and so romantic.
Every line is just so full of love, but that last, especially, is wonderful.

Just lovely :)

It's always nice to your name on LJ. It's been a while :)
zagury: Ginny/Luna by rave_iconszagury on May 13th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
It's always so nice to see your comments around here :)

It has been a while, hasn't it? Ah well. That's life.
Simon: Ginny/Luna- eyesprunesquallormd on May 13th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, real life does have a tendency to get a little busy :D

I hope it's been busy in all the best ways though :)
zagury: naomilyzagury on May 15th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)

It has, and I hope the same is for you too :)
zaguryzagury on May 13th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
By the way, thank you so much for my milk and cookies :) it really did make my day--I eat milk and cookies every single day :)
Simon: Ginny/Lun-SS Dreamy Redheadprunesquallormd on May 13th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :)
If only it were so easy to send actual milk and cookies :D I'm very happy they made your day :D
zagury: Whisperzagury on May 15th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
I thought it was rather funny, because I'm not sure if I've ever told you of my extreme fondness for milk and cookies. It just made me smile to see that you'd sent it--and makes me a little sad that I couldn't send something equally adorable back. :)
giddymorosegiddymorose on May 9th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous descriptions. Ginny's POV was great :)
zagury: Bonnie funny facezagury on May 13th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Ginny's POV is one of my favourites to write.
zeezofbadfaith on May 10th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
You know how I feel about whatever you write me. Especially Ginny/Luna, and tea. I don't even have words.

zagury: Emma with a Top Hatzagury on May 13th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're not supposed to have words, silly.

TeaRoses: Minerva by karli_meaghanrosehiptea on May 10th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
This is beautiful. I love your eloquent Ginny, I can so see her like that. And Luna and the tea work so well.
zagury: Ron and Hermionezagury on May 13th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I've always seen Luna as the kind of character that would like the little things, such as tea.
mysloppylovemysloppylove on May 12th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
first of all: Kudos on the current tunes. Good, OLD tegan and sara :)


in my opinion, patience is the rarest of all virtues. Here in the muggle world, definitely, but in the wizarding world, of course patience is almost unheard of! I'm glad you observed this quality that makes Luna so special.

secondly, i like how you portrayed a common phenomenon: when someone grows fond of something only because their significant other is fond of it. As lash_larue said, a wonderful portrait of love.

thirdly, "her peppermint drug" is adorable.

and just out of curiosity, what are you assuming luna's (and ginny's i guess) job is? like what are the papers she's working on? for the Quibbler? haha
zaguryzagury on May 13th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
I do love me some Tegan & Sara :)

I like to think that Luna is very in touch with all sides of the world, which makes her so unique to both Muggles and wizards. That's why I've always thought Harry understands her a bit better than everyone, because she simply understands.

Ha, I didn't even really think of it as that, but I'm so glad you pointed that out and saw it as a nice addition.


I constantly assume that Luna's position is the editor of the Quibbler, and that Ginny is a professional Quidditch player. If Luna didn't work for the Quibbler, then she would run a flower shop. Or perhaps a tea shop, haha.

Thank you so much!
mysloppylovemysloppylove on May 14th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
It's funny to think that someone so in touch comes off as so...out of touch. :)
avaklane on May 12th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I wonder if I would like the smell of tea.

This is really good.....anything with button downs and waking up to an empty place in the bed is good lol
zagury: Hermione Big Bang Challengezagury on May 13th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Tea smells simply wonderful, though I can't bear the taste.

Well, I know how you feel about button downs, but why are empty places in a bed good?
A completely happy writer: luna lovegoodlar_laughs on May 14th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
That is beautiful!
zaguryzagury on May 15th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
cosmic_llin on December 13th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
Adorable. <3