Fred took me to Diagon Alley the day before he was to leave for Hogwarts. We walked around hand in hand to wherever it was that Fred was taking me. He smiled and joked as we walked along, probably trying to distract me from the fact that he was leaving the next day.
"Where are we going?" I laughed
"We are going to get ice cream." Fred told me
"Where exactly are we getting ice cream?" I raised an eyebrow
"Well, my mother is wonderfully generous so we are eating at Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor." Fred admitted
"You must be excited, if your mother must be generous for you to go to such a place." I stated
"I'd be excited anyway," He said opening the door to the parlor for me
"And why's that?" I smiled
"Because I'd be with you," He bopped my nose
"Oh really?" I raised an eyebrow
"Yes," Fred replied, "It's you. Why wouldn't someone be excited?"
"I see," I laughed
"You aren't blind?" Fred winked, "I thought you were."
"Such the smart aleck," I rolled my eyes
"Amaris," Fred grinned
"What is it?" I smiled back
"Why must you talk about yourself all the time?" Fred winked again
"Fred!" I smacked his arm
"I surrender!" He laughed holding his arms above his head
"Very funny," I pursed my lips
"Yes, I believe it is." Fred walked up to the counter
"What can I get you?" The man behind the counter asked
"Well," Fred paused to look at me and I shrugged, "We'll take a pink cotton candy bubblegum. With two spoons, please."
"Two scoops?" The man asked
"Just one," Fred shook his head as he blushed
"I'll give you the second free," The man smiled knowingly at Fred, "We haven't had a Weasley in here for a while."
"Thank you," Fred smiled and nodded at the man
"No problem," The man scooped some of the ice cream into a dish and handed it to Fred
Fred handed the man the money and the man handed Fred two spoons. Fred took my hand and led me outside where we sat at one of the tables.
"Haven't had a Weasley in a while?" I asked
"Don't worry about it," Fred winced
"Fred," I placed my hand on his
"Amaris," He warned
"You can tell me," I reminded him
"I know," He frowned, "Amaris, please."
"Alright," I sighed, "You're free, for now."
"Thank you," He looked at the dish
"Hey," I lifted his chin, "I'm up here."
"Yeah," He smiled once more, "You are."
"There's that Weasley smile I've seen so much of," I laughed
"That Weasley smile?" Fred raised his eyebrow
"Hermione told me that all the Weasleys she knew had one." I chuckled, "But yours is the best."
"Nah," Fred waved his hand at me, "You're biased."
"Sure," I laughed
"There's that Amaris laugh I love so much."
"I'm biased?" I raised an eyebrow
"Yep," Fred laughed
"Need I say it?"
"Nope," Fred shook his head grinning wildly
"Okay," I said in singsong
"Eat your ice cream," Fred rolled his eyes
"Okay," I fed him a bite
"I was telling you to eat it," He mumbled through the food in his mouth
"So," I shrugged
"You're feeding me," He pointed
"I did not know that," I laughed
"Amaris," Fred laughed with me
"It's getting eaten, is it not?" I replied
"Yes, yes it is." And Fred promptly put a bite in my mouth
"Oh, thank you, Fred Weasley." I licked the ice cream off my lips
"Dangit!" Fred smiled, "I was looking forward to getting that!"
"Nah-uh," I smiled, "I don't think so mister,"
As I said that a platinum blonde boy walked by a look of disgust on his face.
"A Weasley," The boy called, venom in his voice, "You could do so much better."
"It's obviously not you," I spat back
"Amaris," Fred touched my arm gently, "He's not worth it. Besides, he's only a Malfoy."
The last part he shouted and I smiled as the boy glared at him. Obviously there was something about the Weasleys that some people didn't like and I was not pleased with this.
"Fred, you need to tell me why that boy hates you, and why that man said he hadn't gotten a Weasley in there for a while. Don't be embarrassed of anything, I love you, Fred Weasley." I looked into those eyes, the ones widening at my words
"Amaris," The voice those chocolate brown eyes belonged to said, "I... I can't,"
"Hey," I said, "Didn't you hear what I said?"
"Yes," He nodded
"I said I love you," I reminded him, "I don't care what everyone else thinks of you, I care what you think of yourself."
"Yes?" I replied
"I love you too," And with that, Fred Weasley smiled at me like a maniac
"You look like a maniac," I wasn't afraid to tell him
"Why thank you," Fred continued with his maniacal smile
"Stop it," I laughed swatting his arm
"Why?" He added a raised eyebrow
"How do you do all that with your face?" I asked