The Owlery

Ron Weasley has always had an appreciation for Luna Lovegood's lovable quirkiness. But what happens when Ron realizes his friendship with Luna could be something more? This short story takes place during HBP, and Romione is featured at the end.


6. Cho's Interruption

Later that evening, Ron pulled back from Luna just as the sun began to sink. He pulled her face close to his and looked deep into her eyes. “Hi there, stranger.” Ron whispered. “Hi.” Luna said. Their foreheads pressed against one another. Ron was so nervous. He had never kissed a girl before. Luna deserved to be kissed by a kind, perfect gentleman. Was Ron even good enough?

Luna thought he was. And that was enough. They leaned in, less than an inch from each other.

And then the door exploded open with a bang. Ron and Luna jumped back from one another. Cho Chang rushed into the room, oblivious. She called an owl down and was tying a letter to its leg before she noticed Ron and Luna. Luna was petting a nearby owl and Ron was frozen to the spot. “Oh, hi Ron. Hi Luna.” Luna turned to face Cho and smiled. “Hi Cho! Ron was sending a letter and I bumped into him. My father just sent me the new edition of the Quibbler. I sent it back to him with some edits.”

Cho forced a smile and said, “That’s nice.” She finished sending her letter and opened the door. “Shall we?” she asked, holding it open. Luna skipped out the door and Ron trudged after her.

Back in Gryffindor tower, Ron cursed Cho’s timing. He didn’t know why, but he felt that if he and Luna kissed, they would cross some inexplicable border. He felt that they should get a chance to be private before being public, but he felt a kiss could break down that wall.

Ron and Luna did not meet or speak again for days. The days stretched into weeks. Quidditch games were starting soon, and Harry had them practicing harder than ever. Ron was so distressed he was doing terribly at practice.  One night after practice, just before their first game, Ron told Harry he was resigning. Ron thought at least he could spare the team of a losing season. Also, he might be able to spend some more time with Luna.  Harry, however, refused point blank. Reluctantly, Ron said that if they won tomorrow, he would stay on the team.

Back at Gryffindor tower, Ron went straight to his four-poster. He yanked the curtains closed and pulled out a spare quill and parchment. Ron then wrote a letter to Luna, telling her to meet him at the Quidditch pitch at dawn. Then, Ron waited until Harry was asleep to sneak out the invisibility cloak. It was much harder now that Harry kept it on him. Ron carefully extracted the cloak and headed to the owlery to send his note. 

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