The Soapy Tango Fic Challenge
El Tango de Bubbles
Nothing belongs to me, nope, it's all J K Rowling's work.
The AD/MM ship issued the following challenge. It had to include the
MM/AD pairing (naturally!);
tango (it takes two);
Albus Dumbledore entered the kitchen searching for some cheese to see none
other than his deputy, Minerva McGonogall with her robe sleeves turned up
and a wisp of hair escaping her usually ever so tight bun.
'My dear, what on earth are you doing? Surely you can use magic to wash up
instead of doing it the Muggle way?'
Oh, Albus, what are you doing here?
"I've had this real craving for cheese after the meeting ever since the end
of the Order meeting."
"Cheese. Are you a man or a mouse?"
"Ha, ha, Dumbledore. Very funny."
"Why, Tabby, are you going to start chasing me around the kitchen?"
Minerva looked up, wide-eyed with surprise followed by a bemused expression
on her face. I can't believe he just said that! She thought.
"I can't believe...oh, wait, yes I can believe you said that," she said half
exasperated. She busily turned back to the sink and resumed her washing
Albus sidled up to Minerva and with one deft movement picked up soap
bubbles and blew them in her hair.
"Albussss! Your are the only 150 year old I still know that is capable of
acting as if they're 15. You could give some of the students a run for
their money in your dexterity to act like a child! You don't fool me with
this, 'He who is so wise and all knowing malarky!'"
"Sorry, Tabby, couldn't resist testing the cat's aversion to water
theory?" Albus said, making to flick water at Minerva's face.
"Miaoww!" Minerva replied drolly.
"You better watch that I've got my claws in you barmy old coot or you could
be heading for serious trouble!"
"Ha! The legendary McGonogall death stare.. gets them every time or so I've
heard... Gulp! Alright, I'm told Professor. Ye gads, woman, if looks could
kill...! Anyway, I know your guilty secret professor...."
You what! Minerva said a tad alarmed. I think I'm going to die of
embarrassment right here up to my arms in soap suds! She thought.
"I know that you don't trust the Black house elf to do a thing, that Molly
is exhausted after that Boggart episode and because you are the ever so
strict yet terribly lovely person that you are that you have decided to try
to ease the load. Am I right or am I...?"
"Yes...but don't push your luck!" Minerva pointed the dish brush at Albus's
"Aha! But did you also know that washing up is more successfully
accomplished with another pair of hands and musical accompaniment?"
"Albus...I hardly think this is the time or the place for your chamber music
as this is a secret headquarters!"
Albus brandished his wand and music began to faintly drift around the
kitchen. He picked up the dishcloth and began to dry up alongside his
deputy. Gently humming the tune, he registered a soft Scottish lilt from
beside him and chuckled softly. As Minerva placed a plate on the draining
board, Albus accidentally touched her hand as he picked another up. They
turned and smiled with embarrassment at each other.
"Give me your hands."
"Give me your hands. I saw this once on a Muggle contraption, a teleschism
when I was at Grimmauld Palace on Order business. You know, Arthur's
tinkering. Anyway, apparently if you do the dishes you have the softest
"Albus..." Minerva said, eyebrows half raised in disbelief and reluctantly
handing her hands over.
"And you do..." He said slowly touching both of her hands with his own.
"Could I possibly have my hands back...? It's just it would make this chore
a lot, well, more possible to accomplish."
As she said this a tango started to play.
"Care to dance, my dear?" Albus said, with a dangerous twinkle in his eye.
Before she could reply he spun her out and quickly in.
"Albus Percival Wulfrick Dumbledore!"
"Come now, Minerva, if I remember correctly you are an excellent dancer."
"No, Albus, not here, in the kitchen, I couldn't possibly," Minerva said
hurriedly making to step past Albus but he wouldn't take no for an answer
and caught her hand.
"One dance, Tabby, right here and now," he said, gracefully spinning her
round and bowing, still holding her hand. Minerva sighed and did a small
curtsy. Then, Albus put his other hand on her waist and began to glide her
around the kitchen table.
As they continued to dance around the kitchen, Albus magicked the bubbles
to float around in the air. Minerva relaxed, a smile curling her lips as
she looked upwards and laughed girlishly at them, as she did this, her foot
slid on some water that had over spilt from Albus' prank, but luckily she
grabbed around Albus' neck and he turned her slide into a fast, yet
graceful dip. Staring into each other's eyes and catching their breath,
Albus bent his head and kissed her full on the lips. As soon as it had
started, the kiss finished and they looked searchingly into each others'
Both the Hogwarts headmaster and deputy quickly came to their senses when
they heard a spontaneous applause from the doorway. Albus lifted Minerva
quickly to her feet. Whipping their heads quickly round they saw...
"The Weasley clan," Minerva said weakly and felt a flush spread over her
"Professors," George and Fred said grinning in unison, closely followed by
"Ronald Weasley!" Both Mrs. Weasley and Minerva scolded.
"Uh, come along Weasley's lets leave these lov, uff,... I mean the Professors
to it", Mr. Weasley said as his wife dug him in side with her elbow.
Minerva slowly returned to the sink and began to wash up once more. Albus
came up behind her and whispered,
"I must say, your blush is most becoming."
"Albus! Of all the people to walk in...the Weasley twins spying on us..."
"Ah, yes, but did you notice how absolutely thrilled they were at catching
you out for a change!
Minerva started to say, 'It's not funny, Albus!" but was consumed with
giggles. Albus decided to make her laugh even more by bringing bubbly
hands to hold her face and give her a kiss.
"Ah, you've seemed to have acquired a beard similar to mine, my dear,"
"Well, that will never do!" Minerva giggled, as Albus leaned in for a very
"Care for another whirl, Mademoiselle?" He said as he put his hands around
"Well, that's one way of getting out of the drying up, Minerva chuckled, as
she span into Albus's waiting arms.