Fandom: Harry Potter
Summary: Yes, it was really funny, the way the twins locked Percy inside a pyramid during family vacation. Only, it wasn't.
It was really funny, the way the twins locked Percy inside a pyramid during family vacation.
Their snickers were contagious; even Arthur cracked a smile.
Oh, such mischievous boys he had!
Doubtless Percy would be ruffled and irate, but it was all in good fun, Arthur knew.
Yes, Fred and George were always good for a laugh, they were!
It was only another of their little games, anyway; Molly was further up, in the market place with Ginny, and without her watchful eye, Arthur was not opposed to letting the boys have their little bit of horseplay.
"Mind, you let him out in a minute, imps," he says—with a small, conspiratorial wink—and he's distracted by the muggle gift stand pitched nearby, and he's walking away.
The twins feel very clever; they'll let their brother out in a bit, but first they'll give him time enough to get really upset and compose some sputtering speech they'll disregard.
Inevitably they wander towards the trinket stand they've been eyeing all morning—there has to be something in there that explodes—and two hours have passed before Molly's "Where's Percy?" and the screaming fit that follows when the twins fess up to their prank.
Percy's in a tiny, dark room where the air is thick with must and dirt; he is sweaty and shaky when he's finally let out, and storms away into bright white sunlight that makes him flinch and blink.
"What's his problem?" asks George.
"We were just having a little fun."
"He's just a spoilsport," says Fred dismissively, and that's that.
At their empty hotel room, Percy breathes deeply and tries to calm his racing heart; he heals the grimy scrapes on his hands with a word and wipes the tear trails from his dirty face with a damp washcloth.
Yes, it was really funny, the way the twins locked Percy inside a pyramid during family vacation. Only, it wasn't.
Percy is claustrophobic.