Hermione was finishing up her summer homework by the fire when Ron asked if she wanted to play a game of Wizard's Chess. "But I have so much work to do!" she pointed out.

"Do it later." Ron shrugged. "I haven't even begun mine yet."

"But the new term begins in two weeks."

"So I have two weeks to finish it. Now I'd rather play chess." Ordinarily he would have asked Harry, but that probably wouldn't be a good idea now.


Ron and Hermione looked over at Harry who was curled up in a blanket on the couch, looking miserable. Hermione sighed. "Bless you," she offered. He didn't respond.

Ron thought fast and plopped himself down on the couch next to Harry, feeling anything but amused when his friend stiffened in discomfort. "Do you want to play Wizard's chess with me?"


"Wizard's chess. The game where different characters on a chessboard-"

"I know what Wizard's chess is."

"Cool, then let's play." Ron stood up and extended a hand to Harry who accepted it with a confused look. They sat down on the floor and started playing, without saying another word to each other. Hermione closed her potions book and leaned against the foot of a chair with a happy smile, watching her friends doing something so...ordinary.