Written for the rare pairings Challenge by tat1312

Pairing: Cho Chang/Percy Weasley

Special Thanks to SoUsay234 for the beta.

Percy Weasley was standing near the beverages table at the Yule ball, sipping at his butterbeer. The ball was boring. He had never been the one for formal occasions, preferring to be in his room and reading something interesting. However, he did realize the importance of such events in climbing up the social ladder.

Next to him, Cho Chang was having similar thoughts. It had been fun to come with Cedric and she thoroughly enjoyed his company, however balls were just not her thing. She was not a good dancer either, neither smooth nor graceful like the other girls. She had actually planned to skip the Yule ball completely, but then, Cedric had asked her to it and she couldn't help but say yes.

"Boring isn't it?"

Turning around, Cho found herself looking in the blue eyes of Percy Weasley.

"Weasley. What are you doing here?"

"Work. I see you still don't like balls." It was a statement, not a question.

"No. They've never been my thing. Why aren't you enjoying yourself?" she inquired politely.

"They've never been my thing either. So, you and Diggory huh?"

"Yes. How is Penelope? It's been a while since I last saw her her."

"I assume she is good. It's been a while as well since I met her."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean we broke up, Chang."

"Oh, and why is that?" Cho did not understand. Penelope had been very possessive about Percy. She was also the reason Percy broke his friendship with his other female companions, namely Cho. For Percy to bear her for this long, he had to love her a lot. Which, Cho knew, he did.

"We were two very different people," Percy said, not bothering to explain more. He always preferred to talk less of his personal dealings.

"No. You were actually quite similar. Both of you were ambitious, intelligent and an avidrule followers."

"She was not what I wanted in a girl, " he replied, taking a sip of his butterbeer.

"Percy, I don't understand you. You adored Penelope. I saw it. You were fascinated by her for years. What happened?"

"I realized the girl I was fascinated with, she was very different from Penelope. It was like, I had these perceived notions about Penelope, and based on those notions I adored her. But once we got past the notions and the romance, we saw the truth:that we weren't meant to be together. And I am sorry for hurting you. I know what I did was wrong. Deserting my friends, for a girl, is wrong. I wish I had said this before, when I realized the mistake I made, but I couldn't. My ego always came in between." There. He had said it finally. And he realized, this made him feel much, much better.

"It's ok, Percy. You were always a friend and will remain so."

"So you want to dance? As friends."

She laughed.

"Percy, you know I have two left feet. I can't dance."

"Of course you can." He offered her his right hand and she placed her hand on it, though somewhat nervously.

They moved toward the dance floor. He took a step forward and stretched his arm around her waist. She snuggled her arms awkwardly around his neck, moving against him.

The Yule Ball suddenly seemed very interesting.