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(A.N: For Mystii's Rare Pairings Challenge)
Seeking and Chasing
By Silver Sailor Ganymede
It is the summer before Ginny's second year and she's flying around the orchard near her house. She can't fly in the garden – whenever she does Fred and George tease her (which is nothing new) and her mother panics and screams and says that she shouldn't be doing anything so dangerous; her mother thinks she's made of glass now, ever since she found out about what happened with that stupid diary, and Ginny can't stand it. She'd feel much better if they all left her alone for once.
Ginny chucks an apple up into the air, then races it towards the ground, catching it just before it smashes to pieces. She always manages to catch the apples before they hit the ground.
"Fearless, aren't you?"
Ginny jumps, shocked, and nearly falls off her broom. At first she thinks it's Fred and George: that they've followed her again and want to spend the next hour getting on her nerves as much as possible. Well, they say they're trying to cheer her up but Ginny knows otherwise; they just want to annoy her. That's all brothers exist for. It's not one of her brothers though – it's Cedric Diggory, who has a broomstick in his hand and a grin on her face.
"You're a good flier," Cedric says with a grin. "You should try out for the Gryffindor team next year."
Ginny can't help but blush. Cedric is the Hufflepuff team's seeker and for him to give her a compliment on her flying… it's odd to say the least. No one ever usually gives her compliments.
"You'd make a good seeker," Cedric continues. "Or a chaser - either of the two. You've got the right build."
"Thank you," Ginny says at last. It's nice to hear that someone appreciates her, that someone thinks she's something other than just the pretty little girl in a family full of loud, rowdy boys.
Cedric is in the air now, flying circles around the apple tree.
"Fancy a race?" he asks.
"Ok," Ginny says, finding herself elated that Cedric wants to go flying with her and that he, unlike her brothers, knows that she can actually fly – that she isn't going to get hurt or murdered if she so much as leaves the house. She wishes people would stop worrying.
She flies up to his level. Cedric plucks another apple off the tree. It's shinier and redder than any of the apples Ginny has seen so far. He throws the apple into the air and then they race to catch it. Ginny suddenly feels happier than she has in a very long time – she is flying with someone else, she is happy, she is free.
Cedric catches the apple before Ginny does, but he smiles such a sweet smile at her that she doesn't care.
When she watches the first Gryffindor-Hufflepuff Quidditch match of the year, Ginny isn't sure whether it's Harry or Cedric she wants to win.