Know Your Need

A HariPo ficlet

by mew-tsubaki

Note: These characters belong to J.K. Rowling. This pairing is mine –please, if you write them, just give me a small mention, thanks! I wrote this for Mew and Mor's Weird Pairings, under my challenge topic in the HPFC, found here (Just take out the spaces!): http : / forum. fanfiction. net/ topic /44309 /25299326 /1/ Read, review, and enjoy! And check out and join the forum challenge!

- ^-^3

"Want to put my tender

Heart in a blender

Watch it spin round to a beautiful oblivion"

-Eve 6, "Inside Out"

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." –William Shakespeare

She was all hazel eyes and hazel hair, completely washed out. Nothing sparkled about her, nothing. So why did she seem to sparkle in ways that only Teddy could see?

It wasn't like she was a mainstay in his life. No, he only saw her every now-and-then. Somehow, just somehow, Grandma Meda had partially reconciled with Aunt Cissy, so Teddy would see his extended family –well, really only some of the Malfoys –from time-to-time. And Cousin Draco had landed himself a big one, though Aunt Cissy didn't seem all that satisfied with the arrangement. No, Draco wasn't engaged to Astoria Greengrass yet, but everyone knew it'd happen some day.

So why did Teddy have to grow up dreaming of this plain woman? And he was growing up. He was a teenager and he saw things for how they really were. Draco had rushed poor Astoria, rushed her to have the Malfoy heir.

Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy was an ugly baby.

Teddy tried to quell his thoughts. Things were finally okay for Grandma Meda. He wouldn't ruin it for her. Andromeda Tonks had suffered too much, way more than he would ever know.

Oh. He saw it now. Astoria shone like Grandma Meda did, with that bit of diamond-in-the-rough quality. Huh. Teddy wondered where he'd gotten this perception of Astoria. He'd only spoken to her a few times…but…yeah. She was very kind. She was loyal to her family and stood up for what she believed in and she was still beautiful despite Draco's taint.

She was no plain woman, no dowdy trophy wife. Astoria Malfoy was an amulet –protector of all, fighting with perfect, sparkling beauty that only the wearer could see. Draco couldn't see it.

But Teddy could.

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Short, but sweet! The first ever ROMANTIC Astoridy, where the pairing is actually Astoria/Teddy. Whatta ya think? It's a strange pairing, but I love writing strange pairings! I could see myself doing more with them, too! :D

Review! Thanks so much!

-mew-tsubaki :3

Thanks for Betaing, Morghen! *takes rest of Teddy and passes out…REGGIES!*