Couldn't Wish for a Better Future

A HariPo freeverse piece

by mew-tsubaki

Note: The Harry Potter characters belong to J.K. Rowling, not to me. This pairing is a Mew and Mor's Weird Pairing, which you may find in the M&MWP forum (see my profile for details). Check out and join the forum FUN! Read, review, and enjoy!

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"All I want to do is see you again

Is that too much to ask for?

I just want to see your sweet smile,

Smiled the way it was before.

Well I'll try not to hold you

And I'll try not to kiss you.

And I won't even touch you."

Depeche Mode, "See You"

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Why?

Why did she even have to meet him?

He was the only one who knew

The family couldn't have budged,

but he did

It was why he died with that

smile

she loved so much etched on his face

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It was a little p-e-e-k

Percy claimed his family wouldn't care

(why wouldn't they? their son was engaged)

But Audrey wanted to meet

some

other Weasley

even if he turned out to be one of the

"dreaded" twins

Audrey was just too tempted to see

what she was marrying in to

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That expression—

"You're marrying my f.a.m.i.l.y, too"

—it nailed this on the head

She loved her Perce, but…

BUT…

She found herself wishing for

anotherWeasleybrother

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He was the O1N1E

Without even knowing who she really was,

he got her to laugh

as she'd never laughed before

It was a laughter that touched her

h*e*a*r*t

(something which Percy never could have done)

& then her dreams were plagued by

*Fred*

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Percy wouldn't let her fight in the Battle

(&& damn it, screw him, she could make her own choices)

But she went anyway

She was lucky

(maybe Fred's hazardous luck had rubbed off on her?)

But she missed

M_O_S_T

of the fighting

She arrived in time for the aftermath

&& it was scary as hell

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She never went to Hogwarts

& yet she still cried at the site of

the damaged castle

As she made her way to the Great Hall,

the sobs&screams&simpering

grew D—E—A—F—E—N—I—N—G

And then…

She saw the redheads

&& her heart leapt into her

t_h_r_o_a_t

Because only one person

could've elicited that reaction

in Percy—

the most disagreeable

(& proud of it)

Weasley brother:

[her] Fred

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Oh, wow… Fred's pretty cool—though my fav's George—and this really captured his character without him being right up front. It's sad… But it's nice that Fred, of all people, was the one to know about Percy and Audrey before anyone else did. And him keeping the engagement secret for them…it's almost as though the family was starting to reconcile with Percy, one by one. So sweet and heartrending.

Thanks for reading, and please review!

-mew-tsubaki :D

2017 note: Aghhh, I still have feelings about this 2010 FV, tho I think I summed things up well in my old A/N. Still. Meeting your fiancé's brother and falling for him? Man, I need to write this as a full-fledged story someday. D':