LbN: Drabble for Mew & Mor's Weird Pairings Challenge. Prompt was Lee/Penelope.

"This is our temporary home.
It's not where we belong.
Windows and rooms that we're passin' through.
This is just a stop, on the way to where we're going.
I'm not afraid because I know this is our
Temporary Home." ~Carrie Underwood


Lee pushed the door open, wand raised, and sighed. It wasn't much. Hell, it wasn't anything. "Come on, Pene," he said, taking her hand.

"Lee…are you sure this is the right place?"

"Landlord gave me a map. It was all we could get on short notice with next to no money."

Penelope nodded, giving him a slight hug. She lit her wand as well. "Might as well get a fire going. It's already freezing, and it's not even completely dark yet."


"Ow!" Lee yelped. He crawled out of the small space under the sink. "What fell?"

"Lee? Are you alright?" Penelope asked coming in. "Oh dear. Be still for a moment." She took out her wand and healed the bump on Lee's head. "How's it coming?"

"I've tried with the wand and the wrench, and it still isn't working." He toggled the faucet, trying to will the water to come out. It didn't work. "I hate this place."

"Hey," Penelope said quietly. "It's only for a little while. I have an interview at the Ministry tomorrow, and I'm sure someone will write you back soon. You've been to about thirty interviews. Even if you get twenty-nine who say no, all you need is the one yes."

Lee hugged her tightly.


"Eeek! LEE!"

"What is—Merlin's pants!" Lee hopped back as the biggest rat he'd ever seen scurried past him. He shot a few stunning spells at it, finally hitting it as it cowered in the corner.

Penelope, who so far had been the more upbeat of the two, burst into tears. "I can't take this much longer, Lee."

Taking her hand, he helped her down from the couch. "I know. It's awful here. But just think, when we have our dream house, we'll be able to fix anything that breaks!"

The former Ravenclaw gave a small chuckle. "You did manage to fix the sink finally."

"Exactly. I have an errand to run. I'll take the rat with me, shall I?" he added with a grin.

"Please and thank you."


Penelope took the lasagna out of the oven. It wasn't real lasagna. Instead of meat, there were various leftover veggies. And she'd had to use the cheapest cheese she could find. She crossed her fingers as she took a small corner to taste. Not half bad. With a smile, she put a shield over it to keep it warm and walked outside to the owl stand. There were two letters addressed to her. She couldn't wait. She knew that she probably looked crazy to her neighbors—who stands outside to read their mail? But lately, she found she couldn't even wait to get back into their house. She had to know if she'd gotten a job.

She had.

With a happy yelp, she ran back inside to read the letter fully.

About a minute later, Lee ran through the door. "CARDIFF!" he yelled happily.

"What?"

"The Cardiff Dragons want me on as their commentator! They said I could start next week. Best of all, the organization pays for housing! We can leave this place!"

Penelope crossed the room and wrapped him in a hug.

Friday dawned colder than usual. They'd already sent their boxes on to their new house. Each had a bag in their hands, but that was all.

"Ready?" Lee asked, kissing Penelope.

"Of course," she said, taking his hand.

The two stood there, gazing at the empty house for a moment. Finally, Lee smiled at her. "Let's go home, then."

A second later, the front porch was empty.


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