Just Gesticulating, My Dear
A HariPo fanfiction
Note for all chapters: The Harry Potter characters belong to J.K. Rowling, not me. This is a Teddy/Dominique story to celebrate one of my best mates, BlueMango's, birthday. This is based on a list I've seen in people's profiles—"What the gesture means…," so I hope you like it. ;] Read, review, and enjoy!
Question 1: Holding hands means…?
No one expected Dominique to be home this summer. Her first year working under Madame Maxime at Beauxbatons had kept her in France during that first summer, so the family took it in stride, thinking that Dominique was still getting settled into her new life as Madame Maxime's replacement-trainee. Then another year passed, and still Dominique didn't come home. Another and another and another, and it appeared doubtful Dominique would visit her family.
So when no one was home at Shell Cottage when Dominique Gabrielle Weasley turned up on the doorstep, the witch was surprised.
"Go figure," she grunted to herself as she let herself in. "I get the chance to come home and, since it's last minute and I couldn't send a letter ahead of time, Mum, Dad, and Louis aren't home." Dominique knew Victoire wouldn't be, since Vic had married their old Herbology professor, Neville Longbottom. But last Dominique knew, Louis was still at home with their parents.
On the bright side, nothing much had changed inside Shell Cottage. Family pictures were still where Dom remembered them, the kitchen still looked unused, and the place was ten times cleaner than the Burrow had ever been. It felt fantastic to be home, and the blonde woman couldn't fight the little grin that curved up the ends of her lips.
Behind her, in the next room near the front door, there was a knock. Dominique hurried back to the door, hoping to find her parents when she flung it open. But when she saw who was standing there, her heart missed a beat.
"Oh. Dom!" Teddy Lupin blinked, his fist stopped in midair as though he'd been about to knock again from impatience. He gaped at her. "Dom," the man dumbly repeated.
Dominique, too, stared back, her face flushed. "Hello, Teddy…"
"It's been, what, five years?"
"Wow…" He looked her up and down before moving his arms and drawing her into a big hug. "Sorry," Teddy said, pulling away. "It's just…five years. Wow."
Dominique laughed. "I know, I know. Little Dominique grew up, didn't she?"
"Yeah," the wizard answered, his voice soft. He must've realized how his tone had changed, since his next cleared his throat, his cheeks red. "I just—I was stopping by to, um—"
"See my parents for something?"
"Yeah. Some Ministry stuff pressing Gringotts boundaries, so we could use Bill… But you don't want to hear about that."
"It's fine. They're not home, though," Dominique replied as she stepped aside to let him in.
"I only found out this morning I was coming home for the summer, so I couldn't give them a head's up," she said, grabbing a biscuit from a jar that hadn't moved in the time she'd been away.
Teddy followed her into the kitchen. "Oh. So you're just back for the summer, then?"
"It's a well-deserved break." Dominique looked around. "Well, um… I could give Dad your message, if you want. You probably need to get back to work." She glanced at her watch; it was only a little after noon.
Teddy grinned, and her stomach squeezed and her toes curled as she saw his hair unable to stop shifting from various shades and tints of turquoise. "Actually."
"Actually," he repeated, "I could call it an early day."
"Won't you get in trouble for that?" she asked, her throat tightening as he walked over and leaned against the counter near her. Sheesh—in five years, Teddy had become a lot handsomer.
He grinned, and Dominique had to fight a girlish squeak—something she hadn't done for a long time. "I've done the work of two people forever in the Auror Office. Maybe I should take a long vacation, too."
"Really? How long?"
"You're staying the summer, aren't you?"
Dominique mentally scolded herself and quelled the giddy feeling in her gut. She'd seen and dated her fair share of good guys, but Teddy… He'd always been the most charming. And now here he was, charming the socks off her. Eh. If she were wearing socks. Sandals were more suited to summer, anyway. She nodded.
Teddy crossed his arms in front of his broad chest, thoughtful. "Hmm. I think I could use a summer to myself."
"I'm sure you want to get back home, though—a girlfriend and time to kill—"
"There's no girlfriend," he stated, locking eyes with her. For a moment, his eyes were their steady green-brown-blue swirls meeting her own hazel ones. Then he was grinning again, albeit impishly this time. "Nice of you to slip in that probe, Dom."
She snorted and rolled her eyes. "We're both adults here."
"That we are. So you won't mind telling me you're still single."
"AH! Wha…?" Dominique stuck her tongue out at him. "How dare you guess at a lady's love life?"
"Ah, Dom, if you're a lady, then I'm a fairy. But really. I think I've guessed right." He looked her in the eye, a triumphant smirk on his face.
"You did. But slow down, lover boy. I remember leaving England friends with you."
"And now you're back," he stated cheekily. Teddy raised his eyebrows, putting her on the spot.
"I'm back…for relaxation," Dominique said, emphasizing the last bit.
Teddy laughed, and it was a wonderful, good, familiar sound to hear. "All right, all right. Enough hitting on you. Care to blush over a late lunch, then, instead of here in your kitchen?"
She scrunched up her nose. "I do not blush."
"You're a Weasley. You blush all the way up to your ears."
He nudged her arm. "C'mon. Lunch and the chance to catch up."
"…all right, I suppose." She was caught off-guard as he grabbed her hand and they left Shell Cottage. It was funny and light and just plain pleasant to be so comfortable and awkward with someone she'd once known so well. Though Dominique knew it—just as with Shell Cottage, nothing had changed about Teddy either. …except for that spark of electricity they had as he tugged on her hand to draw her close for Side-Along Apparition.
Coming home had never been so rewarding.
Answer 1: It means we definitely love each other.
XDDD w00t! This fic is off to a great start! :D Merlin, I have some great things planned for them…! X3 Teddy is just so irresistible. B] Yup. Side note: The pairing Victoire/Neville was discovered by me (making it a Mew & Mor Weird Pairing), so I'd appreciate a mention if you used them, thanks. :)
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