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A Friend's Smile

A quick brush of embarrassment washed over Harry as he shelled out the silver and bronze coins clinking together in his pocket, having told the trolley lady that he would be taking the lot. Ron's blue eyes are wide and filled with awe, and Harry could almost see the coins reflected in them. By the time the trolley lady collected the coins and dispensed their sweets, Harry was able to calm himself.

Ever since he entered into this new world full of magic, people had been staring at him with the same look Ron had towards his money. It was unsettling at first, but with Ron the look felt entirely different. Harry couldn't even help but smile at Ron's excitement over seeing his scar. After seeing the dry sandwiches that Ron had pulled out to eat, Harry instinctively wanted to give the other boy the pumpkin pastries he had gotten.

He simply liked the smile on Ron's face—the smile that Harry incited. It wasn't the smile that Dudley and his gang used on him when they beat him up or got him into trouble. It wasn't that smile teachers used on him when he tried to tattle on Dudley or make an excuse as to why his homework had been ripped to pieces or tossed into a puddle. No, this smile was magical. It even caused Harry to smile back.

For the first time in years, Harry was able to smile and make someone smile. It was the best feeling in the world.

Taking a package from the pile of sweets, Harry asked Ron what it was before he even read the title: Chocolate Frogs. There was no sarcastic remark or insulting reply from Ron, who told him that the Chocolate Frogs weren't real frogs. In fact, another enthusiastic smile adorned Ron's face as he asked Harry to see what card was inside the package. Harry tore open the package, hoping that he would have the card that Ron wanted, but was slightly disappointed to see that the card contained Dumbledore instead. He quickly handed Ron another Chocolate Frog and hoped that the card in there would be the right one.

Ron never ended up getting the card that he was looking for, but strangely this didn't deter him from continuing to smile at Harry. They laughed and joked and smiled together as they tasted almost every bean of the Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.

A sudden exhale escaped Harry, as though a breath that he had been holding in for a while was finally released. The air just seemed so much lighter and easier to breathe. Everything seemed so much lighter too. Every time Ron smiled, the strange, new world seemed even better.

Without much more speculation, Harry decided that this was what it felt like to have a friend smile at you.

Author's Note: This is my second fanfiction dedicated to the friendship between Harry and Ron. I don't have the book present, so any discrepancies are due to that, but I just wanted to write a little snippet with Harry and Ron. Nothing serious. Thanks for reading!