Pairing: Mrs. Lovegood/Xenophilius Lovegood

Prompt: to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream

Xenophilius Lovegood watches at a distance as his daughter pays close attention to what her mother is doing. Luna smiles widely as her mother performs complicated wand movements, attempting to get the new spell to work. As much as Xenophilius doesn't like that his wife allows Luna to watch, he can't force himself to send Luna away because that beautiful smile will disappear. And all he wants is for Luna to smile.

But at night, as his wife sleeps, Xenophilius lies awake. He lies awake worrying about everything; because, at a moment's notice, everything can come shattering down. And it's times like this, these sleepless nights, that Xenophilius realizes how much he really needs his wife. He can't raise a child, his child, by himself.

He just can't make his wife quit making new spells. It's her passion; it's the one thing that she loves almost as much as she loves Luna and him. And, as much as he wants to, he can't take that happiness away from her. So he just lies awake, praying to Merlin that the next spell won't be the one to take her away from him, from Luna.

In the morning, she gives him a breathtaking smile and Xenophilius feels like everything is going to be alright, feels like she's not in constant danger. So he just buries himself in the Quibbler and pretends that Luna watching her mother in danger doesn't bother him, even though it does. Because Luna's smiles are just as beautiful as her mother's. And he would give anything to see them smile.

That's what draws him to the doorway of their living room, watching his wife concentrate and Luna smile in pride at her mother. In this moment, his family is happy and he can't ask for more.

"Lunchtime," he says after his wife puts down her wand to jot notes.

Luna immediately hops down from her chair in the corner and runs out of the room. He stands there for a few moments watching his wife work. When they had first gotten together, she had told him to accomplish great things, individuals needed to not only act, but dream. And watching her work now, he knows that she has dreamed and now she is acting. Never for a moment does he doubt that she won't accomplish great things.

He leaves her writing furiously on a piece of parchment and heads to give Luna her lunch. Because if he's learned anything over the years, it's that dreaming and acting takes up a lot of his wife's time. She will come eat when she's ready. And he really wouldn't have it any other way.

A/n – thanks to kci47 for beta-ing this!