Summary: It started out as a silly game of revenge, Ginny had left Harry to go out with Draco. Ron and Harry devised a plan to steal Ginny away from the ferret. It was all fun and games, until Harry lost his heart. Hermione of course, wasn't surprised at all.
Warning(s): Might be some OOC-ness due to request for nice!Draco / Other: There's Ginny-bashing, bottom!Harry, nothing explicit.
Author's Notes: This is one of my first times participating in any fests, so I hope that the prompter/requester likes my writing style and is happy with the story. I
Disclaimer: I do not own the characters, everything belongs to J.K. Rowling and Co. This was written for fun and not for profit!
Written for: DracoTopsHarry Fest 2013.
A week after Ron's 25th birthday, Ginny and Harry had yet another fight.
Harry had gotten into a habit of disregarding their fights, because he had gotten used to always being blamed for doing something wrong. He knew the routine, buy her a thoughtful or expensive present, make the innocent eyes, and she'll smile and forgive you. He had loved Ginny's fire, and now he felt as though that fire had dissolved and he had been waiting around for a long time now, hoping it would return soon. Their latest break up Harry thought was just like any other break up. He was wrong.
"Ginny wait, I don't understand." Harry yelled after his girlfriend, well former girlfriend now, who just broke up with him and left his shop.
"Harry, what is all the ruckus about?" Harry heard Hermione approach from the back office. "You're scaring the customers."
Harry turned to speak to his best friend and business partner. "Ginny just broke up with me."
"So? It's not like this is the first time it's happened," Hermione responded with a hint of annoyance in her voice. "That's hardly a reason for you to shout on top of your lungs like that."
"This time it's for real. She said she's interested in someone new and they are going on a dinner date tonight."
"What? Really? I didn't hear anything about that. Who is it?"
"She said it's her co-worker at St. Mungo's, Draco Malfoy."
Harry and Hermione were now co-owners of Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley. During the second wizarding war, the Death Eaters and the pure-blood lineage fanatics had attacked many shops in the Wizarding World if they supported or contained anything that displayed a positive attitude towards Muggles or Muggleborns. The establishment had suffered a lot of damage during the war and it was indicative that they were going to go out of business with little to no hope of recuperating. After the war Harry and Hermione thought of going in business together instead of working for the Ministry. Hermione suggested that they try to rebuild the Wizarding community and thus the idea of taking over one of the main sources of education at Hogwarts came about.
"She can't be serious," Hermione stated.
"She claims that she is, and I intend to find out more about this."
"I am going to march in there and demand to speak with him!"
Ron had stopped by the shop during his lunch break and witnessed the entire thing. He had overheard Ginny and Harry's conversation and was now standing next to Hermione listening to Harry fuming about his break-up.
"I don't think that's a good idea mate," he interjected.
"You heard her; she doesn't want anything to do with you. You can't just march in to St. Mungo's and demand to speak with Malfoy. He snuck around behind your back and stole your girlfriend, and he's supposedly a highly respected healer now. They won't let you threaten him."
"But she can't really be dating Malfoy," Hermione repeated. "I think she's just trying to make you jealous."
"I don't know, Hermione; she had her serious face on," Harry answered.
"I think you should go see him, but not as a mad ex-boyfriend. Maybe you could use his services," Ron spoke again.
"What services?" Harry raised an eyebrow.
"As a healer. He's head of the Potions and Plant Poisoning department and he's published several articles on the matter. Why don't you 'accidentally' eat a mysterious plant that gives you a 'mysterious' rash and then he'll be forced to see you and you can try to talk with him. I can go with you if you'd like."
"Honestly, this is the worst idea ever," Hermione answered. "You can't possibly be considering this, Harry."
"How do I find some mysterious plant, anyway? Where do I even look for one to make sure it won't just kill me?" Harry asked ignoring Hermione.
"I don't know, why don't you look around you." Ron answered pointing at the rows of books they were surrounded with, "I wonder if there's a place where you can read about this kind of stuff." He laughed at his own sarcastic comment.
"I am not supporting this idea, at all," Hermione huffed and stormed back to her private office.
"You don't have to support it, just help us!" Ron yelled as Hermione closed her office door. He turned back to Harry. "I'll help you later tonight, now I've got to get back to work."
Ron left Harry in an almost empty bookshop, plotting a scheme of retaliation to win Ginny back.
After a few days of research in the bookshop, in the sections of Mysterious Plants and Mysterious Magical Catastrophes, both Ron and Harry had almost given up.
"You know this would be a lot faster if Hermione was helping us," Ron commented.
"She's your girlfriend; if you can't make her help us then we have no hope," Harry answered.
They had almost lost all hope until a book titled Fun Magical Plants for Children, fell on Ron's head from the top shelf and opened to page number 103, The title of the chapter was: Magical Pranks gone wrong, and how to avoid them. The chapter deeply entailed intricate details on household plants and how mixed with a certain potion can develop non-threatening rashes on one's body for a few hours. It also contained several pages of pictures, indicating if the recipe and/or the instructions were not properly followed, what sort of disasters can one expect.
"This is perfect!" Ron exclaimed.
"Alright, it's time to close up the shop boys. Let's go home," Hermione called out from a few aisles over.
"Where did you come from?" Ron shouted.
"I don't know. I must have fallen from the sky," Hermione winked as she spoke.
"You didn't!" Ron shouted again.
"I have no intention of staying here all night and watching you boys fail, over and over again."
"Thanks, Hermione!" Harry grinned. They were all in their mid-twenties now but the routine had always been the same. Even though Hermione didn't agree with their tactics, she did help them eventually, in the end.
"Just be careful, and don't be surprised when this all blows up in your face and Ginny's left you for good," Hermione replied. She raised her wand and shelved the books Ron and Harry had spread all over the aisle and spoke again, "Now if you wouldn't mind, I've had a long day. I had to retrain half the staff for the third time today, and now there's a goblet of wine with my name on it waiting for me at the pub."
(A/N): Chapter Two coming soon! Comments are love!