Title: Hot for Harry
Pairing: George Weasley/Harry Potter
Word Count: 2,000
Notes: missing moment. This one's more George-centric than my others so far. Written for the fanfic100 challenge, Dedicated to my wonderful beta, anyothergirl415
Prompt: 047. Heart
Disclaimer: I own none of these characters, I’m strictly playing with someone else’s toys here.
Damn Fred. Damn Harry. But damn Fred especially. It wasn’t the first time one of his experiments had backfired on him, and it wouldn’t be the last, but it had been the one of the most humiliating things to ever happen to him. He was just glad that Harry hadn’t been around to see it.
It had been in seventh year and was the result of a WWW invention. Those damned cherubs in Madam Puddifoot’s had given Fred the original idea. Damn Fred. The plan had been simple. Pink heart shaped confetti for Valentine’s Day, but with a Weasley spin. The spin was the appearances of little hearts that would spell out the name of your girl – or boy – friend over your head. For example, ‘thinking of Joe’, or ‘I love Becky’.
Someone could throw the confetti at another and the confetti would do its thing for about thirty seconds and then fall all over the head of whomever had been subjected to the prank. In the event that there is no boy or girl the hearts would form the shape of one gigantic, pink, obnoxious heart and follow the person around for a while before falling all over them. Complex? Maybe. But George and Fred were up to the challenge.
It was George’s turn to be tested on. He was actually looking forward to it. No burns, boils, or blisters could possibly come from charmed confetti and because he wasn’t dating anyone he wouldn’t have anything to be afraid of except a big heart above his head. It had been slow going. The charms involved were a bit more complex than they had thought at first, and by the time Valentines Day rolled around they were just getting to the final testing.
Most of the older students had gone off to Hogsmead but Fred and George, along with Lee, had elected to stay at the castle. They wanted to test the confetti; hopefully it would be ready to toss at people when they started to come back from the village. "Ready for the first test?" George nodded and Fred waved his clipboard at Lee to have him throw the confetti at him. Lee grabbed a handful of gaudy pink hearts and lightly tossed them at George. He closed his eyes and waved his hand in front of his face, a few of the hearts were flying around his nose. He looked up at Fred and Lee, both were snickering.
George’s eyes lit up, "What? Did it work?" He looked up, expecting to see a giant heart fluttering above his head, and immediately turned so red his freckles were no longer visible.
"George! I’m surprised at you! He’s only fifteen," Fred snickered again, obviously fighting the urge to burst out laughing. Lee lost that battle and practically collapsed against Fred, howling with laughter.
George glared and waved his hands above his head, trying to get the pink hearts to leave him alone. They dodged his waving arm and reformed into words. "Bullocks!" He bellowed. The hearts continued to evade his grabbing hands, fluttering around and shifting back into a sentence. "Damn it Fred, how long is this going to last?" He asked, giving up on trying to wave the hearts away and letting them form the words ‘I'm hot for Harry’ above his head.
Fred shrugged, "I don’t… don’t know." He was laughing to hard to speak, "It should have… should have dissolved by now." He and Lee were holding onto each other, snickering. Fred looked down at his clipboard and cleared his throat. "It seems we made some of the charms, er… a little sensitive?"
George glared, "You think, mate?" He sighed and brushed a few of the now still hearts off of his shoulder. Looking up he saw that most of them were still suspended above his head. He picked one up, "Now how do we get the rest of them to stop?"
Fred consulted his clipboard, "You know… if we modify the levitation charm on those, it may decrease the time they spend in the air."
"That doesn’t really help me right now does it?" Fred and Lee smirked. "Can’t vanish them can we?"
Fred almost choked he was trying so hard not to laugh, "Well, we could but that would make the hearts multiply, and then you’d have ‘I'm hot for Harry’ written above your head more than once." Lee pulled out his wand.
George jumped at him, "You wanker! Don’t you dare!"
Lee yelped and ducked behind Fred, "I was just kidding!"
Fred held up his clipboard, "Okay, okay, let’s get this figured out…" He chuckled again, "Then we can make fun of him."
"Glad it’s bloody amusing for you! What’ll I do in the meantime?"
Lee shrugged, "Study them?"
George picked up a handful of the hearts and chucked them at Lee, who ducked, narrowly avoiding them. Fred groaned, the hearts had hit him and now flying – almost smugly – around his head was ‘I’m crazy about Angelina’. Fred rolled his eyes, "Fine, walk around for Merlin knows how long with that following you, I don’t care.”
He shrugged, "S’okay, everyone knows that’s true." He pointed above his head, "And if they didn’t I don’t care if they do. You one the other hand have a problem." He shook his head, uncharacteristically serious, "George, I don’t know if I can fix this before they get back from Hogsmead."
"Well, what are our options?"
"We could vanish them!" Lee added helpfully.
"That would make them burst one at a time, like fireworks, but doesn’t get rid of them, they just keep coming back."
"What if we just net them?"
"They keep moving. Can you catch them?"
After a few minutes of jumping around and grabbing at the little pink things they had to admit that, no, they couldn’t catch them.
"What now?" asked George.
"Just… wait, what else can we do? The charm will wear off eventually… we built that into the damnable little things."
Lee shrugged, "We can’t do anything else, if we do it’ll just make them stick around longer, or get more obnoxious."
"Fine," grumbled George, sounding very much like it was far from fine.
Fred grinned and held up a deck of cards, "Exploding snap, anyone?"
Almost two hours later the hearts were still there, fluttering around a bit less enthusiastically, but still there. George was getting quite annoyed, and was fast losing any sense of humor he may have had about the situation. "We have some serious revisions to do. Two hours of this is worse than an unforgivable." He sighed, "Its getting late, people are going to start coming back from Hogsmead. What’m I going to do? Hide until they go away?"
Fred shrugged, he still was highly amused by the situation. "Unless you want everyone to see that…" he pointed above George’s head. His own hearts were still there, but they didn’t seem to bother him. At that moment the portrait hole opened and George jumped up.
A pair of first years came through the hole, giggling, and stopped short at the sight of the twins with hundreds of hearts hovering above them.
The little blond one looked like she was going to faint. "Er…" she looked back and forth between them.
"What?" asked Lee
They shook their heads and ran up the stairs to the dormitories. Fred and Lee laughed and turned back to George, "See? Nothing to worry about."
"This time," George muttered. "I’m going upstairs. This is ridiculous… I can’t let anyone see me like this."
Lee shook his head, "A Weasley brought down to this level? This is a tragedy."
Fred put his arm around Lee’s shoulders and nodded. "Brother of mine, are you really going to let some little prank send you running to your room?"
"Bloody well right I am." He was heading for the stairs when the portrait hole opened once more. The hearts exploded all around him, peppering him – and the floor around him – in pink confetti. He turned around sharply. Harry, Ron, and Hermione came through the portrait hole talking and smiling. George noticed that Harry looked happier than he had in a long while.
Harry looked at him surprised, and chuckled, "What happened to you? Someone drag you into Puddifoots?" He grinned.
George shrugged and ruffled his own hair, scattering pink heart pieces everywhere. Fred laughed out loud, "Nope, experiment gone wrong." He pointed at the hearts above his own head.
Hermione huffed and headed up the stairs towards the girl’s dorm, "At least you aren’t feeding anything to the first years."
Ron laughed at his brother, "Angelina seen that yet?"
Fred shook his head and waggled his eyebrows, "But it should be fun when she does." Both Harry and Ron laughed as the hearts above Fred exploded leaving everything around him with a dusting of pink.
Harry raised his eyebrows at George, "So what did yours say?" Harry was almost speechless when George blushed. He’d never seen either of the twins blush before.
Fred threw a wad of parchment at his twin, "It was a giant heart. The charms aren’t working as well as we’d hoped. We’ll have to do some revising."
Harry dropped onto the couch, "Well, good luck with that." Ron snickered and plopped onto an armchair positioned behind the couch.
George collapsed into a chair next to Lee and Fred. Putting the bowl of confetti on the table between he and Harry. "Not a bloody word!" He whispered fiercely under his breath so Harry couldn’t hear. He wiped his face with his hands, "That was absolutely..."
"Brilliant!" Provided Fred, he and Lee laughing again.
"I’m surrounded by idiots," he groaned, but he had the beginnings of a grin.
"Hey!" Ron said, "What'd I do?"
Harry snickered and shrugged, "You were born?"
Fred and George both laughed at that.
Ron grinned, "Shut up, Harry."
Harry laughed and threw a pillow at Ron, "You shut up."
Ron caught the pillow one handed and tossed it back, thumping Harry in the head with it. "Ow!"
The twins laughed, "Practicing those Keeping skills, Ron?"
"Git." Ron couldn't help but smile, but he retaliated by chucking another throw pillow over Harry at Fred.
Still laughing Fred didn't see it in time to duck; and instead, tried to knock it away, the pillow hit him in the chest and went flying into the bowl of confetti. Pink hearts flew everywhere. Ron, by ducking behind the couch, was the only one lucky enough to not get hit with them. He peeked up over the edge of the couch and was hit with a mixture of emotions. On the one hand the situation was hilarious; on the other what was written above his brother's head was a bit embarrassing. He bit the inside of his cheek to keep from laughing when he saw Harry's hearts.
Fred couldn't help it, he roared with laughter at the sight of his twin's face. Utter humiliation mixed with a fair amount of anger. He looked up and saw that 'I'm crazy about Angelina' had reappeared above his head. Lee was draped across a chair, laughing so hard that he was crying, with a giant heart fluttering around his head. George had tried to block the flying confetti, but he had been hit, and now 'I'm hot for Harry' was cheekily flying around him for everyone to see.
When the bowl of confetti had overturned Harry had tried to jump out of the way, any Weasley experiment that needed revising wasn't one that he wanted any part of. Not that a final product was necessarily any better. He had covered his face with his hands, daring to peek out at the sound of laughter. "What?" He looked around and then finally looked up. At that moment Harry wanted nothing more than to disappear into the furniture and never come back. Above his head pink hearts spelled out, 'Forget Cho, I want George.'
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