Playing With Fire

Chapter 12

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Tilly rolled over, peeking out of one eye at Charlie who was smiling. She closed her eyes. "What time is it?"

"Nearly eleven," Charlie responded.

"Really?" Tilly sat up, quickly and felt disoriented. She placed her hand on her head. "I slept that long? I never sleep that long."

"You were so exhausted yesterday after the second task I let you crash," Charlie said with a shrug. "I didn't want to wake you."

"Well thank you." Tilly slid out from under the covers, her bare feet brushing against the carpet. She stared at the wall. "I'm trying to figure out what I need to do today to get things ready for the third task," she explained to Charlie who was watching her curiously.

He grinned, wrapping his arms around her and she squeaked as he pulled her back onto the bed. "Why don't we just stay here for another couple of hours?" he murmured into her hair.

"I can't," Tilly said laughing. "I really do have work to do. The maze is going to be the toughest challenge and Ludo is counting on me to start construction. Oh, wait until you see the traps I've come up with. The Champions don't know what's coming for them. Wait until –"

Charlie groaned, placing his hand over her mouth. "Stop talking about work for ten minutes."

Tilly rolled her eyes. "It's what I do, Charlie. I work."

"Your always working," Charlie whined, pulling her closer. "Just one day. . . . One day off won't hurt will it?"

She rolled her eyes again. "At least can I go brush my teeth first?"

Charlie shrugged and she slipped from his arms making her way to the bathroom and closing the door behind her. She brushed her teeth quickly before fluffing her hair and throwing water over her face. Looking in the mirror she thought she looked more refreshed than she had felt in ages . . . well, since working with Ludo. A day in bed might do her some do.

She opened the door and was immediately gripped up, flung over a shoulder. "Charlie Weasley put me down!"

"Just making sure you don't back out on the deal," he said, flinging her off his shoulder. She grabbed his shirt, pulling him down on top of him.

"I never agreed to anything," Tilly replied giggling as he tickled her sides.

"My mistake then."

Suddenly, Tilly realized the severity of the situation . . . Charlie laying on top of her. He must have realized the same thing at the same time because he slid his arms under her body, lifting her up slightly. The playfulness of it all evaporated though Charlie smiled a little. "So. . . ."

"So. . . ." Tilly repeated.

Charlie kissed her, passionately and Tilly tried not to think. She had never had sex, never crossed her mind to do so. She thought Charlie might have, back in their six year before they had kissed under the mistletoe and possibly more in Romania . . . she had never asked and certainly didn't want to know.

But she had now, with him, a guy she was pretty sure she loved . . . and this was certainly not a bad place to be, wrapped in his arms.

His lips left her mouth, moving to her chin and to her neck, making her shiver. His hand slid from under her and down her side, moving to her thigh and –

Tilly sat up, pushing Charlie back. He looked at her, confused, "Everything okay?"

She nodded, wrapping her arms around herself. "Yea, I, um, just –"

Charlie put a finger under her chin, lifting up her face so that he could see her eyes. "Tils . . . it's me, Charlie – same guy you've known for eleven years now."

Tilly laughed. "I'm not sure if that makes me feel better or worse."

Smiling, Charlie leaned forward and kissed her again before he moved to sit beside her, wrapping his arm around her waist. "We can just lay here, that's cool with me."

"You sure?" she asked as they lay back into bed.

"What am I going to say, no? Tils it's fine, love. I'm not going to push you to do anything your not absolutely comfortable with. Besides I've been waiting this long. I can wait longer."

Tilly smiled up at him, snuggling closer into his side.

This was definitely not a bad place to be.

A/N: Just wanted to give you an update :D hope you liked it! I'm sorry it's kinda sort but I'll see you next time!

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