The Little Things that Matter

Candy

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Title: The Little Things that Matter

Challenge: All Aboard the Love Boat

Paring: Luna Lovegood and George Weasley

Prompt: Blood Pops, Chocolate Frogs, Honeyduke's best chocolate, and Lemon Drops

Ten Months BD (Before Dating)

George placed a heavy box of Blood Pops on top of the counter, wiping sweat from his brow. The company who created the lollipops decided that not only did they want vampires to buy the treat, but they also wanted it to be the best new prank. And since Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes was now the best new prank store, they had negotiated with George to take him on.

Now sitting around various places in the shop sat dozens of boxes with Blood Pops disguised in Cherry Wrappers. George had already set aside a special self for them, named Special Surprise Lollipops. Anyone who thought they were getting a Cherry lollipop was definitely in for a special surprise.

A slight grin came to his face. Surprise Pops . . . that would make a good sell: give your younger sibling a lollipop, only to have them turn into . . . into what?

Sighing, George pulled opened the box, pulling lollipops from it and setting them on the counter as Luna came skipping into the shop. "Need help?" she asked.

"No I think I've got it," he responded, moving over to the Surprise Lollipops shelf.

"I've always loved cherry lollipops," he vaguely heard Luna say. "Mind if I try one?"

"No, go ahead," George said, not really paying attention. It wasn't until Luna gagged that he realized what he had just done.

He stood up straight, his eyes wide as Luna's as she pulled the lollipop from her mouth, a look of complete surprise on her face. She looked to George, but it wasn't just the surprise that he saw; she was hurt.

She thought he had pulled a prank on her.

Dropping the lollipop on the floor, Luna ran out of the shop her hand over her mouth. The lollipops in George's arms fell to the floor as he ran after her. "Luna! Luna, I'm sorry! I wasn't paying attention!"

As he reached the flat, the bathroom door slammed, not locking but George knew better than to go in when he heard Luna retching into the toilet.

He knocked softly. "Luna, are you alright?"

"That was a horrible prank, George Weasley," she said, sounding as if she were gasping for air.

"I didn't mean for it to be a prank, I swear," George said softly. "Not for you, anyway. It's a new shipment, I've just gotten. The company wants us to sell it . . . as a prank."

"It's still a horrible prank, no matter who it was meant for."

"Luna, I'm real sorry. Are you alright?"

He could hear her retching again before she said, "Just leave me alone, George."

George stepped back from the bathroom door, upset with himself but worried about the way Luna was acting. He didn't think he had ever heard her this upset before. Moving back down the steps to the shop, he tried to think of someway to make up for the incident, but nothing came to mind.

Angrily, he continued to stock the Blood Pops, wondering if he shouldn't cancel the contract. This was a horrible prank to play on someone . . . blood wasn't everyone's favorite flavor and it was sure to cause something like what was happening to Luna.

No one would be laughing after a prank like that.

What George needed, was something different, something other sort of candy, like the Surprise Pops he had been thinking about before.

Candy.

A smile came to George's face. Quickly, he through all the Blood Pops back into their boxes, grabbed his keys, and ran out the door.

When Luna stepped out of the bathroom a moment later, teeth brushed and face pale, it was to find George dumping a whole bunch of candy on her bed. He looked up at her as she stood in the doorway, still looking sick, and smiled. "Hey."

She stepped forward, eying the bed warily. He had bought her all kinds of good things like Honeyduke's best Chocolate, Chocolate Frogs, and Lemon Drops, hoping this would make things better. "What is this, more prank candy?" Luna asked.

"Nope," George said. "Just thought I'd make up for the lollipops with something better. Here, they won't bite. I promise."

Still cautious, Luna sat down on the bed taking the chocolate frog he was handing her. He sat down too as she unwrapped it taking a bite. Picking up his own frog, he said, "I am really sorry, you know. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings."

"It's not your fault," she said. "I've always been a bit grossed out when it comes to blood is all and it just . . . yeah, it's alright."

"I bet you'll be happy to know that I sent the back. Told the company they'll just have to think of something else if they want to sell it here."

Luna smiled slightly. "You didn't have to do that for me."

He shrugged. "It's alright. You were right about it not being a good prank. . . . We better get started if we're going to eat up all this candy. . . . Would you care for a lemon drop?"

Laughing, Luna reached forward taking a piece and popping it into her mouth. "You're really weird," she said.

"Thank you," George responded grinning.

It was weird, George found himself thinking as they ate candy, talked and laughed, how much fun he had with her. Or maybe he was weird, like she said he was. But he liked making her feel better, hearing her laugh. . . .

Was there anything weird about that?

A/N: Sorry but I've got class in four minutes. Hope you guys liked. Stay tuned.

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