Awkward

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Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:30 pm

They were stuck. In a lift. Draco Malfoy was stuck in a lift with Neville fucking Longbottom. Now, if that wasn't awkward, then he didn't know what was. After all, what do you say to the kid whose parents were tortured to insanity by your aunt? The kid who you might have bullied in school, and who, while he'd definitely looked like an idiot early on, very much grew into his looks? The kid whose ancestors must have despised themselves because how else would a family wind up with the surname like 'Longbottom'?

Apparently, for Draco, it was nothing. Instead, he stood near the edge of the elevator and tried not to draw too much attention to himself. Despite of course being the only other person in the elevator.

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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:49 pm

Really? There were bombs going off and he was needed and now he was stuck in a stalled lift with Malfoy? Neville had, well ... a lot of feelings when it came to Draco Malfoy. There had, of course, been the years of fear and loathing, but then Harry had told him all about the Room of Requirement and Malfoy's mum and there was the whole cowardly flight thing and ... as it turned out, Neville kinda felt sorry for Malfoy. But he still didn't like him. But then he felt like he should be the bigger person and figure out a way to like him. But then ...

Gah! It was too complicated, and it wasn't something he really had time to worry about while there were bombs going off and he was needed!

"These lifts!" Neville exclaimed, uncharacteristic annoyance in his voice as he stepped forward and stabbed frantically at the "CALL" button. Of course there wasn't anyone there to talk to. They were probably all running away from the bombs. "Maybe we can pry the doors open?" he suggested, choosing for the moment to ignore the fact that his lift partner was Malfoy. Staring at his wand, Neville ran through all the spells he knew and tried not to focus on that inappropriate little flush of pleasure that came from realizing that he was taller than his old bully ...
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:35 pm

"Don't know if we'd be able to without vastly damaging the doors, and even then, it seems like we're in between floors, so that might not help," Draco responded evenly, "Although if you happened to learn some charm in your Auror training that might help, feel free to use it."

Civil. He could be civil with Neville; polite even. He owed the kid - er, man - that much.
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:34 pm

"Hmmm. Many of the Auror spells tend to make things blow up ... um ... huh." What was Malfoy again? He was an Obliviator, right? Without even thinking about it, Neville just kept talking. It had to be nerves or something. He felt so very awkward and so he just let the words spill out of his mouth. "What about you ... can't you make it ... forget it broke down? Or something?"

Oh. Oh, that was a very stupid joke. What the heck, Neville? Whyyyyyy? You're a big, strong, awesome Auror now! You're not a pathetic kid trying to make other people like you!

Maybe he can make you forget you just said that.


Hoping that Malfoy wasn't about to lay into him for the utter stupidity of his comment, Neville leaned forward to inspect the crack where the doors met. Maybe he could wedge his fingertips in there and lever the doors open with his Law Enforcement strength? Thereby showing his bully how very awesome he was now?
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:19 pm

"I'm afraid all that would do would be to strand us in a lift that didn't know it broke down and as such, didn't know it would need repairs," He responded dryly, before pausing and adding, in case it wasn't clear, "I'm teasing of course, you can't obliviate objects."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:10 pm

Phew. Bullet dodged. Apparently Malfoy had also done some growing up over the years. Back in the day, he would have loved that opportunity to make fun of Neville's stupid joke. Now, though, he just kinda ... played along. That was ... nice?

Man. The cognitive dissonance was killing him.

"Ah. Didn't think of it that way. I was hoping you could make it consider itself functional." The crack was too small for his fingers, of course, and Neville turned to give Malfoy something of a half-smile. He almost wanted to say something about the teasing, even go ahead and tease back, but that seemed a little too ... friendly. Who knew what kind of interpersonal explosion it could trigger? Better just to keep this calm and only moderately awkward.

"So, um ... can't call anybody ... can't get the doors open without risk of death ... guess we just wait and hope no bombs go off nearby?" There had to be a spell that could help! There had to be! Why didn't Aurors get training in electrical maintenance? Man, Hermione would know what to do. Too bad she wasn't here with them.
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:01 pm

"Mmm. Sounds about correct. Regardless, we'd need someone on the outside of the lift to help move it before we could do anything," Draco replied.
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:07 pm

"True, true," Neville replied, looking down at his wand once again. "I suppose we could send a patronus message? But, then, people are dealing with far bigger problems than our being trapped in a lift." Oh, there he went, getting himself caught in the loop of self-doubt. Come up with an idea, then decide it was silly, then come up with another, decide it was silly ... and onward into perpetuity. It was so very Neville of him.
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:47 pm

"We send a message anyway. If they need to deal with something first, I'm sure they will. It'll just put us on their list of people who need rescuing," Draco reasoned, moving to lean against the wall, "Either way, I suppose we'll be here a while."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:46 pm

Well ... thank goodness he'd finally figured out how to produce a corporeal patronus. Granted, it was a hedgehog and therefore rather small and unassuming, but it was corporeal! Neville went for it, producing his patronus and sending it off with a message. And then ...

Awkward silence. He leaned back against the wall, shoved his hands in his pockets, and offered something that might vaguely have been smile-esque. "So ... um ... how've you been?"
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Wed May 04, 2016 10:29 am

"Alright," He responded flatly, "And you?"
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:29 pm

Wow. Malfoy might have stopped being a teen bully, but he was still very ... Malfoy-ish. And Neville, of course, was still the type who wanted to smooth things over and have everybody get along, if at all possible. But Malfoy wasn't really giving him much to work with.

"Um ... good! Uh ... Auror stuff. You know. Bad guys. Um ... "

Well, that was awkward, given Malfoy's dad ...

"How's ... your mum?"
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:41 pm

"My mother is doing well," He replied, arching an eyebrow at the other, "I didn't realize you were concerned about her well-being."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:11 pm

Neville's entire face and neck flushed. Man, he was really stepping in it! All he was trying to do was make conversation, and it was a miserable failure, and he was starting to feel like that same chubby, awkward kid he had been on the day Malfoy stole his Remembrall. This was so silly.

He shrugged. "Not ... particularly." Oh, and then that sounded hateful, so he scrambled to fix it. "I mean ... I just ... this is really ... awkward. I ... should stop talking."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:18 pm

"No need to worry so much Longbottom," He replied, amusement clear in his tone, "It's rather polite of you to extend the olive branch, especially given our experiences back at Hogwarts."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:39 pm

At first, Neville bristled at the sensation of being mocked, but then he shrugged and looked down at his hands. "Well, seems like we're ... adults now. Kind of. Almost. And, at the moment, stuck with each other. When we really should be out saving people! Agh!" He made a frustrated noise. "This bites. We're so useless!"
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:26 pm

"I have a feeling we wouldn't be able to do much." Draco observed, "If we're stuck, and the Ministry is being attacked, us being here might be for the better - less people to extract from the rubble. I have a feeling we wouldn't be able to get around much out there either."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:17 pm

Whoa ... being around Malfoy was apparently not healthy for Neville, because he found himself having a very bitter thought: Maybe you couldn't do much. But I'm an Auror. I could be saving people. Neville silently scolded himself for having such a thought. It was completely inappropriate, and not the kind of thought nice people were supposed to have.

"It seems ridiculous that they could have taken us by surprise this way."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Draco Malfoy [Pytech] » Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:51 pm

"I wouldn't find it so surprising," He shrugged. "The Ministry's still a mess. Given the trial, I am surprised we weren't better prepared though."
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Re: Awkward

Postby Neville Longbottom [Liz] » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:57 pm

"One hit after another," Neville murmured in agreement before shaking his head. "It just seems strange, when individual departments do so much to prepare and then the overall structure comes tumbling down." He certainly didn't envy the people who had to try to hold the Ministry together from a broader perspective than a single department.
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