Colin: For the second time Colin was on his way to Seamus' room at St Mungo's. He walked slowly along the hallway. He made himself a mental note to go and find Ron. He hadn't seen the boy for a long time.
Ron: Ron was out wandering slowly through the halls. The doctor had sent him away so he could go over a few things and check over Draco's health in private. He hadn't exactly had an option on the issue, and besides, he had needed to get something to eat. He was slouched over slightly as he walked, looking much like a guy in distress.
Colin: Colin spotted a bunch of red hair and smiled when he recognized who it belonged to. "Hey Ron!", he grinned,"I was already hoping to see you later on."
Ron: Ron heard the familiar voice, and smiled softly, eyes diverting from the floor up to the face that matched the voice. "Hey Colin."
Colin: Another smile appeared on his face. "How are you doing?"
Ron: "I'm doing alright, how about you?" He smiled even more as he looked over his friend. It was nice to see a friendly face.
Colin: Colin shrugged a little. "Not bad. Still not sure if I made the right decision in coming back, but.. I'm doing fine. And a little worried, of course... But there isn't much we can do." He shrugged again, but smiled at the same time.
Ron: "Yeah. But at least you got to go for a little bit, right? It looked to be quite the incredible place from what I saw of it in your journal."
Colin: He nodded. "It was quite a lovely place. Maybe I'll go back later." Colin coughed a little "Ahem... how is Malfoy doing, anyway?"
Ron: "The doctor is checking up on him now.. I'll find out when I get back, I hope. He should be getting out of here soon.." He smiled weakly, blushing just slightly. "I know you don't agree with he and I, but I'm glad what happened between he and I did when it did, or he might be dead now.."
Colin: Colin grinned: "Hey, it's your choice, not mine... If you're happy with him, who am I to contradict... It was just a little... How shall I say..." He thought for a moment about it before he spoke again. "A little unbelievable, ... but I'm over it now." He smiled brightly.
Ron: Ron's smile only grew. "I'm glad. Thanks, Colin. So I take it you and Seamus are..?" He let the question be open ended, he was under the impression that they were a pair now as well. Certainly not as odd as his choice in boyfriends, but they would be a cute couple if nothing else.
Colin: "We are...?" He replied with the same open ending. Teasing a little, but in fact. He himself wasn't sure about that."What?..." he ended with a grin, "Both at st Mungo's?"
Ron: "That's obvious" He chuckled to himself, and blushed. Perhaps he shouldn't have asked. "I ment.. you know.. together.. "
Colin: "Aaah... !" Colin smirked, "That way." He shrugged again, lightly. "We'll just have to wait and see if he wakes up,... But.. How did you and Malfoy get together in the first place?"
Ron: "Ah. Well, hopefully you two do. You seem like you guys would be happy together." He continued to smile, blushing brighter when he was asked about his current relationship. "Get together? Or get to the point that we could? Getting together was simple.. he found me at work, we went out and decided to get together."
Colin: Colin smirked at Ron's first comment. "We do? Djzee, always thought we would be a good-looking couple." He raised an eyebrow at the next one. "Malfoy walked in.. and the two of you just -got together-?" He frowned. "Sorry Ron, but... The two of you never were the best of friends... Or am I wrong here?"
Ron: "You would look like a very good looking couple! Far better than Draco and I. We just look.. strange. Not that I care, but still." He winked. It was true, a petite blonde with a very tall redhead was a strange looking combination. "That was how we got together in the end, like I said, not how we got to the point that we could. That part is.. a long story."
Colin: Colin grinned. They were a strange couple indeed. Not because of their difference in looks, but because they were so different in general. Not to mention they never had been friends before. Not even a little. "Care to tell me, while we get ourselves something to drink?"
Ron: "I can try.. I'm not sure I can say it so it makes sense though." He shrugged in a helpless manner. How could he put it to words that would make sense to someone who wasn't there?
Colin: "It's just... you... Malfoy. You've got to admit, it's a pretty unussual combination." He started to walk to the hospital's cafetaria. "And to be honest. Yes, it was a shock when I found out. Couldn't believe it. Now I rather think it's amusing." He smirked at the thought of the two them in a hug.
Ron: "Yeah, I know its unusual. It was rather shocking to me too.. to find out that he liked me. I actually laughed at him the first time he said it." His face took on a lopsided grin at that thought. He still felt bad about it, but that had been a bizare moment. "And whats amusing about it?
Colin: "Nothing Ron!" Colin laughed, "It's just... you're Gryffindor. He's Slytherin... I bet it's the first time
Ron: "I doubt it. Opposites attract, right?" A twinkle came to Ron's eye while he spoke about Draco, he truely was smitten over the blonde.
Colin: Colin noticed that twinkle and grinned. "You really like him, don't you?", he asked as he sat down at a table. "Can I offer you something to drink?"
Ron: "Yeah, I do. He's.. not like you would expect him to be. Well, maybe he is. I don't know.. either way. I'm lucky to have him. Though no, thanks. I actually just came from down here, feel free though." He sat down at the table across from Colin and propped his elbows upon the edge.
Colin: Colin ordered two large butterbeers. The train trip towards the hospital had made him real thirsty. "Well it's good to see you that way. And it's good you have found someone, even if it's Malfoy."
Ron: Ron's eyebrow rose at Colin's ordering two drinks, thinking maybe he hadn't heard him, but laughed when he noticed that Colin was intending to drink both. "Thanks. I appreciate it."
Colin: Colin saw Ron looking at his drinks, he laughed out loud. "Sorry, but I've spent the last 2 hours sitting in a hot Muggle train... " and emptied one of the glasses at that. "Never take a train when it's summer, but it's the only way for me to get here."
Ron: "Ahh. Alright, that makes more sense then." He grinned. Yes, it deffinately was doing him good to be spending some time with someone who wasn't related to him, or bedridden. Not that he had a problem with Draco's company.
Colin: "Your father would love it, I'm sure of that. But I don't. Oh, well, next year hopefully I'll be able to apparate."
Ron: "My father loves anything muggle, so thats not saying much. He has far too many loves, I'm suprised mum doesn't get jealous." He teased easily. "Being able to Apparate is certainly nice.."
Colin: "I bet!", he laughed. "Ahem... I don't really want to bring up the subject and I totally understand if you don't want to answer, but... what do your parents think of this?"
Ron: "Parents.. ugh. I'm really not sure. I'm pretty sure my mum has figured it out by now. She was there when I found him, saw me pacing around the waiting room when waiting.. the fact that I refuse to leave. She's figured it out. But they're giving me my space until he gets better right now. I promised my mum I'd talk about it to her sometime, not looking forward to it."
Colin: Colin frowned, he knew that Mr Weasley despised Mr Malfoy. "Well, if the two of you are ment to be with eachother... you'll stay together, no matter what will happen." He grinned. "And I promise to be a good boy and be nice to him."
Ron: "We'll do our best. There's already enough getting in the way of things. My parents might not like it, but he's never tried to hurt me or anything. Mum said he can come stay with us for the rest of the summer, so things should work out. Thanks for being nice to him though, I really do appreciate it." He smiled. He noticed that Colin had dropped the getting together subkect, but he didn';t mind.
Colin: "Well, you see! That's a start." He grinned at him and then got serious. "But nobody deserves what happend to Malfoy. I mean that. I don't like him, I can tell you, ... It's closer to 'hate', sorry to say it,... but still..." He looked a little worried at Ron.
Ron: Ron's content expression saddened his slightly. His arms that had been propped up on the table came down to nearly hug himself. "Yeah, I know. I expect to get that a lot. But no one deserves that, no one can say that he did.."
Colin: "Hey, I'm sorry I've upset you!" He gently squeezed Ron's arm and hated himself for having said that. "But I don't want to lie."
Ron: "I know, you haven't upset me, its okay. Like I said, I expect to get that a lot. It.. it's hard to really get into. I mean, I had a crush on him for a long time. It sounds stupid, considering how everything always was, but I did.. apparently he had the same problem."
Colin: A slow surprised smile appeared on his face. "You did?" His eyes wided. "I didn't know that... that's..." He paused for a moment, trying to find the right words, but couldn't.
Ron: "Strange, I know. It doesn't make any sense, but I couldn't help it. There was just something about him.." He was a familiar shade of bright red at the admission
Colin: "Something about him?" With the best will in the world, Colin couldn't see what Ron could have seen in Malfoy. He grinned nevertheless, watching Ron's expression.
Ron: "I really don't know. I can't explain it. I just.. I really care about him Colin. I know its strange, that it makes no sense, but I do. When he approached me on the street.. and just started talking to me. Well, I couldn't help but think about the fact that I had had a crush on him for so long, but had kept it from myself. When he kissed me.. everything bad just seemed to become less important, ya know?"
Colin: Colin nodded, he could understand. Not understand that it had to be with -Makfoy-! But he could understand the feeling. "It's okay Ron, as long as you're happy, I'm sure they'll accept it after a while."
Ron: "I hope so. It'll be probably more troublesome when we get to school again, but we'll see. Hopefully it makes seventh year more bearable than last year." He smiled weakly. "And I guess that sorta answers your earlier question, huh?"
Colin: He grinned at that. "Yep it did. Just didn't want to bring the subject up again after we so nicely got around it."
Ron: "Thanks." He smiled all the more, eyes coming away from the table to look at Colin again.
Colin: "You're welcome." He emptied his second glass. "But you didn't tell me what's wrong with him yet..."
Ron: "You didn't ask.." Again, away went the happiness in his expression as Draco's state when he had found him flashed in his memory
Colin: "I didn't?" Colin tried to remember, and shrugged. "Well then... How is Malfoy?"
Ron: "Having memory problems Colin? You already asked me that one. The doctor is with him now.. I'm not sure yet. Hopefully the blindness doesn't stay.."
Colin: "It seems I am", he smirked a little. "But what do you say? He's blind? Djeeez..."
Ron: "Uh.. yeah.. he's blind.. they hope to be able to fix it, or at least give hims something so he can see.. we're hoping." He sighed softly.
Colin: "Wait... he's blind?" Colin looked surprised at Ron, "Dzjeee, I didn't know. That's, .. that's bad, I'm sorry Ron."
Ron: "Its okay.. we're hoping something can be done.. he's still managing and everything."
Colin: Colin nodded. He didn't like Malfoy, he didn't like the boy at all. But he was Ron's boyfriend and Ron was a friend of him... and besides that, nobody deserved to be treated like that. Even Malfoy!
Ron: "He should be coming home with me soon, which hopefully will help.."
Colin: "That's good to hear. I mean, home is probably much better than hanging around at this place. Somehow hospitals always make me a little sad," He looked around "Even wizard hospitals."
Ron: "I'm not fond of Hospitals.. but I've been living in one for a couple weeks now, its not so bad anymore."
Colin: "I bet you got used to the place... Maybe you'll even miss it!"
Ron: "I doubt it. I'd rather not have healers go back and forth constantly when I'm trying to sleep."
Colin: "Hmmm, makes sence. I assume you sleep at Malfoy's room"
Ron: "Yeah, they let me stay in the spare bed. Well.. not that I've slept on it. I've slept most places but that bed.. but I don't mind." He smiled slightly.
Colin: "Sleeping everywhere?" He winked, "I'll not ask further."
Ron: He rolled his eyes. "When he wakes up.. he can't see anything. Being halfway across the room and having him try to find me isn't good.."
Colin: "Sorry," Colin got serious again, "I'm really sorry for you Ron. Maybe you should go and check on him?" He smiled friendly, "He needs you and you need him."
Ron: "Don't be, its okay. Besides, I'm glad to see you. Its nice to see someone that I know aside from my parents, or Snape.."
Colin: "Nobody else came by?" He frowned at that.
Ron: "Nope. Haven't seen anyone else, really.. Ah, saw Neville a couple times, too."
Colin: "I would have come sooner, but well..." He shrugged "I was away and it isn't that easy to get here either."
Ron: "Don't worry about it Colin. It's not like I've been alone. It's given he and I the chance to get closer anyway."
Colin: Colin just nodded.
Ron: "Either way, I'm still glad to get the chance to see you. It's.. odd.. being with a blind person, I mean."
Colin: "I can imagine. I've never even met a blind person. But I bet it's even weirder for him... How does he take it anyway?"
Ron: "It was a real shock in the begining, he's getting better about it though. It would be worse if he were in perfect shape and just suddenly went blind, I'm sure. But he's getting better at using his hearing, and his hands."
Colin: He smiled at the picture of 'using his hands', but didn't say anything about it. He wasn't here to upset Ron. "I hope they find something to cure him, I really do."
Ron: "So do I. School will be really rough if they don't.. and I'm not about to leave him alone."
Colin: "Well, if you need any help..."
Ron: "I.. don't think he would appreciate that. But thanks. Same to you and Seamus.. I hope he turns out to be in better shape than Draco." Though of course he would be, he hadn't been beaten and raped a number of times.
Colin: Colin stood up, "I think I'll go and see him. And you have to go and check on Malfoy, you've been sitting here for a long time. And well... "He shrugged lightly, "know the two of you got at least one friend at Hogwarts, okay?"
Ron: Ron nodded and stood. "Thanks Colin, that means a lot. We'll likely need it. Send him and his family my best wishes."
Colin: "I will, see you later and take care of eachother" Colin smiled and turned, heading towards Seamus' room.
Ron: "You too, thanks." He smiled and watched Colin go, then headed in the opposite direction out of the cafeteria.
Colin: The end!
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