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Friendly Rivalry 
25th-Feb-2010 07:08 am
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I’m playing in the Sorting Hat Drabbles again this week. The pairing is Dean/Luna, and there’s some lovely descriptive stuff! Vote here.

Which reminds me – I never posted this:

Title: Friendly Rivalry
Word count: ~300
Characters/pairings: Charlie/Tonks, Bill
Rating: G
Summary: A bit of Weasley fluff.
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: The boys belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.
Author’s Notes: This was written for sortinghatdrabs. The pairing was Bill/Tonks, and the prompt was brother’s keeper. I love reading about Bill, Charlie and Tonks – and permutations thereof – so it was fun.

Charlie’s never quite grown out of his competition with his brother, or out of the sense that he’s losing.

Most of the time, it’s friendly rivalry. They’re similar in a lot of ways: charmers with easy smiles, who did pretty well at school and escaped the suffocating embrace of the Weasley womb at the earliest opportunity. Only Bill is taller and cooler and went to Cairo, a bustling capital city, instead of a dragon colony in the back end of beyond. And he met (and dumped) a French half-Veela who was her school’s magical champion and asked for English lessons in low, seductive tones, where Charlie met surly, bald dragon tamers. And now the dickhead is standing next to Tonks.

Charlie and Bill are only two years apart, and Percy never wanted to come out with them. Charlie knows his moves; could draw a map, a manual for Bill Weasley’s Seduction Tips.

Bill’s smiling at her in a deliberate way that shows off his dimple. He’s leaning close to her as though fascinated by everything she’s saying. And Tonks is responding: her cheeks are flushing pink to match her hair and her voice is dipping low like a dance partner.

A different man might have dragged Tonks off and taken her roughly. But Charlie’s not so unreconstructed as that and besides, it wouldn’t help with this particular situation.

He walks across the living room, avoiding all the doddery relatives who want to speak to him at this Christmas party. “Hi there.”

“Charlie!” Tonks responds brightly, turning towards him instantly. Her eyes are bright, and he can’t tell if it’s from seeing him or talking to Bill or just too much of the Firewhiskey in her hands. Charlie loves that she drinks like a man.

Then she kisses him. Her mouth is hot from Firewhiskey, and the fire in his mouth makes something flare in his stomach. She pulls back, mouth smudged, and smiles close to his face.

Something eases in Charlie’s stomach. They’re similar, Bill and he. Tonks has a type.

And she’s chosen him already.

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25th-Feb-2010 07:14 am (UTC)
Aww, that's lovely. Tonks choosing him despite that bout of insecurity. ♥

I'm here to say 'hi' and to warn you that my LJ is mostly boring private blahblah, which is why I've added you with the writing journal, too - to give you a choice. (Well, you don't have to choose, really, you're very welcome in both journals! :)
25th-Feb-2010 08:25 am (UTC)
:) I wanted to avoid the obvious place to go with the prompt, especially since jealous-partner-fucks-the-other-roughly!sex is such a (delicious) fandom cliche.

Thanks for letting me know!
25th-Feb-2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Lovely, there really should be more Charlie/Tonks :-). Although actually the competition with Bill makes me think that Tonks/'all the Weasley siblings in turn' would be fun. Hmmmmn, I might have to try writing that...
25th-Feb-2010 08:17 am (UTC)
:D There absolutely should!

the competition with Bill makes me think that Tonks/'all the Weasley siblings in turn' would be fun. Hmmmmn, I might have to try writing that...

YOU ARE SO PSYCHIC, OMG. I totally wanted to do that when I saw the prompt except, you know, 350 word limit. You should write it, and it should be a three-bears thing where Ginny is the hottest of them all. :)
25th-Feb-2010 08:38 am (UTC)
I think I read a Harry/all the Weasleys in turn story & that was pretty awesome, but it would be sooo much better with Tonks. Impossible in 350 words, I think, but I wonder if one could do seven sequential drabbles? *plots*
25th-Feb-2010 08:49 am (UTC) - Rebels?
How do you feel about present tense? Also, if you're in the mood, feel free to do Charlie/whoever. ETA: meaning Tonks/Charlie, or a different Weasley.

'Tonks’ mum would approve of Bill, which is vaguely irritating. Tonks has never been a bad girl: band T-shirts and insolent eyebrows and unnatural hair do not a rebel make. Still, it’s disappointing that, having got involved with a subversive anti-Ministry group, she’s shagging the reliable oldest Weasley. For God’s sake, he works for a bank.

But he has long hair, and he likes it when she wraps it round a small fist and tugs hard. His mouth is wet and sends prickles of lust shivering across her skin. His cock forces her open deliciously.

Not bad for a first-timer.'

Edited at 2010-02-25 08:50 am (UTC)
25th-Feb-2010 09:23 pm (UTC) - Re: Rebels?
Oh my god, I love this! You should totally continue - given Tonks' thoughts on Bill I can't wait for it to get to Percy & the twins! :-D
26th-Feb-2010 09:03 am (UTC) - Re: Rebels?
:DDDD Thanks! Tonks' POV is turning out fun to write.

AND YAY BALLOONS! I love balloons. Also, best reason for a present ever. *hugs you*
25th-Feb-2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
I want to quote this entire thing back at you, I so do.... but this.....

And now the dickhead is standing next to Tonks. is perfection. Well, more perfection than the rest.

This captures sibling rivalry so very well in an understated way yet also gives us a proper taste of just how bitter that can feel.

And even though Tonks should keep her Metamorph mitts to herself and leave my Charlie alone, yeah, this was so good :)
26th-Feb-2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you! Sibling rivalry is so interesting to write about, even in a v shortened form like this.
25th-Feb-2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
There needs to be more Charlie in HP fandom. :o
26th-Feb-2010 09:01 am (UTC)
I entirely agree. Check out flames_and_tats for all your Charlie needs. :)
26th-Feb-2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Aw, that's lovely!
26th-Feb-2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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