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I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
16th-Jun-2010 12:49 pm
Converse: black
Title: Boudicca
Word count: ~500
Characters/pairings: Neville/Ginny
Rating: PG
Summary: Ginny reminds Neville of Boudicca, flame-haired warrior queen. She likes that.
Warnings: angst
Disclaimer: The boys and girls belong to JKR, even though I’m often much nicer to them than she is.
Author’s Notes: This was written for sortinghatdrabsintra-house free-for-all; the prompt was house common rooms/dormitories. I won, which is always a: surprising (especially this week, which I always say but REALLY) and awesome.

“You remind me of Boudicca, you know.”

Ginny turned from her practice dummy to give Neville a puzzled look. She was glad to do it: the Room of Requirement’s dummies were nicely challenging, but she liked fire curses and the smoke smelt horrible.


Neville nodded. “She was an Iceni queen – it was a Celtic tribe,” he added. “Gran made me study them. I think she liked their approach to things – lots of curses, and swearing vengeance on anyone who harmed the family.”

She wanted to stand between his wistful smile and the world, so nobody else could see that naked look on his face.

“Boudicca’s husband was a puppet ruler for the Romans. When he died they conquered the region properly. Boudicca was publically flogged but she didn’t give in. She led the Iceni in an uprising and burnt London to the ground.”

Ginny’s eyes widened. “Wow.”

“She had red hair like yours, too. And her name meant ‘victory’.”

“Sounds like my kind of woman.”

“Mine, too.” The brave attempt at suavity was ruined by a furious blush.

Ginny hid a smile, and turned back to the dummy. She sent another fire hex at it, grinning when the flames caught.

She’d love to watch Voldemort’s Ministry burn.


She kept the idea of being like Boudicca close to her, a reassuring weight in her mind like the feel of her wand against her thigh. Being brave, and determined, and savage in her desire for victory. She’d always been like that for Quidditch, and someone had to be now. Neville was brave but so soft-hearted; Luna was brilliant but lacked the killer instinct. Ginny had to be like Harry. Like Boudicca.

When Amycus used the Cruciatus on her for endless minutes she got up with ringing in her ears. Beyond that, though, she could hear Neville’s soft voice saying she didn’t give in.

She fought on, a lieutenant to her general and desperate not to stop fighting. It was so hard and almost absurd to lead a rebellion from inside a school, trapped in the routines of lessons and homework and meals in the Great Hall. But they couldn’t stop.

It was half-two on a Thursday night when she returned from drilling the fourth-year DA students. The Gryffindor common room was deserted, even the insomniacs in their dormitories.

Neville was sitting in front of the fire, eyes half-lidded. He glanced up as she crossed the room, and energy lit his tired face. “Ginny.”

“Hi. Listen, you need to talk to Ben Eagleton. His Disarming – ”

“I will,” he interrupted, “but let’s not talk about it now. In the Room of Requirement it’s all go, all war and suffering. I like being in the common room. It feels like nothing’s required.”

Ginny stared at him. Then she came and sat on the arm of his chair.

He stroked her hair, and they looked into the flames. When she kissed him, all she could hear was the quiet crackling of the fire.

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16th-Jun-2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
I voted for you! :D Well, at least I'm pretty sure I voted for you... it's been a while... :D

I liked that story about Boudicca, always like to learn something new, and how Ginny wants to protect Neville, that's so cute. :) She's so obviously the dominant one in this relationship, always something I liked about, I have to admit, the few fics about this pair I read.

You told so much in a few words, it's not a surprise for me you won. :D
17th-Jun-2010 04:44 am (UTC)
LMAO! Thank you :D

Thanks! Boudicca's more complicated than I said in the drabble but she's quite a big cultural figure (supposedly buried under platform ten at King's Cross station!) as the flame-haired warrior woman archetype.

LOL quite! I read them as quite egalitarian in a sense - quiet strength vs tough fighting - yet she's totes domme. (One of the reasons Harry/Ginny weirds me out, tbh, is I totally see them fighting in a totally unacknowledged way about who's in charge.)

D'aww, thanks again!
16th-Jun-2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I love the way you wrote Ginny's fiery spirit here, along with Neville's quieter strength. I've always thought their complementary natures balance perfectly, which is why I ship them so hard. That, and they really do treat the other as equals in canon. I enjoyed this a lot!
17th-Jun-2010 04:39 am (UTC)
:) Thank you, what a lovely comment!

I ship them too - not crazy about the way either of them were in DH but I still like to imagine them together then (and after). :)
16th-Jun-2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
This is great! I love Ginny's fiery strength, her spirit, her courage, and determination. And I love Neville's earthy solidity, insight, strength, and sweetness. They really go so well together. I loved Neville's bumbling at the beginning. And this: She wanted to stand between his wistful smile and the world, so nobody else could see that naked look on his face. is so sweet. I don't think that Hogwarts rebellion could have asked for a better, stronger general or a more fiercesome lieutenant. What a pair! :D
17th-Jun-2010 05:38 am (UTC)
:D Thank you! I do like them both :) And yep, you're quite right - them vs Voldemort and Bellatrix, the bad guys never stood a chance!
17th-Jun-2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this - Ginny's fire and strength, and Neville's appreciation and fondness for that is wonderful.
17th-Jun-2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! One of the reasons I like Neville/Ginny is I think his appreciation (and awareness) of her strength is much stronger than Harry's. Also, they're adorable.
17th-Jun-2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
*huggles Neville*
This is very in character for him. I loved it!
The brave attempt at suavity was ruined by a furious blush.
I can see Ginny being very focused on one thing (*coughHARRYcough*), very canon, especially because she has this voice in her head that tells her she has to be better and/or different to her brothers, so it's always nice to see her side of it. Sort of.
And I love the fact that just a few words from Neville can sway her to do whatever he's suggesting (in a nice way, rather than a sexy way :P).
18th-Jun-2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks! I definitely see Ginny as super-focussed and ferocious - and enjoying the knowledge of her own skills.

D'aww. I love writing (and reading) that sort of relationship: 'this isn't what I would usually do, but I trust you.'
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