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Prompt: Beach
Title: Five Things Albus Loves about the Beach [Seashells]
Author: Allyndra
Length: 1,222
Rating: G
Summary: Scorpius comes on holiday with Albus’ family, and Albus discovers new things to love about the beach.



[Seashells]

Albus had been rolling his eyes so much, he was liable to need glasses like his father soon, but he couldn’t help it. Mum was being completely ridiculous, coming up with excuse after excuse to keep him and Scorpius in the living room and out of Albus’ bedroom. It was as if the four weeks she’d known they were seeing each other had somehow erased from her memory the five years that they’d shared a dorm room. Her current plot was to sit Scorpius next to her on the sofa and force him to look at old family photos. Albus rolled his eyes again.

Scorpius looked up from what were sure to be riveting photos of James smearing cake in his hair and smiled at Albus. That smile did odd things to Albus’ stomach, and he couldn’t have explained why. It wasn’t any wider or brighter than the smile Scorpius gave everyone else, but it was undeniably unique. Warm and soft and just for Albus. He grinned back.

The photo album closed with a loud thwap that made Albus blink. “Well,” his mum said brightly. “Wasn’t that fun?” She was smiling in a slightly manic way, and Albus wondered if he should call Aunt Hermione and ask her to brew a Calming Draught for him to bring along on their holiday.

“I know,” she said, setting the photo album aside. “Why don’t you show Scorpius your seashell collection? You run and fetch it,” she said, before Albus could offer to bring Scorpius upstairs to see it. “Scorpius and I’ll put the kettle on, and we can all have a nice cup of tea and look at the seashells.”

Albus gave Scorpius an apologetic shrug and went to get his seashells. He kept them in an old biscuit tin under his bed, lined with odd socks to keep them from breaking if they got jostled. He pulled it out and hurried back down the stairs. It wouldn’t do to leave Mum and Scorpius alone too long; the way Mum was acting, she might try to send Scorpius off to the shops, just to get him away from Albus.

When he clattered into the room, though, he found Mum and Scorpius sitting together at the kitchen table, friendly as anything. It wasn’t until Albus dropped into the chair next to Scorpius that her smile went false again.

“Here they are,” he said awkwardly, prying the lid off the tin. Inside were shells of all shapes and sizes, from tiny, fragile ones that looked like fingernails to one great orange conch. He drew out a rounded shell that looked plain and grey and offered it to Scorpius, who accepted it with careful fingers. He turned it over in his hands and grinned delightedly when he found the inside glistening in bands of iridescent colors.

“That’s lovely, Albus,” he said, running a fingertip over the shimmering surface. “Are they all like this?”

Albus shook his head. “No,” he said. “Most of them are boring. It’s kind of a crap collection.” He lowered his voice and leaned closer to Scorpius. “I usually just say I’m collecting seashells so I can go off by myself for a bit.” Scorpius shivered as Albus’ breath ghosted over his ear, and it made Albus want to lean closer, to see what kind of response he’d get if he nibbled on his earlobe or kissed the tender skin just below it.

Bang! Albus looked up at his mum, who was standing beside the kettle she’d just dropped onto the table. He was definitely getting the Calming Draught from Aunt Hermione. Mum was going to damage something if she carried on like this.

“Tea?” she asked in a cheery, brittle voice. Albus sighed and rolled his eyes for the millionth time. It was going to be a long holiday.

It only got longer when he found out he’d be sharing a room with Lilly at the hotel, while Scorpius shared with James. Dad smiled at him awkwardly when Mum announced the rooming plan and said, “Well, at least you and James won’t be sharing for once. Maybe we’ll forego the annual battle over the bathroom, then.” Dad hadn’t been acting nearly as oddly as Mum since Albus and Scorpius had come out, which was unexpected, as Mum was the one who liked Scorpius. Dad had always viewed him with an unfair suspicion that seemed to be based entirely on his surname and hair color.

“We’re never going to get to spend any time together,” Albus grumbled to Scorpius as they walked down to the restaurant on the first night. “This is not what I was picturing when I asked if you could come along on holiday.”

Scorpius bumped his shoulder against Albus’ and gave him a little grin. “Cheer up,” he said. “It’s two weeks together in a tropical paradise. It can’t be that bad.” Albus summoned a weak smile for him, but it slipped right off his face when they got to the table and found that the only two empty seats were at opposite ends. Albus raised his eyebrows, and Lilly jerked her head in their mum’s direction.

Albus pressed his lips into a tight line and sat down in the chair between his dad and Lilly.

The next day, Albus stretched himself out on a blanket on the sand with a large umbrella shading him. Scorpius was engaged in some sort of splashing battle with James, and though he felt a bit left out, Albus was glad to see the normally reserved Scorpius yelling and splashing like a child. Albus watched them through slitted eyes, thinking that maybe this hadn’t been such a bad idea after all.

He’d almost fallen asleep when he felt a cold drop splatter against his shoulder. Rolling over, Albus blinked up at Scorpius, who was standing over him. The sunlight haloed him, making him look like a soggy but surprisingly fit angel. He held out a hand to Albus and hauled him to his feet.

“Come on,” Scorpius said, bouncing on his toes as much as the sand would allow. Albus allowed himself to be tugged along down the beach, still holding Scorpius’ water-wrinkled hand in his own.

“Where are we going?” he asked.

Scorpius gave him that smile, the one that was just for Albus. “We’re going to add to your seashell collection,” he said.

Albus gave him a wary look. “You know if we say that, Mum’s going to insist on seeing the seashells.”

Scorpius cocked an eyebrow at Albus and reached into the pocket of his swim shorts with his free hand. “No matter what the Sorting Hat said, I was raised by Slytherins, you know,” he said archly, handing him a good dozen sandy seashells. “How long do you think we have before your mum sends out the Aurors after us?”

Albus looked over his shoulder, where he could just make out his parents, stretched out under their own umbrella. “At least an hour,” he said. “Maybe two.”

“Well, then.” Scorpius pulled on his hand.

There was sand working its way between his toes, and Albus was fairly sure he’d forgotten to put sunscreen on his ears, but he didn’t care. He held a fistful of seashells in one hand and Scorpius in the other and ran giddily down the beach.

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thilia
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Awww, sweet <3 Is there going to be smut in the next chapter? *grins* ^^

Anyway, it was very good. Even if both boys would probably disagree, I liked Ginny in this :)
maevemist
Jul. 2nd, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
It was as if the four weeks she’d known they were seeing each other had somehow erased from her memory the five years that they’d shared a dorm room...LOL

Don't ya just love mum's sometimes even though they are the bane of young love?

Really sweet entry lovey, I thoroughly enjoy reading this and I look forward to the next installment.
busarewski
Jul. 3rd, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Oh, just lovely! I always like your fics, but it was a while since I read HP and kind of nice to be back with them again. Thanks!
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entrenous88
Jul. 3rd, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Very sweet!
abusing_sarcasm
Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Awww! Totally adorable...

I love slightly manic Ginny and Scorp's sweet plot! Very nice entry!

*hugs*
bryoneybrynn
Jul. 4th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh! What a sweet little fic. I love Ginny - such a typical, hyper mom! And Scorpius was way too good - Slytherin genes, you can't escape 'em.
okydoky
Jul. 4th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Awh absolutely gorgeous! Loved protective Ginny in this though, nice to see her worried about them rather than hating them! ♥
betelin_notecor
Jul. 7th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Adorable! I love the sweet new romance feel of it. :)
lefaym
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Lovely. I must try to read more Albus/Scorpius
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