AN: I sincerely appreciate all the reviews and comments for last chapter. It is great motivation to keep writing! Thanks a ton to Arnel, I’ll try to keep Mississippi out of my stories from now on ;-)
Ginny looked nervously around the box as she made her way to her seat, conscious of all the eyes and disapproving looks that were watching her. This was the first time in two weeks that she had been near a Quidditch pitch. Ginny’s face twisted briefly in pain. Merlin, she missed it.
It was made more difficult by the fact that she and Harry hadn’t got to spend much time together over the past few days. The Arrows had started practice with a vengeance after their bye week, meaning that he was often gone to practice and team meetings. In fact, they hadn’t spent much time together since “The Kiss.” Ginny always capitalized it in her mind. She wished that they had a chance to talk more after that day. She wasn’t sure where they stood, or what Harry wanted. Light! She didn’t even really know the man that well. Ginny blushed and looked down when she saw the porter give her a curious look. She wished Harry was here with her now.
When she had shown up at the stadium, she was sure that she was going to get the broom and told to leave. Harry had been with her then and, after showing the tickets and speaking briefly with the staff, she had been allowed to continue to her seat. The press had already got word and several photographers had tried to get into her box and snap pictures. Thank Merlin no one had tried to interview her yet.
She jerked at the sound of her name being called. Much to her dismay, her brother came lumbering through the door and plopped himself down next to her. Leaning forward, he began whispering furiously.
“What in the name of the Founders are you doing here?” he hissed. “Magical games are in an uproar. I received a call from the Minister himself asking me what in the name of Circe you think you are up to?”
“If you must know, I’m here to watch a Quidditch game,” Ginny replied calmly. Leaning forward herself, she continued with a small smile on her face, “I have money on the Arrows; I think it’s going to be quite a ripping match.”
Ron leaned back and looked at his sister as if she had lost her mind. Maybe she had. Didn’t she realize that she was jeopardizing her career?
“What career?” Ginny said, some heat coming into her voice, causing Ron to realize he had said the last bit aloud.
“My career is effectively over if I don’t get reinstated and you know it. “
“But the ban…” Ron said feebly.
“Doesn’t apply if Harry gave me his tickets himself!” Ginny crowed triumphantly.
“Harry gave you these?” Ron asked in shock.
“Of course, Ron, how else do you think I actually got into the stadium?”
Ron looked very confused. “Why would Harry Potter give you tickets after you already returned them once?”
“If you must know, Harry is a very nice bloke. He felt bad for everything that happened and thought it would help if everyone saw us getting along.”
Ron looked thoughtful. “He may be right. Regardless, if he gave you these tickets himself there doesn’t appear much the Ministry can do about it.”
Ron hesitated, glanced at the door, and then brought his attention back to his sister. “But, Ginny, they won’t be happy about this. You’re making some important people upset. Please don’t forget that.”
He clapped her on the back, kissed her cheek, and left. Ginny smiled to herself. This might actually be working.
Welcome to this afternoon’s broadcast of the Arrows and the Falcons brought to you by W3 productions and the WWN. I’m James Harrison.
And I’m John Smith, and we’ll be calling the match this afternoon. Good afternoon, James. It’s a great day for a match.
It sure is, John. The past few weeks have seen the most excitement I can remember in over twenty years of covering professional Quidditch, and it’s all thanks to one Harry Potter.
I agree James. The Saviour of the Wizarding world has certainly made a splash, both on and off the pitch. Let’s start with his play against Puddlemere, followed up by a great performance against the Cannons and the Harpies. In all the matches, he became more comfortable on the pitch and was able to display some amazing, and some would say impossible skills.
That’s right, John. After the contentious match against the Harpies two weeks ago, many are now questioning the integrity of the sport, the integrity of the Ministry, and the integrity of Harry Potter himself.
After Mr. Potter was attacked by Harpies reserve player, Ginevra Weasley, it became clear, as you can see from our replay, that Mr. Potter has some sort of charms applied to his person in direct violation of International Quidditch rules. The Ministry claims to have known about these all along and given special dispensation to Mr. Potter due to extenuating circumstances, but many aren’t convinced.
The Arrows have released the following statement regarding the events: “We stand fully behind Mr. Potter and are convinced that he upholds the finest traditions of our most beloved sport. The Ministry has assured us that Mr. Potter has been, and will continue to be, evaluated by neutral third parties regarding any charms or irregularities and that, as of the current time, he is cleared to play fully by the English Quidditch Association. We also have assurances from the International Quidditch body that Mr. Potter is, and will be, fully cleared to play in any International matches regulated by that body.”
So you can see, John, not much information to go by. However, in a surprising turn of events Mr. Potter has been publically defended by the very same Harpy reserve player that set all of this in motion through her brutal attack.
James, it really is very confusing. Mr. Potter and Miss Weasley have been seen many times over the past week in public together, apparently getting along just fine. They even attended the first quarter Quidditch reception together, despite the fact that she was banned from the event. Our sources now tell us that she is in attendance at today’s match, sitting in the Arrows’ box using Mr. Potter’s tickets. The Ministry continues to have no comment on the matter.
Getting back to our match this afternoon, how do you think the Falcon fans will react to Mr. Potter?
That’s a very good question. The Falcon superstar Seeker, Jeremiah Jones, has stated that he would refuse to play against Mr. Potter, and while that is mostly posturing, the Falcon fan base has become energized around the issue. I don’t think Mr. Potter can expect a warm welcome here at Falmouth.
We’ll just have to see. We will be right back with more coverage and in-depth analysis of today’s match after a word from our sponsors. You’re listening to W3 and WWN productions.
Ginny sat back in her seat, waiting for the match to begin. The excitement around her arrival had mostly dissipated, leaving her alone with her thoughts. She was glad to be rid of Dean, the pompous ass, but she still wasn’t sure of Harry. He seemed nice enough, when he wasn’t yelling at her or messing her about at nightclubs, and her family certainly seemed taken with him. He was so very much unlike other men she had dated. In some moments he seemed strong, and very sure of himself. Others, he was shy and reserved, almost as if he was unsure of what was expected of him.
Ginny remembered what her father and brothers had begun telling about the war. She could only imagine what Harry had been going through while she was idling away her days in teenage gossip and drama at Hogwarts.
Then there was the issue of his secret charms. They hadn’t spoken of it directly. Ginny could sense his appreciation of the fact that she hadn’t asked and instead had trusted him. However, she was curious. It was something that she would have to address if they continued to spend time together.
Ginny sighed and glanced around the Falcons’ stadium. It was larger than the Harpy stadium at Holyhead, but not as nice. She had heard that Appleby had a nice stadium as well. Sliding further down into her seat, Ginny began to get depressed. Since she was more than likely banned for life, she would probably never get to see it except possibly as Harry’s guest. Ginny appreciated Harry and his plan, but attending matches as his guest was not the same as playing. Ginny sat back up as the crowd erupted in screams and boos. The Arrows had entered the stadium.
And we are back. Today’s match looks to be a great match-up, assuming, of course, that mass insanity does not break out in similar fashion to the Arrows’ last match. On paper the Falcons do not match up well against the surging Arrows. However, anything is possible with a team whose motto is “Let us win, but if we cannot win, let us break a few heads.”
Too right, John. Let’s take a closer look at the line-ups. The Arrow Chaser trio, led by Matt Jones, has dominated in the first few matches and looks to be the best in the league. The Arrow Beaters, led by Alison Jones (no relation), while not statistically leading, are known to be quite fearsome and accurate with their bats. Finally, the starting Seeker for the Arrows is… Harry Potter?
Correct, James. The Arrows have decided to start their scandal-laden Seeker, perhaps in a show of support. The crowd has just learned the starting line-ups and is not pleased with the fact that Potter is starting. Jacob Ashford doesn’t look too pleased himself. Let’s all hope this match goes better than the last.
Listen to that crowd, John. They are really worked up. I’m glad that the Arrows have brought security with them for this match. Things could get ugly.
The teams are on the pitch, we are ready for play! And they are off!