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dickgloucester prompted me with Hagrid/Aberforth: beer, backgammon, blues.

The Other Regular (PG; Hagrid/Aberforth; 150 words)

Minerva doesn't visit the Hog's Head on Fridays, so they're for Hagrid. He shows up around closing, too, usually about the time that Aberforth's chasing the last of his hard-drinking clientele out of the pub so that he can lead the worst of them to the pens; he takes it personally when his customers fail to pay their shot in a timely manner—and he likes it that Hagrid doesn't ever give him any grief over the "blues."

"Yeh want me to finish the paintin'?" Hagrid asks.

"Sure," Aberforth replies, passing him the paintbrush.

Seen one goat, seen 'em all—Aberforth paints the ones needing Transfiguration so as not to forget them by morning.

"I'll just set up the backgammon board and put out the beer," he tells Hagrid, with a leer. "You limber up those clever fingers o' yours."

Hagrid's chuckling tells Aberforth he's in for a good night after all.

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a_boleyn
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
With Aberforth's habit of transforming the dead beat and troublesome clientele being so well known, you'd think they'd stop coming to the pub or at least pay their bills on time. Certainly Hagrid couldn't keep it a secret ... especially when he helps out with marking the goats for transformation back to human the next morning. So, backgammon is his game. I would have never guessed. But what are "the blues?"
iulia_linnea
Apr. 3rd, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Blue is the color of the paint that Aberforth uses on the goats.

His clients are probably not that bright. ;)
a_boleyn
Apr. 3rd, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
"Blue is the color of the paint that Aberforth uses on the goats."

Ahh... I see.
duniazade
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
Utterly fantastic :D

I'm in awe of your creativity.

(I bet sometimes they forget to paint, and some customers get stuck in goat form)
iulia_linnea
Apr. 3rd, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

*hugs*

I certainly hope they don't! *shudders*
dickgloucester
Apr. 3rd, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Hee. I love this, and I can really see Hagrid and Aberforth having a kind of easy complicity like this.
iulia_linnea
Apr. 3rd, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *glee*
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