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Show, Don't Tell (G; Montague; 461 words)

I took prompts to celebrate my flist's having reached the 600 friends mark in the wake of Deathly Hallows' release. This ficlet is for luckybrans.

"It's your school, too, your world. Do you like what's happening at Hogwarts? Do you like what's happening in society? Do you think I should have to be on some list of people yours consider to be inferior?"

Angelina's questions were difficult to hear, and even more difficult to answer. For Montague, the world was working out exactly as it ought—to a point.

Miss you, he thought, staring at her picture.

The insipid witches his parents had been parading before him since he'd left Hogwarts had all been incredibly boring. Not having anything useful to do with his time—because of course he shouldn't have to work—had also become difficult. And he was worried about Angelina, about how they'd left things after he'd seen her before her match.

If the Dark Lord wins . . . .

Montague didn't believe his parents were evil, just lazy. The unpleasantness didn't affect them, so they didn't notice it. No one discussed politics in his house.

But politics isn't what we're talking about here. It's people. It's her.

No matter what Montague did, he couldn't forget Angelina, and he didn't like his life without her. Giving up the privileges of wealth to have her—he hadn't been certain he could do that. Now he wasn't so sure. Even seeing her for so brief a moment had made him feel more alive than he had in months.

But now it's more than wealth that I'd be giving up, he thought, Angelina's words resurfacing in his mind.

She was going back to Hogwarts to fight. It was important to her. It wasn't about politics but life, and she'd asked him to share that with her. She'd asked, but she hadn't waited for an answer.

Angelina's priorities have always been in order, and I was the first person she contacted. She wants to share this fight with me. She believes in me—why?

His parents had expectations of him, but they didn't take any real pride in him, Montague knew that. He also knew that he'd never done anything to make them proud—or ashamed—he'd merely followed their wishes because it had been easier.

I'm tired of easy, of just existing. I want to live. I want her.

Montague paused. It wasn't really given anything up, was it? Nothing important. No, life wasn't easy, not if it was to be worth anything.

Yes, he thought, tucking his picture of Angelina away in his robes. I will fight with you. I'll fight for you, for us.

Montague kissed his parents goodbye; it surprised them. When they asked what had brought on his "sentimental display," he shrugged, saying, "I'm going out again and might . . . be late."

"Is it love?" his mother asked, glancing knowingly at his father.

Montague smiled. "Yes." And it's past time I showed her.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 9th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
WOW - that was amazing!
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
Very nice. Those first few "baby steps" towards adulthood can be the toughest.
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you enjoyed this; thank you!
Nov. 9th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely lovely. I love Montague fics!
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
This was my first one, so, yay! Thank you. :D
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
I like your characterizations here. Angelina always struck me as kind of "in your face". Montague never crossed my radar except for being the kid that was found in the Vanishing Cabinet after the run-in with Fred and George. It's a bit sad that his epiphany in reference to his life might actually cost him his life, but this piece really fits in with the love theme of HP.
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think that Montague survived the battle—with the other, older Slytherins who returned to Hogwarts after seeing their younger house mates safely away from the school—and that he and Angelina started a life together. *optimist*

Thank you very much for review; Angelina and Montague aren't characters I've written before, and it's nice to know that they ring true. :)
Nov. 26th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so bloody late. I haven't checked my LJ or my email in months, sp sorry for the late reply.

I love this so much. Montague giving up his life of boredom for Angelina. She's so fiery and him so understandingly complacent until the end. Thanks you so much!
Nov. 29th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm really pleased that you enjoyed it. :D Thank you.
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