Chapter 3 - Charlie's Book
It took Hermione nearly a week to finish the story, sneaking in bouts of reading between classes and homework. Incredibly, she found herself sneaking off to read it instead of putting the time into doing extra on her homework – after the 1st chapter, she was hooked.
The book was colorful and descriptive, the characters real and fantastical all at once, and (most importantly) it was based on fact. Though set in the imaginary land of Deraine, Hermione recognized the historical dragon riders as the heroes.Why hasn’t this been published?
Hermione was going back through the story the Sunday after school had started.
It took several days, but the answer finally came to her during lunch later that week. Watching Fred and George tease Ron, she realized they were the reason. Charlie was afraid of what his brothers, and his parents, would say. Their opinions obviously mattered – Hermione could remember his surprise that she’d read his dragon manual, and his distress that none of his family had.Well
, she thought fiercely, we’ll see about that!CHCHCHCHCHCHCH
The letter Charlie received a few days later gave him quite a bit to think about. Whatever he’d been expecting, it wasn’t this.Charlie,
It read.You’re an idiot. Why haven’t you published this story? It’s incredible! Quit with the shy insecure nonsense – you’re Weasley, it doesn’t fit! – and do something! You obviously love to write and you’re good. Really good. So stop worrying about your brothers, or anyone else, and do what you want. It can’t hurt, right?
PS – Everyone’s talking about this tournament. No one else seems to care that it was stopped because of the ‘overwhelming’ death toll.
It took almost a month for Charlie to listen but eventually he sent the manuscript off to his old publisher. Then he sat down and wrote his response to Hermione.
After that, letters flowed between Hogwarts and Romania. Hermione had been surprised at first, thinking her first letter would anger him. She was glad it hadn’t and found that it was nice to be able to talk to a magical person outside of school. Charlie became an outlet for her fears, for Harry, her anger at Ron’s childishness, her joy at being asked to the ball by Victor Krum
Charlie, to his surprise found himself doing the same. He could tell her anything, though he tried to keep it as clean as possible. (This was relative – he did, after all, live with a bunch of young men in a barracks. Needless to say, Hermione got an education of a different sort.)
His book was never mentioned, that is until Christmas. In the excitement of the ball, no one noticed the extra present Hermione received or her delight upon opening it. There inside was a copy of Charlie’s book, Storm of Wings
, with a note telling her to look inside. Se did so and found two messages. The first was an inscription that read simply “to Hermione, My favourite bookworm. Love, Charlie.”
The second was the dedication. As the book grew increasingly popular over the next few weeks, these 3 lines would cause a great deal of curiosity. It said “To my inspiration for encouraging me to follow this dream, no matter how much my siblings will harass me.”
AN: Please note that all mentions of Charlie’s book are based on The Dragonmaster Trilogy
by Chris Bunch.