None of these characters are mine. I'm just borrowing them to satiate this nagging plot bunny idea of mine. Summary:
Sometimes you don't realize a good thing until it's lost to you...forever. Pairing:
Dawn / Harry Potter (Harry Potter) Timeline:
AU post-Season 7 of BtVS and disregarding the comics & Harry Potter Rating:
FR13 Author's Note:
This is just a little something that I thought up while listening to Wilson Phillip's You're In Love
song. And actually it's a part of my Heart of the Matter
series. I hope you enjoy this one-shot.
"Open the door, come in
I'm so glad to see you my friend.
I don't know how long it has been
Having those feelings again...
You're in love
That's the way it should be
'Cause I want you to be happy
You're in love
And I know that you're not in love with me
Ooh, it's enough for me to know that you're in love
Now I let you go
'Cause I know that you're in love..."
- "You're In Love
" by Wilson Phillips
DAWN STOOD AMIDST THE SEA OF PEOPLE present to cheer on the newlyweds after exchanging their vows. She could feel every eye on her as the groom exchanged vows with his bride-to-be in front of family and friends, but she ignored them and kept the facade she has had ever since stepping off the plane from America to London a few days before the wedding ceremony.
Dawn received an owl post from her ex-lover, Harry Potter, telling her all about finally meeting the
right woman for him. He went on and on about being a complete git for not seeing that the love of his life had been with him since he learned he was a wizard at the age of 11, but he was too blind to acknowledge that fact. He continued gushing about not realizing his feelings until after
they'd broken up and she
was there with her shoulder ready to be cried on. "...she wasn't my rebound girl, Dawn,"
Harry wrote in his post to her. It was a rather lengthy letter and Dawn couldn't believe it when she realized who
was the sender of said letter. "After I cried on her shoulder that night things between us changed. We became...it made us closer, you know? There I was bawling my eyes out and opening my heart to my best friend's sister, allowing myself to be vulnerable in front of her and she not once said anything about that. Hell, she later told me she was proud of me because I finally allowed myself to be human enough to go through emotions the way I did after we split up..."
Harry's letter went on and on until Dawn thought she was about to gag with how mushy Harry's become, but she couldn't blame him. After all he deserved to be happy and so does she, but so far she hasn't found that elusive soulmate of hers.
"Here," a white cotton handkerchief was dangled in front of Dawn after Harry and Ginny Potter walked down the aisle as husband and wife.
Dawn turned and found one of her ex-boyfriend's best friends holding the piece of cloth to her.
"Thanks," Dawn smiled and accepted the handkerchief from Hermione Granger-Weasley. She dabbed at her eyes until she was certain they were dry before folding the handkerchief and handing it back to the witch. "Here you go."
"No, you keep it," Hermione pushed it back to her. "I'm sure you'll be needing it more than I do," she smiled and something in her eyes told Dawn that she knew what she was going through.
"Thank you," was all Dawn could say.
Hermione smiled and nodded. She remained standing there regarding her for the longest time before she turned her back and followed her husband and the rest of the wedding party out of the small chapel.
Dawn took her time from following. She felt like her feet were shackled hence why she was slow in following them. She knew she had to hurry up and make it to the reception. She was, after all, asked to give a speech to the bride and groom.
Buffy and Willow called her a million kinds of fool for accepting Harry's request, but what her sister and her sister's best friend didn't know was she promised
Harry she'd do anything he asked of her and he'd do the same. It was a pact they made a long time ago; no questions asked and no backing out of the favour, so although Dawn's heart was slowly breaking while she wrote her speech she was to share with the newlyweds as well as the rest of their guests, she knew she had to do it and do it with less tears and more smiles would be the best.
AND SO IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE YOU ALL TO pick up your glasses, raise it as high up in the air as you can -- without
the use of magic please if you can," Dawn added that part cheekily when she noticed Fred and George, Ginny's older twin brothers, grabbing their wands and getting ready to float their glasses. "And help me welcome and
congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Harry James Potter!" Her smile didn't quite reach her eyes and it hurt her face to force herself to smile albeit the breaking of her heart.
Dawn risked a quick glance at the couple who once again exchanged a loving kiss before raising their glasses for the toast and they all drank. As she was the last one to give the newlyweds her speech, the task of letting them dance their first dance as husband and wife fell in her hands.
"Alright, it seems like it's time for us to get this party started!" Dawn cheered with enough vigor she could muster. "You folks might not know this, but just before last night's rehearsal Harry dragged me to a corner looking worried -- very
worried," she started off the introduction with a story she felt obliged to share. "He and Ginny doesn't
have a song to dance to for their first dance as a couple! Well, like the good friend that I am I told Harry not to worry, I'll figure something out," she paused for effect and cast a look at the head table where a smiling Harry and Ginny were watching her. She took a deep breath then addressed the rest of the room once again, "I told Harry that I'll loan
him and his wife our
song until they find a song of their own," she confided then gestured at the couple, "Harry and Ginny, why don't you take over the dance floor while I get the CD ready," she announced then stepped away from the podium and headed to where the sound system Harry asked for to be included at the wedding to be installed.
The opening chords of Ronan Keating's When You Say Nothing At All
filtered through the room, quieting the guests down and turning the spotlight on to the newlyweds. Dawn stepped back and hid herself from everyone's view as she watched Harry and Ginny slow dance to their
song. It wasn't an easy decision for her to make, but then she remembered Julia Roberts doing the same thing in My Best Friend's Wedding
so she figured, why not? It would at least put everyone at ease regarding her relationship with Harry. It was common knowledge that they used to go out, and her being invited to the wedding was a bit unorthodox for the groom's part, but since Ginny knew the story behind hers and Harry's relationship, she was cool with her being here to help them celebrate their special day together.
Midway through the song the couple broke apart. Ginny went and asked one of her old school chums to dance with him while Harry headed straight to where Dawn was hiding.
"No," she was shaking her head as she backed away from him.
"C'mon, Dawnie," Harry chided and grabbed her hand. He practically dragged her to the dance floor and began dancing in time with the music. "Thank you," he said after a few awkward seconds.
"You're welcome," was Dawn's automatic response although she didn't know what he was thanking her for.
"I know it's not easy for you to be here, and it was selfish of me to use the pact we made years ago to get you here," he confessed.
"Buffy wasn't too impressed that I agreed to come here," she told him.
"And she had every right to," he agreed with her.
For the first time since her arrival here Dawn laughed a genuine laugh. Harry beamed at her then, his eyes twinkling behind his glasses. "You should do that often," he said.
Harry could only nod. They swayed to the music some more then he said, "I was surprised that you loaned
Ginny and I our song. When I came to you last night in a panic the last thing on my mind was to ask you if we could dance to this."
"It's no big," Dawn shrugged. "Besides, it's a perfect song for newlyweds," she grinned.
"You know why I picked this song for us back then?"
"Hmm...because I heard it off Notting Hill
and fell instantly in love with it?"
Harry chuckled and shook his head no.
"No?" she frowned.
"No," he shook his head.
did you pick this song for us?"
Harry didn't answer right away. He took a couple of deep, calming breaths first.
"I picked it because after I listened to the song I pictured you and I dancing to it on our
wedding day," he confessed.
"Oh," Dawn felt something lodged in her throat. Her eyes started to hurt with the threat of tears. "Harry--"
"I know, I know, bad timing. But I thought I'd let you know now as opposed to not let you know at all," he shrugged.
...THE SMILE ON YOUR FACE LET'S ME KNOW that you need me. There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me. The touch of your hand says you'll catch me whenever I fall. You say it best when you say nothing at all..."
Tears she kept bottled up inside fell helplessly from her reddened eyes as she listened to their song
over and over again on her iPod the entire flight back to America from London. She didn't bother seeing the newlywed off; she left the party before the newlyweds did, making up some lame excuse about being needed back in Cleveland because Willow's running low on research people. She caught a redeye flight out of London headed for America as soon as possible.
She logged on to her laptop once the plane was steady in the air and accessed the Internet. She opened all her IM's and was glad when she found Buffy was online. She double clicked on her sister's handlename and waited until the pop-up screen popped up then typed: YOU'RE RIGHT. I AM A MILLION KINDS OF FOOL THINKING I WON'T BE AFFECTED BY THE WEDDING. NOW I'M HIGHTAILING IT BACK TO AMERICA TO NURSE MY BROKEN HEART...