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Author: [livejournal.com profile] edgewareroad (with moral support from [livejournal.com profile] clovermews)
Disclaimer: Thank you, J.K. Rowling, for letting us play with them!
Pairing/Characters: Scorpius(/Albus), Charlie(/Rose), and a Bunch of Auror Trainees
Notes: The story of how the rumor that Scorpius was cheating on Al with Charlie reached Tabitha’s ears by lunchtime. Incidentally, also the story of how Rose and Charlie made up (and made out) at work. Takes place before this thread.
Rating: PG-13 (only because Scorpius can’t help but curse at least once in every conversation)

“Look, all I’m saying is that it looked like Scorpius had him backed up against the wall,” says Gabriel quietly to the assembled group.

A line appears between Claire’s eyebrows. “But that doesn’t mean much with Scorpius,” she says simply.

“They have been spending a lot of time together,” puts in Ismene.

“They’re partners,” responds Claire fairly. “And they don’t hate each other anymore.”

“But don’t you think Charlie’s been acting differently? Seems to me like he’s got something to hide,” says Johnny, glancing over his shoulder cautiously.

Nobody refutes this; Charlie has been looking shifty and, being the second-year auror class, they’ve all noticed.

“Still doesn’t prove anything,” Ismene adds, pursing her lips. “After all, he’d be mad while he’s dating Auror Potter’s s—”

But she changes tact immediately as Charlie walks into the room. “I told her it was the wrong nail varnish!” she sighs. Claire laughs as though this is a long-awaited punch line. Gabriel is already halfway to the mirror, combing his hair, and Rigel is halfway to the men’s showers with a towel slung over his shoulder. Stealth and tracking, pure and simple.

Their eyes, however subtly, are still fixed on Charlie. He is making a brave attempt at flattening down his disheveled hair. His shirt is askew, his lips swollen. There is a small, roughly circular bruise forming just below his jaw line.

“What?” he asks, noticing their eyes.

“Nothing,” answers Claire, smiling sweetly to throw him off.

Charlie clears his throat and makes his way to his locker without looking at anyone. The next second, Scorpius strides into the room, flushed and adjusting his collar.

“Where have you been?” asks Lata, smirking from her position on the bench near Ismene.

“Weight training,” responds Scorpius, narrowing his eyes. “Is that a problem?”

“Not for me,” she laughs.

“The fuck?” Scorpius mutters, looking from one to the other of his staring colleagues and taking stock of their expressions. “Do I have something on my face?”

He turns to look at Charlie, who seems to be determinedly hiding in his locker, searching for something. Ismene chokes and then coughs none too discreetly to cover it.

“You alright?” Scorpius asks, wheeling around to quirk an eyebrow in her direction.

Ismene bites her lip. Scorpius frowns, and as Charlie hurries past him to the shower, he notices that some eyes follow his partner. Deciding that he can’t be arsed, Scorpius shrugs and spells open his locker. As always, his eyes fall on the small picture of Albus taped inconspicuously to the lower left-hand corner of the metal door. The Albus in the photograph smirks at him, and Scorpius feels some of the tension go out of his shoulders.

“I’m going to shower,” he announces, pulling off his shirt. He doesn’t remember the teeth marks that Albus left on his shoulder blade last night. Ismene coughs exactly one more time.

As he saunters across the room after Charlie, Scorpius gets the general impression that several of the second-year trainees are talking under their breath.

“Confirmed,” murmurs Claire as the door to the men’s showers closes behind him, and then the whispering starts in earnest.

Date: 2012-05-14 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cashdogg827.livejournal.com
oh dear, those second year aurors clearly have nothing better to do with their time huh?

Date: 2012-05-15 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgewareroad.livejournal.com
Haha. They are 90% gossip and 10% save the world.

Date: 2012-05-19 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mabonwitch.livejournal.com
Hah, priceless! (P.S. I love how hot Sco finds Al being possessive.)

Date: 2012-05-23 08:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgewareroad.livejournal.com
Thank you, my dear! They are absurd. (Scorpius can not help himself.)


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