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The Professor, Part Nine

Title: The Professor, Part 9
Author/Artist: [personal profile] digthewriter
Character(s): Neville, Theo, Charlie
Pairing(s): Neville/Theo
Rating: PG-13
Warning(s): 8th year. EWE.
Challenge(s): FOR mixandmatch100, Prompt: Astronomy Tower, and neville100 Prompt: Career Advancement.
Word count: 100x5
Author's notes: Unbetaed. Continuation of the Professor series.

After Neville and Theo made their way to Hagrid's hut, Theo looked around the room, while Neville approached Charlie with Junebug in his lap.

"You know I've seen her hopping around the Astronomy Tower at night, probably after Hagrid's fallen asleep. She's an adventurous little thing." Neville petted the little creature who immediately turned away from Charlie to nibble on Neville's fingers.

Neville reached into his pocket with his free hand to give the potion to Charlie.

"Thanks, Neville. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. You're going to make a great Herbologist one day."

Neville looked up from Junebug and at Charlie, giving a soft smile. "Thanks," he said softly. "Theo is the one who'd actually brewed the potion. He's going make a great Potions Master too."

"Yes," Charlie said clearing his throat and he looked like he was hesitant to look at Theo, but did. "I hear you're doing very well in all your classes, despite the..." He paused for a brief moment. "Despite your reputation for your extra curricular activities."

Theo chuckled, shaking his head. "Just because you were done by the time we started Hogwarts, doesn't mean I don't know about your reputation, Charlie."

"Theo..." Neville said in a warning tone. He was trying to will his boyfriend to stop talking.

"Don't think the halls of the castle don't vibrate with the echoes of your antics."

Charlie's brows furrowed, before he gave a huge smile. "Of course, you're right. But it's still my job as a professor to--"

"What are you two talking about?" Neville asked in confusion. Had Theo and Charlie just bonded over something? Reconciled?

Theo walked up to Neville then, who was still kneeling in front of Junebug busy playing with Neville's fingers. He raked his fingers through Neville's hair and Neville inadvertently leaned into the touch. Theo had the effect on him.

"Nothing, love. We should get back."

Neville continued to look at Theo in confusion who was smiling at Charlie. When Neville looked at Charlie, he saw Charlie swallow as his eyes were fixed on Theo's fingers in Neville's hair.

"Or should we stay?" Theo asked Charlie.

Charlie cleared his throat and picked up Junebug. He walked towards the creature's tiny bed and laid her down before grabbing the phial Neville had brought. He mixed the potion in Junebug's water and placed the bowl next to her. Junebug immediately started to drink it.

They remained quiet. Theo and Neville watching Charlie as Charlie walked around the room. Eventually, he got to the door and closed it. Locking it.

"Stay," Charlie said, his voice hoarse.

Was this really happening? Was Charlie actually doing what Theo had been trying to do for weeks now. At Hogwarts?

With a murmured spell, Charlie placed a privacy charm around them, and Neville figured the spell cocooned them in the hut and away from everyone else.

"Finally," Theo whispered to Neville. He pulled Neville to him and started kissing him.

Charlie stood there, watching.

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