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"So how long have you known?" Luna asked as she handed over a peeled potato for Ginny to cut.
"Known what?" Ginny had an idea of what she meant.
"That you liked girls."
"Oh. Um. I suppose I had an inkling when I was a little girl. I've got six brothers. All older. And all of them spoke of girls and stared at them and it was sort of natural for me to do it too. But I realized when I was older that I wasn't just copying them. But I do like boys, too. For the record."
"That's cool. Hermione and I are both completely into girls, though." Luna grinned. "For the record."
Ginny nodded and put the last bits of potato in the pot. "Do you have your classes set for next semester?"
"Not quite. I'm on a waiting list for one." Luna made a face. "But the professor likes me, so maybe I can do something to get on the final roster."
Ginny nodded. She took a deep breath and said, "Okay, I have a question."
"Ask away." Luna encouraged.
"Did you know I liked you?"
Luna smiled and stirred the potatoes. She nodded as she put the lid on. "I had a little bit of an idea. I caught you staring a time or two. But here's a secret, Ginny." She sat down at the table beside the other young woman. "I liked you, too. And I only caught you staring because I was staring at you, too."
Ginny chewed her lip a moment. "It started on that project we were partnered for in that psychology course last semester. Do you remember? The one where we had to go observe people? You were so insightful. Far more than me. I admire that. But I couldn't read you and I wasn't sure how to approach you."
"So you just let it fester?"
"That's never a very good thing."
"No, but I've never been very good at keeping anything going for more than a few dates. Well, except with this one guy… Anyway, I don't know how to approach people half the time, so I just crush on someone until the next person comes along."
"I know that feeling."
"So how did you start this whole polyamory thing?"
Luna got up to check on the pot of potatoes and then she started gathering the salad ingredients. "Hermione and I have discussed being poly from the start. She's very logical and knows for herself that her love would never be enough for one person in the long run. She made a good case. Explained a lot of things."
"So it's not about cheating?"
"Quite the opposite." Luna said. "When a person cheats, they're being deceitful. In a poly relationship, you are honest about knowing your main love needs her time and you need yours and that love can be added. And we're always honest when we develop a crush."
"So she knew about me?"
"Yes. We share everything, so the things we fight about become different. It doesn't mean we don't fight, it just means we have trust in each other and we don't argue over a lie or something one of us held back for a long time. I never would do anything to hurt her deliberately because I know she would show me the same respect."
Ginny nodded. "It makes sense."
Luna asked suddenly, "Would you like to go to a movie or something?"
"With just you?"
Luna blushed. "Say no if you want. I understand."
"No, I'd like to." Ginny said. "Would it be like a date?"
"Not if you don't want it to be. It could just be us hanging out as friends."
"I'm home." Hermione called as she walked through the front door.
"Kitchen." Luna called back.
Hermione poked her head into the room. "Hello, Ginny. Hey, Lu. I'm going to change. I don't like smelling like coffee."
"You smell lovely." Luna informed her. She walked across the room and pushed her girlfriend into the next room.
Ginny sat awkwardly a moment as she heard the mumbled conversation in the next room.
"You know you prefer the smell of paper and ink." Hermione teased.
"I do." Luna admitted. "And fresh earth."
And then there was silence. Ginny stood and began stirring the potatoes as they boiled.
Luna came back in a moment later and smiled. "Sorry about that."
Ginny shrugged. "It's fine."
"So Friday?" Luna asked as she started putting the salad together.
"Friday?" Ginny asked.
"For the movie. Are you free?"
"I think so. There's a new romantic comedy premiering."
"Oh, I think I saw something about that. The one with the guy who always runs away from commitment?"
"Yeah, something like that."
"It's a date." Ginny said with an anxious smile.
Hermione came in and smiled. "A date?"
"Ginny and I are going to a movie Friday." Luna explained. "That's still all right, isn't it?"
"Of course. I have to work anyway." She wrapped an arm around Luna's waist. "Need any help?"
"No, love." Luna stole a quick kiss and went back to work. "So how was your afternoon?"
Hermione moved away and sat beside Ginny. "It was all right."
When she didn't elaborate, Ginny asked, "Do you just work now? You're done with your undergrad?"
"I have one class left to graduate. And I'm waiting to hear from law school." Hermione sighed. "But for now I work. And I help my lovely girlfriend by tutoring her and keeping the place up."
Luna smiled sweetly. "And she showers me with love and affection."
"You deserve it."
Ginny watched the pair all evening as they spoke kindly to each other. She envied them the whole time and hoped to one day find the same love.
"What do you think?" Luna asked as she changed for bed. "Of Ginny?"
Hermione looked up from her book. "I like her. She's sweet."
"She is. And smart. She held conversation with you better than I ever can."
"That's not true." Hermione sat her book off to the side and turned out her lamp. "Come to bed and cuddle."
Luna got into the bed and crawled across to her girlfriend. "What if I don't want to cuddle?"
Hermione pulled her in for a soft kiss. "If it all works out and I get accepted to a school in another part of the country, I want you to lean on Ginny."
"But what if we aren't dating?"
"I hope that you can at least be friends. You need more friends, Luna. You need at least one friend."
"You're one to talk." Luna rested her head on Hermione's shoulder.
Hermione sighed. "I have this constant need to make sure everyone has the facts."
"You're getting better. And, anyway, it's what got me. I find your intelligence very sexy."
"Sapiosexual." Hermione said. "And it's why you like Ginny, isn't it?"
"Yes. And she's very much your equal in that. But she's also athletic and bit opposite of you."
Hermione kissed Luna's forehead. "I think we all complete each other."
"She has a match Saturday. We should go."
"Of course. If you start dating her, you need to show your support."
"Let us get through our first date before you slap on the shackle, all right?"
Hermione chuckled. "You called me your girlfriend after the first ten minutes of our first date."
"Well, you and I were friends for quite a while. I've had classes with Ginny and we know each other, but I don't consider us friends just yet." Luna sighed. "I'm so glad that exam is over."
"Me too. Speaking of, I know you don't know for sure if you passed or not, but I have faith in you. I know you did well."
"So let's celebrate." Luna suggested.
"Yes, my love."
They started kissing and then Luna's phone went off.
"Ignore it." Hermione said against her lips.
"It could be my father. Or one of my informants. There could be a sighting of something."
"And it could just be a classmate trying to get an assignment they know about already." Hermione rolled Luna beneath her. "Let it go."
The phone chimed again. "I can't." Luna said. She picked it up as Hermione rolled away. "Oh, it's Ginny. Her family is coming in for the weekend and she's calling off Friday. Damn."
"Sunday. You can do it then."
Luna nodded. "Yes, all right. Are you sure? You're not scheduled to work that day."
"I can give myself a spa night. I deserve it."
Luna typed a reply and then sat her phone aside. "I'm tired. It's been a long day."
"Yes." Hermione rolled away.
Luna moved behind her and kissed her shoulder. "It doesn't mean we have to stop what we were doing before."
Hermione smiled over her shoulder. "Well, then."
The night was full of tender touches and kisses. They fell asleep later in a tangle of limbs, completely sated.