Fandom: Harry Potter
Main Pairing: Luna Lovegood/Fred Weasley
Side Pairings: mentions of Luna Lovegood/Ginny Weasley; mentions of Luna Lovegood/Ron Weasley; mentions of Ginny Weasley/Neville Longbottom; mentions of George Weasley/Lee Jordan/Angelina Johnson; and mentions of Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley
Warnings: alternate universe; het; Fred Weasley lives; mostly everyone lives; mentions of background femslash; mentions of background threesome (male/male/female); and mentions of original character (Alice Longbottom)
Prompt: (Character) Fred Weasley

Wit Beyond Measure
008. Life isn't a Book

Overhead, the sky was overcast when Luna Lovegood stepped out of her dad's house. She eyed the gray clouds, debating her options. It looked ready to rain. Did she really want to walk through Ottery St. Catchpole to the Burrow?

Sighing, Luna closed the door behind her. She wanted to take the walk. Maybe it would help clear her head. There was a lot to think about. All too soon, Luna was walking through the town, lost in her thoughts.

Did she really think this relationship was going to work out?

Her and Fred.

It was a crazy combination.

She shook her head. It was complicated, and she didn't know what to think.

Honestly, out of all the Weasleys, Luna thought she was likely to end up with either Ginny or Ron. She read several books, and she knew the plots. Ginny was her childhood friend. It would be easy for long-time friends to fall in love. Ron was her childhood crush, her friend's brother. There were several times when Ron would play the dashing hero, swooping in to save Luna. It was easy to like the taller boy. Those relationships changed when they got to Hogwarts. Ron no longer had any time for her, and Ginny made new friends.

Thinking about Hogwarts made Luna stop, pausing in her thoughts. There was a Weasley – two, technically – that continued to talk to her after they started attending Hogwarts. Her hands clasped her necklace, fingering a bottle-cap. The twins had spent her a few bottle-caps over the years. She much preferred her bottle-caps to Ginny's toilet seat.

Her history with Fred Weasley suggested there was a chance at something forming between them. At least, that's what Luna knew from romance books.

She sighed. Life wasn't a book. It didn't follow a plot. It just was. It was useless to think about life being anything other than life.

Slowly, Luna resumed her walk. The relationship between her and Fred was odd. They were barely friends and they didn't have much in common.

But there was something about him.

Fred had this ability to make her relax by entering a room. He could make her laugh – the Weasley twins could make anyone laugh. When Fred spent time with Luna, he stared at her like she was the only one in the room.

"Luna!" shouted Mrs. Weasley, causing the blonde to stop.

Looking around, Luna discovered she was at the Burrow. She was so absorbed in her thoughts she hadn't even noticed.

"What brings you here today?" the older woman asked.

Luna offered Ginny's mum a smile. "I came to see if Fred was here," she said.

Mrs. Weasley beamed. "The twins are regaling my grandbabies with their newest products," she said, happiness in her tone. Since the war ended and their siblings started families, Fred and George had started to produce bright and colorful baby toys. Each toy was tested on their numerous nieces and nephews.

Her smile faded a little. "I just wish those boys would settled down themselves," she stated, shaking her head. "I know George is dating Angelina and Lee, and Fred is so secretive these days."

Luna's cheeks grew warm at the mention of Fred. They had been causally dating for a few weeks when he asked her to be exclusive with him. The question caught Luna off guard, and an awkward silence fell over them. Instead of waiting for an answer, Fred changed the subject to Luna's new articles in The Quibbler.

"What are you doing, Mrs. Weasley?" Luna asked, eyeing her friend's mum's hands that were covered in dirt.

Mrs. Weasley smiled. "Neville got me some everroses," she answered, gesturing to a few nearby flower pots. "I figured this was a good time to plant them."

Luna nodded, understanding the older woman's logic. Knowing the Weasley family's route, Neville and Ginny were out on a date, leaving Alice with Mrs. Weasley and the twins. In fact, Thursday was the weekly Weasley family date night – for everyone else – and Mr. Weasley spent Thursday nights visiting the Grangers to learn about some muggle item or another. He latest fascination was a rubber chicken.

"What is you wanted to see Fred about?" Mrs. Weasley asked, curiosity in her tone.

The blonde turned red, her eyes widening. What did she want to tell Mrs. Weasley? She wanted to talk to Fred before Mrs. Weasley learned anything.

The look on Mrs. Weasley transformed into one of understanding and she was quickly beaming. "Don't let me keep," she announced, waving for Luna to head inside. "I'll be in in just a moment."

Unable to form a reply, Luna turned and she quickly headed into the kitchen. She could hear Mrs. Weasley laughing and cheering behind her.

Once she was inside, Luna took a moment to calm down, waiting for her face lose the red. From her position in the kitchen, she could hear Fred and George with their nieces and nephews in the living room. The children were laughing and having a good time while Fred and George laughed a long with them.

After a moment or two, Luna headed towards the living room. She stood in the doorway, watching as Fred held Lucy, Percy's youngest daughter, and offer a toy wand to James, Harry's son. He was good with children. She had always known that, remembering Fred with younger students back in their Hogwarts days.

"Fred," she called.

He looked up, his eye widening a little.

"Got a moment?" she asked. "I wanted to talk about Monday."

Fred nodded, standing up. He carried Lucy over. "She's teething," he whispered, following her out to the hallway.

Luna's gaze fell to young girl, sucking and biting on her amber toy. "You're good with her," she stated. "I like that. You'll be good with our children."

He raised an eyebrow before smiling at her. "How many do you want, girlfriend?" he asked with a wink.

"At least two," she replied. "A set of twins."

Fred beamed.

"There won't be any children until you're married!" called Mrs. Weasley from the kitchen.

Count: ~1,075

This was written for

Character Boot Camp: Favorite Character
04. Absorbed

Character Boot Camp: Favorite House
27. Useless

Disney Character Challenge
Pinocchio: Write about Fred Weasley.

Word Count Game Challenge
Range: 1,025 words to 1,075 words
Five Prompts: (Color) Amber; (Object) Flower pot; (Object) Necklace; (Setting) The Burrow; and (Word) Exclusive