A/N: 600-word fic for Drabble Challenge #28, "Colors."


Colorful

After the battle, they're both homeless. Luna's house is completely shattered, pieces of broken rock and squashed, rotting Dirigible Plums the only thing that's left (family photos, her mother's clothes, everything gone) and Dean's been warned by the new Ministry not to go back home just yet – Shacklebolt himself showed him Umbridge's file on him, and Dean's feels unbearably relieved that he managed to convince his mother to pull the kids out of school and go stay with her cousin in America until this all passes over.

They've won, but it isn't over, yet. There's still a dozen of the worst Death Eaters on the run, and though the Ministry's on the watch, there's still Macnair and Selwynn and Alecto Carrow and both Lestranges to account for – and Dean doesn't trust the Malfoys either, when the Ministry's let them go without even a trial, saying it's enough that they're helping with investigations, that they turned themselves in.

There's quite a few of them – Hannah Abbot, Katie Bell, Anthony Goldstein, the Patil twins – who for whatever reason (house gone, parents gone, memory gone) have nowhere to go. Tom offers rooms at the Leaky Cauldron, and Aberforth offers rooms at the Hog's Head, and McGonagall assures them that Hogwarts will always be open to them, and the group of them tends to drift between the three. Dean and Luna both end up at the Leaky Cauldron (Luna so she can see her father at St. Mungo's, Dean so he can see Luna) and that's when he starts to notice.

Luna is…colorful. He knew it before, of course, with her ridiculous earrings and her hats at Quidditch games, but it's hard to be particularly colorful in the black and gray Hogwarts uniform. In her summer clothes, it's obvious. Luna wears bright orange, electric blue, flamingo pink – sometimes all in the same outfit – when everyone else is in white and pastels and denim.

One time, Dean meets Parvati and Lavender at Florean Fortescue's (Lavender's allowed out of St. Mungo's now, though they're still keeping her there at nights for observation), and the girls giggle about it over their pale pink strawberry-raspberry ice creams.

"She looks like a parakeet," Parvati says, and for some reason, Dean feels offended.

"I like it," he says, and feels his skin burn as they turn to look at him, knowing looks and teasing smiles.

"I didn't say I didn't like it," Parvati says. "I do like it. It's very…Luna."

"It is," Dean agrees, staring down at his chocolate and caramel ice cream, and for some reason Lavender bursts into giggles.

Dean and Parvati walk to St. Mungo's with Lavender, and as soon as they step into the lobby Dean sees Luna, unmistakable in a bright purple romper and daffodils in her hair. He says a quick goodbye to Lavender and Parvati, doing his best to ignore their knowing looks, and joins Luna.

"I like your daffodils," he says as they head in the general direction of the Leaky Cauldron. They're in Muggle London now and people are turning to stare, but Luna is oblivious.

"Thank you," she says, smiling. "They were Mummy's favorite flower, Daddy would always give them to me on my birthday. I think they're helping him remember."

"D'you want to get some ice cream?" Dean blurts out without thinking, and Luna blinks at him, surprised.

"But you just had some with Lavender and Parvati."

"Well, I want some more," Dean says, ears burning.

At Florean Fortescue's, he buys two colorful marmalade and banana sundaes with kiwi sprinkles – Luna's favorite – and insists on paying for them both.


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