Waiting for me
Year: Prefect 1 Stand In
Category: Short Story
Prompt: Anticipation (emotion)
Notes: suggested Harry/Luna at least from Luna's side.
The last train had just come in at King's Cross Station. In a few minutes, Luna would be heading home.
Luna had been waiting all day for the train. She had a feeling of anticipation inside her,and she hoped the anticipation was that her friend, Harry Potter, was coming back on this last train. That was the only reason she was waiting for the train to come in. Just like she had waited everyday for the past year.
Harry had gone off to Italy a couple of years ago for an Auror and Curse Breaker training course. He had promised to write, but he hadn't. They hadn't heard from him since the day he left, nor had they seen him. After a couple of years of not hearing from him, Luna believed he would be coming back any day. She just had this feeling. This was why she was waiting at the station. She would only head home when everyone left the train; as she would know then that Harry wasn't on the train.
Luna trusted her intuition above all else, because it was a guide. It was supposed to guide her, so why not trust and use it?
Just as Luna was beginning to give up hope that today was the day, someone stepped off the train. A lot of people stepped off the train, but this person looked familiar. He had messy, short black hair. As soon as his face became more visible, Luna saw he had green eyes that were very much like Harry's.
After staring at him for a second, Luna wondered: is it Harry? Is it really him? She quickly stood up and marched up to him; there was no harm in asking.
"Umm, excuse me," Luna said, coming from behind the man.
"Yes? Luna? Is that you?" the man said turning to face her. Now Luna could see he was definitely Harry Potter, her long time best friend.
"Harry? Is that you?" Luna asked.
"Yes; I'm back. It's so good to see you, Luna!" Harry said, quickly pulling Luna into a hug. He seemed to be surprised to see her: happy, too.
If anyone asked, Harry would have had to have said he was surprised that someone was waiting for him; but he was happy that it was her, too.
"It's so nice to see you," Luna said, returning the hug after getting over the shock of it.
"How have you been?" Harry asked as they broke their hug.
"Very good. But where have you been? You have not contacted us in three years! You promised to keep in contact!" Luna cried accusingly.
"Sorry, things got a bit tough. I'm sorry, Luna; I didn't mean to be gone for three years. he course was longer than I thought it was going to be," Harry said.
"It's all right. I'm glad I waited today; I regretted every other time, but today I am happy to have waited," Luna said.
"What do you mean?" Harry asked.
"I was anticipating something; I could feel it in my bones. I was going to go home before the last train came back, but something told me to stay, and I'm glad I did," Luna said, smiling at Harry.
"Ah, well just as well you did," Harry said and nodded.
"By the way, I wouldn't go and see Ginny straight away; she is pretty mad at you for not contacting us," Luna said as they started to walk to the exit of the station. Before Harry left to go to Italy, he had been dating Ginny.
"Oh. Where am I going to stay? I have nowhere to go!" Harry groaned, seeming to have just thought of it.
"You-you can stay with me and Dad. We have moved to a bigger house; it's pretty spacious. Dad wouldn't mind; he really liked you," Luna suggested quietly.
"You would allow me to stay with you? Thank you, Luna; you're so kind," Harry said.
"No problem, Harry, what are friends for? Besides, you were the first one to treat me like a normal person, back at Hogwarts. Everyone else bullied me or treated me like a lunatic; you introduced me to so many other great people," Luna said, trying to tell Harry how much he meant to her.
"Well, you were a bit different, and I hope you still are, by the way, you were a nice girl," Harry said, smiling at her.
"I believe I still am; though I have grown up a little bit, to cope in the real world," Luna said, returning her smile.
"Oh, that's a shame," Harry said.
"HARRY! I'm glad I've grown up a bit," Luna exclaimed.
"Just joking!" Harry quickly said.
"Shall we slip into this alley and go home?" Luna suggested.
"Sounds good," Harry agreed. They both ducked down the alley.
Luna took Harry's hand and Disapparated them both to her home. One thing was for sure: Luna was glad she had listened to the anticipation inside her. Otherwise, she wouldn't have met up with Harry.