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This poem was written for the Asexy Valentines Fest over on [community profile] asexual_fandom. It also fills the "truth or dare" box on my card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Luna Lovegood, Ronald Weasley
Medium: Poetry
Warnings: Draco and Harry have a sexual relationship, but nothing explicit is said about those activities. No other standard warnings apply.
Summary: Our heroes are playing a game of Wizarding truth or dare. It's just a bit different than the muggle version. Hermione reveals more than she meant to.
Notes: Flangst. Humor. Inconvenient truths. Gaps in sexual and cultural education. Girl/girl kissing. Making an effort to make a relationship work. Also, this is a gift for [personal profile] perfectworry who wanted some asexy femslash.


Daring Truths


When Draco's spinning wand lands on Harry,
Draco asks the question he's had for years:
"As a parselmouth, how did you
NOT wind up in Slytherin?"

"You were such a berk," Harry said,
"I didn't want to be in a House with you.
Plus Hagrid said some stuff, and well,
I asked the Sorting Hat to put me anywhere else.
Dumbledore said I was the only student
he knew of who actually managed to sway the Hat."

Hermione burst into giggles.
"Hardly the only one," she said.

"I knew it!" Draco burst out.
"You're a complete bookworm.
Why does Ravenclaw even exist
if not for people like you?"

"Not your turn to ask,
and not my turn to answer,"
Hermione said smoothly.

Harry spun his wand and got Ron.
"Why did you leave me
when I needed you most?" Harry asked.

"Oi! No hard questions!"
Draco protested.
It had been his condition
for joining the game at all.

Ron shook his head.
"No, if I answer a hard one,
I can ask a hard one.
I'm not a pansy like you," he said.
Then he turned to Harry.
"Because blood is thicker than water."

"Yeah. That's what I thought,"
Harry said with a sharp nod.

Ron spun his wand next,
then asked Hermione,
"Why do you love me?"

"I don't," Hermione said.
"I just really like you as a friend
and going out with you is a good way
to keep other boys from bothering me."
Then her hand flew up to cover her mouth.

Ron choked on his butterbeer.
"What the hell?"

"Looks like nobody warned her
that Wizarding truth-or-dare
requires you to tell the truth,
unless you remember to ask for the dare,"
Draco said smugly.

"I didn't mean for anyone to find out,"
wailed Hermione.

"Didn't you?" Luna said.
"I thought everyone knew.
I'm hardly the only asexual witch around."

"What's asexual mean?"
Harry asked, frowning.

"A witch or wizard who doesn't like shagging,"
Draco said. "They have this brilliant thing
they do with their magical cores instead.
But I guess you wouldn't know about that --
muggles can barely figure out queers."

Hermione's attention was all on Luna.
"What brilliant thing?" she demanded.
"I don't remember reading anything about this,
and if it had been in any of the library books
at Hogwarts then I would have found it."

Luna shrugged. "It's not in the library,
it's in the Ravenclaw dorm book.
Doesn't Gryffindor have one?"

Hermione, Ron, and Harry
all shook their heads.

Luna looked horrified.
"You mean the only information on sex
that you got came out of those awful pamphlets?"

"Slytherin has a dorm book,"
Draco said helpfully,
"with moving pictures and everything."

An indescribable look crossed Ron's face
as he tried, and failed, not to wish
that he had been sorted into Slytherin.

"And if you'd come to Ravenclaw
like you were supposed to,"
Luna said to Hermione, "then maybe
we wouldn't have wasted so much time."

"But I already knew the academic stuff,"
Hermione grumbled. "I just wanted
to try something new for once
and Gryffindor was different."

"Since we're all out of school now,"
Luna said with a smile, "it won't matter
if I share a few House secrets.
But let's start with the aura kiss first."

Luna held out her wand and
motioned for Hermione to do the same.
"Now you touch mine, and I touch yours,
and we kiss," she explained.

"Didn't you tell me never
to touch another wizard's wand?"
Harry muttered to Draco.
That was how the two of them
had gotten ... entangled ...
and they still hadn't worked out
their relationship entirely.

"Yeah, the sexual energy conflicts
with the magical energy," Draco said.
"They've got no sexual energy, so no problem."

Hermione tentatively gripped Luna's wand
between thumb and forefinger.
Luna took a more secure grip on Hermione's,
then leaned forward to touch lips.

A soft glow sprang up around them,
flickering with hints of silver and gold.
Hermione gasped and leaned into Luna,
fisting her hand around the other witch's wand.
The light flared up, blue-white as magnesium fire.

"Like I said, brilliant," Draco said,
dropping his hand from his eyes
as the light slowly faded.

Harry was trying to blink away
the spots from his vision.
He hadn't known to stop watching.

Hermione was sitting there
with a dazed look on her face,
slowly licking her lower lip
as if chasing some elusive flavour.

"Well, I should be heading home,"
Luna said as she stood to leave.
"If you need a study partner,
you know where to find me."

Hermione mouthed "sorry" at Ron
and then dashed after Luna.

Ron picked up his wand
from where he had spun it.
"Guess I'm off to the pub, then,"
he said, "you want to come with me?"
He elbowed Harry. "I can fill in some gaps.
My brothers have been generous."

"Thanks," Harry said coolly,
"but I think I'd rather hear about
what I would've learned in Slytherin."

Draco beamed at Harry.
It was slow going ... but they were learning.


~ FINITE INCANTATUM ~

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Date: 2013-02-08 09:22 am (UTC)
perfectworry: trying to get a feeling from this city but I've been unfaithful (wrapped up in books)
From: [personal profile] perfectworry
I wanted to say thank you for this poem. I got it while I was (am) pretty sick, and it really cheered me up. (Typing, however, has been beyond me for a few days.) Thanks so much!

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