This oneshot was written for Quizilla as step one in a series of George Weasley oneshots I'm লেখা using my updated OC.
(Thanks once again to Ronnichu@DA for the signature)
The summer holiday was finally coming to a close, and Cora Collins was আরো excited than ever to return to Hogwarts. She was a 6th year, which meant she would finally have frequent breaks between classes and even some off periods. She was looking অগ্রবর্তী to these breaks mostly because she wanted that extra time to spend with her friends, ফ্রেড and George Weasley and Lee Jordan. As if that weren’t reason enough, something exciting was taking place at the school this year, and everyone was on needles wondering what it could be.
Using what little information Cora had gathered, she effectively planned out the entire first term before even boarding the Hogwarts Express car, and it wasn’t until she was securely in her আসন and discussing these plans with the devilish trio that she thought she might have forgotten something.
“Cora…” George said, waving his freckled hand in front of her face. “You kind of spaced out for a সেকেন্ড there. Are আপনি ok?”
“What? Oh yeah, sorry. What was I saying?” Cora asked, physically shaking the thoughts from her mind, causing her shoulder-length dark brown hair to tangle towards the ends.
“You were just telling us your theories on what’s going on this year. আপনি sort of trailed off mid-word.” ফ্রেড was smirking at her with curiosity.
“I feel like I’ve forgotten something important. I can’t place what it is though.” Cora’s face was scrunched in thought. Through all of the excitement of the new term, her packing had been a little less than organized. It was possible she forgot a lot of things, which wouldn’t be too devastating. She could always owl her parents. But this felt আরো serious, somehow.
“Never mind that, আপনি can worry about it when we get to school. I liked where আপনি were headed with the plan for this year, let’s go back to that.” ফ্রেড said, as he moved from his spot দ্বারা the window to sit পরবর্তি to Cora, as if him being in closer proximities would help her stay focused.
“It’s Henri!” Cora exclaimed, nearly shaking the car as she jumped in her sudden realization.
“Interesting theory,” ব্যক্ত George, stroking his chin in mock thought.
“I see what আপনি mean,” ব্যক্ত Lee, mimicking George.
“No, not about that! I forgot Henri, my cat.” Cora sat back down between the twins and put her face in her hands and her hands on her knees.
“Oh…” the three boys replied, not nearly as upset about the fact as Cora.
Henri was Cora’s Turkish Angora cat and no one seemed to think he was as perfect, loving, and intelligent as Cora did. In fact, ask the majority of the Gryffindors what they thought of him, and they would tell আপনি that on আরো than one occasion they’ve ‘lightly nudged’ the cat with their foot when he was in the common room. No one would ever admit this around Cora.
“That’s no big deal. I’m sure আপনি can manage being without him until বড়দিন break. Then আপনি can go প্রথমপাতা and get him.” Lee was proud of this logic, and was ready to brush the topic off and সরানো on. Cora wasn’t satisfied.
“It’s not going to be easy. I’ve had that cat since 1st year. He’s part of a tradition.” Cora looked from one face to another and quickly realized that it was pointless to continue the conversation. It was obvious দ্বারা their vacant expressions that the boys didn’t understand and couldn’t care less about her feelings for Henri.
“Just forget it. We’re almost at the castle. Let’s change into our robes; I expect we’ll find out what the big surprise is soon.” Cora pulled down her ট্রাঙ্ক from the overhead bin, and the group excitedly made their preparations to enter Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry once again.
Over a মাস had passed since the start of term. The cool autumn air was setting in and excitements were high as the start of the ‘secret surprise’ of the বছর drew near. During the start of term feast, Cora, the twins, and Lee learned along with the rest of the school that Hogwarts would host the Tri-Wizard Tournament, an event that was finally reinstated after years of being discontinued.
Delegations from Beauxbatons Academy and Durmstrang Academy had arrived at Hogwarts to determine who the champions would be. Once chosen, the champions would then participate in a series of contests to determine who the Tournament winner would be. For the first time in tournament history, there was also an age limit. Champions must be 16 years of age to participate.
Between আরো advanced classes and homework, the excitement of the upcoming tournament, and Fred, George, and Lee trying to develop an aging potion to trick the Goblet of আগুন which would pick champions, Cora barely had time to miss Henri. It was আরো of a nagging ache in the pit of her stomach, but in the late nights and early mornings it was worse.
One Saturday night, Cora had stayed up late in the common room, tutoring Neville Longbottom in potions. Most of the other Gryffindors had long gone to sleep, and as Cora nodded off in an oversized armchair, she subconsciously began stroking the বালিশ in her lap. It must have been a ridiculous sight because ফ্রেড teased her for three days afterward, even though Neville had tried to take the বালিশ away before anyone else saw.
A Wednesday morning she woke up bright and early, wandered into the 4th বছর boy’s dormitory and practically tackled Harry Potter to the ground trying to get his Marauder’s Map. She wanted to use it to sneak into the kitchens before anyone else woke up so she could grab some দুধ for her cat. It took several মিনিট for him to remind her that Henri wasn’t there, and the দুধ would most likely curdle before making the trip to London.
Things were becoming increasingly hectic for everyone at Hogwarts. The champions had been chosen (unfortunately ফ্রেড and George’s aging potion was a disastrous failure), and Harry Potter was among them despite the fact that he was only fourteen. With everything that was going on, it looked like Cora wasn’t going to be able to make it প্রথমপাতা for the holidays, which meant that she would not be able to pick up Henri. Something that would be so simple and unimportant to most people was starting to wear on her nerves and her good mood.
If nothing else, ফ্রেড and George could be trusted to cheer up a friend even if they didn’t completely understand why that friend was so upset. It was a rainy দিন and Cora could hear the twins before she could see them. She had taken up her post in the chair দ্বারা the আগুন in the common room, and ফ্রেড and George were running down the corridor outside, Filch hot on their feet for dripping mud through the castle.
“Cora! We have a surprise for you!” She heard ফ্রেড yelling as he crawled through the Gryffindor entrance.
“It’s brilliant, you’ll প্রণয় it!” George ব্যক্ত after his brother. Both twins were in plain view now and they looked a mess. Cora laughed as she stared from Fred’s muddy nose to George’s matted hair. It was several সেকেন্ড before she noticed what they held in their hands.
“Awww…” Cora ব্যক্ত (read squealed) as she spotted the matching ginger kittens, one in Fred’s hand the other in George’s.
ফ্রেড and George just smiled. “I’m not even going to make fun of আপনি for that disgusting display of girly affection,” ব্যক্ত Fred, cuddling the kitten in his hands. “George did the same thing when we first saw them a couple of weeks ago.”
Cora grabbed the kitten George was holding and started rubbing it against her face. “You guys knew about these weeks পূর্বে and didn’t tell me! They’re so adorable, where did আপনি find them?”
“We didn’t tell আপনি because we wanted it to be a surprise,” ব্যক্ত Fred.
“Yeah, we wanted to wait until they were old enough to leave their mother. So আপনি could have them,” ব্যক্ত George, now smiling bigger than ever.
“You mean…these are… mine?!” Cora could barely contain her excitement. Two twin kitties and they were all hers. “You never answered my question, though. Where did আপনি get these guys?” Cora sat on the floor as ফ্রেড and George followed to form a বৃত্ত so the বেড়ালছানা could play with each other on the inside.
“Hagrid actually found them near the edge of the forest. Apparently there are a few feral মার্জার that live there and one had a litter,” George said, removing his finger from the painful grip of a kitten’s firm jaw.
“Hagrid was caring for the litter and we saw. That’s when George here had the idea to pick one out for you, only when we saw that there were two that were identical, we thought they’d be perfect.” ফ্রেড said, as he picked up one kitten and handed the other to George.
They held the বেড়ালছানা close to their face as George ব্যক্ত “The resemblance is uncanny, right?”
Cora laughed. It was true; the ginger বেড়ালছানা looked and acted a lot like their human counterparts. She couldn’t believe how thoughtful her বন্ধু had been, and even though Cora had no intention to let the বেড়ালছানা replace Henri, the sentiment was very nice and she would give the বেড়ালছানা a proper প্রথমপাতা until summer, and then it would be up to her parents as to whether অথবা not they could be hers permanently. “Thanks so much আপনি guys,” she said, hugging them both. “They’re perfect! What are we going to name them?”
ফ্রেড and George looked from each other, to Cora, to the মার্জার playing on the carpet.
“Well, we sort of thought that was obvious, isn’t it?” ফ্রেড asked.
“Yeah,” ব্যক্ত George, “That one there is ফ্রেড and this one’s George.” He pointed to Kitten ফ্রেড then picked up Kitten George and lovingly kissed the শীর্ষ of his head.
“That could get confusing, don’t আপনি think?” Cora asked, raising an eyebrow at her friends. “I was thinking আরো like Thing 1 and Thing 2. I used to read the book a lot when I was a kid and I think those names are perfect.”
“What book is that?” George asked, feeling dejected and not very pleased with Cora’s name choices.
“You know, Dr. Suess,” she said, matter-of-factly.
“I don’t get it. Is he a doctor অথবা a cat?” ফ্রেড asked, holding tightly to Thing 1 (read Kitten Fred) as if he was regretting his decision to give it to Cora.
“All right, fine. But don’t yell at me when I tell ফ্রেড to stop licking George’s tail and people get the wrong idea.” Cora said, laughing.
“That’s just what we were hoping for, actually.” ফ্রেড gave his trademarked mischievous grin.
“Exactly,” ব্যক্ত George.
Later that night Cora smiled as she saw ফ্রেড sprawled out on the sofa with ফ্রেড asleep on his chest. George was still awake and was playfully jumping out from behind tables at George. This was definitely the happiest Cora had been all year.
Cora walked to where human George was sitting and sat পরবর্তি to him. “Hey,” she whispered, trying not to wake the Freds. “I just wanted to thank you.”
“You’re welcome, Cora. And you’ve thanked us loads enough already. Besides, these guys are cute and funny, so really it worked out for everyone.” George smiled and nudged Cora’s shoulder playfully.
“Yeah, I know. But I wanted to thank আপনি specifically.” Cora ব্যক্ত slowly.
George furrowed his brow. “Why me specifically?,” He asked.
“Because it was your idea. Fred’s great, but I know this would have never happened if it weren’t for you. So, thanks,” and with that she stood, pet Kitten George on the head and walked towards the girl’s dormitory.
Kitten George wobbled to follow her, and as she turned to pick him up she caught a glimpse of George Weasley, staring into the fire, a giant smile on his face and his cheeks a little too flushed to be a product of the flames.