Fandom: Harry Potter
Word count: 1,220
Characters: Teddy and Nate (OMC)
demented'verse timeframe: Teddy's year 6 (2014)
A/N: Originally written for my comment fic-meme. Requested by franztastisch who wanted anything to do with my OMC Nate. I can't really post it to the communities that I normally post demented'verse too, because it doesn't contain anything SPN related - so, my unread apologies to all those demented'verse fans who don't follow me and will therefore never see it.
Summary: Nate gets dumped, Teddy hasn't had much luck either.
Maybe most heterosexual sixteen year-old boys didn’t cuddle with their best friends, especially their gay best friends, but it had become a habit long before Teddy was even fully aware that most people would find it an issue. Thankfully, it wasn’t an issue for Teddy or Nate or any of their friends. The nice thing about Hufflepuff, Teddy thought, was that no one really cared whom you cuddled...Teddy’s last girlfriend had made an issue of it, but that’s what Teddy got for dating a Ravenclaw girl, he figured. Ravenclaws always made the mistake of over-thinking things.
They were squished onto the yellow couch in the common room – the fire reduced to coals, and everyone else long since gone to sleep or, at least, feigning sleep in an effort to give them some privacy.
Earlier that evening Teddy had been doing homework with a group of friends when Nate had arrived in tears. Teddy had pulled him into a hug, before Teddy’s hair had even had a chance to decide if it should be grey with worry, or red with rage. The rest of Teddy’s study group had waited around until Nate assured them that they didn’t need to hex anyone, and then they had made their excuses and left Teddy with an armful of sobbing Nate.
Eventually, Nate had been able to explain that he and Blake had broken up. He wouldn’t explain why, which only made Teddy think the worst – because certainly if it had been mutual or done nicely, then Nate wouldn’t be in such a state. Teddy hadn’t liked Blake anyway – he was egotistical and often condescending, as though he were snogging Nate as a favour rather than because he really wanted to.
Nate yawned into Teddy’s chest and then sniffled a little. Teddy squeezed him in a hug, and then resumed running a hand up and down his back.
“You should be happy to be rid of him, I think,” Teddy said to the top of Nate’s head. “You can do much better.”
“Not at Hogwarts,” Nate sighed. “It’s just him and I, really.”
“What about Timothy?” Teddy said. “I always thought he was-”
“No,” Nate said, “he’s just a bit shy and awkward, that’s all.”
Teddy tried to picture what it’d be like if there were only one girl at Hogwarts – he wasn’t quite sure how he’d react to that. It wasn’t like the girls necessarily made Teddy’s life better – after all, just a few months before Nate had been the one consoling Teddy, after Hilda told him....well, that didn’t matter now.
“I wish I fancied you,” Teddy said honestly.
“I don’t,” Nate laughed, and Teddy thought maybe he was supposed to laugh too, but it was impossible to make any sound around the sudden pain in his chest.
“Oh,” Teddy said, “right.” Daft, really, to think that just because Nate fancied blokes, he might fancy Teddy if Teddy fancied blokes too – of course he wouldn’t, he probably didn’t like the look of Teddy. Not even Hilda had, after all, not really.
“Ted?” Nate said, and then shifted his weight so that he could lift his head from Teddy’s chest and look down at him, eyes confused and then a little wide in understanding.
“Is it because of how I look?” Teddy blurted out, and then winced. “I’m getting better at holding just one appearance, I am...it’s just that-”
“Teddy, no,” Nate said. “I didn’t mean it like that at all. Merlin, I can’t believe she told you-...I still think you should have let me challenge her to a duel for being so horrible to you.”
“It’s the 21st century, Nate,” Teddy smiled. “I don’t need you to defend my honour. Besides, she had a point – it can’t be very nice to think you’re snogging someone attractive only to open your eyes and discover he’s unconsciously shifted into someone quite plain looking.”
“You aren’t plain!” Nate said.
“I am,” Teddy said. “It’s alright.”
“No, you are not,” Nate insisted. “I’ll tell you why I’m glad we don’t fancy each other, and then that’s the end of this discussion, alright?”
“Now, I know you have a bit of a skewed perception giving your god-family, but most people don’t spend the rest of their lives with their Wizard-school-sweethearts,” Nate said. “If you and I fancied each other now, the odds that we’d still be together years from now are quite slim – also, most people can’t be friends after they’ve dated. So, you see, it’s much better that we’re friends and not dating.”
“Because you think we wouldn’t work out at all?” Teddy said. “That’s rather pessimistic of you.”
“No,” Nate sighed. “Because romantic love is volatile and messy and...well, I’m glad we don’t fancy each other because that means that we’re friends – and friendship is much steadier than romance – and...well, basically...basically, I’m glad we don’t fancy each other, because this way I get to keep you forever.”
“Oh,” Teddy said, and smiled up at Nate. “I think that’s the gayest thing you’ve ever said.”
“Shut it, you git,” Nate blushed, but then dropped back down to Teddy’s chest and squeezed him in a hug.
They stayed like that for a few silent minutes, and then Nate spoke up again.
“And I don’t not fancy you because of your looks or the fact that you’re a metamorphmagus,” Nate said. “I don’t fancy you because you are horribly straight and that tends to turn me off, unsurprisingly.”
Teddy laughed, not wanting to admit that it was something he actually needed to hear.
“You’re quite attractive really,” Nate continued. “No matter what you look like, you’re always very attractive Teddy, so don’t listen to anyone who says differently. And I’m not just saying that because I’m your friend – I’ve got very discerning tastes, you know. I certainly wouldn’t let some plain-looking bloke be the best man at my eventual wedding.”
“I’m going to be your best man?” Teddy asked, smiling at the thought, and feeling a rush of happiness as he realized that he really did believe that Nate thought he was attractive.
“Yes,” Nate said. “I’ve got it all planned out – I’ll move to London after we graduate and start dating properly nice and very good-looking men...until eventually I’ll meet the man of my dreams, and then we’ll get married, and you’ll be my best man, and Iggy, Andy, and Penelope will be groomsmen.”
“I’ve got a house in London, you know,” Teddy said. “I think Harry’s planning to give it to me when I graduate. He and Ginny want to move to something smaller when James starts at Hogwarts. We could live together – that way we can make sure neither of date anyone rotten ever again.”
Teddy laughed as Nate scrambled up again and stared down at Teddy with a gobsmacked expression.
“Are you asking me to move into the Most Noble and Ancient House of Black?” Nate asked.
“Yeah, I am,” Teddy smiled. “Though, I was thinking of renaming it to ‘The Most Noble and Attractive House of Lupin and Friends’.”
“I like it,” Nate laughed, giving Teddy a wide smile. “I take it back, I wish we did fancy each other, because I could just snog you senseless right now.”
“Please don’t,” Teddy replied, raising his eyebrows. “It’s hard enough to explain the cuddling!”