ginger_veela: (Albus Severus)
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Title: Taffy Apple
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Rating: G
Word count: 350
Notes: This pseudo-drabble is for [livejournal.com profile] museme87, who won it in a contest I devised for my f-list. She requested something with an autumn theme, possibly involving caramel (sometimes called taffy) apples. I couldn't resist this bunny once I settled on it. Hope you enjoy your prize, Hillary!

Taffy Apple

“What’s that?” I asked, pointing to the brightly-coloured sack in Al’s hand.

Al reached inside and withdrew a shiny, golden-brown orb on a stick. “Hogsmeade weekend souvenir. Victoire brought it back from Honeydukes.” He grinned. “Want to share?”

Five minutes later we sank onto the grass beneath a large maple tree, the waning sun dappling our robes with light filtered through the dark red leaves. Al watched intently as I took the first bite, crisp tart flesh and soft caramel colliding on my tongue, and licked his bottom lip. I chuckled.

“Hungry?”

“Yeah,” he murmured.

I handed the stick back to him; his hand closed on mine as he lifted the apple to his mouth. His teeth sank into the fruit, lips sliding over the sweet, viscous coating, and I couldn’t avert my eyes; I leaned over, took another bite. My cheek brushed his; I jerked away, blushing. He chuckled.

“Hungry?”

I swallowed hard. “A little,” I whispered, my face hot.

Al shifted closer to me, brought the apple to our lips. Together, we bit and chewed – his jaw moving next to mine, soft black hair grazing my temple. An insatiate desire seized me; I turned my face to his, my heart pounding, and licked a tiny rivulet of caramel from the corner of his lip. He froze.

I pulled back, afraid. Al stared at me, wide-eyed; I withdrew my hand and turned away from him.

“It was dripping down your face,” I said, my voice shaky. “Honestly, you’re such a slob sometimes.”

The silence stretched out between us. He wasn’t buying it – and I knew, in that moment, I had ruined our friendship with that one small, stupid gesture. My stomach lurched; miserably, I rose to my feet.

“We should go in,” I muttered, humiliated. “It’s getting dark.” I started to walk away.

Al grabbed my wrist.

I followed the gentle tug of his hand, dropping to my knees on the grass; I forced myself to look at him. A wide swath of caramel striped Al’s face from nose to chin, a smile playing on his glistening lips.

Date: 2010-08-13 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] le-reves.livejournal.com
:D awww that was so cute, and just like Al to do something like that (in my mind anyway)

I also like the fact that you were listening to the Archies, :)

Date: 2010-08-13 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed.

And yeah, that song is sort of perfect for this fic, I think. ;-)

Date: 2010-08-13 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] museme87.livejournal.com
Thank you! I really enjoyed this little moment between them, especially because their relationship hasn't been established yet. And Al, so mischievous. :) The description of how the apple tastes was wonderful and just spot on. Very cute!

Date: 2010-08-13 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Yay, I'm so glad you liked it. This was fun to write. I tried thinking up an autumn-themed James/Lily or Remus/Sirius story, but with the proximity to Halloween, everything I came up with was really macabre. Thanks for being so flexible w/r/t the pairing!

Date: 2010-08-13 02:10 pm (UTC)
besamislabios: (Albus Severus/Scorpius)
From: [personal profile] besamislabios
Aww I loved that shy and awkward moment, so adorable and lovely. ♥

Date: 2010-08-13 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Thank you! I love shy/awkward first kisses. :-)

Date: 2010-08-13 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tabitha666.livejournal.com
So sweet! Such a lovely little fic.

Date: 2010-08-14 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! :-)

Date: 2010-08-14 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katwoman-68.livejournal.com
I loved this glimpse of the start of their relationship. Nice job.

Date: 2010-08-14 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. :-)

Date: 2010-08-14 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missliss14.livejournal.com
That was lovely, especially Al's carmel face at the end. Cheeky.
Carmel covered apples are one of my favorite things about the fall. Very autumnal!

Date: 2010-08-14 11:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Thank you! They are very autumnal, aren't they?

Date: 2010-08-15 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemondrop34.livejournal.com
Oh, so sweet! I liked the setting of this fic - they're good friends, but not a couple. I loved the innocence of it all.

(And, lol, who knew youcould do innocent?!)

But, of course, you do it BRILLIANTLY. Usually I need porn, but your descriptive writing is so good, I could take a lot of these.

Date: 2010-08-15 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Thanks, hon! I'm glad you liked it despite the lack of porn. ;-) Speaking of which, I've been re-reading certain chapters from TWBU just about every chance I get...damn, woman, I may never get around to writing my own porn again! Yours is just sooo good...
Edited Date: 2010-08-15 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemondrop34.livejournal.com
Heehee - I have a feeling A LOT of folks are gonna do that. There's an obscene amount of taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalking in that fic - something of which I should never be forgiven, lol.

But then again, perhaps the porn does make up for it a little? I hope so!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, I really did enjoy this little bitsy. Truly (and I can't believe I'm saying this) I wouldn't mind additiona, sweet non-porn AS/S from you.
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Truly (and I can't believe I'm saying this) I wouldn't mind additiona, sweet non-porn AS/S from you.

Er, will unsweetened porn with a big helping of angst do? (I'm writing "Running Up That Hill," the first sequel to On A Night Like This.)
From: [identity profile] lemondrop34.livejournal.com
Why yes, I do believe it would!!!

*izkindabeyondexcited*
*reallyrathercrazy*
*willprobablydieofanticipation*
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Hee! I'm glad you're excited. It's pretty dark, though, and probably won't be to everyone's liking. Although judging by some of the dark subject matter you addressed in TWBU, I think you can handle it.
From: [identity profile] lemondrop34.livejournal.com
Well you do the best job of letting people know what they're in for so I'm not too worried. And, its always okay to throw our boyz down a well and not dangle them a rescue rope for awhile. Just as long as everything (well, mostly everything I'm guessing since this is YOU we're talking about here) ends up alright, I'm good.

AND.I.CAN'T.WAIT.



Date: 2010-08-18 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] red-cortina.livejournal.com
Very cute! I'm beginning to feel very autumnal now...

Date: 2010-08-18 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
Thank you! And thanks for commenting. :-)

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