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Team Het: Little White Ones 
12th-Mar-2007 11:38 am
Title: Little White Ones
Author: Mizaya
Team: Team Het
Prompt: Lies
Rating: PG-13
Pairings/Characters: Ron/Lavender turned Ron/Hermione
Warnings: None
Length: 1,078
Summary: "The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie" –Anne Landers
Author's Notes: Not my usual fare, but I hope you enjoy it!

Everything he told her was a lie.

At the beginning he thought nothing of it; it was just Lavender Brown. And what he told her wasn't really a lie, just a harmless little untruth. To avoid hurting her feelings. He'd never got on with her very well—not after the rabbit and Uranus incidents especially—so he couldn't understand why she was so interested in talking to him, but she looked pretty with her cheeks pink from the cold, and she'd rested her hand on his. And he could see out of the corner of his eye that Hermione was watching. He couldn't not lie about it.

"Ron, you were fantastic! Did you see me cheering for you?"

"Er...yeah. Yeah, of course! Thanks!"

That little white lie led to a very enjoyable evening of snogging in the common room, in front of everyone. Everyone. He couldn't remember how it got to snogging, exactly, or who started it, but it didn't take long, and it was one of the most satisfying things he'd ever done. When the opportunity presented itself to tell more little lies, why should he not? Telling the truth would just complicate things, and what he liked about Lavender was that she wasn't complicated. Not at all.

"Have you ever gone to an empty classroom with a girl before?"

"Sure, loads of times."

"Ronnie, what happened to your arms? You poor thing!"

"Erm, nothing, really. Misfired spell is all."

"Would your cuts feel better if I kissed them?"

"Yeah, I think so."

"What was Hermione Granger so upset about, anyway?"

"No idea."

The lies weren't making anyone worse off. Better, in fact. Maybe he should have been doing this all along, to save himself the trouble. Lavender was so easy to please. She didn't want to talk things over all the time, she didn't scold him, she didn't harp on him about his homework—sometimes he wondered if she did any of her own except for Divination. He liked the fact that they didn't argue, and if a few little lies here and there ensured there wouldn't be any problems between them, so be it.

"Did you like your necklace, Won-Won?"


"Why aren't you wearing it?"

"I'm saving it for special occasions. You know, don't want it to get lost or stolen or anything."

"Do you like the name Won-Won?"

"Of course!"

Besides, sometimes they weren't even lies. He was just letting her believe he'd said something he hadn't. If she misinterpreted, that was her problem, not his. No one could blame him for it.

"I love you. Do you love me?"


"Do you think we'll be together forever?"


"Do you ever imagine what it would be like to get married?"


He was just making noises while he snogged her. She was the one reading into them. If they led to her putting his hands on her breasts, well, that was worth it, wasn't it?

Of course, not all things last. Ron wasn't sure of the exact point he lost interest in her—maybe it was more of a gradual thing—but he knew when he started admitting it to himself. Almost dying will do that to a bloke. But from the second he woke up he wanted nothing to do with her. The problem was he couldn't figure out how to let her know that without creating a scene. So he figured out how to lie to her without saying anything at all, and that wasn't even real lying.

"Won-Won, are you awake?"


"I wish you weren't asleep every time I came to see you. I miss you."

"I talked to Harry today, and I'm a little upset, Won-Won. Why won't you ever wake up when I visit you? Are you awake when Hermione Granger visits you?"

From then on, he barely had opportunity to lie to her; he was always avoiding her, running the other direction when he saw her. He'd even taken to hiding behind Hermione at times, though he didn't think she was much amused by that. The problem was that talking to Lavender was inevitable while she still considered herself his girlfriend—he'd stopped thinking of her that way long since. And when he did talk to her the lies were more prolific than ever. They didn't even seem to help anymore.

"Where have you been all day, Ron?"

"I've been around. Haven't you seen me?"

"No! I never see you anymore! Are you trying to avoid me?"

"No, I've just been busy."

"Well, will you make time for me later?"

"I'll try. Advanced Potions has me swamped."

"Have you been finding time to spend with Hermione Granger?"

"No, she was just helping me study."

But then everything changed. Ron didn't think anything of following Harry down to the common room with Hermione trailing behind him. It didn't occur to him that no one would be able to see Harry, that it looked as if he was brazenly coming downstairs alone with another girl while still attached to Lavender. It didn't occur to him, that is, until he heard her irate shrieks. Then it was all too clear.

So that's how came to be in the corridor, Lavender screeching at him almost incoherently through her tears. The Fat Lady glared down at him over Lavender's shoulder, looking ready to join in the castigation.

"What were you doing up there with her, alone?"

"We weren't alone!"

"Yes you were! You were doing something with her! How could you?"

"We weren't doing anything like that, I swear!"

For the first time in their relationship, Ron was telling the truth, and for the first time Lavender thought he was lying.

"Did you kiss her?"


"Have you been getting off with her behind my back?"


"Don't lie to me, Ronald!"

"I'm not!"

There was a brief pause in which Lavender caught her breath and wiped her cheeks with her sleeve. Her breath came in shudders, and she looked a mess. Ron had never felt so guilty before—well, not in a while, anyway. What she said next came out calmly, quietly, in a tone that wasn't accusatory but rather resigned and sad.

"Do you fancy her?"

Ron was done lying to her to preserve her feelings. He could see that it was really himself he was lying to, and had been all along. Lavender's feelings were already hurt, and he was responsible. He had to stop this.


The End

Voting for this fic is now closed!
12th-Mar-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ah what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.... I really liked how you made use of HBP canon - nicely done.
12th-Mar-2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was afraid it would be boring to rehash canon, but I'm glad you liked it!
12th-Mar-2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Love your use of the Ron/Lavender relationship in HBP, showing us the Ron aspect of things, and I feel that you've pretty much nailed Ron's attitude to Lavender, how justified that might have been.

Great job!
12th-Mar-2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I appreciate what you said about Ron and his attitude with Lavender--that was definitely my focus.
12th-Mar-2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
For the first time in their relationship, Ron was telling the truth, and for the first time Lavender thought he was lying.

Isn't that the way of it? Very nicely done!
12th-Mar-2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
All too often, yes. Thank you!
13th-Mar-2007 09:40 am (UTC) - "little white ones"
Ah, great job--I can totally see Ron being passive in his words so he can get some action! ;P

Very funny with some of the exchanges between him and Lav!
15th-Mar-2007 05:52 pm (UTC) - Re: "little white ones"
Thank you! I tried to inject a little humor in there, so I appreciate you saying that!
13th-Mar-2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, I can totally see this happening in Ron's head. Very nice use of canon. Well done!
15th-Mar-2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
14th-Mar-2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I liked this and thought it was a good use of the prompt. Poor Lavender, I do have a soft spot for her. With all the missing moment fic out there, I think more could focus on Ron and Lavender's relationship.
15th-Mar-2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have a soft spot for Lavender too--she's not evil or a harlot, she's just a confused, overly emotional teenage girl who got caught in the middle of something she was unaware of.
14th-Mar-2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I can perfectly see this as Ron's version of the R/L we got through Harry's eyes in HBP. It's superbly in character and canonical, and really shows both Ron's desire to have what he thinks he should have (and can't, with Hermione, because he's too chicken to ask), and how little it means to him. As in HBP, I could both feel with him, reading this, and see how much of an utter arse he acted towards Lavender. Very teenage, very 'teaspoon', and overall very Ron.

And quite a bit of interesting fleshing out of Lavender's personality (just not enough to make her into a real person in Ron's eyes – which again is right there with canon).

Good use of prompt, and very good ending.
15th-Mar-2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you for all that!

Very teenage, very 'teaspoon', and overall very Ron.

Exactly what I was going for. 'Teaspoon' is a great way to describe this! :D
15th-Mar-2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh- so happy to have read this. I really can't get enough of HBP Ron/Lavender fics (and I'm always shocked at how few of them exist!) Your Ron was spot on- I absolutely believe that would be his thought process. I also like the fact that no one is vilified in this- Ron isn't evil, he just doesn't really know what to do in this situation (and yes, he totally bungles it!), and Lavender is just a girl who wants to have a boyfriend- not some evil slutbag (which sadly, I've seen a lot of people say about her). Thanks for this!
15th-Mar-2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I also like the fact that no one is vilified in this

I'm glad to hear you say that, because it was definitely my aim not to vilify anyone. I don't believe anyone is evil in this situation, they were just bumbling teenagers without enough sense to figure it all out. There's a lot of maturing going on toward the end of HBP.
18th-Mar-2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was a very interesting look into Ron during HBP. I think you really created a very convincing Ron here -- I could see and believe all of what he was telling himself, what he was doing, and what was going on. Well done! :)
19th-Mar-2007 01:41 am (UTC)
I like how you incorporated canon points. I kinda felt bad for Lavender in the book and you did a good job of fleshing out why.
20th-Mar-2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Nicely done missing moment! I loved your use of the prompt! I really liked his constant justifications and his inability to see the girl in front of him for what she is, very canon.
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