Again, I don't own this; it all belongs to JK Rowling. :-) Also, more thanks
to Mieke, my beta, shellebelle, and Teen People Magazine for the Teen
Witch Weekly excerpt in this chapter. So I hope you all enjoy, and read
and review! :-)
2: The Search for a Cure
Upon returning to the castle, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny set off to the
library for some research. The only two people who were really gung-ho for a
library trip were Ron and Hermione. Harry and Ginny felt their time was a bit
better spent in any other place than the library, and really wouldn't have
minded laughing at Ron for the remainder of his huccuping episode. However,
neither of them could help feeling a little sorry for the redheaded sixth year,
and with Hermione's persistence at helping him, they didn't exactly have a
choice in doing research.
The four witches and wizards pulled numerous books off of the shelves, looking
for anything that might concern hiccups.
"Oh, OK, this could be something," Hermione said, skimming a rather
thick book of remedies, "its says, 'The hiccups are caused by a muscle
spasm occurring in the diaphragm. To relax the diaphragm and overcome the
muscle spasm, take many deep, continued breaths.' Go ahead, Ron, try it. You
never know, it just might work."
"Well, I suppose- hic- I can try- hic-, but it didn't- hic-
work that last time." hiccupped Ron, as the others attempted to
suppress their giggles.
"Come on, Ron, give it a shot," encouraged Harry.
"Really, Ron, you don't know if things will have changed or not since
then," Ginny agreed.
"Ok. Here- hic - it goes," said Ron, finally taking a huge breath.
He let it out slowly, and took another breath when it was gone. This continued
for about thirty seconds before--
Ron's face immediately showed his disappointment, and his words confirmed it,
"See? It's never- hic- going to help!"
"Oh, I'm sorry, Ron," Hermione consoled, although looking just as put
out over the sudden return of the hiccupping. "I guess we'll just have to
keep looking for something."
Over the next hour, the teenagers searched in book after book, usually coming
across some useful information. While this was always promising, nothing seemed
to help Ron. Every trick in the book, in every book actually, had been tried
and nothing was going to cure him. Hermione cast a bubblehead charm on Ron to
get him to breathe in his own carbon dioxide (apparently she was trying to
substitute for a paper bag). But it was a lost cause, just like everything
else. Finally, Harry announced that he thought they should all head back up to
the common room. The other three agreed, none too reluctantly, for Ron had
been getting more and more disappointed with each fallen attempt. Even
Hermione was looking hopeless, like her beloved library had failed her. As
they trooped up the stairs toward Gryffindor Tower, Harry thought of something.
"You know, they always say that you can scare the hiccups out of
"BOO!" Ginny yelled in Ron's face. Unfortunately, he was so down
about nothing working, Ron simply gave his sister a pathetic look and a hiccup
for a reply. "Well, I tried," Ginny mumbled.
"Maybe we can try that on him tomorrow," Harry reassured Ginny with a
small smile. They all climbed into the portrait hole, just in time for a loud
hiccup from Ron.
After sitting around the fireplace a while in the common room, Ron's hiccups
seemed to be just too much for most people to bear. Sure, at first, everyone
made a huge joke out of it, but soon enough, reality set in for Seamus, Dean,
and Neville, who realized they would be listening to the hiccups all night in
their dormitory. Most people had gone to bed early, Ginny among them, and
pretty soon, all but the trio had vanished. Hermione was still very put out by
the failed search for a cure, so she attempted to put it out of mind with her
studies. Harry and Ron tried to study, but Harry couldn't tune out Ron's
hiccups, and poor Ron was just beside himself. Finally, when this became too
much, the boys decided to call it a night.
"I just hope that I- hic- sleep with my mouth shut," Ron said,
turning on his heel and walking up the boys' staircase, Harry following closely
"Well, I doubt it…" Hermione mumbled when they were gone, although
she could still hear a few distant hiccups. She was all alone in the common
room now, and was packing up her things to go to her own dormitory, when she
saw the latest issue of the wizarding world's newest magazine Teen Witch
Weekly sitting on a nearby table. Not knowing what may be in it of use or
whom it might belong to, Hermione picked up the copy and flipped it open to a
random page. She skimmed through a few stories- "How to Make your Eyes
Shine, Literally"… "Charm your Way into His Heart"… "Make
that Perfect Dinner for a Date"… Wait! Something had caught her eye in a
story called "20 Facts about Boys." It said- Random fact: Boys
get bad bouts of hiccups more often than girls do. What this means to you: Ok,
maybe it's not so random after all. If your crush gets a bad case, surprise
him with a kiss! A surprise move is a popular home remedy, since it is believed
to divert nerve activity to a different area.
Hermione sat, stunned at the impact of the words she had just read. This was
the answer. If Ron wasn't surprised by anything else, this just might do the
trick. All she needed to do was kiss him. This was all too perfect! But she
couldn't do that, could she? And what if other people were watching? No,
Hermione wasn't the type to just waltz up to a guy and start snogging him, let
alone in front of a lot of people. However, under the circumstances…
Hermione closed the magazine and set it back on the table where she had found
it. She gathered her things once again and made her way towards the girls'
staircase. Now that she had an idea, all she needed was a plan. Deciding not
to think about it until the next day, she climbed the steps to her dormitory.