A/N: Happy Birthday to the Sugar Quill, Happy Birthday to the Sugar
Congratulations you guys! The site is wonderful and I hope
you have many more Happy Birthdays to come! As for my story
its up to snuff. I know that Imuch like our dear Ronniekinswould
be very upset if our beloved Quills were banned. I did borrow a few extra
things from JKR in this particular Fic (you know other than the characters,
;o) The article from the Daily Prophet bears a very close
resemblance to the articles in Quidditch Through the Ages,
and for a very good reasonI am trying to make it seem that all the
articles were written by the same reporter. ;o) To wrap this up (I dont
want my A/N to be longer than the Fic
hehehe) I would like to thank
my wonderful Beta-Reader Christina Teresayou ROX girl!
Part One Dreams
The sun rose as it would on any normal day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry. It crept up over the hills, casting a golden glow across
the grounds. Fingers of light climbed up the walls, casting the first
rays into the classrooms and dormitories.
Ron Weasley had been awake for hours. Lately, sleep had been hard to
find. The moment his eyes shut the cold, evil shadow would appear high
in the night sky, poisonous and green. He would hear desperate, pleading
screams. He ran, trying to save them, to help, but it was impossible.
The farther he ran the further away the mark would retreat. He knew those
voices. He had to save them
And, he would wake. Panting, cold sweat drenched his maroon pajamas.
He never saved them; he was never fast enough.
Ron never told anyone of his dreams, not even his best friends. God
knows, Harry has enough on his mind. Ron knew Harry still felt guilty
about the death of Cedric Diggory and uprising of the Dark Lord in the
previous year. He held himself accountable. Ron knew, as everyone else
did, that the incidents were not Harrys fault. But Harry couldnt
see it. And Hermione
Ron felt his cheeks redden at the mere thought
of telling her hi s dream. He would be more likely to tell the Dark Lord
himself than Hermione. You just didnt tell girls about dreams like
that. They would think it was sweet or some such rubbish. No, he could
definitely not tell Hermione
Ron rose from his bed and pulled on his robes. He glanced over at Harry
who was sleeping fitfully. He was talking in his sleep again. No
Ron shook his friends shoulder. Harry! Harrywake up!
You were having a dream.
Ohone of them again
which one? Imperious? Cedric? Moody
Harry began to count them out on his fingers.
Ron had to laugh at his friends ability to joke on the subject.
Sounded like Imperious.
Ah--thats a good one
They rolled their eyes together.
Want to go down to breakfast? Ron asked.
Part Two The Daily Prophet
The Great Hall was still fairly unoccupied; after all, it was very early.
There was, however, one person seated at the Gryffindor table.
Hermione! What are you doing here this bloody early?!
I could ask you the same thing Ron. Hermione raised her eyebrows
in a superior stare.
Ron turned to Harry and rolled his eyes as he took a seat across from
Hermione. As he was helping himself to some bacon, Hermione starting giggling.
Hermione doesnt giggleI wonder whats going on
raised his eyebrows questioningly at Harry who was looking nearly as surprised
as he felt.
UmHermione? Whats wrong? Ron said this very
timidly as if he was afraid his friend had gone quite mad.
Hermione pressed her hand to her mouth to suppress the giggles; Ron was
strongly reminded of Parvati Patil. She was quite red in the face before
she regained enough control to respond.
just this article
words came out more as gasps than words, but they knew what she meant
all the same. She held up The Daily Prophet with a shaking hand, So
Ron snatched the paper from her hand. Harry leaned in to read over his
A Nation Quill-less
A nation, a people, left Quill-less. It became clear last night that
the Ministry of Magic is indeed banning Sugar Quills, the beloved and
popular wizarding candy.
As you may have noticed, said an irritable Ministry representative
last night when asked to comment, Sugar Quills were created to cheat
employers and educators out of workers and students attention.
They cause slow, lazy, and too-laid-back work environments, and create
the inability for students to concentrate. I mean, really, just last week,
I went in to the dentist--a dentist of all people--and he was too busy
sucking on the danged Quill to pay attention to what he was doing.
The official stopped at this point to show me his four missing front teeth.
Nearly lost all my teeth, I did. Were banning em and
At this point the official was forced to leave the area, due to the
sudden hailing of Sugar Quills thrown by angry demonstrators. Although
the protest was stopped later with only a few casualties, the nation is
left with a sadness, caused by the loss of their Sugar Quills.
Twont be the same, said a very sorrowful student.
Whatll I do without my Quill?
It looked as if Ron didnt find this nearly as humorous as Hermione,
in fact he looked downright furious.
Theyre banning Sugar Quills?!? The good-for-nothing ********!
(Ron!) He started waving the paper quite violently and Harry
had to duck to avoid a blow to the head. They could tell he was gearing
up for one of his great temper tantrums (Hermione preferred to call them
Oh honestly, Ron! Hermione was looking quite back to normal
now, and she rolled her eyes as she spread jam on her toast, Theyre
just Quills for goodness sake.
Just Quills?!? Just Quills?!? Sugar Quills arent just Quills,
just what Sugar Quills were exactly Harry and Hermione never found out.
Ron stood up, red faced, and stormed out of the Great Hall, still waving
the paper above his head.
Harry turned to Hermione who was frozen in her seat, looking half surprised
and half utterly horrified. They sat there for minutes before either said
a word. Finally Hermiones lips formed a single word, Wow.
Part Three Ron-less
Harry and Hermione werent too worried about Ron at first. They
were used to his outbursts. But when he didnt show up for Charms
they began to get worried. Very worried.
This just isnt like Ron. Hermione looked anxious as she scrawled
a quick note to Harry. We should go look for him; I just hope he hasnt
done anything too drastic.
Harry read the note and nodded firmly. Well go straight after class.
Soon the pair were hurrying down halls, looking in spare classrooms,
and calling out for Ron.
Hermione was looking quite wild as she wrung her hands. Oh, Harry!
Where could he be?
Dunno, Hermione. Weve looked every-- Harry stopped
dead in the hallway and grabbed Hermiones arm. The Marauders
Both turned and sprinted for Gryffindor Tower.
A few minutes later the pair were in the Gryffindor common room with
the map spread out before them.
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. Harry tapped his
wand to the parchment and words blossomed across the page.
And sure enough, there was the dot, neatly labeled, Ronald Weasley.
Hermione slapped her hand to her mouth. I cant believe it!
Rons in the
Harry laughed. Oh come on Hermione, were not as bad as that!
We do go to the library sometimes
I know, Harry. She gave him a small smile. But can
I ask you a favor?
Harry looked quite surprised at the request but said, Of course,
She looked absolutely gleeful. Harry? Can I go down and get Ron
Now he was really confused. Er
Oh thanks, Harry, youre wonderful! She kissed him on
the cheek and practically bounded out of the room.
Harry stared after her, Thats it. Both of my friends are
Part Four Quillers United
Hermione raced down the stairs and had settled into a rather jaunty
walk by the time she reached the library. Oh--she was going to get Ron
so good! All the times he had tortured her about running to the library.
He was going to pay. She was humming quite merrily as she entered the
library. She grinned at Madam Pince, who acknowledged her with a rather
She found Ron fairly quickly (who could miss that flaming hair?) seated
at a table with mounds of books, all towering over his head.
But as soon as she saw his face, all thoughts of teasing him were dismissed.
He looked desperate, frantic. He was flipping through a particular book
quite violently, and muttering vehemently. He hadnt even noticed
she was there. It took Hermione a moment to get up enough courage to say
something. She was a very brave girl, a Gryffindor, and shed faced
a 3-headed dog for Petes sake
but this was quite another matter.
Ron looked as if he could lash out quite horribly at any moment.
She cleared her throat in hopes that he would look up. Nope. She was
going to have to say something
Okay here goes
His head snapped up and wild brown eyes settled on her. Listen,
Hermione--Im kind of busy right now.
Ron, are you okay?
He didnt even look up from his book, Of course Im not
okay! Can you believe what the Ministry is doing? Banning Sugar Quills!
his voice lowered slightly, And with everything else thats
She felt a sudden rush of annoyance, Oh, Ron, honestly! I cant
believe youre getting so
she stopped short, suddenly
realizing what he just said: everything else thats going on. Of
course! Why had it taken her this long to realize the obvious?
Her tone softened, Ronthis doesnt have anything to
do with Sugar Quills, does it?
His eyes met hers again, What else would it be about, Hermione?
This was so hard to say. What if she was wrong? But she couldnt
it all came in a rush after that,
Ron, I know that you are upset about everything thats going on,
everyone else is too
but you just cant keep your feelings all
inside you know. You dont have to.
Ron look completely dumbfounded, a blush was rising steadily up his freckled
cheeks, his ears already crimson. Iuhwell
Thats what youre so upset about, isnt it?
You can tell me, Ron.
Ron looked as if he was going to protest, but as quickly as his rage
had set in that morning he became shy. He averted his eyes to the floor
and mumbled, Well, I guess
Hermione pulled up a chair and pushed a great stack of books away from
them. Ron, its okay for you to be upset you know.
more mumbles. But IIm
A guy? she supplied, Youre a guy so youre
not allowed to be scared, right?
Ron, thats just ridiculous! Harry is a guy and we both know
that he is scared sometimes. Its not something you need to be ashamed
Yeah. And for the first time in their conversation Ron looked
right at her. Ive just always tried to be strong. Quickly
realizing what he had just said he recovered, you know, for Harry.
He always has so much to deal with, he doesnt need his friend getting
and you know, for you, too
Oh, Ron! Hermione leapt up and hugged Ron. He looked quite
embarrassed, but pleased all the same. After a minute he pulled away.
Do you want to go back up to the common room now? Harrys
probably wondering where we are
As they reached the door, Ron turned to Hermione. You know, I was
worried about that other stuff
but it really is ruddy insane to ban
Hermione smiled. Planning on starting a Rights for Sugar
I just might
how about Sugar Quill Liberation Front?
We could team up with Spew
for wizarding rights everywhere!
Its S.P.E.W., not Spew!
You could be Vice President and Harry could be Treasurer
he turned and winked at her, and of course well have to make
some great buttons
Oh Ron! Honestly!