Sorry, really short chapter but I promise the next ones will be longer and much more full of action.
She saw a hand extended in front of her and took it, helping her getting up from the floor. She recognized immediately the person in front of her though she had never met him before.
"Thank you!" She said to him, smiling in embarrassment. "I'm always a klutz when it comes to using the Floo." The man in front of her smiled, white teeth shining.
"Well, at least you didn't end up in Nocturne Alley this time," commented Ron with a smirk.
Hope glared at him playfully. "Oh come on! It was only once."
The eldest Weasley child grinned at the scene. Hope noticed immediately the sweeping glance on her figure though he was being subtle about it. Hope internally smirked.
Mr. Wesley appeared from the fireplace next and Hope got out of the way, inadvertently coming closer to Bill's side. Though she wasn't short anymore, Bill was much taller and she barely reached his shoulder. Hope was rather sure he had a perfect visual of her neckline and what was underneath because she caught him looking down, though, to his credit, he immediately diverted his gaze.
Like the book described, Bill Weasley looked cool (and hot though she could understand why there was no mention of that in Harry's thoughts on paper). He was tall and lean, his dark red hair were long and tied in a ponytail. His left ear pierced with a fang, his eyes a cobalt blue.
"You must be Bill." She said to him, once she had regained her feet. "Nice to meet you. I'm Hope."
Bill smiled at her, shaking her hand. "Nice to meet you too. Ron has told me a lot about you."
"Oh. That's a little terrifying." She joked.
Bill laughed slightly at her. "Don't worry, all good things." Then in a lower voice he added, "Though he didn't mention you were so beautiful. I thought that would be the first thing out of his mouth." Hope couldn't figure out if he was being flirty or simply gentlemanly.
Ron snorted. "She didn't always look like that."
"Oh yeah?" Another voice intruded into the conversation. "And how did she look like before?"
"Like a boy." Ron replied bluntly. "A scrawny one."
Hope glared at him, though she wasn't really upset. The person who had spoken, Charlie Weasley, took a good look at her as well, much more obvious that his brother's had been and then said, "Huh, difficult to imagine."
"You must be Charlie." Hope said, putting a stop to a conversation that was becoming a little awkward.
"Yup. Nice to finally meet you Hope." He got up from the chair he was sitting on, extending his hand towards her. Hope shook his hand and felt the calluses rough on her palm. She couldn't help but notice the muscles rippling from under his white shirt. He was shorter and stockier than Bill and less handsome, though he was still very attractive in a rugged way.
"So how's Nobert – or should I call her Norberta? Did she grow much bigger?"
Charlie grinned at her, his brown eyes sparkling. "Much bigger, and temperamental as well."
"Well, I can't say I'm an expert but I thought that would be obvious in a dragon."
Charlie grinned, adding "The temperamental part is true in all females, whatever species they belong to."
Hope scoffed though she was amused, "Well, then being insufferable must certainly be a male trait." She raised an eyebrow in challenge and Charlie smirked, licking his lips.
"Okay, enough with the flirting you two." Fred intervened, making Hope blushed and Charlie to glare at his little brother. Hope was glad Mr. Weasley went to the kitchen to tell his wife that Hope had arrived because that would have been embarrassing for him to hear.
Hope noticed Hermione and Ginny entering the living room in that moment and she smiled a brilliant smile at her friend. "Hermione! It's so good to see you!"
Hermione widened her eyes when she saw her. "Hope?"
Hope grinned at her friend. "What a change hum? I had a make-over this summer."
"What about your glasses? And your hair?"
"Potions. It may not seem that way but I actually listen to Snape talking, though he would prefer I didn't exist."
Hermione smiled at her, though she still looked surprised. "It's good to see you as well."
Hope then said hi to Ginny, not wanting her to feel left out. Ginny didn't blush or stammer fortunately but she still couldn't look Hope in the eyes. Hope almost rolled her eyes at the display; she could understand that Ginny felt embarrassed about what had happened in second year and that, in addition to the girl crush she always had towards Hope, could make things a little awkward but still, wasn't it time to get over it already?
Mrs. Weasley got out of the kitchen just then and immediately said, "Oh, Hope, look at you! So beautiful! Isn't she beautiful boys?" She didn't wait for an answer and continued, "So skinny though. Weren't the Dursleys feeding you? Oh, let me make something for you."
"Oh no, Mrs. Weasley, it's not necessary." Hope replied, smiling at her.
"I insist dear. I just baked a chocolate cake, how about I make some tea hum?"
Hope shrugged and Mrs. Weasley took that as a yes because she immediately returned to the kitchen.
Bill put a hand on her back, seemingly a little startled when he encountered bare skin though he didn't take his hand away and instead directed her towards a chair around the table. The others followed suit and soon everyone was around the table sipping tea and eating a delicious slice of cake.
Since she was feeling a little naughty, she leaned on the table to grab the sugar, perfectly aware that the person in front of her – Charlie – could see very far down her shirt in that position. Charlie almost choked on his tea at the visual and Hope immediately hid her smirk behind her cup.
She also couldn't help but exaggerate her moans of delight while eating the cake, just to mess with the boys, licking her fork thoroughly with her tongue and then sucking on it with her lips. She noticed both twins shifting uncomfortably in their seats and even Bill, the one seemingly less affected, had a slight blush covering his cheeks, barely noticeable but still very much there.
Yes, she was being a horrible flirt but she didn't regret it. After all what was the point of being in the Harry Potter world if she couldn't have a little fun?