Nov 27, 2022 3:30 AM
platform nine and three quarters, and beyond // originally harriet met ron on the train instead of hermione
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Ron is enthralled!

After a little while there's a knock at the trolley door.

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"Yes? Come in."

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The door slides open to reveal a plump woman pushing a cart stacked high with candy.  "Anything off the trolley, dears?"

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Ron - glances rather longingly at the cart, but says "no thanks" in a low voice and looks awkwardly at his knees.

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...She's not a candy person but oh no Ron looks sad, and she has all this money -

She counts out some of her pocket money and gets a very large sampling of candies, then turns to Ron and shoves some of it at him.

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He goes red.  " - no, you don't have to - "

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"Think she already did, dear," the woman says kindly.  "I'll throw in an extra chocolate frog, I think, too."

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Firm nod.

And, to the trolley lady, "Thank you, ma'am."

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"Happy to help," she says to Harriet, giving her a conspiratorial sort of smile.

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She grins back and accepts the chocolate frog gratefully, then piles the candy next to Ron - the bench is wide enough she can sit on the other end with the candy in between them.

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"You should at least have half," he says.  "It's your gold."

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"I don't usually eat bunches of candy... It's okay if you have more than half."

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Shy grin.  "...thanks."

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She grins back, happy, and starts sorting through the candy a bit.

...Actually, didn't she get a chocolate frog in the hospital? She never looked at the card...

She pulls it out of a pocket after some searching.

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"NICHOLAS FLAMEL," reads the little pentagonal card, "1330-1507," with a little picture of a squat bushy-bearded man framed under the label.

As she looks at the picture, it makes eye contact with her and blinks.

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Woah.

Moving pictures is still so weird.

She squints down at the text.

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“One of the most celebrated alchemists in wizarding history, Nicholas Flamel is the first and only known wizard to have successfully created the Philosopher’s Stone, used to create that cornerstone of modern magical medicine, the Elixir of Life.  Flamel created nine Philosopher’s Stones in his life, and donated them to magical hospitals in every part of the world.  One such stone has remained in Britain even to this day.”

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Super woah!

She carefully puts the card back in her pocket, then sorts through the other candies, looking for very weird stuff to try.

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If she's looking for weird she can't do better than Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.  (Well, no, knowing wizards she probably can, but they're a classic!)

Ron spies her investigating the box, and between noms of a licorice wand says, "Do muggles have jellybeans?  I heard there's a lot fewer flavors in the muggle ones."

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"Yeah. There's lots of flavors, but I wouldn't say 'every'..." She tries one.

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Steak and kidney pudding!  Not just steak-and-kidney-pudding-flavored jelly bean, either; it tastes and feels exactly like a bite of the real thing.

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Weird!!!

She reports this result, and that Muggle jelly beans don't do that, and tries another.

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"What, really?" he says.  "What do they do?"

(Brussels sprouts, fried in a neutral oil, seasoned with salt and pepper.)

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"They mostly taste like sugar and artificial flavoring. Like, fruits or sodas, but only kinda."

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"What's artificial flavoring?"

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