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Title: Time Enough
Author: TBD
Recipient: celandineb
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters or Pairing: Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Summary: They have had decades of world enough. Now, friends together as ever, they look forward to time.
Notes: Thanks to Karelia for betaing, and my friend, Cel, for always inspiring me as I write. Happy Holidays, lovely!


Spring usually came late to the Highlands, but this year the bitter cold and light flurries had continued long past the time when snow drop should have given way to crocus. The two figures standing on a balcony of Hogwarts' rebuilt central tower were heavily cloaked against the biting wind of a winter unwilling to loosen its grip.

The ache they shared, however, wasn't merely the chill settling into their old bones.

"I cannae imagine Hogwarts without ye, Pomona."

"Then retire with me, Minerva."

"Ye ken I cannae, not afore Mr. Corner is settled as Potion's master and your Longbottom has had a full year as Head of Gryffindor."

Pomona sighed. "I do know. I just wish..."

"Aye."

Little was said as the wind whistled around the tower until Pomona reached to take Minerva's hand.

Minerva returned the reassuring squeeze.

"It's not as if you won't be summering with me, nor can you keep me from visiting."

"Aye."

Pomona smiled. Over sixty-five years of friendship she had learned the subtle differences in Minerva's clipped tone, and that aye held more hope than she'd heard from her since Pomona shared her intention to leave the greenhouses to her apprentice and enjoy the now-settled peacetime.

"The Roxburghshire house won't be home until you join me, Minerva."

"Aye." The tightening around her eyes eased. "I'll be selling Elphinstone's cottage."

"To Neville?"

"Hannah wishes to be closer to the Three Broomsticks, and t'would be nice tae think of the cottage filled with the sounds of a happy family."

There, where Elph and I had too few years together, left unspoken.

"Elph would be pleased." Pomona squeezed Minerva's hand once more, then both pretended the other wasn't surreptitiously dabbing at their eyes.

"Aye." She straightened. "You're a fine friend, Pomona Sprout."

"As are you, Minerva McGonagall."

The women smiled to themselves.

Comments

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celandineb
Dec. 25th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
*sighs happily* Such a lovely, calm vignette - the long years of friendship are so evident, and I love the hint of Minerva's backstory. Good for Pomona for deciding to take a well-deserved retirement, and good for Minerva for responsibly waiting until she can take leave without qualms.

Thank you, "mystery" author! I didn't mean to post this so late today, and I hope that doesn't mean this beautiful ficlet doesn't get the attention it deserves. *smooches* Have a very happy Christmas, sweetie!
juniperus
Jan. 1st, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
Making you happy was entirely the point - I'm SO pleased to have been given the chance to write you a bit of warmth at Christmastime.
<3 <3 <3

As always, may the new year bring you much joy! *hugs and hugs and hugs*
cruisedirector
Dec. 25th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
This is very lovely and so perfect for the season!
juniperus
Jan. 1st, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3 Happy New Year!
alisanne
Dec. 25th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
What a lovely and sweet vignette. The deep friendship between them drips off the page.
Beautifully done! :)
juniperus
Jan. 1st, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3

Happiest of new years to you!
angela_snape
Dec. 26th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
A lovely moment between friends!
juniperus
Jan. 1st, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
:)
Thank you!
torino10154
Dec. 26th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Wonderful picture of their friendship. Very nicely done.
juniperus
Jan. 1st, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
conzieu
Jan. 2nd, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
Calm and hopeful, this is a beautiful moment in time, a celebration of a very long friendship. I love the hint of Minerva's back story. Just lovely.
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