Reckless and a Little Magical

Title: Reckless and a Little Magical
Author: Keira Marcos
Big Short Prompt: Magic
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: Romance
Relationship: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
Warnings: Language, discussion of verbal abuse and domestic violence
Word Count: 745 (complete)
Summary: Hermione’s mother educates her daughter in a blunt fashion.

* * * *

There was nothing attractive about Ron Weasley. He was lazy, foul-tempered, judgmental, and verbally abusive. The information her mother had sent her on abusive relationships had frankly stunned her speechless. The letter she’d sent home about Ron dating Lavender had just been her way of venting, and she’d admitted that she had a bit of a crush on Ron. Her mother’s response of “What the fuck!?” on a Post-It slapped on top of pamphlets on gaslighting, verbal and emotional abuse and domestic violence had been startling to find on the top of her birthday package.

Her mother was right, of course, Ron was not a good boy, and she couldn’t count on him to be a better man. He had the manners and the demeanor of a feral hippogriff. She was young, of course, but magicals normally made romantic and magical connections at a young age. And she’d been seeking to make such a connection herself. Hermione had been ignoring how incompatible she and Ron were not just in personality but in magical ways as well. Her fingers trembled as she opened the information on domestic violence once again. The statistics were horrific, and she wondered how that translated into the magical world.

Ron insulted her often—her work ethic, her Muggle parents, her desire for knowledge. He found fault with practically everything she did unless it directly benefited him. The very idea that she’d been willing to overlook that just to have a boyfriend made her feel stupid. It wasn’t a state Hermione Granger was all that familiar with. She closed the booklet and took a deep breath.

“You okay?”

She turned to find that Harry had joined her on the sofa. It was late, but not past curfew so she didn’t try to lecture him for not being in bed. Though he looked exhausted, not a surprise since Quidditch try-outs had been something of a disaster. He was holding a small, unwrapped box.

“Still upset about Ron and Lavender?” Harry questioned.

“Not the way you think,” Hermione said then slouched against the sofa with a frown. “Harry, Ron’s…terrible.”


“He’s verbally abusive, rude, judgmental, and lazy. I don’t know why I thought…” She huffed.

“Perhaps you thought you could manage him?” Harry questioned. “Change him to suit your needs?”

She blushed. “I…that makes me sound terrible.”

“No, at least I don’t mean it that way.” Harry flushed. “You don’t have to settle, Hermione. You’re brilliant.”

“Lavender is pretty.”

“You’re beautiful,” Harry blurted out and blushed. “I mean…Merlin, Hermione, look in the mirror once in a while, okay? Girls like Lavender and Ginny just pile on the cosmetic charms like they’re going out of style, but you don’t need all of that. Half the time I’m not even entirely certain what parts of girls are real.” He grinned when she laughed. “But you’re real, and honestly it’s refreshing. You’re also loyal and brave. I’ve never known anyone I could trust more than you.”

“Harry.” She blinked back tears. “Thank you.”

He offered her the little box. “I didn’t have time to wrap it. Dobby just brought it to me.”

“What is it?” She asked as she took the box. She pulled off the lid and blinked in surprise. “Harry.”

“It’s a library,” Harry explained as she picked up the necklace with a single shining gold charm shaped like a book. “A personal library. It’s empty right now, but you can put a hundred books in it. I saw it in the owl catalog, and I had Dobby go buy it for me.”

“It’s beautiful but too expensive.” She turned to him and nearly sighed at the stubborn set of his jaw. “Help me put it on?”

Harry relaxed and took the chain when she offered it. She turned, and he slipped it around her neck. “It’s a dimensional store so you just hold books and papers you want to store then think about storing them. They’ll sort of pop into the book which is actually a shrunken library index.”

She touched the locket with trembling fingers as she turned to him. “Harry…”

“Happy Birthday,” he said. “Thanks for saving my life repeatedly and being my friend and for being someone I can trust no matter what.”

Hermione stared at him for a few seconds then did the fifth most reckless thing she’d ever done in her life—she leaned forward and pressed her mouth to his. He was still for an agonizing second or two then he kissed her back. It was amazing and maybe even a little magical.


Author’s Note:

The Big Short is a short-form writing challenge hosted on Rough Trade’s forum, The Workshop. The prompts come in two forms — a word challenge (the theme) and a single character challenge. I post my responses to the prompts on the forum first and eventually they’ll make it to my website. Each is a stand alone piece with no potential for expansion.

These short works are NOT prompts! These are my responses to the forum prompts. No, you cannot use them as prompts. No you cannot continue my short work with a longer work or write a sequel. For fuck’s sake.

Keira Marcos

In my spare time, I write fanfiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on the Internet. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a 40ish "domestic engineer" but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.


  1. So I have belatedly realised that each story has its own comments; I am an idiot, sorry!

    Anyway for this one can I just say Hooray! I have always hated the idea that Hermione ended up with Ron. As you mentioned in one of your podcasts, I too identified with her strongly, right down to getting picked on for being ” too clever” and for JKR to pair her like that felt so unfair. I also think it is spot on how Mrs G would react to the idea. Thank you!

  2. Really good

  3. Absolutely fantastic!!!!

  4. Just lovely
    Thank you for sharing

  5. This is LOVELY! And I 100% agree with all the reasons why WanWan should be avoided like the plague he is.

  6. Squeeeee!

    Damn, woman! You’re a machine!

  7. Great :). Thank you.

  8. Lovely ending

  9. It’s like christmas 🙂

  10. Always Brilliant

  11. Thank you!!!!:)

  12. I love the way you write Hermione.

  13. This was fantastic! I am always amazed at theach depth of character and emotion you can pack into such a small story! <3

  14. A lovely little look at what should have been!

  15. Lovely. What a lovely story to read. Thanks for posting it!

  16. This is beautiful. Ron totally was an abusive asshole, and any good mother would see that and do her best to protect her child. Also, I am sure I speak for all the book obsessed when I say that I want a necklace like that.

  17. I saw the emails this morning and actually cheered lol! I can’t wait to read the other post, you have completely entrapped me in your works and I am loving every minute of it.

  18. Now, other than Harry&Draco, I could get behind this pairing.

  19. Adorable! ❤️ Thank you

  20. Oh Harry. That was the perfect gift.

  21. Thank you, this is brilliant!

  22. So sweet and I loved that Herimone’s Mom kicking her in the ass a bit!

  23. Perfect! I’ve always thought that if Mrs. Granger knew about Ron’s behavior she would have something strong to say about him. Thank you for sharing this!

  24. This was wonderful. And I totally agree that Ron was abusive towards Hermionie verbally and emotionally if not physically. This is just what I would hope a mother would do in this situation.

  25. Listen to Momma, and think for yourself girl. Then go make your own mistakes. Thanks.

  26. I love that you really tackle important topics in your fics like consent and abuse.

  27. Another great one-what parts of girls are real! This is what should have happened! Never understood why Ron and Hermione were paired other than the whole two guys two girls ones a sister so oh well Hermione gets the guy that doesn’t suit her. Thanks for writing and hope you are doing well.

  28. Awesome! I really liked this. Thank you for posting!

  29. ‘There was nothing attractive about Ron Weasley’


    Thank you
    Daisy x

  30. Absolutely brilliant

  31. This is cute, amazing and beautiful and I can’t even say how close it hit home.

    I don’t know how more to say thank (and funny enough it’s my birthday today, too so it was a hurt-in-a-nice-way present too 🙂 )

  32. greywolfthewanderer

    woo hoo hoo!!! love this, Ron was a right piece of work on his good days, and there weren’t many of those.

  33. Loved this, thank you.

  34. Perfection in 750 words.

    Thank you! 😀

  35. Ron’s such a ‘special snowflake’ that Hermione and Harry have been trying not to hurt his ickle little feelings for years. I’m glad Hermione finally faced the facts and saw Harry as the person she should be with.

  36. Oh! I think I teared up a bit. This is sweet and lovely and perfect! What a lovely Friday afternoon treat!

  37. Great story and so right!

  38. They say that the truth hurts but I’m glad Hermione realised the truth before it hurt her (more).
    You’ve created Another lovely reality for us… Thank you!!!

  39. Another nice entry into the lexicon.

  40. Absolutely lovely ! I love it

  41. This is AMAZING! Thank you!!

  42. What a wonderful story. I too never understood Ron and Hermione-glad to have company!

  43. Okay, jewelry that’s pretty AND useful to help me pursue my dreams would SO win me over. You’ve knocked another one out of the park, your shorts are great! Thank you.

  44. Ron Weasley is NEVER attractive!! Awesomeness lol

  45. I have always loved Harry and Hermoine. Thank you for feeding this minion.

  46. I may have whimpered and had to walk away for a second to re-group when I saw you posted new stuff. Thanks for being awesome! I hope October is behaving a bit more than September did.

  47. Lovely, just lovely.


  48. Absolutely lovely!

  49. That is what should’ve happened in canon! thanks for writing this cute short story! 🙂

  50. This was a wonderful short read. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  51. Lovely! And how like Hermione to know that it was the fifth most reckless thing she had ever done in her life!

  52. Three cheers for Mrs. Granger! I also love the idea of giving her the library instead of a book.
    You have the best ideas!

  53. Lovely story.

    What an amazing gift. It’s something I can see Harry giving and its something I can see Hermione adore, but it’s not over the top.

    I often don’t look at the pairing when I read a story from you. I tend to love them all anyway and I love the surprise and the build up that comes with not knowing the pairing from the start. That ending really surprised me and I loved it.

    And mrs. Granger, she is awesome!! Ron totally fits the bill IMO.

    Thanks for posting.

  54. Lovely story, again killer last line !!!
    thank you

  55. I love this short. Ron and Hermione’s relationship always upset me because of how he treated her (and Harry) in the books. It wasn’t healthy and the fact that she married him made me terribly sad. Reading this was lovely and I adore her mother’s response.

  56. Perfect, and exactly what should have happened in the books. Thanks for writing!

  57. Soooo much better than JKR’s’s folly.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.