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May 17th, 2014, 8:41 pm #1

Diagon Alley was bustling with activity, not generally strange, though for the day and hour, it was. George should have been surprised to see so many people milling through the streets so early on a Tuesday morning. Should have being the key phrase. Fortunately, George had been warned about the possibility of the busy morning by the owner of Flourish and Blotts who had scheduled a book signing that day. It wasn't until the afternoon, but apparently a lot of people were fans of this particular author. George himself had never heard of him, but with all the people there he'd decided to run a bit of a special that day in his own shop. Anyone who came in with a signed copy of the book would receive a sample box of their news line of Skiving Snackboxes. Which was why George himself was so early, he needed to set up the boxes.

Pushing his way through the crowd made the usually simple trek to the shop from the Leaky Cauldron a hassle. Still, he kept his smile on his face and waved a hand in greeting to anyone who waved at him. Eventually, the throng of people thinned out and he arrived at the shop to find a few of his workers waiting outside the door. He unlocked it and they hurried inside to get started on the day. While his employees stocked the regular inventory, George put together the small sample boxes, which included a new and improved Nose Bleed Nougat, a Sneezing Sucker (which caused uncontrollable and incredibly loud sneezing) and a brand new Cure All, which would instantly stop the symptoms of any of the Snackboxes rather than their individual remedies.

Once he'd made a large number of those, he walked into the office, frowning at the large pile of paperwork that Fred had left on his desk. He'd expected it, Fred generally hated paperwork and usually left it for his twin to do when he came in, but it still annoyed him. George was also not a fan of the more bureaucratic aspect of being a business owner, but at least he could tolerate more than Fred. He was about to start the paperwork when he glanced at the clock. They were opening early that day and George wanted to make sure he was on the floor to help with the expected overflow of people. Paperwork would have to wait and he was okay with that.

The morning was much busier than even he'd expected and he sort of wished he'd told Fred to come in and help, but once the crowd dispersed and the store was still standing, he was glad. The samples had flown off the shelves and led to an increase in the sale of the actual products, which had been the plan all along. All in all, the morning had been a successful one and as lunch time rolled around, George was extremely pleased with everything. His staff on the other hand looked like they were about to drop from exhaustion.

"Alright guys, lunch is on me. Take an hour and tell where ever you go to bill me," he said, grinning. As they left, George turned his attention to restocking the now bare shelves. He'd just started on his third row when the bell to the store rang and he headed toward the counter. "Feel free to take a look around and let me know if you have any questions," he called out as he rounded the corner, a smile plastered to his face.
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November 3rd, 2014, 1:23 am #2

Quidditch was one of Angelina's greatest loves. It really got her blood pumping. Winning or losing, Quidditch was her life but it was also tiring. Being away from George for so long really wore her out at times. Still, he supported her in whichever way he could and that helped her get through the days when he couldn't make it down to her games. But thankfully, all that was over with and she now had a week long vacation to look forward to. And the first thing she planned on doing, outside of changing was to stop by Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes to see her hubby.

She loved the shop and all the crazy and creative things inside it. You could definitely tell how much of Fred and George really went into everything. And it was always so full of energy as well, which was definitely something she could appreciate. Energy was something she fed off of and even if it didn't come from a huge stadium filled audience it didn't quite matter. Energy was energy and the energy the shop provided was fantastic. But weirdly enough, as she finally made her way through Diagon Alley and into the store it was empty, both of people and unsurprisingly of merchandise as well.

It only took a minute for her to spot George, him being the only one in the store in all. A part of her wanted to surprise him, so she tried her best to quietly sneak through the shelves but apparently he'd heard her since he decided to take the opportunity to approach the counter. She laughed a bit when he gave her permission to look around. "Thanks for the offer but I seem to have spotted what I was looking for already," she said, smiling from ear to ear.

She went around the counter and hugged him tightly. "I missed you so much," she whispered and she inhaled his scent. Pulling back to look at him she grinned even wider. "Looks like somebody could use a trim." She didn't mind it too much of course, Angelina was used to his hair being a bit scruffy, as well as his beard.

"So tell me good sir, what have you been up to since I've been gone?"

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November 3rd, 2014, 3:04 am #3

George was always smiling, it was just a part of his nature, but there was nothing that could make him smile wider than when he heard his wife's voice. It was difficult, her travelling pretty constantly for her team. He missed her when she was away, and hated watching her leave. Sure, he'd go to her games when he could, but eventually, they'd both have to go their separate ways. He always hated watching her go, it was a little piece of him walking out the door each time. And then she came back and his world was whole again. He couldn't contain his smile as he looked up from the work he was doing and met her eyes. His lit up instantly.

"Well, I'm not entirely sure what you're looking for is on sale," he said with a wink. She came around the counter and returned the hug, burying his face in her hair. She smelled how she always did, of broom polish and a hint of flowers from her shampoo. His grip loosened on her and he smiled back down at her. "But I suppose for the right price anything can really be for sale. What do you think, love? How much is what you're looking for worth to you?"

"I've missed you, too," he whispered back, squeezing her hands lightly. He chuckled deeply and stroked his chin, which was beginning to sport more whiskers than he'd thought. His fingers ran through his hair and he nodded to her. "Mum tells me that every single time I visit her. I think I've been avoiding it because it just seems to drive her up the wall. But if you don't like it I suppose it might be time for a bit of a trim."

"Well, my fair lady, we have sold out of almost everything here due to a brilliant idea on your amazing husband's part. That would be me," he said, grinning. "The staff is on an extended lunch break to recuperate. And I may or may not have started a betting pool on whether you guys will win the championship. So don't be surprised if someone comes back and mentions that. I'm warning you now. And don't believe a single one of them when they say that my bet is against you, love because it is totally and completely not true."

He put an arm around her shoulder and kissed her lightly on the forehead. "What about you? Besides being the most amazing chaser in the world?"
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November 4th, 2014, 4:14 am #4

George had a smile that could light up a room. In Angelina's opinion, her husband had the best smile in the entire universe, better even than his twin brother Fred's. Not a lot of people could tell Fred and George apart, but she could. And she supposed Alicia could as well. There was just something about being in love with a person that automatically made you just know certain things and she honestly thought that that talent also helped you be able to spot differences between anyone, even identical twins. Because while she adored Fred like the brother he was, he was no George.

She put her hands on her hips and smirked. "Well it better not be," she retorted playfully. "Considering how I remember making a very large payment quite a few years back. And as you know, there are no returns." She'd never dream of it anyway. Having George in her life was a permanent thing and she liked it like that. He may have smelled a bit too much like Canary Creams some days but it was definitely a smell she could get used to, as long as it meant having her best friend by her side. "But I suppose you're correct. I mean, anything could be for sale for the right price, just not you."

She leaned forward and kissed him again. "But I suppose I could let you in on a little secret, since you're so adorable and all." She nuzzled her face against his scruff, missing the way it felt against her cheeks. "You sir, are worth the world to me. The universe even." She pulled away from a minute and grinned. "So tell me, how much am I worth to you?"

She was so insanely glad that she'd gotten this week off to recuperate. It gave her the opportunity to really spend some time with him, something they hadn't been able to do in at least a month. "So guess what, I'm yours for the week,"she announced, stretching her hands out to gesture at herself a bit. "Yes sir, Angelina Weasley, the Fantastic Ange is yours to do with as you see fit for an entire week. So, what do you plan on doing first? And before you suggest a haircut or a shave, don't." She ran her fingers through his hair. "I like the extra couple inches. Gives you more of that fresh out of bed look that I love so much."

"That's amazing, especially when you take in the fact that it isn't even 1 o'clock yet." She was almost certain he'd broken some sort of record or another. Most merchandise sold in two hours or something. "Glad you decided on the extended lunch though, I bet those guys deserved it." She arched a brow at him when he mentioned a betting pool then shrugged. "Hey, it'd make up for that one time I bet Fred would be able to eat more ice mice than you in school," she laughed.

She pulled him in for a real hug before resting her head against his chest so she could once again take in his scent. "As for me, I can't say I've been up to too much. We won our match and are taking a week long hiatus since one of my teammates wives is supposed to be having a baby sometime soon. Other than that though, my life has been pretty dull."

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November 7th, 2014, 3:09 am #5

A laugh bubbled up in his throat and nodded a few times. "I remember. I think that was the best investment you ever made. What do you think? All these years later, do you think that down payment was worth it?" He snaked his arm around her waist and pulled her a bit closer. There were a lot of things he was certain of. He was certain that he and his brother had made the right choice their final year of school and left. He was certain that opening the shop had been the right course of action. But he had never been more certain of anything in his life than he'd been the day he asked Angelina to marry him. It was something he'd never once even considered regretting. "No refunds, no returns. Store policy."

"Is that the only reason you tell me your secrets? Because I'm so adorable?" A frown crossed his face and he crossed his arms across his chest. "And here I thought it was because you loved me and trusted me with every single secret you had. Or does Alicia know things I don't?" He took a step back and stared at her for a minute. For a moment he wondered just what she and the other girls talked about, but then she came closer to him and he realized he didn't care. "All that more, my love. There are literally no words to explain just how much you are worth to me."

At her next statement he let out a whoop of joy. It had been a long time since the two of them had had a single uninterrupted week to see each other. Wrapping his arms around her he picked her up and spun her around a few times. "Seriously? I get you all to myself for an entire week. No emergency drills or practices you forgot to tell me about? And this isn't some sort of bad joke? Because I am not the type of person you want to play a bad joke on. A good joke, yes, I am all about the good jokes, but not a bad one." He placed her lightly back on the ground and brushed a stray hair out of her face. "Well, since a hair cut is out of the questions, how about lunch to start? It's been a long time since I've had such an attractive lunch date. We can discuss further plans from there I think."

"Is it not even 1 yet? What an early day." Scratching the back of his head he nodded. "Yeah, they all seemed a little ragged. Sort of dreading the bills I'm going to be getting from all the restaurants in the area. I kind of told them I would foot the bill." George groaned at the memory. "I have never eaten Ice Mice ever again. And I don't think that I ever will. That was a cruel and unusual thing to do to me. I used to really love Ice Mice."

Stroking her hair when she came in close he nodded. "I know. I've been keeping up with the matches, even if I haven't been able to get to all of them. I think you guys have a pretty good shot this year. Beginning to wonder if I shouldn't change my bet," he added with a wink.
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November 18th, 2014, 4:51 pm #6

Angelina nodded in response, a bright smile decorating her face. "It had definitely been worth it, even if I had to wear an uncomfortable and incredibly white dress." She made a face at the memory of the day she'd worn the heaviest dress she'd ever seen. It had definitely been worth it though, just seeing George standing there, tall and handsome at the end of that long aisle had made everything so incredibly worth it. "Store policy is good policy," she remarked. "Because I really don't plan on giving you up, ever."

She shrugged. "Maybe, maybe not," she joked, enjoying the pouty look that had taken over his features. "Alicia and Katie know a little less than you do but a little more than Fred and Seamus, if you'd really like to know." She took a step forward when he stepped back, making sure that no real distance had grown between them. "It's a good thing I've never been one for words," she decided, giving him a swift kiss on the cheek. Actions always spoke louder after all, especially with her.

Angelina honestly felt like whooping right along with him. It had been way too long since they'd gotten to spend such a long period of time together. And she knew that it'd be wonderful. A whole week just the two of them; it had to have been the happiest bit of news she'd received in months. "No, bad jokes were never my forte, you know that. Nope, this is a completely serious and utterly amazing bit of news." She grinned when he put her back on the ground and quickly brushed her dress back in place. "Lunch?", she asked. "Sounds good. Any place in mind?"

She laughed. "Leave it to you to make that sort of promise." Oh well, at least they could afford it. She was definitely not worried about it at all. They'd had good business for many, many years now. "I'm sure they won't order too many things. They do love their jobs after all. And I highly doubt any one of them would want to make Wheezes go out of business." The mention of her husband's current distaste in ice mice made her giggle a little bit more apparent. "Ice mice are pretty delicious but hey, less for you equal more for me right?"

She returned his wink and shrugged. "Maybe you should, or maybe you could keep it as is and sleep on the couch," she teased.

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December 8th, 2014, 8:20 pm #7

"Which you looked absolutely stunning in," he said, laughing at the face she made at the thought of her dress. He still remembered it as if it was yesterday, her coming down the aisle in that dress. She really was glowing that day, not that she didn't always, but that day it was even brighter. Everything seemed brighter that day, and it had been shining ever since. "I tend to think so," he said with a smile. "Well, I'm glad we're on the same page, love. Because you're one that I don't really plan on giving up ever. You're stuck with me, love. No matter how much I may get on your nerves."

"Mhmmm," he said, glaring at her a bit, though a playful smile tugged at his lips. "Well, at least I'm at the top of this list. Though it sounds like it's not by much. I guess I can't really complain though. I mean, you've got your girls and I've got, well, I've got Fred, who sort of automatically knows my secrets even if I don't tell him. It's the whole twin thing I think." George chuckled. "No you're actions have always been much louder than your words. It's one of the many reasons I love you." He returned the kiss, amazingly grateful that she was there in front of him. He hadn't realized just how much he'd missed her.

George made a mental note to tell Fred he was going to take the week off. He didn't want to miss a single minute of spending time with her. Fred would understand, he would pick up the slack. Of course, at the same time, George knew he would come back to a week's worth of paperwork. Still, it would be worth it. In the end it would be completely worth it. "And it is the best news that I've heard in such a long time." George glanced back at his office. "How about we order in? I don't know if I want to share you with anyone else yet, and you always run into someone you know whenever we go out. A nice, quiet lunch in sounds perfect to me."

"Hey, they deserved it. It was a mad house in here, you just missed it," he said, remembering the mob that had been in there not too long ago. George wasn't worried about it. This wasn't the first time that he'd done this for his employees, and the day's profits were more than enough to cover any bills they racked up. "They'll be fine. I'm sure they won't want to make anyone go bankrupt. They're pretty smart." George made a face at her. "Oh yeah, laugh at my pain. Laugh that you took away one of my absolute favorite treats. Absolutely ruined my life." He shook his head a few times. "Yes, more for you, but it's torture to see everyone else enjoying them when I can't even look at them anymore. It's just not fair."

"You've got me for a whole week and you want me to sleep on the couch? Are you absolutely sure about that?" He teased back. "Because I will if you really insist on it. We do have a pretty comfortable couch, just saying."
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December 10th, 2014, 9:12 pm #8

A pleased smile crossed Angelina's face. "Thank you, that alone makes all the uncomfortableness I felt worth it. Still, if we ever do renew our vows could I possibly wear my quidditch uniform?" She gave him a playful wink. "But seriously, think about it. Quidditch uniforms," she added with a laugh. Personally, she would have been so much more comfortable in her uniform, though she supposed being uncomfortable for a couple of hours was worth it. Because for George, anything was. "I like being stuck with you," she decided. "Funnest decision I've ever made."

She flashed him a cheeky smile. "Remember now, if it wasn't for my girls, we wouldn't have our children. So in all honesty, you kind of have to love them, just for that fact alone. And besides, you don't just have Fred, you've got Lee too or should I clue him into our little discussion next time he comes over for tea?" She made a rather questioning face. She kissed him swiftly on the cheek before tweaking his nose. "I've been told that I have some very great actions."

She kissed him again and grinned. "I love giving you good news although I'm fairly sure Fred's started to hate it," she joked. Actually, she knew for a fact that Fred rarely minded taking up the flack for his brother on occasion, any of them or his sister. There was just something wonderful about family she supposed, that really did make the world go 'round.

She nodded her head in agreement when he suggested staying in to eat. "Sounds like a great plan. Means we won't have to share each other for a bit. And I don't know about you but I plan on keeping you all to myself until after dessert." She gave him another wink, putting extra emphasis on the word dessert. "You pick the place?"

"I don't doubt that they did," she replied. Wheezes was usually a mad house which made for excellent business. "And your workers are unusually bright." She shrugged. "Seems like you've got it all figured out. Well, aside from your aversion to ice mice. Which I'm sorry but I just can't not laugh at, it's too amusing of a thing."

She made a face, realizing that she had indeed been defeated. "Fine, no I don't want you sleeping on the couch. No chance for good cuddling on the couch."

"So, how bout this lunch?"

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