character/pairing: Quirrell/Alice Longbottom.
summery: He lies when he tells the story of his turban to the class - there was no African prince.
author's notes: The first out of a series of thirteen written for my rarepair_shorts table. The prompt used was that's another story. I've got the first seven or so of these already written
He lies when he tells the story of his turban to the classes – there was no African Prince.
The person he honestly receives the gift from wasn’t a prince. She wasn’t even African. Nor, he smiles slightly at the thought, was she a Longbottom at the time.
Alice Beddau is a dream that haunts his hours, that turns his skin cold and yet warms his heart at the same time. Alice Beddau is a girl, a woman before her time. He knows not who she has become, but only the bundle of temper, braided hair and moon-like eyes he remembers.
And sometimes, when it haunts him the most, he does not even hold those memories as his own.
Alice Beddau is a welsh-women turned Longbottom. A girl he holds in a place even deeper then his heart. And indefinitely; a memory he turns into a Prince because sometimes, a dream that haunts your every hours just isn’t enough.
Alice Beddau is a different story from the women Alice Longbottom she has become. She is a different story from the man he has grown to be. She is a different story from the life he wished to leave.