Frank had to chuckle at her mention of their not-date. It seemed a little silly now that he’d been so insistent with Fabian, and himself, about it not being a date. Clearly, it had been more of a date than Frank was willing to admit at the time. Understandable, but now… well, now everything was different. Wonderfully different. Here they were. She’d kissed him. And now they were talking about going on an actual date. Frank could barely contain his joy behind a smile. “You’re right,” Frank said, giving Alice’s hand a gentle squeeze. They should do something together. “And if studying is out of the question, I s’pose we’ll have to get creative.”
He thought a moment about what sort of things he and Alice could do together, his brow wrinkling when nothing popped into his head. “We could…” Frank was having a bit of trouble coming up with something. Honestly, he was terrible at this. “Uhm…” Oh there had to be something they could do. Frank ran his free hand through his hair while he thought. What were things that other couples did? Frank wasn’t sure, honestly, he’d never payed much attention to them. And the only dates he ever got told about were the ones the twins went on. And none of those sounded like something Alice would be remotely interested in doing. “We could, uhm… go to Madame Puddifoots?” he suggested unconvincingly. It had to be the worst idea Frank had ever come up with. Everyone knew that place was awful. But he couldn’t for the life of him actually come up with anything good.
"Well I’m not saying that we can’t study together sometimes, but we should do other things too. I mean, I wouldn’t want to distract you from your studying. You do have NEWTs at the end of the year and all and you still need to do well on those." She glared at him playfully before dissolving into giggles. She did want him to do well to make sure that he could accomplish his goals. Hopefully she would be a help there instead of a hindrance, but it was hard to say. "But I don’t mind being a little creative either." She tried to think if any of her friends had been on interesting dates, but she didn’t have any information to pull from. Molly, Angora, and Lily didn’t have much experience with dating, and any of the Marauder dates didn’t really…seem like a good idea for the two of them. Maybe later when they knew each other better. Or maybe not. They’d see.
She raised an eyebrow. “Madame Puddifoot’s? I didn’t think you’d enjoy a place like that.” Everyone knew that Madame Puddifoots was overly floral, ridiculously cheesy, and even Alice could make better teas than them. Still, their hot chocolate wasn’t bad all things considered, and most couples did go there at least once. It was practically a rite of passage, or a required stop on the couple bucket list. She wouldn’t mind experiencing it, but still, that wasn’t quite what she had had in mind for spending time with Frank. Anything they did there would go straight into the gossip mill, and that was already going to be bad enough between the Twins and the Marauders. “We could certainly try that. Or we could try stargazing one of these nights. Or we could go dancing. We could trade music sometime soon. Or - I’m sure I could come up with something else soon, or get advice. But we have lots of time so we can try all of them eventually right?”