Chapter Summary: In which someone makes their first appearance and a professor gets caught in the woods.
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AN: Sorry for not updating sooner but I've been busy with school and homework blah. The story is slowly starting to wrap up and I'm thinking about a sequel. Thanks so much for the reviews. This part was only edited once and I apologise for any mistakes.
Chapter Eleven - In The Pink
The rain started the moment Remus and the rest of them Apparated into the Scottish countryside. He looked down at the parchment in his hands before turning toward the rest of them.
"This is the place," he said. All of them nodded and started along the field they were in.
Silence engulfed them since they were too busy looking for anything out of the ordinary. They tried their best to ignore the driving rain but it was hard since it was making the ground slick and muddy.
"Bloody weather," muttered Ron as he slipped and fell to the ground. Harry stopped and helped him up.
"Are you sure this is the right spot?" complained Luna, wiping the water off her face.
Remus just nodded his head and continued to walk. He knew that they needed to finish before sunset so they wouldn't be at a disadvantage. He led them through the field and once they got to a clearing, he stopped.
"I think we should look around a little while longer and if we don't see anything, then we'll go back to the flat and regroup," he said.
"But this may be our only shot," said Harry as the rain started to fall harder.
"We can't be caught out here at night," said Remus as he looked around. He saw a line of trees in the distance and decided to go that way. "Come on."
Tonks, who was lagging behind everyone, suddenly stopped. She looked over at the houses that were sitting in a valley. "Isn't that Charles Miller's house?" she asked. Harry, Luna and Remus stopped and looked.
"Yes," said Luna, nodding her head. "Should we go and have a look?"
"No," answered Remus before he started to walk again. "We need to get this done." Luna nodded and started to walk also.
They took their time and slowly navigated through the mud and water. They kept their wands up, just in case something happened but they couldn't really see anything through the rain. Another clearing could be seen in the distance but before they could get to it, the ground started to shift underneath them.
"What's going on?" asked Luna, grabbing Harry's arm.
Harry opened his mouth to answer but before he could, the ground below them collapsed and they fell into a muddy hole.
"Is everyone all right?" asked Remus as he slowly stood.
"What is this place?" asked Tonks, wiping the mud off her face.
"Looks like some sort of trap," said Harry, looking around.
"One of the farmers probably made it to trap animals with," explained Remus.
"Nice," said Ron. "Now, how do we get out of here?"
"Are you sure you're all right?" asked Hermione as she watched Morgan pace back and forth, rubbing her back.
"I'm sure!" snapped Morgan, who then took a deep breath. "I'm in a lot of pain is all."
"Is there anything I can do for you?" asked Hermione, standing from the table. "How about a pain-revealing spell?"
"Really Hermione, I'm fine," said Morgan as a wave of intense pain hit her. She then let out a soft groan. "All right, maybe I'm not fine."
"What's wrong?" asked Hermione as she stood beside her.
"My water just broke," said Morgan as Hermione's mouth dropped open. "I'm in bloody labour! And the floo is broken!"
Hermione took a deep breath and looked around the flat. She knew enough about labour to know that you couldn't Apparate during it. If the floo were broken, then they'd have to use someone else's floo.
"We can go down the street and use someone else's floo," said Hermione as a flash of lightning came through the window.
"Right," said Morgan before she doubled over in pain. "I know the family at the end of the street has a floo. We can use theirs."
"Good!" said Hermione, slipping her arm around Morgan's waist. "I'll help you walk."
Morgan nodded and they went to the door. She pulled it open as a driving rain and wind started. She turned and looked at Hermione.
"There's no way I can go out in that," she muttered as a wave of pain riddled her body again.
"All right," said Hermione, trying to stay calm. "I know a bit about birthing children so we should be all right."
Morgan glanced over at her and groaned. "I don't want my baby to be born here!" she cried. "I wanted it to be a normal delivery at St. Mungo's."
"We have no other choice," explained Hermione before she walked Morgan back to the bedroom. Once they were there, Hermione carefully laid Morgan down on the bed. "Don't worry about it. Everything will be all right."
Morgan leaned about the bed's headboard and buried her face in her hands. Her sobs racked her body as she started to rock herself back and forth.
Hermione prepared Morgan for the delivery, wishing there was more she could do. She placed a small stack of pillows under Morgan's lower back and gingerly rubbed her knee. "Don't worry," she whispered. "It'll be all right."
Morgan looked up at her and sighed. "The delivery doesn't scare me. Having a child to take care of does," she sniffed, wiping the tears off her cheeks. "I don't think I'm ready to be a mother."
"I don't think anyone is ever ready to be a mother," smiled Hermione. "You'll do great. I know you will."
"I hope so," said Morgan as her body tensed up with another contraction.
"Ready to push?" asked Hermione.
Morgan nodded and started pushing.
"We use magic," said Luna, looking over at Ron. "I'm sure one of us can think of a charm to get us out of here."
Ron nodded and looked at everyone. "We could levitate each other out," he suggested. "We could go one at a time."
"Good idea, mate!" cried Harry, slapping Ron on the back.
Luna and Tonks were the first to be levitated out of the deep hole and Ron and then Harry soon followed them. Once they were out, Harry carefully brought Remus out of the hole. The rain was still pouring and all of them were wet, dirty and cold.
"I don't really think we're going to find anything out here," said Tonks. "Perhaps we should call it a day and regroup."
"I think we should take a quick pass by the woods and then go home. I'd feel better knowing that we at least tried to look," said Remus.
Ron let out a small groan. The rain was turning colder and he was getting uncomfortable, especially since his jumper was soaked with water. "Maybe we should just come back tomorrow," he said.
"It won't take long." Remus reassured before walking toward the woods.
The rest of them slowly followed, making sure they didn't step into any more traps. They arrived at the edge of the woods and peered through the trees. There wasn't anything there to see until Luna saw some movement.
"What's that?" she whispered before nodding toward the middle of a grove.
"It almost looks like a person," said Tonks, raising her wand. "Want to have a look?"
All of them nodded and slowly stepped into the woods.
"I can't do this Hermione!" cried Morgan as she flopped down on her back. She was hot, sweaty and in a lot of pain. And all she wanted was for all of it to go away.
"You only have to push one more time," said Hermione, squeezing Morgan's knee. "Just one more push."
Morgan let out a small cry and shook her head. "You don't understand, Hermione!" she snapped. "It bloody hurts and I don't want to push anymore!"
Hermione growled and shook her head. "You're going to have to push no matter what, Morgan," she said as she watched Morgan's body tense, once more, with a contraction. "One more push and it'll be over with."
Morgan nodded her head and bit down on her bottom lip. She screamed in pain as she clawed at the bed. Soon, the pressure she'd been feeling was gone. She pulled herself up and looked over her knees.
A cry rang through the room as Hermione held the tiny baby up. "It's a girl," she said before placing the crying child onto Morgan's breast.
Morgan let out a long breath and looked down at her daughter. She started to softly cry as she softly touched the baby's face. "Thank you," she said, looking up at Hermione.
Hermione smiled and moved closer to Morgan. She peered down at the baby and then looked up at Morgan. "Welcome," she whispered back.
"You know, that kind of looks like Snape," said Harry as the group of them moved closer to the person.
"And you're right Potter," said Snape, turning to look at all of them. He wiped the dirt off his hands and eyed the group. "What are you doing here?"
"This is private property, Snape," said Tonks. "It's connected to an investigation that the Ministry is currently conducting."
"Good for the Ministry," sneered Snape before he bent over. "I'm here to pick some plants for a potion I'm making."
"And you're trespassing," said Harry.
"So be it," muttered Snape as he continued pulling the plant out of the wet ground.
"Trespassing can land you in Azkaban," said Luna, crossing her arms.
"Why should any of you care what I do out here?" asked Snape, standing up.
"Because you're breaking the law. You're trespassing and who comes out to the middle of nowhere and picks plants at night?" asked Remus.
"Then arrest me, Lupin," sniffed Snape.
Remus smiled. "My pleasure Severus," he said before putting a binding spell on him.
"Are we really taking him back to the Ministry?" asked Harry as they started out of the woods.
"No," said Remus, shaking his head. "We're going to take him back to the flat. I have a feeling Snape knows more than he's letting on to."
Coming Soon: Snape tells the group what he knows about the werewolves and Remus meets his daughter for the first time.