I'm so sorry that it's taken me such a long time to update. I really don't have an excuse other than, no, I don't really have an excuse. I finally have the time to sit down at my computer and finish this story once and for all so that I won't get threatened anymore because I'm not updating.
Draco and Ginny stared at the paper that was in the box, then suddenly, started laughing manically. It wasn't necessarily the funniest thing that had happened to them in their lives, but with all the stress of going to have a baby and not knowing how to tell their parents, the two small words, "Mission Complete," seemed to sum up their lives of late. Together they copied two words onto another scrap of paper and placed it gently in the box, sending it to Armidaeus, "Thank you."
"Now we need to tell our parents," said Ginny, looking at Draco with a lopsided smile.
"Let's write them tomorrow, after our date," said Draco, giving Ginny a hug. "For now, we need to go to bed."
Ginny nodded her agreement and together they walked into her room and began getting ready for bed, climbing in together and snuggling close for extra warmth and the feeling of safety and love. That night, each one of the dreamed that their parents were completely accepting of their situation and Ginny had the added scene where Ron, Harry, and Hermione were all extremely happy for her.
The next morning, technically afternoon, Draco awoke in a tangle of arms and legs. Slowly, he disengaged himself from Ginny's limbs and made his way to his room where he put on clean robes, if a bit fancy, and washed his face. When Ginny awoke, she found him pacing in the common room. "If you keep walking like that, you are going to wear a hole in the carpet," she said blandly.
Draco looked up, startled. "You're awake," he said. "Put on some clothes, I'm taking you out today, remember?"
Ginny smiled at him. "I remember. What should I wear, fancy or not?"
"It doesn't matter."
Ginny quickly changed into pale pink robes and met Draco at the door of their dormitories. "Will you be telling me where we are going yet?" she asked.
"It's a secret," said Draco, smiling slyly.
When they reached the entrance to Hogsmeade, Draco tied a blindfold around Ginny's eyes, though had a slight difficulty doing it because Ginny was laughing at the absurdity of it all. He escorted her down the road to a small shop that never got much business because it was so expensive. He ushered her in, closing the door softly behind him and pushed her up to the counter, taking her blindfold off as he did.
Ginny looked around, blinking in the bright lights. They were in a jewelry store of some kind. In front of her was a glass case full of jewelry that must cost more that her family's estate was worth. Her eyes were drawn away from the case of beautiful jewelry as her hands were clasped by Draco's.
"Ginny, I want to be with you for the rest of my life, and not just for the sake of our child. I want to hold you when you are sad, or happy, or when you want me to. I want to love you all the time, even when we are not together. I want to have more than one child with you, that we can care for together. I want to grow old with you, I want to sit in front of the fire with you and drink wine. I want to go to wild parties with you and dance 'till our legs give out. Ginny," Draco looked up into her glistening eyes, "will you marry me?"
Tears were streaming down Ginny's face as she gave Draco one of her crooked smiles. "Am I a redhead?" She paused and kissed him gently on the lips. "Of course I'll marry you."
Draco stood up and picked Ginny up, twirling her around. He glanced at the nearly empty store, but noted the couple looking at one of the cases, and saw the clerks. He put her down and coughed for attention. They looked at him. "I'm going to marry this lady!" he cried. There were a few laughs and claps, and one person even called out "Congratulations," but the person who mattered most was silent, smiling adoringly at him. She mouthed at him, I love you.
He gently wiped the tears out of her eyes and motioned at the case. "Do you want to get an engagement ring?" He saw her about to protest, but silenced her. "Don't worry about the cost."
She looked down at the rings and after trying on several, picked out a simple silver ring with a small emerald placed into it. "This is the one," she said simply.
After getting the ring and going out for a celebratory glass of butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, Draco and Ginny returned to their dormitory to write letters to their parents telling them of their engagement and of their not yet born grandchild.
Dear Mum and Dad,
There no other way to tell you other than to come out and say it. I'm engaged and I'm going to have a baby. The lucky man is none other than Draco Malfoy. You know what it is like to have a baby at a young age too, because you were chosen by Armidaeus' spell, as were we. We are truly in love, and plan to spend all time with our baby, who is due this summer. It has been decided, with the help of Professor Dumbledore, that I will finish out my sixth year at Hogwarts and do my seventh year at home in my spare time with the help of a tutor. Draco and I want to get married before the baby is born, so we are going to do it at school on the last day before Easter break. Dumbledore is going to perform the ceremony and I am planning on asking Hermione to be my maid of honor. If you could come to the wedding and bring Fred, George, Bill, and Charlie, I would be truly happy. I want Dad to walk me down the aisle. I hope to hear from you soon. Love you tons!
Draco wrote a letter that was quite similar to Ginny's and sent it to his mother, except of course, he was finishing his seventh year, and he was not going to be walked down the aisle. They attended classes for three days before getting replies from either of their families.
I do hope you know what you are doing by getting married, but your father and I can do nothing but be happy for you, since we got married under the same circumstances that you are going through now, and we are still happily married. On the subject of the baby, I'M GOING TO HAVE A GRANDCHILD!The handwriting changed here. I'm sorry about your mother, Ginny, she's very excited that she is going to have her first grandchild this summer. Next time you see her, be sure to be ready to have your stomach rubbed and felt and kissed. We have told Fred, George, Bill, and Charlie about the wedding, and Fred and George can both come, and we have not yet heard about Bill and Charlie, since they are quite far from home.The handwriting changed back to Ginny's mothers. Well, that's about all, darling. We'll see you around Easter. Take care darling.
Mum and Dad
Draco was very amused after reading the letter from Ginny's parents; his own mother's letter had only offered congratulations and a guarantee that she would attend the wedding. He made several jokes about practicing for the stomach rub and kissing, but when he tried to kiss Ginny's stomach, she shirked away because of the way it tickled.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione
"Draco, I need to tell them. I want Hermione to be in the wedding, and Ron is my own flesh and blood, no matter how much of an arsehole he is, he deserves to know. And Harry, well, I just need to tell him or else he'll be angry at me after hearing it from someone else," Ginny said, lounging on the couch in her and Draco's common room.
"Very well, but may I come with you?" he asked. "If something gets out of hand I want to be there to punch whoever is threatening you."
Ginny smiled at his very serious demeanor. "Okay, but don't hit anyone unless I give you permission."
They walked out of the room together, holding hands, and up to the Gryffindor common room to face three people who acted as enemies. If was only when they reached the portrait of the Fat Lady did Ginny realize that she didn't know the password, so she knocked on the picture frame, as to not hurt the someone hear the small knock and went to answer the door. Unluckily, it was Ron.
"What do you want?" he spat and made to close the picture.
Ginny stuck her foot in to prevent it from closing. "I want to talk to you, Hermione, and Harry. We need to tell you what's going on."
Ginny was pushed out of the way by Ron, and as she fell down backwards, she saw a blur jump up to Ron, a blur which only could have been Draco. He had grabbed hold of Ron's hair. "Let us in," he growled.
Ron sputtered in denial but let them in when Draco's hand moved as if it was going to go to his throat. "Bring us to somewhere private where we can talk," said Draco menacingly.
Ron, Harry, Hermione, Draco, and Ginny sat in uncomfortable silence in Hermione's head girl room, and, naturally, it was Hermione who broke the silence.
"We haven't heard from you in a while Ginny," she said quietly.
"No, I'm sorry. We're sorry," she said, motioning to herself and Draco. "We've been really preoccupied with other things that needed to be taken care of immediately. It included a lot of letters home and a lot of talking with Dumbledore. Should I tell them Draco?"
"It's what you came here to do," he said, staring at Ron as if trying to burn a hole in his head.
"Okay. Uhm, Harry, Ron, Hermione, we have some really interesting news that you guys deserve to know. I'm…we're going to have a baby."
Ron and Harry both stood up, fists clenched. "I won't allow it," said Ron.
"It's already happened Ron, the baby's due in the summer. We're going to get married at Easter, here at school. Don't be mad at me, and don't be mad at Draco," she leaned back into Draco's arms. "It's not either of our faults."
"Whose fault is it?" asked Hermione.
"Well," started Ginny, "I think Draco should tell that story." She squeezed Draco's hand and he set about telling them all of the story with the vision and the box down to the last detail, the paper that was written with "Mission Complete."
"But you guys love each other right?" asked Hermione.
"Yes, we do," said Ginny. "Hermione, will you be in the wedding, I'd like you to be my maid of honor."
"Of course, Ginny. I'm so happy for you and Draco, I'm just a little shocked," her voiced changed to one of a menacing tone, "and so are Harry and Ron. Right?"
Harry was the first to recover and he gave Ginny and Draco a forced "Congratulations." Ron, however, stared at all four of them as if they were completely insane. He left the room with Harry mumbling about crazy people and not going to be an uncle.
"Don't worry," said Hermione after they had left. "I'll talk to them. They'll come around. I'm really truly happy for you guys."
They said their goodbyes, and as Hermione promised, she went up to talk sense into both Harry and Ron.
A Newspaper Article
Last Saturday, May 17th, Draco Malfoy and his lovely wife, Ginerva "Ginny" Weasley welcomed their first child, Jada Elynna Malfoy into the world. Draco and Ginny were married only last month and moved in with Narcissa Malfoy when school ended. Neither Draco nor Ginny were available for comment, but we did reach Ginny's brother, Ronald Weasley. He says, "As much as it pained me when they got married, I am actually getting used to them being married, but now I have to get used to a totally different thing, being an uncle." Harry Potter, the Boy-Who-Lived was also available for comment, "I am very much looking forward to helping take care of Jada. It surprised me greatly when they named me co-godfather with Blaise Zabini, and I hope I can put the title to good use soon."