SOOOOOOOOO sorry for the lack of updates, between school and getting a new computer I haven't had much time to work on my beloved fan-fiction but now I have a good couple weeks and I hope to be able to finish this story, alright here's chapter 12
Chapter 12: Under the Weather
A few weeks after Hermione and Fred's trip to her parents' house Hermione groggily lifted her head up. She yawned and stretched before lying he head back down. She curled up under the sheets wrapping her arms tightly around the attractive red head in bed with her. Fred moaned softly and wrapped his arms around Hermione kissing her softly on the forehead. It was Saturday morning meaning that it was Luna and Neville's wedding. It also meant that Hermione had a huge stack of papers to grade and Fred had to make up lesson plans. Basically it was not one of those wonderful lazy weekends that they were accustomed to. Hermione nearly drifted back to sleep when an anxious knocking greeted her ears. She moaned but pulled herself out of bed once she realized the knocking would not cease. She grabbed her big robe and wrapped herself up. She opened the door and found another red head outside her room.
"Hermioneeee, we have a wedding to get ready for." Ginny was standing there in her pajamas with a dress slung over her one arm and her other arm on her waist.
"Hmm, what wedding?" Hermione rubbed her eyes.
Ginny shook her head and walked into the room, "What were you two doing last night?"
Hermione shut the door and walked over to the bed and sat down next to the still sleeping Fred. "Honey, we have to get ready for the wedding."
"I haven't proposed yet." Fred mumbled rolling over.
Hermione smirked and playfully slapped him, "Luna and Neville's wedding."
Ginny had disappeared into the bathroom and Fred was slowly waking up. Hermione wasn't feeling too well and laid her head back on the pillow. Fred was now fully awake and stroking Hermione's hair.
"Hermione, are you ok?" Fred cooed into her ears.
"Noo." Hermione groaned into the pillow, "I don't feel well."
"Hmm," Fred mused touching her forehead "you feel kind of warm I think we should stay in today."
"Aw, no you should go to the wedding, it will be fun."
"I'm staying right here and taking care of you, love." Fred said tenderly pulling the covers over his girlfriend. He got up and knocked on the bathroom door, "Hey Gin."
"Yeah, Fred?" Ginny called out.
"Hermione's really not feeling well, we're gonna have to skip the wedding."
The door flew open, "Oh no, what's wrong with her?" she ran over to the bed where Hermione was curled up under the blankets with only her bushy hair visible.
Fred shrugged, "I'm sure it's nothing too serious she just has a little fever, it's probably just a bug.
"Aw, I hope so." Ginny sighed, "Well, give me your gift Harry and I will bring it with us."
Fred gave Ginny the gift and the two chit-chatted a little longer and Ginny told him to call if she got worse. After that the petite red head went back to her dorm and left the couple to their own devices. Fred went over to her desk and started working on his lesson plans for the next week. He could not believe how far into the school year they were. Everything this year was so unexpected between getting the teaching position at Hogwarts and falling madly in love with Hermione and George leaving for America. Just thinking about everything made Fred's head spin. Before he could think on things any more he felt a pair of arms wrap around his neck. At first he jumped up but then he turned and saw Hermione standing there with her robe sloppily tied and her hair falling all around her face.
"What are you doing out of bed, missy?" Fred teased as he pulled her into his lap.
"I just wanted to be near you." Hermione said simply putting her head on his shoulder. Hermione cuddled up next to him and fell asleep. Fred kept one arm around her and every now then kissed the top of her head while he worked on his lesson plans. The couple stayed like this for a while until Fred yawned and picked up the petite woman in his arms and he walked her over to bed. He touched her forehead; she didn't feel as warm so hopefully she did just have a little bug. He pulled the covers over her and laid down next to her.
A couple hours later Hermione stirred and rolled over she was back in bed and Fred was next to her. Hermione was suddenly nauseous and ran to the bathroom. Hermione threw up and sat on the floor with her head on the tub. This was not a good sign…or was it? Hermione was completely in love with Fred and had been for awhile, she just denied it for the majority of the time. But maybe this was a blessing, not an accident. If she was pregnant it's not like they would break up they already knew that was a possibility after the trip but that hadn't stopped them from being completely smitten with each other. Just then there was a knock at the door, "Hermione, are you ok?"
"Yeah, I threw up but I'm ok." Hermione said pulling herself up off the floor and opening the door.
Fred stood there with a look of concern, "I think we should go to the hospital wing."
Hermione nodded, "Agreed."
The couple set off for the wing saying hello to the students that they passed. Many of the students stared at their professors with concern and interest. First off, both of them were still in their pajamas and were seen coming out of the same room. And secondly, Professor Granger looked very pale and weak. Most of the students had heard that the two were dating but this proved that is was much more serious than they thought.
Fred was holding Hermione closely to him practically carrying her to the hospital wing. Madam Pomfrey was at her desk working on paper work when the young couple came in. "Oh no, what's wrong?" she asked with genuine concern.
"I don't know." Fred said fearfully, "She woke up with a fever and just threw up."
Madam Pomfrey walked out from behind her desk and went to Hermione's other side and together her and Fred walked Hermione to one of the empty beds. She then drew a curtain around them and begin muttering spells and pouring out different liquids into containers. Fred sat next to Hermione and was holding her hand. Even though she didn't feel well she smiled at him happily. Fred stroked her hair trying not to get too worried as Madam Pomfrey continued her work. He was really worried by the fact that Hermione looked so happy even though she was sick, why would she be happy about this?
Suddenly Fred stopped stroking Hermione's hair and realized what was probably wrong with her-pregnancy. Fred suddenly flashed forward to nine months having a child and trying to work and the child that would be there. Fred wanted nothing more than to be with Hermione but he wasn't sure he was ready for a child this early into their relationship. He looked down at Hermione who was still smiling though not quite as large. "I'll be right back." He said to her kissing her forehead and quickly exiting the Hospital Wing.
Hermione tried to protest but when she opened her mouth nothing came out. She felt tears slowly well up in her eyes. Fred had abandoned her just then. And she couldn't fathom why he was so quick to leave. She couldn't think of it any longer though because Madam Pomfrey was forcing her to drink a variety of potions.
Fred was seated outside the Great Hall with his head in his hands. What was he going to do? He was clearly not ready for fatherhood if he couldn't even stay there next to Hermione. This was his first serious relationship and as much as he loved Hermione he didn't think he was quite ready for their relationship to admit a third party. Yes one day down the road it would be great to have kids but right now he was enjoying having her to himself. They had discussed this possibility and he had told her he was open to it but he didn't think it was an actual possibility. Ugh what was he going to do? He began hitting his head on the wall for the last half hour when he found Headmistress McGonagall standing in front of him.
"Mr. Weasley, may I inquire what you are doing here?"
Fred looked up, "I don't know what I'm doing."
"I believe your girlfriend is in the Hospital Wing and you are seated outside the Great Hall for no good reason."
Fred sighed shaking his head, "Can I tell you something?"
McGonagall sat down beside him much to Fred's surprise but he continued taking her action as a yes, "I think she's pregnant."
McGonagall took a deep breath and looked hard Fred, "Do you love her?"
"With all my heart." Fred answered firmly.
"Would you do anything for her?"
"I would die for her."
"Then I think you need to get back to that hospital wing."
Fred stood up, "You're right I love her and I want to be with her every moment of the day and I want to have children with her."
Fred raced back to Hospital Wing and found Madam Pomfrey back at her desk, "Where's Hermione?"
"She left a few minutes ago." She replied shortly not even looking at him.
Fred bit his lip just like Hermione usually does, "But she's sick."
"I think she was bit upset that her boyfriend hadn't stayed with her."
"Shit." Fred muttered to himself and raced to his room where he found Hermione puffy eyed and throwing her clothes into her bag.
"Hermione." He reached out to touch her and she jumped out of his reach, "Don't touch me Fred Weasley."
"Hermione, I'm sorry, please forgive me." Fred begged.
Hermione looked up at him her eyes were puffy and red and there were tear stains down her cheek, "Why did you leave?"
"I…I don't know I was scared." Fred said lamely, "But I'm not scared anymore please believe me."
Hermione stared at him and shook her head, "You left me." She turned back to her clothes and papers and continued stuffing them into her bag. She turned to leave but Fred was blocking her way.
"Hermione, I love you. I'm sorry I left you but I promise I will never do it again. I want to be with you forever, you know that. I don't know what came over me but I was paralyzed with fear at having to raise a child. I didn't want to share you with anyone I was being selfish and I shouldn't have left you. I will never ever do it again." He said looking deeply into her eyes. Hermione stared at him once more frozen with confusion. He had already left her this once who's to say he wouldn't do it again?
Hermione dropped her bags and fell into him. "Don't ever do that again!" she cried into his shirt. He wrapped his arms tightly around her and they stayed like that for awhile. Finally they broke apart and sat on the edge of his bed, "Are you going to tell me what's wrong?"
Hermione sniffled a little, "I'm not pregnant, it was just a bug." Fred put his arm around her and opened his mouth to say something but immediately closed it when he saw the sadness in her face.