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A/N; There is a story on fanfiction that is truly amazing! And it doesn't have the credit it deserves! Please check out the fanfic 'It Breaks My Heart To Help You Like This' It is by the author 'kiwiisemo' Also, this is the last chapter, I know, how sad. I hope you all enjoy the last chapter. Thank you all so much!
Chapter 42 A New Life
After Draco's trial things had calmed down considerably. Draco and Ginny moved into a little flat just outside of Hogsmead close to the twins and next door to Blaise and Pansy. Ginny counted back and figured she would be a mother in late October or early November. Even though they had five months to get everything together Ginny and Draco had already begun planning everything for the baby. Deciding they did not want to know the sex they picked out neutral colours for the nursery and clothing.
They're quiet and peaceful life didn't last long though. After Ron's testimony Ginny received an official letter from the ministry requesting her appearance in her father's trial for child abuse. Blaise, Draco, Pansy, and the twins all had been asked to testify as well but Ginny didn't feel she had the strength this time. The last time she had testified in court it had been to help Draco; an innocent man, but now… she didn't think she could handle her father's defense attorney badgering her with a lot of questions. Ginny knew she would be asked why she hadn't come forward earlier and that her silence would not help the prosecutor's chance of winning the case.
"Are you ready?" Draco asked Ginny as they stood outside the court room.
"Yes." Ginny lied.
"No you're not."
"I don't have much choice though do I?" Ginny gave Draco a pointed look. Draco remained silent knowing she was right.
It was the day of her father's trial and Ginny knew that she had to do this. Somewhere in her mind Ginny had seen this day coming since Ron told her about the plan for graduation. Her father couldn't try to kill his own daughter without having to face the consequences. Unfortunately that meant Ginny had to sit there and stare her father in the face and explain everything he had ever done to her.
As if things couldn't get any worse Ginny was told when she arrived at the ministry that Ron would also be on trial. Ginny didn't want to testify against Ron. Even though he had played a major part in her beatings Ron had also helped them all during graduation, he was the reason Draco wasn't convicted, and he didn't deserve to go to Azkaban.
"Miss. Weasley?" The legal secretary pulled Ginny out of her thoughts.
"We're ready for you and the others." Ginny nodded and the secretary walked back into the courtroom.
Ginny walked back to Blaise, Pansy, and the twins sitting a few feet away from the doors.
"They're ready for us." She said. The others nodded and stood from the bench they were seated on.
"It'll be fine." Blaise said with a reassuring smile.
Ginny nodded. Her throat felt tight and her eyes began to burn. Ginny didn't want to start crying before the trial even began. She knew that she would break down in the courtroom, it was obvious, no one would be able to sit there and tell a room full of people how much their own family put them through without breaking down. Ginny just wished the tears would hold off for at least a few minutes.
Taking a deep breath she walked into the courtroom and allowed the secretary that had addressed her earlier to lead her to her seat behind the prosecutor. The last time Ginny had sat in the courtroom she had been on the defense attorney's side, Ginny didn't think it would feel so different, but it did. Looking ahead Ginny saw that the same prosecutor that had questioned her at Draco's trial was also working her father's trial.
"Would the defendant please rise." The same judge asked.
Arthur rose from his seat and pulled his suit straight. He looked more put together than Ginny had expected.
"Mr. Weasley you are up against charges of child abuse, how do you plead?"
"Not guilty." Mr. Weasley said curtly.
The judge looked at him in disbelief for a moment before nodding. "You may be seated. Defense you may begin."
"Thank you you're honor. My client is up against some serious charges. His own daughter, his flesh and blood is claiming that Mr. Weasley here, her father, has been abusive. I am going to prove to you all today that what Miss. Weasley here…" Ginny's father's lawyer motioned towards her and Ginny shifted uncomfortably in her seat. "Describes as child abuse is merely tough love and strict parenting." Arthur's lawyer ended his speech.
The prosecutor stood next but Ginny didn't hear a word he said. She sat there staring at the lawyers and the judge but not actually seeing them. Her mind was racing, Ginny tried to get all her thoughts in order, tried to remember ever incident that had ever occurred between her and her father, but it was impossible. She was having trouble remembering who had done what to her. Ginny had suffered so much from so many different people but she knew that if she couldn't even remember what exactly her father had put her through then he would walk out of here a free man.
"Miss. Weasley would you please step up here?" The prosecutor asked smiling at her.
Ginny shook her head slightly to try and clear her thoughts before slowly standing and walking to the stand. She looked over at Draco and the others; they all smiled at her encouragingly. Ginny took a deep steady breath before looking over at the prosecutor.
"Miss. Weasley how old are you?" The prosecutor smiled.
"I'll be seventeen next month." Ginny answered in a steady voice.
"I was put a year ahead." Ginny explained.
"Smart witch." Ginny smiled. "How long have you been abused?" Ginny was only slightly shocked by the lawyer's bluntness.
"By my father? Since I was about seven." Ginny shuddered at the memory.
"What happened?" The prosecutor asked softly.
"I was playing outside, I wanted to ride one of my brothers' brooms, they never let me though. I decided to sneak into the broom shed and grab one to play with for a little while. I got caught." Ginny felt the tears build behind her eyes.
"You're father caught you?" Ginny nodded. "What did he do?"
"He pulled me off the broom and threw me to the ground. He then pulled me up and dragged me into the house; I remember getting slapped across the face and my head flying to the side. I must have hit my head because I woke up in my room with my twin brothers Fred and George sitting with me." Ginny didn't stop the tears that fell.
"Were you the only one to be abused?"
"No. I know that my other brothers, mainly the twins, were also abused. I am much younger though, I never saw it, or if I did I was too young to remember." Ginny answered.
"Was that the only time your father abused you?"
Ginny went on to explain how his beatings got worse, how they progressed from an occasional slap across the face, or a push to the ground, to a punch, a kick, or a broken bone. The entire time she spoke Ginny felt the tears running down her cheeks yet her voice stayed steady only shaking when she spoke of graduation. The prosecutor finished his questioning and gave Ginny a sad sympathetic smile before sitting back down and allowing the defense attorney to question her. Ginny wiped away her tears and summoned every ounce of strength she had knowing the tricks the defense attorney would try on her.
"Miss. Weasley, you say that the first time your father abused you it was because you were doing something you weren't supposed to correct?"
"That's right." Ginny said knowing she couldn't lie.
"So you were being punished?"
"You could say that. But you weren't the one who got slapped." Ginny said bitterly.
"Very true. But I know I wouldn't want my children endangering themselves." Ginny just glared. "From what I understood about your testimony it sounds as though every time your father slapped you it was because you were doing something you shouldn't have been."
"It was at first. And he didn't just slap me, he hit me." Ginny was getting angry.
"Why wouldn't you tell anyone?"
"Because I didn't want them to not believe me or think I was stretching the truth." Ginny said immediately regretting her choice of words.
"Stretching the truth? Couldn't have put it better myself. Thank you Miss. Weasley." The defense attorney smiled wickedly before allowing her to step down.
The twins were questioned together. Ginny could see their temper rise when the defense attorney spoke. It seems as though the court had appointed her father a damn good lawyer. Every incident of Ginny's abuse that the twins had recalled had been twisted into some form of tough love by their father's lawyer. It seemed as though Arthur was going to walk out free; the thought sickened Ginny. The twins stepped down glaring daggers at the defense attorney.
When Blaise, Draco, and Pansy had been questioned they could say nothing about the abuse Ginny's father had caused because they hadn't actually witnessed anything other than what had happened at graduation. Ginny felt her heart drop; her father was going to walk out a free man. When Blaise, Pansy, and Draco had mentioned Arthur placing Ginny under the imperious curse Ginny saw the judge's eyes narrow, maybe there was hope after all.
"Would you please rise Mr. Weasley?" The judge asked after Pansy had stepped down from the stands. Arthur rose from his seat and smiled smugly obviously thinking he was going to be freed. "On the charges of child abuse I find you guilty in the second degree and sentence you to five to seven years in Azkaban." The judge smiled when he saw Arthur's smile fade. "Based on the testimony of Mr. Malfoy, Mr. Zabini, and Miss. Parkinson however it is clear that you had in fact used an unforgiveable curse against your daughter. You are well aware that these curses are illegal are you not?"
"I am aware." Arthur said quietly.
"Then this shouldn't come as a shock; on the charges of the use of an unforgiveable curse I find you guilty in the first degree and sentence you to life in Azkaban prison." The judge banged his gavel and Arthur was taken away.
Ginny felt an overwhelming happiness flow through her. Her father had been convicted, he had been found guilty, he was going to Azkaban, it was over. Ginny was so lost in her happy thoughts that she didn't hear the judge's next words, suddenly the doors opened and Ron stepped in the courtroom. Ginny gasped. She had forgotten about Ron.
"Mr. Weasley please rise."
Ron stood shakily.
"You are faced with assault charges today. Do you understand what that means?" The judge asked.
"Yes sir I do." Ron's voice shook slightly.
"How do you plead?"
Ginny nearly fell off her chair. Had she heard Ron right? Did he really just say guilty? Ginny looked over at Ron, she could see from the expression on his face that he was serious.
"You do understand that you will be sent to Azkaban?" The judge asked disbelievingly.
"May I ask why you decided to plead guilty?" The judge looked just as confused as Ginny felt.
"I know what I've done, I'm not proud of it and I wish I could take it back. But I don't deny it."
"Alright then." The judge sighed. "Based on your plea and the testimony you provided at Mr. Malfoy's hearing I hereby sentence you to three months in Azkaban." The judge smiled. "I can see that you are truly sorry, you showed that when you testified for Mr. Malfoy, but what you have done to your sister is inexcusable. I just cut you a break, don't disappoint me Mr. Weasley."
Ron nodded and was lead away just as his father was moments before. Ginny knew that this was the best she could hope for, for her brother. Three months wasn't that long.
The summer months pasted by in a flash and Ginny's already swelled stomach seemed to grow at an alarming rate. Ginny was certain that something must have been wrong with her; there was just no way she could be that big! But after half a dozen visits to multiple different medi-witches Ginny was assured that herself and the baby were doing perfectly fine.
One night in mid. October Ginny woke from a dead sleep with blinding pain in her stomach. She rubbed it gently urging the baby to stop kicking but Ginny couldn't deny the truth; the baby couldn't kick hard enough to cause this much pain, something was wrong.
"Draco!" Ginny called out.
Draco woke instantly and looked at Ginny concerned.
"What's wrong?" He asked shakily.
"The baby." Ginny breathed through the pain.
"You're not due for another month, you can't be in labor." Draco walked over to Ginny and sat her down gently.
"I don't care what the fucking doctors said! There is something wrong!" Ginny nearly shouted.
Draco nodded and quickly ran around the room gathering clothes. He called Pansy, Blaise, and the twins. Within ten minutes everything was packed, Draco was dressed, and Pansy was helping Ginny walk out the door. Ginny couldn't risk flooing or aparating so they had to wait for the twins to arrive with an ordinary muggle car; which of course had some magical features. The twins arrived within minutes of Ginny stepping out the door. Blaise, Pansy, and Draco all helped Ginny climb into the back seat. Draco stroked Ginny's hair and held her hand as the twins sped off in the direction of the hospital.
"Is she in labor?" One of the nurses rushed over when Ginny walked in the door.
"She isn't due for another month." Draco explained.
"Is this her first pregnancy?"
"It isn't uncommon for the body to go into early labor the first time." The nurse explained as she waved a medi-witch over.
Blaise, Pansy, and the twins were led into the waiting room as Draco and Ginny were rushed into the maternity ward. Ginny screamed in pain and clutched her stomach as another contraction sent a wave of unbearable pain through her.
"Isn't there anything you can give her?" Draco asked as Ginny gripped his hand painfully.
"Her file says that she suffered the effects of the Cruciatus curse during the early stages of her pregnancy is that correct?" The medi-witch asked.
"Yes." Draco said through gritted teeth; Ginny had an iron grip.
"We can't risk giving anything to her." The medi-witch explained.
Draco nodded as the medi-witch gave Ginny a quick examination. The witch whispered something to the nurse who nodded and walked out of the room giving Ginny a sad smile.
"What's wrong?" Ginny asked worriedly.
"Nothing, but your water hasn't broken, we're going to have to break it before you can start pushing." The medi-witch explained.
"Will it help with this pain?" Ginny said as another contraction hit.
"No, the pains will be more frequent and more powerful." The medi-witch explained.
Ginny gripped Draco's hand tighter as the medi-witch positioned herself between Ginny's legs. Draco was thankful that they had a female doctor; he didn't think Ginny would appreciate it if he beat up the doctor that was delivering their baby.
Half an hour later Ginny and Draco were told that she was dilated enough to start pushing. Ginny gripped Draco's hand harder as she started to push, Draco was sure he had at least three broken bones. As soon as Ginny started pushing Draco could see the medi-witch smiling. It seemed as though everything was going to be okay.
Not knowing what else he could do Draco whispered in Ginny's ear about how she could get through this, how they would be able to go home with their new child and live a normal life. This seemed to help for a few moments but as soon as Ginny was told to push one last time she gripped Draco's other hand as well and screamed as she pushed as hard as she could. Ginny breathed a sigh of relief when she heard the cry of Draco's and her child.
"It's a girl." The medi-witch said placing the baby in Ginny's arms. "Let me fix that." She smiled looking at Draco's hand. She waved her wand and Draco felt the pain fade, thanking the witch he turned back to Ginny and his new baby girl.
"She's beautiful." Ginny smiled.
"How can you tell? You can barely see her face." Draco chuckled. He pulled back the blanket that was covering his girl's head and most of her face. Draco stepped back and fell into the chair as soon as the blanket was pulled off her head.
"Black hair?!?!" Ginny looked shocked momentarily before the truth sunk in. "Oh Merlin." She breathed.
Draco sat there in shock. This couldn't be… there was no way. But Draco couldn't deny the evidence; this was Harry's baby, not his.
"I don't understand." Ginny said. "The potion…"
"I guess Madam Pomfrey waited too long." Draco said after a few moments.
"Draco I am so sorry."
Draco remained silent as he stood and walked over to Ginny. He lightly brushed his lips against hers. "There is nothing to be sorry for, it was not your fault." Draco smiled and looked at his baby girl. "This is my daughter, no matter her hair colour, no matter that her biological father is Potter, she is mine." Draco kissed his daughter on the forehead before smiling back at Ginny. "And she will have the Malfoy name." He said in a demanding tone.
"What should we call her?" Ginny smiled. She was overjoyed that Draco was okay with this beautiful baby girl not being his biologically. "I've always liked the name Kearsey."
"I like that." Draco smiled. "Kearsey Ginevra Malfoy."
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