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"No! Absolutely not! I forbid it!"
"You will not order me around woman!"
"Oh yes I will! And that is no way to speak to your mother in law Mr. Malfoy."
"Currently I don't care if you are the bloody queen of England! You are standing between me and my wife who is currently in labour with my child in case you hadn't noticed."
"Men do NOT go in the delivery room! That is not the way that this is done. You will stay out here where you belong!"
"I don't care how you did it in the stone ages, I am going to be with MY wife and see the birth of MY child! Now stand aside."
Molly Weasley stared up for another moment at her headstrong, arrogant, stubborn son-in-law. There were many moments during their interactions that she might never understand why exactly her beautiful daughter had chosen to stay with the little prick after all he had put her through, but there was no way that anyone who had ever spent five minutes around the young couple could deny that they were head over heels in love.
In this situation she had no doubt that it would come down to a battle of wills in which neither would give in, so she decided to do something completely unprecedented for the Weasley matriarch, she let him win. Stepping aside, she allowed Draco to fly into the delivery room where she, as the grandmother, rightfully should be. Normally, she would have fought tooth and nail until whichever of her children or their spouses, whom she considered her children, gave into her demands, but in this moment she felt she was doing the right thing.
She may not really like Malfoy a considerable portion of the time, but she understood the powerful fierce love that surged between him and her daughter. Molly herself had even fought for the pair to work through their differences once upon a time. It was because Molly was sure theirs was a love so deep that it would withstand all tests that time and the world would throw at them. Look at what it had already withstood: war, animosity, hatred, misunderstanding. Yes, no matter what anyone thought Molly knew that Ginny had found the one. They had fought for each other and seemed determine to win.
Perhaps that was the real reason she let him have his moment, because of the fighting spirit that dwelled within him that he focused so completely on Ginny. She had only ever seen one other couple that had seemed to have that type of unshakeable commitment to each other from the very beginning, no real selfishness, just love, and she and Arthur had been together now for thirty three years.
Yes, Ginny had made the correct choice.
Molly slowly meandered out into the waiting room in the maternity ward of St. Mungo's, much to the shock of her entire family.
"What's wrong?" Ron asked his face full of concern for his beloved baby sister.
"Nothing that I know of Ron."
"Well then why are you out here mum?" Bill asked, voicing the question that was on everyone's mind.
"Draco has it under control."
Every single mouth in what was the majority of the Weasley clan dropped at that moment. Had they heard right? Molly Weasley had given up control?
Molly just sat down next to Arthur and placed her hand in his. She looked at him as a tear rolled down her cheek. "Our baby is having a baby."
He pulled her to him and placed a kiss on her forehead. "I know love and she's going to be a brilliant mum, just like you."
Ginny woke up from a very relaxing nap. Twelve hours of hard labour had made her very tired and even the three pepper up potions she had received afterwards had done very little to help.
She looked over at the small clock on the nightstand careful not to move too much because of how sore she was. It was nearly three o'clock in the morning, an hour and a half since the last time she had been awoken to feed her beautiful new baby. She sighed with contentment. Just thinking about her perfect little girl made her incandescently happy.
She turned her head the other way to see if Draco was still in the horribly uncomfortable looking hospital chair he had been perched in earlier. There he was, eyes closed, breathing deeply and carefully cradling Cordelia Jane Malfoy like she was the most breakable thing he had ever held.
Ginny couldn't stop the tears that seemed to force their way out of her eyes. She had never seen anything more pure and beautiful and just altogether perfect than the love of her life and their baby.
Pulling herself together slightly she softly called out, "Drae."
His head jerked somewhat as he came out of sleep but his arms cradling the baby never moved. Blinking to try to clear his head of sleep he finally focused on Ginny. His face broke out into his rarely shown true smile. For Ginny it always seemed to light up the room.
"Good morning sunshine." She giggled.
He grunted and said in scratchy voice still full of sleep, "I think you're confused love, it's not morning yet. Why are you awake?"
"I couldn't stand another moment without looking at you two so I woke up."
He chuckled and shook his head slightly.
"Have you slept at all love?"
"Not really. Little bits here and there, just dozing, mostly I've just been sitting here in awe of her."
Ginny smiled at her husband, he looked nervous although he was hiding it well like a true Malfoy. "Come lay with me."
Draco shook his head, "No Gin, really I'm fine. You back to sleep; the evil healers will be in here to wake everyone up again soon enough."
"No! I want you both to come here with me. I can't sleep well without you anyway."
Draco grimaced but gave up nonetheless. Slowly he stood up and walked over to the bed, careful not to jostle the Cordelia.
Ginny slid her aching body over in the bed in order to make room for Draco. Once they were all situated Ginny laid her head on Draco's strong shoulder.
"By the way, when did everyone leave?"
"Well they all started to trickle out about the time you fell asleep right in the middle of everyone. The ones with children of their own headed out first to relieve babysitters. Blaise and Luna weren't far behind them because Baby Finneus. They probably should have left hours earlier but Luna kept going on about how if Finn was at Cordelia's birth they would be 3 times more likely to fall in love with each other because of something to do with the cycles of the moon… I don't know Looney was being Looney.
"Don't call him Finn. You know she hates that."
"Yes, yes I know, but when his own father calls him Finn constantly when his wife is not around it is a hard habit not to pick up!"
"Do you think Cordelia will have a nickname?"
Draco looked at her contemplatively, "I don't know. It is a hard name to shorten in a good way. I suppose we will just have to wait and see what she thinks."
"Were the rest of the family well behaved?"
"If you are asking if I played nice with all your brothers, the answer is yes. There was no fighting. I actually shared her with everyone. Our mothers cried together and hugged. I think they bonded and it was slightly disconcerting. They are going out for tea next week."
Ginny giggled. "It was only a matter of time really. My mum likes to bond with people, your mother is officially part of her family now."
Draco grimaced. "I think they like each other better than they like me."
"I would not be surprised." Ginny said as she kissed him on the shoulder. "But I like you best so hopefully that will make up for it."
"Good. So I was wondering…"
"Yes?" he asked as he placed a soft kiss on her forehead.
"How exactly you managed to force my mother to let you into the delivery room?"
Draco chuckled softly, his broad chest shaking and causing Cordelia to cuddle closer to his warmth. "I don't know actually. She just gave up. We had been at it for at least 10 minutes then suddenly she just… gave up and let me win."
"That is so bizarre."
"Yeah that did seem to be the general consensus when they all came in here didn't it. Ron actually shook my hand. He said it was for accomplishing the impossible."
"That's what that was? I thought it was an after effect of the drugs, I never assumed that could have actually happened!" Ginny whispered in awe.
They both laughed. This time Draco's deep rumbling laugher caused Cordelia to toss in her sleep. They both quieted down immediately. Ginny snuggled in closer to her husband's warm form and they both gazed down at their baby and she quietly asked, "Did you ever think anything could be so perfect?"
"Only you." He whispered never taking his eyes off their little girl.
Ginny's heart swelled at his response. Despite the last few months of his reassurance that he loved her every time still felt new and exciting to Ginny's long dormant emotions.
They both sat in silence for a few minutes before Draco once again spoke. "I'm scared Gin."
Ginny lifted up her head to look at him. "Whatever for?"
"Her. She scares me. She's so tiny and fragile, what if something happens to her? What if I can't protect her from the world?"
Ginny reached out and pulled his head down to hers, forcing him to look her in the eyes. "Oh Draco, you can't protect her from the world. All you can do is love her and try to guide her down whatever path she will choose. Just love us both, that's all we'll need."
"I don't know if I can do that." He whispered. He looked at her and Ginny would have sworn there were tears glistening behind those big grey eyes. "I always mess thing up."
"Of course you can. We have loved each other all along and adding Cordelia to that has already proved not to be a problem."
"What if I screw up again? What if I drive one of you away?"
Ginny sat up and took his face in between her tiny hands. "That will never happen! Ever! I know you love us and I will always make sure we are together and are a family, you, me and Cordelia."
"And whatever other children we have." He said grinning.
Ginny raised an eyebrow. "You do realize how long I was just in labor? I still haven't decided if I am ever going to sleep with you again let alone have another child that I have to lug around for 9 months and then pop out. Don't push your luck right now sir."
Draco just shook his head slightly. She really was amazing. "I love you Ginny."
"I know that," she said as her false annoyance sobered into a content smile once more. "And I never really gave up on our love. Do you remember when I told you once that my family was my life but that without you there was no sun or joy or love?"
"I mean that as much now as I did then." She leaned her forehead gently against his and closed her eyes. Softly their lips met.
"Ginny?" Draco asked when the kissed had ended. He rubbed his nose against hers.
"Mhm?" she answered without even opening her eyes, just enjoying the feeling of being pressed against him.
"Will you marry me?"
She leaned back and looked at him like he was insane. "I already did silly."
"I know you technically did but I want to marry you again, this time for me, for us. Not because we are being forced to because of a business deal but because we want to."
Ginny saw the shining honesty in his silver eyes and her heart melted for the thousandth time that day. "In that case, of course. Yes I will marry you. I would do anything for you. I love you."
It's done! I don't know about you but I am happy and sad all rolled up into one. Please let me know what you think
ALSO! I am going to try to write a sequel to this story. The link to the first chapter can be found on my author page!
Thank you to everyone who has read it and stuck with me!