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"Good morning, gorgeous."
Hermione hummed as she rolled over, her legs entangling with his as she leaned over and kissed his cheek. "Hey there, handsome," she returned. She got off of him and tried to get out of bed. His arm wrapping about her waist and pulling her back against him made this a difficult task.
"Draco, come on, Caelum is probably—" As he kissed her shoulder and made his way up to her neck there was a quick succession of knocks at the door. "Just outside," Hermione finished. "You can come in, darling."
Caelum came bounding into the room and leaped onto the bed, crawling his way in between his parents. "Good morning!" he exclaimed.
"Good morning." Hermione laughed, disentangling herself from her husband to allow Caelum enough space to snuggle between them. She kissed the boy's forehead. "How was your sleep?" she asked routinely.
"My sleep was good," Caelum replied. "I dreamt you and Daddy gave me a puppy."
"We did?" Hermione asked.
Caelum nodded ardently. "Uh-huh. He was this big," he showed them the size of his little brother with hands spread about a foot apart. "He was so cute," he went on. "And lots of fun."
"Was he?" Draco asked.
"Yep." Caelum looked up at his mum under his curling brown lashes. "It'd be nice to have a puppy," he hinted.
Draco and Hermione shared a look. "Cae, you hungry for breakfast?" Draco asked.
"I'm starving," Caelum said.
Hermione ran her fingers through his hair and smiled. "Alright, what do you feel like? Pancakes?" she asked.
"With chocolate chips?" Caelum asked hopefully.
"With chocolate chips," Hermione agreed. "Go brush your teeth and get dressed. I'll see you downstairs."
Caelum nodded and left obediently, humming to himself.
Draco reached back to the nightstand and grabbed his wand, flicking it at the door and shutting it soundly.
He then tackled his wife to the bed and kissed her nose, her cheek, her neck, her collar bone. His hands danced up and down her sides, tickling her. She laughed but allowed him his teasing a moment, quite enjoying herself.
"I need to go make pancakes," she said between his light kisses.
"We can go out for pancakes."
"Draco, no, I'm perfectly capable of making breakfast," Hermione protested.
"Alright." He got out of bed and kicked her slippers over to her. She stepped into them and put on her dressing gown. She brushed her teeth and washed her face and then went downstairs to see Estelle fixing tea and Caelum sitting at the table with a glass of milk.
She got out a bowl, flour, milk, butter and baking powder. "Pancakes are going to be a little while, Cae," Hermione said. "Do you want to get the chocolate chips out?"
Caelum nodded and opened the pantry, stretching up on his toes to reach the chocolate. "Here you go."
Hermione turned on the wireless and sang along to the first few lines of the song that played.
"Mummy, how long until Julie comes home?" Caelum inquired.
"Still a month, darling," Hermione told him. "You miss her?"
"Not just me," Caelum said quickly. "Stelly misses her."
Estelle smiled. "I certainly do."
"Four weeks," Hermione reminded, "then she and James will be back for summer holiday."
Draco came into the kitchen and set about heating a pan on the stove.
Hermione began whisking together ingredients. Caelum came over and began throwing in handfuls of chocolate chips, more than was necessary but his mother allowed him to do as he pleased.
When he was finished, he began dancing around the kitchen. His father chuckled and turned the music up a bit. They set the table and got the syrup out.
"Here we are." Hermione slid the last of the pancakes onto the plate and placed it on the table.
Caelum was kneeling on his chair, towering over the table, and Draco was telling him to plant his little bum on his seat for the umpteenth time when there was a tap at the window. Caelum hopped out his chair and got a knee on the counter so he could lift himself up to reach the window latch. His mum sighed and reminded him that he wasn't to be climbing the counters.
Caelum yelped as the owl nipped him but managed to snatch the letter from the bird anyway. He glared at the owl, denied it a treat and then opened the letter. "It's from Julie!" he exclaimed.
His wide brown eyes scanned the letter's contents. He handed it to his mum. "Nothing interesting," he complained. "You know, if I went to school already I'd always have interesting things to write to you about."
Hermione laughed. "And soon enough you will."
READ THIS PLEASE: a/n: okay, so a while ago I had posted the first chapter of a follow up to When in Doubt here and I just want to make sure that everyone who was interested in reading more of that have been redirected to "Lettie" which is now its own separate story and currently has nine chapters posted. So check it out if you haven't already and wanted to read about the romance blooming between James and Juliet. Find it on my profile.