Here we go, guys. The last epilogue. Before you read that...
I just really want to thank all of you for reading, following, reviewing, and favoriting this story, as well as putting up with my interminable periods of not updating and my seemingly never-ending plot twists. Let me tell you, when I first made the outline for this story, it was so different from what I have now it was barely the same story. That first plot had Scorpius and Rose hating each other, with Rose out for revenge for something he did to her that I can't even remember. And even when I changed it to the first outline of this story, it was still so different. Caroline was supposed to be a through and through bitch with no redeeming qualities. Lorcan was only supposed to be there for a few chapters and then fade into the background. The characters in this story really took on a life of their own, and that never would have happened without y'all. You guys are what kept me writing this story even when it was frustrating, even when my life was difficult and crazy, even when I had no idea what to do next. Without the support of all of y'all, I probably would have given up on this story ten chapters ago. Instead, here we are, at the end of a story that has taken over a year and a half to write. Y'all have made this story by far my most visited, most reviewed, most favorited, most followed. I can't begin to thank y'all enough.
And now I will quit rambling and let you get to the story. I present to you, bittersweet as it is, the final epilogue of That's What You Think.
The train blew out a puff of steam, and Rose gripped her daughter's hand a little tighter, peering through it.
"No sign of them yet," she muttered to her husband. Scorpius chuckled.
"You know how Malinda is. Forgets half her things and makes Al and Lizzie go back for them a million times. I can't believe they don't just pack for her at this point."
Rose shook her head. "I'm just glad our children inherited your organizational skills so we don't have to worry about that."
"You and me both, love." He dropped a kiss on the top of her head.
They looked down at their daughter Ara, who was watching them with an expression of disgust. Scorpius chuckled. "You don't like seeing your parents kiss?"
She shook her head, platinum curls smacking her in the face. "It's gross, Daddy!"
Rose glanced over at her husband, her eyebrows rising when she caught the gleam in his eyes. Without warning, he had his arm wrapped around her waist and his mouth on hers.
It never ceased to amaze her how after all this time – nearly twenty years together, sixteen of them married – Scorpius could still give her goosebumps, could still make her heart race and send shivers racing down her spine.
The disgusted noises coming from the eleven-year-old still attached to Rose's hand finally caused her to pull away from her husband.
"Oi! Knock it off with the snogging and the goo goo eyes! You're scaring the children!"
They turned to face Al and Lizzie, both of whom were smiling. The two eldest Malfoy children stood behind them, looking nearly as grossed out as their little sister.
"Found them," Leo said unnecessarily. Ara pulled her hand from her mother's and flounced over to join her brothers and cousins.
"Thank you for rescuing me from being permanently traumatized," she said, glaring at her parents. "I could have happily lived my whole life without witnessing that."
Scorpius reached over and ruffled his daughter's hair affectionately. "You know you love us."
She sighed dramatically before smiling. "I suppose."
Scorpius looked over at Al and Lizzie. "And where are your offspring?"
Albus shrugged. "Malinda went to put her trunk on the train and meet some of her friends. Spencer went with her to put his stuff up and make sure he had a place to sit, but they should both be back soon."
Scorpius snorted. "How could he not have a place to sit? Your family – and by extension my family – makes up almost the entire school. He has plenty of people to sit with."
Albus reached over to punch his best friend good-naturedly in the shoulder as Caelum Malfoy pointed to something behind his mother.
"They're new," he said, eyeing them. "And they're definitely not part of our family."
Rose turned around to see who he was talking about and her jaw fell open slightly. "That's not exactly true, Caelum." Scorpius turned as well and let out a low groan.
Next to a door a few carriages down stood Lorcan and Caroline Scamander, four children of various ages around them. Albus and Lizzie came to stand next to their friends and watched as the other family talked and gestured around the platform.
"I thought they were in schools abroad?" Al asked softly.
Scorpius didn't look at him as he answered. "I did too. Apparently they're back in time for their kids to go to Hogwarts from here on out. Although," his eyes narrowed, "if I remember correctly from the announcements in the Prophet, the one closest to Scamander is the oldest and this should be his last year. I don't know about the others."
Rose linked her hand through his. "Hopefully nothing happens and Ara's first year goes smoothly. I don't want any bad history between us and them to affect the kids."
"It won't." Scorpius turned around to face his kids as Malinda and Spencer Potter joined them. "You lot listen to me. Stay away from those Scamander kids – "
"Scamander?" Caelum interjected. "Like Aunt Luna and Uncle Rolf?"
"They're her grandchildren," Scorpius replied dismissively, "but stay away from them." Rose cleared her throat, nudging him in the side. "What?"
The train whistled and the students began to say their good-byes and board the train.
Scorpius began hugging his children quickly. When he got to Ara he squatted down in front of her and placed a kiss on the tip of her nose. "No matter what Mum says," he whispered, "remember what I said. Don't get too friendly with them, especially not the youngest one – I think his name is Henry. And make sure you kick his butt in every exam, okay?"
Ara giggled and nodded. "Bye, Daddy!" With Caelum holding Ara's hand, the three Malfoy children made their way onto the train and into the nearest compartment. Out of the corner of his eye, Scorpius saw the Scamander kids do the same.
"I heard what you said to her," Rose whispered, lacing her fingers through his. She was smiling as she kissed him on the cheek. "You know, my father said the same thing to me before my first train ride."
"Did he now?" Scorpius asked, not taking his eyes off the train as it started to move forward. "That didn't exactly work out for him did it?" He lifted a hand to wave at his kids.
"No, it didn't," Rose mused, "which means that you probably just made little Henry Scamander our future son-in-law."
Scorpius froze, his gaze fixed on the train. "Oh, no…"
"Oh, yes…" his wife hummed, almost happily. She stumbled forward as Scorpius wrenched his hand out of hers, running after the train, trying fruitlessly to catch up to the window where his children had been only a minute ago.
The train disappeared from view around a corner and Scorpius bent over to catch his breath. Rose giggled as she placed a hand on his back.
"You alright, love?"
Her husband stood upright and glared at her. "No, I am bloody well not alright. I pretty much just gave our daughter permission to go befriend and fall in love with and marry the little Scamander."
Rose shrugged as she fought back a smile. "That will only happen if she's like me." Scorpius's eyes narrowed.
"She's exactly like you."
She snorted, lacing her fingers through his once more and tugging him towards their car. "Then I suppose you had better start getting used to the idea."
"But I don't want to!" Scorpius whined, wrapping an arm around her waist. "I don't want to be related to Nott and Scamander!"
Rose smiled as she stopped walking. "If it happens, you have nobody to blame but yourself. But at least now you have a potentially valid reason to threaten him within an inch of his life." At the look on her husband's face, she decided it would be best if she kept silent on the matter from then on.
She reached her hand up and placed it on his cheek, studying his face. There were lines there now, and a few barely discernible gray hairs among the platinum. He'd found three one morning and promptly named them after their children, citing them as the reasons they had begun appearing. But it was still the face she loved, the man she had loved for over half her life, and at the end of the day there was nobody she would rather crawl into bed next to, nobody she would prefer to wake up to every day.
"Maybe it will be a good thing," Rose murmured. "My father warned me off of you, and yet in you I found the love of my life and my better half. Who's to say that the same won't happen for Ara?"
"I just don't want to think about her like that," Scorpius sighed, hugging his wife to him. "I don't want to think about her growing up and getting married and having children. I don't want to think of any of our children like that. They're supposed to stay young and ours forever."
She pressed a firm kiss to his lips. "I want the same thing. I want them to stay my little babies where I can protect them and watch them and hold them whenever I want." Dragging a hand through her hair, she continued, "But we have to let them grow up."
"Ara's only eleven, Caelum's only twelve, Leo fourteen. We still have plenty of years with them."
Scorpius sighed. "You and I know exactly how fast those years fly by."
"Let's just not think about it at the moment, alright?"
Rose glanced at Scorpius as they began walking towards their car once more. He still seemed morose and slightly depressed at the idea of his daughter getting married, and she had to bite the inside of her cheek to keep from laughing when an idea occurred to her.
"You know…" she said slowly, "the Scamander girl looked about Caelum's age…"
Scorpius stared at his wife, horror dawning on his face. "Don't say that."
Rose smiled wickedly, gently untangling her hand from his and preparing to run.
"Maybe we could make it a double wedding?"
She took off before he reached for her and laughed delightedly as he yelled after her.
"Rose Malfoy, I'm going to kill you!"
I hope this epilogue lived up to your expectations :)
If you haven't already read my sappy A/N at the top, please do that. I just have some announcement type thingies to put down here.
I am still planning on doing a Missing Moments series for this story. Whenever the first Moment is posted, I will post a note on this story so those of you that are alerted for this one can be notified. And I've decided to take the Missing Moments and Raw from the poll on my page. TWYT: MM will be updated irregularly since it's not a story, exactly. I've been working on all the stories from the poll, and Raw just isn't coming along how I want it to. It's also taking a lot out of me because it's an emotionally charged story. The others will remain in the poll, and I'll be adding a new story to the poll as well. It will remain open for awhile, and the reasons for that will be posted on my profile page shortly.
Also, in case you were wondering, here's a brief breakdown of the next-next-gen children in this epilogue :) :
Leo Orion Malfoy, age 14, 4th Year
Caelum Aquila Malfoy, age 12, 2nd Year
Ara Carina Malfoy, age 11, 1st Year
Malinda Casey Potter, age 13, 3rd Year
Spencer Jack Potter, age 11, 1st Year (he's the Albus to Ara's Rose lol)
Dexter Eli Scamander, age 17, 7th Year
Rian Kennedy Scamander, age 16, 6th Year
Kenzie Ly Scamander, age 12, 2nd Year
Henry Thomas Scamander, age 11, 1st Year
The Malfoy children are all named after constellations, even their middle names. The Potter children have those names because I figured Al wouldn't want to name them after more dead people, or even alive people lol and the Scamander kids...well I figured Caroline would want to give them names that were different in a good way and modern and even a little pretentious sounding :)
Again, thank you so much for sticking with this story. For the last time...REVIEW!