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Well, this is it, the beginning of the end. This story has meant so much to me in the year I've spent writing it. I've laughed insanely, cried as I wrote, and prayed you guys would like it. And now I do the same, keeping you no longer from this chapter than I half too.
Without further ado for the last time…
What had started out as the most terrible thing I thought could ever happen to me had turned into the one thing I would never change, even if I could live this life over a thousand times. If I had known on that day, twelve years ago, when I got the letter from the ministry telling about the Ministry Marriage Act and telling me I would be forever bound to Ginny Weasley, I might not have been so furious. Instead, I would have rejoiced. I couldn't imagine my life without her now.
For the past eleven years, we'd lived in peaceful happiness. Like all couples, we had our spats, but nothing ever so bad that it tore us apart. Besides, we had three wonderful reasons to make up after every fight: our children. I loved the twins will all of my heart. The joyful little girls were the light of my life. Just like Ginny's twin brothers had been when young, our two were mischievous and got into everything.
From the day they learned to crawl, I'd been chasing after those two little girls. Emmy tended to be the master mind of most everything and Alysia was silent and stealthy, getting away with many things I'm sure that I never found out about. Emmy, much like her mother, had a fiery spirit that could not be tamed. Alysia was much more like I had been at her age, quiet and calm. Whereas when her sister got mad she started screaming, much like her mother's side of the family, Alysia turned quiet and, at times, that worried me more.
But those two were more than I could have ever asked for in life. I felt so blessed to have them and Ginny in my life. I'd have been content to just have the three of them. More than one night when they were little did I find not one but all three of my girls in bed with me. Those were some of the happiest nights of my life. But, as I'd learned, our family wasn't complete yet.
Three years after Emmy and Alysia were born little Leo Arthur Malfoy joined our small and happy family. With hair as light as mine and eyes the same steely gray, Ginny swore he'd grow up to look just like me. He did look like me but he sure didn't act like me. He showed the same jokester attitude that George, and once upon a time Fred, had from the time he was little. At age three he was already pulling pranks on his two older sisters.
While Leo did get on his sisters nerves, the three of them were fairly inseparable, especially as of late. I sighed to myself and shook my head, leaning back in the chair at my mahogany desk. I couldn't believe this day had finally come. My little girls were going to Hogwarts for the first time. For the first time since the day they were born, they'd be away from me and Ginny for more than a few nights. I wondered who'd have a harder time: them, us or Leo?
"Daddy!" I heard a small voice yelling from the hallway outside my study. "Daddy!"
Just then the door of my study burst open and in came a little blond blur as eight year old Leo came streaking into the room. I had barely time to blink before I found him climbing up into my lap like he had when he was little. "What's wrong Leo?" I asked, noticing the drying tears on his face.
"I don't want Emmy and Aly to leave," he said softly, burying his face in my chest. "Can I go too, Daddy? Please?"
I chuckled softly, knowing this was hard on him. As we spoke, Ginny was helping the girls finish with their last minute packing. We'd be leaving for the train station any moment. "You can't go quite yet, kiddo," I told him gently for what felt like the thousandth time. "Just a few more years."
"I don't want to wait a few more years," he pouted, looking up at me with his large grey eyes. "Please, Daddy?"
I just shook my head and let out a sigh. I wished I could make him feel better but he'd have to get used to the idea his sisters were leaving. "But you'll be going in a few years with your cousins," I said comfortingly. And he did have quite a few. None of the Weasleys, save for George and Angelina, stopped after only two kids. Leo had five cousins that would be attending Hogwarts the same year as him, six if Blaise and Luna's son, Max, was counted among them.
Leo side off my lap and walked dejectedly back to the door of the office. "Yeah," he muttered. "In three years."
I sighed and stood, following him out. We needed to get going anyway. While Leo tromped off, likely going to his room to sulk, I turned down the hall in search of Ginny. I found her in our bedroom, standing in the doorway of the balcony, the warm summer breeze floating into the room.
"Hey," I said softly, coming up behind her and wrapping my arms around her middle. "You okay?"
She sighed happily and leaned back against me. "Yeah, I will be," she said just as quietly, leaning her head back onto my shoulder. "I can't believe they're going to Hogwarts already. It seems like just yesterday they were newborn babies lying in our arms. I feel like we only just had them and now they're leaving."
I could hear the tears in her voice and I knew how she felt. "They'll be back before you know it. Besides, we'll still have Leo here and I'm sure he'll keep us on our toes," I tried to comfort her.
"It won't be the same without my little girls here," she said sadly, turning around in my arms and wrapping her own around my neck. "But we will have more time to ourselves with only Leo to worry about."
I laughed and kissed my wife. "That we will," I agreed readily, pulling away after a moment and taking her hand in mine. "We should get going."
"Okay, I'll go find Leo. The girls are in their room and should be done packing," she told me, squeezing my hand briefly before walking from the room in search of our son. I followed her out, heading the opposite way of my wife and going towards the room that Alysia and Emmy had shared since they'd been moved out of the nursery.
"Hey girls, it's time to go," I announced, walking into their bedroom to see both girls sitting on their beds, chattering enthusiastically.
"Okay, Daddy," Emmy said, bounding off her bed excitedly, red hair flying around her face as she rushed to grab her bag.
"Daddy," Alysia said, standing from her own bed calmly. "Is Leo okay?" She looked distressed at the thought of her brother's pain. She really did have her mother's kind heart.
"He's going to miss both of you but he'll be fine," I said comfortingly, holding my arms out to my girls. They both came flying into my arms, their own small ones wrapping tightly around my torso. "I'll miss you girls too."
"We'll miss you too, Daddy," Emmy muttered against me. Alysia nodded her head in agreement.
I smiled and hugged them both tightly. "Now come on girls," I said, pulling away from them. "Grab your things and let's go. We don't want to keep your mother waiting."
Both girls squealed excitedly and grabbed their bags, their trunks already downstairs and waiting. Hardly before I could blink, both Emmy and Alysia were racing down the hallway, screaming all the way.
Shaking my head, I slowly turned and followed them out, shutting their bedroom door behind me. When I reached the entrance hall my family was already there and waiting for me. Two house elves were there too, about to take the girls things to the platform for us.
"Ready to go, everyone?" I asked, a grin on my face at the excitement my family was feeling. Leo smiled over at me, much happier than I'd seen him just a few minutes ago. I assumed Ginny had talked to him, having gone through the very same thing six times when she was younger. If anyone could relate to what Leo was feeling it would be his mother.
"Yeah!" Emmy cried, bouncing in place, unable to stand still. "Let's go!"
Ginny held her hands out to the girls. They both took their mother's hands eagerly, excited to get going. Together the three of them stepped into the roaring green flames in the fire place. "Platform 9 ¾," Ginny said as she stepped into them. In a whirl of green fire the three of them were whisked away.
Looking over at Leo, I gave him a gentle smile and took his hand in mine. "You okay, Son?" I asked, squeezing his hand.
"I'm okay, Daddy," he assured me, mimicking my smile.
Relived he wasn't feeling so bad anymore, we followed the rest of our family to the train station. When we stepped out onto the over-crowded platform, the scarlet steam engine gleaming in the sunlight, I almost felt like I was a kid again and on my way to Hogwarts. I smiled to myself as memories of my childhood flooded back. And just like when I was a kid, the platform seemed to be filled with many Weasley's of all shapes and sizes. But now, they were friends and family, not hated enemies.
Emmy's young voice calling out to Leo pulled me from my thoughts, making me smile. Leo quickly let go of my hand and ran to his sisters. I followed behind at a much slower pace. I smiled as Alysia and Emmy both hugged their little brother.
"I'll miss you," he said softly, hardly loud enough to be heard over the din on the platform.
"Don't worry," Alysia said comfortingly, putting her arm around Leo's shoulder. "We'll only be an owl away."
"Yeah, and we'll send you stuff too!" Emmy assured him with a grin. "Uncle George told me about how once he and Uncle Fred blew up a toilet and sent Mummy the toilet seat. We can do that and send you one too!"
"George!" Ginny called out, looking towards her jokester brother who was standing further down the platform, young Fred Jr. by his side. He smiled over, his grin huge as he didn't have to guess what she was yelling about. He waved innocently before moving slyly behind his wife, grin never leaving his face. Ginny just let out a sigh and shook her head.
After saying goodbye with plenty of hugs and kisses and promising to write at least once a week, the twins raced off onto the train to find friends and cousins. Suddenly the little blur that was a very fast running Alex Zabini ran by, heading towards the train. He hardly even hollered out a greeting to us as he passed. Ginny laughed as he ran by, both of us turning to greet the parents of our godson.
"Hey Luna," Ginny said, hugging her best friend around the three year old on the blond woman's hip.
Ariadne, Luna and Blaise's daughter, reached out to Ginny immediately, recognizing her godmother. Ginny took her without question, kissing her dark hair. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Leo and Max talking animatedly, both seeming to bemoaning the fact they weren't on the train at the moment.
"Hello you guys," Luna greeted back, flexing the arm that had been supporting the little girl.
Before anything else was said, the sound of the train's whistle rang loudly through the platform, drawing every eye to the train as it slowly started to move. My eyes quickly found Emmy and Alysia hanging from the window, waving energetically, Alex at their side. The four of us waved to our children until the train was out of sight, and even then it was hard to stop.
Later that night, after putting Leo to bed after a very long day, I lay in bed with my sleeping wife in my arms. My thoughts drifted to the rocky start to our relationship and all that had come from it. I had walked the thin line of love and hate when it came to the woman I'd been thrown into marriage with. At times I'd struggled with that, leaned towards the wrong side of the line. But, I couldn't have been more glad that I'd chosen to love her. As she snuggled closer to me in her sleep, I silently wondered if it was really a choice at all. How could anyone who could have been lucky as me not have loved her? She was my life, my love, my other half and I wouldn't trade what we had for the world.
I know it was slightly shorter than usual, but this was the right ending and to draw it out longer would have thrown it off. I hope you all liked it, and the entire story. Was it a good ending, do you think? I wanted it to end like the Harry Potter books had ended, as they watched their children leave for Hogwarts. I think it suited the story well and was a good way to show the relationships with the children.
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