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Harry woke up determined that today was the day he and Rose started their long overdue vacation. It really was now or never because they had to be back in three weeks for Rose's next check up and then the following week she started her training at the Ministry. He was really hoping that they could elope while they were away but he wasn't sure if he should talk to her about it before they left or not. They really hadn't discussed the ceremony at all… What if she wanted a big wedding? The thought made him cringe but if that was what she wanted then he would suffer through.
"What are you thinking about?" asked Rose sleepily, running her hand along his jaw.
"Our wedding," replied Harry covering her hand with his own.
She beamed at him and asked, "Really?"
He scoffed in mock offense and said, "Yes, really."
She laughed and said, "Sorry! I just didn't think guys thought about things like that. I figured they just showed up after the bride picked everything out."
Harry shook his head in response and she asked, "So, what were you thinking for our wedding?"
Harry took a moment before he responded, "I was hoping we could elope while we're away these next couple weeks."
Rose seemed surprised and didn't say anything so Harry said, "It's alright if you don't want to. I know weddings are big deal to witches…" at Rose's raised eyebrow he stumbled and finished, "Um…not that they're not a big deal to wizards. I mean of course they are."
"Harry…stop talking," chided Rose good naturedly before continuing, "I was actually thinking along the same lines."
"Really?" asked Harry smiling wide.
"Yeah but there's more. You promise you won't laugh at me?"
"Of course I won't laugh at you Rose!"
Rose moved on her side, propping herself up on her elbow as she entwined their legs, making Harry smile as he put his hand on her hip, keeping her close. "You know how I'm going to be studying love magic, right?"
At Harry's nod she continued, "Well, part of love magic is soul bonds." At his skeptical look she said, "I know, I know, not a lot of witches and wizards believe in it. It's been looked down upon, sort of like divination."
At Harry's sheepish grin she smiled and then continued, "But, I did a lot of research on this and I found that there are still a few small villages that perform the soul bond ritual for marriage ceremonies."
"And?" asked Harry smiling at her enthusiasm. She was practically bouncing off the bed with excitement.
"Well, I always hoped when I got married it would be with that ritual," replied Rose, shyly biting her lip.
"OK." replied Harry easily.
"OK?" asked Rose as if she heard him wrong.
"OK." repeated Harry smiling.
"Really?" squealed Rose excitedly?
"Yes, Really," said Harry before pulling her in for a passionate kiss. When they broke apart Rose was absolutely radiating happiness and that in turn made Harry a very happy man until she bit her lip and said, "But you don't even know what it entails! And what if it doesn't work?"
Trying to get that look of pure happiness back, Harry asked, "Will I be married to you at the end of the ritual?"
"Yeah…" she replied tentatively.
Harry reached out to cup her face with his hand and ran his thumb across her cheek before he replied, "That's all that matters to me Rose. Honestly, I'm more than happy to do whatever you want for a ceremony, although I would like to avoid a big wedding."
Rose giggled and said, "Well, I'm not sure we would want a lot of guests around… I forgot to mention that the ritual is sometimes performed naked, so…"
Harry paled and said, "Right, then definitely not a big wedding."
Rose smiled and said, "Are you sure you're alright with this?"
Instead of responding Harry pulled Rose on top of him and showed her just how much he was on board with this plan. He had one hand wrapped in her hair and the other was moving down her body at a deliciously slow pace, causing goose bumps to erupt in response. He shifted her left leg and she mimicked the move with her right leg so that she was now straddling him. He moaned at their closeness and quickly used his hand to align them properly and Rose instantly began riding him. Harry took both of her hands in his and pushed her upright, letting her take control of their lovemaking.
"Ha…rry," she breathed sexily as she tossed her head back in ecstasy.
He watched her, completely entranced and couldn't stop himself from whispering reverently, "God. I love you so much."
She peaked down at him, with nothing but love in her eyes and said, "I love you too. More than you could ever imagine."
He couldn't resist pulling himself up and kissing her. Harry nibbled on her lips, before proceeding to lick the now tender spots, followed by gently kissing them. He continued this pattern until he had nipped, licked and kissed every single portion of her lips. At the same time he was holding her face in his hands and rubbing his thumbs along it. The look in his eye was one of pure adoration and Rose found herself unable to hold back a few tears. It was by far the tenderest kiss they had ever shared, so much so that they stopped their lovemaking just to focus on it. Surprised when he felt the wetness he met her eyes questioningly but she merely shook her head in response and pulled him in for a fiery kiss, unable to hold back her desire for him any longer.
Harry had asked his kids to meet him at the house so he could tell them what was going on. So far, only Al and James were sitting in the living room with him, which he found thoroughly annoying. Looking at the clock yet again, he growled in frustration. Before he could decide the best way to track his daughter down she came bursting through the floo saying, "Sorry!"
Harry clenched his jaw and motioned for her to take a seat. He turned around and counted to ten trying to calm himself down before he turned back to them and began. "I wanted to talk to you all tonight because tomorrow Rose and I are going to leave for a much needed vacation. We're only going to be gone for three weeks, but I'll leave all the contact info for you in case something comes up."
Here, he glared at Lily, daring her to find a need to contact him, which took them all by surprise. "Now, I expect you'll all be just fine without me around but I just want to remind you of a few things."
When they all nodded he continued.
"Al. I know you are enjoying you're last few weeks before Auror training starts but please don't do anything stupid that would jeopardize your position. Meaning, don't get arrested or do anything that's going to end up on the front page of the Prophet. Got it?"
Al looked at his Dad like he was crazy and said, "Yeah, Dad. Don't worry, I have no intention on getting into trouble."
Harry grumbled and then turned to Lily before sighing. "Lily. I don't pretend to have any idea what is going on with you these days. First you insist on getting on birth control so that you can have sex with Scorpius, then you're cheating on him and breaking up with him for some miscreant."
"Daddy!" yelled Lily angrily standing up.
"What? It's the truth."
"Dmitri is not a miscreant!"
Harry just rolled his eyes and said forcefully, "Anyway, I expect that you will remember that you are underage young lady and..." Harry practically spat the name, "Dmitri is not."
"You must be joking!" demanded Lily.
"I. AM. NOT!" roared Harry, scaring all three of them. He took a minute to calm down before he continued; "You do not want to test me on this Lily. I will not hesitate to throw his ass in jail!"
"You can't forbid me from seeing him!" yelled Lily.
"I most certainly could! But that's not what I'm doing. You can see him all you want, BUT you cannot have sex with him."
Lily opened and closed her mouth several times to respond but finally settled for crossing her arms and sitting down.
"Are we clear?" demanded Harry.
When Lily just stared at him defiantly he growled, "ARE WE CLEAR?"
"YES!" yelled Lily angrily.
"Good." replied Harry turning to talk to James but Lily had to have the last word, "I'm not going to be underage forever, you know, I'm almost 17!"
Unbidden, images of his first night with Rose flooded his mind. He shook his head and pinched his nose to clear his head before he looked back at Lily, "I know that Lily. I'm just trying to do my best to protect you while I still can."
Lily deflated somewhat but still huffed, "I don't understand why it was alright for me to have sex with Scorpius who was older than me, but not Dmitri."
Harry groaned internally and sat in the chair across from his kids, "Lily, I don't want you to have sex with anyone, you're much too young and vulnerable." Seeing that she was going to interrupt him he held up his hand and said, "But I knew that Scorpius loved you and that he supported you and I knew that you would make the right choices because of that. I don't know any of that with Dmitri. I don't know him and I don't know who you are when you're with him. Do you understand?"
Lily didn't seem too happy but she did reluctantly respond, "I guess."
Harry smiled at her before turning to James, "James, you're the oldest so I expect you to make sure these two stay out of trouble. Now, I know that's going to put a damper on your partying but it's only three weeks. So, can you help me?"
James nodded and said, "Sure, Dad."
"Thank you," Harry said sincerely.
James was quite surprised, as he was used to being the one that no one took seriously. This was the first time his Dad had really asked him to be responsible for something.
"Where are you two going?" asked Al curiously.
"Fiji," replied Harry smiling.
"Geez, Dad, far enough away for you?" joked James.
Harry chuckled and said, "Yeah, it is pretty far but it was where Rose wanted to go."
"I bet it's beautiful there," said Lily wistfully.
Before Harry could respond he heard Rose and Hermione come through the front door.
"Honestly, Mum, it's just three weeks," said Rose exasperated that her Mum was giving her such a hard time.
"It's not just three weeks, Rose. You're pregnant for Merlin's sake! Do you even know if you can travel? And what if something happens? Never mind that you start training soon and you should be getting ready for that!" countered Hermione as they both made their way into the living room, dropping numerous bags down.
Rose just rolled her eyes at her mother and moved to greet Harry with a kiss and a beaming smile. "I think I found something perfect for the ceremony!" she squealed.
Harry raised his eyebrows and said, "Really? I thought we didn't need anything?"
"What ceremony?" asked Lily and Hermione at the same time?
Both Rose and Harry ignored them and Rose said, "Well, yes, traditionally, we wouldn't need anything. But I was hoping they would allow us to wear what I found. It's not usual attire but it would allow us to have a few guests…"
Harry smiled and said, "Whatever you want, love," before kissing her again.
"What ceremony!" demanded Hermione again, not enjoying being ignored.
Rose bit her lip and looked at Harry pleadingly, who simply sighed and responded, "Rose and I are planning on getting married while we're away."
Whatever they were expecting in response it was not the complete silence that they got. Frowning, Harry pulled Rose into his arms and waited for one of them to say something.
"You weren't going to invite me?" asked Hermione obviously hurt. She was alternating looking at both Harry and Rose.
"No, Mum, it's not like that," replied Rose quickly. "It's not a normal ceremony and I'm still not sure if it's possible."
"What do you mean? What kind of ceremony doesn't allow the mother of the bride to attend?" asked Hermione getting angry.
"Hermione, it's not that you can't come," started Harry but he was quickly cut off.
"So what, you don't want me to come?" scoffed Hermione.
"Mum will you just stop for a minute and let us explain!" yelled Rose losing her temper.
Hermione seemed quite surprised but moved to sit down next to Al.
Harry smiled and began, "The ceremony we're doing is an old ritual that Rose has spent time researching. They only perform it in a few places, one of which is Fiji. The ceremony itself is usually performed naked, which is why we're not sure if we're going to have guests or not."
"But I found a few things today that I'm going to see if we can wear so that we can at least invite our families. It's not the normal wedding dress and robes but it will cover us enough. We won't know until we get there if they'll let us wear it," finished Rose.
As they looked around they could see that James was grinning, Al was blushing, Lily was smiling and Hermione looked thoroughly confused as to why they wouldn't just get married in a normal ceremony.
"What kind of ceremony is it?" asked Hermione.
Harry looked to Rose to respond and she did so somewhat reluctantly, "It's a soul bonding ceremony."
They immediately saw the change in Hermione, who clearly didn't believe in soul bonds, "Rose, there's no such thing as a soul bond. Whoever's telling you they can perform a ceremony for it is lying."
Harry felt Rose tense in his arms and he found himself quite angry with Hermione. Why did she have to doubt everything so much, "Hermione, just because you don't believe in soul bonds, doesn't mean they don't exist. Besides, it's not up to you what kind of ceremony we have, it's up to Rose and I."
Hermione was surprised at the anger in Harry's voice and it reminded her of the way he used to talk to her when she questioned the Deathly Hallows. Knowing she wasn't going to get anywhere like this she immediately backtracked and said, "You're right Harry, I'm sorry…. I just really want to be there when my only daughter gets married."
"I know, Mum. I want you there too but not if we're going to be naked. We can do something afterwards for family if you want but I'm not going to change my ceremony just to make everyone else happy."
"You're father is never going to understand," muttered Hermione.
"My father will be lucky if he's even invited to the reception," replied Rose coldly, surprising everyone.
"Rose, you're our only daughter," pleaded Hermione.
"That didn't seem to matter to him when he was calling me a whore and choking me," snapped Rose angrily.
"I thought we were past all of this?"
Rose shrugged and said quietly, "That doesn't mean I've forgiven him. I'm not quite sure I ever will."
Harry moved up behind Rose and wrapped his arms around her, kissing the top of her head before he said, "Rose and I will figure everything out when we get to Fiji and then we'll let you know what's going on. Alright?"
Everyone eventually nodded, leaving Harry quite relieved. He was so tired of always fighting with his family. He couldn't wait until it was just him and Rose, enjoying themselves in Fiji.